As founder of the Civic Accelerator at Points of Light, Ayesha Khanna supports and invests in social entrepreneurs and early-stage civic ventures across the country working to address complex social issues such as improving access to 21th century education, digital and financial inclusion, and increasing participation in the global innovation economy.
As president of Civic Innovation, she incubated Points of Light business units, including generationOn and the Corporate Institute, and led the organization’s global expansion to 36 countries. Points of Light is the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, engaging 4 million volunteers in 30 million hours of service each year.
She is a co-founder of the start-up Fuse Corps, co-led Atlanta Women for Obama in 2008 and transformed several leading regional organizations, including the YWCA and United Way, after building healthcare centers in central India and beginning her career at Andersen Consulting Strategy (now Accenture). She was recognized as one of the 100 Global Thinkers of 2015 by Foreign Policy Magazine for her work to support diverse entrepreneurs, with a focus on female founders.
Vy Higginsen, noted author, playwright, radio and TV personality, has won many awards for providing excellent products and services to African-American audiences. After a decade of being behind the microphone and on major New York stations (WBLS-FM, WWRL-AM, WRKS-FM), Vy published and edited Unique NY, a lifestyles magazine designed for African-Americans and tourists.
In 1983, Vy co-wrote, produced and directed the classic black Gospel musical “Mama I Want to Sing!” which ran for eight years and 2,200 performances at the Off-Broadway Heckscher Theater in East Harlem. In March 1986, Mama began a tour of the U.S., playing two consecutive years throughout major cities such as Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles/San Francisco, Philadelphia and Washington. International tours include Austria, Japan, Germany, Greece, Italy, Switzerland, and Yugoslavia. Mama also played for six months on the West End of London.
In March 1988, Vy co-produced “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” by August Wilson on Broadway. In 2002, Vy was ordained as an interfaith minister. Led by her passion for the sounds and music she grew up hearing, Vy conceived and created “Alive!” which documents the sounds, music and stories of our Black-American musical landscape.
Vy continues to write and produce original work as the executive director of the Emmy Award-winning Mama Foundation for the Arts in Harlem, New York.
Vicki Sellick is Executive Director of Programmes at Nesta, the UK’s innovation foundation. She oversees the foundation’s grant making, supporting and scaling innovations for the public good in education, public service delivery and the arts.
Her portfolio includes the Connected Communities Fund and the Second Half Fund, £7m of grant funds inspired by the Encore movement, to encourage more people aged 50+ to give their time and talents to their local community, as well as experiments to trial new full time volunteer roles and increase volunteer retention using behavioural insights and nudges.
Before joining Nesta Vicki worked in government and charities with a focus on community regeneration.
Rev. Dr. David Vásquez-Levy serves as President of the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California – a progressive, multidenominational seminary and center for social justice that prepares theologically and spiritually rooted leaders to work for the well-being of all.
He is the author of various publications that explore migration stories in sacred texts and in people’s lives. His international experience has included refugee resettlement work in Canada and studies at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, Germany.
Following the devastating May 12, 2008 immigration raid in Postville, Iowa—at the time the largest single-site immigration raid in U.S. history—Vásquez-Levy served as part of the Postville Relief Effort core team. His leadership included coordination of resources, humanitarian assistance, legal support, spiritual and mental health counseling, family reunification, advocacy, and long-term community redevelopment. This work has led him to serve as a consultant on various documentaries and contribute a faith perspective to the national conversation on immigration—including speaking at a congressional briefing and participating in two immigration consultations at the White House.
Doug Rauch is the founder/president of Daily Table, an innovative, nonprofit retail store bringing affordable nutrition to the food insecure by recovering excess, wholesome food from growers, manufacturers and retailers to provide both ready-to-eat meals and basic groceries at prices that everyone can afford. Its first two stores are in Boston.
Doug spent 31 years with Trader Joe’s Company, the last 14 years as a president, helping grow the business from a small chain in Southern California, to a nationally acclaimed retail success story. He graduated from Trader Joe’s in 2008.
From 2011 through June 2017, Doug was CEO of Conscious Capitalism Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to elevating humanity through business. He is also a trustee at Olin College of Engineering; on the Board of Overseers at WBUR; and serves on the board of several for-profit and nonprofit companies.
