Paul Rice is the President & CEO of Fair Trade USA. Since launching Fair Trade USA in 1998, Paul has challenged hundreds of companies to rework their global supply chains to obtain high-quality products that support community development and environmental protection while maintaining profitability. His pioneering work has helped over 1.5 million farmers and workers receive a fair price for their crops, empowering them to compete in the global marketplace through direct, long-term contracts with international buyers, and improved market access that uplifts entire communities. Paul holds an Economics and Political Science degree from Yale University and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.
Sridhar Tayur is the Ford Distinguished Research Chair and Professor of Operations Management at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business. He is also a Professor of Cardiology (by courtesy) at the Gerald McGinnis Center at Western Pennsylvania/Allegheny General Hospital. He is the founder of the software company SmartOps Corporation (2000-) and served as its CEO for 12 years, as well as the founder of OrganJet Corporation (2011-). Over the past 20 years, he has also been a sought-after supply chain consultant and has helped implement manufacturing and supply chain optimization systems for Caterpillar, Deere and General Electric, as well as implement solutions in other areas such as Fractional Jet scheduling (for Flight Options) and Advertisements in Internet games (for Microsoft).
Jonathan Doochin is co-founder and CEO of US Green Data, the nation's largest energy incentive database. Doochin co-founded and also serves as the Chair of the Board of Overseers for the Leadership Institute at Harvard College. He also works alongside the White House and the Department of Energy on supporting a handful of green initiatives. As co-founder of an energy firm, he assembled and co-led a multi-company team that was awarded a contract to perform up to $5 billion of energy upgrades and renewable energy development for the federal government. Doochin is passionate about motivating others to help driving social change and enjoys teaching, spelunking, running, and being an active naturalist.
Anthony Vanky is a PhD Student in Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he is a researcher at the MIT Senseable City Lab. His research interest focuses on issues of pervasive technologies and the built environment. He holds previous degrees from MIT and Tulane University. He has professional experience as an architectural designer, in economic development and non-profit leadership. His work and projects have been exhibited widely, including at the Venice Biennale (2006), Gwangju Biennale (2010), and New Orleans DesCours (2011). Anthony is also active the the architectural profession, serving as a current director of the National Architectural Accrediting Board.
Lara Galinsky is an author, speaker, expert on working on purpose, and senior vice president of Echoing Green, a global nonprofit with the mission to unleash next generation talent to solve the world’s biggest problems. She recently launched Echoing Green’s newest program, Work on Purpose, which inspires and equips the Millennial generation to build lives and careers that are both right for them and good for the world. Lara is also the co-author of two books that have become cornerstones of the program: Work on Purpose (2011) and Be Bold: Create a Career with Impact (2007).
CARLOS ANDRÉS GÓMEZ is an award-winning writer and performer from New York City. A former social worker in Harlem and the south Bronx and public school teacher in Philadelphia and Manhattan, Gómez has performed at more than 200 colleges and universities and toured across North America, Europe, the Caribbean, and Africa. Nominated for the Pushcart Prize and named Artist of the Year at the 2009 Promoting Outstanding Writers Awards, he co-starred in Spike Lee’s #1 movie “Inside Man” with Denzel Washington, Jodie Foster, and Clive Owen and appeared on the sixth season of HBO’s “Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry.” His first book, MAN UP: Cracking the Code of Modern Manhood will be released in October 2012.
Liam is the Massachusetts State Director for Democrats for Education Reform (DFER). Prior to DFER, Liam worked for the management consultancy The Parthenon Group and the national venture philanthropy fund New Profit Inc. Liam started his career as an AmeriCorps volunteer with California Library Literacy Services, where he helped expand a library-based adult literacy program. He has advised youth sports nonprofits throughout Massachusetts, an NGO consultancy in the Czech Republic, a charter school incubator, and a charter school network. He has worked on worked on statewide political campaigns in Massachusetts and Vermont. Liam served on the Board of Governors of the National Alumni Association of Providence College, where he earned a BA in History with high honors and was president of the Friars Club. Liam graduated from a Massachusetts public high school and holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
Denise Restauri is Founder & CEO of GirlQuake, a company that amplifies the voices of girls and women by giving them platforms to make noise, redefine success and harness their powers to create a global force for positive action. As a Forbes.com contributor, she shines the spotlight on female leaders and entrepreneurs. Denise produced the first-ever UN International Year of Youth Celebration and has appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS and more.
