Citizenship and Civic Engagement (CCE) Hosts 2nd Annual Civic Leadership Alumni Series

Two Maxwell alumni—Rain Henderson ’00 (IR), ’01 (MPA) and Scott Taitel ’79 (PSt)—will present and discuss their careers at The Clinton Foundation with current Maxwell undergraduates. Pillars of Success: From Maxwell Undergrad to Global Leader, this year’s panel discussion, will focus on how Maxwell prepared them to become leaders in global health. The student- moderated panel will be held at 5:30 PM in Maxwell Auditorium and a reception will be held at 6:30 PM in the Maxwell Foyer. The public is invited.  

The Maxwell Program in Citizenship and Civic Engagements hopes to connect current students with alumni and to give them an opportunity to explore and discuss the path to global engagement after their undergraduate years at Maxwell.

The Clinton Foundation Perspective: About the Panelists

Rain Henderson- Chief Executive Officer, Clinton Health Matters Initiative

Rain Henderson is the Chief Executive Officer of the Clinton Health Matters Initiative at the William J. Clinton Foundation. Since launching the initiative in November 2012, Rain has been driving CHMI’s strategic vision for reducing the prevalence of chronic disease in the United States by fostering partnerships of great purpose across the public, private and nonprofit sectors. She advances the Foundation’s mission of improving the health and well-being of all United States citizens with meaningful and scalable solutions that include developing innovative industry agreements with coalitions of corporate and non-governmental leaders to accelerate the reduction of healthcare costs and preventable disease outcomes. Previously serving as the Senior Vice President of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a non-profit organization founded by the American Heart Association and William J. Clinton Foundation, Rain was instrumental in helping to build the organization from a blueprint to an award-winning non-profit with a presence in 50 states and a positive impact on the lives of over six million children. During her six-year tenure she created and ensured the maintenance and momentum of multiple programs; the management of strategic partnerships with non-governmental organizations and Fortune 500 companies; and the enhancement of organizational systems toward consistently building and demonstrating the Alliance’s impact on childhood obesity prevention. Rain has a rich background in policy analysis and program development and has advised many key decision makers -elected officials, international dignitaries and major multi-nationals - on a deep range of issues to advance systems change aimed at improving the lives of families. Rain holds a M.P.A. from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and a B.A. in International Relations from Syracuse University.

Scott Taitel- Chief Operating Officer, Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership

Scott Taitel is Chief Operating Officer for the Clinton Foundation’s Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership.  As Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Taitel is responsible for the development of supply chain and distribution social enterprises.  He has also led the Initiative’s health and nutrition projects throughout Latin America as well as its expansion into new countries.  Mr. Taitel also oversees the Initiative’s impact investment funds. Prior to joining the Clinton Foundation in 2008, Mr. Taitel was a Managing Partner of Waypoint Investments, a venture capital firm, where he managed an international investment portfolio serving in interim management roles in portfolio companies.  His prior experience also includes President and Chief Operating Officer for TASKING B.V., a Netherlands based software company with operations in six countries; CFO and Vice President of Active Control eXperts, an Inc. 500 OEM manufacturer and as Vice President of Intermetrics Microsystems Software, Inc. a software developer with distribution in over 30 nations.  His earlier career was as an economic development planner with both City and Community Action Agencies. Mr. Taitel has an undergraduate degree in Policy Studies from Syracuse University and an MBA from Northeastern University where he taught for 15 years as an adjunct faculty member.  Mr. Taitel is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor at New York University at the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Mr. Taitel has also been a featured speaker at several conferences including “Innovations in International Development” and “Making Markets Work for the Poor.” 04/01/15