During peer-to-peer review, each applicant will score and comment on five other applications using four criteria: game-changing, equitable, bold and actionable. These are the same criteria that the expert review panel will use. In addition to evaluating each application on the four criteria in the scoring rubric, peer-to-peer reviewers will also provide a final numerical score, ranging between 0-100, representing an overall impression of the entire application. Peer-to-peer reviewers are asked to carefully read the applications assigned to them and provide meaningful feedback. Scores will be calculated using an algorithm that ensures all applicants are treated fairly. Based on the rank order of scores, a subset of applications will move forward to the expert review panel.
The expert review panel members have been carefully chosen for their commitment to racial equity, their knowledge and experience. They will each provide scores and comments on the applications assigned to them. Each application will receive five sets of reviews that have been statistically normalized to ensure fairness.
James Habyarimana is the Provost Distinguished Associate Professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy. His research is focused on identifying low-cost strategies to address barriers to better health and education outcomes in developing countries. Ongoing projects include research to understand the effectiveness of centralized and decentralized programs, including the role of leadership, to improve teacher performance in East Africa, as well as how electoral incentives shape the design and implementation of education and health policies in Tanzania and India. He serves on an Independent Technical Review Panel for the Global Partnership for Education (GPE). He is a founding member and former co-Director of Georgetown University’s Initiative on Innovation, Development and Evaluation (gui2de). He is an affiliate of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and has been a non-resident fellow at the Center for Global Development.
Zarlasht Halaimzai is the Director and co-founder of Refugee Trauma Initiative (RTI) – an organisation committed to resourcing refugees, aid workers and organisations with skills and tools to deal with stress, insecurity and trauma. A former refugee herself, Zarlasht has been advocate for refugee rights and over the last 12 years, she has developed programmes that promote resilience in vulnerable populations in several countries including Pakistan, Afghanistan, Turkey, Syria, United Kingdom and Greece. Zarlasht has trained in Childhood and Adolescent Counselling and Psychotherapy at Cambridge University and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy at Oxford University. She is multilingual and was selected as a Kathryn Davis Peace Fellow to study Arabic at Middlebury College in 2016. Zarlasht has written for several publications including the Guardian, Washington Post, the Good Journal, Huffington Post and the New Statesman. Her work has been profiled by the Psychologist Magazine, NPR and Grazia, and she was the recipient of 2017 Future Shapers Award from Marie Claire Magazine.
In 2018, she was selected from 20,000 applicants to be one of twenty inaugural Fellows of the Obama Foundation.
Mike’s work is focused on sustainable and regionalized food systems. He is the C.S. Mott Professor of Sustainable Agriculture and Senior Fellow, Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS) at Michigan State University. He has a Ph.D. in Human Nutrition. Prior to his 2003 move to MSU he spent nineteen years on the Rutgers University faculty in Nutritional Sciences where he co-founded the New Jersey Urban Ecology Program and the Rutgers Student Organic Farm. At MSU he was founding Director of the Center for Regional Food Systems. In his seventeen years at MSU Mike has published and engaged with communities on a range of topics regarding health, sustainable food systems, urban agriculture, and regional/local food systems. He was a governor-appointed member of the Michigan Food Policy Council. Mike was a consultant on sustainability for the 2015 U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee report. He was an Oxford Martin Visiting Fellow at Oxford University in 2019.
Carly Hare (Pawnee/Yankton) strives to live a commitment to advancing equity and community engagement through her professional and personal life. Carly is a proud daughter, sister, auntie, partner, mother, ally, friend, and equity advocate. Carly’s Pawnee name is <i kita u hoo <i ]a hiks which translates into "kind leader of men."
Carly has spent her professional career navigating the intersections of philanthropy, identity and equity. Carly has served as the Coalition Catalyst/National Director of CHANGE Philanthropy since 2015. Carly lead Native Americans in Philanthropy as its Executive Director from 2010-2015. Carly held the position of the Director of Development for the Native American Rights Fund, 2009-2010 and Director of Programs for The Community Foundation Serving Boulder County 2009-2004.
Carly is currently serving the boards of the following organizations: Common Counsel Foundation, the Highlander Research and Education Center, Impact on Education/Boulder Valley School District Foundation and Equity in the Center. Carly has served on planning committees and presented at over 50 conferences and convenings advocating for philanthropic equity.
Daquanna Harrison is the founder of Elevation Educational Consulting Group which works on projects within curriculum, trainings, technical assistance, SME, and program implementation. Daquanna is known as an expert in Adult Education, DEI, and leadership development. She is a sought-out keynote speaker, trainer, and grant reviewer.
President of MAACCE Board of Directors and on NBCDI's T.E.A.C.H and XPRIZE advisory boards.
An alumna of Howard, American, and Duke Universities, and the University of Baltimore’s Equity and Inclusion Program and of IEL’s Education Policy Fellowship Program. Proudly from the Gullah Islands of SC, she resides in Prince George’s MD where she was recognized as 40U40: Excellence in Education.
Dr. Debra Harry is Numu/Kooyooe Tukadu from Pyramid Lake, Nevada. Dr. Harry serves as an Associate Professor in Indigenous Studies for the Department of Gender, Race, and Identity at the University of Nevada, Reno. Dr. Debra Harry’s research analyzes the linkages between biotechnology, intellectual property and globalization in relation to Indigenous Peoples’ rights. Dr. Harry has authored numerous articles related to the protection of Indigenous Peoples’ biodiversity and traditional knowledge including “Biocolonialism and Indigenous Knowledge in United Nations Discourse,” (2011) 20 Griffith Law Review, “Indigenous Peoples and Gene Disputes” 84 Chicago-Kent Law Review (2009). She also contributed a chapter titled, “Acts of Self-Determination and Self-Defense: Indigenous Peoples Responses to Biocolonialism,” as a contribution to a book entitled “Rights and Liberties in the Biotech Age,” (edited by Sheldon Krimsky and Peter Shorett) 2005. In 1994, Dr. Harry received a three-year national Kellogg Foundation National Leadership Fellowship and studied the field of human genetic research and its implications for Indigenous peoples. Dr. Harry earned her Doctor of Philosophy in the Faculty of Education at the University of Auckland under the supervision of renowned Maori scholar, Dr. Linda Tuhiwai Smith.
Lauren Haskins is vice president of membership and partnerships at Philanthropy Southwest. Her career in community relations, communications, and client service has been dedicated to serving vulnerable populations, including: as the communications director for a large anti-human trafficking organization; as an executive at a communications firm serving national nonprofits and foundations; and in direct service at the largest homeless service provider in New York. She attended social work graduate school at Columbia University and graduated summa cum laude from Vanderbilt University as a recipient of the Dean's Award for Outstanding Scholarship. She is a member of Native Americans in Philanthropy.
Courtney E. Hawkins became Rhode Island’s Department of Human Services Director in June 2017 after nearly 20 years of social work service in the fields of child welfare, youth development and workforce development.
Hawkins started her career in New York City where she implemented non-profit programs to support kids and families to make economic progress. This included starting successful small schools, designing programs for youth aging out of foster care, implementing new initiatives targeting disconnected youth and running the city’s welfare to work and unemployment centers in the Bronx and Manhattan.
The Rhode Island native returned to RI as the first executive director of Providence Talks, a successful program, funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, designed to reduce language development gaps in low-income children. Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza later made her his Policy Director.
Her commitment to ensuring that all vulnerable families and individuals have a chance to make economic progress brought her to DHS. The Department’s vision is that all Rhode Islanders have the opportunity to thrive at home, work and in the community. DHS administers all of the State’s public benefit programs as well as the divisions that handle child support enforcement and vocational rehabilitation for individuals with disabilities. Since her arrival, improvements in staff development, system stability, customer service and eligibility timeliness have been achieved. She has also shepherded major policy and procedural improvements to the State’s child care aid and cash assistance programs.
As its leader, the Department continues to add to its responsibilities for our great State, including adding child care licensing in late 2019, regulating summer camp offerings in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic and any other resources – from basic needs to financial infusions to help stabilize the local economy – needed for Rhode Islanders during this global health crisis. In addition, Hawkins has been a leader in promoting equity and having all voices participate in the change needed to make a better Rhode Island for all.
Director Hawkins has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Rhode Island and a master’s degree in social work from Columbia University.
Daniel Heimpel is an award-winning journalist and child welfare expert. As the the founder and president of Fostering Media Connections, Heimpel acts as publisher of the non-profit journalism organization’s two publications: The Imprint and Fostering Families Today magazine. He has both written and produced stories about children, youth and families for Newsweek, The San Francisco Chronicle, CNN and the Oprah Winfrey Network among many others. He is also a pioneer in journalism education, with his Journalism for Social Change class having reached hundreds of graduate students at U.C. Berkeley, USC and UPenn, and thousands globally as a massive open online course offered through edX.
Brittany brings deep expertise in due diligence and organizational design to her work at IAF. She first joined the firm as a graduate fellow in 2017, helping to shape the overall strategic direction, and is now an Investment Associate with a particular interest in unlocking asset ownership for communities of color. Prior to joining IAF, she worked as a management consultant in the strategy practice at KPMG, focusing on mergers and acquisitions for large corporate clients, and on financial process improvement for clients at Accenture. She received her M.B.A. from the Chicago Booth School of Business and her B.S. in Business Administration from Hampton University.
As the Vice President, Impact at MaRS DD in Toronto, Allyson has assisted hundreds of social ventures to become economically sustainable and increase their social impact. She led Social Innovation Generation which created a culture of social innovation in Canada. She developed and now supports the Centre for Impact Investing; Solutions Lab; and (formerly) Studio Y. Currently Allyson is working to engage corporate Canada in solving our most complex challenges. She is on faculty at the University of Waterloo (Social Entrepreneurship & CSR) and SingularityU Canada (Impact). She was also the Thinker in Residence developing the “purpose economy” in Australia.
Talmira Hill is principal of the T. L. Hill Group, an independent firm founded in May 2001 that consults at the nexus of philanthropy and community change to strengthen social impact. Talmira brings 30 years of leadership experience in the nonprofit, philanthropic, and public sectors, specializing in partnerships and collaborative enterprises to improve outcomes in low-income and underrepresented communities. As Senior Vice President for Community Life with The Community Builders, Inc., and Director of the Association for High School Innovation, Talmira designed, instituted, and managed operations across national networks to enhance opportunities among children, youth, and families. A graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and Harvard University Graduate School of Education, Talmira began her career in international economic development, was a Clinton administration appointee in the U.S. Department of Education, and served as a program officer with the Annie E. Casey Foundation before launching her consulting practice.
