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Meet the Innovators

Driving Change.

jay jakub

Senior Director of External Research at Mars, Incorporated / Catalyst

Dr. Jay Jakub assists the Mars Chief Economist / Catalyst Managing Director in managing the unit, with team members in Brussels, Washington, Chicago, New York, Oxford, Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Chennai (India).  Founded in the 1960s, Catalyst challenges conventional business thinking, leveraging expertise from 50-100+ thought partners globally from academia, NGOs, int’l organizations, etc.   Jay co-leads Catalyst’s Economics of Mutuality (EoM) program, a business model innovation that uses non-monetized metrics (Mutuality KPIs) and new management practices to drive superior value creation at scale, optimizing multi-capital return for stakeholders.  EoM is the subject of a book Jay co-authored with Bruno Roche called ‘Completing Capitalism’ (Berrett-Koehler, 2017), which will next be published in Chinese in June 2018 by CITIC Press in Beijing.  Jay oversees the joint EoM multi-year research program Mars has with Oxford’s Said Business School, along with Catalyst’s many other external partnerships.   He is a frequent guest speaker at business schools, conferences & other events.  His doctorate is from St. John’s College, Oxford University.  


rich diclaudio

President and CEO, Energy Innovation Center Institute

Rich has 35 years of private equity investing and private capital portfolio management experience focused primarily in the energy and related technologies industry.  During his career he has been responsible for raising over US$734 million and managing over US$1.4 billion in AUM. The EICI, among other things, is ramping up to incubate energy technologies across the entire energy spectrum with a focus on alternative and sustainable technologies while also providing large scale corporate lead workforce development training and aligned think tank type events and conferences.


Rich serves on several profit and not for profit boards, often in positions in leadership.

"Where's my robot Alex?"  - Rich DiClaudio


lisa slayton

President and CEO, Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation

Lisa Pratt Slayton oversees all strategic initiatives, partnerships and development at the Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation.  Lisa has designed and launched the Leaders Collaborative and delivered organizational development consulting, training, and coaching services to a wide variety of organizations including Net Health, CTR Systems, Akina, GrowthPlay, Prominent, Careform, Light of Life, Truefit, WabTec and Wolfe Inc as well as a number of local congregations. 

Under Lisa's leadership the PLF has recently begun the Just Work initiative, a program designed to restore the stature of the skilled workforce. Lisa currently serves on several boards including the national Made to Flourish Organization and the National Leadership Foundation.


bill peduto

Mayor, City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Bill Peduto was elected as Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh in 2013. He has dedicated his career to preserving the unique character of Pittsburgh that so many of us love, while making sure that we work together to make Pittsburgh a place that works for all.


Under Bill's leadership pittsburgh has emerged as an active hub for technology, education, healthcare, and finance. The Mayor and his team have led Pittsburgh's most recent renaissance to become one of the world's leading post industrial cities consistently raking near the top of peer review lists for resiliency, smart cities, and affordable and desirable cities to live in the world. 

"If it's not for all, it's not for us." - Bill Peduto


Jabari Jones

President, West Philadelphia Corridor Collaborative

As the founding President of the West Philadelphia Corridor Collaborative since 2015, Jabari K. Jones leads the largest association of small businesses in West Philadelphia.  Jones has overseen the Collaborative’s expansive growth to now include participation from over a dozen local business associations with a combined membership of over one thousand independent small businesses.


Under his direction, the Collaborative continues its core mission of using entrepreneurship to create pathways to self-sufficiency for Philadelphia residents.  Jones has overseen the Collaborative’s efforts to create, connect and advocate for resources to help residents start new businesses and provide existing businesses with the new skills, access to opportunities and representation they need to grow and hire.


