2014 Presidio Institute Fellows





Noel S. Anderson is National Senior Director of Program at Year Up, a national workforce and education organization. His primary responsibilities are directing program innovations and overseeing quality control across the organization’s network of sites in 12 cities around the country. 

For over 20 years, Noel has worked with large public school districts, charter school networks, for- and non-profit organizations. Noel designed a multi-million dollar “Project Ready” college access program for the National Urban League, which is currently running in over 30 urban league affiliates across 18 states. Noel was also awarded the prestigious Whitney M. Young, Jr. Education Leadership Award by the National Urban League for his work. 

Noel developed the signature “Teens Take the City” program for the YMCA of Greater New York, which currently trains over 800 students yearly throughout the 5 boroughs to work with the New York City Council to develop policy that will impact neighborhoods. 

Noel was a tenured professor at Brooklyn College. He has authored, co-authored and edited numerous scholarly articles and books. His most recent books are: Our Schools Suck: Students Talk Back to a Segregated Nation on the Failures of Public Education (2009) and Education as Freedom: African American Educational Thought and Activism (2009) 

He taught at Bogazici (Bosphorus) University in Istanbul, Turkey, conducting research on the nature of disconnection among youth in Istanbul. 

Noel received his B.A. cum laude from Brooklyn College, M.S.Ed from the University of Pennsylvania and his Ph.D. from New York University.


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Maritza Arroyo is the Executive Director of Zone 126, a nonprofit organization leading a Cradle to Career project in Astoria/Long Island City, Queens, New York. Zone 126 is using a Collective Impact framework to drive community transformation. She brings more than 20 years of experience in leading multi-million dollar operations in diverse sectors, both for profit and nonprofit, including retail, residential interior design, and education services. The past ten years have been dedicated to education reform, where Ms. Arroyo has found her calling. 

At Zone 126, during the last ten months, Ms. Arroyo has leveraged her experience and proven track record in leading organizational restructuring to define Zone 126’s role as a backbone organization, create the strategic roadmap to scaling its cradle to career pipeline of intervention programs and services, and implement an evidence-based results framework which outlines how each intervention works together to yield large social change, through cross sector coordination. 

Most recently, as Executive Director, she led the growth of the tri-state region at BELL, Building Educated Leaders for Life, where she scaled the organization’s operations from $3M to $10M in two years. She oversaw 50 staff members and increased the number of students served to 10,000 over 4,000 the previous year. 

A graduate of Hofstra University, Ms. Arroyo attended the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business where she completed a Certificate in Executive Management Leadership. In 2011, she was an American Express emerging nonprofit leader at the Social Impact Exchange.




Allison Barmann is the Vice President of Strategy & Learning at the Bush Foundation in St. Paul, MN. In this role, she leads the Foundation’s program strategies in education, native nation building and community innovation, as well as the evaluation and grants administration functions. 

Prior to joining the Bush Foundation, Ms. Barman was a strategy consultant with McKinsey & Company and directed the Itasca Project, an alliance of CEO’s and civic leaders working to address economic competiveness and quality of life issues in the Minneapolis-St. Paul region. The Itasca Project focuses on issues related to education, transportation, and economic development. She was also a Fellow in McKinsey’s Global Social Sector. 

Previously, she was an Account Manager at Telephia, a technology start-up in San Francisco, CA and also served as a Plant Engineer at the 3M Company. 
Ms. Barmann earned an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where she graduated with distinction. She earned her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she was an All-American gymnast. 

Her current community involvement includes serving as Board Chair at Hiawatha Academies (a “beating the odds” charter school), as well as a board member at Genesys Works – Twin Cities, Generation Next and the Itasca Project working team. She was named a "40 Under 40" leader by the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal in 2013 and was a 2010 Humphrey Institute Policy Fellow. Allison lives in Edina, MN with her husband and three children.




