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Twitter: @dan.friday1

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Daniel Friday is a volunteer and a proposal writer at Nehemiah’s Restoration, Inc. a faith-based nonprofit organization that believes the need to restore the mental, physical and spiritual well-being of people who are in need of long-term recovery. Additionally, Nehemiah's Restoration also assists in identifying effective indigenous leaders and invest in their leadership by supplying monetary resources, facilities, training and support systems to increase the effectiveness of the long term recovery efforts for the people they love and serve. Mr. Friday also serves as Network & Computer Systems Administrator at Africa Nazarene University. Mr. Friday is an Emerging Global Leaders Initiative (EGLI) Fellow at Atlas Service Corps, Inc., an international network of nonprofit leaders and organizations that promote innovation, cooperation and solutions to address the world's 21st century challenges.


As part of his fellowship in 2015 - 2016, he served as the American Express Leadership Academy Alumni Lead where he is also an Alumni. Mr. Friday Daniel has over 10+ years of experience in the nonprofit sector as a field officer, monitoring and evaluation officer and assistant program manager in HIV and AIDS at the USAID funded Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) PEPFAR program in Kenya, with Nazarene Compassionate Organization. The HIV and AIDS program supported over 10,000 OVC, 3,500 women affected or infected by HIV and AIDS. He also has 13 years of experience in computer information and systems, which adds a valuable competency that provides him an additional set of critical tools to support people and programs. Specifically, he continues to teach computer skills to many in his community, empowering youth to become self-sufficient and independent.

Twitter: @Troy_Adkins

Troy Adkins has worked in marketing and membership for 14 years, spending the last 9 years in nonprofit and association work. He is currently the Director of Networks and Member Engagement at Independent Sector. He oversees multiple programs including member cultivation and acquisition, engagement and renewal, as well as customer service.

Previously,Troy was the Vice President of member and industry development with the American Society of Interior Designers. There he was responsible for managing all aspects of membership, from acquisition to renewal, as well as sponsorship and advertising sales and fund development for the ASID Foundation. He is a member of the Trevor Project’s DC Ambassadors Committee. He recently, worked with a colleague and developed a business plan for a new nonprofit they launched in 2015.

Troy received his Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Birmingham­Southern College and he is an alumnus of the Center For Nonprofit Leadership at Georgetown University.

Twitter: @CHCI

Janet Arias-Martinez serves as the Director of Alumni Relations for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), a national nonprofit dedicated to developing the next generation of Latino leaders. At CHCI, she leads their national alumni engagement strategy and oversees the CHCI Alumni Association, with eleven regional Chapters around the country and over 3,400 alumni worldwide. She has thirteen years of experience in the nonprofit sector and previously held leadership positions at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Paterson & Passaic and the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco.

Ms. Arias-Martinez currently serves as the Public Relations Officer for DC’s Latin American Youth Center Associate Board. She is also co-founder of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) DC Women’s Empowerment Council and the Rutgers University School of Public Affairs and Administration Alumni Network (SPAAAN), as well as a member of the American Society of Association Executives and Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority, Inc.

Ms. Arias-Martinez was a 2015 American Express NGen Fellow, and earned a Master of Public Administration from Rutgers University and a Bachelor of Arts in History and Spanish from Ball State University.

Twitter: @MarlaBerg

Marla Berg is Associate Vice President of Operations, Resource Development at United Way of New York City.  In this role she oversees a team that is responsible for revenue reporting and revenue management, donor analytics, prospect research, the donor database, and general operations for the Resource Development department.  She is a member of the senior leadership team. Ms. Berg work includes collaborating with colleagues across departments on process improvement and protocols as well as helping United Way of New York City make progress towards becoming a data driven organization.

Ms. Berg has a Master’s degree in Library and Information Studies from Queens College and a Master’s in Counseling and Guidance from New York University.  Prior to her current role she was a Prospect Researcher at United Way and March of Dimes, a part-time academic librarian at Pace University, and a freelance researcher.  Formerly, she was a Career Counselor at Westchester Community College, and also worked as a counselor for young people at several libraries and nonprofits in the NY metropolitan area. She is a member of the Association of Advancement Services Professionals (AASP), Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement (APRA), and Women in Development. Over the years she has also been active in the Special Libraries Association. She is married and has two grown children.

Twitter: @lobbyland

Terri Broussard Williams is the Vice President of Government Relations for the American Heart Association. She oversees staff and contract government relations professionals, in a six state region that includes Arkansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Texas and Wyoming. Terri is an active member of several boards including the Austin Area Urban League, Louisiana State University National Diversity Advisory Board and the Association of Junior Leagues International. She also serves as Director of Strategic Partnerships and Engagement for 20/20 Leaders of America which focuses on Criminal Justice Reform.

Ms. Williams was a 2012 Austin Area Research Organization McBee Fellow, 2013 American Express- Independent Sector Fellow and was named one of Austin’s Most Influential Women by the Austin Business Journal in 2012. She was named Austin Under 40 Winner in the Government & Public Affairs category in 2014.

Twitter: @Papenoble

Pape Mamadou Camara observed youth delinquency in his suburban area and its negative effects on the future of the youth. He saw how under-served youth lacked the opportunity to develop a mode of self-expression and have a positive impact in the community.

In 2010, Mr. Camara’s passion for arts and hip-hop culture motivated him to start a venture call G Hip Hop (Guediawaye Hip Hop) with a group of artists and activists. G Hip Hop is a training center that focuses on using urban and hip-hop culture to promote positive behavioral change, with a varied training program centered on arts, citizenship, economic empowerment and environment. Its vision is to unify the Guediawaye neighborhood through the hip-hop community. He is the program manager and responsible for the planning and monitoring of activities, recording of financial and technical accounts, fundraising, developing the organization’s network locally and internationally, advertising and organizing events.

