During peer-to-peer review, each applicant will score and comment on five other applications using four criteria: game-changing, equitable, bold and actionable. These are the same criteria that the expert review panel will use. In addition to evaluating each application on the four criteria in the scoring rubric, peer-to-peer reviewers will also provide a final numerical score, ranging between 0-100, representing an overall impression of the entire application. Peer-to-peer reviewers are asked to carefully read the applications assigned to them and provide meaningful feedback. Scores will be calculated using an algorithm that ensures all applicants are treated fairly. Based on the rank order of scores, a subset of applications will move forward to the expert review panel.
The expert review panel members have been carefully chosen for their commitment to racial equity, their knowledge and experience. They will each provide scores and comments on the applications assigned to them. Each application will receive five sets of reviews that have been statistically normalized to ensure fairness.
Heather D. Parish serves as Co-Executive Director for the Pierce Family Foundation, which provides “full mission funding” for nonprofits that serve people experiencing homelessness in Chicago. Prior to joining the foundation in 2013, she worked for 17+ years as an independent consultant to nonprofits and foundations engaged in community development initiatives. She currently serves on the Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) Greater Chicago Leadership Advisory Committee. Heather holds a BA in Applied Mathematics from UC Berkeley, and a Master of Public Policy degree from the Harvard Kennedy School, where she specialized in Housing, Community Development and Urban Economic Development.
Brian Payne is the president and CEO of Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) and The Indianapolis Foundation. Since he joined CICF in November 2000, the foundation’s annual grantmaking has more than doubled to over $50 million. CICF’s mission is to mobilize people, ideas and investments to create a community where all individuals have an equitable opportunity to reach their full potential—no matter place, race or identity.
Brian is the founder/artistic director of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene & Marilyn Glick. The national consulting firm, Project for Public Spaces, chose the Indianapolis Cultural Trail as the best North American example of a big, bold, transformative project that is changing the way we think of cities and city life. The US Department of Transportation awarded the Cultural Trail a $20.5 million TIGER I grant, one of only 51 grants awarded out of 1,400 proposals submitted in a merit-based competitive process.
Under Brian’s leadership, CICF has made dismantling systemic racism in central Indiana a multi-generational commitment. CICF has been recognized locally and nationally for the boldness of its commitment and the progress of its early actions.
Brian presently serves on the boards of the Indy Chamber, Visit Indy, and TeenWorks. Locally, he serves as the Board Chair of The District Theatre and the Vice-Chair of the IUPUI Advisory Board. Nationally, he is the board chair of Forward Cities, an organization committed to helping cities build inclusive economic growth.
Brian is a much sought-after speaker nationally and internationally. His themes include equity in opportunity and dismantling systemic racism, neighborhood empowerment, placemaking and gentrification, multi-modal transportation, trails, livability and the power of connectivity. He has been the keynote speaker for the Centre City Congress in Calgary, the City Club of Cleveland, the Texas Trails Active Transportation Conference, Trailnet and Great Rivers Greenways, both in St. Louis, Sportsbackers in Richmond, VA, the Akron/Cleveland Association of Realtors and numerous leadership conferences. He has also spoken at national conferences of the American Planning Association, CEOs for Cities, Forward Cities, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Council of Foundations and the United Way. He has consulted with dozens of cities in the US and Canada on urban trail projects.
Brian is the recipient of the Indianapolis Business Journal’s Michael A. Carroll Leadership Award, Visit Indy’s prestigious Bill McGowan Leadership Award and the Indiana University Public Policy Institute’s John L. Krauss Award for Innovation in Public Policy. He has also been honored as a Civil Rights Champion by the Indiana Civil Rights Commission, the Indiana Citizen Planner of the Year, and has been recognized as one of the world's most powerful Hoosiers. In 2016, Brian was recognized as an Indiana Living Legend by the Indiana Historical Society.
Catherine Pino is founder and CEO of D&P Creative Strategies, a government relations and public affairs firm she and her wife, Ingrid, founded to advance corporate, philanthropic and legislative efforts.
From working her way through college in her hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico, to optimizing millions of dollars for community impact, to being on the front lines fighting for civil rights inside and outside the halls of Congress, Catherine brings her passion for social justice, equity and philanthropy to the heart of the firm.
Prior to D&P, Catherine worked for two national private foundations where she was responsible for multimillion dollar initiatives focused on improving life opportunities for young people. A proud alumna of the University of New Mexico and New York University, Catherine also studied at the Institute d'Etudes Politiques de Lyon, Harvard University, and the Center for Creative Leadership. She serves on the boards of the Arcus Foundation, Greater Washington Community Foundation, LGBTQ Victory Institute and the UnidosUS Action Fund.
