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.

Jenny Abramson
Founder & Managing Partner, Rethink Impact
Brad Ack
Senior Vice President, World Wildlife Fund
Dr. Aysha Akhtar
Fellow, Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics
Alana Aldag Ackerson
Managing Partner, SoFi
Christina Alford
SVP of Development, Susan G Komen
Wajahat Ali
Creative Director, Affinis Lab
Alex Amouyel
Executive Director, MIT - Solve
John Anner
CEO, Dream Corps
Berit Ashla
Vice President, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
Susan Asiyanbi
Executive Vice President, Program Continuum, Teach for America
Stacy Bare
Director, Sierra Club Outdoors, Sierra Club
Dr. Stephanie Berzin
Co-Director, Boston College Center for Social Innovation
Jim Bildner
CEO & Managing Partner, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
Katie Bisbee
Chief Marketing Officer, DonorsChoose
Anna Blue
Deputy Director, Girl Up at United Nations Foundation
Kate Brandt
Lead for Sustainability, Google
Clara Brenner
Co-Founder & CEO, Tumml & Urban Innovation Fund
Matt Brown
CEO, Sevis Finansye Fonkoze, S.A.
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
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
Patrisse Cullors
Co-Founder, Black Lives Matter
Steve Davis
President & CEO, PATH
Adarsh Desai
Head of Innovation Labs, World Bank
Getachew Engida
Deputy Director-General, UNESCO
Michael Faye
Founder & CEO, Give Directly & Segovia
Shannon Farley
Founder & Executive Director, Fast Forward
Kathleen Feely
Vice President for Innovation, Annie E. Casey Foundation
Brian Fishman
Lead Policy Manager-Counterterrorism, Facebook
Konstanze Frischen
Global Vice President, Ashoka
Amy George
Senior Vice President of Giving, Marketing & Communications, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
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
Troy Griepp
Managing Director, Morgan Stanley and BOD, Mercy Ships
Sunita Grote
Deputy, UNICEF Ventures & Innovation Fund Manager, UNICEF Innovation
Derek Handly
Founding Partner, Aera VC
Jacob Harold
President & CEO, GuideStar
Holly Hazard
Senior Vice President for Programs & Innovations, Humane Society of the United States
Masuma Henry
Executive Director, Artefact Group
Amy Herskovitz
Managing Director, The Fortitude Fund
Uli Imhoff Heine
Senior Director of Development, PCI Global
Carrie Hessler-Radelet
Director, Peace Corps
Paul Hohenberger
Director of Development, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Larry Jacob
Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications, The Kauffman Foundation
Brett Jenks
President & CEO, Rare
Cindy Jones-Nyland
CMO, Avon Breast Cancer Crusade
Danny Kim
Speaker and consultant, The Dauphinee Group, & Career Coach, at Point Loma Nazarene University
Elliot Kotek
Founder & CEO, The Nation of Artists & Beyond Cinema, Executive Producer,Freethink Media
Sherryl Kuhlman
Managing Director, Wharton Social Impact Initiative
Spencer Kympton
President, The Mission Continues
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
Dr. Leslie Mancuso
President & CEO, Jhpeigo
Liz Maw
CEO, Net Impact
Susan McPherson
Founder & CEO, McPherson Strategies
Ted Muhlner
Vice President, Redpoint Resolutions
Jennifer Mulholland
Chief Strategy Officer & Co-Leader, Plenty Consulting
Alaa Murabit
UN High-Level Commissioner on Health Employment & Economic Growth, United Nations
Neal Myrick
Social Impact Director & Director, Tableau Foundation
Raymond Offenheiser
President, Oxfam America
Timothy Ogden
Managing Director, Financial Access Initiative
Tracy Palandjian
CEO & Co-Founder, Social Finance
Quentin Palfrey
Executive Director, MIT Poverty Lab
Marlon Peterson
Principal / Chief Re-Imaginator, The Precedential Group
Liz Plank
Senior Correspondent, Vox
Jennifer Pryce
President & CEO, Calvert Foundation
José Quiñonez
Founder & CEO, Mission Asset Fund
Tasneem Raja
Executive Director, NPR and Mother Jones
Alyssa Ravasio
Founder & CEO, Hipcamp
Jason Ricci
Founder & CEO, Fluxx
Pamela Roussos
Chief Innovation Officer, Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Santa Clara University
Kim Rubey
Head of Global Social Impact, Airbnb
Dara Royer
Chief Development & Marketing Officer, Mercy Corps
Nathan Runkle
Founder & Executive Director, Mercy For Animals
Jesse Schultz
Manager of Social Innovation, Warby Parker
Jeff Shuck
Founder & Co-Leader, Plenty Consulting
Ariel Simon
Vice President, Chief Program & Strategy Officer, The Kresge Foundation
Michael Slaby
Head of Mission, Timshel
Sally Smith
Executive Director, Nexus Fund
Stacey Stewart
President, March of Dimes Foundation
Lynn Taliento
Partner McKinsey & Company
Andrea Tamburini
CEO, Action Against Hunger
Jon Thomas
Founder & CEO, Tap Cancer Out
Devin Thorpe
Author, Journalist, Speaker, Forbes, Your Mark on the World Center
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
Gary White
Co-Founder & CEO, & WaterEquity
Martin Whittaker
CEO, Just Capital
Andrew Wolk
Founder & CEO, RootCause
Jake Wood
Co-Founder & President, Team Rubicon
Connie Yowell
Founder & CEO, LRNG

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