Our fearless board makes it possible for Echoing Green to build a robust ecosystem of solutionists. With their support, we are able to surpass the status quo, alleviating injustice and social ill in the world.
Meet the Board
David C. Hodgson (Co-Chair), General Atlantic, LLC
Maya Ajmera (Co-Chair)
Marc Saiontz (Treasurer), American Securities
Esther Benjamin, Laureate Education Inc.
Steven P. Buffone, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Peter J. Campbell, Education Growth Partners
Guy de Chazal
Cheryl L. Dorsey (ex-officio), Echoing Green
Marianne Gimon, Consultant
Andrew R. Kassoy, B Lab
Dr. Marie Kelly
Josh Mailman, Social Venture Network
Ajay Nagpal, Millennium Management, LLC
Diana Propper de Callejon, Expansion Capital Partners, LLC
Jerome C. Vascellaro, TPG Capital LP
Robbert Vorhoff, General Atlantic, LLC
Dave Hodgson has been with General Atlantic for more than 30 years, having joined the firm in 1982. He worked to build the GA partnership and was foundational in developing our focus of identifying and assisting companies globally in all areas of their growth. He serves as a director of a number of public and private companies, including Hyperion Insurance Group, Pierpont Securities, Dice Holdings, TriNet, InsightExpress and ipValue.
Dave is Co-Chairman of the board of Echoing Green, a provider of fellowship support for not-for-profit entrepreneurs that he helped found in 1987. He also serves as Chairman of the Manhattan Theatre Club; as a trustee of Johns Hopkins University, Johns Hopkins Medicine and Johns Hopkins Health System Corporation; and as a member of the Dartmouth College Board of Trustees.
Dave graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1978, with an AB degree in Mathematics and Social Sciences. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and received the Kemeny Prize in computing at his alma mater. He earned an M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business in 1982.
Maya Ajmera is a 1993 Echoing Green Fellow. She founded and led for eighteen years The Global Fund for Children, a non-profit organization that invests in innovative, community-based organizations working with the world's most vulnerable children and youth. GFC has awarded more than $28 million in capital to nearly 500 grassroots organizations in seventy-eight countries touching the lives of over seven million children. Maya is an award winning children's book author of over fifteen titles; including Children from Australia to Zimbabwe, Faith, To Be a Kid and most recently Healthy Kids with over four million readers worldwide.
Maya is a recipient of numerous leadership awards including the 2011 Henry Crown Fellowship at the Aspen Institute. She is sought out nationally and internationally to address audiences on local and global philanthropy, global children’s rights, international development, and social entrepreneurship. Her work and life story have been profiled by such media outlets as CNN, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Financial Times, NPR, and many others.
Maya is the Senior Advisor on Social Entrepreneurship for Duke University as well as a Visiting Scholar and Professorial Lecturer at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. Maya is a trustee of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, serves on the Board of Visitors of the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University and a board member of New Global Citizens and Kids in Need of Defense. Maya received a master's degree in public policy from the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University and a bachelor's degree in biology from Bryn Mawr College.
Marc Saiontz, managing director, has been with American Securities since 1996. Marc concentrates his investment efforts on the healthcare, industrial and service sectors. He is currently a director of Specialty Care, Unifrax and Unison Holdings. He also previously worked extensively on the firm's investments in NEP Broadcasting, Weasler Engineering, Xerium Technologies, CTB International and Anthony International.
Marc temporarily left American Securities to attend Stanford Graduate School of Business and during this time he worked overseas with a European-based telecommunications and infrastructure investment firm. He rejoined American Securities upon receiving his MBA. Earlier in his career, Marc was with Morgan Stanley Capital Partners where he focused on private equity investments.
Esther Benjamin is CEO for Africa Operations with Laureate Education, Inc., a global leader in providing access to high quality, innovative institutions of higher education. Previously, Esther served in the Obama Administration as Associate Director for Global Operations for the Peace Corps, responsible for overseeing programs in nearly 80 countries. Following the 2008 presidential elections, she served on the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team.