Jarrett Barrios is the CEO of the American Red Cross of Greater Los Angeles. The work he leads in disaster preparedness, response and recovery, services to active duty military and veterans, international aid and youth and community engagement efforts, builds on his prior role as the CEO of the Massachusetts Red Cross. In 2014, Jarrett was awarded the American Red Cross Presidential Award for Excellence for his accomplishments in Massachusetts, which included septupling the region’s volunteer workforce, consolidating two regional offices, and overseeing response efforts to Blizzard Nemo and the Boston Marathon Bombing. 

A graduate of Harvard College and Georgetown Law, Jarrett practiced law at Hill & Barlow before beginning his public service in 1999. He served four years in the Massachusetts House of Representatives and five years as a State Senator serving as Chair of the Public Safety & Homeland Security Committee and Vice Chair of the Health Care Committee. During this period, he founded the Massachusetts statewide Latino political group, Oiste, and the Commonwealth Legislative Seminar to promote the engagement of racial and ethnic minorities in politics. 

Upon leaving the legislature, Jarrett served as the president and CEO of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation in Boston and of GLAAD in New York and Los Angeles. He is currently an Eisenhower Fellow, a Prime Mover Fellow and serves on several boards including the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and the Massachusetts Center for Budget and Policy Priorities. Jarrent speaks Spanish and Portuguese, and for twenty years, has engaged in humanitarian efforts in Cuba.




Keith Bergthold is the new Executive Director at Fresno Metro Ministry as of February 4, 2014. Keith spent the past seven years as the City of Fresno’s Assistant Director of Planning, leading the team developing the Fresno General Plan Update. Concurrent with his City and Metro employment, Keith serves as the volunteer CEO of the Relational Culture Institute (RCI), a San Joaquin Valley nonprofit involved in its 11th year of a workforce development partnership with the Fresno, Madera, Tulare, Kings Central Labor Council, and affordable housing and rural economic development. RCI has also engaged in congregation-based community organizing with PICO and helped launch Faith In Community, a network of congregations advocating for justice and equity in Fresno County. 

Fresno Metro Ministry is a 43 year old nonprofit agency dedicated to achieving health people and healthy places, and is focusing its current energy and resources on community building, leadership development, advocacy, and networking to foster effective cross-sector leadership for healthy neighborhoods and vibrant local economies across the San Joaquin Valley. Keith has completed graduate course studies in Urban and Regional Planning and holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Behavior.




Kirsten Breckinridge is a program officer for the Social Innovation Fund, a key White House initiative and a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service. She joined the SIF during its inaugural year in 2010, and has since managed a growing portfolio of grantees and assisted with key programming activities. Kirsten spearheaded two annual grantee competitions which awarded over $88 million in federal funds and also oversees the SIF Knowledge Initiative which aims to capture and share the results and lessons learned from the invested programs. Prior to joining the SIF, Kirsten was the Program Coordinator for Higher Education at Learn and Serve America, a CNCS grant program supporting service-learning. Kirsten also served as the Assistant Director of Tulane University’s Center for Public Service. In this role, she was an integral part of the leadership team that created the Center for Public Service and developed university programming in response to Hurricane Katrina. 

She began her professional career as a management consultant for a boutique healthcare consulting firm. She earned her M.Ed. in Educational Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and holds a BA from Duke University. Kirsten and her husband, Alex, live on Capitol Hill and are the proud parents of two: Caroline and Alexander.




Ruth C. Browne is a nationally recognized visionary, steward for social innovation, and innovator in the field of urban health and education. Ruth is Chief Executive Officer of the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health (AAIUH), a best practice harbinger of interventions that improve health and education for multi-ethnic populations locally and nationally. She believes passionately in the potential for community stakeholders to solve seemingly intractable human service challenges. 

Ruth has served as AAIUH’s spokesperson, public persona, and the chief architect of the Institute’s partnership with SUNY Downstate Medical Center since its inception. She is the Director of the Brooklyn Health Disparities Center, an NIH funded Center of Excellence and a research-based partnership between the Institute, SUNY Downstate Medical Center and the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office. 

