Classy Awards

Leadership Council & Fellows

What is the Leadership Council?

The Leadership Council is an honorary board of leaders and experts who collectively determine the winners of the Classy Awards. Their unique perspective and valuable insight establishes this recognition as one of the highest honors in the social sector. The Leadership Council is composed of a diverse group of 110 experts representing academia, community foundations, for-profit corporations, global NGOs, industry experts, media professionals, nonprofits, philanthropists, private foundations, policymakers, public figures, social entrepreneurs, and a student Fellow.

The Fellowship

The Fellowship is an opportunity for young leaders interested in social entrepreneurial endeavors to engage with top leaders and innovators from around the world. The 10 Fellows, chosen for their ambition, experience, passion, curiosity, and social awareness, work with the Collaborative team to gain expertise into their sector and will then apply their newfound knowledge and unique perspective as a voting member of the Leadership Council.

Brad Ack
Senior Vice President, World Wildlife Fund
Dr. Aysha Akhtar
Fellow, Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics
Alana Aldag Ackerson
Managing Partner & President, Signum Investments
Susan Asiyanbi
Executive Vice President, Program Continuum, Teach for America
Teni Ayo-Ariyo
Classy Awards Fellow and Human Resources Management Trainee, Zenith Insurance Company
Banny Banerjee
Director and Founder, Stanford ChangeLabs
Stacy Bare
Director, Sierra Club Outdoors, Sierra Club
Gene Baur
Co-Founder & President, Farm Sanctuary
Scott Beale
Founder & CEO, Atlas Corps
Dr. Stephanie Berzin
Co-Director, Boston College Center for Social Innovation
Jim Bildner
CEO & Managing Partner, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
Natalie Blanton
Classy Awards Fellow and Sociology Doctoral Student, University of Utah
Anna Blue
Deputy Director, Girl Up at United Nations Foundation
Michael Bowers
Vice President, Humanitarian Leadership & Response, Mercy Corps
Sara Boyd
President & CEO, Omaha Community Foundation
Kate Brandt
Lead for Sustainability, Google
Clara Brenner
Co-Founder & CEO, Tumml
Megan Christensen
Classy Awards Fellow and Fulbright-García Robles Binational Business Fellow, U.S. Department of State
HyeSook Chung
Executive Director, DC Action for Children
Morgan Clendaniel
Editor, Co-Exist, Fast Company
Bill Collins
Board President, CASA Corporate Partner, Covington & Burling LLP
Amy Cosper
VP, Editor-in-Chief, Entrepreneur Magazine
Ertharin Cousin
Executive Director, World Food Program
April Crow
Global Director, Environment & Sustainability, Coca Cola
Steve Davis
President & CEO, PATH
Dr. Louis DeGennaro
President & CEO, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Stefanie Dhanda
Sr. Director, Consumer Scientific Innovation, Johnson and Johnson
Dr. Cheryl Dorsey
President, Echoing Green
Barbara Dyer
President & CEO, Hitachi Foundation
Deborah Elam
President, GE Foundation and Chief Diversity Officer, GE
Getachew Engida
Deputy Director-General, UNESCO
Jay Ferro
CIO, American Cancer Society
Brian Fishman
Counterterrorism Research Fellow, International Security Program, New America Foundation
Timothy Freundlich
President & CEO, Impact Assets
Konstanze Frischen
Global Vice President, Ashoka
Shivani Garg Patel
Co-Founder, Samahope and Principal, Skoll Foundation
Grant Garrison
Managing Director, GOODcorps
Amy George
Senior Vice President of Giving, Marketing & Communications, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
Gargee Ghosh
Director, Development Policy & Finance, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Jim Gibbons
President & CEO, Goodwill Industries International
Kohl Gill
Founder & CEO, Labor Voices
Ayelet Gneezy
Associate Professor of Behavioral Sciences & Marketing, Rady School of Management, University of California, San Diego
Mary Grove
