Ina Breuer is Executive Director of New England International Donors. Previously she was the Executive Director of Beyond Conflict (BC), where she worked for 17 years to help leaders in Middle East, Central America, Northern Ireland, the Balkans, South Africa and Sri Lanka address difficult challenges relating to reconciliation, conflict resolution and change. Specific initiatives Ina was directly involved with at Beyond Conflict included working with leaders on all sides of the conflict in Northern Ireland to engender joint governance of the Northern Ireland Assembly, working with the Department of Peacekeeping at the UN to improve their rule of law peacebuilding efforts, and working to help leaders in Kosovo, Sri Lanka and Bahrain prepare for high level peace negotiations. In 2008 Ina also helped launch BC’s Neuroscience and Social Conflict Initiative , which has led to a new area of inquiry at the intersection of brain science and conflict. Prior to her work on conflict resolution, Ina was the Assistant Director of the Transregional Center for Democratic Studies (TCDS) at the New School for Social Research in New York. In the early 1990s TCDS was a hub for dissident activity from the former Eastern Block and was focused on helping universities rebuild social science departments throughout East and Central Europe, the former Soviet Union and Central Asia. Ina began her career at the Foundation for Civil Society in New York, where she was involved in educational, economic and environmental programming supporting civil society development in the Czech Republic and Slovakia after the collapse of the Cold War. Ina has co-taught courses on leadership, reconciliation and change at Tufts Experimental College, worked as a consultant for the East-West Management Institute in Sri Lanka in 2006 and was an Advisory Committee member to the Initiative on Inclusive Security in their efforts to develop a Toolkit for Advocacy and Action for women peacemakers around the world. She served as a Board member of the Alliance for Peacebuilding from 2010 – 2016. Today Ina remains a Senior Advisor to Beyond Conflict and an Advisor to the Rewiring the Brain for Peace Initiative of the Alliance for Peacebuilding. She has a BA from Northwestern University, studied at the Freie Universität in Berlin, Germany and has a Masters in Political Science from the New School for Social Research in New York City.
Odette comes to NEID from the Izumi Foundation, which is a NEID member focused on improving healthcare delivery in Africa and Latin America. Odette has also had involvement with The Caplow Children’s Prize, City Awake and the Boston Network for International Development. She was born in Havana, Cuba and grew up in Miami, Florida surround by a vibrant immigrant and Hispanic community. She graduated from Florida International University with a BA in Cultural Anthropology and moved to Boston to attend Boston University School of Public Health. Odette graduated the Master of Public Health program with a dual concentration in Global Health and Health Law, Bioethics, & Human Rights. She is passionate about health, education, girls & women’s empowerment, climate change and its impact on health, civil justice, patient rights, and human rights.
Karen is Co-founder and Chair of the Steering Committee of NEID.
In late 2008 Karen cofounded New England International Donors (NEID), an independent initiative of The Philanthropic Initiative (TPI) and the Boston Foundation (TBF). With her husband, Jim, she makes grants to end global poverty and promote global health primarily in Haiti via the Ansara Family Fund at TBF. In 2010 Karen cofounded the Haiti Fund with TBF, making which made grants in HAITI for five years, and then evolved into the Haiti Development Insitute (HDI.) She serves on the boards of HDI, MCE Social Capital, and the Millennium Campus Network and is an advisor to the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, the Irish International Immigrant Center, and Boston University’s Pardee School for Global Studies. A member of the Leadership Council for Oxfam America since 2003, Karen is a graduate of Wellesley College (Political Science) and Andover Newton Theological School (MDiv). Karen and Jim have four young adult children and live in Essex, MA and Boston.
