President and Chief Executive Officer
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.
Vice President, Information Technology
Jim is the heart and soul of the technology behind GuideStar's solutions and manages the organization's Information Technology Department. He has more than 25 years of experience in the fields of telecommunications, technical systems management, and applications development. Before joining GuideStar, Jim served as the vice president of Technical Operations for DS3 Data Vaulting, a start-up company specializing in off-site, on-line network backup; as chief information officer for McGuire Woods LLP, an international law firm based in Richmond, Virginia; and the Southeast regional vice president of operations for Systems and Computer Technology in Malvern, Pennsylvania. He holds a BS degree in Computer Science and Management Science and an MBA, both from Kent State University.
Vice President, Strategy and Finance
Miz brings more than 15 years of international cross-sector management experience across the philanthropic, nonprofit, and financial services sectors. She leads GuideStar's finance, strategic planning, special projects, and monitoring and evaluation systems. Before joining GuideStar, she served as vice president of operations, strategy, and talent at Global Citizen Year, a fast-growing and acclaimed internationally focused nonprofit social enterprise in youth leadership development. Miz also managed nearly $1 billion in investments and served in the chairman's office focusing on philanthropic initiatives at Usaha Tegas, a $10 billion business conglomerate in Malaysia. Earlier in her career, Miz spent time at the Fannie Mae Foundation, Citigroup, and the social investing firm Acumen. She holds a BS in Commerce from the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce and an MBA from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business.
Vice President, Products
For his entire career, Evan's work has focused on engaging diverse stakeholders using cutting-edge technologies to enable large-scale decision making and collective action. Evan is responsible for GuideStar's product design and development. He has more than 17 years of experience leading product and project teams in membership-based, grant-funded, and fee-for-service nonprofit organizations. Before joining GuideStar, Evan co-founded the first software as a service Web application in the University of California system, called SeaSketch, which is used by agencies around the world for collaborative planning of ocean resources. He has written multi-stakeholder negotiation simulations published by the Harvard Program on Negotiation and worked with leading stakeholder engagement firms such as AmericaSpeaks, the Consensus Building Institute, Kearns & West, and Concur. His work has enabled diverse interests to reach agreement on issues including climate change adaptation, disaster recovery, and health care. At the beginning of his career, Evan worked as a campaigner for ForestEthics and field organizer for the Public Interest Network. He has a master's in City Planning from MIT and a BA in Political Science from the University of Missouri.
Vice President, Operations
Debra is at the heart of GuideStar's operations. Joining the organization as PR manager in 1999, her exceptional communication, writing, and management skills and her business savvy quickly moved her up the ladder to get her to where she is today—managing GuideStar's DC and Williamsburg facilities, along with all administrative activities, human resources, internal communications, and business operations at GuideStar. As a result of her long career with GuideStar and her involvement in every facet of the organization, Debra has deep insight into its inner workings and cultural values. Debra has 35 years' experience in the communications and sales management fields, having worked for Gannett, Inc. and a number of catalog companies and public relation firms. Before joining GuideStar, she was a communications consultant, served as an elected school board member in upstate New York, and was a board member of Camp Chin Gu, a camp for Korean adoptees. She holds a Bachelor's degree in journalism from Southern Illinois University.