Paulie Anthony, Director of Marketing
Paulie Anthony is the Director of Marketing for e-Cycle LLC, a global leader
in enterprise wireless mobile buyback, recycling, and data security. Founded in
2005, e-Cycle is the only e-Stewards Certified mobile buyback and recycling
company in the U.S. e-Cycle was recently ranked the #5 fastest-growing
environmental services company in the U.S. by Inc. and the #68 Most Promising
Company in America by Forbes. Anthony has a BA specializing in Journalism and
Public Relations and a MS specializing in
Marketing and Communications from The Ohio State University. He is the
co-founder of the Green Team volunteer environmental cleanup group in Columbus,
Ohio. He is an environmental-protection advocate and frequently blogs and
contributes magazine byline articles on topics including responsible mobile
reuse and recycling, e-Stewards, e-waste, and end-of-life mobile data
Shawn Basak, Consultant
Mission Measurement (*Session Moderator)
Shawn Basak approaches his work from the perspective of a consumer: Who in
the marketplace values the social impact his clients aim to create? How can his
clients better understand social drivers of consumer behavior to more
efficiently deliver the benefit of social change? As a Consultant with Mission
Measurement, Shawn leverages this consumer perspective for corporations,
government agencies and nonprofit clients. To do so, he works with clients to
determine the kind of impact they are uniquely positioned to create and then
develops socially meaningful business strategies to maximize this impact. His
prior client work includes PricewaterhouseCoopers, Starbucks Coffee Company and
the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
Prior to joining Mission Measurement, Shawn worked at The Cambridge Group, a
growth strategy consulting firm. He served numerous Fortune 500 companies across
the retail, consumer products and financial services industries, providing his
clients with a deep understanding of unmet consumer demand. Now, he's able to
apply an expertise in consumer behavior, brand positioning and analytical
consulting to help his clients create real business value and lasting social
He serves as the Director of Measurement for Fields of Growth International,
a sport-based community development organization and has previously served on
the executive board of Pivot Nonprofit Consulting, a volunteer organization
providing pro-bono strategy consulting to nonprofits. In addition, he has
interned with One Economy Corporation, Teach For America and the Office of U.S.
Senator Dick Durbin. He graduated from Northwestern
University with a B.S. in Social Policy and Political Science.
Jason Bauer, Director, Private Sector Development
Millennium Challenge Corporation
Bauer is responsible for developing and overseeing the implementation of
programs that create innovative and collaborative mechanisms to leverage MCC
investments through private sector partnerships, increase private sector
investment and trade opportunities produced by MCC investments, and generate
opportunities for firms to leverage their corporate social responsibility funds.
Previously at MCC, he was an Associate Country Director for Namibia and The
Gambia, and was responsible for assisting with project management and
coordination throughout the Compact development and documentation process. Prior
to joining MCC, he was an associate with OTF Group, where he worked with private
and public sector leaders on a range of strategy issues, including
competitiveness building, and economic cluster initiatives. Previously, at the
World Bank, he worked in projects relating to microcredit, SMEs and rural
finance. He also was a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa consulting on small
enterprise development. He has a Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable
Business from Cambridge University. He holds an MBA from the Johnson
School of Business at Cornell University as a Michael Torphy scholar. He earned
a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from the University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill.
Drew Bewick, Managing Director
Tree House Ventures (*Business Plan Competition Judge)
Bewick brings more than 20 years of experience involving the most challenging
issues where technology and innovation intersect. As Managing Director of Tree
House Ventures, LLC, he serves as an advisor to multiple companies and
non-profit organizations assisting visionary innovators launch successful
ventures by discovering opportunities and using entrepreneurial principles to
organize, launch, and manage a successful venture to make an impact. He’s also a
Senior Fellow at the Center for Advanced Defense Studies in Washington, D.C., and
an Entrepreneur Coach at the Northern Virginia Technology Center.
He served as chairman of a number of technology boards and councils in
government, and in 2007 was recognized by the Harvard University Kennedy School
of Government as a leader who demonstrated collaborations which cross the
boundaries of organizations and sectors in developing linkages to the private
sector and evaluating their worth for public purposes. He’s participated in more
than 30 equity investments into technology companies across three stages of
enterprise development–seed, early stage and growth in emerging computing,
wireless, renewable energy, and communications.
He is a graduate of the American University and the University of Maryland,
where he co-founded the Association of Collegiate Entrepreneurs.
Mrim Boutla, Co-Founder
More than Money Careers
Dr. Mrim Boutla is a brain scientist turned career coach turned social entrepreneur.
Her career transition process blends her extensive knowledge of the brain (PhD
and 10 years of experience in cognitive neuroscience with her 6 years of career
coaching experience at an Ivy League University and a Top 15 MBA Program. She is
the co-Creator of the More Than Money League (with Dr. Mark Albion), a 6-week self-paced
online course designed for working management professionals interested in competing
for opportunities in corporate social responsibility, social enterprise, or non-proﬁt
management. She also blogs on responsible careers for JustMeans.com. She earned
her Bsc in Psychology from the Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium) and her
MA and PhD In brain and cognitive sciences from the University of Rochester.
Stephanie Bridges, Senior Portfolio Associate
a Portfolio Senior Associate in New York, Stephanie Bridges focuses on the
health sector. She works with the country teams to provide management support to
existing portfolio investments, as well as to identify and conduct diligence on
new areas of investment opportunity. Before joining Acumen Fund in May 2011,
she worked as a management consultant with Monitor Group. While most
recently based in Monitor’s South Africa office, she managed teams researching
and analyzing inclusive markets in East and West Africa for the report “Promise
and Progress,” released May 2011. Prior to that, she worked in Monitor’s New
York, Dubai and London offices supporting corporate strategy development. She
graduated from Harvard University with honors, earning her B.A. in English and
American Language and Literature.
