2015 Presidio Institute Fellows





Renee Baiorunos is a Director at Community Wealth Partners, a social sector consulting firm dedicated to working with leaders; organizations; and communities to solve problems at the magnitude they exist. As a Director, she oversees client engagements with a core focus on strategy design, implementation and collective impact. Ms. Baiorunos is currently leading a statewide collective impact initiative in Arizona. The goal of this collective of non-profits, foundations, state agencies and business leaders is to create an aligned, high-quality early childhood system so that all Arizona children have a solid foundation for success in school—and life—by age 8. Working with key stakeholders, she has helped this effort move to action by identifying and implementing sustainable structures and strategies to achieve its goals. Ms. Baiorunos’ past engagements include creating a national influence strategy for KaBOOM! and building a sustainability initiative for Robert Wood Johnson’s signature health care effort, Aligning Forces for Quality. 

Prior to joining Community Wealth Partners in 2010, Ms. Baiorunos consulted with Fortune 500 companies on governance issues prioritized by executive boards and activist shareholders to advance governance practices and strategies. Prior to that, Ms. Baiorunos was with Edelman Public Relations’ Corporate Social Responsibility practice where she focused on building public-private partnerships for clients and developing thought leadership for the practice. Ms. Baiorunos has a B.A. from the University of Florida and an MBA from Georgetown University.




Vincent Baxter is Deputy Chief of Family Engagement at The District of Columbia Public Schools. He is responsible for equipping DCPS educators and families with the mindsets, skills, and resources needed to establish and sustain partnerships for student academic success. He leads a portfolio of district-wide community development initiatives that include: Scaling high quality opportunities for educator-facing family engagement professional development; Improving family access to student academic information; and Generating and distributing family-facing tools for supporting learning at home. During the fellowship, he will design and launch Partnerships for Action: an innovative initiative to help small teams of families and school staff develop and sustain skills for collaborative school leadership.

Vincent is a former public school teacher and principal. Prior to his current role, Vincent led TNTP’s Talent Management work in the DC public charter school sector. He began his career in education as a classroom teacher and Peace Corps Volunteer in Grand Batanga, Cameroon. He holds a Doctorate of Education Policy from The George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature from The University of Virginia. His family lives & learns in Brookland, DC. 




Nicole Brown is the Community Relations Manager for M-1 RAIL, the non-profit organization leading development of the $140 million Woodward Avenue Streetcar project. In this role, Brown is responsible for managing the projects resident, business and visitor civic engagement efforts. During her tenure, she has developed and managed the execution of a comprehensive public involvement strategy that connects stakeholders from across sectors, geographical boundaries, and social – economic, racial and gender lines to this transformative transportation project. Brown is responsible for the design and implementation of the M-1 RAIL Summer Internship Program, an integrated cross-sector youth workforce development program. Additionally she manages the coordination and delivery of business support services by community partners to small businesses impacted by the M-1 RAIL construction.

Most recently, Brown was the Communications and Partnerships Manager for the educational non-profit organization, Excellent Schools Detroit (ESD). While there, she managed community and stakeholder engagement strategies for several projects and the innovative social media program Ed Matters Here. Prior to joining ESD, Brown a served as the Communications and Outreach Coordinator for the Midtown Detroit, Inc. (MDI) /Living Cities Integration Initiative (LCII) Detroit program, the Woodward Corridor Initiative. During her tenure with the Initiative, she crafted effective community engagement strategies for a number of projects including the Whole Food Site Development Project, Midtown Detroit, Inc. Transit Oriented Design Strategy and The North End Reinvestment Strategy. Additionally, she developed several international award winning communications platforms for the initiative including it’s highly regarded website (2011 Marcom Gold, Non-Profit Sector), 2011 Woodward Corridor Initiative Baseline Report (2011 Marcom Gold, Non-Profit Sector) and 2012 Woodward Corridor Initiative Annual Report (2012 Marcom Gold, Non-Profit Sector).

Brown began her career in community engagement with regional economic development non-profit, Woodward Avenue Action Association (WA3). While there, she served as the Marketing and Communications Manager. Brown attended Eastern Michigan University where she studied Journalism and Public Relations.

