Board of trustees
Ana Marie is president of HIP. She is a second-term Candid trustee, having started with Foundation Center’s board in 2015.
Before HIP, Ana Marie joined the Ford Foundation in 2014 as a senior advisor for the Equitable Development Team. She focused on urban development, strategies to reduce poverty, expand economic opportunity, and advance sustainability worldwide. She served five years as deputy chief of staff and deputy assistant secretary at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), creating the Office for International and Philanthropic Innovation (IPI). The IPI model of sourcing innovation and leveraging partnerships from broad global networks is being successfully replicated at other federal agencies and in cities nationwide. She spent eight years as a senior program officer at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, spearheading work in rural areas, indigenous communities, and the US-Mexico border region.
Ana Marie was an adjunct professor of international urban planning at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service. She has worked successfully within the public and nonprofit sectors in a range of capacities – from educational programs manager at the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, to director of the New Workplace for women project at the National Council of La Raza, to deputy director of Ayuda, a community based legal clinic serving immigrants in Washington DC. She is an entrepreneurial thinker, bridging diverse agendas and achieving results.
Ana Marie received her bachelor’s degree in international relations from American University and her master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University.
Melissa is the founding president and CEO of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Inc., an innovative nonprofit philanthropy service launched by the Rockefeller family in 2002. She is a second-term Candid trustee, having joined Foundation Center’s board in 2015.
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors helps donors create effective philanthropy. It is one of the world’s leading philanthropic advisory, grantmaking, research, and project management services. It annually manages or facilitates over $400 million in giving to more than 25 countries.
Melissa has been a guest lecturer at universities across the world, including Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Duke, IMD, Sciences Po, Oxford, Sun-Yat Sen, and Beijing Normal universities. A widely recognized expert in philanthropy, she has been profiled in the New York Times and the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Her views are featured in the Economist, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Financial Times, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy. She has been interviewed on the Today Show, NBC Nightly News, NPR, BBC Radio, CNBC-TV, and Bloomberg TV.
An adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s Business School, Melissa is also a director/trustee of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and the Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation. She serves on the Advisory Boards of the Marshall Center for Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship at the London School of Economics and the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School.
Melissa holds a B.A. from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from Stanford University.
John oversees the service delivery functions of a multi-faceted social services nonprofit that serves nearly 30,000 people each year in the greater Philadelphia region. Operating with an annual budget of nearly $100 million, JEVS Human Services has 1,000 employees working in two dozen successful programs providing skills development, job readiness and career services, vocational rehabilitation, recovery services, adult and residential day services, and in-home personal assistance. He is a three-term Candid trustee, having joined the Foundation Center board in 2011.
John has worked in the social sector for more than 30 years, with backgrounds in philanthropy, community and economic development, and workforce development and employment policy and advocacy. He has played leadership roles in organizing philanthropic networks focused on workforce development, community colleges, and mission investing.
A graduate of Oberlin College, John holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He has served on a variety of boards and advisory panels and was elected vice chair of the Board of the Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies (NJHSA). He holds numerous volunteer positions with other national organizations.
Naila is CEO for the Arab Foundations Forum (AFF), a membership-based association of foundations and philanthropic entities across the Arab region. She joined Candid’s board in 2020.
Naila became CEO at AFF in 2014, at a time of upheaval for the organization and the Arab region. She successfully revitalized the network by increasing its geographic footprint, growing membership, increasing funding, and creating global visibility for the network. Naila also chairs the board of the WINGS Network (Worldwide Initiative for Grantmaker Support), a global membership association of 130 members in 45 countries. She serves on the boards of ArteEast (New York), the Resource Alliance (global), and The Family Hub (Egypt).
With over 20 years of experience in philanthropy management, project management, media production, and strategic communication, Naila is a Peabody Award-winning executive whose career spans several continents.
Prior to AFF, Naila managed Sesame Workshop’s multi-media Sesame Street co-productions in 17 countries. She has also worked on a wide range of projects as a Media and Communications consultant.
Naila consulted for the John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement at the American University in Cairo. She is widely published, including co-authoring a chapter for the book “Global Best Practices for CSO, NGO, and other Nonprofit Boards: Lessons from Around the World,” published by Wiley.
