DeeDee leads Candid’s human resources, payroll, and facilities & office services teams. She’s responsible for developing effective HR strategies to drive improved and sustainable organizational performance, employee engagement, and productive work environments. Before Candid, DeeDee had been Foundation Center’s HR Director since 2010.
DeeDee’s own talent draws on 20+ years of experience in the financial services and nonprofit sectors where she gained extensive experience partnering with senior leaders. Throughout her career, DeeDee developed comprehensive knowledge of all facets of HR, including recruitment & selection, employee training & development, performance management & assessment, policy creation & implementation, and benefits & compensation analysis. DeeDee worked at Citigroup for many years, where prior to becoming the Vice President of Employee Relations and Programs, she held increasingly responsible leadership positions supporting employees in capital markets, finance, and the private client group. Following her tenure at Citigroup, she led the human resources, payroll, and administrative areas at the Harlem School of the Arts, a nonprofit community-based organization that trains more than 3,000 students a year in dance, music, theater, and visual arts. In her role as the HR Director from 2007 to 2009, DeeDee built the organization’s first HR function, including the introduction of annual processes for salary analysis, benefit plan reviews, and performance evaluations. She also served on the Personnel Committee of the Board of Directors.
DeeDee has a bachelor’s degree in business management from Howard University and a M.S. in HR Management from the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy at The New School.
Jake oversees Candid's data, design, product management, sales, and marketing operations. Jake's team turns Candid's databases into timely, reliable, and easy-to-use features that improve decision making across the social sector. For nonprofits, these products help them identify prospective funders and to broadcast their organizational profiles to a wide audience. For donors, Candid's products help optimize their impact by allowing them to scan the philanthropic landscape and to surface the best partners for their initiatives. For the entire field, these products help make sense of our sector on a daily and historical basis, in the context of a rapidly changing world.
Jake's team manages all of Candid's core products, including Foundation Directory Online, GuideStar, the Profile Update Program, Philanthropy News Digest, APIs, IssueLab, and Candid.org, which collectively attract millions of users per year around the world and are responsible for most of Candid's earned revenue. The Products division also includes data discovery, machine learning, user experience research, and prototyping, to ensure that Candid is bringing forth the best, most actionable information to the sector, at scale.
His career spans a few seemingly unrelated disciplines: geography, programming, and music. From 1998 to 2008, he was a professional, touring musician. As a geographer and programmer, he worked on projects for NASA, Al Gore's Climate Project, the City of New York, Citigroup, and the U.S. Army from 2006 to 2010. He joined Foundation Center in 2010.
Jake received B.A. in political science from Brown University and an M.A. in geography from Hunter College.
Jacob leads Candid’s analysis of the social sector, crafting raw data into insights, practices, and a shared narrative for the field.
As president and CEO of GuideStar, he led its effort to unite with Foundation Center to form Candid in 2019. At GuideStar, Jacob oversaw a tripling of GuideStar’s reach, a new focus on programmatic data, and major partnerships with organizations like Facebook and the Gates Foundation.
Jacob’s philanthropy background runs from grassroots to global. He started his career as a grassroots organizer working on climate change for Green Corps, Greenpeace USA and Rainforest Action Network. He consulted for nonprofits and foundations at the Bridgespan Group from 2005 to 2006. Between 2006 and 2012, Jacob led grantmaking for the Hewlett Foundation’s Philanthropy Program; he managed $30 million in grants for a 21st-century smart-giving infrastructure. He joined GuideStar in 2012.
Jacob has been named to the Nonprofit Times Power and Influence Top 50 every year since 2014. He has written extensively on climate change and philanthropic strategy. His essays have been course materials at Stanford, Duke, Wharton, Harvard, Oxford, and Tsinghua.
He earned an A.B. from Duke and an M.B.A. from Stanford. He has additional training from Green Corps, Bain, the Chinese Academy of Sciences/Santa Fe Institute, and MIT. Jacob serves as a member of the board of the US Climate Action Network.
Jacob is from Winston-Salem, NC, where his parents ran small community-based nonprofit organizations. He lives in Washington DC with his wife Carolyn Sufrin, a physician-anthropologist, and their two sons.
Punit is responsible for maintaining the organization’s financial health and stability. He oversees all finance and accounting functions, provides strategic direction on organizational wide budgeting process, and assists in establishing policies and practices to achieve Candid’s goals.
Punit has over twenty years of progressive and diverse experience in financial management roles with global organizations. Early in his career, he worked at Polaroid and PepsiCo. From 2004 to 2014 he held positions with increasing responsibility managing the strategic finance function for domestic and international businesses at Ocean Spray, Weight Watchers, and Colgate-Palmolive. Before joining Candid in 2020, he was Director of Finance at The Helmsley Charitable Trust for five years, where he established the financial planning and analysis function to generate efficiencies in the organization’s grant making and operating expense planning process. He completed the Financial Executive Leadership Program at University of Pennsylvania and is an active member of Financial Executives Networking Group. He has also served as a board member and treasurer for various organizations, including PRISM Business Foundation, Greater Boston LGBT Chamber of Commerce, and Massachusetts Asian AIDS Prevention Project.