After graduating as a journalist from The College of New Jersey, Tammy became the youngest web editor at Hearst Digital Media, working with Seventeen, CosmoGIRL, and Teen, founding DonateMyDress.org, and then reaching millions of teens daily as the social media voice of Seventeen. Her passion for girls' education grew as she began volunteering in 2007 as the Director of Operations for a non-profit that was building a school and sponsoring children in Liberia. She's the First launched in November 2009 as a simple YouTube video to inspire Millennials to creatively fundraise for girls' education sponsorships in developing world countries. It has since evolved into a fast-paced non-profit that shapes U.S. students into globally aware, socially responsible leaders in the process. She's the First has been recognized in Fast Company's "League of Extraordinary Women," on Mashable, Forbes, The Huffington Post, Seventeen, and MTV and has sponsored more than 250 girls worldwide to date, with 30+ campus chapters nationwide. Follow @shesthefirst and @tammytibbetts on Twitter to learn more!
Zachary Bastian was born and raised in Rhode Island. Living just a few miles from the beautiful beaches of the Narragansett Bay, Bastian is a product of his environment. From sailing with his family throughout New England before he could walk, Bastian has an immeasurable love and respect for New England. Bastian became a paraplegic his sophomore year of high school, now almost eight years ago. Bastian soon re-discovered surfing in San Diego. He has since returned to Rhode Island to pursue a career as a merchant mariner, and currently studies to earn his Captain’s license from the US Coast Guard. In addition, Bastian has returned to school to complete his undergraduate education, with a focus in adaptive recreation for the disabled. From spearheading the accessibility of Newport’s Harbor Shuttle, to empowering others from all across the country throughEndless Abilities, Bastian has a strong future in creating equal opportunity for the disabled.
Will Humphrey brings essential experience from the worlds of both disability and sport to Endless Abilities. While skiing competitively during his high school years, Humphrey studied adaptive mono-skiing in New Hampshire, a sport he committed to learning by forfeiting the use of his legs for a week. For the past six summers, he has volunteered as a mentor and instructor at Shake-a-Leg/Sail-to-Prevail, an adaptive sailing center in Newport, RI. Humphrey now studies recreational therapy with emphasis on physical disability at the University of New Hampshire. With consistent dedication to Endless Abilities, Humphrey is now partner of Wind Powered Productions.
Harvey Burrell pursued his passion for filmmaking during his high school years. His experience in both television and film, Burrell continues to produce commercial, narrative, and documentary work after co-founding Wind Powered Productions three years ago. This past summer, Burrell worked at Piers Park Sailing Center in Boston Harbor, recognized by US Sailing as one of the nation’s best adaptive sailing centers. Burrell now majors in Economics and Film Theory at Vanderbilt University. Over the last two years, filmmaking has brought Burrell to Tibet, Venezuela and Canada.
Tripp Clemens united with Burrell as they shared a mutual passion for filmmaking in high school, and have since established Wind Powered Productions, a partnership committed to producing high quality films. Clemens shares his passion for working on the water with Bastian and Humphrey, as the three have worked to obtain their merchant mariner’s license from the US Coast Guard. From working on the set of a major motion picture, to studying Film Production and Business at Emerson College in Boston, Clemens sees the educational value in every experience.
Andrew Slack is creator, co-founder, and Executive Director of the Harry Potter Alliance (HPA). Under his leadership, the HPA has sent five cargo planes to Haiti, built libraries across the world, advocated for human rights, media reform, and equality on LGBTQ, immigration, and class.
