Mari co-founded GlobalGiving with Dennis Whittle and currently leads the organization. In 2011, Mari was named one of Foreign Policy's top 100 Global Thinkers for "crowdsourcing worldsaving." Before GlobalGiving, she worked at the World Bank, where she managed and created some of the Bank's most innovative projects, including the first-ever Innovation and Development Marketplaces and the first series of strategic forums with the World Bank's president and senior management. Mari also designed a range of investment projects in the Russia reform program, including a residential energy efficiency project, structural adjustment loans, and legal reform project. She currently serves as chair of the board of the Global Business School Network and on the board of GuideStar USA. In addition to her native Japanese, Mari also speaks Russian, Italian, and French. She has an undergraduate degree in history from Harvard University and did graduate work in Russian and Japanese history and politics at Harvard and Georgetown Universities. Mari also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
Charles Best leads DonorsChoose.org, a nonprofit organization that provides a simple, personal, and accountable way for people to address educational inequity. At DonorsChoose.org, public school teachers post classroom project requests, and donors can pick the projects they want to support. Every donor then gets photographs and thank-you letters from the classroom he or she chose to help. Recognition of DonorsChoose.org includes the Amazon.com Nonprofit Innovation Award, selection by Ashoka, and election by the TechCrunch community as the Web site "most likely to make the world a better place." Fortune Magazine has twice featured Mr. Best in the "40 under 40" list of "business’s hottest rising stars." In 2010, Oprah Winfrey announced DonorsChoose.org as one of her "Ultimate Favorite Things." In 2011, Fast Company listed DonorsChoose.org as one of the "50 Most Innovative Companies in the World," the first time a charity has received this recognition.
Tom Tinsley is an advisory director at General Atlantic LLC, a global private equity firm, where he has worked since 1999. From 1995 to 1999, Mr. Tinsley served in executive positions with Baan Company, NV. Prior to joining Baan, Mr. Tinsley was a director at McKinsey & Company. Mr. Tinsley currently serves on the advisory board of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame and on the boards of BMC Software; GuideStar USA, Inc.; Intermedia; LifeFlight of Maine; Teach for America; and Net One in South Africa.
Alix Guerrier is a co-founder of a new educational Web company, LearnZillion. Prior to founding LearnZillion, he was a consultant in McKinsey & Company's Education Practice, where he advised school systems and foundations on strategic matters. His previous work experience includes: teaching in and directing an after-school program in one of Boston's public housing projects; working as a member of the housing group in the public finance department of an investment bank in New York; and teaching full-time for several years, including in an international school in Brazil. He most recently taught math at a public charter high school in San Francisco, and subsequently served on the Board of Trustees for the school. He is a newly elected member of the board of Capital City Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. Alix has an MBA from Stanford's Graduate School of Business and a Master's in Education from the Stanford University School of Education. He graduated from Harvard University with an AB in physics. He lives with his wife and daughter in Washington, D.C.
President and CEO, GuideStar USA
Jacob Harold joined GuideStar as president and CEO in October 2012 and is responsible for the strategic execution of the GuideStar mission, fundraising to support this mission, and acting as the liaison with GuideStar's board of directors. He joins GuideStar from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, where he oversaw $30 million in grants to build a stronger infrastructure for smart philanthropy. Prior to that Jacob was a strategy consultant with The Bridgespan Group, where he supported organizations working in education reform and aging. He spent several years working to address climate change, first in the United States as a grassroots organizer with Green Corps and as a campaigner for Rainforest Action Network and Greenpeace USA, then as a consultant for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation in New Delhi, India. Earlier in his career, he was the organizing director for Citizen Works, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit focused on corporate governance issues. Harold received a BA summa cum laude from Duke University, where he designed his own major in ethics and intellectual history, and earned an MBA from Stanford's Graduate School of Business with a certificate in Public Management. He also trained in business strategy with Bain and Company, studied complex systems science in Beijing at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and completed the School for International Training's Tibetan Studies Program. Harold was born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where his parents ran small community-based nonprofit organizations.
Feather Houstoun is senior adviser to the Wyncote Foundation. Before joining the Wyncote Foundation, she was president of the William Penn Foundation. Perhaps best known for her distinguished career in the public sector, she has worked at every level of government, serving as Pennsylvania's Secretary of Public Welfare, Treasurer of the State of New Jersey, and chief financial officer of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. Houstoun is a regular columnist for Management Insights, a joint publication of Governing Magazine and the Ash Institute of Democratic Governance at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Prior to joining the Foundation, Houstoun was an executive with AmeriChoice and was a senior visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania.
Sunand Menon is the founder of New Media Insight, which provides innovation advisory, venture incubation, and growth strategy services to data, media, analytics and knowledge organizations. He has helped develop new businesses and/or growth strategies for companies such as Thomson Reuters, Boston Globe Media, and Reed Elsevier. He has also served as a member of Scripps Networks' Innovation Advisory Board. As global head of new ventures at Thomson Reuters, he was responsible for incubating new information and analytics businesses. He was the founder and managing director of Thomson Reuters Indices, which he subsequently grew into a multimillion dollar global licensing and subscription business, before integrating his P&L into core Thomson Reuters Financial business. Sunand holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and an M.Sc and B.Sc in Engineering from Delft University in the Netherlands.
Katherina M. Rosqueta is the founding executive director of the Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania. Before accepting her appointment to launch the Center, Kat was a consultant with McKinsey & Company, where she served clients in the areas of strategy development, capability-building, and post-merger management. Prior to joining McKinsey, Kat worked in community development, nonprofit management, and venture philanthropy. She has held numerous volunteer and civic leadership positions, including board president of La Casa de las Madres (San Francisco's oldest and largest shelter for battered women and their children), chair of the United Way's Bay Area Week of Caring, and co-founder and executive committee member of the Women's MBA Network. She currently serves on the University of Pennsylvania's Social Responsibility Advisory Committee to the trustees and the board of Asian Mosaic Fund. Kat received her B.A. cum laude from Yale University, an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and was a 2011 recipient of the Brava! Women in Business Achievement Award. She and her husband, Michael Idinopulos, live in Philadelphia with their three children.
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