Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen has developed and taught a portfolio of courses on philanthropy and social innovation at Stanford University for the past 15 years, including the first course on Strategic Philanthropy in the Graduate School of Business. Laura is the co-founder and president of the Laura Arrillaga-Marc Andreessen Foundation, founder and board Chairman of Stanford University’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, and founder, chairman emeritus and former chairman of the Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2). Laura is also the Director of the Arrillaga Foundation and a board member of both the Sand Hill Foundation and Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR). She authored The New York Times bestselling and award-winning book, Giving 2.0: Transform Your Giving and Our World. Laura holds four degrees from Stanford University.
Paul Brest is Former Dean and Professor Emeritus (active), at Stanford Law School, a lecturer at the Graduate School of Business, and a faculty co-director of the Stanford Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society. He was previously president of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. A leading scholar and teacher of constitutional law and co-author of the casebook Processes of Constitutional Decision-Making, Paul Brest now focuses his teaching and writing on public policy, judgment and decision making, and philanthropy. He is a contributor to Stanford Social Innovation Review and co-author of Problem Solving, Decision Making, and Professional Judgment (2010) and Money Well Spent: A Strategic Guide to Smart Philanthropy (2008).
Ben Mangan is the executive director and a lecturer at University of California, Berkeley’s Haas Center for Social Sector Leadership (CSSL). Ben also serves as a senior fellow at the Aspen Institute’s Initiative on Financial Security, and as a member of a several boards of directors. He has won multiple awards for his work, including the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award and the Fast Company Social Capitalist of the Year Award. His writing has been featured in the Stanford Social Innovation Review and in blog posts for LinkedIn’s Influencers and the Huffington Post. Ben holds a B.A. from Vassar College and an M.P.P from Harvard University’s Kennedy School.
Walter W. Powell
Walter W. Powell is a professor of Education, Sociology, Organizational Behavior, and Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University and faculty co-director of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. His research focuses on the processes through which knowledge is transferred across organizations, the role of networks in facilitating or hindering innovation, and the role of institutions in codifying ideas. He is the author of several books including The Culture and Commerce of Publishing, Getting Into Print: The Decision-Making Process in Scholarly Publishing, The New Institutionalism in Organizational Analysis, and The Emergence of Organizations and Markets, among others. He holds honorary degrees from Uppsala University, Copenhagen Business School and the Helsinki School of Economics, and is a foreign member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Science.
Rakesh Rajani is the director of the Democratic Participation and Governance at the Ford Foundation in New York. Previously, he served as the head of Twaweza, an East African organization that promotes citizen agency, open government and basic education. He is also a founding member and past co-chair of the Open Government Partnership, which involves 65 countries and two billion people. Rakesh has also served as the founding executive director of HakiElimu, Tanzania’s leading citizen engagement and education advocacy organization. Rakesh is a member of several national and international boards, and was a fellow at Harvard University for 15 years. He has written and edited more than 400 papers and popular publications in English and Swahili. Rakesh graduated summa cum laude from Brandeis and Harvard Universities.
Rob Reich is a professor of Political Science at Stanford University and the faculty co-director of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. He also serves as the director of the McCoy Center for Ethics in Society. Rob is a co-editor and contributor of the forthcoming book Philanthropy in Democratic Societies and a board member of GiveWell.org.
Sonal Shah is the founding executive director at the Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation at Georgetown University, where she also serves as a professor of practice. She is the former deputy assistant to the President and director of the first White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, and she served on President Barack Obama’s Transition Board. Before joining the White House, Sonal led Google’s global development initiatives for its philanthropy, Google.org. Previously, Sonal was a vice president at Goldman Sachs, Inc., where she developed and managed the firm’s environmental strategy, and she also spent seven years at the U.S. Department of Treasury as an international economist. Sonal co-founded a non-profit, Indicorps, and helped set up the Center for Global Development where she managed the daily operations and developed the policy and advocacy programs. Additionally, Sonal has worked at the Center for American Progress, as a Senior Fellow at the Case Foundation, an Institute of Politics Fellow at Harvard University, an Aspen Henry Crown fellow, and a Next Generation fellow. She leads the G7 International Development Working Group for Impact Investing and serves on the Boards of Social Finance, Inc. and the Washington Area of Women’s Foundation. Shah received her M.A. in Economics from Duke University and B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago.
Ed Skloot currently serves as a consultant to foundations, individual donors and NGOs. He founded the Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society at Duke University and also serves as Professor of the Practice of Public Policy there. Previously, Ed was the founding CEO of the Surdna Foundation, a $1 billion family foundation based in New York City, which he led for 18 years. He has also created and ran a nonprofit consultancy focusing on operational improvement, program development and social enterprise, and frequently writes, speaks and coaches widely in the social sector boards. He serves on the boards of Venture Philanthropy Partners, Citizen Schools, Duke Engage, Partners for Palliative Care and TROSA, the largest social enterprise in NC.
Fay Twersky is the director of the Effective Philanthropy Group at the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation. Previously, Fay worked in Jerusalem advising the Rothschild Family Foundation and also served for four years as director and member of the leadership team of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she launched the Impact Planning & Improvement division. She was a founding principal of BTW – Informing Change, a strategic consulting firm, and has been published in a number of publications, including the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Fay is a member of the board of directors for The Center for Effective Philanthropy and the UBS Optimus Foundation in Zurich, Switzerland. She holds a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and a M.A. from M.I.T.
Laura Tyson is a professor and director of the Institute for Business and Social Impact at the Berkeley Haas School of Business. She served as the dean of the London Business School from 2002-2006 and as dean of the Berkeley Haas School of Business from 1998-2001. Tyson was a member of the U.S. Department of State Foreign Affairs Policy Board and a member of President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, as well as the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board. She served as the chair of the Council of Economic Advisers (1993-1995) and as director of the National Economic Council (1995 – 1996) during the Clinton Administration. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Morgan Stanley, AT&T, CBRE Group Inc. and Silver Spring Networks. She is also an economic advisory board member of the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation.