Lenore Ealy is Senior Fellow, Communities, with the Charles Koch Institute, where she helps guide the Institute's vision, strategy, and research priorities on communities and poverty.
As founding president of The Philanthropic Enterprise, Ealy worked with an international network of scholars, social entrepreneurs, and donors seeking on academic and educational programs to advance understanding of how voluntary social cooperation and beneficence promote human flourishing.
Ealy has published widely in scholarly publications and has co-edited three books, the most recent of which is Commerce and Community: Ecologies of Social Cooperation (Routledge, 2015), with Robert F. Garnett, Jr. and Paul Lewis. With Paul Dragos Aligica, Ealy is co-editor for the book series Polycentricity: Studies in Institutional Diversity and Voluntary Governance (Lexington Books). Ealy was also founding editor of the annual Conversations on Philanthropy: Emerging Questions in Liberality and Social Thought.
Previously, Ealy served as an affiliated senior scholar with The Mercatus Center at George Mason University, where she participated in a five-year project to follow the rebuilding of the Gulf Coast in the wake of the destruction wrought by Hurricane Katrina. From 2005-2010 Ealy served as a founding board member of Project K.I.D., Inc., a grassroots not-for-profit organization created to provide respite childcare in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Ealy also has served as President (2013) and Secretary (2014-present) of The Philadelphia Society.
Ealy earned a bachelor's degree in science education from Auburn University, a master's in history from the University of Alabama, and a master's and Ph.D. in history from The Johns Hopkins University.