About Us

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

Dr. McKinney founded the ISC to bring together like minded organizations and individuals who 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 20 years Dr. McKinney has worked as a researcher, an educator, consultant and advisor in a variety of settings.  In addition to his work with Ethnomatters Dr. McKinney currently serves as the Director of Research and Evaluation for The Food Trust, a Philadelphia based non-profit organization.  Previous to his work at The Food Trust, for 8 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.  Prior to and during his work at the HSC he 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 minority populations, and at-risk and underrepresented 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.  He is the co-founder of the Youth Music Exchange after school education program, and additionally serves on the National Leadership Team and as a program developer for the Center for Educational Pathways, an organization that develops afterschool programs as well as in-school curriculum for students throughout the world.

Dr. McKinney is affiliated with the School of Professional Studies at the City University of New York where he teaches research methods; he is also a Research Associate of the Cultural Systems Analysis Group located at the University of Maryland.

Dr. McKinney currently serves as 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 served as the Chair of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission appointed African American and Latino Dropout Taskforce for 2 years.

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Advisory Board

Michael Bitz, Ed.D., Ed.M., B.A.                                                                                           Assistant Professor of Teacher Education, Ramapo College                                                  Executive Director, Center for Educational Pathways

Lisa Varon, MSW                                                                                                                  Vice President of Education and Workforce Services, Congreso de Latinos Unidos, Inc.

R. Shawn Maloney, Ph.D., M.A.A.                                                                                         Research Scientist, Center for Advanced Study of Language                                                University of Maryland