Maggi Alexander is the Director for TPI’s Center for Global Philanthropy. An entrepreneurial leader, Maggi has spent over 25 years focused on improving the quality of life for low-income children, families, and communities in the United States and over 30 countries worldwide. She has extensive experience building partnerships and alliances that cut across traditional divides and has worked in the corporate, philanthropic, nonprofit, and public sectors. Maggi’s experience in organizational development spans the early start-up process to achieving scale and sustainability; she is passionate about turning great ideas into reality. Maggi’s commitment to international development was ignited when she worked as a street educator providing direct services to working and street-based children in developing countries. In 1991, Maggi joined the International Youth Foundation (IYF) shortly after it was established, playing numerous key leadership roles as the organization grew, including direct program and organizational leadership of a fast growing network of partner foundations across Asia, Europe, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. Today, IYF is among the world’s leading public foundations focused on investing in young people, with operations in more than 80 countries. Most recently, Maggi worked with the ImagineNations Group to provide rural young people and smallholder farmers with relevant education, training, and finance, fostering a new generation of Africans who are prosperous along the field-to-fork agriculture value chain. In 2006, Maggi founded and continues to serve as volunteer Director for Kids-Take-Action, a nonprofit aimed at inspiring service and social action among school-aged children. Over her career, Maggi has held several other senior leadership positions with national and international organizations, including the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, UNICEF, the Fetzer Institute, and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. Maggi has an MA from John’s Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies.
Jessica Brown is Executive Director of the New England Biolabs Foundation, an independent, private foundation whose mission is to foster community-based conservation of landscapes and seascapes and the bio-cultural diversity found in these places. The Foundation works internationally in countries of Central America, Andean South America and West Africa, and locally on the North Shore of Massachusetts. Prior to joining NEBF she was Senior Vice President for International Programs with the Quebec-Labrador Foundation/Atlantic Center for the Environment (QLF), responsible for its capacity-building and peer-to-peer exchange activities in diverse regions. Over the past two decades Jessica has worked in countries of Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and Central and Eastern Europe. She serves as Vice President of International Funders for Indigenous Peoples (IFIP) and as Chair of the board of Terralingua. She has worked as a consultant with the UNDP/Global Environmental Facility Small Grants Programme in support of its Community Management of Protected Areas for Conservation (COMPACT) initiative. She is an associate member of the Graduate Faculty, Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies in Rutgers University School of Arts and Sciences A member of IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), Jessica chairs its Protected Landscapes Specialist Group, and has published widely on topics related to stewardship of bio-cultural landscapes. She received an M.A. (International Development) from Clark University and a B.A. (Biology and Environmental Studies) from Brown University. She lives in Newbury, Massachusetts with her husband and two children.
David Campbell is a NEID steering committee member, and chairman/founder of disaster response organization All Hands Volunteers, for which he’s been recognized as the 2014 Purpose Prize winner by Encore.org and the 2013 Social Entrepreneur award from the Manhattan Institute. In its 10 year history All Hands has had over 50 projects, including major responses to Katrina and Sandy in the US, and Haiti, Japan, Philippines and Nepal internationally. David’s 40 year tech career included being President of BBN Technologies of Cambridge, 2 other public company CEO roles, and service on 10 public company boards.
Sasha Chanoff is an advisor of The Good Lie Fund, the philanthropic initiative of the feature film The Good Lie, starring Reese Witherspoon. He is also a human rights advisor for the Leir Charitable Foundations based in New York and Connecticut, where he advises on human rights and humanitarian issues for the foundations and has organized Leir Foundation Human Rights Conferences, bringing together heads of NGOs, practitioners, philanthropists, academics, and others. He is the founder and Executive Director of RefugePoint, a humanitarian organization that finds lasting solutions for the world’s most vulnerable refugees. Sasha and father David Chanoff have co-authored a new book titled From Crisis to Calling: Finding Your Moral Center in the Toughest Decisions. With a foreword by David Gergen, this book is about defining moral decision points in leadership, and is based on a life and death dilemma Sasha faced during a US rescue operation into the Congo to evacuate massacre survivors. Prior to RefugePoint, he worked in refugee relief operations with the UN Refugee Agency and the International Organization for Migration, collaborating with the US, Canadian and Australian governments on refugee rescue and protection operations across Africa. Sasha holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University and an M.A. in Humanitarian Assistance from the Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Friedman School of Nutrition, Science and Policy. He is an Ashoka, Echoing Green and Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation fellow and a recipient of the 2010 Charles Bronfman Humanitarian Prize, the 2013 Gleitsman International Activist Award from the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School, and a White House Champion of Change.
