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Allen S. Grossman, Chair
Allen Grossman, Boston, Massachusetts, has served as a Professor of Management Practice at Harvard Business School since 2000, after joining the faculty in 1998. Prior to joining HBS, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Outward Bound USA for six years. Read Allen's full bio ▸

Linda A. Mason, Honorary Chair
Linda Mason, Boston, Massachusetts, is Chair and Founder of Bright Horizons, the largest worldwide provider of worksite childcare and early education. Bright Horizons operates more than 850 high quality child development centers for employers in 45 states, Europe and India. She is the former co-director of Save the Children's emergency program in Sudan. Ms. Mason currently serves as the Chair of Mercy Corps' Global Leadership Council and Leader-in-Residence at the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School. Read Linda's full bio ▸

Robert D. Newell, Treasurer
Bob Newell, Lake Oswego, Oregon, is partner with Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, one of the Northwest’s largest and leading law firms with offices throughout the U.S. and overseas.

Scott Brown, Director
Scott Brown, Hanover, New Hampshire, is the CEO and co-founder of New Energy Capital Corp., a New England-based company with investments in biofuels, renewable power generation and on-site cogeneration assets. Mr. Brown’s career in the renewable energy sector has included positions as a member of the founding management team of First Solar, Inc., and the President of Glasstech Solar, Inc.

Ryan C. Crocker, Director
Ambassador Ryan Crocker, College Station, Texas, is Dean of the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. Previously, he served 37 distinguished years in the U.S. Foreign Service, including as U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Kuwait and Lebanon. Ambassador Crocker received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian award, in 2009.

Gun Denhart, Director
Gun Denhart, Portland, Oregon, co-founded the Hanna Andersson children's clothing company in 1983. Through her leadership, the company has become known for its high quality clothing made from soft cotton materials, as well as community involvement and family-friendly work practices. Gun Denhart and successful entrepreneur Laury Hammel also co-authored the book "Growing Local Value."

Jock Encombe, Director and Chair of Mercy Corps Scotland
Jock Encombe, Edinburgh, Scotland, has worked as an executive coach and leadership development consultant with many of the UK’s most successful organizations and leaders. He has a background in psychotherapy, strategy consultancy, investment banking, television production and magazine publishing. Mr. Encombe founded and was formerly the director of YSC Scotland, a branch of YSC Ltd — the global business psychology consultancy.

Mark Gordon, Director
Mark Gordon, Boston, Massachusetts, was a co-founder and Chairman of the Conflict Management Group and the Senior Adviser to the Harvard Negotiation Project. He is Managing Director of Vantage Partners, a negotiation consulting firm, and co-author of “The Point of the Deal: How to Negotiate When ‘Yes’ Is Not Enough”.

He Daofeng, Director
He Daofeng, Beijing and Kunming, China and Potomac, Maryland, is the Executive President of the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation. He is chiefly responsible for CFPA’s rapid growth as China’s premier NGO for delivering both domestic and international humanitarian relief and development. Mr. He is also chairman of China Foundations Center, the world’s leading source of Chinese philanthropic foundation information which brings transparency to philanthropic markets to increase donation flow, effective social solutions and positive change in Chinese society. Mr. He received his B.A. in Economics from Fudan University and his M.A. in Economics from Yunnan University.

Lucy Lee Helm, Director
Lucy Helm, Seattle, Washington, is Starbucks’ Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary. Ms. Helm has been a partner (employee) at Starbucks since 2000. In her role, she leads the global Law & Corporate Affairs department, in 16 offices around the world. She also supports the Starbucks Board of Directors, and serves as a member of the company’s senior leadership team. In addition to her work at Starbucks, Lucy serves on the board of the Washington YMCA Youth & Government Program; on the advisory board of Disability Rights Advocates, a non-profit disability law center; and as the co-chair for the Campaign for Equal Justice.

Neal L. Keny-Guyer, Chief Executive Officer
Neal Keny-Guyer, Portland, Oregon, is a social entrepreneur committed to creating a more just and peaceful world. A native of Tennessee, Keny-Guyer holds a B.A. in Public Policy and Religion from Duke University and a M.A. in Public and Private Management from Yale University. Mr. Keny-Guyer joined Mercy Corps in 1994 as Chief Executive Officer. Read Neal's full bio ▸

Gisel Kordestani, Director
Gisel Kordestani, Atherton, California, is the co-founder and COO of Crowdpac, a new marketplace to transform politics and an advisor to Singularity Holdings. Previously, she was the former Director of New Business Development for Global Developer Platforms and Emerging Markets at Google. Ms. Kordestani holds a M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in international affairs from the American University in Paris.

Ned Lamont, Director
Ned Lamont, Stamford, Connecticut, founded his own company, Lamont Digital Systems, in 1984. Now known as Campus Televideo, the company serves over 150 campuses across the country with foreign language, distance learning and cable television services. He is a graduate of both Harvard and the Yale School of Management and a former newspaper editor.

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Director
Gayle Lemmon, Los Angeles, California, is the New York Times best-selling author of "The Dressmaker of Khair Khana" and a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations with the Women and Foreign Policy program. Previously, Mrs. Lemmon covered public policy and emerging markets for the global investment firm PIMCO, after working for nearly a decade as a journalist with ABC News. Gayle graduated summa cum laude from the University of Missouri with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and received an MBA from Harvard, as well as the 2006 Dean’s Award for her work on women’s entrepreneurship.

Rick Little, Director
Rick Little, Pasadena, Maryland, is CEO and President of the ImagineNations™ Group, a global alliance of social entrepreneurs, thought leaders, investors, global brands, media and organizations — all working together with and for young people to inspire positive change in society.

Mike Maerz, Director
Mike Maerz, Portland, Oregon, has served in key roles at a number of leading Oregon technology companies, most notably as Vice President and General Manager of Internet Products Division and Network Products Division at Intel Corporation. He is also a co-founder of etrieve, Inc., and former President and CEO of The Palace, Inc. Mike has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University and an MS in Operations Research from Stanford University.

David Mahoney, Director
David Mahoney, San Francisco, California, is a private equity investor and the former Co-CEO of McKesson HBOC and CEO of iMcKesson LLC. He serves on the boards of Symantec, Inc., Tercica, Inc. and Corcept Therapeutics as well as the boards of the SFMOMA, Live Oak School and NCPB, Inc. He has a B.A. from Princeton University and a M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Daniel W. O’Neill, Founder
Dan O’Neill, Sammamish, Washington, co-founded Save The Refugees Fund in 1979 and founded Mercy Corps in 1981. He is an author and is Chairman of the Board for the Mercy Corps Foundation.

Henry P. Vigil, Director
Henry (Hank) P. Vigil, Seattle, Washington is an independent tech investor and advisor. Before retiring in July, 2011, he worked at Microsoft for 25 years including as Senior Vice President, Consumer Strategy and Partnerships. Mr. Vigil was responsible for developing Microsoft’s consumer strategy, managing Microsoft’s strategic engagements with consumer electronics companies, and developing relationships around emerging consumer platforms and consumer services.

Melissa Waggener Zorkin, Director
Melissa Waggener Zorkin, Bellevue, Washington, is CEO, President and Founder of Waggener Edstrom Worldwide. She has provided strategic counsel to major brands including Microsoft, IBM, SAP, AT&T, The Walt Disney Company, Dell, EMI Records, Virgin Interactive, Sega, AMD and Scientific American, and emerging brands including AVI BioPharma and Corixa, and has helped guide many startups to success. Melissa also serves on the creative councils for a number of worldwide brands.