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James WeinbergJames Weinberg is Fuse Corp’s newest addition to the team, joining as our CEO in October of 2014. James is a serial social entrepreneur who loves scaling-up cross-sector ventures, especially when they are focused on leveraging talent for impact. James previously served as Co-Founder & Chairman of AchieveMission, a management-consulting firm dedicated to increasing the impact of organizations by improving their capacity for leadership development. Prior to that, he served as the Co-Founder & CEO of Commongood Careers, a retained search firm focused on addressing the unique recruiting needs of the nation’s most entrepreneurial nonprofits. James’ experience also includes having served as the National Development Director at BELL, a tutoring and mentoring program that he helped to grow over three years from a $4 million to a $15 million budget; and as the Founding Executive Director of the Homeless Children’s Education Fund, where he worked to ensure that children who are homeless have increased access to educational opportunities. James currently serves as the national board chair of Coro and he has served on the boards of groups such as Reimagining Service, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy and ProInspire, while also helping to convene the first White House Forum on Nonprofit Leadership. James earned a Master’s of Science in Public Policy & Management from Carnegie Mellon University, is an alumnus of the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Classics from Tufts University, where he graduated summa cum laude. James lives in Boston with his son Jack, enjoys sailing and cycling, and can frequently be found in JetBlue terminals from coast to coast.
Nora DonaldsonNora Rosenthal is Fuse Corps' Program Manager. As an inaugural member of this small but mighty team you will find Nora recruiting incredible Executive Fellows, planning and organizing Fuse Corps' Civic Leadership Institute, 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. Previously she 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 to becoming a master weaver. [email protected]
Amardeep Brar PrasadAmardeep (Dee) Brar Prasad is Fuse Corps’ Inaugural Development Manager. She is passionate about working with organizations that promote and advocate for positive social change. In her previous roles she has demonstrated success in community outreach, marketing, fundraising and business development initiatives - including managing the March for Babies campaign, which included 4 walk-a-thons and over 6,000 donors and attendees. 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, traveling and spending countless hours inside bookstores.
Ally Subrahmanyam is Fuse Corps’ Program & Operations Associate. She is a San Francisco native woman born into the digital era with an entrepreneurial spirit and true desire to be apart of something bigger than herself. She graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in Business Management Economics and since then has continued to pursue other educational and volunteer opportunities. Ally spent time volunteering at orphanages and teaching English abroad in Asia and is currently volunteering with Friends For Youth as a mentor. She recently completed a birth doula training and is a Reiki practitioner. Ally feels she is forever a student and always a teacher of what she has learned thus far on her journey. She is extremely excited to jump in and join the Fuse Corps team and put her time and energy towards creating social change and progress in the world. Ally is a lover of lists, music, dance, conscious consumerism, spontaneous adventures, yoga, the outdoors, and has a healthy appetite for all types of reading.
Judy IssoksonOver 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.
David ViottiDave Viotti accelerates innovation and leadership potential in people and organizations. He believes in a growth mindset and the power of betting small to go big. Dave is the Founder and CEO of SMALLIFY, an innovation capacity building firm based in Silicon Valley, California. He also serves on the faculty of the Executive Leadership Program at U.C. Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. Dave has delivered SMALLIFY rapid innovation labs to thousands of leaders in corporate, government, and non-profit organizations, including the White House Office of Social Innovation, the Presidio Institute, Pfizer, Salesforce.com, Hewlett Packard, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Stanford University, the City of San Jose, and many others. Dave focuses his philanthropic work on education innovation through the Westly Foundation where he co-created the Westly Prize for Young Innovators in California. He co-founded and leads the executive leadership program for Fuse Corps, a national social venture that pairs entrepreneurial leaders with governors and mayors to spark innovation in cities across America. Dave also designed the Civic Accelerator with the Points of Light Institute (where he mentors for-profit and non-profit social ventures). Other career highlights include U.S. Chief Learning Officer and Corporate Counsel at Sun Microsystems and Henry Luce Scholar at the Legislative Council in Hong Kong. Dave holds undergraduate and law degrees from Georgetown University, and a master’s degree in international relations from Oxford University, where he was an Allbritton Scholar.