As Executive Director of the Chicago State Foundation, Hilmon has lead accountability for advancing the interests and welfare of Chicago State University through partnership development, stewardship of university assets and identification and solicitation of financial support from individuals, corporations and foundations.
Previously, Hilmon served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Chicago Urban League (CUL), overseeing fund development, outcomes-driven programs and design and implementation of cross-functional initiatives, including CUL’s Race and Equity Initiative, and Centennial Campaign. Hilmon hired and led the fund development team responsible for delivering the most successful annual fundraising campaigns in the civil rights organization’s 101-year history.
A graduate of the University of Michigan, Hilmon is the Essence® best-selling author of the novels, 5 Dimes (Penguin/NAL; 2003) and Divalicious (Penguin/NAL; 2004), and the anthology, Mad Love (AuthorHouse; 2005).
Jessica Holmes is a Professor of Economics at Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT where she has been a faculty member since 2001. Jessica also currently serves on the Green Mountain Care Board, a five-member Board appointed by the Governor of Vermont to regulate health care and reform the payment and delivery system. Jessica was also appointed by the Foreign Minister of Mexico to serve as the Honorary Consul to Mexico for Vermont. She received her BA from Colgate University and her PhD from Yale University. A recipient of multiple teaching awards, Jessica offers courses in Health Economics, Microeconomics, the Economics of Sin and the Economics of Social Issues. From 2011-2017, Jessica directed MiddCORE, an award-winning leadership and innovation program that teaches skills in areas such as leadership, collaboration, negotiation, human-centered design thinking, innovation and persuasive communication. Jessica has published research in the areas of labor, health and development economics, auction design and pedagogy in journals such as Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Public Economics, The Economic Journal, Journal of Economic Education, Economics of Education Review, Population Research and Policy Review, Southern Economic Journal, Health Affairs, and Clinical Pediatrics.
Jason Houdek is a Senior Technical Advisor at the Clinton Health Access Initiative supporting overall strategy and program development for CHAI's global therapeutic oxygen program. Previously, Mr. Houdek served as CHAI’s Country Director in Sierra Leone, leading overall support to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation on essential medicines supply chain, health workforce, and family planning interventions. He has a decade of experience managing public health programs in West Africa, including HIV prevention, care, and treatment programs with the US CDC and child health programs with CHAI in Nigeria. He studied cellular and molecular biology at the University of Michigan and later obtained a Master of Public Health from Tulane University.
Liz Livingston Howard is a founder and current Executive Director of the Kellogg School Center for Nonprofit Management and a Clinical Professor of Management. She develops and teaches MBA students and nonprofit executives. Ms. Howard serves as the Academic Director for a variety of nonprofit executive education courses and designs custom executive education programs for local, national and global clients.
Previously, she served in a variety of senior development roles including as Assistant Dean for the Kellogg School of Management. Throughout her career, she has been committed to empowering social impact leaders to maximize their individual and organizational success. She is a graduate of Northwestern University and has an MBA from the Kellogg School.
Lee-Sean Huang is a Taiwanese American designer, educator, and podcaster based in New York. He is the co-founder and creative director of Foossa, a community-centered design practice. Foossa's work focuses around social innovation, service design, design thinking, and futurecasting. Lee-Sean has taught courses in design, innovation, and storytelling at New York University, the Parsons School of Design, and the School of Visual Arts. He previously taught at Cornell Tech and the College of Staten Island. He hosts the Design Future Now podcast, which is produced by AIGA, the professional association for design. He also hosts and produces a food and culture podcast called Easy Cook Bear. Lee-Sean earned a bachelors in Government from Harvard and a masters in Interactive Telecommunications from NYU. He currently serves as a board member of the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program Alumni Association of New York (JETAANY).
Dr. John P. Hussman, is the Director of the Hussman Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that supports medical research, education, and assistance to vulnerable individuals with urgent needs or significant disabilities. Dr. Hussman is actively engaged in research, training efforts, and the development of positive supports for individuals with autism and other life-altering conditions, as well as a broad range of projects on behalf of vulnerable populations, including projects related to global health, homelessness, disease eradication, literacy, and education in developing countries.
For nearly two decades, the Hussman Foundation has provided education and community support in projects serving tens of thousands of migrant children on the Thai-Burma border. The Hussman Foundation has also provided major funding to the Carter Center, working to eradicate Guinea worm, prevent blindness for thousands suffering from Trachoma, and establish new programs to address mental health issues in Africa. Central to all of these efforts is an emphasis on valuing differences, empowering individuals, and honoring self-determination.
As a researcher, Dr. Hussman has authored and co-authored numerous papers on the genetics and neuroscience of autism, as well as cellular and molecular pathways of complex diseases including multiple sclerosis and COVID-19. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University and two degrees from Northwestern University: a Master’s degree in Education and Social Policy and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. He and his wife Terri are parents of four young adults; Christina, Michael, J.P. and Julianne.
Tina Hyder is Executive Director of the Refugee Trauma Initiative, an NGO that develops tools and resources to address trauma for refugee families and children and those who work with them. Tina was previously Deputy Director of the Open Society Foundations’ Early Childhood Program, where she helped forge partnerships to promote early childhood policies, research, networks, and programs for marginalised young children and their families. Prior to joining the Open Society Foundations, Tina was the global diversity adviser for Save the Children UK, supporting more than 50 country offices around the world to uphold the rights of children affected by discrimination.
Lila Igram has spent the last decade developing global platforms to facilitate investment in initiatives led by local and indigenous women and girls.
She launched ConnectHER, a fundraising platform to elevate the status of women and girls everywhere. The idea was simple: Build a user-friendly platform to help donors support the work of local grassroots leaders, most of them women. To date, ConnectHER has invested more than $650,000 to support local efforts in more than 25 countries. To expand their reach, she later launched the ConnectHER Film Festival to amplify the voices of girls. As a Muslim American of Lebanese descent who grew up in the Midwest, Igram felt the sting of having outsiders “tell your story.” That experience motivated her to provide a platform for women and girls around the world to have the opportunity to tell their own stories. Since launching the festival with the support of Harvard students and groups in 2012, the festival has received more than 1,200 original short films from 42 countries and given over $175,000 in scholarships.
Lila received a degree in Economics from the University of Iowa and worked for the advocacy organization, FLOW an organization dedicated to the furtherance of the Conscious Capitalism movement. Today, Lila continues her work to create a world where women and girls are seen, heard, and encouraged to reach their full potential.
Kiki Jamieson, Ph.D., is President of The Fund for New Jersey. The Fund for New Jersey supports good public policy decision-making on the issues most important to the people of New Jersey and the region. Recent initiatives include supporting a complete count of all state residents in Census 2020, catalyzing work to end childhood lead poisoning, and advancing racial justice.
Previously, Ms. Jamieson directed the Pace Center for Civic Engagement and taught in the Politics department at Princeton University, and before that at the University of Pennsylvania, Haverford College, and Rutgers University. She was a visiting scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study and her academic work has focused on issues of discrimination and punishment related to gender identity and expression, with particular emphasis on the force of law felt by trans and gender non-conforming people in institutions ranging from prisons to marriage. She is the author of Real Choices: Feminism, Freedom, and the Limits of Law.
Joshua Jelly-Schapiro is a geographer and writer whose books include "Island People: The Caribbean and the World," "Names of New York," and (with Rebecca Solnit) "Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas." A regular contributor to the New York Review of Books, his work has also appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Harper's Magazine, among many other publications. Jelly-Schapiro is a scholar-in-residence at the Institute for Public Knowledge at NYU, where he also teaches.
A social entrepreneur with nearly thirty years of experience, Derek Jentzsch is the founder of BroderickHaight Consulting. For organizations of all sizes, his strategic and tactical guidance on the design, financing, staffing, operations and impact transforms social justice programs in education, health, conservation and economic development around the world. Whether raising small initiatives into competitive powerhouses or guiding the transformation of mid-size and large organizations, he works to equitably transform the lives of millions of children and their families around the world. His favorite clients include Whiz Kids Workshop, Save the Children, Jane Goodall Institute and LYRIC.
Henry Jewell is the Director of Development, Emergency Medicine at the University of Michigan. He has significant experience in organizational management, strategic planning, and community engagement in both non-profit and academic environments including stints at The World Bank and South Africa National Parks. Before joining the University of Michigan, Henry was Executive Director of Akvo: an international non-profit whose mission is focused on implementing innovative digital technologies in the international development sector to ensure better evidence-based decision making.
He earned his bachelors in marine geography from the University of Wales Cardiff and his masters’ degree in geography from George Washington University.
Jacqueline Jodl is the Senior Vice President of Global Youth and Education at Special Olympics. Before joining Special Olympics, Jackie was an Associate Professor at the University of Virginia focusing on education innovation and race and education. More recently, Jackie was an Executive Director at The Aspen Institute. Her early career began at Unilever in marketing management. Jackie was selected as a Presidential Management Fellow and awarded Alumni of Notable Achievement from the University of Minnesota. Jackie earned her bachelors from the University of Minnesota; MBA from the University of Chicago; master’s from Teachers College; and PhD from Columbia University.
Willene A. Johnson advises on economic development and peacebuilding. Her recent work focuses on African countries and includes designing and facilitating workshops for practitioners engaged in resource management, peacekeeping, and economic reconstruction. Dr. Johnson served as U.S. Executive Director at the African Development Bank, member of the United Nations Committee for Development Policy, and chair of the Sub-Saharan Africa Advisory Committee of the United States Export-Import Bank. Her work on African economies benefits from her twenty years of experience in the Federal Reserve System, including research and operational responsibilities in international financial markets and leadership in equal employment opportunity. Dr. Johnson served as adjunct faculty at Bank Street College, Columbia and Cornell Universities and as a Trustee of Tuskegee University. She holds degrees in social studies (Radcliffe College, Harvard University) and African history (St. John's University) as well as a doctorate in economics (Columbia University).
Gabrielle Jones is the Founder and Executive Director, Black America Summit, a nonprofit that hosts cross-cultural conversations that unite, educate (help) strategize, and inspire Black Americans and allies to create a better society. Past panelists include senior leadership from Netflix, Third Sector and Roc Nation in addition to elected officials and subject matter experts. The first Black America Summit’s audience grew 200% each week. Gabrielle also owns and manages Rielle Events, LLC a boutique events firm that creates enchanting, engaging and well-executed events with high returns for businesses and nonprofits. As an event director, her events average 400-600% increase in R.O.I compared to previous years using competitors or internal teams.
