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Thomas Bird

Tom Bird is a Managing Director of Sonen Capital LLC, where he serves as a senior member of the investment team and chair of the governance committee. He has served on numerous boards and invested across a wide spectrum. In addition, Tom is founder and president of the multi family office FARM Capital Services LLC, where he created the FARM Fund as an early stage direct impact investment donor advised fund. Previously he was chairman and CEO of FARM, Inc., a venture backed Silicon Valley information management firm that provided data storage and retrieval services from 1988 until the company was sold in 1999.

Tom serves on the board of the developing world food fortification company Sankhu, the investment committee of the Patient Capital Collaborative, and the University Council as a former trustee and investment committee member of the American University in Bulgaria. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Dartmouth College, an M.B.A from Stanford University, and a Master of Theological Studies degree with an emphasis on ethics from Harvard University.

David Bonbright

David Bonbright is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive of Keystone Accountability. David has more than 25 years of experience in the field of social and economic development. He helped to create Keystone to address the weak accountability among funders and civil society organisations to their primary constituents - those meant to benefit from their work - and to innovate measurement tools that support meaningful and lasting developmental impacts. Over the last five years, Keystone has worked with a wide range of organizations to design and test new practical ways of planning, measuring, learning and communicating social change that foster accountability and learning among all constituents, and enhance positive outcomes. A serial social entrepreneur, David's career as grantmaker and citizen sector innovator has seen lows as well as highs. Because of his human rights grantmaking for the Ford Foundation in the 1980s, he was declared persona non grata by the apartheid government in South Africa. He returned to South Africa in 1990 and led the development of key building blocks for civil society, including SANGONET (the country's first nonprofit internet service provider), SANGOCO (the first national association of NGOs), SAGA (the first national association of grantmakers), and enabling reforms to the regulatory and tax framework for not-for-profit organizations. He also introduced Ashoka: Innovators for the Public in Africa, overseeing the election of the first few years of Ashoka's social entrepreneur fellowships on the continent. David sits on a number of the boards, advisory councils and knowledge networks, including the governing board of CIVICUS Global Alliance for Citizen Participation, where he is Vice-Chair.

John Buckley

John Buckley is a Managing Director of The Harbour Group, developing strategic communications programs for companies in the technology, financial services, media, and entertainment industries. He has extensive experience running communications operations for publicly-held companies, including ten years as the SVP - Communications at Fannie Mae, and five years as the EVP of Corporate Communications at AOL. Additionally, Buckley has held senior positions in three U.S. presidential campaigns. He is the author of two novels, as well as The Business of Happiness by Ted Leonsis With John Buckley, which reached best-seller lists in March of 2010.

Claire Costello

Claire Costello practiced law as a litigator in both the public and private sectors for 12 years, prior to which she clerked in the U.S. District Court. She has extensive experience in the nonprofit sector and has served as a director of several organizations. Claire founded and directed the Philanthropic Advisory Service of The Citigroup Private Bank. In that capacity, she worked with high net worth individuals and their families to address the unique personal and interpersonal issues that accompany substantial wealth. Today, Claire is the National Foundation Executive for philanthropic management at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Claire has had extensive involvement with a variety of nonprofit ventures which enables her to better assist clients in making a broad range of philanthropic decisions. Claire is a graduate of Amherst College and the NYU School of Law.

Gary Dillabough

Gary Dillabough serves as the Managing Partner at The Westly Group and Westly Capital Partners Fund L.P. He runs the Smart/Clean Building Materials and Energy Efficiency Practice at the firm. Prior to joining the Westly Group, Gary held numerous executive roles at eBay, with the most recent being the General Manager of Corporate Environmental Affairs. During his 9 years at eBay, he has been Vice President for their Global Citizenship program, where he and his team have begun work on developing a strategy and plan for this first of its kind program for eBay. Prior to this, he was VP for Strategic Partnerships and Director of Business Development and Category Management. As Director of Business Development, he managed growth of few high growth internet companies such as Visto and Improvenet. Before getting involved in the internet, Gary was the VP of Operations for Media Arts Group, where he managed manufacturing, Customer Support and the IT Organization.

