South Asia Representative
Narayan Adhikari is co-founder and 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 the Mobile 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 where 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. Narayan graduated from Stanford Business School 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. Ambassador for Opportunity Collaboration . Read Narayan’s recent paper on Open Government Partnership: Nepal’s Readiness Report and a few of his op-eds here and here and here.
Anahi Ayala Lacucci
Senior Director for Humanitarian Programs
Anahi Ayala Iacucci first joined Internews in 2010 and today she leads the Internews Humanitarian team as the Senior Director for Humanitarian Programs. Anahi plays a key role in developing Internews’ global Humanitarian program strategies; while also closely supporting teams in the field and managing Internews Emergency Response Program.
Since 2006 Anahi has been consulting for NGOs and international organizations like UNOCHA and the World Bank on the use of ICT4D, new technologies and crisis mapping, merging her skills in Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid with her technical expertise on the use of technology for development.
She started with Internews as a Media Innovation Advisor for the Africa Region, Health and Humanitarian Media, based in Nairobi, Kenya and working in Central African Republic, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Mali, Niger, Ghana and Haiti.
Anahi moved to Washington DC as the Senior Innovation Advisor for the Internews Center for Innovation and Learning in 2013, where she worked on the strategic direction of the organization globally, with specific regard to the application of new technologies and agile design for ICT4D.
At the onset of the Ebola crisis in West Africa, Anahi moved back to the field as Internews Country Director for the Ebola Response in Liberia, where she set up the first Rumors Tracking project, which was then replicated in Internews Humanitarian Projects in Nepal, Haiti, and Greece.
In 2015 Anahi became the Humanitarian Director for Internews South Sudan, where she managed a multimillion dollars portfolio of 6 different projects before moving to her current position in 2017.
Anahi holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Bologna; a Master Degree in International Affairs from Colombia University; a Master in Human Rights from the University of Padova; and a Post-Graduate Degree on Humanitarian Assistance from the Center for the Rights of People of the Padova University. She is also the co-founded of the Standby Task Force, a member of the International Network of Crisis Mappers and a Board member of Elva.
Komal Bazaz Smith
Director of Learning & Adaptive Management
Komal Bazaz Smith works at the nexus between social impact, strategy and community engagement. She is passionate about using evidence, stories and real-time feedback to continuously improve our ability to support social innovators and initiatives. Komal has almost 20 years of multi-sectoral experience advising clients including global Fortune 500 corporations, philanthropic organizations, social entrepreneurs, research institutions/ universities, and government agencies in the U.S. and globally. She has led strategic consulting projects for R4D, Arabella Philanthropic Advisors, Booz Allen and Accenture, and co-founded the non-profit Kashmiri Institute, focused on creating partnerships and building language and cultural awareness in the diaspora community. Today, she is the Director of Learning & Adaptive Management at DAI Global, LLC, supporting USAID’s Global Development Lab. Ms. Bazaz Smith holds an M.Sc. in International Commerce & Finance, and an honors International Business Diplomacy certificate from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and a B.A. Comparative Area Studies, Spanish, and Markets & Management degree from Duke University.
Ted Bilich is a nationally recognized leader in nonprofit risk management and process improvement. After graduating from Wake Forest University and Harvard Law School, Ted served for more than 20 years in the Washington DC office of the international law firm of Jones Day. He also taught at Georgetown University Law Center before founding Risk Alternatives in 2013.
Ted is a member of the American Law Institute, where he works to codify compliance, enforcement, and risk management standards for businesses and nonprofits. He has also served on the boards of numerous organizations.
Ted has written widely about risk management and process improvement. He has published articles in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Corporate Responsibility Magazine, and Risk Management Magazine, as well as scores of blog posts and podcasts. Ted has lectured, presented, and consulted throughout the United States and overseas on risk management, process improvement, and other issues.
Evan sets strategic direction for Root Change’s organizational strengthening initiatives and action research agenda. He loves to tinker in the Root Change “lab” on new capacity building technologies and to exchange ideas with local changemakers. Evan has worked in the field of international development and community development for over 30 years. Before founding Root Change, he served as the Vice President for Capacity Building at Pact. From 1996 to 2008, Evan authored one of the most widely used capacity diagnostic tools in international development, co-founded the global action network, Impact Alliance, researched localization strategies and introduced network analysis applications to the development sector. Today, he teaches innovation and strategic partnering at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California and leadership at Emory University. When the day is done, Evan is in the kitchen with the family slicing, dicing and dreaming.
Co-founder & Chief Executive
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.
A historian and ethno-historian, Paloma also holds a PhD in rural sociology. She has dedicated her work to indigenous women from the diverse positions she has held including public office, academia, and civil society. She’s author of several books and articles and has devoted herself to advocate for women’s and indigenous women’s rights. She is convinced that now is the time to work for change and that organized civil society will trigger the profound changes needed to rescue Mexico.
Zack is Reboot’s strategist in chief, directing the firm’s comprehensive growth as a social enterprise. He is a principal advisor to clients across Reboot portfolios and guides the team in developing a cohesive vision for a 21st century social contract.
A practicing theorist, Zack has extensive experience bringing community-driven approaches to policy making, program design, and implementation. 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., in the service of delivering more just, accountable, and inclusive governance.
Before co-founding Reboot, Zack led digital strategy for “Enough!”, the Center for American Progress’s project to end genocide and crimes against humanity. His advocacy initiatives brought popular attention to the topic of conflict minerals and contributed to the bipartisan passage of landmark human rights legislation on the sourcing of conflict minerals. Earlier, Zack was a product designer and innovation leader at the National Geographic Society. He chaired a cross-divisional effort to create the brand’s first social media platform and developed a roadmap to move branded consumer goods into sustainable packaging.
Zack speaks regularly on emerging models of governance and how they can help organizations become more responsive to the communities they serve. His most recent conference appearances include the Code for All Summit, the 2015 Service Design Global Summit, and Slush 2015.
Zack is a graduate of the College of William and Mary. On the rare occasions when Reboot is not occupying his attention, he can be found with a good book, a great glass of scotch, and his wonderful wife.
