Philanthropy Summit Speakers List 2023
Plenary Session Speakers
José Andrés is Chairman & CEO of the José Andrés Group, a diverse array of restaurant concepts across the US, and Founder of World Central Kitchen.
José launched World Central Kitchen following the 2020 Haiti earthquake to provide food to those affected by natural and manmade disasters. To date, it has raised over $420 million and served more than 170 million meals disaster survivors around the globe. The organization’s team in Ukraine now includes more than 4,500 people—chefs, drivers, warehouse managers, logistics experts—who are serving over 1 million meals each day.
José was awarded a 2015 National Humanities Medal and has received honorary doctorates from Georgetown, George Washington, Harvard, and Tufts universities. In 2021, he received one of the two inaugural $100 million Courage and Civility awards from Jeff Bezos, a portion of which has been donated to support food assistance in Ukraine. Last May, President Biden appointed him Co-Chair of the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness, & Nutrition
Laura E. Arnold is Co-Chair of Arnold Ventures. The philanthropy’s core mission is to invest in evidence-based solutions that maximize opportunity and minimize injustice.
Until late 2006, Ms. Arnold was Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Cobalt International Energy, L.P. in Houston, Texas. Prior to that, she was a mergers and acquisitions attorney at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen and Katz in New York, New York.
Ms. Arnold has a J.D. from the Yale Law School, an M.Phil in European Studies from the University of Cambridge, and a B.A. from Harvard College. After law school, she clerked for the Hon. Judith W. Rogers in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Laura currently serves on the Stanford PACS Advisory Board and is a founding partner of the REFORM Alliance.
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen is a founder, educator and best-selling author who has dedicated her life to empowering and educating people to create social impact – in their communities, workplaces and society – by sharing their time, expertise, networks, money and resources. Laura is the founder and chairman of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (Stanford PACS), the Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen Foundation (LAAF.org) and founder and chairman emeritus of the Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2). She is president of Andreessen Philanthropies and co-president of the Arrillaga Foundation as well as a trustee of the National Gallery of Art.
For over 20 years, Laura has developed and taught original courses on strategic philanthropy, women in leadership and inclusive leadership at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Laura’s New York Times Best Seller, Giving 2.0: Transform Your Giving and Our World, encourages people of all backgrounds to give with greater intent and impact. Through LAAF.org, she provides free educational resources and a framework that helps anyone who wants to make a difference in the world use their voice, lead and give to positively touch and transform lives, communities and society.
Laura holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, as well as an MA in Education, BA and MA in Art History, all from Stanford University.
Andrew Huberman, Ph.D., is a neuroscientist and tenured professor in the department of neurobiology and by courtesy, psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford School of Medicine. He has made numerous significant contributions to the fields of brain development, brain function and neural plasticity, which is the ability of our nervous system to rewire and learn new behaviors, skills and cognitive functioning.
Andrew is a McKnight Foundation and Pew Foundation Fellow and was awarded the Cogan Award in 2017, given to the scientist making the most significant discoveries in the study of vision. His lab’s most recent work focuses on the influence of vision and respiration on human performance and brain states such as fear and courage. He also works on neural regeneration and directs a clinical trial to promote visual restoration in diseases that cause blindness. Andrew is also actively involved in developing tools now in use by the elite military in the U.S. and Canada, athletes, and technology industries to optimize performance in high stress environments, enhance neural plasticity, mitigate stress, and optimize sleep.
Work from the Huberman Laboratory at Stanford School of Medicine has been published in top journals including Nature, Science, and Cell and has been featured in TIME, BBC, Scientific American, Discover, and other top media outlets.
In 2021, Andrew launched the Huberman Lab podcast. The podcast is frequently ranked in the Top 15 of all podcasts globally and is often ranked #1 in the categories of science, education, and health & fitness.
Kathleen Kelly Janus is the former Senior Advisor on Social Innovation for Governor Gavin Newsom. A social entrepreneur, author and lecturer at Stanford University’s Program on Social Entrepreneurship, Kathleen is also an expert on philanthropy, millennial engagement and scaling early-stage organizations. Her work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Huffington Post, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Tech Crunch and the San Francisco Chronicle. Her book – Social Startup Success: How the Best Nonprofits Launch, Scale Up and Make a Difference – is a playbook for nonprofit organizations based on a five-year research project interviewing hundreds of top-performing social innovators. A native of Napa, California, Kathleen received a JD and a BA from U.C. Berkeley.
Ted Janus, principal of J Capital, invests in private and public equities in both the financial services and consumer sectors. He also invests in private equity funds and hedge funds.