Dena TrujilloSince 2002, Dena has worked with Omidyar Network’s investees to support their growth and success. Leveraging her considerable experience with the portfolio, Dena leads Omidyar Network's portfolio learning efforts within the human capital group, providing investees with opportunities to learn from domain experts and peers. Prior to her role in human capital, Dena focused on making investments in online technologies that promote transparency, accountability, and trust across media, markets, and government. Her expertise includes investing in platforms that allow people to engage more productively with one another and in society. Dena continues to manage investments, including Ashoka, Bridgespan, Endeavor, Donorschoose.org, and KaBOOM! Prior to joining Omidyar Network, Dena served as a senior consultant for Ripple Effect Consulting, where she focused on improving the organizational effectiveness of nonprofits. She was also a consultant at Accenture, where she was responsible for change management aspects of large-scale system implementations in the electronics and high-tech industries. Dena earned a BS in business management and organizational analysis from Santa Clara University.
Wade RoseL. Wade Rose is Vice President of External & Government Relations for Dignity Health. Based in San Francisco, California, Dignity Health is the largest hospital provider in California and the Western U.S. The Dignity Health network of 40 hospitals, more than 10,000 physicians and approximately 60,000 employees serve a population spanning 22 million people across California, Arizona, and Nevada. Annual revenues are approximately $13 billion. Mr. Rose is responsible for developing strategic leadership relations between Dignity Health and key external organizations and individuals. Mr. Rose serves on the boards of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, SPUR, MoAD and the San Francisco State Foundation. He also serves as the Dignity Health representative to the Bay Area Council, Silicon Valley Leadership Group, San Francisco Committee on Jobs, the California Health Task Force, the Berkeley Health Forum, the Washington D.C. based Partnership for Quality Care and the Commission of State Care Cost Containment. Preceding his involvement with Dignity Health, he served on the staff of Governors (Jerry) Brown and Deukmejian, and was responsible for external relations and development at the UC Irvine and USC schools of medicine.
Jamie GardnerJamie has a passion for unlocking the potential of cross-sector stakeholders to create shared value and realize positive social change. As a tri-sector athlete, Jamie has a focus and expertise in problem solving, innovation capacity building, and scaling products and services (with an emphasis on integrating business technology). Her in depth experience across the corporate, government and philanthropic sectors, instilled in her the value of the growth mindset and the need to create dynamic, innovative solutions to get to the root cause of a problem, to break complex challenges down into small tasks in shorter timeframes, and to ultimately solve big problems. Most recently she is partnering with a variety of organizations to amplify their cross sector social impact initiatives. Jamie has held senior leadership roles at the Taproot Foundation, IBM’s Business Consulting Services and J.D.Edwards, Ogilvy, Adams & Rinehart, as well as the U.S. Department of Energy. Her clients also span across the sectors including ServiceMaster, Cisco, Salesforce.com, Capital One, Deloitte LLC, Gap Inc., Hewlett Packard, the U.S. Senate Subcommittee for Children and Families, the State of Nebraska, Children’s Defense Fund, and Net Impact. Jamie currently serves on the boards of Fuse Corps and is an advisor to the Presidio Institute, San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center and the Women’s Community Clinic. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University. Jamie currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and twin sons.
Heather McLeod GrantHeather 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.
Ayesha KhannaAyesha 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.
Lenny MendoncaLenny Mendonca is a former Director in the Washington D.C. and San Francisco offices of McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm. For many years, Lenny 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 was focused on service to public sector organizations, and over the course of his career he helped dozens of government, corporate, and nonprofit clients solve their most difficult management challenges. Lenny 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, Children Now, 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.
Matthew leads social impact efforts at Google, including Google.org, Google Ideas, Elections & Politics, Google for Nonprofits and Crisis Response.
Since joining Google in 2007, Matthew has led efforts in areas ranging from expanding Internet access, developing clean energy, and extending Google’s footprint in emerging markets. He oversaw an investment in a planned constellation of satellites (O3b) to provide Internet access to remote and underserved regions, as well as work with the FCC to develop technology to dynamically manage wireless spectrum to improve connectivity. He incubated internet access businesses, including Google Fiber (gigabit home service in the US) and Project Link (fiber metro ring in Kampala, Uganda). Matthew helped to drive Google’s commitment of over $1 billion of investments in renewable energy projects capable of generating 2 gigawatts of power, as well as projects to reduce Google's environmental footprint through onsite renewables and energy efficiency measures. He led efforts to establish Google Ideas, a think/do tank addressing global challenges such as violent extremism and illicit networks through research, seeding initiatives, and convenings. Matthew helped launch Google in Sub-Saharan Africa, opening 5 offices in the region.
