Katherine Pease is the principal of KP Advisors. She has worked with foundations, investors and nonprofit organizations for more than 20 years. She previously served as the executive director of the Gill Foundation and as Senior Vice President for Philanthropic Investments and Policy at Gary Community Investments/Piton Foundation. She regularly speaks about the intersection of impact investing and social equity and has written about the subject extensively. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from The Colorado College and her Masters in Public Administration from The University of Colorado where she is also a Lecturer in the School of Public Affairs. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Global Greengrants Fund. She is also a member of the Global Advisory Council of Cornerstone Capital Group and the Advisory Board for the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado.
Jesse King consults in the arenas of leadership, organizational development, and philanthropy, and has assisted numerous corporate, government, and non-profit leaders with projects ranging from strategic planning, to operational reorganization, including capacity assessments, inclusiveness efforts, and organizational cultural projects. In the private sector Mr. King recently assisted Corporate Express in a long range planning process, the articulation of their vision and the creation of a new mission statement. Additionally, for Net2Phone, an emerging telecommunications company, he served on the board of directors and as the chair of the compensation committee and a member of the audit committee for six years. Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors for REI, Inc., a national outdoor gear and apparel retailer. His work in the non-profit sector includes work for the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Children’s Defense Fund, the Black Community Crusade for Children, the Colorado Outward Bound School, and as adjunct staff for Center for Creative Leadership. In the public sector, he currently works as an adjunct trainer with the federal governmentís Office of Personnel Management.
Kellea Miller is a women’s rights consultant with expertise in global grantmaking, monitoring and evaluation, and mixed-methods research. Since 2002, Kellea has worked for a range of international nonprofit organizations and bilateral agencies, including Global Fund for Women, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, the International Accountability Project, UNIFEM, UN Women, and Oxfam America. At UN Women, Kellea helped architect the Fund for Gender Equality, a $65-million grant program to advance women’s economic and political empowerment. From 2012 to 2015, she managed Astraea’s LGBT Global Development Partnership, a groundbreaking initiative with USAID to advance LGBT human rights. Kellea holds a dual degree in Public Policy and Feminist Studies from Stanford University, a Masters in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and is completing a PhD (expected 2017) in Sociology. Her academic research focuses on gender equality policy, global feminist movements, and development financing.
Amy Swiatek has 20 years of domestic and international experience designing and facilitating participatory processes for groups ranging from small teams of four to large 250+ stakeholders. Her engagements last from one-time events to multi-year processes. Amy utilizes a whole systems approach: rigorous, data-rich, involving diverse stakeholders, and emphasizing ownership of the results. Her practice also consists of extensive work in the design and delivery of trainings, technical assistance, and coaching as well as project management. Amy’s experience includes work with education systems, nonprofit organizations, international organizations, communities, governmental agencies, and statewide systems. Amy’s previous experience in the nonprofit and public sector includes serving as a full-time strategic consultant to the Head of School and Board of Directors of a large international school in El Salvador, Central America resulting in a school-wide participatory planning process and five-year strategic plan, five-year accreditation, and advancement of governance and leadership structure and practice. Amy has also served for seven years as the Senior Consultant to a nine-county region in the Denver Area and State-level initiatives and collaboration for the State of Colorado. At the National Civic League, she facilitated community-wide strategic planning and visioning initiatives in towns and cities throughout the United States. Amy was a Leadership Fellow at El Pomar Foundation and a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya and Trainer of Volunteers in Uganda. Ms. Swiatek holds a Master in Public Administration degree from the University of Colorado and a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree from The Colorado College. Numerous trainings in group methods facilitation, strategic planning, living systems, appreciative inquiry, leadership, board governance, inclusiveness (ethnicity, poverty, LGBT), rigorous data assessments, evaluation methods, community development, prevention and public health models, grant-writing, and fundraising.
Sarah Thomas’s work over the past fifteen years has focused on advancing healthy communities and environments in the United States and globally. The principal of Sarah Thomas Consulting, LLC, Sarah specializes in programmatic research and analysis, strategy development, and communications for philanthropic, nonprofit, and government clients. Her projects have addressed a variety of issues at the intersection of environmental policy and social justice, including land use and public health, rural gentrification, smart growth, community-based natural resources management, and climate mitigation and adaptation. Previously, Sarah was a research fellow at the University of Colorado, Boulder and a staff member at the Natural Resources Defense Council. She has taught undergraduate courses on environmental policy and social change at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Colorado, Boulder. She currently is a Board Member for the Wildlands Restoration Volunteers. Sarah holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A., magna cum laude, from Harvard University.