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Anand Giridharadas

Author
Winners Take All
Anand Giridharadas is the author of Winners Take All, The True American, and India Calling. He was a foreign correspondent and columnist for The New York Times from 2005 to 2016, and has also written for The Atlantic, The New Republic, and The New Yorker. He is an Aspen Institute fellow, an on-air political analyst for MSNBC, and a former McKinsey analyst. He teaches journalism at New York University and has spoken on the main stage of TED. His writing has been honored by the Society of Publishers in Asia, the Poynter Fellowship at Yale, and the New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Award. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Ann Mei Chang

Author
Lean Impact
Ann Mei Chang is a leading expert on social innovation and the author of Lean Impact: How to Innovate for Radically Greater Social Good. Previously, she served as the Chief Innovation Officer at both USAID and Mercy Corps. Prior to her pivot to social good, Ann Mei was a seasoned Silicon Valley executive, with more than 20 years’ experience at such leading companies as Google, Apple, and Intuit, as well as a number of startups.

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Lauren Kickham

Director, Incubation
Vulcan Inc.
Lauren leads the development and execution of Vulcan’s philanthropic initiatives across priority interest areas, including ocean health, climate change, wildlife conservation, pandemics and communities. In her role, she and her team deploy Vulcan’s approach to catalyzing impact using a range of tools and strategies, from building products and funding research to executing projects, partnering with changemakers and investing for impact. Prior to Vulcan, Lauren was an Executive for InfraCo Africa and AgDevCo, two private fund managers investing patient capital into clean energy infrastructure and smallholder agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa. While in these roles, she helped secure $200m+ of funding from Development Finance Institutions to finance these efforts, solidifying significant public private partnerships committed to development in Africa. Before that, she worked for George Roberts’ (founder of KKR) Enterprise Development Fund (REDF) in San Francisco, and was a management consultant for four years. She earned her B.Eng. from Duke University and MBA from Oxford University, both with honors.

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Laura Callanan

Founding Partner
Upstart Co-Lab
Laura Callanan is the founding partner of Upstart Co-­Lab. Upstart is disrupting how creativity is funded by connecting impact investing to the creative economy. Laura was senior deputy chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, leading all grant-­making programs, operations, and research before launching Upstart Co-­Lab in 2015. Previously, Laura was a consultant with McKinsey & Company’s Social Sector Office; executive director of The Prospect Hill Foundation;; and associate director of the Rockefeller Foundation where, in addition to her responsibilities managing the endowment, she co-­led the Foundation’s first impact investing efforts which included two investments in the creative economy Laura has been a visiting fellow at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, a scholar in residence at UC-­Berkeley/Haas School of Business, a visiting scholar to the American Academy in Rome, and the recipient of a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellowship. Laura is the chair of the board for GlobalGiving Foundation and an advisor to Shift Capital. She is a past member of the board of directors of Signature Theatre and the Corporation of Yaddo. Laura was a founding investment committee member and audit committee member for the American Academy of Arts. She is the literary executrix for the estate of playwright and novelist Romulus Linney.

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Marta Tellado

CEO and President
Consumer Reports
Marta joined CR in the fall of 2014 as President and Chief Executive Officer. She is known as a transformational leader with a talent for innovation, a passion for public service, and a distinguished portfolio of accomplishments in mission-driven organizations. Marta came to CR following 25 years of experience that included executive roles in public service, philanthropy, and nonprofit management, reflecting her strong commitment to making a difference in the lives of people most in need. At the Ford Foundation, she was Vice President for Global Communications and an officer of the board. While there, she led strategic communications and advocacy on a range of issues in the United States and around the world, including economic fairness, free and fair access to an open Internet, and civil rights. She began her career in the consumer movement working alongside Ralph Nader. Her government service was with former US Senator Bill Bradley of New Jersey—the state where she was raised following her family’s journey from her birthplace of Havana, Cuba. Marta attended Fairleigh Dickinson University, and holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Yale University. She lives in New York City and commutes to Yonkers in a car she bought using our ratings when she joined CR. Her wheels also carry her paddle board and kayak for when she needs some open sky.

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Donella Rapier

President & CEO
BRAC USA
Donella Rapier is President and CEO of BRAC USA, the North American affiliate of BRAC, one of the largest humanitarian and development organizations in the world. Originally founded in Bangladesh, BRAC now touches the lives of more than 120 million people through programs in 11 countries across Africa and Asia. Donella brings more than 30 years of experience in finance, fundraising, and scaling nonprofit organizations, including as Chief Development and Administrative Officer at Accion, a pioneer in financial inclusion, and Chief Financial Officer at Partners In Health, a global health organization. Earlier in her career, Donella spent over a decade in senior leadership roles at Harvard University, including Vice President for Alumni Affairs and Development and Chief Financial Officer at Harvard Business School, where she received her MBA. She began her career at Price Waterhouse.

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Robert Greenfield IV

Co-Founder
Consensys Social Impact
Robert is the Social Impact Lead at Consensys, the leading firm within the Blockchain and Cryptocurrency markets. He helped co-found ConsenSys Social Impact, an organization dedicated to the application of blockchain technology across all social impact vectors. His core focus with ConsenSys Social Impact is to support the firm in its consultancy, partnerships, and capacity building across the global social sector ecosystem. Prior, Robert has spent his professional career at Goldman Sachs, Teach for America, and, most recently Cisco Systems.

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Julie Friedman Steele

CEO
World Future Society
Julie is the CEO and the driving force, behind the World Future Society, the most influential international authority for the past 50 years in future thinking. She is also on the Board of Advisors of the United Nations Women for Peace and the Managing Director in the Friedman Family Office. The Friedman family invests in the future through the World Future Society with it’s for purpose driven vehicles. Friedman Properties owns and manages Fifty buildings in the city of Chicago (containing over fifty restaurants) which accounts for some of the city’s most eye-catching historical properties.

As a polymath, autodidact and a working background in entreprenuership, AI & technology, entertainment, science, structured finance and real estate, Julie is working to realize the vision that utilizing a futurist mindset will change our societal narrative. She is passionate about emerging knowledge and accelerating its adoption to make complex technology and scientific discoveries accessible to all. Julie thrives at the cutting edge of disruption and empathy.

Julie has garnered national and international media attention appearing in over 20 countries in print, radio, and television including The Today Show, Al Jazeera, Vanity Fair Italy, Time Magazine, and a profile in Entrepreneur Magazine. She has also been named by The Chicago Tribune as a top 100 Innovator in the City.

As a social entrepreneur and producer Julie created The 3D Printer Experience (3DPX), built an International MPEG standard to make all TV and Film video content searchable and indexable on the internet and produced and directed the Genesis Award winning documentary, Best Friend Forgotten starring actor David Duchovny.

Julie studied biochemistry and molecular biology at Boston University, Music Synthesis at the famed Berklee College of Music, and Artificial Intelligence through Stanford University. With a background in stand-up comedy, Julie brings a fresh and passionate approach to her leadership, advisory roles and appearances.

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Amy Kingman

Executive Director
Learning by Giving Foundation
Amy Kingman is the Executive Director of Doris Buffett's Learning by Giving Foundation and the Letters Foundation, established by siblings Warren and Doris Buffett. Amy has over 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, specifically in fundraising, marketing, nonprofit management, and strategic planning. Amy first learned of the Learning by Giving Foundation when an organization she was working for received a grant from the first-ever Learning by Giving class at Simmons College. She was incredibly impressed by both the passion of the students and the class curriculum, and has followed the progress of the Foundation ever since. In 2018, Amy was named one of Boston’s 40 Under 40 by the Boston Business Journal. Amy holds a BSW from Skidmore College and a MSW with a concentration in nonprofit management from the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated summa cum laude. She is a founding member of the Boston Women in Nonprofits group and currently serves on the board at Wellspring House in Gloucester and as an advisory council member to Boston’s Media Girls.

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Alex Meek

Co-Founder
Newday Impact
Alex Meek has spent his career as a founding member across startup ventures in consumer tech, consumer goods, media and finance. Alex began his career managing wealth for high net worth families and covering hedge funds and institutions in equity sales at Deutsche Bank Alex Brown. He has served various positions in human rights as Treasurer and Board Member of the Red Ribbon Foundation, Mentor at UN-Habitat (United Nations Human Settlement Program), and a Volunteer at Community Health Africa a Poverty Solution. Alex earned a Major in Economics from St Lawrence University and a MBA with a concentration in Entrepreneurship from Babson College - Franklin W. Olin Graduate School of Business.

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Denver Frederick

Host
The Business of Giving
Denver Frederick is the Host of The Business of Giving Radio Program. The show airs every Sunday evening from 6 to 7 PM ET out of the studios of WNYM-AM 970 in New York. The Chronicle of Philanthropy carries the podcast and transcript of the main interview from the previous week’s show on its homepage every Friday. The program addresses issues such as global poverty, affordable housing, clean drinking water, gender equity, medical breakthroughs, and matters related to education. Several hundred CEOs of nonprofit and social good organizations have appeared as guests on the show. He is currently writing a book highlighting the best corporate cultures of nonprofit and social organizations. Denver has had decades of experience in the world of philanthropy. He was the Chief Development Officer for the restoration of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, helped to direct and manage the 50th Anniversary of the United Nations, worked with Michael J. Fox to launch his Parkinson's Foundation, and started the movement of peer fundraising through his work with the New York City Marathon. He has served as the Executive Director of a number of organizations, has taught at the NYU School of Fundraising Management and is a Certified Professional Executive Coach.

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Phillip Duffy

President and Executive Director
Woods Hole Research Center
Dr. Duffy is a physicist who has devoted his career to the use of science in addressing climate change. He frequently speaks on climate issues to public and specialized audiences, including philanthropic funders and professional investors. He also frequently engages policymakers, including delegates at the United Nations climate conferences, and the House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology where he testified in 2018. Dr. Duffy is frequently quoted by outlets such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, Science, the Boston Globe, NPR, CNN, and MSNBC. He has served on committees of the National Academy of Sciences and has advised state and local policymakers. Dr Duffy is particularly interested in working with diverse groups to address climate change, and has formed a coalition with Cardinal Sean Patrick O’Malley, the Archbishop of Boston, to organize faith leaders and scientists dedicated to addressing climate change. Prior to joining WHRC, Dr. Duffy served as a Senior Advisor in the White House National Science and Technology Council, and as a Senior Policy Analyst in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. In these roles he was involved in international climate negotiations, domestic and international climate policy, and coordination of US global change research. Before joining the White House, Dr. Duffy was Chief Scientist for Climate Central, an organization dedicated to increasing public understanding and awareness of climate change. Dr. Duffy has held senior research positions with the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and visiting positions at the Carnegie Institution for Science and the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University. He has a bachelor’s degree from Harvard and a Ph.D. in applied physics from Stanford.

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Christopher Goolgasian

Managing Director; Director, Climate Research
Wellington Management
As director of Climate Research on the Sustainable Investment Team and a portfolio manager for our retirement solutions suite of products, Chris focuses on investment solutions that share an enduring nature and require critical strategic thinking. For climate research, Chris spearheads a collaborative initiative between Wellington Management and Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) to integrate climate science and asset management. This alliance, launched in 2018, is focused on creating investor tools to help analyze and better understand how and where climate change may impact global capital markets. Chris plays a critical role in aligning WHRC and Wellington resources to ensure the initiative is mapped to investable insights. For retirement solutions, Chris serves as co-portfolio manager on the Wellington Target Date portfolios. He also developed and manages Balanced Retirement Return, a strategy tailored specifically to the “retirement tier” and focused on filling the gap in the defined contribution marketplace and helping pre-retirees and retirees achieve their retirement objectives. He is also a member of the Wellington Multi-Strategy Investment Review Group. Prior to his current role, Chris was director of Investment Strategy, helping develop and manage a variety of defined contribution, tactical, absolute return, and alternative risk premia strategies for the firm’s clients. He managed the Global Managed Risk Team, including the hiring and development of talent, and worked closely with clients on customized solutions. Prior to joining Wellington Management in 2014, Chris was head of Portfolio Management – Americas within the Investment Solutions Group at State Street Global Advisors (2010 – 2014). Before joining State Street, he held a number of different investment roles at Fidelity Investments and Pyramis Global Advisors beginning in 1997. Previously, he was a CPA with Kaplan, Moran, Digennaro in the public accounting field (1995 – 1997). Chris earned both his BA (1995) with a concentration in accounting and his MBA (1997) with a concentration in finance from Bryant University. Additionally, he holds the Chartered Financial Analyst and Chartered Alternatives Investment Analyst designations, and he is a CPA. He is also a professor of finance at Bryant University.