Twitter: @psic_carbajal

Born in Mexico, 27 years old. Javier Carbajal is a Social psychologist focus on children and teenagers’ quality of life improvement. At the current time, he develops professionally by working on a Citizenship Education master’s degree. He was an emergent social innovator in a Boot Camp organized by American Express and Ashoka Mexico in 2015. Research on urban cultures, graffiti and rap are his impact actions. Likewise, volunteering at NGOs, traveling and working on citizen participation and democratic processes are highlighted qualities of his.


Three years ago, he founded EMAH, a learning community center of psychological attention for children and young people that came from a context characterized by violence, delinquency and addictions. Through this center, he helps newly graduated students to find job opportunities by working and designing methodologies to develop life skills. Art, professional promotion, psychological care, sexual and reproductive health, prevention of risk behaviors, social and cultural entrepreneurship, are some of the main objectives pursued by EMAH’s community.

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A senior HR professional, passionate about establishing fairness and creating an enabling environment for all in the workplace,  empowering leaders to deliver better outcomes, working in the charity sector has been most satisfying professionally, where Sudeshna Chakraborty can use expertise to have a direct impact on the services which are provided to some of the most vulnerable people of the society.  Ms. Chakraborty also strongly believes in the ethos of equality and fairness which is consistently embedded in the charity sector which has motivated me to work is in this sector.

Ms. Chakraborty is extremely passionate and positive as a person.  Ms. Chakraborty prefers to see life from a wider angle and do not get de-motivated by failures.  Ms. Chakraborty is truly a people’s person and gets my energies from the people.

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Jessica Colon has focused her career on bridging gaps between government policy and community needs and making government more just and effective. Ms. Colon currently serves as a Senior Policy Advisor at the New York City Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency where she helps lead the City’s implementation of its resiliency goals by leading complex capital resiliency projects and planning initiatives.


Ms. Colon was previously the Deputy Project Director at the Red Hook Community Justice Center in Brooklyn, an internationally renowned community court committed to developing local solutions to improve public safety. She also served as Deputy Policy Director at the Bronx Borough President’s Office, a Policy Analyst at the New York City Mayor’s Office of the Criminal Justice Coordinator and a Department Coordinator at the Vera Institute of Justice. She has also taught as an adjunct professor at the Wagner School at NYU and Brooklyn College. She received her B.S. in Diplomacy and International Relations from Seton Hall University and received her MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. Jessica was born and raised in Brooklyn, and now lives in Washington Heights with her husband and daughter.   

Twitter: @cindy_eggleton

Cindy Eggleton is a tireless advocate for those she works with—be that a person, organization, or community. Most recently, she has co-founded Brilliant Detroit whose purpose is to help create “Kid Success Neighborhoods” where all children and families have what they need within walking distance to be school ready, healthy and stable. This work envisions a world where the promise of opportunity and equity is a reality.


This work represents a culmination of work focused on ensuring that children and families have what they need to be successful from birth through life. Among her previous efforts have been overseeing the turnaround of 17 Detroit area high schools, training of over 15,000 parent and caregivers and launching a shelter for human trafficking victims.

David Olawuyi Fakunle is a fourth-year doctoral candidate in the Department of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In 2013, David received a predoctoral fellowship with the Drug Dependence Epidemiology Training Program, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, becoming the program’s first Black male pre-doctoral fellow. At Johns Hopkins, David focuses his research on socio-demographic associations with stressors within the built environment such as tobacco outlet density and e-cigarette availability, the manifestations of institutional racism in society, and the utilization of arts and culture to promote equity and social justice. In 2016, David became a Policy, Community Engagement and Outreach fellow with the Baltimore City Health Department.

He received his B.A. in Psychology and Criminology & Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2009. In addition to his academic, research and professional endeavours, David has been a performing artist, including vocal/theater performance, African storytelling and African drumming, for over 20 years. He is the co-founder and primary facilitator of DiscoverME/RecoverME, an intervention program that utilizes the African oral tradition to aid in recovery from societal traumas.

Twitter: @dan.friday1

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Daniel Friday is a volunteer and a proposal writer at Nehemiah’s Restoration, Inc. a faith-based nonprofit organization that believes the need to restore the mental, physical and spiritual well-being of people who are in need of long-term recovery. Additionally, Nehemiah's Restoration also assists in identifying effective indigenous leaders and invest in their leadership by supplying monetary resources, facilities, training and support systems to increase the effectiveness of the long term recovery efforts for the people they love and serve. Mr. Friday also serves as Network & Computer Systems Administrator at Africa Nazarene University. Mr. Friday is an Emerging Global Leaders Initiative (EGLI) Fellow at Atlas Service Corps, Inc., an international network of nonprofit leaders and organizations that promote innovation, cooperation and solutions to address the world's 21st century challenges.


As part of his fellowship in 2015 - 2016, he served as the American Express Leadership Academy Alumni Lead where he is also an Alumni. Mr. Friday Daniel has over 10+ years of experience in the nonprofit sector as a field officer, monitoring and evaluation officer and assistant program manager in HIV and AIDS at the USAID funded Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) PEPFAR program in Kenya, with Nazarene Compassionate Organization. The HIV and AIDS program supported over 10,000 OVC, 3,500 women affected or infected by HIV and AIDS. He also has 13 years of experience in computer information and systems, which adds a valuable competency that provides him an additional set of critical tools to support people and programs. Specifically, he continues to teach computer skills to many in his community, empowering youth to become self-sufficient and independent.

Twitter: @evelyngmorales

Evelyn Garcia Morales is the Senior Manager of Leadership Programs at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI). In this role she oversees the successful planning, implementation and delivery of CHCI’s flagship Graduate and Public Policy Fellowship Programs. Each year, the programs select a cadre of young professionals to gain hands on experience in public policy in Washington, D.C. while developing their leadership skills.  Prior to this role, Ms. Garcia Morales served as CHCI’s Manager of Educational Enrichment Programs at CHCI where she was responsible for its college-access programs serving high school students across the country.  


