Wendy Brown founded the Center for Nonprofit Excellence in 2006 and launched Board Academy in 2009. She taught as a member of the Board Academy faculty from its inception up to 2015. In 2011, she co-founded the Community Investment Collaborative, a micro-enterprise development organization that leverages community resources to provide capital and education to entrepreneurs who have difficulty accessing funding from traditional sources.
Wendy has served on a number of boards, including the Charlottesville Free Clinic and Piedmont Virginia Community College Foundation Board and currently serves with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville, the Southern Environmental Law Center and the Contemporary Club of Albemarle.
Frank Friedman serves as President of Piedmont Virginia Community College in Charlottesville, Virginia. He has served as a faculty member and an administrator in community colleges since 1977. Prior to becoming President of PVCC in 1999, he served as Executive Vice President of Austin Community College in Texas.
Frank has served on national higher education advisory commissions with the American Association of Community Colleges and The College Board. He served six years as a Commissioner of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and served three years as the elected Virginia representative to the 13-member Executive Council of the Commission. In Charlottesville, he is on the Board of Directors of the Central Virginia Partnership for Economic Development, the Thomas Jefferson Area United Way, the Jefferson School Foundation and the Entrepreneurial Village, and serves as First Vice President of the Charlottesville Regional Chairman of Commerce.
Jason is President of Mosaico Management, a fund that invests at the intersection of human activity and natural capital. He is the former Chief Investment Officer of blue moon fund, inc., where he helped create and manage the endowment’s mission-driven investment strategy. Prior to joining blue moon fund, Jason spent 13 years at Moore Capital Management LP as a Principal in the Private Equity Group and later as Portfolio Manager of a U.S. long/short equity strategy. Prior to Moore Capital, he worked in the Principal Investment Area of Goldman Sachs & Co. Jason is a Director of Potomac Conservancy and Mountain Hazelnuts Group Ltd.
Gail Leftwich Kitch
Gail Leftwich Kitch is the former COO of The Voter Participation Center, a research-driven, results-oriented nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to increasing the participation of unmarried women, young people and minorities, historically underrepresented groups in our democracy.
Most recently, Gail served as Executive Director of By the People, a MacNeil/Lehrer Productions project which uses public television to encourage and support informed non-contentious citizen dialogue around policy issues. Gail was President of the Federation of State Humanities Councils, the national membership organization of the state affiliates of the National Endowment for the Humanities, following service as Director of Cambridge Forum, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is a former chair of the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities and was a Radcliffe College Public Policy Fellow in the late 90s.
Christine Mahoney is Professor of Public Policy and Politics at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and Director of Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Virginia.
To help foster innovative solutions to social problems she launched and leads Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Virginia. Over the past three years the SE@UVA Initiative has introduced new courses on social entrepreneurship, a minor, a concept competition, scholarships to work with social enterprises and a myriad of student activities providing hands-on experience in social innovation.
Diane Edgerton Miller
Diane Edgerton Miller is the President, CEO, and Co-Founder of the blue moon fund. She has been a longtime supporter of philanthropic efforts to improve society and the natural environment.
Diane has served on numerous boards, which include the W. Alton Jones Foundation, Planned Parenthood of Virginia, the Childrens’ Discovery Museum, the Architectural Review Board of Albemarle County, Building Goodness Foundation, Urban Vision, Tandem Friends School, and the Global Environmental Institute. She was formerly the President and CEO of the W. Alton Jones Foundation. She currently serves as a member of the Andes Amazon Fund steering committee.
David Richards is founder and CEO of Concursive, an open-source software development and solutions company. Before Concursive, David was Chairman and CEO of Physicians’ Online, a company backed by venture capitalists including AT&T Ventures, Invesco Funds, and Advent International. At that time Physicians’ Online was the largest authenticated community of on-line physicians in the world with 200,000-plus members. David served as Vice President of Corporate Development at Landmark Communications, where he oversaw Landmark interests in several emerging ventures including Career Web, Landmark Community Interests, and the Television Food Network.
Anne Scott is COO of Pathfinder International, a global non-profit organization that focuses on reproductive health, family planning, HIV/AIDS prevention and care, and maternal health. She has more than 20 years of experience in international development—specifically HIV & AIDS prevention, care, and treatment; sexual and reproductive health; and maternal, child, and infant health and nutrition.
Anne has served as executive director for programs at The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, chief of party for John Snow International, head of partnerships for the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Indonesia country director for Pact, and an HIV & STI technical advisor for USAID. She is also a leader in the important social movement in the US to address adolescent sexual violence.