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Catherine D'Amato

President and CEO
The Greater Boston Food Bank
A tireless advocate for the hungry for more than 39 years, Catherine D’Amato assumed the leadership of GBFB in 1995. During her tenure, she has transformed GBFB into a $95 million charitable business and increased GBFB’s distribution from 7.5 million meals a year to more than 51 million healthy meals. She has grown GBFB’s network to include more than 500 partner food pantries, meal programs and shelters across the 190 cities and towns of Eastern Massachusetts. Under D’Amato’s guidance, GBFB has focused on providing nutritious food to those struggling with hunger and became one of the first food banks in the U.S. to establish a health and research team making the critical connection between hunger and health. D’Amato also led GBFB’s partnership with Children’s Health- Watch, a nonpartisan research organization, to undertake groundbreaking research on the health-related costs of hunger and food insecurity in Massachusetts. The study’s findings totaled $2.4 billion in health-related costs in 2016 alone. Beyond her role at GBFB, D'Amato is the founder of the Hunger to Health Collaboratory (H2HC), a group of cross-industry stakeholders developing innovative solutions for reducing the health consequences of hunger. D’Amato currently serves on the board of trustees of Fidelity Charitable and Eastern Bank; the board of directors of the Forsyth Institute and the Massachusetts Food Association.

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Ozair Ali

Co-founder and COO
Alter Global
Ozair Ali is the co-founder and COO of Alter Global - a VC initiative that backs ventures which scale solutions to market failures in the developing world. Currently, Alter works across 6 countries, providing its ventures with access to to global networks, talent, and capital. Its board includes VC partners from Innovation Endeavors, Broadway Angels, The Collaborative Fund, and Endeavor Catalyst. Prior to starting Alter 4 years ago, Ozair worked at the Central Bank of Pakistan and helped support the development of electricity markets in Albania. Ozair grew up in Pakistan and currently resides in Cambridge.

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George Hara

Group Chairman & CEO
DEFTA Partners
George Hara is an archaeologist, entrepreneur and renowned business leader. While he was a graduate student at Stanford University in 1981, George founded a successful startup developing fiber optics display systems. In 1984, Hara founded DEFTA Partners and became a partner at Accel Partners in the 1990s. Hara has helped to create and manage various portfolio companies as Chairman, a Board member, or a shareholder of companies in the US, UK, Israel, and Japan, such as Borland (IPO in 1989), Zoran (IPO in 1995), Tradex (Merged with Ariba in 2000), Oplus Technologies (Merged with Intel in 2005), Broadware (Merged with Cisco in 2007), Transitive Technology (merged with IBM in 2008), and Fortinet (NASDAQ IPO in 2009). In 2017, under his leadership, DEFTA Partners established DEFTA Healthcare Technologies L.P., in a vision to create a society where every person can live a healthy life until his/her last moment. His past investments in healthcare includes the first gene therapy company Viagene, the first antisense therapy company Isis Pharmaceuticals, and the first bioinformatics company Arris Pharmaceuticals.
George’s public service record includes board directors of San Francisco University, Zoo, and Opera where he helped revitalize these organizations, and advisors to heads of states, governments, and international organizations. George also serves as Special Advisor to the Cabinet Office of the Prime Minister of Japan, Global Agenda and Meta Council Member of the World Economic Forum, and Chairman of the Alliance Forum Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization in a Special Consultative Status with the UN ECOSOC that conducts many initiatives in the areas of anti-malnutrition, microfinance, new industry creation, and Public Interest Capitalism. In Yokohama, Japan, George established the Hara Model Railway Museum, which he dedicates to his late father Nobutaro whose lifelong hobby was to build and collect models of trains in the world.
In the Japanese government, George has held roles of Senior Advisor to the Minister of Finance from 2005 to 2009, Deputy Chairman of the Expert Panel of the Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy, the Prime Minister’s Special Commissioner on the Government Tax Panel, a Member of the Industrial Structure Council of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and a Member of the ICT council of the Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications. Under his vision of Public Interest Capitalism and through these roles, George works to build a framework to commercialize and industrialize new technologies and to rebuild the country’s fiscal health while reducing the tax rates and increasing tax revenues at the same time.
Hara was a UN Fellow and holds an LL.B. from Keio Univ. and an MS from the Graduate School of Engineering at Stanford University.
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Ken Ulman

President
Margrave Strategies
Ken Ulman serves as the President of Margrave Strategies, an innovative strategic consulting firm that provides a comprehensive array of economic development, planning and visioning services to institutions, businesses and other groups throughout Maryland and the mid¬Atlantic. The firm’s principal client is the University of Maryland College Park Foundation, where Ulman serves as Chief Strategy Officer for Economic Development, and as President of the Terrapin Development Company, LLC. Ulman previously served two terms as Howard County Executive. Ulman has won numerous awards, and was named a Tech Titan by Washingtonian Magazine, a Top 25 Doer, Dreamer and Driver by Government Technology Magazine and a Regional Visionary by the Greater Baltimore Committee. Mr. Ulman served as president of the Maryland Association of Counties and as chairman of the Baltimore Metropolitan Council. He lives in Columbia, Maryland, with his wife, Jaki (also a proud Terp), and their daughters Maddie and Lily.

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Casey Brock-Wilson

Director of Strategic Partnerships
Office of Mayor Mayor Walsh
Casey Brock-Wilson is the Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Mayor’s Office. She is responsible for providing leadership and strategy in cultivating and coordinating the pursuit of philanthropic funding, competitive public funding and other innovative partnership strategies that align with the Mayor's priorities. Prior to joining the City of Boston, Casey's experience included implementing analytics programs at the Phoenix Suns basketball team, and working as a principal at the The Parthenon Group, managing teams of consultants for corporate and government clients. She received her MBA from the Harvard Business School and is a graduate of Northwestern University.

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Christina Shim

Managing Director/Commercial Innovation Practice, Americas
Palladium
Christina Shim is the Managing Director (Americas) for Palladium, based in New York. In this role, she oversees the New York office and leads the Commercial Innovation Practice, supporting companies with inclusive growth implementation towards Positive Impact. Ms. Shim’s global experience includes time with several top-tier management consulting firms - including Booz Allen Hamilton, Bain & Co, and PricewaterhouseCoopers – in New York, London, Singapore, and Washington DC. As part of these roles, she grew international offices / teams and defined and implemented the trajectory of the business. She specializes in growth and transformational business strategy, investment strategy, innovation / incubator management, commercial due diligence, and ecosystem-based implementation. Her clients, partners, and networks have included Fortune 500, Global 3000, and private equity firms, as well as federal government organizations and technology start-ups. Additionally, Ms. Shim worked in the United States Federal Government, augmenting her global commercial experience with public sector service. She serves on the NYC Board for Minds Matter, a national education non-profit working to transform the lives of accomplished high school students from low-income families through mentorship and college success. Ms. Shim has an MBA from Columbia Business School, a BA from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs and was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar.

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Stephen Moret

CEO
Virginia Economic Development Partnership
Stephen Moret has served as President and CEO of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) since January 2017. Before joining VEDP, Moret served as chief executive of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) and Louisiana Department of Economic Development (LED), as well as the LSU Foundation and its real-estate development arm. At VEDP, Moret has collaborated with state, regional, and local partners to craft an ambitious vision focused on several transformational goals, including accelerating employment growth; enabling every region to grow; and moving back to the top of national business climate rankings. He led Virginia’s successful state-and-local team bid for Amazon’s HQ2 and is launching a world-class, custom workforce program along with the Virginia Community College System Moret earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from LSU, where he was elected president of the student body, and an MBA from Harvard Business School (2001), where he was elected co-president of the student body and received the Dean’s Award for exceptional leadership and service. He earned a doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania, with distinction for dissertation, where his research focused on linkages between higher education and the labor market.

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Clay Dumas

Chief of Staff and Partner
Lowercase Capital
Clay is the Chief of Staff and a partner at Lowercase Capital where he works to support their venture portfolio, as well as invest in startups to reboot our democracy, remove carbon, and reform the criminal justice system. Clay serves on the board of Tala, a Lowercase portfolio company building a world where people everywhere have financial access, choice, and control. Previously, Clay served as an Executive in Residence at the Pramana Collective, a strategic advisory firm in San Francisco. Before that, he was the Chief of Staff for the White House Office of Digital Strategy, a team tasked by President Obama with connecting people with purpose. In 2017, he was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list. At the start of President Obama’s second term, he served as an aide in the Chief of Staff’s office. Before joining the White House, Clay worked on President Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns. He graduated from Harvard in 2011.

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Alex Husted

Founder
HELPSY
Alex Husted is a founder of HELPSY, the region’s largest clothing reuse and recycling business. As a leader at HELPSY, he works tirelessly to curb the massive amount of textiles that are currently discarded. More than 85% of discarded clothing goes into the trash rather than being reused or recycled.

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Mihai Patru

Senior Policy Fellow
University of California, Riverside
Mihai Patru is a Senior Policy Fellow at the School of Public Policy, University of California, Riverside, where he designed and is currently coordinating the Social Entrepreneurship Engagement and Development Lab – a 10 month pre-accelerator for grassroots early stage social entrepreneurs from marginalized communities in Southern California. His interest in the social entrepreneurship sector led him to establish in 2016 Caravanserai Project, a non-profit organization which works with social entrepreneurs, change makers and social impact-driven organizations and supports their efforts to shape and advance their ideas. In 2017, he joined Mozaïque whose vision is to provide artisans around the globe the tools to promote their traditional crafts, grow their organizations and encourage the entrepreneurial spirit of their communities in order to enhance the quality of their livelihoods. He has been involved with various projects developed by national and international organizations like the Independent Sector and Echoing Green. Mihai started his professional career as a diplomat with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania, where he served as Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Advisor to the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. He was awarded the Transatlantic Diplomatic Fellowship by the U.S. State Department and served as a Senior Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University, in Washington DC. He earned his Master’s in International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University/School of Advanced International Studies and holds a MA in International Relations from Central European University in Budapest and a BA in Arabic Language and Literature from University of Bucharest.

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Timothy Rann

Partner
Mercy Corps Ventures
Timothy Rann is a Partner at Mercy Corps Ventures (MCV), a seed and early-stage impact fund with 15 investments globally. Tim leads MCV in SE Asia, West Africa and Latam. He oversees a portfolio of 9 companies, spanning agriculture, fintech, logistics and the future of work. In his career, his has led investments in over 16 seed stage impact startups in emerging markets and has recorded four exits to-date. (He's more than happy to talk about the four failures, as well!) Prior to building Mercy Corps Ventures, Tim launched, led and seeded startups in Cambodia, Vietnam, and Afghanistan, including Joma International, Hagar Social Enterprise Group and Artillery Group. He has also advised impact investment funds and social businesses in Southern Africa, East Africa and Southeast Asia. After 10 years based in SE Asia and South America, Tim recently relocated to Washington, DC.

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Amy Nelson

CEO
Venture for America
Amy Nelson was appointed CEO of Venture For America in 2017 after building the organization alongside Andrew Yang, VFA’s Founder, for four years. Amy led efforts that have more than tripled the organization’s fundraising, and drove VFA’s investment in building out its regional efforts. Amy is deeply committed to having VFA become the go-to path for aspiring entrepreneurs, having conceptualized the organization’s Accelerator program and Seed Fund. Prior to VFA, Amy held business development positions at B Lab, Relief International and Cambodian Children’s Fund. She has helped dozens of nonprofit organizations with fundraising and strategy over the years as a consultant and advisor. Currently, Amy sits on the boards of Venture For America and Safe Haven Medical Outreach in Cambodia. She is a member of the Nationswell Council and Forbes Nonprofit Council. Amy is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College and NYU’s Stern School of Business. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.