Vilas Dhar is a social impact investor, attorney, and adviser to governments and businesses, known for his novel work connecting private capital and public good at individual and systemic levels. Vilas’s career has included founding a recognized socially conscious law firm, investing in high impact ventures, advising governments on digital services, entrepreneurship, and innovation programs, and creating the Next Mile Project, a first of its kind nonprofit incubator in Boston, Massachusetts. At the philanthropically supported Next Mile Project, nonprofits receive access to best of class services including professional workspace, back office support, preferred funding opportunities, and strategic and communications resources to support and scale their impact – leveraging private sector expertise for the public welfare. He is currently the Gleitsman Fellow in Leadership in Social Change at the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University, and has previously served as an Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Illinois. He holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law, where he was a member of the Order of Barristers, as well as Bachelor’s degrees in Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Illinois, where he was named University Chancellor’s Scholar. Vilas speaks and writes on impact investing, millennial leadership, and social change, and has addressed audiences on five continents, including lectures/panels at the White House, the United Nations, and Capitol Hill, and has been profiled/published in publications ranging from Forbes Magazine to the Harvard Business Review.
Sarah Gauger is a philanthropic adviser working with individuals, families, foundations, and non-profits: helping big thinkers think even bigger; advising multi-generational philanthropists; catalyzing new ideas for high impact collaborations; and designing and building creative programs and organizations. She has brought energetic and stable leadership for nearly two decades to campaigns, initiatives, and programs to promote social justice philanthropy, balancing long-term planning with deep operational expertise. Prior to her consulting work, Gauger served as president of Hunt Alternatives Fund, an operating foundation based in Cambridge, MA advancing innovative and inclusive approaches to social change at local, national, and global levels. Currently advocating for inclusive peace processes, combating the demand for purchased sex, inspiring women to political leadership, supporting social movement leaders, and strengthening youth arts organizations in Eastern Massachusetts, the Fund convenes allies, builds their capacity, and empowers them to achieve systemic change. Previously, she served ten years as the foundation’s executive director, during which time she grew the organization’s operations ten-fold to support the programs’ outreach initiatives. Gauger’s involvement with the international community is extensive, and includes work at the US Chamber of Commerce in Austria, and later coordination of special projects at the US Embassy in Vienna. There she organized numerous humanitarian initiatives throughout Central and Eastern Europe, including the “Bosnian Women’s Initiative” (to which President Clinton pledged $10 million for women’s post-conflict enterprise development) and “Vital Voices: Women in Democracy,” which convened some 300 European and US women leaders in business, law, and politics (and continues today as its own stand-alone global platform.) She also co-organized programs bringing together women leaders from opposite sides of violent conflicts for intense coalition building and leadership training. Inspired by the women leaders and their stories, Gauger later returned to the US to participate in the creation of major fundraising efforts benefiting women and girls. She served on the core committee of Women Moving Millions, a bold philanthropic initiative inspiring million dollar or higher donations to organizations and initiatives supporting women and girls. The first phase of the initiative raised more than $200 million, and a passionate network of like-minded philanthropists was born. Gauger has served as a consultant and adviser to Pax Global Women’s Equality Fund, New England International Donors, MassCreative, UMass Boston Center for Collaborative Leadership, Salzburg Global Seminar, among others. She is a graduate of Colorado College, and pursued additional studies at Lueneburg University (Germany) and the University of Vienna (Austria). Gauger and her husband, a Boston-based consultant working to eradicate homelessness, are governed by their two young, colorful, independent, and opinionated children.