After working in factories and construction sites for many years, Price returned to school to create films and write on racial and gender justice in the workplace. As a professor at CSU Dominguez Hills, she worked with community activists in Watts to organize environmental justice campaigns using art and activism. Her films include Transnational Tradeswomen (Women Make Movies) and Harvest of Loneliness (Films.com). In 2018 she was awarded a Fulbright in the UK, leading to publications on unions in the green economy. Most recently, her work with Labor Network for Sustainability contributed to a groundbreaking study on Workers and Communities for a Just Transition.
Shahla Raza is an accomplished documentary filmmaker, journalist, television producer, and humanitarian aid worker from India. In 2016, Shahla established the Yusra Community Center in Istanbul: a volunteer-run and funded safe space for children and women from displaced families seeking refuge in Turkey. Now in its fourth year of operations, Yusra runs a successful school readiness program for kindergartners, a nutrition program for children of all ages, livelihood support and training for women, a family mental-health intervention program and several other programs geared at helping displaced families settle into their new environment. In 2013 she founded the Dhai Akshar Educational Trust in Mumbai, India, which serves over a hundred underprivileged children and their families.
Matt Reed is the Global Director of Institutional Partnerships for the Aga Khan Foundation and CEO of AKF in the UK. He is responsible for coordinating AKF’s strategic partnerships with bilateral, multilateral, foundation and corporate partners worldwide.
Matt has worked with the Aga Khan Development Network since 2009, serving as Director of Programmes at AKF (UK) in London and CEO of AKF (India) in Delhi. Previously, he worked at the Getty Research Institute, the Salzburg Seminar, the MacArthur Foundation, and the Keck Graduate Institute at the Claremont Colleges.
Matt Reed has a Ph.D. in European History and an M.A. in European Studies from Claremont Graduate University. During his graduate work, he was affiliated with the Ecole des hautes etudes en sciences sociales in Paris. His B.A. is in English, summa cum laude, from the University of Oklahoma.
Michael Renvillard has over 15 years of experience working with educational development projects. Currently, he works as the Facilitation Director at the LEGO Foundation (in Denmark), where he leads a team to create and implement a culture of 'learning through play' pedagogies both locally and globally. Michael and his team are also responsible to build capacity and provide technical expertise to various stakeholders (NGO’s, Corporate, Government, etc.) on learning through play approaches.
Previously, he headed up the LEGO Foundation's projects in South Africa, Ukraine and Mexico. He was also responsible for setting up the Humanitarian portfolio of the LEGO Foundation which provides educational support to refugees and host communities in crisis settings around the world. Over the years, he has been privileged to travel widely and see first-hand the work happening on the ground. He has built relationships with many partners around the world and continues to work across his organization to strengthen its thought leadership on learning through play.
Deepti Rohatgi is the Head of Slack for Good and Public Affairs where she oversees all of Slack's social impact and public affairs. Prior to joining Slack, Deepti led government affairs at Lookout Mobile Security, was a Director of Policy at Yahoo and served as a diplomat and Director of IT and Telecommunications Policy at the U.S. Department of State. She holds a M.S. in Industrial Engineering and a B.A. in Public Policy from Stanford University.
Dr. Carmen Rojas is the president and CEO of the Marguerite Casey Foundation. Prior to joining Marguerite Casey Foundation, Dr. Carmen Rojas was the co-founder and former CEO of The Workers Lab, an innovation lab that invests in entrepreneurs, community organizers, and government leaders to create replicable and revenue-generating solutions that improve conditions for low-wage workers. For more than 20 years, Carmen has worked with foundations, financial institutions, and nonprofits to improve the lives of working people across the United States. Carmen holds a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley and was a Fulbright Scholar in 2007.
Layla F. Saad is a New York Times and Sunday Times bestselling author, anti-racism educator, international speaker, and podcast host on the topics of race, identity, leadership, personal transformation and social change.
She is the author of the ground-breaking Me and White Supremacy, an anti-racism education workbook that was initially offered for free in an Instagram challenge and in a self-published digital workbook in 2018 (downloaded by 100,000 people in the space of six months). Me and White Supremacy debuted on the New York Times and USA Today bestsellers lists. It is also an Amazon, Wall Street Journal, Indie, and Pacific Northwest bestseller.
Layla is an East African, Arab, British, Black, Muslim woman who was born and grew up in the West, and lives in Middle East. Layla has always sat at a unique intersection of identities from which she is able to draw rich and intriguing perspectives. Her work is driven by her powerful desire to become a good ancestor; to live and work in ways that leave a legacy of healing and liberation for those who will come after she is gone.