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Sharon Bort

Community Relations Officer
MIT Solve
Sharon Bort serves as the Community Relations Officer for Solve’s Sustainability pillar (e.g., energy, environment, climate change, agriculture, and water). She brings her enthusiasm for sustainability to cultivate new partnerships with innovators and leaders around the world to find solutions to global challenges. Before joining Solve, Sharon worked at Hubway, Metro-Boston’s bike share, as their HR Manager. Previously, she served as Wellesley College’s Sustainability Coordinator. In this position, she used her skills in systems thinking to create a more sustainable, resilient, and engaging culture, as well as a campus-wide sustainability plan. Outside of work, Sharon is an avid traveler, cyclist, podcast listener, gardener, and baker. She is also involved in her local community as an organizer for Civic Series, Net Impact, and the Riverway Project. She has a B.A. in Global Environmental Studies from Clark University and an M.B.A. in Sustainability from Antioch New England

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Fernando Montejo

Community Relations Officer
MIT Solve
Fernando Montejo is the Community Relations Officer for Solve’s Economic Prosperity pillar. In this role, Fernando engages leaders from the private, public, non-profit, and academic sectors to identify and support solutions to economic prosperity challenges in cities and regions worldwide. He is passionate about advancing community and economic development through civic innovation, place-based initiatives, and impactful partnerships. Prior to joining Solve, Fernando worked with the executive team of the New York City Housing Authority, where he helped implement a portfolio of rigorous initiatives to improve quality of life for more than 400,000 working and low-income New Yorkers. He has also served as a researcher at the MIT Center for Advanced Urbanism, and was a Global Policy Fellow at the Institute of Technology & Society in Rio de Janeiro, where he investigated the social challenges and innovation opportunities of staging the 2016 Olympic Games. Fernando is of Peruvian descent, born and raised in Queens, New York City. He holds a Master in City Planning from MIT and a Bachelor of Science in Urban & Regional Studies from Cornell University.

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Peter Neiman

Chief Marketing Officer
Amalgamated Bank
Peter joined Amalgamated bank in July, 2016 as Executive Vice President and CMO. His responsibilities include all internal and external communications, brand marketing, advertising, public relations and corporate social responsibility. His experience includes working in both Fortune 500 companies and top New York advertising agencies. Over his career, he has helped market thirty-five brands across twenty different industries, including financial giants Merrill Lynch, Nasdaq and Bank of America. Most recently, he had been the Vice President of Marketing, Brand and Advertising at Unum Group, where he led the repositioning of their three insurance/employee benefit brands: Unum US, Unum UK and Colonial Life. Peter is a graduate of Boston University’s School of Management and has taught Marketing and Advertising at Parsons School of Design in New York City.

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Stephanie Khurana

Managing Director
Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
Stephanie Khurana is responsible for identifying and supporting DRK Entrepreneurs.Stephanie currently serves on the boards of DRK portfolio organizations Braven, EdBuild, Empower Schools, Immigrant Justice Corps and Kinvolved.Stephanie was on the founding team of Cambridge Technology Partners (CTP), a visionary startup in the tech space that went public. She previously was Co-Founder, CEO, and Director of Surebridge, a web-based software provider which was ultimately sold to Time Warner.She has served as Acting Executive Director at the Tobin Project, a nonprofit organization that sits on the forefront of major research initiatives that address some of society’s most pressing problems and helps transform public policy debates. She currently serves on their Board of Directors. Stephanie received a “Top 40 under 40” award from the Boston Business Journal in 1999. She serves on the President’s Council of Cornell Women and is a co-Master of Cabot House at Harvard University. She has consulted with clients ranging from early stage to established organizations in the nonprofit, technology, and healthcare sectors and serves on several social enterprise boards.She received her BS in Applied Economics with a concentration in International Relations from Cornell University, an MBA from the Harvard Business School and an MPP from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

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Diana Iovescu

Founder
Mozaique
Linguist by training, communicator by nature, social entrepreneur by chance. Diana has started her career in the field of cultural relations working for the British Council, has flirted with broadcast journalism and ended up falling in love with social innovation during her time at Ashoka. She co-founded Ashoka Romania, was a competitive ballroom dancer and has been soul searching for the past five years. She has lived in six countries on three continents in the past ten years and the need for a portable business became imminent. She has founded Mozaique and it fits her like a glove. Diana lives in Old Town Alexandria with her husband and their two children, before they embark on their new adventure.

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Alexandra Chamberlin

Manager - Private Impact Investments
CapShift
Alexandra Chamberlin is Manager – Private Impact Investments at CapShift, a recently-launched turnkey impact investing solution for donor-advised funds. A native of France, Alexandra is passionate about democratizing impact investing for investors, donors and capital-seekers. Prior to CapShift, Alexandra worked for LITA.co - the leading impact crowdequity platform in Western Europe – empowering retail investors to invest alongside their values while providing much-needed early-stage capital for social entrepreneurs. She holds a dual degree from HEC Paris Business School and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

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Brian Trelstad

Partner
Bridges Fund Management
Brian is a Partner at Bridges Fund Management, an impact investment fund with $1B under management entirely dedicated to impact and sustainable investing. Brian joined Bridges in the fall of 2012 to invest in businesses located in underserved communities in the United States in the areas of health, education and sustainability. Prior to Bridges, Brian was the Chief Investment Officer of Acumen, a pioneering impact fund investing in companies in underserved emerging markets delivering critical health, water, energy, agriculture and education services. Brian has been a consultant at McKinsey & Company, a program officer at the Corporation for National Service and has been involved in several for-profit and non-profit start-ups. He has a BA from Harvard, an MBA from Stanford University, and a Masters in City and Regional Planning from UC-Berkeley. He teaches graduate courses at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School and Harvard Business School on social entrepreneurship, social innovation and impact investing. He is a Kauffman Fellow and a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.

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Adam Rein

Co-Founder
CapShift
Adam Rein is President and Co-Founder at CapShift, a turnkey impact investing platform for donor advised funds. Since 2013 Adam has served as a Managing Director at MissionPoint Partners, helping lead direct investment origination, portfolio management, and broader impact investment strategy. In 2010, Adam co-founded Altaeros, a startup launched out of MIT to bring low cost telecom and renewables services to rural communities. Adam is also a co-founder of Greentown Labs, the country's largest clean technology incubator. Previously Adam worked as a consultant for Bain & Company. Adam has an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a BA from Yale University.

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Alessandra Clara

Programs Manager at LearnServe International
Partner at Strategic Good
Alessandra is a changemaker passionate about social impact, education, youth empowerment, and design thinking & innovation. She has experience designing, leading and managing high impact projects in the fields of education and economic empowerment. She is Partner at Strategic Good and has taught social entrepreneurship and lead design thinking workshops for Stanford University Social Entrepreneurship Summerfuel program, Dartmouth’s Tuck Business School, the Inter-American Development Bank, Hanes, the Montshire Museum of Science, and INCAE Business School. She is Programs Manager at LearnServe International empowering youth to create social change in their communities through social entrepreneurship and leadership. Alessandra is originally from El Salvador and holds a B.S. in Business from Johns Hopkins University and a Master’s in Social Enterprise from American University.

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Noam Angrist

Executive Director
Young 1ove
Noam Angrist is the Executive Director of Young 1ove, an NGO based in Botswana dedicated to scaling-up programs backed by rigorous academic evidence that enable youth to thrive. To date, the organization has reached over 55,000 youth in Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Africa. Recently, the organization signed an MOU with the Botswana government to scale-up nationally and solidified a multi-year partnership with UNICEF. Prior to Young 1ove, Noam did research at the University of Botswana, the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), and the World Bank. Noam has a B.S. in Mathematics & Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MSc. from the University of Oxford. Noam was recognized by Forbes 30Under30, is a Global Shaper with the World Economic Forum, and was a Fulbright and Rhodes scholar.

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Julie McBride

Founder & CEO
Stage Six, Inc.
Julie McBride is a leading authority in the field of social franchising and was recently named one of “Five Innovative Consultants that are changing the world” in Inc. Magazine. Julie’s experience using the franchise model to scale social businesses spans 20 years, five continents, and several industries including healthcare, water, sanitation, agribusiness, clean energy, and education. She was instrumental in designing and operating PSI’s pioneering reproductive health franchise in Pakistan (Green Star) and supported the expansion of social franchises into 27 additional countries. As a franchise consultant at MSA Worldwide Julie helped social business owners and NGOs design and execute franchise systems. In her most recent venture as founder and CEO of Stage Six, Julie is building and supporting a portfolio of investment-ready social franchises across a range of sectors and geographies. Her efforts to inform and inspire potential actors in this field have included several high profile speaking engagements and publications. Julie earned her Masters in Public Health from New York University and her Bachelor of Science from the University of Washington.

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Kate Collins

Consultant
Bridgespan
Kate Collins is a Consultant at the Bridgespan Group. At Bridgespan, she has worked for the Rise Fund evaluating their food & agriculture, and financial services investments, and for a large U.S. foundation to set up a new impact investing fund for early stage enterprises. She has also worked in early child development and education in the Middle East. She is currently based in Boston and has worked in Bridgespan’s Mumbai office. Prior to Bridgespan, Kate worked as chief of staff at the Council on Foreign Relations and as a researcher in the U.S. foreign policy program. She worked at Bain & Company in Chicago where she consulted for a major retailer. She also worked in food & agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa, including in Malawi where she developed public private partnerships between multinational commodities companies and smallholder farmers. Kate developed a strategy for the reducing working capital costs for the grain industry for the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa based in Nairobi, and completed consulting assignments for investors focused on East African agriculture, an East African government, and MIT’s Development Lab. Kate has an MBA from MIT Sloan and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University.

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Terry McDonald

Executive Director
St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County
Terrence R. (Terry) McDonald became the executive director of the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County, Inc. (SVdP) on June 14, 1984 and is a hands-on visionary leader of the agency. With degrees in Political Science and History and a Masters of Education from the University of Oregon, Terry’s energies are focused on affordable housing and economic development projects that create jobs while improving the environment and the community. Terry’s passion is creating avenues out of poverty through a unique kind of reclamation: finding new uses for consumers’ “useless” discards, creating new strategies and community coalitions to deal with old problems, and giving low-income and homeless people a chance to reclaim their dignity through employment and self-sufficiency. Terry also oversees the Cascade Alliance – a national network of nonprofits developing socially responsible diversion of usable materials from the waste stream, a project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that to date has created 130 sustainable jobs, diverted 14 million pounds of materials and generated $20 million in revenue among its 12 alliance members.

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Jordana Fremed

Associate Consultant
Bridgespan
Jordana Fremed is an Associate Consultant at the Bridgespan Group in Boston. At Bridgespan, she has worked for the past year with TPG’s Rise Fund, evaluating and underwriting impact for investments across the education, energy, financial services, TMT, and healthcare sectors. She has also been engaged in Bridgespan’s impact investing work in public equities and energy. In addition to her impact investing work, Jordana has also worked in Bridgespan’s philanthropy and nonprofit network practices. Prior to Bridgespan, Jordana worked at Goldman Sachs Asset Management, first in Institutional Multi-Asset Investing and then in ESG & Impact Investing as well as in business development at Visit.org, a social enterprise focused on employee-driven corporate social responsibility (CSR) experiences. Jordana graduated with a B.A. in Sustainable Development and Business Management from Columbia University.

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Quanuquanei A. Karmue

Author
WITNESS
Quanuquanei A. Karmue better known as Q, is a survivor of the Liberian Civil War, activist, artist, and president/¬founder of Save More Kids, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the lives of Liberia's children and rebuilding a country left in devastating conditions. Q wrote the WITNESS series to take readers through his childhood experience as a boy confronted with the terror, bloodshed, and chaos of a war-torn Liberia. After escaping to the US through the strength and fortitude of his mother, Q adapted to American life, completed an Undergraduate Degree at Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD), and a Masters of Fine Arts Degree at East Tennessee State University (ETSU).

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Ryan Friedrichs

Chief Development Officer
City of Detroit
Ryan Friedrichs serves as Chief Development Officer for the City of Detroit, leading and managing public and private investments that support top initiatives of the Mayor, and directing the Office of Development and Grants. In 2016, the Office raised $153 million in support of workforce, public safety, housing, planning, health and other City initiatives to improve the lives of Detroiters, and $202 million in 2017. Mr. Friedrichs received his BA from the University of Michigan and MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School. Mr. Friedrichs is an Afghanistan combat veteran who served as a paratrooper and intelligence and infantry Team Leader in the 173rd Airborne Brigade. He lives in Detroit with his wife Jocelyn Benson, Michigan's 43rd Secretary of State and his son Aiden.

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Quyen Tran

VP and Sustainable Investment Strategist
Wellington Management
As sustainable investment strategist, Quyen partners with industry practitioners, academia, and other organizations to develop thought leadership and strategy to advance the sustainable investment ecosystem. She meets with clients, represents Wellington as a speaker at industry conferences, and authors publications with a focus on impact investing and measurement. Quyen has provided strategic guidance for the development of Wellington’s flagship impact investing strategy in public equities and continues to serve investment teams in a consultative role. Her prior roles include working as a senior investment consultant at Cambridge Associates, where she advised endowments, foundations, and other institutions on total portfolio asset allocation strategy, and recommended investment products for their portfolios. She also headed the training program for consulting associates globally. Quyen earned her MBA from Harvard Business School and her BA, cum laude, in philosophy from Mount Holyoke College. On a volunteer basis, she has taught English as a classroom teacher in Vietnam, worked with Tibetan students in India to advance their higher education, and worked for the advancement of grade-school children in the US. She is a member of Harvard Business School’s Alumni for Impact Initiative.

