LaTese Briggs, Ph.D. is the Vice President and Chief Philanthropy Officer of The Executive Leadership Council. Dr. Briggs has served as a trusted advisor to an array of philanthropists and foundations. She has helped partners channel their wealth, talent, network, and influence to create positive social impact. Beginning her career as a leading scientist at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, Briggs brings her analytical thinking and rigorous methodology to the world of philanthropy to create strategic, effective, and sustainable giving strategies.
Before joining ELC Dr. Briggs co-founded a highly successful philanthropic advising practice at the Milken Institute, which later became the Milken Institute Center for Strategic Philanthropy (CSP). For more than 8 years, she played a vital role in managing CSP’s overall growth, operations, strategic direction, and human talent. Dr. Briggs also led the expansion of CSP’s consulting services and expertise to markets in the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and Latin America.
Prior to her work in philanthropy, Dr. Briggs was a pharmaceutical market analyst for Decision Resources, a Boston-based research and consulting firm. There she provided expert analytics on the state of clinical development for various infectious disease therapeutics.
Dr. Briggs earned a Doctorate in Biochemistry and Structural Biology at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and then completed her postdoctoral training at Harvard University where her work focused on early drug discovery. She is on the advisory board for the Health and Human Services Health Innovation Gap Ranking Project, and is a board member of The Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health.