Laura Bruce, Project Finance – Senior Manager
Laura Bruce is a Senior Manager with SunEdison’s U.S. Project Finance group
where she focuses on identifying, negotiating and executing financing for
SunEdison’s U.S. utility-scale pipeline. In this role, she has secured
construction debt and tax equity for over 65 megawatts of rooftop and ground
mount PV projects. Prior to SunEdison, she worked for the World Bank Carbon
Funds developing greenhouse gas reduction projects in developing countries. She
has also consulted on strategy, finance, and policy in the energy sector for
electric utilities, startups, VCs and non-profits. She holds a B.A. from
Columbia University and an MBA and MS from the Ross School of Business and the
School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan.
Alex Budak, Co-Founder
Budak is a social entrepreneur and travel writer. He’s the co-founder of StartSomeGood.com,
a platform for helping social good initiatives raise funds and grow a community
He received an MPP from Georgetown University and a B.A. from UCLA
where he didn’t miss a single home basketball game.
Richard Caperton, Director of Clean Energy Investment
Center for American Progress
Richard W. Caperton is the Director of Clean Energy Investment at American Progress.
In this role, he leads the Energy Opportunity team’s work on renewable energy finance,
electricity markets, and clean energy infrastructure. His work focuses on designing
tools that will encourage private investment in clean energy, such as tax policies
and government credit programs. He also works on electric utility issues, with a
particular interest in making sure that government regulation of electricity markets
enables growth of the clean energy economy. He has testified in front of the
U.S. House of Representatives and is regularly quoted in the press on these issues.
Prior to joining American Progress, he was a policy fellow at the Alliance
for Climate Protection, where he performed economic impact analyses of proposed
climate legislation. He previously worked in government relations at the National
Rural Electric Cooperative Association. While with NRECA, he helped develop new
grassroots advocacy programs that increased participation in the organization’s
political action committee by 20 percent.
He is a native of rural America, growing up in Virginia and Missouri. He
received his M.B.A. from Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business and
a BA in politics from Pomona College.
Norberto P. Chaclin
Director, Corporate R&D Strategy, PepsiCo
P. Chaclin is a Director in Corporate R&D Strategy and has been with PepsiCo since
2000 in various roles in product development, innovation, Global R&D Strategy and
business development. Most recently Norberto lead PepsiCo’s under nutrition business
development initiative, which resulted in the pilot launch of Lehar Iron Chusti
(iron fortified snacks) in India. Norberto currently facilitates PepsiCo’s Human
He has an MBA from Southern Methodist University and a BS in Chemical Engineering
from Texas A&M University. He is a native of Curacao in the Dutch Caribbean and currently lives in
White Plains, NY.
Matt Cullinen, Senior Associate, Research & Intelligence
Carbon War Room
Cullinen is a senior associate in research and intelligence at Carbon War Room
(CWR). Prior to working with CWR, he worked in electoral politics conducting
policy and opposition research for several candidates, including Sen. Gillibrand,
and most recently as deputy policy director for Reshma Saujani, candidate for
U.S. Congress. In this capacity he directed political and opposition research
activities, developed policy positions on local and national issues, composed
policy literature for publication in a variety of mediums, provided briefings
and advice to the candidate, and drafted legislation on a full range of issues
including creation of a federal innovation fund to increase investment in
Previously, he worked for a political and market research firm in New
York on projects ranging from public opinion in Afghanistan for clients such as
the Department of Defense, to studies on the effects of aquaculture in South
Asia for World Wildlife Fund.
He holds an MA in international relations from New York University
where he studied Islamic radicalism in Western Europe and the rise of the
far-right in European politics. While attending graduate school he was associate
editor of the Journal of Political Inquiry. He received his BA in political
science and philosophy from Indiana University - Bloomington.
Jennifer Deng-Pickett, Vice President
Collaborative Communications Group
Jennifer Deng-Pickett is a vice president at Collaborative. Her expertise includes
facilitation, training, strategic planning, and partnership and resource development.
She works with clients to build the capacity of community members to be the leaders,
facilitators and conveners of community discussions related to advancing the quality
of life and creating innovative community-driven solutions for public education,
youth, families and communities.
At Collaborative, she works with United Way Worldwide, the National Academy Foundation
(a secondary school reform effort) and has helped to spearhead the development of
community-based organizations to support public education issues. She has successfully
led teams working to secure government funding, as in her experience in writing
the Denver Public School’s Investing in Innovation grant application that won $25
million over five years from the U.S. Department of Education. Deng-Pickett recently
created an engagement and communications framework to help communities around the
world think about community engagement in strategic alignment with organizational
She joined Collaborative after years of working in the nonprofit sector,
most recently as the Director of the D.C. Language Access Coalition, a Washington,
D.C., organization that monitors civil rights compliance for non-English
speaking immigrants in D.C. At the D.C. Language Access Coalition, she provided
executive leadership to an organization engaged in policy advocacy, grassroots organizing,
facilitation, foundation fundraising and leadership development. Her leadership
was exemplified in promoting and strengthening collaboration, and co-creating and
executing strategic vision among diverse stakeholders.
Bill Drayton, CEO and Founder
Ashoka: Innovators for the Public
Bill Drayton, CEO and founder of Ashoka,
has played a major part in defining social entrepreneurship, and has been a
social entrepreneur himself since he was a New York City elementary school
student. Influenced by the strong public service values that run deep in the
history of both his parents’ families, the rich diversity and openness of life
in Manhattan, and America's deep cultural concern with equity, which flourished
during the Civil Rights years, he was motivated to plant Ashoka's
With depending commitments to civil rights and inequity throughout high school
and college, once at Harvard and Oxford Bill asked "What can I do?" Fully appreciating
how central to significant change ("development") entrepreneurs are, his answer
was the Ashoka idea.