Naila grew up mostly in Cairo, Egypt, and has lived in Kenya, New York, Washington DC, Jordan, Switzerland, and South Africa. She holds a B.A. in psychology from the American University in Cairo.
Rosa has been director of the Spanish Association of Foundations since 2001. The association represents 1,000 members and advocates for foundations in Spain. She joined Candid’s board in 2020.
Rosa is responsible for the association’s international activities and regional groups. She is also involved in data-gathering initiatives of the foundation sector in Spain, where the Spanish Association of Foundations is the leading organization in the field. She helped create the Global Philanthropy Data Charter launched by WINGS (Worldwide Initiative for Grantmaker Support). Like Candid trustee Naila Farouky, Rosa serves on the WINGS board. Rosa is an expert in foundation accounting standards and participates in groups related to this.
From 2009 to 2017, Rosa served as chairperson of DAFNE (Donors and Foundations Networks in Europe) which gathers 24 associations of foundations and funders from across Europe, representing more than 6,000 foundations.
Rosa’s professional experience started at AFS (American Field Service), an international association in the field of education, leading a project to promote intercultural education in the Spanish educational system. Between 1999 and 2001, she held the position of Secretary General of the International Young Naturefriends (INYF) in Brussels, an international nonprofit youth organization with members in more than 19 European countries. The IYNF’s mission is to connect and inspire Young Naturefriends for living values of respect, solidarity, equality, sustainability, and love and care for nature.
Rosa studied business administration at Universidad Complutense in Madrid, with a semester of International Business Studies at the Hanzehogeschool in Groningen, The Netherlands.
Matt is co-founder and CEO at BrightHive, a public benefit corporation that designs, develops, and manages data collaboratives. BrightHive works with public and private-sector collaboratives to put in place a legal, technical, and governance framework called a data trust, empowering collectives of organizations to responsibly share, integrate, and use their respective data sources for a combined purpose. He joined Candid’s board in 2020.
Matt is a Data and Society Fellow at the University of Chicago’s Knowledge Lab and the co-founder of the Data Science for Social Good fellowship, funded by Schmidt Futures. Matt has led dozens of major research and open innovation initiatives in interoperability, data governance, machine learning, and AI.
Prior to BrightHive, Matt worked at the US Treasury, University of Chicago’s Center for Data Science and Public Policy, and founded several companies using data to improve society. He's served as an advisor to Code for America, DataKind, and the World Bank, and currently serves on the board of Candid.
Matt is a graduate of Brigham Young University and the University of Chicago.
Stephen is the chair of the board of directors at 60 Decibels, a social impact measurement enterprise. He is the retired president and CEO of J.D. Power and Associates, a leading market research firm specializing in customer satisfaction and buyer behavior. He is a first-term Candid trustee, having joined the board with GuideStar in 2019.
Steve started his career at J.D. Power in 1978 and opened the company’s first satellite office in Detroit, Michigan, in 1988. He was named president in 1996 and served as president and CEO until 2008. During this time, he led J.D. Power’s global expansion and diversification into industries beyond automotive. He oversaw the sale of the company to The McGraw Hill Companies, Inc. in 2005. Currently, Steve is an investor and board member in Outsell Inc., a research and advisory firm specializing in publishing, information, and technology, as well as several other early-stage private companies. Steve also serves as the founder and president of a small education-focused charitable foundation.
He received a B.S. in business administration, marketing, and a B.A. in psychology from California State University, Chico. He also has an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California.
Alix is the CEO of GlobalGiving, the first and largest charitable giving platform connecting nonprofits, donors, and companies in over 170 countries. Prior to GlobalGiving, he co-founded, was President and Chief Product Officer for an educational technology company, LearnZillion (acquired in 2019). His previous work experience includes consulting in McKinsey & Company’s Education Practice, teaching middle school and high school mathematics and working in the public finance department at Citigroup. His awards include the NewSchools Venture Fund Entrepreneur of the Year in 2013, FastCompany’s Most Innovative Education Company in 2014. He is serving an extended second term on Candid’s board, having joined with GuideStar in 2011.
Alix is a proud product of New Haven Public Schools and graduated from Harvard University with an AB in physics. He has a Masters in Education from the Stanford University School of Education and an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife and two daughters.