Before joining CHCI in 2012, Ms. Garcia Morales organized national leadership seminars for Latina women through the National Hispana Leadership Institute. Here she collaborated with various institutions including Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, The Gallup Organization, Georgetown University and the Center for Creative Leadership, among others.


Ms. Garcia Morales earned a master’s degree in Organizational Development and Knowledge Management from George Mason University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Ms. Garcia Morales and her husband reside in Arlington, Virginia with their son Ezra.

Twitter: @J_Ged

Jillian Gedeon is the co-founder and Co-Executive Director of the International Youth Alliance for Family Planning. She oversees the work of dozens of young people around the world to advocate for sexual and reproductive health and rights. She has a MSc in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences from the University of Ottawa and lived in Mae Sot, Thailand for a year to research refugees and migrants’ experiences with long-acting reversible contraception (LARC).


She has been contributing to qualitative studies on women’s reproductive health for three years, on topics ranging from abortion in Canada to medical education in Jordan. Her passion for reproductive health, coupled with her ability to connect with youth, has led her to mentor, train and educate youth locally, nationally and internationally. Ms. Gedeon is a two-time valedictorian, a Global Shaper with the World Economic Forum, the recipient of the Ontario Women’s Scholarship Fund and an avid community volunteer.

Twitter: @dcurbanista

Maria Gonzales is the Assistant Director, Development and Corporate Relations at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a bipartisan, nonprofit policy research organization dedicated to providing strategic insights and policy solutions to help decisionmakers chart a course toward a better world. In this role she manages a global portfolio of corporate partners and oversees fundraising for twelve programs.

Prior to joining the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Ms. Gonzalez worked for Catholic Charities USA as the Director of Social Enterprise where she provided vision and leadership for social enterprise initiatives and programs for the largest private network of social service agencies in the country.  Ms. Gonzalez holds a master’s degree in International Relations, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Arizona State University.

Twitter: @RobertGordonIV

Robert Gordon IV is currently pursuing a passion project as both the Manager of Partnerships and Business Development and the Leaderosity Product Manager for the Presidio Institute, where he is a member of the senior leadership team. Leaderosity, an innovative curated online leadership development platform, is funded by American Express, the Kresge Foundation, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Prior to his current role, he served as the inaugural Chief Digital Officer for America’s Promise Alliance in Washington, DC, the nation’s largest partnership dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth. As a senior executive, he led, evaluated and enhanced the development, branding/design and implementation of GradNation.org, the premier front facing digital hub for combating the dropout crisis; the re-launch of AmericasPromise.org; and the development of an award winning micro-site; all Fortune 500 funded(Boeing, Target, State Farm, AT&T, and others) projects. He also created organizational digital content and marketing push-pull strategies across multiple platforms (web, mobile, e-news) by leveraging demographic targeting and new trends in technology & distribution methods that resulted in a significant increase in brand lift. Prior to America's Promise, he was the Director of Information Technology at the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia, an economic development think-tank. Additionally, Mr. Gordon has worked as a digital strategy consultant in the entertainment industry. He is an award-winning music composer & pianist. He also is an Aspen Institute Fellow, an American Express Leadership Academy alum, a Web of Change Leadership & Technology alum and a member of the International Chief Digital Officer Club. In 2014, Mr. Gordon was recognized as one of the top 10 influential global Chief Digital Officers by the International Chief Digital Officer Club. A featured speaker on digital marketing, technology & leadership, Mr. Gordon sat on several boards throughout his career. He currently sits on the advisory board for the Kappa Foundation. He currently lives in Marin County, CA.

Twitter: @allcreativewrites

Shawn Graham is a freelance writer and dramaturg from San Jose, California who has worked with many writers including, Dennis Allen, France-Luce Benson, Nilo Cruz, Steve Harper, Walter Mosley, Lynn Nottage, Paul Rudnick, Susan Sontag, Dominic A. Taylor, Judy Tate, and Cori Thomas. She has been a guest dramaturg at the O'Neill Playwrights Conference, the Crossroads Theatre Company's Genesis Festival, the New Professional Theatre and African American Women's New Play Festival and on many panels including, National Endowments for the Arts/Theatre Communications Group Theatre Residency Program for Playwrights, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Artist Grants Panel in Playwriting and the Mark Taper Forum's New Works Festival and is currently the resident dramaturg of The American Slavery Project's: Unheard Voices. She is the Literary Director for the Classical Theatre of Harlem’s Future Classics Series and Playwright’s Playground, and founder of All Creative Writes, an artistic assistance service designed to provide individual artists and performing arts organizations with administrative, fundraising and writing support.

Ms. Graham holds degrees from the California State University, Los Angeles and the American Repertory Theatre Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University.

Twitter: @kimgube

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Kim Gube serves as Director, Southeast Region with Global Impact.  She manages a portfolio of international charity, corporate and public sector relationships and provides strategic guidance on employee giving and engagement programs.  Previously Ms. Gube worked at the American Red Cross developing volunteer partnerships and managing volunteer, disaster training and response efforts.    


Ms. Gube is excited to return to the summit this year, assisting with program planning and supporting the local DC alumni with leadership and training opportunities. Since 2000, Ms. Gube has lived in the DC area, experiencing as many new things as possible!  In her free time, she works at the Smithsonian Institution and volunteers with the local arts and nonprofit communities. 

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Marissa Gutierrez-Vicario is an educator, artist, and community activist based in New York City engaged in human rights work both within the United States and abroad. Within the United States, she has planned and organized service-learning trips for youth and young adults, coordinated events for and with youth, and worked with community organizers to address violations of human rights. Through her work with Art and Resistance Through Education (ARTE), as Executive Director, Marissa engages and organizes young people around human rights through the arts, creativity and self-expression. As a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Marissa has an Ed.M. focusing on the Arts in Education. She has also received a MPA, focusing on Nonprofit Management and Public Policy from the Wagner School of Public Service at New York University.

