Speakers

Chris Adams
President, Engaged Public
Kate Ahern
Vice President, Social Innovation, The Case Foundation
Ahern oversees a portfolio of activities, including the foundation’s impact investing work and its Be Fearless initiative. She also oversees corporate pro bono campaign A Billion + Change. In addition, she has worked with Partners for a New Beginning, a partnership dedicated to building engagement in the Muslim world, and Change By Us, an online platform that lets people work together on projects to better their communities. Prior to the Case Foundation, Ahern was director of business development at CDC Development Solutions, where she managed international development and corporate responsibility programs in emerging markets worldwide.
Truman Anderson
Executive Director, Stuart Family Foundation
Truman Anderson has been the executive director of the Stuart Family Foundation in Lake Forest, Illinois since 2000. During his tenure, he has overseen the development and execution of grant-making programs on campaign finance reform, civic literacy, international relations, and the impact of mass media on youth. He is a former Marine Corps infantry officer and holds a Ph.D. in International History from the University of Chicago.
Rebecca Arno
Vice President of Communications, The Denver Foundation
Rebecca Arno is the Vice President for Communications for The Denver Foundation. Rebecca is past chair of the board of the Colorado Nonprofit Association and serves on the board of Hunger Free Colorado. She also serves on the board of the Communications Network, a national network of communications professionals. Rebecca has written for numerous publications in the philanthropic sector on a broad range of subjects, and speaks locally and nationally about nonprofit sector issues. She lives with her husband and son in Denver, Colorado.
Melanie Audette
Deputy Director, Mission Investors Exchange
Melanie Audette develops and manages a comprehensive education strategy for Mission Investors Exchange, a Seattle-based national association of foundations learning about and engaging in mission investing. Melanie began her career as a member of the U.S. Foreign Service. She subsequently managed the family offices and foundation for the Behnke family of Seattle. She was vice president of Indiana Grantmakers Alliance and president of Audette Communications, LLC. Melanie has a degree in communication studies from Indiana University.
Diana Aviv
President and CEO, Independent Sector
Diana Aviv is president and CEO of Independent Sector, the national leadership forum for America’s nonprofits, foundations, and corporate giving programs. Independent Sector advances the common good by leading, strengthening, and mobilizing the charitable community. Diana is a leading speaker on trends and key issues for the sector, such as the financial state of nonprofits, public policies affecting charities and foundations, the role of civil society in democracy, and civic engagement. She testified several times before Congress, and has been featured in media outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, and MSNBC.com. Diana served as executive director of the Panel on the Nonprofit Sector, convened by IS at the encouragement of the leadership of the Senate Finance Committee. President Obama appointed Diana to the White House Council for Community Solutions in December 2010. Diana serves on the board of several nonprofit organizations.
Michael Balinsky
Executive Vice President, Chicago Board of Rabbis
Rabbi Michael Balinsky is the Executive Vice President of the Chicago Board of Rabbis, an organization representing two hundred rabbis of all denominations. He is a member of the Jewish Catholic Scholars Dialogue in Chicago, serves as president of the Council of Religious leaders of Metropolitan Chicago and is on the Advisory Board of the Bernadin Center at Catholic Theological Union. He is also an active participant in a number of Jewish, Christian and Moslem interfaith initiatives. Rabbi Balinsky was a Hillel director for twenty-two years, over nineteen of those as the director of the Louis and Saerree Fiedler Hillel Center at Northwestern University. He is a graduate of Yeshiva University and the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary.
Ryan Barker
Vice President of Health Policy, The Missouri Foundation for Health
Ryan Barker, MSW, MPPA is the Vice President of Health Policy at the Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH). He joined the Foundation in 2002 and assisted in the establishment and growth of the Health Policy area. His research at the Foundation has focused on issues such as the impact of the Affordable Care Act, Missouri’s Medicaid program, and increasing health equity for all Missourians. Before joining MFH, Ryan worked at The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati and was a clinical social worker with runaway and homeless youth in Cincinnati, Ohio and Portland, Oregon. He is currently an adjunct professor at Washington University’s Institute of Public Health and at St. Louis University’s Aquinas Institute for Theology.
Allison Barmann
Strategy and Learning Vice President, The Bush Foundation
Allison Barmann is the Vice President of Strategy & Learning at the Bush Foundation in St. Paul, MN. Previously, Ms. Barmann was a strategy consultant with McKinsey & Company and directed the Itasca Project, an alliance of CEO’s and civic leaders addressing economic competitiveness in the Minneapolis-St. Paul region. She also worked at a technology start-up in San Francisco and as a Plant Engineer at 3M. Ms. Barmann earned her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. She was named a "40 Under 40" leader by the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal in 2013 and was a 2010 Humphrey Institute Policy Fellow.
Michael Batchelor
President, The Erie Community Foundation
Since Batchelor was selected as the first executive director of The Erie Community Foundation in 1990. His leadership has helped grow foundation assets from $20 million to $200 million and increase named endowment funds from 53 to nearly 700. The Erie Community Foundation has become a recognized regional leader on issues of poverty and access. He has consulting experience with nearly 40 different community foundations across the country. He was a founder of the Council on Foundation’s CEONet program and is a member of the Community Foundations Leadership Team. Batchelor received a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s in public policy analysis from Kent State University.
Jainey Bavishi
Executive Director for APDR3, University of Hawaii Foundation
Jainey K. Bavishi is the Executive Director of the Asia Pacific Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience (APDR3) Network. In this role, she is responsible for initiating, expanding and managing the multi-sectoral consortium’s strategy, programs, and operations. Jainey most recently served as the Director of External Affairs at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Washington, DC. Previously, Jainey was the founding director of the Equity and Inclusion Campaign, a federal advocacy coalition of community-based leaders in the Gulf Coast region focused on recovery from Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike, at the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation.
Melissa Beach
Director, Training & Services, San Antonio Area Foundation
Stephanie Bell-Rose
Senior Managing Director and Head of the TIAA-CREF Institute, TIAA-CREF Institute
Bell-Rose works with higher education and charitable leaders to broaden and deepen the TIAA-CREF Institute’s agenda, which includes promoting lifelong financial security and higher education. Prior to that, she served as president of The Goldman Sachs Foundation, an organization that promotes excellence and innovation in education worldwide. She also served as counsel and program officer for public affairs at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, where she designed philanthropic initiatives in education and public policy. Bell-Rose is a trustee of the Executive Leadership Council Foundation and an appointee to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission.
Martha Bergmark
Executive Director, Voices for Civil Justice
Martha Bergmark is executive director of Voices for Civil Justice, a national nonpartisan communications hub for civil legal aid in Washington, DC. The mission of Voices is to advance fairness for all in the justice system by raising awareness in the media of the vital role of civil legal aid. Over four decades, nationally and in her home state of Mississippi, Bergmark has led initiatives for equal justice. She has served tenures as founding president/CEO of the Mississippi Center for Justice, as president and executive vice president of the Legal Services Corporation, and as senior vice president for programs at the National Legal Aid and Defender Association. She began her career as a civil rights lawyer in Mississippi, where she was founding executive director of Southeast Mississippi Legal Services (now Mississippi Center for Legal Services). She is a recipient of the ABA Section of Litigation’s John Minor Wisdom Public Service and Professionalism Award and a White House Champion of Change.
Peter Berliner
Managing Director, Mission Investors Exchange
Peter Berliner is the managing director of Mission Investors Exchange, the national network of foundations engaged in impact investing. He previously served as program director for the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and as the chief executive officer of The Children’s Alliance, a statewide advocacy organization based in Seattle, Washington. Peter is a past president of the board of Philanthropy Northwest, a regional association of grantmakers. Peter has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Puget Sound, a Masters in Teaching from Oberlin College, and a B.A. from Earlham College.
Alison Bernstein
Vice President, Knowledge, Creativity & Freedom, Rutgers University
Alison R. Bernstein, a scholar in the field of Humanities and Women's Studies, was appointed Director of Rutgers' Institute for Women's Leadership (IWL) in 2011. Prior, Bernstein served as a Vice President for the Education, Creativity, and Free Expression program at the Ford Foundation from 1996 to 2010. Bernstein currently serves as the William H. and Camille Cosby Endowed Chair and Professor of Humanities and Women's Studies at Spelman College in Atlanta, GA. In addition to serving as Program and Planning Officer at the Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education within the US Department of Education, Bernstein is writing a book which traces the historical impact on American Philanthropy on Higher Education.
Deepak Bhargava
Executive Director, Center for Community Change
Deepak Bhargava is Executive Director of the Center for Community Change, a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to develop the power and capacity of low-income people, especially low-income people of color, to change policies and institutions that affect them. Bhargava conceived and led the Center’s work on immigration reform, resulting in the creation of the Fair Immigration Reform Movement. He spearheaded the creation of innovative new projects like the Community Voting Project, which brings large numbers of low-income voters into the electoral process. Bhargava has provided intellectual leadership on issues including the future of the progressive movement, poverty, racial and economic justice, immigration reform and community organizing.
Peter Bird
President and Chief Executive Officer, The Frist Foundation
Pete Bird has served as chief executive officer of The Frist Foundation since 2002. Bird holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and did post-graduate study at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business. In the 1970s, he was city editor of The Jackson Sun newspaper in West Tennessee before becoming business news editor of the Nashville Banner. Bird is a graduate of Leadership Nashville, serves on the boards of the Center for Nonprofit Management and The HCA Foundation, and is treasurer of the Frist Center for the Visual Arts Foundation. He is also the current chairman of the board of the Southeastern Council of Foundations.
Matthew Bogoshian
Senior Policy Counsel, Environmental Protection Agency
Bogoshian provides advice and analysis on program and policy initiatives involving pollution prevention and sustainability, and works with the White House and other federal agencies in leading the Economy, Energy and Environment (E3) initiative. He began his service in the Obama administration as the deputy assistant administrator at EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. He also served at the California EPA as the deputy secretary for law enforcement and counsel. He is presently an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center.
Jeffrey Borenstein
President & CEO, Brain & Behavior Research Foundation
Peter Brach
Program Advisor and Analyst, Brach Family Charitable Foundation
Peter Brach serves as a trustee and International Program Advisor for the Brach Family Charitable Foundation. He shares legal, financial and administrative oversight responsibilities. He vets impact investment opportunities through intermediaries including socially responsible funds and CDFIs. His prior philanthropic work experience involved assisting nonprofits in areas including strategic planning, social media, management plus recruiting and coordinating volunteers. Peter holds an Ed.M. in Health Education from Boston University and has extensively studied nonprofit fundraising and management at UCLA. Peter is a passionate advocate of collaboration among funders engaged in African Development. He looks forward to publishing findings regarding funders' perspectives on the key components to creating effective alliances built to last.
Jennifer Bradley
Fellow and Senior Advisor, Metropolitan Policy Program, The Brookings Institution
Sheri Brady
Director of Policy, The Aspen Institute
Sheri Brady is the Senior Associate for Strategic Partnerships at Aspen Forum for Community Solutions. Prior to joining the Aspen Institute Sheri served as a Senior Policy Fellow at Voices for America’s Children. In that role, Sheri helped Voices members strengthen their advocacy support and expand state-level efforts to address the needs of at-risk children. She was previously the Director of Policy at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, where she provided foundation-wide leadership and consultation on policy and advocacy grantmaking, working across programming units to develop policy funding priorities. Sheri received her bachelor’s degree in political science from Wheaton College and her law degree from the University of California at Berkeley.
Cornell Brooks
President & CEO, New Jersey Institute For Social Justice
David Brotherton
President, Brotherton Strategies
David Brotherton is the founder and president of Brotherton Strategies, a Seattle based consultancy serving the communications needs of the philanthropy and nonprofit sectors. He has spent more than twenty years in marketing communications, public affairs and public relations framing complex issues and articulating persuasive messages. Through writing, research, evaluation, brand strategy and media relations, Brotherton Strategies helps clients advance organizational objectives, foster positive social change, and influence public opinion. David previously served as communications director for the Marguerite Casey Foundation, and as vice president of public affairs for Imagio | J. Walter Thompson, among other roles. David authored "Come On In, The Water’s Fine," a 2008 report on philanthropy's early engagement with social media.
Cedric Brown
CEO, Kapor Center For Social Impact
Cedric Brown is a Managing Partner, overseeing programs and partnerships. He brings over 20 years of experience as an educator and funder, working with the Kapor Foundation, SF Foundation, SF Education Fund, Switzer Foundation, SF Cultural Equity Grants, and Level Playing Field Institute among others. He has served as a board/committee member of Color of Change.org, Northern California Grantmakers, Funders Committee for Civic Participation, Council on Foundation’s Family Philanthropy Committee, and Bay Area Blacks in Philanthropy. Cedric received an ABFE Emerging Leader in Philanthropy Award and was profiled as a San Francisco Chronicle Changemaker. Cedric holds degrees from the University of North Carolina and Stanford University and executive certificates from Georgetown and Rutgers universities.
Edmund Cain
Vice President, Grant Programs, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
Edmund J. Cain oversees all domestic and international grant programming at the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, Cain served for five years as director of The Carter Center’s Global Development Initiative, where he advised former President Carter on global development issues. During his 30-year tenure with the United Nations, Cain served as the first Director of the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Emergency Response Division where he oversaw the formulation of UNDP’s disaster response policy. A Fellow at the Harvard Center for International Affairs and Senior Fellow at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, Cain holds a master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Oregon and a bachelor’s degree in political science and international affairs from the University of Delaware.
