Joseph Burris, Program Officer

Mr. Burris identifies potential grantees and solicits and develops grant proposals, conducts site visits and prepares grant recommendations for the Foundation’s South region. Prior to joining MCF, Mr. Burris spent 28 years in the newspaper industry, including the last 10 years as a reporter for the Baltimore Sun, where he authored stories on such topics as crime, housing, education and social justice. Prior to joining the Sun, Mr. Burris spent 16 years at the Boston Globe and two at the Nashville Tennessean. Mr. Burris’s stories included a 2007 piece on the 75th anniversary of the ACLU, highlighting the lawsuit filed by an African American motorist against the Maryland State Police that ushered in the term “Driving While Black.” In 2011, he authored a story on how a Maryland law professor directed the Liberian presidential campaign of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s first female elected head of state. Mr. Burris grew up in New Jersey and South Carolina and holds a B.A. in journalism from Howard University in Washington, D.C. He has served as a guest lecturer on the newspaper industry at two Washington-area colleges.