As President of Aya Global, a philanthropic advisory practice, Ms. Jones offers strategic guidance to individuals and families to enable them to reach their philanthropic goals. For over 15 years, Tanya Jones has worked to improve the health of women and children in rural communities of sub-Saharan Africa as an implementer, fundraiser and funder. She had spearheaded philanthropic initiatives for a Fortune 500 corporation and a private foundation. Prior to founding Aya Global, Ms. Jones served as Portfolio Manager at the Barr Foundation, where she led the foundation’s community health portfolio in East Africa and India. Previously, Ms. Jones, served as Staff Associate at Population Council based in Ghana. Ms. Jones and her Ghana Health Service and Population Council colleagues were the driving force behind the scaling-up of the Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) program, which in the last decade has become an international model for rural health delivery and health systems strengthening. Following her contributions to health policy translation in Ghana, Ms. Jones joined Pathfinder International as a resource development professional supporting Pathfinder’s field offices in Africa and South Asia to raise philanthropic funds from corporations and foundations. Ms. Jones earned a Masters’ Degree in Public Policy from Princeton University and a Masters’ Degree in Sociology from The University of California, Berkeley. Ms. Jones is currently completing her doctoral degree in Sociology, also at The University of California, Berkeley. Ms. Jones serves on the Steering Committee of both the New England International Donors and mPowering Frontline Health Workers.
Elaine Martyn is vice president, relationship management for the Private Donor Group at Fidelity Charitable®, an independent public charity that has helped donors support more than 193,000 nonprofit organizations with nearly $18.7 billion in grants since inception in 1991. The mission of Fidelity Charitable is to further the American tradition of philanthropy by providing programs that make charitable giving simple and effective. Ms. Martyn leads the Private Donor Group, which supports ultra-high net worth donors in their efforts to develop innovative solutions and strategies to maximize their philanthropic goals through their Fidelity Charitable donor-advised fund. Over the last 15 years, Ms. Martyn’s career has centered on building programs around family philanthropy, impact investing, international grant-making and values-based giving. In so doing, she has worked with major donors and their families in their efforts to support the advancement of health and human rights through medical education, social justice, diversity policy, and advocacy in the United States, United Kingdom and Asia. Prior to joining Fidelity Charitable, Ms. Martyn was vice president of the development at Global Fund for Women, where she influenced the strategic mission and raised $60 million to support women-led human rights organizations in 175 countries. Ms. Martyn leverages her experiences at Global Fund for Women, Refugees International, King’s College London, the British Medical Association, and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Medical School to formulate strategies which help ultra-high net worth donors achieve their philanthropic goals. Ms. Martyn double majored in medical studies and English literature and communications at Gannon University, and has a Master’s degree in Victorian literature from the University of Leeds. In 2013, she was appointed as a special international advisor to the U.S. State Department’s Under Secretary of Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy. As an advocate of healthcare, refugee and women’s rights, immigrant communities and economic empowerment in the developing world, she has published on topics including equal opportunities, medical education, mentorship, management and philanthropy.
Emily Nielsen Jones is a donor-activist engaged in movements of equality, justice, and peace in our world, with a particular focus in the nexus of faith, gender, and development. The Imago Dei Fund does grant-making in three primary areas: care of souls, care of creation & justice/mercy. In her role at the Imago Dei Fund, Emily has helped to adopt a “gender-lens” in all of its grant-making with a particular focus around partnering with inspired female change agents working to transform the deeper roots of female oppression which still exists in our world. The Imago Dei Fund has regional engagements in Cambodia (collaborative grant-making around anti-trafficking and women’s leadership development), increasingly in Haiti/DR, and in Africa primarily around gender-lens investing and women’s leadership/economic development. Active in the women-led philanthropy movement, Emily is a member of the Women’s Donor Network, Women Moving Millions and serves on various boards: the Boston Women’s Fund; the Hildegard New Economy Fund; the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women; Women of Faith for Peace & Security; the Global Fund for Women, and is part of a team exploring the feasibility of creating a gender-lens social-impact giving circle in Boston. She also blogs on the particular challenges/opportunities of working to create gender balance within the faith-inspired humanitarian sector. Emily studied at Dartmouth College, Boston University, and has a credential in spiritual direction.
