Jennifer Anastasoff is a co-founder of Fuse Corps and our founding CEO. Ms. Anastasoff has significant experience engaging the corporate sector in pro-bono projects in particular in education. Prior to starting Fuse Corps, Jennifer engaged top corporate professionals in pro-bono projects as well as in education as founding CEO of a teacher recruiting organization and founder of an international corporate service fellowship program. Her prior work includes teaching through Teach for America and serving as an analyst in the California Legislature. She has spoken and presented papers at Harvard University and its Business School and the University of California at Berkeley. She is proud to serve on the Board of the Junior Statesmen Foundation, the Advisory Board of the BizWorld Foundation and on the Silicon Valley Launch Committee of Year Up Bay Area. Jennifer has a Masters in Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she received the prestigious Public Service Fellowship. And she has been known to karaoke at least once a year, read voraciously, and laugh often.
Dave Viotti is a co-founder of Fuse Corps. He directs the Fuse Corps Civic Leadership Institute, which prepares Fuse Corps fellows for their year of service. Dave brings a depth of experience in leadership development and public service to the role. He has served as Executive Director of the Westly Foundation, Founder and CEO of STAND, Chief Learning Officer (USA) of Sun Microsystems, and CEO of the Junior Statesmen Foundation. Dave also worked for many years as a corporate attorney, supported the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Judicial Independence in Malaysia, and was an assistant producer for CNN’s “Burden of Proof.” Dave has firsthand experience with public service fellowship programs, having served as a Henry Luce Scholar to the Legislative Council in Hong Kong.
Dave holds a B.A. in government and a law degree from Georgetown University and a masters degree in international relations from Oxford University where he was an Allbritton Scholar. He lives in the Bay Area with his wife, Brooke, and their two children. In his spare time, Dave performs with a Palo Alto based improv comedy troupe.
Jay is a hands-on leader, entrepreneur and all-around problem solver. He works with the Points of Light Institute helping to lead the Civic Incubator, where he acts as a catalyst for new civic ventures by launching new solutions through social enterprise, merger and joint venture. The Civic Incubator serves as the innovation hub for the Points of Light Institute and hopes to grow and serve that role for the sector as a whole. Jay is a recovering consultant, having spent his first 15-years with Accenture and Spherion, working with Fortune 500’s, VC-held start-ups and nonprofit organizations. Jay has played a key role in the founding of Fuse Corps and plays an active role as part of the management team.
Sonal Shah has spent her career as an entrepreneur and innovator in government, business and the non-profit sectors. She is the former Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the first White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation focused on investing in and scaling innovative models in the social sector to solve some of the nation’s toughest challenges. She also served on President Obama's Transition Board overseeing the Technology, Innovation, Government Reform working group. Before joining the White House, Shah led Google’s global development initiatives for its philanthropy, Google.org. Prior to Google, Shah was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs, Inc. where she developed and managed the firm’s environmental strategy.
Sonal also has significant non-profit experience. She co-founded a non-profit, Indicorps, which offers fellowships for Indian-Americans to work on development projects in India. She helped set up the Center for Global Development where she managed the daily operations and developed the policy and advocacy programs for the Center. She also worked at the Center for American Progress focusing on trade, outsourcing and post conflict issues. From 1995-2002, Shah was an economist at the Department of Treasury, where she directed the office for African Nations, worked on the Asian Financial Crisis and post conflict development in Bosnia and Kosovo. Shah received her MA in Economics from Duke University and BA in Economics from the University of Chicago. She is an Aspen Crown Fellow and a Next Generation Fellow.
Nora Donaldson is Fuse Corps' Program Manager. She will have her hands full helping to plan the Fuse Corps Civic Leadership Institute, working to recruit incredible Fellows and all around multitasking. Nora has been trying out many of the major cities in the US and has happily decided to call San Francisco home. She recently worked for another San Francisco based non-profit EnCorps as their Events and Communications Manager. She helped to plan a professional development event called Boot Camp which trained over 100 STEM educators. Prior to that Nora traveled North America as a Project Manager for the national non-profit KaBOOM!. There she helped plan and execute over 60 done-in-a-day playground and community building events.
Outside of Fuse Corps Nora can be found playing with her dog Gus, attempting to cultivate a green thumb and working on her dream to play the ukulele.
Olubayo Johnson is a Social Media Consultant helping organizations find and engage their key constituents by using a variety of marketing strategies for traditional and social media. Most recently Olu was Director, Marketing at United way of the Bay Area leading their marketing communications including print and digital collateral and created their social media strategy from scratch.
Olu helps organizations rise above the online gaggle by emphasizing authenticity when using social media. Olu lives, works, and plays in San Francisco.
Over the past twenty years, Judy has worked in multiple industries in both private and public sectors with internal and external clients eager to align organizational structure to emerging business needs, improve global implementations, define improved strategies for effective transitions, and fine tune business integration processes.
Judy works with individual leaders and intact teams to improve leadership effectiveness, align people and processes, identify emerging issues, and assess the sustainability of organizational interventions. She works directly with executive teams, senior staff, and line managers facing diverse strategic business challenges such as unprecedented growth, dramatic market shifts, mergers and acquisitions, and developing the next generation of leaders. Her passion is to build people’s capacity to ask better questions—of themselves, their colleagues, and their organizations.
She possesses the capabilities to readily adapt to the dynamics of the engagement—functioning as consultant, coach, facilitator, program designer, or advisor. She believes that there is no one right answer or quick fix—and strives to construct blended solutions for balanced, contextual results. Clients appreciate her attention to designing actionable solutions and her willingness to adapt to doing business in their terms.
Her clients include BP, GE Energy, Intuit, Solectron Corporation, Quidel Corporation, Sempra Energy, Cardinal Health, FairIsaac, NETGEAR, Sun Microsystems, Kaiser Permanente, Menlo Worldwide, and the United Nations. In her spare time, she owned and operated a fine-dining restaurant.
Judy holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Masters in Education from Northeastern University and a BS in English Education from Boston University. She is an adjunct professor at UCSD’s School of Business and Science. Her professional certifications include Myer-Briggs Type Inventory, Team Management Systems, Trust Works, Emotional Competency Inventories, Authentic Leadership, and various 360 assessments.