Known for his inspirational speaking at dozens of Harry Potter fandom events, Andrew has given keynote addresses at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, the Millennial Mega Mashup, a talk at TEDx Rome, and spoken at South by Southwest, Comic Con, Educating Our Democracy in the Digital Age hosted by former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Futures of Entertainment, National Conference for Media Reform, the Annenberg Presidential Learning Center, and symposiums at MIT, Brandeis, and Tufts University. He's been featured in Fast Company, the New York Times, the front cover of Forbes.com, and has written for the LA Times, a cover story for CNN.com, the Huffington Post (which in 2010 named him “Greatest Person of the Day”), and the forward to “Dear Mister Potter.”
In his prior career, Andrew performed comedy at hundreds of colleges, produced, cowrote, and costarred in three videos that have been seen more than twelve million times, and wrote comedy for the owners of the Red Sox, the bassist for Aerosmith, and William Shatner. Trained at an acting conservatory in London, he has taught theater and creative writing workshops in both the US and Northern Ireland. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brandeis University, Andrew is dedicated to the building of a movement that harnesses the energy of popular culture, modern myth, and social media to transform our lives both personally and collectively.
A serial entrepreneur and systems thinker, Heerad Sabeti has been pursuing systemic solutions to societal challenges. For over 20 years, he has been working toward the development of a fourth sector of organizations at the intersection of the public, private and non-profit sectors. The fourth sector is comprised of “for-benefit” enterprises that are designed to seamlessly integrate public purposes with business means, harnessing entrepreneurial energy to shape a more just and sustainable future. To accelerate the fourth sector’s development, Sabeti has been a driving force behind numerous national and international initiatives. He has served as an advisor to governments, corporations and NGOs on multi-sector partnerships, sustainable economic development and entrepreneurial solutions to social and environmental challenges. He is co-founder and former CEO of TransForms, FB, a social enterprise that pioneered an innovative category of art and décor products for consumer and commercial use worldwide. TransForms served as a laboratory for the development of the for-benefit enterprise model, with embedded commitments to a social purpose, inclusive ownership and governance, social and environmental responsibility, fair compensation, and transparency. Sabeti serves or has served on the advisory boards of the Clinton Global Initiative, Center for International Business Education and Research at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, and the Aspen Institute's Intersectoral Relations Initiative.
A serial entrepreneur and former food industry executive, previously Chairman and CEO of Fauchon, a leading Paris-based luxury food company that he grew in both product and global reach, Laurent has served on the board of several not-for-profit organizations, the Supervisory board of Van Cleef & Arpels, and as Managing Director of Banque Paribas and Rothschild. He earned a BA from ESCP–Europe, an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and acquired an MA in socio-cultural anthropology from Columbia University in the City of New York. He was also Senior Fellow of the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University (2010-2011).
Heang Ly has over thirteen years of experience leading both youth and adult groups in a variety of settings. She has organized and led teams in schools, non-profits, community groups, and universities. As Director of Consulting and Training at The Center for Teen Empowerment, Heang provides trainings as well as short term and long term technical support to any organization or company interested in using Teen Empowerment’s interactive approach to leading meetings, facilitating, and managing groups. For more information on Teen Empowerment's interactive model please visit us at www.movingbeyondicebreakers.org. Ms. Ly holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, in Psychology and Education as well as a Master’s degree from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy.
Grace Kim is Director of Partnerships and Strategy at GOOD/Corps. In this role, she combines her background and interests in social innovation to help organizations maximize their social impact. Her strategy and marketing experience includes developing social impact and consumer campaigns for clients such as Pepsi, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, HBO, Maverick Records, Symantec, Yahoo, Nature Made Vitamins, A&E TV, Lifetime and LA Fashion Week. In her free time, she advises early stage social innovation start-ups and co-produces Idea Project, a LA-based organization that cultivates community around multi-disciplinary collaboration and social innovation. She is a UCLA Anderson Riordan Fellow and former Rotary Foundation ambassador.