Gabrielle is driven by a desire to create and nurture safe, inclusive communities. This is echoed in her work as an entrepreneur as well as her volunteer and board roles.
Gabrielle holds a Bachelors of Arts in International Relations and Sociology from Wellesley College. Mandarin is her second language.
Zaza is a designer with expertise in cultivating the capacity for entrepreneurs and educators to build change and creative solutions. She has worked with edTech companies, universities, philanthropic foundations, and professional associations in roles that included strategy consulting, program design, leadership, research, and innovation management. Zaza mentors startup founders in Zimbabwe, Kenya, Massachusetts, and the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a teacher, maker, author, co-editor of Taking Design Thinking to School, and has co-organized several design thinking conferences for educators. Zaza holds a PhD from Stanford University in Learning Sciences and Technology Design, and a Bachelors’ from Wellesley College.
As the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)’s President and CEO, Sarah Degnan Kambou leads a global research institute dedicated to gender equity, social inclusion and shared prosperity. She is an expert on sexual and reproductive health, HIV/AIDS and adolescent health and livelihoods. With 35+ years of experience in Asia, Eastern Europe and sub-Saharan Africa, Sarah has advised multilaterals, leading corporations and governments seeking to advance the status of women and girls.
Sarah holds a doctorate in international health policy and a master’s in public health from Boston University, and a bachelor’s in French from the University of Connecticut.
Grace Kao is Chair and IBM Professor of Sociology at Yale University, where she also serves as Faculty Director of Education Studies. She received her PhD and MA from The University of Chicago, and her BA from University of California, Berkeley. She works on issues of racial, ethnic, and immigrant variation in educational achievement and the transition to adulthood. She recently wrote a book (co-authored with Kara Joyner and Kelly Stamper Balistreri) titled "The Company We Keep: Interracial Friendships and Romantic Relations from Adolescence to Adulthood." She formerly served as Vice President of the American Sociological Association.
Ambassador Dr. Mwaba P. Kasese Bota is a 2020 Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellow Harvard.
She served as Zambia’s Ambassador to the United Nations and held various positions including chairing the Global Bureau of Land-Locked Developing Countries and Vice President of the UNICEF Executive Board. She co-facilitated the 2016 high-level meeting on HIV/AIDS: and chaired the 49th Commission on Population and Development. She co-chaired the resolution on ending child, early, and forced marriages. A medical doctor and epidemiologist, Mwaba is a recognized expert on social development and public health.
She previously worked for the USAID and UNICEF in Lusaka Zambia.
Rehmah Kasule is the Founder of CEDA International in Uganda and USA, and a Senior Fellow of Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative. She is a civil society champion, social innovator, and a prolific serial entrepreneur who started her first business, Century Marketing, at 26 years. In 2007, she shifted from building brands to shifting mind-sets and founded a non-profit organization that is purposefully building a generation of ethical and values-based leaders and entrepreneurs who are economically independent, socially responsible, and politically active. Her work is a catalyst in re-framing people’s thinking to get the agency to take charge of their lives and confidently lead change in their communities. Rehmah has skilled, mentored, and empowered 168,000+ youth and women leaders and entrepreneurs across Africa, including refugee camps, rural and slum areas. Her work was recognized by President Barack Obama in 2010 and has won several international awards, including Fortune/Goldman Sachs Global Women Leaders Award in 2014 and the Islamic Development Bank Women in Peace and Development Prize. Rehmah is a Let Girls Learn Global Ambassador and was named one of the Most Influential African Women in government and civil society in 2016. Amanda Ellis, an International Gender Specialist, described Rehmah as “an African Light House,” guiding the future generation.
Rehmah is passionate about gender equality, inclusive development, racial justice, diversity, social inclusion, and connectedness. With a 25-year solid track record as a gender and youth empowerment expert, she has mobilized cross-sector strategic partnerships with private, public, civil society, and international organizations. Rehmah has successfully designed and led large-scale impact and innovative projects for girls’ education, peacebuilding, women leadership, youth workforce development, and small and medium enterprises management. She has delivered private sector development, strategic planning, policy, and gender mainstreaming consultancy for the United Nations, African Development Bank, International Trade Centre, and European Investment Bank.
Rehmah is an author of the book “From Gomba to the White House,” speaks on high-level global dialogues, and has held leadership positions on multiple boards. A graduate of Peace, Conflict, and International Development from the University of Bradford, Rehmah is a Vital Voices Fellow, Synergos Senior Fellow, KAICIID International Fellow, and an Aspen Global Leaders Fellow. In 2019, during the yearlong fellowship at Harvard University, she innovated the PLUS+AFRICA Linkubator. This social venture is focused on the ‘future of work’ by creating employment pathways for youth and working with governments to strengthen the education-to-work and entrepreneurship eco-systems in Africa.
Rehmah was born a village girl, but she refused to become a village woman. From a young age, she questioned the discrimination and injustices caused by the gender, religious, racial, and patriarchal cultural norms that impede girls and women from fulfilling their potentials. She strongly believes that education breaks intergenerational cycles of poverty and she is committed to providing opportunities to change life trajectories - one girl at a time.
Nancy Kendall is professor of educational policy studies, specialized in comparative, international, and global education policy, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Kendall conducts comparative ethnographic research on the school and life experiences of girls, boys, families, and communities who are structurally marginalized within national and international contexts. Her ethnographic research has examined children’s sense-making and experiences with gender and education, political democratization, sexuality and HIV/AIDS education, climate and environmental change, and college-going. Kendall has conducted extended research in Malawi and the U.S.. Kendall has received research support from Fulbright, Lumina Foundation, NAE/Spencer, Social Science Research Council, and the Wenner-Gren Foundations, among others. She is the author of The Sex Education Debates (University of Chicago Press, 2012), first author of The True Costs of College (Palgrave, 2020), and many peer-reviewed articles in international education and public health journals.
Natalie is Deputy Director at the Asia Philanthropy Circle, a platform for Asia-based philanthropists to learn, exchange and collaborate on projects in the region. Based in Singapore, her focus is on the growth of strategic philanthropy in Myanmar, Vietnam and Malaysia with a personal passion for projects in the areas of climate change and equity in education. Prior to joining APC, Natalie worked with a small consultancy delivering capacity-building to social impact organisations. In this role, she led cross-sector collaborations between multiple stakeholders including corporate foundations and social responsibility teams, grantmaking institutions, government statutory boards, nonprofit organisations, and social enterprises.
Previously, she was involved with a grantmaking organisation investing in education and library initiatives in rural areas of Myanmar and Cambodia. In the private sector, Natalie has worked in investment banking at Deutsche Bank, equity research at Morgan Stanley, and private equity consulting at Kurt Salmon Associates. She has a degree in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University.
She has lived in Singapore for 12 years with her husband and four active children.
Anita Khashu is the Director of NEO Philanthropy’s Four Freedoms Fund. Founded in 2003, the Four Freedoms Fund (FFF) is a national donor collaborative working toward full integration of immigrants as active participants in our democracy. FFF seeks to ensure this outcome by building and supporting a robust local, state, and national infrastructure of immigrants’ rights organizations and leaders. Prior to joining FFF, Anita worked as a nonprofit lawyer, manager, and philanthropic advisor in the United States, Latin America, and Africa, managing large and complex nonprofit programs, providing direct legal services, conducting research, and providing strategic consulting services to nonprofits and philanthropies. Anita was the founding director of the Vera Institute of Justice’s Center on Immigration, a scholar in residence at the Center for Inter-American Studies and Programs at Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM), and a a staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society of New York in its criminal practice. Anita serves as a founding board member for the Mexico City-based Institute for Women in Migration (Instituto para las Mujeres en la Migración, A.C.) and the Brooklyn Community Bail Fund.
Myriam serves as Vice President for Innovation at Mercy Corps where she champions initiatives to spark, support and scale new solutions for social impact in fragile and frontier markets. She helps a wide range of social entrepreneurs leverage the organization’s global network of staff and community connections across 40+ countries, and tap into its many private and public sector relationships. As a member of Mercy Corps’ Executive Team, Myriam leads several enterprise-level initiatives including learning and transformation for diversity, equity and inclusion.
Previously, Myriam oversaw Mercy Corps’ Technical Support Unit whose subject-matter experts developed partnerships and strategy, conducted research, cultivated organizational learning, and advised teams around the globe. Earlier in her career, she held pivotal roles in program development and supervised post-conflict programs in the Balkans and Caucasus regions for over a decade. Myriam holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown University, and is co-founder of a start-up in the homewares sector in the U.S.
Marlene Kim is Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. A labor economist, she specializes in race and gender discrimination and the working poor. She has published widely in journals and books, including editing Race and Economic Opportunity in the Twenty-First Century (Routledge, 2007). She is the recipient of the first Rhonda Williams Prize and serves on the editorial boards of Feminist Economics and the Review of Radical Political Economics. Her current research examines the intersection of race and gender discrimination in the earnings of women of color. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.
Henriette leads the Gender and Economic Inclusion Group at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group. She serves as an advocate for equality issues in the private sector and works with IFC’s clients to include both women and men as entrepreneurs, employees, consumers, community stakeholders and leaders. She leads a global team that is engaged in co-creating gender-smart private sector solutions through research, investments, advice and peer learning platforms. Before joining IFC in September 2013, Henriette was the CEO of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women. Earlier in her career, Henriette was the UN representative in the Middle East Quartet team advising Tony Blair in Jerusalem. She also worked for the Office of the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO).
With more than two decades of public affairs experience spanning the White House, think tanks, law firms, and universities, Lindsey Kozberg is an experienced leader of advocacy campaigns in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. A practicing attorney, Kozberg is working with Park & Velayos to help clients navigate the complex web of regulations that affect how property is used and developed. Over the past decade she has led strategic communications and government relations at the nonpartisan RAND Corporation and at Truth Initiative, the public health foundation dedicated to ending tobacco use, and has been an advisor with California Strategies. During the George W. Bush Administration Kozberg was director of public affairs for the U.S. Department of Education and a special assistant to the president at the White House. Kozberg is a graduate of Princeton University and Stanford Law School, and a former instructor at the USC Annenberg School of Journalism and Communications.
Romy is the Managing Director of the Guerrilla Foundation that supports social movements and activists working in Europe to address the root causes of systemic injustices. She is excited about participatory grantmaking and other ways of enhancing the participation of those doing the work in philanthropic decision- and strategy-making. Romy is a mother and yogi and loves long walks in the forest. She studied translocal organizing processes within the anti-mining movement and holds a PhD in Business Society-Management from the Rotterdam School of Management. Romy has also worked in the field of social entrepreneurship education where she developed and ran one of the first global MOOCs for social entrepreneurs.