A native Detroiter, Brown is deeply committed to the community and has served on a number of boards and committees including; Boys Hope Girls Hope Detroit, Community Development Advocates of Detroit, Detroit Synergy, Declare Detroit, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Michigan Community Resources, Michigan Opera Theatre, Detroit Regional News Hub and the World Economic Forum’s Global Sharpers-Detroit Hub. In 2013, she was honored as one of the Michigan Chronicle’s 40 under 40.




Robin Brulé is a large-system service designer with a proven track record of mobilizing cross-sector partners to improve outcomes for New Mexicans. Currently, Robin serves as the Vice President of Community Relations and Assistant to the President at Nusenda Credit Union. In addition, Robin serves as an “executive on loan” from Nusenda to Mayor Richard J. Berry, City of Albuquerque, to help accelerate implementation and results in the areas of education, human services, economic and workforce development in her role as Chief Strategist for Albuquerque’s Living Cities Integration Initiative. 

As Vice President of Community Relations and Assistant to the President at Nusenda Credit Union she works collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders and diverse constituent groups to bolster and improve educational and economic opportunities for New Mexicans. One of her notable accomplishments in this role includes the Action Spotlight on Poverty award for the innovative Powering Success micro-assistance program that bundles short-term financial assistance and wraparound support services for disadvantaged students facing disenrollment from college. Powering Success has also been recognized as a promising practice for student persistence at the post-secondary level. In 2014 the National Association of Federal Credit Unions named her “Professional of the Year”. 

Robin’s prior experience includes serving as strategic advisor to the New Mexico Children’s Cabinet. Established in state statute, the New Mexico Children’s Cabinet is comprised of 16 State Department Cabinet Secretaries, tasked with aligning, coordinating, and leveraging resources to maximize outcomes for children. In this capacity, her work was featured in the 2010 MIT article Government and Social Innovation as an effective model for leveraging and maximizing Federal and philanthropic funding to increase New Mexico’s economic vitality. Prior to this advisor role, Robin also served as Executive Director of the Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) Foundation. Through Robin’s leadership, CNM created the nationally recognized Center for Working Families initiative, which later evolved to become CNM Connect. The Center for Working Families initiative provides bundled services to low-income, first-generation college students to address non-academic barriers to educational success. Robin’s work garnered the CNM Foundation recognition that includes the 2007 Association of Commerce & Industry’s VIVA Award for Vision, Investment, Vitality and Action in the Community and a 2006 Ethics in Business Award. 

In 2007, Robin was selected as an Annie E. Casey Foundation Fellow. Robin has been recognized locally and nationally for her work taking innovative ideas to scale and applying new tools and approaches to transform systems that serve vulnerable kids, families and communities. With a focus on measurable, results-driven, lasting improvements and outcomes, Robin has engineered, piloted, and scaled holistic, integrative, bundled service programs. She has testified before Congress on the role of financial capability, EITC, and IDA’s to promote youth and adult education, workforce and economic success, as well as alternative strategies and delivery systems to strengthen the uptake and integration of these programs. She has been recognized as a New Mexico Power Broker, a Woman of Influence, and the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce Leadership Award. She served on Governor Richardson’s Poverty Reduction Task force and worked with NM Senators Bingaman and Domenici to improve legislation on savings mobilization and EITC outreach. 




Allison Clements is the Director of the Project for the Sustainable FERC Project housed at Natural Resources Defense Council. The Project represents a coalition of energy policy and environmental non-profit organizations at FERC and at the ISO/RTO level in pursuit of a sustainable and efficient transmission system that can accelerate deployment of renewable energy and demand-side resources. Allison also co-directs the Yale Law School and School of Forestry environmental protection clinic. Prior to joining the FERC Project, Allison spent three years as NRDC’s Corporate Counsel while maintaining a policy practice in renewable energy deployment. Before joining NRDC, Allison worked as a project finance attorney at Chadbourne & Parke, LLP in New York, where she represented developers and lenders in the financings of traditional and renewable energy and biofuels facilities. Earlier, as an associate at Troutman Sanders, LLP, she advised utilities, independent power producers and other energy companies regarding Federal Energy Regulatory Commission law. Allison holds a B.S. in Environmental Policy from the University of Michigan and a J.D., with honors, from the George Washington University Law School.