Ruth received the 2013 Lewis and Jack Rudin New York Prize for Medicine and Health and the 2014 JW Differenter Innovator of Change Award. She is the recipient of two Fulbright Awards; under the second she developed and implemented an internship program focused on social determinants of health at the University of the West Indies. She serves on the Board of the Center for Healthcare Strategies and is active member of the New York State Minority Health Council. 

Ruth is a resident of Brooklyn, New York. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Princeton University, a Master of Public Health and Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan, and a Doctor of Science from Harvard University School of Public Health.




Claire Burns is Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer for MetLife. In this role, Claire is responsible for MetLife’s customer centric strategy, leading the company’s shift from a product to a customer orientation and dramatically improving the company’s customer experience. 

Prior to joining MetLife, Claire was Chief Strategy Officer for Alico, a $37 billion subsidiary of AIG operating in 55 countries. In that role, Claire oversaw Alico’s global strategy, M&A, divestiture, strategic intelligence, investor relations and corporate communications functions. She played a lead role in the divestiture of Alico from AIG, helping the company evaluate and execute strategic options resulting in the eventual sale of Alico to MetLife. 

Previously, Claire served as Vice President, Strategic Operations for AIG Worldwide Life Insurance where she led strategic growth and transformation initiatives across AIG’s global platform. Claire has worked in the insurance industry throughout her career, holding strategy and consulting roles at Prudential, Lincoln Financial Group and Aetna. She also held positions in communications and publicity for Columbia Motion Pictures and U.S. Senator John McCain. 

Throughout her career, Claire has helped companies innovate their operations, devise growth strategies, and transform their organizations and cultures as part of company merger and integration efforts. 

Claire received her Master's in Business Administration from Yale University and earned a Bachelor of Arts in government and international relations from Wesleyan University.




As Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Warrior Gateway, Devin is dedicated to connecting veterans and military families with their local community as they transition to civilian life. His focus on building innovative technology solutions and strengthening public-private partnerships to ensure veterans and their families have easy access to the resources within the community earned him a 2011 Federal – 100 award and a 2012 ComputerWorld Honors Laureate award. 

Devin has over 19 years of technology experience in a variety of roles at start-ups and large corporations building innovative business-driven technology-savvy organizations. He has led software development and professional services teams globally as well as held executive management team positions at Startupers.com, YUDU Media, The New York Times Company and OneSoft Corporation. Prior to Warrior Gateway, Devin was engaged as a consultant at Cisco Systems to help IT and Marketing executives in a $1 Billion initiative. Leveraging both his fast-paced startup experience and a mature organizational focus, Devin understands how to bridge the gap between technology and business while delivering measureable top line and bottom line results. 

Devin holds MBA’s from both London and Columbia Business Schools and a BS in Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has a dual Italian (EU) and US citizenship and is fluent in English and Italian. 

An avid Ironman triathlete, when not training Devin spends his free time skiing on the slopes around Lake Tahoe in the winter and kite-boarding around the San Francisco Bay in the summer.




Daniel Homsey is the Director of Neighborhood Resilience for the City Administrator's Office of the City and County of San Francisco. 

A fourth generation San Franciscan who has a degree in Political Science from San Francisco State University, Mr. Homsey has spent the last 25 years as a communications professional in both the private and public sector. After a long stint in the technology field, Mr. Homsey was appointed Director of The Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services in 2004. In January 2008 he became the Director of Neighborhood Resilience in the City Administrator's office. 

Mr. Homsey is the project manager for the Neighborhood Empowerment Network initiative which is a coalition of residents, community supported organizations, non-profits, academic institutions, and government agencies with the mission to empower residents with the capacity and resources to build, and steward, strong sustainable communities. 




Laura is a 20-year leader in the field of education, with a range of experience in policy, government, advocacy, research, program design, nonprofit management and philanthropy. Laura directs the Education Synergy Alliance, a new nonprofit organization that aims to increase the equity and excellence of public education in San Diego County. Over the past two years, as Laura worked with local leaders on the inquiry that led to the establishment of the Education Synergy Alliance, she also consulted with states and cities around the country to help them build new, more effective teacher evaluation systems. 

