Meet some of our mentors!

Grace Oliva
Grace Oliva

Associate, Colorado Impact Fund

Grace Oliva

Grace Oliva

Associate, Colorado Impact Fund

Grace joined Colorado Impact Fund as a Research Analyst and became an Associate in 2016. Previously, she was working in the oil and gas industry as a Data Analyst. After graduating from college, Grace lived abroad in Japan where she taught English at a private school and university.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Amherst College in Massachusetts. She’s originally from Los Angeles, California and now lives in Denver, Colorado. In her free time Grace enjoys hiking, cycling, and snowboarding.

Kerry Suddes
Kerry Suddes

Director of Training, For Impact (which has raised $2B+)

Kerry Suddes

Kerry Suddes

Director of Training, For Impact (which has raised $2B+)

Kerry started in the for-profit training world where she built and facilitated world-class teams programs for Fortune 500 companies, including J.P. Morgan Chase, Nationwide Insurance, Merck and Sherwin-Williams. She has a degree in Speech Communications and Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego.

In 2005, Kerry joined the For Impact team as Director of Live Experiences and Coach. She has since coached and trained thousands of organizations — including The American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, several YM and YWCA organizations, and many private schools, social service agencies and social ventures — through successful funding efforts ranging from $100K to $30M.

In addition to working in the field on funding initiatives, Kerry leads the team in designing and delivering all live experiences – Speaking, Boot Camps and Workshops.

She is an avid (but amateur) cyclist, two-time Half Ironman finisher and known as Aunt Kiki to seven nieces and nephews. She is a YPO forum member and a mentor at the Unreasonable Institute. Kerry lives in Jackson, Wyoming, with her husband, Chris.

 

Kim Curtis
Kim Curtis

Founder, FoodFlip

Kim Curtis

Kim Curtis

Founder, FoodFlip

Kim Curtis is an entrepreneur, chef, and consultant.  With 20 years of experience in product development, Kim has helped launch 5 startups, consulted for most every vertical and size from startups to Fortune 100’s, spent 15 (long) years in financial technology, “intrapreneured” the Web Technology Team at Janus Capital Group, and even owned a cake company in the middle of everything.  As founder of FoodFlip, her mission is to change what healthy eating means. FoodFlip is bringing real, accurate research and tools for understanding the power of food to the 50+ million people with autoimmune conditions.  

Venilde Jeronimo
Venilde Jeronimo

25+ years in strategic planning and capital raising

Venilde Jeronimo

Venilde Jeronimo

25+ years in strategic planning and capital raising

Venilde, originally from the Azores Islands, savors learning, traveling, and food. Based along the California coast in the San Francisco Bay Area and Santa Barbara, her writing focuses on the past, present, and future of food. She has 25+ years in strategic planning, capital raising, driving initiatives and impact for start-ups, and building relationships across borders and cultures for institutions of higher education. You can spot Venilde early mornings with her running shoes.

Aarti Kotak
Aarti Kotak

Managing Deputy Commissioner for the City of Chicago

Aarti Kotak

Aarti Kotak

Managing Deputy Commissioner for the City of Chicago

Aarti Kotak currently serves as a Managing Deputy Commissioner at the Department of Planning and Development for the City of Chicago, promoting the comprehensive growth and well-being of the City and its neighborhoods. She previously served as Choice Neighborhoods Director and Associate Counsel at the Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH) and managed a $30.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to redevelop and revitalize apartments in Chicago.

Adam Schlegel
Adam Schlegel

Co-Founder, Snooze AM Eatery

Adam Schlegel

Adam Schlegel

Co-Founder, Snooze AM Eatery

Adam Schlegel has experience across multiple sectors and disciplines in entrepreneurship, management and socially conscious business practices. In 2006, Adam and his brother Jon founded Snooze AM Eatery, a consortium of breakfast and lunch restaurants throughout the Western US.  Adam currently sits on the Snooze Board of Directors and orchestrates the community and sustainability programs across this growing restaurant group. From 2013-15, he served as the Executive Director for EatDenver, a Denver based nonprofit focused on locally owned, developing the organization’s mission of education, community and advocacy before transitioning the Board President.

Adam sits on the board of multiple sustainability and health based initiatives in Denver, including Denver Urban Gardens and the Colorado Pedals Project.  In addition, Adam works with a number of socially conscious businesses on food sourcing, procurement and enjoyment.  Past involvement includes Denver SEEDS, Denver’s Sustainable Food Policy Council, GreenPrint Denver, and a handful of NGO and other Boards.  Adam speaks locally and throughout Colorado on sustainable and triple bottom line management opportunities.

A Denver native, husband to a dynamic partner Sarah, and father of their two boys, Adam spends more time than not playing with his boys, travelling any and everywhere, and whatever other hobby is the flavor of the week.

Wendy Moschetti
Wendy Moschetti

Director of Food Systems, Live Well Colorado

Wendy Moschetti

Wendy Moschetti

Director of Food Systems, Live Well Colorado

As the director of food systems, Wendy leads the development and implementation of LiveWell Colorado’s strategies related to food systems, food access and food promotion.

After moving to Colorado in 2005, Wendy researched healthy food access initiatives for the National Convergence Partnership while also serving as project coordinator for the “Gardens for Growing Healthy Communities” research project with the University of Colorado-Denver and Denver Urban Gardens. She joined the consulting firm Civic Results in 2007 to help staff the healthy schools and food access teams of the Metro Denver Health & Wellness Commission.  Wendy launched her own firm, WPM Consulting, in May 2009. Since then, she has collaborated with numerous organizations—including LiveWell Colorado, LiveWell communities across the state, Colorado State University, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, Hunger Free Colorado, and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment—to work on a variety of projects aimed at leveraging our food systems to improve equitable access to healthy foods.

Wendy holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Washington and a master’s degree in city and regional planning from the University of California-Berkeley. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her three young kids, trail running, camping, and reading fiction.

Alan Lewis
Alan Lewis

Director at Natural Grocers

Alan Lewis

Alan Lewis

Director at Natural Grocers

Alan Lewis navigates government affairs and food and agriculture policy for Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, a 62-year-old health food store chain with over 140 stores in 20 states. Alan is active in several national trade and advocacy organizations. He sits on the board of the Organic and Natural Health Association and is executive editor of Local Food Shift magazine. He is speaker and panelist at many policy events, and presented a talk on the food system at TEDx Boulder in 2014. Long a student of political activism, his focus is on communicating with policy makers and stakeholders at the federal, state, and local level using frameworks that are non-confrontational and inclusive. He has started two successful companies and advised hundreds of others. A Colorado native, he has lived in Portugal, Haiti, and Dominica, where he developed an appreciation of ingredient supply chain challenges within different ecological, cultural, political and economic contexts.

Alex Hanifin
Alex Hanifin

CEO, Alpine Start

Alex Hanifin

Alex Hanifin

CEO, Alpine Start

Alex Hanifin, a native of Boulder, CO, is the CEO of Alpine Start.  She serves as the co-Vice President of Naturally Boulder and sits on the Executive Board of Directors for The Growe Foundation.  Alex has been in the food CPG industry for 10 years, and most recently was on the marketing team at Boulder Brands managing EVOL.  She previously worked on Rudi’s under the Hain-Celestial Group. When Alex isn’t working, she is off climbing rocks and mountain biking.

Alex Hernandez
Alex Hernandez

Led over $100M investments in education

Alex Hernandez

Alex Hernandez

Led over $100M investments in education

The Charter School Growth Fund is a nonprofit that supports the growth of the nation’s best public charter schools. He has led over $100M in investments and built the organization’s Next Generation Schools practice, establishing CSGF as a national leader in school innovation. He now leads CSGF’s Impact Team that provides direct services to portfolio schools to help them scale better and reach higher levels of performance faster. Alex is a former Area Superintendent at Aspire Public Schools where he managed schools in the California Central Valley region. He taught high school math in South Los Angeles and later served as a Broad Fellow at Portland Public Schools. Before that, Alex worked for several years with JP Morgan and Disney’s venture capital arm, Steamboat Ventures. He is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College, has an MBA and Masters of Education from Stanford University, and is a Pahara-Aspen fellow for leaders dedicated to transforming public education. He is a board member of DSST Public Schools, Ednovate, Rocketship Education and 4pt0 Schools. Alex lives near Boulder, Colorado with his wife Michelle and twin sons.

