NATIONAL BOARD OF GOVERNERS

NATIONAL BOARD OF GOVERNERS

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KATE DEWEY | PRESIDENT, THE FORBES FUND | PITTSBURGH PA

Kate assumed the Presidency of The Forbes Funds in January 2013. She has more than forty years of direct experience with a variety of nonprofit organizations, foundations, public agencies and corporations at the local, state and national level.

Prior to joining The Forbes Funds, Kate was the founding partner of Dewey & Kaye, Inc., which merged with McCrory & McDowell LLC in July 2004 and subsequently acquired by ParentBeard LLC in 2011. Dewey & Kaye was the fifth oldest consulting practice in the United States dedicated to serving nonprofit organizations, foundations and government agencies. Previously she was Manager of Community Affairs for Mellon Bank Corporation.  From 1985 until 1991, Kate served as the founding Executive Director of Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania, an association dedicated to promoting effective philanthropy.  Before moving to Pittsburgh in 1982, Kate was a Principal in Semerad Associates of Washington, D.C., a consulting firm specializing in governmental affairs, planning, and development services for nonprofits, school-to-work policy formulation, and public/private ventures.  She has held a variety of additional posts in both the public and private sectors, including serving as Executive Vice President of 7001 Ltd., President Ford’s signature initiative focused on strengthening school-to-work transition services for high-risk youth; Interstate Juvenile Probation and Parole Coordinator/Liaison to Juvenile Corrections and Mental Health for the State of New Jersey; and Director of Ambulatory and Residential Treatment Services for New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services.

Kate is the 2008 winner of the ATHENA Award in Pittsburgh. The ATHENA Award is recognized internationally as the premier honor for excellence in leadership among business, professional and community leaders. She has had extensive board service experience. She currently serves as a Trustee of the Shirley Jordan Foundation. She is a 1990 graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh and the 1999 Recipient of the Greater Pittsburgh YWCA’s Tribute to Women Award. She also received the Women of the Year Award from the Baker leadership Institute in 2011.

Kate received her Bachelor’s degree from Rider College and a Masters in Social Work from Rutgers University. She was certified in 1995 as a management trainer by the Avraham Y. Goldratt Institute, an international educational organization.

RICH EKSTROM | PRINCIPAL, SOCIUS-PARTNERS LLC | PITTSBURGH PA

Rich has served as an executive or consultant for public and private healthcare and biotechnology companies for over 20 years. Previously he was with Westinghouse Electric Corporation, where he served in a variety of management positions including controller, manufacturing manager and corporate staff positions. He holds a B.A. degree from Cornell University and an M.B.A. degree from Boston University. In addition to serving on the Coro National Board of Governors, he is Chairman of the Board of Directors for Coro Pittsburgh and is a Board Member at the Pittsburgh Regional Healthcare Initiative and at Westinghouse SURE.  He the author of The Backwords Dictionary, and is actively engaged in promoting awareness of the impressive Westinghouse Memorial in Schenley Park.

 

SETH HUFFORD | PARTNER, THE PEOPLE GROUP LLC | PITTSBURGH PA

Seth combines his unique mix of professional experiences to build individual and organizational capacity in three distinct areas: policy & advocacy, leadership development, and strategic thinking. He believes that by increasing the capability of individuals and strategically addressing organizational issues, we create better-functioning relationships, workplaces, and communities. Working across the business, government, and nonprofit sectors, Seth has engaged diverse groups of people from community activists to business executives. He has facilitated teams both large and small to tackle complex challenges, address inter-personal dynamics, and produce results.

Prior to launching The People Group LLC, Seth led strategic and organizational development initiatives for the Allegheny County Controller’s office in Pittsburgh, PA, managed global executive education programs at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business, directed Coro’s Leadership New York program, and facilitated Leadership Pittsburgh’s Leadership Development Initiative. He also gained valuable work experience at a countywide Chamber of Commerce and at the Philadelphia office of Booz Allen Hamilton, a worldwide management consulting company.

Seth holds a Master of Public Policy and Management from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Bachelor of Arts from Dickinson College. Other than his professional pursuits, Seth enjoys spending time with his wife, two sons, and good friends, talking public policy and politics, listening to music or seeing live shows, watching and playing international football, and exploring the urban fabric of cities.

 

AMY LAZURUS | FOUNDER, INCLUSION VENTURES LLC | WASHINGTON, DC

Amy is the founder and CEO of InclusionVentures, LLC, making welcoming and effective spaces the norm in workplaces and communities toward faster systems change. Amy served as Executive Director as the International Institute for Sustained Dialogue for the past five years, first as the inaugural ED for the Campus Network and then for the Institute. Under her tenure, programs grew from serving 11 to 45 college campuses in the United States, Latin America, and Africa; expanded into workplaces focused on talent development, inclusion, and leadership; and earned revenue increased from 6% to 33%. Amy also founded PULSE, a neuroscience-based leadership retreat to catalyze inclusive talent.

