Board Members

Susan Nall Bales is founder of and senior advisor to the FrameWorks Institute. In 2016, she was elected Chair of the Board of Directors. For more than 15 years, she led an interdisciplinary team of social scientists and communications practitioners in the development and application of Strategic Frame Analysis™—an innovative method of conducting and applying framing research. In addition to dozens of reports and commentaries that inform the FrameWorks’ work on a wide range of social issues, she has published widely on framing, science translation and communications for social good, in both peer-reviewed and popular journals, and has lectured at institutions from Brandeis and the Rural Sociological Society to the White House and Yale University. She is a senior fellow at the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, serves on the National Advisory Board of the Joan Gantz Cooney Center and is a judge of the MacArthur Foundation's 100&Change national grant competition. (More...)

Linda Bown is a fellow with the Institute and has been executive director of the Institute for Community Peace in Washington, D. C., since its inception in 1995. She has over twenty-five years of experience in violence prevention, program management and development, policy analysis, research and community building. Prior to joining ICP, she served as special assistant to the commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Department of Health and Human Services during the Clinton Administration; assistant dean at the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago; and program director at the Center for Successful Child Development in Chicago, Ill. (a precursor of community-based, comprehensive parent engagement and child development programs). Bowen had authored or co-authored papers and reports on child development, adolescent pregnancy, and parenting and violence prevention.

Wendy Feliz is the communications director at the American Immigration Council, a nonprofit organization in Washington, DC, that promotes laws, policies, and attitudes that honor the United States’ proud history as a nation of immigrants.  Wendy manages a highly effective communications operation, working to drive a rational conversation about immigration in the United States. Her experience in public policy and advocacy communications spans her career in the communications field, which has included positions with New America Media, a collaboration of 3,000 ethnic news organizations; the Open Society Foundations, a global network of foundations founded by George Soros; and WAMU 88.5 FM, a public radio station that serves the greater Washington, DC, metropolitan area.

 She also spent nearly a decade teaching strategic communications at Johns Hopkins University, including courses in media relations, intercultural communication, and public policy and advocacy communications. Earlier in her career, she provided direct service to clients through programs at the California Hispanic Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse and the Young Adult Institute, a network of agencies that offer children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities a comprehensive range of services. Wendy has an MA in public communication from the American University, a BA in liberal arts from the New School University, and an AA from East Los Angeles Community College.

Franklin Gilliam Jr. is a senior fellow with the Institute and dean of the School of Public Affairs at UCLA. He has served since 2002 as UCLA’s first-ever associate vice chancellor of community partnerships. In that role, he built a strong program of academic civic engagement through the Center for Community Partnerships. He is the founding director of the Center for Communications and Community at UCLA. At FrameWorks, Gilliam has served as project director for the Framing Race in America Project and has contributed to projects on health care, early child development, youth, and rural issues. 

Gilliam is the author of Farther to Go: Reading and Cases in African-American Politics (Harcourt Brace), and has published in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Social Policy Report, Urban Affairs Review, Journal of Politics, Nieman Reports, Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics, Social Science Quarterly, Public Opinion, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Government and Policy, Sociological Inquiry, Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Psychology, Ethiopian Review and The Source.
In 2004 Gilliam was awarded the Mark O. Hatfield National Scholar Award, Portland State University, and in 2006 he was presented with the Distinguished Alumni, University of Iowa, 2006. Gilliam received his B.A. from Drake University and his Ph.D. from University of Iowa.  

ERIN HOGAN is senior vice president at U.S. Trust, Bank of America Corporation, where she is the philanthropic market executive for the mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions. With more than 15 years of experience in philanthropic and nonprofit advising, Erin oversees the regional philanthropic practice for U.S. Trust® clients across 12 states and the District of Columbia, working closely with philanthropic individuals and families and nonprofit institutions on all aspects of giving. She previously served as an executive director of the Philanthropy Centre at J.P. Morgan Private Bank, where she advised individuals, families, and institutions on matters of mission, governance, impact, and securing a philanthropic legacy. Erin also has overseen grantmaking programs on behalf of private foundations in the areas of education, health, and community development, and works closely with public charities on strategies to strengthen organizational capacity, leverage philanthropic partners, and maximize impact.  