Esther worked at the International Youth Foundation (IYF) as chief financial officer, then as vice president for business development responsible for the development of global programs and partnerships in 75 countries. She was executive director for resource development at the International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM), a global non-profit biotechnology organization. In 1999, President Bill Clinton appointed Esther a White House Fellow. In this capacity, she served with Secretary of Labor Alexis Herman on international policies and programs. In 1994, she was appointed United Nations Humanitarian Affairs officer, responsible for coordinating humanitarian aid in Somalia. She worked with the World Bank History Project on the Brookings Institution’s 1997 publication entitled The World Bank: Its First Half Century. Esther worked in management consulting with Grant Thornton and with Arthur Andersen.
Esther is a fellow with the U.S.-Japan Foundation and the U.S.-Southern Africa Center for Leadership and Public Values. She participated in Asia Society’s Asia 21 Initiative and the Remarque Forum for young leaders in Europe and the United States. She holds two master’s degrees from American University in international affairs and applied economics. She is a trustee of North Central College, where she was a College Scholar and earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and English.
Steven P. Buffone is a Partner in the New York office of Gibson Dunn. He serves as Co-Chair of the Firm's Corporate Transactions Practice Group and Energy and Infrastructure Practice Groups. He is a corporate transactional lawyer who has represented clients in mergers and acquisitions, public and private issuances of debt and equity securities, venture capital financings, corporate restructurings and bankruptcies and general corporate counseling.
Steve is a cum laude graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and THE Cornell and Stanford Law Schools. He is a member of the New York and California bars and is active in firm management, having previously served as Co-Partner in Charge of the New York office and as a member of the firm's Executive Committee.
Steve is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Do Something.Org, a national charity that inspires and trains teenagers to be leaders in community service. He is also chairman of the Board of the National Crisis Text Line, which is making crisis support lines available to young people who prefer to text rather than call. Steve serves on the Board of Governors of Georgetown University, the Board of Visitors of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and as a member of Georgetown’s Campaign Executive Council. He is a former member of the Board of Visitors of Stanford Law School. He is on the Members Advisory Committee of Exclusive Resorts. A former member of the Sister City Commission of New York City, Steve is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations. Steve was recently honored for his pro bono and community service activities by receiving the Cornerstone Award from the Lawyers Alliance of New York, the Outstanding Citizen Award from Do Something and the Point of Light Award from the Points of Light Foundation.
Peter Campbell has over twenty years of experience successfully investing in, and helping drive the scaling of, high-growth education, media, and information services firms. He began his career by providing senior and subordinated debt financing for leading high-growth media and information services firms at the Bank of New England. Peter then joined Burr, Egan, and Deleage, a path-breaking growth equity firm focused on growth companies in the media and content services sectors. Peter also worked as a senior operating executive for several years before he was named a partner at Generation Partners, a $345 million growth equity firm where he focused on the education sector for over ten years.
Peter holds a BA from Middlebury College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Until recently, Guy was a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley and President of Morgan Stanley Venture Partners (MSVP). He remains on the board of one of MSVP's portfolio companies, Thrupoint Technologies and a previous portfolio company, Lionbridge Technologies (LIOX). He also serves on the board of Uhlig in Kansas and AMC, the Asset Management subsidiary of International Finance Corporation. He served on the board of theNational Venture Capital Association, co-chairing the Education Committee and chairing the Annual Convention in 2005. In 2004 and 2005, he was an adjunct professor at Columbia Business School, teaching Venture Capital to second year MBA students. Prior to his twenty-two years at Morgan Stanley, he worked at Citicorp Venture Capital and, before that, McKinsey and Co. In the nonprofit sector, Guy serves on two boards; Echoing Green and Fountain House, a residential, service and advocacy program for people living with mental illness. Guy has a BS in Engineering from Manchester University in the UK and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is married to Kitty Choate and has two children, Justine and David.
An accomplished social entrepreneur with expertise in health care, labor issues and public policy, Cheryl Dorsey was named President of Echoing Green in May 2002. She is the first Echoing Green Fellow to lead the social venture fund, which has awarded over $28 million in start-up capital to over 450 social entrepreneurs worldwide since 1987. Read more.
