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Amanda is currently the Director of Evaluate for Change, which trains organizations, foundations, donors, and governmental social programs to use data and evaluation in their practice – building the capacity of the social sector from within. She has worked in the nonprofit field in both a direct practice and research capacity. She has evaluated large citywide pilot programs working at Columbia University and the City University of New York (CUNY). Before transitioning into a more quantitative role, she worked at the Center for the Study of Social Policy developing a youth well-being framework while conducting Participatory Action Research (PAR) with marginalized communities throughout New York City. Amanda holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Social Work from Columbia University.→
Sally Bagwell is a consultant at New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) and author of Money for Good UK. NPC is the UK’s leading think tank on the charity sector. It exists to make charities and funders more successful in achieving their missions, through rigorous analysis, practical advice and innovative thinking.→
David Bank, a veteran Wall Street Journal reporter and author, is editor and CEO of Impact IQ. Most recently, Bank was vice president of Encore.org (formerly Civic Ventures) and an architect of the encore careers movement.→
Bruno Barroso is the co-founder and director of Prosas, a brazilian-based community for Funders, Social Entrepreneurs and Citizens. Bruno also founded Nexo, a consultancy agency that has worked with some of Brazil's top social investors and NGOs and helped to raise over USD 50 million since 2011. Previously Bruno worked as Fundraising manager at Inhotim, one of Brazil's most visited museums and a global reference for contemporary arts.→
Lori Bartczak is the director of programs at Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, a community for grantmakers committed to building stronger and more effective nonprofits.→
Daniel Ben Horin
Mr. Ben-Horin created TechSoup Global (as "CompuMentor") in 1987 by tapping volunteer resources on the WELL, one of the first online communities. Over the past two decades, he guided the TechSoup Global evolution from a small, local nonprofit to a globally respected entity with more than 200 employees and a budget of US$30 million.→
Ken Berger joined Charity Navigator in 2008 after almost thirty years experience working in the charitable non-profit sector. He has held leadership positions at a variety of human service and health care agencies, both large and small, and has operated programs serving the homeless, the developmentally disabled, the mentally ill, substance abusers, the medically underserved, and persons with HIV/AIDS, among many others.→
Natasha Bloor is Trusts and Foundations Executive at The Old Vic, one of the UK’s most historic and celebrated theatres. She fundraises for Old Vic New Voices, which nurtures emerging talent, educates young people and promotes community access.→
David Bonbright is founder and Chief Executive of Keystone Accountability, an organization whose mission is to improve the effectiveness of social purpose organizations by developing better ways of planning, measuring and reporting social change. Over the past three decades, as a grantmaker and manager with Aga Khan Foundation, Ford Foundation, Oak Foundation, and Ashoka, David has sought to evolve and test innovative approaches to strengthening citizen self-organization for sustainable development.→
Elizabeth T. Boris is the founding director of the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute. Before joining the Institute in 1996, she was the director of the Aspen Institute's Nonprofit Sector Research Fund and was vice president for Research at the Council on Foundations.→
Founder & CEO, OurMark
Social entrepreneur with 12 + years experience in starting up ventures that pursue both social and financial goals. Spent years of marvelous and hard learning in the "trenches" of urban and rural microfinance, getting to know incredible people enduring unbelievable conditions. Pioneered social investment in Argentina and then moved on to energy access, developing products for rural families in Argentina and Peru.
Travelled extensively, including uncommon places (to say the least) such as Malawi, Bangladesh, Bolivia and Uganda. Carries unforgettable impressions of all. Now in the trenches of technology, figuring out how to match "People" and "Doing Good" in a virtuous circle. Trying to stay in the forefront of social impact and innovation, focused on adding value with a purpose.→
Melissa Bradley is Founder and Managing Director of New Capitalist™. The firm's mission is to leverage human, financial and social capital to create economically profitable and sustainable individuals, businesses and communities. In this role she has facilitated over $20MM in venture capital transactions for seed stage companies, generated an average of 20 percent return on behalf of investors, and created proprietary investment vehicles instrumental in capital sourcing for minority-owned firms.→
Simone Brody is the Executive Director of the What Works Cities initiative. She previously served as the Senior Executive Director of the Office of Research, Accountability and Data at the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE), leading evaluation and accountability for the city’s 1,800 public schools. Prior to joining NYCDOE, Simone was a Principal at Ascend Ventures, a venture capital firm that invests in early stage education and technology companies. She earned a BA in Political Science, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Education from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from The Wharton School.→
Lisa joined the Foundation Center as the Director of Knowledge Management Systems in 2012. Starting with founding her own new media design and development firm in 1999, Lisa's professional experience has focused on helping the nonprofit sector make good use of information technologies. Lisa's commitment to the Internet as a vehicle for social change persisted as co-founder and co-director of IssueLab where she oversaw platform development, managed custom data service operations, and explored opportunities to apply new technologies to the mission of preserving and sharing the knowledge generated by the nonprofit sector. She now brings that same commitment to her role at the Foundation Center. Lisa is currently pursuing an M.S. in library and information sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She received her B.A. in sociology from the University of California at Berkeley. Lisa is a 2011-12 "Extending Data Curation to the Humanities" scholarship recipient.→
Kelly Brown is Director of the D5 Coalition, a five-year, effort to increase philanthropy’s diversity, equity and inclusiveness. Kelly has more than 30 years of experience working on diversity, equity, and inclusion issues in the social sector, both domestically and abroad.→
Phil Buchanan is president of CEP and was the first chief executive of the organization. Under his leadership, the organization has grown into the leading provider of comparative performance data to large foundations and other grantmaking institutions. Phil serves on the board of Great Nonprofits.
Christian Buckley is the Chief Evangelist for Metalogix and a three-time recipient of the prestigious Microsoft SharePoint Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award, 2012-14, an award given to leaders in the Microsoft community who advance the adoption and user proficiency of SharePoint. In his community leadership role, Buckley has become one of the most visible SharePoint MVPs in the industry, speaking at and keynoting events worldwide. A prolific writer, he publishes over 250 articles per year focusing on IT business decision-makers and helping organizations better understand the power of SharePoint and social collaboration.→
Co-Founder & Co-Director, Measure of America
Alongside Kristen Lewis, Sarah Burd-Sharps is the Co-Director and Co-Founder of Measure of America. Together they are co-authors of two volumes of The Measure of America (Columbia University Press, 2008 and NYU Press, 2010) as well as state- and county-level well-being reports for California, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Marin and Sonoma Counties. Prior to Measure of America, Sarah worked for the United Nations for over two decades, with a focus on economic empowerment, democratic governance, and gender equality. She contributes regularly to media outlets, with articles published in The Nation, Huffington Post, and Stanford Social Innovation Review, among others, and their research has been cited by The New York Times, Forbes, The Atlantic, Washington Post, NPR, Slate, and the Freakonomics blog.→