Erin’s previous experience includes academic research and government consulting for a variety of public health and safety programs. As a research manager at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, Erin supervised research initiatives in emergency preparedness, infectious disease control, and occupational health and safety. Prior to that, she worked for a Washington, DC, consulting firm focusing on matters of public health and environmental health and safety for government agencies such as the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  

 Erin currently serves as co-chair of the National Advisory Board of the Smithsonian Institution’s Science Education Center and is active in numerous philanthropic initiatives throughout the mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions. A former paramedic, Erin holds a master’s degree in public health from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and a bachelor of science degree from The George Washington University.   

 DAVID KIRP is a professor of the Graduate School at the University of California at Berkeley and senior fellow at the Learning Policy Institute. In his 17 books and scores of articles in the popular press and scholarly journals, he has tackled some of America’s biggest social problems, including affordable housing, access to health, gender discrimination, and HIV/AIDS. Throughout his career, his main focus has been on education and children’s policy, from cradle to college and career. He was a member of President Obama’s 2008 transition team, where he drafted a policy framework for early education.

His latest book, Improbable Scholars: The Rebirth of a Great American School System and a Strategy for America's Schools, received the Outstanding Book Award in 2014 from the American Education Research Association. It chronicles how an urban school district has brought poor Latino immigrant children, many of them undocumented, into the education mainstream. His previous book, Kids First: Five Big Ideas for Transforming the Lives of Children, makes a powerful argument for building systems of support that reach from cradle to college and career. It won the American School Board Journal Award for the best education book of 2011. The Sandbox Investment: The Preschool Movement and Kids-First Politics, published in 2009, analyzes why early education has emerged as a national priority. It received the Association of American Publishers Award for Excellence. His account of the market-oriented drift of higher education, Shakespeare, Einstein, and the Bottom Line: The Marketing of Higher Education, garnered the Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s Alice L. Beeman Research Award in 2005. He is currently writing a book on the dropout crisis in higher education.

Much of David’s writing is aimed at a broad audience. He is a contributing writer to The New York Times review section, and his articles have also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The American Prospect, The Nation, Slate, The Daily Beast, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Sacramento Bee, and The Huffington Post. Long committed to developing a new generation of public leaders at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, he launched the New Community Fund, which promotes student diversity, and an education and youth policy scholarship. He recently established the Kids First David Kirp Prize, to be awarded to an undergraduate for his or her commitment to education innovation. David is a graduate of Amherst College, where he served on the board of trustees, and Harvard Law School. He is also a member of the board of directors of Friends of the Children and on the International Advisory Committee of Fundación Escuela Nueva, a Colombia-based nonprofit that has educated millions of children in the developing world over the past quarter century. Previously, he served on the boards of the AARP Foundation’s Experience Corps and the CORO Institute for Leadership. He is a member of the National Academy of Education.

LINDA O'NEAL is executive director of the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth (TCCY), a state agency that works to improve the quality of life for Tennessee children and families and provide leadership for other children’s advocates. In this role, Linda chairs the Youth Transitions Advisory Council and co-chairs the Council on Children’s Mental Health. She is also a member of the team guiding implementation of Building Strong Brains, a statewide initiative that aims to prevent and mitigate the effects of adverse experiences in early childhood. Linda serves on numerous other boards and committees that work in areas including juvenile justice, children’s services and child development, and youth health and wellness. She has received widespread recognition at the national, state, regional, and local level for her work in these areas.

Prior to joining TCCY, Linda provided legislative and administrative advocacy on behalf low-income people at the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services and chaired a statewide task force on children in foster care. A licensed attorney, Linda began her career working with children in foster care. She was involved in juvenile justice system advocacy with the Tennessee Law Enforcement Planning Agency and served as executive director of the Institute for Children’s Resources, where she led advocacy efforts to remove children from adult jails and helped develop Tennessee’s first Rules of Juvenile Procedure and its first record-keeping system for juvenile courts.

Linda currently serves on the boards of directors for Tennessee Voices for Children and United Ways of Tennessee and is a member of the Coalition for Juvenile Justice Government Relations Committee. She previously served on boards for the Tennessee Alliance of Legal Services; Tennessee Conference on Social Welfare; Metro Action Commission; Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee; and the inaugural KIDS COUNT Steering Committee. She holds a JD from the Nashville School of Law; a master’s in public administration from a joint program offered by University of Tennessee and Middle Tennessee State University; and a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.