Betsy Fader currently serves as Advisor for Strategy and New Programs at the Helmsley Charitable Trust. Prior to her current work, Ms. Fader served as Chief Program Officer at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation where she assisted with strategic planning for the Foundation's program areas and properties, and oversaw the Foundation's grants program on Child Abuse Prevention, as well as the grants program of the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. Prior to her arrival to DDCF, Betsy was the Executive Director of Student Pugwash USA -- the "junior" arm of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs (which in 1995 won the Nobel Prize for Peace). Betsy also worked as a legislative assistant in Washington, DC and as a Parliamentary Assistant in the House of Commons in London, where her work focused on alternative energy technology, biomedical research policy, higher education policy and ethics in research. Betsy holds a Master's degree in Education and Social Policy from Harvard University and a BA in Political Science from Vanderbilt University. She also serves on the board of Computers for Youth.
Marianne Gimon works as an independent consultant specialized in gender and international development. She worked with the UNICEF Syria Country Office on developing protection interventions for vulnerable adolescent Iraqis living in Syria. She previously worked for the Population Council, the Social Science Research Council, the United Nations Development Program and Equilibres et Populations. She taught English in Yantai, China as a Worldteach volunteer. Marianne is a family council member of the Flora Family Foundation, a board member of the Hewlett Foundation, and a board member of Echoing Green. She earned her Bachelor of Arts at Brown University and her Master's Degree from the School of International and Public Affairs of Columbia University.
David Issroff is a private investor residing in New York with his wife, Lisa, and three children. Born in South Africa, David was educated in the United Kingdom and the United States, where he graduated from Wesleyan University. Prior to moving to NYC in 2006, David was a Partner with Glencore International AG of Switzerland, where he was responsible for the global Ferro Alloys and Nickel Division of one of the world’s largest suppliers of a wide range of commodities to industrial consumers. In this capacity, David served as a non-executive Director of various public corporations in South Africa, Switzerland and the U.K., including Xstrata Plc from 2002-2006. Together with his wife Lisa, David founded the Issroff Family Foundation, whose mission is to provide support for youth in Southern Africa, Israel and NYC in a tangible and sustainable way that will give them a basis for uplifting their lives and realizing their potential. David serves on the boards of various private portfolio investment companies and several non-profit organizations.
B Lab is a nonprofit organization that is building a global movement to redefine success in business so that all companies compete to be best for the world. B Lab is driving systemic change by creating the norms and institutions that allow companies to use their businesses as a force for good. This includes: 1) shining a spotlight on the leaders of this movement, the Certified B Corporations; 2) celebrating and rewarding leaders through its Best for the World and B the Change campaigns; 3) helping all companies Measure What Matters using its free B Impact Assessment; 4) driving investment capital to businesses and setting the standard for impact measurement, benchmarking, improvement, and reporting using its B Analytics platform and GIIRS ratings; 5) creating a new corporate form, the Benefit Corporation, that expands fiduciary duty for companies to consider the interests of their stakeholders, not just their shareholders; and 6) identifying policy opportunities to scale the B Corp movement. Certified B Corporations meet higher standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and legal accountability. As of October 2013, there are more than 850 Certified B Corporations from over sixty industries and twenty-eight countries; twenty states, including Delaware, have enacted benefit corporation legislation and over 400 companies have adopted this new corporate form; more than 15,000 businesses are measuring what matters using B Lab’s B Impact Assessment; and more than 100 investors and fund managers representing over $6 billion in assets across thirty countries are using B Analytics and GIIRS ratings.
Prior to co-founding B Lab, Andrew spent sixteen years in the private equity business; as a Partner at MSD Real Estate Capital, an affiliate of MSD Capital, the $12 billion investment vehicle for Michael Dell, and as Managing Director in Credit Suisse First Boston's Private Equity Department, a founding partner of DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners, and President of its international business.