Amy was a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs, earned an M.S. in Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon’s Heinz School, and founded Common Ground at Duke University. She is the Curator for the World Economic Forum Global Shaper DC Hub and is a recipient of USA Network’s Characters Unite Award, Top 99 Under 33 Foreign Policy Leaders, Facing History’s Upstander Award, the American Express NGen Leadership Fellowship, and was the youngest person inducted into her high school’s alumni hall of fame. Amy is cited in Bloomberg Businessweek, The Washington Post, Barrett Seaman’s Binge: What Your College Student Won’t Tell You, and Robert Thompson’s Beyond Reason and Tolerance: The Promise and Practice of Higher Education. From Shaker Heights, Ohio, Amy lives in Washington, DC and serves on the boards of Coro National and Operation Understanding DC. She is certified in administering the Myers Briggs Type Indicator and DiSC profile. Amy practices tai chi and has sung back up for Aretha Franklin.

Amy excels at helping people, workplaces, schools, and communities make better decisions faster through diversity, inclusion, and effective leadership. Her approach to systems change includes helping top-down and bottom-up work more efficiently on their journey toward each other.

PATRICK MCCALLUM | PRESIDENT MCCALLUM GROUP INC. | SACRAMENTO, CA

Patrick has devoted much of his life to advocating for others and facilitating the change they want to see in the world. A visionary leader, Patrick excels at helping clients and legislators to see new possibilities in a situation, and to persist in the strategic action necessary to make a difference.

Described as “an amazing strategist with integrity and persistence,” Patrick is a widely recognized expert on higher education issues in the US  and considered one of the most savvy, influential lobbyists in Sacramento. His analysis of policy issues and legislation is highly regarded and sought after for its relevancy, accuracy and timeliness. Patrick has also worked on behalf of clients in health care, technology, financial services and real estate.

A few highlights of his track record include:

  • FACCC: Faculty Association of Community Colleges. The strategic planning, innovative changes and consensus building facilitated by Patrick as Executive Director helped grow the membership of this once-dying, now-thriving organization from 1600 members in 1981 to over 9,000 members in 1998.
  • Prior to serving as the Executive Director of FACCC, Patrick served as a Consultant to the Assembly Higher Education Committee and as a Staff Consultant to two Assembly Members. Before working in the Capitol, Patrick worked for the US Department of Labor as a Research economist.
  • In 2007, Patrick founded the Collaborative Brain Trust Consulting Firm that now has over 200 consultants to serve the needs of colleges, universities and business entities throughout the world. Brain Trust consultants have done work in twenty different states and three countries. CBT was just awarded a contract to create a higher ed master plan for the country of Mongolia. Patrick has lead projects for creating a new CC in Idaho and the strategic plan for the University of Liberia.

Active in his community, Patrick serves on the Capitol Public Radio Board and serves on the Board of Jericho, a group that advocates on behalf of the poor and educates its members on public policy issues affecting California.

Patrick served as a Coro Fellow in San Francisco in 1977-78,  earned a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Occidental College, and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Economics from San Francisco State University.

ABE NAPARSTEK | VICE PRESIDENT, FOREST CITY ENTERPRISES | BROOKLYN, NY

Abe is a Vice President in the Residential Group of Forest City Enterprises. In that capacity he manages potential and ongoing residential opportunities for the company in the Northeast. Abe is the lead developer on a number of complex mixed-use projects, including a ground-up development and an adaptive re-use project utilizing state and federal historic tax credits.

Prior to this position, Abe worked in the Commercial Group of Forest City Enterprises. In that role he managed a capital construction project in Pittsburgh, PA, utilizing a state capital grant. Abe coordinated and helped structure a state and federal historic tax credit project that will ultimately create over $10 million in tax credits.

Prior to his work at Forest City, Abe was the Assistant County Manager of Allegheny County. In that capacity, he worked on a number of policy initiatives for the County with a primary focus and responsibility in economic development and government relations. Abe was the primary interface with the County’s eight regional government entities and helped implement Tax Increment Funding packages for development projects that totaled over $250 million. Abe also represented the County Executive at County Council and with the state legislative delegation.

Abe received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Rochester and received a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University.

 

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JIM SCHONING | SACRAMENTO, CA

Jim Schoning served in California Governor Pete Wilson’s Administration from 1991-99 as Chief of the Bureau of Automotive Repair and as the 1st Ombudsman at the California Air Resources Board. He previously served California Assembly Speaker Robert Monagan as Chief Administrative Officer of the Assembly, as well as Assistant to the Assembly Republican Leader. A 1966 graduate of the Southern California Coro Fellows Program, Jim spent a total of 16 years on the Coro staff, including service as Director of Programs and Training in Southern California and New York City, where he helped establish the Coro Fellows program from 1983-88.