Cyndy Comerford is the Planning, Policy & Analysis Manager at the San Francisco Department of Public Health in the Environmental Health Branch. She has a passion for public sector innovation and public policy with expertise in a wide range of urban issues gained through experience in government and civic engagement. Her work focuses on creating healthy cities. Cyndy manages planning and policy for the Environmental Health Branch and also directs the Department’s Climate and Health Program and co-directs the Health Impact Assessment Program. She is currently working to reduce human trafficking, improve low income housing and prepare cities for the health impacts of climate change. Cyndy has a BA in Political Science and Economics from LaSalle University and a MA from San Francisco State University in Environmental Policy and Resource Management.




Kevin Cottrell is GMF’s director of Transatlantic Leadership Initiatives, where he leads a team of experts and public diplomacy-oriented activities in 50 communities across the United States, Europe, and North Africa. Activities include the flagship Marshal Memorial Fellowship (MMF); Manfred Wörner Seminar (MWS); Asmus Fellowship; Leadership, Diversity, and Inclusion Initiative; Marshal Seminars for Alumni; and the Transatlantic Leadership Seminar series. Cottrell also co-leads the Bilbao Urban Innovation and Leadership Dialogues (BUILD) to advance the global engagement of cities through civic leadership and strategy.

Cottrell regularly advises and facilitates dialogue on international leadership exchange, leadership development, public diplomacy, diversity and inclusion, global engagement, and civil society-building strategies. Prior to GMF, Cottrell served as vice president of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce overseeing business and civic leadership programs. He has also held leadership positions with LEAD San Diego, University of California San Diego, and San Diego State University addressing cross-border urban and civic leadership issues. Cottrell is a past recipient of the Senator Margaret Chase Smith Fellowship in public policy, a visiting scholar at Universidad de las Américas in Mexico City, and a 2008 Marshall Memorial Fellow. Cottrell is also a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy.




Jorge Rodrigo Cruz currently holds a diverse set of skills and career paths. 

As an insurance broker and angel investor, he strives to share in the growth and responsibility with client base through rigorous due diligence. 

Mr. Cruz has long dedicated himself to focusing in investing into his community through, education, commerce and social programs. 

Through the ten years he spent in the auto industry, he developed a skill set to see beyond the now. He was the leading franchise owner for the Nissan brand in the state of Chihuahua, MX., as well as the Volvo brand. 

His success in the auto industry allowed him to expand his Horizons to the insurance industry in El Paso Texas, where he also ventured into the solar energy industry in EL Paso TX in conjunction with Chihuahua, MX. (Energia y Agua Inc). 

He has continued with a steady growth and successful business in the fitness industry in Monterrey Mexico (Viva Fitness) 

Mr. Cruz has a vision that he feels can been enhanced in the leadership and entrepreneur sectors. He has been involvement in promoting innovation and business awareness from the local business region through the use of conventions such as: ”IEM Interanacional de Empresarios” in the Border region of Texas and Chihuahua. These conventions have started an air of change in his community that he strives to perpetuate. 

He attended the University of San Diego where he major in Business and earned a Master’s degree in Sports Administration. 

He is a proud husband and father of 3 children. 

Mr. Cruz enjoys the outdoors and coordinates and sponsor’s competitions in the coper mountains. (Primero Deportes and CRATOS).




Marco Davis joined the Initiative in January 2012. The Initiative seeks to increase educational opportunities and improve outcomes for Hispanics, building partnerships with stakeholders and communities nationwide to support its goals. He is also a frequent speaker on the Latino community, youth, leadership development, and public policy. 

Prior to the Initiative, Davis was Director of Public Engagement at the Corporation for National and Community Service, leading the President’s call to service - United We Serve, which includes the annual Martin Luther King National Day of Service and September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance. Previously, he served as Director of Global Fellowship and also Regional Manager for Latin America at Ashoka’s Youth Venture. 

From 1994 to 2006, Mr. Davis worked at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the nation’s largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization. There, he was named Director of Leadership Development and created the Líderes Initiative, network for young leaders. He also managed Encuentro 2000 – And Beyond, an annual retreat for national Latina/o opinion leaders. Davis’ career began as a leadership development counselor for Prep for Prep, Inc. in New York City, and as a staff member at the Center for Third World Organizing in Oakland, California. 

Davis received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Latin American Studies from Yale University, and is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Originally from Mount Vernon, New York, he lives in the District of Columbia with his wife and daughter.