Neal is the vice president of programs at the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, in Flint, Michigan. With offices and staff in the United States, the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Brazil, the Mott Foundation provides approximately $140 million in grants annually to promote a just, equitable, and sustainable society. Neal joined the Foundation in January 2000 and held a series of portfolios and positions within the program department, and was appointed vice president of programs in 2011. Neal works closely with staff, Trustees, and senior management to design, implement, and oversee grantmaking strategies in the Foundation’s four program areas – Flint, Education, Civil Society, and Environment. He is a second-term Candid trustee, having started with Foundation Center in 2014.
Before joining the Foundation, he worked for several nonprofit and community-based agencies, including the Capitol Area Literacy Coalition in Lansing, Michigan where he witnessed the power of volunteerism and community service while managing a dedicated group of Americorps VISTA volunteers.
Neal currently is a member of the Michigan State University Political Science Advisory Board and the Michigan Office of Foundation Liaison Advisory Committee. He previously served as the Chair of the Council of Michigan Foundations.
He holds a bachelor's degree from Texas Tech University and a master's degree from Michigan State University.
Deborah has served since 2007 as president and CEO of Burton D. Morgan Foundation, a private foundation in Hudson, Ohio. It champions entrepreneurial spirit. She is a three-term Candid trustee, having joined with Foundation Center in 2014.
Deborah was instrumental in establishing Morgan Foundation’s Northeast Ohio Collegiate Entrepreneurship Program, a Kauffman Campuses℠ Initiative, to spread entrepreneurship across liberal arts campuses; and in establishing NEOLaunchNET. She spearheaded the foundation's decision to establish the Entrepreneurship Education Experiment, a research institute that advances entrepreneurship education through leading-edge research and programs. Deborah received the Northeast Ohio EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2014 in the Educational Services & Nonprofit category.
From 2013-2015, Deborah chaired the Fund for Our Economic Future, a philanthropic collaborative advancing Northeast Ohio’s economic competitiveness, and continues to represent the fund on the Team NEO Board of Directors. She chairs both the Advisory Council for Candid – Midwest and the Bounce Innovation Hub board in Akron. She serves on the Norman Rockwell Museum board.
Deborah earned her B. A. from Williams College, a master’s in art history from the University of Chicago, and a master’s in cultural history from Kent State University. She earned a J.D. degree at George Washington University and is a member of the bar in the District of Columbia, New Hampshire, and Ohio. She completed Harvard Business School’s "Governing for Non-Profit Excellence Executive Education Program" and “Performance Measurement for Effective Management of Nonprofit Organizations.” She holds an honorary doctorate from Baldwin Wallace University.
Dominick is treasurer and chief financial officer at The Rockefeller Foundation. He is in his third term as a Candid trustee, having joined with Foundation Center in 2013.
Dominick is a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant with nearly 25 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations. Dominick is a strategic partner in setting Foundation-wide policies, oversees all aspects of the Foundation’s financial operations globally, including budgeting, tax filings, risk management, compliance and accounting for the Foundation and its $4.4 billion endowment.
Prior to joining The Rockefeller Foundation, Dominick served as senior audit manager at KPMG LLP in its nonprofit practice, Controller at the Institute of International Education and Audit Manager at Condon O'Meara McGinty and Donnelly, LLP, a public accounting firm dedicated to serving nonprofit organizations.
Dominick is member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants and is a member of the Audit Committee for Living Cities. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Iona College.
As a vice president of Walmart’s Customer Product (eCommerce) division, Sylvester is in the center of a top strategic priority - intersection of digital and physical retail. His responsibilities include delivery experience, network support, data/analytics, and technology. His prior responsibilities included store pickup operations, digital customer experience, merchandising and international operations. Sylvester chairs Candid’s board and is a first-term member, having started with Foundation Center in 2016.
Sylvester had a long career with the international nonprofit organization, Enactus. He was International President and founding head of their Office for Strategic Initiatives. Through various roles, he expanded international operations to 36 countries, greatly increased overall revenue, constituent base and beneficiaries, and helped develop data systems that still underpin Enactus’ international operations.
