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Leadership Team

Jacob Harold

President and Chief Executive Officer

Jacob Harold came to GuideStar from the Hewlett Foundation, where he led grantmaking for the Philanthropy Program. Between 2006 and 2012, he oversaw $30 million in grants that, together, aimed to build a 21st-century infrastructure for smart giving. Before that, he worked as a consultant to nonprofits and foundations at the Bridgespan Group and as a climate change strategist for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation based at The Energy and Resources Insitute in New Delhi, India. At the beginning of his career he worked as a climate change campaigner for Rainforest Action Network and Greenpeace USA and as organizing director at Citizen Works.

Harold has written extensively on climate change and philanthropic strategy. His essays have been used as course materials at Stanford, Duke, Wharton, Harvard, and Oxford. He earned an AB summa cum laude from Duke University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business with a certificate in public management. Harold has further training from Green Corps in grassroots organizing, Bain in business strategy, the Chinese Academy of Sciences in complex systems science, and the School for International Training in Tibetan studies. Harold was born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where his parents ran small community-based nonprofit organizations.

James Lum

Chief Financial Officer

James is responsible for coordinating strategic and financial oversight across the organization and also heads fundraising. Before joining GuideStar, he spent 14 years in the New York City area leading financial planning and analysis for media companies in television, radio, publishing, and the Internet. He served on the board of nonprofit Pacifica radio stations in both New York and Virginia and was a juror for the International Emmys for the last 10 years. He started his professional career as an environmental engineer for firms and clients across the East Coast. James received BAs from the University of Virginia in Economics and Biology, and earned an MBA from Columbia University's Graduate School of Business with concentrations in Finance and Entrepreneurship.

James Lum

James Dobrzeniecki

Vice President, Information Technology

Jim oversees GuideStar's Information Technology Department. He has more than 25 years of experience in the fields of telecommunications, technical systems management, and applications development. Before joining GuideStar, Jim served as the vice president of Technical Operations for DS3 Data Vaulting, a start-up company specializing in off-site, on-line network backup; as chief information officer for McGuire Woods LLP, an international law firm based in Richmond, Virginia; and the Southeast regional vice president of operations for Systems and Computer Technology in Malvern, Pennsylvania. He holds a BS degree in Computer Science and Management Science and an MBA, both from Kent State University.

Jim Dobrzeniecki

Mizmun Kusairi

Senior Director, Strategy

Miz is responsible for the strategic alignment of GuideStar's vision with financial planning, business execution, programmatic operations, and monitoring and evaluation systems. She draws on more than a decade of international cross-sector management experience, having worked in the philanthropic, nonprofit, and financial services sectors. Before joining GuideStar, she served as vice president of operations, strategy, and talent at Global Citizen Year, a fast-growing and acclaimed nonprofit social enterprise in youth leadership development. Miz also managed nearly $1 billion in investments and served in the chairman's office at Usaha Tegas, a $10 billion business conglomerate in Malaysia, and spent time at the Fannie Mae Foundation, Citigroup, and social investing firm Acumen Fund. She holds a BS in Commerce from the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce and an MBA from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business.

Mizmun Kusairi

Evan Paul

Senior Director, Products and Marketing

Evan is responsible for product design and development as well as marketing and communications and e-commerce. He has more than 17 years of experience leading product and project teams in membership-based, grant-funded, and fee-for-service nonprofit organizations. Before joining GuideStar, Evan co-founded the first software as a service Web application in the University of California system, called SeaSketch, which is used by agencies around the world for collaborative planning of ocean resources. He has written multi-stakeholder negotiation simulations published by the Harvard Program on Negotiation and worked with leading stakeholder engagement firms such as AmericaSpeaks, the Consensus Building Institute, Kearns & West, and Concur. His work has enabled diverse interests to reach agreement on issues including climate change adaptation, disaster recovery, and health care. At the beginning of his career, Evan worked as a campaigner for ForestEthics and field organizer for the Public Interest Network. He has a master's in City Planning from MIT and a BA in Political Science from the University of Missouri.

Evan Paul

Debra Snider

Vice President, Operations

Debra is responsible for our D.C. and Williamsburg facilities management and oversees all administrative activities, human resources, sales, internal communications, and business operations at GuideStar. Debra has 35 years' experience in the communications and sales management fields, having worked for Gannett, Inc. and a number of catalog companies and public relation firms. Before joining GuideStar, she was a communications consultant, served as an elected school board member in upstate New York, and was a board member of Camp Chin Gu, a camp for Korean adoptees. She holds a Bachelor's degree in journalism from Southern Illinois University.

Debra Snider