Prior to joining Google, Matthew served as Vice President, Pharmacy for drugstore.com, a leading online health and beauty retailer, and Chief Operating Officer for WorldRes NA, an online hotel reservations network. He was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company and Price Waterhouse. Matthew also co-founded CyberJava, one of the first Internet cafes, and was a freelance game and software programmer.
George M. Marcus is the Co-Founder and Chairman of Marcus & Millichap Company. Founded in 1971, Marcus & Millichap Company is the parent company of a diversified group of real estate service, investment, and development firms including SummerHill Homes, one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s largest home builders. Also falling under the Marcus & Millichap family of companies are Pacific Urban Residential, SummerHill Apartment Communities, Meridian Property Company, Hanover Financial and Marcus & Millichap Venture Partners, which invests in real estate technology companies. Mr. Marcus is also the Founder and Chairman of Essex Property Trust (ESS) and Marcus & Millichap, Inc. (MMI), both publicly traded companies. In April of 2014, ESS acquired BRE, making it a $16 billion company, and is now traded on the S&P 500. MMI went public in October of 2013 and is the largest commercial investment real estate brokerage firm in the nation with over 1000 brokers in offices nationwide and in Canada.
Mr. Marcus’ professional memberships include the Real Estate Roundtable, Urban Land Institute and the University of California Berkeley Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, as well as numerous other professional and community organizations, including International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), United Religions Initiative (URI), Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) and Fuse Corps. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the UCSF Foundation, is an Emeritus Board Member of the Corporation of Fine Arts Museums (COFAM) where he served on the development committee that built the de Young Museum in San Francisco, and is a Regent Emeritus of the University of California.
Mr. Marcus also serves on the Advisory Board of numerous organizations, including the University of California’s QB3, a biotech fund, and founded Greater Bay Bancorp, sitting on its Board of Directors until it was acquired by Wells Fargo.
Mr. Marcus graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from San Francisco State University in 1965, was honored as Alumnus of the Millennium in 1999 and received his honorary doctorate in 2011. He is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School President’s Management Program and the Georgetown University Leadership Program.
Peter Sims is an award-winning author and entrepreneur. His latest book is Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries, selected as a one of the six best advice books for entrepreneurs by the Wall Street Journal and as one of the best business books of the year by The Washington Post, Inc. Magazine, and AmEx OPEN and he was the coauthor with Bill George of True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership, which was a Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek best-seller.
Sims has had a long collaboration with faculty at Stanford’s Institute of Design (the d.school), and received an M.B.A. from Stanford Business School where he established a popular class. Previously, he worked in venture capital with Summit Partners, including as part of the team that established Summit’s European Office in London. He was a member of General Electric’s Innovation Advisory Panel, an Innosight Fellow, and cofounder of Fuse Corps, a social venture that places entrepreneurial leaders on year-long grassroots projects with mayors and governors to tackle some of America’s most pressing problems.
His articles have appeared in The New York Times, Bloomberg, The Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and TechCrunch. He frequently speaks or advises at corporations, associations, and universities.
A graduate of Bowdoin College, he lives in San Francisco, and his great-great-great grandfather, Jacob Gundlach, founded Gundlach Bundschu (GunBun) in Sonoma, California’s oldest family-owned winery, which is run today by his cousins who, unlike Peter, actually know a lot about wine.
Ian KalinIan Kalin is passionate about empowering others. His career started in the U.S. Navy where he served as a Counter-Terrorism Officer and later as a Nuclear Engineer. After the Navy, he leveraged his education to fight climate change within a data-focused startup company called Power Advocate, where he supported the construction of over $35 billion in new infrastructure. His work led to his recruitment by the White House as one of the first Presidential Innovation Fellows, leading initiatives to improve government transparency and service delivery. Today, Ian is the Director of Open Data for Socrata, where he supports hundreds of government and businesses on the transformation of data in to valuable products and services that improve people's lives. His has received awards from the U.S. Secretary of Energy and the Harvard Kennedy School. Ian lives in San Francisco with his family.