He is a Board Member of Echoing Green, an Advisor to the NYU Reynolds Fellows Program, and a member of the U.S. Working Group of the G8 Social Impact Investing Task Force. He is a former board member of the Freelancers Union. He was raised in Boulder, Colorado and graduated with Distinction from Stanford University where he was a Truman Scholar and President's Award winner. He is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute. Andrew lives in New York City with his wife, Margot Brandenburg, and two sons, the Emperor Maximilian (nine years) and the Boy King Jedidiah (seven years).
Dr. Marie Kelly was most recently a Partner with CTPartners Board Consultants, a premier practice committed to performance, quality and results. Marie collaborated closely with clients to build effective boards, recruiting leadership talent dedicated to outstanding governance.
Marie’s career includes thirteen years with Merrill Lynch and Company as Managing Director of Global Institutional Marketing for Fixed Income Products. She also led the Firm’s Diversity Initiative. Previously, she was with McKinsey and Company for seven years as senior engagement manager where she served U.S. and overseas multinational clients with an emphasis on global strategy development, organization design, and financial management. Her clients included industry leaders in financial services, healthcare, technology, transportation, consumer products, and manufacturing.
After graduating from The University of Kansas with a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics, Marie earned a Master’s degree in Finance and a Doctorate in International Business from The Pennsylvania State University. At Penn State she taught International Business and conducted original research on the U.S. banking system and on global investment decision making. Her book “Foreign Investment Evaluation Practices of U.S. Multinational Corporations” and subsequent articles on global decision making have become source references for international business curriculums in colleges and universities around the world. She is based in the firm’s New York headquarter.
Marie is also a member of Echoing Green Development Committee. Believing deeply in the power of education to transform lives, Marie has devoted herself to Boards in this arena including: Prep for Prep, The Collegiate School, The Spence School, Trinity College Board of Visitors at Duke University, and the Dean's Council at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Josh Mailman founded Social Venture Network (SVN) with Wayne Silby of Calvert Group in 1987. He also started the Threshold Foundation (1981) and Business for Social Responsibility (1992). Today, he continues to be an active investor in the most game-changing for-profit and nonprofit enterprises he can find. He believes we must assist in a reimagining of how finance can advance positive societal change.
Mr. Mailman's nonprofit board activities currently include Echoing Green, the New Africa Center at 110th Street, Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, the Fund for Global Human Rights, and the Calvert Foundation. He is a founding trustee of the Sigrid Rausing Trust U.K., and initiator of Synergos Middle East Social Innovators Program. He is also Managing Director of Serious Change L.P., a $70M sole L.P. impact investment vehicle started in 2006. Mr. Mailman first became acquainted with Echoing Green through his friends Van Jones and Gillian Caldwell, who were 1994 and 1996 Echoing Green Fellows, respectively.
A veteran financial executive, Ajay Nagpal brings more than two decades of experience to his role as Chief Operating Office of Millennium Management overseeing various business areas of Millennium’s global activities. Millennium is a global investment management firm with more than 1,300 employees, over $20 billion in assets under management, and offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Prior to joining Millennium, Ajay Nagpal was the head of the Prime Services Division for Barclays, having transitioned to Barclays as part of the acquisition of Lehman Brothers U.S. businesses. In this position, he oversaw businesses such as fixed-income financing, equity-related financing and prime brokerage, futures clearing and execution, and OTC derivatives clearing.
Ajay Nagpal was a Managing Director with Lehman Brothers from 2001-2008. He began as Head of Liquid Market Sales in Fixed Income. In 2005, he transitioned to the role of Global Head of Equities Sales. Mr. Nagpal began his career at JP Morgan in 1992 and rose to Managing Director responsible for Municipal Derivatives before transitioning to Head of Fixed Income Derivatives Marketing for Financial Institutions.
Ajay Nagpal earned a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and South Asian studies at Brown University before going on to complete a Masters of Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. A proud father of four, Mr. Nagpal has been married to his wife, Debbie, for 19 years.
Diana has more than twenty years of work experience in sustainability investing. As a General Partner of Expansion Capital Partners' Clean Technology Fund II, Diana has made investments in power management, energy efficiency, green building, and industrial process controls companies. Prior to Expansion Capital, Diana was the co-founder and Managing Director of EA Capital, a financial services firm that advised clients on new business and investment opportunities in resource efficiency and productivity. One of the first firms specialized in this area, EA Capital established itself as a leading investment advisory firm focused on investments in clean energy and water, and sustainable forestry and agriculture.