As the Knowledge Associate, Prathama serves as project manager and lead writer for new Root Cause publications. She also coordinates knowledge management efforts with other departments at Root Cause and assists with content development for Communications and Business Development needs.Prathama first joined Root Cause as the Communications Fellow in July 2011, where she focused on Root Cause’s external communications strategies, its branding tactics and on its relationship with present partners. In addition to her work at Root Cause, Prathama is interested in the role of communications strategies in creating effective fundraising efforts by nonprofit organizations. Prathama graduated from Harvard College in 2011 with a degree in Linguistics and Economics. Prior to Root Cause she was in charge of the Michael F. Cronin Center for Enterprise, which promotes entrepreneurship on Harvard’s campus. She has also worked as the Director of Publicity for the Harvard Summer School Activities Office and has spent a summer in Bulgaria working with WorldTeach.
Rebecca Leventhal leads Social Finance’s criminal justice work on the Social Impact Bond Development team. Social Finance, a nonprofit dedicated to mobilizing investment capital to drive social change, structures innovative investment instruments that generate both a positive social impact and a financial return. The Social Impact Bond, which is core to the firm’s currents efforts, is a public private nonprofit partnership that has been recognized for its potential to provide financing solutions to some of our more persistent social problems. Prior to Social Finance, Rebecca held roles in the public and private sector, working in government, politics, finance, and the nonprofit field. Rebecca collaborated with the Mississippi State Legislature and other government and non-government actors implementing health reform in Mississippi. Previously, she served in the Office of General Counsel in the Office of Management in Budget where she responded to federal regulatory and appropriations questions and on the U.S. Department of State's Policy Planning Staff. Throughout the past three years, Rebecca has been an ambassador for President William Jefferson Clinton throughout the world and across the United States in support of his political, charitable, and personal work. In this role, she has liaised and negotiated with a host of individuals, including: high-level officials in foreign governments; international organizations; political campaigns; local and state governments; and non-governmental organizations. Before law school, she spent 15 months working for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, where she cultivated relationships with local communities in over 30 states and created earned media opportunities for the candidate. Rebecca began her career at Merrill Lynch in the Municipal Finance department where she financed state and local government institutions and nonprofit facilities and later joined the Structured Finance department where she arranged secured transactions. Rebecca holds a JD from Harvard Law School and an AB in Social Studies from Harvard College.
Tyler is the Co-Founder and CEO of Runa, an Amazonian beverage company that creates livelihoods for indigenous farmers. Before Runa, he spent five years working with indigenous communities in the Amazon developing Fair Trade initiatives and cultural preservation programs. Having turned down a Fulbright scholarship in order to dedicate himself fully to Runa, Tyler has grown Runa from a collegiate dream to now employing over 40 people and supporting 2,000 farming families. As a hybrid organization, Runa has raised funds from a diverse range of funders for angel investors to the Ecuadorian Government. Tyler has been awarded a Rainer Arnhold Fellowship, Hitachi Young Entrepreneur Fellowship, and Ashoka Changemaker Fellowship in recognition of his work building Runa.
Arthur Grau co-founded and serves as community manager of Applications for Good, One Economy's initiative to help software developers build public purpose applications across multiple platforms. Previously he led the design and implementation of curriculum and educator trainings for the Digital Connectors youth leadership and workforce development program.
As the co-founder and CEO of Uncharted Play, Inc., Jessica drives the creative vision of an award-winning social enterprise with a mission to breed a generation of socially motivated innovators through dual functioning play products. Jessica has been lauded for her invention of the sOccket, a soccer ball that harnesses the energy generated during play and then stores it for later use as a portable generator. Jessica has a degree in Psychology and Economics from Harvard University, and is currently working towards her MBA at Harvard Business School.