Samuel Addai-Boateng is the M&E Specialist of the USAID-funded Governance Project; Ghana’s Strengthening Accountability Mechanisms project being implemented by CARE International in Ghana. He has more than 10-years’ experience in leading monitoring and evaluation functions of development projects in Ghana. Successfully led the Piloting of CAREs’ Constituent Voice Feedback Mechanism in Ghana.
Senior Manager of Research and Learning
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.
ICT Policy Advisor
Jaclyn Carlsen is an ICT Policy Advisor at the U.S. Global Development Lab at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). She works on advancing the use of data and digital technologies in USAID programs, focusing the majority of her work over the past two years on the agency’s Ebola response and recovery efforts in West Africa. Before USAID, Jaclyn worked for DAI, integrating technology into the company’s work in agriculture and financial services in Liberia, Haiti, Mozambique, and the Philippines. Previous, Jaclyn was with Vibes Media, a mobile marketing company, working with mobile network operators, sports teams, and brands to engage fans and customers, and with Rotary International. Jaclyn holds a MPA in Development Practice from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and a BS in Learning and Organizational Change from Northwestern University.
Ann Mei Chang
Ann Mei Chang is a leading advocate for social innovation and author of LEAN IMPACT: How to Innovate for Radically Greater Social Good (Wiley, Oct. 30, 2018). As Chief Innovation Officer at USAID, Ann Mei served as the first Executive Director of the US Global Development Lab, engaging the best practices for innovation from Silicon Valley to accelerate the impact and scale of solutions to the worldÕs most intractable challenges. She was previously the Chief Innovation Officer at Mercy Corps and served the US Department of State as Senior Advisor for Women and Technology in the Secretary’s Office of Global WomenÕs Issues.
Prior to her pivot to the public and social sector, Ann Mei was a seasoned technology executive, with more than 20 yearsÕ experience at such leading companies as Google, Apple, and Intuit, as well as at a range of startups. As Senior Engineering Director at Google, she led worldwide engineering for mobile applications and services, delivering 20x growth to $1 billion in annual revenues in just three years.
Ann Mei currently serves on the boards of BRAC USA and IREX, is a nonresident fellow at the Brookings Institution, and is a visiting fellow at the Center for Global Development. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Stanford University, is a member of the Aspen InstituteÕs Henry Crown Fellows class of 2011, and was recognized as one of the ÒWomen In the World: 125 Women of ImpactÓ by Newsweek/The Daily Beast in 2013. Ann Mei is a keynote speaker who has been featured at TEDx MidAtlantic, SxSW, Social Good Summit, SOCAP, and Lean Startup Week, as well as numerous nonprofits, foundations, and government agencies.
As Reboot’s Strategic Designer, Corey uses storytelling and participatory methods to drive inclusive service design, facilitate alignment, and surface strategic opportunities to make a better world. He is currently working on projects to increase equity in the NYC criminal justice system and support participatory budgeting implementers globally. Previously, has partnered with nonprofits such at the Regional Plan Association and Code for Philly to facilitate transdisciplinary, community-led research and improve the ways civic organizations frame and address complex social problems. He earned an MFA in Transdisciplinary Design from Parsons School of Design and has taught participatory design methods at the European Academy of Design, the Oxford Futures Forum, Tishman Environment and Design Center, and VergeNYC.
John Corrigan is a social entrepreneur, customer experience leader and technology executive. He founded Journimap L3C to provide advanced CX capabilities to those who are working to make a difference in the lives of others. John is also focused on Journimap bringing customer journeys and other customer experience capabilities to the sharing economy in the future to help drive greater social impact. You can listen to John’s podcast SocialImpactCX on iTunes, YouTube, Google Play and SoundCloud. John has served as Vice President of Customer Experience for ACT, a $300 million nonprofit organization and a recognized leader in educational assessment. Before joining ACT he worked in the software and technology industry for 20 years. During his tenure in the nonprofit education sector, John built student-centric internet solutions such as the personalized, free college and career planning site actprofile.org that has served millions of individuals and that was recognized by The White House and Department of Education during the administration of President Barack Obama. He also developed ACT’s proprietary customer experience program focused on better understanding the journeys of underserved students exploring higher education opportunities and the school administrators, parents and counselors helping those students.
St. Thomas Recovery Team
Imani Daniel is a native Virgin Islander, a public servant, and a Hurricanes Irma and Maria survivor. After finishing her higher education at the Johns Hopkins University in 2015, she returned home to join the private sector. In late 2017, as the storms approached her home, she joined with other able-bodied and like minded St. Thomians to prepare and brace for the impact. In the wake of destruction, she began chainsawing people out of their homes, delivering ice to medical patients and delivering food and water to nursing homes and the shut in.
Since the storms, Imani Daniel has been elected as the Chair of the St. Thomas Recovery Team (a Long-Term Recovery Group) and serves as the CEO of VI Relief Logistics, an NGO that identifies vulnerable populations, assesses their needs and links them with existing resources within the community. More recently, she has accepted the position as Chief of Staff for Virgin Islands’ Senator Jean Forde and strives to improve the quality of life in the islands by passing meaningful legislation.
Danielle de Garcia
Director of Performance Evaluation
Danielle de García is the Director of Performance Evaluation, Innovation, and Learning for Social Impact, Inc. She has worked in more than 25 countries implementing a variety of monitoring and evaluation methods and results-based management approaches.
Dani’s recent work includes leading and participating in evaluations, learning events, and strategic planning engagements for US Department of State, USAID, Carter Center, MasterCard Foundation, MCC, US Institutes for Peace, and MacArthur Foundation initiatives around the world. Throughout her career, she has provided performance management and organizational development assistance to the World Bank, CATHALAC, and international NGOs. She had designed and delivered trainings in monitoring and evaluation approaches for hundreds of staff at USAID, DoS, MCC, NGOs, and inter-governmental agencies. Skilled in Social Network Analysis and participatory approaches, she focuses on enhancing the results-based management capacity of people and organizations through evidence-based decision making and relevant innovations.
Ms. de García holds an MPA in International Management, certification in Development Project Management, and is a Certified Performance Technologist (CPT) for human and institutional capacity development. She is fluent in Spanish.
Vice President, Impact Assessment
David Devlin-Foltz directs the Aspen Planning and Evaluation Program at the Aspen Institute and serves as the Aspen Institute’s Vice President, Impact Assessment. Since coming to the Institute in 1993, David and his colleagues have helped advance policy and social change by developing tools for effective message framing, campaign planning and evaluation. David brings to APEP nearly thirty years of experience in funding, managing and evaluating public education, international exchange, and constituency building efforts in East Africa, southern Africa and the U.S. APEP’s innovative responses to the special challenge of advocacy evaluation helped earn David an invitation to co-chair the Advocacy and Policy Change Topical Interest Group within the American Evaluation Association, a post he held for a three-year term ending in 2013. APEP’s work has expanded to include evaluations of broader social change processes including efforts to deepen interfaith understanding and reduce the incidence of child marriage. David leads the internal program review process for the Institute’s policy and public programs and leads APEP’s work with external clients including foundations and large nonprofits. Current and recent clients include the Hewlett, Packard, Gates, and Russell Berrie Foundations as well as CARE, Girls Not Brides, and Independent Television Service.
Chief Innovation Officer
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.
Programs and Learning Manager
Accountability Lab Global
Cheri-Leigh Erasmus serves as Accountability Lab Global’s Programs and Learning Manager. She’s a spent a decade in the higher education and nonprofit management arenas. She graduated from Stellenbosch University in South Africa with a BA in International Studies and started her career in the institution’s Student Affairs Division, followed by the its International Office. Her keen interest in education and experiential learning led to a position as a Guest English Teacher in Daegu, South Korea. Since moving to the Washington, D.C. area in 2013 she has been actively involved in numerous nonprofit organizations focused on education, immigration and leadership development. She has conceptualized and implemented leadership and skills development curricula for emerging leaders geared for careers in both the private and public sectors. In her spare time she serves as one of two coordinators leading the D.C. Chapter of African Ladies Who Brunch, an initiative that connects professional women who form part of the African Diaspora.
Open Contracting Partnership
Deputy Executive Director
Kathrin Frauscher is the Deputy Executive Director and Gavin’s co-pilot in leading the Open Contracting Partnership. Kathrin’s journey as a social entrepreneur started in an unlikely place – the World Bank Institute, the incubation lab of the World Bank. Kathrin worked in countries such as Nigeria, Uganda, and Mongolia on challenging but potentially transformative sectors including mining, construction, and service delivery. Once she realized the potentially massive impact that more accountable procurement processes could have, there was no turning back. While still at the World Bank, Kathrin and her team there began a user-centered iterative process to create a global organization that was better equipped than the World Bank to work across stakeholder groups in developed and developing countries to open up government contracting. Kathrin now co-manages the Partnership with Gavin where she is still thrilled by the daily opportunity to change how contracting can deliver value for everyone. Before working at the World Bank for ten years, she got a Masters in Advanced International Relations from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University and a BA in Economics from the University of Vienna.
Listening Fund Project Manager
Edd Fry is the Listening Fund Project Manager, leading a collaboration in England between The Big Lottery Fund, Blagrave Trust, Comic Relief and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. Edd has worked and volunteered for non-profit organisations for nearly twenty years.
Associate, Business Development and Partnerships
Emily is an Associate, Business Development and Partnerships at DG. She supports proposal development and partner engagement at DG, helping to grow DG’s “footprint” in the international development space. Additionally, she supports DG’s strategic communications by leading DG’s content development and social media presence, increasing engagement with the community in both DC and around the globe. Prior to joining DG, Emily graduated with a BS in International Politics focusing on International Law from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.
As a user-centered design specialist with experience in design research and participatory approaches, Lauren supports Reboot’s programmatic work across a range of domestic and international projects.
Her work at Reboot has spanned from leading multi-country design research for the Wikimedia Foundation on how to sustain volunteer contributions to a collective knowledge platform, to overseeing research and design of an initiative with the New York City Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice to reduce arrests related to low-level offenses. Most recently she has conducted research to understand participant needs and objectives for the design of a collaborative event to envision the future of open government contracting.
Lauren’s background in international education has taken her from the field to the policy level. In Pune, India she researched teacher motivation and worked in youth development with The Alliance for Global Education. As a Research Analyst with the World Bank, Lauren developed recommendations for the Zambian government based on national surveys assessing the quality and expenditure flow of their education system.
Hailing originally from the great state of Texas, Lauren moved north to study international relations at American University. She went on to obtain an MFA in Design for Social Innovation at the School of Visual Arts, where she developed a communications campaign to promote community-led placemaking efforts in Brownsville, Brooklyn. Despite having stuck around Yankee territory, Lauren remains a fervent ambassador of Tex-Mex, real barbeque, and the Houston Astros.
Program Analyst, U.S. Global Development Lab
Erica Gendell is a Program Analyst at the U.S. Global Development Lab at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). She works on inclusive digital development and advancing the use of data and digital technologies in USAID programs. Her work has focused on closing the gender divide divide and using real-time data to enable Adaptive Management in USAID programs. Before USAID, Erica worked for CSRA Inc, a federal management and IT consulting company in business development and strategic growth and spent time teaching English in Morocco. Erica holds a BA in International Comparative Studies, with a concentration in the Middle East and North Africa from Duke University.
Founder and Director
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.
Senior Program Officer
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 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.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Jacob Harold is a social change strategist, grantmaker, and author. Jacob came to GuideStar from the Hewlett Foundation, where he led grantmaking for the Philanthropy Program. Between 2006 and 2012, he oversaw $30 million in grants that, together, aimed to build a 21st-century infrastructure for smart giving.
At the beginning of his career, Jacob worked as a climate change campaigner for Rainforest Action Network and Greenpeace USA and as organizing director at Citizen Works. He also worked as a consultant to nonprofits and foundations at the Bridgespan Group and as a climate change strategist for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation based at The Energy and Resources Institute in New Delhi, India.