Layla has been featured in ELLE, PAPER, BBC News, BBC Radio 4, PBS, Glamour UK, MarieClaire UK, Cosmopolitan UK, Refinery29 UK, The Irish Times, Stylist, goop, NowThis News, Jezebel, Psychology Today, Forbes and many more. Her work has been brought into homes, educational institutions and workplaces around the world that are seeking to create personal and collective change. Layla lives in Doha, Qatar with her husband, Sam, and two children, Maya and Mohamed.
Innovative, results-oriented leader, entrepreneur and coach with 25 years of successful experience in international management and applied research at civil society organizations throughout the Americas. Academic training in public policy, international development, science and engineering. Leadership development, strategy design, fundraising, negotiation, team-building, networking, alliance building and management skills. Experience in housing, microfinance, public policy, migration, environment, agriculture and international development cooperation. Member of WKKF Community Leadership Network, board of directors and advisory committees at local and international organizations. Bicultural and fluent in English and Spanish.
Juan Salgado, City Colleges of Chicago Chancellor, has focused his career on improving education and economic opportunities for residents in low-income communities. As Chancellor, he oversees Chicago's community college system, serving nearly 70,000 students across seven colleges. Under Chancellor Salgado's leadership, City Colleges of Chicago has focused on removing barriers to college access, strengthening program quality, and enhancing student supports to create pathways to upward mobility. Previously, he served as CEO of Instituto del Progreso Latino, where he worked to empower residents of Chicago’s Southwest Side through education, citizenship, and skill-building programs that led to sustainable employment and economic stability. Salgado was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2015. He is also a member of the board of the Obama Foundation and MacArthur Foundation.
Doris Salomón’s life mission is to make a positive impact on society, both professionally and through her personal philanthropy.
A seasoned professional with more than thirty years of experience in the corporate, philanthropic, nonprofit, and public sectors, Doris has consistently delivered results.
Currently, Ms. Salomón is Director of Programs at Chicago United, a corporate membership organization whose mission is to achieve parity of economic opportunity for people of color in business.
Doris is a recognized leader in the philanthropic community with an extensive grantmaking portfolio. She is Co-Chair of the Chicago Community Trust’s Nuestro Futuro Fund, an initiative that provides grants to Latino-serving nonprofits in the areas of early childhood education and capacity building for organizations serving the immigrant community. She also co-founded the Latino Giving Circle.
Among her past philanthropic endeavors, she served as Vice Chair of the Woods Fund of Chicago, Advisory Committee Member at Community Memorial Foundation, Steering Committee member of the Fund for Immigrants and Refugees, Blue Ribbon Panel member of the BP Leader Awards, and Allocations Committee member for the United Way.
From 2014 to 2018, Doris participated on the Judging Panel for NBC Universal Foundation’s “Grant Competition,” which awards grants to nonprofit organizations for innovative programs.
The Make it Better publication named Doris one of Chicago's Top Latina Leaders In Philanthropy & Government in 2018. Other honors include the Chicago Fire Hispanic Hero Award (2012), Chicago United Ambassadors Award (2006), and the Latino Community Individual Donor Award (2005).
Katina Saoulli is both the Founding Executive Director of I AM YOU and a Private Donor Strategist. Katina's life path has been eclectic, and it is this multi-disciplinary exposure that has made her right for working in a demanding environment that requires several hats to be worn simultaneously. She has held roles as diverse as a recruiter, stage manager and a media strategist. Her ability to straddle different and opposing scenarios is an advantage in her day-to-day work and enables her to innovatively connect ideas. Currently for I AM YOU she develops their vision and oversees the implementation of their strategy. She also has her own business that focusses on educating high-level donors on impact investment and how this should influence their donation strategy. She passionately believes in the power of grassroots movements and the need to challenge the humanitarian aid industry for the better.
Dana Schmidt is a senior program officer for Echidna Giving, where she oversees the strategy for increasing girls’ education in developing countries. Before joining Echidna in 2016, Dana was a program officer at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation where she helped to develop the Hewlett Foundation’s work to improve the quality of education that children receive in the developing world. While at Hewlett she oversaw grantmaking related to education in India and East Africa. In addition, she led the Foundation's international grantmaking for Open Educational Resources (OER).
Earlier in her career, Dana spent time teaching secondary school students in both Kenya and Zambia. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University with an undergraduate degree in Economics and African Studies and earned her master's degree in International Educational Administration and Policy Analysis from the Stanford University School of Education.