kwang kim

Global Expert in Competitiveness and Value Chains, 

World Bank; Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University

Kwang is a strategy and competitiveness advisor to cabinet ministers, the U.K. Department for International Development (DFID), and Fortune 500 companies in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean. He is currently based in the World Bank Group’s private sector development network. Kwang’s recent engagements include developing risk management strategies to Mozambique’s agricultural sector and leading a team of advisors on economic growth strategies to the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Mr. Kim’s recent publications include the Pakistan Competitiveness Report and authoring a chapter in the World Bank’s Central America Trade and Competitiveness Report (forthcoming). Mr. Kim is a member of ICAP, a leadership network affiliated with the Aspen Institute.


alexa clay

Author & Co-Founder, The Misfit Economy

Alexa is a leading expert on subculture and innovation from unlikely places. She is the co-author of The Misfit Economy (Simon & Schuster 2015), a book that explores underground and informal innovation. Alexa works to create bridges and opportunities for misfit subcultures within the formal economy. She is the Founder of Wisdom Hackers, an incubator for philosophical inquiry. And the Co-Founder of the League of Intrapreneurs, a movement to create change from within incumbent systems and big organizations. 

Alexa has written and appeared in Fast Company, Forbes, Wired, Dazed and Confused, VICE, Harvard Business Review, the New York Times and MTV. She is a regular commentator on topics related to economic transition, misfit subculture, social entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship and technology angst. She received her BA from Brown University and a MSc. from Oxford University. When not operating in the world as Alexa, you can find her playing the Amish Futurist, an alter ego bringing Socratic inquiry to the tech scene.


david greusel

Founding Principal, Convergence Design

David Greusel, FAIA has over 30 years of professional experience in architecture. He has worked as a principal and shareholder in large and medium-sized architectural firms across the Midwest. His responsibilities have included every aspect of architectural project delivery including design, programming, planning, and project management. His primary strength, however, is working with clients to help them articulate and realize their own particular goals for a project. For most of his career, David has specialized in public assembly architecture, including stadiums and arenas; civic, convention and conference centers; and athletic and recreation centers.


David has a reputation as a skilled communicator and a consensus-builder. He has taught communication skills to architects and allied professionals nationwide. He authored Architect’s Essentials of Presentation Skills, part of the Architect’s Essentials series published by Wiley. For his contributions to the profession of architecture, David was elevated to Fellow in the American Institute of Architects in 2009.


karen sobel lojeski

Founder and CEO, Virtual Distance International

Dr. Karen Sobel Lojeski is the Founder and CEO of Virtual Distance International (VDI), a software company specializing in Workplace Transformation powered by Virtual Distance Analytics. Dr. Lojeski began as a Systems Engineer with a B.S. in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics. She also held leadership positions at major corporations including Chase Manhattan Bank, Stratus Computer, and Mercer Consulting. Karen then earned her Ph.D. from Stevens Institute of Technology.

Dr. Lojeski is the author of two books: Leading the Virtual Workforce and Uniting the Virtual Workforce. 


matthew taylor

Chief Executive, RSA

Matthew Taylor has been Chief Executive of the RSA since November 2006. During this time the Society has substantially increased its output of research and innovation, has provided new routes to support charitable initiatives of its 28,000 Fellows – including crowd funding - and has developed a global profile as a platform for ideas. In October 2016 Matthew was appointed by the Prime Minister to lead an independent review into modern employment; the review's findings were published in July 2017.

Prior to this appointment, Matthew was Chief Adviser on Political Strategy to the Prime Minister. Previous roles include Labour Party Director of Policy and Deputy General Secretary and Chief Executive of the ippr the UK's leading left of centre think tank.