David de Ferranti

David de Ferranti headed up the World Bank's Latin America group - with a $25 billion loan portfolio, 700 professionals in 14 locations, and a $160 million budget - for six years as Regional Vice President until his retirement from the Bank in 2005. Previously, he was responsible for the Bank's work in health, education, nutrition, population, and other social sectors worldwide, and earlier held other senior appointments. Before that, he held management positions at Rand, the original think tank, and in the U.S. government. David currently is affiliated with the Brookings Institution, is CEO of the Results for Development Institute, chairs two boards and serves on several others, heads a commission on health financing for the World Health Organization, advises two foundations, donates time to not-for-profit organizations, and is an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University, and a Bachelors degree from Yale University.

John Goldstein

John Goldstein is co-founder of Imprint Capital Advisors, LLC, which catalyzes capital for social impact by supporting foundations, individuals, and family offices and their trusted advisors. John is also a co-founder of and senior advisor to Medley Capital Management (MCM), a private investment firm that seeks corporate and asset-based financing opportunities globally and actively serves the development finance and social enterprise markets. Prior to forming MCM, John served as Senior Managing Director of Medley Global Advisors and was also co-founder and Executive Director of the Medley Institute, where he worked (and in many cases continues to work) as a board member, senior advisor or team member, including GlobalGiving, Distributed Capital, the International Interfaith Investment Group (3iG), Keystone/Access, the Sustainable Food Lab, Aquaya, TBLI (Triple Bottom Line Institute), the Global Exchange for Social Investment (GEXSI) and the United Nations Capital Development Fund. John also worked as a management consultant in the Strategy practice of Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). John was an honors graduate of Yale University where he was awarded the Richter Fellowship and the Townsend Prize.

Felicidad Imperial-Soledad

Felicidad Imperial-Soledad is the Executive Director of the Philippine Council for NGO Certification (PCNC), a non-stock, non-profit corporation authorized by the Philippine government to certify non-government organizations for donee institution status. As PCNC's first Executive Director, Fely started and currently manages PCNC's operations - from the training of evaluators to the assessment of organizations applying for certification. She also goes on speaking tours to present the PCNC model at conferences in the Philippines and abroad. Fely holds a master's degree in Education and is a candidate for a Doctoral degree in Organization Development and Planning. She was an educator for over twenty years, and as such, served as a volunteer accreditor in the Higher Education Division of the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges, and Universities (PAASCU). She helped to establish a number of non-government organizations in the southern part of the Philippines during the Marcos dictatorship. Fely was a Synergos Senior Fellow and served on the Synergos Senior Fellows Advisory Board from 2003 - 2006. Synergos Institute is a non-profit organization based in New York that works with local partners to fight poverty and increase equity around the world.

Maheesh Jain

Maheesh Jain co-founded Cafepress.com in 1999 and also served as its Vice President of Marketing and Business Development. Maheesh directed its corporate and online retail strategies as well as led its sales and marketing organization. Since 1999, under his direction, CafePress.com grew its network from zero to over 2 million members. Prior to founding CafePress.com, he launched several consumer and business technology companies. Maheesh earned a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from Northwestern University.

Todd Johnson

Todd Johnson practices in the area of corporate finance, corporate counseling, and mergers and acquisitions. Todd founded Jones Day's Northern California practice in 2000 and now heads the Firm's corporate practice in Northern California. During his 18 years at Jones Day, Todd has represented public and private corporations in a variety of major negotiated transactions, venture capital funds and private companies in venture capital investments, and directors or special committees of large public companies. In the past year, Todd has represented Goldman Sachs, Houlihan Lokey, IBM, Bank of America, Isuzu Motors of America, SunPlus and Metering Technology. Todd holds a BA from Miami University, Ohio, and a JD from The Catholic University of America.