Until 2011 when she moved to San Diego, Laura was executive director of the New School Foundation in Seattle, which used its successful partnerships with schools in low-income neighborhoods as a platform to foment education reform locally and in Washington State. Laura and the foundation played a key role in promoting PreK-3rd in the state, to create an education continuum between early learning and early elementary grades so that students develop a solid reading and math foundation. 

Laura’s prior roles include director of education for the city of Seattle, Washington State advocacy consultant for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and education policy advisor to Washington’s governor. She has served on the boards of directors of many education organizations, including her current role on the board of San Diego United Parents for Education. 

Laura has two children in public schools, and her family enjoys cooking, boogie boarding and hiking together. 




Paul Kruchoski currently serves as Special Assistant for Policy in the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, where he is responsible for coordinating the Department’s use of innovative educational technologies and the Department's academic exchange programs in Middle East and North Africa. 

He manages the Department’s MOOC Camp initiative, which offers a blended online and in-person experience for students taking MOOCs at over 45 U.S. embassies around the world. He also leads the Department's efforts on the Open Book Project, a partnership to increase the availability of Arabic-language Open Educational Resources. 

He previously coordinated the Department's policy on UN education and youth issues, serving as a major contributor to the State Department’s Youth Policy, which reshaped how the State Department engages youth around the world. In his career at the State Department, he has covered issues ranging from U.S. re-engagement with the UN Human Rights Council to the 2010 Earthquake in Haiti. Paul is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati. Outside of his work, Paul is an accomplished cellist, having performed at the Kennedy Center and as a soloist with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra. He is the curator of the Global Shapers Hub in Washington, DC.




Stephen Costello Lowe is the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Chief Innovation Officer, and Director, Enterprise Solution Innovation and Planning Division (ESIP). The Division champions USDA governance innovation in policy, planning, and practice implementation, and provides Department executive liaison for Administration initiatives, start-ups, and public-private ventures across the government, academia, industry, non-profit, and citizen sectors. ESIP is a matrix style organization composed of USDA personnel from multiple disciplines and mission areas. They bring strategic and design thinking expertise, professional curiosity, and open minds to customer public solution definition and design, with an ability to step outside conventional problem frameworks and thinking patterns to discover creative ideas and approaches for public products and services. ESIP competencies include rapidly application development of evolutionary pilots and prototypes, business and spatial analytics, and innovation leadership and coaching for executives, teams, and business partners. Mr. Lowe has 26 years of federal government business and technology change management experience with the Department of the Navy, Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Library of Congress. He also completed two details supporting the Whitehouse Executive Office of the President, the Office of Management and Budget, and served as Senior Solutions Architect for Enterprise Innovation and Strategy with SRA International. 

Mr. Lowe holds a doctorate from the University of Glasgow, Scotland UK, in strategic management, and graduate degrees in the Management of Information Technology from University of Virginia, and in Public Administration from Virginia Tech, as well as the bachelor of Political Science from James Madison University.




Dr. Jewlya Lynn is the CEO and founder of Spark Policy Institute, a small business that works throughout the U.S. to help communities and policymakers to find and implement innovative solutions to complex problems. Her work at Spark focuses on bringing many different stakeholders together to collaboratively address some of society’s most pressing and difficult-to-solve issues, from healthcare system reforms to environmental challenges to engaging stakeholders in the development of cyber infrastructure for the 21st century. Dr. Lynn brings a combination of facilitation, policy research and evaluation expertise to her work and engages with stakeholders in all sectors (government, private, charitable/non-profit, and academic sectors). 
Dr. Lynn developed Spark's unique Strategic Learning model, a process that allows for understanding and responding to ongoing lessons learned through systematic data collection and immediate feedback loops. Her evaluation work is focused on complex settings where learning is critical to success, including advocacy, collective impact, systems building, social movements and community mobilizing. In addition to evaluation and facilitation, Dr. Lynn provides coaching services to foundations and non-profits throughout the country as they develop and implement evaluation and strategic learning to help them do good, even better. 
Dr. Lynn has a Ph.D. in public affairs from the University of Colorado, Denver. Prior to founding Spark, she managed the project designed to transform social services, juvenile justice and education systems in response to the Columbine school shooting and before that worked for the Colorado State Legislature.