Anne Misak
Anne Misak

Co-chair for the Denver Sustainable Food Policy Council

Anne Misak

Anne Misak

Co-chair for the Denver Sustainable Food Policy Council

Anne Misak is the Healthy Food Program Manager for Colorado Enterprise Fund (CEF). She develops, manages, and promotes CEF’s healthy food financing program for small businesses in Colorado’s food system, especially in low-income communities lacking convenient access to healthy, fresh food. Anne is a newly-elected co-chair for the Denver Sustainable Food Policy Council, an official Board and Commission for the City of Denver. She is also on the Executive Committee of the Community Wealth Building Network of Metro Denver, a start-up organization with the goal of changing Denver’s economic development models to better support low-income communities.

Anne was a Board Member for Nourish Community Market, a start-up food cooperative in Northeast Denver/Northwest Aurora. She has a particular interest in and experience with food co-ops, particularly as a community-controlled option for bringing in healthy food. Anne earned a Master of City Planning degree in community and economic development from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Political Science from Oberlin College in Ohio. When she isn’t working to provide healthy food access for all communities, Anne enjoys exploring the wonderful outdoors and eating good food with friends.

Asif Saleh
Asif Saleh

Senior Director at BRAC—bringing 100M out of poverty

Asif Saleh

Asif Saleh

Senior Director at BRAC—bringing 100M out of poverty

Asif is currently a Senior Director and part of the executive decision making body of BRAC. At his current capacity, he oversees its Strategy, Social Innovation Lab, Communication and Advocacy, ICT and four empowerment related programmes. He is currently serving in the board of IPDC, BRAC.net and is the Chairman of BRAC IT Services.

He served as an Executive Director at Goldman, Sachs until 2008 until he decided to return to Bangladesh and work in the development sector. Over a career span of 12 years with Goldman, Sachs in New York and London, he served in various management roles in Equities and Asset Managetment Division of Goldman, Sachs. His previous work experiences were in Glaxo Wellcome, NorTel and IBM. Asif is also the founder of Drishtipat, a global organization focusing on human and economic rights of Bangldeshis. In 2001, he started the then Internet based Drishtipat (Take Notice ) which became an umbrella of concerned diaspora expatriates working on social development. Currently it has nine chapters in the USA, Australia, UK, Canada and Bangladesh.

Asif writes regularly for leading dailies in Bangladesh and in international magazines on society, politics, development, entrepreneurship and diaspora centric issues.

Becky Margiotta
Becky Margiotta

Co-Founder Billions Institute (helped over 100K homeless people into housing)

Becky Margiotta

Becky Margiotta

Co-Founder Billions Institute (helped over 100K homeless people into housing)

Becky Kanis Margiotta co-foundedThe Billions Institute with her friend Joe McCannon to answer one question: how do we spread solutions to the world’s most pressing problems to everyone who could benefit as quickly as possible? Previously, Becky led the100,000 Homes Campaign for Community Solutions. Featured on60 Minutes, the Campaign was a nationwide large-scale change effort to find and house 100,000 of the most long-term and medically vulnerable homeless people in America by July 2014. Before that, she commanded two Special Operations companies in the US Army. She graduated from West Point and holds a masters degree from The New School. Becky was recognized by the White House as a Champion of Change in 2013 and by the Schwab Foundation as a Social Entrepreneur of the Year in 2015.

Blake Angelo
Blake Angelo

City of Denver’s Manager of Food Systems Development

Blake Angelo

Blake Angelo

City of Denver’s Manager of Food Systems Development

Blake Angelo is Denver’s first Manager of Food Systems Development. Located in the Office of Economic Development, Mr. Angelo is responsible for supporting food-related business and community development efforts across the city with a particular focus in supporting a balanced approach to healthy food access, mid-skills food job creation, and the expansion of local food businesses in target neighborhoods. Working closely with the Denver Sustainable Food Policy Council (a mayor appointed commission), he managed the creation of Denver’s first strategic plan for food systems development: the Denver Food Plan. Born and raised in Denver, Angelo has a track record of supporting hundreds of food and farm-related businesses. He understands that strong food systems require strong food businesses and strong multidisciplinary partners. Prior to this position, Angelo worked as a business and organizational development consultant, was the Director of the Beanstalk Foundation, and served as the first specialist in Urban Agriculture for Colorado State University Extension in Denver and Jefferson counties. He has a master’s degree in Public Health and a bachelor’s degree in Evolutionary and Ecological Biology.

Brian Dixon
Brian Dixon

Investment Partner at Kapor Capital

Brian Dixon

Brian Dixon

Investment Partner at Kapor Capital

Brian Dixon focuses on identifying and evaluating early-stage investments along with helping portfolio companies grow effectively. Brian joined Kapor Capital in 2011 after spending two summers as an MBA intern, and was promoted to partner in November 2015. He is committed to making sure entrepreneurs of all backgrounds have access to advice and capital in order to make their business succeed.

Brian holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Science from Northeastern University and an MBA from F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College and has been selected as a Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) Fellow, Babson Fellow, and Springworks Scholar.

Prior to business school, Brian started his career as a software engineer at Citigroup through their selective IT analyst training program and has worked as a product and project manager at Education First and Babyzone (Acquired by Disney Inc.). He has founded multiple technology start-up companies and enjoys working with founders and accelerator programs.

Caitlin Leibert
Caitlin Leibert

Head of Sustainability for Chipotle Mexican Grill

Caitlin Leibert

Caitlin Leibert

Head of Sustainability for Chipotle Mexican Grill

As Head of Sustainability for Chipotle Mexican Grill, Caitlin is responsible for creating and implementing the company’s sustainability vision and strategy in more than 2,200 restaurants worldwide. From waste reduction to energy management, to water stewardship, Caitlin works to minimize Chipotle’s impact as a company and plays a key role in developing new practices. Caitlin started her career at Chipotle in 2007 as a marketing strategist in northern Ohio and later went on to oversee marketing in New England before moving to Denver, Colorado in 2011 for her current role. Caitlin received her BA in journalism from the University of New Hampshire where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She then went on to earn her Masters in Sustainability Leadership from the University of Cambridge in the UK in 2016. She is currently serving a two-year term on the Mayor’s Sustainability Advisory Council for the City of Denver.

Charlie Coglianese
Charlie Coglianese

Founder & CEO of Schoolrunner

Charlie Coglianese

Charlie Coglianese

Founder & CEO of Schoolrunner

Charlie Coglianese is the Founder & CEO of Schoolrunner, a Denver-based K-12 EdTech startup that helps teachers help kids using data. He formerly created similar solutions for hedge funds and other financial institutions in New York City. Charlie is focused on enabling professionals to make better decisions by presenting them the right information at the right time.

Chris Maliwat
Chris Maliwat

Former Product Manager for Netflix and Facebook

Chris Maliwat

Chris Maliwat

Former Product Manager for Netflix and Facebook

Chris is a seasoned product lead, business strategist, and interface designer with proven ability to transform concepts into award-winning, robust products. He has helped successfully launch internet and software projects including e-commerce solutions, content management systems, collaborative environments, network monitoring, streaming media, and personal finance software.

Dan Rosen
Dan Rosen

Co-founder, Mosaic (largest home solar lender in the US)

Dan Rosen

Dan Rosen

Co-founder, Mosaic (largest home solar lender in the US)

Dan is a clean energy entrepreneur working in Israel and rural native communities in the Southwest. He was recognized twice by Forbes as “30 under-30” for energy. He is the Co-Founder of Mosaic, which is a marketplace lender for home energy and the fastest growing lender in the rapidly growing residential solar space.

Dave DuPont
Dave DuPont

CEO of TeamSnap

Dave DuPont

Dave DuPont

CEO of TeamSnap

Dave is the CEO of TeamSnap. He has more than 20 years of experience in technology leadership positions. He was previously CEO of SANRAD, a venture-funded storage networking company, which he joined in 2006. He also helped found LeftHand Networks, a Boulder-based company sold to Hewlett Packard. Prior to that, Dave was with Hewlett-Packard.

Dave began his professional career as a field engineer in North and West Africa with Schlumberger Ltd. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from Harvard.

