Summit 2017 Speakers

Emma Arcodia
Program Development Coordinator, West Africa
Search for Common Ground

Emma Arcodia

Program Development Coordinator, West Africa
Search for Common Ground

Emma Arcodia is West Africa program development coordinator for Search for Common Ground (Search). Emma’s recent work includes designing projects to mitigate intercommunal violence and prevent violent extremism in Nigeria; strengthen political accountability in Sierra Leone; and enhance county-level reconciliation processes in Liberia. Emma has expertise in West Africa and the MENA region. Prior to joining the West Africa team, Emma coordinated Search’s Countering Violent Extremism project in Tunisia, where she conducted thirty community dialogues across the country involving religious and community leaders, youth, CSOs and local authorities. Before that, Emma worked on a women’s empowerment project for Caritas Egypt in Cairo, which aimed at strengthening women’s capacities in rural areas and increasing women’s engagement in local affairs. Emma holds a Master’s degree in Middle East Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) – University of London, and a BA in Political Science and International Relations from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore – Milano. Emma is fluent in Italian, English, and French, and proficient in Egyptian and Tunisian Arabic.

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Tom Adams
Director, Lean Data
Acumen

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Tom Adams

Director, Lean Data
Acumen
@tomhenryadams

As Acumen’s Chief Innovation Officer, Sasha oversees Acumen’s work in Leadership and the spread of ideas. This encompasses Acumen’s Lean Data work, the Acumen Fellows Programs, +Acumen and other efforts to help Acumen change the way the world tackles poverty. In his previous role as Acumen’s Director of Business Development, Sasha led global capital raising, including executing a successful $100M capital raise.

Sasha is also a noted speaker and blogger on generosity, philanthropy and social change, the author of the Manifesto for Nonprofit CEOs, and the creator of Generosity Day. His talks have been featured prominently on TED.com, the DO Lectures, SOCAP and other major conferences; he has been recognized as an Innovation Agent by Fast Company magazine; and he has been a contributor to Harvard Business Review, Stanford Social Innovation Review and other leading publications. Sasha also serves on the Executive Committee of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs.

Before Acumen, Sasha worked at GE Money to expand financial offerings to underserved communities globally; at IBM, spearheading the company’s corporate citizenship strategy and launching a leadership program for school administrators; and at the microfinance group of Bank Rakyat Indonesia. Sasha began his career at Booz | Allen | Hamilton consulting to telecommunications companies in Latin America and Europe.

Sasha holds a BA from Harvard College, a Master in Public Administration in International Development from Harvard’s Kennedy School and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Narayan Adhikari

Narayan Adhikari
South Asia Representative
Accountability Lab

Narayan Adhikari

Narayan Adhikari

South Asia Representative

Accountability Lab
@yinayan ‏
@AccountLab ‏


Mr. Narayan Adhikari is South Asia Representative for the Accountability Lab and an experienced advocate and practitioner for positive social change. In his current position, Narayan has developed a number of innovative tools for accountability and open government, including a pioneering television show and movement called Integrity Idol; and theMobile Citizen Helpdesks which have ensured citizen voices have been been fed into plans for $4.4 billion of international spending after Nepal’s devastating earthquake. Previously, Narayan served as Executive Director for Youth Initiative during which time he played a key role in mobilizing youth to campaign for a National Youth Policy, and facilitated dialogue to promote youth issues within the new constitution of Nepal. Recently Narayan graduated from Stanford Business School with a certificate in non-profit leadership and attended the International Anti-Corruption Academy. He was also recently selected as one of just 21 young leaders from across Asia for the Asia Society’s prestigious Asia 21 Network. In 2014 Narayan was an Atlas Corps Think Tank (LINKS) Fellow with the Accountability Lab in the United States and is alum of the International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP). He is a founding member of and South Asia Representative for the Global Youth Anti-Corruption Network (GYAC). Narayan was honored by the BMW Foundation as responsible Leaders and received New Voices Fellows from the Aspen Institute.

Matt Bailey

Matt Bailey
Digital Services Expert
White House Office of Management and Budget

Matt Bailey

Matt Bailey

Digital Services Expert
White House Office of Management and Budget
@mattbailey0

Matt is a technology strategist and community organizer working at the intersection of open government, civic engagement, and public policy. His work has ranged from information security to open data and from crowdfunding to service design. As a co-founder of Code for DC, he helps build the capacity of DC’s technology community for social good. By day he serves at the White House Office of the Chief Information Officer as a Digital Services Expert, focusing on building open source, open standards, and human centered design practices across government. Matt has also served as the Director of Technology Innovation for DC Government and as a User Experience Manager for the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, where he focused on closing the loop from financial complaints by citizens to the marketplace using open data. He’s an English major and thinks you should be too.

Lane Becker
Strategist

18F

Lane Becker

Strategist

18F
@monstro

Lane is a strategy consultant for 18F, a division of the federal government working to bring modern technology practices to government. Previous to 18F, Lane was Director of Products and Startups at the non-profit Code for America, which provides similar services at the municipal level, and co-founded Adaptive Path, one of the world’s first user experience design firms, as well as Get Satisfaction, an online customer service platform. Lane also co-authored “Get L

Kecia Bertermann

Girl Effect

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Kecia Bertermann

Girl Effect
@girleffect
Kecia Bertermann is Senior Evidence Manager of the Evidence team at Girl Effect. Kecia is a mixed-methods researcher with a focus on adolescent girls and the intersection of digital technologies and behavior change. She oversees the monitoring, evaluation and learning of a portfolio of mobile innovation projects, including the Girl Effect Mobile platform, which reaches 2.4 million girls monthly in 65 countries. She has worked in monitoring and evaluation in Africa and Asia for the past ten years, with a focus on participatory methodologies, GIS and digital measurement and has created innovative tech projects such as the Girl Impact Map. She began her international development career in public health, with a focus on emergency response, community health and post-conflict interventions.

Marissa received her MPA in Development Practice from SIPA at Columbia University in 2014 and her BA in Education Policy and International Development from Boston University in 2008. She is fluent in Spanish and Guarani, with working knowledge of French and Portuguese.

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Vinisha Bhatia-Murdach
Senior Associate, Applied Research
Development Gateway

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Vinisha Bhatia-Murdach

Senior Associate, Applied Research

Development Gateway
Vinisha leads learning and knowledge management at DG, with an emphasis on promoting the use of results data in development decision-making. She is the technical lead for RDI, managing all in-country programming, and also leads DG’s internal MERL processes, to ensure DG can better support clients and partners.

Prior to joining DG, Vinisha worked at Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) on MERL projects across Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. She holds an MA in International Affairs from The New School, and BS in Economics and International Business from University of Wisconsin La Crosse.

Dan Bokar
Analyst, Office of Patient Experience

Cleveland Clinic

Dan Bokar

Dan Bokar

Analyst, Office of Patient Experience

Cleveland Clinic
Dan Bokar is an Analyst in the Office of Patient Experience at Cleveland Clinic. In this role, Dan is responsible for oversight of Cleveland Clinic survey administration processes, educating all caregivers on patient experience content and measurement, conducting thorough analyses of patient feedback to identify key drivers and themes and contributes to organizational efforts around patient experience and patient perception of care research.

Dan has worked at Cleveland Clinic for 12 years with a focus on quality data management and patient experience analytics/research. Dan has presented in many forums and formats on leveraging patient feedback to drive improvement, including the 2014 and 2016 Press Ganey National Client Conference and 2015 RL Solutions National User Group Conference. Additionally, Dan is a regular presenter at Cleveland Clinic’s Patient Experience Leader’s Forum and Executive Visitor’s Program.

David Bonbright
Co-founder & Chief Executive
Keystone Accountability

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David Bonbright

Co-founder & Chief Executive
Keystone Accountability
@davidbonbright

David Bonbright, a human rights lawyer, is co-founder and Chief Executive of Keystone Accountability, an international charity dedicated to bringing Constituent Voice to performance management for social change. In the early 1990s, he created a set of infrastructure organizations to underpin South Africa’s emerging democracy, and has worked in leadership roles at Ashoka, Aga Khan Foundation and Ford Foundation. He is a regular contributor to professional journals, and has authored a number of reports and books. David sits on diverse boards, advisory councils and knowledge networks, including the governing board of CIVICUS Global Alliance for Citizen Participation, which he chaired from 2010- 2013.

Jennifer Bradley
Founding Director
Center for Urban Innovation

Jennifer Bradley

Founding Director

Center for Urban Innovation, Aspen Institute

@JBradley_DC

 

Jennifer Bradley is the Founding Director of the Center for Urban Innovation at the Aspen Institute. The Center was created in 2015 to connect and support leaders from government, business, non-profits and philanthropy who want to drive innovation in America’s cities and metropolitan areas. Prior to joining the Aspen Institute, Jennifer was a fellow at the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program. While at Brookings, she co-authored The Metropolitan Revolution (Brookings Press, 2013) with Bruce Katz. The book, which was widely praised and cited, explains the critical role of metropolitan areas in the country’s economy, society, and politics. She has also spoken widely about urban issues, at The Aspen Ideas Festival, South by Southwest, the Code for America Summit, and Techonomy, and her essays have appeared in Newsweek, The New Republic, The Atlantic Monthly, and Next American City. A former attorney, Jennifer co-authored Supreme Court amicus briefs in cases that affirmed the constitutional powers of local governments and secured greater environmental protections, including the landmark case, Massachusetts v. EPA.

Zack Brisson
Principal
Reboot

Zack Brisson

Zack Brisson

Principal

Reboot
@zbrisson
Zack Brisson is a founder and principal at Reboot, a social enterprise dedicated to inclusive development and accountable governance. A practicing theorist, Zack has extensive experience bringing community-driven, human-centered approaches to policymaking, program design, and implementation.

In his 7 years at Reboot, he has helped the World Bank develop new public financial management diagnostic instruments, advised UNICEF and USAID through processes of organizational transformation, and established Reboot’s first country office in Nigeria. He has worked in some of the world’s most challenging political environments, including post-revolutionary Tunisia, rural Pakistan, the Niger Delta, and Washington D.C. And, ahead of the first elections held in Libya, Zack led the team that assembled and managed a global consortium of 14 subcontractors working on 3 continents, guiding the design and deployment of the world’s first mobile-based voter administration system. Zack served as an advisor to five state and municipal governments as part of the Open Government Partnership’s Subnational Pilot program. And in the home of Reboot’s headquarters, Zack has led projects advising offices of the Mayor of New York City on criminal justice reform and on the creation of a streamlined open records system.

Zack speaks regularly on emerging models of governance and open data and how they can help organizations become more responsive to the communities they serve. He has spoken at conferences including Slush, TedX Carthage, and at the Center for International Development at Harvard University.