From 1997 to 2009 he was at Palo Alto Investors, a hedge fund, where he was a partner and director of research. He was also the portfolio manager of the small cap and micro cap funds. As an analyst at the firm he covered financial services and consumer companies. Prior to joining Palo Alto Investors, Mr. Janus worked in finance and product management at Bank of America Investment Services.
Mr. Janus is a former member of the board of the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley where he is a frequent lecturer on investing. Previously, Mr. Janus was a member of the Dean’s Advisory Circle at the Haas School.
Mr. Janus has a BA in Political Science and an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley. He is also a CFA charter-holder.
VanJones is widely known as a U.S. media personality, an entrepreneur and a world-class change maker. Outside of his roles as a CNN contributor and host of Amazon Music Podcast, Uncommon Ground, Jones has a rare track record in the modern era of bringing people together to do hard things — in areas as diverse as clean energy solutions, criminal justice reform and racial inclusion in the tech sector. In 2007, Van was the primary champion of the Green Jobs Act, signed into law by George W. Bush. In 2009, he worked in the Obama White House as the Special Advisor for Green Jobs. In 2018, he helped pass the FIRST STEP Act – which the New York Times calls the most substantial breakthrough in criminal justice in a generation. In 2021, Jones was one of the first two recipients of Jeff Bezos’ Courage & Civility Award. Over the past 25 years, Van has founded and led many successful social enterprises, including REFORM Alliance, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Color of Change, Green For All and the Dream.Org. He worked with Prince to launch #YesWeCode (now called Dream.TECH) to get jobs in the tech sector for scores of low-opportunity young people. A world-class communicator of world-class ideas, Van is also a CNN host, an Emmy Award-winning producer and a 3X New York Times best-selling author.
Carter McClelland is the chairman and founder of Union Square Advisors, a San Francisco and New York-based investment bank focused on the technology sector. Prior to founding Union Square in 2007, he was chairman of Bank of America Securities, where he oversaw the bank’s global corporate and investment banking relationships. Prior to that, Carter oversaw Deutsche Bank’s businesses in the Americas. He began his investment banking career at Morgan Stanley, where he held numerous positions in investment banking and ultimately served as the firm’s chief administrative officer. Carter is a co-chair of Echoing Green, a New York-based not-for-profit that provides seed capital to social entrepreneurs. He has B.S. in engineering and an MBA from Stanford University.
Kim Meredith is the CEO of the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation and is chief strategist, fundraiser, grantmaker and advocate for Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center.
Kim was previously Executive Director of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. Prior she was Chief Development Officer for Planned Parenthood Federation of America in New York and Chief Operating Officer at Planned Parenthood Golden Gate in San Francisco. Early in her career, Kim worked for AT&T.
Kim serves on the board of directors for the George Lucas Educational Foundation and Trust for the Americas, and advisory boards of Natureza, Steel Sky Ventures, Stanford PACS, UCSF Rosenman Institute and Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen Foundation. Past boards include Essential Access Health, YPO Pacific U.S. Gold Regional Board and Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund.
Kim earned a BA in Economics from Stanford. She was a fellow at the Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders and was sponsored at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business Corporate Board Workshop.
Edward Norton is an actor, filmmaker, and activist. He has received 48 prestigious film and television awards, including a Golden Globe Award, and three Academy Award nominations.
He is also a noted philanthropist and social entrepreneur. He is a lifetime trustee of Enterprise Community Partners, a non-profit organization advocating for affordable housing, and US Co-Chair of the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust, which supports wildlife conservation and community development. Edward is the first United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for Biodiversity to be appointed by the UN Secretary General and last March he became the first celebrity sponsor of the international Anti-Corruption Foundation.
He is an advocate for renewable energy, specifically solar energy. In 2003, he and his brother founded the Solar Neighbors program through which BP agreed to donate a matching solar panel system to a low-income family in Los Angeles whenever others purchased one. Edward enlisted Brad Pitt, Salma Hayek, Daryl Hannah, Danny DeVito, Rhea Pearlman, and many others to participate.
Edward is a graduate of Yale University.
For more than thirty years, Michael has been writing books and articles about the places where the human and natural worlds intersect: on our plates, in our farms and gardens, and in our minds. He is the author of eight books; three of them (including his latest, How To Change Your Mind) were immediate #1 New York Times bestsellers. He is currently working on a four-part Netflix series based on his most recent book.
A contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine since 1987, Michael’s writing has received numerous awards, including the James Beard Award for best magazine series, the Washburn Award for “outstanding contribution to public understanding of science” from the Boston Museum of Science, and the and the Lennon Ono Grant for Peace. In 2010, he was chosen by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
In 2020, along with Dacher Keltner and others, Michael co-founded the UC Berkeley Center for the Science of Psychedelics. The center conducts research using psychedelics to investigate cognition, perception and emotion and their biological bases in the human brain. In addition to teaching, he lectures widely on food, agriculture, health, and psychedelic science.
Michael was educated at Bennington College, Oxford University, and Columbia University, from which he received a Master’s in English.
Jeff Raikes is the cofounder, with his wife, Tricia, of the Raikes Foundation, which works toward a just and inclusive society where all young people have the support they need to reach their full potential. The foundation focuses on youth-serving systems, seeking to make them work better on behalf of the most marginalized young people in our society. The foundation recently launched an initiative aimed at increasing the effectiveness of philanthropic giving.
Jeff is the former CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he led the foundation’s efforts to promote equity for all people around the world. Prior to joining the foundation, he was president of Microsoft’s Business Division and served as a member of the company’s senior leadership team. He began his career with Microsoft in 1981 and was instrumental in creating the Microsoft Office suite of productivity applications.
Jeff has served as the chair of the Stanford University board of trustees and is part of the ownership group of the Seattle Mariners and serves on its board. He also serves on the boards of Costco Wholesale Corp. and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), and on the advisory board of the Raikes School at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Lauren Sánchez is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and former news anchor. Following a successful news career, Sánchez, a licensed pilot, founded Black Ops Aviation in 2016. The company is the first female-owned and operated aerial film and production company with a focus across television and film. Sánchez serves as the Vice Chair of the Bezos Earth Fund and is dedicated to fighting climate change and the protection of nature, as well as early childhood education, programming, and housing support. She also works with organizations including This is About Humanity, an organization dedicated to raising awareness and providing support for separated and reunified families at the U.S.-Mexico border, and the Bezos Day One Fund, which encompasses shelter, hunger, and tuition-free preschool education support for underserved communities via the Day 1 Families Fund and Day 1 Academies Fund, among others.
Sheryl Sandberg is chair of the board of the Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works to build a more equal and resilient world through three key initiatives: Lean In, Option B, and the Dave Goldberg Scholarship Program. Launched in 2013, Lean In supports a global community of peer groups called Lean In Circles. Over 73,000 women have started Circles in 190 countries—and 85 percent of members credit their Circle with bringing positive change to their life within the first six months of joining.
Sheryl previously served as chief operating officer at Meta for fourteen years, during which the company grew from $150 million to over $110 billion in annual revenue and implemented industry-defining benefits and programs to make the workplace more inclusive.
Before joining the company then called Facebook, Sheryl was vice president of global online sales and operations at Google, chief of staff for the U.S. Treasury Department under President Clinton, a consultant with McKinsey & Company, and an economist with the World Bank. She continues to serve on Meta’s board of directors and also serves on the boards of Momentive, ONE Campaign, and Women for Women International.
Sheryl is the best-selling author of three books: Lean In, Lean In for Graduates, and Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy.
She received a BA summa cum laude from Harvard University and an MBA with highest distinction from Harvard Business School. Sheryl lives in Menlo Park, California, with her husband and their five children.
Mike Schroepfer is a climate tech investor and philanthropist. He’s the founder of Additional Ventures, a purpose-driven organization focused on climate action and biomedical research.
In addition to his work at Additional Ventures, Mike is Meta’s first Senior Fellow, where he focuses on supporting the company’s strategic technology priorities, including its investments in artificial intelligence and development of technical talent. He joined the company in 2008 and from 2013 to 2022 served as Meta’s Chief Technology Officer. He led the development of the technology and teams that enabled the company to scale to billions of people around the world and make breakthroughs in fields like artificial intelligence and virtual reality.
Mike holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in computer science from Stanford University
Priya Shanker is the Executive Director of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. In this role, she leads the center’s day to day operations, and is responsible for its overall growth and fiscal performance. Priya works closely with the center’s faculty directors, board and staff team to implement its strategy and vision to create a shared intellectual space where scholars and practitioners develop inter-disciplinary and cross sector research and ideas to advance social change.
Prior to joining Stanford PACS, Priya spent over a decade working with a diverse array of for-profit and social impact organizations in the US, India, Ghana and China. Much of her career has been dedicated to strengthening the policy and operational infrastructure for philanthropy and social innovation around the world through programs and partnerships that leverage diverse resources to enable long-term impact.