Tembinkosi is a keen researcher and practitioner with a passion for applying foresight driven innovation, systems thinking, and data science to resolve the wicked problems of our time, namely poverty and inequality. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Geography, a Master of Science degree in Geo-information Systems and is currently a PhD student in Data Science. He has contributed to, and co-authored a number of refereed publication in the following areas: Innovation, Futures Strategy and Computer Science, and has contributed to a book chapter on the development of Innovation Systems in South Africa.
He has over the past 20 years coordinated local and international projects working with partners in these disciplines across Africa, Europe, in Canada, Mexico, and USA. He recently co-facilitated the WK Kellogg Foundation Global Summit on World Food Systems, 2018, in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. He is currently mentoring four start-up companies seeking to apply digital technologies to solve human problems.
Celina Solís is a developer of alternative solutions leading to meaningful social and environmental changes. She is very passionate about serving as a bridge between historically marginalized populations and decision-makers in the fields of equitable food access, climate-smart agriculture, as well as maternal and child wellness equity. Celina is a recipient of the Latin American and Caribbean Social Leadership Scholarship awarded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. She is a Ph.D. candidate in Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia in Canada. Celina has more than 12 years of experience working for the equitable futures of women, small farmers and Indigenous people especially in the Mayan communities of Mexico.
Founder & CEO of Elevate, a non-profit organization dedicated to giving gifted young women who have been forced from their homes by conflict or climate change the opportunity of a first-class, STEM-focused education and employment with one of our Fortune 500 partner companies. We work with academic and corporate partners who share our belief in equality, diversity and purpose. Previously, worked at I.D.E.A on Wall Street. Director for Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa at Institutional Investor. Council on Foreign Relations Member. Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum and former Advisory Board Member. 2017 Yale Greenberg World Fellow. Former UNHCR Innovation Council Board member. Former Advisory Board member of the Humanitarian Innovation Project at the University of Oxford’s Refugee Studies Centre. Figurative Sculptor.
Renata Soto is a Costa Rican-born social entrepreneur based in Nashville, TN. She is a senior fellow at Harvard University’s Advanced Leadership Initiative and founder of Mosaic Changemakers, a nonprofit organization with the mission of weaving a better South by elevating, supporting, developing and connecting Black, Latinx and other leaders of color who are advancing social, economic and racial justice. Mosaic aspires to build a Black/Brown/Gold leaders network of mutual support, mentorship and collaboration.
Before Mosaic and for 17 years, Renata led Conexión Américas, the nonprofit organization she co-founded in 2002 to serve Tennessee’s Latinx and other immigrant communities. She was the visionary behind Casa Azafrán, a nonprofit collaborative established in 2012 and nationally recognized as a model for nonprofit innovation, collaboration and placemaking. Even President Obama took noticed and visited Casa Azafrán to host a town hall on immigration policy in 2014.
Nationally, Renata served for 10 years on the board of directors, and as chair from 2015-2018, of UnidosUS, the nation's largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization. Currently she serves as board chair of its sister organization, UnidosUS Action Fund, which works to expand the influence and political power of the Latino community. She studied Communications at the University of Costa Rica. She also attended Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, which is what brought her to the US in 1993.
Dr. Marc Spencer has devoted his 30+ year career to organizations that promote educational and economic opportunities to young people and communities. Marc’s leadership is defined by a commitment to social justice and equity, paired with an entrepreneurial spirit and drive. In 2017, Marc became CEO and Board President of Summer Search, a $23MM youth development organization that has sites in five U.S. cities and serves 3700 students in pursuit of achieving higher education and career aspirations. Prior to Summer Search, Marc served for a decade as CEO of Juma Ventures, a nonprofit social enterprise that strives to break the cycle of poverty by paving the way to work, education, and financial capability for under-resourced youth. He is credited with scaling Juma to nine U.S. cities and building 20+ businesses that created 1000s of jobs. In 2019, Marc merged Recharge, a social networking group of Black Professionals, with the Coalition of Black Excellence and became co-CEO on a voluntary basis.
Marc’s achievements include fundraising over $100MM for charities, the development of a San Francisco African American independent school, the design and directorship of the nation’s first Upward Bound Visual and Performing Arts program, the creation of a national matched college savings platform for low-income, first generation students, and the creation of a national manufacturing internship program. He has been an adviser at the Aspen Institute and served on numerous boards such as the National Youth Employment Coalition, Social Enterprise Alliance, City of San Francisco Youth Council, Oakland Workforce Investment Board, the Museum of the African Diaspora, Evergreen and Rush Creek Lodge, Culture Shifts Labs, the Commonwealth Club and others. He holds an EdD and an MA in Education from University of San Francisco and a BA in Anthropology from UCLA. Marc’s love of learning inspired him to complete executive certificates in nonprofit business management from Harvard and Stanford.