Jacob was named to the 2014, 2015, and 2016 NonProfit Times (NPT) Power and Influence Top 50 lists, and currently serves as a term member for the Council on Foreign Relations. He serves on the advisory boards of the Center for Effective Philanthropy, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, Duke University Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship, Bright Funds Foundation, and Docusign IMPACT. He is a member of the editorial board of the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly.
Jacob has written extensively on climate change and philanthropic strategy. His essays have been used as course materials at Stanford, Duke, Wharton, Harvard, and Oxford. He earned an AB summa cum laude from Duke University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business with a certificate in public management. Harold has further training from Green Corps in grassroots organizing, Bain in business strategy, the Chinese Academy of Sciences in complex systems science, and the School for International Training in Tibetan studies. Jacob was born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where his parents ran small community-based nonprofit organizations.
Head of Prisoner Involvement
Prison Reform Trust
Paula is currently Head of Prisoner Involvement at Prison Reform Trust (PRT).
She leads on integrating prisoner voice and experience into the work of PRT, influencing policy, design, delivery and evaluation of services that affect those in the criminal justice system and ensuring that all policy and advocacy positions and recommendations from PRT are informed by lived experience insight. She leads the Prisoner Policy Network.
She is a Trustee of the Community Chaplaincy Association, and a current Griffins Society Fellow, researching the experience of mothers and families post imprisonment. She is a passionate advocate for highlighting the inequalities that affect vulnerable people in the criminal justice system.
She was previously Head of Involvement at Revolving Doors Agency 2015-2107, Head of Programmes at User Voice 2010-2015 , and in both positions has taken a lead on programmes for service user involvement in prison and probation, as well as forensic mental health services.
Her current passion for working with excluded members of the community on a diverse range of issues stems from personal experiences as a prisoner 2004-2012. Her personal experiences and associated research – The experience of being a female prisoner Listener, a qualitative study submitted as part of a Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy, and The Health Needs of Women Offenders in Resettlement, commissioned by HOB PCT – sharpened her commitment to further raising awareness of the issues faced by prisoners and to proactively work to both campaign and deliver services which can assist in supporting both prisoners and ex-offenders to progress both personally and strategically past the stigma of imprisonment and multiple exclusion.
Isadora Hastings Garcia
Cooperacion Comunitaria AC
México City, 1973. Master in Architecture from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. Since 2010 she is one of the founders member and the director of Cooperación Comunitaria Mexico A.C, an organization that works on a comprehensive methodology for improving living conditions and increasing resilience for rural and indigenous communities
From the organization she leads, she promotes community development processes for habitat recovery in rural areas of Mexico, and articulates with other organizations to focus on social production of habitat; construction with local materials and self management of the territory.
She has published some articles in Mexican books and magazines, as well and in 2 German books about social production of habitat in Mexico.
President and Chief Product Officer
Alix is the incoming CEO of GlobalGiving. Prior to GlobalGiving, he co-founded and served as President and Chief Product Officer of LearnZillion, an education technology company. Before founding LearnZillion, Alix was a consultant in McKinsey & Company’s Education Practice. His previous work experience also includes teaching middle school and high school mathematics and working in the public finance department at Citigroup. He currently serves on the boards of LearnZillion, Capital City Public Charter School, and the non-profit organization GuideStar USA.
Alix has a Masters in Education from the Stanford University School of Education and an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. He graduated from Harvard University with an AB in physics and is a proud product of New Haven Public Schools. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife and two daughters.
Senior Manager of Learning and Impact
As a senior manager on the Learning & Impact team, Jessica oversees and works to develop Omidyar Network’s impact management and measurement processes and its learning culture.
Jessica brings significant international development experience to her role at Omidyar Network. Prior to joining the firm, Jessica was the deputy director of strategy and learning at PATH, a global health nonprofit. In this role, she oversaw PATH’s strategy team and led the conceptualization and development of a five-year strategy to globalize and restructure the organization. Jessica previously worked at Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) as global chief program officer. In this role, she established and led a new global and regional division responsible for ensuring impact across 16 country programs in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, 230 active research projects, and 5 research initiatives. She also served as country director for IPA Ghana during a period of significant growth, overseeing over 20 impact evaluations and education and agriculture scale-up work in partnership with the Ghanaian government. Jessica began her career supporting USAID education projects in Egypt, Zambia, Namibia, and Pakistan for the American Institutes for Research and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Samoa.
Jessica holds an MPA from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and graduated cum laude from Kalamazoo College with a B.A in sociology and anthropology.
Robert E. Kingham
Social Services Administrator
City of Austin
Robert administers a portion of the City of Austin’s social service investment portfolio intended to address quality of life issues, promoting healthy living and supporting self-sufficiency of all individuals in the downtown Austin community. He believes government can and should effectively leverage its resources by collaborating with community stakeholders serving vulnerable individuals and families to reduce historical inequities and disproportionate health outcomes.
Robert has administered over $190,000,000 in local, state and federal funding awarded to community based organizations working directly with marginalized communities and addressing the social determinants of health since he began his career with the City of Austin in 2010. He was responsible for expanding the City’s social service issue areas to include Health Equity, which funds about $2,000,000 per year of programs specifically designed for populations experiencing significant physical and behavioral health disparities such as the immigrant and LGBTQ communities.
Robert holds a BS in health and human performance and a MS in health promotion from McNeese State University.
Country Director, Obama Fellow
Country Director, Obama Fellow
Moussa Kondo is a journalist, with over 13 years experience in various community development activities, particularly in citizen engagement and participation programs for young people. Founder of the weekly printed newspaper, L’Express de Bamako, and Country Director of the Accountability Lab Mali, he helps with sustainable development through the education of young people in leadership, promotes good governance, honesty and integrity in public service, and runs internship programs on journalism. Some of the participants in his program have obtained key positions in various medias houses in Mali. After his Master’s degree from The University of Bamako and his community service experiences Moussa has been selected among the 500 Most Valuable African Young Leaders in 2015 as Mandela Washington Fellow of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). He studied Business and Entrepreneurship in Dartmouth College, an Ivy League Institution based in Hanover, New Hampshire (USA). Moussa worked as Projects Manager in Liberia for the Accountability Lab Liberia, before opening the Accountability Lab office in Mali and he is expanding it now in the rest of Francophone Africa. 2018 Obama Fellow, Moussa has been also selected among the Draper Hills Fellows to study Democracy and Rule of Law at Stanford University.