Anita Krishnamurthi is a passionate advocate for equitable access to education and science. Trained as a research astronomer with a PhD in Astrophysics from The Ohio State University, Anita moved to a career focused on STEM education and informal learning recognizing its intersection with social mobility and social justice.
She most recently served as the Head of Education and Learning at the Wellcome Trust, a global health philanthropy based in London. Prior to her role at Wellcome, Anita worked in a range of organizations based in Washington, DC that included non-profits, Government and academia. Her roles included serving as Vice President for STEM Policy at the Afterschool Alliance, Program Manager at NASA Headquarters, Lead for Education and Public Outreach in the Astrophysics Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Centre, and the John Bahcall Public Policy Fellow at the American Astronomical Society.
Anita grew up in India and moved to the United States for her PhD before recently moving to the UK. This life experience drives a global perspective and a great interest in engaging with a diverse range of people and issues to advance equity and bring about systemic change. She serves on the Boards of the National Girls Collaborative in the United States and the ENTHUSE Charitable Trust in the UK and is very active in mentoring women at various career stages.
Dr. Sudha Kuruganty is a consultant with Piramal Swasthya Management and Research Institute, a India based not for profit organization that provides access to basic healthcare to millions of people across country, specially to the vulnerable including women, children and tribal population. She provides over all support for Strategic Planning and Delivery of Health Services across programs, New Partnership initiatives and Donor Management.
Prior to joining Piramal she was heading dental department at Innova Childrens’ Heart Hospital, a pediatric cardiac care centre for Children with congenital heart diseases. Sudha graduated in dental surgery and earned postgraduate certification in management from Xavier school of Management, Jamshedpur, India.
Hali Lee has spent her career doing her best to democratize and diversify the field and practice of philanthropy. She is a Co-Founder of the Donors of Color Network, the first ever national project that is researching, engaging and networking high net wealth donors of color across race, ethnicity and life experience. She was a member of the co-design team that birthed Philanthropy Together in 2020, built to scale and strengthen the burgeoning collective giving movement nationally.
Hali is the founder of the Asian Women Giving Circle, which raises resources for Asian American women using the arts to bring about social change in their NYC communities. In fifteen years, the Circle has made grants of over one million dollars in support of eighty amazing projects. Currently, Hali participates in several philanthropy-sector initiatives, including the Impact Driven Philanthropy Collaborative at the Raikes Foundation, the Momentum Fund, and the decennial Deloitte/ Monitor Institute Philanthropy 2020.
Hali was born in Seoul, South Korea and grew up in Kansas City. She graduated from Princeton University, studied Buddhism at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand, and received a Masters in Social Work from New York University. Hali has worked in many capacities and served on many boards, often combining a love of learning, the arts and equitable social change.
Hali lives in Brooklyn, NY along with her dear husband, three college-age children, two cats and a big dog. In her free time, Hali loves to travel, read, play tennis and keep rooftop honeybees.
Panthea Lee is a strategist, organizer, designer, and facilitator working for structural justice and collective liberation, and the current Executive Director of Reboot. She is passionate about building transformative coalitions between communities, activists, movements, and institutions to tackle inequity—and working with artists to realize courageous social change. Panthea is a pioneer in designing and guiding multi-stakeholder processes to address complex social challenges, with experience doing so in 30+ countries with partners including UNDP, MacArthur Foundation, Luminate, CIVICUS, Wikimedia, Women’s Refugee Commission, the City of New York, as well as civil society groups and governments from the local to the federal levels. The global co-creation efforts she’s led have launched new efforts to protect human rights defenders, tackle public sector corruption, strengthen participatory democracy, advance equity in knowledge production and access, reform international agencies, and drive media innovation. Panthea began her career as a journalist, ethnographer, and cultural producer. Her work and analysis have been featured in Al Jazeera, The Atlantic, CNN, Fast Company, New York Times, MIT Innovation, and Stanford Social Innovation Review, and has lectured at universities including Harvard, Columbia, NYU, and School of Visual Arts. Panthea is an advisor to the World Economic Forum Partnering with Civil Society Initiative, the OECD Network on Innovative Citizen Participation, and Greenpeace. She serves on the boards of The Laundromat Project, RSA (Royal Society of Arts) US, Development Gateway, and People Powered: The Global Hub for Participatory Democracy.
Valerie F. Leonard is the Founder of Nonprofit Utopia, LLC and host of the Nonprofit Utopia podcast. An expert in community and organizational development, Valerie teaches courses in nonprofit management for the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Certificate in Nonprofit Management program, including operations management, strategic management and program design and evaluation. She also teaches courses in social enterprise at Roosevelt University, helping students to develop business plans for social ventures. Valerie has a Master of Management degree in finance and marketing from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Spelman College.
Christina Lewis’ work sits at the intersection of technology, philanthropy, entrepreneurship and Black lives. She is the Founder of All Star Code, a computer science education nonprofit focused on young men of color. She is also a Co-Founder of Give Blck, a comprehensive database of Black nonprofit organizations and Treasurer of her family grant-making entity, The Reginald F. Lewis Foundation. An award-winning journalist, she is the author of “Lonely at the Top,” a Kindle Single. From 2005-2010 she was a staff writer for The Wall Street Journal. She began her career on the night cops beat in Stamford, Conn. She lives in New York with her husband and three children.
Federico Navarrete Linares, PhD in Mesoamerican Studies, Full Professor at Instituto de Investigaciones Históricas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.
He does research on the history of the Native peoples of the Americas and their relations with European and Africans, and the way they have adapted to the process of colonization and State building. He is internationally recognized as a pathbreaking researcher and writer on the Mesoamerican visual histories and their relation with oral and ritual traditions, as well as their adaptation to the Colonial context and their appropriation of European scriptural and pictorical practices. He has published articles on that subject in the United States, Mexico, Brazil and Germany. He has published and lectured extensively on the military conquest of Mexico and the indispensable role played by the Indigenous conquistadors. He also works on racism and discrimination in contemporary Latin America. Some of his recent books are Who really conquered Mexico? (2019), Mexica histories (2018), Alphabet of Mexican Racism (2017), Racist Mexico (2016). He also publishes historical novels, such as El códice perdido (2017).
Linda Loubert is a Political Economist with a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Dallas. She has served as chair and as an associate professor in the Economics Department at Morgan State University since 2016. She completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Michigan in the Ford Foundation Program on Poverty and Public Policy and Program for Research on Black Americans at the Institute for Social Research.
A certified Geographical Information Systems (GIS) professional, Dr. Loubert has, for more than 20 years, used GIS to support her spatial analysis of socioeconomic data. Most of her publications include spatial analysis of socioeconomic data, an approach now better known as Geodemographics. Dr. Loubert especially enjoys bringing Geodemographics to the classroom, where her students can learn the value of this emerging technology.
Dr. Loubert has served as the treasurer and board member for the National Economic Association, as a governor-appointed member of the Open Data Council for the state of Maryland, and as a board member to several of Baltimore's local organizations.
Laurie Lowe works with Hope and Healing International, a Canadian based charitable organization that has a laser focus on children living with a double disadvantage – poverty and disability – in the poorest communities. She has been passionate about the needs of kids and their families in the developing world ever since she first set foot in Africa as a young teen.
Misunderstanding, stigma, and exclusion pulls whole families into deeper poverty, making families even more vulnerable to disability. Laurie fiercely believes in the value of all children, driving for equal opportunities and accessibility to medical care, education, and the development of personal resiliency.
Dr. Lu possesses decades of expertise in maternal and child health policy. He is currently dean of the school of public health at the University of California, Berkeley, and previously a senior associate dean at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University.
Lu served as director of the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau under the Obama Administration. During his tenure, he transformed key federal programs in maternal and child health, and launched major initiatives to reduce maternal, infant, and child mortality across the nation. He oversaw the launch and expansion of the federal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program. For his leadership, he was awarded the prestigious U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Hubert H. Humphrey Service to America Award in 2013.
Prior to his public service, Lu was a professor of obstetrics-gynecology and public health at UCLA, where his research focused on racial-ethnic disparities in birth outcomes from a life-course perspective. He co-directed the residency program in obstetrics and gynecology and a training grant in maternal and child health, and received several prestigious awards for his teaching. As a practicing obstetrician for nearly two decades, he has attended more than 1000 births, and has been voted one of the Best Doctors in America since 2005. Lu has served on three National Academy of Medicine Committees, and co-authored the recently released report Vibrant and Healthy Kids: Aligning Science, Practice, and Policy to Advance Health Equity.
Lu received his bachelor’s degrees in political science and human biology from Stanford University, master’s degrees in health and medical sciences and public health from UC Berkeley, medical degree from UC San Francisco, and residency training in obstetrics and gynecology from UC Irvine.
As Director of Foundation Relations at Duke University, Vera Luck leads and supports efforts to partner with private foundations to advance university priorities. Her areas of focus include basic and applied research in the natural sciences and engineering; diversity in STEM fields and STEM education; and large-scale multidisciplinary projects with social, global health, and education goals. She has supported multiple proposal teams pursuing MacArthur 100&Change and previous Lever for Change grant competitions.
After a career in finance, Felecia Lucky returned home to Livingston, Alabama and with the idea of building a foundation with the people, for the people when she joined the Black Belt Community Foundation (BBCF). BBCF was established to strengthen Alabama’s 12 poorest counties known collectively as the Black Belt. In the last 16 years, as the President of the Black Belt Community Foundation, BBCF has partnered with philanthropic organizations who want to invest in local community led driven transformation. Some noteworthy partnerships include W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation, and the U.S. Office of Head Start for early childhood education. The NOVO Foundation recognized BBCF for its work with a grant to create the Southern Black Girls and Women’s Consortium. With her deep roots in the community, dedication to her family and church, Felicia is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and a graduate of Leadership Alabama and Leadership Sumter County. Felecia is also 2006 Southeastern Council on Foundations Hull Fellow and a 2013 Aspen Ideas Scholar. Felecia has a BS in Accounting from Tuskegee University and a MBA from the University of Alabama.