Amardeep Brar Prasad
Amardeep (Dee) Brar Prasad is Fuse Corps’ Development Manager. She has held development positions at United Way, American Heart Association and most recently with March of Dimes - where she managed the March for Babies campaign, which included 4 walk-a-thons and over 6,000 donors and attendees. She is accustomed to successfully juggling multiple projects and has demonstrated much success in community outreach, donor management and business development initiatives. She received her Master’s in Public Administration from Notre Dame de Namur University, Summa Cum Laude
. She also has a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from California State University, Fresno and the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance - where she played a key role in planning and executing Fresno’s first Dropout Prevention
Summit. She enjoys spending time with her husband Ron, trying out new restaurants and spending innumerable hours inside bookstores.
Stephen Blake has been involved in public education and governmental reform in California for more than twenty years. He currently is principal of Stephen G. Blake and Associates, which provides policy and fiscal consultation and fundraising support to non-profit, governmental, and private entities, including Fuse Corps, Pivot Learning Partners, and New America Foundation. Previously, Mr. Blake served as the Executive Director of the Governor’s Committee on Education Excellence for Arnold Schwarzenegger and as Chief Consultant to the Legislature’s Joint Committee to Develop a Master Plan for Education, a collaborative effort that produced a first-in-the-nation Master Plan for Education for all levels of education. He preceded those efforts with eleven years of advocacy and system policy development for the California State University system, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, and the State Board of Education, and he was a member of the leadership team for the California Education Summit conducted by Assembly Speaker Willie L. Brown, Jr. Mr. Blake earned his baccalaureate degree from Princeton University in 1986.
Christine is a PR and marketing professional with experience in the tech sector, as well as in financial services. She gravitates towards PR for non-profit and for-profit causes she is passionate about, including Fuse Corps! As a writer of non-fiction, Christine has been a blogger for global women's issues, including successfully promoting events and strengthening the brand, Girls in Tech, as their Global Blog Editor and Director of Partnerships for two and a half years. Since then, she has held the role of PR Chair at the San Francisco Chapter of the American Marketing Association where she's promoted events such as fireside chats with Brian Solis and Robert Scoble and the Annual SfAMA Christmas Party --Toys for Tots Fundraiser in conjunction with Citrix. Christine has also held pro bono consulting roles for Taproot Foundation, Magic Bus USA and Miss Representation.org. She’s consulted for start-ups including eco-friendly tourism company, EcoTours, Listen for Life, and Bamboo Asia restaurant in San Francisco. Christine has held marketing and sales operations roles for companies such as Salesforce.com, Moss Adams, LLP and Toshiba International. In her personal time, she is a fierce ocean conservancy advocate, donating her time and tweets to such organizations as Earth Echo, Oceana and most recently, for Call of the Sea where her passion for sailing is also enjoyed.
Lorna Ho Randlett
Lorna Ho Randlett is currently the Reach and Relevance external relations manager for the US State and Local practice, the Infrastructure Americas practice and the Global Semiconductor practice. In this role she is responsible for largely managing the networks and convening the
C-level client community for the lead partners of those practices. Within this work she also oversees the external strategic partnerships, external strategic plan/platform and execution, and the media for the practice leadership. Lorna joined McKinsey & Company as a member of the external relations team of the Strategy practice on September 1, 2006. In this capacity, Lorna led, designed and implemented a comprehensive external communications and public affairs program for segments of the practice, working in concert with the West Coast and San Francisco offices. She continues to build the reputation of the firm on the West Coast, primarily through presenting high level special guests and events and first class media and public relations activities including interviews, speeches, strategic partnerships and targeted dissemination of papers and publications.
As an external hire, Lorna comes to the firm having previously been the Communications Director of the San Francisco Unified School District, leading the SFUSD Business Advisory Council and providing strategic communication services for the Superintendent and the district as part of her executive team.
Through her own consulting company, LMH Consulting Lorna has created strategy and executed placement of news stories in media outlets such as CNN, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal for executives, politicians and corporations. She has served as a public presenter and professional host/emcee for public and private corporate functions and nonprofit events. Finally, Lorna has also been a broadcast journalist with extensive experience in major market television stations in San Francisco and has also hosted the first live streaming business and finance webcast for Yahoo Inc. while creating strategic partnerships for the internet entity. She has a BA in Politics and Journalism from the University of California and enjoys significant outreach with various community organizations including serving on the SF Library Commission and on the board of The SF Boys and Girls Club. Nationally, Lorna is a member of the National Finance Committee for Barack Obama and the Legacy Circle for the Democratic Senator Campaign Committee. Lorna lives in San Francisco with her husband and four children.
Lenny Mendonca is a Director in the Washington D.C. and San Francisco offices of McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm. Lenny has for many years led the firm’s knowledge development efforts overseeing the McKinsey Global Institute and the firm's communications, which includes the McKinsey Quarterly. His client work is focused on service to public sector organizations, and over the course of his career he has helped dozens of government, corporate, and nonprofit clients solve their most difficult management challenges. Lenny has led several McKinsey research efforts. He has written and spoken extensively on globalization, productivity, economic development and competitiveness, corporate social responsibility, regulation, education, health care, financial services, and corporate strategy. Lenny is the Chairman Emeritus of the Bay Area Council, Chairman of the Economic Institute of the Bay Area, and vice-chair of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council. He serves on the boards of The New America Foundation, Common Cause, California Forward, the Bay Area Science and Innovation Consortium, ChildrenNow, and The California Business for Educational Excellence Foundation. He is also a Trustee for the Committee for Economic Development. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Founder and Chairman of Presidential Citizens Fellows. He received his MBA and certificate in public management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He holds an AB, magna cum laude, in economics from Harvard College. Lenny lives on the Half Moon Bay coast, south of San Francisco, with his wife and two daughters, where he is the founder and owner of the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company.
