Board of Directors
- Akhtar Badshah
- Tim Hanstad
- Scott Jackson
- Susan Jeffords
- Marty Kooistra
- Melissa Merritt
- Jane Meseck
- Mark Murray
- Dan O’Neill
- Will Poole
- Jeffrey Riedinger
- Sara Rogge
- David Wu
- Katie Young
- Bill Clapp
Founder & CEO, Catalytic Innovators Group
Akhtar Badshah, Ph.D., is a seasoned executive with over 30 years of experience in international development, managing a corporate philanthropic program and co-founding a global nonprofit for social enterprise.
Badshah currently teaches at the University of Washington at the School of Business, Bothell campus and at the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance. He is the founder and curator of Accelerating Social Transformation, a mid-career professional development certificate course on social impact. His expertise is in social innovation, social entrepreneurship, global business, corporate social responsibility, information technology for development (ICT4D), nonprofit development, and creating opportunities for youth.
Badshah has experience in creating a vision and then executing on it. He has built global programs with diverse teams, based on the conviction that programs need to be effectively global and appropriately local. Badshah has worked effectively with various stakeholders from government, business, and nonprofit leaders, to academics, to ordinary citizens. His approach is to set the vision, provide direction, engage stakeholders and develop effective partnerships. He has traveled extensively around the world, has experience working on global programs, and works comfortably in any socio-economic and culturally diverse environment.
Badshah has authored Our Urban Future: New Paradigms for Equity and Sustainability, co-authored Technology at the Margins – How IT Meets the Need of Emerging Markets, and co-edited Connected for Development – Information Kiosks for Sustainability. He has also published numerous articles in international journals on CSR, ICT4D, megacities and sustainability, housing, and urban development.
Badshah has also taught architecture and urban development at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as lectured at numerous universities around the world. He is an acclaimed international speaker on issues of social innovation, sustainable development and global philanthropy.
Badshah has extensive experience serving on numerous boards. He is currently the president & chair of the board for Global Washington. He is also the incoming chair of the board for Bellevue LifeSpring, and serves on the board for the Microsoft Alumni Network and Jolkona; and also serves on the advisory board of the U.S. Chamber’s Corporate Citizenship Center. He has served as the vice chairman of the board of the Council on Foundations, the chairman of the Telecentre.org Foundation, and a board member of Youth Empowerment and Sustainability.
Badshah is a doctoral graduate of MIT. He and his family are very active in the Seattle community.
Co-Founder and Senior Advisor, Landesa
Tim Hanstad has led Landesa’s growth for more than a decade. Under his tenure as CEO and president, the organization grew from a two-person operation to the #1-ranked human rights NGO with 110 staff around the world. Hanstad has helped lead high-level conversations about how the global effort to sustainably address extreme poverty can benefit from incorporating a land rights lens. He has worked tirelessly to elevate the issue of secure land tenure for women and men in venues such as the G-8, Davos, and the Clinton Global Initiative.
Hanstad’s international work experience spans 15 countries in Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa and Latin America, including more than four years living in India, where he helped launch and grow Landesa’s program. He has more than 25 years of experience in nonprofit leadership, social entrepreneurship, project management, research, policy advocacy, training and writing on land rights and international development.
Hanstad is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, World Economic Forum community, and Bretton Woods Committee, and serves on the WEF Global Agenda Council on Food and Nutrition Security. He received the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship in 2011 and has been recognized as a leading social entrepreneur by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. He has authored numerous publications, including his most recent book, published in 2009, One Billion Rising: Land, Law and the Alleviation of Global Poverty (with Roy Prosterman and Robert Mitchell). Hanstad is affiliate associate professor at the University of Washington School of Law and lives in Seattle with his wife, Chitra, and four children.
President & CEO, Global Impact
Scott Jackson is the president and CEO of Global Impact. Global Impact’s mission is to grow global philanthropy and build partnerships and resources for the world’s most vulnerable people. It has raised $1.8 billion since inception. A global development, fundraising and marketing veteran, Jackson has held leadership positions in the public, private and nonprofit sectors, including the global health and development nonprofits PATH and World Vision. He has worked in more than 60 countries, and his global relief and development efforts have taken him to remote villages in Africa and Asia, to the heart of the Holy Land, and inside some of the most powerful institutions and governments around the world. Jackson has worked with global leaders, including four U.S. presidents and their administrations, and he has represented international development issues with the offices of U.S. Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright, Colin Powell, and Hillary Clinton.
Jackson was a founding nonprofit member of The ONE Campaign to “make poverty history” and has worked on initiatives with Bono and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He is a member of several national boards and advisory committees, including the Clinton Global Initiative, YourCause, Global Justice Center, International Center for Research on Women, National Development Committee of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, Global Washington, World Trade Center Seattle, and CEO Connection’s Leadership Committee for Social Impact. He currently works closely with the leadership of more than 100 nonprofits around the world, such as Save the Children, CARE and Heifer International.