Head of International Relations/Fundraiser
Transparency International Ukraine
Anastasiya Kozlovtseva – Head of International Relations Department/Fundraiser; has joined TI Ukraine in autumn 2013. In 2013-2016 she has coordinated projects related to good and open governance, including the one which supported education on the use of ProZorro e-procurement system; in 2016 became a manager and since September 2017 – Head of International Relations Department. Anastasiya is responsible for donor, international relations coordination, advocacy of organizations priorities at the international level and fundraising. She has promoted DoZorro among international and donor communities. She has represented and spoke on behalf of TI Ukraine and its projects at several international events in almost 10 countries. Anastasiya has got a Master of Public Administration degree in Ukrainian Catholic University and BA in Business Administration at LCC International University in Lithuania.
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.
Chief Program Officer
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.
Director of Impact
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.
Chief Operating Officer
Larry Lieberman is a marketing innovator who has been rewriting sales and business rules for
almost four decades through his work providing sponsorship opportunities for some of the
world’s biggest rock stars, radically changing the comic book industry, and pioneering online
digital transformation through his work at Comedy Central. As Chief Operating Officer of
Charity Navigator, Larry provides guidance for the nation’s largest and most-utilized charity
evaluator, connecting back to his socially conscious mission of helping the world. Larry has a
formidable background in tech and social media including key roles as a co-founder and Chief
Operating Officer of a venture-backed software developer, Chief Marketing Officer of social
networking app ooVoo (with over 100 million users), and Chief Marketing Officer of digital
advertising pioneer SocialVibe. Before joining SocialVibe, Larry was CMO with Sir Richard
Branson’s Virgin Comics and Virgin Animation based in Bangalore, India. He previously held
senior marketing and strategy positions with Comedy Central, MTV, Viacom, and Time
Warner. Larry has raised millions of dollars from private donors and foundations to advance
mental health advocacy, education, and economic equality and works tirelessly every day to
enable individuals to see a better world through access and opportunities. On the side, Larry
also has an unhealthy obsession with old Mustangs that will never run but have good bones.
Director of Development
New Philanthropy Capital
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.
Siegel Family Endowment
Laura Maher is a Program Manager at Siegel Family Endowment (SFE), which supports people and organizations working at the intersection of technology, education, and future workforce. She oversees grantee partner relationships, sources and vets new opportunities, and cultivates new connections for our network to amplify collective impact. Her previous work and research has focused on the use of technology to provide greater access to learning and building better financing pathways for education globally. She has worked with the UN Education Envoy, Brookings Institution, World Bank, UNHCR Education and Innovation Office, and Creative Associates International. She holds Masters degrees from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and The Fletcher School at Tufts University, and an a BA from the University of Notre Dame.
Founder, Obama Fellow
Motion Light Lab
Melissa Malzkuhn is a storyteller, digital strategist, creative director fascinated by languages, word play, and immersive experiences. Her work has ranged from films to apps; a reoccurring theme in her work is the practicality of the absurd. Through ridiculous notions, she discovers the profound. A lesson. A thought. A wish. Best described as a creative artist, combining styles she becomes a manipulator of mediums; Melissa Malzkuhn enjoys merging the old and the new to create tangible experiences.
Leading Motion Light Lab, a space where creative literature intersects with digital technology to create new learning experiences, one of four labs at the Science of Learning Center on Visual Language and Visual Learning at Gallaudet University, Melissa Malzkuhn directs the development of research based products, which includes bilingual storybook apps designed for early language acquisition for Deaf children. An advocate of language access and literacy for deaf children, Melissa has long been involved in community building and leadership training for Deaf youth, and serves on boards for different organizations, supporting the advancement of the Deaf community.
She is a founder of Ink & Salt, a creative productions company, and one of the producers of The ASL App: an app that teaches you conversational ASL.
Eric Martin is the senior strategist at the Independent Television Service, a leading funder and presenter of independent documentary film for U.S. public television. he works closely with partners in the film community, government, philanthropy and civil society to develop innovative projects build around the civic power of media and technology. He helps lead the team that developed DocSCALE, a digital platform that uses collaborative filtering to provide a participatory, peer-centered approach to evaluating the impact of independent film in the global development setting.
Customer Experience Manager
Jessie Mohkami is the Experience Manager on the Content Operations team. She focuses on the experience for teachers in two phases of the project lifecycle—when they’re posting projects to DonorsChoose.org and when they’re completing the gratitude components for donors. She advocates for an improved stakeholder experience by leveraging insights, product improvements, and the rich knowledge of the Customer Support team. During this school year, over 159,000 teachers have successfully posted their projects to DonorsChoose.org, and classrooms have created more than 135,000 packages of handwritten student thank-yous for their project donors. Jessie is a graduate of Wheaton College.
Shondra Muhammad started working with SHAPE Community Center as a volunteer, just like most of the people who are part of the organization. Her role developed as a work-study student, and SHAPE became a part of her life. She now works with the Executive Director, helping to administer numerous programs including disaster relief, facility management, event planning, social media marketing, program development, and more. Working in a small organization, she wears many hats, and hopes to continue making a contribution to an organization, which has had a positive impact in the Houston area for the last fifty years.
1 digit LLC
Gail Nayowith is a health and human service sector leader and management consultant. Her work ties hands-on executive management expertise with a strategic understanding of policy, finance, performance and risk. She works to enable non-profit, government and philanthropic leaders to produce solutions to the complex challenges facing the communities, organizations and issues they serve.
Gail started her career in New York City government and has led three nonprofit organizations: Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York, the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, and SCO Family of Services. She serves on the Boards of the Kenworthy-Swift Foundation and Cities of Service and is a member of the New York City Board of Health and Chair of the Community Services Board.
Nayowith publishes occasionally and speaks publicly on matters of child and family policy, the business of health and human services, and non-profit performance, quality and risk. With Jesse Feiler, Gail co-authored The Nonprofit Risk Book – Finding and Managing Risk in Nonprofits and NGOs, published by De|G Press in 2018.