Randy Komisar

Randy Komisar joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 2005 as a partner. For several years prior, Randy worked with entrepreneurs creating businesses with leading-edge technologies. He was a co-founder of Claris Corporation, served as CEO for LucasArts Entertainment and Crystal Dynamics, and acted as a "virtual CEO" for such companies as WebTV and GlobalGiving. He is a founding director of TiVo and serves on the Global Advisory Board for the UCSB Institute for Energy Efficiency. Earlier, Randy served as CFO of GO Corporation and Senior Counsel for Apple Computer, following a private practice in Technology Law. Randy holds a BA in Economics from Brown University and a JD from Harvard Law School. He is a lecturer on entrepreneurship at Stanford University and author of the best-selling book The Monk and the Riddle, as well as several articles on leadership and entrepreneurship. He is also the co-author of a new book on managing innovation, Getting to Plan B. Randy frequently speaks here and abroad on such topics.

Johannes Linn

Johannes Linn is a PhD economist. He joined the World Bank in 1973. For nine years, he did research on urban development. Subsequently, he was country economist and economic advisor in the Bank's East Asia Region. In 1987-88, Johannes was Staff Director of World Development Report 1988 and then served in various managerial functions in the Bank's research department. In 1991, he became the Bank's Vice President for Financial Policy and Resource Mobilization. From 1996-2003, Johannes was the Bank's Vice President for Europe and Central Asia. Since September 2003, he is at the Brookings Institution, where he is currently Executive Director of the Wolfensohn Center, a new center dedicated to research on key development challenges. He has published extensively on various development issues. Johannes received his training as an economist at Oxford University, England (BA), and at Cornell University (PhD).

Theodore Roosevelt Malloch

Theodore Roosevelt Malloch, Ph.D., is Chairman and CEO of The Roosevelt Group, a leading strategy company. Previously, he was President of the 1992 World Economic Development Congress sponsored by CNN. In addition, Dr. Malloch has served on the executive board of the World Economic Forum. He has held an ambassadorial level position in the United Nations; he headed consulting at Wharton-Chase Econometrics; has worked in capital markets at Salomon Brothers; and served in senior policy positions in the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and in the U.S. State Department. Dr. Malloch earned his Ph.D. in international political economy from the University of Toronto and has authored numerous books, articles, and corporate reports. He also serves on numerous corporate, not-for-profit and religious boards and international and governmental advisory bodies. In 2005 Malloch founded and Chairs the Spiritual Enterprise Institute. He is a Research Professor at Yale University. His many books include: Trade and Development Policy; Beyond Reductionism, Unleashing the Power of Perpetual Learning, The Global Century, and with Scott Massey, Renewing American Culture: The Pursuit of Happiness, and Spiritual capital: Doing Virtuous Business, Being Generous (all of the royalties of which go to Global Giving) and Thrift: Rebirth of a Forgotten Virtue.

Darius Nassiry

Darius Nassiry is currently an investment manager with the Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries (Norfund) where he is responsible for leading Norfund's program to mobilize private investment for renewable energy in emerging markets. He was previously a director at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), where he co-chaired the agency's climate change initiative and managed development of programs in MCC partner countries. Prior to MCC, he worked for nearly 10 years in investment banking in New York, London and Tokyo, focusing on the energy and utilities sector. He also served as a Foreign Service Officer in Mexico and Kenya. He is a graduate of Carleton College and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