Justin Brookman
Director, Consumer Privacy and Technology Policy
Consumers Union

Justin Brookman

Justin Brookman

Director, Consumer Privacy and Technology Policy

Consumers Union
@JustinBrookman

 

Justin Brookman is the Director, Consumer Privacy and Technology Policy, for Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy arm of Consumer Reports. In this new privacy role at CR, he will help the organization continue its groundbreaking work to shape the digital marketplace in a way that empowers consumers and puts their data privacy and security needs first. This work includes using CR research to identify critical gaps in consumer privacy, data security, and technology law and policy, as well as building strategies to expand the use and influence of the new Digital Standard being developed by CR and partner organizations to evaluate the privacy and security of products and services.

Prior to joining Consumers Union, Brookman was Policy Director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Office of Technology Research and Investigation. At the FTC, Brookman conducted and published original research on consumer protection issues raised by emerging technologies such as cross-device tracking, smartphone security, and the Internet of Things. He also helped initiate and investigate enforcement actions against deceptive or unfair practices, including actions against online data brokers and digital tracking companies.

He previously served as Director of Consumer Privacy at the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT), a digital rights nonprofit, where he coordinated CDT’s advocacy for stronger protections for personal information in the United States and Europe.

Brookman also served as an Assistant Attorney General and, later, Chief of the Internet Bureau in the New York Attorney General’s office, where he brought consumer protection actions on a wide range of issues, including privacy, free speech, data security, and net neutrality. He began his career as a litigation associate at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP. He received his J.D. from the New York University School of Law and his B.A. from the University of Virginia.

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Megan Campbell
Manager of Research and Learning
Feedback Labs

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Megan Campbell

Manager of Research and Learning
Feedback Labs
@whereismegan

Megan helps to set the learning objects and agenda for Feedback Labs by helping determine the right questions to ask, and how we should ask them. She manages the blog and other writing, and leads research and experimentation.

A systems design engineer by training, Megan has over a decade of experience promoting adaptive implementation in international development. She lived for five years in Malawi, working with Engineers Without Borders Canada to help national and local government officers experiment and develop new ways to improve water and sanitation service delivery. As Co-Director of EWB’s program in Malawi, Megan focused on finding ways to strengthen formal and informal feedback loops in the Malawian water and sanitation sector. She firmly believes that helping information travel within a system is a key prerequisite for learning and iterative improvement.

Upon her return to Canada Megan took on the management of Engineers Without Borders’ incubation portfolio. In that role, Megan mentored and supported early stage social enterprises working to transform service delivery in Sub-Saharan Africa. More recently, Megan worked with the Global Delivery Initiative secretariat at the World Bank to promote a common language with which to explore service delivery challenges and solutions. Megan is an Action Canada fellow and advisor to Fail Forward, and cheers with futility for the Toronto Blue Jays. She is a graduate of the University of Waterloo and the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.

Philip Chow
Co-founder & CEO
Humanitas

Philip Chow

Co-founder & CEO
Humanitas
@Chow4649

Philip Chow is a technologist, storyteller, and community volunteer. Philip is the co-founder and CEO of Humanitas.AI — a global technology platform empowering youth leaders with the tools and knowledge to create positive, lasting changes for their communities. Previously, he had worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Office of Robert Parker, and FiscalNote — all of which he had focused on US-China philanthropic endeavors. Philip serves on the advisory board of Lean In China — a community of 100,000+ women from 100+ universities & 30+ cities. In Philip’s spare time, he ponders about the intersection of youth empowerment and systems practice. Philip graduated with Honors from Western University, Canada, and had pursued advanced studies at Stanford University and Singularity University.

Kelly Cox
Associate Director, Neighborhood Revitalization
Habitat for Humanity International

Kelly Cox

Associate Director, Neighborhood Revitalization

Habitat for Humanity International

Kelly is the Associate Director of Neighborhood Revitalization, has over 14 years of experience in the nonprofit sector with specialties in research, monitoring and evaluation, program design, and resource development. At Habitat for Humanity International, Kelly supports the Director of Neighborhood Revitalization in program design and implementation, including oversight of partnerships and resources, as well as the integration and dissemination of learnings. Before joining Habitat, Kelly managed a global research study examining the impact of a vertical health program on primary health care and routine immunization, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She has also led targeted approaches to engage donors in the areas of community and economic development, health, education, water and sanitation, and emergency response. Kelly received an MS in Comparative and Cross-cultural Research Methods from the University of Sussex and a BA in International Affairs with a minor in Religious Studies from Georgia State University. As a returned Peace Corps volunteer, she enjoys giving back to local communities and volunteers for People’s First of Henry County, a small nonprofit that strives for fairness and equality for people with disabilities.

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Sasha Dichter

Chief Innovation Officer
Acumen

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Sasha Dichter

Chief Innovation Officer
Acumen
@sashadichter

As Acumen’s Chief Innovation Officer, Sasha oversees Acumen’s work in Leadership and the spread of ideas. This encompasses Acumen’s Lean Data work, the Acumen Fellows Programs, +Acumen and other efforts to help Acumen change the way the world tackles poverty. In his previous role as Acumen’s Director of Business Development, Sasha led global capital raising, including executing a successful $100M capital raise.

Sasha is also a noted speaker and blogger on generosity, philanthropy and social change, the author of the Manifesto for Nonprofit CEOs, and the creator of Generosity Day. His talks have been featured prominently on TED.com, the DO Lectures, SOCAP and other major conferences; he has been recognized as an Innovation Agent by Fast Company magazine; and he has been a contributor to Harvard Business Review, Stanford Social Innovation Review and other leading publications. Sasha also serves on the Executive Committee of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs.

Before Acumen, Sasha worked at GE Money to expand financial offerings to underserved communities globally; at IBM, spearheading the company’s corporate citizenship strategy and launching a leadership program for school administrators; and at the microfinance group of Bank Rakyat Indonesia. Sasha began his career at Booz | Allen | Hamilton consulting to telecommunications companies in Latin America and Europe.

Sasha holds a BA from Harvard College, a Master in Public Administration in International Development from Harvard’s Kennedy School and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Brad Dudding
Chief Operations Officer
Center for Employment Opportunities

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Brad Dudding

Chief Operations Officer
Center for Employment Opportunities
@BradDudding

Brad Dudding’s career has been focused on public and nonprofit management. He is now the COO at the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) where he oversees internal operations, human capital, technology, and evaluation and learning. Prior to joining CEO, Mr. Dudding worked at the NYC Office of Management and Budget and at the New York State Controller’s Office. Brad was educated at Macalester College, University of Missouri (BA, Economics), and Rutgers University (Masters of Urban and Regional Planning). Brad is also currently an adjunct professor at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service teaching a class on performance measurement and management.

Duncan Edwards

Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and Making All Voices Count

Duncan Edwards

Director of Monitoring, Evaluation, & Learning

Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and Making All Voices Count
@duncan_ids

DDuncan Edwards is the Programme Manager for Making All Voices Count’s Research, Evidence and Learning (REL) component at the Institute of Development Studies. His work is focused on building an evidence base in the field of citizen engagement and accountable responsive governance. In this program his interests are in the role of innovation and technology in the governance, voice, transparency and accountability work. Duncan has extensive experience in supporting and understanding the use of research knowledge within the development sector. He led work to open up the IDS’ Eldis and BRIDGE datasets as open data, and working with partner organisations to make use of these, and other, datasets. This involves technical capacity building and helping organizations work through their Theory of Change and how data might play a role in this change. He has particular interests in innovation, data, open government, open knowledge, participation, ICTs, and the role openness can play in the construction and use of knowledge for positive social change.

Brooke Finn
Acting Senior Vice President
NeighborWorks® America

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Brooke Finn

Acting Senior Vice President
NeighborWorks® America

Brooke is the Vice President for Leadership, Evaluation and Peer-Learning for the NeighborWorks Services Group at NeighborWorks® America. In that capacity she leads several service entities of NeighborWorks America with the goal of serving the broader community development field and the NeighborWorks network with innovative and effective tools for strengthening organizations, leaders, programs and ultimately communities. She has served NeighborWorks America in both program and organizational functions, including leading the first office of Program Integration and Planning which launched a corporate performance scorecard and internal cross-divisional and grantee feedback systems. Prior to joining NeighborWorks America Ms. Finn worked in community development in the international sector (Peace Corps Volunteer and Staff) She holds a Masters of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University with a concentration in International Development and a BA in American Studies from Kirkland College. In her “free” time Brooke helps out on her organic herb and flower farm in Salisbury, MA where the feedback loops are more tangible and immediate.

Sasha Fisher
Executive Director, Co-Founder
Spark Microgrants

Sasha Fisher

Executive Director, Co-Founder
Spark Microgrants
@sashadfisher
@SparkMG

Sasha Fisher moved to East Africa in July 2010 and founded Spark MicroGrants to enable remote villages facing poverty to be in control of their own development. Spark has since supported 139 villages across four countries to design and launch their own social impact projects. Sasha holds a BA from the University of Vermont in Studio Art and a self-designed major of Human Security, a paradigm for development that recognizes the rising legitimacy of non-state actors in securing basic human needs.

Kymone Freeman
We Act Radio

Kymone Freeman

Kymone Freeman

We Act Radio
@WeActRadio
@guerillartist

Kymone Freeman is an award winning playwright, founder of the Black LUV Festival WDC Mayor’s Art Award Finalist for Excellence in Service to the Arts in 2006. He is a founding board member for the non-profit Words Beats & Life and co-founder of Bum Rush the Boards the largest annual youth chess tournament in WDC. He is the subject of one chapter of the book Beat of A Different Drum: The Untold Stories of African Americans Forging Their Own Paths in Work and Life (Hyperion). He is a 2010 Green For All Fellow & co-founder of We Act Radio DC’s Best Social Justice Radio Station 2017 by Washington City Paper and 1st Place PRNDI Award winner for his Lion and the Map Commentary with Anacostia Unmapped radio series on NPR their most successful local productions in 2016. He was featured in the most controversial Ebony Magazine in recent history and PBS Online Film Festival for the short film Fresh Prince of Anacostia. Currently he is directing his first feature film Patriotic Treason: The Story of John Brown.

Danielle De Garcia

Social Impact

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Danielle de Garcia

Social Impact
@wssocialimpact

Danielle (Dani) de García is the Director of Performance Evaluation, Innovation, and Learning with Social Impact, where she oversees a portfolio of monitoring, evaluation, and learning contracts. Dani’s recent work includes leading and participating in a number of evaluations and strategic planning engagements for USAID, Carter Center, MasterCard Foundation, MCC, US Department of State, and MacArthur Foundation initiatives around the world. Throughout her career, Dani has provided performance management and organizational development assistance to the World Bank, CATHALAC, and international NGOs; and has worked in more than 25 countries. A lover of social network analysis, adaptive management, participatory methods, and technology, she also has developed and delivered trainings to thousands of governmental, multilateral, and NGO staff around the globe.