Gretchen Addi is currently a consultant and designer-in-residence at Aging2.0. She was previously an associate partner and business lead for IDEO in the Bay Area for 17 years. She led IDEO’s efforts to build a domain of work in the aging space as well as providing mentorship and guidance to the design research discipline.
She is passionate about the power of empathy and design, and the people who make it happen, as well as speaking and writing on the needs of the aging population. She brings a strong strategic point of view to all her work, both from a brand and service perspective.
Gretchen is also a board member for SF Village and At Home With Growing Older.
Joseph Coughlin, PhD, is founder & Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab. He conducts research to understand the implications of global longevity and seeks to invent life tomorrow with new ideas in transportation, retirement, caregiving, work, housing, community design and shopping. Researcher, teacher, speaker and advisor – his work explores how longer life, technology trends and changing generational attitudes are converging globally to transform business and society. Coughlin routinely advises global firms, governments, and NGOs and has served on advisory boards for Bell Canada, British Telecom, Daimler and Fidelity Investments. He was named by Fast Company Magazine as “One of 100 Most Creative in Business” and by the Wall Street Journal as a “Pioneer Inventing the Future of Retirement”. Coughlin teaches in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies & Planning and the Sloan School’s Advanced Management Program and is a regular contributor to Forbes and frequent writer for MarketWatch and the Wall Street Journal. His new book, The Longevity Economy: Unlocking the World’s Fastest Growing, Most Misunderstood Market, was released December, 2017 with Public Affairs Press. Follow him on Twitter @josephcoughlin.
Kathryn Gillam holds a BS degree from Allegheny College, a PhD from the University of South Florida, and an MLA from Stanford University. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Stanford Distinguished Careers Institute. In this role she works closely with the Founding Director, other Stanford faculty and external advisors to develop the vision and mission of the program and to execute the results of strategic planning efforts.
Before coming to the DCI, Kathy served as Director of the University Conflict of Interest Program and Associate Director of Population Health Sciences. Prior to that she served for 10 years as Senior Advisor to the Dean of the School of Medicine, and from 1990-2002 she was Senior Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and Foundation Relations. Kathy began her Stanford career as Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs in the School of Humanities and Sciences after having served on the faculty at the University of Redlands.
Lester Strong is former Principal Gifts Officer at the AARP Foundation. He previously served as CEO of AARP Experience Corps, which tutors and mentors elementary school children (through third grade) who struggle with reading by utilizing the skills and experiences of adults 55-plus. AARP Experience Corps serves more than 20,000 students in 22 cities across the U.S. through a program recognized as the one of the most effective in-school interventions in the country.
Before joining Experience Corps, Strong was the chief development officer for the BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life) Foundation, which provides tutoring and mentoring services to underserved children. He spent 25 years in the television industry as an executive, producer, reporter and anchor in Charlotte (WBTV), Atlanta (WSB), New York (ABC Entertainment) and Boston (WHDH). His work earned him a host of national and regional awards, including five regional Emmy Awards and a White House commendation from President Ronald Reagan.
Nora Super serves as Director of Policy and Programs in the Center for the Future of Aging, whose mission is to improve lives and strengthen societies by promoting healthy, productive and purposeful aging. In this role, she is responsible for managing and creating data-driven research, meaningful policy initiatives and impactful convenings in the United States as well as internationally.
Prior to joining the Milken Institute, Nora has held several key leadership roles in the public and private sectors. Most recently, she served as the Chief of Program and Servicesat the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a). In 2014, Nora was appointed by President Obama as Executive Director of the White House Conference on Aging, where she received wide recognition for her nationwide efforts to improve the quality of life of older Americans. In 2015, Nora was recognized as one of America’s top 50 “Influencers in Aging” by PBS Next Avenueand was the Honoree for Outstanding Service to Medicare Beneficiaries by the Medicare Rights Center. She has also held leadership roles at HHS, AARP, and Kaiser Permanente.
Nora serves on several advisory boards, including the Long-Term Quality Alliance, the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Advisory Committee on Improving Care Delivery for Individuals with Serious Illness, AgingWell Hub Collaborators, Center for Disease Control and Alzheimer’s Association Healthy Brain Initiative Leadership Committee, and the editorial board of the Gerontological Society of America’s Policy and Aging Report. A frequent speaker on health and policy issues, Nora has also taught in the MBA program at Georgetown University, leading a faculty track on health care and the budget process.