Darren Walker is president of the Ford Foundation, a $13 billion international social justice philanthropy. He is a member of the Reimagining New York Commission and co-chair of NYC Census 2020. He chaired the philanthropy committee that brought a resolution to the city of Detroit’s historic bankruptcy. Under his leadership, the Ford Foundation became the first non-profit in US history to issue a $1 billion designated social bond in US capital markets for proceeds to strengthen and stabilize non-profit organizations in the wake of COVID-19.
Before joining Ford, Darren was vice president at Rockefeller Foundation, overseeing global and domestic programs. In the 1990s, he was COO of the Abyssinian Development Corporation, Harlem’s largest community development organization.
Darren co-chairs New York City’s Mayoral Advisory Commission on City Art, Monuments, and Markers, and has served on the Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform and the UN International Labour Organization Global Commission on the Future of Work. He co-founded the US Impact Investing Alliance and the Presidents’ Council on Disability Inclusion in Philanthropy. He serves on many boards and is the recipient of 16 honorary degrees and university awards.
Educated exclusively in public schools, Darren was a member of the first Head Start class in 1965 and received degrees from the University of Texas at Austin.
Robb’s research has appeared in such journals as the American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, Annual Review of Sociology, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Science, and Proceedings of the Royal Society of London: Biological Sciences. His research has also received widespread media coverage including from the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Washington Post, Science, Nature, Time, U.S. News and World Report, Scientific American, Harper’s, Slate, CNN, NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, and National Public Radio. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology from Cornell University and his B.A. in Sociology from the University of Iowa. Robb was the 2009 recipient of the Golden Apple Teaching award, the only teaching award given by UC-Berkeley’s student body.
Signature Salon Speakers
After spending more than 20 years in and out of jails and prison, Steve received an incredible gift – he got clean and sober. His recovery and transformation started in a pair of handcuffs. After being released from prison in 2010, he earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration (Public Policy/Criminal Justice); was inducted into Pi Alpha Alpha, a National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration; and received the Barbra Jordan Award for Academic Excellence from San Francisco State University. In 2014 he was hired by the San Francisco Adult Probation Department as a Reentry Services Coordinator, promoted to a managerial position in 2017, and was appointed the Director of the Reentry Division in 2021. Over the past 8 years he has implemented over 40 reentry programs in San Francisco including a behavioral health focused multi-services reentry center, the Positive Directions TRP Academy, the Minna Project, the Billie Holiday Center and a Pretrial Pilot Project. In his current role, he manages a portfolio of $18m in reentry and rehabilitative programs, San Francisco’s Reentry Council and Community Corrections Partnership.
Nicole Ardoin, Emmett Faculty Scholar, is the Sykes Family Director of the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (E-IPER) and an Associate Professor in the Division of Social Sciences in the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability (SDSS). She is also a Senior Fellow in the Woods Institute for the Environment. Nicole and her Social Ecology Lab group research motivations for and barriers to environmental behavior at the individual and collective scales. They use mixed-methods approaches–including participant observation, a variety of interview types, surveys, mapping, network analysis, and ethnography, among others–to consider the influence of place-based connections, environmental learning, and social-ecological interactions on participation in a range of environmental and sustainability-related decisionmaking processes. Nicole and her interdisciplinary group pursue their scholarship with a theoretical grounding and orientation focused on applications for practice; much of her lab’s work is co-designed and implemented with community collaborators through a field-based, participatory frame.
Nicole is an associate editor of the journal Environmental Education Research, a trustee of the California Academy of Sciences and the George B. Storer Foundation, chair of NatureBridge’s Education Advisory Council, an advisor to the Student Conservation Association and Teton Science Schools, among other areas of service to the field.
Naina Subberwal Batra
Naina Subberwal Batra is the CEO of AVPN, a network catalyzed by the International Venture Philanthropy Center collectively representing 1100 Social Investors in 70 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Europe. She also serves as the Chair of IVPC. Under Naina’s leadership since 2013, AVPN’s membership base has quadrupled and it has grown from focusing only on venture philanthropy to supporting the entire ecosystem of social investors, from catalytic philanthropists to impact investors and corporate CSR professionals. She has also been instrumental in developing AVPN’s innovative services, including collaborative pooled funds that connect, empower, and educate 600+ members of AVPN.
Prior to joining AVPN, Naina was a member of the senior leadership team of a purpose driven unit at The Monitor Group, a leading global strategy consulting firm and a partner and Co-Founder of Group Fifty Private Ltd, curating contemporary Indian art to provide a medium for upcoming and established Indian artists.
She is also serving as Board Member of the Global Resilient Cities Network, Chair at the International Venture Philanthropy Center, and a Trustee at Bridge Institute. Naina has a master’s degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and a bachelor’s in Economics and International Relations from Mount Holyoke College.