In addition to Coro’s Fellows Program, Jim designed and/or directed Coro programs to meet the needs of Southern California’s reach for regional governance, newly-elected California state legislators and the California Business Roundtable; high school students, college undergraduates, Hispanic law students, and educators; mid-career women, Junior Leagues, African American women in South Central Los Angeles, women in Westchester County and Hispanic women in New York City. He is a member of Coro National’s Board of Governors; was a founding member of the board of the Coro National Alumni Association (CNAA); and serves on the Board of the W. Donald Fletcher Trust, established to preserve and disseminate the written work of Coro’s Co-Founder. In 1992 Jim received CNAA’s Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award. In 2001, he received CNAA’s Van Duyn Dodge Award, named after Coro’s other Co-Founder, for service to Coro. In 2007, Coro Southern California awarded Jim its first ever Legacy Award, “for a lifetime devoted to Coro.”

On July 2, 2005, Jim married Chere Manion Roberts, of Charlotte, NC; they now reside in Sacramento. He was previously married to the late Virginia Jarrell Schoning, from 1966-2002. Upon Ginny’s passing, a fund was established in her memory at Coro National to assist Coro’s work. Jim retired in 2004, to devote more time to travel and volunteer activities, including Coro, after serving as Executive Director of the California Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. He graduated from the University of Redlands, where he majored in Economics and Government, edited an All American college newspaper, and was elected to Omicron Delta Kappa, national leadership society. He is currently a member of the Capital Athletic Club and the American Himalayan Foundation. His hobbies include hiking, skiing and cycling. Jim completed the 1984, 1985 and 1986 New York City Marathons and in 1999 traveled in the Khumbu region of Nepal, twice ascending above 18,000′. Recent travels include China, Vietnam, Alaska, Austria, Italy, Turkey, Israel and Egypt.

JAMES WEINBERG | CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, FUSE CORPS | BOSTON, MA

James Weinberg joined Fuse Corps as its CEO in October of 2014. James is a serial social entrepreneur who loves scaling-up cross-sector ventures, especially when they are focused on leveraging talent for impact.

James previously served as Co-Founder & Chairman of AchieveMission, a management-consulting firm dedicated to increasing the impact of organizations by improving their capacity for leadership development. Prior to that, he served as the Co-Founder & CEO of Commongood Careers, a retained search firm focused on addressing the unique recruiting needs of the nation’s most entrepreneurial nonprofits. James’ experience also includes having served as the National Development Director at BELL, a tutoring and mentoring program that he helped to grow over three years from a $4 million to a $15 million budget; and as the Founding Executive Director of the Homeless Children’s Education Fund, where he worked to ensure that children who are homeless have increased access to educational opportunities.

James currently serves as the national board chair of Coro and he has served on the boards of groups such as Reimagining Service, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy and ProInspire, while also helping to convene the first White House Forum on Nonprofit Leadership.

James earned a Master’s of Science in Public Policy & Management from Carnegie Mellon University, is an alumnus of the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Classics from Tufts University, where he graduated summa cum laude. James lives in Boston with his son Jack, enjoys sailing and cycling, and can frequently be found in JetBlue terminals from coast to coast.

LISA FLICK WILSON | CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, SOUTHEAST ENERGY EFFICIENCY ALLIANCE | ATLANTA, GA

Lisa Flick Wilson currently serves as Chief Operating Officer for the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance, a regional organization dedicated to using energy opportunities to drive an economically vibrant, energy secure and environmentally sustainable southeastern United States. Lisa has more than 18 years of experience leading organizations at the grassroots and national/international levels, as well as in non-profit, government and philanthropic entities.

Prior to SEEA, Lisa helped launch the Civic Accelerator at Points of Light, an educational program and impact investment fund for enterprises that lift up social entrepreneurs and help them successfully launch new civic ventures.  Prior to this, she served as director of strategic partnerships for the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation where she created and managed with national, regional and local organizations like United Way Worldwide, Corporation for Public Broadcasting and AARP.  Prior to Harwood, Lisa served as a program officer in civic and philanthropic engagement with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.  And before Kellogg, Lisa worked for ten years to start-up HandsOn Network and in 2007 worked to merge it with Points of Light to create the largest volunteer organization in the world with an annual budget of approximately $30 million and more than 380 affiliates worldwide.

Lisa is a graduate of Emory University, the Coro Fellowship Program in Public Affairs (St. Louis ’99), a proud AmeriCorps Alum. Lisa is the blessed mom of twin nine-year olds, the caretaker of dogs, cats and chickens, and spends much of her time community organizing from her front porch.