Matthew is a regular media performer having appeared several times on the Today Programme, The Daily Politics and Newsnight. He had written and presented several Radio Four documentaries and is a panellist on the programme Moral Maze. He writes a regular column for the Local Government Chronicle. 


ben dello

Head of the RSA Future Work Centre and Associate Director, Economy, Enterprise and Manufacturing

Benedict is Associate Director in the RSA’s Economy, Enterprise and Manufacturing team. His research covers topics such as self-employment, the maker movement, the future of manufacturing, and capital and ownership in the 21st century.


erica dorn

Managing Director, Good Work Institute

Erica Dorn is Managing Director at the Good Work Institute, where she choreographs experiential and participatory business leadership programs. Erica champions ‘deep scale’ in business – she believes we can all contribute to building inclusive, compassionate economies that improve our collective future by uplifting diverse and locally-owned businesses. Erica’s led a mission-driven career working in U.S. microfinance, community economic development, and small business education. Erica ran business development and lending for Accion NY, the leading micro-lender in the US. As a new economy consultant, she built programs advocating for inclusive ownership and heart-led decision making for the Queens Public Library, Department of Small Business Services, Fare Resources, and Bernoulli Finance. Erica is an adjunct lecturer at Baruch College in Community Economic Development, Slow Money NY board member, and Coro alumni.


garance choko

Founder and CEO, Coda Societies

Garance Choko started her career as a concert pianist at a very young age. Later, when she moved to the United States to continue her performance studies, she pursued her passion for public administration and innovation. She earned her Masters of Public Administration from Cornell University. 


Garance has launched innovation firms, designed and implemented physical spaces, national and local health care systems, nation-wide public administration processes, and labor policies for institutions, corporations and governments in North America, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean. She is a proud board member at Sing For Hope.


meghan harte

Executive Director,Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Chicago

Meghan Harte serves as the executive director of the Chicago office of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). A national leader in comprehensive community development, LISC Chicago’s mission is to connect neighborhoods to the resources they need to become stronger and healthier.

Harte oversees a professional staff of 15, an active real estate loan portfolio, and an annual organizational budget of $8 million. Prior to joining LISC Chicago, Harte served as Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Deputy Chief of Staff. Previous to working in the Mayor’s office, Harte was Vice President at AECOM. She also served as the Managing Director of Resident Services for the Chicago Housing Authority. Harteserved as a deputy chief of staff for Mayor Richard M. Daley and held positions surrounding the 1996 Democratic National Convention and the 2012 NATO Host Committee.

Harte holds a B.S. degree from Vanderbilt University and received her JD from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She serves on the Chicago Housing Authority Board of Commissioners, is on the board of Special Children's Charities Chicago and is a volunteer coach at ABC Pilsen.


maggie de pree

Founder and CEO, Coda Societies

I am an entrepreneur and mother who believes in the power of human agency – the ability for people to choose to make a difference in the world. I work with global corporations, entrepreneurs and citizens to foster market-based solutions to societal challenges, including climate change, energy security and health care. I recently co-founded the League of Intrapreneurs, a global movement for corporate social intrapreneurs - people inside companies driving systemic change on societal issues. Prior to founding the Human Agency, I was Director of Imaginals and also served as Head of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at SustainAbility, a leading corporate responsibility advisory firm. 

In 2008, I had the fortune of co-authoring a skoll-funded report with John Elkington -- The Social Intrapreneur: A Field Guide for Corporate Changemakers. I am an American living in Oxfordshire with my husband and 3 year-old daughter.


dr. steven garber

Professor of Marketplace Theology and Leadership, Regent College

Dr. Steven Garber is an advisor and consultant for a diverse range of businesses, foundations, and educational institutions including Demdaco Corporation, Mars Corporation, Murdock Trust, Blood:Water Mission, and Telos Group. His long commitment to the conviction that culture is upstream from politics led him to contribute to the book Get Up Off Your Knees: Preaching the U2 Catalog and inspired him to participate in the founding of Wedgwood Circle. He is also a past Principal of  The Washington Institute. 


jane craig

Global Strategic Capabilities Director, Mars

Until April this year, Jane Craig was the Global Head of Leadership Development at Mars Incorporated, one of the largest privately-owned manufacturing businesses in the world. She has now set up as an independent consultant and executive coach specializing in helping leaders to successfully navigate a VUCA world and solve some of society’s most complex challenges. 


Unusually, Jane started her career as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine moving to Mars after 9 years in academia and general practice. Over the last 18 years she has spent 5 years working the commercial side of the business before moving into HR. Since then she has worked in the majority of specialist HR divisions, primarily in Talent, Organisational Development and Learning. 


Jane has pioneered new leadership development approaches at Mars that seek to create more transformational business leaders. Leaders who possess greater capacity to handle complexity, and the creativity and commitment to re-invent business models, such that business can become a more equal partner in delivering a more sustainable future for our communities and our planet.


taylor smith

President and Founder, PFDI

Taylor Smith, President and founder of PFDI, specializes in charter school site location and development throughout Florida for various charter school networks and stakeholders.  PFDI has established all of the Florida Educational Facilities Benefit Districts currently in existence.


Since 1998, PFDI, together with its affiliated companies, has financed and developed charter schools, school concurrency projects, public roads, residential developments, mixed-use projects, parking garages, P3 government facilities and mixed-use office/retail projects. The projects and tax-exempt financings total over $960,000,000. PFDI development projects have involved the creation of complex ownership structures with multiple public and private stakeholders including corporations, municipalities, county governments, school districts, state agencies and not-for-profit institutions.


Taylor Smith served on Florida’s founding Charter School Review Panel as well as the Florida Greenways Commission.


Taylor Smith is a Florida native. After graduating from Spruce Creek High School, Smith attended Princeton University and completed graduate studies as a Fulbright Scholar and a Harry S. Truman Scholar to Australian National University. Smith has spent his entire career based out of Florida. Smith is an active volunteer leader and teacher in his Jacksonville community and enjoys spending time with his wife, Kathi and two children, Taylor and Virginia.


dana k. Bezerra

President, Heron Foundation

Dana K. Bezerra began her career in agriculture in California. Her family owned a dairy farm in the San Joaquin Valley, where she bore witness to the bankruptcy of a local creamery, the formation of an independent milk producers’ cooperative, and the provision of a local tax abatement package to a multinational food company. Those experiences left Bezerra with a lasting impression about the importance of social cohesion within a community — and the complicated relationship between communities and capital markets.

In 2006, Bezerra joined Heron. As a program officer, Bezerra engaged with nonprofit and community leaders who were operationalizing Heron’s mission on the ground in communities that had been waylaid by globalization, mechanization, and disintermediation. It became clear in that role that Heron’s responsibility was to feed the agency of local leaders by supporting them and their enterprises. Over the next 10 years, Bezerra played a key role in rotating Heron’s entire portfolio (including debt, equity, and grants) to better reflect Heron’s mission. As president, Bezerra hopes to build on Heron’s history and leverage the lessons it has learned over the past 25 years — both on the ground in communities and within the capital markets.


fred brown

President and CEO, Forbes Funds

Fred Brown was appointed President & CEO of The Forbes Funds on January 8, 2018. Prior to that time Mr. Brown served as the President & CEO of the Homewood Children’s Village. Mr. Brown has worked in the non-profit arena and in the public education sector for over 30 years; he has served in a variety of leadership capacities, including the roles as an Executive Director, Associate Director, supervisor, social worker, executive coach, consultant, conflict resolution and mediation specialist, coach and mentor roles. Mr. Brown has continued to invest his time, energies, and expertise in assisting a variety of communities and organizations to develop new and innovative programs that seek to empower at-risk populations. In addition to working in the aforementioned areas, Mr. Brown is actively involved in other aspects of professional development including Dean of students, school teacher, adjunct professor, and project manager. A specific focus of Mr. Brown’s work includes working with African American males to reduce minority dropout rates in post- secondary environments and briding the divide between minority communities and their knowledge regarding energy reduction planning, carbon foodprint analysis, and environmental justice leadership.


dana k. Bezerra

President, Heron Foundation

Dana K. Bezerra began her career in agriculture in California. Her family owned a dairy farm in the San Joaquin Valley, where she bore witness to the bankruptcy of a local creamery, the formation of an independent milk producers’ cooperative, and the provision of a local tax abatement package to a multinational food company. Those experiences left Bezerra with a lasting impression about the importance of social cohesion within a community — and the complicated relationship between communities and capital markets.