John Calhoun
Senior Consultant, National League of Cities
Jack Calhoun in his “retirement”, directs the 13-California City Gang Prevention Network for the National League of Cities, and serves as Senior Consultant to the U.S. Department of Justice for its National Forum to Prevent Youth Violence. The author of Hope Matters: The Untold Story of How Faith Works in America, Jack served as Commissioner for the Department of Youth Services in Massachusetts where he chaired the Adolescent and State of the Family task forces. He helped to write the landmark Child Welfare and Adoption Act of 1980, called “one of the three most important laws affecting children in the last 100 years.”
Deb Callahan
Director, Colorado River Sustainability Campaign
Deb Callahan is a nationally recognized leader with a lifelong commitment to conservation and environmental protection. Her career spans thirty years of successful organizational leadership where she has led strategic initiatives across a wide range of environmental issues. Deb currently directs the Colorado River Sustainability Campaign. She previously served as President of the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment and served as founding executive director of the Brainerd Foundation. As President of the League of Conservation Voters from 1996-2006, her leadership transformed LCV into a nationally recognized political and environmental organization that helped to elect over 100 pro-environment Democratic and Republican members of Congress.
A. Campbell
Deputy General Counsel, Open Society Foundations
Jonathan Capehart
Opinion Writer, The Washington Post Company
Dan Carol
Board Member, Office of Governor John Kitzhaber
Dan Carol is the Director of the Office of Strategic Initiatives for Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, focused on advancing innovative, multi-state partnerships in areas such as job creation, infrastructure, and community health delivery. Mr. Carol also currently chairs the board of the West Coast Infrastructure Exchange. Before that, Carol was an environmental and energy budget analyst at the Congressional Budget Office, a Presidential Management Fellow, a policy advisor for the Congressional Institute for the Future, a co-founder of the Apollo Alliance and the founding principal of CTSG, a 70-person web strategy company sold to BLKB: NASDAQ in 2004. He holds a BA from the University of Michigan (1980) and an MRP from the University of North Carolina (1983).
Andy Carroll
Senior Program Manager, Exponent Philanthropy
Carroll has 25 years of experience in management, training, and program development for nonprofit organizations, including work at the Wolf Trap Foundation and Public Citizen. In his current position, he writes resources, designs workshops, and facilitates seminars and programs for the Exponent Philanthropy. He also serves as the lead on foundation grantmaking issues. Prior to joining Exponent Philanthropy, he worked at the National Center for Family Philanthropy and the Council on Foundations.
Emmett Carson
CEO and President, Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Emmett D. Carson, Ph. D., is an international thought leader in the field of philanthropy. As founding CEO of Silicon Valley Community Foundation in 2006, he led the unprecedented merger of two of the largest community foundations in the world. Before this, Emmett had a distinguished 12 year career as CEO of The Minneapolis Foundation. He is consistently recognized as one of the most influential nonprofit leaders in the U.S. and has honorary degrees from Indiana University, Morehouse College and The National Hispanic University. Emmett received both his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in public and international affairs from Princeton University and his bachelor’s degree in economics, Phi Beta Kappa, from Morehouse College.
Lin Chambers
Project Scientist, NASA
Dr. Lin H. Chambers is a physical scientist in the Science Directorate at the NASA Langley Research Center where she has worked for more than 30 years. She received her Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from North Carolina State University in 1991. Since 2009 she has served as the Project Scientist for the NASA Innovations in Climate Education project.
Jennifer Chavez Rubio
Director, Gifts & Grants Management, Strategic Partnerships, United States Peace Corps
Jennifer Chavez is business services manager for the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, where she advises nearly 40 Silicon Valley headquartered companies that have corporate advised funds at the community foundation. Chavez provides strategic grantmaking expertise and support in launching corporate philanthropy programs. Previously, Chavez managed corporate philanthropy programs at Genentech and conducted education grantmaking at The San Francisco Foundation. Chavez serves in leadership roles in corporate philanthropy nationally and regionally as a member of the Corporate Committee of the Council on Foundations and as co-chair of the Northern California Grantmakers Corporate Contributions Roundtable.
Jim Clifton
CEO, The Gallup Organization
Since 1988, Jim Clifton has served as CEO of Gallup, a global leader in consulting, public opinion research, and analytics. Mr. Clifton is the creator of The Gallup Path, a metric-based economic model that establishes the linkages among human nature in the workplace, customer engagement, and business outcomes. His most recent innovation, the Gallup World Poll, is designed to give the world's 7 billion citizens a voice in virtually all key global issues. Mr. Clifton is the author of The Coming Jobs War and coauthor of Entrepreneurial StrengthsFinder, as well as many articles on global leadership. His blog appears regularly in the Influencer section of LinkedIn and on Gallup.com's Chairman's Blog.
Eugene Cochrane
President, The Duke Endowment
Gene Cochrane is President of The Duke Endowment, a Charlotte-based private philanthropic foundation. A Charlotte native, Cochrane is a graduate of Erskine College, Appalachian State University, and the Hospital Residency Program of Charlotte Memorial Hospital (now Carolinas Medical Center). He worked as a hospital administrator for eight years prior to joining The Duke Endowment in 1980. Cochrane has served as Director of the Health Care Division and Executive Vice President. He took over the responsibilities of the President on January 1, 2005. Gene is a member of the Kate B. Reynolds Healthcare Advisory Board, a member of the Board of Trustees of Southeastern Council of Foundations and participates in a number of local, community organizations.
Donald Cooke
Senior Vice President of Philanthropy, McCormick Foundation
Cooke began serving as the foundation's senior vice president for philanthropy in May 2005. His responsibilities include providing oversight and management to the foundation’s grantmaking programs in civics, communities, education, journalism, special initiatives, and veterans. He began his career in Philadelphia at the Franklin Institute Science Museum. He subsequently served for eight years at the Philadelphia Orchestra as vice president for external affairs. Prior to his current position, Cooke was the vice president for institutional advancement for the Field Museum in Chicago. He is author of a book, The Life and Death of Stars.
Tamara Copeland
President, Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
Tamara joined the staff of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers in September 2006. In this position, she leads a staff committed to promoting and supporting effective and responsible philanthropy across Northern Virginia, suburban Maryland and the District of Columbia. Before this position, she served as the President of Voices for America’s Children for almost 10 years. Prior to joining Voices, Tamara was Director of the National Health & Education Consortium. She also worked on Capitol Hill for Congressman Bobby Scott as his chief advisor on health, human services and education issues. She received her B.A. in Sociology from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia and her M.S.W. from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.
Michael Copps
Special Advisor, Media and Democracy Reform Initiative, Federal Communications Commission
Copps served two terms (2001–2011) as a member of the Federal Communications Commission. His years there were highlighted by his strong defense of the public interest and outreach to what he calls “non-traditional stakeholders,” particularly minorities, Native Americans, and the various disabilities communities. In addition, as acting chairman in 2009, he mobilized the agency to successfully transition the nation’s commercial television from analog to digital broadcasting. Copps continues to speak out on the issues he championed at the FCC. He is currently spearheading a new media democracy and reform initiative at Common Cause, the national citizens’ action group.
Lisa Danielson
Senior Project Manager, Gogerty Marriott
Alexandra Delvalle
Program Director, Third Wave Foundation
Prior to joining the Groundswell Fund team, Alex served as the Program Director at Third Wave Foundation, a national feminist foundation dedicated to supporting youth-led efforts for reproductive and gender justice. Previously, Alex was the Deputy Director of UPROSE, a Brooklyn-based community organization that uses organizing and advocacy to develop intergenerational, indigenous leadership for the environmental justice movement. Alex also served as the Community Mobilization Coordinator at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and as a board member at Choice USA. She holds a BA in Sociology and Women's Studies from Oberlin College, and a MPH in Reproductive, Adolescent and Child Health from Columbia University.
Robert Doar
Morgridge Fellow in Poverty Studies, American Enterprise Institute (AEI)
Robert Doar is the Morgridge Fellow in Poverty Studies at AEI, where he studies and evaluates how free enterprise and improved federal policies and programs can reduce poverty and provide opportunities for vulnerable Americans. Before joining AEI, Doar worked for Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration as commissioner of New York City’s Human Resources Administration, where he administered 12 public assistance programs for the largest local social-services agency in the United States. Programs included welfare, food assistance, public health insurance, home care for the elderly and disabled, energy assistance, child support enforcement services, adult protective services and domestic violence assistance, and help for people living with HIV/AIDS. Before joining the Bloomberg administration, Doar was New York State commissioner of social services, helping make New York a model for the implementation of welfare reform.
Matthew Dolan
Director, The Federal Policy Group
Tracey Dorsett
Program Officer, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation
Shawn Dove
Campaign Manager, Open Society Foundations
Dove was a founding director of New York City's Beacon School movement while working with the Harlem Children's Zone. As creative communities director for the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts, he led a national initiative that partnered community schools of the arts and public housing communities. As vice president for Mentor/National Mentoring Partnership he initiated a strategic response to the lack of African-American and Latino male mentors in New York City called The Male Mentoring Project. Dove also founded Proud Poppa, a publication for African-American fathers, and co-founded Harlem Men Stand Up.
Christine Elbel
Executive Director, Fleishhacker Foundation
Christine A. Elbel Executive Director, Fleishhacker Foundation Christine Elbel has been at the helm of the Fleishhacker Foundation since 1990. Her background includes consulting in strategic planning, resource development, and grant monitoring. She has been an executive director and development director for both arts and educational institutions. She has served on many boards and advisory committees, and is particularly interested in nonprofit governance and effective philanthropy. She is an active member of the Council on Foundations, the National Center for Family Philanthropy, Exponent Philanthropy, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, and Northern California Grantmakers, where she was Secretary and Governance Committee Chair for seven years. Her work within the philanthropic field has also included serving on several conference planning committees, the Council’s Family Philanthropy Advisory Committee, and the National Center for Family Philanthropy’s “Friends of the Family” Committee.
Satonya Fair
Director, Grants Management, The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Wayne Farmer
Advisor, Brain & Behavior Research Foundation
Wayne Farmer is director of The HealthStore Foundation (HSF) which seeks to improve access to essential medicines through its innovative micro-franchise clinics in Kenya, and eventually across the developing world. He has spent the last ten years helping to build three international non-profit organizations. He has extensive experience in building boards of directors and scaling operations in developing countries. World Links, founded by former World Bank president James D. Wolfensohn, was “spinning out” of the World Bank when he was recruited to build the board of directors and diversify revenue. Previous to World Links, Farmer launched the international arm of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. He lives outside Washington DC with his wife and daughter.
Derrick Feldman
President, Achieve
As President of Achieve, Derrick provides overall strategic direction for the work of the creative research and campaigns agency. He is a regular contributor to nonprofit trade publications and speaker on Millennials, digital engagement, and strategy for organizations. He is the coauthor of Cause for Change: The Why and How of Nonprofit Millennial Engagement by Jossey Bass. He leads the research team on the Millennial Impact, the most comprehensive study on Millennial cause involvement, and produces MCON - a two day event to understand the next generation activist, donor, and 'do-gooder'. He is a contributing author for Philanthropy News Digest, Huffington Post Impact, and the Nonprofit Board Report. Derrick is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University and holds a Master’s Degree in Philanthropic Studies from Indiana University’s School of Philanthropy.
James Ferris
Director, The Center on Philanthropy & Public Policy
Ferris is also a professor in the University of Southern California’s School of Policy, Planning, and Development and holds the Emery Evans Olson Chair in Nonprofit Entrepreneurship and Public Policy. He specializes in the economics of the public and nonprofit sectors, public finance, and public policy; his research focuses on the shifting roles of the public, nonprofit, and for-profit sectors in governance and the economy. He has served as a consultant to a variety of governmental agencies and international organizations, including the World Bank.
Deena Fidas
Director, Workplace Project, Human Rights Campaign
Charles Fields
Regional Program Manager, Los Angeles, The California Endowment
Charles Fields is the program officer for National and West Region at the Marguerite Casey Foundation. Previously, he managed the West Oakland Initiative, a partnership between the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and The San Francisco Foundation. Prior to that, Fields completed the San Francisco Foundation Fellowship and worked as the social action and policy coordinator with the National Community Building Network in Oakland, CA. He also served as a grassroots community organizer with the Northern Kentucky Welfare Reform Task Force.
Charles Fluharty
President and CEO, Rural Policy Research Institute
Marc Freedman
Founder/CEO, Civic Ventures
Marc Freedman is CEO and founder of Encore.org (formerly Civic Ventures). Before founding Civic Ventures, Freedman spearheaded the creation of the Experience Corps, now America's largest nonprofit national service program engaging Boomers, and The Purpose Prize, which annually provides monetary awards to social entrepreneurs in the second half of life. Recognized by Fast Company in 2007, 2008, and 2009 as one of the nation's leading social entrepreneurs, Freedman is also an Ashoka Senior Fellow and the recipient of the 2010 Skoll Award in Social Entrepreneurship.
Terri Freeman
President, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region
Terri Freeman joined The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region in 1996. Under Ms. Freeman’s leadership, the Foundation’s assets have grown six-fold since 1996 establishing the Foundation as the largest local grant maker in the metropolitan Washington region, with grants of nearly $67 million in fiscal year 2013. Prior to joining The Community Foundation, Ms. Freeman was the founding executive director of the Freddie Mac Foundation, one of the largest corporate foundations in the metropolitan Washington region. Ms. Freeman obtained her bachelor's degree in Journalism/Communication Arts from the University of Dayton in 1981 and received a master's degree in organizational communication management from Howard University in 1983.