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Wendy Cromwell

Director of Sustainable Investments
Wellington Management
Wendy is the director of Sustainable Investment, setting the research agenda and strategy for the firm’s sustainable investment practice, including impact, climate, and long-term engagement strategies. As vice chair, Wendy is a senior member of the firm’s management team and acts as an aide to the chairman and CEO with respect to external affairs of the organization, with a focus on representing our firm globally with clients, prospects, government organizations, and industry groups in speaking about our business and industry. In addition, she is a member of the firm’s Investment Stewardship Committee, Compensation Committee, Hedge Fund Review Group, and serves as chair of the Strategic Relationship Advisory Committee and the Wellington Management Australia Board. She also serves as a director on the board of the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment. Previously, Wendy conducted research on long-term multi-asset themes and led the development of multi-asset portfolios for the firm’s global client base as the director of Global Multi Asset Strategies. Wendy received her MBA, with honors, from Vanderbilt University and her BBA, summa cum laude, from the University of Mississippi. She also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

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Marjorie Winfrey

VP and Sustainable Investment Research Analyst
Wellington Management
Marjorie partners with investors on “last mile” analysis to support integration of impact and sustainability factors into company valuation and stock selection and to establish key performance indicators for portfolio companies. She oversees impact measurement and reporting methodology for sustainable investing strategies. Her passion for impact and sustainable investing stems from her work in monitoring and evaluation for international development programs and is based on her belief that capital markets can be a vehicle for unlocking potential and empowering people in a more vital and sustainable global economy. Prior to joining Wellington Management, Marjorie worked in investor relations and financial planning at United Airlines. Before that, she was a summer associate in the investment banking division at Goldman Sachs and worked as a project manager for Eurasia at InterMedia Global Research. Marjorie earned her MBA from the University of Chicago and her BA in Russian regional studies from Columbia University. She completed a Fulbright fellowship, studying language politics in Kazakhstan in. She is proficient in Russian and has also studied Spanish and Kazakh.

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Meredith Joly

VP and Investment Specialist
Wellington Management
As an Investment Specialist on Wellington’s fixed income impact team, Meredith is focused on developing the firm's public fixed income impact investing capabilities. She works closely with portfolio managers on thematic and entity level impact research and impact measurement. She also has a personal passion for plant based food innovation and sustainable living. In her role Meredith also helps to ensure the integrity of client portfolios by overseeing positioning, performance, and risk exposures. She meets regularly with clients, prospects and consultants to communicate the team’s investment philosophy and strategy. Meredith joined Wellington Management in 2012, and before that she worked as an analyst in the securitized products group at Citi. Meredith earned her BS in management, magna cum laude, from Boston College, with concentrations in finance and economics.

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Diana Won

Program Manager
Pershing Square Foundation
Diana is the Program Manager for the Pershing Square Foundation, which supports exceptional leaders and innovative organizations. Diana manages the economic opportunity & development, education, and social justice grant portfolios and is responsible for sourcing, diligence, program management, grant administration and communications. Diana joined the Foundation from Seoul, South Korea where she was a Luce Scholar and consultant at MYSC, a social impact consulting company. At MYSC, she helped manage a program to train entrepreneurs in Southeast Asia, lectured at universities on design thinking, and helped adapt frameworks to measure social impact. Diana holds an MPP from the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School and a BA in Urban Planning and Public Policy from Rutgers University. During graduate school, Diana worked at the State Department in Peru and William Davidson Institute. Diana was a Fulbright ETA in Bucaramanga, Colombia and has worked on community development issues in Newark, NJ. She is served as Term Trustee of the Asia Foundation.

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Ivan Frishberg

First-Vice President, Sustainability Banking
Amalgamated Bank
Ivan Frishberg leads sustainability banking for Amalgamated Bank. Frishberg works across the bank on a range of treasury, investment and lending products designed to serve sustainability goals and the goals of our clients in the energy, climate and environment communities. Ivan has more than 25 years of public interest advocacy, organizing and policy experience. Previously he was Senior Advisor and Climate Change Campaign Manager for Organizing For Action, a senior advisor to the Climate Action Campaign and directed the State Climate Hub. Ivan serves on the board of directors for DC Water, the public water and sewer utility for Washington, D.C.

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Eriko Nishimoto

Founder and CEO
Binnovative
Eriko Nishimoto is the founder and CEO of Binnovative, a Cambridge, MA based non-profit organization that fosters entrepreneurship between USA and Japan. Through open innovation activities such as hackathons and business plan competitions, Binnovative has brought together many Boston and Japan-based people together in a spirit of collaboration, to solve challenging problems faced by organizations in these countries. Binnovative has organized NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge in Boston since 2014. Prior to founding Binnovative, Eriko had her own technology startup, helped post-merger integration and led innovation initiatives at large Japanese companies operating in the US. Eriko has also led international technology projects across 14 countries, while working for companies such as Sumitomo and Apple. Eriko holds an M.B.A. from Babson College. When she is not fearlessly leading the talented Binnovative team, Eriko enjoys yoga and challenges her friends to badminton.

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Blake Garcia

Manager of Cities Operations
SecondMuse
Blake Garcia is the Manager of Cities Operations at SecondMuse. He serves in project management or senior project roles focusing on SecondMuse’s work on advanced manufacturing and cleantech incubators in NYC, and he is a 4-year veteran on the NASA Space Apps program. Blake also oversees business unit operations and finances. Blake is passionate about good ideas that come from untapped places. His work focuses on building initiatives that create opportunities for entrepreneurship and accelerate emergent startups. Blake brings an ability to translate big ideas into smooth processes that allow for innovation and creativity to flourish. Outside of SecondMuse, Blake volunteers as a career mentor for local refugees. He is an Arabic speaker and a die-hard supporter of the Texas Longhorns.

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Kristen Honey

Innovator in Residence
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
From 2015 to 2018, Dr. Honey served as a Policy Advisor in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and a Senior Policy Analyst in the White House Office of Management and Budget. Her White House portfolios included Open Data, My Data (e.g., Blue Button health data interoperability), and data science with citizen engagement. Today, she is a Stanford University Senior Research Scholar on assignment to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as an “Innovator in Residence”. At HHS, Dr. Honey tackles complex challenges by harnessing the power of open science, open data, open source, citizen science, crowdsourcing, prizes, challenges, and innovative public-private partnerships for shared purpose. In 2018, she launched the “Lyme Innovation” initiative for government to co-create the next-generation of scientific breakthroughs with all stakeholders. Dr. Honey serves as the Vice Chair of the national Tick-Borne Disease Working Group, which by design includes patients as voting members for shared decision making and recommendations to the HHS Secretary and U.S. Congress. Dr. Honey champions patient-powered research and evidence-based medicine over eminence-based medicine. She is passionate about empowering patients and caregivers — especially those facing complex “invisible illnesses” — to co-create the next generation of solutions as equal partners with clinicians, researchers, and policy makers. Dr. Honey earned her Ph.D. at Stanford University in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in the Environment and Resources, School of Earth Sciences, while simultaneously earning a Ph.D. minor in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University. She holds an M.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a B.A. in Human Biology with Honors from Stanford University.

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Clarence D. Edwards

Senior Advisor, International Development
Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Clarence Edwards works in the areas of issue advocacy, policy analysis, and strategic communications. At present he is the Senior Advisor, International Development, for the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) at the Embassy of Australia in Washington, DC. In this role he focuses on building cooperation between Australia and the United States on international development policy. Clarence's previous experience includes designing and implementing advocacy and strategic communications strategies for the Sabin Vaccine Institute, the ONE Campaign, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Enough Project Against Genocide and Mass Atrocities. Clarence also has an in-depth and detailed knowledge of the policy and political arena in the US gained by working on Capitol Hill, working for Clinton-Gore Campaign in 1996, and serving as a political appointee at the US Department of State during the Clinton Administration.

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Matt Scott

Manager of Storytelling and Engagement
SecondMuse
Matt Scott manages storytelling and engagement at the innovation agency SecondMuse, and is the Founder and Chief Digital Storyteller of 180º of Impact, a project to reverse engineer social change through conversation with 180 change makers. In his role at SecondMuse, he serves as global community manager and storyteller for NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge, coordinating 200 events in 75 countries over the course of one weekend, and reaching 50 million people on social media in 2018. In addition, through his work, he has supported innovation projects in collaboration with Nike, Walmart, USAID and more. Through 180º of Impact, he dives deeper into conversation with people in the social enterprise space, amplifying their perspectives and generating learnings. To date, this has included 30+ hours of recorded conversations with 60+ change makers representing some 20 countries. A 30-year non-profit professional, former Fortune 50 CEO, a veteran CNN host and White House Correspondent, a former Victoria’s Secret model and coder, one of Entrepreneur’s 50 Most Daring Entrepreneurs of 2018, and some of the leading sexual violence activists are among the people he has connected with. Prior to joining the SecondMuse team in 2016, Matt led digital advocacy campaigns for Honda, Digital Learning Day and others. His efforts have successfully reached tens of millions, encouraged the FCC to modernize internet in schools by $1.5B, and driven Congress to facilitate compensation for pre-1972 musicians not receiving royalties.

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Lexi Doolittle

Program Specialist
S3IDF
Lexi Doolittle is a Program Specialist at S3IDF, an organisation dedicated to building inclusive market systems to promote equitable social and economic development. Working through S3IDF’s offices in Cambridge, USA and Bangalore, India, her most recent focus has been on micro/small-scale entrepreneur support in India, and on projects in clean energy enterprise financing in Central America and the Caribbean, Cambodia and Myanmar. Drawing on nearly a decade of research, evaluation, and publication on the relationship between various development finance deployment approaches and generated social impact, she is an active spokeswoman for S3IDF.

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Ed Frechette

Chief Innovation Officer
UTEC
Ed joined UTEC in June 2013 as the Chief Innovation Officer after nearly 30 years in advertising and restaurant marketing. He helped create three social enterprises that provide real-world work opportunities for the youth and revenues for the organization, including a mattress recycling enterprise, a woodshop and culinary program. Ed is currently in charge of Social Enterprise Partnerships. Ed grew up in New Hampshire and, after college, started aa 30 year career that took him through Chicago advertising agencies, Dunkin’ Donuts and Au Bon Pain. The lure of the nonprofit world motivated Ed to shift gears in 2012. He earned his MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, following his passion to serve disconnected youth. He and his wife Ellen live in Dorchester. Their three grown children are married and living their lives in other parts of the country. Ed is the Social Entrepreneur in Residence at Boston College and teaches a course on social impact and entrepreneurship.

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Randall Strickland

Director
Cornerstone Capital Group
Randall is a Director for Cornerstone Capital Group, a financial services firm offering investment advisory, research, and strategic consulting services in the field of Sustainable/Impact Investment. He is responsible for supporting the firm's investment advisory clients in the areas of investment policy planning, environmental, social and governance (ESG) and impact investing integration, investment manager and strategy selection, and impact measurement. He brings over 25 years of experience in the asset management arena. Prior to joining Cornerstone, Randall served as a Sustainable Investment Specialist at Sentinel Investments, where he was a member of the firm’s sustainable mutual fund investment team. Randall’s experience also includes senior positions at City National Bank of New Jersey, ImpactAssets, Principal Global Investors, Commonfund and TIAA. Randall is an Adjunct Lecturer in the Sustainable MBA program at Bard College, teaching Sustainable Finance and Impact Investing. He serves as an Advisory Committee Member at Seton Hall Prep School, and on the Board of the Global Leadership and Achievement Foundation of Kappa Alpha Psi, Jersey City (NJ) Alumni Chapter. He earned a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University and a Master of Arts from New York University.

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Nick Boedicker

Youth Activation Specialist
Ashoka
Nick Boedicker is a social entrepreneur and educator focused on building tools, experiences, and ecosystems that promote social entrepreneurship and social innovation with a particular focus on young changemakers. He is currently working as a Youth Activation Specialist with Ashoka based out of Washington, DC. Nick is also a Founding Partner of Strategic Good, which he helped to establish in 2014. Prior to that, he was working on issues such as post-conflict recovery, community health, disability, migrant and refugee integration, and sustainable livelihoods in Southeast Asia, East Africa, Palestine, and the US. Nick holds a bachelor's degree from Georgetown University and a master's degree in Social Enterprise from the School of International Service at American University in Washington, DC.