Bart Ferrell serves as the Director of Human Resources for the Presidio Trust, an innovative federal agency created to save the Presidio of San Francisco and transform it for a new national purpose. Bart believes passionately in the Presidio Trust as a model of private-public partnerships for public benefit. 

In 2013, the Presidio reached a crucial milestone by becoming financially self-sufficient. It is a milestone that, along with the Trust’s record of accomplishment in revitalizing and repurposing the Presidio, proves that the multi-sector approach to saving the Presidio succeeded. Most important, it means that the Presidio is protected as a public place that delivers new benefits to the American people. 

For over 30 years, Bart has worked in a variety of Human Resources Management arenas including the United States Peace Corps (Morocco/Burkina Faso/Washington, D.C.), U.S. Department of Interior (Bureau of Land Management), United States Treasury (San Francisco Mint), and the General Services Administration. As the Trust’s Director of Human Resources, Bart provides strategic leadership in all areas of Human Resources for a 300+ workforce of professional, technical, administrative and skilled trade personnel. He also serves as the Trust’s Designated Agency Ethics Official. 

Bart is currently a resident of Marin County, California. He earned Bachelor’s Degrees in Microbiology and Russian Language from the University of California, Davis.




Christina Garcia was appointed senior program officer for the Youth program in July 2015 where she is working to promote equitable outcomes for young people in California, with an initial focus on advancing the field of Linked Learning and adapting model elements to other sectors like higher education and/or workforce systems. Driven by her passion for social justice, equity, and multicultural models of community development, Christina has dedicated her cross-sector career to providing the critical resources that create opportunities for people who don’t have them. Christina currently serves on the Board of Directors of Mercy Housing California and the Treasure Island Homeless Development Initiative.

Prior to joining Irvine, Christina worked for 3 years at the venture philanthropy fund, REDF, leading its development, communications, evaluation and learning, and field building initiatives. Previously, Christina spent a combined 5 years in San Francisco Mayor’s Office and Redevelopment Agency, focusing on creating community-based economic development and workforce opportunities for low-income and at-risk individuals, families, and entrepreneurs. Christina began her work as a grant-maker and change agent at The Corporation for Supportive Housing, where she served in a variety of positions over 8 years training, convening, and investing in social service providers, affordable housing developers, and state and local government to adapt and scale the permanent supportive housing model nationally. In her spare time, she practices and teaches yoga, makes jam, cooks, and laughs… a lot.




Suzie serves as President and CEO of Downtown Akron Partnership, a non-profit dedicated to building the vibrancy and value of the center city Special Improvement District. She mobilizes positive partnerships and oversees the design and implementation of programs and services to improve the vitality of the neighborhood and anticipate its needs. Her work centers on the revitalization of the urban core and the importance of downtown as a key indicator of the health of the city. She facilitates efforts to enhance and promote downtown as an economic driver, hub for arts and culture, guardian of social equity, community gathering space and keeper of the city’s sense of place. She works closely with government, corporate, education, non-profit, human services and small business stakeholders to assist their efforts, improve their experience and build the community. Prior to her work with the Partnership, Suzie served the City of Akron for 18 years in a number of capacities including coordinating Arts and Children’s programs for the Office of the Mayor. 

Suzie is honored to serve on the Coordinating Committee of the Summit County Arts and Culture Assessment Initiative and on the board of directors for Akron Roundtable, Akron Area Arts Alliance and Akron Civic Theatre. She is a graduate of Leadership Akron Class XXIX, recipient of the 2011 Human Values Award, 2012 GAR Glass Half Full Award, and recognized as a 2015 Inside Business Emerging Leader. She lives on the city’s east side with her two children, Maddox and Zoe.




Susan Greenwell is senior vice president and head of international government relations at MetLife, a position she’s held since November 2007. In her role, she serves as an advisor to the company’s global business leaders and supports MetLife’s position in all relevant political, regulatory and legislative arenas in nearly fifty countries in Latin America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. Greenwell is also responsible for overseeing MetLife’s relationships with international trade and industry associations. 

Previously at MetLife, Greenwell served as vice president in the Office of the Chairman, President and CEO. She joined the company as chief of staff to the President of International in 2004. 
Prior to joining MetLife, Greenwell held positions as program officer at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute of Columbia University, project coordinator at the American Forum for Global Education, and English instructor Xi’an Jiaotong University in China. 