Landon Pollack

Landon Pollack is an entrepreneur of 25 years. Landon has been, at different times, an athlete, an entrepreneur, a herpetologist, inventor, investor and sports manager, as well as animal and environmental advocate. His foundation for success was established during his time training to play professional baseball. Landon has been a founder of, or founding investor in, more than two dozen companies, with exits ranging from IPOs to being acquired by Fortune 50 companies to private sales. Before reaching 20, Landon had started four businesses, earning his first million dollars at 13 selling sports memorabilia by mail order. In the ensuing 15 years, some of his ventures have included a beverage company (Juice Bowl- acquired by Dole/Pepsi), a multi-media company (ClubCom- acquired by Amer Group Fitness Equipment business, Precor Inc.), a robotically-controlled exercise system (Intelligent Health), a coaching and lifestyle company (Personalized Lifestyle Programs- private sale), health clubs (Firm Fitness), a cable company (Cable Satisfaction- IPO), a non-alcoholic beverage conglomerate (Liboza Holdings, Inc.), a chain of yoga studios (Vitalize Studios), a telecom company (Uniconnexions), a social networking company (WeMeUs), and a digital music company (MySongToYou). He is Managing Partner of Ignite Venture Partners, a company that brings together consulting and capital under one organization. In addition to his experience as an entrepreneur and investor, he has served as a consultant to some of the most recognizable brands in the world and some of the most innovative of start-ups.

Tom Rautenberg (1955-2012)

Tom Rautenberg, Director of Strategy and Development at the Project on National Security Reform, was formally a partner at Generon and served as Director of Generon Capital, which identifies and secures financial, technical, social and intellectual resources on behalf of the firm's clients and projects. Tom also serveed as Co-Director of the Global Leadership Initiative, a non-profit, global, problem-solving initiative of Synergos Institute and Generon Consulting. Prior to joining Generon, Tom served as the co-founder of Von Rothbard & Co, and as Director of Strategy and Business Development as well as NGO liaison to the United Nations for State of the World Forum. Prior to entering the world of business and finance twenty years ago, Tom held senior research and administrative positions at the University of California Berkeley's School of Management Science and at Brown University's Watson Center for International Affairs. Tom received his BA in Intellectual History from the University of Pennsylvania. Tom was a force for good in the world, and brought to his work not only competence, curiosity, and insight, but also a sense of kindness and humor. GlobalGiving is deeply indebted to him.

Carole Bayer Sager

Carole Bayer Sager's songbook spans almost 40 years and contains some of the period's most popular and successful songs. Honors for her work include an Academy Award, a GRAMMY Award, two Golden Globe Awards, a Tony Award, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a Songwriter's Hall of Fame induction, a Distinguished Alumni Award from the New York University Alumni Association and being honored by the LA Chapter of the Recording Academy. One of the most prolific and poignant writers in pop history, Carole's songs have been recorded by such artists as Barbra Streisand, Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra, Whitney Houston, Ray Charles, Dolly Parton, Aretha Franklin, Bette Midler, Celine Dion, and Reba McEntire, among others. For the last few years Carole has spent her creative time in her art studio painting with oils. She also shows her work in light boxes. She uses photography to magnify her art and 6-foot canvases to recreate the details of her paintings. Some of the people who own work by Carole Bayer Sager include Michael Chow, Bob Manoukian, Eric Fischl, David Geffen, Lynda Resnick, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, Sandy Gallin, Joe and Irene Roth, Shelli Azoff and Mo Ostin. Sager lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband Robert A. Daly, former chairman and CEO of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team and former chairman of Warner Brothers. Sager and Daly co-chair the Los Angeles Advisory Board of DonorsChoose. In 2009 Carole joined the board of LACMA. She is currently working on a PSA for the museum.

Lex Sant

Lex Sant is co-founder and managing director of Persimmon Tree Capital in Washington, DC. Prior to founding Persimmon Tree Capital in 2008, Lex worked for five years at the AES Corporation, a leading global power company with electricity generation and distribution businesses in more than 20 countries. At AES, Lex was most recently a director in the Alternative Energy group, for which he was responsible for the origination and execution of transactions related to biofuels, wind and other forms of renewable energy. Prior to that position, Lex had responsibility for large-scale mergers and acquisitions and corporate strategy. Prior to joining AES, Lex worked in public relations from 1994 to 2000 for the Carolina Panthers, a franchise of the National Football League. He is a member of the board of trustees of Island Press, a leading publisher of books on the environment; he is treasurer and trustee of the Summit Foundation; and serves on the executive committee of the board of trustees for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Lex holds an MBA with High Distinction from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in English from Dickinson College.