Puja SangarPuja is an independent communications consultant who works with authors, social sector enterprises and nonprofits. Having launched her career in the book publishing industry, she brings a deep expertise in shaping and marketing content for mainstream audiences. She has partnered on media outreach and engagement for mission driven brands and organizations across sectors, including Whole Foods, the World Bank, X-Prize Foundation, Fuse Corps, The Presidio Institute, MBAs Across America, The Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies and Blue Ocean Institute. She has spearheaded the book launch campaigns of leading authors in the social sector, including Fred Krupp, Carl Safina, John Mackey, Aaron Hurst, Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Leslie Crutchfield, Peter Diamandis, and William Easterly. Previously she was VP of publicity at Fortier Public Relations, and has held senior marketing and publicity positions at Stanford University Press, Mayfield Publishing, and McGraw-Hill. Puja is a graduate of the University of Delhi in India, has studied at Columbia University, and has an MBA in International Business from Rutgers University. Puja lives in San Francisco with her husband and is a pro bono marketing consultant for the Taproot Foundation.
David BurkusDavid Burkus is the author of The Myths of Creativity: The Truth About How Innovative Companies and People Generate Great Ideas. His work on leadership, innovation, and strategy has been published in numerous scholarly journals and practitioner publications. He is a contributing writer for Forbes, 99U, PsychologyToday, and the Harvard Business Review blog. His work has also appeared in Fast Company, Inc, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and the Financial Times. As a speaker, he has delivered keynotes and lectures to a diverse set of audiences, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies to the U.S. Naval Academy. David Burkus is Assistant Professor of Management at the College of Business at Oral Roberts University, where he teaches courses on leadership, creativity, strategy, and organizational behavior. David is a graduate of Oral Roberts University, holds a Master of Arts in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Oklahoma, and also holds a Doctorate of Strategic Leadership from Regent University. He lives outside of Tulsa, Oklahoma with his wife and son.
Gil JenkinsGil 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.
Richard DematoRichard 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.
Marguerite KondrackeSince 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.
Matt SegneriMatt 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.
Alexis RingwaldAlexis 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.
Jessica JackleyJessica 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.
Charles BestCharles 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 recognition.
Aimée ChristensenAimée Christensen is CEO of Christensen Global Strategies, collaborating with industries, investors, governments and organizations worldwide to develop solutions for a strong clean global economy. Her clients have included the Clinton Global Initiative, Duke Energy, Microsoft, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Swiss Re, The Elders, Virgin Unite and the United Nations. Trained as an environmental and energy lawyer, she has two decades’ experience in policy, law, investment, and philanthropy including with the U.S. Department of Energy, the World Bank, Baker & McKenzie and Google where she guided the company’s first climate change initiatives including a commitment to carbon neutrality and successfully lobbying for passage of California’s climate change legislation. At the U.S. Department of Energy Aimée negotiated the first U.S. bilateral climate change agreement (1994 with Costa Rica, followed by Chile, Bolivia, and Argentina) and the first regional sustainable energy agenda, for the Summit of the Americas (1994). In 2012, she served as Special Adviser to the UN Secretary General's High Level Group on Sustainable Energy For All; in 2010 and 2011, she was the founding program chair of the World Climate Summit, where over 800 business leaders met to share strategies and mobilize solutions to our climate challenge. From 2007-2011, she advised Virgin Unite in shaping three of Sir Richard Branson’s innovative initiatives: The Elders, The Carbon War Room, and The B Team. She also manages her family’s investments including in several solar energy projects and funds. Finally, she wrote the first university endowment investment policy on climate change (Stanford University, 1999) and was the 2011 Hillary Laureate and a 2010 Aspen Catto Fellow. She has a BA from Smith College and a JD from Stanford Law School.
Ellen GustafsonEllen 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.
George KembelGeorge 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.
Alex MaasryAlex Maasry is an Associate Principal in the San Francisco Office of McKinsey & Company and has been with the firm for 7 years. He works primarily with public sector and financial services clients in areas such as strategy, human resources, organizational design and transformational change. He is a core member of McKinsey’s West Coast Public Sector Practice, working with state and local governments on topics such as infrastructure, higher education, economic development, and healthcare. Alex also served as a fellow for two years in the McKinsey Global Institute, McKinsey's economic think-tank, where he researched authored reports on urbanization, capital markets, fiscal policy and demographic trends. In 2010, Alex left McKinsey to work at the White House at the National Economic Council where he worked for the Deputy Director, covering capital markets and financial reform. Outside of McKinsey, Alex serves on the Board of Directors of the Silicon Valley Talent Partnership, an organization that brings the best of Silicon Valley’s companies and talent to solve local government challenges. He also serves on the Research Advisory Council to the California Business Roundtable. Lastly, Alex has been part of the Advisory Board of Fuse Corps since the organization’s inception in 2011where he provides strategic planning advice and led the organization’s 2013 strategic review. Alex received a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and a joint MBA and Masters in Public Policy from Stanford University. He lives in San Francisco, California.