Rudra Neupane, is a programme manager in PHASE Nepal since April 2015. Before joining PHASE as a full time staff, he worked for United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Nepal and gained knowledge in Disaster Risk Management. He was involved in establishment of National Emergency Operations Center in Kathmandu and formulation of National Strategy for Disaster Risk Management in Nepal. Beofer UNDP, he worked for participatory watershed management projects of Japan International Cooperation Agency, that implemented about 800 community based projects that include flood/landslide mitigation, gravity flow drinking water schemes, small irrigation schemes, pedestrain bridges etc.
Under the guidance of executive director and health advisor, he has been managing, dozens of projects implemented by PHASE Nepal in 26 different communities mobilizing funding from more than 20 donor organziations across the world.
Corey Newhouse is the Founder and Principal of Public Profit, an evaluation consultancy that helps mission-driven organizations measure and manage what matters. She’s passionate about helping nonprofits and grant makers use data to improve their practice, and uses a variety of interactive, participatory methods to get teams asking and answering questions they care about. Corey and her team have worked with teams ranging from small cultural arts organizations, to school districts, to youth service organizations, to national foundations… all of whom learned to love data using hands-on meaning making approaches.
Manager, Business Development and Partnerships
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.
Yotam Polizer is the Co-CEO of IsraAID – Israel’s biggest humanitarian NGO. Following the September 2015 refugee crisis in Europe, he led IsraAID’s humanitarian mission in Lesbos, Greece, to support Syrian refugees on the island and also established IsraAID Germany, which provides long-term support for Yazidi and Syrian refugees in Germany.
During the last four years, Polizer has also built and led psycho-education programs in Japan after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, and in South Korea to support the reintegration of North Korean defectors. He has also led missions in Nepal following the 2015 Gorkha Earthquake and in Sierra Leone for Ebola survivors, health workers, and affected communities. He has more than 10 years’ experience in education, humanitarian aid, and international development.
Survivor Engagement Advisor
Survivor Engagement Advisor
Lara Powers has been on the forefront of domestic anti-trafficking efforts 6 years, working on survivor leadership and empowerment issues, national hotline development and management, statewide anti-trafficking response, data management and analytics, monitoring and evaluation, policy advocacy, and trauma-informed care. She is the Survivor Engagement Advisor at Polaris, where she uses her connections with the survivor community to incorporate diverse survivor input across all of Polaris’s programs and initiatives. She is building a strategic framework on how to better reach key under-served and at-risk survivor populations; creating a platform to elevate the needs, voices, and work of individual survivors from diverse backgrounds; and developing and maintaining a knowledge management structure for survivor-focused efforts to corral internal and external insights and developments related to survivor engagement in the broader field.
Previously, Lara was the National Hotline Manager, where she oversaw hotline case quality and response; protocol and policy development; outcomes and impact management; and staff training, wellness, and professional development. She joined Polaris as a Hotline Advocate in October 2012 before moving on to a role as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Specialist, where she oversaw the anti-trafficking response to calls originating in the 14 states of the region. In addition, she has provided trainings and consultations to a variety of audiences, including federal and local government and law enforcement, international delegations, service providers, judges, prosecutors, child welfare entities, juvenile justice agencies, healthcare professionals, and larger task forces and coalitions.
Bridges Fund Management Ltd.
Olivia is a Manager for the Bridges Impact+ team, focused on the Impact Management Project.
She specialises in helping financial institutions, investors, corporates, policymakers and entrepreneurs design and enhance their impact measurement and management practices, working across multiple geographies and diverse strategies.
Prior to this, she led Bridges’ impact management strategy internally across all fund types (growth equity, social impact bond, social businesses and and property), which included developing and implementing tools and software for investment selection and impact accounting.
Before joining Bridges, Olivia worked for CDC, the UK’s Development Finance Institution, assessing and measuring the development impact of their investments across Africa and South Asia. She also supported the DFID Impact Fund in the initial stages of its strategy to make impact investments benefiting the poorest people in developing countries.
Olivia has an MA in International Relations from King’s College London, and a BA (Hons) in History from Durham University.
Korvi Rakshand (born on August 19th, 1985) is a Bangladeshi social entrepreneur and Founder of JAAGO Foundation. He attended Scholastica till middle school and completed high school from Mastermind. Wrapping up his O level Examinations in 2003, he attained L.L.B Honours from the University of London. During his tenure of Undergraduate studies, volunteering was an activity he dedicated most of his leisure to. Korvi, who was expected to take over his family’s business after graduation, left behind a comfortable life and the generic idea of a prosperous future to dedicate his life to something more worthwhile. Soon enough, Korvi founded JAAGO Foundation together with a group of young students. Today, JAAGO Foundation supports the education of 2500 children across its 13 branches all over Bangladesh. Korvi, who is considered the pioneer of volunteerism in Bangladesh, founded “Volunteer for Bangladesh” in 2011 realizing the immense potential of volunteerism of youth. Today, this initiative to empower Bangladeshi youth has more than 22000 registered volunteers across the country.
Chief Administrative Officer
City of Austin – Innovation Office
Sabine Romero is Chief Administrative Officer in the City of Austin Innovation Office. Her work as an attorney and project lead focuses on tackling government opportunities and challenges with an emphasis on accountability, transparency, civic participation, and technology-informed governance. The City of Austin is a local government member of the international Open Government Partnership.
At Workbench, Jim partners with mission-driven leaders to identify and take the next big step. Jim designs and leads strategy, innovation, and growth projects, facilitation, coaching, and education programs to help leaders make sense of complicated questions and generate the clear path forward. He has broad experience in both nonprofit and commercial organizations, including startups, mission-driven nonprofits, and Fortune 500 corporations. Jim holds an M.B.A. from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. You can learn more about Jim’s work at workbenchdc.com.
Donor Relationships Manager
Andie Safon is the Manager, Donor Relationships at DonorsChoose.org, where she builds and manages relationships with our most active donors, inspiring them to contribute over 30% of the organization’s marketplace revenue each year. She and her team do this by creating opportunities that will delight donors, show gratitude for their generosity, and deepen their engagement with DonorsChoose.org through scaled outreach, campaigns, and in person events. Prior to joining the team, Andie worked as a behavioral therapist for children with autism, and at an e-book subscription startup called Oyster. She holds a B.A. from UC Berkeley.