Betty Lyons, Executive Director of the American Indian Law Alliance, is an Indigenous and environmental activist and citizen of the Onondaga Nation. Betty has worked for the Onondaga Nation for over 20 years. Ms. Lyons serves as a member of the Haudenosaunee External Relations Committee and a participant in the annual United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) since the first session. Out of her concern for Indigenous peoples and Mother Earth, Betty serves on numerous boards like: 4 The Future Foundation, Connie Hogarth Center, The MOST, Skä•noñh- Great Law of Peace Center, and is Co-Chair of the Center of Earth Ethics.
Dr. Ifrah Magan currently serves as an Assistant Professor at New York University Silver School of Social Work. A qualitative researcher and social worker, Dr. Magan incorporates storytelling as a method for understanding the lived experiences of refugee and immigrant populations, particularly with regard to faith and culture. Dr. Magan takes an intersectional approach to research in vulnerable communities, focusing particularly on race, religion, gender, and class. She has extensive experience working with Somali, Rohingya, Iraqi, and Syrian refugee populations in the United States. Dr. Magan was also the Qualitative Research Lead on the MacArthur Foundation 100&Change funded partnership with Sesame Workshop and the International Rescue Committee to provide early childhood programming for refugee families in the Middle East. Dr. Magan received a Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Community Services from Michigan State University, where she was a Ronald E. McNair Scholar. She then went on to receive a Master’s degree from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration where she received the Kathryn Davis Peace Award and served as a Child Advocate for unaccompanied undocumented children through the Young Center at the University of Chicago School of Law. She received her doctorate from University of Illinois at Chicago, Jane Addams College of Social Work, where she received the Abraham Lincoln Fellowship and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Award.
Dr. Magan is fluent in English, Somali, and Arabic.
Pardis Mahdavi, PhD is currently Dean of Social Sciences and Director of the School for Social Transformation at Arizona State University. Before coming to Arizona, she was Acting Dean of the Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver (2017-2019), after spending eleven years at Pomona College from 2006-2017 where she most recently served as professor and chair of anthropology and director of the Pacific Basin Institute at Pomona College as well as Dean of Women. Her research interests include gendered labor, human trafficking, migration, sexuality, human rights, transnational feminism, and public health in the context of changing global and political structures. She has published four single authored books and one edited volume in addition to numerous journal and news articles. She has been a fellow at the Social Sciences Research Council, the American Council on Learned Societies, Google Ideas, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. In 2018 she was appointed by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and re-appointed by Governor Jared Polis to serve on the Colorado Commission on Higher Education.
Lovie Manning is the People Experience and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Manager at Community Solutions. Centering racial justice, she oversees the strategy and implementation of the organization's HR and internal DEI work, supporting staff empowerment while in alignment with the organization's strategic aims.
With over 10 years of experience in the operations field, she demonstrates a history of work in the nonprofit, government, and higher education sectors. Prior to joining the Community Solutions team, she worked as a Business Manager at The Doe Fund, a non-profit that breaks the devastating cycles of homelessness, incarceration, and criminal recidivism. Lovie holds a BA in Urban Studies and Geography from Hunter College located in NYC.
Whether through her entrepreneurial work, entailing parent advocacy in under-resourced communities, or her personal life, including racial healing education for her family, her passion for DEI seeps into every part of her life.
When Lovie is not finding new and innovative ways to create equitable systems, she is listening to 70s soul music with her husband, learning new conscious parenting techniques on how to raise her 4 sons, or trying something adventurous like skydiving.
As a senior nonprofit professional, I am dedicated to work that increases social impact for the benefit of our global society. I have experience working on issues such as land rights, social justice, youth development, academic achievement, sustainability, environmental health, and environmental education.
Paulette offers her favorite quote by Nelson Mandela as a guiding principle in her life and her career: “Action without vision is only passing time, vision without action is merely daydreaming, but vision with action can change the world.” The power of these words is clearly reflected in her 20 years of experience leading finance, HR, operations, and IT functions with an equity lens.
As a senior executive and social justice non-profit leader, Paulette puts equity, organizational culture, and staff growth and well-being at the forefront of her strategic interventions, policies, and practices.
Paulette believes in managing, motivating, and supporting teams through visible leadership, creativity and direct communication. She believes that HR, operational, and financial systems and policies are tools to help shape organizational cultures and spaces where staff feel resourced and empowered to lead and help the organization reach its mission.
Paulette served as the Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration of Race Forward, the largest multiracial racial justice organization. There, her racial justice lens and competencies were sharpened and put into practice. At the beginning of Covid-19, Paulette led the organization in ensuring the care, safety, and well-being of staff that truly centered the experiences of black and brown staff most impacted by the pandemic.
At Community Solutions, Paulette oversees operations, human resources, and technology. She enables the organization to bring the most effective, efficient, and high performing team, tools and practices to the work of supporting communities to end homelessness. In her role, Paulette drives the integration of racial equity work into hiring, purchasing, organizational culture, strategic planning, and measurement.
Paulette’s work and leadership are inspired by her parents, who, at their core, were passionate about encouraging people to reach their highest potential, and creating spaces for open dialogue to enhance racial justice.
Twila Martin Kekahbah is an independent contractor. Some of her previous experience includes Director of Tribal Analytic Institute, Community Liaison for the Northwest Area Foundation and Policy Analyst for the National Indian Health Board. Twila has a tribal affiliation with the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, she served as the chairperson and was the first female to be seated as the head of the Tribal Government for three terms. She holds a Bachelor of Science from University of North Dakota and M.ED; MFA from Pennsylvania State University.
Twila has visited over 34 countries with majority of the visits sponsored by: W.K. Kellogg Leadership Award; the U.S. State Department; the Phelps-Stokes Fund; the Ford Foundation Fellowship; the Rural Development Leadership Network; and Oxfam.
Frances Leos Martinez co-founded and serves as a Clinical Professor in the University of Texas School of Law, Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic. She also founded the Texas Title Project, which provided title-clearing services to low-income families seeking disaster recovery assistance in East Texas and the Rio Grande Valley. Frances’ areas of focus include nonprofit and social enterprise, small business, homeownership preservation, and real property issues in extra urban communities. A graduate of Stanford Law School, Frances began her community development practice as a Skadden Fellow in the TRLA Colonias Project, the first CED law practices on the Texas-Mexico border.
Homero Martinez is Senior Technical Advisor at Nutrition International in Ottawa, Canada. He is a clinical pediatrician with a Ph.D. in International Nutrition and posdoctoral training in Medical Anthropology and Epidemiology. Dr. Martinez’s research includes different topics in public health nutrition, including micronutrient deficiencies, life-style interventions to prevent overweight and obesity, nutritional and hydration management of children with acute diarrhea, and nutritional interventions for people living with HIV/AIDS. Dr. Martinez has also been involved with the design, collection, and analysis of large-scale epidemiological surveys, including nutrition and health of children under 2 years old, and hydration practices in select countries around the world. Dr. Martinez has held various teaching positions, and has authored 142 peer-reviewed articles, 54 book chapters, and edited 13 books, with over 3,700 citations to his work.
Joelle is a nationally recognized executive, strategist, inspirational speaker, and trainer. A visionary leader, Joelle dedicates her life to helping cross-sector leaders realize their potential and the potential presented by rapidly changing demographics. Joelle is a subject matter expert in Neuroleadership, Latino identity, civic engagement, demographic shifts, diversity and inclusion, and cultural intelligence. Since 2015, Joelle has served as the Executive Director of the Latino Leadership Institute. Previously, she spent more than 15 years building winning business development and public affairs strategies for both the public and private sectors. In 2017, Joelle was named one of the most powerful women by the Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce. She currently serves on the Hispanic Advisory Council for Coca-Cola and has served on several national and regional boards over the years. Joelle is a member of the NeuroLeadership Institute and is a certified practitioner of both Insights Discovery and i4.
Dr. Laura E. Martinez is a first-generation college student and is trained as a biomedical scientist. She received her Ph.D. in Pathobiology in 2016 from the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle, WA. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA where she studies immunology and AIDS-related non-Hodgkin lymphoma. As a doctoral student, Laura served as a graduate student board member of the UW Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP), and co-chaired the UW School of Public Health Diversity Committee. Laura is a member of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) and mentors underrepresented minority students in STEM. She has also collaborated with Dr. David E. Hayes-Bautista, Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Director of the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture (CESLAC) at UCLA, and Sonja Diaz, Founding Executive Director of the UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Initiative, on addressing California’s Latino Physician Shortage and investigating the impact of COVID-19 in vulnerable communities in Los Angeles and New York City.
María Regina Martínez Casas has a degree in linguistics with a major in neuro psychology, a MD in Social anthropology and a PhD in Anthropological Sciences with a sociolinguistic orientation.
She is senior Professor in the Research and Higher Studies on Social Anthropology Center in Mexico (Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social). She is member of the Nacional Research System and the Mexican Academy of Sciences.
She coordinated the post graduate program in Indoamerican linguistics, she was vice Director of Higher Studies and Academic Decan in CIESAS.
She has been guest researcher in many national and international institutions such as Cambridge University in the UK, the population laboratory in the Centre de Recherche pour le development in Marseille, France and in Princeton University in the US.
Her academic contributions are focused in linguistic development, cultural validity of linguistic and educative policies, indigenous migration and its consequences in the development of identities, education, discrimination and inequalities in Mexico and Latin America from both qualitative and quantitative perspectives.
She has been doing field work among different indigenous peoples and following the linguistic dynamic among Nahuas, Otomíes, Chinantecos, Puréhpecha, Wiraritari and Mixtec peoples. She coordinated in Mexico the Project on Race and Ethnicity in Latin America and the project about the transborder region Mexico-Guatemala. She has written more than 50 specialized papers and books about these themes.
She has been technical advisor in different academic committees and in the Nacional Evaluation Institute for Education and in the Nacional Committee for Indigenous Peoples.
Patrick L. Mason, Ph.D. is Professor of Economics & Director, African American Studies Program, Florida State University. His primary areas of interest include labor, political economy, development, education, social identity, and crime. He is particularly interested in racial inequality, educational achievement, income distribution, unemployment, economics of identity (race and religion), family environment and socioeconomic wellbeing, and transitions in family structure and public policy, racial profiling, and innovation and development in Caribbean economies.
In addition to membership in the American Economic Association and the National Economic Association, Professor Mason is also Chairman of the Board of Directors, Partners for Dignity & Rights; Member, Board of Directors, Fair Foods Standards Council (FFSC).
Professor Mason is general editor of the International Encyclopedia of Race and Racism, 2nd Edition, Macmillan Reference USA (February 2013) and author of Permanent Structural Racism: Stratification Economics on the Persistent Reproduction of Racism in the American Labor Market (In-Progress). He has authored about 90 journal articles, book chapters, books, and other professional publications.