Anne Stetson is the president of Lighthouse Global Consulting, a strategic consulting firm advising foundations and nonprofit organizations working around the world to advance global health, human rights, and social entrepreneurship. Prior to engaging in strategic consulting, she worked with the Americas Program of Human Rights First (formerly the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights), and practiced international corporate and investment law for 10 years in New York and in Boston. Stetson serves as a director of ACCION International, the John Merck Fund, the Lookout Foundation, and Confluence Philanthropy; she is a past director of Physicians for Human Rights and the Vance Center for International Justice. She is a member of the bars of New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. Stetson is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and has published articles and books in the areas of human rights, impact investing, and foreign investments. She is fluent in Spanish and French. Stetson holds a BA in English Literature from Yale University, an MA in international affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and a JD from Boston University. She also studied at Columbia Law School, where she co-founded the Journal of Gender and Law, and served as an editor of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review.
Senior Vice President, Business Development, Boston Common Asset Management
Tara joins Boston Common from Deutsche Asset and Wealth Management, where she managed client relationships in Boston, Canada and Latin America for the Global Client Group from 2014 to 2016. She previously managed the Institutional business for Latin America, and she served as Portfolio Manager and Head of Emerging Markets and Latin American Equities. In her 30 year career, Tara has worked as a Portfolio Manager for Scudder Investments Latin American Equity Product as a Managing Director, as well as Bankers Trust, the Chase Manhattan Bank, and the Inter-American Development Bank. Tara serves on the Board of Accion International, the World Education and Development Fund (Worldfund), Andean Health and Development and the EcoEnterprises Fund of the Nature Conservancy. Additionally, she serves on the board of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame and is a member of the Notre Dame Women’s Initiative. She received a BA in Government and Spanish from the University of Notre Dame and did postgraduate work in Economics at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica of Peru. She earned an MBA in Finance at New York University’s Stern School of Business.
Private Investor and Adviser
Steven Lee has a background in finance, with 20 years of combined experience in the capital markets and social finance markets. At John Hancock Financial Services, he invested and managed multi-billion dollar institutional investment portfolios largely in private debt securities, with a variety of roles including direct investing, product development, capital raising, and client service. Steven left in 2005 with the belief that there is significant potential to unlock private capital to address critical social ssues, generating both positive financial and social benefits. Since 2005, his investment experience in the social sector includes finance work with Save the Children (microfinance), Clinton Foundation (clean energy), and TiE Boston (social enterprise). Currently, Steven is developing strategic partnerships involving collaborative finance/funding with multinationals, NGOs, government agencies, philanthropic stakeholders, and impact investors, as well as investing as a private angel in energy, agriculture and water projects (Kenya waste-to-energy, India rural agriculture supply chain, US tidal power, etc). He is committed to impact innovation by developing more efficient market-based, risk sharing models by blending investment with philanthropic capital. Steven is a graduate of Cornell University (BS Agricultural Economics) and NYU (MBA Finance).
Executive Director, The Melton Foundation
As Executive Director of The Melton Foundation, Winthrop led a comprehensive strategic planning process involving all members and stakeholders of the Melton Foundation and has helped expand its network of partners and collaborators. Additionally, through his role of Executive Director at The Melton Foundation he managed an in-depth international fellowship program for hundreds of emerging global citizen leaders in partnership with academic institutions in more than six countries. Winthrop is also co-founder and editor for case studies of the journal Innovations. He previously served as Associate Director of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. During the 1990s Winthrop developed and implemented academic exchange programs throughout Latin America on behalf of Harvard’s LASPAU program. He has researched, published, taught, and spoken extensively on the roles of innovation, entrepreneurship, and technology in education and international development. Winthrop holds an EdM from Harvard University and a BA in political science from Boston University. Born in Colombia to US journalist parents, Winthrop has spent his life learning from and hopefully contributing to the different places where he has hung his hat. Many things fire up Winthrop’s neurons, from languages to cooking with family and friends. He balances all this excitement with forays into nature, be it a walk in the woods or a winter climb. Winthrop Carty has served with enthusiasm on NEID’s Membership Committee.