Sheldon Spotted Elk works at a national non-profit dedicated to safely reduce the amount of children in foster care, he provides technical assistance for Tribal and state courts on child welfare issues. He regularly trains court professionals and presents on Tribal child welfare and Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) issues.
He also currently serves as tribal court of appeals judge in the same jurisdiction that he once represented children in dependency and delinquency issues. Mr. Spotted Elk also teaches a summer law course on Family Law in Indian Country. He has published an article on tribal constitutional reform in the Tribal Law Journal and articles on the ICWA.
Mr. Spotted Elk graduated from University of New Mexico School of Law with a Certificate in Indian Law and received the CALI Award for Economic Development in Indian Country. He received his BSW from University of Utah College of Social Work.
Mr. Spotted Elk is a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe from Lame Deer, Montana and has two sons.
Dr. Adrienne Starks founded STREAM Innovations, Inc., in 2015 in Birmingham, AL. Under her leadership, their mission has been committed to helping students develop and explore their passion in Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STREAM) by providing exposure, experiences, and engagement with high expectations for their success.
Dr. Starks is a native of Fairfield, AL and received a BS in Biology from Alabama Agricultural & Mechanical University (AAMU). She received a PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Cancer Institute (NCI).
In 2019, she was also selected as an AAAS IF/THEN Ambassador, which is a national initiative through Lyda Hill Philanthropies and to increase STEM exposure to girls by providing women STEM innovator role models from a broad range of STEM careers to share their stories. In 2020, she was an evaluation panelist for the Equality Can’t Wait Challenge which provided $40 million for proposals that help expand women’s power and influence in the US by 2030. She currently serves on the inaugural Alabama STEM Council which advise the governor on ways to improve STEM-related education, career awareness, and workforce development across the state.
Erik serves as Executive Director of Native Americans in Philanthropy, a national organization advocating for stronger and more meaningful investments by the philanthropic sector in tribal communities. Previously, he served as the Executive Director for the Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute. He has held positions at the Center for American Progress on their Poverty to Prosperity team, as Majority Staff Counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and in the Obama administration as a Policy Advisor at the U.S. Department of Education. Erik began his career in Washington, D.C. at the National Congress of American Indians Policy Research Center.
He holds a J.D. from UCLA School of Law, an M.A. in American Indian Studies from UCLA’s Graduate Division, and a B.A. from Whittier College.
Barbara Stinson assumed leadership of the World Food Prize Foundation in January 2020 having previously served as a co-founder and Senior Partner of the Meridian Institute. Ms. Stinson has more than 30 years of experience in environmental public policy and business management. She has led programs focused on innovative approaches to agricultural development, alternative energy development, ecosystem restoration, air-quality management, natural resource management, and low-level radioactive waste disposal. Since 2011, Ms. Stinson directed the Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA).
She earned a master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Arts in environmental conservation from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Ricardo A. Sunga III is a member and former chair-rapporteur of the United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, a special procedure of the UN Human Rights Council. He has formed part of UN country fact-finding missions to Italy, United States of America, Canada, Germany, Spain, Argentina and Ecuador. As chair-rapporteur of the Working Group, he has addressed the UN Human Rights Council and Third Committee of the UN General Assembly. He has taken part in thematic studies of the Working Group on issues of racism, racial discrimination, xenphobia and related intolerance against people of African descent, including studies of women and children of African descent, and other cases of multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination. Ricardo is a tenured associate processor of international human rights law and chair of political law at the De La Salle University College of Law in the Philippines. He is a member of the Philippine Bar and has litigated human rights cases before various international and national courts and tribunals. He has been published widely in the area of international human rights law.
Since 2015, Peter J. Taylor has led more than $195 million of grantmaking focused on educational outcomes, especially among underserved populations, in the areas of college success and career readiness.
Previously, Mr. Taylor served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the University of California. Most of his professional career was in investment banking, with Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital. Before obtaining his master’s degree, he spent six years on the legislative staff of the California State Assembly.
Mr. Taylor currently serves on the boards of Edison International, the Parsons Foundation and the Kaiser Family Foundation. He previously served as Trustee of the California State University system. He was also the Chair of the James Irvine Foundation Board of Directors and a board member of the J. Paul Getty Trust. From 2000 – 2002, he served on the board of the California Student Aid Commission.
Mr. Taylor is an accomplished speaker, with a particular focus on the role of career and technical education in closing the skills gap. His TedxTalk on the subject was featured at UCLA’s alumni day in 2019.