Jim Bildner is the CEO of the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation (DRK), one of the largest venture philanthropy firms in the world. DRK has made more than 175 investments in early stage non-profit and for-profit social enterprises working to solve complex societal issues including systemic poverty, food and water insecurity, access to healthcare and economic opportunities, sanitation, homelessness, criminal justice, social justice and climate change and adaptation strategies.
Jim is also an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and a Senior Research Fellow at the Hauser Institute for Civil Society and the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University. At the Kennedy School, his research interests include understanding the role of private capital in solving public problems, extending the capacity of foundations to solve complex societal issues and the sustainability of public and private systems when governments disinvest in these systems.
He is a trustee of The Kresge Foundation and serves on the boards of UpTrust, Public Citizen Foundation, Education SuperHighway, Open Biome, The GroundTruth Project, Education Pioneers, the Healthy Americas Foundation (National Alliance for Hispanic Health Foundation), the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and the Dallas Symphony Association.
Jim earned his AB from Dartmouth College, his MPA from Harvard, his J.D. from Case Western Reserve School of Law and an MFA from Lesley University. In 2008, he was awarded the Dartmouth Alumni Award for service to the College and to his community.
Paul Brest is Former Dean and Professor Emeritus (active), at Stanford Law School, a lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Faculty Director at Effective Philanthropy Learning Initiative at Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, and co-director of the Stanford Law and Policy Lab. He was president of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation from 2000-2012.
He is co-author of Money Well Spent: A Strategic Guide to Smart Philanthropy (2nd ed. 2018), Problem Solving, Decision Making, and Professional Judgment (2010), and articles on constitutional law, philanthropy, and impact investing. His current courses include Problem Solving for Public Policy and Social Change and Advanced Topics in Philanthropy and Impact Investing. He also is the instructor in an online course, Essentials of Nonprofit Strategy, offered by Philanthropy University.
Professor Brest is a fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and holds honorary degrees from Northwestern University School of Law and Swarthmore College. Before joining the Stanford Law School faculty in 1969, he clerked for Judge Bailey Aldrich of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and Justice John M. Harlan of the U.S. Supreme Court, and did civil rights litigation with the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund in Mississippi.
Marc Glimcher has served as CEO of Pace Gallery since 2011. Under his leadership, Pace has established a leading position at the intersection of art and technology, opened seven new outposts across Los Angeles, London, Hong Kong, Seoul, and Geneva. He has also introduced major international contemporary artists—including Matthew Day Jackson, Virginia Jaramillo, Jeff Koons, Marina Perez Simão, Latifa Echakhch, Sonia Gomes, Tara Donovan, Adrian Ghenie, Robert Longo, Robert Nava, and Trevor Paglen—into the gallery’s program.
In 2019, Marc launched Pace Live, a platform for multidisciplinary in-person and virtual events. Over the past two years, Pace Live has expanded and adapted a new hybrid model designed to serve a post-COVID world by bringing live conversations, musical and choreographed performances, screenings, and other offerings to the gallery’s global audience through its digital channels, highly produced films, and homegrown editorial content.
Throughout his tenure, Marc has sought to upend traditional systems within the industry, in turn creating a visionary model for collaboration. In February 2020, for example, he spearheaded a collaboration between Pace, Gagosian, and Acquavella Galleries to sell the distinguished collection of Donald Marron in a deal that disrupted the precedent of auction house collection sales. Continuing to break conventions with an eye towards innovation, in 2021 Pace launched Pace Verso, the gallery’s hub for Web3 projects, and became the first major international art gallery to accept cryptocurrency.
Mike Kubzansky was appointed CEO of Omidyar Network in March 2018 after successfully leading the firm’s Intellectual Capital practice, a function he established when he joined the firm in 2013. Under Mike’s leadership, he has transformed the social change venture to focus “upstream” on three of the critical 21st century disruptions that have the greatest impact on people’s lives: the economy, digital technology, and demographic change, with the goal of channeling these disruptions into well-being for the many, not just the few.
Mike’s prior work on digital technology spans a range of settings from telecom start-up to a partner at Monitor Group (now Monitor Deloitte) to Omidyar Network’s investment committee. Across them all, Mike’s goal has been to harness, explore, and understand the continuum of technology’s impact, from the promise of increased access to services via mobile phones, digital identity, and other innovations to the threats that trample on privacy, competition, and democracy.
