Pope believes that diversifying IDVAAC’s funding will help to strengthen the organization and will support more future projects.
Meet New Associate Director Marcus Pope
arcus Pope remembers a pivotal moment in his professional career that drew him to IDVAAC and highlighted the fact that it was where he wanted to be.
“In July, 2005, I was hired by the Minnesota Center against Violence and Abuse (MNCAVA) to work on a collaborative project with IDVAAC,” Pope remembers. I was given a great opportunity by the late Ann Kranz, which allowed me to work closely with Dr. Oliver Williams and gain exposure to the field of domestic violence. Pope was in charge of coordinating a project that focused on developing an online curriculum which, as he puts it, “is an introductory level curriculum regarding domestic issues and intervention strategies for working with the African-American community.”
“I knew Dr. Oliver Williams prior to this role, but I got to work intensively with him through this project,” Pope said. “I became familiar with the published literature on the issue of domestic violence and met a few of IDVAAC’s steering committee members and program associates.” Pope explained that such experiences “generated an interest in becoming more involved with IDVAAC and the important work that Dr. Williams is carrying out around the country.”
Today, Pope is the associate director of IDVAAC. One thing Pope is especially excited to contribute to IDVAAC is his experience building relationships corporations and foundations.
“This is an organization that is almost exclusively funded by federal sources,” Pope said. “I have a background working with foundations, writing foundation grants, and cultivating relationships with different types of donors.” Pope believes that diversifying IDVAAC’s funding will help to strengthen the organization and will support more future projects.Creating more community connections
Additionally, Pope is especially interested in bridging gaps between the research institute and people facing domestic violence issues in the community. “We want to be more intentional about partnering with community-based organizations and we believe such partnerships will be mutually beneficial,” Pope said. “For example, we’d like to engage in community-based projects to help facilitate the implementation of best practices and evidence-based practices.”
Prior to starting at IDVAAC, Pope spent the past three years working in the University of Minnesota’s School of Social Work. Pope worked in the Youth Studies department, as an academic adviser and mentor to undergraduate students.
Additionally, Pope worked in the Twin Cities as a program director for a health care and social service agency called Neighborhood Involvement Program (N.I.P.). N.I.P. offers a community clinic, a rape and sexual abuse center, a counseling center, therapy associates, a seniors program, a youth program, and the academic-based Cargill Scholars program.