An avid skier and wannabe competitive cyclist, Dave lives in Boulder with wife Deb and two children, Mariel and Gabe. He enjoys reading, cooking and microbreweries.

David Ngo
David Ngo

Designing human behavior for good

David Ngo

David Ngo

Designing human behavior for good

David Ngo is an expert at designing products and services for the people that use them.

Eric Lombardi
Eric Lombardi

Strategic Advisor at Eco-Cycle International (creating zero-waste cities)

Eric Lombardi

Eric Lombardi

Strategic Advisor at Eco-Cycle International (creating zero-waste cities)

After 24 years of building the largest Zero Waste Social Enterprise in America (www.Ecocycle.org), Eric  launched a new initiative called Eco-Cycle International with the aim of sharing our success in Colorado with the world. As an experienced public speaker, policy advocate and strategic community planner, Eric is working to connect the people, data and best practices from around the world to facilitate the building of Zero Waste Communities through my consulting company, Zero Waste Strategies Inc. He was the Executive Director of Eco-Cycle from 1989 to 2014, and organization grew under my tenure to become one of the largest community-based recycling social enterprises in the world with a staff of 80 and processing 50,000 tons of diverse recycled materials per year (2014).

Erin Weed
Erin Weed

Founder and CEO, Evoso (trained over 1M women in self-defense)

Erin Weed

Erin Weed

Founder and CEO, Evoso (trained over 1M women in self-defense)

Erin helps companies and individuals seek their purpose and speak their truth.

Her current company, Evoso, means “evolve society.” They do this by helping people gain epic clarity of their message and helping them share it through the spoken word. They offer training, strategy, consulting, and representation services for seekers and speakers who are making the world a better place.

Her previous company was Girls Fight Back (GFB) – a women’s safety education company that launched in 2001. She created it after the murder of her dear college friend, Shannon McNamara. Between 2001-2013, she wrote a book about violence against young women, a column for CosmoGirl magazine, and her global team of presenters gave speeches to over one million people at live events. The company expanded internationally to India and Pakistan in 2011. After twelve kickass years (literally), she sold GFB to a Los Angeles talent agency, Kirkland Productions. Today she remains an advisor to the company.

She loves volunteering and has donated her time/resources to Uncharted, TEDxBoulder, StartingBloc, Girls on the Run, Greenhouse Scholars, Hollaback and Boulder Startup Week. Currently I’m a member of Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) and Entrepreneur Organization (EO).

Erine Gray
Erine Gray

CEO of Aunt Bertha (enabling 2 million+ marginalized people to access public assistance)

Erine Gray

Erine Gray

CEO of Aunt Bertha (enabling 2 million+ marginalized people to access public assistance)

Erine has been working on business and technology consulting projects for more than 12 years. His current company (Aunt Bertha) is making it easy for people to find food, health, housing and education programs. Aunt Bertha’s mission is to make human service program information more accessible to both people and programs. Prior to founding Aunt Bertha, he directed more than 60 employees within a project responsible for administering the application process for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. He delivered more than 40 software and operational improvement projects that saved the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) more than $5 million dollars per year in operating expenses.

George Deriso
George Deriso

10+ years at Apple

George Deriso

George Deriso

10+ years at Apple

George spent over a decade at Apple. Six startups later, he now is Assistant Director, Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Leeds School of Business, helping startups and coaching founders. As a consultant and member of many boards, George brings years of experience to solving intractable problems. He’s raised capital, sold companies, negotiated strategic deals, filled strategic gaps, and improved client businesses.

 

Jamie Van Leeuwen
Jamie Van Leeuwen

Led Denver's 10 Year Campaign to End Homelessness

Jamie Van Leeuwen

Jamie Van Leeuwen

Led Denver's 10 Year Campaign to End Homelessness

Jamie Van Leeuwen currently serves as the Senior Advisor for Governor Hickenlooper after working as Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Community Partnerships during the first term.

In 2006, he was appointed by Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper to head up Denver’s Road Home, the city’s Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness.  In this role, he oversaw leadership staff, fundraising, public relations and evaluation for Denver’s Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness.  In the first five years of the initiative, Denver’s Road Home generated over $50 million in new resources for the homeless, developed over 2,000 new units of affordable housing, prevented over 3,500 families from becoming homeless, reduced chronic homelessness by 70 percent and was recognized by HUD as one of the top six homeless programs in the country.  In 2007, Jamie was appointed to chair the Drug Strategy Commission and oversee the Office of Drug Strategy.  The office launched a major community-wide strategic plan in 2008 to close the unmet treatment gap in Denver.  In the first two years the plan created over $500 thousand in new treatment services and generated $3.5 million in-kind media annually.  Denver’s Road Home and the Office of Drug Strategy combined in a new division on Jamie’s oversight called the Office of Community Impact.

Jane Miller
Jane Miller

Former CEO of Rudi’s Organic Bakery

Jane Miller

Jane Miller

Former CEO of Rudi’s Organic Bakery

Jane Miller is a 30-year food industry executive with experience working with start-ups and Fortune 500 companies. She is also the founder of Janeknows.com, a career advice website geared towards young leaders starting their careers. She is the author of Sleep your Way to the Top(and other myths about business success), a sassy business book targeted at Millennials.

Currently, Jane is the CEO of HannahMax Cookie Chips and recently, Jane was the CEO and President of ProYo, a high protein natural food and ingredient start-up. Previously, she was the CEO and President of Charter Baking Company, a private-equity backed rollup of organic and natural bakeries.

Over the course of her career, Jane was part of an executive team that brought Hostess out of bankruptcy, worked for HJHeinz as the Chief Growth Officer and then the President of the UK & Ireland Division, and she ran the Western division of Bestfoods Baking. The first fourteen years of her career were at PepsiCo, where she rose to be the President of the Central division of Frito-Lay.

Jane currently serves as a board member at the University of Colorado Leeds Business School, Eldorado Springs Artesian Water and Madhava Sweeteners.  Her involvement as a mentor for young professionals and start-ups resulted in her being named the Lifetime Achievement Award Winner for the Denver Business Journal in 2013, the Boulder Chamber of Commerce’s Women Who Light the Community in 2015 and the Naturally Boulder Industry Leader Award in 2016. In 2015, Jane established the Jane Knows Scholarship Fund at Leeds supporting students who are the first in their family to go to college.

Jane has a Russian Studies degree from Knox College in Galesburg, IL, where she received a 2017 Alumni Achievement Award, and an MBA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.

Jennifer Pryce
Jennifer Pryce

President and CEO, Calvert Foundation

Jennifer Pryce

Jennifer Pryce

President and CEO, Calvert Foundation

Jenn Pryce is President and CEO of Calvert Foundation. Having worked at Calvert Foundation for nearly a decade, Jenn has shaped the strategic direction of the organization to lead on rising trends such as investing with a gender lens and making impact investing more accessible to retail investors.

Jenn started off in the Peace Corps working in Africa where she was exposed to the frustrating limited flows of capital to lower income communities. From there she set off to work for major banks in New York and London including NeubergerBerman and Morgan Stanley focusing on capital streams in emerging markets. She then realized she could hone her focus on investing in a socially responsible way supporting underserved communities. She has since committed her career to impact investing at Calvert Foundation.

Jenn has previously served on the boards of the Hitachi Foundation, Institute for Sustainable Communities, Impact Assets, Groundswell, and Apple Tree Institute. She received her BS in Mechanical Engineering from Union College and her MBA from Columbia University.

Jeremy Heimans
Jeremy Heimans

Co-founder/CEO at Purpose

Jeremy Heimans

Jeremy Heimans

Co-founder/CEO at Purpose

Jeremy Heimans is the co-founder and CEO of Purpose, a home for building movements and new ventures that use the power of participation to change the world. Purpose has helped build global movements on issues like global LGBT rights, the sharing economy, modern slavery and gun violence in the US. Purpose also advises major NGOs, foundations and progressive companies.

In 2007, Jeremy co-founded Avaaz.org, the world’s largest online political community, with more than 40 million members. In 2005, he co-founded GetUp.org, an Australian online political movement and internationally recognized social movement phenomenon that today has more members than all of Australia’s political parties combined. In 2004, he co-founded an advocacy group in the US presidential elections that ran a highly publicized online and media campaign, raising millions of dollars in small online donations.