Ayesha Khanna is the president of the Civic Incubator, one of the business units of Points of Light Institute. Points of Light is the leading volunteer organization with a mission to inspire, equip and mobilize people to take action that changes the world. Points of Light is organized to innovate, incubate and activate new ideas through its action networks. The Civic Incubator serves as a catalyst for innovation to put people at the center of change and brings together emerging solutions and new ideas by supporting and launching civic entrepreneurs and early stage ventures, social enterprise, mergers and joint ventures.
Peter Sims is a best-selling author and entrepreneur. His latest book is Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries, which grew out of a long collaboration with faculty at Stanford’s Institute of Design (the d.school), a hub of creative thinking and doing, and his previous work in venture capital with Summit Partners, where he had the opportunity to work with some of the world’s most innovative entrepreneurs, including as part of the team that established Summit’s European Office in London. He was also the coauthor with Bill George of the best-seller True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership, is a member of G.E.’s Innovation Advisory Panel, and is a Co-founder and Director of Fuse Corps, an innovative social venture that will enable America’s most entrepreneurial young leaders to work on year-long grassroots projects to tackle some of society’s most pressing problems, such as within education, reporting directly to mayors, governors, and their senior staffs. Some of his favorite pursuits include family, friends, music, people, learning, San Francisco Giants baseball, and laughter.
Heather McLeod Grant
Heather McLeod Grant is the founder and principal of McLeod-Grant Advisors, and
a published author, speaker, and consultant with more than twenty years experience in
the social sector. Her work focuses on scaling social impact, social innovation/
entrepreneurship, leveraging networks, transforming large-scale nonprofits, nonprofit
management, organizational development and capacity building, and leadership
development for social change. She is the co-author of the best-selling Forces for
Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits
, named a Top Ten Book of 2007
by the Economist (second edition 2012); and of Working Wikily: Social Change with a
Network Mindset, Transformer: How to Build a Network to Change a System, and
Breaking New Ground: Using the Internet to Scale
. Most recently she worked at
Monitor Institute for nearly five years, where she helped lead the nonprofit practice.
Heather is a former McKinsey & Company consultant and a co-founder of Who Cares, a national magazine for
young social entrepreneurs published from 1993-1999. She lectures at Stanford, speaks at numerous industry
conferences and has been published widely. Heather currently serves on the boards of FuseCorp and Jacaranda;
she is a founding member of Catalyst Corps and serves on the Woodside Elementary School Site Council. She
is a member of the alumni Women’s Information Network at the GSB, and was previously an advisor to the
Stanford Social Innovation Review. She holds an MBA from Stanford University and an AB from Harvard
University, and resides in the Bay Area with her husband and daughter.
Sean Knierim is the Chief of Staff at the MacArthur Foundation and acts as the primary liaison for the President with both staff and those outside the Foundation. He also works on special projects that cut across the Foundation’s domestic and international programs, manages implementation of the President's long-term vision, and monitors foundation-wide operations. Previously, he taught English and Spanish and coached baseball for a high school before managing educational services and sales operations for Commtouch Inc, a technology firm in the San Francisco Bay area. Sean then moved to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he taught Comparative Literature, Spanish, Portuguese, Political Science and History. His research looked at urban development in Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro, considering how cronistas (literary editorialists) compared to typical international development practitioners in analyzing challenges facing cities in Latin America. Sean holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UNC-Chapel Hill, an AM in International Development Policy from Duke Univ., an MA in Interdisciplinary Education from Santa Clara Univ. and a BA in English and Spanish from Santa Clara. He lives in Naperville, Illinois with his wife and two children.
Matt Hirschland, Ph.D. was recently named Director of Communications at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research and its related National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. Prior to assuming this role Matt was with the international management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, where he oversaw internal and external communications and media relations for the firm's knowledge operations and its global strategy practice in Brussels. Before joining McKinsey, he worked at the San Francisco-based nonprofit firm Business for Social Responsibility as Director of Research and Communications. He has been a communications professional for more than a decade, specializing in public relations, business strategy, and sustainability. Matt holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Colorado, Boulder and is the author of Corporate Social Responsibility and the Shaping of Global Public Policy.
Lisa Flick Wilson
More than 15 years ago, Lisa Flick Wilson began her formal journey working for the common good. Today, Lisa is an independent consultant helping lead organizations at the grassroots and national/international levels, as well as in non-profit, government and philanthropic entities. Most recently, Lisa served as Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation. Here she created and managed alliances and partnerships with national, regional and local organizations like United Way Worldwide, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and AARP, leveraging more than $5M for the organization.
Prior to Harwood, Lisa served as a Program Officer in Civic and Philanthropic Engagement with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (Kellogg), based in Battle Creek, Michigan. At Kellogg, Lisa worked on a variety of initiatives to determine and execute investment strategies, assess policy needs and determine outcome targets.
Before Kellogg, Lisa served as the Vice President of Affiliate Advancement at Points of Light & Hands On Network in Atlanta, Georgia. Lisa started with HON in 1999 when it was an organization with less than a $100,000 budget. In this position, Lisa served in almost every position within the organization and helped grow HON from a group of 24 loosely federated organizations to more than 380 affiliates in a strong unified network worldwide.
Lisa completed the Coro Fellowship in Public Policy, and prior to Coro she served as an AmeriCorps member for two years in a public middle school in East Atlanta. Lisa is a graduate of Emory University in Atlanta, GA.
Lisa lives in Atlanta, GA, with her partner, Lynn, and their twin seven year olds, Jake and Mia.
Joshua founded BRUTE LABS in early 2006 as an experiment to explore what impact a small group of passionate but fully-employed young people could have. Since its inception, the team has launched over 12 projects which include implementing clean water projects in Africa, tackling childhood obesity through a program called RUN! and distributing maps to homeless people in Santa Monica to help them locate services available to them. He is currently a Partner at Hattery, a unique organization that services and funds emerging technology companies.