His writing on a range of topics has been featured in more than a dozen publications, including Harvard Business Review, Stanford Social Innovation Review, and Barron’s, and has been quoted extensively in philanthropic, business, and general news outlets. Mike is on the board of Norrsken Foundation, a Swedish organization that helps entrepreneurs solve the world’s greatest challenges. He earned his MBA from the Kellogg
Kathy Kwan is a local philanthropist who directs the charitable giving for the Eustace-Kwan Family Foundation. Since the foundation’s establishment in 2005, Kathy has funded a broad range of organizations and programs in the SF Bay Area’s education, job training, and safety net sectors. Local non-profit partners include St. Francis Center, JobTrain and Center for Excellence in Non-Profits. Kathy also partners with three local school districts and supports leadership and career development programs at Stanford, UC Berkeley, and SF State. More recently, Kathy has become interested in building capacity in both the non-profit and philanthropic sectors.
She retired from Kaiser Permanente in 2004, where she held a variety of project management, consulting and finance roles.
With more than 25 years working in a variety of shelter, street and housing programs, Jennifer Loving has spent her career working to solve homelessness in Silicon Valley.
Since being tapped to lead Destination: Home in 2010, Jennifer has brought together public officials, government agencies, private sector leaders, nonprofit executives and leaders with lived experience to implement a collective impact model in Santa Clara County, resulting in well over $2 billion in new public in new public, private and philanthropic funding and over 20,000 people permanently off our streets. She has developed and collaborated on numerous innovative models for addressing chronic homelessness, homelessness prevention, Covid relief and Guaranteed Income.Jennifer holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management program. In addition to her role with Destination: Home, she currently serves on the Santa Clara County Housing Authority Board of Commissioners, and is a board member for Somos Mayfair, Silicon Valley at Home, All Home and SJ Spotlight.
Daniel Lurie is Board Chair and founder of Tipping Point Community, a nonprofit that finds, funds, and strengthens the most promising poverty-fighting solutions in the Bay Area. He served as CEO of the organization from 2005-2020, and has helped to raise more than $350 million for housing, early childhood, education, and employment solutions in the region. Tipping Point’s Board covers all of its operating costs, so 100% of every dollar donated goes where it’s needed most. Lurie also served as Chair of the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee, helping to raise more than $13 million for community efforts, the largest philanthropic contribution in Super Bowl history.
Prior to founding Tipping Point, Lurie worked for the Bill Bradley Presidential Campaign and the Robin Hood Foundation in New York City. Lurie serves on the Board of Directors for the Mimi and Peter Haas Fund and the Levi Strauss Foundation.
Johanna Mair is Professor of Organization, Strategy and Leadership at the Hertie School of Governance, the Codirector of the Global Innovation for Impact Lab at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, and the Academic Editor of the Stanford Social Innovation Review. From 2016 to 2018 she helped building and served as the Academic Codirector for the Social Innovation + Change Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School. From 2001 to 2011 she served on the Strategic Management faculty at IESE Business School. She has held a visiting position at the Harvard Business School and teaches regularly at the Harvard Kennedy School and INSEAD. Before earning her PhD in Management from INSEAD (France), she was directly involved in executive decision-making in international banking. In 2008 she was recognized as a “Faculty Pioneer” for Social Entrepreneurship Education by the Aspen Institute. Her research focuses on how novel organizational and institutional arrangements generate economic and social development and the role of innovation in this process. She has the co-editor of three books and has published in leading academic journal. Alongside her academic responsibilities, she carries out advisory work for or serves on board of multinational companies, the United Nations, governments, foundations and social enterprises.
Vera Michalchik leads PACS’s research on effective philanthropy and the design of materials, institutes, and consultations for donors, advisors, and others wanting to put into practice principles that can advance impact in the sector. She brings to her role extensive experience in social science research, the learning sciences, and strategic philanthropy, having worked in research-plus-practice positions at SRI International’s Center for Technology in Learning, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, UC Irvine’s Department of Informatics, and Stanford’s Center for Teaching and Learning. She also built a library system on a small island in Micronesia while collecting data there for her dissertation on how knowledge gets managed for social good. She holds a PhD from Stanford, EdM from Harvard, and BA from UC Berkeley—her studies all focused on learning, media, and shaping of cultural norms.
Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli
Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli is an expert on agriculture and nutrition, entrepreneurship, social innovation, and youth development. She has over 25 years of international development experience and is the founder of LEAP Africa, Changing Narratives Africa and African Food Changemakers. She is also the co-founder of Sahel Consulting Agriculture & Nutrition Ltd. and AACE Foods Processing & Distribution Ltd.