In 2011, Jeremy received the Ford Foundation’s 75th Anniversary Visionary Award for his work as a movement pioneer and he was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He is chair of the WEF’s Global Agenda Council on Civic Participation. He was ranked 11th on Fast Company’s list of the 100 Most Creative People in Business and has been recognized as one of the “Top 10 People Who is Changing the World of the Internet and Politics” by the World e-Government Forumn. The Guardian has named him one of the ten most influential voices on sustainability in the United States. In 2015, he was the recipient of the Performance Theater’s Inspired Leadership Award. Jeremy began his career with the strategy consultants McKinsey and Company. He was educated at Harvard University and the University of Sydney. He is a citizen of Australia and the Netherlands, and lives in New York.

Jessica Cole
Jessica Cole

Former Outreach Director at Panorama Education

Jessica Cole

Jessica Cole

Former Outreach Director at Panorama Education

Jessica is a builder and a civic organizer. She believes that technology, at its best, creates neighborhoods out of people. She served as Director of Outreach at Panorama Education to bring perception data to 6500 public schools, organized civic retreats, and instigated field trips across Yale and Boston.

Jim Thaller
Jim Thaller

Senior agribusiness marketing advisor at the World Bank

Jim Thaller

Jim Thaller

Senior agribusiness marketing advisor at the World Bank

Jim Thaller is an entrepreneur who believes that the food industry can change the world. He is one of the managing directors and co-founders of Talier Trading Group; a specialty food development company based in West New York, NJ (USA). For more than eighteen years, Jim has been working with value-added, food producing companies on product and market development. With Talier Trading Group, Jim has been responsible for spearheading a variety of emerging market programs, and has been credited with designing and implementing the African, Peruvian, Southeast Asian and Eastern European specialty food programs in the United States and Europe. With warehousing on two continents and active distribution on five, Talier Trading Group is consistently named one of the top specialty food development companies anywhere. Jim is also a senior agribusiness marketing advisor at The World Bank’s InfoDev program, and is responsible for supporting the design, development and implementation of their agribusiness innovation program across Africa, Asia and elsewhere. Jim has previously founded two software development companies, both of which were successfully acquired. Jim has received many awards during his career, including an Innovation Award from the NY New Media Association, a Top 40 Under 40 from Gourmet Retailer, Industry Leadership from NASFT and a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Specialty Food Association. Jim holds a bachelor’s degree and several post-graduate certificates, including one as a certified HACCP auditor from The International HACCP Alliance. He sits on the boards of several food-industry companies and international organizations, including as Chairman of The Unreasonable Institute East Africa, Chairman of The Foodshed Alliance and Director of The Food Farm. From 2008 until 2016, Jim served on President Obama’s Trade Advisory Committee on Africa. Jim has authored many publications on agribusiness development, business incubation and the specialty food industry, and has spoken at many international development events at Harvard University, Wharton Business School, New York University, Columbia Business School and many more.

Josh Horwitz
Josh Horwitz

Lean start-up entrepreneur and enterprise software executive

Josh Horwitz

Josh Horwitz

Lean start-up entrepreneur and enterprise software executive

Joshua Horwitz is a lean start-up entrepreneur and enterprise software executive with 25+ years experience.  He founded, built, and eventually led the exit of Boulder Logic, a B2B customer marketing company based in Boulder.  Prior to founding his company, Joshua held senior technology and sales positions with both start-ups and Fortune 500 companies. He is currently advising start-ups, non-profits, and social enterprises.

Kate Brown
Kate Brown

Founder, Boulder Organic Foods

Kate Brown

Kate Brown

Founder, Boulder Organic Foods

Kate Brown is founder of Boulder Organic Foods, LLC and has been developing the brand Boulder Organic since 2006.  Boulder Organic is a national brand of organic and gluten-free fresh soups that are nationally distributed through natural and conventional grocers.  It is Kate’s sincere passion to bring affordable, fresh, organic food to the marketplace.

Kate is active in the community as a Director on the Board of Elevations Credit Union, a Director on the Board of Community Food Share and an advisory member of the Center for the Center for Women’s Health Research at the University of Colorado.  Additionally, Kate is an enthusiastic member and Sponsor of Naturally Boulder, and a member and mentor for the CU Women’s Council.

A Colorado native, Kate makes her home and professional life in Boulder, enjoying the community of natural product entrepreneurs.  Her passions include travel, hiking, snow sports, cooking, laughing and family.  

Libby Cook
Libby Cook

Co-founder at Wild Oats & Sunflower Markets

Libby Cook

Libby Cook

Co-founder at Wild Oats & Sunflower Markets

Libby Cook, founder and Executive Director of Philanthropiece Foundation, brings her entrepreneurial background, expertise and vision to the work of the foundation.  Ms. Cook has 25 years’ experience in the natural foods grocery industry, having co-founded, led, and served as General Counsel for both Wild Oats Markets and Sunflower Markets.  Ms. Cook holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Colorado School of Law and a Masters of Law in Taxation from the University of Denver.  She is the recipient of numerous commendations and awards including the Alumni Award for Distinguished Achievement from the CU School of Law, the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the YWCA Hall of Fame Award for Entrepreneurship, and the Esprit Entrepreneur Award.  She actively serves on advisory boards for the University of Colorado School of Law, Silicon Flatiron Center’s Entrepreneurship Initiatives at the University of Colorado, and Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network.  Ms. Cook is actively involved in mentoring social entrepreneurs in conjunction with her work at Philanthropiece and the Unreasonable Institute.  Ms. Cook has lived and traveled abroad extensively and is multi-lingual.  When her social passions allow her free time, she can be found honing her skills playing beach volleyball and surfing.

Lindsay Saperstone
Lindsay Saperstone

Head of the Denver Healthy Corner Store Initiative

Lindsay Saperstone

Lindsay Saperstone

Head of the Denver Healthy Corner Store Initiative

Lindsay Saperstone works for the City and County of Denver in the Community Health Division of Denver Environmental Health. She currently manages the Denver Healthy Corner Store Initiative (HSCI) which helps small independent markets in Denver owners expand and promote their healthy and fresh food selection in areas with limited access to affordable, healthy food. By working with storeowners, food distributors, and community residents, the initiative works to make it easier for families to find healthy food options. Lindsay has a MBA from Colorado State University’s Global Social and Sustainable Entrepreneurship (GSSE) program and has both founded and worked for a variety of  non-profits and social enterprises in Central America, South America and West Africa. She is incredibly passionate about healthy food access as a form of social justice.

Luisa Molano
Luisa Molano

HR Director, Arrow Electronics (Colorado's largest employer)

Luisa Molano

Luisa Molano

HR Director, Arrow Electronics (Colorado's largest employer)

Luisa’s began as branch manager for a Los Angeles staffing agency where she discovered a passion for connecting people to next career move. Within a few years, she transitioned to the world of corporate HR with Sage Software and discovered a passion for the process and technology aspects of HR. Despite record unemployment, no network, and even absent a college degree, she secured a position with Colorado’s largest employer, Arrow Electronics. For the past seven years she has held a series of progressively challenging roles with Arrow and currently serves as the Director of North American Recruiting where she oversees more than 2,100 annual hires. In 2016, Luisa was selected as one of 21 participants in the inaugural Colorado Governor’s Fellowship program.

Marianne Berkovich
Marianne Berkovich

User researcher who has helped Google & Adobe

Marianne Berkovich

Marianne Berkovich

User researcher who has helped Google & Adobe

Marianne Berkovich is a user researcher who has helped Google, Adobe, and Lockheed Martin among dozens of social entrepreneurs understand their customers needs in order to build great products. She is currently equipping entrepreneurs with user research skills to understand their customers’ needs.

Mark Arnoldy
Mark Arnoldy

CEO of Possible, 500,000 patients treated in rural Nepal

Mark Arnoldy

Mark Arnoldy

CEO of Possible, 500,000 patients treated in rural Nepal

Mark Arnoldy is the CEO of Possible. He leads overall strategy, focuses on building a remarkable team, develops partnerships, and makes sure we never lose sight that everything is impossible until it isn’t. Prior to Possible, Mark worked closely with a Nepali social entrepreneur for three years to create an innovative way to treat malnourished children, and he helped create two U.S. businesses that fund nutrition programs in Nepal. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Colorado at Boulder, completed Harvard’s Global Health Effectiveness Program, and was a Fulbright Scholar to Nepal. Mark is an Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar, 2014 Rainer Arnhold Fellow, Cordes Fellow, and Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellow. In 2014, Mark was named one of Forbes Magazine’s top 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs.