For the past five years, Joshua served as a Product Manager at Google leading technology development for global email communications to advertisers, publishers and users. During his time there, he also served as a business development consultant with Google.org. Joshua founded a socially conscious clothing brand called RESONANCE during his sophomore year at University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). By developing strategic partnerships, Joshua created a global label that was sold in over 50 stores internationally. In 2005, Newsweek named Joshua as "one of the top 15 college students in America" for the impact he was creating as a result of thoughtful design aimed at fostering social and political awareness. Joshua holds bachelors degrees in Design and Communication Studies from UCLA.
Aaron (@aaron_hurst) is a globally recognized social innovator and leading architect of the growing pro bono services movement. He is known throughout Taproot offices for his striped socks, Post-it® doodling, and endless supply of bold ideas.
Aaron’s career is dedicated to challenging and empowering the public and private sectors as well as individuals and organizations to drive our collective social, environmental and economic progress. He is the founder of the Taproot Foundation—a nonprofit organization building a national pro bono marketplace and leading the global service movement—and is a creative force behind the conception of the national Billion + Change initiative and the Service Enterprise model.
A member of the Nonprofit Times Power and Influence Top 50, Aaron is widely known for his thought-leadership in civic engagement, nonprofit management and corporate social responsibility. He is a regular blogger for the Huffington Post and Stanford Social Innovation Review.
John joined Greylock as a partner in 2011. Prior to Greylock, John was CEO of Mozilla, the organization behind Firefox, an open source Web browser used by more than 450 million people. John also co-founded Reactivity, an enterprise security infrastructure company acquired by Cisco in 2007, where he served as founding CEO and later CTO.
Earlier in his career, John held positions on the executive team at Trilogy Software and as a Senior Scientist in Apple's research labs.
John is currently on the Board of Directors of the Mozilla Corporation and the Participatory Culture Foundation, and has previously served on the boards of directors of TripIt (acquired by Concur in 2011), CenterRun (acquired by Sun Microsystems in 2003), and Reactivity (acquired by Cisco Systems in 2007).
John holds a BS in Computer Systems Engineering and an MS in Computer Science with a focus on Human Computer Interaction, both from Stanford University. He is currently a Consulting Assistant Professor at Stanford's d.school, and an adviser to the Stanford Technology Ventures Program as well as SSE Labs, an incubator at the University.
He is a co-inventor on seven United States patents.
Binta Niambi Brown
Binta Niambi Brown is a Partner in the corporate practice of the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. During her ten year legal career, Ms. Brown has represented corporate clients in connection with over $66.5 billion of merger and acquisition transactions (including the then largest oil & gas merger in US history), public and private debt and equity offerings, and secured debt financings. She was named as one of the 2011 "40 Under 40" professionals in Crain's New York Business.
Ms. Brown has also advised general counsel and other senior management officials of Fortune 100 companies with respect to corporate governance matters and other special situations, in addition to providing general corporate advice to early stage businesses.
Ms. Brown's pro bono practice has included involvement with economic development initiatives assisting women in war-torn regions, advocacy on behalf of human trafficking victims, representation of immigrant women in connection with Violence Against Women Act petitions, advising a group of NGOs with respect to submitting a complaint to the UN Human Rights Committee regarding the ongoing exclusion of indigenous people from the constitutional drafting process in Nepal, drafting a shadow report on the treatment of women in Cambodia in connection with CEDAW requirements, and work with the New York City public schools.
Premal first began dreaming of “internet microfinance” while working at PayPal, the online payments company. In late 2004, Premal took a 3 month leave from PayPal to develop and test the internet microfinance concept in India. When he returned to Silicon Valley, he met other like-minded dreamers and quit his job at PayPal to help bring the Kiva concept to life and eventually to scale. Kiva today raises over $1 million each week for the working poor in +50 countries and was named a Top 50 Website by TIME Magazine in 2009. For his work as a social entrepreneur, Premal was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and selected to FORTUNE magazine's "Top 40 under 40" list in 2009. Premal began his career as a management consultant and graduated from Stanford University.
Gerald Chertavian is dedicated to closing the Opportunity Divide that exists in our nation. Determined to make his vision a reality, Gerald combined his entrepreneurial skills and his passion for working with urban young adults to found Year Up in 2000.
An intensive one-year training and education program that serves low-income youth ages 18-24, Year Up provides the technical, professional and communication skills needed to empower urban young adults to make successful transitions to careers and higher education. With its annual operating budget exceeding $40M, Year Up is one of the fastest growing non-profits in the nation. It has been recognized by Fast Company and The Monitor Group as one of the top 25 organizations using business excellence to engineer social change.
Wes Moore is a youth advocate, Army combat veteran, promising business leader and author.
Wes graduated Phi Theta Kappa as a commissioned officer from Valley Forge Military College in 1998 and Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in International Relations. At Johns Hopkins he was honored by the Maryland College Football Hall of Fame. He completed an MLitt in International Relations from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar in 2004. Wes was a paratrooper and Captain in the United States Army, serving a combat tour of duty in Afghanistan with the elite 1st Brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division in 2005–2006. Wes spearheaded the American strategic support plan for the Afghan Reconciliation Program that unites former insurgents with the new Afghan Government. He is recognized as an authority on the rise and ramifications of radical Islamism in the Western Hemisphere. A White House Fellow from 2006–2007, Wes served as a Special Assistant to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Following his time at the White House, Wes became an investment professional in New York at Citigroup, focusing on global technology and alternative investments. In 2009 he was selected as an Asia Society Fellow. Moore was named one of Ebony magazine’s “Top 30 Leaders Under 30” for 2007 and Crain’s New York Business’ “40 Under 40 Rising Stars” in 2009.
An experienced tech marketer, Andy Smith is a Principal of Vonavona Ventures where he advises and bootstraps technical and social ventures with guidance in marketing, customer strategy and operations. Over the past 20 years, he has served as an executive in the high tech industry leading teams at Dolby Labs, BIGWORDS, LiquidWit, Intel, Analysis Group, Polaroid, Integral Inc. and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. As a guest lecturer at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, Andy speaks on social technology, engineering virality, and brand building, with a focus on applying technology to address real problems. He is a contributor to GOOD Magazine, where he writes on businesses that embrace and integrate a social mission. He has also spoken at The 140 Characters Conference, Social Media Breakfast, World 50, Marketing Week, TechCoire and Interbrand, and is on the boards of 140 Proof, ProFounder, LIF Brands, EveryWun, and One Family One Meal.