Founded in 1980 as a venture capitalist supporting change in the world with a
global operating budget of US$50,000, Ashoka’s budget has risen to around US$40
million. Today, Ashoka is active in more than 70 countries and supports the work
of over 2,000 Fellows – social entrepreneurs it helps from the start-up phase onward.
The Ashoka community includes those who are now thoroughly proven social entrepreneurs,
such as the Nobel Prize laureate and founder of Grameen Bank, Muhammad Yunus.
He has served as Assistant Administrator at the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency, and served briefly also in the White House. He taught law and management
at Stanford Law School and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and is presently
involved as board chair of Get America Working! and Youth Venture, both major strategic
innovations for the public good. He has received many awards for his achievements
and most recently in 2005, was selected as one of America's Best Leaders by U.S.News
& World Report and Harvard's Center for Public Leadership.
Seth Dunn, Renewables Policy Leader for the Americas
Seth Dunn is Renewables Policy Leader for the Americas at GE Energy. In this
role he is responsible for assessing and advocating renewable energy policies at
the federal, state, and provincial levels. Dunn is GE’s point of contact with AWRA
regional partners and serves on the Board of Wind on the Wires and the Interwest
Energy Alliance. He also leads a Global Renewables Policy Team covering Europe,
China, India, and Australia.
He joined GE in 2005 with the Renewable Energy Leadership Program and prior
to GE served as a policy researcher with the Worldwatch Institute in Washington,
Marguerite Farrell, Health Officer and the Private Sector Team Leader
USAID Global Health Bureau
Marguerite Farrell is a Health Officer and the Private Sector Team Leader in
the Service Delivery Improvement Division, in USAID's Global Health Bureau,
Office of Population and Reproductive Health. In addition to serving as the
Chair of the Graduation Working Group, she is the Agreement Officer Technical Representative
(AOTR) for the Strengthening Health Outcomes through the Private Sector (SHOPS)
Project. She is also AOTR for the Support for International Family Planning Organizations
(SIFPO) projects with Marie Stopes International and Population Services International
and for a Collaboration Agreement with Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceutical.
previously served as a Technical Advisor for the Commercial Market Strategies project
and as a Senior Technical Advisor for HIV/AIDS and Family Planning for the Latin
American and Caribbean Regional Bureau at USAID. She has worked for Development
Associates, the Futures Group International, Project Hope and Margaret Sanger Center
International on a UNFPA funded project in the Philippines, as well as Planned Parenthood.
In addition to family planning and reproductive health, Ms. Farrell has worked in
child survival and HIV/AIDS and has expertise in private sector health, health leadership
and management, evaluation, and reproductive health training and quality assurance.
She graduated from Brown University with a BA in International Relations and received
her MSc from Harvard University School of Public Health in International Health
Policy and Management.
Matt Ferguson, J.D., Principal
Matt Ferguson is a principal based in the firm's Tysons
Corner office. A seasoned professional, he has more than 16 years of experience
promoting renewable energy through business transactions and policy development,
he is involved in the development
of this practice which includes advising clients on energy-related transactions
such as matching renewable projects with tax equity investors, raising capital,
mergers and acquisitions within the renewable energy sector, maximizing public policy
to promote and reward low-carbon solutions, and helping current clients with energy
tax credit financing.
Prior to joining Reznick Group, he served as Director and General Tax Counsel
for UPS and was responsible for initiating UPS's energy strategy which included
executing investment transactions in renewable energy, coordinating energy efficiency
facility upgrades and green building development, creating energy-related products
and mitigating business risk related. He closed over $1 billion of alternative investments
including interests in affordable housing limited partnerships. His project finance
and transaction experience includes the issuance or redemption of financial instruments
such as facility industrial revenue bonds, cross-border aircraft leases, initial
public offering advisory, tax planning and business development structuring, merger
and acquisition counsel, and real estate investment trust formation.
Heather Fleming, Founder, Chief Executive Officer
Fleming is a designer, an engineer, and an entrepreneur motivated by social
inequality. In 2005, she led a volunteer group of engineers and designers
focused on humanitarian design projects via a professional chapter of Engineers
Without Borders (EWB). Three years later she co-founded Catapult Design in San
Francisco to make design and technical capacity accessible to entrepreneurs and
organizations working within disadvantaged communities. Heather is a Pop!Tech
Social Innovation Fellow, a program aimed at high-potential young leaders with
new approaches for transformational impact and a World Economic Forum Young
She previously worked in the Silicon Valley product development consulting world
and has nine years of experience working with multi-disciplinary teams to
design, develop, and deliver product solutions for a diverse range of companies.
She was also previously an Adjunct Lecturer at
Stanford University in the Mechanical Engineering department and a Senior
Lecturer at California College of the Arts in the Industrial Design department.
She serves on the Board of Directors of the Navajo Chamber of Commerce on the
Navajo Nation and chairs a committee within ASME’s Engineering for Global
Development initiative. Heather has a BS in Product Design from Stanford
Dahna Goldstein, Founder
PhilanTech LLC (*Business Plan Competition Judge)
Dahna Goldstein, Founder of PhilanTech, LLC, develops web-based applications
for the nonprofit sector, and has worked for venture philanthropies, including
Ashoka and Blue Ridge Foundation New York. She also produced interactive
eLearning programs, including the award-winning "What Is a Leader?" program, for
Harvard Business School Publishing and Global Education Network. She holds a
BA from Williams College, a Master of Education degree, with a concentration in
technology, from Harvard University, and an MBA from NYU Stern School of
Business. She is on the board of JustGive.org and was recently named one of
BusinessWeek’s 25 Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs.