Manoj Saxena

Manoj Saxena is a serial tech entrepreneur and currently the General Manager IBM Watson Solutions. Prior to his current position, Mannoj was Vice President, Strategy & Market Development for IBM Software Solutions Group. He leads strategy, market selection, validation, and integrated execution for IBM's Software Solutions business. Manoj joined IBM in 2006 through IBM’s acquisition of Webify Solutions—a company he founded in 2002 and led as its chairman, president and chief executive officer. He successfully founded, managed and sold two venture-backed software companies, Exterprise and Webify, within a five-year span. Previously, he was with 3M Company. An active community contributor, Manoj serves on the Board of Any Baby Can and Saxena Foundation and as an Advisory Board member for St Edwards University Business School and Michigan State University’s Center for Venture Capital, Private Equity and Entrepreneurial Finance. For his accomplishments, Manoj was named "Entrepreneur of the Year" by Inter@ctive Week magazine in 2001 and "IT Technologist of the Year" by Innotech in 2006. Manoj was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award by Michigan State University, from where he received his MBA in 1989. He also holds a MMS Degree from the Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani, India.

Martin Shampaine

From 1984 to 2004 Martin Shampaine served as an Executive of Time Inc. and was President of Time Life Video when the division was acquired by Direct Holdings in 2003. Martin began his career in Time Inc's Publishers Training Program and went on to hold various consumer marketing positions at Sports Illustrated and Time magazine. Martin was named the Marketing Director of Time Life Music in 1993 with responsibility for its franchise of rock music recordings, expanded his responsibility for all recorded music in 1995 and was named Senior Vice President in 1997. In 1999 Martin was named President of Time Life Video. Martin has been recognized with a Dove award by the Gospel Music Association and with several Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) Gold and Platinum awards. He is an Advertising Age Top 100 Marketer. Martin is a past member of the Board of Directors of the American Composers Forum as an active member of the Marketing Advisory Board of the Weizmann Institute of Science.

Chuck Slaughter

Chuck Slaughter earned both a BA and a Master's in Management from Yale. He Founded TravelSmith Outfitters in 1991 and built it into the #1 brand in travel wear with over two million customers and $100 million in gross sales. Chuck sold TravelSmith several years ago and created the Charles Slaughter and Molly West Fund. Since then, he has participated in the acquisition of 10 major apparel brands with combined sales over $1 billion. In the late 1980's, Chuck served as a Program Officer for Trickle Up, which supports micro-enterprise development in 10+ countries. Today Chuck divides his time between advising and investing in consumer companies, and sponsoring social ventures focused on poverty and health in the developing world. He is the Founder of Living Goods, which aims to be the 'Avon' of rural health in Africa. Chuck was a recipient of Ernst and Young's Entrepreneur of the year award. He currently serves on the boards of Spiegel Brands , Environmental Traveling Companions, The Trickle Up Program, Living Goods and The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation. He resides in Sausalito, California with his wife Molly and sons Cooper and Riley.

Jessica Stoner Steel

Jessica Steel is on the management team of Pandora.com, an innovative and popular personalized radio service based on the Music Genome Project™. As Vice President of Business Development, she is responsible for forging strategic partnerships that contribute to the rapid growth in Pandora's listener base. Prior to joining Pandora two years ago, Jessica led the business development efforts for the international division of Yahoo! Search Marketing and helped grow the business from its inception to a 19-country, 600+ person division during her four-year tenure. Before Yahoo!, Jessica worked in international finance. Outside of work, she is a singer-songwriter under the name "Jessica Stone," with a full-length CD entitled Seven Letters released in 2002. Jessica holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master's Degree from the London School of Economics. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and a recipient of the Thouron Award.