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Maria Emilia Correa

Co-Founder
Sistema B
Maria Emilia Correa is a co-founder of Sistema B and director of Academia B. She has dedicated her professional life to promoting business as a positive force for a better world. Correa was selected as one of the 30 most influential intellectuals in Ibero-America in 2017 by EsGlobal, and was elected a Fellow of the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard in 2019. Visiting professor at several universities and frequent presenter at international seminars, her writings have appeared in recognized publications. Member of the jury of the 2016 Global Rolex Award, she is an impact investor in Empresas B. Correa is member of the board of Crepes & Waffles and of Fundación Bancolombia, in Colombia, and of Grupo Córpora and BallonLatam in Chile.

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Jeff Furman

Board of Directors Emeritus
Ben & Jerry's Foundation
Jeff Furman served on the Ben & Jerry's' corporate board for almost 40 years, providing in house legal counsel and fostering many of the company's social initiatives. Jeff's current role is B.O.D Emeritus, a role he is happy to do alongside being President of the Ben & Jerry's Foundation. Jeff resides in Ithaca where he is the president of Social Ventures, as well as a co- founder of the Community Dispute Resolution Center and a community micro-finance program. In addition Jeff has also served on the local school board, working to eliminate race and socio-economic status as a predictor of student success, and is an advisor to the Dorothy Cotton Institute, Alliance of Families For Justice, and the Economic Hardship Reporting Project. Alongside his other commitments Jeff is on the Board of the Oakland Institute and currently he is helping with the Poor People’s Campaign.

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Greg Shell

Managing Director
Bain Capital Double Impact
Greg Shell joined Bain Capital as a Managing Director in 2016. Prior to joining Bain Capital, Mr. Shell served as a Lead Portfolio Manager of a concentrated Global Equity product at GMO. Previously, Mr. Shell was a Senior Equity Analyst at Columbia Management Group and a Consultant at Bain & Company in its Strategy and Private Equity practice areas. He has owned and done deep diligence on many businesses throughout his career, and demonstrated a commitment for discovering and creating value. Greg has also distinguished himself through visionary leadership in civic service. He currently sits on the Board of The Boston Foundation, where he has led the Program Committee's grantmaking process. He has Chaired the Board of a high performing Charter School as it planned to triple its student population, and has been a Founding Board member of Compass Working Capital, a growth non-profit focused on Family Self Sufficiency. Greg received a Bachelor of Science from MIT, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. A native of New Bedford, Mass., Greg believes deeply in the transformative power of education and the innovative capacity of the private sector to help provide solutions to society's most pressing problems.

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Kim Prendergast

Community Health & Nutrition Consultant
Feeding America
Kim Prendergast is an advocate for access to nutritious food and medical care, as well as programs that empower individuals and communities. Kim has worked with Feeding America since 1999, supporting the national strategy for nutrition and health partnerships, leading technical assistance to food banks for community programs to address food insecurity and health, and supporting food bank culinary training and other job development programs. Prendergast manages Feeding America's Ending Hunger Community of Practice's Job Training Cohort Initiative.

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Rouguiatou Diallo

Chief of Staff
Resilient Coders
Rouguiatou Diallo is the Chief of Staff of Resilient Coders, a workforce development organization that aims to build economic resiliency in Boston's black and brown low-income communities by providing access to software engineering opportunities through training, placement, and support for young adults of color. Her role consists in defining, implementing, and tracking the organization's progress towards its strategic goals. Prior to joining Resilient Coders team, Rouguiatou worked as an analyst for the management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, focusing on performance management and impact assessment in the public and social sectors. She has lived and worked in Paris, Montreal, Brussels, and now Boston, always with a commitment to tackling socio-economic inequality. She holds a political science degree from McGill University.

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Tim Regan

Executive Director, Food Works
Maryland Food Bank
Tim Regan is the Executive Director of FoodWorks, the workforce development program and social enterprise of the Maryland Food Bank. The FoodWorks workforce development program consists of 12 weeks of intense culinary training that includes fundamental culinary techniques, nutrition, menu planning, life skills and professionalism. Students use donated food while they are training, transforming food that would otherwise be headed to a landfill into nutritious, healthy meals that are distributed to the Maryland Food Bank’s network partners. FoodWorks also includes a meals program under the auspices of CACFP/SFSP, where meals are prepared by professional culinary staff, many of whom are FoodWorks graduates. Finally, Tim’s team manages a small, but thriving, social enterprise catering business. Tim joined the Maryland Food Bank in 2015 and has served as Vice President, Programs & Network Relations and Vice President, Human Resources. He has over thirty years of experience as an executive in media, biotech and telecommunications industries and has served on non-profit boards in Maryland, Delaware and Florida. He is a graduate of Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.

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Emily Olsen-Harbich

Member Engagement Manager
Catalyst Kitchens
Emily Olsen-Harbich is interested in challenging traditional community development norms to solve complex social issues at scale. Her experience in social impact has spanned sectors and geographies, from working on community development at the grassroots level as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon to designing corporate social responsibility strategies with multinational companies and government agencies. Now based in Seattle, WA, her current role with Catalyst Kitchens takes her around the country to help support a network of non-profit social enterprises that focus on job training in foodservice.

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Joseph Fuller

Professor of Management Practice and Co-Chair of the Managing the Future of Work Project at HBS
Harvard Business School
Joseph B. Fuller Professor of Management Practice Joseph Fuller is a Professor of Management Practice in General Management and co-leads the school’s initiative, Managing the Future of Work. He currently teaches the General Management Processes and Action course in the second year of the MBA program and formerly headed The Entrepreneurial Manager course in the program’s first year. A 1981 graduate of the school, Joe was a founder and first employee of the global consulting firm, Monitor Group, now Monitor-Deloitte. He served as the Chief Executive Officer of its commercial consulting operations until 2006 and remained a Senior Advisor to the firm until its acquisition by Deloitte in 2012. During his three decades in consulting, Fuller worked with senior executives and policymakers on a wide variety of issues related to corporate strategy and national competitiveness. He has particularly deep experience in industries with a heavy reliance on technology, such as life sciences, ICT and the defense and aerospace industries. He is currently researching the evolution of the role of the CEOs and the C-suite in public companies.

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Margaret Hall

Co-Founder and CEO
GreenLight Fund
Margaret co-founded the GreenLight Fund in Boston in 2003 with venture capitalist John Simon and currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer. The GreenLight Fund raises and invests funds to transform the lives of low-income children, youth and families through an innovative, locally-driven approach that targets social innovations where they are needed most. The GreenLight Fund currently operates in Boston, the Bay Area, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Detroit, Charlotte, Atlanta and Kansas City and is expanding at a rate of one community per year. Across its sites, the GreenLight Fund’s portfolio now consists of 23 high-performing nonprofits reaching nearly 75,000 low-income children, youth and families annually. Before co-founding the GreenLight Fund, Margaret was a Fellow at the Center for Effective Philanthropy, and earlier served as Associate Director of the Georgia Center for Nonprofits, where she launched the public policy program. She is a member of Lead Boston and Leadership Georgia, received the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award from the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta and was named one of 10 Outstanding Atlantans. She chaired the Boards of CityCares (now Hands On Network) and Hands On Atlanta and served on the Boards of Social Venture Partners-Boston and Boston Cares. She currently sits on the Boston Boards of GreenLight portfolio organizations Youth Villages and the Family Independence Initiative. Margaret earned an M.P.A. at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a B.A. from the University of Georgia. She lives in Milton, MA with her husband Jack Murray.

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Paul Osterman

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Professor of Human Resources and Management
MIT Sloan
Paul Osterman is the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Professor of Human Resources and Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management as well as a member of the Department of Urban Planning at MIT. From July 2003 to June 2007 he also served as Deputy Dean at the MIT Sloan School. His research concerns changes in work organization within companies, career patterns and processes within firms, economic development, urban poverty, and public policy surrounding skills training and employment programs. Osterman has been a senior administrator of job training programs for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and has consulted widely for government agencies, foundations, community groups, firms, and public interest organizations. His most recent book is Who Will Care For Us: Long Term Care and the Long Term Workforce (Russell Sage,2017). Other recent books include Good Jobs America: Making Work Better for Everyone (Russell Sage, 2011); The Truth About Middle Managers: Who They Are, How They Work, How They Matter (Harvard Business School Press, 2009); Gathering Power: The Future of Progressive Politics in America (Beacon Press, 2003),; Securing Prosperity: The American Labor Market: How It Has Changed and What to Do About It (Princeton University Press, 1999), and Working In America: A Blueprint for the New Labor Market (MIT Press, 2001).

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Dan Restuccia

Chief Product and Analytics Officer,
Burning Glass
Dan Restuccia is Burning Glass’ Chief Product and Analytics Officer, leading Burning Glass’s knowledge architecture, research, and product development work. Prior to becoming Chief Analytics Officer, Dan served as Burning Glass’ Director of Applied Research. Dan joined Burning Glass following a decade in education reform, driving innovations that improve college and career success for young people. While at Jobs for the Future, a national education reform and advocacy organization, Dan developed partnerships between high schools and colleges to improve college matriculations and graduation rates for low-income and at risk students. He has also served as a middle and high school math teacher.

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Eva Liu

Chief Strategy & Operations Officer
Chicago Beyond
Eva Liu is the Chief Strategy & Operations Officer at Chicago Beyond, a social impact investor that fuels ideas, organizations, people and ventures fighting for all youth to achieve their fullest human potential. Since its inception in 2016, Chicago Beyond has invested more than $30 million in 14 local nonprofit organizations that work to create equitable access and opportunity for Chicago’s young people. This is accomplished by Chicago Beyond’s partners through various holistic approaches – from a program that strengthens young African American fathers to a post-release employment program leveraging the performing arts. Beyond providing transformative funding, Chicago Beyond works hand-in-hand with its partners to ultimately grow their impact. From strategic planning to development to branding and communications supports, Chicago Beyond designs unique investment plans to help its partners reach their goals. Prior to joining Chicago Beyond, Eva was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company, leading a range of strategy, operations, digital, and analytics projects. She was also previously an Assistant Vice President at Barclays in its not-for-profit healthcare investment banking group. At Barclays, she advised academic medical centers, community hospitals, and large regional and national healthcare systems on their financing needs. Eva graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with an A.B. in Government and a minor in Economics. She also holds a MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated with honors.

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Sarah Cone

Founder & Managing Partner
Social Impact Capital
Prior to founding Social Impact Capital, Sarah was a consultant to i(x) investments, an impact investing firm founded by Howard Buffett. Earlier in her career, Sarah was an Associate at Illuminate Ventures, a Silicon Valley-based venture capital fund with top decile performance investing in B2B SaaS. She got her start in venture capital working for the “emerging technologies” venture capital group at Omidyar Network. Sarah has also worked in the legal department of Google, at the technology law firm Fenwick & West, Amazon.com, and at the technology policy non-profit Public Knowledge. Sarah has a BA in interdisciplinary studies from the Evergreen State College and a JD from UC Berkeley. During law school she was a part of a Technology Policy Working Group with human rights NGOs, Google, Yahoo and other tech companies trying to find solutions for protecting human rights in China. She also volunteered for the C.A.R.C. Asylum Law Clinic helping represent people seeking asylum in the United States. At UC Berkeley, Sarah won the Advocacy Award for persuasive writing, the Jurisprudence Award for academic excellence, and her thesis “Reforming Federal Tax Policy to Support Social Entrepreneurs” received honors. Sarah founded the “One Person at a Time Foundation”, which helps get the homeless of the street, and volunteers as a Venture Advisor to Build.org, and Defy Ventures.

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Sergio Abraham

Founder
Social Spark Lab
Sergio Abraham is the founder of Social Spark Lab (SSL), a pre-accelerator that helps underserved aspiring entrepreneurs to launch their startups. His mission is to democratize the access to entrepreneurship using a new approach to train, mentor, and provide access to support and funding to more people, removing gender and racial biases. Sergio is an Information Systems Engineer, and most of his background is in the cybersecurity industry. He is one of the first employees of an information security startup and he now works as the Innovation Lead. In his career as a cybersecurity researcher, he has spoken at several security conferences and filed patents describing new innovative approaches to information security problems. Recently, Sergio finished the MS in Innovation & Management program at Tufts University and now he also serves as mentor and judge at MassChallenge.