Chris Marvin is the Managing Director of Got Your 6, a collective impact campaign to bridge the civilian-military divide and ensure that veterans are seen as leaders and civic assets. The campaign unites the entertainment industry with top nonprofit organizations and the federal government to change the conversation in America around veterans and military families. His work at Got Your 6 has been recognized with awards from the National Conference on Citizenship, Points of Light, and Goodwill Industries. Working to empower veterans and convert their leadership and operational training into positive civilian roles, Chris also serves as a commissioner for the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Commission on Political Reform, is a Truman National Security Fellow, and represents Got Your 6 at the Clinton Global Initiative. 

Chris served for more than seven years as a US Army officer and Blackhawk helicopter pilot. His military awards include the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. After being severely wounded in combat in Afghanistan, Chris volunteered and worked as an advocate for other wounded veterans, most prominently as the Director of the Fellowship Program for The Mission Continues. Chris is conversationally proficient in Hawaiian and has volunteered as an instructor for a Hawaiian language immersion program. Chris holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He currently resides with his wife and daughters in Philadelphia.




Kunal Merchant is the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association. In this capacity, Merchant oversees a portfolio of top strategic, political and community initiatives for the Kings, with a special focus on advancing progress on the new downtown entertainment and sports center scheduled to open in the fall of 2016. In his previous role as Executive Director of Think BIG Sacramento, Merchant served as Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson’s chief advisor in efforts to develop a $447M public-private finance plan for a new downtown arena, win NBA approval to keep the Kings in Sacramento, and facilitate sale of the franchise to the new ownership group led by Silicon Valley entrepreneur Vivek Ranadivé. 

From 2008 to 2012, Kunal served as Chief of Staff to Mayor Johnson, where he oversaw the full range of the mayor’s strategic, management, operational, media and external relations activities. During this time, Merchant played a central role in mobilizing political, corporate and community support for the Kings and new arena. Merchant also served as the mayor’s primary liaison on all economic development, fiscal, governance, and policy initiatives. Prior to his time in Sacramento, Merchant worked in management consulting, education, health care and economic development. Merchant graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with an A.B. in Economics, and earned his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.




Jim Murray is the Director for the John Gardner Postgraduate Public Service Program for Stanford University’s Haas Center for Public Service, which inspires Stanford University to realize a just and sustainable world through service, scholarship, and community partnerships. 

Jim connects graduating Stanford students and alumni with diverse opportunities for social impact; focusing on matching talent with the needs of nonprofit organizations, government agencies and philanthropic foundations. The postgraduate program provides innovative coaching, training and connections. Jim oversees the Stanford Public Interest Network and is an advisor to Stanford in Government. 

Jim’s cross sector professional experience includes the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs and the Capital Fellows Program. He has spearheaded initiatives for organizations ranging from the Supreme Court of California to Habitat for Humanity Advocacy Council. Jim is a member and Paul Harris Fellow with the Rotary Club of San Francisco. 

Jim’s passion is empowering emerging cross sector leaders by providing pathways for challenging and fulfilling careers. Throughout his educational and professional path, service has played a prominent role in his own personal development. He is motivated by the opportunity to provide guidance and support for others to address the needs of our local, national and global communities. 
Jim completed a BS in Environmental Geosciences from Boston College, served for one year in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, and then earned his JD from the University of Notre Dame Law School, where he served as the President of the Public Interest Law Forum. 

Jim lives in San Francisco, California with his wife, Anna Marie, and their two sons (ages 6 and 4).