Greenwell serves on the Board of Directors of the Business Council for International Understanding, the Korea Society and the US-ASEAN Business Council, and is a member of the International Committee of the American Council of Life Insurers. She holds a masters degree in international affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and a bachelors degree in Asian studies from Furman University. 




Jane Hodgdon is an Education Program Specialist with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement, where she leads ED’s “place-based” approach to community revitalization - an approach that recognizes what communities have long known: challenges of underperforming schools, rundown housing, neighborhood violence, and poor health are interconnected and require comprehensive solutions. Her portfolio includes the White House Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative’s Building Neighborhood Capacity Program and Program Integration Workgroup (which connects ED’s Promise Neighborhoods, HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods, DOJ’s Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation, and HHS’ Community Health Centers); Promise Zones; the White House Council on Strong Cities Strong Communities; the Ladders of Opportunity Initiative; partnerships with My Brother’s Keeper and Performance Partnership Pilots; and operationalizing ED’s new place-based team. Common across all of these efforts is the need for strong partnerships within and between levels of government and service; Jane is recognized for her experience in building strong, results-focused collaborations among diverse partners. 

Jane earned her Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder. After four years of teaching in Denver and Colorado Springs, Jane returned to the East Coast as a graduate student in the University of Maryland’s Masters of Applied Anthropology program. She brings her skills as a teacher and anthropologist to her work with students, families, schools, communities, and various levels of government.




Danielle Holly is dedicated to supporting pathways for individuals to meaningfully contribute to the challenges that face their local communities. She envisions a global workforce of employees that are able to bring their values and personal mission to their day jobs, integrate healthy and sustainable personal lives and, as a result, have the drive and energy to engage in the challenges that impact their community. 
Danielle is currently the CEO of Common Impact, a national organization that strengthens communities by facilitating meaningful collaborations between global companies and locally focused nonprofits. In her role at Common Impact, Danielle has helped numerous corporations and nonprofits navigate their Corporate Social Responsibility, employee engagement and skills-based volunteer efforts, including global powerhouses such as Charles Schwab, Fidelity Investments, John Hancock and State Street. 

Danielle is considered one of the country’s leading experts on skills-based volunteerism and is a frequent speaker and writer on the topics of strategic corporate employee engagement, corporate social responsibility and building more purposeful workplaces. 

Danielle has earned her B.A. at Fordham University in New York City and an MBA from Boston University.




As Director of Community Engagement and Corporate Citizenship at McKesson Corporation, a healthcare company based in San Francisco, Jamie is responsible for leading the company’s employee community engagement programs, including oversight of Regional Volunteer and Environmental Councils, technology to support the McKesson Volunteer Grants and Matching Gifts portal, and the production of the company’s annual GRI G4 corporate social responsibility report. 

Previously, Jamie was Senior Director of Employee Engagement at Visa Inc., where she was responsible for 47% growth in volunteer participation and the formation of financial literacy training programs around the world. In addition, Jamie led internal communications for financial inclusion, philanthropy, engagement and diversity and inclusion. While serving as Director of Community Engagement with Alcoa Foundation in New York, Jamie worked across sectors to build meaningful programs, deepen partnerships and improve communities in 24 countries where Alcoa operated. In her prior ten years with Alcoa Inc., Jamie held roles of increasing responsibility in finance, strategy and supply chain operations. 
Jamie is passionate about connecting individual passions with opportunities to meaningfully connect with community organizations, ideally where strategic alignment exists. A firm believer in the potential of business to catalyze social change, Jamie is committed to instilling a commitment to corporate responsibility at all organizational levels. 

Jamie holds an MBA from the University of British Columbia and a BS in Business Administration from Duquesne University, where she majored in finance and information technology. In her spare time, Jamie enjoys reading nonfiction, traveling, hiking with her dogs and gardening. 




Jeanose Lexima is the Founder of Women On Change (WOC), a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC that is currently seeking 501(c)(3) status. As the CEO, Ms. Lexima develops and leads initiatives that promote educational, social and professional development of young girls, ages 8-17, living in poverty as a means for empowering them to overcome generational poverty. In this role, she builds and drives cross-sector alliances with various stakeholders and arenas to assist her execute WOC’s mission in a manner that reaps tangible and measurable results. 