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John Simon

Managing Partner
Total Impact Capital
John A. Simon is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Total Impact Capital (TOTAL). TOTAL is an impact investing firm that works with partners to structure, market, and manage financing vehicles focused on scaling high impact interventions, mobilizing hundreds of millions of dollars into such vehicles. He is also Vice Chair of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. Prior to starting Total, Ambassador Simon was a visiting fellow at the Center for Global Development, where he co-authored More than Money, a report on impact investing as a development tool. Previously, Ambassador Simon held a variety of posts in the United States federal government, including serving as the United States Ambassador to the African Union, the Executive Vice President of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), and Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Relief, Stabilization, and Development at the White House. Ambassador Simon received his bachelor's degree from Princeton University and a master's degree in public policy from Harvard University.

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Walter Tukahiirwa

Jibu Franchise Owner
Jibu Franchise
Walter Tukahiirwa runs a JIBU franchise in Uganda. He is passionate about entrepreneurship and believes franchising is a key approach to enabling African entrepreneurs achieve their dreams. Walter has a finance background with over 17 years’ experience within the East Africa Region and internationally in financial and treasury management, business strategy, financial accounting and management and audit. He has led financial institutions enabling them to achieve business strategy objectives. He has trained staff at financial institutions in various subjects including asset liability management, risk management and financial accounting. Walter has led various projects ranging from product development for microfinance clients to technical assistance programs within the East Africa region.

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Kate Castle

Partner and Chief Marketing Officer
Rethink
Kate Castle is a Partner and the Chief Marketing Officer for Rethink where she oversees marketing, communications and investor relations across all of the firm’s impact funds including Rethink Education, Rethink Impact and Rethink Community. Most recently, Kate was Marketing Partner at Flybridge Capital Partners, a seed and early-stage venture capital firm and Co-founder and Operating Partner at XFactor Ventures, a Flybridge community fund focused on investing in female founders. Prior to that, Kate served in marketing and public relations roles at Battery Ventures, Cisco Systems, Sangate Systems and Porter Novelli. She started her career as an educator in the United States Peace Corps teaching English as a Second language at a high school in Gabon, Africa. Kate is an active community member, serving as a Pod Leader for the Parity Partners P3 program, a mentor to high school students participating in the Boston BUILD program and a mentor to female founders in the Boston entrepreneur community. She also spends time volunteering each week with her dog Ripley in the Somerville, MA public school system helping children learn to read and providing emotional support. Kate previously sat on the board of the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge. Kate holds a BA in Anthropology from Wheaton College in Norton, MA where she graduated cum laude and was a Wheaton Fellow.

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John McKinley

Executive Director of the Center for Business, Government, and Society
Tuck School of Business
John McKinley is the Executive Director of the Center for Business, Government and Society at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Prior to Tuck, McKinley was a Director at BlackRock, where he was a founding member of the global asset manager’s sustainable investment team, which developed dedicated sustainable investment products and solutions across asset classes representing over $500B of assets under management. McKinley most recently led the build-out of BlackRock’s European sustainable investing business from its London office. Prior to BlackRock, McKinley served as Innovation Manager at Acumen, a venture philanthropy fund investing in Southeast Asia, Africa and Latin America. McKinley also served in government, first at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he managed rule of law development programs in Africa and the Middle East, and later as a senior policy analyst for former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. McKinley has written for Harvard Business Review and researched at the Center for Sustainable Investment at Columbia University. He earned a BA from Middlebury College and a Masters of International Affairs with a focus on Economic and Political Development from Columbia University.

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Ian Simmons

Co-Founder and Principal
Blue Haven Initiative
Ian Simmons is Co-Founder and Principal of Blue Haven Initiative, where he oversees a portfolio focused on investments that generate competitive financial returns and address social and environmental challenges. This portfolio spans asset classes, including private and public equity, fixed income, direct investments, alternative investments and philanthropic programs. A champion and practitioner of impact investing for two decades, Ian advances Blue Haven's investment, research and policy strategies. He is particularly passionate about pursuing solutions to complex challenges, such as clean energy and affordable housing. Ian also advocates for policies that facilitate long-term investing and promote corporate and political transparency and accountability. Committed to initiatives and corporations that advance investing and strengthen democracy, Ian is the President of the Foundation for Civic Leadership and Chair of the Youth Engagement Fund. Ian serves on the board of directors of the U.S. Impact Investing Alliance, Social Finance, Issue One, Organizing for Action, the National Advisory Board for Public Service at Harvard College, and Karibu Homes, an affordable-housing company in Kenya. Ian graduated with honors from Harvard College in 2000. He lives in the Boston area with his wife, Blue Haven Co-Founder Liesel Pritzker Simmons, and their daughters.

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Liesel Pritzker Simmons

Co-Founder and Principal
Blue Haven Initiative
Liesel Pritzker Simmons is Co-Founder and Principal of Blue Haven Initiative, where she oversees, as an investment strategist, a portfolio focused on holdings that generate competitive financial returns and address social and environmental challenges. The portfolio spans asset classes, from traditional equities and direct investments to philanthropic programs. In addition to working closely with entrepreneurs, nonprofits and co-investors on companies and initiatives that create social, environmental and financial value, Liesel develops strategic partnerships with organizations that support and advance more informed investing. Liesel co-founded Blue Haven with her husband, Ian Simmons. Together, they systematically assessed their portfolios based on environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) criteria and financial performance. The restructured portfolios became the foundation of Blue Haven, one of the first family offices created with impact investing as its focus. Liesel is also Co-Founder of IDP Foundation, a private Chicago-based foundation focused on achieving universal primary education. There, she helped create the IDP Rising Schools Program, which leverages microfinance networks to empower nearly 450 low-cost private schools—established and managed by local entrepreneurs—in some of the least-developed regions of the world. Liesel, an engaging and sought-after speaker on impact investing and Next-Gen investors, serves on for-profit and nonprofit boards and investment committees of organizations including ImpactAssets, Synergos, Toniic, Eco-Post, and The ImPact, a network of families committed to the conscientious stewardship of wealth. Liesel attended Columbia University in New York City, where she studied African History. She lives in the Boston area with Ian and their daughters.

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Saloua Lahlou

Founder
Crafting Love and Hope
Saloua Lahlou is a healthcare technology leader, a yogi, a social entrepreneur, and the founder of Crafting Love and Hope (CLH). She grew up in Morocco and completed her studies in the United States, earning a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering in Health Systems from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Saloua believes in the power of technology to improve people’s lives and seeks to empower youth and women to discover opportunities for themselves across the globe. Saloua was inspired to start Crafting Love and Hope by her mother’s use of crafts to support her family and enable her children to create a better life for themselves through education. Saloua lives in Washington D.C.

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Jaya Adapa

Principal
YouTube Impact Lab
Jaya leads partnerships for YouTube's Social Impact team, working with nonprofits, social impact organizations and influencers to help them harness the power of the platform and ensure YouTube continues to lead in social innovation. Jaya has worked on several products at Google including Android, Play, and Emerging Markets. Jaya's background includes digital content distribution in the gaming and entertainment industry.

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Brendan Martin

Founder and Executive Director
The Working World
Brendan Martin is founder and Executive Director of The Working World, a “venture cooperative” Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) providing innovative forms of finance and customized technical assistance to community-based and cooperative enterprise, with a mission of building quality jobs and wealth for workers and communities. Prior to its founding, Brendan was a partner and general manager in a Wall Street news company and worked in both technology and finance. Brendan lived for seven years in Argentina working with cooperative business there, is an Ashoka Globalizer, BALLE Fellow, board member of the Southern Reparations Loan Fund, and investment advisor to a number of foundations, impact investment, and divest/reinvest ventures.

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Ivy Jack

Head of Equity Research
NorthStar Asset Management, Inc.
Ivy Jack is head of equity research for NorthStar Asset Management, a Boston-based wealth management firm specializing in SRI, through shareholder engagement, impact investing, and selecting publicly traded securities via negative and positive screens. Ivy previously worked on Wall Street as a vice president in the equity research department at Barclays Capital (formerly Lehman Brothers) and was awarded honorable mention in the Institutional Investor Survey for her research coverage. Ivy currently sits on the board of directors for Brookview House, Inc., the only housing organization in the greater Boston area run by women of color that provides shelter and social services primarily to women of color and their children who have been victims of domestic violence. Ivy has conducted research on issues concerning race and gender, and has worked with organizations looking to achieve racial equity. Ivy graduated from Spelman College summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, with a BA in economics. She received an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

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Deborah Frieze

Founder and President
Boston Impact Initiative
Deborah Frieze is founder and president of the Boston Impact Initiative, an impact investing fund focused on economic justice, which means investing in opportunity for all people—especially those most oppressed or abandoned by our current economic system—to lead a dignified and productive life. The fund takes an integrated capital approach, combining investing, lending and giving to build a resilient and inclusive local economy. Deborah is co-author (with Margaret Wheatley) of Walk Out Walk On, an award-winning book that profiles pioneering leaders who walked out of organizations failing to contribute to the common good—and walked on to build resilient communities. She is also founder of the Old Oak Dojo, an urban learning center in Boston, MA.

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Laura Grannemann

Vice President
Quicken Loans Community Fund
Laura Grannemann is the Vice President of Strategic Investments at the Quicken Loans Community Investment Fund. She joined the company in May of 2014 after graduating from Georgetown University with a degree in International Development. While her education was focused internationally on China and Burma, she has been able to apply much of the same economic and social development methodology to the city of Detroit. As the Vice President of Strategic Investments, Laura focuses on breaking down complex systems related to economic development and neighborhood stabilization, including Detroit’s tax foreclosure crisis, the mortgage market in the city, and creating education programs that prepare students for 21st century jobs in Detroit. She also oversees all of the Community Investment Fund work in Cleveland. Throughout her time at the Community Investment Fund, Laura has led projects that bring together community, public and private partners such as Rehabbed & Ready, Motor City Mapping, Neighbor to Neighbor and the Rent to Own program. This work has affected tens of thousands of Detroit residents, allowing families to stay in their homes, become homeowners, and build equity and opportunity. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Urban Land Institute, Fox News, and more. Laura is excited to creatively and collaboratively address more of Detroit’s challenges in the future, and she is grateful for the many opportunities that the Quicken Loans Family of Companies has provided for her to do so.

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Sally Boulter

Senior Engagement Officer
ImpactAssets
Sally Boulter is the Senior Engagement Officer at ImpactAssets where she helps individuals and organizations activate their philanthropy with grants and impact investments. Prior to joining ImpactAssets, Sally was responsible for individual constituent relationship building and capital raising at the Wilson Center, Calvert Foundation, and the Bonner Group. Sally also served as the Development Director for the Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut, the YWCA of Greenwich and The Discovery Museum in Bridgeport, CT. She has a BA from Hamilton College and lives in Baltimore. Sally is a level II Candidate in the CAIA program.

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Aral Surmeli

Co-founder
Medical Rescue Association of Turkey (MEDAK)
Aral Sürmeli graduated from Acıbadem University School of Medicine in 2017. He has been working in various NGO’s in Turkey primarily focusing on vulnerable groups such as “people on the move”, seasonal migratory farm workers, refugees, migrants, and rural Nepalese population. He is the co-founder of Medical Rescue Association of Turkey(MEDAK), the first Turkish NGO with ‘medical rescue’ mandate and current vice president. His main work in MEDAK is focused in health intervention programs for vulnerable communities, most recently he is the project co-lead of ‘HERA Project’ funded by Grand Challenges Canada which aims to increase vaccination and prenatal care uptake in Syrian refugee communities in İstanbul through a mobile application. Aral Sürmeli has been working with Syrian refugees in İstanbul and in Syrian border cities. Starting from 2014 Aral Sürmeli and MEDAK has been part of “Migrant Care Special Interest Group” of World Family Phsysicians (WONCA). After graduating from medical school, he worked as an ambulance doctor and consultant doctor to 112 ambulance services of İstanbul. Currently, he is doing his MPH program in Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston. His focus in his studies in MPH is humanitarian aid, medical response in disasters/humanitarian crises and global health systems.
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Nancy Rosenzweig

Founder and Principal
ValuesAligned Capital
Nancy is the Founder and Principal of ValuesAligned Capital, a financial consulting firm which helps socially and environmentally responsible companies with their M&A and growth capital needs while prioritizing retaining mission. VA Capital also works with family offices to help with impact investing strategy and implementation of direct investing priorities. Most recently with Big Path Capital as an investment banker, convener and thought leader in the Impact investing space, she has decades of leadership experience in values driven, consumer-facing companies. Among her many social enterprise engagements, Nancy has held C level and or governance positions at Tom’s of Maine, Bright Horizons, ZipCar, Mama Chia, Root Capital and Trillium Asset Management. Nancy has an impressive track record of creating business value by identifying consumer trends ahead of the curve, strategic marketing, team building and raising capital. Nancy is the producer of the seminal work in impacting investing Total Portfolio Activation in collaboration with Trillium Asset Management and the Tides foundation, she is a Springboard alum and was a distinguished teaching fellow with Dr. Robert Coles at Harvard University. She holds a BA from Hamilton College and an MBA from Northeastern University. Nancy lives in Somerville with her two middle school aged daughters who keep her focused every day on improving the word they will inherit.

