Board of Directors
Mari co-founded GlobalGiving with Dennis Whittle and currently leads the organization. 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 projects, including the first-ever Innovation and Development Marketplaces and the first series of strategic forums with the World Bank's president and senior management. Mari also designed a range of investment projects in the Russia reform program, including a residential energy efficiency project, structural adjustment loans, and legal reform project. She currently serves as chair of the board of the Global Business School Network and on the board of GuideStar USA. 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.
Stephen Goodall 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 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 BS in business administration, marketing, and a BA in psychology from California State University, Chico. He also has an MBA from the University of Southern California.
Alix GuerrierAlix Guerrier is a co-founder of a new educational Web company, LearnZillion. Prior to founding LearnZillion, he was a consultant in McKinsey & Company's Education Practice, where he advised school systems and foundations on strategic matters. His previous work experience includes: teaching in and directing an after-school program in one of Boston's public housing projects; working as a member of the housing group in the public finance department of an investment bank in New York; and teaching full-time for several years, including in an international school in Brazil. He most recently taught math at a public charter high school in San Francisco, and subsequently served on the Board of Trustees for the school. He is a newly elected member of the board of Capital City Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. Alix has an MBA from Stanford's Graduate School of Business and a Master's in Education from the Stanford University School of Education. He graduated from Harvard University with an AB in physics. He lives with his wife and daughter in Washington, D.C.
President and CEO, GuideStar
Jacob Harold is a social change strategist, grantmaker, and author. Jacob came to GuideStar from the Hewlett Foundation, where he led grantmaking for the Philanthropy Program. Between 2006 and 2012, he oversaw $30 million in grants that, together, aimed to build a 21st-century infrastructure for smart giving. At the beginning of his career, Jacob worked as a climate change campaigner for Rainforest Action Network and Greenpeace USA and as organizing director at Citizen Works. He also worked as a consultant to nonprofits and foundations at the Bridgespan Group and as a climate change strategist for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation based at The Energy and Resources Institute in New Delhi, India. Jacob was named to the 2014, 2015, and 2016 NonProfit Times (NPT) Power and Influence Top 50 lists, and currently serves as a term member for the Council on Foreign Relations. He serves on the advisory boards of the Center for Effective Philanthropy, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, Duke University Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship, Bright Funds Foundation, and Docusign IMPACT. He is a member of the editorial board of the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. Jacob has written extensively on climate change and philanthropic strategy. His essays have been used as course materials at Stanford, Duke, Wharton, Harvard, and Oxford. He earned an AB summa cum laude from Duke University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business with a certificate in public management. Harold has further training from Green Corps in grassroots organizing, Bain in business strategy, the Chinese Academy of Sciences in complex systems science, and the School for International Training in Tibetan studies. Jacob was born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where his parents ran small community-based nonprofit organizations.
Art HoweArt Howe is a former journalist, publisher, and co-founder of Verve Mobile, the world leader in location-targeted local mobile advertising. Based in NYC, Verve reaches more than 160 million users monthly through its network of more than 2,500 leading media companies. Previously, Howe was a publisher and president of more than 50 newspapers and media sites. He was president of Village Voice Media, the nation's leading publisher of alternative newspapers. including the Village Voice and LA Weekly—both Pulitzer Prize winners. In the 1990s, Howe was president and publisher of Montgomery Newspapers, which were regularly recognized as the best suburban newspapers in the nation. In 1998, the Pennsylvania Newspaper Publisher's Association awarded Howe its inaugural Ben Franklin Award for publishing excellence. Howe began his career as a writer for a number of mid-sized and large daily newspapers, including the Philadelphia Inquirer. His writing was recognized in a series of awards, including the Scripps Howard Public Service Award. In 1986, Howe was awarded the Pulitzer Prize from Columbia University. Howe graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and holds an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Howe enjoys playing Gypsy Jazz and making furniture.
Sunand MenonSunand Menon is the founder of New Media Insight, which provides innovation advisory, venture incubation, and growth strategy services to data, media, analytics and knowledge organizations. He has helped develop new businesses and/or growth strategies for companies such as Thomson Reuters, Boston Globe Media, and Reed Elsevier. He has also served as a member of Scripps Networks' Innovation Advisory Board. 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 an MBA from the Harvard Business School and an M.Sc and B.Sc in Engineering from Delft University in the Netherlands.
Katherina RosquetaKatherina M. Rosqueta is the founding executive director of the Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania. Before accepting her appointment to launch the Center, Kat was a consultant with McKinsey & Company, where she served clients in the areas of strategy development, capability-building, and post-merger management. Prior to joining McKinsey, Kat worked in community development, nonprofit management, and venture philanthropy. She has held numerous volunteer and civic leadership positions, including 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 MBA Network. She currently serves on the University of Pennsylvania's Social Responsibility Advisory Committee to the trustees and the board of Asian Mosaic Fund. Kat received her B.A. cum laude from Yale University, an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and was a 2011 recipient of the Brava! Women in Business Achievement Award. She and her husband, Michael Idinopulos, live in Philadelphia with their three children.
Brian Trelstad is a partner in the United States focusing on Bridges Ventures U.S. operations. Brian has more than 10 years of impact investing experience, having served until 2012 as chief investment officer of Acumen Fund. At Acumen, he oversaw $55 million of investments into companies delivering health, water, energy, and agriculture services to the economic base of the pyramid in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. He was a member of Acumen’s management team and helped build out the network of country operations that worked closely with the entrepreneurs. Brian was also a co-founding board member of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) and was one of the principal architects of an impact management software tool, Pulse, and the Impact Reporting and Investment Standards (IRIS). Prior to 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. He has an undergraduate degree from Harvard University, an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, and an MA in city and regional planning from the University of California at Berkeley. He also teaches social entrepreneurship to MA students at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School. Brian was the first impact investor to go through the Kauffman Fellows Program of the Center for Venture Education, and is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.