Negar is a passionate refugee-rights advocate and has been working as a financial activist raising $32 million for the global grassroots refugee response. The funding covered humanitarian and long-term needs, including advocacy and strategic litigation of more than 1,5 million people across key migration routes.
From 2009 to 2015, Negar worked on 20 international development projects in nine countries with UN agencies, governments, bilateral donors, and NGOs.
She is currently the co-founder and Director of the Global Whole Being Fund (GWBF), an international fund supporting the humanitarian and long-term needs of people on the move (forcibly displaced people). The GWBF focuses on grassroots ecosystems along migration routes applying a holistic approach. The support covers life-saving services such as sea rescue, tent, food, legal, employment, educational services, and housing. Grassroots organizations receive, on average less than 0.4% of humanitarian funding.
The GWBF identifies emerging and innovative grassroots organizations and leaders, namely from the local and refugee communities, and invests in these through grants and capacity development.
Negar also runs her coaching practice ‘Resonance Coaching,’ working with individuals and teams worldwide. She supports individuals and groups in their process of finding meaning and purpose, making career shifts, re-defining their values compass, and living our potential.
Stefanie brings years of transactional experience and a devotion to driving more equitable capital in venture to her work at IAF. She joined the firm in 2015 and is particularly interested in the network effects that propel bootstrapped entrepreneurs—a focus inspired by her father who overcame tremendous challenges as a low-income business owner. Prior to joining IAF, she co-founded Quarterback Impact while also managing fund development for an impact investment evergreen project. In 2014, she led a 6,000-mile road trip across the US to meet and work with entrepreneurs who are focused on making an impact in their local communities. Before the switch to venture, Stefanie served as a Vice President in Citigroup's global banking division. She received her M.B.A. from the Ross School at the University of Michigan and her B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Gerald Torres is a Professor of Environmental Justice at the Yale School of the Environment and Professor at the Yale Law School. He is former President of the Association of American Law Schools and has taught at Stanford Law School and at Harvard Law School, where he served as the Oneida Nation Visiting Professor of Law. Professor Torres served as Counsel to the Attorney General on environmental matters and Indian affairs at the U.S. Department of Justice. Professor Torres has served on the board of the Environmental Law Institute, the EPA's National Environmental Justice Advisory Council, and the National Petroleum Council. He is board chair of EarthDay Network and founding Chairman of the Advancement Project, the leading Civil Rights advocacy organization in the country. He is a trustee of the Natural Resources Defense Council. Professor Torres has just been appointed to the Advisory Council of The Connecticut Sea Grant. He has served as a consultant to the United Nations on environmental matters and is a life member of the American Law Institute and the Council on Foreign Relations.
Janice Urbanik is Senior Director of Innovation and Strategy for the National Fund for Workforce Solutions. She leverages her past experience as the Executive Director of Partners for a Competitive Workforce in Cincinnati to help other National Fund sites achieve their full potential and has presented to numerous national and local audiences on workforce development and job quality. Janice previously facilitated the Employer Roundtable of the Cincinnati Child Poverty Collaborative where employers learn from other employers about the policies and practices they can implement to improve recruiting, retention and advancement while also building competitive advantage in their industry. Janice and her work teams have been recognized nationally for their work in assisting under-represented populations attain and retain employment in growing industry sectors in the region. Learn more about her work at www.nationalfund.org.
Janice also serves on the Boards or Leadership Councils for Women's Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, and Jostin Construction. She is a proud member of Leadership Cincinnati Class 40. Janice is also heavily involved in efforts to increase the number of women and girls in non-traditional careers, such as starting the Rosie’s Girls program in Cincinnati in 2007. Janice began her career at Procter & Gamble.
Urvashi Vaid is an attorney, organizer, and consultant whose leadership has encompassed foundations, academic institutions and social movement organizations. Vaid is President of The Vaid Group LLC, a mission driven consulting and social innovation firm advising nonprofits, individual donors, foundations, and businesses working for equity and justice on organizational development, strategy, program design, resource development and governance. She is founder of the Donors of Color Network, the first philanthropic network connecting individual high net worth people of color to leverage their giving for racial equity.
Vaid was Director of the Engaging Tradition Project at Columbia Law School’s Center for Gender and Sexuality Law; and Senior Fellow at the Department of Sociology at the Graduate Center of the City of New York (CUNY). She was Executive Director of the Arcus Foundation, Deputy Director of the Governance and Civil Society Unit at the Ford Foundation, and a past Executive Director of the National LGBTQ Task Force, where she also worked as Director of its Policy Institute think tank director and as its communications director. Vaid worked as Staff Attorney for the ACLU National Prison Project in Washington DC.
