People Involved

A community of changemakers driving the social sector forward.

The Collaborative brings together thought leaders and experts from across the social sector, including top NGOs, international agencies, institutional investors, social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and academics.

Leadership Council

The Leadership Council is an honorary board of industry leaders and field experts who determine the Winners of the Classy Awards.

Host Committee

The Host Committee is a group of local influential leaders that represent social innovation in Boston.


The Collaborative Speakers are professionals from across the social sector who join us to share their respective stories and expertise.



Organization Background

Cause Category

Jenny Abramson

Founder & Managing Partner, Rethink Impact

Brad Ack

Senior Vice President, World Wildlife Fund

Komal Ahmad

Founder & CEO, Copia

Dr. Aysha Akhtar

Fellow, Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics

Alana Aldag Ackerson

Managing Partner, SoFi

Christina Alford

SVP of Development, Susan G Komen

Hend Alhinawwi

Co-Founder & CEO, Humanitarian Tracker

Alex Amouyel

Executive Director, MIT - Solve

Catherine D'Amato

Executive Director, Greater Boston Food Bank

Karen Ansara

Co-Founder and Chair, New England International Donors and Ansara Family Fund at the Boston Foundation

Gavin Armstrong

Founder & CEO, Lucky Iron Fish

Jennifer Aronson

Associate Vice President for Programs, The Boston Foundation

Berit Ashla

Vice President, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

Susan Asiyanbi

Executive Vice President, Program Continuum, Teach for America

Eric Ast

Manager of Data and Analytics, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group

Lina Attar

Co-Founder & CEO, Karam Foundation

Sam Balter

Senior Field Marketing Manager, Small Business, Non-profit, and Education, Hubspot

Stacy Bare

Director, Sierra Club Outdoors, Sierra Club

Laurie Barnett

Managing Director, Southwest Airlines

Molly Barrett

Development Director, Love Your Brain

Dr. Stephanie Berzin

Co-Director, Boston College Center for Social Innovation

Malika Berry

Chief Programs Officer, Points of Light

Jim Bildner

CEO & Managing Partner, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation

Shanna Birky

Product Manager, Classy

Katie Bisbee

Chief Marketing Officer, DonorsChoose

Anna Blue

Deputy Director, Girl Up at United Nations Foundation

Meredith Boak

Senior Vice President of the National Development, Teach For America

Kate Brandt

Lead for Sustainability, Google

Matt Brown

CEO, Sevis Finansye Fonkoze, S.A.

Darcy Brownell

Executive Director, SVP Boston

Blair Burns

Senior Vice President of Justice Operations, International Justice Mission

Joe Callahan

Co-Founder & VP, Product & Design, Classy

James E Canales

President, Barr Foundation

Renell Carpenter

Salesforce Consultant, Coastal Cloud

Scot Chisholm

CEO, Classy

HyeSook Chung

Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, Executive Office of Mayor Muriel Bowser, DC Government

Morgan Clendaniel

Editor, Co-Exist, Fast Company

Bill Collins

Board President, CASA Corporate Partner, Covington & Burling LLP

Wendi Copeland

Senior Vice President of Strategy & Advancement, Goodwill Industries International

Carol Cone

Founder & CEO, Carol Cone ON PURPOSE

Ertharin Cousin

Executive Director,  World Food Program

Asha Curran

Chief Innovation Officer, 92nd Street Y

Steve Davis

President & CEO, PATH

Adarsh Desai

Head of Innovation Labs, World Bank

Megha Desai

President, Desai Foundation

Suzanne Dibianca

Chief Philanthropy Officer Salesforce

Patrick Diller

Business Development Manager, MSR Global Health

Liz Eddy

Director of Communications, Crisis Text Line

Lisa Eisen

Vice President, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation

Getachew Engida

Deputy Director-General, UNESCO

Josue Estrada

SVP Strategy & Operations,

Michael Faye

Founder & CEO, Give Directly & Segovia

Daniel Favand

Operations Manager, Special Olympics Vermont

Kathleen Feely

Vice President for Innovation, Annie E. Casey Foundation

Sergio Fernandez De Cordova

Co-Founder, P3GM and PVBLIC Foundation, Private Sector Advisory Group, SDG-FUND

Brian Fishman

Lead Policy Manager-Counterterrorism, Facebook

Wendy Foster

President & CEO, Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay

Phil Garofalo

Communications Manager, Organization for Bat Conservation

Betsy Gerdeman

SVP for Development Services, PBS

Amy George

Senior Vice President of Giving, Marketing & Communications, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)

Patricia Georgiou

Partnerships Lead, Google - Jigsaw

Elaine Gibbons

Executive Director of Corporate Engagement, PATH

Ayelet Gneezy

Associate Professor of Behavioral Sciences & Marketing, Rady School of Management, University of California, San Diego

