Roger Nozaki serves as Associate Dean of the College for Community and Global Engagement and Director of the Howard R. Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University and holds an appointment as Lecturer in Sociology. He is a member of the Dean of the College's leadership team, serves as an undergraduate academic dean, and provides oversight of the Dean of the College's three affiliate offices - the Swearer Center, the Office of International Programs, and the Career Development Center - to advance the university's priorities for undergraduate education and engaged scholarship.
As director of the Swearer Center for Public Service, Roger has worked with campus and community to define the Center’s mission, principles, and strategies and launch a range of new efforts. During his tenure, the Center has established a statewide College Advising Corps with urban high schools, an in-depth collaboration with a Providence elementary school, the Social Innovation Initiative at Brown, and the Engaged Scholars Initiative with Brown faculty. Roger also co-teaches a course on the theory and practice of philanthropy. In addition to these responsibilities, he was acting director of the Career Development Center from 2009-2010, working with faculty, students, and staff to reconceptualize and restructure the university’s support to students on issues of life after Brown.
Roger currently serves as chair of the board of Innovations in Civic Participation, on the board of The Institute for College Access and Success, and on the Independent Sector Nonprofit and Philanthropic Leadership and Practice committee. He has previously served on a number of boards and committees including the Independent Sector board, the ACE Commission on Minorities in Higher Education, and the Council on Foundations Corporate Committee; and was a co-founder of the Pathways to College Network.
Prior to this role, Roger served as executive director of the GE Foundation, the philanthropic foundation of the General Electric Company. In this role he worked with the Foundation's board, president, and staff to establish and execute priorities and strategies for the foundation's global philanthropic portfolio, and supported GE's global corporate citizenship and community relations efforts. Roger previously worked with The Hitachi Foundation and Campus Compact. In addition, he spent two years as a full-time volunteer in a community of adults with developmental disabilities. Roger holds degrees from Princeton and Brown Universities, and served on the student staff of the Swearer Center from 1988-89 while earning his MAT degree from Brown.
Princeton Project 55 features Roger Nozaki: