Support Team

 

Leap Ambassadors Support Team

Making it Happen, Behind the Scenes

The Leap Ambassadors support team is currently staffed and funded by Morino Ventures/Institute on behalf of the Leap Ambassadors Community. Full-time associates and a network of consultants operate in a hub-and-spoke management model and are organized into three groups:

  • Core Team – individuals with clear roles and ongoing responsibilities for the community’s ongoing and seamless operation.
  • Advisory Team Members – individuals who provide frequent guidance and support to community activities and initiatives.
  • Advisors – individuals who provide support on an as-needed basis in their particular areas of expertise.

Whether working from the Rocky River, OH office or other geographic locations, we coordinate all tasks, projects, and initiatives through frequent communication and digital technology.

We are, by nature, collaborative and iterative in everything we do. It’s not unusual for any one of us to pitch in to help a colleague with a project on deadline. Through frequent dialogue and multiple rounds of edits on anything we produce, we aspire to be responsive, thoughtful, and rigorous.

Core Team Members

Jessica Berkshire
Jessica Berkshire
Contact Management Administrator and Outreach Specialist
Ingvild Bjornvold
Ingvild Bjornvold
Product Marketing & PIOSA Product Manager
Cheryl Collins
Cheryl Collins
Program Director, Editor, Head of Quality Control
Veronica Dubravetz
Veronica Dubravetz
Community Manager and General Support
Tim Greenleaf
Tim Greenleaf
Webmaster / Producer
Linda Johanek
Linda Johanek
Co-Lead for Ambassador Onboarding & Engagement
Mario Morino
Mario Morino
Community Facilitator
Matt T. Morino
Matt T. Morino
Video Maker, Print Designer, & Tech Support
Beth Owens
Beth Owens
Community Content Marketing Specialist
Katie Paris
Katie Paris
Editor & Community Facilitator
Katie Reinart
Katie Reinart
Data Quality Specialist
Elizabeth (Liz) Walters
Elizabeth (Liz) Walters
Co-Lead, Ambassador Onboarding & Engagement
Lowell Weiss
Lowell Weiss
Editorial Director

Advisory Team

Mike Bailin
Mike Bailin
Advisor, Strategy and Stewardship
Latisha James
Latisha James
Advisor, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Linda Sowers
Linda Sowers
Advisor, Marketing and Communications
Denise Zeman
Denise Zeman
Advisor

Advisors

Tom Clark
Tom Clark
Lead, Finance, Budgeting, and Accounting
Jarvis Gibson
Jarvis Gibson
Advisor, Youth Development and Mentoring
Rich McDonnell
Rich McDonnell
Advisor, General Management
Amy Morgenstern
Amy Morgenstern
Advisor, Planning and Strategy
Matt Morino
Matt Morino
Lead, Technology, Operations, and Legal
Christina Morris
Christina Morris
Applications Specialist
Suzann Moskowitz
Suzann Moskowitz
Advisor, Digital Rights

Michael A. Bailin served as President and CEO of The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation from 1996 to 2005. For the prior 17 years, he was President and CEO of Public/Private Ventures (P/PV), a nationally recognized nonprofit organization dedicated to improving opportunities for young people in poor communities. Prior to launching P/PV in 1977, Bailin worked as a consultant to the Ford Foundation, and before that he served as the Deputy Director and counsel to the South Street Seaport Museum in New York City. Bailin has also practiced law and taught at both Dartmouth and Franconia colleges in New Hampshire and spent the spring semester of 2006 as the first Visiting Professor of the Practice of Foundation Strategy at the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy at Duke University. Over the past 40 years he has helped to build, has managed or has served as a board member or adviser to scores of nonprofit organizations. Since leaving The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, Bailin consults to organizations and on projects of special interest to him. Currently he serves on the Evaluation Advisory Committees of Wings for Kids; Roca; Congreso de Latinos Unidos; and Our Piece of the Pie; as well as on the Board of Directors of The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society (Nominating and Governance Committee).

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Jessica joined the team in November 2017. As the Contact Management Administrator, she oversees and maintains our Salesforce contact database. Her primary focus is to grow our network of contacts while maintaining the accuracy of the information.