Greg GalleGreg 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.
Wendy KoppWendy 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.
Gareth KayGareth 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.
Peter CarpenterPeter 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.
Doug UlmanDoug 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.
Marc FreedmanMarc 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.”
Kari SaratovskyKari 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.
Amy WilkinsonAn 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 Fellow. 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 Foreign Relations.
Jennifer FrommerJennifer 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.
Andy SmithAn 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.
Wes MooreWes 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.
Gerald ChertavianGerald 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.
Premal ShahPremal Shah leads Kiva.org, a website that allows you to lend $25 to the working poor. Since 2005, over 1 million low-income entreprenuers from 70 countries have been financed by Kiva lenders. The site has been named as one of Oprah's Favorite Things and a Top 50 Website by TIME Magazine. Premal's inspiration for Kiva came when he was volunteering in a slum in India while on leave from PayPal, where he had been an early employee. 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. Premal began his career as a management consultant and graduated from Stanford University.
Binta Niambi BrownBinta Niambi Brown is a business advisor, human rights advocate, occasional blogger, and bass player. After working for a media technology start-up, Binta worked exclusively on technology and internet IPOs and transactions at Cravath, Swaine & Moore. She advised (and advises) senior management and corporate boards of media, technology, telecom and entertainment companies, and was a partner in Kirkland & Ellis, before leaving to undertake research at Harvard, while advising more than a dozen different early stage technology companies and founders. Binta has also advised Hillary Clinton, Andrew Cuomo and members of the Obama Administration on a variety of policy matters. She is currently the Executive in Residence for the New Orleans Startup Fund/PowerMovesNOLA and a Mossavar-Rahmani Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Center for Business and Government. At Harvard, she is writing a book on the role of business in society. Binta has been recognized as one of the Root's 100 Most Influential African-Americans, Fortune Magazine's 40 under 40 business leaders, Crain's New York 40 under 40, and by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader. She has been featured inCosmopolitan Magazine (online), Real Simple magazine, the Washington Post, the New York Times, on CNN and an Intelligence Squared debate featured on NPR. Binta is a member of several different boards including TCI, Inc., 2U, Inc., (Advisory), the African Technology Foundation, Human Rights First, and is a Trustee of Barnard College, Columbia University, the American Theatre Wing (founder of the Tony Awards), and New York City Parks Foundation. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Clinton Global Initiative. Binta is a proud graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University and Columbia University School of Law.
John LillyJohn 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.
Aaron HurstAaron (@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.
Joshua ToJoshua 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.
Lisa Flick WilsonLisa Flick Wilson currently serves as Chief Operating Officer for the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance, a regional organization dedicated to using energy opportunities to drive an economically vibrant, energy secure and environmentally sustainable southeastern United States. Lisa has more than 18 years of experience leading organizations at the grassroots and national/international levels, as well as in non-profit, government and philanthropic entities. Prior to SEEA, Lisa helped launch the Civic Accelerator at Points of Light, an educational program and impact investment fund for enterprises that lift up social entrepreneurs and help them successfully launch new civic ventures. Prior to this, she served as director of strategic partnerships for the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation where she managed partnerships with national, regional and local organizations. Prior to Harwood, Lisa served as a program officer in civic and philanthropic engagement with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. And before Kellogg, Lisa worked for ten years to start-up HandsOn Network and in 2007 worked to merge it with Points of Light to create the largest volunteer organization in the world with an annual budget of approximately $30 million and more than 380 affiliates worldwide. Lisa is a graduate of Emory University, the Coro Fellowship Program in Public Affairs, a proud AmeriCorps Alum, and Fuse Corps enthusiast. Lisa is the blessed mom of twin nine-year olds, the caretaker of dogs, cats and chickens, and spends much of her time community organizing from her front porch.
Matt HirschlandMatt 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.
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