Suzanne Friday
Senior Counsel and V.P. of Legal Affairs, Council on Foundations
Suzanne S. Friday joined the Council on Foundations in 2013 as counsel. Previously, Suzanne was a partner with the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania firm, Nauman Smith Shissler & Hall, LLP where she chaired the firm’s Tax, Trust and Estates practice group. Suzanne has extensive experience representing nonprofit organizations including community foundations, charitable trusts, private foundations and corporate foundations. She also served as in-house counsel for The Nature Conservancy from 2000-2005. Suzanne earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and has a J.D. from Widener University School of Law, Delaware Campus, and an L.L.M. in taxation from Georgetown Law Center.
Lori Fuller
Director, Evaluation and Research, Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust
Lori Fuller is director of Evaluation and Research at the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, an independent foundation, based in Winston-Salem, NC, that funds health care statewide and human services in Forsyth County to improve the quality of health for financially needy North Carolinians. Over the past 10 years, Fuller has built the evaluation capacity of the Trust, worked to improve its knowledge management and grants management processes, and helped to shape recent strategic shifts at the Trust. The Evaluation and Research division parallels the Trust’s cultivation of areas of emphasis within its Poor and Needy and Health Care divisions and not only assesses grantee fidelity to stated goals but also examines what the Trust’s grantees and other stakeholders need to do to increase their impact. The Trust views evaluation as a means of both fostering honest dialogue with grantees about adapting to changed circumstances and enhancing its collective performance.
Patrick Gage
Treasurer, The Curtis L. Carlson Family Foundation
Mary Galeti
Vice Chair, Tecovas Foundation
Mary Galeti serves as the Executive Director and Vice-Chair of the Tecovas Foundation which funds social innovation and entrepreneurship by focusing on building community and leveraging new service models domestically and internationally. She is also a principal at Shiplake Partners, a strategic community engagement consultancy. Mary serves on the Board of Directors of the Council on Foundations, and chaired the Family Philanthropy Committee. She also serves as a Global Board member of the Global Shapers Foundation, an initiative of the World Economic Forum.
Robert Garris
Managing Director, The Rockefeller Foundation
Robert Garris joined the Rockefeller Foundation in 2009. Dr. Garris came to the Foundation from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), where he spent eight years advancing a dynamic programming agenda. He also directly managed public events, international dual degree programs, exchange programs, and overseas executive training with SIPA’s partners in the Global Public Policy Network. Prior to SIPA, he held leadership positions at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Garris holds a Ph.D. in European History from the University of North Carolina and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida, with graduate level work at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.
Elenore Garton
Director of Strategy and Philanthropic Partnerships, Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation
Dr. Elenore Garton provides consulting services in board development, research and evaluation, program planning and assessment, policy analysis, organizational development and fundraising to foundations and non-profit organizations. Previously she was the Vice President of Strategy and Philanthropic Partnerships at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation. Dr. Garton also helped to develop the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy at Brandeis University and was the Senior Researcher and Lecturer there for 4 years. She currently serves on the board of the Wilson Foundation and leads their strategic initiative on family homelessness. She received a PhD and MA in Social Policy from the Heller School at Brandeis University, an MPA from Cornell University and a BA in Sociology from Colorado College.
Christopher Gates
President, Sunlight Foundation
Jacob Gayle
Vice President, Medtronic Foundation and Medtronic Community Affairs, Medtronic Foundation
Dr. Jacob A. Gayle is Vice President of Medtronic Philanthropy, leading the philanthropic programs of Medtronic, Inc. since he joined the company in August 2011. Dr. Gayle's distinguished career in international public health and diplomacy has spanned three decades and several of the world’s leading health, development and philanthropic institutions, including Deputy Vice President of the Ford Foundation, Senior Public Health Officer for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and various other health and social development roles with U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), United Nations, World Bank and Carter Center.
Samantha Gilbert
Chief Human Resources Officer, The Rockefeller Foundation
Samantha Gilbert joined the Rockefeller Foundation in 2007. She leads the Foundation’s global human resources function, including human resource strategy development, staffing and talent management, organizational development, employee and retiree benefits, employee compensation, and employee relations. Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Gilbert was Senior Vice President/International Director of Human Resources at Christie’s International, PLC., the human resources manager at the Jewish Museum in New York as well as worked for the NYC Department of Health, Bureau of School Children and Adolescent Health, where she served as human resource coordinator and earlier, a counselor to adolescents in two“high risk” middle schools in NYC.
Juleanna Glover
Managing Director, Teneo Intelligence, Teneo Holdings LLC
Joe Goldman
Director, Democracy Fund
Joe Goldman is the incoming president of the Democracy Fund, which has been incubated by Omidyar Network as an initiative within the organization. Joe has spent his career working to strengthen democratic institutions through public deliberation and policy reform. Most recently, Joe was Vice President of Citizen Engagement at AmericaSpeaks, where he directed and consulted on large-scale public deliberations across the country, including the Unified New Orleans Planning Process after Hurricane Katrina and the redevelopment of the World Trade Center site after 9/11. Joe was a Public Service Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he received a Masters in Public Policy.
Katie Grace
Program Manager, Initiative for Responsible Investment, Harvard Kennedy School
Katie Grace is Program Manager at the Initiative for Responsible Investment, where she oversees conducts research on public policy and impact investment, sustainable cities investment, and place-based frameworks for community development. She has authored or co-authored a number of works at the IRI, including the recent “Impact at Scale: Policy Innovation for Institutional Investment with Social and Environmental Benefit.” Prior to coming to the IRI, she worked as a research analyst at the Tellus Institute on projects including the identification of key sustainability performance indicators for a major oil and gas company, market definition for a nonprofit launching a single global sustainable standard for products and services, and case study analysis of the effects of university endowments on employment and the community. Katie graduated with honors from Williams College with a BA, cum laude, in Political Science and a Concentration in Leadership Studies.
Heather Grady
Independent Philanthropy Advisor, Independent Philanthropy Advisor
Heather Grady joined the Rockefeller Foundation in 2010. As Vice President for Foundation Initiatives, she sets strategic direction for the Foundation's broad initiatives of grantmaking and oversees all initiatives in execution, aligning grantmaking with the Foundation’s mission to expand more equitable growth opportunities and build resilience. Prior to joining the Rockefeller Foundation, Ms. Grady was the Managing Director of Realizing Rights: the Ethical Globalization Initiative, founded by former Irish President Mary Robinson. Ms. Grady has managed development and humanitarian programs in East Asia, the Middle East and Africa for nearly two decades with Oxfam Great Britain and other international organizations. Ms. Grady received a bachelor’s degree from Smith College and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University.
Heather Grant
Consultant, Levi Strauss Foundation
Heather McLeod Grant is the founder of McLeod-Grant Advisors; she’s a consultant, advisor, speaker, trainer and entrepreneur with more than twenty years experience in the social sector. She is the co-author of Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits, and numerous other articles.
Jonathan Greenblatt
Director, White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, The White House
Greenblatt brings fresh energy to his new post as director of the Office of Social Innovation at the White House. Successful at a variety of initiatives, he cofounded Ethos Water (acquired by Starbucks), founded All for Good (acquired by Points of Light), and was founding director of the Aspen Institute’s Impact Economy Initiative, a professor at UCLA, and much more.
Mike Green
Co-founder, Executive Director, ScaleUp America
Co-founder, Executive Director, ScaleUp America: National nonprofit dedicated to changing the economic narrative across urban & rural America, connecting economically disconnected communities to local innovation ecosystems and promoting national economic vision of Inclusive Competitiveness. Consultant to policymakers, educational institutions, foundations, entrepreneurs, TBED/iBED orgs. Strategic advisor on developing Inclusive Innovation Ecosystems. Mentor/Advisor: Media, Tech, Social Entrepreneurs. Member: Clinton Global Initiative's High-Growth Entrepreneurship Working Group. Coordinator: National Inclusive Competitiveness Summit series & Workshop Founder: Saving America's Black Boys Solutions Summit. SXSWedu Conference 2013 & 2014. Previous: Gathering of Angels, Minority Biomedical Entrepreneurship Conference, HBCU Innovation Summit, Oregon Governor ScaleUp Rally New York Times Leadership Academy Fellow, Social Media at CNN.com.
Catharine Grimes
Director, corporate Philanthropy, Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, Inc.
Catharine Grimes has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare /pharmaceutical industry, and has been with Bristol-Myers Squibb for 17 years. Since 2010, Catharine has been serving as a Director of Corporate Philanthropy at the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, where she is leading three of the Foundation’s five Global grant programs: the Mental Health and Well-being grant program in the US and the Bridging Cancer Care grant programs in the US as well as in Central and Eastern Europe. Catharine has her MBA in Healthcare Administration from Baruch College, City University of New York, and a Bachelors degree of Accountancy from the University of Mississippi. She lives in New York City with her husband, Dr. Bruce Polsky.
Jason Grumet
Founder and President, Bipartisan Policy Center
Jason Grumet is president of the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), which he founded in 2007 with former U.S. Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole and George Mitchell. In 2001, Grumet founded and directed the National Commission on Energy Policy, producing proposals that became law in 2005 and 2007. Previously, Grumet led the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management, a nonprofit association of air quality agencies.
Patricia Haley
Mission Continues Fellow, Volunteers of America - Headquarters
Bonnie Hammerschlag
Trustee, Brain & Behavior Research Foundation
Bonnie Hammerschlag is a retired Family Therapist. She is serving her second term on the board of Brain and Behavior Research Foundation.
Marva Hammons
Executive Vice President of Child and Family Services, Casey Family Programs
Marva Hammons joined Casey Family Programs in 2007. She oversees the foundation’s direct practice work to improve the lives of vulnerable children and their families. Hammons is responsible for the foundation’s nine field offices in Arizona, California, Idaho, Texas and Washington, in addition to its Indian Child Welfare office in Colorado. Before Casey Family Programs, Hammons was executive director of Colorado’s Department of Human Services; served as executive director of Michigan’s Family Independence Agency; was New York City’s Human Resources Administration Commissioner; and manager of Denver Colorado’s Department of Human Services. Hammons holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Utah. She serves on the board of trustees of Hunt Alternatives.
Carly Hare
Executive Director , Native Americans in Philanthropy
Carly Hare (Pawnee/Yankton) joined Native Americans in Philanthropy as the Executive Director in 2010 after five years of membership, serving on the institute planning committee for three years, and on the NAP Board of Directors for a year. Carly serves on the Joint Affinity Group’s Steering Committee and D5 Leadership Team. Carly held the position of the Director of Development for the Native American Rights Fund from 2009-2010. She served as Director of Programs for The Community Foundation Serving Boulder County for five years. In 2006, Carly was selected as an Emerging Leader in International Philanthropy Fellow through the Center of Philanthropy and Civil Society at the City University of New York.
Janaan Hashim
Trustee, Council For A Parliament of the World's Religions
Janaan is a criminal defense attorney with Amal Law Group, LLC, the nation's first law firm founded by six Muslim women and serves as its managing partner. Prior to this, she worked at the State Appellate Defender’s Office. Janaan is also an adjunct professor at McCormick Theological Seminary and Loyola University, and on Tuesday nights she hosts WCEV's Radio Islam program where she has interviewed a wide range of well-known intellectuals, activists, civil servants and leaders. In 2010 she joined two Nobel Peace laureates and five other women in a special delegation to Palestine and Israel to learn of and to support the non-violent resistance movement that is gathering strength and momentum; the trip was memorialized by the award-winning documentary film, "Partners for Peace."
Wendy Hawkins
Executive Director, Intel Foundation
Wendy Ramage Hawkins Executive Director, Intel Foundation Intel Corporation Wendy Hawkins is Executive Director of the Intel Foundation. The Foundation represents a commitment of approximately $40M per year for improving math, science, technology and engineering education worldwide. Wendy joined Intel in 1990 as foundation manager and program officer, and since has held a variety of management positions in Intel’s Corporate Affairs Group including manager of Corporate K-12 programs, founder of Intel® Teach, which has provided professional development for more than 6 million teachers worldwide, and as Director of Education for Intel Corporation. Ms. Hawkins graduated with distinction from Stanford University with a degree in Psychology.
James Head
Vice President of Programs, The San Francisco Foundation
Head has more than 25 years of experience in the field of community and economic development. Before joining The San Francisco Foundation team, he served as president of the National Economic Development and Law Center for 18 years. Head recently was appointed commissioner for the Port of Oakland and serves on the Aviation and Commercial Real Estate committees. Other past and present affiliations include Union Bank, the National Legal Aid & Defender Association, Northern California Grantmakers, the National Center for Youth Law, and the Neighborhood Funders Group.
Antonia Hernandez
President & CEO, California Community Foundation
Antonia Hernández joined the California Community Foundation as president and chief executive officer in 2004. Established in 1915, the California Community Foundation is one of the largest and most active philanthropic organizations in Southern California, with assets of more than $1 billion. An expert in philanthropy, civil rights and immigration issues, Ms. Hernández began her legal career as a staff attorney with the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice and worked as counsel to the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary before joining MALDEF in 1981 as regional counsel in Washington, D.C. Ms. Hernández earned her B.A. in History at UCLA in 1970 and J.D. at the UCLA School of Law in 1974.