Mark Moore
Mark Moore

Cured over 2 million kids of severe acute malnutrition

Mark Moore

Mark Moore

Cured over 2 million kids of severe acute malnutrition

Mark Moore spent nearly ten years working in eastern Uganda, serving in rural communities.  After returning to the United States, he earned a Master’s degree at Georgetown University. He has served as Legislative Fellow and Africa Specialist in the United States Senate for Senator Mary Landrieu, as an Africa Analyst for the Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), and as Policy Director for the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute. Prior to co-founding MANA, Mark co-founded Kibo Group, a development organization that houses numerous Africa projects.  He was a White House Fellow finalist, an Unreasonable Institute Fellow in Boulder CO in 2013 and is co-founder of Calorie Cloud, an effort to harvest excess calories in the US and send them to malnourished children who need them in the developing world.  The Calorie Could platform houses UNICEF Kid Power, named one of Time Magazine’s 25 best ideas of 2016.  He helped imagine and launch Good Spread, a peanut butter for US markets that helps fight hunger.  He has spoken widely at events ranging from colleges to TEDx Charlotte, to the Summit Series at Powder Mountain.  He is author of Nourish, a book about global hunger and faith.  He and his wife Marnie and their four children live in Charlotte, NC.

Meg Porfido
Meg Porfido

Board of Advisors, Guild Education

Meg Porfido

Meg Porfido

Board of Advisors, Guild Education

Meg is a Board of Advisor member at Guild Education, which works with employees and employers to provide job training and degree programs for working adults. Guild offers classes, programs and degrees, in partnership with top American universities. Guild helps their members move forward in their education and career, with a community to support them along the way.

Mike Feinberg
Mike Feinberg

Co-founder of KIPP Schools

Mike Feinberg

Mike Feinberg

Co-founder of KIPP Schools

After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, Mike joined Teach For America where he was a fifth grade bilingual teacher in Houston, Texas, for three years. In 1994, he co-founded the Knowledge is Power Program with Dave Levin, and the next year went on to found KIPP Academy in Houston. Mike now supports KIPP regions and global development for the KIPP Foundation, along with continuing a board leadership role within KIPP Houston.

Mike and Dave have been awarded the Presidential Citizen’s Medal, our nation’s second highest presidential award for a private citizen; Thomas Fordham Foundation Prize for Valor; the National Jefferson Award for Distinguished Public Service by a Private Citizen; the Charles Bronfman Prize; the Ashoka Fellowship; the McGraw Hill Prize, an honorary degree from Duke University and Yale University; and the National Community Service Award from Spelman College.

Mike and Dave’s work is the subject of the best-selling book by Jay Matthews, Work Hard, Be Nice: How Two Inspired Teachers Created America’s Most Promising Schools. Additionally, KIPP’s ground-breaking work on character development is featured in Paul Tough’s book How Children Succeed:  Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character.

Nancy Gaines
Nancy Gaines

Business Productivity Expert

Nancy Gaines

Nancy Gaines

Business Productivity Expert

Nancy Gaines is CEO/Founder of Gain Advantages Inc. and has been advising small businesses and Fortune 100 companies how to increase revenues through proven systems for almost two decades. She is a best-selling author and international keynote speaker.  Nancy has been named in the Top 100 Productivity Experts to follow on Twitter and has a global podcast downloaded in over 65 countries.  Her main focus is creating business processes with actionable steps so her clients achieve more consistency, ease, and ultimate success.

Nate Shultz
Nate Shultz

Manager at Colorado Housing & Finance Authority

Nate Shultz

Nate Shultz

Manager at Colorado Housing & Finance Authority

Nate Shultz is the Business Development Manager for the Home Finance Division of the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA). He is responsible for the the growth of CHFA’s single family business line, including program and product development, expansion and management of CHFA’s participating lender network, and oversight of CHFA-sponsored homebuyer education throughout Colorado. In 2016, CHFA purchased mortgages totaling more than $1.3 billion, making homeownership possible for over 6,000 Colorado households.

Prior to coming to CHFA, Shultz held a variety of roles at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development/Federal Housing Administration, including Deputy Director of the office that oversees FHA’s 3,000+ approved lenders, and Senior Policy Advisor to the Federal Housing Commissioner, where he advised the Commissioner and other senior HUD leaders on a wide range of policies and programs associated with housing and community development.

Prior to his tenure at HUD, Shultz spent a number of years working with at-risk youth and in workforce development. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Colorado Christian University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Colorado.

Gayle Karen Young
Gayle Karen Young

Former Chief Talent & Culture Officer, Wikimedia Foundation

Gayle Karen Young

Gayle Karen Young

Former Chief Talent & Culture Officer, Wikimedia Foundation

Gayle Karen Young is a culture-builder and a catalyst for human and organizational development. She comes from a rich organizational consulting background with both corporate and nonprofit clients. She was in the process of becoming a monk when she became an executive instead, taking on the role of Chief Culture and Talent Officer at the Wikimedia Foundation (Wikipedia and its sister free-knowledge projects) until early 2015, when she decided to return to private practice as a rogue provocateur. Born in the Philippines to Chinese parents and raised in the United States, she has a multicultural perspective, an adventurous spirit, and a deep commitment to expanding human freedom.
Gayle works to create dynamic organizational cultures in which people can thrive and thus make greater contributions. She acts as the interface between individuals and the systems within which they work, and fosters the development of both. From high-level strategic thinking to practical implementation, her skills include leadership development, change management, instructional design, training, strategic communications, team building, and personal and organizational transformation. Gayle has a rare capacity to hold multiple perspectives at once, remaining sensitive to the needs of diverse stakeholders and working for higher synthesis. Combining wisdom and warmth with expertise and effectiveness, she elicits trust and inspires transformation. Her clients have ranged from McDonald’s Corporation to Kaiser Permanente to Yale University to Ernst & Young.
Gayle is passionate about global women’s issues and supporting women in leadership. She has worked as a facilitator for the Stanford Graduate School of Business Interpersonal Dynamics course and their Women in Management program, and mentors for programs such as Uncharted and Singularity University. She is keenly interested in the intersection of technology and human rights and supports futurist humanitarian causes.
Ray Weston
Ray Weston

VP of International Business at Yum Brands

Ray Weston

Ray Weston

VP of International Business at Yum Brands

As an international lawyer and business executive at a Fortune 500 company, Ray’s experience centers upon licensing, franchising, intellectual property, M&A, and launching/growing international businesses, including the use of joint ventures and other M&A to launch and expand businesses in developing countries (Brazil, Poland, Czech Republic, Russia, Nigeria) and developed countries (U.S., Canada, Belgium, France, England). For ten years Ray coached licensees in Latin America, Eastern & Western Europe, Israel, and Africa how to start, operate, and grow businesses in support of global US brands.

Rick Sterling
Rick Sterling

Former Head of Marketing at Celestial Seasonings

Rick Sterling

Rick Sterling

Former Head of Marketing at Celestial Seasonings

For more than 45 years, Rick’s career has been focused on business strategy and innovation. It was his diverse leadership experience in both sophisticated business environments and high-growth entrepreneurial cultures that shaped the essence of the firm he co-founded, Sterling-Rice Group.

Rick began his career in brand management at Quaker Oats in Chicago.  There, he ran their $500 million+ pet food business, created and launched Kibbles ‘n Bits, still a $300 million brand 35 years later.

Rick was recruited to head marketing at Celestial Seasonings in 1981 when Celestial was one of the true pioneers as a purpose-driven brand.  Rick and Michael Rice worked together at Quaker and Celestial, then started Sterling-Rice Group in 1984, in Boulder CO, based on their common experiences. Their premise, that firms seeking growth would benefit from their brand-building experiences at both large, sophisticated and entrepreneurial marketing environments, has proven to be true and enduring. Now 33 years later, Sterling-Rice Group has become one of the country’s leading integrated brand development firms recognized for its fusion of strategy and creativity, its expertise in consumer products, health & wellness, its values-based culture and the enduring impact it has on clients and consumer culture.