Jennifer Frommer is Head of Brand Partnerships at Interscope Records, a division of Universal music. Interscope is a innovative and progressive label that is globally redefining music and content. In her role, Jennifer develops cutting edge programs with brands that feature Interscope's extensive roster of talent including Lady Gaga, the Black Eyed Peas, Sheryl Crow, Mary J. Blige and Robin Thicke among many others. Jennifer is an expert in integrated marketing. Her programs are forged by creativity and a desire for market innovation. On any given week, Jennifer is seen partnering brand identities with artistic content resulting in compelling experiences, which drive influences. Jennifer has enjoyed a multi-faceted career began at Sony Music where she founded the music industry's first fully functioning New Media Division. She holds a patent for a breakthrough piece of technology called "Connected." Jennifer has orchestrated innovative marketing programs for Nike, Johnson and Johnson, Reebok, Samsung, Starwood Hotel Group, Pepsi and many others. Jennifer holds a Master of Science degree from New York University. She divides her time between Los Angeles and New York.
An entrepreneurship scholar, speaker, and business executive, Amy Wilkinson focuses on how
individuals must update their skills to succeed in an entrepreneurial age. Steeped in the ways
innovation has altered our most fundamental assumptions, Amy is writing a book that reveals
how and why entrepreneurs shape future success.
A senior fellow at Harvard University and a policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center, Amy
is also an entrepreneur. In her business career, she founded Alegre, a cross-border art export
company, and has led teams at McKinsey & Company and J.P. Morgan. Amy has also served in
the White House as Senior Policy Advisor to the U.S. Trade Representative and a White House
Amy’s media and speaking appearances include keynote addresses at the Federal Reserve
Bank, National Governors Association, The Economist: Innovation Summit, The Wall Street
Journal: Women in the Economy Forum, as well as commentary for CNN and FOX News,
among other venues. Her articles have appeared in The Economist, BloombergBusinessweek,
The Washington Post, and USA Today, and she has lectured at Harvard, MIT, and George
Washington University, among other institutions.
Amy holds a BA, MA, and MBA from Stanford University and is a member of the Council on
Kari Saratovsky has spent her career working in both the government and nonprofit sectors building strategic alliances, directing programs and facilitating national efforts that advance social change. Prior to establishing KDS Strategies, Kari served as Vice President of Social Innovation at the Case Foundation. As a member of the Foundation's senior leadership, Kari helped set the programmatic direction of the Foundation and managed cross-sector partnerships that helped strengthen civic engagement and leverage technology to accelerate new approaches to giving and philanthropy. Kari also served as publisher of the highly regarded Social Citizens blog, and writes and speaks extensively on the rising generation of Millennials and how they are changing the nature of nonprofits and institutions. Prior to her work at the Foundation, Kari was Executive Director of the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation, a presidential commission to support and expand volunteer service throughout the country and around the world. Kari is an avid volunteer and currently serves as Chair of the Board of Mobilize.org
, is on the board of Repair the World
and an advisor to the new start-up, Fuse Corps
Marc Freedman is CEO and founder of Civic Ventures, a think tank on boomers, work and social purpose. He spearheaded the creation of Experience Corps, now one of America’s largest nonprofit national service programs engaging people over 55, and The Purpose Prize, which annually provides five $100,000 prizes to social innovators in the second half of life.
Freedman was described by The New York Times as “the voice of aging baby boomers who are eschewing retirement for … meaningful and sustaining work later in life,” while The Wall Street Journal stated, “In the past decade, Mr. Freedman has emerged as a leading voice in discussions nationwide about the changing face of retirement.”
Doug Ulman is a three-time cancer survivor and national cancer survivorship advocate. After overcoming chondrosarcoma during his sophomore year in college and malignant melanoma twice since, in 1997 Doug founded the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, a non-profit organization to provide support, education and resources to young adults, their families and friends who are affected by cancer. He served as executive director of the Ulman Cancer Fund for four years from
1997 to 2001.
In 2001, Doug joined the Lance Armstrong Foundation as director of survivorship and was named the Foundation’s president and chief executive officer in January 2007. Founded by champion cyclist and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong, the Foundation unites people through programs and experiences to support cancer survivors and the fight against cancer.
Doug currently holds numerous civic and charitable board positions across the country and serves as chairman of the National Cancer Institute Director’s Consumer Liaison Group. He also sits on the Google Health Advisory Board and the executive board of the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. In addition, Doug is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and co-founded of the LIVESTRONG™ Young Adult Alliance.
Peter received his BA degree in Chemistry from Harvard College and his MBA in Research and Development Management from the University of Chicago. He was a Smokejumper with the U.S. Forest Service and holds US Air Force and US Marine Corps Master Parachutists ratings and private pilot single engine, instrument and glider ratings. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1962 to 1968 with assignments with the Air Force Systems Command, 5th Force Reconnaissance Company (USMC), HQ 19th Air Force and as a Program Manager in the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA).
From 1968 until 1971 he was the Assistant Director of the Center for Materials Research at Stanford University and a doctoral student in Organizational Behavior at Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He subsequently served in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and as the Deputy Executive Director of the U.S. Price Commission. He served as the Assistant Vice President for Medical Affairs and then Executive Director of the Stanford University Medical Center from 1973 to 1976. Peter was a Planning Commissioner in Palo Alto from 1974-78. He joined the ALZA Corporation in 1976 and retired as Executive Vice President in 1990.
Since 1990 he has served on more than a dozen non-profit Boards including Annual Reviews, InSTEDD, the United States International University-Kenya, and the Village Enterprise Fund. He was elected as Director of the Fire District in 2001 and re-elected in 2005.
Gareth is the Chief Strategy Officer at Goodby, SIlverstein and Partners, an agency he joined in 2009 as the Director of Digital Strategy. He is charged with evolving the strategy discipline and is responsible for the output and day-to-day running of the department.