David Hiller
President and CEO, McCormick Foundation
David D. Hiller is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, a role he's held since July 2009. Previously, David was President, Publisher and Chief Executive Officer of the Los Angeles Times, and before that, Publisher and Chief Executive Officer of the Chicago Tribune. David joined Tribune Company in 1988 as Vice President/General Counsel, and held a number of leadership positions at the company, including President of Tribune Interactive. Prior to Tribune, David was a partner with the Chicago law firm of Sidley & Austin. A native of the Chicago area, David graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School.
Irene Hirano
President, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Ford Foundation
Irene Hirano is executive director and president of the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, a position she has held since 1988. She has more than 25 years of experience in nonprofit administration, community education and public affairs with culturally diverse communities nationwide. Her professional and community involvement includes service as a trustee for the Kresge Foundation and on the Member Accreditation Commission of the American Association of Museums, the Toyota North American Diversity advisory board and the board of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History. She holds a master's degree in public administration from the University of Southern California.
Miguel Howe
Director, Military Service Initiative, George W. Bush Institute
Colonel Miguel Howe, USA, Ret. is the Director of the Military Service Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute. As the Director, Colonel Howe is responsible for leading the Bush Institute’s work to honor the service and sacrifice of post-9/11 veterans, service members and their families. Colonel Howe retired from the United States Army where he served for over 24 years in a myriad of command and staff assignments to include in Iraq and Afghanistan. Colonel Howe was selected in 2006 by President George W. Bush to serve as a White House Fellow. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy (1989) and earned a Master of Arts in National Security Studies from Georgetown University (2004).
Gwen Ifill
Journalist, Managing Editor, Managing Editor, "The PBS Newshour"
Moderator and managing editor of PBS’ “Washington Week” and “PBS NewsHour,” Gwen is a leading political commentator and journalist. The best-selling author of “The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama,” Ms. Ifill has covered seven presidencies, during which time she served as moderator of the 2004 and 2008 vice presidential debates. Now serving on the board of the News Literacy Project, Ms. Ifill will bring her tremendous experience to the 2014 Philanthropy Exchange as she discusses the importance of journalistic literacy in the context of a polarized society.
Alfred Ironside
Director of Communications, Ford Foundation
Alfred Ironside has been Director of Communications at the Ford Foundation since January 2006. He joined the foundation from the United Nations, where he served as Spokesman for Countries in Crisis and then as Chief of Media Relations for UNICEF. Prior to joining the UN, Mr. Ironside was a member of the editorial team that launched the English edition of Ha’aretz, Israel’s leading newspaper. In the late 1980s he spent three years in the U.S. Foreign Service as a press officer stationed in East Berlin, where he won commendation for his work during the Berlin Wall crisis. A native of Philadelphia, he holds Bachelors’ degrees in both political science and journalism from Butler University in Indianapolis, and a Master’s in Media Administration from the Newhouse School and the Graduate School of Business at Syracuse University.
Nike Irvin
Vice President, Programs, California Community Foundation
Nike Irvin provides strategic leadership in priority program areas for the community foundation and manages special initiatives such as the El Monte Community Building Initiative, Preparing Achievers for Tomorrow and Building a Lifetime of Options and Opportunities for Men (BLOOM). Before joining CCF, Irvin served as president of the Riordan Foundation for seven years and as a consultant and coach for nonprofits and foundations. Irvin is a graduate of Yale University and was also named one of the “100 Most Inspirational Alumni” by the UCLA Anderson School of Management. She has received numerous fellowships, including the Henry Crown Fellowship, the Marshall Memorial Fellowship and the Next Generation Fellowship of the American Assembly.
James Isenhower
Director of Warrior and Family Support, Joint Chiefs of Staff
Colonel Jim Isenhower was commissioned in 1992 from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. A career combat arms officer, he has served in light Infantry, Armor, and Stryker units, and has commanded at the platoon, company, and battalion levels. Colonel Isenhower’s operational experience includes deployments to Panama and Bosnia-Herzegovina, and a combined training deployment to India. His combat deployments include three tours in Iraq in Mosul, Baghdad, and the Diyala Province. Colonel Isenhower holds a BS from the U.S. Military Academy, an MS from the National War College, and an MA and PhD from Duke University.
Dena Jackson
VP - Grants and Research, Dallas Women's Foundation
Dena L. Jackson, Ph.D. joined the Dallas Women’s Foundation in February 2012 as the VP - Grants & Research. She provides direction for research focused on women and girls, leadership in the $3.5M in annual grants on education, health, and economic security. Following 12 years in health care administration, Dena joined Susan G. Komen for the Cure to Komen staff and volunteers around the country to manage local breast cancer grants and oversaw Komen’s international granting. Dena honed her fundraising skills with FundRaising Advantage in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida then returned to Dallas with The University of Texas at Dallas. After starting the Foundation Relations and Research Development offices, Dena ended as Assistant VP of Research Development.
Nancy Jacobson
Founder, No Labels
For over 30 years Nancy Jacobson has worked in Washington, D.C. as a political entrepreneur, fundraiser, and network cultivator. As the founder of No Labels, she works as a full-time volunteer overseeing the vision and management of the organization. She has held senior positions in the campaigns of Bill Clinton, Evan Bayh, Hillary Clinton, Al Gore, and Gary Hart. She created the Women's Leadership Forum at the DNC as Finance Chair. In 2008, she formed the "Women's Summit Series" raising millions of dollars for Hillary Clinton's presidential bid. Nancy has been featured in numerous publications including Elle, Marie Claire and Washingtonian and was listed in 2008 in GQ as one of the 50 most powerful people in D.C.
Kevin Jennings
Executive Director, Arcus Foundation
Kevin served as Assistant Deputy Secretary of Education, heading the department’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools where he led federal efforts to promote the safety, health and wellbeing of U.S. students and led the Obama Administration’s anti-bullying initiative. During his time as a high school teacher Rhode Island and Massachusetts, he served as faculty advisor to the nation’s first Gay-Straight Alliance leading him in 1990 to found the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), a national education organization tackling anti-LGBT bias in U.S. schools. Kevin holds a BA from Harvard University, an MA in education from Columbia University’s Teachers College, from which he received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012, and an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business.
Cristina Jimenez
Co-Founder & Managing Director, United We Dream
Cristina Jiménez is a co-founder and the Managing Director of United We Dream. She served as chair of the Board of Directors and transitioned to staff in 2011. Cristina has organized immigrant youth and workers for the passage of the DREAM Act, comprehensive immigration reform, and pro-immigrant legislation at the local and national level since 2004. Cristina was recently named among the “21 immigration reform power players” and one of 5 non-profit leaders who will influence public policy in 2013 by the Chronicle of Philanthropy.
David Johns
Executive Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans
Gloria Johnson-Cusack
Executive Director, Leadership 18
Johnson-Cusack has more than 20 years of management, political, and strategic communications expertise informed by leadership positions in the private sector, U.S. Congress, national presidential campaigns, municipal and federal government, and the White House. Before accepting her position with Leadership 18, she served as a senior vice president at GMMB, a D.C.-based strategic communications and advertising firm. She also worked with the Ford, Lumina and Gates foundations to improve supports for low-income students completing college as well as the American Beverage Association to launch a campaign to address obesity.
Jeff Johnson
Chief of Strategy, Illume Communications
Jeff Johnson is an award-winning journalist, communications specialist, and thought leader. Currently Johnson is a partner and Chief of Strategy for the Baltimore based branding firm Illume Communications. In this roll he provides strategic insight and messaging consulting to clients in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. A former BET host and producer and an MSNBC contributor, Jeff also served as National Director for the Youth & College Division of the NAACP and held an appointment by Russell Simmons as the Vice President of the Hip Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN). He currently provides regular content on TheRoot.com and the nationally syndicated Rickey Smiley Morning Show. He serves on several boards including the Morehouse Research Institute and the Lincoln Theatre in Columbus, OH.
Minna Jung
Communications Director, The David & Lucile Packard Foundation
Minna Jung, J.D., is the communications director at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and oversees all operational and program-related communications. Specific focus areas include communications planning for program areas; local outreach about the Foundation’s new environmentally green building; website renovation; employee engagement; and building the Foundation’s experience with storytelling and social media. Minna is the current board chair for the Communications Network, a membership organization dedicated to promoting smart communications ideas and practices among foundations and nonprofits. She is a graduate of Brown University and Fordham University School of Law.
Jill Karsten
Program Director, GEO Education and Diversity, National Science Foundation
Dr. Jill Karsten is Program Director for Education and Diversity in the Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) of the National Science Foundation, where she manages several funding programs focused on strengthening geoscience education and workforce development. She is co-chair of NSF's Climate Change Education program, chair of a 5-year effort to integrate NSF's undergraduate investment portfolio, and NSF's representative to the U.S. Global Change Research Program’s Education Interagency Working Group. Dr. Karsten is a marine geologist by training, studying mid-ocean ridge processes as a research faculty member at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. She has degrees in Geochemistry from Wellesley College (BA, 1977) and in Geological Oceanography from the University of Washington (MS, 1980; PhD, 1988).
Gabriel Kasper
Senior Manager, Monitor Institute
Gabriel Kasper is a senior manager at the Monitor Institute, a think tank and consulting firm focused on philanthropy and social change. His work with funders is grounded in first-hand experience, both as the program officer for philanthropy at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and as a manager of neighborhood programs at a local affiliate of the East Bay Community Foundation. He is a prolific writer and thinker about the future of philanthropy and new opportunity spaces in the social sector, having co-authored the Monitor Institute publications What’s Next for Philanthropy, On the Brink of New Promise: the Future of U.S. Community Foundations, Intentional Innovation, and Working Wikily: Social Change with a Network Mindset.
Kilolo Kijakazi
Program Officer, Ford Foundation
Kilolo Kijakazi is a program officer in the Financial Assets Unit of the Economic Opportunity and Assets Program at The Ford Foundation. Her initiative is Building Economic Security Over a Lifetime which focuses on promoting public support for the creation of universal savings accounts from birth through retirement, and Social Security reform that improves benefits for low-wage workers. This approach incorporates the expertise of people of color into all aspects of the work, including research, policy, and practice. Kilolo received a doctorate in public policy from the George Washington University and her dissertation was published in 1997 as a book titled African-American Economic Development and Small Business Ownership. She holds an MSW in community development from Howard University and a BA in psychology from Binghamton University.
Jen Klein
Senior Policy Advisor, No Ceilings Project, Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation
Sarah Koch
Director, Social Innovation, The Case Foundation
Sarah Koch is Director, Social Innovation at the Case Foundation, which invests in people and ideas that change the world. Sarah Koch joined the Case Foundation 2012 as part of the Social Innovation team. With a background in developing and marketing online tools for nonprofits with Causes.com, Sarah jumped right into the launch of Be Fearless and the Finding Fearless campaign to identify fearless changemakers around the nation. As Director, Social Innovation at Case, Sarah heads up initiatives such as Be Fearless, a campaign to encourage more innovation and risk taking in the nonprofit sector. Sarah also leads the Foundation’s efforts around issues such as Global Entrepreneurship, Technology for Social Good, Civic Engagement and Prizes and Challenges.
Sally Kohn
Director, Movement Vision Lab, Center for Community Change
Sally Kohn is senior campaign strategist and founder and director of the Movement Vision Lab at the Center for Community Change, a nonprofit that trains activists to engage in political issue campaigns. Kohn is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, Common Dreams, and AlterNet. She has been published in the Seattle Times, Chicago Sun-Times, and Christian Science Monitor, among other publications, and appeared frequently as a guest on talk radio shows regarding current events and progressive movement building. Previously, Kohn has worked with the Ford Foundation, the Social Justice Infrastructure Funders, the Third Wave Foundation, the Urban Justice Center, and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.
Joanne Krell
Vice President for Communications, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Maria Teresa Kumar
President and CEO, Voto Latino
Maria Teresa Kumar is the founding President and CEO of Voto Latino and an Emmy-nominated contributor with MSNBC. In 2013, Elle named her one of the 10 most powerful women in Washington, DC. A dynamic community leader, Maria Teresa was named by Hispanic Business among the 100 most influential Latinos in America and by PODER Magazine as one of the 20 most influential Latinos under 40. Fast Company called Maria Teresa one of the top 100 Creative Minds for her work at Voto Latino, using technology, celebrity voices, media and youth themselves to empower a generation of young voters. Under her leadership, Voto Latino has become a key factor in national elections by directly registering over 225,000 new voters and influencing millions more through viral, celebrity-driven campaigns.
Sujata Lamba
Director, FPD and Global Competitive Industries, The World Bank
Sujata Lamba is the Director, Finance and Private Sector Department of the World Bank covering the South Asia region. She also heads the FPD Global Competitive Industries practice, which focuses on value chains and employment. Her work encompasses risk-financing facilities for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), microfinancing facilities, agricultural warehouse receipt financing, financial regulation and supervision of the banking systems and creating an investment enabling environment for private sector. Before joining the World Bank in March 2012, Ms. Lamba had been with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) having joined as a Young Professional in 1988, working on private sector investments in Latin America, Southern Europe, Central Asia, East Asia and Africa.
Dianna Langenburg
Director of Human Resources and Organizational Services, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Dianna Langenburg is the director of human resources at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Mich. In this role, she is responsible for organizational planning and change management, talent acquisition, talent development and management and HR operations. She is also responsible for management, administration and coordination of functions, operations, processes and organization-wide systems. Langenburg joined the Kellogg Foundation in 1993 in the evaluation department and has held various positions of increasing responsibility throughout her career. In 1998, she moved to human resources as assistant to the director of human resources and administrative services, and in 2000 she was promoted to human resources analyst. In 2005 she was promoted to manager of human resources, and in 2009 she was named deputy director, human resources. She became the director in 2012.