Sylvester earned a B.B.A. in marketing and management from the University of North Florida (UNF) and pursued an MBA at Webster University. He has served as chairman or director of nonprofit organizations in a dozen countries. Sylvester was USA and Ghana Chairman of the world’s largest strategy and management competition, Global Management Challenge, member of the World Economic Forum’s Transformation Leaders (Agriculture) Network, and advisory board member of UNF’s Coggin College of Business, and Russia’s largest university, the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration.
A native of Sierra Leone with US dual citizenship, Sylvester has lived in Ghana, Nigeria and Togo for more than 12 years. He, his wife and two daughters now live in Bentonville, AR.
As Director of Enterprise Applications and Business Intelligence for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Jeff leads a multidisciplinary organization focused on unleashing the power of digital platforms to modernize the core work of the foundation, accelerate achieving their mission and amplifying the impact the foundation can have on the world. He joined Candid’s board in 2020.
Prior to joining the foundation, Jeff served as Vice President of Technology at Expedia, Inc. There he led the development of products and platforms that transformed Egencia, the corporate travel brand of Expedia, from a disruptive regional start-up to a global leader with operations in over 65 countries.
Throughout his career, which started in software engineering at Microsoft, Intel and various start-up companies, Jeff learned the power of applying innovative technology solutions to the most important business goals and the importance of keeping users at the center of everything you do.
Having spent his formative years living in Berlin, Monrovia, France, Yokosuka, Frankfurt, New Delhi and throughout the United States, Jeff has seen the impact of economic and social inequalities and the urgent need to invest in solving our hardest global development challenges.
Jeff studied Computer Science and Management Information Systems at George Mason University. He currently resides in Seattle Washington with his wife, Meghan and his two sons, Gabriel and Shepherd.
Susan is vice president strategic marketing and communications at OGCI, a CEO-led initiative which aims to drive the industry response to climate change. She leads the team developing stakeholder engagement platforms with OGCI and OGCI Climate Investments, the US $1 billion-plus fund. She is a three-term Candid trustee, having joined with Foundation Center in 2013.
Prior to OGCI, Susan was at IHS Markit, where she launched and built the Innovation Agora @ CERAWeek connecting the energy and technology markets. She also worked and developed strategy with senior management at PBS across public media. At Bloomberg LP, Susan focused on strategy and innovation across media, data and analytics, which she joined upon the acquisition of New Energy Finance, where Susan had led market development and founded the Bloomberg Future of Energy Summit.
Susan began her career as a banker at UBS and Chase. She has served as trustee and independent director on several boards, including InsideClimate News, and One Month, as well as a Connection Science Fellow at MIT.
Susan graduated from Harvard-Radcliffe College in the history of science, Magna cum Laude, and lives outside of Boston with her family.
Mari is the president of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, a place-based funder based in Jacksonville, Florida. She served as board co-chair during Candid’s first year, having joined with GuideStar in 2011.
Prior to heading up the duPont Fund, Mari co-founded GlobalGiving with Dennis Whittle, and served as president until 2018. In 2011, Mari was named one of Foreign Policy’s top 100 Global Thinkers for “crowdsourcing worldsaving.” Before GlobalGiving, she worked at the World Bank, where she managed and created some of the Bank’s most innovative loans. She currently serves on the board of DataKind, and remains on the board of GlobalGiving. In addition to her native Japanese, Mari also speaks Russian, Italian, and French.
She has an undergraduate degree in history from Harvard University and did graduate work in Russian and Japanese history and politics at Harvard and Georgetown Universities. Mari also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
Rhett became a member of Candid’s board in 2020. He joined The Duke Endowment in 1992 as associate director of the Health Care program area. In 1998, he was named Director of Child Care. During his tenure as Director of the Child Care, Rhett played a key role in redefining the Endowment’s approach to children’s services. The foundation expanded its Child Care beneficiary list beyond residential group care to include prevention and early intervention providers such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, child advocacy centers, child abuse prevention agencies and, under certain circumstances, the public child welfare system.
Rhett also helped lay the groundwork for a multi-million-dollar public-private effort to extend the Nurse-Family Partnership home visiting program’s services to thousands of first-time mothers across South Carolina. It marked the nation’s first Pay for Success project aimed at improving health outcomes for mothers and children in poverty.