Tali Golan

Director, TripAdvisor Charitable Foundation

Amanda Goodwin

Head of Storytelling & Stewardship, Life is Good Kids Foundation

Troy Griepp

Managing Director, Morgan Stanley and BOD, Mercy Ships

Paul Grogan

President & CEO, The Boston Foundation

Sunita Grote

Deputy, UNICEF Ventures & Innovation Fund Manager, UNICEF Innovation

Kate Guedj

Vice President, The Boston Foundation

Saul Guerrero

Director of Nutrition, Action Against Hunger

Tim Gumto

Lead Software Engineer, Classy

Matt Hall

Senior Technical Lead, Omatic

Adrianne Haslet

Speaker, Advocate, Dancer, Adventurer

Derek Handley

Founding Partner, Aera VC

Miriam Hansen

Director of Brand Marketing, Susan G. Komen

Jacob Harold

President & CEO, GuideStar

William Harris

Product Manager, Classy

Holly Hazard

Senior Vice President for Programs & Innovations, Humane Society of the United States

Cristi Hegranes

Founder & Executive Director, Global Press Institute

Masuma Henry

Executive Director, Artefact

Amy Herskovitz

Managing Director, The Fortitude Fund

Uli Imhoff Heine

Senior Director of Development, PCI Global

Carrie Hessler-Radelet

Director, Peace Corps

Joanne Hilferty

President and CEO, Goodwill Boston

Jay Hirschton

Executive Director & CEO, Full Circle Fund

Paul Hohenberger

Director of Development, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Jeanne Honsaker

Vice President of Advancement, The Exodus Road

Lisa Jackson

Co-Founder & Managing Director, The College of Social Innovation

Larry Jacob

Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications, The Kauffman Foundation

Brett Jenks

President & CEO, Rare

Andres Jiminez

Marketing and Information Strategist, JDC

Levi Johnsen

Director of Networks & Campaigns, Many Hopes

Gerald E. Johnson II

Chief Diversity Officer and Senior Vice President, American Heart Association National Center

Cindy Jones-Nyland

Co-Founder and Principal, Brite Dandelion

Justin Kang

VP Strategy & Growth, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce

Chris Keohan

Principal & Founder, CK Strategies

Danny Kim

Speaker and consultant, The Dauphinee Group, & Career Coach, at Point Loma Nazarene University

Cheryl Kiser

Executive Director The Lewis Institute & Babson Social Innovation Lab

Mark Koenig

General Manager, Higher Education and Nonprofits, Appirio

Lindsay Kolsch

Chief Financial Officer, TWLOHA

Elliot Kotek

Founder & CEO, The Nation of Artists & Beyond Cinema, Executive Producer, Freethink Media

Joe Kraynak

Director of Development Information Management, Shriners Hospitals for Children

Sherryl Kuhlman

Managing Director, Wharton Social Impact Initiative

Kevin Kung

Co-Founder, Takachar

Spencer Kympton

President, The Mission Continues

Matt Lackey

Lead Product Manager, Classy

David Lane

President, Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands

Alexandra Lee

Executive Director, Kendall Square Association

Becca Lefanowicz

Social Media Manager, High Fives Foundation

Brian Leslie

Partner, Camber Collective

Georgia Levenson Keohane

Executive Director, Pershing Square Foundation

Harold Levy

Executive Director, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

Jacob Lief

Founder & CEO, Ubuntu Education Fund

Loree Lipstein

Founder & Principal, Thread Strategies

Bryan de Lottinville

Founder & CEO, Benevity

Sheri Lunn

Vice President of Marketing and Stratgic Engagement, The Trevor Project

Daniel Lynton

Founder & CEO, LyntonWeb

Dr. Leslie Mancuso

President & CEO, Jhpeigo

Grace Mastalli

President & CEO, Enable Community Foundation (dba LimbForge)

Atyia Martin

Chief Resilience Officer, City of Boston

Elena Matsui

Strategy Associate, The Rockefellar Foundation

Philips McCarty

Founder & Chief Strategist, Good Scout Group

George McGraw

Founder & Executive Director, DigDeep

Susan McPherson

Founder & CEO, McPherson Strategies

Audrey Milicevic

Marketing Coordinator, Blood:Water

Ted Muhlner

Vice President, Redpoint Resolutions

Jennifer Mulholland

Chief Strategy Officer & Co-Leader, Plenty Consulting

Joe Musselman

Founder & CEO, The Honor Foundation

Alaa Murabit

UN High-Level Commissioner on Health Employment & Economic Growth, United Nations

Neal Myrick

Social Impact Director & Director, Tableau Foundation

Amber Noe

Digital Program Manager, Food for the Poor

Dr. Elizabeth O'Day

CEO & Founder, Olaris Therapeutics, Inc

Raymond Offenheiser

President, Oxfam America

Timothy Ogden

Managing Director, Financial Access Initiative

Tom Ogletree

Director of Social Impact, General Assembly

Cristin O'Leary Jones

Development Director, Camp Kesem

David Omenn

Vice President, Development, Global Citizen Year

Tracy Palandjian

CEO & Co-Founder Social Finance

Emily Parris Sandler

Director of Digital Philanthropy, City of Hope

Benjamin Perkins

Vice President Multicultural Initiatives/Health Equity, American Heart Association