Carol Larson
President and CEO, The David & Lucile Packard Foundation
Carol is president and CEO of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, a position she has held since January 2004. Carol served as the Packard Foundation’s director of programs from 1995 through 1999 and was appointed a vice president of the organization in 2000. Carol joined the Foundation in 1989 as director of Research and Grants, Law and Public Policy, at the Foundation’s Center for the Future of Children. Prior to joining the Foundation, Carol was a partner in the Los Angeles law firm of O’Donnell and Gordon, specializing in civil litigation. Carol received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University and her law degree from Yale Law School. Ms. Larson currently serves on the Board of the Council on Foundations and is the immediate past chair of the Board.
Amy Lazarus
Executive Director, Sustained Dialogue Institute
Amy Lazarus is the Executive Director of the International Institute for Sustained Dialogue (IISD) which develops everyday leaders who engage differences as strengths to improve their campuses, workplaces, and communities. Amy has developed and conducted strategy sessions and keynotes for The World Economic Forum in Davos, The White House, Harvard College, and The Brookings Institution. She is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, serves on the board of Operation Understanding DC, and is a recipient of USA Network’s Characters Unite Award, the American Express NGen Leadership Fellowship. Amy was a Coro Fellow, earned an M.S. in Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon’s Heinz School, and founded Common Ground at Duke University. The programs Amy develops are cited as best practices in Barrett Seaman’s Binge: What Your College Student Won’t Tell You, and The Washington Post.
Daniel Lee
Executive Director, Levi Strauss Foundation
Daniel Lee is Executive Director of the Levi Strauss Foundation. He joined Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&CO.), and the Levi Strauss Foundation in 2003 as a Community Affairs Manager for the Asia Pacific Division in Singapore, where he managed and implemented corporate social responsibility programs, employee volunteerism and grantmaking in three global giving areas -- HIV/AIDS, worker rights, and asset building. Subsequently, he relocated to San Francisco and assumed the role of Director of Global Grantmaking Programs. Lee has extensive experience with international non-governmental organizations in the fields of human rights, HIV/AIDS and social justice.
Abby Levine
Legal Director, Bolder Advocacy, Alliance for Justice
Abby Levine serves as Legal Director of the Bolder Advocacy initiative at Alliance for Justice. She provides legal guidance that encourages grantmakers to support advocacy and other nonprofit organizations to participate in policymaking decisions through an understanding of federal tax and election law. Abby’s work includes creating curriculum, teaching workshops, providing technical assistance, writing plain-language legal guides, and describing federal legislative and regulatory developments that impact nonprofits. Prior to joining Alliance for Justice in 2004, Abby served as the Public Policy Analyst at the National Council of Nonprofit Associations (NCNA).
Penelope Lewis
Head of Global Foundations Program, The World Bank
Penelope Lewis is Head of the Global Foundations Program at the World Bank. She is tasked with strengthening relations between the World Bank and foundations around the world. The program develops and supports partnerships with the philanthropic community across areas ranging from women’s empowerment to financial inclusion to environmental sustainability. Before joining the World Bank Group in 2011, Penelope founded a global communications consultancy, and worked closely with leading development actors, including civil society organizations, foundations and United Nations agencies. Previously, she worked for the World Food Programme and subsequently for UNICEF as communications advisor, both in headquarters and in postings in Africa and the Balkans. She was the lead spokesperson in several humanitarian crises, including Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola, Kosovo, and Honduras.
Peter Long
President and CEO, Blue Shield of California Foundation
Peter Long, Ph.D., is president and CEO of Blue Shield of California Foundation. He leads the Foundation in its mission to improve the lives of all Californians, particularly the underserved, by making health care accessible, effective, and affordable, and by ending domestic violence. Dr. Long also serves on the Board of Directors for Grantmakers in Health and the Governance Board at the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review. He is an adviser to The Aspen Institute’s Veterans Initiative and a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Value and Science-Driven Health Care. He also practices as an adjunct professor at the University of California, Los Angeles Fielding School of Public Health. Dr. Long received his bachelor of arts from Harvard University; a master’s from Johns Hopkins University; and his doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles. He lives in the Bay Area with his wife and three children.
Cindy Lott
Senior Counsel, Columbia Law School National State Attorneys General Program
Lott also serves as lead counsel to the program’s Charities Regulation and Oversight Project as well as projects in the area of public health. She is a frequent speaker at national conferences in the areas of charities and nonprofit state regulation and governance. In 2013, she is teaching a graduate capstone course at the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Other career highlights include serving as chief counsel to the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston and as deputy counsel to the 2000 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles.
Jennifer Maconochie
Director, Strategic Initiatives & Policies, Boston Police Department
Jen Maconochie serves as Director of Strategic Initiatives & Policies for the Boston Police Department. In this role she is responsible for providing leadership on strategic initiatives and projects of the BPD and the City, including complex multi-agency collaborations, and developing policies and programs for issues facing the Department. She has 18+ years of experience in fostering innovation and excellence in policing through strategic planning, program and partnership development, research and evaluation, and resource development. Currently she is the Site Coordinator for Boston in the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention. Jen holds a BA in Criminology from the University of Southern Maine, an MS in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University, and achieved Ph.D. Degree Candidacy status in the Law, Policy, and Society Doctoral Program at Northeastern. In addition, she has completed LeadBoston, PERF's Senior Management Institute in Policing, and the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association's Command Institute.
Sherry Magill
President, Jessie Ball duPont Fund
Sherry P. Magill is president and COO of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, a private grantmaking foundation based in Jacksonville, FL. Prior to this post, Magill served as executive director and program officer of education at the Fund. Before joining the Fund, Magill served as vice president and deputy to the president of Washington College, where she also taught courses in American Studies and on the American South. Magill serves regularly as a senior moderator for the Aspen Institute and is the founding executive director of Aspen’s Wye Faculty Seminar. In addition to having served as chair of the State of Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission and the Florida Funders Group, she is past president of the Jacksonville Women's Network board and a past member of the Southeastern Council of Foundations and the Leadership Jacksonville boards. Magill is a founding member and immediate past chair of the Florida Philanthropic Network and is the Council on Foundations vice chair.
Caroline Mahfood
Executive Director, GraceKennedy Foundation
The philanthropic arm of the GraceKennedy Group is one of the largest and most respected conglomerates in the Caribbean. Mahfood is responsible for implementing a range of programs associated with the company’s philanthropic and corporate social responsibility initiatives. Although relatively new to the world of philanthropy, Mahfood was appointed executive director in 2004 of a one-year initiative by Ambassador Sue Cobb, U.S. envoy in Jamaica. This led to her recruitment by GraceKennedy Ltd. to run a philanthropic project for the company in 2005, after which she took over the leadership reigns of the Foundation.
Justin Marcoux
Manager, Monitor Institute
Alfonso Martinez-Fonts
Executive Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Alfonso “Al” Martinez-Fonts Jr. is a vice president at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the executive vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Martinez-Fonts previously was a consultant to the U.S. Chamber as president of Alfonso Martinez-Fonts, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in homeland security and international issues. Before that, Martinez-Fonts served as assistant secretary and special assistant to the secretary for the private sector at the Department of Homeland Security. He was charged with providing America’s private sector with a direct line of communication to the department. Martinez Fonts worked directly with individual businesses and through trade associations and other non-governmental organizations to foster dialogue between the private sector and the department.
Ben Maulbeck
President, Funders for LGBTQ Issues
Ben Francisco Maulbeck has more than a decade of experience as a leader for LGBT rights, racial equity and social change. From 2007 through 2012, Maulbeck worked at Hispanics in Philanthropy ("HIP") in positions of increasing responsibility, most recently serving as Vice President. During his time at HIP, he played a leadership role in launching several new programs and initiatives, including a national Latino aging initiative and a funding collaborative to strengthen education nonprofits in Puerto Rico. He also oversaw the continued success of the Funders' Collaborative for Strong Latino Communities and spearheaded a roundtable of more than 50 philanthropic leaders on LGBT Latino movement-building. Maulbeck earned a bachelor of arts at Swarthmore College and a master of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Jean McCall
Director of Human Resources, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Jean is responsible for all elements of the foundation’s human resources function, including organizational development, benefits and compensation, employee relations, and workforce planning and staffing. She coordinates the administrative management team and works closely with senior leadership to foster and sustain the foundation’s culture in support of its organizational mission and strategy. Previously, Jean was Vice President and Director of Human Resources at Parsons Brinckerhoff, a New York-based global consulting engineering firm. McCall received a BA in History and French from the University of Montana, and has been certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources by the Society of Human Resource Management since 2001.
Patrick McCarthy
President & CEO, The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Patrick McCarthy is the President and CEO of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a private charitable organization dedicated to helping build better futures for disadvantaged children in the United States. Prior to his becoming President and CEO, McCarthy was the Foundation’s senior vice president. In that capacity, he oversaw the Foundation’s work in the areas of health, reproductive health, mental health, substance abuse, juvenile justice, education, early childhood, youth development, child welfare and income security, as well as the Foundation’s Strategic Consulting Group and the direct services agency, Casey Family Services. He was the initiative manager for the Foundation’s Mental Health Initiative for Urban Children, which promotes neighborhood-based strategies for improving the emotional well-being of kids and families. Prior to joining the Casey Foundation, McCarthy was senior program officer at the Center for Assessment and Policy Development, where he worked with foundations, states and cities on system reform and strategic planning. He served as the director of the Division of Youth Rehabilitative Services, director of the Division of Program Support, and administrator of Case Management for the Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families, and was director of the Delaware Family Preservation Project. He taught child and family practice, research methods and statistics at the graduate schools of social work of Bryn Mawr College and the University of Southern California, and has experience as a family therapist and administrator in programs for emotionally disturbed youth and drug addicted adults. McCarthy has a Ph.D. from the Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research.
Mary McClymont
President, Public Welfare Foundation
Mary E. McClymont joined the Public Welfare Foundation in Washington, DC as its president in 2011. Previously, she served as executive director of Global Rights, an international human rights capacity-building organization promoting and protecting the rights of marginalized populations in the developing world. She also was the president and chief executive officer of InterAction, the largest alliance of U.S.-based international development and humanitarian nongovernmental organizations, and held various executive positions at the Ford Foundation, including as vice president of the Peace and Social Justice Program.
Georgina McDowell
Former Salinas, CA Community Safety Director, Community Alliance For Safety and Peace
Georgina recently served as the Community Safety Director for the City of Salinas, California. Prior to that, she was with the City Attorney’s office for approximately five years. Her primary legal duties included enforcement of the Municipal Code through criminal prosecution, civil litigation and administrative proceedings. As Community Safety Director, Georgina led an effort to develop and implement a strategic work plan that incorporates evidence-based strategies for gang prevention, intervention, suppression and re-entry. She was involved in the California Cities Violence Prevention Network and served as the Salinas site coordinator in the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention. In October 2011, Georgina was invited by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to be a member of his National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence. Georgina received her Bachelor’s Degree in History and Political Science from Santa Clara University and her Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.
Holiday McKiernan
Chief of Staff and General Counsel, Lumina Foundation
Holiday Hart McKiernan serves as Chief of Staff and general counsel for Lumina Foundation for Education. McKiernan directs the Foundation’s legal affairs and also leads Lumina’s exploration of the Bologna Process and the implications of that reform effort on American higher education. She serves on the Board of Visitors for DePauw University, the Board of Directors of ADI, Inc., a corporation that holds the charters for two Indianapolis charter schools, and the International Advisory Board for the Stetson University College of Law Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy. McKiernan is a Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude graduate of DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., and earned her law degree, cum laude, from Indiana University.
Ann McMillan MSW
Program Associate, Grantmakers In Health
Ann McMillan is a program director at Grantmakers In Health (GIH) with a primary focus on health care reform. Prior to joining GIH, Ms. McMillan was a program associate at the Michigan Public Health Institute in Okemos, Michigan, where she served as project coordinator for Covering Michigan's Kids and Families, part of a national health access initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to improve outreach, simplification, and coordination to low-income, uninsured children and their families. She has also held positions as program associate at the Center for Effective Public Policy and as a crisis area manager and counselor at a domestic violence shelter. Ms McMillan received both her bachelor and master's degrees in social work from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Alan Miller
President and CEO, The News Literacy Project
Michael Moody
Frey Chair for Family Philanthropy, Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, , Johnson Center For Philanthropy
The Frey Chair is the nation’s only endowed chair focusing on family philanthropy. In this role, Moody works with a network of advisers and partners to pursue a comprehensive program of applied research, teaching, professional development, and public service, all designed to advance and promote the field. He is a cultural sociologist and has been working to understand and improve philanthropy and nonprofit organizations for more than 20 years, serving in both faculty member and consulting positions. He is co-author of Understanding Philanthropy: Its Meaning and Mission, as well as numerous other publications.
