Jeff Raikes (he/him) is the co-founder of the Raikes Foundation with his wife, Tricia. The foundation envisions a world where race is no longer a predictor of life’s outcomes, especially for young people. Key areas of focus include creating a more equitable education system so all students can thrive, preventing and ending youth homelessness nationwide, and helping individual donors and philanthropic organizations increase the impact of their giving. Jeff is the former CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he led the foundation’s efforts to promote equity for people around the world. Before joining the foundation, Jeff was president of Microsoft’s Business Division. Currently, he is part of the ownership group of the Seattle Mariners and serves on its board. He also serves on the board of Costco Wholesale Corporation, the Raikes School at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Green Diamond Resource Company, and Hudl. After ten years of board service, Jeff is a Chair Emeritus of Stanford University.
Larry Leibowitz is a co-founder of Giving Compass, and is passionate about using technology as a leverage point to accelerate social impact. He is a finance and technology entrepreneur specializing in business transformation and capital markets, and currently serves on the Board of Xpansiv, the world’s largest carbon credit and renewables exchange platform, as well as Cowen Inc, and several technology startups. Previously, Mr. Leibowitz served as Chief Operating Officer, Head of Global Equities Markets and as a Member of the board of directors of NYSE Euronext during his tenure from 2007 to 2013, CEO of Schwab Soundview Capital Markets, and CEO of Redibook ECN.
Stephanie Fuerstner Gillis is a Director at the Raikes Foundation, where she leads the Impact-Driven Philanthropy Initiative. She came to the foundation from her role as a Managing Director at Arabella Advisors, where she focused on supporting family and individual donors. For 11 years, she also served as the COO and Senior Consultant for Blueprint Research + Design, Inc., working with philanthropy clients on strategy and evaluation. Prior to consulting, Stephanie worked for over a decade in the nonprofit sector, including positions with the Youth Leadership Institute (a California Bay Area youth development organization), the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the Center for Youth Development and Policy Research, and the Institute for Defense and Disarmament Studies. She has served on the boards of a number of organizations, including College Kids and Food Runners, and has held various school leadership positions.
Brandolon Barnett is an angel investor, local elected official, and tech entrepreneur. He is also a speaker and the author of Dreams Deferred: Recession, Struggle, and the Quest for a Better World. Brandolon is the Chief Product Officer for Humanitas.ai as well as Founder and President of The Regular, a social enterprise based in Washington, DC. As an elected Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner in the nation's capital, he represents 2,200 constituents in the Washington, DC area and also serves locally on the board of The Catalogue for Philanthropy. Previously, Brandolon spent four years at Salesforce and Salesforce.org as a Product Manager helping to design bring to market products that included Salesforce.org Philanthropy Cloud and Work.com Wellbeing, and as a Senior Director within Alexandria-based NGO Global Impact where he led the Gates-funded Growfund no minimum Donor-advised Fund initiative.
Kim Laughton is the former president of Schwab Charitable, a nonprofit, donor-advised fund provider. During her tenure, Schwab Charitable became one of the largest fundraising charities in the country and facilitated granting of over $20 billion to more than 180,000 charities. Prior to joining Schwab Charitable, Kim held a variety of leadership, strategy, and general management positions at Charles Schwab & Company, supporting its tremendous growth and democratization of investing.
Kim has been recognized by the San Francisco Business Times as one of the most influential women in Bay Area business. She has served on the board of the Educational Foundation of Orinda and as a member of the board of directors and executive committee of Students Rising Above, a nonprofit organization focused on supporting potential first-generation college students to realize their educational and career objectives.
Kim graduated with a BA in economics and a BS in biology from Stanford University. She has an MBA from Harvard Business School and is currently a Stanford Distinguished Career Institute Fellow. Kim lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she raised her five children.
Dien Yuen, JD/LLM, CAP®, AEP® is Executive Director at the Center for Philanthropy and Social Impact at The American College of Financial Services and Blunt-Nickel Professor in Philanthropy. In this role, she works with practitioners in the field, creating a shared space to develop multi-disciplinary ideas to advance social change. Within the Center, Dien oversees Purpose School, a program for leaders exploring the intersections of purpose and social impact, and the Advisors of Color in Philanthropy Network, a movement to bring diversity into the philanthropic advising field.
Dien’s research and teaching focus on access and growth of philanthropic advising in the U.S. and Asia. She serves as Lead Faculty for Philanthropy at Wealth Management Institute, teaching in the Certificate for Philanthropy and Social Impact program, Singapore’s first certified philanthropic advising program for advisors. She also serves as a Learning Partner for Asian Venture Philanthropy Network's inaugural Philanthropy Advisory Fellowship program.
Before joining the College, she worked in several wealth management firms and held executive positions in regional and global development organizations.
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