Today I am very excited to announce our new Advisory Board! We have a great group, and their bios speak for themselves. See all full list of all our board members below.
Our Advisory Board is a made up of a diverse group of individuals–some new to the UnSectored Community, some who have been around from the beginning–dedicated to our vision of fostering social change conversation across sectors. The Advisory Board is responsible for UnSectored’s strategic direction and meets several times a year to evaluate UnSectored’s development and core activities.
We are in initial planning stages now for our new strategic direction, so stay tuned for additional announcements in the coming months, including ways for you to get more involved!
Charles Basden attended George Washington University where he attained an undergraduate B.A degree in American Studies, studying urban planning and built space and environment. He also holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the Tracthenberg School at GW with a focus on Public-Private Partnerships examining Cross-sectorial relationships. Charles currently works as an operations manager at the Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service, where he oversees a social innovation fund for students. Charles is also the founder and CEO of Duvtale LLC, a consulting practice which focuses on membership engagement for not for profits and small businesses and technology trends in education.
RJ brings a wide range of experience in politics, strategic communications, policy research and media relations. He has led message and strategy development projects for a wide range of U.S. and international organizations, including the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Before joining Hattaway Communications, RJ consulted for technology companies, political candidates and nonprofit organizations. RJ earned an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in Political Science from the Ohio State University.
Kathy Chamberlain has extensive experience working for corporations, trade associations and nonprofits, and is currently a consultant to nonprofits and other social enterprises. She is passionate about the potential for community-based organizations to create lasting, positive social change. From March 2012 through February 2013, she served as a Research Associate at the Social Innovation Fund of the Corporation for National and Community Service. Kathy has a B.A. from American University and recently completed an M.S. in Organization Development and Knowledge Management at George Mason University. She’s happiest attending live theater, museums and historical sites throughout the DC metro area, and is always up for seeing something new.
Patrick Davis is a Strategic Initiatives Officer at Calvert Foundation, where he works with investors and financial advisors to incorporate social and environmental impact into investment portfolios. Outside of his work at the Foundation, he is excited about bringing people together in DC to create a real culture of innovation. To support this vision, he’s coordinating a networking series for professionals to learn about cross-sectoral (unsectored, if you will) partnership opportunities to address social problems.
Mark Hecker is the Founder and Executive Director of Reach Incorporated. A winner of the 2011 Echoing Green Fellowship, Reach improves reading skills, across ages, by hiring and training struggling adolescent readers to tutor in DC elementary schools. Mark builds on his experience in Social Work and Education to encourage community empowerment and student engagement. When not working, Mark enjoys running, reading, and playing guitar. And, he enjoys spending time with you. Seriously, why don’t we hang out more?
Nicole Newman’s Twitter bio says it all: Trinity Grad, Community Organizer, Sister, Civic Leader, 5th Generation Washingtonian, Poet and Ready for the World. Nicole’s motto in life is simple: do what you love with all the passion and gifts in trusted to you. She currently works at Defeat Poverty DC and has spent her time working at other local non-profits. She volunteers with several groups, but loves to spend time getting to know interesting people and having coffee. She loves poetry, celebrity gossip blogs, sunflowers and chocolate. She writes from the heart about things she cares about.
Jeff Raderstrong is the Founder and Editor of UnSectored and a community engagement consultant. He has run successful, long-term online campaigns in the social innovation space, such as developing and executing the social media strategy for Leap of Reason, a book on nonprofit outcomes management with over 55,000 copies distributed. He co-founded the Social Entrepreneurs of Grinnell (SEG) in college, which is now a functioning microfinance institution with an over $25,000 portfolio. In the spring of 2012, he assisted in a campaign to have SEG recognized as one of five White House Champions of Change.
Katie Rendon graduated from George Mason University with a degree in Global Affairs with a concentration in International Development and a minor in Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Katie currently serves as the Director of Programs at the George Mason Center for Social Entrepreneurship. Katie’s main focus as the Director of Programs is running the Center’s Social Innovation Program (SIP). She most recently worked for Conservation Jobs Corp in Baltimore, Maryland.
Ryan is the Online Manager of UnSectored. He is in his last year of undergrad business school at the University of Maryland-College Park, majoring in Marketing and Management and also a social media intern at the Newberry Group. Formally, Ryan worked as a New Media intern for Calvert Foundation. When not immersed in social media, Ryan explores and writes about social innovation and his millennial generation. If he were to ever pursue a career (wait, what’s that?), it’d be in writing, social change, and/or digital marketing.
Sally Stephenson is the director of the Executive Office at Ashoka: Innovators for the Public. Before moving to DC, she interned with the Carter Center, the Danville Regional Foundation, and in microfinance NGOs in Colombia and Chile. She also served for a year as a Young Adult Volunteer in human service nonprofits in Atlanta. These experiences contributed to her interest in seeking collaborative and innovative ways to create social change at a systemic level. She is a graduate of Davidson College with a BA in Spanish. When taking a break from keeping up with her boss (who sleeps three hours a night!) she enjoys spending time outdoors and hosting dinner parties.
Laura is a social infrapreneur who is passionate about developing, connecting, and improving infrastructure for lasting social change. As a network developer, she is the first member of the new network team at the Council on Foundations, where she leads an impact investing initiative. Previously as manager of public-philanthropic partnerships, she built the capacities of federal agencies interested in partnering with foundations. She is a StartingBloc Social Innovation Fellow and serves on the Fellows Advisory Committee to the StartingBloc Board of Directors. Laura holds a Master of Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, where she was the Vernon Snow Fellow in Nonprofit Management, and a Bachelor of Arts from Occidental College. Follow her on Twitter.
Robert Tomasko directs the Social Enterprise Program and holds a faculty appointment at American University, where he teaches graduate courses in corporate social responsibility, effective activism, leadership, NGO management and social entrepreneurship. Before coming to American University he was an author, business consultant, and frequent speaker at management conferences throughout the world. Over 100,000 copies of his books have been sold. He has advised clients throughout the world on issues of organization and strategy, including Coca-Cola, Exxon, Ford, Marriott, Mitsubishi, Telstra, and Toyota. His public sector clients include Auditor General of Canada, Presidential Commission on World Hunger, US Federal Aviation Administration, US Navy, and UNICEF.