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Megumi Hagiuda is the founder of AFRIKA ROSE, a company that imports beautiful and exotic roses from Kenya and sell them online as well as in a Rose shop in Tokyo.

She graduated from California State University (Double majored in International Relations and Spanish). She participated in the Model United Nations in 2004 and was interested in supporting developing countries. After engaging in the pharmaceutical industry ( sales and marketing and global HR strategy) for 6 years, Ms. Hagiuda moved to Kenya for a volunteering opportunity at the age of 29. Mesmerised by the beauty of Kenyan roses, she started a rose importing business in order to create job opportunities in Kenya in 2002. The organization has increased its employees from 150 to 1,830.

Twitter: @ehamilton

Erica Hamilton is the Executive Director and Vice President of City Year New York. In this capacity Erica oversees a $12M+ budget and leads 55+ staff members to recruit, train and manage over 250 young adults who serve as full-time tutors, mentors and after-school program managers in NYC public schools. Prior to her current role, Ms. Hamilton spent over a decade managing and designing educational, professional and leadership development programs at organizations including: Prep for Prep, Sponsors for Educational Opportunity, the Institute for Youth Entrepreneurship and iMentor.  


Ms. Hamilton has also spent over a decade working in the private sector leading teams to design and implement programs and implement strategic initiatives at Goldman Sachs and Citigroup. Ms. Hamilton also currently serves on the Board of Directors for Community Roots Charter School in Brooklyn and the Arbor Brothers Foundation and teaches at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Ms. Hamilton received her M.B.A from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, her M.P.A from the Wagner Graduate School at NYU and her B.A. from Harvard.

Twitter: @BostonCares

Sara Hamilton currently serves as the Director of Programs at Boston Cares, New England’s largest volunteer center, where she oversees the strategic direction and growth for a full portfolio of programs including corporate engagement, individual volunteering and partnerships with more than 160 organizations.  Over her fourteen year nonprofit career, Ms. Hamilton has focused on the engagement of volunteers as an important pathway to community impact with roles at Chicago Cares and Northeastern University’s Center of Community Service, as well as HandsOn Gulf Coast, where she managed a volunteer response to Hurricane Katrina in Biloxi, Mississippi.  

Ms. Hamilton is currently the co-chair for the board of directors of the Massachusetts Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.   She holds a BS in Journalism from Boston University and a MS in Nonprofit Management from Northeastern University.

Twitter: @YouthInc_NYC

Katrina S. Huffman has been serving the nonprofit community for over two decades.  A youth advocate at heart, she is on a mission to invest in and grow nonprofit organizations that provide transformative programs to the neediest youth in NYC.  In her role as the Chief Program Officer, Ms. Huffman has tripled Youth INC's program offerings since 2012 and is currently working alongside the Executive Director to build a thriving, collaborative, learning organization that attracts and retains top talent and broadens the Youth INC platform.


Ms. Huffman earned a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Arts from the State University of New York at Binghamton.  She is an ordained minister residing in Rockland County, NY.  Her young adult daughter, Glory, is a musician attending college in the Midwest.

Twitter: @Janetos

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Marlene Janetos is the Vice President of Visitor Services, Marketing & Communications at the Museum of Discovery and Science located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Marlene manages and directs all sales and marketing efforts including public relations and advertising. She oversees operations for IMAX theater, gift store, café, concessions, graphics, reservations, facility rental, membership and visitor services.

Previously, Ms. Janetos served in marketing positions at the Orlando Science Center and Orlando Centroplex, a group of six public entertainment facilities. Ms. Janetos has a B.A. in Journalism: Advertising/Public Relations from the University of Central Florida. She is a graduate of the International Association of Assembly Managers “Ogelbay” Public Assembly Facility Management School. She attended the American Express Leadership Academy 2013 NYC. She has served on committees for Visit Florida since 2011 and is currently a member of the Global Communications Committee. Since 2012, she has served on the Giant Screen Cinema Association Marketing & Membership Committee.

Twitter: @monicahkang

Monica Kang is a creative educator and a passionate community builder. She founded InnovatorsBox to demystify society’s perception on creativity and empower all leaders regardless of their title or industry with creativity. Since launch, InnovatorsBox has been recognized as the only creative education firm that is teaching creativity in a tangible, practical and relatable way for professionals to understand. In 2016, she hosted 42 events for 560 individuals in seven U.S. cities in which 90% of participants share how this changed the way they think about creativity and innovation.

Prior to her business, she was a nuclear nonproliferation expert and worked in public policy for 5+ years on three continents. She holds an M.A. from SAIS Johns Hopkins University in Strategic Studies and International Economics and a B.A. from Boston University. She is also an active leader in StartingBloc, Hive, Startup Weekend and DMV Startup.

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Beginning his career in the private sector, Michael Linington started working in Development following a period volunteering on outreach projects for Terrence Higgins Trust (THT), the UK’s leading HIV and sexual health charity.

After a career break teaching English in Mexico City, Mr. Linington returned to his career in philanthropy at TATE with a role supporting the international collections of all four of the organisation’s public galleries in the UK. He now works for the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum in London, leading a team of 11 professional fundraisers on an ambitious programme of development both in the UK and abroad.

Mr. Linington graduated with an arts degree from the University of the Arts London, followed by an MA in Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths College, also in London, where he has been living for the last decade.

Twitter: @pma_online

Patrick Ma is the Vice President of Business Operations and a member of the Senior Leadership Team at the United Way of NYC (UWNYC). In his role, Mr. Ma manages a 7-person team that serves as a backbone to UWNYC’s financial operations, providing shared services such as workplace campaign management, gift processing, donor helpdesk response, financial reconciliation and donor database management.

Prior to joining United Way in 2010, Mr. Ma served as an Executive Director with CCS Fundraising, a New York City based management consultancy serving nonprofit organizations. At CCS, Mr. Ma’s client engagements included work with the NAACP (A civil rights organization), Grameen America (A microfinance organization), and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Mr. Ma holds an MBA degree from the Yale School of Management and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario. Patrick is a 12-time marathon runner and lives in Queens, NY with his wife Thalia and two year old toddler, JP.