Vaid is an award-winning author of two books: Irresistible Revolution: Confronting Race, Class and The Assumptions of LGBT Politics (Magnus, 2012); Virtual Equality: The Mainstreaming of Gay & Lesbian Liberation (Anchor/Doubleday, 1995); and co-editor of the anthology Creating Change: Public Policy, Sexuality and Civil Rights (St. Martin’s Press, 2000), with historians John D’Emilio and William Turner. Vaid co-authored (with Ashindi Maxton) The Apparitional Donor: Understanding and Engaging High Net Worth Donors of Color (2017), and co-authored with Hali Lee the forthcoming, Philanthropy Always Sounds Like Someone Else: A Portrait of HNW Donors of Color (2021). She is a board member of the Provincetown Commons and the American Museum of LGBTQ History & Culture.
Judith Santopietro is a Mexican writer in Spanish. Author of the books Palabras de Agua (Conaculta 2010) and Tiawanaku. Poems from the Mother Coqa (Orca Libros, USA), as well as the essay “Migrantes nahuas celebran a Santiago Apóstol: un ejercicio de comunalidad en Nueva York” (Universidad Autónoma de Chiapas, 2017). She holds a Master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and has carried out research residencies in the Zongolica and Tecomate mountains (Veracruz), the Institute of Latin American Studies Teresa Lozano Long (Texas), and the University of Leiden (Holanda), as well as in New York and Bolivia. She directed Iguanazul: literature on indigenous languages (2005-2016), a project to revitalize native languages through oral tradition, literature and arts. Currently, she writes narratives about indigenous migrant communities settled in New York City, and enforced disappearance in Mexico.
Vanessa Wakeman is a trusted advisor to nonprofit organizations and socially responsible companies in the US and internationally, specializing in communications strategies and DEI initiatives. A leader in assessing organizational culture and communication, she has enabled many organizations to re-imagine their values and operations through the lens of racial justice.
As one of the few Black women to found and own a social change agency, Vanessa is changing the paradigm of the industry, shaping narratives that reflect our multicultural world. Her firm, The Wakeman Agency, focuses on the ecosystem of social change and advancing the efforts of mission-driven causes.
Ari ben Zion Wallach is a futurist and social systems strategist. He is the founder and Executive Director of Longpath Labs, an initiative focused on bringing long-term thinking and coordinated behavior to the individual, organizational, and societal realms in order to ensure humanity flourishes on an ecologically thriving planet Earth for centuries to come. Ari’s TED talk on Longpath has been viewed over 2.5 million times and translated into 19 languages. Wallach was also the founder and CEO of Synthesis Corp., a New York-based strategic innovation consultancy whose clients included CNN, Volkswagen Global, The UN Refugee Agency and the US State Department. Wallach was the co-founder of the 2008 presidential initiative “The Great Schlep with Sarah Silverman” and most previously hosted Fast Company magazine's Fast Company Futures with Ari Wallach. He is adjunct associate professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, lecturing on innovation, AI and the futures of governance and public policy.
A refugee woman who fled Afghanistan and sought asylum from Australia by sea. She spent several months in mandatory immigration detention before being recognized as a refugee. Najeeba has graduated from a Bachelor of Medical Science. Najeeba has a long history of advocating on the rights of refugee women, has extensive community networks and strong relationship with refugee women’s organisations and also established good networks with other stakeholders including academics, the private sector and mainstream service providers. She has been mentoring other young refugee women in effective advocacy. Najeeba has been active in documenting refugee stories and voices through regular community roundtables and consultations and in presenting these concerns and key international advocacy forums. She attended the "train the trainer "training on Gender and Human Rights and since then has been providing training to different groups on gender and the empowerment of women, gender equality, women’s rights and violence against women and leadership. She has extensive international and local advocacy experience in particular working to encourage increased Government focus and donor funding to advance women’s empowerment programs. Najeeba has been the co-founder of refugee led networks including GRN (Global Refugee Led Network ) and APNOR (Asia Pacific Network of Refugees) focusing on refugee leadership and participation and their engagement into policy discussion. Since her advocacy journey Najeeba has been awarded for her work on number of times Human rights medal award, Local Citizen Award, Young Women of the west award and etc. “Leaving your country is one of the most important decisions a human being can be forced to make.”
