Special Advisors

Our growth and success is made possible by the groundswell of support from a network of special advisers whose investment of knowledge and skills position us to achieve our vision for a better world.

Carter Bales

In October 2009, Carter Bales co-founded and became Chairman of NewWorld Capital Group, a private equity firm focusing on investments in the clean energy sector. Previously, Carter served as a Managing Director at The Wicks Group of Companies, which he also co-founded, and held senior level positions at McKinsey & Company. He graduated from Princeton University and the Harvard Business School. In addition to serving as a member of McKinsey's Advisory Council, Carter is a trustee of The Nature Conservancy, Vice Chairman of the Grand Canyon Trust, Vice Chairman of the Cancer Research Institute, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Michael Brown

A 1991 Echoing Green Fellow, Michael Brown is the co-founder and president of City Year, a national youth service corps that helped to inspire the development of AmeriCorps, the nation's federal investment in national youth service. Before founding City Year with his college roommate, Alan Khazei, Michael served as a legislative aide for then Congressman Leon Panetta; a public information officer for the City Volunteer Corps (CVC) of New York City; and law clerk for Federal Judge Stephen Breyer, now a Supreme Court Justice. Michael Brown has been awarded the Reebok Human Rights Award, the Jefferson Award of the American Institute for Public Service, the National Caring Award, the Boston Bar Association's Public Service Award, and four honorary degrees, including doctor of public service from Northeastern University. Michael is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where he served as a member of the Harvard Law Review. 

Richard Cavanagh

Richard (Dick) Cavanagh is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of The Conference Board, Inc., the global research and business membership group. The Conference Board, which connects some 2,000 enterprises in sixty nations, is the most widely-cited private source of business intelligence. Dick joined The Conference Board in November 1995 after serving as Executive Dean of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government for eight years. Earlier he spent fifteen years with McKinsey & Company, Inc., the international management consulting firm. He led McKinsey’s efforts to reorganize the nation’s bankrupt railroads into Conrail – at the time the largest industrial reorganization in history. From 1977 to 1979, Dick held senior posts at the White House Office of Management & Budget where he led a government-wide effort to improve cash management that saved $12 billion. He also directed the President's Reorganization Project for domestic programs. He is the co-author (with Donald K. Clifford. Jr.) of The Winning Performance – How America’s High-Growth Midsize Companies Succeed, a best-selling book published in thirteen national editions. He received his BA from Wesleyan University (where he is a Trustee Emeritus) and his MBA from the Harvard Business School.

William Ford

William (Bill) Ford is President of General Atlantic, a global private equity firm. Previously he worked at Morgan Stanley & Company as an investment banker. He is active in a number of educational and nonprofit institutions. Currently he is a member of the Board of Trustees of Amherst College, Common Ground Community, the United Hospital Fund, and Friends of the Family Academy in Manhattan. Bill received a BA in Economics from Amherst College and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Paul Graves

Paul is head of the chemicals banking team within Investment Banking. He joined Goldman Sachs in 2000 in London as an associate in the Advisory Group. He moved to the Mergers and Strategic Advisory Group in New York in 2001 and assumed responsibility for coverage of the chemicals sector within Investment Banking in 2003. He became a vice president in 2001 and a managing director in 2006. Prior to joining the firm, Paul worked in the Mergers & Acquisitions groups of Schroders, PLC from 1998 to 2000 and ING Barings from 1997 to 1998 in London. From 1993 to 1997, he worked for Ernst & Young, where he qualified as a chartered accountant in 1996. Paul earned a BA in Accounting and Finance from Nottingham Trent University in 1993. 