Prior to joining GSP, Gareth was the Head of Planning at Modernista! where he introduced and built the planning discipline, and oversaw the strategic direction of all accounts. He built a department that has gained recognition for its business effectiveness at both the EFFIE and AMA award shows, and for its creative inspiration at the AAAA Account Planning Awards. In 2009 he was recognized by his peers as the most respected planning director in the US.
Gareth began his career in the UK and worked at TBWA, dfgw and Lowe where he was lucky enough to help develop award winning communications for a diverse bunch of clients including Waterstone’s, fcuk, the BBC, Reebok and Unilever. He graduated from Oxford University with an MA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics.
Gareth serves on the board of the VCU Brandcenter, and is a co-founder of the non-profit ‘Planning For Good’, a virtual entity that harnesses the collective intelligence and amazing minds of planners around the world to help address the business and communication challenges of non-profits. He sits on the Google Creative Leadership Council where he is the only 'non-creative'. Gareth writes the blog on brands and communication, ‘Brand New’ (http://www.garethkay.com), and passionately believes that there has never been a more exciting time to work in advertising.
Wendy Kopp is the chief executive officer and founder of Teach For America. She proposed the creation of Teach For America in her undergraduate senior thesis at Princeton in 1989 and has spent the last 22 years working to grow the organization's impact. Under her leadership, Teach For America’s nearly 33,000 participants have reached more than 3 million children nationwide during their two-year teaching commitments. They have sustained their commitment as alumni, working inside and outside the field of education to ensure educational excellence and equity for all children.
Kopp is also chief executive officer and co-founder of Teach For All, a global network of independent social enterprises which are working to expand educational opportunity in their nations by recruiting and developing their nation's most promising future leaders to commit two years to teach in high-need areas and become lifelong leaders for educational excellence and equity. Teach For All seeks to accelerate and increase the impact of network organizations, including Teach For America, by deepening commitment to the unifying model around the world, collaborating with network organizations to develop and adapt best practices, fostering global networks of staff members, participants, and alumni, and generating access to additional resources internationally.
Kopp is the author of the Washington Post bestseller A Chance to Make History: What Works and What Doesn’t in Providing an Excellent Education for All and One Day, All Children: The Unlikely Triumph of Teach For America and What I Learned Along the Way. She is also the recipient of numerous honorary degrees and awards for public service. She resides in New York City with her husband Richard Barth and their four children.
Greg is the co-founder and managing member of FUTURE, a design firm that combines vision and little bets to make do-able, sustainable, positive change happen. He is engaged in initiatives to bring water to Malawi villagers, improve the availability and quality of health care around the world, reinvent primary care in the American health care system, improve teacher effectiveness in American classrooms, protect the people and environment in the Peruvian Amazon from exploitation, increase diversity and inclusion in major corporations, combat big tobacco’s assault on America’s inner-city youth, and to increase prosperity in the poorest communities in Alabama, North Carolina, and Mississippi.
Greg serves on the board of Hope Street Group, a national organization focused on creating economic opportunity for all Americans, and the board of the Not For Sale Campaign, the movement to end modern day slavery.
Greg’s work has been recognized with awards from: The Clio Awards, Communication Arts Magazine, Critique Magazine, ID Magazine, NY Art Directors Club, New York Arts Festival, and Western Art Directors Club among others. His Suicide Book is in The Los Angeles Museum of Modern Art’s Book Arts collection.
Alex Maasry is an engagement manager in the San Francisco Office of McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm. He works primarily with public and social sector clients in areas such as strategy, economic competitiveness and labor markets. He also served as a fellow for two years in the McKinsey Global Institute, McKinsey's economic thinktank, where he co-authored reports on urbanization, capital markets and shifting demographics. Alex previously worked in the National Economic Council at the White House where he managed special projects for the deputy director.
Alex helps Fuse Corps with its strategic design and partnership development. Alex holds a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics and an MBA and Masters in Public Policy from Stanford University. He resides in San Francisco where he enjoys attending Giants games and the Ferry Building farmer's market.
George is an entrepreneur and investor turned educator. He co-founded and now leads the d.school.
Passionate about nurturing the creative potential of others, George spends his time working with students, teachers, leaders, and investors to unlock the latent innovative capacity of their teams and organizations.
Under George’s leadership, the d.school has grown from a few projects and a classroom of students to hundreds of projects, thousands of students, and a cutting edge 30,000 sq.ft. facility at the center of campus. George has scaled the d.school’s impact even more dramatically. From a napkin manifesto to a widely recognized leader in innovation and education, the d.school has helped usher in a larger global design thinking movement. Schools and universities around the world are starting d.school-like programs, and the start-up companies and projects that have spun out of the d.school have already impacted millions of lives.
George’s experiences as CEO, venture capitalist, and now teacher have radically reshaped his approach to leadership. George focuses the d.school on innovators, not innovations. He prioritizes learning over expertise, experimentation over planning, and collaboration over individual excellence. His personal missions include: fundamentally transforming how we educate our children, how we lead our organizations, and how we tackle some of the most significant challenges of our time.
George lives with his wife and three boys in Redwood City, California. He is curious about emergent systems, biologically inspired design, and environments that amplify and guide creative behavior.
Ellen Gustafson is a sustainable food system activist and social entrepreneur. She is the Founder and Executive Director of the 30 Project, a new way to connect global hunger and obesity and envision long-term food system change.
She is also the Co-Founder of FEED Projects, LLC, a charitable company that creates good products that help FEED the world, and Co-Founder and former Executive Director of FEED’s non-profit partner, the FEED Foundation. Under Ellen’s leadership FEED provided over 65 million school meals to children around the world. (See CBS Evening News piece about FEED.)
Previously, Ellen was a US Spokesperson for the UN World Food Program, a terrorism research reporter in the ABC News Investigative Unit and a research associate for the Military Fellows at the Council on Foreign Relation. She has a BA in International Politics from Columbia University and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Food Studies at New York University.
