Founder & CEO at Allera Strategies
For more than 15 years, Amy has provided organizational management and strategic facilitation for environmental sustainability organizations and multinational corporations from various industry sectors using an integrative approach to synthesizing ideas, priorities, partners and projects. She spent 14 years as an Executive Vice President and Environmental Sustainability Strategist at Navista, Inc., The Public Affairs Group, where she provided strategic counsel, organizational management, planning, support and membership development, and served as the Director of the Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI).
Amy holds a Master of Science in Environmental Sciences and Policy from Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs, Environmental Science and Management from Indiana University. She currently serves on the External Advisory Board of the Polar Learning And Responding (PoLAR) Climate Change Education Partnership (PoLAR CCEP) at Columbia University and as the Vice Chair of the Leadership Advisors Committee of the Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment (WCEE)
Research Manager at Council on Foundations
Before Council on Foundations, Brandolon managed the philanthropic research team for FrontStream. His research into international charitable databases, treaties, & regulations expanded the company’s charity vetting capabilities to an additional 22 countries.
As a Program Associate with Globe Aware he conducted site visits to Laos, Thailand, Costa Rica, Jamaica, etc., established the organization’s Ghana volunteer program, created the organization’s Global Wings Scholarship program, and represented the company on the advocacy committee of the Brookings Institution’s Building Bridges Coalition.
With the Memnosyne Institute he founded the DFW Sustainable Leadership Awards. Brandolon holds a BA in Communications from the University of Pittsburgh and an MA in International Studies from the University of London SOAS. There he specialized in international economics and the power for non-state actors, principally corporations and foundations, to positively impact development.
Chief Marketing Officer at Heifer International
Cindy Jones-Nyland has a degree in marketing from Washburn University and a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. Drawing from her vast experience in digital engagement and technology, she directs Heifer’s global branding, marketing and fundraising efforts. She has previously worked with Lifeblue Media and Susan G. Komen For the Cure as well as Oracle, MetaSolv Software and SBC.
Currently as the Chief Marketing Officer at Heifer, Cindy leads the marketing, education and fundraising of the organization. This includes oversight of a global team responsible for donor engagement, communications, digital integration, media relations, events, community outreach, education, corporate partnerships, foundation relations and philanthropy.
Director of Advertising at Washington Business Journal
David is an experienced Director of Digital Sales & Marketing. His expertise includes management of sales teams and operations staff along with monetizing non-traditional revenue models. David has 19 years of experience from Washington City Paper, having served as Advertising Sales Director for his last five years. Prior to joining Washington Business Journal in 2015, he held Director of Digital Sales positions at CL, Inc. and SouthComm Digital. David graduated from Ohio State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration.
Director at Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs
Erica Jeffries was announced as the Director-designate for the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs by Governor Bruce Rauner on Jan. 16, 2015, and was confirmed on March 19th by the Illinois State Senate. An Army veteran, Jeffries comes to the IDVA with over fifteen years of corporate, government, and military experience.
In the corporate world, Jeffries has served at the C-level in the aerospace and defense sector at Exelis Inc. While there she developed and led the Leveraging Military Leadership Program, Exelis’ signature corporate philanthropy program. In government service, Jeffries served as a White House Fellow and as a Senior Advisor at the US EPA where she focused on developing investment strategies with international corporations to provide sustainable solutions at the state and local levels.
In military service, Ms. Jeffries served as an active duty Army aviation officer, Blackhawk helicopter pilot. Jeffries holds a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy at West Point; a Master of Arts in National Security Studies from Georgetown University; and a MBA from Virginia Tech University.
US Corporate Citizenship at Accenture
Gina is part of the corporate citizenship team in the United States at Accenture. She specifically works on employee engagement through volunteering and giving. Her specific duties include working with their locations on how they incorporate Skills to Succeed and Environmental Stewardship into their Corporate Citizenship strategies. She also helps shape and execute local granting. Gina has been with Accenture since 2000, having served as a Consultant and an HR prior to her Corporate Citizenship position.
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Jeni Oppenheimer has been working in the CSR & philanthropic space for over seven years and has a passion for social businesses that empower people around the globe. Currently, she is completing a one year global MBA at Hult in London, and serves as a Strategic Advisor to UKPR, the leading independent developer and operator of smart, flexible power generation in the UK.
Prior to moving to the UK, Ms. Oppenheimer served as a Director on the Partner Solutions team at Global Impact where she worked with Fortune 500 companies on developing CSR strategies and international non-profits on fundraising diversification planning and board development. She has also worked with Enablis Entrepreneurial Network in South Africa, where she ran the international mentorship program, connecting entrepreneurs globally. Ms. Oppenheimer has worked in the United States, Tanzania, Zambia, Bangladesh, and the United Kingdom and currently serves on the board of Mary’s Place, an NGO that empowers homeless women, children and families to reclaim their lives.
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce/Executive Director at National Hispanic Corporate Council (NHCC)
Mr. Octavio A. Hinojosa Mier has been an Executive Director of The National Hispanic Corporate Council since 2013. He joined to NHCC with more than nine years of nonprofit executive leadership and corporate development experience. He provides day-to-day leadership, vision, and strategic direction in growing the organization’s membership within Fortune 1000 corporations, as well as strengthens the organization’s initiatives in the area of best corporate practices as it relates to the growing importance of the U.S. Hispanic market.
He also works closely with the Southern Methodist University (SMU) Cox School of Business and their James M. Collins Executive Education Center in promoting NHCC’s Corporate Executive Development Program (CEDP), a nationally-recognized, award winning, corporate executive development program for Hispanic managers and executives.
Prior to joining NHCC, he gained national recognition for his role as the founding Executive Director of the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI), as well as other nonprofit organizations. He was recognized by King Juan Carlos of Spain with the Order of Civil Merit for his leadership in promoting stronger relations between the United States and Spain. He is a graduate of the Maxwell School of Syracuse University (MPA) and the University of Kansas (BA).
Abigail Kim is a Senior Associate at ideas42, a nonprofit design firm that uses behavioral science to improve social impact initiatives. In previous positions at International Crisis Group, the Management Center and IRD, Abigail researched issues related to security and humanitarian aid in East Asia, launched training programs that boost nonprofit capacity, and built diverse partnerships in Latin America and the Middle East.
Abigail holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. She currently lives in New York. Although her kitchen is somehow smaller than her closet, she is learning to make her grandmother’s recipes with great optimism and occasional success.
SVP Strategic Partnerships & Program Expansion at
Points of Light
An experienced business and non-profit leader, Teri’s passion is strengthening organizations through building sound strategy, creating efficiencies and cultivating the talent and relationships that help the organization achieve its goals and create impact in the world. Prior to joining Points of Light, Teri served as Manager of Corporate Responsibility for Hilton Worldwide for a little over three years.
During her time there she developed a Donor Advised Fund for Disaster and created the CR strategy for disaster response and philanthropic giving as well as directed and inspired Community Committees in 17 global corporate locations – Including Hilton Worldwide’s 4,000 global properties and the communities they serve. Her personal philosophy is that great leaders live as an example of authenticity, never stop seeking self-improvement and inspire greatness from their teams by empowering individuals and igniting passion.