Blair Glencorse
Founder and Director
Accountability Lab

Blair Glencorse

Founder and Director

Accountability Lab
@blairglencorse
Blair Glencorse runs the Accountability Lab. The Lab works in communities to make governments more accountable and to open-up civic space- using the arts, media, culture and technology. Blair and his team have done everything from helping to found the first film school in Liberia to monitoring and improving public services in Pakistan to running a global TV show called Integrity Idol to “name and fame” honest government officials. The Lab has also been working on closing feedback loops through Citizen Helpdesks around earthquake and migration issues in Nepal; and on natural resource governance in Liberia. Blair is also the co-founder of the first co-working and innovation space in Liberia and both TEDxMonrovia and TEDxBamako; and an expert on anti-corruption with the World Economic Forum.

Anna Garloch
Director, Inclusive Market Systems
ACDI/VOCA

Anna Garloch

Anna Garloch

Director, Inclusive Market Systems

ACDI/VOCA

Anna Garloch is a Director in the Inclusive Market Systems team within the Technical Learning and Application division at ACDI/VOCA. For over a decade, she has provided project management and technical assistance to agricultural growth programs at ACDI/VOCA, with a focus on facilitation-based approaches and a passion for learning. She previously worked on the AflaSTOP project in Kenya, which took a highly adaptive approach, as documented in its winning case study at USAID/LEARN’s 2015 CLA Competition. She is a co-founder of ACDI/VOCA’s internal CLA Champions Network and is currently developing a CLA Toolkit, designed to support practical application of CLA by ACDI/VOCA field staff and program designers. From 2013-2016, she served as a Component Manager and then Chief of Party on the $21 million Leveraging Economic Opportunities (LEO) contract, a broadly influential USAID research and learning initiative around market systems. Ms. Garloch has worked in 10 countries and has experience working with USAID, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Walmart Foundation.

Stephen C. Goodall
Retired President and CEO
J.D. Power and Associates

Stephen C. Goodall

Stephen C. Goodall

Retired President and CEO

J.D. Power and Associates
Steve Goodall is the retired president and CEO of J.D. Power and Associates, a leading market research firm specializing in customer satisfaction and buyer behavior. He started his career at J.D. Power in 1978 and opened the company’s first satellite office in Detroit, Michigan, in 1988. He was named president in 1996 and served as president and CEO until 2008. During this time, he led J.D. Power’s global expansion and diversification into industries beyond automotive. He oversaw the sale of the company to The McGraw Hill Companies, Inc. in 2005. Currently, Steve serves on the Board of Directors of GuideStar USA Inc., Outsell Inc., and Digital Clarity Group. Steve also serves as the founder and president of a small education-focused charitable foundation. Steve recently completed a one-year Fellowship at Stanford University as part of Stanford’s Distinguished Career Institute. Steve earned an MBA from the University of Southern California and undergraduate degrees in Business Administration and Psychology from California State University, Chico, which honored Steve with its Distinguish Alumni Award in 2017.

Teresa Gorman
Local News Associate
Democracy Fund

Teresa Gorman

Local News Associate

Democracy Fund

 

Teresa Gorman is the Local News Associate in the Public Square Program at the Democracy Fund, a bipartisan foundation working to ensure that our political system is able to withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people. Focusing on a vibrant media and the public square, Teresa supports the Public Square Program’s mission to invest in innovations and institutions that help people understand and participate in the democratic process. Current grantees of the Public Square Program include the Institute for Nonprofit News, the American Press Institute, and the Engaging News Project.

Teresa joined the Democracy Fund in 2016. Previously, Teresa spent her career working at the intersection of public media, local news, and digital media. At AIR (the Association of Independents in Radio), Teresa was the Supervising Producer for Localore: Finding America, an independent public media production of 15 independent producer-led teams. The teams incubated new storytelling models with communities to tell the story of all of America at public radio and television stations across the U.S. Prior to AIR, Teresa was a digital news specialist with NPR’s training team. Training included digital news training program that served dozens of NPR local member stations and hundreds of member station staffers. Previously, Teresa was one of PBS NewsHour’s first ever social media editors. She received her BS in Journalism from Boston University.

Maggie Grieve
Vice President, Success Measures at NeighborWorks America

Maggie Grieve

Vice President, Success Measures
NeighborWorks America

Since Success Measures joined NeighborWorks in 2004, Maggie has directed all aspects of overseeing and scaling the social enterprise. Her work with Success Measures began in 1998 at the McAuley Institute, where she co-directed creation and testing of new collective impact measures for the community development field and helped develop data system to streamline their use by nonprofits and funders.

Prior to working on Success Measures, Maggie was the director of research and evaluation at McAuley and manager of Arlington Virginia’s Neighborhood Improvement Team. She has also provided a range of services to community-based organizations and others to design and implement innovative planning, evaluation, community revitalization and action research initiatives.

Maggie holds a B.A. in American Studies from the University of Minnesota and studied urban planning at the Graduate School of Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania.

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Kelley D. Gulley
Senior Program Officer
James Irvine Foundation

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Kelley D. Gulley

Senior Program Officer
James Irvine Foundation

Kelley joined Irvine’s San Francisco office as a Senior Program Officer in August 2016. She has more than 25 years of experience in community and youth development, workforce development, building capacity in the nonprofit sector, and leading initiatives that engage residents in communities of color throughout the country.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Kelley served as Interim Managing Director/Director of Portfolio Management at the Thrive Foundation for Youth in Menlo Park, California. There she implemented a national grantmaking strategy to support long-term mentoring programs operating in urban areas, resulting in high percentages of students graduating from high school and college, many of whom were first-generation students.

Prior to Thrive, Kelley led two nonprofits as President and CEO: the Indianapolis Private Industry Council (IPIC) in Indiana, and the National Community Development Institute (NCDI) in Oakland. At IPIC, Kelley successfully served and partnered with Republican and Democratic mayors of Indianapolis to create a nonpartisan environment to fully implement the Workforce Investment Act in Central Indiana.

At NCDI, Kelley opened their first Midwest office, managed philanthropy-led community initiatives, and provided the leadership to build capacity for social change in marginalized communities across the nation. Kelley’s faith-based work has included being the Strategic Initiatives Administrator at Eastern Star Church and teaching and preaching as an ordained minister at World Conquerors Church in Oakland.

Kelley graduated from the University of Phoenix, San Jose, with a master’s degree in business administration. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in theology and ministry at Fuller Theological Seminary

Nick Hamlin

Nick Hamlin
Senior Business Intelligence Analyst
GlobalGiving

Nick Hamlin

Nick Hamlin

Senior Business Intelligence Analyst
GlobalGiving
@nicholashamlin

Nick uses GlobalGiving’s data to answer strategic questions, with a special focus on our nonprofit partner data and social impact tracking. In addition to designing and maintaining our GG Rewards algorithm and our fraud protection systems, Nick lives to make GlobalGiving’s data accessible, understandable, and actionable for everyone. Prior to joining GlobalGiving through the ProInspire Fellowship, he worked as a reliability consulting engineer for Fortune 500 companies around the world and held NSF research positions in China and Thailand. Nick holds a Masters of Information and Data Science from UC Berkeley’s School of Information as well as a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a B.A. in History from the University of Rochester. Outside the office, he is a proud folk music street performer, amateur haiku poet, and worm farmer.

Keith Hansen
Vice President, Human Development
World Bank

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Keith Hansen

Vice President, Human Development

World Bank


Keith Hansen is the Vice President for Human Development at the World Bank Group, overseeing the Global Practices for education; health, nutrition, and population; and social protection and labor.

Prior to this appointment, Mr. Hansen was one of the co-vice presidents for all of the Global Practices responsible for the setup and oversight of the Bank Group’s new operating model, which aimed at bringing together the best expertise from across the institution and from partners to help tackle countries’ most complex development challenges. In that role, he was also responsible for the oversight of the Cross-Cutting Solution Areas, which focus the WBG’s efforts and resources on achieving ambitious targets in key priority areas such as gender and jobs.

Mr. Hansen also served as acting vice president for the World Bank’s Human Development Network. He was the human development director for Latin America and the Caribbean, responsible for the Bank’s activities in education; health, nutrition, and population; and social safety nets in the region. Previously, in his role as head of the AIDS Campaign Team for Africa, Mr. Hansen spearheaded the Bank’s renewed approach to the epidemic.

He holds a master of public affairs degree from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, a law degree from Stanford University, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Yale University.

Fagan Harris
President and CEO
Baltimore Corps

Fagan Harris

President and CEO
Baltimore Corps

Fagan Harris is the President and CEO of Baltimore Corps, an organization that enlists talented people in public service and social entrepreneurship in Baltimore City. Harris co-founded the organization with Wes Moore in 2013, and continues to set the organization’s strategic direction and lead its dedicated community of staff, fellows, associates, awardees, visionary cause leaders, and partners.

For his work in social entrepreneurship, Harris was recognized as one of Community Law in Action’s Inspiring Voices (2017, in the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s ‘40 Under 40’ (2016), and in Forbes Magazine’s ‘30 Under 30’ (2015). Harris also has received numerous awards, including fellowships from Echoing Green and The Aspen Institute.

Harris has been featured in the Baltimore Business Journal, on the Roughly Speaking and by The Case Foundation, and has been published in The Baltimore Sun, The Rhodes Trust blog, and The Aspen Journal of Ideas, among others. He also has been a featured speaker at such conferences as MCON, the Social Enterprise Symposium, and Volunteering Untapped.

Harris started his career at College Track, which empowers students from underserved communities to graduate from college. At the Emerson Collective, Harris led the Dream is Now, Inside Out 11m, and staffed the White House Council for Community Solutions. Harris is a graduate of public schools, Stanford University, and the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

Dr. Matthew Hill
Head of Research and Learning
Centre for Youth Impact

Dr. Matthew Hill

Head of Research and Learning
Centre for Youth Impact

Matt leads the Centre’s work evaluating open access youth services. His work develops the latest practice in impact measurement including digital collection of footfall data, systematic user feedback loops, peer-to-peer observations of quality delivery and developing a shared framework for open access provision. Matt also leads the Centre’s partnership with Ambition to co-develop their strategy and approach to embedding meaningful impact measurement, both within Ambition itself and across its membership.

Matt joined the Centre in June 2017 having previously worked within NCVO’s Institute for Volunteering Research specialising in evaluations of youth volunteering programmes including vinvolved, City Year, National Citizen Service and International Citizen Service. He also has a PhD in Social Policy and guest lectures on UCL’s MSc in Public Policy.

Jenny Hodgson
Executive Director
Global Fund for Community Foundations

Jenny Hodgson

Executive Director
Global Fund for Community Foundations
Jenny Hodgson has been the executive director of the Global Fund for Community Foundations (GFCF) since 2006 when the Fund was first established as a pilot project funded by the World Bank, Ford Foundation and Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. She has overseen the development of the organisation from its inception as a pilot project to a fully-fledged global grantmaking fund which has disbursed over U.S. $4 million in grants to over 170 community philanthropy organisations in more than 60 countries. Jenny has worked in the field of philanthropy and development in Uganda, Russia, Kenya, Singapore and Thailand. Jenny has a BA (Hons) in English from Emmanuel College, Cambridge and an MA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins School Advanced International Studies (SAIS). She is based in Johannesburg, South Africa and is on the board of WINGS (Worldwide Initiative on Grantmaker Support) and the African Philanthropy Network.