Linda Sarsour

Activist, Co-Organizer, Women's March

Diana Peacock

SVP Development and Alliances, First Book

Carrie Pena

Chief Marketing Officer, BuildOn

Marlon Peterson

Principal / Chief Re-Imaginator, The Precedential Group

Liz Plank

Senior Correspondent, Vox

Chandini Portteus

CEO, Wipe Out Kids Cancer

Geeta Pradhan

President & CEO, Cambridge Community Foundation

Michael Proder

Technical Engagement Manager, Classy

Jennifer Pryce

President & CEO, Calvert Foundation

José Quiñonez

Founder & CEO, Mission Asset Fund

Tyler Radford

Executive Director, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team

Tasneem Raja

Executive Director, NPR and Mother Jones

Alyssa Ravasio

Founder & CEO, Hipcamp

Deborah Re

Chief Executive Officer, Big Sister Association of Greater Boston

Erin Reilly

VP of Social Philanthropy and GM,

Noam Reuveni

Director of Interactive Solutions, Massachusetts General Hospital

Jason Ricci

Founder & CEO, Fluxx

Linda Rogers

Director of Corporate Marketing Alliances, Heifer International

Jody Rose

Executive Director, New England Venture Capital Association

Sydney Rose

Strategic Partnerships and Programs Manager, Datakind

Kim Rubey

Head of Global Social Impact, Airbnb

Dara Royer

Chief Development & Marketing Officer, Mercy Corps

Nathan Runkle

Founder & Executive Director, Mercy For Animals

Paul Salmon

Chairman, Rockhouse Foundation

Blake Sanders

Senior Vice President, Information Technology, American Cancer Society

Aaron Scheinberg

Executive Director, Northeast, The Mission Continues

Lauren Schrero

Co-Founder, The Nora Project

Kathleen Schwille

Executive Director, Education Foundation, National Geographic

Tiffany Scott

Manager, Donor Cultivation, City of Refuge

Ben Sledge

Director, HeartSupport

Jesse Schultz

Manager of Social Innovation, Warby Parker

Matthew Segneri

Director, Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative

Rick Segal

Managing Partner, Rethink Education

Tessa Shapiro

Crisis Counselor Coach, Crisis Text Line

Tracy Shaw

Senior National Director of Community Engagement, American Kidney Fund

Jeff Shuck

Founder & Co-Leader, Plenty Consulting

Ariel Simon

Vice President, Chief Program & Strategy Officer, The Kresge Foundation

Michael Slaby

Head of Mission, Timshel

Lena Slachmuijlder

Vice President of Programs, Search for Common Ground

Sally Smith

Executive Director, Nexus Fund

Tim Smith

Director of Innovation Partnerships / Head of Pledge 1%, The Boston Foundation

Erin Stender

Director of Marketing, Classy

Stacey Stewart

President, March of Dimes Foundation

COL David Sutherland

Chairman, Easter Seals Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services

Lynn Taliento

Partner McKinsey & Company

Andrea Tamburini

CEO, Action Against Hunger

Sam Teicher

Co-Founder, Coral Vita

Jon Thomas

Founder & CEO, Tap Cancer Out

Devin Thorpe

Author, Journalist, Speaker, Forbes, Your Mark on the World Center

Anne Tsuei

Co-Founder & Chief of Creative and Design, Kuli Kuli

Dar Vanderbeck

Chief Innovation Officer, CARE

Colleen Vien

Director of Sustainability, Timberland

Jane Wales

CEO, Global Philanthropy Forum and World Affairs and Vice President, the Aspen Institute

Pat Walsh

Chief Impact Officer, Classy

Cecilia Weckstrom

Global Head of Environmental Responsibility Engagement, Lego Group

Andrew Wetzler

Deputy Chief Program Officer, Natural Resources Defense Council

Julie Whipple

Global Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Qlik

Gary White

Co-Founder & CEO, & WaterEquity

Martin Whittaker

CEO, Just Capital

Amy Wilkinson

Author, The Creator's Code: The Six Essential Skills of Extraordinary Entrepreneurs

Andrew Wolk

Founder & CEO, RootCause

Jake Wood

Co-Founder & President, Team Rubicon

Jessica Wrobel

Growth Marketing Manager, Bright Pink

Leaha Wynn

Director of Ambassador Talent and Recruitment, Board of Directors, Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Boston

Connie Yowell

Founder & CEO, LRNG

The Collaborative is a three-day experience that connects all levels of the social sector to share breakthrough solutions to the world’s toughest problems

This was one of the most impactful events I’ve attended. I found tremendous inspiration in exchanging ideas with some of the best socially responsible and passionate leaders in the world!" JAY FERRO American Cancer Society

Speakers and Sessions
People Involved