About Us

Dr. Bill McKinney, Executive Director of the Innovative Solutions Collective

Dr. McKinney founded the ISC to bring together like minded individuals and organizations that are committed to developing and implementing innovative solutions to many of the problems that surround us all. Dr. McKinney, holds a Bachelors Degree from Cleveland State University, a Masters Degree in Applied Anthropology from the University of Maryland and a PhD in Urban Anthropology from Temple University.

For over 25 years Dr. McKinney has worked as a researcher, an educator, consultant and advisor in a variety of settings.  In addition to Dr. McKinneys ongoing work with the ISC he currently serves as the Executive Director of the New Kensington Community Development Corporation, is the Founder of Food Access Raises Everyone (FARE), and was previously employed by The Food Trust as the Executive Vice President and Director of Research and Evaluation. Previous to his work at The Food Trust, for 9 years Dr. McKinney directed and implemented the research and advocacy work of the Howard Samuels Center located at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.  Working to increase equity from under represented populations in issues including access to education; women’s pay equity; and the aging population.  Along the way he has worked as an Ethnographer, Evaluator, and Consultant on topics including but not limited to: Youth Organizing; Violence Intervention; Food Access; Education; Public Libraries; Settlement Houses; Public Health; Incarceration and Reentry; Community Based Organizations and Participation.

Dr. McKinney has primarily worked with under-served, underrepresented, and at-risk populations, while working with organizations ranging from City Government to Grassroots CBO’s. Through his work he has developed a solid reputation and track record for developing strong collaborative and participatory models as well as being results oriented.  Dr. McKinney’s work while topically and methodologically broad gives him a unique perspective, and one which brings a significant impact to the situations that he is placed in.  His experience allows him to see situations from an insider/outsider perspective, as a researcher/evaluator, as a teacher, and as a program developer.  Dr. McKinney’s experience is also such that it brings a micro community perspective as well as a city and national perspective to problem solving. All of this helps to be well rounded when exploring, developing and integrating theory and policy.

In addition to his work with the ISC, Dr. McKinney has a variety of additional affiliations.  Dr. McKinney is the founder of Ethnomatters research and consulting firm, and the founder/developer of the Institute for Intensive Participatory Advising.

Dr. McKinney is the Founder of and a current advisor for the Food Access Raises Everyone (FARE) project in Cleveland, Ohio. The FARE Project was designed to strengthen the efforts of local partners to increase healthy food access and improve health by building capacity and coordination using a health equity framework. The structure of FARE is based on the theory that increased collaboration and participation are critical for innovation and success, and by building the capacity of local communities and working closely with partners to address social determinants of health, FARE has developed a system that serves as a best practice across the country. FARE builds trust and strengthens relationships, connects diverse stakeholders, provides TA to local programs, and leverages resources for a diverse network of organizations and community leaders.

Dr. McKinney has previously served as the the Board Chair for Men in Motion in the Community, a non-profit founded by a group of previously incarcerated men with a mission to support men returning from prison, and to help deter high-risk young people from entering the system.  Dr. McKinney also previously served as the Chair of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission appointed African American and Latino Dropout Taskforce for 2 years.

In addition to all of his work, Dr. McKinney enjoys working in his garden and playing with his band the West Kensingtons theWestKensingtons.com

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