Angela Hanson
Innovation Strategist
City of Austin’s Office of Innovation

Angela Hanson

Innovation Strategist

City of Austin’s Office of Innovation
@atx_innovation

Angela serves an innovation strategist with the City of Austin’s Office of Innovation by configuring people, teams, tools, and methods to generate innovative paths through the complex systems inherent in the domain of public administration. Angela draws on her formal education in ecosystem science from the University of Minnesota, her previous work directing and planning Austin’s natural systems as the City’s urban forester, and her relentless curiosity to guide others in untangling and transforming public sector challenges.

Yuen Ho
Senior Policy Associate
J-PAL Global

Yuen Ho

Senior Policy Associate
J-PAL Global

Yuen Ho is a Senior Policy Associate at J-PAL Global, where she manages the Governance Initiative (GI), which funds randomized evaluations of interventions designed to improve participation in the political and policy process, reduce corruption and leakages, and improve state capacity. Yuen also manages J-PAL’s Policy Publications and recently published a briefcase on The Role of the VAT for Tax Enforcement. In addition, she supports J-PAL’s policy and research activities in the Middle East and North Africa. Throughout her portfolio, Yuen aims to support the role of evidence in informing policy through active dissemination of research findings. Prior to joining J-PAL, Yuen worked with Innovations for Poverty Action on a randomized evaluation of a budget transparency initiative in Uganda. She has also worked as a consultant for the World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program. Yuen holds an M.A. in International Economics and Relations from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a B.A. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

John Ikeda
Senior Financial Specialist
World Bank

John Ikeda

Senior Financial Specialist
World Bank
@johnkanoikeda

John Ikeda is a Senior Financial Specialist with the World Bank’s Water Global Practice, where his work focuses on commercial finance and private sector innovation in the water sector. Previously, he served as an Agile Fellow in the CEO’s office, where he helped design and lead a transformational change initiative. Prior to joining the World Bank, John was CEO and co-founder of Bluelight – a social enterprise providing mobile consumer finance to low-income households. He holds an MPA/ID degree from Harvard University and an MBA in finance from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Mizuko (Mimi) Ito
Morgridge Family Economic Security Innovator in Residence
University of California, Irvine

Mizuko (Mimi) Ito

Professor & Research Director, Digital Media and Learning Hub
University of California, Irvine
@Roxpwhite

Mizuko Ito is a cultural anthropologist of digital culture and an advocate for connected learning—learning that is youth-centered, interest-driven, hands-on and social. Decades of research on geeks, gamers, fans, activists, and artists has convinced Ito that kids learn best when they are pursuing things they care about with people who get and inspire them. Her co-authored book, Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Youth Living and Learning with New Media describes new opportunities for interest-driven learning fueled by games, social media, and digital tools. In Connected Learning: An Agenda for Research and Design Ito and her colleagues in the Connected Learning Research Network map out how education can embrace today’s technology to make meaningful learning available to all young people; learn more by visiting: http://dmlhub.net/sites/default/files/ConnectedLearning_report.pdf

She is co-founder of Connected Camps that provide online creative learning opportunities for kids in all walks of life. Ito pursues research and educational change as the Research Director of the MacArthur Foundation funded Digital Media and Learning Hub at the University of California Irvine. She is the MacArthur Foundation Chair in Digital Media and Learning and Professor in Residence;

Isabella Jean
Director of Collaborative Learning and Evaluation
CDA

Isabella Jean

Isabella Jean

Co-Director of Collaborative Learning
CDA
@CDALearning

Isabella Jean is the Director of Collaborative Learning and Evaluation at CDA Collaborative Learning Projects. Isabella has led collaborative learning processes and field research in Africa, Asia, Middle East and Caucasus, and co-authored Time to Listen: Hearing People on the Receiving End of Aid. Isabella also co authored practitioner guidance on closing the feedback loop in collaboration with ALNAP. Isabella continues to lead research on feedback loops and supports CDA’s work on peacebuilding evaluation. Internally, Isabella supports CDA’s monitoring and evaluation efforts to capture the results of its initiatives.

Prior to joining CDA, Isabella conducted policy research on conflict, coexistence, democracy and education in multi-ethnic societies. She directed training programs and conducted evaluations of programs for at-risk youth in urban centers in the United States. She currently teaches a graduate-level course on monitoring and evaluation of peacebuilding interventions as an adjunct faculty at Brandeis University’s Heller School.

Isabella holds an MA in Conflict and Coexistence from Brandeis University and a BA from Bowdoin College.

Linda Morris Kelley
Principal and Enterprise Ecologist
Transitioning to Green, LLC

Linda Morris Kelley

Principal and Enterprise Ecologist

Transitioning to Green, LLC

Linda is a Principal and Enterprise Ecologist with Transitioning to Green, LLC. She works at the nexus where big picture vision meets practical implementation to produce sustainable enterprise. She guides individuals and teams to develop the capacity, mindset, presence, and capabilities to lead effective collaborations and bridge gaps between knowing what to do and being able to do it. Working with business and government at various levels, her experience includes leadership development and coaching, systems analysis, project management, and strategic planning. She is a leader in using virtual technologies for collaborative problem-solving, immersive learning, and collective ingenuity. Linda has a BA in Sociology from Bucknell University. Applying her business experience in service of her communities, Linda was on the board of the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts for 15 years, and is currently Resident Chair of the Executive Committee of Berkshire Bridges/Working Cities.

Eliza Keller
Senior Policy Associate
Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)

Eliza Keller

Senior Policy Associate
Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)

Eliza Keller is a Senior Policy Associate on the Political Economy and Governance team at J-PAL. Her work focuses on synthesizing evidence from academic research on effective policies and programs designed to improve citizen participation, reduce corruption, and build state capacity; and helping policymakers and implementing organizations understand how to apply evidence in different contexts. Prior to J-PAL, Eliza worked at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, where she supported partnerships with governments, the US Congress, and civil society organizations to advance MCC’s evidence-based approach to political accountability and good governance. Previously, she served as a community organizer on local and national political campaigns in the United States. She holds an MPA from Columbia University and a BSc from Georgetown University.

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Sakina Khan
Deputy Director for Citywide Strategy and Analysis
DC Office of Planning

Sakina Khan

Sakina Khan

Deputy Director for Citywide Strategy and Analysis
DC Office of Planning
Sakina Khan is the Deputy Director for Citywide Strategy and Analysis at the DC Office of Planning (OP). She oversees the State Data Center, Geographic Information Systems as well as systems planning related to housing, infrastructure, sustainability, transportation and economic development. She is managing the District’s first ever comprehensive Cultural Plan, which is laying out recommendations on how the government and its partners can invest in the people, places, communities and ideas that define culture within the nation’s capital. She also leads OP’s Crossing the Street creative placemaking initiative, working with curators and communities on creating inclusive experiences in neighborhoods undergoing change. She has more than fifteen years of planning experience in the public and private sectors. Prior to joining the Office of Planning, she specialized in socioeconomic assessment of infrastructure projects in economically disadvantaged locations. She is a graduate of MIT, where she earned her master’s degree in city planning.

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Paige Kirby
Senior Engagement and Partnerships Associate
Development Gateway

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Paige Kirby

Senior Engagement and Partnerships Associate
Development Gateway

Paige manages strategic communications, drives innovation work around the SDGs, and supports partnership development at DG. She focuses on ensuring rhetoric translates to reality through effective communication, iteration, and action. Paige has supported technical and applied research projects spanning Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and South Asia.

Before DG, Paige managed NGO client campaigns at a strategic communications firm. She holds a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.

Mike Kubzansky
Partner
Intellectual Capital at Omidyar Network

Mike Kubzansky

Partner

Intellectual Capital at Omidyar Network
@OmidyarNetwork
Mike is a partner at Omidyar Network, where he leads the firm’s Intellectual Capital team, which is responsible for defining investment strategies and conducting market research and analysis that guide our efforts and resources to maximize scale and social impact. Mike’s work spans the firm’s five global initiatives — Education, Emerging Technology, Financial Inclusion, Governance & Citizen Engagement, and Property Rights— as well as broader trends and developments in venture capital, impact investing, and philanthropy. Based in Washington D.C., Mike brings nearly 25 years of experience in both the private and public sectors across emerging markets, in addition to deep expertise in strategy, impact investing, and business focused on the low and lower-middle income markets/mass markets in those countries.

Before joining Omidyar Network, Mike was a partner at Monitor Group (now Monitor Deloitte), where he spent over ten years covering a range of sectors including telecom, satellite, and internet services. In 2007, he co-founded and led the Monitor Inclusive Markets practice, where he led a team that analyzed more than 1,000 innovative market-based approaches to social impact that serve mass market and low income customers, suppliers, and distributors across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Mike also led many sector-based research and consulting efforts in financial services, healthcare, tech/BPO, energy, livelihoods, and impact investing for a range of corporate, investor, and donor clients. His work has been published in several prominent publications including Harvard Business Review, Brookings Institution, Stanford Social Innovation Review, and reports by major U.S. foundations. In between stints at Monitor, Mike worked for the World Bank and IFC for more than five years. At the World Bank, he was part of the East Asia management team and directed the bank’s flagship innovation program, Development Marketplace. At IFC he led a program to encourage south-south investment, and earlier in his career he worked for a start-up company in the telecoms sector.

Mike earned his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree with honors from Brown University.

Mari Kuraishi

Mari Kuraishi
Co-founder and President
GlobalGiving

Mari Kuraishi

Mari Kuraishi

Co-founder and President
GlobalGiving
@mashenka

Mari co-founded GlobalGiving with Dennis Whittle, and currently leads the organization. In 2011, Mari was named one of Foreign Policy’s top 100 Global Thinkers for “crowdsourcing worldsaving.” Before GlobalGiving, she worked at the World Bank where she managed and created some of the Bank’s most innovative projects including the first ever Innovation and Development Marketplaces, and the first series of strategic forums with the World Bank’s president and senior management. Mari also designed a range of investment projects in the Russia reform program, including a residential energy efficiency project, structural adjustment loans, and legal reform project. She currently serves as chair of the board of Guidestar US. She also serves on the board of DataKind, APOPO US, and the Global Business School Network. In addition to her native Japanese, Mari also speaks Russian, Italian, and French. She has an undergraduate degree in history from Harvard University and did graduate work in Russian and Japanese history and politics at Harvard and Georgetown Universities. Mari also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

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Britt Lake
Chief Program Officer
GlobalGiving

Britt Lake

Britt Lake

Chief Program Officer
GlobalGiving
@brittlake

As acting Chief Program Officer, Britt oversees relationships with more than 3,000 nonprofits, including managing all of GlobalGiving’s impact measurement, capacity building work, and disaster relief grantmaking. In addition to almost a decade at GlobalGiving, Britt has worked at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and with a variety of non-profits in Sierra Leone, South Africa, Kenya, and Zimbabwe. Britt holds a B.A. in International Studies from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, a Master’s in International Relations from the University of Cape Town (South Africa), and a Master’s in Public Affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School.