Jackson is the author of Take Me with You, released in March 2017, a moving personal story written to inspire people to take action and find the “charity within” — Jackson’s personal philosophy of making a choice to live in a way that improves life for others. He was recognized by the Center for Nonprofit Advancement as a 2016 winner of the Gelman, Rosenberg and Freedman EXCEL Award, which recognizes leadership achievement in the areas of innovation, motivation, community building, ethical integrity, and strategic leadership.
Before taking leadership roles in the global development humanitarian sector, Jackson founded TRADEC (Trade and Development Consortium), one of the first marketing and communications firms in North America to specialize in international trade and development, which later became part of APCO, a worldwide communications firm. During his early career, Jackson served as assistant to a U.S. congressman, and he held a number of roles in national politics. He has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Huffington Post.
Jackson received an MBA from the University of Edinburgh School of International Business. He also holds an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University of Puget Sound, where he received a B.A. in history. He lives in Washington, D.C.
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University of Washington Bothell
Dr. Susan Jeffords joined the University of Washington Bothell in September of 2007 as vice chancellor for academic affairs. Jeffords has led delegations abroad in community-university strategic partnerships and was appointed by the UW president as the chair of the UW International Task Force in 1995, which resulted in a university-wide report on the UW’s international expertise and current activities. Jeffords has written and taught broadly in the area of American popular culture, with a particular emphasis on Hollywood film, the Vietnam War, and feminism. She is particularly committed to increasing opportunities for more diverse and underrepresented communities to participate actively in higher education, including expanding opportunities for international engagement.
Executive Director, Housing Development Consortium of Seattle-King County
Marty Kooistra is the current executive director of Housing Development Consortium and he started this role in December 2013. Prior to that, Kooistra was the CEO of Habitat for Humanity’s Seattle/South King County affiliate since 2008. Under his leadership, the affiliate has aligned its strategies and outcomes around neighborhood revitalization. To this end, the affiliate’s programs directly target sustainability (at the family, neighborhood and environmental levels), community and global engagement, and the essential role of affordable homeownership in a robust local housing continuum.
Prior to joining the Seattle/South King County Habitat affiliate, Kooistra held several leadership positions with Habitat for Humanity’s international headquarters (HFHI). As regional director, he established standards for accelerated asset recovery and oversaw the Native Peoples Initiative. As vice president of post-Katrina collaborations & strategic partnerships, he convened two powerful Gulf recovery coalitions involving Enterprise Community Partners, Enterprise Corporation of the Delta, HFHI, LISC, NeighborWorks, RALLY, Tulane University, and World Vision. Kooistra also served as HFHI’s director of construction & environmental resources and senior director of global program design & implementation and was appointed to HFHI’s enterprise strategic planning leadership team.
Kooistra serves on the Seattle housing levy oversight committee; the state legislative committee of the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance; the community service committee of Seattle Rotary; the new market tax credit advisory committee of Global Green; and the affiliate enhancement committee of Habitat’s U.S. Council. Past service positions include: Federal Home Loan Bank advisory council; Lifecycle Building Challenge judge; Iowa Human Services coordinating board; Siouxland diaconal conference; JFA NW Iowa board of directors; and Sioux Empire homeless coalition.
Vice President and Managing Director, Executive Search Practice, Waldron
Melissa Merritt brings a wealth of international, private sector and nonprofit search experience to the Waldron team. As managing director of the retained executive search practice, Merritt helps set standards for client relationship management, service design and search delivery. She leads searches for community-based clients and partners with foundations, start-up social enterprises and NGOs that are scaling nationally and internationally.
Before settling in Seattle, Merritt spent nearly twenty years living and working in London, Paris, Hong Kong and New York. She consulted with senior international executives transitioning to the U.S. with companies such as Microsoft and Russell Investments, and spent ten years leading international searches at Bird & Co., an executive search firm based in London.
Merritt began her career with a small NGO as communications manager and program officer in West Africa. She then went on to work in the private sector as an international account director at multinational ad agencies, working with globally branded products and services. Her career has come full circle, and she is happy to work with the social sector again.
Merritt has served as an active fundraising chair for Homes Without Boundaries, an international trip leader for Museum Without Walls, and an alum and board member of AIESEC. She has also served on the parent advisory council of the local high school and supports the various international, educational, theatrical and athletic pursuits of her courageous kids.
Senior Director, Global Programs, Microsoft Philanthropies
Jane Meseck leads strategy, program development and partnerships for Microsoft’s global philanthropic programs. Her work includes leading Microsoft’s commitment to provide nonprofits worldwide with access to technology products, services and solutions to create positive social change. Last year, Microsoft’s software and services donations totaled $922M to over 120,000 nonprofits globally. Meseck also oversees Microsoft’s industry leading Employee Giving programs, supporting employee gifts of time, product and cash. In 2014, Microsoft employees raised $117M and donated over 500,000 hours of services across 20,000 nonprofits.
Prior to joining Microsoft in 1997, Meseck was a researcher and lecturer at the UW Daniel J. Evan’s School of Public Affairs. Meseck started her career as a management consultant, designing technology solutions for Fortune 500 companies. Meseck volunteers for a number of nonprofit organizations, including Seattle Humane Society and Media Impact Funders.
