rohan oza, special advisor
Rohan Oza is the mastermind behind some of the most iconic brands in the consumer space today. Dubbed “Hollywood’s Brandfather” by the Hollywood Reporter, Oza is a global pioneer in celebrity equity deals, and is known for transforming groundbreaking consumer products into household names. His revolutionary expertise has led him to appear on numerous national television shows, including his upcoming appearance as a guest judge on the hit show Shark Tank as well as Squawk Box, Closing Bell with Liz Clayman, Power Pitch and more.
In 2002, after six years at The Coca Cola Company, Oza left to become partner and Chief Marketing Officer of then-fledgling beverage company Glacéau. From this position he helped build the powerhouse brands Vitaminwater and Smartwater through trailblazing partnerships with celebrities including 50 Cent, Jennifer Aniston, Lebron James, and Tom Brady. In 2016, Oza cofounded CAVU Venture Partners. CAVU has quickly become one of the fastest growing venture funds in the CPG space, raising over $156 million in 4 months for their first fund, and another $210 million in under a month for their second fund.
Born and raised in Zambia and of Indian descent, Rohan Oza has accumulated numerous prestigious honors throughout his decades-long career, including being named on: Crain's "40 Under 40," Brandweek's Top Ten Marketers, Ad Age's "Marketing 50" and many more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MATTHEW HOPKINS, board member
Matthew Hopkins is the Global Head of Precious Metals Trading at Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC). He is responsible for managing firm wide precious metals market risk, developing trading strategies and building client relationships.
Matthew graduated from Columbia University with a Masters in Public Administration, with the concentration International Economic Policy and Management and holds a BBA from Simon Fraser University where he studied business, finance and economics. Additionally, Matthew is both a Chartered Financial Analyst and Chartered Market Technician.
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.
DIANE H. FUSILLI
Diane H Fusilli, managing director, Fusilli Strategic Communications, advises mission-driven organizations on their strategic brand communications.
A former vice president of the PR firm, M Booth, she has previously served as a director of communications for the Rockefeller Foundation, and head of global communications for Management Sciences for Health (MSH), where she led communications across 75 countries while also serving as a USAID contractor to Ministries of Health and of Finance.
She has supported many critical issues of the day, from seeding the next Green Revolution in Africa to advocating for the rightful place at the international development table for the private sector. She is most passionate about the universal right to health and education for a safe and secure world.
Nadine Figaro, Associate Director of Budget and Operations for the New York City Department of Education, manages the fiscal and labor resource management needs of primary and secondary public institutions serving English Language Learners (ELLs), unaccompanied minors and students with interrupted formal education (SIFE). Prior to serving in this capacity, Nadine has held progressively responsible positions in the for-profit arena including managing the Sarbanes Oxley control framework for the then subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch, SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment.
She is the recently appointed President and founding member of the United Nations Association (UNA) Southern New York District (SNY) Bronx Chapter aimed at developing domestic micro-UN model simulations to advance grassroot efforts in support of the 17 UN Global Targets, with a specific interest in the accessibility of quality education, restorative justice and equality, economic sustainability, health and climate-change initiatives.
Nadine hold a Bachelors degree in Economics and Masters degree in Business Administration.
Jennifer is an independent strategic management and institutional development consultant with nearly 15 years of experience supporting social programs promoting self-sufficiency through health, child care, education and training, and workforce development. Her work focuses on improving the overall welfare and well-being of low-income populations across the globe, targeting American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations within the U.S. and Sub-Saharan populations in East Africa. Jennifer provides full service support to government programs, non-profit, and for-profit organizations to support strategic planning and growth, build human capital and individual personnel acumen, and create strong institutional frameworks to ensure the success of programs and services.
In her work most recently, Jennifer created a dream program to promote staff engagement and retention at a social non-profit. The program encourages staff to visualize and record their dreams and inspires and pushes them to achieve them. Jennifer also serves as the Executive Director of the National Indian Child Care Association, a non-profit promoting high-quality early care and education among American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Tribes. Jennifer sits on the National Child Care Data Center Advisory Council and is a member of the Child Care Licensing Database Workgroup.
Jennifer is a member of the Cherokee Nation and holds a MS in Global Health from Duke University and a BA in International Relations from Dartmouth College.
AMY LYNN MARSHALL LAMBRECHT
Amy Lynn Marshall Lambrecht has over twenty-five years of experience as a senior executive, successfully leading and generating revenues for a number of policy institutions in the nonprofit sector. She has a proven record of building and maintaining multi-million-dollar programs through fearless fundraising, innovative and creative thinking, relationship building and management, deep research, and strategic and organizational planning. She is best known for her institutional leadership, stewardship of internal and external relationships, fundraising, events, external communications, e-outreach, and organizational development.
Amy Lynn Marshall Lambrecht has recently retired from the position of Publisher and CEO of The American Prospect, a progressive multi-platform media institution covering politics and public policy, with a focus on economic opportunity, race, and social justice. Previously, she held senior positions at the Scholars Strategy Network, Advancement Project, the Washington Monthly, Campaign for America’s Future, the George Mason University, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, and the Economic Policy Institute.
Lambrecht holds a BA in French from the Johns Hopkins University and also attended the American University in Paris and Gallaudet University.
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.