Chris Larkin
Director of Impact
IDEO.org

Chris Larkin

Chris Larkin

Director of Impact

IDEO.org
As Director of Impact, Chris works to bring impact to the fore in IDEO.org’s design process. She supports design teams in development of impact frameworks and leads integration of lean measurement that can rigorously evidence impact at scale.

Prior to joining IDEO.org, Chris led research and evaluation with a number of creative organisations in the fields of international development and social impact. As Director of Evidence at Girl Effect and Research Manager at BBC Media Action, she gained particular experience with media, branded communications and digital approaches to social and behavior change.

Chris holds an MSc in Occupational and Organisational Psychology, and a Bachelor’s in Applied Psychology. She has worked extensively in East Africa and has lived in Dublin, London, Yangon and New York.

Kristin Lindell

Kristin Lindell

USAID Learn

Kristin Lindell

Kristin Lindell

USAID Learn

In her current role on the USAID/LEARN contract, Kristin Lindell manages and facilitates LEARN’s monitoring, evaluation and learning processes, approaches, tools and reporting. Kristin earned an MSc and an MA in Economics and International Development as well as a dual bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Spanish. After finishing her education, she traveled to Panama where she worked with a grassroots non-profit to improve their monitoring and evaluation systems. A year later, Kristin moved to Ethiopia and Kenya with the social venture Nuru International. While there, she mentored and trained local M&E teams to build systems for adaptive management.

Brittany Giroux Lane
Subnational Pilot Program Manager
Open Government Partnership

Brittany Giroux Lane

Subnational Pilot Program Manager
Open Government Partnership
@BrittanyGLane

Brittany is the Program Manager for the Subnational Pilot Program. Her primary focus is to support the OGP pilot of fifteen subnational governments and other local level reformers and civil society organizations to develop and implement ambitious OGP action plans. Prior to joining OGP, Brittany worked at the World Resources Institute and the Urban Institute on issues of local governance, urban planning, and urban service delivery. She holds an MSc in Urban Development Planning from the Development Planning Unit at University College London and a BA in Urban Studies and Politics, Philosophy & Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Jill Lipski Cain
Senior Research Analyst
The Improve Group

Jill Lipski Cain

Senior Research Analyst

The Improve Group
@TheImproveGroup

Jill is a Senior Research Analyst with The Improve Group, an evaluation and research firm in Saint Paul, MN. She is at her best when a complex problem needs to be figured out and solved. With creativity, and a background in social sciences and nonprofits, Jill approaches evaluation with people and their environment as the focus. The work of evaluator, in her view, is helping organizations learn about their role in making the world a better place and where improvement is needed for greater impact. Jill has a Master of Public Policy from The Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Before joining The Improve Group in 2010, she coordinated the sexual assault and relationships violence prevention program at the University of Minnesota’s The Aurora Center. Currently, she is also an instructor in the Department of Human Services at Metropolitan State University.

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Tris Lumley
Director of Development
NPC

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Tris Lumley

Director of Development
New Philanthropy Capital
@trisml

Tris leads NPC’s development of new strategies, partnerships and initiatives to help transform the social sector. He also leads NPC’s fundraising activity to support our research and thought leadership. Working with partners both in the UK and internationally, Tris focuses on both the demand and supply sides of innovation around social impact. His particular interest areas are leadership and culture, as well as frameworks and approaches that put impact at the heart of the social sector, including shared measurement, open data and systems thinking. Tris helped initiate, and now coordinates, the Inspiring Impact programme which aims to embed impact measurement across the UK charity sector by 2022. He is also engaged in international efforts to advance an impact focus in the social sector as a trustee of the Social Impact Analysts Association, as a member of the EU GECES subgroup on impact measurement in social enterprise, the Leap of Reason Ambassadors Community and the Alliance for Effective Social Investing, and as a speaker at international conferences in Europe,Australia and the U.S. Tris has helped build NPC’s approach to sector research, charity analysis, theory of change, impact reporting and shared measurement and has led numerous research projects on subjects including impact measurement, community organisations, social campaigning, refugees, child abuse and older people. Before joining NPC in 2004, he worked in market research and management consulting.

NPC is making a commitment to feedback in the UK as part of its mission to help transform the charity sector for greater impact.

Mary Madden
Researcher
Data & Society

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Mary Madden

Researcher

Data & Society
Mary Madden is a veteran technology researcher, writer and public speaker, having studied trends in American internet users’ behaviors and attitudes for more than a decade. She is currently leading a Data & Society initiative to understand the privacy and security experiences of low-socioeconomic status populations. Supported by a grant from the Digital Trust Foundation, the project will provide freely accessible survey data to researchers working in this area and will seek to answer key questions that can help ground current policy conversations and debates about privacy and security in the digital age.

Mary is also an Affiliate at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University where she has collaborated with the Berkman Center’s Youth and Media Project to apply quantitative and qualitative research methods to study adolescents’ technology use and privacy management on social media. Prior to her role at Data & Society, Mary was a Senior Researcher for the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. She is a nationally recognized expert on privacy and technology, trends in social media use, and the impact of digital media on teens and parents. Mary is also a member of the National Cyber Security Coalition’s Data Privacy Day Advisory Committee and the Research Advisory Committee for the Future of Music Coalition’s Artist Revenue Streams Project.

Haneen Malallah
Knowledge and Learning Advisor

Oxfam America

Haneen Malallah

Haneen Malallah

Knowledge and Learning Advisor

Oxfam America
Haneen Malallah has worked extensively in the social sector in managerial, consulting and advisory capacities. Her engagements include work with multiple international non-governmental organizations based in the US and assignments with entities operating nationally in Jordan and Oman. She is currently serving as the Knowledge, Learning, and Accountability Advisor at Oxfam America where her work focuses on capturing and sharing relevant information internally and externally, promoting reflective learning practices, and supporting strong information architecture. The role provides a linkage between people, technology, and results to best utilize various systems and platforms to encourage knowledge management and sharing practices. In addition, she’s led the process of developing Oxfam’s Responsible Data Policy, guided implementation and adoption of the policy as well as advised in the area of data privacy and security within the INGO sector.

Haneen’s assignments included work in the areas of communications, strategic planning, impact assessment as well as collaboration and capacity building. She started her career in the area of training design and delivery in Amman, Jordan. Additionally, Haneen has been an adjunct faculty at the SIT Graduate Institute as well as Marylhurst University, and she teaches in the areas of human resource management, organizational behavior, organizational theory, intercultural communication, sustainability and social change.

Haneen holds a BA in Psychology, a BS in Communication Studies and an MS in Development Management. She received a Fulbright Scholarship and the King Hussein Peace Scholarship. In addition, she served as an EMDAP in Amman, Jordan.

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Marc Maxmeister
Senior Knowledge Manager
Keystone Accountability

Marc Maxmeister

Marc Maxmeister

Senior Knowledge Manager
Keystone Accountability
@marcmaxson

Marc Maxmeister is a PhD neuroscientist who serves as chief innovator for Keystone Accountability and as innovation consultant for GlobalGiving and FeedbackLabs. He is the architech of FeedbackCommons.org – a system that helps practitioners manage agile feedback loops with the people they serve. It also allows one to create sector benchmarks by merging data sets. Marc helps coordinate the GlobalGiving Storytelling project, an experiment to provide all organizations with a richer, more complex view of the communities they serve found at storylearning.org – and is author of the upcoming book, Storytelling for Change. He is also part of i-team, GlobalGiving’s impact measurement experimenting group. He was formerly a Peace Corps Volunteer in The Gambia and did a Fulbright research project around the impact of computers and the Internet on rural education in West Africa. He has taught graduate-level Neuroscience at Kenyatta University in Kenya and Python to middle school students in London, UK. He blogs at chewychunks.wordpress.com and is the author of several books, including Ebola: Local voices, hard facts (2014) and Trello for Project Management (2015).

Hillary McCall
Business Development and Program Design
Souktel Digital Solutions

Hillary McCall

Hillary McCall

Business Development and Program Design

Souktel Digital Solutions
@hillarygmccall

 

Hillary manages Business Development and Program Design for Souktel Digital Solutions, a custom software and strategic digital solutions company, based in Ramallah, Palestine. Prior to joining Souktel, she served as a Business Development Manager and founding member of the Corporate Partnerships Practice at Chemonics International, supporting the largest private implementer of US international development projects to globally expand corporate client development. She brings a technical background in enterprise development and corporate social responsibility and has worked on projects throughout Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. She holds a B.A. in Communications Studies with an emphasis on International Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility.

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Bethia McNeil
Director
Centre for Youth Impact

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Bethia McNeil

Director
Centre for Youth Impact

Bethia McNeil is Director of the Centre for Youth Impact, a role she has held since its launch in September 2014. Prior to joining the team to set up the Centre, Bethia worked at the Dartington Social Research Unit, the Young Foundation, the National Youth Agency and NIACE (now the Learning and Work Institute), in a variety of policy and research roles.
She has also worked in further and higher education as a teacher and trainer. Bethia is a Clore Fellow and a Senior Visiting Fellow at Nottingham Trent University.

About Centre for Youth Impact

The Centre for Youth Impact is a community of organisations committed to working together to advance thinking and practice in evidence and impact measurement in youth work and provision for young people. The Centre was launched in 2014. Our vision is to ensure all young people have access to high quality programmes and services that improve their life chances, by promoting embedded approaches to impact measurement that directly inform practice. We exist to make this a reality.
The Centre for Youth Impact is committed to feedback because it is critical in helping us to collectively understand how young people experience the impact of informal and non-formal learning in their lives, and to get better at what we do.

Alison Miranda
Senior Learning Officer
Transparency Accountability Initiative

Alison Miranda

Alison Miranda

Senior Learning Officer
Transparency Accountability Initiative
@TAInitiative

@TAInitiative

Alison leads learning strategy and practice at TAI, with a focus on reinforcing donor member learning around priority thematic areas and grant making practice. Prior to joining TAI, Alison managed a global portfolio of democracy and governance impact evaluation and research initiatives at Social Impact, Inc., exploring aspects of local government accountability, citizen electoral and political participation and citizen security. Previously, she worked at the National Democratic Institute where she facilitated program design, monitoring and learning efforts with colleagues, managed in-house evaluation and research initiatives, and led citizen participation and elections programming in El Salvador. Alison holds a Master’s degree from the University of California, San Diego, and a BA in Spanish/International Studies from Washington University in St. Louis.

Jessica Neuwirth
President
ERA Coalition

Jessica Neuwirth

Jessica Neuwirth

President

ERA Coalition

Jessica Neuwirth is an international women’s rights lawyer and activist. She is one of the founders of Equality Now and the founder of Donor Direct Action, an offshoot project created to support front line women’s rights organizations around the world. She is also a founder of the new ERA Coalition, mobilizing a renewed effort to get the Equal Rights Amendment into the United States Constitution, and the author of Equal Means Equal, Why the Time for the ERA is Now.

Jessica holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. in History from Yale University. She has worked for the human rights organization Amnesty International, for the Wall Street law firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, and for the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs, as well as the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, where she served as Director of the New York Office.