Formerly, Jessica worked for various sports teams, including most recently, the Cleveland Browns. She spent seven years with the Browns working on the Membership Services team where she was responsible for Season Ticket Member retention. In addition, she was the main point of contact for the City Club Members, addressing all issues and questions. Prior to moving back home to Ohio, Jessica spent time down in the Carolinas working for the Greenville Drive, Myrtle Beach Pelicans, and the Charlotte Bobcats (now the Hornets). During her time down South, she ran the Community Relations and Promotions teams while also supporting all marketing and public relations efforts.

Jessica graduated with an Integrated Mathematics Education degree from Miami University. She currently resides in Lakewood.

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Ingvild Bjornvold is an independent consultant. Most recently, she spent ten years in various roles at Social Solutions, where she played an integral role in positioning the company as a leader in performance management. In partnership with the Urban Institute and Child Trends, she played a leadership role in developing PerformWell, a website that provides tools and practical knowledge to help organizations measure program quality and outcomes. She organized - and continues to organize - popular webinars on various topics related to performance management in practice. Ingvild started out conducting implementations of Efforts to Outcomes (ETO™) software, and subsequently led the development of Social Solutions’ Initiators, out-of-the box software configurations designed to support the use of real-time data for continuous improvement. Her most recent role at the company was as director of product marketing.

Prior to joining Social Solutions, Ingvild worked for various nonprofit organizations, including Amnesty International in Norway and France, and the Center for Development and Population Activities and Asian American LEAD in Washington, DC. Ingvild has an M.A. in applied anthropology from American University

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Tom is responsible for finance, accounting, and risk management functions; serves as the organization’s treasurer; and provides support to philanthropic, educational, and civic initiatives of the Morino Institute and family. Prior to this, he served for three years as CFO of Eppco Enterprises, Inc., a privately owned product import and manufacturing business. Before that, Tom spent 24 years with IMG, a privately owned international sports, entertainment, and media company. Hired as a client accountant, he assumed increasing responsibilities in IMG’s financial department and became Senior Vice President and Worldwide Controller.

 

As an active volunteer at his family’s church, he has served in roles such as a member of the fund-raising committee, financial secretary, and treasurer. He is a trustee of the Lawrence School and currently serves on its finance committee.

Tom received a BS in accounting from Dyke College and earned his Executive MBA from Case Western Reserve University in 1993. He is a CPA, a certification he has held since 1985. Tom, a lifelong Cleveland resident, currently lives in Rocky River with his wife, Beth, and their daughter.

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Cheryl Collins is senior advisor for Morino Ventures, LLC. She began working with Mario Morino in October 1992, during his “discovery/journey” phase that led to the Morino Institute’s formation in 1994. Since then, she has served in key behind-the-scenes roles and provided support to philanthropic, educational, and civic initiatives of the Morino Institute and family, including the Potomac KnowledgeWay Project, the Netpreneur Program, the Youth Development Collaborative (YDC) Pilot, the YouthLearn Initiative, and Venture Philanthropy Partners. She administers the Morino Institute grant program and the Morino family’s scholars program, which provides student scholarships at several colleges and universities. Her operations roles have encompassed a diverse set of responsibilities, including technology management, editorial oversight, web production, knowledge management, and research. Previously, Cheryl worked with students in grades seven through twelve, teaching English, journalism, and creative writing, and she was a program advisor for gifted programs at the Arkansas Department of Education.

An active volunteer for her community of faith, she serves on Southview Community Church’s elder team. Cheryl received a B.A. from Hendrix College, an M.Ed. in administration from Harding University, and an M.Ed. in gifted and talented education from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She lives in Northern Virginia.

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As Community Manager for the Leap Ambassadors Community, Veronica is part of the Growing Community team that is focused on bringing on new ambassadors, providing their orientation, and helping with engagement.  She works on various projects of this initiative including processes for candidate surveillance, class preparation, the invite/onboarding, and orientation and engagement. She ensures that we have accurate data and reporting for ambassadors. She also serves as the Manager of Operations and Family Services for Morino Ventures, where she supports the Morino Ventures offices, social-mission related activities and family services. In this role she oversees and delivers a range of office services, emergency preparedness, property management, purchasing, inventory and materials fulfillment, hospitality, event management and gifting, grants administration, and support for accounting and administration. Additionally, she takes on special projects from identity theft protection to playing a key role in the planning, construction, interior design and logistics of the organization’s office space. She also provides support to the CEO, COO and CFO.