Dr. Natasha Matic is the Chief Strategy Officer of the King Khalid Foundation (KKF), a leading philanthropic institution in Saudi Arabia working to create equal economic opportunities. For the past 25 years, Natasha worked with organizations globally and provided practical solutions to challenges in philanthropy, corporate sustainability, impact entrepreneurship and social and economic development.
Through her leadership, Natasha spearheaded the Foundation into an era of strategic philanthropy, an era that emphasizes innovation and a systems-change approach to solving inequalities in partnership with businesses, government, and the global philanthropic community. Previously, through her consulting practice, Natasha worked with both for-profit and non-profit organizations to embed ethical, social, and governance (ESG) accountability into their organizational DNA through strategy development and impact-focused solutions. Natasha holds a Ph.D. in Economic and Political Studies from Boston University and a Degree in Business Excellence from the Columbia Business School. She holds an International Law Degree from Belgrade University. Natasha is a Member of AccountAbility’s Sustainability Standards Board, MIT’s Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship Advisory Board, and is the Foundation20 Steering Committee Member.
Sarah McCue is an author and social entrepreneur as founder of BluWorld, launched in collaboration with Google and Cisco Foundation to provide opportunities to youth; co-founder of The Remembering Site to preserve stories of our elders; and is founder of Women with 2020 Vision to empower women, initially funded by the Elon Musk Foundation. She served the United Nations and global NGOs to leverage technology for benefit to humanity, and served as President of WorldQuant University, an online master's degree program, and teaches for Georgetown and American universities. She is currently scoping an online university for remote rural regions.
Soledad A. McGrath is a Research Professor at Northwestern University’s Institute for Policy Research (IPR) and the Executive Director of the Northwestern Neighborhood & Network Initiative (N3). N3 is a university-based research center that promotes new ways for faculty, experts, and students at IPR to engage communities, civic partners, and policymakers to address core problems facing the residents of Chicago and other jurisdictions throughout the country. Prior to joining Northwestern, she was a Senior Program Officer in the Gun Violence Prevention & Justice Reform Program at the Joyce Foundation where she developed and led the foundation’s justice reform strategy, which included a focus on policing, criminal justice reform, and violence prevention. Prior to joining the Joyce Foundation, McGrath was a Program Officer with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Justice Reform program and was a member of a multidisciplinary team that designed and implemented its criminal justice reform strategy – a more than $200 million initiative focusing on a network of jurisdictions throughout the country targeting excessive and unjust incarceration at the local level. She led the foundation’s efforts to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in the justice system.
Before joining the MacArthur Foundation, McGrath served as associate director and chief counsel at the American Bar Association’s Justice Center. In addition, she served as a post- graduate ChildLaw policy fellow at Loyola University School of Law’s Civitas ChildLaw Center and as the primary reporter for the State Bar of Georgia/Young Lawyers Division Juvenile Code Revision Project. She began her legal career as an associate at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP (formerly Kilpatrick Stockton LLP). McGrath has published in law review and legal journals and has been recognized for her work in juvenile justice reform. McGrath earned her BA from Northwestern University and her JD from Emory University.
Dr. Judith McKenzie is an associate professor in the Disability Studies Division at the University of Cape Town in the Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. She convenes the Disability Studies in Education course in the postgraduate diploma in Disability Studies and supervises masters and doctoral students. She was the principal investigator responsible for the successful completion in August 2020 of the Teacher Empowerment for Disability Inclusion (TEDI) project, in collaboration with CBM, co-funded by CBM and the European Union. Currently she is director of the research unit, Including Disability in Education in Africa (IDEA) which aims to promote the inclusion of disability in education at all levels, both formal and informal, in Africa and beyond, to ensure no-one is left behind in the pursuit of equitable quality education and lifelong learning. She has worked in the field of inclusive education for over 20 years at all levels of the education system and has published extensively on this and other topics. She is the mother of a young man with Down Syndrome and has an intense interest and engagement with issues surrounding intellectual disability on both personal and professional levels. She views inclusion as an issue of social justice and equity, within an intersectional framework that recognises the overlapping systems of discrimination race, class, disability and gender and other identity markers.
Lisa Mensah is President and CEO of Opportunity Finance Network (OFN), the nation’s leading network of Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). Under her leadership, OFN helps CDFIs leverage public funding and private investment to bring affordable, responsible capital to rural, urban, and Native communities underserved by mainstream finance.
Since joining OFN in 2017, Mensah has attracted new visibility and investment to the CDFI field through programs like the Grow with Google Small Business Fund and OFN’s Finance Justice Fund, a $1 billion socially responsible investment with Twitter as the Fund’s first investor. Widely considered an expert on access to capital in low-wealth communities, Mensah frequently testifies before Congress. And recently, Forbes and Morning Joe recognized her as one of five women safeguarding America’s small businesses.
Prior to OFN, Mensah served as Under Secretary of Agriculture for Rural Development in the Obama Administration. Other career achievements include being the founding Executive Director of the Initiative on Financial Security at the Aspen Institute, managing the country’s largest philanthropic grant and loan portfolio of investments in rural America at the Ford Foundation and serving as a commercial banker at Citibank. She serves on multiple boards and advisory committees and holds an M.A. from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of The Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. from Harvard University.
Carolyn Miles is currently teaching humanitarianism at Maxwell School of International Affairs at Syracuse University. She is also a member of the newly formed Sustainability Council at Bayer AG, advising the Board on sustainability matters. She served as Chief Executive Officer of Save the Children, an organization that gives children in the United States and around the world a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. Serving over 150M children worldwide, Save the Children committed to driving down the numbers of preventable deaths of children under 5, ensuring every child gets a high-quality basic education and protecting all children from harm.
Miles joined the U.S. organization in 1998, was COO from 2004-2011, and became President and CEO in September 2011, retiring in January 2020. Under her senior leadership, the organization more than doubled the number of children it reached with nutrition, health, education and other programs. Resources were over $830M in 2019. Miles' signature issues include gender equality, hunger, learning outcomes, and ending preventable child deaths.
Prior to Save the Children, she worked in the private sector in Hong Kong for American Express and as an entrepreneur. While in Asia, she confronted the deprivation of the region’s children, which motivated her to dedicate her life to their welfare.
In addition to her current service on the UVA Darden School of Business Board, she served as the Co-Chair of the US Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) and Chair of InterAction, the largest coalition of US-based NGOs. In 2015, Miles was named one of the 50 World's Greatest Leaders by Fortune magazine and inducted into the CT Women’s Hall of Fame. In 2017 she received the Distinguished Alumna Award from the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center at the University of Virginia. In 2019, Miles received the Jonathan M. Daniels Humanitarian Award from Virginia Military Institute. Miles is married with 3 children.
Clara Miller writes and speaks about sustainable finance, impact investing, business models and accounting in the nonprofit and for-profit arenas, and advises projects and individuals working for progress on same. She is President Emerita of the Heron Foundation (2011-2017) and was Founder and President/CEO of Nonprofit Finance Fund (1984-2011).
Miller was named to the Nonprofit Times “Power and Influence Top 50,” seven times (2006-2017), to Inside Philanthropy’s “50 Most Powerful Women in U.S. Philanthropy for 2016 and 2017 and as Social Innovator of the Year by the University of New Hampshire in 2017. In 2015 she was named “Investor of the Year, Small Foundations,” by Institutional Investor Magazine, received the Prince’s Prize (Monaco) for Innovative Philanthropy and the Shining Star Award from Performance Space 122 in New York City. She was awarded a Bellagio Residency by the Rockefeller Foundation in 2010.
Miller was appointed by President Clinton to the U.S. Treasury’s first Community Development Advisory Board for the then-newly-created Community Development Financial Institutions Fund in 1996 and later became Chair. She chaired Opportunity Finance Network's board for six of her nine years as a member and served on the Community Advisory Committee of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York for eight years.
Miller served as a board member of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (2012-2019) and is now an outside committee member. She is an advisory board member for the U.S. Impact Investing Alliance, the Song Cave and Family Independence Initiative. She is a senior adviser to the Impact Management Project (IMP) and the Open Road Alliance. She became a BridgeSpan Fellow in 2018.
Ms. Miller has been published in Alliance, Financial Times, Medium, The Atlantic Blog, Medium, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Nonprofit Quarterly and Chronicle of Philanthropy. She has spoken recently at Edinburgh International Culture Summit, Arts and Business Northern Ireland, Yale School of Management, Dartmouth's Tuck School, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Columbia Business School, Aspen Ideas Festival, Sciences Po, Oxford Said Business School, Bloomberg L.P., and SoCap.
Marquis Miller is the City of Chicago’s first Chief Diversity Officer. He will work with Candace Moore, Chief Equity Officer, in the Office of Equity and Racial Justice (OERJ) where he will support the City’s strategic human capital activities, diverse vendor initiatives, the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, the Chicago Commission on Human Relations, and the work of the OERJ in policy and systems development.
Prior to joining the City, he was managing principal of The Business Mosaic LLC, and held vice president and business leadership roles at the National Minority Supplier Development Council, SBLI USA Mutual Life Insurance Company, Inc., Chicago State University, the Chicago Urban League, the United Negro College Fund, and The Ohio State University. A thought leader in the fields of organizational leadership, diversity and durability, Marquis is a Certified Diversity Professional (CDP), as recognized by the National Diversity Council.
Natalia Molina is a Professor in the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. She is the author of two award-winning books, How Race Is Made in America: Immigration, Citizenship, and the Historical Power of Racial Scripts and Fit to Be Citizens?: Public Health and Race in Los Angeles, 1879-1940. Her work examines the interconnectedness of racial and ethnic communities through her concept of "racial scripts" which looks at how practices, customs, policies and laws that are directed at one group and are readily available and hence easily applied to other groups. Professor Molina is currently finishing her book, Place-Makers: How Mexican Immigrants Made Home in Los Angeles and beginning research on a new book, The Silent Hands that Shaped the Huntington: A History of Its Mexican Workers.
Professor Molina is a 2020 MacArthur Fellow. She has also been the recipient of major, nationally competitive awards including those from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, and Mellon Foundation. She is also the recipient of a university-wide Distinguished Teaching Award.
Nathalie Molina Niño is an entrepreneur, builder capitalist (at O³) and tech globalization veteran focused on high-growth businesses that benefit women and the planet. She is the author of LEAPFROG, The New Revolution for Women Entrepreneurs (Penguin Random House, Tarcher Perigee) and serves as a Venture Partner at Connectivity Capital Partners. Molina Niño launched her first tech startup at the age of twenty and is the co-founder of Entrepreneurs@Athena at the Athena Center for Leadership Studies of Barnard College at Columbia University.