Jessica also served as a special consultant on sexual violence to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in the Akayesu judgment holding that rape is a form of genocide, and again worked for the Rwanda Tribunal on the Media judgment holding print and radio media accountable for their role in the Rwandan genocide. More recently she directed the legal team that drafted the judgment of the Special Court for Sierra Leone convicting former Liberian President Charles Taylor of war crimes and crimes against humanity. As a guest lecturer, Jessica has taught international women’s rights at Harvard Law School.

Timothy Nourse
President
Making Cents

Timothy Nourse

Timothy Nourse

President

Making Cents
Timothy Nourse is a financial inclusion specialist with over twenty years’ experience building the capacity of institutions to serve vulnerable populations and the capability of excluded groups to utilize services effectively. He has helped banks, microfinance institutions and savings group promoters to understand new market segments and develop appropriate credit and savings products for them. Tim has also designed in-person and on-line coaching and training models that provide different vulnerable groups with the support they need to begin savings and borrow when appropriate. His work spans both easier to reach adult and urban populations, as well as more difficult rural, ex-combatant, refugee and youth clients who require more tailored solutions. Outside of direct implementation work, Tim has led knowledge management activities that develop industry knowledge and best practices, including serving as acting Chief of Party and IDIQ manager for Youth Power Learning, USAID’s leading youth development learning activity. At Making Cents International, Tim serves as President, managing overall operations, implementing the company-wide strategic plan, and serving as Technical Director for Making Cents’ financial services portfolio.

Karimah Nonyameko
Organizational Development Consultant
Habitat for Humanity International

Karimah Nonyameko

Organizational Development Consultant

Habitat for Humanity International
@karimah123

Karimah is the Community Development Subject Matter Expert/Organizational Development Consultant for Habitat for Humanity International. Through HFHI, Karimah provides consultation, technical support, and training to build the community development competencies of affiliates and affiliate services staff. Karimah works with HFHI to develop numerous relevant, cutting edge community development resources and tools for HFHI staff and affiliates. Before joining the staff of HFHI in 2014, Karimah worked for 17 years as a national organizational development trainer, coach and consultant working to strengthen the organizational structures and strategies of non-profit groups, community based organizations and progressive grant making foundations. Karimah spent over two decades in the community development sector, focusing on helping organizations strengthen their leadership and management skills, creating realistic long-term strategic plans, developing sustainable neighborhood revitalization strategies and ensuring community engagement.

Karimah is a native of Charleston, SC. She worked as a community organizer before training and consulting. She organized in every region of the U.S., building relationships among people and working around a variety of issues including, neighborhood improvement, housing, community economic development, community safety, police accountability and youth issues.

Karimah co-founded Change Work consulting, Inc., a group of trainers and educators which helped to build over 100 strong organizations that build strong, sustainable communities and work for positive change in communities across the US. She is a former board member of The Peace Development Fund, The Saguaro Activist Grant making Board of the Funding Exchange, and The Center for Community Change’s “Lifting New Voices project.” She also served as a board Chair of the Southern Empowerment Project and on the coordinating committee of the Southern Organizational Development Initiative. She currently lives in Summerville, South Carolina with her husband Anthony and two sons Jelani and Jordan.

Veronica Olazabal
Director of Measurement, Evaluation and Organizational Performance

The Rockefeller Foundation

Veronica Olazabal

Veronica Olazabal

Director of Measurement, Evaluation and Organizational Performance

The Rockefeller Foundation
Veronica Olazabal, Director of Measurement, Evaluation and Organizational Performance at The Rockefeller Foundation is an award-winning impact measurement and management expert with a professional portfolio ranging 15 years and four continents (Africa, Asia, North and South America). Previously, she led social impact measurement and evaluation at the MasterCard Foundation, social venture Nuru International and non-profits the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and the Food Bank for New York City. Ms. Olazabal serves on the American Evaluation Association’s (AEA) Board of Directors and is founder of AEA’s Social Impact Measurement (SIM) Group. Ms. Olazabal holds a B.A. in Communications and master’s degree in Urban Policy and Planning from Rutgers University, and is acquiring her M.A. in SocioCultural Anthropology from Columbia University. She is a frequent contributor to ICT Works and AEA365 with recent publications including Situating the Next Generation of Impact Measurement and Evaluation for Impact Investing published by The Rockefeller Foundation.

Sarah Orton-Vipond
Engagement and Partnerships Associate
Development Gateway

Sarah Orton

Sarah Orton

Engagement and Partnerships Associate
Development Gateway

Sarah works to promote efficiency and effectiveness through data uptake and technology use. She led Development Gateway’s Results Data Initiative in Sri Lanka and focuses on what makes data use champions “tick”. Beyond results data use, Sarah supports DG’s open contracting program, as well as engagement and partnerships. Prior to DG, Sarah worked with Nuru International, a locally-led organization that equips local leaders with tools and knowledge to lead their communities out of extreme poverty.

Julie Peachey
Director
Innovations for Poverty Action

Julie Peachey

Director
Innovations for Poverty Action

Julie Peachey serves as a Director at Innovations for Poverty Action where she oversees the PPI®, a household-level poverty measurement tool used by hundreds of organizations around the world to measure their reach and impact on poor and low-income households. Ms. Peachey has more than 20 years’ business and non-profit experience, including 15 years in international development with a focus on financial inclusion and social performance management. Her accomplishments include establishing and serving on the board of a social business in India, transforming a credit-focused rural bank into a savings-led institution in the Philippines, and playing a key role in raising $25 million in private equity for a technology company. Ms. Peachey started her career as a public accountant at KPMG and holds an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Carolyn Powers
Program Officer, Global Initiatives

Internews

Carolyn Powers

Carolyn Powers

Program Officer, Global Initiatives

Internews

 

Valerie Threlfall

Christine Prefontaine
Co-Founder
Loup.Design

Valerie

Christine Prefontaine

Co-Founder
Loup.Design

Christine is a multidisciplinary strategist working across sectors on projects that advance social and economic development. She is the co-founder of Loup.Design, a consultancy that helps teams listen to, learn from, and create with the people they serve. Most recently, she has been working with the Mozilla Foundation to develop StoryEngine.io, a feedback loop to systematically collect, analyze, and leverage insights emerging from its network. She has also worked as an open innovation advisor for the World Bank Innovation & Entrepreneurship practice and as a human-centred design expert for the International Finance Corporation’s Gender Secretariat.

Diana Picon
Consultant
Mercy Corps

Diana Picon

Consultant

Mercy Corps

@mercycorps

 

Diana Picon is a monitoring, evaluation, learning, and knowledge management consultant for complex economic development, resilience, and public health programs. She was recently the monitoring, evaluation, and learning advisor for a large USAID-funded complex resilience and markets project in Ethiopia (PRIME), where she developed a reporting system for ten national and international project partners, while leading learning, monitoring, and evaluation activities at different levels. Prior to that, she coordinated monitoring and evaluation projects for neglected tropical diseases in South Sudan and malaria control and elimination in Southeast Asia, and worked on communications for the World Health Organization immunization program in Latin America.

Linda Raftree
Independent Consultant, Co-Founder
MERL Tech and Technology Salon

Linda Raftree

Independent Consultant, Co-Founder

MERL Tech and Technology Salon
@meowtree

Linda Raftree supports strategy, program design, research, and technology in international development initiatives. She co-founded MERLTech in 2014 and Kurante in 2013. Linda advises Girl Effect on digital safety, security and privacy and supports the organization with research and strategy. She is involved in developing responsible data policies for both Catholic Relief Services and USAID. Since 2011, she has been advising The Rockefeller Foundation’s Evaluation Office on the use of ICTs in monitoring and evaluation. Prior to becoming an independent consultant, Linda worked for 16 years with Plan International. Linda runs Technology Salons in New York City and advocates for ethical approaches for using ICTs and digital data in the humanitarian and development space. She is the co-author of several publications on technology and development, including Emerging Opportunities: Monitoring and Evaluation in a Tech-Enabled World with Michael Bamberger. Linda blogs at Wait… What? and tweets as @meowtree.

Melissa Rivera
Organizational Development Consultant
Habitat for Humanity International

Melissa Rivera

Organizational Development Consultant

Habitat for Humanity International
@mrivera1102

Melissa is an Evaluation Consultant/Organizational Development Consultant with Habitat for Humanity International. At HFHI, she consults with Habitat affiliates and their partners on monitoring and evaluation strategies to influence the importance of making data-based decisions. Melissa has over 16 years of experience in research, evaluation, performance monitoring, and strategic planning. Prior to joining HFHI, she served as a Director of Evaluation and Research for a non-profit organization, where she developed national standardization tools, training, monitoring and oversight, and evaluated the impact of a national evidence-based program impact on adolescents’ resiliency skills, based on funds provided by the Department of Defense. She has managed quasi-experimental research studies and evaluations at both the state and national levels. Melissa has a MA in Interpersonal Communication and has received numerous certifications from The Evaluator’s Institute at Claremont Graduate University.

Jean-Louis Sarbib
Chief Executive Officer
Development Gateway

Jean-Louis Sarbib

Chief Executive Officer
Development Gateway

Jean-Louis Sarbib is currently Chief Executive Officer at Development Gateway, an international nonprofit social enterprise with the mission to reduce poverty in developing nations by improving aid effectiveness, governance, and transparency through information technology. Mr. Sarbib joined the board of the Development Gateway in 2004 and was elected chair in 2008. In March 2009, the board asked him to serve as chief executive officer.

From 1980 to 2006, Mr. Sarbib was at the World Bank where he occupied a number of senior positions. From 1996 to 2000, Mr. Sarbib was the World Bank’s Vice President for Africa and from 2000 to 2003, the Vice President for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). His last position (2003 – 2006) was as Senior Vice President for human development, with global responsibilities for the World Bank activities in education, health, social protection, and HIV/AIDS.

Upon leaving the Bank, Mr. Sarbib joined Wolfensohn & Company as a managing director from October 2006 to March 2009. A French national, Mr. Sarbib serves on the boards of World Links for Development, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, The International Center for Conciliation, and FXB International. He served on the board of GAVI (the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization) from 2003 to 2009, the board of UNESCO’s International Institute for Education Planning from 2003 to 2006, chaired the governing board of the UNESCO Institute of Statistics (2004-2006), and represented the World Bank at Head of Agency level at the UN-AIDS Committee of Co-Sponsoring Agencies. He has taught at Georgetown University (2008-2010), and served as senior non-resident fellow at the Brookings Institution (2006-2010) and adviser to James Wolfensohn (2006-2010).

Mr. Sarbib graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris, before going on to the University of Pennsylvania for a master’s degree in city and regional planning. After working for the French Ministry of Industry as Deputy Director of the Groupe de Reflexion sur les Stratégies Industrielles (GRESI), he returned to teach in the United States, at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

In 2006, Mr. Sarbib was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso, and received a Lifetime Award for Diversity and Inclusion by the World Bank. He received numerous honors from the countries where he worked.