Rhett was named vice president of the Endowment in 2009 and became president in July 2016. As president, he has begun carrying out the Board of Trustees’ vision for an organization-wide strategic focus on early childhood. He has also collaborated with program staff to refine grantmaking strategies and seek new ways to produce measurable impact and social change.
Rhett has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a Master of Health Administration from Duke University. He has served on the North Carolina Governor’s Early Childhood Advisory Council and is a past board chair of the Southeastern Council of Foundations.
Sunand is the founder and president of New Media Insight, which provides innovation advisory, venture incubation, and growth strategy services with a focus on data, analytics and AI commercialization. He has helped develop new businesses and/or growth strategies for companies such as State Street, Iron Mountain and PTC. Sunand is in his second term on Candid’s board, having joined with GuideStar in 2013.
Sunand has also served as a member of Scripps Networks' Innovation Advisory Board, and as an Advisor to Paradox Strategies. As global head of new ventures at Thomson Reuters, he was responsible for incubating new information and analytics businesses. He was the founder and managing director of Thomson Reuters Indices, which he subsequently grew into a multimillion -dollar global licensing and subscription business, before integrating his P&L into core Thomson Reuters Financial business. Sunand holds a B.Sc. and an M.Sc in Engineering from Delft University in the Netherlands and holds an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.
Mosun Layode is a development professional with two decades of experience in international development and nonprofit leadership. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the African Philanthropy Forum (APF) where she works extensively across Africa with established and emerging philanthropists who are committed to the sustainable and inclusive development of Africa. She joined Candid’s board in 2020.
Mosun was instrumental to the establishment of APF as an independent entity in Africa, increasing its reach and impact in the philanthropic community, as well as growing its brand and membership base. Prior to this, she served as the Executive Director of WIMBIZ and LEAP Africa, leading nonprofits in Nigeria. Passionate about the interplay of social issues and business, Mosun founded Social Runway, a nonprofit organization that supports social innovators. She has also served as an independent development consultant for nonprofit organizations.
Mosun currently sits on nonprofit boards, is an alumna of the United States International Visitors Leadership Program and was identified by Forbes as one of the black women to watch in philanthropy.
Mosun studied Urban and Regional Planning at the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria, and obtained an MSc. in Environmental Resources Management from Lagos State University. She has an MBA from Lagos Business School and benefited from Executive Programs offered by the IESE Business School, Barcelona, and Harvard Business School.
Valdemar de Oliveira Neto ("Maneto") is the Global Impact Director of World-Transforming Technologies Foundation and a director of the pioneering sustainable tech company PERA Complexity BV. He joined Foundation Center’s board in 2010 and has extended his third term to ensure continuity in the organization’s transition to Candid.
Maneto is a senior advisor for Fundación AVINA, which was created by Swiss entrepreneur Stephan Schmidheiny to contribute to sustainable development in Latin America. AVINA promotes sustainable development initiatives by encouraging productive alliances between civil society and business leaders and by fostering convergence around action agendas for social change. Maneto previously served as policy director of the organization. World-Transforming Technologies is a spinoff initiative of AVINA.
Before joining AVINA in 2003, Maneto was founding executive director of Instituto Ethos, a pioneering business membership association which promotes corporate social responsibility in Brazil. Elected as an Ashoka Fellow in 1986, Maneto went on to serve as its vice-president from 1994 to 1998 and was responsible for launching Ashoka's Global Fellowship Program for social entrepreneurs. He began his career as a lawyer and was co-founder of the Centro de Cultura Luis Freire, a pioneering organization that promoted human rights and provided legal assistance to marginalized communities.
Maneto earned a law degree from Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil, in 1982.
Clotilde is president and CEO of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, an organization connecting people, ideas, and resources to improve lives in Western New York. She was board co-chair during Candid’s first year and is serving her third term, having started with Foundation Center in 2011.
As the Community Foundation’s CEO, Clotilde has focused on growth and impact. Under her leadership the Community Foundation has facilitated numerous public/private sector collaborations focused on systemics change. These efforts addressed issues such as school readiness, post-secondary attainment, lead-poisoning prevention, organizational development for arts organizations, and environmental stewardship. Most recently, Clotilde oversaw the Community Foundation’s effort to launch the Say Yes to Buffalo education initiative and the Greater Buffalo Racial Equity Roundtable.