Rebecca is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of BrightCo, a for-profit social enterprise that connects the world's top young social entrepreneurs with leading brands in order to leverage their talents and networks, tapping into the purchasing power of Millennials and enabling brands to increase their profit while creating social impact. Rebecca recently raised a seed round of funding from several angel investors for BrightCo. Rebecca has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Minga, a nonprofit organization dedicated to combating the global child sex trade by harnessing the power of teens. Beyond Minga, Rebecca has served as an advisor to Ashoka’s Youth Venture and to DoSomething.org. For her leadership, Rebecca was awarded the TIME Magazine and Bentley University Tomorrow25 Award. Rebecca won the Staples/Youth Venture Social Entrepreneurship Competition Grand Prize and delivered a TEDxTalk. Rebecca was selected to serve on U.S. Committee to UNSECO and on the World Humanitarian Council. Most recently, Rebecca spoke at StartUp Iceland alongside the President of Iceland, at Cisco Live to Fortune 100 CIOs, at Bold Academy, and at the Dell Social Innovation Summer Institute. Rebecca lives in Boston, Los Angeles, New York City, and Washington, D.C.
Jeffrey Way's research interests are in bioenergy, sustainability and therapeutic protein development. He is currently a senior staff scientist at the Wyss Institute in the Synthetic Biology Platform, where he works collaboratively with faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and students to promote translation of basic research into real-world applications. Previously, he was Director of Structural Biology and Director of Intellectual Property at EMD Serono, a major protein-focused pharmaceutical company, where he designed protein drugs. He has published numerous articles on drug development, synthetic biology, nervous system development, and bacterial genetics, and holds several patent applications and issued patents. He received his Ph.D. and B.A from Harvard University.
Valuable engagement and lasting impact are the driving values in my work with both geographic communities and communities of interest. Through strategy building, training, and facilitating, I have helped groups in the US, UK, and around the world use social and mobile technologies to start creating a better world. I work with organizations of all sizes and all kinds, and truly believe that by creating strong communities we can change our world. In 2009, I co-authored Social by Social, a handbook in using social technologies for social impact, and have had the great opportunity to contribute to additional publications about social media (for details, visit the Publications page.) For the last three years, I have contributed to the Stanford Social Innovation Review with monthly posts on the Opinion Blog. In addition to my independent work with organizations and communities, in March 2011, I joined NTEN as the Membership Director. I previously served as the Community Development Manager for CDI (Community-Driven Innovation) at TechSoup Global, leading the strategy for the global NetSquared Community both on and offline, as well as steering the development of programs, services, and events that build community around the world.
Celine Coggins is the founder and CEO of Teach Plus. Coggins is a former teacher and current Mind Trust Education Entrepreneur Fellow. She has a background that includes research, policy and K-12 teaching. She originally launched Teach Plus in 2007 as a subsidiary of the Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy in Cambridge, MA and incorporated it as an independent 501c3 in 2009. She has been a labor-management consultant in Providence, RI as well as Worcester and Springfield, MA and was formerly special assistant to the Massachusetts Commissioner of Education on teacher quality. She is the author of more than two dozen reports and journal articles and the editor of two books. She earned her Ph.D. in Education Policy Analysis from Stanford University.
Dr. Ben Dubin-Thaler, Founder and Director, Cell Motion Laboratories, Inc. Ben is creating a new paradigm in science education with his fully equipped mobile science lab, the BioBus. Run by the non-profit Cell Motion Laboratories, the BioBus travels across the country to provide students in underserved communities with meaningful, hands-on lessons in a range of subjects including biology, ecology, chemistry and materials science. BioBus has been featured on the Colbert Report and in Scientific American, and is supported by Olympus, Nikon, Edmund Scientific, New York University, Science House Foundation and others. By making science fun and accessible, Ben’s innovative approach to science education is narrowing the resource gap and sparking interest in thousands of students to explore science. "Dr. Ben" was also chosen as a 2010 PopTech Science and Public Leadership Fellow, a group of high-potential early- and mid-career scientists working in areas of critical importance to the nation and the planet: http://poptech.org/ben_dubinthaler.
