Associate Principal, McKinsey & Co.
Nora Gardner is an Associate Principal in McKinsey’s Washington, D.C., office and a leader of McKinsey’s Talent and Leadership Practice. She led development of McKinsey’s Talent System Assessment Tool (TSAT) and recently authored a McKinsey Quarterly article on HR analytics. She has extensive experience working with companies and government agencies, both in the U.S. and abroad in the areas of public finance, health care, international development, and defense and national security. She is one of McKinsey’s most experienced facilitators and coaches. Nora holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Duke University and a B.S. in Biochemistry from North Carolina State University. She is married and has a one year old daughter.
President and CEO, Calvert Foundation
Lisa Hall is the newly appointed President and CEO of Calvert Foundation, appointed by the Board in January 2011. Lisa, who joined Calvert Foundation in 2005, brings nearly 25 years of industry experience and has held multiple policy and financial posts. Lisa has held positions in real estate and community development finance with the Enterprise Foundation, JP Morgan Chase and Travelers Insurance. She holds a BS in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard University. In 2003, Lisa participated in the American Marshall Memorial Fellowship, a travel program for emerging leaders from the US and Europe.
Lisa serves on the Boards of Mentor’s Inc., The Funders’ Network, and ROC USA. She is also a member of the CARS (CDFI Assessment and Rating Systems) Advisory Council and a non-board member of the Policy and Communications Committee of the Corporation for Enterprise Development, a national non-profit that aims to expand economic opportunity. Lisa lives in Northeast Washington, DC with her husband and young daughter.
Director, Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative
Laura Moon joined the Harvard Business School as Director, Social Enterprise Initiative in April 2005. The Social Enterprise Initiative at HBS generates and shares knowledge to help individuals and organizations deliver social value through the nonprofit, private, and public sectors. Laura manages the Initiative’s strategic and operational goals, including working with faculty members to oversee a series of new research projects, linking faculty and practitioners with shared interests, creating methods to communicate the work of the Initiative, overseeing executive programs, and managing the Initiative’s operations, staff, and budget.
Prior to joining HBS, Laura served as Executive Director of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Alumni Consulting Team, a leading provider of pro bono management consulting services to the nonprofit sector. Laura has also worked as an independent strategy and marketing consultant serving medium- and small-sized firms in the non-profit, management consulting, and high-technology industries. She helped launch the Donors’ Choice Foundation, whose mission was to increase philanthropic giving through technology and innovative donation methods. She was also a Director at Age Wave, a business development firm with a portfolio of five companies, where she managed strategic planning and corporate communications efforts. Additionally, she has held positions with the Social Venture Network, the San Francisco Food Bank and Stanford Magazine. Laura received her BA from Harvard University and her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she served as student co-chair of the Public Management Program.
Founder and CEO, Education Pioneers
Scott is the Founder & CEO of Education Pioneers, a national human capital organization building a network of talented leaders to transform urban education. Education Pioneers operates a Fellows Program that recruits graduate students from premier business, education, law, and public policy programs to work on mission-critical projects for education organizations, train with education leaders, and explore leverage areas in urban education reform from a multidisciplinary perspective. It also operates an Alumni Program to support these leaders in pursuing careers to effect large-scale change in urban education reform.
Previously, Scott served as the legal counsel for Aspire Public Schools, where he worked with the management team and school leaders to start and operate a network of small charter schools throughout California. He began his career teaching social studies and leadership at St.JudeHigh School in Montgomery, Alabama, where he received an award for Excellence in Teaching. Scott earned his law degree from Stanford Law School, received his Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Portland, and graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in government from the University of Notre Dame.
Managing Partner, Wall Street Without Walls
John Eric Nelson is the managing partner of the Wall Street Without Walls initiative, providing financial technical assistance from finance professionals to community-based organizations in order to access the capital markets and for transactions over $3m. He earlier served as director of Corporate Partnership Program at the National Congress for Community Development. Mr. Nelson has thirty years experience in community economic development, management consulting, and collaborative environmental policy. He designed and managed the Small Business Opportunity Project for HUD to assist public housing residents plan and run their own businesses. He founded the urban land trust program for the Trust for PublicLand and managed non-profit liaison for the Chevrolet-Geo environmental program. Much of his consulting activity has been in the area of multi-sectoral collaboration on behalf of clients in business, government, and the public interest.
He is on the Board of Overseers of the School of Community Economic Development at Southern New Hampshire University; the CRA Advisory Board for BB&T's Washington DC area; the Advisory Board for Impact Community Capital and for Partners for the Common Good; and a member of the Economic Development Assistance Consortium. Mr. Nelson is President of the William James Foundation, promoting the development of socially responsible businesses by young adults, including a nationwide business plan competition among business and graduate schools. He is also Chairman of the Board of the newly formed National Mall Conservancy.
Mr. Nelson graduated from Yale College and recently co-chaired the class reunion; received his MA degree from the University of Michigan where he also taught social psychology; and has a certification in Community Development Finance from the Milano Graduate School of New School University. He has been a guest lecturer in community development finance at the McDonough Business School at Georgetown University from 2001 to 2008.
Founder and CEO, Commongood Careers
ProInspire Board of Directors (2009-2011)
Recognizing the need for nonprofits and jobseekers to receive more direct support in connecting with each other, James Weinberg founded Commongood Careers, a national nonprofit search firm dedicated to supporting social entrepreneurs with their hiring needs at every organizational level, providing resources for socially driven jobseekers, and addressing talent-related issues throughout the sector. Previously, James served as National Development Director at BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life), where over three years he helped the organization to grow from a $4 million to a $15 million budget and expand service levels from 1,500 to 6,000 children nationally. Prior to this, James served as the Executive Director of the Homeless Children’s Education Fund, where he worked to ensure that children who are homeless have equal access to the same educational opportunities and experiences as their peers.
James has a master’s degree in Management & Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University, is an alumnus of the Coro Fellows Graduate Program in Public Affairs, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Tufts University. James serves as an advisor and board member to several organizations, including service as the Vice Chair of the Nonprofit Workforce Coalition.