Co-Founder, Silicon North Stars and Director, Google For Entrepreneurs
Marc Gunther
Reporter, Nonprofit Chronicles
Caleb Harper
Principal Investigator, Director of the Open Agriculture (OpenAG) Initiative, MIT Media Lab
Chris Helfrich
Senior Director, UN Foundation Nothing But Nets Campaign
Amy Herskovitz
Managing Director, The Fortitude Fund
Uli Imhoff Heine
Senior Director of Development, PCI Global
Andrew Ho
Classy Awards Fellow and Program Analyst, Samasource
Brett Jenks
President & CEO, Rare
David Jones
Co-Founder & CEO, Rescue Global
Cindy Jones-Nyland
CMO, Heifer International
John Kelly
Senior Vice President, Global Responsibility & Public Policy, Starbucks
Erica Kochi
Senior Advisor to UNICEF Executive Director on Innovation & Co-Founder, UNICEF Innovation, UNICEF
Thane Kreiner
Executive Director, The Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship
Sherryl Kuhlman
Managing Director, Wharton Social Impact Initiative
Spencer Kympton
President, The Mission Continues
Randall Lane
Editor, Forbes Magazine
Brian Leslie
Partner, Camber Collective
Jacob Lief
Founder & CEO, Ubuntu Education Fund
Daniel Lurie
Founder & CEO, Tipping Point Community
Saadia Madsbjerg
Managing Director, Rockefeller Foundation
Dr. Leslie Mancuso
President & CEO, Jhpeigo
Michael Markarian
Chief Operating Officer, Humane Society of the United States
Richard Marker
Founder & Co-Principal, Wise Philanthropy
Blake Masters
President, Thiel Foundation
Susan McPherson
Founder & CEO, McPherson Strategies
Ted Muhlner
Vice President, Redpoint Resolutions
Colleen Muse
Classy Awards Fellow and Grant Writer & Development Associate, Latin American Youth Center
Esther Ndichu
Humanitarian Supply Chain Director, UPS
Quentin Palfrey
Executive Director, MIT Poverty Lab
Jeffrey Parrish
Vice President for Conservation, Wildlife Conservation Network
Matt Petronzio
Social Good Editor, Mashable
Marc Pollick
Founder & President, The Giving Back Fund
Ben Powell
Founder & CEO, Agora Partnerships
Ben Rattray
Founder & CEO,
Nathaniel Raymond
Signal Program on Human Security and Technology Director, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
Ashok Reddy
Co-Founder & Partner, Unreasonable Capital
Armin Rezaiean-Asel
Classy Awards Fellow and Student, University of British Columbia
Spencer Robins
Classy Awards Fellow and Account Executive & Director of Operations, Broomstick Engine
Saskia Rotshuizen
Classy Awards Fellow and Freelance Program Manager & Business Model Innovation Facilitator
Douglas Sabo
VP, Head of Corporate Philanthropy & Responsibility, Visa Inc
Ommeed Sathe
Vice President, Impact Investments, Prudential
Debra Schwartz
Managing Director, Impact Investments, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Kathleen Schwille
Executive Director, Education Foundation, National Geographic
Kim Scriven
Manager, Humanitarian Innovation Fund, ELRHA
Jessamyn Shams-Lau
Executive Director, Peery Foundation
Lisa Sherman
President & CEO, Ad Council
Jeff Shuck
CEO, Plenty
Mary Snapp
President, Microsoft Philanthropies
Michele Sullivan
President, The Caterpillar Foundation
Andrea Tamburini
CEO, Action Against Hunger
Trisa Thompson
Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, Dell Inc.
Farnoosh Vahedi
Classy Awards Fellow and Founder, iSeeInk
Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen
Founder & President, Give An Hour
Matthew Weatherley-White
Co-Founder & Managing Director, The CAPROCK Group
Sherrie Westin
Executive Vice President, Global Impact and Philanthropy, Sesame Workshop
Andrew Wetzler
Director, Land & Wildlife Program, Natural Resources Defense Council
Jonathan Williams
Classy Awards Fellow and Graduate Student, Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV)
Erica Williams Simon
Editor, Upworthy
Dr. Rebecca Winthrop
Director, Center for Universal Education, The Brookings Institution
Andrew Wolk
Founder & CEO, RootCause
Jake Wood
Co-Founder & President, Team Rubicon
Jocelyn Wyatt
Co-Lead & Executive Director,