Ms. Lexima is currently launching WOC’s first program in the nation’s capital—an area where poverty is often overlooked due to recent gentrification and lack of representation in Congress. 
Ms. Lexima consulted for multiple federal agencies and private sector enterprises, including information technology, supply chain and healthcare. During this time, she honed her ability to provide strategic yet pragmatic solutions while nurturing her strength to cultivate cross-sector partnering. She drove efficiencies and improved outcomes for over 200 projects in the IT and healthcare sectors—IT projects ranging from $20 million to $1.5 billion for national security, education, energy, transportation and healthcare agencies. 
She earned her MPH in Informatics from the University of Illinois, Chicago, and a B.S. in Information Systems from American University in Washington, DC. 

As an advocate for public service, Ms. Lexima uses her platform to inspire young females to serve as change agents in their lives, their families and their communities to break the generational cycle of poverty. 

Ms. Lexima is one of 15 children and lives in Washington, DC.




Tiffany Manuel is Vice President of Knowledge, Impact and Strategy at Enterprise Community Partners Incorporated, one of the nation’s largest housing and community development intermediaries. 

At Enterprise, Tiffany leads a team that advances Enterprise’s work to end housing insecurity through research, data analytics, knowledge management, impact assessment and performance measurement. Her work ensures that Enterprise’s data and intellectual capital are effectively managed, well-utilized and leveraged to support organizational priorities. 

To this role, Tiffany brings more than 20 years of experience leading projects of increasing scope and complexity that effectively build the capacity of organizations to use evidence, data and research to inform strategy and decision-making. Just prior to joining Enterprise in 2012, Tiffany served as the Director of Impact and Evaluation at the FrameWorks Institute, a nonprofit evidenced-based communications firm working to reframe public debate around the nation’s toughest social issues. She has also served as a senior policy analyst at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, senior researcher at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and as Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. 

Tiffany holds doctorate and master’s degrees in public policy from the University of Massachusetts Boston, a master’s degree in political science from Purdue University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago. She is a highly sought after speaker and is the author of several articles, book chapters and reports.




Zach Maurin is the Executive Director of ServiceNation, a role he assumed in July of 2013. ServiceNation’s vision is the day when a year of national service is part of growing up in America as a way to tackle pressing social challenges, unite diverse Americans in common cause, and inspire the next generation of civic leaders and active citizens. 

Prior to ServiceNation, he co-founded ServeNext in 2007 as a senior in college to build a grassroots movement to make national service a national priority. He led the organization until its merger with ServiceNation in 2012. 

Under Zach’s leadership, ServeNext launched the first team of field organizers in the history of national service, secured historic commitments to expand national service from nine presidential candidates in 2008, which led to the development and passage of the Serve America Act – the biggest service legislation in three generations. 

Today, ServiceNation is a grassroots movement of over 140,000 members and a coalition of 530 organizations, with field operations in six states, and is building a major cultural campaign to make a service year a mainstream experience. 

Zach has received City Year’s Comcast Leadership Award, was a finalist for an Echoing Green Fellowship, named one of the 40 Under 40 in 2010 by New Leaders Council, and co-founded a failed media startup. He has been interviewed by CNN, BuzzFeed, MSNBC, TIME, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Hollywood Reporter, and Variety. He graduated from George Washington University with a degree in English. Proudly from Pittsburgh, he’s an irrationally big Penguins fan, loves rescue dogs, puns, and crazy ideas, and would do anything to meet Larry David. Follow him on Twitter @zmaurin.




Tulaine Montgomery is an accomplished social entrepreneur, educator, community organizer and writer. She is Lead Partner of the Pathways Fund at New Profit, which provides strategic and financial support to scale six of our nation’s most promising social innovations focused on college and career success for youth. Prior to her role at New Profit, Tulaine was Founder and President of New Resource Strategies (NRS), a consulting firm that enables mission-driven organizations to address major operational, fiscal, and strategic challenges. She previously held leadership positions at United Way Massachusetts Bay & Merrimac Valley, Citizen Schools and YouthBuild USA. Tulaine received a master's degree in Public Policy from Tufts University and earned her B.A. from Smith College in Northampton, MA. She is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Collaborative Leadership at the University of Massachusetts in Boston, a Community Enrichment Fellow at Northeastern University, and a Neighborhood Fellow at Tufts University. Tulaine is an accomplished cellist and writer; she has written and produced four original plays.