Rupert Scofield is an agricultural economist with over 30 years of experience in the developing countries of Africa, Latin America, Eurasia, and the Greater Middle East. Mr. Scofield co-founded FINCA in 1984 with John Hatch and has served as its President and CEO since 1994. Under his leadership, FINCA has grown from 60,000 clients and a loan portfolio of $5 million to a true global presence serving nearly one million low-income women and men across five continents and a loan portfolio of more than $500 million. Rupert is a practitioner at heart and remains actively involved in the management of FINCA's network of 21 wholly-owned subsidiaries, consistently guiding each program toward self-sufficiency. As a frequent keynote speaker, Mr. Scofield seeks to inspire the next generation of microfinance leaders and social entrepreneurs. He recently wrote The Social Entrepreneur's Handbook: How to Start, Build and Run a Business That Improves the World. Prior to FINCA, Mr. Scofield served as the CEO of Rural Development Services, a consulting firm, and as country program director of the AFL-CIO's Labor Program in El Salvador. He earned two Master of Arts degrees in agricultural economics and public administration from the University of Wisconsin as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University, and served in the Peace Corps in Guatemala.
Co-Founder & Marketing Director at Lifestyle + Charity Magazine, Elena oversees brand management and marketing strategy development. Before launching L+C Magazine, Elena studied in the United States and England. Considered a multifaceted idea generator and marketing guru, Elena held the position of Social Media Director and Marketing Manager for a software technology company in the Northeast. Elena launched her entrepreneurial career in social media with Red Rover Public Relations as its Director of Social Media and specialized in social media support, marketing, and building brand awareness for companies. Elena’s philanthropic resume is highlighted by her service as a Youth Mentor to high school students. Her most recent charitable contributions include raising awareness and funds for Rescued and Redeemed Ministries, Eden Autism Services, Build a Nest, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and more. She is also a First Lady of Diversity Ambassador with the Mary McLeod Bethune Humanitarian Network, and is on the host committee for F.A.B. NYC events. She resides in New York City and has a passion for poetry. @lifeandcharity | @emabax
As Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief at Lifestyle + Charity Magazine, Rachael and her editorial team feature philanthropic brands, discoveries, and inspiration through the company's website: www.lifestyleandcharity.com and quarterly L+C Magazine. With a background in design, social media, and public relations, Rachael builds awareness for brands that give back inspiring readers to shop with good intentions and learn about various causes. Before launching L+C Magazine, Rachael graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree from The King’s College, worked in wealth management at Anchin, LLP, and worked in the non-profit sector as a Program Director managing communication with multiple U.S. city-committees by implementing public relations strategies. She then launched a her entrepreneurial career with a social media company called Red Rover Public Relations. Rachael has directed numerous benefits for GEMS Girls, Albania Missions, the American Cancer Society, City Harvest and more. She is also a First Lady of Diversity Ambassador with the Mary McLeod Bethune Humanitarian Network, and is on the host committee for F.A.B. NYC events. For her involvement in philanthropy, Rachael is a featured philanthropist on CharityHappenings.org and recognized by Marie Claire, NYC Invitations, and among others. She resides in NYC with her husband, and has a passion for design and creative writing. @lifeandcharity | @rachaelabaxter
As Co-Founder and Vice Prez of Bootstrap Compost, Igor spearheads business development for the growing company, a MassChallenge 2012 finalist. Igor graduated with a degree in Psychology from Indiana University. After moving to Boston to study neuroscience, Igor's career interests shifted, as he sought to help make the world a more environmentally-friendly place to live in. Igor explored the topics of environmentalism, sustainable business and future economies through writing, blogging and documentary film production, working with a variety of impact focused organizations before arriving at Bootstrap Compost. With Bootstrap Compost, Igor is helping city dwellers reduce waste, empower local food production and build a more sustainable farming system in Boston.
Sarah Jessop is a voice/speech/dialect specialist. She trained at the A.R.T./MXAT Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard, studying under Nancy Houfek. As Acting Associate Director for Speaking Instruction at the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning at Harvard, she works with professors and graduate teaching fellows to develop freer, more expressive communication in the classroom and integrate public speaking into the undergraduate curriculum. At the Bok Center, she leads a variety of courses and workshops, including The Art of Public Speaking, Developing your Presence in the Classroom, and Multi-modal Communication. She has taught at the American Repertory Theater Institute, Tufts University, Moscow Art Theater School, Institut del Teater (Barcelona), and Simon Fraser School for the Contemporary Arts (Vancouver, B.C.) Sarah has served as coach and consultant to actors, singers, business professionals, and other professional speakers, and teaches and coaches privately in the Boston area. She also sings traditional Irish music, Americana, and Blues, and has been a visiting soloist at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.