In 2006, Bezerra joined Heron. As a program officer, Bezerra engaged with nonprofit and community leaders who were operationalizing Heron’s mission on the ground in communities that had been waylaid by globalization, mechanization, and disintermediation. It became clear in that role that Heron’s responsibility was to feed the agency of local leaders by supporting them and their enterprises. Over the next 10 years, Bezerra played a key role in rotating Heron’s entire portfolio (including debt, equity, and grants) to better reflect Heron’s mission. As president, Bezerra hopes to build on Heron’s history and leverage the lessons it has learned over the past 25 years — both on the ground in communities and within the capital markets.


dana k. bezerra

President, Heron Foundation

Dana K. Bezerra began her career in agriculture in California. Her family owned a dairy farm in the San Joaquin Valley, where she bore witness to the bankruptcy of a local creamery, the formation of an independent milk producers’ cooperative, and the provision of a local tax abatement package to a multinational food company. Those experiences left Bezerra with a lasting impression about the importance of social cohesion within a community — and the complicated relationship between communities and capital markets.

In 2006, Bezerra joined Heron. As a program officer, Bezerra engaged with nonprofit and community leaders who were operationalizing Heron’s mission on the ground in communities that had been waylaid by globalization, mechanization, and disintermediation. It became clear in that role that Heron’s responsibility was to feed the agency of local leaders by supporting them and their enterprises. Over the next 10 years, Bezerra played a key role in rotating Heron’s entire portfolio (including debt, equity, and grants) to better reflect Heron’s mission. As president, Bezerra hopes to build on Heron’s history and leverage the lessons it has learned over the past 25 years — both on the ground in communities and within the capital markets.


lee branstetter

Professor of Economics and Public Policy, CMU

Lee Branstetter is a professor of economics and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University, where he directs the Center for the Future of Work and helps lead the Block Center for Technology and Society. He is also a nonresident senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He served as a Senior Economist at the Council of Economic Advisers in 2011-2012. Before moving to Carnegie Mellon, Branstetter was the Daniel Stanton Associate Professor of Business at Columbia Business School, where he directed the International Business Program. Branstetter also served as an Associate Editor of the Journal of International Economics from 2003-2011.

Branstetter has conducted research in the domains of innovation, the economics of intellectual property, international technology transfer, and international trade and investment. His work has been published in the American Economic Review, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the RAND Journal of Economics, the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of International Economics, and the Journal of Industrial Economics. Branstetter received his PhD in economics from Harvard University in 1996 and his BA from Northwestern University in 1991.


gib bullock

Founder, Accenture Development Partnerships

Gib Bulloch is an award winning social intrapreneur who consults, writes and speaks on a range of topics relating to the role of business in society. Gib believes passionately in the power of business to change the world and in the power of the individual to change the world of business. After an early career in BP and Mars, his ‘epiphany’ came from a year as a business volunteer with VSO in the Balkans in 2000. The next 15 years were spent founding and scaling Accenture’s global “not-for-loss” consulting business, Accenture Development Partnerships. This innovative venture attracted significant media attention, won Accenture international awards for Corporate Social Responsibility and Gib himself was voted the UK’s Management Consultant of the year in 2008. He left Accenture in 2016 to explore new ways of supporting purpose driven insurgencies within the corporate world and to write his first book: “The Intrapreneur: Confessions of a Corporate Insurgent”. Gib is a Visiting Fellow at Cranfield University and serves on the Board of The END Fund and The League of Intrapreneurs. www.gibbulloch.com @gibbulloch


stuart candy

Associate Professor, CMU Design

Stuart Candy is an Associate Professor in the Carnegie Mellon School of Design. An award-winning foresight practitioner, designer, artist and educator, his work aims to augment our capacity for navigating alternative futures by any means necessary. At CMU he is responsible for integrating foresight / futures practice throughout the design curriculum.