A native of New Orleans, Nora studied political science at Tulane University and completed her masters’ work in public administration, with a concentration in health policy, at George Washington University.
Obie McKenzie is a managing director at BlackRock, the largest institutional asset-management firm in the U.S. As a senior relationship manager for BlackRock, he is responsible for managing relationships with some of the largest pension funds in the U.S., including the Teacher Retirement System of Texas, New York City Employees’ Retirement System, and the Federal Reserve Employee Benefits System, to name a few. In 2011, he was named by Black Enterprise Magazine as one of the “75 Most Powerful Blacks on Wall Street.”
He serves on the boards of the New York Theological Seminary, Tennessee State University, Trinity Health-New England, The Cogsville Group, Girls Who Invest, and the Curtis D. Robinson Center for Health Equity. He was a recipient of the Wall Street Award for Service to Children from the New York Mission Society in 2006.
In addition to being an accomplished public speaker and vocalist, he has been an expository Bible teacher for over 30 years and is currently writing a book entitled “Bible Economics – Things I Wish I Had Known.”
Rey Castuciano, a Phillippines immigrant and family caregiver, is the founder of Table Wisdom, a 2017 Encore Prize Top Five National Finalist, with a mission to help older and newer Americans thrive.
Through two of his experiences, Rey launched the online program. Firstly, arriving in Los Angeles with just $50 with his family in the late 1980s, he grew up experiencing being an outsider and trying to assimilate in his new country. Secondly, in 2014, after spending six weeks in a nursing when his father suffered a stroke, he observed that mature adults have much wisdom to share but often suffered from loneliness and social isolation.
Since the St. Louis pilot program launch in 2015, it is now offered to mature adults in over 50 U.S.cities Mentees have come from such countries as South Korea, India, China, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Colombia and Mexico.
Rik Kranenburg is an information services executive with a unique leadership track record in the digital and global transformation of educational publishing and financial information. A 30-year veteran of McGraw-Hill, Rik now applies his organizational leadership and analytical skills in the positioning, sale and integration of information-services companies as vehicles to transform traditional publishing business models. He serves as an Industry Partner at DeSilva + Phillips, an investment bank focused on the media and information industry. He is also an active investor in education technology companies and serves as an advisor and mentor to other organizations dedicated to social impact.
Over the past 10 years, Shana Dressler has dedicated her career to empowering entrepreneurs, creative professionals, and social change leaders to launch businesses and projects, build hardware and software products, and transition out of corporate jobs into more fulfilling careers. As the Executive Director of Google’s 30 Weeks, Shana ran an incubator for design entrepreneurs that Fast Company named as one of the World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies of 2015 in design.
A deeply committed social entrepreneur, Shana is widely recognized as the first person in New York to organize rigorous educational programming for 21st century entrepreneurial problem-solvers and creatives interested in achieving both financial sustainability and measurable impact. To fill a notable gap in the lack of resources available, Shana co-created the Social Good Guides, a series of guides focused on the essential small-business skills that would-be changemakers need to know and an 8-week workshop called Social Good Startup: Idea to Launch.
Shana is an Aspen Institute Scholar, a member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a judge for The Webby Awards and a graduate of the THNK School of Creative Leadership. In 2014 she became a Delegate to the United Nations Foundation Global Accelerator which brought together “100 of the world’s top entrepreneurs to work together with policy leaders on global issues.” In 2015, Shana was honored by the World CSR Congress as one of the 50 Most Talented Social Innovators. She serves on the board of AIGA/NY and the NYC Innovation Collective, a nonprofit she co-founded which convenes and supports 70+ incubators, accelerators and innovation programs throughout New York.
Trent Stamp has served as CEO of The Eisner Foundation since 2008. Trent is responsible for all aspects of the foundation’s management, including strategy, execution, operations, evaluation, marketing, and the awarding of The Eisner Prize.
Trent is a recognized national leader in the field of aging, serving on the boards of Grantmakers in Aging and The Milken Institute’s Center for the Future of Aging. He also serves as a member of the Board of Advisors for The Center on Philanthropy & Public Policy at USC and The Board of Directors at Eisner Health.
Prior to joining The Eisner Foundation, Trent was the founding president of Charity Navigator. Under his leadership, Charity Navigator grew to become the nation’s largest and most-used evaluator of American charities and nonprofits. Trent started his career as a Teach For America teacher in rural North Carolina.