Ndidi is TED speaker, was recognized as a Schwab Fellow and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and has received numerous awards and recognitions including a National Honor by the Nigerian Government and the 2021 Harvard Business School Distinguished Alumni Award. She is the author of “Social Innovation in Africa: A Practical Guide for Scaling Impact,” and “Food Entrepreneurs in Africa: Scaling Resilient Agriculture Businesses,” both published by Routledge.
Ndidi serves on several boards, including the Rockefeller Foundation, the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), Nigerian Breweries Plc. (Heineken), and the Bridgespan Group.
Ndidi holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She was a Senior Fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government at the Harvard Kennedy School, a visiting Scholar at Max Bell School of Public Policy at McGill University, an Aspen Institute New Voices Fellow, and an Eisenhower Fellow.
Regan is the co-founder of the Kataly Foundation and is currently serving as a board member and collaborator with the Restorative Economies Fund. She has a background in education and began working in philanthropy when she took a larger role at her family’s foundation, The Libra Foundation, in 2015, and where she is now board co-president and chair of the investment committee. She is active in the Just Transition movement, taking leadership in moving progressive wealth holders and philanthropists to rethink their ethical framework for private investment.
Regan works with her family and advisors to align the Libra Foundation’s and her personal assets with progressive and radical values through investment, philanthropy, and political giving. She is energized by the momentum that is building to shift private investment and philanthropy towards a frame of racial equity and economic justice, using an intentional reparations lens. The founding of the Kataly Foundation in 2018 was a manifestation of her effort to move along that continuum of alignment.
Regan serves on the board of Global Greengrants Fund, a global network of donors and activists supporting communities to protect their ways of life and our planet. She is also a member of the board of Way To Win, a progressive donor network committed to supporting reflective democracy through power building in communities.
Rob Reich is professor of political science and, by courtesy, professor of philosophy and at the Graduate School of Education, at Stanford University. He is the director of the Center for Ethics in Society and co-director of the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (publisher of the Stanford Social Innovation Review), both at Stanford University. He is the author most recently of Just Giving: Why Philanthropy is Failing Democracy and How It Can Do Better (Princeton University Press, 2018) and Philanthropy in Democratic Societies: History, Institutions, Values (edited with Chiara Cordelli and Lucy Bernholz, University of Chicago Press, 2016). Rob is also the author of several books on education: Bridging Liberalism and Multiculturalism in American Education (University of Chicago Press, 2002) and Education, Justice, and Democracy (edited with Danielle Allen, University of Chicago Press, 2013). His current work focuses on ethics, public policy, and technology, and he serves as associate director of the Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence initiative at Stanford. Rob is the recipient of multiple teaching awards, including the Walter J. Gores award, Stanford’s highest honor for teaching. Bob was a sixth grade teacher at Rusk Elementary School in Houston, Texas before attending graduate school. He is a board member of the magazine Boston Review, of Giving Tuesday, and at the Spencer Foundation.
Erika is a product and engineering leader, now solely focused on climate and democracy related efforts. Erika co-led U.S. Digital Response’s 2020 elections-related efforts to ensure local and state election offices, and NGOs that serve them, have the products and technical expertise they need to most effectively run smooth elections. Previously she led the Payments Experience engineering group at Stripe, served as the Director of Engineering at OpenAI, co-founded the voter registration non-profit Voteplz for the 2016 election, and was the Director of Product Engineering at Planet Labs. Erika studied computer science, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering at MIT. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and two young kids.
Christian Seelos is a Distinguished Fellow and Director of the Global Innovation for Impact Lab at the Stanford University Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS).
His research on innovative business models in the context of deep poverty was recognized by the Strategic Management Society (Best Paper Award for Practice Implications, 2007) and also won him the gold price, 2008 of the IFC-FT research competition on private sector development. Together with Johanna Mair, he published his research on the link between innovation and social impact in a recent book “Innovation and Scaling for Impact,” which won five prestigious awards.
Christian teaches MBA and executive courses in International Business, Strategic Management, Social Innovation, and Sustainability and Strategy.
Before joining PACS, he was the Director of Social Innovation Practice at the Harvard Kennedy School Social Innovation for Change Initiative, an Academic Visitor at the Skoll Center for Social Entrepreneurship, and served on the faculty and as Director of the IESE Platform for Strategy and Sustainability at the University of Navarro.
In the 1980s and early 90s, Christian was Associate Professor for Molecular Biology and Cancer Research at the University of Vienna. He also held several management positions in the private industry In the mid-1990s, Christian served as Senior Adviser to the Executive Chairman of UNSCOM and led several missions as part of the disarmament of Iraq’s biological weapons program.
David Siegel is a computer scientist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He is co-founder and co-chair of Two Sigma Investments, LP.
