Program Administrator, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Stephen R. Stinson is Program Administrator for two U.S. programs at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation: 1) Juvenile Justice – in particular, the initiative Models for Change: Systems Reform in Juvenile Justice, which has been operational for over ten years, and has been key in advancing the Fourth Wave of Juvenile Justice Reform in the United States – and 2) Criminal Justice, which is being officially launched in 2015, as the Safety and Justice Challenge with an initial five-year, $75 million investment that seeks to reduce over-incarceration by changing the way America thinks about and uses jails. The Safety and Justice Challenge will support cities and counties across the country seeking to create fairer, more effective local justice systems that improve public safety, save taxpayer money, and lead to better social outcomes.
Stinson reviews and manages all Justice Reform grant files prior to award and provides technical assistance to prospective and returning grantees with regard to their project budgets and other requirements. He provides technical assistance to other Foundation staff with regard to the Justice grant budgets, statistical reporting on grantmaking history and projections, graphic design, publication guidelines, and conference planning and management.
Stinson joined the Foundation in 1995, and worked in the former Mental Health Program, where he gained experience with the MacArthur model of research networks and with the scientific networks on mental health and human development. Prior to joining the MacArthur Foundation, Stinson was a professional fund-raiser for healthcare and educational organizations, including Loyola University Chicago, where he served as Director of Foundation Relations. Stinson received master’s degrees in philosophy and in pastoral studies from Loyola University Chicago. He received bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and English literature from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He studied design at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Stinson maintains memberships in the American Philosophical Association, the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, and the Public Philosophy Network.