When Rick and Michael started the company, they committed to making SRG a social experiment – where they would practice their professions at the highest level and leverage their expertise to have significant social impact.  The company measures performance against its Beliefs and sets strategy from these culture assessments. Rick believes this might be the single most significant driver of SRG’s long-term success. The company also gives 10% of its profits to community and social causes.

Over the years, SRG has had significant and enduring impact for large and small companies. SRG works extensively with PepsiCo, KraftHeinz, Con Agra, Kellogg’s, Johnson & Johnson, Lilly, Pfizer and many more, providing strategy, innovation and design expertise.   Since its inception, SRG has been involved at critical junctures to build many of the entrepreneurial successes in the natural and organic sector:  Earth’s Best Baby Food, Cascadian Farm, Kashi, Annie’s Homegrown, Horizon Organic, So Delicious, Dave’s Killer Bread, Bolthouse Farms, ThinkThin and more.  Each of these brands has eventually been sold to large strategic or financial buyers in attractive deals for the sellers.

Rick was the CEO of SRG from 1984 to 2010 and is now the Board Chairman.

Robert Ybarra
Robert Ybarra

Director of Produce, Marketing, and Advertising, Lowe’s Pay and Save

Robert Ybarra

Robert Ybarra

Director of Produce, Marketing, and Advertising, Lowe’s Pay and Save

Rob Ybarra is a 35-year veteran of the grocery business.  Rob is Director of Produce and Director of Marketing and Advertising for Lowe’s Pay and Save, based out of Littlefield, Texas.  Lowe’s Pay and Save is a 155-store chain that has locations in five states including Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and Kansas.  Lowe’s has yearly revenues of 1 billion dollars.  

Prior to Lowe’s, Rob was Director of Produce for HEB Grocery Company in San Antonio, Texas.  He enjoyed a 30-year career at HEB which included a 3-Year assignment in Monterrey, Mexico, as Director of Procurement and Merchandising for HEB Mexico Division.

Just recently, Lowe’s has been recognized for being the first Retailer to join the “Double Up Food Bucks” program in New Mexico and Colorado.  The cities of Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Denver and Greeley, Colorado are the first cities to go live for SNAP customers.  In addition, Lowe’s has been nationally recognized for ongoing WIC projects with New Mexico State University.  

Providing ample opportunities for affordable healthy eating has become a real passion for Rob and Lowe’s.  In addition, working closely with the Farming communities in the states that Lowe’s represents has become a key initiative in buying “local” wherever possible and thereby supporting the local economies and trade areas.  

Ruchika Signhal
Ruchika Signhal

Former Strategic Planning Director at Medtronic

Ruchika Signhal

Ruchika Signhal

Former Strategic Planning Director at Medtronic

Ruchika is an experienced Medtech industry professional with 15+ years of expertise in International Business Development, Strategy, Business Model Innovation, Market Development and R&D. She is a pioneer in the design and implementation of innovative healthcare products and services to build sustainable social businesses that address the critical barriers of Access, Awareness, Affordability and Availability in Emerging Markets

Rustin Coburn
Rustin Coburn

Director of New Business & Strategy

Rustin Coburn

Rustin Coburn

Director of New Business & Strategy

Rustin splits his time working as the Director of New Business and Strategy at SUPER TOP SECRET (a digital design and strategy firm), and mentoring for programs like Watson University, Eyesight Creative, and Unreasonable. He is a Colorado Native, and has lived in downtown Denver for 10 years. While his brother is a chef, Rustin has also had a passion for healthy eating and supporting the growth of the entrepreneurial industry in Colorado his entire life.

Once he realized the power of strong teamwork, his motivation and focus have been directed towards developing groups of passionate leaders, who work to make our communities and our planet better. From founding a fashion design incubator, to launching impact driven technology companies, and a culture based design agency, Rustin puts his sweat, tears, and lifeblood into everything he works on.

Shannon Scott
Shannon Scott

Director of Training, Lucky’s Market

Shannon Scott

Shannon Scott

Director of Training, Lucky’s Market

Shannon is Director of Training Lucky’s Market, where our belief is that good food isn’t a luxury, it’s a right. Working with start-up food companies and local food entrepreneurs is one of the keys to Lucky’s Market’s success. Past experiences include adjunct instructor at Colorado Mountain College where I taught Sustainable Business; MBA with a Global Social Sustainable Enterprise focus from Colorado State University including working with small shareholder farmers in Zambia; and VP of Communications for Net Impact. Passion for food, community, learning and everything local.

Srdja Popovic
Srdja Popovic

Speadheaded non-violent movement to overthrow Slobodan Milosevic in Serbia

Srdja Popovic

Srdja Popovic

Speadheaded non-violent movement to overthrow Slobodan Milosevic in Serbia

Srdja Popovic was one of the founders and key organizers of the Serbian nonviolent resistance group Otpor! Otpor!’s campaign to unseat Serbian president Slobodan Milosovic found success in October 2000 when hundreds of thousands of protestors converged upon and took over the Serbian Parliament, effectively ending Milosevic’s rule. After the revolution, Popovic served a term as a member of the Serbian National Assembly 2000-2003.

In 2003, Popovic and other ex-Otpor! activists started the nonprofit educational institution the Centre for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies (CANVAS). CANVAS has worked with people from 37 countries, including Zimbabwe, Burma, Iran and Venezuela, spreading knowledge on nonviolent strategies and tactics that was used by the Serbian pro-democracy movement to other non-democratic countries. CANVAS has worked with the activists responsible for successful movements such as the Georgian “Rose Revolution” of 2003 and the Ukrainian “Orange Revolution” of 2004-2005. It also transferred knowledge to Lebanese activists in 2004 to address the crisis after the assassination of Prime Minister Harriri, and assisted participants in the Maldives’ revolution in 2008. Recently CANVAS has worked with April 6th, a key group in the Egyptian nonviolent uprising, as well as other groups from the Middle East.

CANVAS’ teachings are available in a documentary, “Bringing Down a Dictator,” featuring Otpor strategies to topple Milosevic. Its manual “Nonviolent Struggle: 50 Crucial Points” was translated into 16 languages, including Farsi and Arabic, and was downloaded 17,000 times from Iran during that country’s 2009 protests.

Tom Chi
Tom Chi

Former UX Lead at Google X

Tom Chi

Tom Chi

Former UX Lead at Google X

Tom has worked in a wide range of disciplines from astrophysical research to F500 consulting to developing new hardware and software (web & client) products and services. He’s worked on large projects of global scale (Microsoft Outlook, Yahoo Search), and scaled new projects from conception to significance (Yahoo Answers from 0 to 90 million users).

Tom has pioneered and practiced a unique approach to rapid prototyping, visioning, and data-driven design that has allowed him to both get new things off the ground and move large organizations at unprecedented speeds. Tom describes this rapid innovation process to create the earliest iterations of Google Glass in this TEDx talkhere.

Toni Maraviglia
Toni Maraviglia

Providing 2 million+ Kenyan children with tutoring and materials via mobile phones

Toni Maraviglia

Toni Maraviglia

Providing 2 million+ Kenyan children with tutoring and materials via mobile phones

Toni is a teacher turned tech entrepreneur. She’s most passionate about improving access to information and financial services through the use of mobile technology and data science. She has a background in leadership, management, strategy, business development, fundraising, product management, mobile-first user experience, data collection and analysis, public speaking, financial modeling, community organizing, and anything tech or edtech in the international market, especially in developing countries.

Vien Truong
Vien Truong

Director, Green for All (helped pass the US's first Green Jobs Act)

Vien Truong

Vien Truong

Director, Green for All (helped pass the US's first Green Jobs Act)

Vien Truong is one of the country’s experts and strategists on building an equitable green economy. She leads Green For All, a national initiative that puts communities of color at the forefront of the climate movement and equality at the center of environmental solutions. Green For All created the country’s first Green Jobs Act (2007), which was signed into law by President George W. Bush, and has advised on state policies across the country. It has since passed over a dozen state policies, created nationally recognized local programs, and formed collaborations with celebrities, artists, clergy, elected officials, businesses and civil rights leaders.