Marisol Morales is the Director of Civic and Community Engagement at the University of La Verne, a four-year comprehensive Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) located in Southern California. In this role, she founded the Office of Civic and Community Engagement and is responsible for leading and developing university-community engagement initiatives in the area of academic service learning, community engaged scholarship, and co-curricular community engagement. In addition, Ms. Morales manages university-community partnerships and the Federal Work Study-Community Service program. 

Most recently, she led the efforts for the University of La Verne to receive two important national distinctions: the Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement Classification and the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, where the University of La Verne was a 2014 Finalist in the Interfaith Community Service category. 

Prior to joining the University of La Verne, Ms. Morales was the Associate Director of the Steans Center for Community-based Service Learning and Community Service Studies at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. Her civic work in Chicago included serving on numerous non-profit boards including Josephinum Academy, all-girls Catholic High School, the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation, and the Puerto Rican Agenda. In addition Ms. Morales was appointed by former Governor Pat Quinn to serve on the Commission on the Elimination of Poverty and the Illinois Latino Family Commission, where she chaired the Education sub-committee. 

Ms. Morales earned her MA/MS in International Public Service Management from DePaul University as well as her BA in Latin American/Latino Studies. She is an alumnus of the National Hispana Leadership Institute’s 2008 Executive Leadership Program and a current fellow of the Inland Empire Economic Partnership’s Regional Leadership Academy.




Jenefer O’Dell is a program officer for Education & Learning at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan. 

In this role, she works with the Education & Learning Family Economic Security team to develop program strategy with a particular focus on family engagement, including affecting systemic change and integrating the foundation’s priority areas. She manages and monitors a portfolio of active grants, providing technical assistance to grantees on model development, partnership negotiations, leadership capacity building and coaching. 

Prior to joining the foundation, she was program manager for the Michigan Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. In this role she focused on public policy, development and implementation of programming, and nonprofit capacity building. 
Jenefer holds a bachelor’s degree in women’s studies from Michigan State University and is pursuing a master’s in public administration from Western Michigan University. 

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life. 

The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit www.wkkf.org​.




Charmaine Peart HoSang is the Director of Student Support Services at Year Up Inc. In her National Program role she is responsible for infrastructure building and national/local partnership development for Student Support Services (on campus/community based) within the Professional Training Corps channel. She is a member of the Start Up team for Year Up’s New York site and over the years has created, enhanced, provided guidance and implemented many of the program processes/strategies and structures (Outreach, Admissions, Student Services, Program delivery and Evaluation). 

Charmaine has over 20 years of experience working in various forms of management, social work (administration and clinical) and workforce development work both in Canada and United States. Before Year Up, she previously worked as the Director of the NYC Youthline which specializes in providing information/referral/crisis intervention for youth, parents and service providers throughout the City of New York. Charmaine hails from Toronto, Canada, where she earned her BS in Psychology from York University and earned her MSW in Administration and Case Work from the Hunter College School of Social Work based in New York City. She is an MSW Field Instructor to MSW interns from several universities (NYU, Columbia, York College and Fordham). Charmaine earned a Certificate in Not-For-Profit Management at Columbia Business School for Executive Education in 2011. She has several awards for her Community Work from Mayor Bloomberg, Brooklyn District Attorney‘s Office and the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office.




Jacqueline helps to shape and realize Arizona State University (ASU) President Michael Crow's New American University vision to transform higher education through institutional innovation. She designs and launches initiatives that support institutional priorities such as social embeddedness and social entrepreneurship. Since her arrival to ASU in 2009, Jacqueline has led efforts to embed changemaking into the student identity. Recent projects to support this objective include The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at ASU, a leadership-scholarship program for talented, yet underprivileged young people from Sub-Saharan Africa and Changemaker Central, a co-working and collaboration space with locations on four of ASU’s campuses that makes direct service, service learning, entrepreneurship, and high-impact careers more accessible and inviting to students. She also cultivates early-career higher education professionals through a one-year university innovation fellowship. Jacqueline earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics and law degree from Georgetown University.​