Arto Woodley started his career in development working with alumni, corporations, and physicians. From 1998-2014, he led an inner city nonprofit in Orlando, Florida, where he created a model to equip young leaders starting at preschool. In 2012, he was selected as a White House Strong Cities Strong Communities Fellow for Chester, Pennsylvania as an advisor to the mayor to develop public-private partnerships and build the capacity of local faith and neighborhood leaders. He has served in higher education, social services, government and ministry. With degrees from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and Widener University in Pennsylvania, he is passionate about connecting academia in meaningful ways to urban cities to build capacity and sustainability. His principle area of research is how higher education institutions change when they become involved in engaged scholarship (civic engagement, etc.). Involved in a variety of civic and community activities, Arto is an Emeritus Member of the African American Community Fund in the Dayton Foundation in Dayton Ohio, past member of the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors, the Bowling Green State University Alumni Board, alumnus of the DeVos National Urban Leadership Initiative, Past Council Member of Florida Council for Social Status of African Men and Boys, founding member of Governor’s Faithbased Advisory Committee in Florida and the Orange County Early Learning Coalition; and former member of the Florida Department of Children and Families Independent Living Advisory Council. He received the Orange County’s Humanitarian Award, in 2005. In 2006 he was named a Champion of Sustainability by the Healthy Communities Initiative in Orlando and received the Whitney Young Award from the Central Florida Boy Scout Council in 2007.
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