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Mary Ann Bates

Executive Director of the North America Office
J-PAL (Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab)
Mary Ann Bates is Executive Director of the North America office of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at MIT. J-PAL North America seeks to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is informed by scientific evidence. J-PAL leverages research by affiliated professors from universities across the continent and a full-time staff of researchers and policy experts to generate and disseminate rigorous evidence about which anti-poverty social policies work and why. Since joining J-PAL in 2010, Mary Ann’s work has cut across multiple sectors, including health, energy, and education, and has focused on US domestic policy as well as international development. She is a co-chair of J-PAL North America’s State and Local Innovation Initiative, which provides resources to US state and local governments interested in testing important policy questions with randomized evaluations. She was also instrumental in designing and launching the US Health Care Delivery Initiative, which supports building the evidence base on interventions that can improve the efficiency and effectiveness of health care delivery. She is currently a co-investigator of a large-scale randomized evaluation of the Nurse-Family Partnership as a part of a pay-for-success initiative by the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. She holds a Master of Public Policy from UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy, where she received the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fellowship, and has conducted research as a Fulbright Scholar in Switzerland

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Jennifer Ching

Executive Director
North Star Fund
Jennifer Ching leads North Star Fund, a community foundation that mobilizes resources to build grassroots power in New York. Prior to joining North Star Fund, Jennifer led Queens Legal Services, a community law center. A longtime civil rights lawyer, Jennifer spent several years representing individuals unlawfully held by the United States in Guantánamo Bay. She was a Gibbons Fellow in Public Interest Law and Constitutional Litigation, where she litigated post-9/11 challenges to government’s torture of detainees, as well as criminal justice, domestic violence, and workers’ rights issues. As a Skadden Fellow at the ACLU of New Jersey, Jennifer founded an immigrant workers' rights project. She has also worked as an Urban Fellow with the New York City Human Resources Administration and a community organizer with immigrant worker centers in Boston and New York’s Chinatown. Jennifer is the daughter of immigrants from China. She is a graduate of Harvard University and NYU School of Law.

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Charles Wallace-Thomas IV

Fund Associate
Boston Ujima Project
Charles is a second-year student at Northeastern University studying Economics and Mathematics with a minor in Psychology. At Northeastern, Charles has worked as a Research Assistant in the Causal Cognition Laboratory, and is the Campaign Coordinator for Northeastern Students Against Institutional Discrimination. As a Philanthropic Strategy Advisor for The Columbus Foundation, Charles draws from his experience growing up in Columbus, OH to help align funding with the needs of the city’s most marginalized communities. Charles has also worked for New Rules Benefit Corporation where he designed and piloted a study of North Minneapolis’ economy to explore the potential benefits of a Northside community-controlled capital fund. Charles currently works as a Fund Associate with the Boston Ujima Project, which has been recognized as the first “democratically managed” impact investing fund in the US. As the Ujima Fund Associate, he helps manage investor relations and communications, supports pipeline due diligence, and assists with community outreach initiatives.

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Chuck Collins

Director the Program on Inequality and the Common Good
Institute for Policy Studies
Chuck Collins is the Director the Program on Inequality and the Common Good at the Institute for Policy Studies where he co-edits Inequality.org. He is author of the popular book, Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good (Chelsea Green). His most recent book, Is Inequality in America Irreversible? is published by the Oxford, UK-based Polity Press. He is an expert on U.S. inequality and the racial wealth divide and author of several books, including 99 to 1: How Wealth Inequality is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do About It. He is co-author with Bill Gates Sr. of Wealth and Our Commonwealth, (Beacon Press, 2003), a case for taxing inherited fortunes. He is co-author with Mary Wright of The Moral Measure of the Economy, a book about Christian ethics and economic life. He was featured in this interview in Sun Magazine. He is co-author of several reports including “The Road To Zero Wealth: How the Racial Wealth Divide is Hollowing Out America’s Middle Class,” “Billionaire Bonanza: The Forbes 400 and the Rest of Us” and “Gilded Giving: Top Heavy Philanthropy in an Age of Extreme Inequality.” He is co-founder of Wealth for the Common Good, a network of business leaders, high-income households and partners working together to promote shared prosperity and fair taxation. This network merged in 2015 with the Patriotic Millionaires. In 1995, he co-founded United for a Fair Economy (UFE) to raise the profile of the inequality issue and support popular education and organizing efforts to address inequality. He was Executive Director of UFE from 1995-2001 and Program Director until 2005.

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Iimay Ho

Executive Director
Resource Generation
Iimay Ho is the Executive Director of Resource Generation and believes in the power of organizing young people with class privilege and wealth to leverage their resources for racial and economic justice. She joined Resource Generation as a member in 2013 as she was searching for a place to reconcile her activist organizing with being born and raised in an upper class immigrant family. Prior to Resource Generation she spent three years as the Director of Operations and Finance at The Management Center. Iimay was politicized through interning with Southerners on New Ground (SONG), which builds, sustains, and connects a Southern regional base of LGBTQ people in order to transform the region. She moved to the Washington, DC area in 2008 to work for OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates where she led programming for student leadership development. Iimay helped found the Rainbow Dragon Fund, the region’s first grassroots queer Asian American giving circle. Iimay is a proud Tar Heel and holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the Board Co-Chair of the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice.

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Rashid Shabazz

Chief Marketing and Storytelling Officer
Color Of Change
Rashid Shabazz is the Chief Marketing and Storytelling Officer at Color Of Change. He oversees the group’s storytelling, branding and communications work, and leads the Hollywood Culture Project, dedicated to creating more accurate and authentic portrayals of Black people in movies and television. Before joining Color Of Change, Rashid served as a program officer at the Open Society Foundations, where he helped to direct more than $100 million in grants as part of the Campaign for Black Male Achievement. As a funder, Rashid led investments in narrative change and strategic communications, commissioned research on changing perceptions around Black men, and supported a number of groundbreaking films including the Sundance award-winning American Promise. Rashid has more than two decades experience as a grassroots media organizer and communications strategist. He holds Master’s degrees in African studies from Yale University and journalism from Columbia University. He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and daughter.

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Elizabeth Hoffecker

Research Scientist, Local Innovation
MIT D-Lab
Elizabeth Hoffecker is a Research Scientist at MIT D-Lab, where she founded and leads the Local Innovation research group. From 2013-2017 she led and managed the research program for the International Development Innovation Network, a multi-university consortium led by MIT D-Lab. In these roles, she has led research on processes of local innovation, local systems change, and the development of innovation ecosystems on three continents, producing actionable knowledge for practitioners, policymakers, and communities. Recent writings on innovation ecosystems include: “Why Cultivating your Innovation Ecosystem is Worth the Work” (Stanford Social Innovation Review, 2018) and “Local Innovation: what it is and why it matters for developing economies” (MIT D-Lab, 2018). Elizabeth received a Masters degree from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT, where she focused on strategies for developing ecosystems of triple bottom line (TBL) enterprises at the municipal level, documented in: Growing Sustainable Business Communities: Lessons from Cities Leading the Way.

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Matt Taylor

Learning Experience Designer and Facilitator
Independent
Matt is a freelance learning experience designer and facilitator, with a background in building Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools. He currently works on a number of projects ranging from building creative learning experiences in public schools with STEAM Studio, to demystifying AI and how it perpetuates bias with the Data Nutrition Project. Matt is also a member of the Boston Tech Workers for Justice (BTWJ), a committee of Massachusetts Jobs with Justice. BTWJ brings tech workers together to show up in solidarity with community struggles for liberation, and to advocate for ethical technology.

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Mathew Lasky

Director of Communications
GLAAD
Mathew Lasky is the Director of Communications at GLAAD, the world's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization. In his role, Mathew oversees communications for GLAAD, the GLAAD Media Awards, GLAAD Media Institute, and the communications strategy for GLAAD’s day-to-day work to accelerate LGBTQ acceptance. Before coming to GLAAD, Mathew was the Manager of Social Impact at MTV, VH1, and Logo, the U.S.’s leading LGBTQ entertainment brand. In this role, Mathew guided the strategy and execution of major “pro-social” campaigns across each network with the aim of connecting the audience with issues they care about, and ways to get involved and take action. Prior to joining MTV, VH1, and Logo, Mathew was a communications consultant for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Maputo, Mozambique, focused on LGBTQ rights and stigma reduction surrounding those living with HIV/AIDS.

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Doug Borchard

Managing Partner and COO
New Profit
Doug is Managing Partner and Chief Operating Officer at New Profit, a venture philanthropy firm based in Cambridge, MA. Doug oversees the firm’s core portfolio of social entrepreneurs, as well the Finance, Operations and Talent functions. He also works closely with individual organizations in the New Profit portfolio. During his fourteen years on New Profit’s senior management team, Doug has led the firm’s investments in KIPP, iMentor, Achievement First, New Classrooms, UnboundEd, Leading Educators, Power My Learning, Year Up, and BELL; he helped launch the Pathways Fund – a portfolio funded by the federal Social Innovation Fund and focused on college success and workforce access; and he has helped managed the firm’s growth of more than 500%. Doug currently sits on the boards of UnboundEd, Leading Educators, and KIPP Massachusetts. Prior to New Profit, Doug was an accomplished entrepreneur and senior executive in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. Doug was Vice President of Prospecting Solutions at Dun & Bradstreet, a leading global provider of business information. At D&B, Doug led a $140 million business unit, with broad P&L responsibility for product strategy, sales and marketing, and product development. Doug came to D&B through its acquisition of iMarket, Inc., a venture-funded provider of sales and marketing software and internet solutions that he co-founded. Doug also spent several years as a consultant at Bain & Company, a leading international management consulting firm, where he worked on assignments in the information services industry. Doug also worked as a program and logistics officer with Save the Children, where he was part of a team that started field operations in the Sudan and created and managed a multi-million dollar relief and development operation. Doug graduated from Princeton with a B.S. in engineering, and he received a Master of Business Administration from the Stanford Business School, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar.

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Adrienne Farrar Houel

President and CEO
Greater Bridgeport Community Enterprises, Inc.
Adrienne Farrar Houël is President and CEO of Greater Bridgeport Community Enterprises, Inc. (GBCE), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community development corporation founded in 2007. GBCE develops nonprofit sustainability enterprises to create jobs for disadvantaged area residents; assists small and minority businesses to develop green products and programs; researches trends in green business development; has trained and placed low and moderate- income residents in green jobs; and advocates for more green economy jobs in the Bridgeport area and throughout the State of Connecticut. GBCE uses its expertise to create economic opportunity by developing “triple bottom line” businesses featuring: environmental sustainability; social good by training and hiring disadvantaged, low-income unemployed residents enabling them to become economically self-sufficient; and economic and community development for distressed urban neighborhoods. The first, Green Team contracting enterprise, was developed in 2009 with expertise in the areas of weatherization/energy conservation, environmental remediation, and deconstruction/reuse/recycling. Ms. Farrar Houël earned her MBA at Harvard Business School and resides in Bridgeport, Connecticut with her husband, Christian.

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Josh Lessing

CEO
Root AI
Josh is one of the world’s leading minds on dexterous robotic handling, previously serving as the Director of R&D at Soft Robotics Inc. His current venture, Root AI, is integrating advanced robotics, vision systems and artificial intelligence to automate the multibillion dollar agricultural sector. Josh was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Materials Science & Robotics at Harvard University, having earned a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Sc.B. in Chemistry from Brown University.

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Ponsi Trivisvavet

CEO
Inari
Ponsi brings global knowledge of the agriculture and seeds business and extensive management and operational skills to her leadership of the company. Prior to joining, she was COO at Indigo Agriculture, where she led the R&D operations and built the international businesses. Beforehand, Ponsi held a number of leadership and commercial roles at Syngenta, most recently as President of Syngenta Seeds North America and Regional Director of North America where she led $3.5bn business. Before Syngenta, Ponsi held positions with McKinsey & Company as well as with Merrill Lynch Phatra in Asia. She holds a MBA with distinction from Cornell University.