Darius Graham, Co-founder
DC Social Innovation Project (*Business Plan Competition Judge)
Graham is co-founder of DC Social Innovation Project, a non-profit providing
funding and resources for creative, new initiatives that address pressing social
issues in Washington, D.C. He was previously an associate in the corporate restructuring
practice group at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. He has served on the board
of directors of the Institute for Responsible Citizenship in Washington, D.C., and
the Donald P. McCullum Youth Court in Oakland, CA. He was selected to serve as a
judge for Tom’s of Maine’s inaugural 50 States for Good initiative where he
helped select innovative local non-profits to share a $100,000 prize. In 2010,
he was appointed by the mayor to serve on the District of Columbia Commission on
National & Community Service. He is author of the award-winning book, Being
the Difference: True Stories of Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things to
Change the World. He received a BA summa cum laude from Florida A&M University
and a JD from the University of California, Berkeley - School of Law.
Morgan Greenhouse, Founder and CEO
Greenhouse founded The verdeHOUSE, LLC to both enhance the urban fabric of Washington,
D.C., and to foster a more symbiotic relationship between creative and corporate communities.
In her previous professional experience, she held diverse roles within architecture,
interiors, space planning and sustainability consulting at Gensler, a global
architecture and design firm. She is a LEED accredited professional and is responsible for
the overall growth and strategic direction of verdeHOUSE, maximizing effective impact
on urban real estate and culture. She is a native Washingtonian and is continually
engaged with and committed to growing the local arts community. Her professional
and social networks specific to the Washington, D.C., metro area, have been invaluable
to the growth of verdeHOUSE. She studied the history of art and architecture
at the University of Pennsylvania.
Mark Grovic, General Partner
New Markets Venture Partners
Grovic co-founded New Markets Venture Partners in 2003 and is a General Partner.
serves or has served on the Board of Directors for Innovative Biosensors, Lightningcast (sold to NYSE: TWX), Moodlerooms and Workspace.com. Mark also
serves as a board observer for Aldagen, Andera, BioSET, Overture Technologies,
Paratek Microwave, Questar Assessment, and Vision Chain.
He has been investing in high growth companies since 1992. Prior to New
Markets, he was a Portfolio Manager for the Small Enterprise Assistance Funds
(SEAF), a $200 million managed emerging market venture capital company, a
Director of Estonia-based Baltic Small Equity Fund, a Co-Founder and Principal
of the Templeton Emerging Europe Fund, as Principal of Templeton Direct
Advisors, and a Portfolio Manager of Private Equities at the Calvert Group.
He is a VC in Residence and Professor of Venture Capital and Ethics at the
Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland (UMD). He has
10 years’ experience in higher education as an instructor and advisor to
entrepreneurship and technology commercialization, serves on numerous technology
transfer, incubator, and entrepreneurship committees in the mid-Atlantic, and
has twice earned awards for his instruction at UMD and at Howard University. He is also a Board Director of the Baltimore Chapter of the Network for
Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) and Emerson Preparatory High School in
He graduated with Honors from the University of California, Berkeley, where
he majored in Political Economies and received a Juris Doctor from the
Georgetown University, where his focus was in international, tax, and corporate
law. Mark has also completed graduate work in accounting and finance at the
George Washington University and Pace University.
Julie Keough, CEO and Co-Founder
Keough is the CEO and co-founder of E-Structors, Inc., an electronics recycling
Facility located in Elkridge, Maryland. E-Structors provides information
destruction and electronics recycling services to government, healthcare,
financial, and private businesses across the nation. They were the first
electronics recycling facility in the Mid-Atlantic to become certified to the
Responsible Recycling “R2” and ISO 14001:2004 standards.
She earned her undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from the
University of Maryland and her master’s in business administration from Loyola
University. She is passionate about growing the business, promoting corporate
philanthropy and social responsibility, and empowering others. In addition to
making E-Structors, Inc. one of the fastest growing companies in Baltimore, she
has pioneered workforce programs that provide career pathways to populations
with barriers to employment. She serves on the Howard County Board to Promote
Self-Sufficiency and has established partnerships with organizations such as Our
Daily Bread Employment Center, Grassroots, and Humanim.
E-Structors has won many awards from private organizations and state offices
for their business growth, environmentalism, and social responsibility. In 2011
they were recognized as one of Baltimore’s fastest growing businesses by the
Inc. 5000, the Baltimore Business Journal and the Maryland State Comptroller’s
Office, for environmentalism by the Maryland Department of the Environment, and
for social responsibility by the MD Chamber of Commerce, Our Daily Bread
Employment Center, and The Chesapeake Human Resources Association.
Amy Kincaid, Founder and Principal
ChangeMatters, Benefit LLC
Amy Kincaid is Founder and Principal of ChangeMatters, Benefit LLC, a social
enterprise consultancy that works with both tax-exempt social enterprises and socially-responsible
businesses. The first Benefit Company formed in the State of Maryland and in the
United States, ChangeMatters provides strategy, planning, funding, social media,
and philanthropy services at critical points of growth, turnaround, and renewal,
and is recognized as an organizer and educator in the movement to encourage “common
She has directed development efforts for the International Research and Exchanges
Board, First Nations Development Institute, Center for Women’s Business Research,
and Bethesda Green and developed the grantmaking program for the first foundation
in the former Soviet Union. Amy has raised well over $65 million for organizations
through grantwriting, earned revenue, individual giving and capital campaigns. Her
firm has developed strategy and business plans for local and international organizations
such as Arts on the Block, Bailey’s Crossroads Health Access Project, The Eurasia
Foundation, Gandhi Brigade, Institute for Musical Traditions, Seasons of Life Birth
She has presented and facilitated hundreds of training events on organizational
planning, strategy, program design, resource development, financial turnarounds,
benefit corporations, and social ventures. She is a reader for the William James
Foundation business plan competition. Also an exhibiting visual artist, Amy curates
a local exhibit and performance space and chairs Pyramid Atlantic Art Center.
