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.

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
Rod Arnold
Founder, Frontier
Mark Arnoldy
CEO, Possible
Susan Asiyanbi
Executive Vice President, Program Continuum, Teach for America
Lina Sergie Attar
Co-Founder & CEO, Karam Foundation
Zubaida Bai
Founder & CEO, ayzh Inc
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
Anna Blue
Deputy Director, Girl Up at United Nations Foundation
Kevin Bolduc
Vice President, Assessment and Advisory Services, The Center for Effective Philanthropy
Michael Bowers
Vice President, Humanitarian Leadership & Response, Mercy Corps
Sara Boyd
President & CEO, Omaha Community Foundation
Kate Brandt
Lead for Sustainability, Google
Martha Brantley
Director of Business Development, Clinton Development Initiative
Clara Brenner
Co-Founder & CEO, Tumml
David Brown
VP, Innovation Leadership, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce
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
Mo Cowan
Senior VP & COO, ML Strategies
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
Suzanne Dibianca
EVP Corporate Relations & Chief Philanthropy Officer, Salesforce
Dr. Cheryl Dorsey
President, Echoing Green
Michael Durkin
President, United Way of Massachusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley
Barbara Dyer
President & CEO, Hitachi Foundation
Deborah Elam
President, GE Foundation and Chief Diversity Officer, GE
Getachew Engida
Deputy Director-General, UNESCO
Travis Fabian
Vice President of Solution Engineering and Innovation,
Jeff Fagnan
Founder, TUGG & Partner, Accomplice VC
Tim Ferguson
Founder & Managing Partner, Next Street
Jay Ferro
CIO, American Cancer Society
Jen Field
Social Impact Director, GLG (Gerson Lehrman Group)
Brian Fishman
Counterterrorism Research Fellow, International Security Program, New America Foundation
Wendy Foster
President & CEO, Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay
Timothy Freundlich
President & CEO, Impact Assets
Konstanze Frischen
Global Vice President, Ashoka
Tom Fry
Managing Director, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
Sarah Gallop
Co-Director, Office of Government and Community Relations, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Shivani Garg Patel
Co-Founder, Samahope and Principal, Skoll Foundation
Adam Garone
Co-Founder, Movember
Grant Garrison
Managing Director, GOODcorps
Amy George
Senior Vice President of Giving, Marketing & Communications, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
JesÚs Gerena
Managing Partner, Family Independence Initiative
Gargee Ghosh
Director, Development Policy & Finance, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Jim Gibbons
President & CEO, Goodwill Industries International
Kohl Gill
Founder & CEO, Labor Voices
Leah Gillliam
VP of Strategy, Innovation and Education, Girls Who Code
Ayelet Gneezy
Associate Professor of Behavioral Sciences & Marketing, Rady School of Management, University of California, San Diego
Corinne Gray
Innovation Engagement Officer, UNHCR Innovation
Paul Grogan
President & CEO, The Boston Foundation
Mary Grove
Co-Founder, Silicon North Stars and Director, Google For Entrepreneurs
Marc Gunther
Reporter, Nonprofit Chronicles
Margaret Hall
National Director & Co-Founder, GreenLight Fund
Jacob Harold
President & CEO, GuideStar
Caleb Harper
Principal Investigator, Director of the Open Agriculture (OpenAG) Initiative, MIT Media Lab
John Harthorne
Founder & CEO, MassChallenge
Shannon Hartley
Chief Marketing Officer, Shatterproof
Dr. Kerry Healey
President, Babson College
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
Jean Horstman
CEO, Interise
Nigel Jacob
Co-Founder, New Urban Mechanics
Brett Jenks
President & CEO, Rare
David Jones
Co-Founder & CEO, Rescue Global
Cindy Jones-Nyland
CMO, Heifer International
Ali Al Jundi
Project Officer, Syria, Oxfam America
John Kania
Managing Director, FSG
John Kelly
Senior Vice President, Global Responsibility & Public Policy, Starbucks
Peter Kim
Manager, The Bridgespan Group
Jim Klocke
CEO, Massachusetts Nonprofit Network
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
Alexandra Lee
Executive Director, Kendall Square Association
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
Geoff Mamlet
President, Impact Hub Boston
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
Jennifer Mulholland
Chief Strategy Officer & Co-Leader, Plenty
Susan Musinky
Executive Director, Social Innovation Forum
Esther Ndichu
Humanitarian Supply Chain Director, UPS
Raymond Offenheiser
President & CEO, Oxfam America
George Overholser
CEO & Co-Founder, Third Sector Capital Partners
Tracy Palandjian
CEO & Co-Founder, Social Finance
Quentin Palfrey
Executive Director, MIT Poverty Lab
Jeffrey Parrish
Vice President for Conservation, Wildlife Conservation Network
Shivani Garg Patel
Co-Founder, Samahope and Principal, Skoll Foundation
Matt Petronzio
Social Good Editor, Mashable
Marc Pollick
Founder & President, The Giving Back Fund
Ben Powell
Founder & CEO, Agora Partnerships
Ayanna Pressley
City Councilor, Boston City Council
Tim Prestero
Founder & CEO, Design That Matters
Ben Rattray
Founder & CEO,
Nathaniel Raymond
Signal Program on Human Security and Technology Director, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
Ashok Reddy
Co-Founder & Partner, Unreasonable Capital
Emily Reichert
CEO, Greentown Labs
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
Eric Schwarz
CEO & Co-Founder, College for Social Innovation and Co-Founder & Former CEO, Citizen Schools
Kathleen Schwille
Executive Director, Education Foundation, National Geographic
Kim Scriven
Manager, Humanitarian Innovation Fund, ELRHA
Ayele Shakur
Regional Executive Director, BUILD
Jessamyn Shams-Lau
Executive Director, Peery Foundation
David Shapiro
Lisa Sherman
President & CEO, Ad Council
Jeff Shuck
CEO, Plenty
Mary Snapp
President, Microsoft Philanthropies
Jonathan Spack
CEO, Third Sector New England
Michele Sullivan
President, The Caterpillar Foundation
Andrea Tamburini
CEO, Action Against Hunger
Jason Taylor
Vice President, Programs, Project Lead The Way
Trisa Thompson
Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, Dell Inc.
Leila Toplic
Chief Marketing & Business Development Officer, LRNG
Kathleen Tullie
Director of Social Responsibility, Reebok and Founder & Executive Director, BOKS
Brad Tytel
Advisor to the Director, Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen
Founder & President, Give An Hour
Shalini Vajjhala
Founder & CEO, re:focus Partners
Varun Vira
Matthew Weatherley-White
Co-Founder & Managing Director, The CAPROCK Group
C.A. Webb
Partner & Co-Founder, Assemble VC and Former Head, New England Venture Capital Association
Sherrie Westin
Executive Vice President, Global Impact and Philanthropy, Sesame Workshop
Andrew Wetzler
Director, Land & Wildlife Program, Natural Resources Defense Council
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,
Dr. Joe Zinter
Assistant Director, Yale Center for Engineering Innovation and Design (CEID) and Advisor ORGANIZATION

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