BRADD SHORE is Goodrich C. White Professor of Anthropology at Emory University and Chair of Emory’s Anthropology Department where he has taught since 1982. He is the author of four books—including Culture in Mind: Culture, Cognition and the Problem of Meaning (Oxford University Press)—and many articles in cognitive and psychological anthropology.  For a decade Prof. Shore was the director of Emory’s Center on Myth and Ritual in American Culture (A Sloan Center on Working Families). He is past president of The Society for Psychological Anthropology. Shore is a winner of the Emory Williams Teaching Award for distinguished teaching at Emory and was the inaugural holder of the Emory College Distinguished Teaching Chair in the Social Sciences.  As a pioneer of cultural models theory, Professor Shore’s research has greatly informed the development of Strategic Frame Analysis®.



Paula Tyler had a long and distinguished career in the field of human services and retired as the President of the Norlien (now Palix) Foundation in 2014. Previously, Paula was Vice President, Child and Women's Health and Specialized Clinical Services for the Calgary Health Region. Prior to this, she served as Vice President and COO, Mental Health at Capital Health in Edmonton. Her other professional experience includes Chief Executive, Child Youth and Family Services for the Government of New Zealand and Deputy Minister for Alberta Children's Services. Ms. Tyler has been a Vice Chair of the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse Board since 2009 and served as a member of the Executive Committee. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Alberta’s Promise and has served in a number of senior volunteer roles locally, provincially and nationally in the area of disabilities.


Advisory Board


covingtonDR. STEPHANIE COVINGTON, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., is a clinician, author, organizational consultant, and lecturer. Recognized for her pioneering work in women's issues, addiction and recovery, Dr. Covington specializes in the development and implementation of gender-responsive services in both the public and private sectors. Educated at Columbia University and the Union Institute, Dr. Covington has served on the faculties of the University of Southern California, San Diego State University, and the California School of Professional Psychology. She has published extensively, including six manualized treatment programs. Dr. Covington is based in La Jolla, Calilfornia, where she is co-director of both the Institute for Relational Development and the Center for Gender and Justice. She also serves on the Advisory Council for Women’s Services for the federal agency SAMHSA.  

lynchLUBA H. LYNCH brings more than 30 years of experience in philanthropy to the FrameWorks Institute, having lead a small family foundation to national prominence and worked to create supportive philanthropic organizations and innovations in the field. She has served as executive director of the A. L. Mailman Foundation where she was recognized as a leader in the field of early childhood education. She served as a program officer at the Field Foundation, which funded in the areas of social welfare and social justice, civil rights and civil liberties. She was a founding member and Chair of Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families which awarded her its first Fred Rogers Leadership Award in 2004. She was a founding member of the Early Childhood Funders Collaborative and the Institute for Community Peace. She has served as a board member of Philanthropy New York. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto and received her Ms.Ed. from Bank Street College of Education.

manderscheidRONALD MANDERSCHEID is the Executive Director of the National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors (NACBHDD) and an Adjunct Faculty Member at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. A sociologist with a specialization in social psychology and statistics, Dr. Manderscheid previously served as Branch Chief, Survey and Analysis Branch, for the federal Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), SAMSA.

Dr. Manderscheid currently serves on the Governing Council of the American Public Health Association (APHA) and is past Chair of the APHA Mental Health Section. He has also served as Chairperson of the Sociological Practice Section of the American Sociological Association, and as President of the Washington Academy of Sciences. He has served as principal editor for eight editions of Mental Health, United States.

During the Clinton National Health Care Reform debate, Dr. Manderscheid served as Senior Policy Advisor on National Health Care Reform in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. At that time, Dr. Manderscheid was also a member of the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Work Group of the President’s Task Force on Health Care Reform.

John ScottJOHN SCOTT graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in art education and an M.A. in audio visual education. For 12 years, he taught art in the Los Angeles city schools and spent five years as consultant in the Art Curriculum Division of the L.A. Board of Education. For many years he operated a design studio with his wife, offering graphic arts and promotional photography. He has conducted independent explorations of Papua New Guinea on five individual visits, photographically documenting the land and culture. He is currently active in digital photography and writing. He serves on the Board of the Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts in California.