Chief Operating Officer
Nurse Family Partnership
Benny is a seasoned bilingual integrated marketing communications executive with 25 years of experience developing and implementing communications campaigns that engage the hardest to reach populations; including teens, poor men of color, the underserved, Native Americas, and the working poor. Before joining Nurse-Family Partnership, Benny led the Denver campaign to reduce unintended pregnancies (a 40% reduction in Colorado), and various campaigns to increase access to publicly sponsored health care (Medicaid, the Child Health Plan Plus and sliding scale discount programs) for the uninsured. In her role of chief marketing and communications officer at Nurse-Family Partnership she serves as the lead strategist responsible for increasing referrals for NFP’s vision to scale plan; in addition to all national communications and outreach efforts.
Benny holds a Master’s Degree in Mass Communications from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and an undergraduate degree from Denver University in Graphic Design. She is a native of Panama, and is married to a retired firefighter/paramedic. They have one son, Sergio, a sophomore at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. They live in Denver with their “strange but wonderful” mutt, Oreo.”
Children’s Law Center
Judith Sandalow has led Children’s Law Center as its Executive Director since January 2000. Under her leadership, the organization has grown from a staff of three to more than 90 attorneys, social workers, investigators and other professionals. Together with the assistance of hundreds of pro bono attorneys from dozens of area law firms, Children’s Law Center now helps more than 5,000 at-risk children and families in the District each year.
Judith’s commitment to the District’s children began early in her career when she was a Juvenile Justice Fellow at Georgetown University Law Center. Then, after starting a juvenile clinic at DC Law Students in Court, she developed a successful criminal defense practice specializing in representation of juveniles charged with serious crimes. During her career, she has represented hundreds of children. She also is a foster and adoptive parent who raised her two boys in DC—giving her a personal view on how to navigate the sometimes complicated bureaucracy that affects foster children in the District.
Her leadership has been recognized numerous times. Most notably, she was a 2007 winner of the Meyer Foundation Exponent Award which recognizes strong and effective nonprofit leaders with a track record of accomplishment and received the 2013 President’s Award from the Washington Council of Lawyers for her exceptional commitment to public service. Ms. Sandalow was also named one of Washington’s Most Influential Women Lawyers by the National Law Journal in 2010.
Judith is a founding board member of the Foster and Adoptive Parent Advocacy Center, a member of the Leadership Washington class of 2004 and chairs the Advisory Board of the DC Fiscal Policy Institute.
She is frequently cited in the media and is an expert on issues related public interest law, child welfare, education and DC policy related to vulnerable children and families. She has appeared in CNN, Legal Times, National Law Journal, Washington Post, WAMU, Washington Lawyer, WTOP, WUSA Channel 9, and elsewhere.
Cora Sayre’s impressive list of accomplishments seems to have no limits. Her dynamic community leadership in the Philippines has won global recognition and awards, including the prestigious Bill and Melinda Gates Challenge for new technologies in health and sanitation.
Sayre is co-founder and executive director of the Water, Agroforestry, Nutrition and Development (WAND) Foundation, known for leading-edge innovations in the arena of water, sanitation, disaster relief and recovery and small-scale agriculture.
When Super Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines in 2013, killing more than 10,000 people, Sayre and the WAND Foundation were at the forefront in disaster response with their award-winning water, sanitation and food security initiatives and remain involved in the recovery today. Aside from Sayre’s Typhoon Haiyan initiative, the WAND Foundation is responding to current disasters happening in the Philippines namely, Typhoon Tembin, Mayon Volcano eruption and the flooding in Luzon. Sayre’s WAND responded too during the Nepal earthquake.
Among the Foundation’s earlier awards: Cora was honoured as a Laureate of the Tech Awards in California, which honour innovators around the world who are applying technology to benefit humanity; a national human rights award in 2009 for their work with small-scale farmers; winner of an international development competition in Israel (2006); and a World Bank-sponsored award for development innovation (2004).
Cora holds a Bachelor degree from Xavier University in the Philippines and is currently working towards a Masters in Rural Extension Administration from Silliman University. She was a graduate of the 1996 Diploma in Social Development program at the world renowned Coady International Institute in Antigonish, Canada and was their commencement speaker in 2016. Cora has also attended international programs in the USA, Netherlands, Puerto Rico, Israel, Sweden and India. She has traveled too to Australia, Italy, Vietnam, Thailand and China.
Cora, who also happens to be vice-mayor of the municipality of Initao in Misamis Oriental province for the second term now attributes much of her success to her education, field exposure and family support.
Operations and Growth Manager
Accountability Lab Global
“Jean Scrimgeour is Accountability Lab Global’s Operations and Growth Manager. Ten years ago Jean was selected to participate in a South African youth peace and conflict program which set her on a path to promote ways to support young people to actively participate in the attainment of good governance in their countries. Although originally South Africa focussed Jean realized, while working in 15 African countries to secure the ratification of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections, and Governance, that governance challenges were essentially universal and that social accountability is key to achieving social and economic liberation. Jean has worked as a public affairs and democratic governance specialist in the United States, the United Kingdom and Southern Africa for Rotary, the UK Foreign Office, the Westminster Foundation and Voluntary Services Overseas. She has a masters degree in conflict resolution in divided societies from Kings College in London as a British Chevening scholar and a bachelor’s in law and international relations from the University of Cape Town. She also served as a sub-Saharan analyst for the Freedom House Freedom in the World index.
Vice President Communications
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.
