David Nee grew up in a housing project in South Boston, Massachusetts, in one of the poorest urban white neighborhoods in America. He became the first executive director of the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund in 1993. The Memorial Fund works collaboratively to improve education for Connecticut’s children by supporting school change, informing the public debate on educational issues, and strengthening the involvement of parents and the community in education. The Memorial Fund’s Discovery Initiative supports 54 Connecticut communities in developing locally-driven action plans for improving life and educational outcomes for young children. Before coming to the Memorial Fund, Mr. Nee was executive director of the Ittleson Foundation and of the Florence V. Burden Foundation. Mr. Nee has exercised national leadership in the fields of aging, crime and justice, mental health, AIDS, and the environment