Previously, Veronica spent 10 years with the Cleveland Browns as the Manager of Suite Operations, and was the first point of contact for all suiteholders. In addition to building strong relationships with her clients, she was responsible for the training of game-day suite staff, serving as a liaison with Stadium Partners, and facilitating and managing events for both suiteholders and outside clients.

Veronica holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Marketing from John Carroll University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Baldwin-Wallace University. As a life-long Clevelander and devout Cleveland sports fan, she lives in Bay Village, with her husband, Tim, and their two sons.

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In his role as advisor to the Morino Family, Morino Institute, and Morino Ventures, Jarvis will assist with charitable and civic efforts to advance our mission-related and community-based outreach and initiatives.

Currently, an implementation engineer of power and transport equipment for AT&T, Jarvis’s love of football led him to coaching. Now head coach at Shaker Heights High School, he focuses on the importance of education FIRST and then encourages students to use their physical talents to finance their college and vocational educations. He serves as a life coach to those who lack positive African American male role models.

A product of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Jarvis is a 1990 graduate of South High School. In 1995, he graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a degree in Operations Management. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and the proud father of Jarvis, Jr.

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Tim works with the Leap of Reason team to design and develop our websites. During his 20-year career in digital media, he’s had three stints at National Geographic—as an intern, an original nationalgeographic.com launch-team producer, and the webmaster for National Geographic Expeditions. During the “dotcom boom,” Tim worked for the Morino Institute Netpreneur Program, digital agency Iconixgroup, and away.com. He also directed online advocacy at Environmental Working Group for five years, and guided efforts to adapt and evolve EWG’s organizational digital communications strategy in response to a fast-changing media and technology environment.

Tim graduated from Ohio University with degrees in Visual Communications (specialization in informational graphics) and Geography (specializations in cartography and environmental geography). He also received a Master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He lives in Cleveland with his two children.

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In her role as advisor to the Morino Family, Morino Institute, and Morino Ventures, Latisha will assist with charitable and civic efforts to advance our mission-related and community-based outreach and initiatives.

As Director of Local Government Relations at MetroHealth System, Latisha manages all public policy and government relations strategies within the city of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County and other local municipalities. Past experiences in leading and facilitating local government and community relations include the city of Cleveland, the Cleveland Indians Baseball Company, and Case Western Reserve University.

Latisha serves on the board of directors of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland. A graduate from Wilberforce University, she is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and proud mother of son, Austin.

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Linda joined Morino Ventures in August 2017, is a member of the Leap Ambassadors Support Team and Co-Lead for Ambassador Onboarding & Engagement. Previous experience includes 22 years with the Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center where she rose through the ranks as a therapist, development director, and program administrator and then served as CEO for the past nine years. Additionally she was a Faculty Liaison with Cleveland State University, worked with the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, and a Mediator and Trainer with Cleveland Mediation Center. Linda’s career has been marked by strong advocacy for women and children, the homeless population, survivors of violence, and social justice issues. She has an affinity for program and leadership development, strategic design, advocacy, challenging the status quo, and systems change work.

Linda was President of the Ohio Domestic Violence Network, served on numerous boards in the social sector, and has been recognized for her strong leadership, collaborative spirit, and ability to create change among multidisciplinary teams. She received her Bachelor’s in Social Work from Cleveland State University and her Master’s degree in Social Science Administration from Case Western University. She lives in Cleveland and has three children in high school and college, and a Lab-mix rescue dog.

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Through his work at Ballinrush, LLC, Rich has provided wealth management services to clients since January 2010. From 1998-2009, he served first as Managing Director and then President of Morino Ventures LLC (a family office) where he directed the family’s financial/investment strategy; served as liaison with the family’s tax, legal and risk management advisors; and assisted in the family’s periodic review and update of their estate plans. He continues to serve as a trusted advisor to the family and director of the family’s private foundation.

