Rosie Allen-Herring, President and CEO, United Way of the National Capital Area (NCA)
Rosie has more than 25 years of experience in the areas of corporate finance, strategic leadership, public and private partnerships, corporate philanthropy and community investment. Before joining United Way NCA, Rosie was the Managing Director of the Community Investment and Engagement Division at Fannie Mae. In that role, she led Fannie Mae’s corporate philanthropic strategy, and oversaw the organization’s social responsibility investments and employee engagement efforts nationwide. Prior to serving as Managing Director at Fannie Mae, she served as the National Regulatory Compliance Manager for Housing & Community Development at Fannie Mae. Earlier in her career, she was the Senior Deputy Director of the Washington, DC Community Business Center. Rosie holds key leadership roles with several business and civic organizations, including serving on the Board of Directors for the Greater Washington Board of Trade, MedStar Health, Inc., District of Columbia Chamber of Commerce, Washington Area Women’s Foundation, and the Girl Scouts Council of the Nation’s Capital. She serves on the Board of Trustees at A.T. Still University, Prince George’s Community College Foundation and several other organizations. She holds a B.A. in Economics from Howard University, an MBA from Strayer University and was an International Fellow of the United States-Southern Africa Center for Leadership and Public Values at the University of Cape Town (SA) Graduate School of Business and Duke University Graduate School of Public Policy. She is also a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives in Non-profit Management Program.
Nicky Goren, President and CEO, Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation
The Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation pursues and invests in solutions that build an equitable Greater Washington community in which economically vulnerable people thrive. Before joining the Meyer Foundation as president and CEO in 2014, Ms. Goren served for four years as president of Washington Area Women’s Foundation. Prior to joining Washington Area Women’s Foundation, Ms. Goren spent 12 years in senior positions at the Corporation for National and Community Service, including Chief of Staff (2006-2008) and acting CEO (2008-2010). Ms. Goren currently serves on several councils and boards, including the Raise DC Leadership Council and on the boards of the Federal City Council, Greater Washington Board of Trade, Trinity Washington University, and Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University and a J.D. from Cornell University.
Kahlil Kettering is the Urban Conservation Director for the DC/MD chapter of the Nature Conservancy. Previously, he worked for five years as a program analyst with the National Parks Conservation Association in Miami, and one year working on sustainability challenges with the Cadmus Group. He began his career with the US EPA doing program analysis. He has a BA in International Studies and an MA in Global Environmental Policy from American University, and an MPP with a specialization in Nonprofit Management from the University of Maryland.
Bruce Levenson, Co-Founder, UCG, Do Good Council Chair
Bruce Levenson began his career working in journalism at the Washington Star. In 1977, after working as a reporter for Observer Publishing’s energy information newsletter, he and Ed Peskowitz launched United Communications Group (UCG) to provide proprietary, trusted content, expert analysis, news alerts and fast-changing data electronically to customers in the energy, government contracting and defense industries. UCG is now an international, privately held business information company that specializes in data, news and analysis for healthcare, energy, mortgage banking, technology, telecommunications and other industries. Bruce was a founding board member of publicly traded TechTarget, a company started inside UCG before going public in 2003. He has also served on the Boards of the Specialized Information Industry, Community Foundation of Washington, DC, Hoop Dreams Foundation and was president of the “I Have A Dream” Foundation of Washington. He was also a co-owner of the Atlanta Hawks. He and his wife, Karen, are the driving forces behind the creation of the Do Good Institute. He holds a degree in political science from Washington University in St. Louis and a J.D. from American University. He loves to play basketball and golf, spend time with his grandchildren and eat Maryland hard-shell crabs.
Ed Peskowitz, Co-Founder, UCG
An award-winning journalist, Mr. Peskowitz worked for a number of newspapers and publications covering everything from congressional hearings on complex energy regulations to high-profile sports events. Prior to UCG, he was a speechwriter and legislative analyst for a trade group representing independent petroleum marketers. Mr. Peskowitz served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. He and his wife, Penelope, have created non-profit foundations that support co-existence and bridge-building in the Middle East. Mr. Peskowitz holds a bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from the University of Buffalo, and a Master’s in International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh.
Dana Priest, John S. and James L. Knight Chair in Public Affairs Journalism, Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland
Dana Priest is a two-time Pulitzer prize-winning investigative journalist who writes for The Washington Post and serves as the John S. and James L. Knight Chair in Public Affairs Journalism at the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Her journalism has primarily focused on national security, military operations and the U.S. intelligence agencies. In 2015, she worked with University of Maryland students to found Press Uncuffed, a student-led project to raise awareness about the plight of journalists who are jailed around the world. Under Ms. Priest’s leadership, Press Uncuffed competed in the Do Good Challenge. Since the project launched, eight journalists profiled by the project have been released. Ms. Priest holds a B.A. from the University of California Santa Cruz.
Ambassador Susan Schwab, Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland
Ambassador Schwab served as U.S. Trade Representative from 2006 to 2009, and Deputy USTR from 2005-2006. She previously served as Dean of the University of Maryland School of Public Policy from 1995 to 2003. Before joining the Administration of George W. Bush, Ambassador Schwab served as President and CEO of the University System of Maryland (USM) Foundation and USM Vice Chancellor for Advancement. Previous positions include Director of Business Development at Motorola, Inc. and Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Director General of the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service during the Administration of George H.W. Bush. Earlier in her career, she worked on trade policy for Senator John C. Danforth (R-Mo.) and served at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, Japan. She began her career as an agricultural trade negotiator at USTR. Ambassador Schwab serves on the boards of Boeing, Caterpillar, FedEx and Marriott, as well as The Conference Board, the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and Signature Theatre. She holds a B.A. from Williams College, a Masters from Stanford, and a Ph.D. from The George Washington University.
Ben Simon, CEO, Imperfect Produce
Prior to co-founding Imperfect Produce, an award-winning company that reduces food waste and hunger by collecting and distributing “ugly” produce, Mr. Simon served as Executive Director of the Food Recovery Network (FRN), which he founded in 2011 while he was a student at the University of Maryland, College Park. Under Mr. Simon’s leadership, FRN became the largest student movement against hunger with chapters at over 150 colleges. Mr. Simon is a Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur and won a Do Something Award on VH1. He received a bachelor's degree in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland.
Raj Vinnakota, Principal, Red&Blue Works
Rajiv Vinnakota is the Principal at Red&Blue Works, an organization working to grow the best ideas in the fields of civic education, participation and engagement so as to transform popular attitudes about democracy and inspire a measurable increase in constructive civic activity.Previously, Raj served as the Executive Vice President of the Youth & Engagement Programs division at the Aspen Institute, a new venture incubating programs to 1) develop young leaders, 2) activate youth voice and agency through civic engagement, 3) increase effective civil discourse, and 4) increase youth access to social capital. Prior to the Aspen Institute, he was the co-founder and CEO of The SEED Foundation, the nation’s first network of public, college-preparatory boarding schools for underserved children. Raj is also a founding board member of Path Forward, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to get people back to work after they’ve taken time off to care for a loved one. He is a former trustee and executive committee member for Princeton University, former national chair of its annual giving committee, and former executive committee member for its Aspire capital campaign. In 2009, he received the Woodrow Wilson Award, the highest honor that Princeton bestows on an undergraduate alumnus. Raj is an Echoing Green fellow and an Ashoka fellow. He received a bachelor’s degree in molecular biology and a certificate in international studies from Princeton University. Raj lives in Washington, DC with his wife and daughter.