Added later: I stand corrected. The quotation in italics is cited by Albert, not written by him. That was my misreading, not Albert's lack of clarity.
Albert Ruesga ("Dr. Albert Ruesga" to you) now heads Greater New Orleans foundation. He has often written eloquently about social justice drawing on his MIT doctorate in philosophy. In this new and more personal essay, he reflects on his work in the light of his own family's history.
My mother, a Cuban immigrant, began her life in this country as a member of a class that it’s currently fashionable to call “the working poor.” By the time I was twelve, we were unambiguously in poverty.
The essay is appearing This Fine Place So Far From Home: Voices of Academics From the Working Class, edited by C. L. Barney Dews and Carolyn Leste Law. It could be published as an addendum to any work by any expert who uses "logic models" and "metrics" to fund his or her own fantasy of management precision and control. Albert's essay, an exquisitely personal reflection on philanthropy and poverty, ends:
The next step for us is even harder. It’s to admit that even with our privilege and our education, in spite of all the learned men and women at our beck and call, we typically haven’t the slightest clue about how to change a system that not only keeps people in poverty but continues to create them in prodigious numbers.
When H. Peter Karoff talks of the moral dimension of philanthropy, he should put Albert's photo in a side-bar, though Albert himself would likely demur in favor of the Countess Appraxina, philanthropic fashion advisor to Russian Tsars on down through Bill Gates and Paul Brest.