Prior to joining Morino Ventures, Rich was a Foreign Service officer with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). He spent approximately half of his Foreign Service career abroad, including postings to Holland, Portugal, Spain, Canada, and Russia.

A native of Haverhill, MA,, Rich received a BA in Economics from the University of Massachusetts and an MA in International Relations (Russian Studies) from Georgetown University. After completing his undergraduate degree, he served four years as an officer in the U.S. Navy.

Rich and his wife, Mary Eileen, split time between Georgetown, MA, and Sanibel, FL. He has three sons who live in Florida, Canada, and Rhode Island.

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Amy Main Morgenstern brings over 35 years of diverse experiences in the nonprofit, public and private sectors to Main Stream Enterprises, which she established in 1990 to help foundations, direct service agencies, and schools and universities achieve greater organizational impact. Her roles on all sides of the table ‰ÛÓ as a staff person, board member and officer, foundation director, political and strategic adviser, and guest lecturer ‰ÛÓ contribute to Amy’s insights and counsel about how leaders, organizations and their boards can be most effective.

Long active in volunteer leadership positions, Amy currently serves on the Board of the Treu-Mart Fund and served on the KIPP Bay Area School Board as Chair of the Governance Committee. Prior to co-locating to San Francisco, Amy was Treasurer and Co-Chair of the Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation’s Grants Committee, an Executive Committee member of the philanthropic sector’s Fund for Our Economic Future, and a panel review member of the Cleveland Foundation’s Innovation Lab. In 1999 Amy created and co-led the first Cleveland Rape Crisis Center’s successful biennial Sing Out event for which she was honored in 2004. She also received the Human Relations Distinguished Leadership Award from The American Jewish Committee.

Amy received her MBA and MSSA from Case Western Reserve University.

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Mario Morino is chairman of the Morino Institute and co-founder of Venture Philanthropy Partners. His career spans more than 50 years as entrepreneur, technologist, and civic and business leader.  He also has a long history of civic engagement and philanthropy in the National Capital Region and Northeast Ohio.  He is the primary author of the book Leap of Reason: Managing to Outcomes in an Era of Scarcity (2011), which is informing efforts in more than 60 countries to increase the impact of nonprofits, foundations, and public-sector entities, and is a member of the Leap of Reason Ambassadors Community that advances the theme that “performance matters.”

In the early 1970s, Mario co-founded and helped build the Legent Corporation, a software and services firm that became a market leader and one of the industry’s 10 largest firms by the early 1990s.  He retired from the private sector in 1992. Since then, he has sought to “level the playing field” for children of low-income families focusing almost exclusively on economic, social, and educational issues.

Mario founded the Morino Institute in 1994 to stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship, advance a more effective philanthropy, close social divides, and understand the relationship and impact of the Internet on our society.  In 2000, Mario co-founded Venture Philanthropy Partners as a philanthropic investment organization 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.  In 2013, he helped launch the Leap of Reason Ambassadors Community, which is a private community of nonprofit thought leaders, leader practitioners, progressive funders, policy makers and instigators aiming to trigger a mindshift within a vital core of the social sector to accept that mission and performance are inextricably linked.

In addition to his role with the Morino Institute, he is co-founder and serves as a member of the board of directors of Venture Philanthropy Partners and the board of directors of The Cleveland Clinic Foundation; an honorary trustee of The Brookings Institution; an Emeritus Trustee of Case Western Reserve; and on the board of the Lawrence School.  Mario has benefited from a 34-year affiliation with the global growth equity firm, General Atlantic LLC; and also informally advises scores of organizations and individuals across a range of areas.

He lives in greater Cleveland with his wife, Dana. They are parents of three young adults.

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Matt is responsible for all operational functions, including human resource management, property management, technology, and the oversight of MV’s 18-month operational calendar used to set overall priorities and manage “across the board” execution. Matt is involved in investment tracking, political budgeting, insurance administration, and providing a level of redundancy for the MV CFO functions. He also provides support to philanthropic, educational, and civic initiatives of the Morino Institute and family.