Sheila Tan-Salvucci

Sheila Tan-Salvucci had been Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President of Marketing at Align Technology Inc. since March 2009. Sheila joined Align Technology in September 2008 as Vice President of product innovation and marketing strategy. She has also served as VP for Marketing of moka5, Inc and VP for Marketing of Presto Services Inc.  Sheila has over 17 years’ experience working for multi-national consumer brands, mid-sized software companies, and start-ups. She has extensive experience in understanding consumer behavior, as well as developing and scaling marketing organizations to enter emerging markets. In the past, as Intuit's senior director of marketing for Quickbooks, Sheila was responsible for developing and managing the central marketing organization that helped drive the innovation and growth of the Quickbooks franchise in the SMB market, which tripled in revenue growth under her leadership. Sheila began her career at the consumer packaged goods giant Procter & Gamble, where she led the development and introduction of several new products and held key brand management positions, including Crest. She led new product innovation and marketing for online start-up, Reflect.com, specializing in meeting the diverse needs of women in the custom cosmetics industry. Sheila holds an MBA from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA, and a Bachelor of Science in Business and Communication, cum laude from the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

James Vella

James G. (Jim) Vella is President of Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services. In this role, he leads all philanthropic and community service-related activities, including coordination of volunteer efforts by Ford employees and all activities of Ford Motor Company Fund, a separate philanthropic organization funded largely by Ford Motor Company profits. Prior to this assignment, he served as Visiting University Professor at the University of Michigan Dearborn. During Jim's 20 year career at Ford he has held the positions of Chief of Staff, Vice President, Public Affairs, Executive Director of Corporate Communications, Producer for the Ford Communications Network and other various Public Affairs positions. Before joining Ford, Jim worked in television news at local affiliate stations for 14 years. He is a native of Detroit, Mich., and holds a bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Detroit-Mercy. Jim serves on a number of Boards, including Ford Motor Company Fund, America's Promise, Hispanic Association of Corporate Responsibility (HACR), and United Way for Southeastern Michigan.

Holly Wise

Through her consultancy practice, Wise Solutions LLC, Holly brings international development, corporate social responsibility, public-private alliance, and business development expertise to corporations, foundations and non-profits. She serves as a senior fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, teaches enterprise development at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, and sits on the boards of WRAP, GlobalGiving, LivingGoods, Family Health International, and CDC Development Solutions. Holly is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Holly Wise spent 26 years in the Foreign Service with the US Agency for International Development (USAID), achieving the diplomatic rank of Minister Counselor. She is the founder and first Secretariat Director of the Global Development Alliance, USAID’s business model that forges strategic alliances between public and private partners in addressing international development issues. Under her leadership 300 alliances were formed with $1.1 billion in USAID funding leveraging $3.8 billion in private resources for the world’s poor. In addition to overseas tours in Uganda, Kenya, Barbados, the Philippines and China, Holly served as USAID chair at the National Defense University where she taught political science, environmental courses, and published research on China. Holly is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Connecticut College and holds advanced degrees from Yale University and the National Defense University.

Ethan Zuckerman

Ethan Zuckerman was recently appointed as the Director and Principal Investigator at the MIT Center for Civic Media. He is also the co-founder of the citizen media community Global Voices and one of the first staff members of Tripod.com. Prior to MIT, he was a senior researcher at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. His research focuses on the distribution of attention in mainstream and new media, the use of technology for international development, and the use of new media technologies by activists. With Rebecca MacKinnon, Ethan co-founded international blogging community Global Voices. Global Voices showcases news and opinions from citizen media in over 150 nations and thirty languages, publishing editions in twenty languages. Through Global Voices, Ethan is active in efforts to promote freedom of expression and fight censorship in online spaces. In 2000, Ethan founded Geekcorps, a technology volunteer corps that sends IT specialists to work on projects in developing nations, with a focus on West Africa. Previously Ethan helped found Tripod.com, one of the web's first "personal publishing" sites. He blogs at http://ethanzuckerman.com/blog and lives in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts, USA, with his wife, son and a small, fluffy cat.

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