Anahi Ayala Lacucci
Crowdsourcing and Information Specialist, The World Bank
Media Innovation Advisor, Internews
Lacucci holds a Master degree from Colombia University – School
of International and Public Affairs, a BA in International Affairs from the
University of Bologna and a Master in Human Rights from the University of Padova.
She has consulted for NGOs and international organizations on the use of the
ICT4D, new technologies and crisis mapping: she advised the UN OCHA Iraq
Inter-Agency Information and Analysis Unit, the NGO Alliance Guinea, Freedom
House in Egypt, the World Bank in Zambia and Ushahidi Inc. in China. She is
currently Crowdsourcing and Information Specialists for the World Bank and Media
Innovation Advisor for Internews in the Africa Region, covering Central African
Republic, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia,
Kenya, Mali, Nigeria, and Republic of South Sudan.
Mike Mallinoff, City Manager
City of Anapolis
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Shirley Marcus Allen
Partner, Venture Philanthropy Partners
Marcus Allen has been a Partner with Venture Philanthropy Partners (VPP) for the
past eight years. Venture Philanthropy Partners is a high engagement
philanthropic investment firm which provides significant multi-year growth
capital and strategic management support to nonprofits serving children and
youth of low-income families in the National Capital Region. VPP has adapted the
relevant principles of private investment firms and applied them for investing
in the nonprofit sector. In her role as Partner, she has managed a multi-million dollar portfolio of nonprofit organizations, conducted due diligence and
analysis of investment criteria to select high performing philanthropic
investments, assisted in the creation of growth-oriented business plans,
structured investment parameters, and provided strategic advice designed to
assist nonprofit organizations in achieving their proposed social outcomes. Most
recently, she has worked directly with the President/CEO to advance VPP’s
mission through development of strategic partnerships, and is responsible for
on-going relationship management and the generation of match funding to support
VPP’s Social Innovation Fund initiative, youthCONNECT.
Prior to joining VPP, for 11 years she was the Vice President of
Membership Services at the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) with
responsibility for six regional offices throughout the country and ensuring the
connectedness of over 1,100 public and private member agencies through the
development of numerous conferences, trainings, and convenings annually. After
having spent a number of years in senior level positions in Maryland local and
state government working on behalf of low-income children and youth, in 1988 she
was appointed by the former Mayor of Baltimore City and the former Governor of
the State of Maryland as the Director of the Baltimore City Department of Social
Services. In that position, she was responsible for city-wide social services,
income maintenance, and child support, managing a workforce of 2,500 employees
and an operating budget of $400 million, serving over 200,000 low income and/or
at-risk Baltimore City individuals. She has an undergraduate degree in sociology
from Morgan State University and a graduate degree in public administration from
the University of Baltimore. She is a member of the board of the National Human
Services Assembly, National Advisory Committee for the Carrera Adolescent
Pregnancy Prevention Program, and a member of the Morgan State University Board
Tim McCollum, Co-Founder
Tim McCollum is the co-founder of Madécasse Chocolate. Madécasse Chocolate is
one of the only fine chocolates made entirely in Africa. In 2011, Madécasse was
named one of the 50 Most Innovative Companies in the world by Fast Company Magazine.
Both their chocolate and their unique approach to business has been critically acclaimed
by the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Food & Wine Magazine. Prior to Madécasse, Tim worked at The American Express Company and was a Peace Corps Volunteer
Manmeet Mehta, Program Officer
Mehta builds new social sector partnerships and runs the Crowdsourcing Social
Innovation program for GlobalGiving. This program invites social entrepreneurs
to experiment with, deepen and integrate online fundraising strategies in their
organizations' activities. This program includes new partnerships with youth
social entrepreneurs. With a background in Economics and graduate degrees in
Development as well as Business Administration, she has nearly 7 years of
experience in the private and philanthropic sectors in India and the U.S. Between
2002 and 2005 she worked with HSBC, The Taj Group & the Khemka Foundation in
India. She has previously worked with Ashoka in Washington, D.C.
Carmen Niethammer, Operations Officer, Strategy and
Women in Business (WIN) Program
Niethammer is responsible for Strategy and Knowledge in IFC's Women in Business
Program, which is charged with creating opportunities for women as leaders,
entrepreneurs and employees in developing countries. She also served as IFC's
focal point for the World Bank Group's Gender Action Plan where she led the
private sector development market portfolio.
In partnership with the Global Reporting Institute (GRI), she co-authored
a Practitioner's Guide on 'Gender and Sustainability Reporting' which was
published in Chinese, English, Hindi, Portuguese and Spanish. She served as
member on the Global Reporting Initiative's Gender Working Group that made
recommendations for updates to GRI's G3 Sustainability Reporting Framework.
Launched in March 2011, the new guidance is the most comprehensive
sustainability reporting guidance available today. Carmen has initiated and
successfully helped institutionalize IFC's work on development impact tracking
Previously, she was the Gender Program Manager with IFC Advisory Services
in the Middle East and North Africa, based in Cairo, where she led the team that
provides technical solutions to growth-oriented small and medium female-owned
enterprises. Among others, she managed the publication of "Women's
Entrepreneurship in the Middle East and North Africa Region: Characteristics,
Contributions & Challenges," a report that has been translated into Arabic.
She joined IFC from the World Bank, where she was an Operations Officer in
the Office of the MENA Chief Economist. Prior to joining the World Bank Group in
1999, Carmen was an Aid Coordinator as part of the UN Resident Coordinator
System in Sana'a, Yemen. Carmen is a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University
School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
Eduard Niesten, Director, Conservation Stewards Program
Eduard Niesten directs Conservation International’s Conservation Stewards
Program. During his 10 years of work at Conservation International he has
focused on designing and implementing incentive-based interventions that advance
conservation and human wellbeing. He has worked on conservation agreements and
related tools in more than 20 countries in South and Central America, Africa,
Asia, and the Pacific Island region. In addition, his research efforts have
produced a broad range of publications comparing the relative strengths and
weaknesses of various conservation approaches. He earned his PhD in Applied
Economics from Stanford University in 1998.