Vien has developed numerous energy, environmental, and economic policies and programs at the state, federal and local levels. She has advised on billions of dollars in public investments for energy and community development programs. Most recently, Vien co-led a coalition to pass and implement California’s landmark Senate Bill 535 (de Leon), a law that created the biggest fund in history for the poorest and most polluted communities — to date it has reinvested over $800 million in disadvantaged communities most harmed by fossil fuel pollution. She also co-led Charge Ahead California, which will place one million electric vehicles to California in 10 years, especially ensuring that low income communities most impacted by pollution will benefit from zero tailpipe emissions.

She is a board member of US Climate Action Network, Clean Energy Works, and MegaPhone Strategies. She previously led The Greenlining Institute’s Environmental Equity program, Chaired the City of Oakland’s Planning Commission, and taught New Business Practicum at UC Berkeley’s Boalt School of Law.

Vien recently received the White House Champion of Change award for her work on climate equity. Vien has also received numerous congressional, state, regional and local awards for her work advocating on behalf of those most vulnerable to climate change. She was featured in the SF Chronicle as one of San Francisco’s “Top Women Leaders,” received California League of Conservation Voters’ “Environmental Leadership Award”; and Transform’s “Leadership, Innovation, Vision, Equity” award. She also received YBCA 100 which recognizes the creative minds that who are making the provocations that will shape the future of culture and was recognized as a “Power Shifter” on the Grist 50.

Vien is a first-generation resident of Oakland, where she continues to live and invest in. She holds a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and a J.D. from the University of California Hastings College of the Law.

Will Seamans
Will Seamans

Former Chief of Staff of Teach For America

Will Seamans

Will Seamans

Former Chief of Staff of Teach For America

Will grew up in a low-income family in rural Colorado, and became the first in his family to attend college. While in college, Will was fortunate enough to discover his two life passions: entrepreneurship and education. During his senior year he founded a start-up aimed at making college more affordable for students like himself, and led that organization as CEO for the next 5 years, growing the company from 3 to 15 employees, and revenues 2.4x each year on average. He then joined the staff of Teach For America, where he held a number of leadership roles as the organization grew from impacting 80,000 students nationwide to over 500,000 students nationwide during his tenure. While at Teach For America Will solidified his belief that solving socio-economic disparity is the root solution to a majority of the problems in our society. He also discovered a unique strength in helping others reach their full potential, and has been coaching and mentoring management teams and CEOs to create the conditions for success in their organizations ever since.

Amira Bliss
Amira Bliss

Associate Director, Rockefeller Foundation

Amira Bliss

Amira Bliss

Associate Director, Rockefeller Foundation

Amira Bliss joined The Rockefeller Foundation in 2010. As Associate Director, Amira designs and implements a strategy to catalyze innovation at the Foundation and in the social sector more broadly. She currently manages grants and relationships to build innovation capacity through tools like social innovation labs, and by leading programs such as The Rockefeller Foundation Global Fellowship on Social Innovation. She also leads the innovation workstream of the Food Waste and Spoilage initiative, aiming to surface and scale innovative solutions to post-harvest food loss affecting the livelihoods of African smallholder farmers. Amira has previously worked on Foundation initiatives to support more equitable and sustainable transportation—exploring global transportation mobility and accessibility—and developing sustainable employment strategies in the recycling and water management sectors in the United States. Prior to joining The Rockefeller Foundation, Amira served as the assistant director of the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy (ISERP). She has also worked at Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, and the United Nations International Children’s Education Fund (UNICEF). Amira Bliss received a bachelor’s degree from Barnard College and an executive master’s of public policy and administration degree from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

Chip Heath
Chip Heath

New York Times bestselling author

Chip Heath

Chip Heath

New York Times bestselling author

Chip Heath is a professor at Stanford Graduate School of Business, teaching courses on business strategy and organizations. He is the co-author (along with his brother, Dan) of three books. The book, Decisive: How to Make Better Decisions in Life and Work came out in March 2013. Their 2010 book, Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard, debuted at #1 on the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. Their first book, Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die, was a New York Times and Business Week bestseller, and was an Amazon Top 10 Business Book for 2007 for both editors and readers. Chip has consulted with clients ranging from Google and Gap to The Nature Conservancy and the American Heart Association. His parents are just happy that their sons are playing well together.

Chris Yeh
Chris Yeh

Invested in 50+ companies

Chris Yeh

Chris Yeh

Invested in 50+ companies

Chris Yeh has been building Internet businesses since 1995. He is the VP Marketing for PBworks, which provides highly vertical collaboration solutions that help businesses work more efficiently and effectively. Its products serve markets such as advertising and marketing agencies, law firms, and education, as well as the broader business market. Chris is also a General Partner at Wasabi Ventures, a global venture fund, startup incubator, and consulting firm, where he leads the firm’s investment committee.
Previously, he was the first investor in and interim CEO of Ustream.TV, which provides an open and distributable platform for live interactive online video. He also helped start numerous other companies, including Symphoniq Corporation, TargetFirst, and Juno Online Services and FarSight Financial Services (divisions of D. E. Shaw & Co., L.P.).
Chris is an active angel investor and advisor to a wide array of startups. He is also the founder and Chairman of the Harvard Business School Technology Alumni Association.
Chris earned two degrees from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was named a Baker Scholar.
David Kyle
David Kyle

Former COO, Acumen

David Kyle

David Kyle

Former COO, Acumen

David founded Impact Business Leaders, which is focused on placing experienced professionals looking for career change in full time roles with social enterprises around the world. Prior to starting IBL David was at the Calvert Foundation in Bethesda, Maryland as COO. Prior to joining Calvert Foundation David lived in Hyderabad, India for three years where he was the Founder and CEO of the Indian School Finance Company www.isfc.in, a for-profit finance company that provides medium term debt capital to private schools serving very low-income families. As COO and Chief Investment Officer of Acumen Fund, he built local operations in East Africa, India, Pakistan and New York from 2003-07. Prior to beginning his career in social enterprise in 2001 David spent 20 years in the corporate and investment bank of Citibank working successively in Brazil, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, Portugal and the UK.

Hunter Lovins
Hunter Lovins

Time Magazine's Hero of the Planet

Hunter Lovins

Hunter Lovins

Time Magazine's Hero of the Planet

Hunter educates senior decision-makers in business, government, & civil society on how to restore & enhance natural & human capital while increasing prosperity & quality of life. Trained as a sociologist and lawyer (JD), she co-founded the California Conservation Project (Tree People), and Rocky Mountain Institute, which she led for 20 years. President of Natural Capitalism Solutions, she is a professor of business at Bard MBA. She works in more than 30 countries, has advised heads of state, CEO’s and NGO leaders around the world. Advisor to the Energy Minister of Afghanistan, she has worked on development issues in some of the world’s most challenging economies. She has consulted for companies like Clif Bar, Wal-Mart, the Pentagon, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. She has co-authored 14 books, including Natural Capitalism. An entrepreneur, she has started and sold companies, and is currently a partner in Principium, an impact investment firm created with Uncharted fellows, angels and mentors. She is currently working with the King of Bhutan to reinvent the global economy.

Ime Archibong
Ime Archibong

VP Partnerships, Facebook

Ime Archibong

Ime Archibong

VP Partnerships, Facebook

Ime is focused on unlocking new business opportunities and driving Facebook’s product strategy through product/platform integrations and global programs. In this role, Ime has supported a variety of Facebook initiatives, including the Developer Platform, Music and Video products, Messenger, Internet.org, and Facebook’s K-12 and CS Education efforts. Prior to joining Facebook, Ime was an Advanced Technology Business Development Professional at IBM. He started his career at IBM as a software engineer in the Systems and Technology Group, before doing a stint on the corporate strategy team, and eventually settling in business development. Ime holds a Bachelor¹s of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Yale University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Jennifer Dulski
Jennifer Dulski

President, Change.org

Jennifer Dulski

Jennifer Dulski

President, Change.org

Jennifer Dulski is president of Change.org, the world’s largest social change platform, with more than 150 million members in 196 countries who start, support and win campaigns on causes that matter to them Change.org is a Certified Benefit Corporation, a new class of companies dedicated to positive impact. The company has raised more than $50 million in investment, from a group of tech and business luminaries, including Bill Gates, Reid Hoffman, Richard Branson, Arianna Huffington, and the founders of eBay, Twitter and Yahoo!, among others.