She has been featured as one of Fortune Magazine’s 2009 Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs, Inc Magazine’s 2010 30 Under 30, and has spoken at the Fortune Most Powerful Women’s Conference, the ISFIT International Student Festival, guest lectured at Harvard Business School, NYU, London School of Economics, Columbia University, Lehigh University and the US Naval Academy and given a TED talk.
She serves on the Columbia University Alumni Board of Directors and the founding Board of Directors for Bronx Success Academy 1, a charter school within the Success Charter Network.
Aimée Christensen is CEO of Christensen Global Strategies, advising companies, investors, multilateral institutions, governments, and non-profits who are addressing the global challenges of climate change, ecosystem degradation, and resource scarcity. Her clients have included the Clinton Global Initiative, Duke Energy, Ogilvy, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Swiss Re, The Elders, U.N. Development Program, U.S. Department of Energy, Virgin Unite, and Wolfensohn + Co. Aimée serves as Strategic Adviser (USA) to Cambridge University’s Programme for Sustainability Leadership and the Prince of Wales’s Business & Sustainability Programme, and is the Program Chair of the World Climate Summit, which brings together business leaders to collaborate on building the global clean economy. She has two decades’ experience in policy, law, advocacy, and philanthropy including with Google.org, World Bank, Baker & McKenzie, and the U.S. Department of Energy where she drafted the first bilateral and regional climate change accords. Aimée serves on numerous boards including the Advisory Board of EKO Asset Management Partners and the Boards of the American Council on Renewable Energy, the Clean Economy Network, and ecoAmerica. She is a Contributor to energyNOW! on ABC and Bloomberg and she addressed energy issues at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. She is the 2011 Hillary Institute for International Leadership Laureate for exceptional leadership on Climate Change Solutions and is a 2010 Aspen Institute Catto Fellow. She attended Smith College (BA) and Stanford Law School (JD).
Andy Dunn is founder and CEO of Bonobos, now the largest apparel brand in the United
States ever launched over the web. Initially developed around a better-fitting pair of
pants, the company has since expanded into a one-stop-shop for guys who want great-
fitting, great-looking clothes but don’t like shopping. Within a year of founding Bonobos
was named “Best Men’s Pants” by New York Magazine and “One of America’s Hottest
Brands” by Advertising Age within two years. Dunn is frequently called upon to share
his success and innovative business model, recently speaking at WWD Men’s Wear and
Digital Summits, the University Private Equity Summit and L2 Innovation Conference at
New York University. He has appeared on panels, spoken or taught cases on Bonobos at
various university and business schools including Harvard, Columbia, Stanford, Wharton
and NYU. Prior to Bonobos, Dunn worked as a private equity analyst at Wind Point
Partners and as a consultant at Bain & Company in the U.S. and Latin America. Dunn
graduated from Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2007 where he was one of
five classmates nominated for the Arbuckle Award, after earning his bachelor degree in
economics and history from Northwestern University in 2000. While he lives in the West
Village, he remains a loyal Cubs fan.
Charles Best is the founder and CEO of DonorsChoose.org. DonorsChoose.org is a nonprofit organization which provides a simple, personal, and accountable way for people to address educational inequity. At
DonorsChoose.org, public school teachers post classroom project requests, and donors
can pick the projects they want to support. Every donor then gets photographs and thank-
you letters from the classroom he or she chose to help.
Recognition of DonorsChoose.org includes the Amazon.com Nonprofit Innovation
Award, selection by Ashoka, and election by the TechCrunch community as the
website “most likely to make the world a better place.” Fortune Magazine has twice
featured Charles in the “40 under 40” list of “business’s hottest rising stars.”
In 2010, Oprah Winfrey announced DonorsChoose.org as one of her “Ultimate
Favorite Things.” In 2011, Fast Company listed DonorsChoose.org as one of the “50
Most Innovative Companies in the World,” the first time a charity has received this
Jessica is Cofounder and CEO of ProFounder (www.profounder.com), a platform providing new ways for small business entrepreneurs in the U.S. to access start-up capital through crowdfunding and community involvement.
Prior to ProFounder, Jessica was Cofounder and Chief Marketing Officer of Kiva (www.kiva.org), the world's first p2p microlending website. Named as one of the top ideas in 2006 by the New York Times Magazine, Kiva lets internet users lend as little as $25 to individual entrepreneurs, providing affordable capital to help them start or expand a small business. Kiva has been one of the fastest-growing social benefit websites in history and since its founding in October 2005 has facilitated nearly $250M in loans among individuals across 208 countries.
Jessica is a Visiting Practitioner at Stanford University’s Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society, and has taught Global Entrepreneurship at the Marshall School of Business at USC. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a 2011 World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leader, and serves as an active board member on numerous organizations championing women, microfinance, tech, and the arts.
Jessica holds a BA in Philosophy and Political Science from Bucknell University, an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business with Certificates in Global Management and Public Management, and and honorary PhD from Centenary College.
Jessica is a trained yoga instructor and avid surfer. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, author Reza Aslan, and their two sons.
Alexis Ringwald is a leading young entrepreneur in education and clean energy. She was a Founder at Valence Energy, an energy efficiency software start-up company recently acquired by Serious Energy, a cutting-edge green buildings technology firm. She is also a founder of SmartPowerEd, an educational network training students on smart energy technologies.
Recently, Fast Company magazine selected Alexis as one of the “Most Influential Women in Tech” for 2010. Forbes Magazine listed her as Yale's Most Notable Alumni in 2010. Huffington Post listed her in 27 Female Founders to Follow in 2011.
Alexis lived in India for nearly three years. She was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar on cleantech at The Energy Resource Institute in New Delhi. She also authored “Momentum for Renewable Energy in India” (VDM 2008) about the seven key cleantech investment trends (here from Barnes & Noble).
In 2009 Alexis co-directed the Climate Solutions Road Tour traveling 2,400 miles across India in solar plug-in electric cars. Her project was highlighted by NY Times columnist Thomas Friedman in "Yes, They Could. So They Did."
Alexis completed a B.A. and M.E.M. from Yale University in 2006. She speaks French, German, Spanish and basic Hindi, and dances ballet and tango. She has lectured at Stanford University, Yale University, TEDx, and been invited as a guest to the White House.