Clayton Ogg, Director, Conservation Economics and Finance
Defenders of Wildlife
Clay Ogg worked for many years at U.S. Department of Agriculture and at the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency doing research and managing research, organizing
symposia, working on strategic initiatives, and participating on teams that created
actual programs. His analysis focused on creation the Conservation Reserve (CRP), Conservation
Compliance, and Swampbuster Programs, as well as on creation of CRP’s Continuous
Sign-Up Program, on fertilizer management initiatives, and on severing the link
between program payments and input use. Current work at Defenders of Wildlife focuses
on incentives and markets for ecosystem services.
World Cocoa Foundation
Robert Peck joined WCF in 2003 and has played an important role in the growth of the
Foundation from an organization with an annual budget of less than a million dollars
to its current annual budget of over $12 million dollars. He is responsible for
the day to day operations, budget management, fundraising efforts and executing
contractual arrangements with Partners and Consultants. He has traveled to most
cocoa producing countries in Latin America and assists on program development efforts
and new partnership opportunities the Western Hemisphere.
Prior to joining the World Cocoa Foundation, he worked at the Leveraged Finance
Department at CIBC World Markets where he helped project teams finding alternative
funding options on several deals. For four years he directed environmental programs
for a government agency in Colombia, South America.
He holds an MBA and a Masters in Public Policy degree from Georgetown University
and a BS in Agricultural Studies from Iowa State University.
Jennifer Pope, Deputy Director, SIFPO
Population Services International
Tom Reynolds, Director of Education Services (*Moderator)
Maryland Municipal League
Reynolds is Director of Education Services at the Maryland Municipal League. The
Maryland Municipal League is a non-profit organization representing all the
incorporated cities and towns in Maryland. His primary responsibilities
relate to the development and coordination of local government training programs.
He also provides research assistance to municipal elected officials and in support
of the League’s legislative program. In addition, Mr. Reynolds teaches classes for
the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance and serves as coordinator for the
MML’s conflict resolution program.
He was previously a government consultant at the Institute for Governmental
Service at the University of Maryland and a former councilmember with the Town of
Berwyn Heights, MD. He has a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of
Miami, an MA in political science from Rutgers University.
Maryland House of Representatives Delegate, District 39, Montgomery County
Reznik has been a member of House of Delegates since October 2, 2007. His professional experience
includes working in international development and foreign aid programs since 1994.
Focusing specifically in the areas of democracy, civil society, and economic development.
He has had experience with implementing international development programs throughout
the world for well respected implementing organizations and companies such as ACDI/VOCA,
American Councils for International Education, Center for International Private
Enterprise, AECOM PADCO for donors organizations such as USAID, World Bank, and
United Nations. He currently is employed by The QED Group, LLC where he serves
as the Program Director on a variety of programs that focus on Democracy & Governance,
Anti-Corruption, Rule of Law, Legislative Development, and Conflict Resolution.
In addition, he has practiced law in Montgomery County for the firm of Weinberg
& Jacobs focusing on exempt organizations, estate planning, and small business.
Robin Renee Sanders, International Affairs Advisor, Africare
Former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria (2007-2010) & Republic of Congo (2002-2005)
Dr. Robin Renee Sanders served as U.S. Ambassador to the Federal Republic of
Nigeria from 2007-2010. Prior to that she served as the International Advisor and
Deputy Commandant of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces—one of the U.S.
military’s premier colleges at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C.
– where she also taught National Security Studies, International Affairs, and African
Studies. Ambassador Sanders also has served twice as the Director for Africa at
the National Security Council at the White House. She has a range of policy and
development experience working on elections, education, food security, energy, democracy,
human rights, and reconstruction. Ambassador Sanders holds a Doctor of Science degree
from Robert Morris University, Masters of Arts degree in International Relations
and Africa Studies, and Masters of Science degree in Communications and Journalism
from Ohio University; and, she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications
from Hampton University. Dr. Sanders is currently the Board Chair of Songhai Integrative
Systems Regional Centers – leading centers of excellence on key global human issues
- where she focuses on food security, agriculture, sustainable environment, energy,
youth education, and entrepreneurship, and a leader of the FEEEDS® advocacy efforts
on these same issues at Robert Morris University (RMU) as well as being a member
of RMU’s Board of Trustees.
Ambassador Sanders is the recipient of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Civilian Honor
Award (one of the highest civilian honor awards by the U.S. military); three State
Department Superior Honor Awards; four State Department Meritorious Honor Awards,
the “Presidential Medal of Honor “ awarded to her by the President of the Republic
of Congo, several citations in Who’s Who of America, and was recently inducted into
the U.S. National Honor and Scholar Society for her leadership, public service and
Her overseas postings have included Dominican Republic, Portugal, Sudan, Namibia,
Senegal, Republic of Congo and Nigeria, with missions to Angola, South Africa, Democratic
Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Botswana, Mozambique, Rwanda, Zambia, and Benin. She
is a trustee of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, and a global advisor
to Operation Hope - a non-profit organization focused on working in U.S. at risk
communities. Sanders speaks French, and some Spanish, and Portuguese. Activities
and articles written by Dr. Sanders can be found on her blog
www.huffingtonpost.com or follow her on
Jeff Senne, Corporate Responsibility
Senne is the Director of Environment and Marketplace for PwC. In this role Jeff
leads the firm's efforts in terms of environmental conservation and promoting
responsible business practices in the marketplace. Prior to joining PwC he was
the Director of Sustainability Performance for Sodexo Inc, a Senior Advisor for
the African Development Bank and the Head of Communications on Progress and
Participation for the United Nations Global Compact. In these roles, he has
worked with company, university, civil society and governmental representatives
in creating value by continually improving their organization’s social and
He takes a continual improvement, "manage what you measure," approach to
organizational change by applying quality management methodologies to uncover
value in systems and process improvements. While with the United Nations he
delivered trainings to over 1000 company staff and stakeholders from over 50
countries and developed tools and methods for measuring, evaluating and
communicating on the progress companies are making to be sure their corporate
citizenship commitments deliver strategic value.