Twitter: @emilymaynot

Emily May is an international leader in the movement to end harassment.  In 2005, at the age of 24, she co-founded Hollaback! in New York City and in 2010 she became its first full-time executive director. Under her leadership, the organization has scaled to over 50 cities in 25 countries, and launched HeartMob, Hollaback!'s platform designed to support people being harassed online. In the wake of the election, Ms. May launched  #100days100dinners, a collaboration to designed to bring people together to bridge difference.


Ms. May believes that through the power of storytelling, decentralized leadership, and deep empathy we can disrupt cycles of hate and create a world where everyone has the right to feel safe and confident. Ms. May has a Master’s Degree in Social Policy from the London School of Economics, is an Ashoka Fellow, a Prime Movers Fellow and has won over ten awards for her work including the TEDCity 2.0 Prize.

Twitter: @NYUrbanLeague

Tiana McFarlane is the Director of Education and Technology at the New York Urban League, a 95-year-old non-profit organization focused on providing equitable opportunities in education and employment to underserved New Yorkers. In her role, Tiana is responsible for the design, implementation and supervision of all education and technology initiatives and programs for youth and adults. Under her leadership, NYUL has increased College Access programs and developed several S.T.E.M initiatives for middle and high school students to increase access to opportunities in STEM fields and career and provided adults with classes in technology to learn new employable skills for today’s workplace. Tiana is also the coordinator of the annual NYUL Historically Black Colleges and Universities Fair that draws over 3,000 participants to speak with college admissions representatives and have access to on-site admissions and scholarships.

Tiana has over 10 years of experience in educational program development, innovation, implementation, and instruction. She is a native New Yorker, raised in Harlem.  Tiana is a graduate of Hampton University, where she received a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology. She has a strong passion for providing educational opportunities for young adults and aspires to continue her work in education for underserved communities.

Twitter: @sociallyrspnsbl

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Nicole McKinney is the Senior Director of Campaign Engagement at Global Impact, a nonprofit leader in growing global philanthropy. Global Impact’s network of international relief and development organizations meets real needs by supporting programs focused on today's pressing humanitarian causes, including poverty alleviation, clean water and food security, disaster relief and resiliency, economic development, education and human trafficking.

Ms. McKinney is an alumni of the University of Virginia and completed the Executive Program in Social Entrepreneurship at Stanford University. She recently obtained a certification in Design Thinking and Innovation from U.Va's Darden School of Business. Ms. Mckinney volunteers with IMPACT 2030, a United Nations collaborative that aligns human capital investments in service of the sustainable development agenda, and with Compass DC, an organization matching professionals with long-term skills-based volunteer projects. She is also a certified group fitness instructor and enjoys hiking, Pilates and boxing as well as traveling and photography. She lives in Washington, DC with her wife, Olivia, and their Siberian husky, Bo.

Twitter: @mikellsolution

Tiffany Mikell, cofounder and Chief EduScientist of ZAM Labs, Inc. (ZAML) has over 10 years of professional experiences in social impact entrepreneurship and education design. Her ventures are focused on building tools, platforms and framework that increase the accessibility of learning opportunities for the underrepresented. AerialSpaces™, the ZAML flagship virtual learning offering, was piloted by the White House ConnectHome digital literacy training initiative in 2016. Ms. Mikell is also the Technology Director of Trans*H4CK, a traveling hackathon and innovation hub for trans advocacy and collaboration. Her work embodies and is driven by the idea that access to education, resources and support is the key to empowerment.

Twitter: @forFamilyHealth

Mr. Milord joined the Institute for Family Health in early 2015, as the Operations Manager at one of the Institute’s largest practices, the Family Health Center of Harlem. The center provides nearly 90,000 medical, dental and behavioral health visits annually to 16,000 patients in one of the highest need communities in New York City, East Harlem. Mr. Milord oversees 11 departments, with roughly 250 staff members, including 40 attending-level physicians and 30 family practice residents. Mr. Milord has a broad range of responsibilities, including ensuring a high level of productivity among our providers, and an equally high level of quality. He works closely with medical, psychosocial and nursing leaders to ensure the seamless integration of services between our departments. In the changing world of healthcare, patient satisfaction and engagement are key, and Mr. Milord understands that staff collaboration is imperative to the successful operations of the center.

In the 18 months since Mr. Milord took over the leadership of the Family Health Center of Harlem, he has revamped the telephone system for greater efficiency, reduced wait times for walk-in patients, prudently managed the operating budget of the site, promoted the practice at community venues, and conducted research with a few of the medical directors. He has also invited groups of adolescents into the center for workshops on preventive health, and provides staff opportunities to lead exercise and nutrition classes for community members. Perhaps most importantly, he has demonstrated a consistent commitment to training, mentorship and professional development for staff at every level of the center. Mr. Milord received his Master’s Degree in Public Health and his B.S. in Business Management and Finance from Brooklyn College, City University of New York.

Twitter: @gsayersnelson

Gale Nelson was born in Lincoln, Nebraska and grew up in Toledo, Ohio where he began his pursuit of personal and professional success. Mr. Nelson has worked his way up the ladder the hard way—always confident, determined and focused on his goals and building strong personal relationships.

Mr. Nelson earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Corporate Finance from the University of Toledo (Toledo, OH) and his Master of Science in Management and Administration of Educational Programs from Nova Southeastern University (Davie, FL). Mr. Nelson is currently completing a Doctor of Management degree with a concentration in Non-Profit Leadership at Colorado Technical University (Colorado Springs, CO).

In February 2014, Mr. Nelson was recognized as one of South Florida's Most Powerful Professionals in Business and Industry by Legacy Miami Magazine.