Other highlights include a White House appointment to the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, U.S. Committee co-chair of the United Nations International Year of the Volunteer, and president of the Association of Junior Leagues International. Clotilde has served on numerous boards. She currently serves on FSG, Executive’s Alliance to Expand Opportunities for Boys and Young Men of Color, Global Fund for Community Foundations and Say Yes to Education. She speaks frequently on philanthropy, community impact, and nonprofit governance.
Clotilde’s recognitions include the Points of Light Foundation, the Governor’s Award for Service, and the President’s Award for Service.
Clotilde holds a master’s degree in education from the State University of New York at Buffalo and is a naturalized U.S. citizen, native of Cuba.
Kat is the founding executive director of the Center for High Impact Philanthropy. Founded as a collaboration between the School of Social Policy & Practice and alumni of the Wharton School, the Center is the premier source of knowledge and education to help donors worldwide do more good. She is a second-term Candid trustee, having joined with GuideStar in 2012.
Before launching the Center, Kat was a consultant with McKinsey & Company; a consultant to the founding team of New Schools Venture Fund; founding director of Board Match Plus, a San Francisco program to strengthen nonprofit boards; and program manager of Wells Fargo’s Corporate Community Development Group.
Kat was board president of La Casa de las Madres (San Francisco’s oldest and largest shelter for battered women and their children), chair of the United Way’s Bay Area Week of Caring, and co-founder and executive committee member of the Women’s M.B.A. Network. She currently serves on the national board of Greenlight Fund, a venture philanthropy fund dedicated to addressing urgent social needs in cities around the United States and co-chairs Greenlight Fund Philadelphia.
She has appeared in numerous publications including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal and is a frequent speaker on social impact and high impact philanthropy.
Kat received her B.A. from Yale University and an M.B.A. from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. She received the Wharton Women in Business Kathleen McDonald Distinguished Alumna Award and the Brava! Women Business Achievement Award.
Brad ensures that Candid has the talent, technology, partnerships and financial resources to deliver on its mission. Formerly president of Foundation Center, Brad led its effort to unite with GuideStar to form Candid in 2019.
Brad has devoted his career to the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. From 1975 to 1982, he worked at the YMCA of the USA, in Costa Rica and New York, where he became manager of world development at its Center for International Management Studies. He worked at the Inter-American Foundation from 1982 to 1991, where he directed the Brazil program. He joined the Ford Foundation in 1991 as a program officer in Brazil before being promoted to representative. From 1996 to 2005, Brad developed and led the foundation’s largest program area, the Peace and Social Justice Program. In 10 years as vice president, he distributed hundreds of millions of dollars to organizations working on human rights, international cooperation, governance, and civil society in the U.S. and globally. From 2006 to 2008, Brad was president of the Oak Foundation in Geneva, Switzerland, a major family foundation with programs and grant activities in 41 countries in on five continents. He joined Foundation Center in 2008.
Brad serves on the boards of the Tinker Foundation and the International Center for Transitional Justice and the advisory board of the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security.
He holds a B.A. in anthropology and ethnomusicology from the University of Michigan and an M.A. in economics from the New School for Social Research.
Brian is a Partner in the New York office of Bridges Fund Management, a leading global impact investment firm with more than $1B in assets under management. Brian has more than 15 years of impact investing experience, having served until 2012 as chief investment officer of Acumen, a global fund that invested in companies delivering health, water, energy, and agriculture services in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. He is a first-term Candid trustee, having joined with GuideStar in 2016.
Brian was also a co-founding board member of Impact Capital Managers, a network of market-rate impact investors in North America; the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE); and, a principal architect of the Impact Reporting and Investment Standards (IRIS). Before Acumen Fund, Brian worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company, was a lead environmental staff person at the Corporation for National Service and was involved in a range of nonprofit and for-profit start-ups.
Brian has an undergraduate degree from Harvard University, an M.B.A. from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, and an M.A. in city and regional planning from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a Kauffman Fellows of the Center for Venture Education and a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute. He teaches social entrepreneurship to M.A. students at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School and is a senior lecturer at Harvard Business School.