Prior to joining the United Nations, he spent nearly 15 years in
management, where he was a "disaster recovery specialist." His work was to take
over business operations that were underperforming and to redefine their
business model and create sustainable and competitive company cultures.
Creating, managing and motivating teams by defining shared goals, common values,
and performance indicators were his forte.
Jigar Shah, CEO
Carbon War Room
CEO of The Carbon War Room, Jigar Shah is leading the organization to drive
global emissions reductions by unlocking private sector solutions. Under his
guidance, The Carbon War Room has become a catalyst to bring project finance and
growth capital together with infrastructure entrepreneurs, corporations,
governments and non-governmental organization (NGO) to identify and eliminate
With barriers eliminated, the playing field is leveled so technologies can
compete head to head. Plus a level playing field can engage entrepreneurs to
deploy market-driven solutions to gigaton-scale climate solutions, and grow
trillion dollar industries. This is why Shah believes that the biggest
challenges of our time are the largest wealth creation opportunities of this
His experience shows that the right business solutions can unlock existing
technologies. He launched SunEdison in 2003 based upon a business plan he
developed in 1999 for a university class. That plan became the basis of the
SunEdison business model: Simplify solar as a service. This model changed the
status quo, allowing organizations to purchase solar energy services under
long-term predictably priced contracts and avoid the significant capital costs
of ownership and operation of solar energy systems. Under his guidance, SunEdison pioneered the solar power services agreement (SPSA) model, which has
turned solar services into a multi-billion dollar industry. SunEdison now has
more solar energy systems and megawatts under management than any other company.
He holds a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois,
Champaign-Urbana, and an MBA from the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith
School of Business. He sits on the
boards of the Earth Day Network, SBNOW, and Greenpeace.
Catherine P. Sheehy
UL Environment, Catherine Sheehy supports the development of its Sustainability
Quotient (SQ) Program, through which UL provides organizational-level
sustainability services based on auditable organization-level sustainability
standards. Before joining UL Environment, a subsidiary of Underwriters
Laboratories, she was a manager
with Accenture’s talent and organizational performance service line, where she also
led the D.C. metro area Eco Team, a local extension of Accenture’s internal
environmental program. Prior to working at Accenture, she was with the Human
Rights Campaign where she helped further develop the Corporate Equality Index, a
tool that rates businesses and organizations on their treatment of gay, lesbian,
bisexual, and transgender employees and consumers. Before that, she worked for several years at the
then-Investor Responsibility Research Center as director of the Corporate Benchmarking
Services, where she provided social and environmental screening data, tools, and
support to institutional investors, companies, and academic institutions. She
serves on the board of the Sustainable Business Network of Washington (SBNOW),
whose mission is to transform the ways businesses appraise, engage, and enhance
human, ecological, and financial resources in order to make the national capital
region a better place to live, work, visit, and do business. She has a BA from the
University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the Robert H. Smith School of Business
at the University of Maryland.
Rita Shenkel, Director of Community Engagement
Ernst & Young, LLP
Shenkel is the Americas Director of Community Engagement for Ernst & Young, LLP.
In this role, she is responsible for ensuring that the firm's "3Es" corporate
responsibility strategy (Education, Entrepreneurship and Environmental
Sustainability) is carried out through its community engagement activities in
the U.S., Canada and Central and South America. She accomplishes this by working
closely with leadership teams in the firm's 11 Sub-Areas to align Americas
charitable donations, volunteer programs, stakeholder relationships and
communications with those activities, programs and organizations that make
education more accessible for under-served youth, promote entrepreneurship and
sustain the environment.
A 1990 graduate of the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas, she earned
her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication. She has also a Master of Liberal
Arts degree with a concentration in Communication from the same university. An
avid community volunteer, she is a member of the Board of
Directors of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas, a volunteer for College for
Every Student, and is a "Big Sister" in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program.
She is a former board member of, or volunteer for: Altrusa International, Inc.,
American Heart Association, Dallas Children's Advocacy Center, Greater Dallas
Chamber of Commerce, Junior Achievement, March of Dimes, Muscular Dystrophy
Association, and The Family Place.
Ben Simon, Entrepreneur & Co-Founder
Food Recovery Network
Simon is a senior Government and Politics major at the University of Maryland,
College Park. He got a quick start in the world of change making five years ago
as a student at Montgomery Blair High School, where he united students from ten
Montgomery County high schools to successfully divest the Montgomery County MCERS
pension fund and the M-NCPPC pension fund from companies with operations supporting
the Genocide in Darfur. After serving as Genocide Intervention Network's College
Divestment Coordinator his freshman year, he worked for Search for Common Ground,
where he was first introduced to the framework of social entrepreneurship.
At UMD, he co-founded The Love Movement, and is a former opinion columnist for
The Diamondback. Most recently, he is the founder of MyMaryland.net, a
new, nonprofit, non-partisan website to connect Maryland residents with their
elected officials, and co-founder of the Food Recovery Network, a national
campus network of student groups that recover the food from their colleges that
would otherwise be going to waste and donate it to local homeless shelters. He is looking forward to connecting
with other change agents at the symposium.