Jessica Minhas is a recognized humanitarian and human rights activist. As a producer her work has taken her around the globe exploring issues of human trafficking, child labor, medical tourism, Middle Eastern conflict, inter-religious reconciliation, youth advocacy and more. Her clients have included the Department of Defense, House of Commons, the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation, Ubuntu Education Fund, Vital Voices, Somaly Mam Foundation, Seeds of Peace, MTV and PBS. Currently, she is a correspondent and contributor on women’s rights issues. In addition, Jessica speaks regularly to high school and college students about social justice and activism. Her on-screen credits as a TV host and actress have garnered international distribution. Jessica was a recipient of a Noble Award on behalf of The Blind Project, and honored by the Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards.
Christian Aviza has been on CaC's Business Advisory Board since 2009 leading efforts on the field in Zambia, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania, Lesotho, Botswana, Namibia and various US locations. When in the US, Aviza develops curriculum and M&E strategy, oversees US administrative operations and year-round training with partner organizations.
Tim Wheaton has been an administrator in Harvard's Department of Athletics since 2005 and currently serves as an Associate Director of Athletics. At Harvard since 1985, Wheaton has been the women's soccer and men's lacrosse coach with the Crimson. Wheaton serves on the Coach Advisory Board for CaC providing guidance in both CaC's operations and on-field implementation. Wheaton recently traveled to Africa to lead on-field CaC programs with various partner organizations. Wheaton's daughter also participated in programs in other parts of Africa during the summer of 2012.
Miguel Herrera serves as Senior Investment Officer for Frontier Investments Group (FIG), Accion’s microfinance adjacency fund, where he is responsible for making early stage equity investments in Latin American companies with disruptive business models which promote financial inclusion at the base of the pyramid. Prior to joining FIG, Mr. Herrera served as Senior Investment Officer for Accion Investments in Microfinance SPC, a private equity fun dedicated to investing in microfinance institutions. During his tenure at Accion Investments, he helped source, execute and manage investments in MFIs in Central and South America serving on the boards of Banco Solidario (Ecuador), MIbanco (Peru) and BancoSol (Bolivia). Prior to joining Accion, Mr. Herrera was a Vice President in Citigroup’s Fixed Income Capital Markets Division, where he provided currency and interest rate risk management advisory services to financial institutions and Fortune 500 multinational companies. While at Citigroup, Mr. Herrera was formally introduced to Microfinance through his role in the restructuring and turnaround of Accion Chicago as the Board’s Chair of Operations.
Cameron Houser is the co-founder of Given Goods Company, an online and pop-up marketplace exclusively featuring products that give back. Cammy is involved with all aspects of the business with a concentration on merchandising, vendor relations, and all consumer-facing aspects of the brand. She has spoken at numerous events about the power of consumer choice-making, conscious capitalism, and philanthropy in retail and fashion. Prior to Given Goods, Cammy worked in two consultancies, The Parthenon Group and Sterling-Rice Group, focusing on everything from corporate strategy to branding, consumer insights and new product innovation. In her free time, she coaches youth lacrosse, gets outside as much as she can and works with various volunteer organizations around Colorado. Cammy is a cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College.
Kate Ahern is Director, Social Innovation at the Case Foundation. At the Case Foundation, Kate oversees a portfolio of initiatives, including Billion + Change, which mobilizes corporations to provide billions of dollars worth of pro bono service to nonprofits; Partners for a New Beginning, a partnership with the Aspen Institute and the US State Department dedicated to engagement in the Muslim world; and Change By Us, an online platform that lets people get offline to work together on projects to better their communities. She is also leading the Foundation’s new impact investing efforts. Before starting at the Case Foundation, Kate was Director of Business Development at CDC Development Solutions, where she spent 7 years managing international development, corporate responsibility, and skills-based pro bono programs in emerging markets worldwide. Kate has a Master’s degree from American University in international development and conflict resolution.