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Mary Shelman

Founder
Mary Shelman Group
A recognized thought leader on the future of the global agri-food industry, Mary Shelman (HBS MBA 87) has a broad knowledge base and extensive international network built over 30 years of business and academic experience, including 10 years as Director of Harvard Business School’s Agribusiness Program. Today, Shelman works with companies, governments, and industry organizations as a consultant and board member. She provides unique insights into technology and consumer trends and champions collaboration and industry alignment to achieve system-wide improvements and create pathways for sustainable growth. In Ireland, she co-created a new unified vision for the Irish agri-food industry which resulted in the introduction of Origin Green, the world’s first country-level sustainability program. Shelman currently serves on the strategic advisory boards of Crop Enhancement, Inc. and Village Capital, and is a Venture Partner at Radicle Growth, an ag-tech fund based in California.

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Anthony Cortese

Co-Founder and Senior Fellow
Intentional Endowments Network
Dr. Cortese is Co-founder and Senior Fellow of the Crane Institute of Sustainability and the Intentional Endowments Network. He has been actively engaged in public policy and educational transformation on climate change and other large system sustainability challenges for 40 years. He founded Second Nature, the Boston-based advocacy organization committed to promoting sustainability through higher education, along with U.S. Senator John Kerry, Teresa Heinz Kerry and Bruce Droste. He served as Second Nature’s president from 1993-2012. Dr. Cortese was one of the founding employees of the US EPA and the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. He was the first Dean of Environmental Programs at Tufts University and founded the award-winning Tufts Environmental Literacy Institute in 1989 that helped integrate environmental and sustainability perspectives in over 175 courses.

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Tami Kesselman

Chief Impact Strategist
Aligned Investing Global
A pioneer and thought leader in impact investing, Tami Kesselman is a Harvard-trained strategist and former Bain consultant working at the intersection of the highest levels of corporate, government, entrepreneurial and investor communities globally. She is Chief Impact Strategist for Aligned Investing Global and is strategy advisor to multiple big data, blockchain, blended capital, and traditional investment initiatives around the world. Known for her innate ability to identify business model risks overlooked by others, Tami is frequently consulted for impact alignment while maintaining market rate financial returns. She runs sessions for some of the world’s highest net worth families and leading asset managers and is regularly asked to pressure-test portfolio investments, advising on diligence filter revisions for impact alignment and for more comprehensive identification and mitigation of downside environmental, social and financial risk. She also works directly with entrepreneurial management teams as they iterate their businesses from seed through Series C funding rounds, and lectures annually on improved impact diligence at Harvard Business School and at conferences for business audiences around the world. One of her most popular talks, based on the proprietary heuristic diligence framework she developed, InvestingSMART™, draws upon insights from analysis of more than 40 years of business models that seemed successful on the surface but had systemic flaws that should have been flagged from the beginning and ultimately led to underperformance or worse. A business strategy book based on her work in this area will be coming out next year. Skilled at creating alchemy through innovative partner alliances, and at integrating multiple perspectives across sectors and intergenerationally, Tami serves on the Steering Committee for the NEXUS Impact Investing Working Group, advising next gen heirs of some of the world’s largest families on portfolio stewardship and wealth transition. She also leads a series of braintrusts on achieving SDG success with the United Nations Office of Partnerships and annually chairs Opal Financial Group’s Private Wealth Impact Investing Forum, where she curates discussions about today’s evolving wealth priorities for asset managers, wealth advisors and family office principals. Later this year she will be co-curating a Social Impact Forum on transparency in supply chains with Grace Farms Foundation, bringing together top investors, regulators, UN officials, and community activists from around the world to forge new paths to improved transparency and elimination of slavery in supply chains. Tami earned her MPA from Harvard Kennedy School, with a focus on multi-sector management strategies and curricula spanning Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School.

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Brian Lang

President
UNITE HERE Local 26
Brian Lang has been President of UNITE HERE Local 26 since 2011. The union has grown to 10,000 hospitality, hotel, food service, airport, and concessions workers in Boston and Rhode Island. Brian has more than 35 years of experience in the labor movement including as a Bellman at the Sheraton Boston and as the Chief Shop Steward at the now-closed Colonial meatpacking plant in Boston. Brian worked with Harvard dining hall workers who held a 22-day strike that garnered national attention in 2016 and has overseen a period of unprecedented organizing growth for the union. In 2018 Brian led a 46-day strike of 1,500 Marriott hotel workers in Boston and co-chaired the coordination of Marriott strikes involving 7,700 workers in Boston, Detroit, San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, San Diego and Honolulu. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker appointed Brian to the 5-person Fiscal and Management Control Board of the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA). Brian also sits on the Massachusetts Gaming Policy Advisory Committee. In addition, he is a Vice President of the 290,000-member international union UNITE HERE. In 2017, Boston Magazine named Brian one of the 21 Most Powerful People in Boston Business.

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Ariel Dloomy

Co-Executive Director
Arab-Jewish Center for Equality, Empowerment and Cooperation
Co-Executive Director of AJEEC (Arab-Jewish Center for Equality, Empowerment, and Cooperation) since 2014, Ariel has extensive experience with community empowerment and conflict resolution. He has founded and developed a variety of socioeconomic and community development programs in Israel, in the Middle East, and across the developing world. Under his leadership, in 2017 AJEEC received the prestigious President's Award for Excellence in a Volunteer Organization, personally presented by the President of the State of Israel. As part of his vision to reduce dependency on philanthropic funding, Ariel has been involved with the establishment, development, and management of several social businesses. These enterprises include Al Sanabel, a community catering company operated by women from the Bedouin community that supplies hot lunches to local public schools; El Hudaj, a fitness center exclusively for Bedouin women; Jawla, a tour company offering educational visits into the Bedouin community; and Mubadra, a consulting service for local municipalities. Ariel is the founder and chair of SID – the Israeli branch of the Society for International Development, a forum of international and Israeli organizations (governmental, quasi-governmental, and non-governmental) working in international humanitarian aid and international development. Ariel is currently a Mid-Career MPA student at the Harvard Kennedy School.

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Sandhya Murali

Co-Founder and COO
Solstice
Sandhya is Co-founder and COO of Solstice, an award-winning social enterprise dedicated to expanding access to clean energy to all Americans. Prior to joining Solstice, she worked at Barclays’ investment banking division in New York and London, advising and executing public equity transactions for Technology, Media and Telecom companies. She was also deeply involved in Barclays’ philanthropy work with Endeavor, Women’s World Banking, and Barclays’ Social Innovation Fund. Sandhya holds a BBA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, where she received the Sustainability Certificate.

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Michael Chu

Senior Lecturer on Business Administration
Harvard Business School
Michael Chu has been a pioneer in equity investing in emerging markets, co-founding the venture capital firm IGNIA in Mexico, and a leader in the creation of commercial microfinance, participating in the founding and governance of among others BancoSol (Bolivia), Mibanco (Peru), and Compartamos Banco (Mexico.) He also co-founded Grupo Pegasus in Argentina where he remains a Senior Advisor. He also holds an appointment as Senior Lecturer at the Harvard Business School. Previously, he was president and CEO of ACCION International, a member of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co in New York, and SVP and CFO of PACE Industries, ranked by Forbes as one of the largest 20 private companies in the U.S.

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Tiffany Thompson

Former Senior Associate, Fellowship Programs
Echoing Green
Tiffany Thompson, Mid-Career Master of Public Administration candidate at Harvard Kennedy School and Sheila C. Johnson Fellow has over a decade of work experience at the intersection of leadership development, philanthropy, and social good. Most recently, she served as Senior Associate for Echoing Green’s Black Male Achievement Fellowship Program. In this role, she supported and advised next-gen social entrepreneurs as they designed, iterated and launched their entrepreneurial ventures. Additionally, alongside the development team, she helped secure $2.1 million from Citi Foundation to support Echoing Green’s investment in racial justice issues. Prior to this, she was the My Brother’s Keeper Engagement Associate, where she partnered with Senior White House officials to support President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Challenge. Also, she worked with Deloitte LLP team on the launch strategy of The My Brother’s Keeper Alliance , now a program of The Obama Foundation. Furthermore, she worked for Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter’s Philadelphia Youth Commission, AccessMatters’ CDC teen pregnancy prevention initiative, and as an independent consultant provided consultation services to various organizations, such as The Obama Foundation, Roddenberry Foundation and Advocates for Youth.

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Kim Syman

Managing Partner
New Profit
Kim Syman is a Managing Partner at New Profit. A member of the founding team that created New Profit in 1997- 1998, Kim helps to spark and advance next-generation strategies for the social impact field. Through the annual Gathering of Leaders and other platforms, she connects the ideas and people—social entrepreneurs and their counterparts in government, philanthropy, business, technology, and the media— that can accelerate our nation’s collective ability to solve social problems. Currently co-leading New Profit’s approach to supporting the work of system entrepreneurs, Kim launched New Profit's policy arm, America Forward, prior to the 2008 presidential election, and co-led New Profit’s first Early Learning Fund. She serves on the Board of Directors of AVANCE, Inc., and is a Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow and a member of the Advisory Board for Youth Villages Massachusetts/New Hampshire. Earlier, Kim played several roles at City Year, led the turnaround of a Vermont nonprofit, and worked in television news and documentary production at the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour and Productions. Kim received her undergraduate degree from U.C. Berkeley and studied social anthropology at Oxford University. She lives in Lexington, MA with her husband and three children.

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Yamila Ruiz

High Road Director
RAISE
As Director of RAISE, the High Road Employer Association at ROC United, Yamila helps to support restaurant owners who are part of ROC United’s national employer network to advocate for sustainable business models that champion living wages, basic benefits, fair promotion policies, among other "high road" employer practices as recipes for success, not impediments to profitability. These employers represent over 770 restaurants across the U.S. in all sectors of the industry -- from fine dining to quick-casual. Convened by Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United), the leading restaurant workers' rights advocacy organization in the country, RAISE is changing the conversation about wages and labor practices for one of the largest and fastest growing economic sectors in the country. Prior to joining ROC United, Yamila worked in the restaurant industry for over ten years. She has worked in various sectors of the industry throughout her career. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston, where she focused her studies on Sociology, specifically on issues affecting the Hispanic & Latino community via her concentration in Latino Studies. She has enjoyed the opportunity to facilitate and manage research projects in her community, including the 2016 report Behind the Kitchen Door: Promise and Denial in Boston’s Growing Restaurant Industry. Until last year, Yamila was the Legal Organizer for ROC United, leading the Sanctuary Restaurants project to create safer spaces for all within the restaurant industry. She also provided legal support to ROC chapters nationwide to better assist restaurant workers and employers working towards increasing equity in the industry. Prior to that, she served as the Research & Policy Organizer at the Restaurant Opportunities Center of Boston working on the One Fair Wage campaign to eliminate the subminimum wage for all tipped workers in Massachusetts.

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Stephen Moret

CEO
Virginia Economic Development Partnership
Stephen Moret has served as President and CEO of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) since January 2017. Before joining VEDP, Moret served as chief executive of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) and Louisiana Department of Economic Development (LED), as well as the LSU Foundation and its real-estate development arm. At VEDP, Moret has collaborated with state, regional, and local partners to craft an ambitious vision focused on several transformational goals, including accelerating employment growth; enabling every region to grow; and moving back to the top of national business climate rankings. He led Virginia’s successful state-and-local team bid for Amazon’s HQ2 and is launching a world-class, custom workforce program with the Virginia Community College System. Moret earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from LSU; an MBA from Harvard Business School; and a doctorate in higher education from the University of Pennsylvania, where his research focused on linkages between higher education and the labor market.
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Rebecca Price

Philanthropic Partnerships Advisor
PRIME Coalition
Rebecca is the Philanthropic Partnerships Advisor with PRIME Coalition, a public charity that partners with philanthropists to place charitable capital into market-based solutions to climate change. Rebecca works closely with Donor Advisor Fund Sponsors and Foundations and provides the tools and resources to enable these organizations to make critical early-stage investments. Previously, Rebecca designed and implemented programs focused on educating and engaging impact investors and entrepreneurs. She worked closely with impact investors to help them deploy capital into early stage social and environmentally impactful companies. Rebecca has also provided strategy and growth assistance to a range of organizations including an NGO, two family foundations, and several local non-profit organizations. Rebecca received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in Environmental Science and Geology and holds a Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and an M.B.A., from F.W. Olin School of Business at Babson College.

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