Matt joined Morino Ventures in March of 2008, bringing 23 years of information technology, project management, finance, and accounting experience. Previous roles have included I/T Business Services Manager at First Energy, I/T Team Lead at Nordson Corporation, and I/T Manager at Ernst & Whinney (now Ernst & Young). From 1996 to 2008, he was Founder and President of the Morino Software Corporation, which specialized in job search systems designed to help clients explore careers in Ohio.

Matt received a Bachelor’s degree in business management and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University. He lives in Strongsville with his wife, Fran, and their three children.

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Matt’s technology career began at age 7 when he pulled apart his father’s expensive keyboard. He joined Morino Ventures in January 2014 where his responsibilities include video production and editing and graphics design. He also assists with technology infrastructure maintenance and projects requiring technical programming. Matt is the official office “muscle guy” who cheerfully moves heavy equipment and gets big mailing shipments out the door. He brings a Net Generation mindset that augments the team’s experience and point of view.

Trained in digital media at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Matt is a self-taught computer technician and an ISSA-certified personal trainer. He spends his off-hours studying far-ranging interests from fitness and health to theoretical sciences and innovative technologies. He lives In Rocky River.

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Christina has been building websites for eight years. Her previous experience with database formatting for healthcare directories, creating loops for data, made her transition to content management systems logical one. She has been a team leader for Destination Imagination, a volunteer in her children's educational environments, and an aspiring writer in her spare time. She lives in Cleveland with her husband and three lovely children.

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Upon graduating from Cornell University (BS, 1998), Suzann worked in the legal department of a major news magazine, where she gained firsthand insight into the challenges of protecting an internationally recognized brand. She built on this experience at Stanford Law School (JD, 2003), where she completed extensive coursework with leading intellectual property scholars, interned at large west coast law firms and held leadership positions with organizations and journals exploring law, technology and intellectual property.

Suzann further expanded upon her knowledge and experience in these areas while assisting entrepreneurs, startups and established companies on complex and wide-ranging trademark, copyright, technology, privacy and related issues for over five years in a large-firm setting. Admiring the entrepreneurial spirit of her clients, Suzann launched The Moskowitz Firm.

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Beth joined the Leap Support Team in June 2017. Her primary role is working with the team to plan, develop, and publish content for the Leap Ambassadors Community's social media properties and email campaigns. Prior to her work with the Leap Ambassadors Community, Beth spent four years working for the federal government in Washington, DC. She used some of the latest digital tools to coordinate public diplomacy projects and create engaging content for audiences around the world.

Beth holds both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Political Science from Ohio University. She lives in Medina with her husband, Mike, their young daughter, and their young-at-heart lab mix.

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Katie Paris, an advisor to Morino Ventures, LLC, moved to Ohio from Washington, DC in 2012. She is CEO of Shareblue Media, a media company that tells real-world stories to give voice to the heroes fighting for American values.

Previously, she was Senior Vice President of Media Matters for America, which she helped launch as its first Research Director. Katie also helped launch and run Faith in Public Life, a strategy center that advances faith in the public square as a powerful force for justice, compassion, and the common good. Prior to helping start influential nonprofits, she served on gubernatorial, senatorial and presidential campaigns throughout the country.
 
Katie holds a Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University. She resides in Shaker Heights with her husband and son.

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Katie joined Morino Ventures in August 2015. Her primary responsibility is to support direct response outreach (Salesforce.com) with contact maintenance and currency. She also supports other team members in whatever capacity they need her.

Prior to joining Morino Ventures, Katie spent five years as a manager in the client service department at Brandmuscle, a marketing technology firm. She guided clients through implementing and executing both print and digital projects that focused on local marketing for their global and national brands. Her client list included T-Mobile, Chase, Cardinal Health, and the American Red Cross.

Katie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Westminster College (PA). She lives in Avon, with her husband Joe, their son, and Zeus, their German Shepherd.

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Linda has nearly three decades of experience orchestrating worldwide strategic marketing programs for technology, healthcare, and nonprofit organizations. She applies her extensive expertise in strategic plans, positioning, demand generation, content marketing, and communications to help clients successfully advance their objectives.

Her accomplishments range from launching visionary start-ups to spearheading strategic marketing initiatives for major international corporations. What she likes to do best is to help teams craft a strategic story that powers audience engagement, marketing, sales, giving, and more.

