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Dan Sutera, co-founder & President

Dan is one of the Impact Network Co-Founders and served as Executive Director during its formative stages.  He is a serial entrepreneur and has been involved with the founding of seven companies, including ShareFile and Yext, both of which made the Inc. 500. He currently serves as Co-Founder and President of Futurism, a media company covering news on the transformative technologies that will impact humanity.

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david seidenfeld, co-founder & board member

David Seidenfeld, senior director for AIR's international research and evaluation work, has over ten years of experience conducting research for government agencies, development organizations, and NGOs.  He has extensive experience designing and implementing evaluations of economic, health, and education programs. Dr. Seidenfeld manages over 25 researchers, oversees a portfolio of more than 20 research projects, and provides strategic vision for AIR’s growth.  

Dr. Seidenfeld is currently the co-principal investigator (PI) on a five-year, multi-site randomized control trial of Zambia’s cash transfer programs and co-PI on a two-year impact evaluation of Zimbabwe’s cash transfer program.  In addition to designing these studies, he trains and manages several teams of researchers, collaborates with the government, analyzes data and authors reports for the partners. His training in applied statistics and econometric methods provides him with powerful tools to investigate program impacts in challenging situations, while translating these technical and complex concepts to policymakers and funders.

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swan sit, board member

Swan Sit is the Vice President of Global Digital for Elizabeth Arden. She is responsible for digital marketing, social media, etailer sales and digital innovation across the Elizabeth Arden brand portfolio and the company’s designer, celebrity and heritage fragrances. She is developing the company’s first digital platform across its global markets, spearheaded the company’s groundbreaking “Desk of Liz Arden” social campaign and was voted one of Luxury Daily’s Women to Watch.

As the former Executive Director of Online Strategy and Planning for the Estée Lauder Companies, Swan helped grow their global marketing, ecommerce and mobile sites, with double digit sales growth across 30 brands and 50 countries. Swan was also a Case Team Leader at Bain & Company with a focus on growth strategy, operational efficiency and private equity due diligence.

Swan graduated with an MBA from Columbia and a BA in Economics from Harvard.

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Stephan spencer, board member

Stephan is an internationally recognized SEO expert and bestselling author. He is the co-author of The Art of SEO, author of Google Power Search and co-author of Social eCommerce, all published by O’Reilly. 

Stephan founded Netconcepts in 1995 and grew it into a multi-national SEO agency before selling it in 2010 to Covario. Stephan invented the SEO technology GravityStream. He now works as a sought-after SEO and digital strategy consultant. His past clients include Zappos, Sony Store, Quiksilver, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Chanel.

Stephan has spoken at hundreds of marketing events including SES, SMX, PubCon, Internet Retailer, and Shop.org. He’s contributed to the Huffington Post, Multichannel Merchant, Practical Ecommerce, Search Engine Land, and DM News.

Stephan is the creator of Traffic Control, a 3-day SEO seminar. He hosts two podcasts, The Optimized Geek and Marketing Speak.

MICHAEL CLARK, BOARD MEMBER

Mr. Clark, Managing Partner of GH Capital, previously co-founded Castle Hill Investors in 2010, a real estate private equity firm focused on operator and platform investing that helps grow real estate companies through capital investment and board level guidance. GHC and Castle Hill continue to partner on investments today.

Prior to his days with Castle Hill, Mr. Clark was a managing director with Meridian Development Partners (MDP) where he helped the company grow into a diversified development and funds management business. He also had responsibility for acquiring more than 1 million square feet of commercial real estate, including multifamily, retail and industrial. Prior to MDP he was a director at the Jamieson Group, a redevelopment consultancy, where he was responsible for land development and entitlements, feasibility analysis, project underwriting and economic development plans. Before joining the Jamieson Group, he worked for the San Diego Padres as an intern, managing retail operations.

ANUP PATEL, BOARD MEMBER

Anup Patel is the President and Chief Investment Officer of Arch Street Capital Advisors, LLC and has been with the firm since 2005. In his capacity as President, he is responsible for the operational oversight of the firm. As CIO, he is also responsible for overseeing all of the firm’s investment activities and spearheading strategic initiatives including new client development and investment product development.
Joining ASC shortly after the firm’s founding, Mr. Patel has played an instrumental role in the over $5.5 billion of acquisitions, dispositions, and financings that the firm has completed since inception. Prior to ASC, he was with GE Capital in the North America real estate debt group, and prior to that worked as part of GE Capital’s private equity group. He has been a frequent speaker on topics relating to real estate investment and finance, including the intersection of Islamic Finance and commercial real estate investments and the implementation of acceptable investment structures. Mr. Patel has been featured as a guest speaker at New York University’s Shack Institute of Real Estate and Columbia University’s Real Estate Development program. Mr. Patel holds a B.S. degree from Cornell University’s School of Hospitality Management.

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karan ahooja, board member

Karan Ahooja is a senior analyst at Eminence Capital, an investment firm that he has worked at since 2005. Prior to joining Eminence, he held positions at Citigroup and Dubin & Swieca Capital Management. Karan graduated cum laude with a BA in Economics from Dartmouth College in 2002. He lives in NYC with his beloved Labrador Retriever Remy

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sean o'sullivan, board member

Sean has over twenty years experience in New York real estate management. Having previously worked for Brown Harris Stevens, a real estate company focused on the luxury market in Manhattan, he was hired by Vornado Realty Trust, a New York based real estate investment trust, to open and develop what is commonly referred to as the Bloomberg Building. Sean has many years of working with various causes and charities, most recently working with other in real estate management in raising money for the Ronald McDonald House in Manhattan.

michael weiss, co-founder & advisor

Weiss works at MDRC, a non-profit non-partisan social policy research organization where he evaluates the effectiveness of educational programs. He has been invited to give presentations at numerous conferences and organizations, including at the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor. He is also deeply involved in methodological projects intended to improve the quality of random assignment evaluations. He holds a BS and a master’s degree in applied statistics from Cornell University and a doctorate in education policy from the University of Pennsylvania.