An accomplished leader and entrepreneur, with more than 17 years of experience in both successful startups and big-brand internet companies, Jennifer was an early Yahoo! employee, holding a number of roles over her 9-year tenure there, ultimately serving as Group VP and General Manager of Local & Commerce, one of Yahoo’s six business units. In 2007, Jennifer left Yahoo! to become co-founder and CEO of The Dealmap, a mobile, location-based deals company that Google acquired in 2011, making Jennifer the first female entrepreneur to sell a company to Google. She stayed at Google for nearly 2 years as a senior executive leading the global, business for Google Shopping & Product Listing Ads.

A thought leader in Silicon Valley, Jennifer is featured regularly in the media including CNN, The New York Times, Forbes, Businessweek, and The Wall St. Journal and writes frequently about leadership, management, and entrepreneurship for LinkedIn Influencers, Fortune, Huffington Post, and other outlets. She also currently serves on the boards of TEGNA (NYSE:TGNA), Little Passports and She++.

Kevin Starr
Kevin Starr

Director, Mulago Foundation

Kevin Starr

Kevin Starr

Director, Mulago Foundation

Kevin Starr directs the Mulago Foundation and is the founder and director of the Rainer Arnhold Fellows Program. Mulago spends its money to drive forward the most promising ideas in health, development, and conservation in poor countries. The Foundation is unabashedly obsessed with impact: designing for it, measuring it, investing in it, and taking it to scale. The Rainer Arnhold Fellows program is an outgrowth of the Foundation, and works with the best emerging social entrepreneurs with solutions for the less-than-$2-a-day world. The Program uses a clear understanding of impact and behavior change as the raw material to drive a systematic process of design for maximum scalability (see www.rainerfellows.org). Kevin’s stint in Cambodian refugee camps at age 19 propelled him on the path to his current work. He had a perfectly good career in medicine and international health when he stumbled into philanthropy in the early 1990’s. Since then, he’s gotten deep into dozens of projects ranging from forest conservation by monks in Tibet to micro-franchise clinics in Kenya to one-acre farming in Burma. He still practices medicine (very) part-time.

Lisbeth Shepherd
Lisbeth Shepherd

Founder, Green City Force

Lisbeth Shepherd

Lisbeth Shepherd

Founder, Green City Force

Lisbeth founded Green City Force (GCF) in 2009 to address the dual imperatives of urban youth unemployment and climate change through service. Named “NYC’s Most Innovative Nonprofit” in 2013, GCF has engaged 300+ young adults residing in public housing with an 80% graduation and 80% placement in employment or college. GCF coated or cleaned over 1 million square feet of rooftop with the NYC ˚CoolRoofs campaign, built NYC’s first urban farm in public housing with the NYC Housing Authority and Added Value, and educated thousands of public housing residents about changing energy consumption behaviors in their homes, through the Love Where You Live Challenge. From 2007-8, Lisbeth chaired the Clean Energy Corps Working Group at Green for All, working with Van Jones and leaders in the green jobs movement on a policy proposal for a national Clean Energy Corps. Lisbeth previously founded Unis-Cité, the leading national youth service program in France which engages over 2,000 annual corps members and inspired national legislation affecting 75,000 young adults. She is an Echoing Green and Draper Richards Kaplan alum, New Profit Inc. Accelerator Entrepreneur, Audubon “Woman Greening the City,” Yale graduate and mother of two.

Luis Duarte
Luis Duarte

Leading $250M fund to serve low-income children

Luis Duarte

Luis Duarte

Leading $250M fund to serve low-income children

Luis serves as investment director at Gary Community Investments (GCI) where he leads the areas of impact investing and innovation. Prior to joining GCI, Luis was a serial entrepreneur. His last venture continues to increase recycling rates in Mexico. Before that, Luis worked for the private and public sector, where he performed as consultant and engineer for the plastics and construction industry and led a 200 staff organization for the public health sector in Mexico. Luis is currently a director of WeeSchool and serves as a board member for Accion and Mental Health Center of Denver. He is a Colorado Governors Fellow, and was also a Fellow at the Unreasonable Institute. He holds a BS, cum laude, in Mechanical Engineering from Tec de Monterrey and an MBA, cum laude, from Babson College. He lives in Denver with his wife and two sons.
Paul Polak
Paul Polak

Helped lift over 20M people out of poverty

Paul Polak

Paul Polak

Helped lift over 20M people out of poverty

Dr. Paul Polak is Founder and CEO of Windhorse International and Paul Polak Enterprises, two corporations that will serve as a platform for the formation of new frontier multinationals. Dr. Polak is starting these new social ventures with the mission of inspiring and leading a revolution in how companies design, price, market and distribute products to benefit the 2.6 billion customers who live on less than $2 a day, combining radically affordable technology with radically decentralized supply chains to earn profits serving bottom billion customers.
The first division of Windhorse International, Spring Health Water (India), sells affordable safe drinking water to rural Indians through local kiosk owners using a simple electro-chlorination technology. Spring Health aims, within ten years, to reach at least 100 million customers who live on less than $2 a day.
The first division of Paul Polak Enterprises is SunWater, a company that is lowering the cost of photovoltaics by 80% in order to develop a solar pumping system that is competitive with 5 hp diesel pumps of which there are about 20 million currently used in India alone.
Prior to founding Windhorse International and Paul Polak Enterprises, Dr. Polak founded D-Rev: Design Revolution, a non-profit design incubator for technologies that serve customers living on less than $4 a day. In 1981, Dr. Polak founded International Development Enterprises (IDE), a non-profit organization that has brought nearly 20 million of the world’s poorest people out of poverty by making radically affordable irrigation technology available to farmers through local small-scale entrepreneurs, and opening private sector access to markets for their crops.
Dr. Polak has been recognized by Scientific American as one of the world’s leading 50 contributors to science, he was named Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the western states, and received the Florence Monito Del Giardino award for environmental preservation in 2008. His work has been featured in articles in Business Week, the Economist, the New York Times, Forbes, and National Geographic. In 2009, he was named one of the world’s “Brave Thinkers by Atlantic Monthly, along with Barack Obama and Steve Jobs, for being willing to “risk careers, reputations, and fortunes to advance ideas that upend an established order.”
Dr. Polak’s first book, Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail, has become a renowned resource for practical solutions to global poverty. His second book, The Business Solution to Poverty, published in 2013 with co-author, Mal Warwick has been adopted as a leading guide to profitable solutions to ending poverty on a truly large scale. Bill Clinton called The Business Solution to Poverty “one of the most hopeful propositions to come along in a long time.”
Sacha Joseph-Mathew
Sacha Joseph-Mathew

Marketing consultant, published writer

Sacha Joseph-Mathew

Sacha Joseph-Mathew

Marketing consultant, published writer

Sacha Joseph-Mathews is an Assistant Professor of Marketing at the Eberhardt School of Business at the University of the Pacific. Professor Joseph-Mathews has a Master of Science degree with special emphasis in Tourism and Hospitality Management from Florida State University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications from the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus. She has taught a number of marketing courses including; international marketing, international business, advertising and promotions, as well as hospitality and services management. Professor Joseph-Mathews has also published articles in tourism, marketing and international business.  Prior to her academic career she was an Economic Development Officer with the Export Promotion Company of Trinidad and Tobago as well as a Tourism Officer with the Trinidad and Tobago Tourist Board. She has also worked as a marketing consultant on several state wide tourism projects in the state of Florida.

Nick Fellers
Nick Fellers

Raised $125 million for causes in 30 countries

Nick Fellers

Nick Fellers

Raised $125 million for causes in 30 countries

Nick is the co-founder of For Impact and president of The Suddes Group. In the last 10 years, he’s raised over $125 Million for causes in 30 countries and trained leaders from over 1000 organizations in how to use a sales process to maximize funding opportunities.

An entrepreneur, Nick started his first business while a student at the University of Notre Dame. Studying biology and philosophy, Nick would leave the labs early to make sales calls for his business – the first-of-its-kind student social network (and a precursor to Facebook). Upon graduation, Nick and his business partners sold their business to focus on ‘scaled impact in the social sector.’

Nick is passionate about family, social entrepreneurship, running, and all things web. An avid runner, Nick is currently working on running marathons in all 50 states. He and his wife, Anna, live in Columbus, Ohio, with their children, Will, Molly, and Rosie.

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