During his career, Matt Murray has worked across a variety of marketing, sales and general management roles in both the US and abroad. He has spent the last 10 years with PepsiCo, and currently serves as their Senior Director of Juice Innovation for the Global Nutrition Group. Since joining GNG in 2011, Matt has successfully implemented multiple “global firsts” including a breakthrough agriculture initiative in India that will significantly improve the welfare of low income farmers while delivering strong productivity and innovation for PepsiCo. 

Prior to this role, Matt spent 3 years in China as the Senior Director of National Sales and Shopper Marketing for PepsiCo Beverages based in Shanghai. In this role, Matt oversaw all global and local customers while setting all-time market share highs for the business. Before moving to China, Matt was a Field Sales Director in the Midwest US where he received the “Leaders Among Us” award for Inspiring and Motivating people. 
Matt began his PepsiCo career in Marketing, holding multiple brand management roles across Mountain Dew, Aquafina and Brand Pepsi. He was awarded a “Star Award” for leading a groundbreaking packaging initiative, and also helped to launch Aquafina’s successful enhanced water business. 

Prior to PepsiCo, Matt was as a strategy consultant and was also part of a general management program for an international supply company. 

Matt received his BA in History from Amherst College and his MBA from The Kellogg Business School at Northwestern University. He resides in Chicago with his wife Christy and their children Sophia and Xavier.




Katie Nedl is the Head of Global Benefits for BlackRock, Inc. Katie is responsible for the strategy, execution, communication and governance of the financial and health benefits offered to employees, as well as the management of the deferred compensation plans. She has taken a new and innovative approach in designing and packaging together BlackRock’s financial and personal wellness benefit programs to facilitate a truly holistic approach to employee wellness. 

Prior to joining BlackRock in 2006, she was a manager in Ernst & Young’s Human Capital business specializing in mergers & acquisitions with a focus in the areas of equity compensation, employee benefits, transaction integration and risk assessment. Katie began her career with Ernst & Young as a financial statement auditor in the Audit & Assurance practice. 

Katie is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Compensation Professional. She participates in a variety of industry groups and speaks at industry conferences. She was recently recognized as one of Workforce magazine’s 2013 “Game Changers” and also serves as the Treasurer of The Greg Wolf Fund. Katie earned a B.S. with dual majors in Accounting and Finance from Lehigh University where she was a Dean’s and Presidential Scholar.




Ebetuel “Beto” Pallares founded Joseph Advisory Services (JAS) in 2006. He brings extensive domestic and international start-up experience as an entrepreneur and in due diligence for both start-ups and late stage companies. His professional experience spans working for top-tier strategy consulting firms, co-founding start-ups, international business development, nonprofit management, and venture capital. Beto has a particular interest in seed and early-stage companies with emphasis in the information technology and material sciences areas. 

In 2009, he co-founded Cottonwood Capital Partners I, the general partner of Cottonwood Technology Fund I, with headquarters in El Paso, TX. He serves on the corporate boards of portfolio technology companies and on the limited partnership advisory committees of several venture funds. He is also the investor-in-residence at both New Mexico State University and the Texas Tech University System, identifying sources of capital, best practices, and structuring investment opportunities for university-related technologies. 

As a Kuaffman Fellow, he is active in class 18. Beto graduated from Brandeis University, in Waltham, MA, with a degree in economics, and received his MBA from The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). He also went on to attain a Ph.D. in International Business from UTEP. 

His research has focused on confluence of high tech emerging market firms, incubators and technology commercialization. Beto is married, and enjoys fatherhood. When not watching his kids while his wife, a professional photographer, is on assignment, he enjoys reading, writing and community service, including service in Rotary International and Gideons International.




Matt Runyon is Director of Program Operations for Team Rubicon. Team Rubicon is a Veteran Service Organization that provides military veterans with Purpose, Community and Self-Worth through volunteer service using their unique skills for disaster response, humanitarian crisis intervention, and community service. 
As Director of Program Operations, Runyon oversees all Team Rubicon programs development, implementation and management. The focus of Program Operations is to facilitate the preparation of field emergency response teams and the reintegration of our veteran members through growth and readiness initiatives. 