Abhilash Mudaliar
Research Manager, Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN)
Abhilash Mudaliar serves as Research Manager. He is responsible for shaping and implementing the GIIN’s research strategy and program. Abhilash joins the GIIN with over seven years experience in social enterprise, impact investing and international development research, including time as a microfinance consultant at Unitus, an impact investor at Elevar Equity, and a social entrepreneur within Hippocampus Group. Abhilash also worked on a large-scale randomized controlled study of education policy experiments in southern India. He began his career as a management consultant at Bain & Company. Abhilash has earned Honors degrees in Arts and Commerce (specializing in Political Science and Finance, respectively) from the University of Melbourne and, more recently, an MPA/ID from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Malik Mujahid
Chair, Council For A Parliament of the World's Religions
Abdul Malik Mujahid is an Imam, an award winning author and a producer. Imam Mujahid has been thrice selected as one the 500 most influential Muslims in the world in 2011, 2012, and 2013. He serves as the Board Chair of the Parliament of the World's Religions. Imam Mujahid is based in Chicago where he founded the Sound Vision Foundation. He is the executive producer of Chicago's daily Radio Islam on WCEV 1450 AM. Currently he chairs Burma Task Force USA which is a coalition of 19 major American Muslim organizations. As the national coordinator of the Bosnia Task Force, USA, he successfully led efforts in collaboration with the National Organization of Women (NOW) to declare rape as a war crime. He has served on multiple task forces of think tanks including Council on Foreign Relations New York. in 2008 he served on the Credentials Committee of Democratic National Convention.
Cynthia Muller
Director, Impact Investing, Arabella Philanthropic Investment Advisors
Cynthia Muller leads the firm’s impact investing practice. She helps our individual and institutional clients understand the field of impact investing, develop strategies, and structure investments to accomplish their social and environmental goals. Her extensive background in social enterprise and mission investing includes connecting public policy, programs and capital for emerging social innovations to increase economic opportunities for under-served and marginalized communities. Cynthia holds a BA in Psychology from Stanford University and an MBA from the University of Washington.
Kevin Murphy
President, Berks County Community Foundation
Kevin K. Murphy joined Berks County Community Foundation as its first employee in 1994. As president, Murphy is chief executive officer of the corporation. He supervises the business and operations of the foundation and serves on its board of directors. Murphy is the former chair of the board of directors of the Washington D.C.-based Council on Foundations and serves on its executive and governance committees. Previously, Murphy served two terms as president of Community Foundations for Pennsylvania, and as chair of the board of directors of The Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities. Murphy graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication and Business.
Karolina Mzyk
Program Specialist, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Karolina Mzyk works in UNDP in New York facilitates relations between UNDP in countries and with philanthropic foundations with focus on sustainable development and poverty reduction. A recent global initiative that Karolina has been working is engagement of foundations and their civil society partners in a dialogue about global development after 2015. Between 2008-2010 Karolina worked in UNDP HQ supporting UNDP country offices around the world in their work with the private sector and corporate social responsibility. Between 2005 and 2008, Karolina worked in UNDP Regional Centre in Bratislava where she was responsible for regional partnership projects engaging businesses from Eastern Europe and the CIS in development. Karolina joined UNDP in 2001 in country office in Poland where she coordinated UN activities, managed production of National Human Development Report. Before coming to UNDP, she worked in a non-governmental organization Poland.
Rosita Najmi
Associate, Knowledge & Advocacy, Omidyar Network Fund, Inc.
Rosita joined Omidyar Network (ON) in 2012 after 4 years at the World Bank and 7 years at leading development NGOs. Rosita drives investments, creates intellectual capital, and leads policy that advance impact investing. Recent work includes the US National Advisory Board to the Global Task Force on Social Impact Investment, the Impact Investor 2.0 Project, and an HBR Insight Center on Scaling Social Impact. With a background in financial inclusion, Rosita has worked and lived in the field and managed programs and research via the World Bank/IFC, Mercy Corps, Accion, Tahirih Justice Center, and America’s Promise. Rosita earned an MBA from Harvard and BA with honors in Economics, French, and Politics from Wake Forest University.
Mary Nelson
Executive Director, Council For A Parliament of the World's Religions
Mary Nelson became Executive Director of the Parliament of the World’s Religions in 2012, after a term on its Board. She was President for 35 years of a nationally recognized Chicago based faith-rooted community development corporation. She led cutting edge initiatives in holistic community development, in “smart growth in an urban community context”, focused in her African American low income community. She gives national leadership in advocacy and creative development around national issues impacting poverty and policies that improve inclusion, equity and diversity. She is chair of the board of Sojourners, a national faith-rooted advocacy organization. She is author of Empowerment, chapters in many books, and publications. She earned her PhD from Union Graduate School, and has six honorary PhD’s.
Conn Nugent
Principal, The J.M. Kaplan Fund, Inc.
Conn Nugent has divided his professional life between running foundations and running non-profits that rely on them. Foundations: Bay State Charitable Trust; Nathan Cummings Foundation; The JM Kaplan Fund. Non-Profits: Five Colleges, Inc; Citizens Union of the City of New York; The Land Institute; The Heinz Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment. Conn was Executive Director of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War when the organization was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. In his new capacity as Senior Fellow of The Ocean Foundation, Conn is preparing a study of the environmental and economic consequences of seabed mining.
Doug O'Brien
Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Doug O'Brien, J.D., LL.M., Acting Under Secretary, Rural Development U.S. Department of Agriculture Doug O'Brien, was appointed Deputy Under Secretary for USDA Rural Development. He currently serves in the capacity of Acting Under Secretary for the mission area. Prior to his appointment, O'Brien served as Senior Advisor to Secretary Tom Vilsack and Chief of Staff to Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan. O'Brien has also served as Senior Advisor to Iowa Governor Chet Culver, Interim Co-Director for the National Agricultural Law Center in Fayetteville, Ark., and Senior Staff Attorney at the Drake Agricultural Law Center in Des Moines, Iowa. He is former counsel for the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee, where he worked on the 2002 Farm Bill. O'Brien graduated from Loras College and earned a Juris Doctorate with honors from the University of Iowa. In addition, he holds a Master's Degree in Agricultural Law from the University of Arkansas.
David Orr
Paul Sears Distinguished professor of Environmental Studies and Politics, Oberlin College
David W. Orr is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics at Oberlin College, where he organized and led the effort to design the first substantially green building on a U.S. college campus—the Oberlin Environmental Studies Center, selected as one of 30 "milestone buildings" in the 20th century by the U.S. Department of Energy. Orr’s career as a scholar, teacher, writer, speaker, and entrepreneur spans fields as diverse as environment and politics, environmental education, campus greening, green building, ecological design, and climate change. He is a pioneer in environmental literacy in higher education and ecological design and has authored six books. Orr is also a contributing editor of Conservation Biology.
Michele Ozumba
President and CEO, Women's Funding Network
Ozumba joined the Women’s Funding Network (WFN) earlier this year as chief program officer, bringing with her a wide variety of leadership and advocacy experience. Before joining WFN, she served as president and CEO of the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention for 10 years. She also spent four years as director of the Office of Adolescent Health at the Georgia Division of Public Health. Ozumba has served on the board of the Atlanta Women’s Foundation, the Healthy Teen Network, and the National Advisory Council on Sexual Health.
Stacy Palmer
Editor, Chronicle of Philanthropy
Stacy Palmer has served as a top editor since The Chronicle of Philanthropy was founded in 1988 and has overseen the development of its Web sites, Philanthropy.com and Philanthropy Careers. She has appeared frequently on radio and television to offer commentary on news in the nonprofit world. She is the editor of “Challenges for Philanthropy and Nonprofits,” a book published by the University Press of New England that collects three decades of observations by the nonprofit activist and Chronicle columnist Pablo Eisenberg. Before she joined the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Ms. Palmer was editor for government and politics at The Chronicle of Higher Education. She is a graduate of Brown University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in international relations.
Peter Panepento
Vice President, Network, Council on Foundations
Peter Panepento is the Senior Vice President of Knowledge and Community after spending more than 20 years as a professional journalist. In his most recent role, as assistant managing editor at The Chronicle of Philanthropy, he built some of the most powerful and influential social networks in philanthropy, launched a world-class Webinar series, and developed partnerships. Peter started his career as a community journalist, covering small towns, sprawling suburbs, and big cities. Later, he was senior editor at an online and media startup and served as a business reporter at The Erie Times-News in Pennsylvania, where his reporting earned recognition from groups like Investigative Reporters and Editors and the National Headliner Awards.
Heather Peeler
Vice President of Member & Partner Engagement, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
Peeler leads GEO’s development of content offerings, convenings, customized services, peer learning and networking opportunities to help members continue to improve practices. Most recently, she was the chief strategy officer at the Corporation for National and Community Service. Before that, she served as managing director of Community Wealth Ventures, focusing on nonprofit services, business development, and strategy. She serves as the board president of Men Can Stop Rape, a national nonprofit organization that mobilizes young men to use their strength for creating cultures free from violence.
Thaler Pekar
CEO, Thaler Pekar and Partners LLC
Thomas Perez
Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor
Gayle Peterson
Senior Managing Director, Partners For Change
Peterson is also an associate fellow at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, and is launching and co-directing the new Impact Investing Programme and the Women Transforming Leadership Programme at Oxford. She has more than 25 years of experience as strategist, philanthropist, and trusted advisor to social investors worldwide. She has managed and assessed more than $5 billion in philanthropic and social investments. Her expertise includes wealth creation strategies to alleviate poverty, deliberate leadership frameworks to address complex problems, evaluation and triple-bottom-line impacts, multi-sector partnerships, and global food systems reform.
Mary Phillips
President, GMA Foundations
Mary Phillips is a founding partner and President of GMA Foundations, where she has been working with family foundations for over thirty years. She leads the firm’s consulting services and specializes in program design and assessment, planning for transitions, governance structure, trustee orientation, retreat planning and facilitation, foundation start-up services, foundation management, and executive coaching. Mary is a Past Chair of Associated Grant Makers, a New England-wide association of grantmakers; she is active in the non-profit community and has presented, facilitated and written for the Council on Foundations, Exponent Philanthropy, the National Center for Family Philanthropy, and other local and national philanthropic associations. Mary is a founding member of the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers.
Tony Pipa
Deputy Assistant Administrator, Foundation For Louisiana
Tony Pipa is the International Policy Adviser to the Administrator and Deputy Assistant Administrator in USAID’s Bureau of Policy, Planning and Learning, where he leads the Agency’s international engagement on key development issues and policy priorities. He also provides senior leadership in the development of new Agency-wide policies. Prior to joining USAID, he directed the NGO Leaders Forum and developed and ran the Humanitarian & Development NGOs Domain of Practice at the Hauser Center at Harvard University. He was also a founder and senior advisor to the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation, formed out of the governor’s office after Hurricane Katrina. He attended Stanford University, graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. from Duke University, and earned an M.P.A. from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Stephanie Powers
Sr. Director for Policy and Partnerships, Council on Foundations
Stephanie Powers is Managing Director for the Council on Foundations’ Public-Philanthropic Partnership Initiative. Prior to joining the Council in September of 2007, she provided executive leadership for two national associations, the National Apartment Association’s Education Institute (NAAEI) and the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) during the period 2002– 2007. She was the Clinton Administration’s Director of the National School to Work Office in the US Departments of Labor and Education from 1998 – 2001, and prior to that held positions in the Employment and Training Administration (US Department of Labor) from 1993-1998 as Chief of Staff to the Assistant Secretary and Director of Communications and Public Information.
Susan Price
Vice President, National Center for Family Philanthropy
Susan Crites Price is a Washington, DC-based writer, consultant and speaker. She is a former vice president of the National Center for Family Philanthropy, and also the former managing director of the Family Foundation Services Department at the Council on Foundations. Among her recently published works are NCFP’s four guidebooks about the leadership roles of family foundation CEOs. She is the author or co-author of six books including The Giving Family: Raising Our Children to Help Others (Council on Foundations, 2001, revised 2003), and is a frequent speaker to groups around the country on the subject of instilling philanthropic values in children. Her latest book, Generous Genes: Raising Giving Children in a Digital Age, will be published in summer, 2014.
Theron Pride
Senior Advisor, Department of Justice Programs, National Forum of Youth Violence Prevention
Theron Pride is a senior advisor to Assistant Attorney General Karol Mason in the Office of Justice Programs at the U.S. Department of Justice. His work includes the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention and the Defending Childhood Initiative. His portfolio at the Justice Department also involves working on issues related to children exposed to illegal drug use, reforming the juvenile justice system and enhancing public safety. Prior to his appointment to the Justice Department in 2010, Theron worked as a social worker with children and families in a variety of clinical settings including residential treatment centers, juvenile detention facilities, schools and community-based organizations. Theron earned his master's degree in social work at the University of Michigan and his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.
Bahia Ramos Synnott
Program Director, Community Foundations, John S. & James L. Knight Foundation
Bahia Ramos joined Knight Foundation in September 2009 as a National Urban Fellow and was later hired as director, community foundations. She directs donor-advised grants to community foundations around the country. Prior to her selection as a National Urban Fellow, Ramos spent two years living in London, where she consulted with Man Group Plc, the world’s largest publicly traded hedge fund, in the corporate responsibility department. She received her bachelor of arts in history from Williams College, and is pursuing her master’s in public administration from the Baruch College School of Public Affairs in New York.
Miles Rapoport
President and CEO, Common Cause
Miles Rapoport, whose long career in public service has been devoted to strengthening democracy and achieving economic fairness at every level, has been the president of Common Cause since March. He joined the organization after 13 years as president of Demos, a New York based public policy organization working for economic equality and a stronger, fully inclusive democracy. Miles is also a former secretary of the state and state legislator in Connecticut, and founded or led several citizen organizations working on political reform, consumer protection, racial equality, and economic justice issues. Miles currently serves on the board of The American Prospect magazine and was its president 2010–2012. He attended Harvard University and is a New York University graduate.