Professor Candy has been involved in and identified with hybrid design / futures currents such as “design fiction” and “speculative design” dating back to their early appearances in the 2000s, and has been instrumental in bringing these idioms to wider attention and application through presenting, teaching and writing, as well as expanding their boundaries through collaborative projects using transmedia storytelling, participatory design events, games, installations, and guerrilla interventions. His experiential futures work has featured worldwide in museums, festivals, conferences, and city streets, on the Discovery Channel, and in the pages of The Economist and Wired.

He is currently director of CMU Situation Lab (publishers of The Thing From The Future card game), and Affiliated Faculty in the School of Architecture and the Entertainment Technology Center. He is Chair of the Academic Task Force of the Association of Professional Futurists, a founding member of the Foresight Advisory Board at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (Switzerland), and is the first Fellow of both The Long Now Foundation (USA) and the Museum of Tomorrow (Brazil).


don carter

Director, Remaking Cities Institute

Don Carter is David Lewis Director of Urban Design and Regional Engagement of the Remaking Cities Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. He also teaches in the Master of Urban Design program in the School of Architecture, where from 2010 to 2017 he was Track Chair of the Master of Urban Design program. Prior to joining Carnegie Mellon University in July 2009, Don was President of Urban Design Associates in Pittsburgh where over thirty-six years he led many of the firm’s most complex projects, drawing upon his broad international experience as an architect, urban designer, and developer.

Don is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners, a member of the Congress for the New Urbanism, and a member of the Urban Land Institute where he was national Chair of the Inner City Council.

Don has lectured internationally on urban design and architecture and authored the opening chapter of SynergiCity: Reinventing the Post-Industrial City (University of Illinois Press, 2012). His newest book is Remaking Post-Industrial Cities: Lessons from North America and Europe (Routledge, 2016), documenting ten case studies and common themes from the international Remaking Cities Congress that he co-chaired in Pittsburgh in October 2013. The US cities are Buffalo, Detroit, Milwaukee, New Orleans, and Pittsburgh. The European cities are Bilbao, Liverpool, Rotterdam, Ruhr Region, and Turin.

Don earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Carnegie Mellon University and did post-graduate study in urban design and regional planning at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.


jamie cooke

Director, RSA Scotland

Jamie leads on the development of the RSA’s activity in Scotland, through innovative partnerships, projects and programmes of activity. He works with Fellows to strengthen RSA Scotland’s impact, and to open up new ways to develop opportunities in Scotland which contribute to the RSA’s strategic objectives. Alongside Scotland, Jamie also supports RSA Ireland in developing their presence and impact across a range of topics.


william genertt jr.

Vice President, Community Engagement

Bill Generett was appointed vice president for community engagement on Sept.1, 2017. In this newly created role, Generett provides leadership in support of Duquesne University’s mission of service and its commitment to the city of Pittsburgh, Western Pennsylvania and the surrounding region.

Generett facilitates and develops relationships with community organizations, local governments and civic organizations, strengthening the University’s partnerships with its neighbors. He also works to advance community-engaged research, teaching and scholarship in conjunction with the University’s Center for Community-Engaged Teaching and Research as well as to coordinate and support co-curricular engagement.

He most recently served as president and chief executive officer of Urban Innovation21, a unique public-private partnership started in 2007 by Duquesne, the Hill House Economic Development Corporation and UPMC Health Plan. Prior to that, Generett was executive director of the Hill House Economic Development Corporation.

Generett is a fellow of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, and he served as a member of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which advises the Department of Commerce on issues related to accelerating innovation, expanding entrepreneurship and developing a globally competitive workforce. A Pittsburgh native, Generett earned his J.D. from Emory University School of Law and is a Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude graduate of Morehouse College. In 2016, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Carlow University.


bruce katz

Co-Founder, New Localism Advisors

Bruce J. Katz is the Co-Founder of New Localism Advisors. The mission of the firm is to help cities design, finance and deliver transformative initiatives that promote inclusive and sustainable growth. Katz regularly advises cross-sector urban, metropolitan, national and global leaders on public reforms and private innovations that advance the well-being of metropolitan areas and their countries.