Mr. Nelson’s professional career includes over 20 years of non-profit management and leadership experience. Currently, he is the President of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami, and since joining the team in July 2006, he has played a significant role in the growth and development of the agency’s mentoring and fund development programs. Prior to joining Big Brothers Big Sisters, he served as Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer at a moderate risk residential school for court adjudicated boys for twelve years.

Mr. Nelson is a highly effective public speaker and the consummate strategist who provides solution-focused leadership. His faith and his family continue to keep him grounded in helping youth and families.

Regina Northouse joined as the Executive Director in 2015 and is responsible for setting the vision, strategy and fundraising efforts for Food Recovery Network (FRN). Ms. Northouse works with the amazing team at national headquarters, stakeholders and partners around the country to achieve ambitious goals. Overall, FRN's goal is to support the higher education to be the first sector where food recovery is the norm and not the exception. But Ms. Northouse won't stop there. Businesses, events, public institutions also have a role in reducing food waste at the source. They also have a role to recover their surplus food and Regina wants to ensure they are integrated within the vibrant FRN network to make that happen. Most recently, Ms. Northouse is tasked with implementing the three-year strategic plan for FRN and cannot wait to talk to all of YOU about how you can support FRN's goals.

For over a decade, Ms. Northouse has worked in the nonprofit sector, committed to social justice issues because she believes it is in this sector that she can make the biggest difference and that people are the engines of positive change. At the Coro Center for Civic Leadership in Pittsburgh, she worked with employers in all sectors to establish internship programs and to match talented individuals with those opportunities. At Independent Sector and LIFT in Washington, DC, Ms. Northouse worked to raise awareness of the nonprofit sector's abilities to solve our society's most complex issues. Ms. Northouse loves to garden, hike, travel and cook meals with friends. She also loves to collaborate to make big ideas a reality!

Matt Perdoni is Counsel and Director of Business Development at Independent Sector. His responsibilities include identifying, developing, and implementing new earned income and partnership opportunities for the organization, and handling a wide range of legal and transactional matters. Prior to joining IS, Mr. Perdoni was a Presidential Management Fellow and Tax Law Specialist in the Exempt Organizations Division of the Internal Revenue Service. Mr. Perdoni is a licensed attorney and holds his J.D. (Magna Cum Laude) from the David A. Clarke School of Law in Washington, DC, a M.S. in Criminal Justice from Virginia Commonwealth University and a B.A. in Psychology from Lehigh University. He was raised on a small farm in rural Minnesota and now resides in Virginia with his wife and two young children.

Twitter: @gs_ecpat

Mr. Anders Pettersson has worked internationally in the nonprofit sector for most of his life. He is the Executive Director of ECPAT Sweden since 2013, working in the forefront against the sexual exploitation of children. Prior to this, he spent a decade with UNICEF, developing the global organization’s rapid response capacity in emergencies and later working with strategic planning for UNICEF’s National Committees.

Mr. Pettersson’s public service includes four years of programme work in democracy, human rights, peace and security at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency. Prior to public service, he did three tours in the early to mid-90s with UN- and NATO forces in Lebanon, Croatia and Bosnia.

Mr. Pettersson excelled at Thunderbird School of Global Management in 2011 and Aspen Institute in 2012. In 2015, he was awarded the American Express Leadership Academy Award for outstanding service in the social sector.

Twitter: @viarenuble

Tinia Pina received her B.S. in Business Information Technology from Virginia Tech and has six years of experience in the financial services industry and four years as a business development professional in the sustainability industry. While in NYC, she studied briefly at the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation at Columbia University’s Earth Institute.


Ms. PinaTinia is a Solid Waste Association of North America Certified Composting Systems Technical Associate. Her experiences related to food waste, food systems and sustainability have fueled her passion to increase our communities’ resilience, prosperity, and knowledge to help us live more conscious lives. Ms. PinaTinia’s pioneering business model has earned her a Huffington Post Millennial Impact Grant, the American Express Emerging Innovator award and a MillerCoors Urban Entrepreneur grant, among other honors.

Twitter: @bridgetwp

Bridget Weston Pollack is the Vice President of Marketing & Communications at the SCORE Association. In this role, Bridget is responsible for all branding, marketing, PR and communication efforts. She focuses on implementing marketing plans and strategies for the organization to facilitate the growth of SCORE’s mentoring and trainings services. Prior experience includes Marketing Manager at Mid-Atlantic Control Systems, a small business in the commercial low voltage industry and Marketing Coordinator at Temple University Health Systems. She is married to husband Rick and has a energetic toddler son, Alex.

Twitter: @embracekulture

Christa Preston is the founder of embraceKulture, an organization based in Uganda that is helping to develop a movement for children affected with intellectual disabilities by empowering members of the community to become agents of change. 


Prior to founding embraceKulture, Ms. Preston served as lead consultant on some of Silicon Valley’s largest technology acquisitions. When she moved to Africa she took with her the principals that make start-ups successful and combined them with the more traditional development model to create innovative solutions to disrupt how information is accessed and awareness is spread. In 2016, she was selected as an Ashoka ChangeMaker and her innovations were featured by USAID and MIT.

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Mary Pryse works as a Manager in the Volunteer Center at United Way of Greater St. Louis focusing on youth and millennial engagement. Ms. Pryse manages four volunteer-based programs that collectively engage over 600 youth, college students and young professionals with United Way annually. One of these programs is ServiceWorks, a national program that uses volunteer service as a strategy to help youth and young adults develop the skills necessary to have greater success in college and career.


Prior to working at United Way, Ms. Pryse worked in Kampala, Uganda for a Kansas City based nonprofit, The HALO Foundation, whose mission is to provide housing, healing and education to youth in the greatest need. As one of HALO's only employees located in Uganda, Ms. Pryse developed, managed and facilitated all HALO programming in Uganda including seven different youth programs serving over 100 children. Ms. Pryse’s experience in Uganda significantly shaped the way she approaches community development. Ms. Pryse received a dual degree in International Studies and Political Science from Indiana University Bloomington in 2011.

