Connie Evans is the President and CEO of the Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO), the national nonprofit organization and business trade association representing the U.S. microenterprise development industry. AEO has nearly 400 member organizations that provide training, technical assistance and resources to entrepreneurs across the United States.
David M. Abromowitz is a senior fellow at American Progress, focusing on housing policy and related federal and state programs and issues.
Born and raised in NYC, Leah has spent the past decade at the intersection of theory and practice, combining a study of moral philosophy and democratic theory with research around the world in grassroots organizing and social movements. She has her PhD in Religion, Ethics and Politics from Princeton University. Prior to pursuing her doctorate she lived and worked in Egypt, Syria, and Palestine, where she focused her research on the effects of international aid and development, and the history of popular protest.
Farhad Ebrahimi is the founder and trustee chair of the Chorus Foundation, which works for a just transition to a regenerative economy in the United States. The Chorus Foundation supports communities on the front lines of the old, extractive economy to build new bases of political, economic, and cultural power for systemic change.

Sarah Stranahan has more than 20 years of experience in mission related investing, community organizing, and social change philanthropy. As a long term Board member of the Needmor Fund, she helped design and oversee its philanthropic support of community organizing and its integrated mission related investment program. She served on the Finance Committee of the Council on Foundations from 2008-2012, where she helped design and implement an investment policy aligned with the Council’s mission.

Keith Harrington is the former Maryland and Washington D.C. Field Director for the Chesapeake Climate Action Network – a Mid-Atlantic-based climate and clean-energy advocacy group that founder Bill McKibben calls “the best regional climate organization in the world.” During his four years at CCAN, Keith organized grassroots activists across Maryland and D.C. to push for aggressive policy responses to the climate crisis.

Timothy E. Wirth is  President of the United Nations Foundation and the Better World Fund as well as a former Congressman and Senator from the state of Colorado. As President of the UN Foundation (UNF) since its inception in 1998, he has organized and led the formulation of the Foundation’s mission and program priorities, which include the environment, women, population, children’s health, peace, security, and human rights.


Will Raap is founder and chairman of Gardener's Supply, an employee-owned family of companies that has won several national and regional awards for its innovative business and socially responsible business practices.

Stewart Wallis graduated in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University. His career began in marketing and sales with Rio Tinto Zinc followed by a Masters Degree in Business and Economics at London Business School. He spent seven years with the World Bank in Washington DC working on industrial and financial development in East Asia. He then worked for Robinson Packaging in Derbyshire for nine years, the last five as Managing Director, leading a successful business turnaround.