Rosanne Haggerty

Rosanne Haggerty is a real estate entrepreneur who conceived and founded Common Ground, a nonprofit housing development and management organization in New York City, which provides innovative housing opportunities for homeless adults. Her flagship restoration projects, converting two decaying hotels in the heart of Manhattan into more than 1,000 attractive living spaces for homeless and low-income tenants, are not only important historical restorations, but also bold experiments in financing, developing, and managing residences – these facilities provide to the residents support, structure, and employment opportunities while simultaneously serving as a nexus for neighborhood revitalization. Rosanne is a committed social service champion and determined leader who applies her expertise in real estate, finance, management, and strategic planning to address the unique challenges of housing low-income or otherwise disadvantaged urban residents. Her work to date highlights the promise for still further creative advances towards eradicating homelessness. Rosanne is graduated from Amherst College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Historical Preservation. She is the recipient of a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship.

Mario Morino

Mario Morino is chairman of Venture Philanthropy Partners and the Morino Institute. Before retiring from private industry in 1992, Mario was the Co-Founder of one of the then ten largest software and services firms. Since leaving private industry in 1992, Mario has focused his efforts on philanthropic innovation to benefit children and families of working poor or poverty backgrounds, and has served in advisory roles with General Atlantic. In his philanthropic work, Mario founded the Morino Institute in 1994 to advance the vision that all children have the opportunity to grow into adults leading healthy, productive lives. In 2000, Mario Co-founded Venture Philanthropy Partners (VPP) as an innovative investor in social change that concentrates investments of money, expertise, and contacts to improve the lives and boost the opportunities of children of low-income families in the National Capital Region. Mario is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University.

Bill Shore

Bill Shore is the Founder and Executive Director of Share Our Strength, a national nonprofit that inspires and organizes individuals and businesses to share their strengths in innovative ways to help end hunger. Bill is also the chairman of Community Wealth Ventures, Inc., a for-profit subsidiary of Share Our Strength, that provides consulting services. Since its founding, Share Our Strength has raised over $180 million to support more than 1,000 anti-hunger, anti-poverty groups worldwide. In 1997, Bill launched Community Wealth Ventures, Inc. to provide strategic counsel to corporations, foundations and nonprofit organizations interested in creating community wealth – resources generated through profitable enterprise to promote social change. From 1988 to 1991, Bill served as chief of staff for U.S. Senator Robert Kerrey (D-Neb.) Shore’s books include: Revolution of the Heart, The Cathedral Within, and The Light of Conscience. He currently serves on the board of directors of The Timberland Company. Bill teaches a class on social entrepreneurship at New York University’s Stern School of Business as an adjunct professor and has been a guest lecturer at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. Bill is also a recipient of numerous awards, including the 1991 Humanitarian of the Year, the 1994 Washingtonian of the Year and the Caring Institute's top ten caring people of 1995, one of 1999's The Non Profit Times "Power and Influence Top 50 Leaders" and Bon Appetit's 1999 Humanitarian of the Year. He earned his BA from the University of Pennsylvania and his JD from George Washington University.

William Shutkin

William is the President and CEO of the Presidio Graduate School, where he is also the Richard M. Gray Fellow in Sustainability Practice. William has led several organizations at the forefront of the sustainability field, including the nation’s premier environmental justice law center, Alternatives for Community & Environment, which he cofounded as an Echoing Green Fellow in 1993, and the pioneering green development research and consulting organization New Ecology, Inc. From 1999-2008, William was on the faculty of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. He has also taught at Boston College Law School, the University of Colorado Boulder Leeds School of Business and the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. William is the author of the award-winning book, The Land That Could Be: Environmentalism and Democracy in the Twenty-First Century, and A Republic of Trees: Field Notes on People, Place, and the Planet. David Brower described him as “an environmental visionary creating solutions to today’s problems with a passion that would make John Muir and Martin Luther King equally proud.”

William received his BA in history and classics from Brown University and a JD and MA in history from the University of Virginia. He also completed doctoral studies as a Regents Fellow at the University of California Berkeley and graduated from the Executive Program in Business Strategies for Environmental Sustainability at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. William was a law clerk for U.S. District Court Chief Judge Franklin S. Billings, Jr.