She spent 15 years advising organizations such as Disney, Microsoft, MTV, Mattel, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. During that time she co-led the launch and growth of a multinational technology globalization business with Lionbridge (NASDAQ: LIOX) into a $100M operation in 30+ countries.
Molina Niño advises the WOCstar Fund, FullCycle, and BlueIO. She serves on the advisory board of the National Institute for Reproductive Health, WE NYC (Women Entrepreneurs NYC) and Vote, Run, Lead, was honored with Schneps’ inaugural Women of Wall Street Awards for her influence in banking and finance and was named among People Magazine’s 2019 most powerful Latinas. Prior to founding her previous venture, BRAVA Investments, Molina Niño launched Nely Galán’s education venture, Self-Made, and stepped in as CRO of PowerToFly, the fastest growing hiring platform for women in tech and beyond.
Alejandra Montoya-Boyer is the Associate Program Director for the Resilient Economies and Communities team at the National Association of Counties (NACo). In this role, she oversees the REC program team focused on deploying programming that helps county leaders foster economic prosperity, mobility, and resilience for all members of their communities. She leads NACo's largest grant-funded project working to enhance county leadership in equitable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and advancing economic opportunity, mitigate multigenerational poverty, and equip county leaders to effectively tell the stories of their communities to shift the narrative of the experience of poverty. She has a diverse background in policy, grassroots advocacy and campaigning, and program management and deep content expertise in technology, workforce development, and racial equity with experience in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors.
Immediately prior to joining NACo, she worked as a Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and before that she was the Program Manager for the Innovation and Opportunity program at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. Alejandra calls Albuquerque, New Mexico home, and is a fan of the best green chile, hot air balloons, and hikes up the Sandia Mountains.
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Torrence Moore is an entrepreneur and finance professional with over 25 years of experience consisting of private equity, consulting, alternative investing, commercial banking, and economic and community development at several multinational institutions.
Moore currently serves as Senior Director of Community Development at Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC”) where he works with LISC’s community partners to develop capital stacks and financing for catalytic real estate projects coming out of LISC Quality of Life Plans. Prior to joining LISC, Moore was the Managing Director of Lending for IFF, a CDFI focused on lending to the nonprofit entities and affordable housing developers in the Midwest. He spent two decades at several large multinational banks, JP Morgan Chase and Bank of America where he gained invaluable experience in commercial banking, venture capital investing, business and real estate lending. At JP Morgan Chase and Bank of America, he led the bank’s community development equity investing where he built portfolios of equity investments in small businesses, private equity funds, real estate and affordable housing funds.
On the entrepreneurial front, Moore has been involved in multiple start-up businesses. He is founder and partner of TMA Consulting, which focuses on assisting nonprofits, entrepreneurs and small businesses in the areas of project finance, technical assistance and program administration. Additionally, he served as one of the founding managing directors of Kiwanja Capital Partners, an emerging private equity firm focused on the acquisition, remediation and redevelopment of brownfield properties in the Midwest and California.
Moore serves on the board of a number of civic organizations in the Chicagoland area including LINK Unlimited Scholars, Morgan Park Academy, and the Edward G. Irvin Foundation. He also serves on the Board of Governors of the Mid-America Club of Chicago and ECM Chemicals. Moore obtained his B.A. in Economics from Hamilton College and a Masters of Urban Planning & Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Graziella Moraes Silva is Associate Professor in Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Swizerland. She is also affiliated to the Graduate Program in Sociology and Anthropology (PPGSA) and to the Interdisciplinary Network for the Study of Inequality (NIED) at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and the Center for Social Development in Africa, at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa. She is one of the authors of "Getting Respect: Dealing with Stigmatization and Discrimination in the United States, Brazil and Israel" (Princeton University Press 2016), and "Pigmentocracies: Ethnicity, Race, and Color in Latin America" (University of North Carolina Press 2014). Her work has been featured in journals such as Socio-Economic Review, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies, Journal of Latin American Studies among others.
Veronica Morales is the Deputy Communications Director for the House Committee on Financial Services. She manages communications across the entire committee on topics like housing, capital markets, financial technology, consumer protections, and diversity and inclusion in financial services.
Prior to joining the Committee, she supported innovation efforts, under the ReInvent Grants Management Initiative, within the Department of Health and Human Services to improve grantmaking across the agency.
Ms. Morales also serves on the Washington, D.C. Advisory Council for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and on the Board of Directors for Fihankra Akoma Ntoaso (FAN) and Pay Our Interns.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and American Studies from Northwestern University.
Dr. Eva M. Moya is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work at the University of Texas at El Paso. She is a heath disparities researcher and community engaged scholar with an interest in developing policy and education interventions to improve prevention efforts in underserved populations. Her work seeks to design community-based interventions using social determinants and ecological model strategies to address health inequalities in communities of color. She has worked to address the burden of social and health inequalities in the U.S.-Mexico Border for the past 37 years, primarily in a multi and interdisciplinary fashion. Research trajectory includes projects in community-based participatory research, social work macro practice approaches, use of Photovoice method, homelessness, and HPV education technology with Latino populations. She conducts community-engaged scholarship initiatives focused on high impact practices in education, homelessness and interdisciplinary education. Dr. Moya is also experienced in working with faculty and students as well as community partners in the areas of qualitative research, educational interventions and training of community health workers. She has successfully administered federal and binational research projects, collaborated with other scholars and researchers, and produced more than 30 peer-review publications and 13 book chapters. She is a Kellogg Fellow and board member of the Alliance of Leadership Fellows. Eva received the 2020 Othli Award from the Government of Mexico General Consulate in El Paso for leadership and service to Mexican communities in the United States.
Professor Florence Mtambanengwe is the Executive Director for Research and Innovation at the University of Zimbabwe. She is a Full Professor of Soil Productivity and Agro-systems Development and holds a PhD in Agriculture (Soil Science), from the University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe. Her areas of specialization include: participatory action research with emphasis on African smallholder communities; climate change adaptation and its impacts on common natural resource pools, among many socio-ecological issues. Prof. Mtambanengwe takes a leading role in impact-oriented research with particular emphasis on women and is a proponent for racial equity in the agricultural and environmental research and innovation space.
Cecilia Muñoz is a national leader in public policy and public interest technology with nearly three decades of experience in the non-profit sector and 8 years of service on President Obama’s senior team. She joined New America in 2017 as a Vice President, leading initiatives and building a team on public interest technology. She returned to New America as a Senior Advisor in early 2021 after taking leave to lead the domestic and economic policy team at the Biden/Harris Transition.
Previously, she served for eight years on President Obama’s senior staff, first as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs followed by five years as Director of the Domestic Policy Council. Before working in government, she spent 20 years at the National Council of La Raza (now UNIDOS US), the nation’s largest Hispanic policy and advocacy organization. Cecilia is also a Senior Fellow at Results for America, a nonprofit that advances the use of data and evidence in policy making. She received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2000 for her work on immigration and civil rights, and is a trustee of Kresge and MacArthur Foundations. She advises the Open Society and JPB Foundations, and serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations. In 2020, she published the award-winning More Than Ready: Be Strong and Be You...and Other Lessons for Women of Color on the Rise, which shares insights from her career as well as the careers of other notable women of color. Muñoz, a Detroit native and the daughter of immigrants from Bolivia, is also a wife and mother of two grown daughters. She lives with her husband in Maryland.
Director and Professor, Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Social Justice at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota. His research has focused on racial earnings inequality, racial disparities in crime, discrimination in home mortgage lending and consumer credit markets, racial and ethnic disproportionality in child welfare systems, faculty underrepresentation in STEM fields, and racial disparities in government contracting. At the University of Minnesota, Myers holds concurrent appointments in the Applied Economics Ph.D. Program and the graduate minor in population studies. He maintains an affiliation with the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (Beijing, China) where he was in residence in 2008-2009 and was a visiting lecturer at the National Law School of India University (Bangalore, India). He received his Ph.D. in economics from MIT and his undergraduate degree from Morgan State University.
Catherine co-leads Acumen America, investing in companies tackling poverty across the United States. Since 2016, Acumen America has invested in 26 companies across the US, with a core focus on tackling racial equity. Catherine previously led Acumen’s geographic expansion to West Africa and Latin America – setting strategy, building teams, fundraising and investing in new regions. Prior to this, Catherine helped build social enterprises in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania, which included expanding HealthStores’ clinics in rural Kenya. She also acted as chief of staff to Acumen’s CEO.
Catherine holds a BA with Highest Honors from Princeton University, and an MPP from Harvard University, where she was a Reynolds Fellow. She is a Board Member of Jacaranda Health, a chain of maternity hospitals in Kenya, and MyVillage, which aims to reimagine at-home childcare in the US.
Sudha is a nationally regarded organizer, facilitator, strategist, and movement builder focused on democratizing systems of power. Sudha has led systems changing initiatives for social, environmental, and racial justice across sectors, including government, nonprofits, and philanthropy. Through her work she has built expertise in stakeholder engagement, collaborative problem solving, and power building with communities of color, immigrants, and refugees. As CEO of SVP International, Sudha cultivates and expands a global philanthropic network of 3500+ changemakers to catalyze more resources to communities, to share their power and wealth with communities, and to listen to and provide communities what they need most.
Ngware is Senior Research Scientist and heads Africa Population and Health Research Centre’s Education and Youth Empowerment Unit. His research work has led to many innovations, for instance, the introduction of classroom observations using digital cameras and assessing teacher pedagogical knowledge in the region. He has used advanced research methods, including mixed methods and RCTs, to generate policy-relevant evidence as well as translate knowledge for policy uptake. His leadership in education research and evaluations has witnessed the completion of more than 18 impact evaluations and surveys in sub-Saharan Africa that improved policymakers’ understanding of what is happening in the education sector. He is currently engaged with what is happening inside the classroom, how youth transit to workplaces and impact evaluation of education interventions that aim to improve education systems. Ngware has a Ph.D. in Economics of Education from Egerton University, Kenya, and has over 100 different types of scientific publications.
Joseph Nsengimana is the director of the Mastercard Foundation African Centre for Innovative Teaching and Learning. The Centre aims to spark innovation and promote promising practices in the use of ICT for teaching and learning and learning, and to catalyze significant improvements in education across Africa.