Inspired by movies like 2001: A Space Odyssey, David was drawn to the nascent field of computer science at a young age, quickly developing a deep interest in programming. By the mid-1970s, at age 12, he was building memory and logic boards, and learning to program a supercomputer at New York University’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. As a freshman in high school, he also taught a programming course to high school students at an NYU summer program. This early interest in computers sparked a life-long passion for building intelligent computational systems, reflecting a lasting belief in technology’s potential to improve virtually every human endeavor.
After graduating from Princeton, David received a PhD in computer science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he conducted research at the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. David went on to co-found Two Sigma, an algorithmic investment manager that applies cutting-edge technology to the data-rich world of finance.
David sits on the board of several leading organizations at the intersection of technology and creativity, including the MIT Corporation, Cornell Tech, Carnegie Hall, the Scratch Foundation (which he co-founded), and Stanford’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society.
Lateefah Simon is a nationally recognized advocate for civil rights and racial justice in Oakland and the Bay Area. She has served as President of Akonadi Foundation since 2016. That same year—driven by Oscar Grant’s death—she was elected to the Bay Area Rapid Transit Board of Directors as President. She was elected to a second term in November 2020. Since 2015, Lateefah also has served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the California State University, the nation’s largest public university system, and state officials often turn to her for strategic advice on policy matters related to racial justice. In 2022 Akonadi Foundation welcomed Lateefah Simon to the Board of Directors as she transitioned from President of Akonadi to lead Meadow Fund. Lateefah spearheaded San Francisco’s first reentry anti-recidivism youth services division under the then-District Attorney Kamala Harris leadership. Lateefah received the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Award in 2003, making her the youngest woman to receive the award —in recognition of her work as Executive Director of the Young Women’s Freedom Center.
Liz Simons is chair of the board of the Heising-Simons Foundation. A former teacher, Liz worked in Spanish-bilingual and English as a Second Language (ESL) classrooms, and subsequently founded Stretch to Kindergarten, a spring-summer early childhood education program. She currently serves as chair of the board of The Marshall Project, and on the boards of The Foundation for a Just Society, Math for America, Smart Justice California and the Learning Policy Institute. Additionally, she volunteers at The Beat Within (a magazine by and for incarcerated youth). Liz earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s in education from Stanford University.
Liz Simons and Mark Heising founded the Foundation in 2007 and joined the Giving Pledge in 2016, publicly committing the majority of their wealth to philanthropic causes.
Jonathan Soros is Chief Executive Officer of JS Capital Management LLC, a private investment firm, and co-founder of Athletes Unlimited, a new model of pro sports where athletes are decision-makers and individuals are champions in team sports. Together with his wife Jennifer, he is also co-founder of Give Lively LLC, a social enterprise to facilitate philanthropic giving. Jonathan is a Senior Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, a think tank based in New York City, and serves on the boards of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. and GivingTuesday.
Prior to founding JS Capital, Jonathan spent nine years with Soros Fund Management LLC, serving as its President and Deputy Chairman from 2005 to 2011. He is a co-founder of Friends of Democracy PAC, the Fair Trial Initiative, and Victory 2021. He has also previously served as co-chair of the board of New America and held several board positions affiliated with the Open Society Foundations. Jonathan clerked for Judge Stephen F. Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and is a graduate magna cum laude of Harvard Law School and the John F. Kennedy School of Government. He received his BA from Wesleyan University.
Jehan Velji is Director of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s Effective Philanthropy Group, which seeks to strengthen the capacity of the foundation’s programs, initiatives, and grantees — and philanthropy, in general — to achieve their goals and benefit the common good. As director, Jehan leads a team that both makes grants to strengthen nonprofits and the philanthropic sector, and provides internal guidance across Hewlett’s programs on supporting grantee capacity and developing, implementing, and evaluating grant strategies.
Jehan is a philanthropy expert with three decades of experience in strategy consulting and organizational capacity-building. She joined Hewlett from Blue Meridian, where she oversaw a range of work in support of economic mobility as managing director of portfolio strategy & management. Before that, she served as the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation’s senior portfolio director, where she drove the planning and analysis of EMCF’s core grantmaking strategies and managed several long-term grantee relationships. She went to EMCF after almost a decade at The Bridgespan Group, where, as a partner, she worked on strategy with a range of nonprofit and foundation clients. Prior to Bridgespan, she engaged with both business and nonprofit clients as a strategy consultant with Mercer Management Consulting. Earlier in her career, she worked at Catholic Relief Services, where she was responsible for leading teams evaluating the effectiveness of the group’s work in 15 nations.