Barbara Raymond
Director, Schools & Neighborhoods, The California Endowment
Barbara Raymond, Director of Schools & Neighborhoods for The California Endowment. Barbara has worked in public safety since 1996, focusing on communications, program development and evaluation, organizational assessment, and training. She served as a project director in the Community Policing Bureau of the Seattle Police Department, and as a criminal justice researcher with the RAND Corporation. Barbara has consulted with a wide variety of police agencies as well as probation and court organizations and has authored a number of publications on public safety issues including the US DOJ COPS Office guide on Assigning Police Officers in Schools. She holds a B.A. in Government and a Masters degree in Education.
Alexander Reid
Of Counsel, Morgan Lewis
Alexander Reid is of counsel in Morgan Lewis's Tax Practice where he advises tax-exempt organizations of all varieties, including charities, foundations, colleges and universities, museums, and other nonprofit organizations. He assists clients in structuring philanthropic enterprises and collaborations with commercial entities to accomplish charitable objectives. Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Reid served as legislation counsel for the Joint Committee on Taxation. He has also served at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Tax Policy, as a tax policy fellow.
Janis Reischmann
Executive Director, Hau'oli Mau Loa Foundation
Janis was hired as the Foundation’s first Executive Director in April 2008, bringing to this role more than 20 years of working in the nonprofit sector in Hawai`i. Her experience with grantmaking foundations includes seeking grants from local as well as national foundations and serving as staff or consultant to Hawai`i Community Foundation and various family and independent foundations. For seven years, Janis led a consulting practice, largely in Hawai`i, that focused primarily on organizational and project development with most of her clients being nonprofit or government agencies. On being a part of Hau`oli Mau Loa Foundation Janis says, “Over the years I have learned that successful grantmaking foundations realize their success through the hard work of others. For this reason, I am deeply indebted to the organizations that have partnered with the Foundation in the past and to those that will engage with us in the future, as it is through them, we will have the impact our benefactor intended."
Gina Reiss-Wilchins
Executive Director, Somaly Mam Foundation
Gina Reiss-Wilchins is a senior management and development professional with over two decades of experience in the non-profits sector on the local, state and national levels. She has worked closely with community-based organizations, philanthropic institutions, celebrities, and UN agencies on a number of social justice causes. She is particularly concerned with the challenges faced by girls in at-risk communities. Fast Company selected Ms. Reiss-Wilchins among their 2012 “League of Extraordinary Women.” Ms. Reiss-Wilchins currently serves as the Executive Director of the Somaly Mam Foundation, providing strategic direction and leadership for its work in the U.S. and Cambodia. Prior to joining SMF, she served as Director of the United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up Campaign. Ms. Reiss-Wilchins is a graduate of UCLA with a English literature/Women’s Studies degree. She lives in Washington, DC with her partner and her seven year old daughter.
Carla Roberts
President and CEO, Fremont Area Community Foundation (MI)
Carla Roberts, president and CEO of the Fremont Area Community Foundation since March 2011, is the former VP of affiliates for the Arizona Community Foundation. Currently on the board of the Council on Foundations, Roberts also served on the Council’s Community Foundations Leadership Team from 2009-12. She was the project director for the Idea Lab Grant that developed the Council’s affiliate curriculum. In the past, she has served on the board of Native Americans in Philanthropy, the Council on Foundations International Committee and as an Arizona Advisor to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Roberts, a published author and trainer, holds an MFA from the University of Iowa in Iowa City.
John Rohe
Vice President of Philanthropy, Colcom Foundation
John F. Rohe received a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University in 1972. Between 1972 and 1974, he served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines and thereafter entered law school. Between 1977 and 2006, he practiced law, with an emphasis on nonprofits, in northern Michigan. He then accepted a position as Vice-President of Philanthropy with Colcom Foundation in Pittsburgh. The Foundation supports community and environmental projects in southwestern Pennsylvania and natural resource preservation efforts nationally.
Lee Rose
Director, Community Foundations of Canada
Lee Rose is the chief rassembleur (or sherpa, if you will) for Community Knowledge Exchange (CKX), a new iterative and open-source initiative for sharing and building community knowledge. He also sits on the board of Imagine Canada, and the Ten Oaks Project, a grassroots organization that delivers summer programming for children and youth from LGBTQ+ communities. When not catching up on what's new in the world of community knowledge and social innovation, Lee can usually be found spending time with his three kids, chasing after his runaway dog, cycling, or wishing he was paddling a canoe on Lake Temagami.
Katherina Rosqueta
Founding Executive Director of The Center for High Impact Philanthropy, University of Pennsylvania
Katherina M. Rosqueta is the founding Executive Director of The Center for High Impact Philanthropy and Adjunct Faculty of the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. Before accepting her appointment at the Center in the Spring of 2006, Kat was a consultant with McKinsey & Company, where she served clients in the areas of strategy development, capability-building, and post-merger management. Prior to joining McKinsey, Kat worked in community development, nonprofit management, and venture philanthropy. She served as a founding team member of New Schools Venture Fund; founding director of Board Match Plus, a San Francisco program dedicated to strengthening nonprofit boards; and program manager of Wells Fargo’s Corporate Community Development Group.
Faith Rothblatt
Associate Director, Brain & Behavior Research Foundation
Gina Russo
Gogerty Marriott
Douglas Rutzen
President, International Center for Not-for-Profit Law
Douglas Rutzen is President and CEO of the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law, which has worked in 100 countries to develop the legal framework for civil society, public participation, and philanthropy. Doug is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches international civil society law. Doug also co-chairs the State Department’s Global Philanthropy Working Group. Last year, President Obama invited Doug to present remarks at a UN General Assembly side event on civil society. Doug has served on the advisory boards/steering committees of the National Center on Philanthropy and the Law, the United States International Grantmaking Project, and the Hudson Institute’s Index of Philanthropic Freedom. Doug is a graduate of Yale Law School, with undergraduate studies at Cornell and Oxford.
James Sandman
President, Legal Services Corporation
Jim Sandman is President of the Legal Services Corporation, the largest single funder of civil legal aid programs for low-income people in the United States. He is currently chair of the DC Bar’s Pro Bono Committee, Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services of the District of Columbia Circuit Judicial Conference, DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, District of Columbia State Advisory Committee of the United States Civil Rights Commission, and vice chair of the board for Washington Performing Arts Society. Jim is a summa cum laude graduate of Boston College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he served as Executive Editor of the Law Review.
Sue Santa
Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Legal Affairs, Council on Foundations
Prior to joining the Council in January 2013, Santa was senior vice president for public policy at The Philanthropy Roundable, where she led efforts to expand philanthropic freedom and enhance discussions of charitable giving and public policy.She previously served as senior director of public and legal affairs for International Speedway Corporation. Before that, she was in the legislative practice group of Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson & Hand in Washington, D.C. She also served as special projects coordinator for Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.).
Howard Schneider
Dean, School of Journalism, Stony Brook University
At Stony Brook, Schneider developed the nation’s first course in news literacy, which trains students to identify reliable news and information from unsubstantiated or misleading reports. More than two dozen universities are now teaching variations of the course. During his tenure as managing editor and then editor of Newsday, the newspaper won eight Pulitzer Prizes and became an early adapter of news websites. Schneider also collaborated with actor Alan Alda in creating the nation’s first Center for Communicating Science.
Betsy Schwartz
Vice President for Public Education and Strategic Initiatives, National Council For Community Behavioral Healthcare
Pratichi Shah
President and CEO, Flourish Talent Management Solutions, LLC
Pratichi Shah is an HR strategist and executive with twenty years experience in talent management, human resources, and organizational development in the nonprofit and for profit arenas. She is the founder and CEO of Flourish Talent Management Solutions (FTMS), a firm specializing in talent strategy development; strategy and culture alignment; training and organizational development; and coaching for executives and emerging leaders. FTMS works exclusively with nonprofit and philanthropic organizations and has helped to strengthen national organizations focused on issues ranging from civil rights and social service to international development and health. Prior to launching FTMS, Pratichi was the Chief Talent Officer (CTO) for Independent Sector. She holds an MBA in Human Resources from American University, a BA in Psychology/Management from Eckerd College, and a coaching certification from the Newfield Network. Pratichi serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for Atlas Corps and is a Board member for Pro-Inspire.
Jim Shelton
Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Education
Jim Shelton is the deputy secretary at the U.S. Department of Education. In this role, he oversees a broad range of management, policy, and program functions. Previously, he served as head of the Office of Innovation and Improvement at the Department, managing a portfolio that included most of the Department's competitive programs, such as the Investing in Innovation Fund (i3), Promise Neighborhoods, and others focused on teacher and leader quality, school choice, and learning technology. Earlier in his career as program director for education at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Shelton managed portfolios ranging from $2 to $3 billion in non-profit investments targeting increased high school and college graduation rates.
Marta Siberio
President, Marta Siberio Consulting
Diana Sieger
President, Grand Rapids Community Foundation (MI)
Diana R. Sieger is the President of the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, a position she has held for more than 24 years. In her role Diana is responsible for the leadership, management, strategic planning and development of this dynamic community foundation. She serves on the Council on Foundations' Board of Directors and Executive Committee, and is the past Board Chair of the Council of Michigan Foundations. Diana’s career extends 38 years with a passion for excellence in making positive impact in every facet of community life.
James Silkenat
President, American Bar Association
Mr. Silkenat, a partner in the New York office of law firm Sullivan & Worcester and a member of its Corporate Department, is President of the American Bar Association. He has a long and distinguished ABA record directed at strengthening the legal profession and promoting services to underrepresented and underserved communities. Before his election by the ABA House of Delegates last year, he was a member of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession and the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession, and a member of the ABA House of Delegates since 1990. Mr. Silkenat’s public service is rooted in his participation as a key member of the Council of New York Law Associates, serving as Board Chair and Steering Committee member in the mid-1970s.
Bradford Smith
President, Foundation Center
Smith has spent his entire career in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. Prior to joining the Foundation Center, he was president of the Oak Foundation, a family foundation with grant activities in 41 countries. Before that, he developed and led the Ford Foundation's Peace and Social Justice Program. During his 10-year tenure as vice president, he oversaw funding to hundreds of organizations working on human rights, international cooperation, governance, and civil society in the United States and around the world.
Michael Smith
Director, Social Innovation Fund, Corporation for National and Community Service
Michael is a political appointee in the Obama Administration serving as the director of the Social Innovation Fund (SIF) at the Corporation for National and Community Service. Before joining the Obama Administration Michael served as Senior Vice President of Social Innovation at the Case Foundation, where he oversaw the Foundation's giving and program strategy and played a key role in the creation and support of numerous highly regarded campaigns and public-private partnerships. Before joining the Case Foundation, Michael helped build national initiatives aimed at bridging the “digital divide” as a Program Officer at the Beaumont Foundation of America and a Regional Program Manager at PowerUP, overseeing the launch and development of thousands of impact-oriented technology centers nationwide.
Jeffrey Solomon
President, Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies, Inc.
Solomon leads the Bronfman Philanthropies’ efforts primarily in the Jewish community, focusing on projects and initiatives in Canada, Israel, and the United States. He previously served as the senior vice president and CEO of UJA-Federation of New York. He also held executive positions at Altro Health & Rehabilitation Services, Miami Jewish Home and Hospital for the Aged, and Jewish Family and Children's Services in Miami. Solomon’s book The Art of Giving: Where the Soul Meets the Business Plan, co-authored with Charles Bronfman, received the Axiom Gold Medal in philanthropy. A sequel will be published soon.
Abdi Soltani
Executive Director, ACLU of Northern California
Abdi Soltani serves as the Executive Director of the ACLU of Northern California where he has led major efforts on a range of civil liberties issues. Abdi has also deepened the organization's presence in California's Central Valley, established stronger Spanish language communications capacity, and integrated the ACLU affiliates in California as a cohesive statewide force. Abdi participates in the Levi Strauss Foundation Pioneers in Justice program, which invests in new leaders who are leading change efforts. Previously Abdi served as a community organizer and executive director of Californians for Justice, Campaign for College Opportunity, and PARSA Community Foundation.
Saket Soni
Executive Director, New Orleans Workers' Center For Racial Justice
Vikki Spruill
President & CEO, Council on Foundations
Vikki Spruill is president and CEO of the Council on Foundations, a national nonprofit association of approximately 1,600 philanthropic organizations and corporations. As a leading voice for the American philanthropic sector, Vikki frequently speaks about the impact and value of American philanthropy, as well as the importance of charitable giving. She has a long record of advancing the philanthropic sector. In 2003, she helped create FoundationWorks, an independent organization devoted to helping foundations and others in the philanthropic sector use strategic communications to enhance their philanthropic effectiveness. She also served as the first director of the Philanthropic Awareness Initiative, a research project that worked with foundations and philanthropy organizations to improve communications and outreach strategies. She has authored a number of thought pieces, including Philanthropy in the News, Making American Foundations Relevant, and Build Brand Identity for Causes, Not Groups.
Kathleen Starr
Vice President of Capital Deployment, The F.B. Heron Foundation
Marc Sternberg
Director K-12 Education Reform, Walton Family Foundation, Inc.
Marc Sternberg is the director of the Walton Family Foundation’s Systemic K-12 Education Reform Focus Area where he leads initiatives to improve education. Before joining the foundation, Marc served as the Senior Deputy Chancellor at the NYC Department of Education and senior K-12 policy advisor to the chancellor and the mayor’s office. Marc taught as a Teach For America corps member, before serving as founding principal of the Bronx Lab School. He earned a B.A from Princeton University and joint MBA and Masters in Education from Harvard University. Marc was selected as a 2009-2010 White House Fellow, during which time he worked in the office of U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan supporting the Race to the Top initiative.
