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
Kate Ahern
Director, ESG and Communications, Bain Capital
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
Wajahat Ali
Creative Director, Affinis Lab
Alex Amouyel
Executive Director, MIT - Solve
Catherine D'Amato
Executive Director, Greater Boston Food Bank
John Anner
CEO, Dream Corps
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
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
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.
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
Patrisse Cullors
Co-Founder, Black Lives Matter
Steve Davis
President & CEO, PATH
Adarsh Desai
Head of Innovation Labs, World Bank
Patrick Diller
Business Development Manager, MSR Global Health
Liz Eddy
Director of Communications, Crisis Text Line
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
Wendy Foster
President & CEO, Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay
Adam Foss
Co-Founder, Prosecutor Impact
Konstanze Frischen
Global Vice President, Ashoka
Betsy Gerdeman
SVP for Development Services, PBS
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
Tali Golan
Director, TripAdvisor Charitable 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
Tim Gumto
Lead Software Engineer, Classy
Matt Hall
Senior Technical Lead, Omatic
Derek Handley
Founding Partner, Aera VC
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
Executive Director, Goodwill Boston
Paul Hohenberger
Director of Development, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Jeanne Honsaker
Vice President of Advancement, The Exodus Road
Larry Jacob
Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications, The Kauffman Foundation
Brett Jenks
President & CEO, Rare
Andres Jiminez
Marketing and Information Strategist, JDC
Cindy Jones-Nyland
Strategic Advisor, Avon Breast Cancer Crusade
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
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
Alexandra Lee
Executive Director, Kendall Square Association
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
Sheri Lunn
Vice President of Marketing and Stratgic Engagement, The Trevor Project
Daniel Lynton
Founder & CEO, LyntonWeb
Geoff Mamlet
Founder, Impact Hub Boston
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
Liz Maw
CEO, Net Impact
Philips McCarty
Founder & Chief Strategist, Good Scout Group
Susan McPherson
Founder & CEO, McPherson Strategies
Ted Muhlner
Vice President, Redpoint Resolutions
Jennifer Mulholland
Chief Strategy Officer & Co-Leader, Plenty Consulting
Susan Musinky
Executive Director, Social Innovation Forum
Alaa Murabit
UN High-Level Commissioner on Health Employment & Economic Growth, United Nations
Neal Myrick
Social Impact Director & Director, Tableau Foundation
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 Kessem
Tracy Palandjian
CEO & Co-Founder, Social Finance
Quentin Palfrey
Executive Director, MIT Poverty Lab
Emily Parris Sandler
Director of Digital Philanthropy, City of Hope
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
Ayanna Pressley
City Councilor, Boston City Council
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
Erin Reilly
VP of Social Philanthropy and GM,
Noam Reuveni
Director of Interactive Solutions, Massachusetts General Hospital
Jason Ricci
Founder & CEO, Fluxx
Pamela Roussos
Chief Innovation Officer, Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Santa Clara University
Jody Rose
Executive Director, New England Venture Capital Association
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
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
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
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
Andrew Wolk
Founder & CEO, RootCause
Jake Wood
Co-Founder & President, Team Rubicon
Leaha Wynn
Director of Ambassador Talent and Recruitment, Board of Directors, Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Boston
Connie Yowell
Founder & CEO, LRNG

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