Twitter: @moerovas

Maureen Rovas is currently a Senior Manager at, Relay For Life with the American Cancer Society, Inc. and leads a team of Community Managers who serve communities across Metro Detroit and the surrounding area. Together they work with key volunteers who plan and execute community events, such as Relay For Life, and work to connect the community to programs and services provided by ACS.

Prior to joining ACS, Ms. Rovas was the Director of Business Development for the Macomb County Chamber and Macomb Foundation. Ms. Rovas is also a co-founder and Vice President of NextGEN Macomb which is a young professional focused organization dedicated to making Macomb County a preferred place to live, work and play.

In her free time, she likes to compete in open water swim races across the country and practice yoga. She also enjoys lending a hand by volunteering with various youth and community development focused organization in her local community. Ms. Rovas attended Wayne State University where she earned her BSBA and MBA.

Twitter: @JessWorldwide

Alumni Award Finalist


Jessica Santana is an entrepreneur, technologist, writer and philanthropist who is passionate about people, products and building community. In 2014, she​ co-founded New York On Tech (NYOT), which is an organization that creates pathways for underrepresented students into degrees and careers in tech. NYOT's work has been featured in media outlets such as Forbes, CNN and Huffington Post and we have been able to forge partnerships that reach students in all five boroughs of NYC.


​Ms. Santana has presented and spoken to over 25 different audiences (e.g. TechCrunch, Google for Entrepreneurs, White House) and been named to the​ Forbes 30 Under 30 list​, Wells Fargo Millennial Activist, Ashoka / American Express Emerging Innovator, Pahara Institute Next-Gen Leader, Camelback Ventures Social Innovation Fellow and a World Economic Forum Global Shaper. She is a member of the NationSwell Council and one of the ambassadors for the NCWIT and Televisa Foundation's TECHNOLOchicas initiative. She ​contributes​ to Huffington Post, Univision and LinkedIn. In her work, she has​ served as an advisor to 50+ early stage start-ups, small businesses and non-profits.


Prior to NYOT, she​ worked as a technology consultant for global brands that include Accenture and Deloitte. She ​worked on digital projects for financial services organizations and federal agencies in New York and Washington D.C. Her specialties are in product strategy, design and management. She also completed the JPMorganChase Global Enterprise Technology Leadership program and was recognized as a Deloitte Future Leaders Apprentice and a Morgan Stanley Emerging Leader. She ​graduated with degrees in Accounting and Information Technology from Syracuse University.​

Twitter: @SmithJulieDawn

Alumni Task Force

A qualified executive coach, Julie Smith is also an experienced leader with 15+ years in management positions. Ten of these years were in senior positions in non-profits, including heading national training operations and an interim CEO post.

She now runs her own business coaching managers with their leadership challenges as well as working on a range of projects for non-profits. Recent coaching clients include new, middle and senior managers in local and international non-profit organisations, national arts organisations, global software companies, regional housing associations and transport services. Recent projects have included developing a toolkit to help debt advisers support clients with disabilities, observing and coaching team leaders to help them enhance their leadership skills, producing a conference for a partnership of London charities, and being an assessor and mentor for graduates on the CharityWorks programme.

Julie plays an active role in the alumni network by speaking at the London Academies (2013 - 2016), co-founding the London chapter with Michael Linington (2014 cohort), being a member of the task force that shaped the 2016 and 2017 Summit programmes, regular catch ups with alumni from the global network and coaching fellow alumni.

Twitter: @CHSNC

Rebecca Starnes is the Vice President of Family Education for the Children’s Home Society of North Carolina where she leads prevention focused programs supporting healthy families.  She also leads a growing training program focused on enhancing the work of professionals who work with youth and families.  


Ms. Starnes has worked with nonprofits for nearly 20 years with a focus on using education and training to strengthen families.  She currently leads programs impacting more than 15,000 parents and teens annually in programs across North Carolina.  She has developed new programs, worked to innovate others and grown promising programs to reach more people.  Ms. Starnes is passionate about using family life education to improve the lives of youth, parents and professionals

Twitter: @TrinaTalukdar

Alumni Task Force

Trina Tallukdar started working in Kalighat, one of Asia's oldest and largest red light areas, at the age of 18. She co-founded a non-profit, Kranti at the age of 22, in Mumbai. Kranti identifies the potential in girls who have been trafficked to become agents of social change, as they have survived the worst social adversities and have the passion and understanding to solve these social problems.

After building Kranti for 3 years, she moved to Ashoka, India, in 2013 to explore other areas and models of work in the development sector, through Ashoka’s Fellow Selection process.  In 2014, she took a year long sabbatical from Ashoka to serve as an Atlas Corps Fellow at American Express, Philanthropy in Washington, D.C.

Twitter: @CandiceTolliver

Candice Tolliver is extremely passionate about leadership and the youth in her community. After receiving her Bachelors of Science degree in Family Studies and Human Development from the University of Arizona, Ms. Tolliver returned to her former school, NFL YET Academy, to teach 7th – 12th grade Leadership in 2012.
In 2014, she joined St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance providing training and compliance assistance for afterschool and summer feeding sites with the Kids Cafe program and, occasionally, teaching leadership classes to adults in the Community Kitchen program. Her 2016 American Express Leadership Academy experience, through ASU’s Lodestar Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Innovation, reignited her passion for teaching and equipping youth in her city to lead.
 In July 2016, she returned to the classroom to help students discover and thrive in their purpose. Ms. Tolliver knows that significant change in her community begins with the students she serves in and out of the classroom whether it’s teaching, leading community workshops or volunteering with youth at her church. The South Phoenix native continues to reside in the city with her son

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Sarita Upadhyay is a seasoned professional with over 14 years of experience in client and customer services, training and development, operations and strategic management roles. She has vast corporate as well as social sector experience. She is currently Vice President – Students Relations at Medha, a not – for – profit company in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India. She is responsible for all programs related to students training, partnership development and student related activities. Ms. Upadhyay is also a member of the Senior Management Team and is involved in all strategic decisions related to the Medha program.
Prior to Medha, Ms. Upadhyay worked with Aviva U.K. operations for more than 6 years in Pune as Credit Control Manager before moving back to her hometown , Lucknow to make an impact on lives of youth in one of the most challenging state in India. She believes in bringing about a change in lives of young educated women by training them on professional and life skills and creating employment opportunities for them in their own hometowns and better prepare them to face challenges in future.
Ms. Upadhyay is a science graduate from University of Lucknow and has also earned an M.B.A – HR and Information Management degrees. Ms. Upadhyay believes in teamwork, being focused and having an organized approach to deal with any situation in life.