Eugene Steuerle
Institute Fellow, The Urban Institute
Eugene Steuerle serves in the Richard Fisher Chair at the Urban Institute. Among his previous positions, he has served Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Tax Analysis, President of the National Tax Association, chair of the 1999 Technical Panel advising Social Security on its methods and assumptions, and Vice-President of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation. He co-founded the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, the Urban Institute Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy, and ACT for Alexandria, a community foundation that he also currently chairs. His recently published book, Dead Men Ruling, finds common cause for many of our economic woes in the unique modern effort of both political parties to control legally a future they cannot possibly know.
Patty Stonesifer
Senior Advisor to the Trustees, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
As the first CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Stonesifer led its mission to promote equity for all people around the world, setting strategic priorities, monitoring results, and facilitating relationships with key partners. Prior to that, she had a successful two-decade career in technology. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. She also was a member of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on AIDS.
Lester Strong
Chief Executive Officer, AARP Experience Corps, AARP
Lester Strong is the Chief Executive Officer of AARP Experience Corps, which tutors and mentors elementary school children (K-3) who struggle with reading by utilizing the skills and experiences of adults age 50 and over. AARP Experience Corps serves 30,000 in 21 cities across the United States through a program recognized as the one of the most effective in-school interventions in the country. Prior to his service at AARP Experience Corps, Lester has served a leader in educational entrepreneurship and development. He was the Chief Development Officer for the BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life) Foundation, which also provides tutoring and mentoring services to underserved children.
Richard Stuebi
President & CEO, The Cleveland Foundation
Richard Stuebi is President & CEO of MAR Systems, whose proprietary Sorbster(R) adsorbent media removes metal contaminants from wastewater discharges. Previously, he simultaneously served as Fellow for Energy and Environmental Advancement at the Cleveland Foundation and as the leader of the cleantech investment practice at Early Stage Partners, a Midwest-focused venture capital firm based in Cleveland. He has been working with energy-related start-up companies for over a decade, having founded NextWave Energy in 1999 to assist clients in commercializing new technologies in the energy sector. Earlier in his career, Richard was a Senior Vice President of business development at Louis Dreyfus Energy, a management consultant in the energy practice at McKinsey & Co., and an economic consultant in the energy practice of ICF Resources.
Ray Suarez
Journalist, Al Jazeera America, LLC
Ray Suarez, winner of multiple News and Documentary Emmy Awards, is currently the host of Inside Story on Al Jazeera America and is a former correspondent for the PBS NewsHour (1999-2013). Saurez is also the author of three books, most recently "Latino Americans: The 500 Year Legacy That Shaped a Nation". A seasoned political news correspondent, Mr. Suarez has unique insights into the ways in which religion and the “Minority Majority” inform our politic landscape and will come to shape the future of America.
K. Sujata
President/CEO, Chicago Foundation For Women
K. Sujata is a strong advocate for women and girls with broad experience in Chicago’s philanthropic, business and nonprofit communities. She serves as president and CEO of Chicago Foundation for Women, a grantmaking organization dedicated to increasing resources and opportunities for women and girls in the greater Chicago area. Sujata has worked at several notable nonprofit agencies in Chicago: director of programs for the Eleanor Foundation, executive director of Apna Ghar, director of Chicago Continuum of Care (now Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness), and director of planning and development at Interfaith Housing Development Corporation. Before joining the nonprofit sector, Sujata trained as a scientist at Northwestern University, received an MBA from IIT, and studied engineering in her native India.
La June Tabron
President and CEO, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Barbara Taylor
Program Officer, 21/64
Barbara Taylor is a Program and Relationships Director at 21/64, a non-profit consulting practice specializing in next generation and multigenerational engagement in philanthropy and family enterprise. Barbara works on 21/64 related activities in many capacities, including tool development and distribution, helps manage the Grand Street philanthropic network, and coordinates 21/64 consulting to family foundations, conferences, and family offices. Barbara received a Master's in Public Administration at NYU's Wagner School for Public Service, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from St. John's University.
Chet Tchozewski
Board Member, Chino Cienega Foundation
Chet is the founder of the Global Greengrants Fund, founder and president of the RTC Impact Fund, and a board member of the Chino Cienega Foundation. A serial social entrepreneur, he also services on the board of directors of the Council on Foundations, CDR Associates, the Sustainable Development Strategies Group, and the advisory board of the One Earth Future Foundation.
Steven Teles
Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins University
Tomicah Tillemann
Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State for Civil Society &Emerging Democracies, U.S. State Department
Tillemann and his team operate like venture capitalists in bringing together talent, partners, and resources to strengthen civil society and new democracies worldwide. He also worked as speechwriter to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and they collaborated on more than 200 speeches. His other professional experience includes time on the staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, in the White House, on multiple Senate and congressional campaigns, as a journalist with Reuters New Media, and as host of a commercial radio program in Denver. Tillemann is a co-holder of five patents on advanced clean technologies.
Martha Toll
Executive Director, Butler Family Fund
Martha Toll is the Executive Director of the Butler Family Fund, a path breaking philanthropy focused on ending homelessness and on reforming the criminal justice system with an emphasis on abolishing the extreme sentences of juvenile life without parole and the US death penalty. Toll is active nationally; she serves on the board of Funders Together to End Homelessness and on Funders for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. She is a graduate of Yale College and Boston University School of Law. In her private life, Toll is a published book commentator and reviewer, as well as a fiction writer.
Laura Tomasko
Network Developer, Council on Foundations
As a network developer, Laura leads an impact investing initiative, tracks philanthropic trends, and develops relationships with leaders interested in the changing landscape of social good. Previously as manager of public-philanthropic partnerships, she built the capacities of federal agencies interested in partnering with foundations. Before the Council, her philanthropy experience included operations work at Grantmakers for Effective Organizations and grantmaking at the Central New York Community Foundation. Laura has been named a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum. Laura received a BA from Occidental College and holds an MPA from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, where she served as the Vernon Snow Fellow in Nonprofit Management.
Cheryl Tupper
Vice President for Religion and Healthcare, The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations
As Vice President for Religion and Healthcare, Cheryl manages nearly $3,000,000 in grants annually to strengthen graduate theological education, programs in interfaith dialogue and understanding, and promote caring attitudes in health care. She holds a BS in Health Sciences Education and Evaluation from the University of Buffalo and a MS in Dental Public Health from Boston University. She later received a Certificate in Theological Studies from Pacific School of Religion, a multi-denominational Christian seminary in Berkeley, CA. She is currently is on the board of OneJax, an institute of the University of North Florida, whose purpose is to increase respect and improve relationships among religious, ethnic, racial and cultural groups in northeast Florida.
Luz Vega-Marquis
President & CEO, Marguerite Casey Foundation
Luz A. Vega-Marquis is president and CEO of the Marguerite Casey Foundation, where she manages the Foundation's investment portfolio, leads its effort to disburse approximately $30 million in grants annually, and spearheads the organization's focus to positively impact families, youth, and children. Prior to joining the Foundation, Vega-Marquis served as executive director of the Community Technology Foundation of California (CTFC), where she was instrumental in developing the strategic framework of CTFC's grants program as well as energizing the CTFC vision of bringing information technology to underserved communities throughout California. A founder of Hispanics in Philanthropy, Vega-Marquis has served on numerous boards, including the Council of Foundations, Northern California Grantmakers, The Women's Foundation, and Katalysis Foundation.
Bina Venkataraman
Senior Advisor on Climate Change Innovation, The White House
Bina Venkataraman is Senior Advisor on Climate Change Innovation in the Executive Office of the President of the United States, where she leads efforts to stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship to address climate change. During the first term of the Obama Administration, Bina served as Policy Deputy to Eric Lander in his role as co-chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, and as Director of Global Policy Initiatives at the Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard. She was previously a journalist for The New York Times and The Boston Globe, where she also served on the editorial board. Bina is an alumna of Brown University and Harvard’s Kennedy School, and has led global development initiatives in Vietnam, Mexico, and India.
Darren Walker
President, Ford Foundation
Darren Walker is president of the Ford Foundation, the second largest philanthropy in the United States. For more than two decades Darren has been a leader in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors, starting with a local community and economic development initiative in Harlem, then shifting to global work on an array of social justice issues, including human rights, urban development, free expression, and more. Before being named president in 2013, Darren served as the foundation’s vice president for Education, Creativity and Free Expression, where he shaped more than $140 million in annual grant-making around the world, covering areas as diverse as media and journalism, arts and culture, sexuality and reproductive health and rights, educational access and opportunity, and religion.
Kevin Walker
President and CEO, Northwest Area Foundation
Sean Walsh
Public Relations, Carl S. Mink, CPA P.A.
Sean has more than 20 years of experience in strategic communications and advocacy, media relations, public affairs and politics. He managed account teams for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,the Council on Foundations, and the Pew Center on the States. He oversaw communications and media relations for two governors. Sean's work to advance efforts improving lives and strengthening communities includes: a nationally recognized early childhood education initiative designed to ensure children come to school healthy and ready to learn; a national coalition of foundations, nonprofits and charitable organizations that brought tax policy to life and helped protect vital support for health, education and opportunity; and HBO’s The Weight of the Nation documentary series on America’s obesity epidemic.
Mark Warren
Tax Counsel, Committee on Ways and Means, United States House of Representatives
Eric Washington
Chief Judge, District of Columbia Court of Appeals
Eric T. Washington has served as Chief Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals since 2005. He was sworn in as an Associate Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals July, 1999. He previously served as co-chair of the Strategic Planning Leadership Council for the District of Columbia Courts, and as a member of the Standing Committee on Fairness and Access to the Courts as well as the Access to Justice Commission. Chief Judge Washington has been active in many professional, civic and charitable organizations. He served as President of the Conference of Chief Justices, and he has served on several committees of the District of Columbia Bar.
Thomas Wathen
Vice President, Environment, The Pew Charitable Trusts
Thomas (Tom) Wathen joined Pew in June 2008 and helps to oversee all of Pew’s ocean conservation, wilderness protection and clean energy programs. Wathen has had a long career in public interest advocacy and consumer and environmental organizations. Most recently, he served as the executive vice president and general counsel at the National Environmental Trust. Previously, Wathen held positions with several nongovernmental organizations and was a consultant to the Rockefeller Family Fund and the Environmental Grantmakers Association. He holds a bachelor’s degree in public affairs and certificate in environmental science from Indiana University and a J.D. from Harvard University.
Kathy Whelpley
Executive Vice President, National Center for Family Philanthropy
Kathy Whelpley is Vice President of the National Center for Family Philanthropy. Kathy has spent the past 25 years working to build the assets and impact of philanthropic and nonprofit organizations.
Colburn Wilbur
Trustee, The David & Lucile Packard Foundation
Wilbur served as president and CEO of the Packard Foundation from 1976 to 1999. Prior to that, he was executive director and CEO of the Sierra Club Foundation. In 1999, he received the Distinguished Grantmaker Award from the Council on Foundations and was a senior fellow at the Council from 1999 to 2000. He also served as the Council’s interim president and CEO in 2005. Wilbur currently serves on the boards of the Colorado College, the Institute for Global Ethics, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, the NARAL Foundation, and Philanthropic Ventures Foundation.
Riki Wilchins
Executive Director, TrueChild
Riki Wilchins is Executive Director of TrueChild, a research and action center that promotes improving life outcomes for youth and at-risk populations through “gender transformative” approaches that challenge rigid ideals of masculinity and femininity in ways that reconnect social justice and gender justice. The author of three books on gender theory, Riki has written on philanthropy for the Council on Foundations, GrantCraft, GuideStar and the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy. She is currently working on a book on gender transformative philanthropy. She has been profiled in The New York Times; TIME selected her one of "100 Civic Innovators for the 21st Century."
Jonah Wittkamper
Co-Founder & Global Director, Nexus Network
Evan Wolfson
Founder and President, Freedom To Marry
Lisa Woll
CEO, US SIF
Colin Woodard
Award-Winning Author & Journalist
Colin Woodard is an award-winning journalist and author of The Lobster Coast: Rebels, Rusticators, and the Struggle for a Forgotten Frontier (Viking, 2004), Ocean's End: Travels Through Endangered Seas (Basic Books, 2000), and The Republic of Pirates (Harcourt, May 2007), which is the basis of the forthcoming NBC series "Crossbones." His fourth book, American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America, (Viking, Fall 2011), was named one of the Best Books of 2011 by the editors of The New Republic and The Globalist and received the 2012 Maine Literary Award for non-fiction. He is currently State & National Affairs Writer at the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram, where his investigative reporting won a 2012 George Polk Award. A native of Maine, he has reported from more than fifty foreign countries and six continents, and lived for more than four years in Eastern Europe. He is a longtime foreign correspondent of The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Christian Science Monitor, a contributing editor at Down East magazine, and State and National Affairs Writer at The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.
Douglas Wood
Program Lead, Somaly Mam Beauty+ Salon, Somaly Mam Foundation
Steven Woolf
Tax Counsel, United Jewish Communities
Danielle York
Director, 21/64
Danielle Oristian York is a Director at 21/64, non-profit consulting practice specializing in next generation and multigenerational engagement in philanthropy and family enterprise. She speaks and consults with families and their advisors on multigenerational engagement and empowering the next generation using 21/64 methods and tools. Danielle also facilitates trainings on 21/64's approach to these powerful subjects. Danielle earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from James Madison University. She has completed the postgraduate program at The Bowen Center for the Study of the Family at Georgetown and has studied at the Cannon Financial Institute.