Matt Segneri currently serves as a senior advisor to the Mayor of Boston (Thomas Menino).
He works on a range of issues including service and civic engagement, safety and security, and
innovation and entrepreneurship. He joined the Mayor’s Office as an HBS Leadership Fellow.
Prior to joining the Mayor’s Office, he worked as a Special Advisor Intern at the Federal Bureau
of Investigation. He also worked for four years as a project leader at Monitor Group, a global
strategy consulting firm, where he served domestic and international clients across the private,
public and social sectors. He co-led methodology development and organizational assessment for
the 4th and 5th Annual Monitor / Fast Company Social Capitalist Awards.
Matt holds an A.B. in Psychology from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business
School. He led large service / social enterprise organizations at both schools. He was born in
Peoria (IL), grew up in South Florida and Southern New Jersey and now lives in the South End
of Boston with his wife Whitney.
Since 2004, Marguerite W. Kondracke has been President and CEO of America’s Promise Alliance, founded in 1997 by Gen. Colin L. Powell. With more than 400 national partners, America’s Promise Alliance is currently leading a ten-year campaign, Grad Nation, mobilizing America to end the dropout crisis. During her 40-year career, Mrs. Kondracke has been both an entrepreneur and a public servant. She brings to America’s Promise Alliance extensive multi-sector experience as an advocate for children and families. Before joining the Alliance, she served as Special Assistant to U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander and Staff Director for the Senate Subcommittee on Children and Families. Previously, she co-founded and was CEO of the nation’s largest employer-sponsored child care company, Bright Horizons Family Solutions, one of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For.” For the past three years, Mrs. Kondracke has been named one of the “Top 50 People of Power and Influence” by The Non-Profit Times. She is a board member of Saks, Inc., LifePoint Hospitals, and Teachscape, and is a trustee of Duke University. Marguerite is married to award-winning journalist Morton Kondracke; they have four children and three grandchildren.
Richard Demato is the typical California combination of Economics major, creative and surfer whose purpose is to spark a new capitalism and redesign the world.
As the CEO of COMMON, a creative community for accelerating positive change, he gets to do just that. COMMON, whose founders include notable creatives Alex Bogusky and John Bielenberg, is quickly becoming known for turning the straight-laced world of do-gooding upside down. COMMON Pitch events, which traditionally feature timed pitches, celebrity judges, live entertainment and an energetic, collaborative environment of thousands live and online, have drawn international media attention and helped numerous entrepreneurs accelerate their socially conscious companies.
Previously, Richard was a founding partner at UFUSE Visionary Strategy Management in Los Angeles, where he advised visionaries, social entrepreneurs and global thought leaders in the creation and implementation of strategies designed to drive innovation and make an impact on the world.
Obviously, this all started in Hollywood. After graduating Colgate University having spent his summers at Bank of New York and Merrill Lynch, naturally he drove cross country five days later to steal jobs from English majors with a dream. Quickly finding a home in the Endeavor mailroom - one of the top talent agencies worldwide - Richard rose to become a partner at Fuse Entertainment, a leading management-production company whose clients included the creators of The OC, Gossip Girl, Chuck and Burn Notice as well as the producers of feature films such as Sherlock Holmes and the writer of Zodiac.
Richard is currently nomadic but looks forward to having a home someday. Maybe. He is an avid surfer that enjoys laughing really loud and being as excitable as a little kid on Christmas. He also ages backwards.
Gil Jenkins is an Account Director in San Francisco office of Ogilvy Public Relations, a global, multi-disciplinary communications leader operating in more than 80 offices across six continents. He works with both entrepreneurial start-ups and major corporations tell a credible and compelling story about how their products, services and processes either harness renewable materials and energy sources, reduce the use of natural resources, and/or cut emissions and wastes. He is an expert in corporate communications, media relations, consumer marketing, executive positioning, grassroots programs and sustainability marketing.
Currently, Gil works with Ford Motor Company to promote its sustainability efforts and range of electrified vehicles. He also manages a campaign for Ford to improve brand awareness and purchase consideration within California, the nation’s largest auto market. During his tenure at Ogilvy, he has also provided communication counsel to clients such as Domtar Paper, ZeaChem, Seven Seas Water, Imagine H2O, Lunera Lighting, Project Frog, Ostara and Soladigm. At previous agencies Jenkins managed award-winning campaigns for a broad range of clients, including General Motors, Chase, Liberty Mutual, FedEx, Clorox GreenWorks, Sun Chips, H&R Block and J&J. Gil began his career as in-house public relations specialist at Raytheon, a global aerospace and defense manufacturer. He graduated cum laude from The University of Massachusetts-Amherst and holds a bachelor of arts in communication with a minor in political science. While at UMass, Jenkins interned for the Points of Light Institute in Washington, D.C.
Minnie is currently a principal at Google.org where she leads projects in Civic Innovation. The Civic Innovation team is applying technical solutions to foster effective, open and innovative societies. Before joining Google.org, Minnie was a product manager at Google for a broad variety of products. Minnie co-founded the Access team; a cross-functional product, policy, and engineering team. The team's current focus is on the Gigabit fiber trial to bring Fiber to the Home to Kansas City. In wireless, the team is working to make the TV White Spaces available for unlicensed use. The Access team successfully lobbied to establish openness conditions on the 700 MHz auction (and bid $4.6B for the spectrum). Minnie's involvement on the Access team began with the deployment of a citywide muni Wi-Fi network covering the city of Mountain View, CA. Before working on the Access team, Minnie worked on the search quality team to develop a platform for manually evaluating search results. Prior to search quality Minnie was a PM on AdWords and responsible for the audit of Google's billing system with a focus on automated budgets. Minnie has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in computer science from Stanford University.
Amardeep Brar Prasad
Lorna Ho Randlett
Heather McLeod Grant
Lisa Flick Wilson
Binta Niambi Brown
Points of Light Institute
America’s Promise Alliance
McKinsey & Co.
City of Sacramento, Office of the Mayor
City of New Orleans, Office of the Mayor
The Aspen Institute