Twitter: @VuongKevin

Kevin Vuong is a connector, city-builder and military officer working to build a stronger, more resilient and prosperous Canada where no one is left behind. For his work as a community leader, Mr. Vuong has been named one of Her Majesty The Queen’s Young Leaders and Canada's Top 30 Under 30. Winner of the Robert G. Siskind Entrepreneurial Medal at the Ivey School of Business, Mr. Vuong was awarded a Harvard Kennedy School of Government Executive Education Fellowship in 2016 to take part in HKS’ Emerging Leaders program and joined the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto as a 2017 candidate for the executive-level Global Professional Master of Laws, focusing on public-private partnerships, CSR and social regulation. Most recently, he was appointed a CJPAC Fellow, a Public Fellow as a leading Canadian thinker under 35 for the Spur Festival and delivered a Walrus Talk on Social Innovation - Innovating Procurement for Social Impact.


Victoria Otero is a human rights advocate based in Hong Kong, currently on sabbatical. From 2012 to 2016, she worked at Justice Centre Hong Kong, assisting vulnerable forced migrants – refugees, other people seeking protection, victims of torture, human trafficking and forced labour. As Advocacy and Campaigns Manager, she worked on strategies to raise public awareness and build evidence to effect change. She pioneered an innovative human rights and advocacy training program for refugees called Voices for Protection, which provided leadership, community organising and advocacy skills to over 60 refugees from over 20 countries of origin. She has also worked as a Researcher at the Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR) and UN HABITAT Kuwait.


Ms. Otero holds a Masters from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva, Switzerland and a BA, magna cum laude, in Economics and Political Science from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her interests include human rights education, promoting active citizenship, leadership and talent development in the non-profit sector. She is also a core member of the organizing team of TEDxWanChai and can be found on twitter at @victoria_rights.

Twitter: @HospiceofMI

As Hospice of Michigan (HOM) and Arbor Hospice’s Director of Volunteer Services and Complementary Therapies, Alison Wagner is responsible for the activities of 18 staff members and 600 volunteers.  Ms. Wagner is committed to engaging volunteers to utilize their time and talents for their personal growth while benefiting the nonprofit hospice mission.  Under Ms. Wagner’s leadership, the Complementary Therapies program, which includes Music Therapy, Massage Therapy and Pet Therapy, is expanding. Previous to joining HOM, Ms. Wagner worked within the nonprofit sector in nursing education, economic development and the arts. Throughout her career, she has worked with volunteers, musicians, clinicians, donors and has extensive event management and program management experience.

Ms. Wagner earned a Masters of Fine Arts from New York University, New York, a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, as well as minors in flute and piano from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.

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Megan Walker is Director of the Corporate Relations Operating Group at United Way Worldwide, the largest privately funded nonprofit organization in the world. In her current role, she directs a coordinated effort with a network of United Ways focused on delivering consistent business and social impact value to UW’s top corporate partners.  Prior to this role, Ms. Walker led the creation of a digital program called the Hero Effect, an uplifting digital docu-series that tells the stories of ordinary individuals who are making an extraordinary difference in their community. In addition, she previously held the role of Director of Planning and Alignment at UWW, where she oversaw strategic and operational planning for the United Way network as well as assessed performance through scorecard metrics. She managed a large scale building renovation at UWW’s headquarters.


Prior to UWW, Megan was the Chief of Staff at Civic Enterprises, a nonprofit consulting/ social policy firm in DC. She directed all strategic planning and operational aspects of the organization, planned and led a project portfolio of over 20 projects in the areas of education, social mobility, and civic engagement and oversaw finances, fundraising efforts and new business development, communications, and all staff. Prior to that, she was Assistant Director of Programs in the Executive Office and Strategy Department at Independent Sector, a coalition of corporations, foundations and private voluntary organizations that works to strengthen, lead and mobilize America’s nonprofit sector. In that position, Ms. Walker coordinated strategic planning and board development efforts and co-led the NGen: Moving Nonprofit Leaders from Next to Now program for emerging nonprofit leaders.



Ms. Walker currently serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors of The Corps Network and the Performance Management Officer on the National Board of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network. She obtained her MPA in nonprofit management at Indiana University and her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida, in her home state. She is married, has a baby boy named Jack and currently resides in the greater Washington DC area.

Twitter: @myoshi_lbc

Masaru Yoshihama started his experience at Amnesty International Japan (Osaka office) when being a university student since 1995. With coworkers at the office and others like lawyers, he engaged in the establishment of JAR, and was appointed as a board member in 1999. In 2000, he joined A.T. Kearney and started a career as a business consultant, also continuing with JAR as a board member. He became full-time staff at JAR in June 2011, and led the internal initiative to start the integration program for refugees, which includes job assistance program and community engagement program.

Currently, Mr. Yoshihama is a management member of JAR, in charge of employment assistance, public relations, fundraising and administration. He also serves as a representative director of the Entrepreneurship Support Program for Refugee Empowerment (ESPRE), a microfinance institution for refugee-background entrepreneurs in Japan, and often provides other nonprofits with consultation on organizational issues.