CYCLE Kids began in 2004 when Julie became aware of the alarming numbers of children developing type II diabetes. As an avid cyclist from a very young age, Julie’s vision for CYCLE Kids developed from her desire to share her passion for cycling with children in order to curb childhood obesity and the decline in the health and fitness of children. Cycling is a passion for Julie and it has helped her physically, emotionally, and mentally throughout her life. Thus, Julie wanted to extend what the bike has given to her all these years to today's children. With over 20 years of corporate experience, she quit the business world to devote herself to educating and engaging children in physical activity through CYCLE Kids.
Mr. Dubitsky is an executive vice president in the Munich office and global structured finance specialist in PIMCO's Advisory group, which advises institutions globally on complex portfolio risks and valuations, and other challenges. Before relocating to Munich in August 2012 he was based in the Newport Beach office. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2009, he was managing director and head of asset-backed securities research at Credit Suisse, where he helped create residential mortgage-backed securities (MBS) surveillance and analytics systems. He was ranked as a leading analyst in asset-backed securities by Institutional Investor magazine in 2002-2008. Mr. Dubitsky was previously a senior analyst focusing on MBS at Moody's Investors Service and an agency MBS portfolio manager at BankAmerica. Before that, he was chief investment officer of a savings and loan and also worked at the Office of Thrift Supervision during the savings and loan crisis. He has 25 years of investment experience and holds an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and an undergraduate degree from the State University of New York, Binghamton.
After a long career in health care and hospital administration, Lee Kane “career-hopped” into the natural products industry with Whole Foods Market in 1996. He was initially drawn to Whole Foods Market by the company’s mission, and is particularly passionate about working with all of its many stakeholders to put its 7 Core Values into action on a daily basis. After spending 7 years on the operations side, running several stores in the North Atlantic region, in 2003 Lee took on the newly-created role of EcoCzar for the region. As such, he is responsible for creating, implementing and overseeing all programs and initiatives which fall under the umbrella of Whole Foods Market’s “Green Mission.” In 2006, Lee took on the additional role of Local Forager for the North Atlantic Region of Whole Foods, and in that capacity is charged with helping the store-based Foragers to source and bring to market the best of the locally-grown and produced products available. A passionate “foodie,” Lee and his team of Store Foragers delights in sourcing the most amazing, outstanding and unique products available from throughout New England, and bringing them to market. Lee is also deeply committed to strengthening and expanding the various local food networks and economies from within the foodshed. He deeply enjoys developing relationships with the broad panoply of growers, ranchers, bakers, chefs, and with their entire support infrastructures, and his greatest satisfaction derives from helping to forge connections that strengthen and deepen the connections between these various players in the Northeast food world.
Peter Kramer joined NFF Capital Partners in 2009 and served on the team for one year. During this time, he was responsible for financial analysis and modeling for NFF Capital Partners clients pursuing significant philanthropic equity funding in support of organizational transformation and growth. Mr. Kramer now serves on the national consulting team, supporting product development efforts and service delivery associated with Nonprofit Finance Fund’s national initiatives and partnerships. Most recently, he led product integrity and quality assurance efforts for two new data analysis platforms developed in partnership with GuideStar and the Cultural Data Project, respectively. He also manages the Catalyst Fund, a funder collaborative to support technical assistance for nonprofit collaborations and mergers in the Boston area, and supports regional service delivery on a variety of local consulting engagements. Mr. Kramer previously spent two years with El Pomar Foundation, a private foundation focused on general-purpose grant making in the state of Colorado. At the foundation he participated in the grant review and recommendation process and staffed and managed several of the Foundation’s philanthropic outreach programs. Mr. Kramer holds a B.A. in English Literature and Spanish Language & Literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Mr. Kramer serves on the advisory board of Brooke Charter Schools.