Brett Sedgewick
Director of Development Services
Global Communities

Brett Sedgewick

Director of Development Services

Global Communities
@BrSedg

 

Brett Sedgewick helped lead Global Communities’ multifaceted Ebola response in Liberia, which won acclaim from President Obama and many others as having been a key component in that country’s successful fight against the 2014-2015 outbreak. He has designed and implemented projects in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Ghana, India, Liberia, Mongolia, Nepal, Nigeria, and South Sudan. Mr. Sedgewick was Global Communities’ Country Director in Liberia where he focused on water and sanitation, private sector development, urban services and youth livelihoods. Previously, he was Vice President for the foundation attached to India’s association of IT companies, NASSCOM, where he developed partnerships between corporate members and civil society. Earlier in his career, Mr. Sedgewick worked with Chemonics International, implementing large-scale USAID-funded agribusiness projects in Afghanistan. He also worked with the World Bank developing large-scale infrastructure interventions in China and Mongolia.

Nicolas Seris
Technical Specialist, Client Responsiveness
International Rescue Committee

Nicolas Seris

Technical Specialist, Client Responsiveness

International Rescue Committee

Nicolas Séris has over fifteen years of experience managing development and humanitarian aid programmes and works as the Client Responsiveness Specialist at the International Rescue Committee since June 2017. Between 2010 and 2017, Nicolas led Transparency International (TI) Global Humanitarian aid integrity programme geared to strengthen transparency, integrity and accountability in humanitarian operations. He previously spent years in several countries in Africa and the Middle East managing humanitarian operations for International Humanitarian NGOs before joining TI International Secretariat in Berlin as a senior programme coordinator in the Africa and Middle East Department in 2008. Nicolas lives and works in Nairobi, Kenya since 2010 and holds a Master Degree in Development and Crisis Management studies from Sorbonne University, Paris.

Bryan Simmons
Vice President Communications
Arcus Foundation

Bryan Simmons

Bryan Simmons

Vice President Communications

Arcus Foundation
Bryan has more than 30 years of global experience in communications, brand management, and integrated marketing campaign development. He began his career at Strayton Advertising and Public Relations (later the Advanced Technology Division of Hill & Knowlton). Bryan held a number of executive positions in Marketing and Communications at Lotus Development Corporation and IBM Corp., including Vice President, IBM Americas, Vice President of Global Industry Communications, and Vice President of Marketing, IBM Lotus Software. He also launched IBM’s global alumni program and led the planning for IBM’s Centennial. He has served on the boards of Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, ACLU Massachusetts, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts and Harvard Magazine. Bryan earned a bachelor’s degree in European History from Harvard College in Cambridge, MA.

María Soledad Gattoni
Subnational Researcher, City of Buenos Aires
Open Government Partnership

Maria Soledad

María Soledad Gattoni

Subnational Researcher, City of Buenos Aires

Open Government Partnership

 

María Soledad Gattoni is the Subnational Researcher for the City of Buenos Aires at the Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) of OGP. She is an experienced consultant and researcher in the areas of open government, transparency and good governance with a particular focus in the Latin American region. She is also an Associate Research Fellow at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) and she is currently working as an external consultant for Transparency International. Previously, she has worked as a consultant for the Argentinian National Planning Ministry and the UNDP, she has been a Fulbright fellow and received scholarships from the Deutscher Akademischer Austaushdienst (DAAD), the Carolina Foundation and the CONICET. She holds a PhD in Social Sciences from University of Buenos Aires (UBA), a Master Degree in Political Science from the University of Salamanca (USAL) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from UBA.

Roy Steiner
Senior Director
Omidyar Network

Roy Steiner

Senior Director

Omidyar Network
@roysteiner

As the senior director of the Intellectual Capital team, Roy is focused on enabling the Omidyar Network to become a highly innovative and effective learning organization. Roy works across all regions and initiatives, working closely with both the board and the management team. His work focuses on helping the firm achieve its learning objective at all levels – ranging from external trends and environmental shifts, to testing our theories of change to social impact considerations to internal operational activities, and many facets in between

Prior to joining Omidyar Network Roy served for nearly a decade at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as a deputy director and founding member of the agricultural development Initiative in the foundation’s global development program. Previous to the Gates Foundation Roy spent 8 years in Africa where he was founder and CEO of Cyberplex Africa, one of the largest web development and knowledge management companies in southern Africa. Early in his career, Roy was an original founder and managing director of Africa Online, where he pioneered the delivery of Internet service in Zimbabwe. Furthermore, Roy was a senior manager of CH2MHill and a founding member of CH2MHill’s Strategies Group, which focused on assisting large corporate clients in strategically managing key environmental engineering and water management issues. Roy also has served McKinsey & Co both as a consultant early in his career and most recently as a senior advisor.

Roy holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in agricultural and biological engineering with minors in economics and International development from Cornell University. He also holds two B.S. degrees in both mechanical engineering and biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Max Stearns
Program Director
City of Boston Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics

Max Stearns

Max Stearns

Program Director

City of Boston Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics

Max is a program director in the City of Boston’s Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics and former interim-director of the Mayor’s Housing Innovation Lab. He is passionate about designing and building tools with public purpose and believes in the power of intentional design to empower communities to thrive on their own terms. He also enjoys designing and building furniture, but can only do that as his side hustle. Max is fascinated by the complexity of people, spaces, infrastructure, resources and the network of interactions created between them all. Max’s background is in community development, affordable home construction, and neighborhood support. He also has a history as a fencer and, at one point, was 8th in the world. This skill is only rarely applied as part of the Mechanics. Max holds a BA in Political Science from The Ohio State University.

Marissa Strniste
Director of Monitoring, Evaluation, & Learning
The Hunger Project

Marissa Strniste

Director of Monitoring, Evaluation, & Learning

The Hunger Project
@MarissaStrniste

Marissa joined The Hunger Project staff in 2015, though she has worked as an intern and consultant since 2013. As Interim Director of Monitoring, Evaluation, & Learning, she is responsible for developing, designing, and managing The Hunger Project’s global MEL processes. Prior to joining The Hunger Project, Marissa served as a Peace Corps Volunteer for three years in Paraguay and Costa Rica, working primarily on literacy and education projects in rural communities. She has also worked on evaluating health outcomes in New York City with Doctors of the World, analyzing results of early education programs in South Asia with the International Rescue Committee, devising mobile data solutions with the Millennium Village Project in Uganda, and developing literacy curriculum with Yspaniola in the Dominican Republic.

Marissa received her MPA in Development Practice from SIPA at Columbia University in 2014 and her BA in Education Policy and International Development from Boston University in 2008. She is fluent in Spanish and Guarani, with working knowledge of French and Portuguese.

Matt Thompson
Co-founder
Loup.Design

Matt Thompson

Co-founder
Loup.Design
@OpenMatt

Matt is a 2017 Mozilla Fellow, agile trainer, and author of the forthcoming book Working Open: the 7 habits of great teams. He’s the former Senior Director of the Mozilla Foundation, a Webby Award-winning open internet activist, and co-founder of Loup, a consulting firm focused on the power of deep listening, feedback, and storytelling for good.

Valerie Threlfall

Valerie Threlfall
Project Lead
Threlfall Consulting

Valerie

Valerie Threlfall

Project Lead
Threlfall Consulting

Valerie Threlfall is Project Lead for the Listen for Good initiative of the Fund for Shared Insight. In this role, she is guiding the design of the Listen for Good offering and leading all grantee support efforts for the initiative. Valerie is an independent consultant focused on strategy development and performance measurement design for nonprofit organizations. Most recently, Valerie served as founding director of the Center for Effective Philanthropy’s (CEP) YouthTruth project, scaling the project from an idea to a nationally recognized survey and data analysis organization capturing youth perspectives. More than 85 percent of participating educators report using the student feedback gathered through YouthTruth to inform their programmatic and policy decisions. Under Valerie’s tenure, YouthTruth surveyed more than 125,000 students from 210 schools around the United States. Prior to joining CEP, Valerie was part of the core business team that built a successful start-up biotechnology company, Momenta Pharmaceuticals (publicly traded, $750MM at peak).

james tinker

James Tinker
Manager of Corporate Measurement
TechnoServe

james tinker

James Tinker

Manager of Corporate Measurement
Techno Serve

James manages TechnoServe’s Corporate Measurement system which aggregates, analyzes, and shares out the impact data from across its 29 countries of operation. In this role, James also supports capacity building in M&E and fostering a culture of “managing to impact” across the organization. He joined TechnoServe’s DC office after three years in East Africa and South Asia. James’ career focus of helping programs and policy achieve higher impact through better utilization of data is heavily influenced by his first decade of professional experience in the fishing industry, public school system, and US Forest Service.

Chloe Tomlinson
Strategy Director
Spark MicroGrants

Chloe Tomlinson

Strategy Director

Spark MicroGrants
@chloe_tom
Chloe serves as Strategy Director at Spark MicroGrants, where she’s worked with teams across Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi to design an approach for strengthening local democracy and catalyzing ongoing collective action in remote rural villages. She led the development of Spark’s training program and expansion of the model to central and west Africa. She is passionate about opening opportunities for communities of all types to drive local change.

Johannes Tonn
Director of Programs & Partnerships
Global Integrity

Johannes Tonn

Director of Programs & Partnerships

Global Integrity
@duncan_ids

Johannes joined Global Integrity in April 2013 and leads a number of research projects, methodology thinking and partnership efforts. Prior to joining Global Integrity he worked on a variety of governance projects, including social accountability-focused grassroots work with the Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF) and supporting the decentralization process in Ecuador with the German Development Corporation (GIZ). Before moving to DC, Johannes worked for the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in Nigeria, facilitating the implementation of a community-resilience project in the Niger Delta. Johannes obtained his Masters in political science, economics and international law at Heidelberg University, Germany, concentrating on the political economy of coordination processes within international organizations.

Brian Trelstad
Partner
Bridges Fund Management

Brian Trelstad

Partner
Bridges Fund Management

Brian Trelstad is a Partner at Bridges Fund Management, a specialist impact investment fund with $1B under management entirely dedicated to impact and sustainable investing. Brian became a partner at Bridges in the fall of 2012 and raised a $65M fund to invest in businesses that operate in or serve underserved communities in the United States in the themes of health, education and sustainability. Until January 2012, Brian Trelstad was the Chief Investment Officer of Acumen, a social investment fund investing in innovative social enterprises in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa delivering critical health, water, energy, agriculture and education services to the base of the pyramid. Prior to Acumen Fund, Brian was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company and worked at the Corporation for National Service. He has a BA in Social Studies from Harvard College, an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, and a Masters in City and Regional Planning from the University of California at Berkeley.

Fay Twersky

Fay Twersky
Senior Director
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Fay Twersky

Fay Twersky

Senior Director
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Fay Twersky is Director of the Effective Philanthropy Group at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. She oversees five functions including cross-foundation strategy support, evaluation and organization learning as well as grantmaking in support of organizational effectiveness and a strong philanthropic sector. Twersky spent 2010–2011 working in Jerusalem, advising Yad Hanadiv (the Rothschild Family Foundation).