David Weil is Dean and professor at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. Prior to joining the Heller School, he was appointed by President Barack Obama to be the Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor and was the first Senate confirmed head of that agency in a decade. He led the Wage and Hour Division from 2014 to January 2017. Weil is an internationally recognized expert in employment and labor market policy along with regulation, transparency policy, and the impacts of industry restructuring on employment and work outcomes and business performance. He has advised government agencies at the state and federal levels and international organizations on employment, labor, and workplace policies. He co-founded and co-directs the Transparency Policy Project at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is the author of more than 125 articles and five books including The Fissured Workplace (Harvard University Press). He has received many awards including the Frances Perkins Intelligence and Courage Award in 2019. Weil received his BS at Cornell University and Master and Ph.D. degrees in Public Policy at Harvard University.
James D. White is the former President, Chairman and CEO of Jamba, Inc. He is an experienced Board Chair and Independent Director with 20 years of Boardroom experience, having served on over 16 public, pre-IPO, private and startup boards. Mr. White currently sits on the Boards of several public companies, including Affirm, Adtalem Global Education, Medallia and Simply Good Foods, and on the private company board of Bay Club. He is the Executive Chair of Air Protein and the Founder and Chairman of the Board development non-profit company, Directors Academy.
Mr. White earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Fontbonne University and a Bachelors of Science degree with a major in Marketing from the University of Missouri. He also participated in the Food Executive Program at Cornell University and served as a Distinguished Careers Institute Fellow at Stanford University. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the American Heart Association Corporate Citizen Award; the Network of Executive Women CPG Retail Diversity Hall of Fame; Junior Achievement, Northern California Lifetime Achievement Award; and San Francisco Business Times as the Bay Area’s Most Admired CEO.
Dilhani Wijeyesekera has a wealth of experience in global development in Africa and the UK, specialising in the areas of youth-leadership, gender, and racial justice. She has held senior roles within civil society and the foundation world, including Amnesty International, UNICEF and Restless Development; and has advised governments, UN agencies, and brands across her career, focusing on community and citizen-led models for change.
Right now, Dilhani is advising the set-up of a small number of strategic racial justice initiatives in the UK and globally focusing on scaling resource, collective care, and new leadership models. Prior to this, Dilhani was Head of Influence at Comic Relief, overseeing its government and public affairs strategy, and significant shifts in its strategy including investing directly across the globe, and progressive storytelling.
Dilhani currently serves as a board member of Doc Society and Pop Up Projects, and is a yoga, mindfulness and meditation teacher leading collective care programmes for communities working with trauma.
Dr. Annie Wright is the Executive Director for Southern Methodist University’s Center on Research and Evaluation (CORE). She is a Clinical Community psychologist and a program evaluator. Her expertise is in the planning, implementation and evaluation of K-12 educational programming. She works with a range of educational settings, including districts, schools, and out of school time non-profits. She has a particular interest in the work of community coalitions focused on educational reform and systems level change. Dr. Wright pays particular attention to both community and implementation science principles in order to inform effective and equitable programming.
Linus Yamane is a Professor of Economics and Asian American Studies at Pitzer College in Claremont, California. He has published a number of papers on Asian Americans and labor market discrimination. He has worked at AT&T Bell Laboratories, the World Bank, and the Japan Development Bank. He has previously taught at Wellesley College, Harvard University and Yale University. He has a B.S. in Economics from M.I.T. and a Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University.
Dr. Zambrana is a Distinguished University Professor in the Harriet Tubman Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Director of the Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity and adjunct Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, School of Medicine. Her scholarship applies a critical intersectional lens to structural inequality and racial, Hispanic ethnicity, gender and economic disparities in population health and higher education trajectories. Awards include the 2013 American Public Health Association Latino Caucus, Founding Member Award for Vision and Leadership, 2013 University of Maryland Outstanding Woman of Color Award for her lifetime achievements, and the 2011 Julian Samora Distinguished Career Award by the American Sociological Association, Sociology of Latinos/as Section. Her latest book is Toxic Ivory Tower: The Consequences of Work Stress on the Health of Underrepresented Minority Faculty (Rutgers University Press, 2018). Support was provided by Robert Wood Johnson and Annie E. Casey Foundations.
Annette is a system designer and strategist at ChangeLabs, working to advance Systems Transformation approaches and is one of the few experts in systems innovation who is well versed in System Acupuncture®. She has worked with organizations such as UNDP, The Nature Conservancy, USAID, WWF, Vinnova, and is involved in programs transforming food system norms towards regenerative practices, developing systems innovation culture for addressing the SDGs, and promoting distributed innovation in vulnerable communities. Annette also lectures at Stanford University on systems transformation and leadership.
Annette has a background in human centered innovation in the Australian public sector, game design, and cultural studies. Her particular interest in game design led to building gamification and game inspired systems to enhance the design of organizational culture. She is working to expand this field of work for broader application in system design.
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