Katz is co-author of two books, The New Localism and The Metropolitan Revolution, which focus on the rise of city networks as the world’s leading problem solvers. Katz was the inaugural Centennial Scholar at the Brookings Institution from January 2016 to March 2018, where he focused on the challenges and opportunities of global urbanization. Katz assumed this cross-institution role in January 2016 after 20 years as the vice president and co-director of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, which he founded in 1996.


Before joining Brookings, Katz served as chief of staff to Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros and was the senior counsel and then staff director for the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Housing and Urban Affairs. In 2008, he co-led the housing and urban issues transition team for the Obama Administration and served as a senior advisor to the new Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan for the first 100 days of the administration. In 2006, he received the prestigious Heinz Award in Public Policy for his contributions to the understanding of the “function and values of cities and metropolitan areas and profoundly influencing their economic vitality, livability and sustainability.”


sean kline

Director, Office of Financial Empowerment, City of San Francisco

Sean directs the San Francisco Office of Financial Empowerment, working closely with the elected City Treasurer and a broad group of thought partners, to design promising and expand proven programs that strengthen economic security and mobility for low-income San Franciscans. As Director, Sean oversees the first and largest universal children’s college savings program of its kind in the country, a network of financial coaching sites across the city, the Bank On program that helps residents open safe, affordable bank accounts, policy efforts to fight predatory financial practices, and an economic mobility lab (mLab) that tests new innovations. Sean comes to City Hall after 20 years leading microfinance, consumer and financial education, health and social safety net programs across the developing world. Sean earned his master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science.


vera krekanova

Chief Research Officer, Allegheny Conference

Vera Krekanova, Ph.D. joined the Allegheny Conference on Community Development as the Chief Research Officer in April of 2018. In this role, Vera is responsible for coordinating all quantitative and qualitative research, championing the use
of data and information across the organization, and framing the messaging around the state of the Pittsburgh region’s economy. Vera is an accomplished practitioner and scholar in the interdisciplinary field of economic and workforce development, who specializes in policies and programmatic interventions. Prior to joining the Conference, Vera served as the Chief Strategy Officer for Partner4Work where she established and managed a collaborative research-to-practice platform to advance workforce development efforts in the city of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. With more than 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector, Vera has been recognized for organizational leadership, implementing successful public-private initiatives, spearheading innovation, and generating funding and new business opportunities. Vera often presents on workforce development and economic issues to regional and national audiences, and has authored or co-authored a number of reports and academic papers. Since 2010, she has served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. Vera earned a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, focusing on social and comparative analysis in public policy, a Master of Science in non-profit management from Robert Morris University, and a BA in Social Work from Charles University in Prague. Vera lives in the Strip District with her husband John.


ivette mongalo

Founder, Monwin Consulting

Ivette Mongalo is the founder of a multi-disciplinary woman-owned consulting practice in Pittsburgh. She works to improve communities by collaborating with residents, community organizations, public and private agencies, and design professionals to bridge the gap between design, public engagement, planning and implementation. Trained as an architect and urban designer, with over 18 years of experience on projects across the country, her practice is rooted in the belief of the integrity of public process, and the desire to make the communities she works in a better place to live for all. Ivette is currently running implementation of All-In Pittsburgh, a city-focused economic development plan shaped by PolicyLink.


florian ranft

Senior Research Analyst, Centre for Progressive Policy

Florian is a Senior Research Analyst at the Centre for Progressive Policy. Prior to joining, he was head of policy and international at Policy Network, with a focus on structural change and political economy. He holds a diploma and PhD in politics from the University of Potsdam and the University of Greifswald, respectively. Previously, he has lectured and researched in international politics at a number of universities, research institutes and NGOs in Europe, America and Africa. Florian is editor of Work in the Digital Age: Challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.


myriam sidibe

Senior Fellow, Mossavar-Rahmani Center For Business and Government at Harvard Kennedy School