Twersky served for four years as Director and member of the leadership team of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, designing and developing the Impact Planning & Improvement division. She was also a founding principal of BTW – Informing Change, a strategic consulting firm.

Twersky has authored many articles and reports. Recently, she published “The Artful Juggler,” in the Stanford Social Innovation Review on what it takes to be a successful Foundation Chief Executive Officer. She was principal author of Listening to Those Who Matter Most, the Beneficiaries and A Guide to Actionable Measurement. Twersky is a member of the board of directors for The Center for Effective Philanthropy and the UBS Optimus Foundation in Zurich, Switzerland. She serve on the Curriculum Advisory Committee for Philanthropy University, a newly launched Massive Open Online Course offered in collaboration with UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, Twersky holds two bachelor’s degrees in Rhetoric and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Carolyn Valli
Executive Director
Habitat for Humanity, Central Berkshire

Carolyn Valli

Executive Director

Habitat for Humanity, Central Berkshire
@HabitatBRK

Carolyn is the Executive Director of Central Berkshire Habitat. She has been leading Central Berkshire Habitat since 2007. Under her leadership, the Board has grown, financial training has been improved, a ReStore has been established, and many more individuals and families have been housed. She has been a lead proponent of improving access to services for under-resourced Pittsfield residents and for using homeownership as a critical tool in breaking the cycle of generational poverty making Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity one of the area’s most effective organizations in breaking the cycle of poverty. Central Berkshire Habitat has been recognized for its community revitalization and for its use of feedback loops to improve services and ensure that “the people we seek to help” are engaged in helping to shape programs and services. She is also one of the leaders in Pittsfield’s Berkshire Bridges; Working Cities Challenge effort. Prior to her work with Habitat, Ms. Valli served as Executive Vice President of Accessible Mortgage Corporation and is a graduate of the Harvard Non-profit leadership Program, Unsung Heroine of the Year, and has won numerous citations from the Massachusetts Senate and House for her community work.

Laura Walker McDonald

Laura Walker McDonald
Chief Executive Officer
Social Impact Lab

Laura Walker McDonald

Laura Walker McDonald

Chief Executive Officer
Social Impact Lab
@techladylaura

As the Chief Executive Officer of the Social Impact Lab Foundation, Laura supports organizations around the world to use mobile technology to transform their work. Drawing on her expertise in humanitarian aid, human rights law and international development, she brings a cross-disciplinary approach to communications, innovation and information management. Laura writes and speaks about SIMLab’s work, and mobile for social change more generally, contributing to technical resources and journals with understandings of good practice in applied mobile communications, with a particular focus on humanitarian aid, and quality and accountability. Before coming to SIMLab, Laura worked for the British Red Cross on international humanitarian policy and learning, focussed on quality and accountability, innovation, urbanisation, cash transfer programming and civil-military relations, as well as strategic planning. Laura holds an LL.B (Hons) in Law, French and German from the University of the West of England, Bristol, and an LL.M in International Development Law and Human Rights from Warwick University.

sean mcdonald

Sean McDonald
CEO
FrontlineSMS

sean mcdonald

Sean McDonald

CEO
FrontlineSMS
Sean Martin McDonald is the CEO of FrontlineSMS. Frontline helps thousands of organizations reach tens of millions of people with the information, good, and services they need most. Sean has spent a decade at the intersection of international law, technology, and social impact services. He is the author of Ebola: A Big Data Disaster. Sean is an affiliate with Harvard University’s Berkman-Klein Center and an advisor to the Center for Internet & Society, Digital Democracy, DoSomething.org, ECPAT USA, the Environmental Peacebuilding Institute, TechChange, and UNDP. Sean is a lawyer, with a J.D./M.A. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University.

Merrick Schaefer

Merrick Schaefer
Digital Health Lead, US Global Development Lab
USAID

Merrick Schaefer

Merrick Schaefer

Digital Health Lead, US Global Development Lab

USAID
@unimps


Merrick Schaefer is the Digital Health Lead at USAID’s innovation lab, the US Global Development Lab, where he helps develop the agencies digital health strategy and supports Missions use of the emerging technologies. Over the last two years he led the Lab’s Ebola efforts in using technology to improve disaster response and recovery. His career has focused on the intersection of technology and international development. Before joining the USAID he was a Senior Innovation Specialist at the World Bank and an mHealth Specialist at UNICEF where he was a founding member of the UNICEF Innovation Team. For the first decade of his career he was a software developer in the private sector. His work ranges from strategic program design to managing software development, as well as implementing programs in the field and the monitoring & evaluation of ICT4D projects. Two defining projects of his career were managing the development of the RapidSMS software framework and leading Programme Mwana in Zambia, one of the first mHealth programs to be scaled nationally.

Gayle Smith

Gayle Smith
President and CEO
ONE Campaign

Gayle Smith

Gayle Smith

President and CEO

ONE Campaign
@GayleSmith ‏
@ONECampaign ‏


Gayle E. Smith is the President and CEO of the ONE Campaign. She served as a top advisor on development issues for two American presidents and is one of the world’s leading experts on global development. She brings an unparalleled expertise on development and democracy issues, and an extraordinary network of relationships across the African continent and around the world. In her most recent role, Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, Smith led a staff of more than 10,000 people working to end extreme poverty, foster sustained and inclusive economic growth, and promote resilient, democratic societies all over the world. Smith had previously served as special assistant to President Obama and senior director for development and democracy at the National Security Council, and as special assistant to President Clinton and senior director for African affairs at the National Security Council. Before her work on the NSC Smith founded the sustainable security program at the Center for American Progress, and co-founded the ENOUGH project and the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network. She also worked as a journalist and with NGOs in Africa for more than 20 years. Smith is originally from Bexley, Ohio and earned a B.A. from the University of Colorado.

Michael Thatcher
President & CEO
Charity Navigator

Michael Thatcher

Michael Thatcher

President & CEO
Charity Navigator


Michael provides direction and leadership at Charity Navigator as they strive to guide intelligent giving and advance a more effective and responsive philanthropic marketplace in which donors and the charities they support work in tandem to overcome the world’s most persistent challenges.

Prior to joining Charity Navigator Michael spent more than 15 years with Microsoft, the last 10 of which as their Public Sector Chief Technology Officer (CTO) responsible for technology policy initiatives and engagements with government and academic leaders in the Asia, Middle-East and Africa. Based in Singapore from 2010-15, he led a team of nationally focused CTOs and technical development strategists across greater Asia.

Over the years Michael has held various board seats within the nonprofit sector focused on humanitarian issues, the arts, the environment and information technology standards development. His experiences also include technically supporting oceanographic research for Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and co-founding and directing the international performing arts organization, Dance Music Light. He holds several patents in enterprise systems management and has a degree in Music from Columbia University in New York.

Clarence Wardell III
Director of Repurposing for Results
What Works Cities

Clarence Wardell III

Director of Repurposing for Results
What Works Cities

Clarence Wardell III is the Director of Repurposing for Results for the What Works Cities Initiative. He was most recently a member of the U.S. Digital Service at the White House, where he led strategy and product management across several of the team’s projects. In that role he also co-led the White House Police Data Initiative, an effort aimed at using open data as a means to increase trust and engagement between law enforcement and the communities they serve. Prior to joining the U.S. Digital Service, Clarence served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow from 2014-2015
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Clarence is a researcher and social entrepreneur who is passionate about using technology to increase and enhance civic engagement. Previously, Clarence was a Research Scientist with CNA Corporation’s Safety & Security group, where he provided analytical support to emergency management and law enforcement organizations to improve response outcomes. Alongside his work at CNA, Clarence has developed several civic-focused software products and conducted research in the online charitable giving space. In 2012, he co-founded tinyGive, a social media-based microphilanthropy platform that was acquired in 2016.
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Clarence holds a B.S.E. in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Roxane White
Morgridge Family Economic Security Innovator in Residence
Aspen Ascend, Aspen Institute

Roxane White

Morgridge Family Economic Security Innovator in Residence
Aspen Ascend, Aspen Institute
@Roxpwhite

Roxane White is a member of the Aspen Ascend team serving as the Morgridge Family Economic Security Innovator in Residence and is a member of the U.S. Mobility from Poverty Partnership. Prior to this, she was the CEO of Nurse-Family Partnership where she led innovation and growth of the evidence-based home visitation program which serves parents and children in over 40 States and 6 Tribal Nations. While at Nurse-Family Partnership, she created the first Maternal and Child Pay for Success project in U.S., expanded reach and secured a major investment from Blue Meridian Partners. From 2009-2014, she served as Chief of Staff for Colorado Governor Hickenlooper and the City of Denver where she led innovations in homelessness, prison reform, Medicaid and Child Welfare. From 2003-2008, she led the Denver Department of Human Services. She also spent 20 years working with homeless youth. Finally, Roxane serves as a Trustee for the Rose Community Foundation and the Garrett Evangelical Seminary

katherine zavala

Katherine Zavala
Regional Director, Latin America
Thousand Currents

katherine zavala

Katherine Zavala

Regional Director, Latin America
Thousand Currents
@1000currents

A native of Peru, Katherine Zavala leads Thousand Currents’ programs in Latin America and has played a leading role in amplifying innovative local models and solutions in women’s rights, food sovereignty, and economic justice to key philanthropic audiences in U.S. and Europe, including millennials and diaspora groups. She is an experienced alliance-builder, connecting organizations to share analysis, take joint action, and advance multiple pathways for social justice. Katherine has worked alongside AFEDES, an indigenous women-led organization in Guatemala (and a Thousand Currents partner), for 5 months to support their economic empowerment program; and spent six weeks learning from the Movement of People Affected by Dams, a national social movement in Brazil. She has also written numerous articles and blogs that champion indigenous cosmovision and activism, and highlight how indigenous women’s leadership and resilience is at the heart of dignified livelihoods and a sustainable ecosystem. Katherine was the co-chair for the Latin American Funders Working Group from 2010 to 2015, hosted at the International Human Rights Funders Group. Katherine earned a Master’s in International Relations from San Francisco State University and a Bachelor’s in Hospitality Management from Florida International University.

Dennis Whittle
Co-Founder and Executive Director
Feedback Labs

Dennis Whittle

Dennis Whittle

Co-Founder and Executive Director

Feedback Labs
@DennisWhittle

Dennis Whittle is co-founder and director of Feedback Labs. He was also co-founder of GlobalGiving, the first global crowdfunding + crowdsourcing website, where he was CEO from 2000-2010. Earlier, he was Lead Economist at the World Bank, where his team created the Innovation and Development Marketplaces – an approach which has been replicated in over one hundred countries by the World Bank and many other aid agencies, foundations, and impact investors. He has served in the past as Executive Chairman of Ashoka Changemakers, Visiting Fellow at the Center for Global Development, Visiting Lecturer at Princeton University, Professor of the Practice and Entrepreneur in Residence at UNC-Chapel Hill, and Board Director of Internews.