He earned his BS in Accounting and Economics from the University of Delhi, India, and an MBA in Finance from Clarion University.
Miz thrives in making Candid’s cross-departmental workings run smoothly. She leads organization-wide planning, reporting, contracts, and internal communications. She also serves as board secretary to help the board be effective and efficient. Miz played a key role in Candid’s formation in 2019 and helps lead the charge on coordinating the integration workstreams especially culture and change management.
Miz has been building teams and operations of small and medium-sized social enterprises for 20 years. She draws on international management experience in the philanthropic, nonprofit, and financial services sectors. A results-driven leader who identifies strategic opportunities, she accelerates process improvements to drive change in organizations. Early in her career, Miz worked at Fannie Mae Foundation, Citigroup, and impact investing firm, Acumen. From 2005 to 2011, she worked at Usaha Tegas, a $10 billion conglomerate in Malaysia. She managed $1 billion in investments and led philanthropic initiatives in the chairman's office. From 2011 to 2013, she was vice president of operations, strategy, and talent at Global Citizen Year, an internationally focused youth-leadership nonprofit. From 2013 to 2019, she led GuideStar's finance, strategic planning, and monitoring and evaluation systems. Miz brought the breadth of her cross-sector experiences to bear when GuideStar and Foundation Center joined forces. Miz serves on two DC-based nonprofit boards – Capital City Public Charter School and capacity-builder Fair Chance – which grounds her big-picture work at Candid in community-based organizations.
She holds a B.S. in Commerce from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.
Kevin’s teams of software engineers, architects, analysts and testers make (and for testing purposes, try to break) the technology and infrastructure that buttress every aspect of Candid. This includes internal and external systems, ecommerce, security and IT support, to name a few. His team also develops and maintains Candid's product offerings in conjunction with Candid's products team.
Kevin leads Candid’s Business Systems & Intelligence, Software Engineering, and System Services departments. Previously, he was Foundation Center’s director of technology integration, managing the Business Insights and Systems Services teams.
Kevin brings more than 20 years of experience as a software developer and systems architect. He started his career as a custom software developer at PEC Technologies from 1999 to 2010 and was assistant technical manager at MacauSlot (China) from 2008 to 2010. He joined KPMG in 2010, where he became manager of development. In 2014, he joined Slalom Consulting as solution principal before joining Foundation Center. While at Slalom, Kevin served as the technical lead for the design and build of Foundation Center's Enterprise Database Management System (EDMS).
Kevin has a B.S. in computer science from Grand Valley State University, during which time he spent a summer studying intensive Japanese at ICU in Tokyo that sparked a desire to spend more time abroad. As a result, he studied Mandarin Chinese at Beijing Language and Culture University from 2006 to 2007 and lived in China for three more years. Because of these experiences, he brings an international perspective to his role.
Lisa, based in Abu Dhabi and New York, oversees development, finance, and communications for Candid. She joined Foundation Center in 2011 as vice president for strategic philanthropy and director of GrantCraft.
Lisa’s philanthropy expertise broadened with each step of her career. She started at Public Technology Institute from 1987 to 1989, where she managed the urban consortium. She was director of communications and government relations at Philanthropy New York, where she worked from 1991 to 1997. She spent from 1997 to 1998 as a program officer for youth development and education at the Robin Hood Foundation. She was managing director and global head of Philanthropic Services for the J.P. Morgan Private Bank, where she worked from 1998-2011. In this role, she oversaw over $100 million in annual grantmaking by client foundations and advised hundreds of major donors on a wide array of charitable planning, strategy, and implementation issues.
Her leadership in the field has included roles as chair of Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, vice chair of the New York Women’s Foundation, and board member of Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families. Lisa has taught master’s level coursework on philanthropy as an adjunct professor at New York University.
Lisa earned a B.A. in Asian studies and economics from the University of Michigan and an M.B.A. in marketing and nonprofit management from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She also participated in Columbia University’s mid-career Charles H. Revson Fellowship program.
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.
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.
Zohra oversees Candid’s Networks division, comprising of 6 departments and 55 team members. Her team ensures Candid connects social sector professionals around the globe to information and resources they need to do good. A typical day in Networks means managing relationships with 110+ Community Foundations Insights members, 400+ Funding Information Network partners, and 100+ allies from affinity groups, associations, and multi-lateral agencies across the world. On an annual basis, Zohra’s team stewards 100,000 engagements through online chats and customer support services. Her team also delivers hundreds of online and in-person training programs to tens of thousands of people annually leveraging resources on Candid’s learning sites: GrantSpace, GrantCraft, and Glasspockets. Additionally, the Networks team stewards cross-cutting global initiatives related to research, data, and capacity building partnerships, ensuring our external stakeholders receive a suite of solutions anchored in cultural context.
She launched her career at Enactus, a global community of student, academic, and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world. Her roles with the organization included Program Development Director, Regional Vice President of International Programs, and Vice President of Enactus Worldwide. Prior to joining Candid, Zohra was the President of Global Management Challenge USA, the world’s largest strategy and management training platform, with operations in 40 countries and 500,000+ participants from the corporate and higher education sectors.
Zohra is multilingual, has traveled to more than 50 countries, serves as advisor to multiple organizations, and enjoys exploring roads less traveled.