In 1988, she founded MarkeTek, a strategic marketing consulting practice that helps clients achieve and sustain market leadership. Prior to founding MarkeTek, Linda was director of marketing strategies and programs for Morino Associates (which became Legent Corporation). She also served as a communications manager at Unisys.

Linda graduated from James Madison University and is based in Northern Virginia.

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Liz joined Morino Ventures in August 2017, is a member of the Leap Ambassadors Support Team and Co-Lead for Ambassador Onboarding & Engagement. She has spent her career working on behalf of organizations and people who support progressive values. She has worked for local and national nonprofits and foundations, as a senior aide to Ohio Congresswoman Betty Sutton, and as Executive Director of the Ohio Democratic Party. Most recently, Liz served as the Director of Community Outreach at the International Institute of Akron, Ohio’s largest Refugee Resettlement agency where she led fundraising and communication efforts, including an aggressive local and national media outreach program in response to changing federal rules. She also serves as an At-Large Member of Summit County Council.

Crediting her start in public service to Girl Scouts, Liz got the "bug" as a Legislative Intern for the Girl Scouts of the USA in Washington, DC, after graduating from college. She is a lifetime Girl Scout and has been active with the organization as a member, employee, or volunteer since the age of five.

Liz earned a B.A. in History from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA, and her Master’s in Public Administration from Cleveland State University. She resides in Akron with her rescue dog, Beatrice.

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The firm is led by Lowell Weiss, who has spent nearly two decades working to spark social change across a broad array of local, national, and global issues. Prior to starting Cascade Philanthropy Advisors in 2008, Lowell served in a leadership role at one of the world’s foremost change-making institutions, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Among his many responsibilities, Lowell served as staff director of the team responsible for providing Bill and Melinda Gates with analytical insights on how to make highest and best use of Warren Buffett’s historic $31 billion gift to the foundation. During his tenure at Gates, Lowell drew upon knowledge he gained as the director of the chairman’s office at a pioneering venture philanthropy organization, the Morino Institute, which is dedicated to improving the lives of at-risk children in the National Capital Region. Lowell has also worked for change through public service and the media. As Special Assistant to the President in the Clinton White House, Lowell traveled extensively with President Clinton, wrote more than 150 speeches for him, and served as a key communications strategist on issues ranging from the environment to economic development. He also served in a similar capacity with Vice President Al Gore during the 1996 presidential campaign. Before that, he wrote a New York Times bestselling book with political consultant James Carville; served as an editor at The Atlantic Monthly; and published articles in magazines including The Atlantic Monthly, U.S. News and World Report, and The New Republic. Lowell spearheaded a successful statewide campaign to strengthen traffic safety laws in Washington State; serves on the advisory board of Juma Ventures Seattle; served on the board of City Year Seattle/King County; helped create an initiative that inspired 1,000 federal employees to serve as reading tutors in D.C. Public Schools; and for many years served as a mentor in Northeast Washington, DC. He graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College in 1990.

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A lifelong resident of Greater Cleveland, Denise San Antonio Zeman served as President and CEO of the Saint Luke’s Foundation of Cleveland, Ohio from 2000-2014, and has been a member of the Leap Team since 2015. Recently named a Stokes Senior Fellow (a mentor to students participating in the Stokes Civic Leadership Institute In recognition of the powerful legacy of Carl and Louis Stokes), Denise is deeply committed to mentoring the next generation of nonprofit and philanthropic leaders, and has a passion for fostering a culture of learning. Her professional career has spanned healthcare, human services and community relations. Immediately prior to joining the Foundation, Denise was a senior executive for the Meridia Health System (now part of the Cleveland Clinic Health System) where she was responsible for leading the successful turnaround of one of its regional hospitals. Her commitment to serving the needs of the underserved is demonstrated by active volunteer engagement with numerous community, civic and educational organizations. Denise completed a B.A. at Ursuline College; M.A. at John Carroll University; additional post graduate coursework at Kent State University; and the Executive Program in Philanthropy at Stanford University. She also holds a Professional Chef’s Certificate from the Loretta Paganini School of Cooking, and a certificate in Regional Italian Cooking from the Simili Sisters School in Bologna, Italy. She enjoys travel, cooking and reading, and strength training.

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