Diana's interests in harnessing private equity and markets to solve environmental and social problems were catalyzed during her 1990 Echoing Green fellowship during which she was based in the Brazilian Amazon providing loans to small businesses that harvested and exported non-timber forest products such as nuts, fruits and oils. Customers included Ben & Jerry's and Body Shop. The investments were designed to build a local economy in the Amazon that provided an alternative to logging and livestock driven deforestation.
Diana is a frequent speaker on Clean Technology and sustainable investing at conferences (e.g. The Family Office Forum, Milken Institute, Wall Street Green Trading Summit) and has also written on the subject, most recently contributing the chapter, “Integrated Value – A New Private Equity Model for Driving Value Creation” for Private Equity International’s book, The Guide to Responsible Investment. Diana holds a BA, summa cum laude, from Duke University, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Jerome Vascellaro is a partner of TPG, the firm’s Chief Operating Officer and a member of the firm’s Management Committee. Prior to joining TPG in 2006, Mr. Vascellaro was a senior Director at McKinsey & Company. During his 28 years at McKinsey & Company, he served clients in a range of industries in the United States and Europe to improve the effectiveness of their organizations, develop strategies for entering new businesses and markets, and turn around troubled businesses. In addition, Mr. Vascellaro held several leadership and management positions at McKinsey & Company where he was responsible for worldwide activities, including oversight of critical personnel activities and the partner personnel processes. He has a B.S. in Engineering from Brown University, where he graduated with highest honors, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, where he graduated as a Baker Scholar. Mr. Vascellaro is Vice Chancellor of the Board of Trustees and Fellows of Brown University and co-chairs Brown’s Comprehensive Campaign. He is also on the board of Echoing Green Foundation for social entrepreneurship and is a Trustee of the California Academy of Sciences.
Robbert Vorhoff is a Managing Director at General Atlantic, a global growth equity firm, where he has worked since 2003. Based in New York, Mr. Vorhoff is head of General Atlantic's global Healthcare sector.
Mr. Vorhoff currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for MedExpress Urgent Care. Previous portfolio responsibilities include Align Networks, Grupo Qualicorp in Brazil, RiskMetrics Group and NYSE Euronext. Prior to joining General Atlantic, Mr. Vorhoff was with Greenhill Capital Partners, where he focused on investments in the financial services, energy and education sectors. He began his career in the Mergers & Acquisitions and Restructuring advisory group of Greenhill & Co.
Mr. Vorhoff received a B.S. in Commerce with a concentration in Finance from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia. While at UVA, he was awarded the William M. Shermet Scholarship by the McIntire faculty on the basis of academic performance, character and leadership. Mr. Vorhoff remains actively involved with the University of Virginia as a member of the McIntire School of Commerce Advisory Board. He is also involved with a number of non-profit organizations in the New York community, including serving on the board of directors of Echoing Green.
Daniel (Dan) Weiss was formerly Publisher at Large at St. Martin's Press. He has worked for over thirty-five years in the fields of communications, publishing and entertainment, producing books, magazines, television and digital media. A graduate of NYU's School of the Arts in Film and Television, Dan began his career in educational television, making short animated films for Sesame Street, documentaries for the government and public service organizations, and political commercials. In the early seventies, he transitioned into book publishing with positions at Golden Books, Scholastic and Simon and Schuster, eventually forming Daniel Weiss Associates, Inc. (DWAI), in 1980, an independent producer of books, television and merchandise for children and adult audiences. Dan sold DWAI in 2000 to AlloyOnline, a teen marketing company. In 2001, Dan initiated and closed the transaction wherein SparkNotes.com, a start-up online publisher, was acquired by Barnes & Noble, Inc. Until 2009, Dan was President and Publisher of Spark Publishing, including Quamut.com and Flash Books, units of Barnes and Noble. Dan is on the boards of Charity Navigator, the leading online charity evaluator, and Figment.com, an online community for young writers.