Before taking his current position in July 2013, Runyon had been a volunteer with Team Rubicon since 2011, while holding varying finance and contract negotiations positions of increasing importance at Raytheon Company. 

While at Raytheon, he supported the F-15, F/A-18 Radar and Raytheon Advanced Combat Radar (RACR) Programs at Space and Airborne Systems, the AIM-9X Sidewinder Missile Program at Raytheon Missile Systems as well as multiple programs in Customized Engineering and Depot Support at Raytheon Technical Services Company. In addition, he participated in the Enterprise Cross Functional Rotation Program and is a graduate of the Raytheon Company Contracts Leadership Development Program. 

Runyon earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Southern California Development Program. He is a Riordan Fellow alumnus and a current Defense Council Fellow at the Truman National Security Project. 

An eight year veteran of the U.S. Army, Runyon served in the Military Police Corps., deploying in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2007-08.




Allison currently holds the position of Associate Director, Trails & Philanthropic Projects for the Presidio Trust. She earned a BA in Physical Geography and a MA in Planning & Geography. 

While in college she completed three diverse internships – with the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, United States Forest Service, and a local environmental advocacy group. She began her career in the private sector first with Dames & Moore (now URS Corp) and later EDAW (now AECOM). During her years as a private consultant she worked on a wide spectrum of projects including water management plans, oil spill contingency plans, land use planning and policy documents, and environmental compliance reports for a range of development projects. 

She left consulting and took a one year assignment with one of her public sector clients, the National Park Service, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, followed by a brief period as an independent consultant working for public and non-profit clients. 

Allison joined the Presidio Trust in 2001, and her roles and responsibilities have continued to evolve. Initially hired as the Trust’s Senior Environmental Planner, her primary focus was on project management, public engagement, and the preparation of planning and environmental compliance documents. In 2007, she was promoted to the position of Associate Director and tasked with overseeing a large capital improvement campaign focused on the Presidio’s trail network (a tri-organization endeavor), as well as supporting several key philanthropic initiatives including public art and fundraising for a multi-year watershed restoration program.




Jami Taylor is Senior Director, Global Access Policy at Janssen, the pharmaceutical companies of Johnson & Johnson. In this capacity, she leads efforts worldwide to shape public policy and public-private partnerships in ways that meaningfully improve access to healthcare, particularly for individuals and communities in resource-limited settings. 

Jami serves as the designated representative for Johnson & Johnson on many cross-sector projects and committees, and at various forums and organizations with international reach. These include, for example, the Global Health Committee of the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA), the Partners Council at the Center for Global Development, and the World Economic Forum’s Health Systems Leapfrogging initiative, among others. 

Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, Jami spent more than 10 years in public affairs consulting, specializing in alliance development, policy communications, and issue-campaign design and execution. Her experience beyond industry includes work with the White House Office of Public Liaison, members of the U.S. Congress, and the U.S. Departments of Treasury, Commerce, and Health & Human Services to advance legislative and policy priorities on a nationwide scale.




Lynsey Wood Jeffries is the National CEO of Higher Achievement, which serves more than 1000 middle school scholars in four states with year-round expanded learning and mentoring. After five years as a Higher Achievement volunteer mentor, Ms. Jeffries joined the professional staff in 2005 as Director of Grants. From 2008-2012, she served executive director for Higher Achievement - DC Metro, growing the annual revenues from $1.7 million to $2.8 million. Prior to joining Higher Achievement, Ms. Jeffries served as a program officer for the Fannie Mae Foundation, and a congressional liaison and special assistant to the CEO at NeighborWorks. 

Ms. Jeffries holds a B.A. in English and sociology from Wake Forest University. She earned a master's degree in public administration from the University of Pittsburgh, with a concentration in nonprofit management. She was named one of the top 12 nonprofit leaders in the U.S. under age 40 by the Independent Sector and American Express, is a member of Leadership Greater Washington Class of 2011, and is a founding board member of Mundo Verde Public Charter School.​