Board of Directors
Gara LaMarche is a senior fellow at New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley. Most recently, he was president and chief executive officer of the Atlantic Philanthropies. Before joining Atlantic, Gara served as vice president and director of U.S. Programs for the Open Society Institute.
He previously served as associate director of Human Rights Watch and director of its Free Expression Project. He also served as director of the Freedom-to-Write Program of the PEN American Center, associate director of the ACLU's New York branch and executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas. Gara teaches a course on philanthropy and public policy at NYU's Wagner School and one on social movements to incarcerated men at Eastern Correctional Facility as part of Bard College's Prison Initiative. He has also been an adjunct professor at New School University and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Gara was named as the first senior fellow of the Tides Foundation.
He chairs the board of StoryCorps and also serves on the boards of ProPublica, the Roosevelt Institute, the Open Society Policy Center and the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy. He is a member of the Poverty Advisory Committee for the JPB Foundation, the Global Advisory Board for Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Council on Foreign Relations, along with advisory committees of the PEN American Center, the Center for Popular Democracy and Rebuild the Dream. He is a graduate of Columbia College at Columbia University in New York.