Director of Fund Development
Tiffany Stafford is a proud native northeast Houstonian and has been helping nonprofits and educational institutions develop programs and funding for twenty years. After attending public schools in Houston, she headed east to complete high school, college and graduate studies, earning degrees from St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH, Emory University in Atlanta, GA and Trinity Washington University in Washington, DC. Passionate about education, Tiffany launched her fundraising career in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at American University and later in the Office of Development at Trinity Washington, both in the nation’s capital. She also worked at The Catholic University of America and the Black Student Fund in Washington. Since returning to Houston in 2006, Tiffany has lent her knowledge and skills in program development, program management and fundraising to some of the city’s best known social service agencies, including Christian Community Service Center (CCSC), Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, Humble Area Assistance Ministries (HAAM) and Target Hunger. As Director of Fund Development, Tiffany’s primary role is to direct Target Hunger’s efforts to secure the resources necessary to carry out the agency’s work fighting hunger and food insecurity. Tiffany lives in North Houston with her daughters Victoria (7) and Olivia (4). She is an active member of First Metropolitan Church and The Junior League of Houston.
Erika studied communications and has 23 years of professional experience in the private and public sectors, as well as non-profits. She is in charge of designing and executing the organization’s online and offline communications strategies of Fondo Semillas. She is also a perinatal educator and her passion is respected childbirth and breastfeeding.
Valerie’s consulting approach is informed by more than 15 years experience working as a nonprofit practitioner and leader within highly successful startup organizations. Valerie created her consulting firm in 2013, establishing an early presence in the Bay Area’s nonprofit youth and education space. In 2015, she was engaged by the Fund for Shared Insight to help design and lead what has become their signature initiative, Listen for Good. This initiative has scaled rapidly to be a leading capacity building program on feedback practices, serving more than 215 nonprofit grantees nationwide.
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.
Bridges Fund Management Ltd.
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.
Fund for Shared Insight
Melinda is the project manager for Fund for Shared Insight (“Shared Insight”). In that capacity, Melinda plays a key role in guiding and facilitating Shared Insight’s activities including operations, communications, grantmaking, and evaluation. Melinda is an independent consultant who works with the senior leadership of philanthropic organizations to develop strategies for effective philanthropy. Prior to starting her consulting practice in 2003, Melinda was managing director of REDF (formerly The Roberts Enterprise Development Fund) – a social venture capital fund she co-founded, served as a manager at a national healthcare nonprofit, and worked as a management consultant.
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.
Founder and CEO
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.
Open Contracting Partnership
They say that curiosity killed the cat, but this Kat’s insatiable appetite for learning keeps her sleuthing for answers. Katherine Wikrent’s ardor for all things data and analytics is complemented by her interest in open data, open government, M&E, and aid transparency. As OCP’s Manager of Data, Learning, and Impact, she develops frameworks to track progress and growth internally, as well as across the larger open contracting community. Working closely with stakeholders to identify key indicators of interest, she crafts plans to ask the right questions and collect and analyze the data that really matter. In spite of swearing she would never again set foot in a classroom upon finishing her undergrad degree, she went on to receive her M.A. in Public Policy from George Washington University, specializing in data science and M&E.
Connecticut Office of Early Childhood
David Wilkinson is the Commissioner of the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood. This cabinet-level state agency pioneers a family-centered, results-driven approach to support young children and families, particularly those who are overburdened and underserved. Integrating major early childhood programming formerly administered by five separate state agencies, OEC serves over 50,000 children each year through programs including child care, pre-K, home visiting, safety assurance, early intervention programming and parenting supports. Through this integrated approach and through innovative collaborations with other state agencies, OEC advances better-coordinated, more cost-effective, and higher impact services that yield measurable results for Connecticut’s children and families.
Commissioner Wilkinson is the former Director of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation. He led efforts in the Obama White House to identify and scale more effective social solutions, advancing priorities to strengthen communities and enable upward economic mobility. He previously served the White House as Senior Policy Advisor for Social Finance and Innovation.
Prior to his work at the White House, Dave served as Executive Director of City First Enterprises, a federally regulated nonprofit bank holding company and incubator of community development solutions.
Commissioner Wilkinson serves as advisory faculty at the Yale Child Study Center. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Yale Law School.
Director Pakistan Programs
Accountability Lab Global
While working as desk editor at a news agency in Islamabad, Fayyaz developed interest in socio-political and economic affairs in Pakistan. The more he observed the political economy at play, the more he was convinced that the factor most hindering growth and development his country was corruption and a lack of accountability of both political representatives and public officials. Fayyaz got more involved in research, and worked with leading think tanks in Islamabad to explore and reflect upon issues of corruption and accountability in the public sector. While participating in the Atlas Corps/Think Tank LINKS Fellowship in Washington DC in 2014, he met the Accountability Lab and was excited for the opportunity to expand Accountability Lab’s work to his country. Fayyaz now leads the Accountability Lab’s Pakistan office and supports young change-makers who are committed to promote integrity through innovative accountability tools.
Rebecca Villalobos loves to solve problems. Her passion lies in collaborative problem-solving in the field with the people impacted by them most, creating a natural affinity for feedback.
After discovering the world of social enterprise and human-centered design, she ran a social impact incubator in Tulsa, OK, working with community foundations, non-profits, entrepreneurs, and local citizens to launch products and ventures in response to community problems.
Currently, she feeds her love of design and impact as the Innovation Officer at Pact, a global non-profit working to create measurably better solutions that empower communities through health, economic development, and governance. In this role, she acts as a technical advisor in Human-centered design and creating enabling environments for local solutions to come to life. She travels globally to promote, implement, and institutionalize the use of human-centered design at Pact HQ and across its 30 country offices.
Most recently, she has been working with corporate foundations to understand needs of communities to inform broader regional and programmatic strategies. This summer, she was tasked with using radical feedback approaches in northern Myanmar to identify the health perceptions and needs of women in artisanal gold mining communities. Her projects rely on putting end users in the driver’s seat, which keeps the work dynamic and challenging.
Rebecca holds a masters of Social Enterprise from American University’s School of International Service, where she focused on women’s economic empowerment, cross-sectoral partnerships, and sustainability.
Director of Research and Evaluation
Center for Employment Opportunities
Ahmed Whitt, Ph.D. serves as the Director of Research and Evaluation at the Center for Employment Opportunities. He has collaborated with police departments, child welfare agencies, and community organizations to build and evaluate data-driven interventions for targets ranging from reducing juvenile delinquency to improving healthy food access. His academic research has focused on improving the well-being of young adults living in disadvantaged urban communities.