Myriam is one of the world’s leading experts of brands that drive health outcomes through mass behavioural change. From within Unilever, she has created a movement to change the handwashing behaviours of one billion people, the single biggest hygiene behavior change programme in the world, and conceived and established the multi awards winner UN recognized Global Handwashing Day — now celebrated in over 100 countries. Myriam’s approach to pushing boundaries and challenging the status quo has been pivotal to leading a paradigm shift in the way public private partnerships for health/well-being are managed and funded, leading her to be recognized as one of the top 10 Intrapreneurs in the world. Her foresight in establishing Lifebuoy’s social mission has resulted in being replicated across Unilever as best practice examples for brands looking to positively impact the world whilst driving market share. Over the past 20 years, she has worked in over 20 countries in Asia and Africa for the public sector and the private sector, arguing for a more transparent relationship between the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors, advocating the need for businesses to gain growth and profits from engagement in social and health issues in order to build more sustainable, effective interventions, and is a regular commentator in the media on this. Myriam regularly presents her work on WASH and Nutrition at key public health events (Scaling Up Nutrition Global network, Women Global Health Leaders). She is equally recognized in the creative world (speaker at Health Lions in Cannes) and is a Ted speaker, The Simple Power of Handwashing— Ted Talk. 


tracy williams

Director Intellectual Capital, Omidyar Network

As a director on the intellectual capital team, Tracy leads the Omidyar Network’s exploration on the future of work and political economy. She also supports the Financial Inclusion team on their strategy, research, and impact & learning efforts.


Prior to joining Omidyar Network, Tracy was at McKinsey & Company, first as a consultant and later as McKinsey’s Global Practice Manager for Economic Development, a role where she led the client, knowledge, and people strategies to support McKinsey’s economic development work around the world. During her five years at McKinsey, she worked across the public, private, and social sectors in South Africa, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and the US and touched various sectors including healthcare, agriculture, power, and mining. She was also a founder of the DC Social Impact Group (SIG), an all-volunteer effort by the McKinsey DC office to support local area nonprofits. Before joining McKinsey, Tracy worked for five years in economic policy and international development, including covering tax policy and education at The Hamilton Project (Brookings), helping to launch the global policy team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and running a major citizen-led survey of child malnutrition in India — the HUNGaMA survey — through the Naandi Foundation in Hyderabad, India. 


Tracy earned her B.A. from Stanford University in political science and economics with Honors and Distinction. She completed two graduate degrees as a Marshall Scholar in the United Kingdom in international politics (University of Wales, Aberystwyth) and development studies (Institute for Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex).


jennie winhall

Program Director, ALT/Now

Jennie Winhall is the founder of ALT/Now, a program for system impact. ALT/Now brings public and private sector leaders together to tackle a big societal challenge and develop and launch practical ventures designed to demonstrate new systems. The 2016 program focused on Economic Inequality and the next programs will focus on the Future of Work and Home.

Jennie is a leading social innovator and service designer, working with foundations, public institutions and corporations making social change in the UK, Denmark and Canada. Her focus is on building working social ventures that bring about broader system change. From 2007 - 2013, as a co-founder of Participle, Jennie designed a number of new social ventures scaled in the UK that addressed unemployment, chronic disease and an ageing population. These demonstrated a new model of public services called ‘relational welfare’ and were highly influential on public policy. The book ‘Radical Help’ decribes the work.

Jennie is also Director of Social Innovation at the Rockwool Foundation in Copenhagen. The Foundation combines research and evaluation with service design to develop and scale new services in youth employment, immigration and education.

Previously Jennie was one of the pioneers of the service design field at the UK Design Council. She combines deep user insight with design thinking, policy and enterprise to develop transformative solutions. She teaches social innovation internationally and is a long time mentor for Bethnal Green Ventures’s social tech businesses.

Jennie was named as a leader in the emerging field of systems change by Social Innovation Generation’s Mapping Momentum report and her talk at TEDx Oxbridge is here.