Prior to joining the Mastercard Foundation, Joseph had a long career at Intel Corporation. His last role at Intel was Executive Director of Global Diversity and Inclusion, focusing on Policy, Strategy and External Partnerships. He also served as the Director of programs at the Intel Foundation and expanded its programs outside the US, including joining the Partnership to strengthen innovation and practice in secondary education (PSIPSE) in Africa and India, and the launching of the Women in Science (WiSci) in partnership with the US State Department and others.
Joseph also served as Intel’s Director of Public and Corporate Affairs in Africa. He led the team responsible for public and government affairs, education, ICT and broadband policies in Sub Sahara Africa. He worked closely with Ministries of Education in the use of ICT to transform education systems, as well as Ministries of ICT and regulators in expanding broadband access.
Shantanu Nundy, MD, MBA, is a primary care physician, technologist, and business leader who serves as Chief Medical Officer for Accolade, which delivers personalized navigation and population health services to companies that cover over 2 million working Americans. In addition, he practices primary care in the greater Washington, DC, area.
Dr. Nundy was a senior health specialist at the World Bank Group in its Health, Nutrition, and Population Global Practice, where he advised developing countries across Africa, Asia, and South America on health system innovation and technology. Previously, he was Director of the Human Diagnosis Project, a healthcare AI startup, which he successfully built into the world’s largest open medical project spanning 80 countries. He is also co-inventor of SMS-DMCare, an automated text messaging software for individuals with diabetes, one of the first mobile health interventions to be adopted by the World Health Organization.
Dr. Angela Gichaga serves Ministries of Health and Ministries of Finance globally, in building resilient and sustainably financed primary and community health systems as CEO of the Financing Alliance for Health (FAH).
Angela completed her undergraduate in Medicine, Masters in Health Economics and Policy and Fellowship in Public Sector Management.
Angela served the Ministry of Health (MoH) in Kenya as a District Medical Officer of Health (DMOH), a hospital in charge (MEDSUP) and health economist at the MoH HQ.
She received the Australian Leadership Awards for Africa (2012) and the President Obama’s Mandela Washington Fellowship (2014) in recognition of her exemplary leadership within the civil service and operational track record of excellence in achieving results. She was named one of Fortune's Worlds Greatest Leaders in 2018 and an Archbishop Tutu Leadership fellow in 2019.
From civil service, she then joined McKinsey & Company’s Africa Delivery Hub (ADH) before transitioning into her role at the FAH. She also serves on the Global Board of Population Services International that operates in 46 countries globally.
A former marketer of global brands, Brian O’Connor began his career in advertising before shifting to journalism in New York City. Now, he crafts global violence prevention campaigns for Futures Without Violence that have also been locally adapted in over 90 communities around the world.
Brian’s experience in working with diverse audiences is vast having partnered with countless institutions such as UNICEF, the University of California, Centers for Disease Control, and the US Dept. of Justice to name a few.
He holds a master’s from Columbia University and is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. Brian also serves on the board of the Independent Media Institute.
Mr. Donald Odhiambo holds a Master of Arts degree in Rural Sociology and Community Development from the University of Nairobi and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Linguistics from Egerton University. He is a business development expert with more than 18 years’ experience in project cycle management; including programme design, project management, monitoring and evaluation, reporting and compliance with donor rules and regulations. Mr. Odhiambo is currently a Business Development Manager at Amref Health Africa headquarters, a position he has held for seven years. Prior to that he worked with Christian Aid as a Programme Funding Officer and before that with the Africa Medical Research Foundation (AMREF) and Development through Media as Programme Development Officer. His career has run the gamut from humanitarian response to long-term development and covered public health, livelihoods development, resiliency building, climate change, governance, water sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and gender quality and social inclusion. Mr. Odhiambo has built the capacity of and led multi-discipline teams in competitive grants in response to solicitations from the United States International Development, the European Union, the Centres for Disease Control, and the Global Fund among other bilateral and multilateral donors; covering seven countries in East, southern and West Africa.
Rebecca is a public health researcher leading partnerships for the City Health Dashboard, a project of NYU School of Medicine’s Department of Population Health. Rebecca’s role is to help get data into the hands of those who can make a difference in health and equity at the local level. She works at the intersection of research and policymaking, with a special interest in women’s health and maternal health disparities. Rebecca is skilled at building partnerships across sectors, and has worked in academia, non-profit, government and private sectors. Rebecca is currently a DrPH student at Rutgers University, with a BS in Biochemical Engineering from Rutgers University, and an MPH in Environmental Health Sciences and Toxicology from Columbia University.
Dr. Luciana C. de Oliveira (Ph.D., University of California) is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor in the School of Education at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her research focuses on issues related to teaching multilingual learners at the K-12 level, including the role of language in learning the content areas and teacher education, advocacy and social justice. Currently, Dr. de Oliveira’s research examines scaffolding in elementary classrooms. She has authored or edited 27 books and has over 200 publications in various outlets. Dr. de Oliveira has over 25 years of teaching experience in the field of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Dr. de Oliveira currently serves on the English Language Learner/Multilingual Learner Advisory Board for iCivics, an educational non-profit focused on teaching civics through online games, founded by retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, and now led by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Dr. de Oliveira served in the presidential line (2017-2020) of TESOL International Association, the largest international organization for English language teachers worldwide, and was a member of the Board of Directors (2013-2016). She was the first Latina to ever serve as President (2018-2019) of TESOL. Among many awards and honors, she was the recipient of the Mid-Career Award (2017) by the Second Language Research special interest group and the Early Career Award (2012) by the Bilingual Education Research special interest group of the American Educational Research Association (AERA).
Paul Ong is an economist and urban planner, a quantitative researcher focusing on income and racial inequalities, and Director of the UCLA Center for Neighborhood Knowledge. He is currently analyzing the direct and indirect impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on employment, housing, health and education. Paul is also working with California's Air Resource Board on Sustainable Community Strategies and transportation disparities. He has served on national advisory committees: Census Race and Ethnic Advisory Committee, Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamic’s Program, National Research Council, Department of Justice, and Small Business Administration. He has worked with state agencies to study displaced workers, employment impacts of welfare reform, and Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing. Paul provided expert consulting for civil rights advocates and attorneys, including U.S. Department of Justice v. Maricopa and Fisher v. University of Texas.
Chioma Oruh, Ph.D., is the founder, principal consultant and parent coach of Chi Bornfree. She has a passion for family-centered practices, primarily because of her own lived experiences as a black African immigrant mother raising two young sons with autism. Dr. Oruh holds a Ph.D. and Master's in Political Science from Howard University and a Bachelor's degree from The George Washington University. Through Chi Bornfree, she is a partner of the shared leadership team of the DC Initiative on Racial Equity, a coalition of DC-based nonprofit organizations instrumental in the passage of the REACH Act that is actively part of supporting implementation efforts. Dr. Oruh also partners with Advocates for Justice and Education, Inc, the DC Parent Training and Information Center, on a health equity project focused on supporting families with school-aged children and youth with disabilities. She serves on several public advisory boards including: the Coordinating Council for School Behavioral Health of the DC Department of Behavioral Health, the Family Support Council of the DC Department on Disability Services and the Medical Care Advisory Council of the DC Department of Healthcare Finance. Dr. Oruh also serves on private advisory boards including: the Community Advisory Council for the Georgetown University's Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities and Board of Directors of Kids Included Together (KIT) non profit organization.
Hibaaq Osman is the founder of Karama, a movement to end violence against women, and deliver sustainable, inclusive peace and democracy in Africa and the Middle East. Hibaaq’s work has ranged from reconciliation and peacebuilding in , campaigning for justice and recognition for Korea’s ‘comfort women’, and supporting grassroots women activists to build constituencies and secure their rights in the wake of the revolutions in North Africa and the Middle East. Named one of the world’s 500 Most Influential Muslims, Hibaaq is a board member of the Generation Equality Forum Women, Peace & Security and Humanitarian Action Compact and the UN Alliance of Civilisations' Women's Alliance for Peace, a senior fellow at the James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership at Churchill College, University of Cambridge, and member of the Yale African Women’s Leadership Network.
Mavis Owusu-Gyamfi is the Executive Vice President at the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET). She is a political economist by training, with over 20 years’ international development experience in Africa, Asia and Eastern Caribbean. As a private sector development specialist, she has led multi-sectoral teams across organisations to develop and successfully implement programmes in the social and economic sectors. In 2016, she joined a newly established NGO, the Power of Nutrition, as its Director of Investments, overseeing rapid growth across a dozen African and Asian countries. She holds an MPhil from the University of Sussex.
Ashley Ozery is the Senior Manager of Institutional Giving at Grameen America, where she is responsible for managing and growing partnerships with major foundations and government agencies to help advance Grameen’s mission to empower minority women through financial independence. Previously, she directed development at Tricycle Foundation, where she implemented the organization’s first development plan and increased revenue through donor stewardship, digital fundraising and crowdfunding campaigns. She began her career at the Alliance to Save Energy, where she managed relationships with U.S. government, foundation and corporate partners to champion bipartisan initiatives that drive energy efficiency across all sectors of the economy. She received her B.A. in International Relations from Lehigh University.
Robert Pack, PhD, MPH is Professor & Associate Dean at the East Tennessee State University (ETSU) College of Public Health, Director of the ETSU Addiction Science Center, Director of the ETSU/NORC Rural Health Equity Research Center, and Co-Director of the Opioids Research Consortium of Central Appalachia (ORCCA). He serves or recently served on the Appalachian Regional Commission Substance Abuse Advisory Council, as a Technical Expert for the Office of National Drug Control Policy, and chaired the Association of Schools and Programs in Public Health (ASPPH) Task Force on Public Health Approaches to Control the Epidemic of Opioid Use Disorder.
Heather D. Parish serves as Co-Executive Director for the Pierce Family Foundation, which provides “full mission funding” for nonprofits that serve people experiencing homelessness in Chicago. Prior to joining the foundation in 2013, she worked for 17+ years as an independent consultant to nonprofits and foundations engaged in community development initiatives. She currently serves on the Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) Greater Chicago Leadership Advisory Committee. Heather holds a BA in Applied Mathematics from UC Berkeley, and a Master of Public Policy degree from the Harvard Kennedy School, where she specialized in Housing, Community Development and Urban Economic Development.
In partnership with Lever for Change, the selection committee will review the top-scoring submissions and select up to ten Finalists based on considerations that may include, but are not limited to, rank from the expert review panel, organizational capacity and geographic diversity. The selection of the Finalists and Awardees is at the sole discretion of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.