Kristen Sullivan, Partner
Deloitte & Touche LLP
Kristen B. Sullivan is a member of Deloitte’s Global Sustainability & Climate
Change (S&CC) services group. She focuses on sustainability reporting and assurance
matters, and is also a member of Deloitte’s Conflict Minerals Advisory Services
team She also leads Deloitte’s efforts in support of Social Impact Investing and
advancing the Impact Investing industry infrastructure development, specifically
focused on Deloitte’s services in support of the Global Impact Investing Rating
System (GIIRS). Previously, she worked closely with the deputy CEO of Deloitte
LLP, focusing on regulatory and public policy matters for the firm. In this
capacity, she engaged with representatives from the other large public company
auditing firms in advancing progress in areas of common interest and importance
for the public company auditing profession. She recently co-authored an article
published in the International Journal of Disclosure and Governance, How and why
an independent audit matters. She began her career with Deloitte in the Audit and Advisory services
practice, serving clients in the Manufacturing and Aerospace & Defense industries.
She has also served in the firm’s National Office in several different capacities.
Jessica Sutter, Senior Advisor
Deputy Mayor for Education De'Shawn Wright (*Session Moderator)
Jessica Sutter is a Senior Advisor to Deputy Mayor for Education, De'Shawn
Wright. She works on issues related to school quality, including engaging
parents and community members in making use of school data. She previously
worked at the Office of the State Superintendent of Education in the Office of
Public Charter School Financing and Support where she designed an $8 million
teacher compensation grant for the city's public charter schools to aid in their
recruitment and retention of high-quality teachers. She is also a doctoral student at the University of Maryland pursuing
her PhD in Education Policy Studies. Her research focuses on high-performing urban
public charter schools. She began her career as a seventh grade teacher in a Chicago
Catholic school as part of the Inner-City Teaching Corps, was a founding teacher
at KIPP: LA Prep and most recently taught eighth-grade social studies and literature
at KIPP DC: KEY Academy. She has an MA in Education Policy Studies from the University
of Maryland and a BA in Political Science from Loyola College in Maryland.
Senior Associate, Carbon War Room
Schwartz is the Network Engagement Senior Associate at the Carbon War Room.
Since October 2009 David has helped CWR grow from its start-up phase into a
global NGO respected as a "do-tank" focusing on mitigating climate change. Among
the multiple roles David fills at the Carbon War Room, David is currently
involved in launching and leading Carbon War Room’s Network Engagement Strategy:
mapping and engaging stakeholders to provide a constant feedback loop to
effectively help Carbon War Room clearly define the market barriers. David
actively engages with the hundreds of entrepreneurs in the Carbon War Room
network to identify the barriers that are preventing their clean technology
solution from scaling. David volunteers as a reading judge for the William James
Foundation Business Plan competition and Unreasonable Institute and is
passionate about all things related to start-ups, sustainability and marketing.
He graduated from Cornell University.
Geoffrey S. Underwood
Director, Solar Asset Origination, Constellation Energy
Geoffrey Underwood is responsible for solar asset origination in support of
Constellation Energy's (NYSE: CEG) national portfolio of more than 100MW of
solar facilities. Geoff manages a national direct sales team, national/corporate
accounts, federal accounts, and is and member of Solar Leadership Team,
providing overall management of solar platform. Prior to Constellation Geoff was
Vice President of Business Development and an equity stakeholder at a start-up
regional solar developer and contractor, Dynamic Solar, leading growth to more
than $50MM annual revenues, managing business development, project economic
analysis, and channel partnerships.
Previously, he was senior associate at FBR Capital Markets responsible for
market and equity analysis of renewable energy firms and authored a seminal
supply-demand analysis of the solar space. His 15 year career in
Washington, D.C., includes significant work in energy policy and economics,
business and venture development, and work with federal agencies, Congress and
the White House.
He received his BA from the University of Florida and his MBA from the Robert
H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. He is a registered broker and holds a number of SEC/FINRA licenses.
Nathalie Walker, Manager
Tropical Agriculture, Forests and Climate Project,
National Wildlife Federation
Nathalie Walker is the Manager of National Wildlife Federation’s Tropical
Agriculture, Forests and Climate Project and works with companies, NGOs,
research institutions and commodity roundtables to promote solutions to
deforestation driven by industrial agriculture. She has 10 years of experience
in the commercial drivers of tropical deforestation, working for Greenpeace
International, Oxford University’s Department of International Development and
Borealis Center for Environmental and Trade Research. She received her PhD in ecology from the University of Durham, U.K., and her
MA in ecology from the University of Cambridge, U.K.
Amanda White, Brand Manager
Amanda White currently serves as the Brand Manager at Divine Chocolate, a fair
trade, farmer owned chocolate company based in Washington, D.C. Before joining Divine,
Amanda worked with Shop for Change Fair Trade, a domestic certification and promotion
organization in Mumbai, India. She worked closely with cotton farmers and fashion
designers in India to help launch a consumer movement for fair trade throughout
the region. Amanda has been involved in fair trade for over six years, having worked
as a student activist, organizer, and partner to a variety of fair trade businesses.
She has conducted fieldwork on fair trade and sustainable agriculture in both Central
America and India, and holds a B.A. in Economics and International Relations from
New York University.
Andrew Yu, Business Development Manager
Fairfax County Economic Development Authority
Yu is a Business Development Manager for Fairfax County Economic Development
Authority (FCEDA) responsible for managing all the marketing efforts in Asia.
Prior to joining the FCEDA, he was a product marketing manager at Freescale
Semiconductor where his team developed the 2G and 3G mobile handsets. He also
spent seven years at a start-up software development company where he managed
corporate marketing activities as well as serving as the acting country and
regional business development manager for Asia. Mr. Yu received his BS in
International Business at Illinois State University, and MBA in Marketing and
Finance from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.