Vice President, Global Engagement and Communications, PATH
As vice president of Global Engagement and Communications, Mark Murray oversees PATH’s brand, communications, policy and advocacy, philanthropy, and strategic corporate engagements. He manages teams responsible for telling the story of PATH’s work internally and externally, supporting the efforts of governments and policymakers around the world to adopt healthy policies, and inspiring donors and corporations to partner with us and support our work.
Murray is a global communications leader with extensive experience in both government and the corporate sector. He has a strong background in strategic planning and execution, public affairs and issues management, digital and social communications channels, and corporate communications.
Murray served as press secretary, legislative director, and chief of staff to U.S. Representative Don Bonker, who chaired the Foreign Affairs subcommittees on Human Rights and International Organizations and Trade and Economic Development. He also served as communications director, speechwriter, and deputy chief of staff to Seattle Mayor Norm Rice. Most recently, before joining PATH in 2015, he served in a number of senior communications roles at Microsoft, including citizenship communications, global public affairs communications, corporate digital channels, and international communications across more than 100 countries.
Murray has a B.A. in political science from Stanford University.
Founder, Mercy Corps
Dan O’Neill has committed his life to international service since 1972. As a volunteer for a faith-based NGO in Africa, Europe and the Middle East, he encountered oppression, extreme poverty, famine and wars which he documented in photos, articles and journals.
In 1979, O’Neill co-founded Save the Refugees Fund, an emergency relief task force assisting Cambodian refugees following the infamous “Killing Fields” catastrophe. In 1980, he attended White House Cambodia Crisis Committee events at the request of then-First Lady Rosalynn Carter, who has continued to lend her support and encouragement over three decades.
In 1981, O’Neill incorporated Mercy Corps with a mission to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people to build just, secure and productive communities. Since then, the global aid agency has generated billions of dollars in humanitarian assistance in more than 100 countries, assisting children and families with cost-efficient, high-impact relief and development programs through a broad range of services and innovative strategies.
O’Neill has traveled the world meeting many political and religious leaders, observing Mercy Corps programs and witnessing natural disasters, political upheaval, war, famine and other humanitarian crises. He has been a White House guest during the Carter, Reagan, Bush and Clinton administrations, and has appeared on CNN, the BBC and many other national and local TV and radio networks. O’Neill has authored numerous books, articles and opinion pieces.
O’Neill earned his BFA degree from the University of Washington and in 2008 was named among its top 100 graduates. He has received honorary doctorates from Warner Pacific College (2004), Willamette University (2007) and the University of Portland (2009).
O’Neill received the Mother Teresa Award in 2006. Most recently, he was honored with the Seattle World Affairs Council’s 2014 World Citizen Award, following such recipients as Governor Christine Gregoire, Governor Gary Locke and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Fareed Zakaria, host of CNN’s “GPS”, stated at Mercy Corps’ 2013 Board dinner that the best thing Dan O’Neill has done for the world, and himself, was to start Mercy Corps.
O’Neill and his wife, Cherry, reside in Sammamish, WA and are the parents of five grown children.
Co-Founder and Manager, Unitus Seed Fund
Will Poole is co-founder and managing partner of Unitus Seed Fund, investing in startups that innovate for the masses in India. He also serves as chairman of NComputing, a leader in low-cost, low-energy computing, and co-founded Bangalore-based Pengala Learning, whose mission is to change the way India learns. Poole founded Social Venture Partners Seattle’s Fast Pitch program, serves on the investment committee of the W-Fund, and serves on the board of Global Washington and rural health pioneer, Village Reach.
Poole was previously a corporate vice president at Microsoft, where he led several global businesses, including Windows. His career started by founding startups at the dawn of the PC era, working in the early days at Sun Microsystems, and pioneering e-commerce at eShop, which was acquired by Microsoft in 1996. Poole advises Western Governors University and Brown University on technology and is a trustee of Pinchot University.
Vice Provost for Global Affairs, University of Washington
Jeffrey Riedinger assumed the position of vice provost of global affairs at the University of Washington in 2013. A Seattle native who earned his law degree from the UW School of Law in 1980, Riedinger now oversees the university’s multiple activities in the global arena, including study abroad, exchanges for students and faculty with universities in other countries, and support for international research and centers the UW has established abroad.
Prior to joining the UW Office of Global Affairs, Riedinger was dean of international studies and programs at Michigan State University (MSU). His responsibilities included facilitating multidisciplinary research and project collaborations, formulating proposals for external funding and strategic partnerships abroad to advance research, teaching, and engagement on critical global issues. He also guided efforts to enhance the internationalization of curricula and student life, and sought to enhance program quality, curricular integration, and cost control in study-abroad and other exchanges programs.
Riedinger joined MSU in 1990 as an assistant professor of political science. He also served as an associate professor of political science and of resource development, as well as a professor of community sustainability. He was co-director and then director for seven years of the Center for Advanced Study of International Development. He has first-hand experience with undergraduate study abroad programming. From 1993-2001, he co-directed a study abroad program in Australia, jointly sponsored by MSU’s Department of Political Science and School of Criminal Justice. He also co-directed an Australian internship program on behalf of a consortium of Midwest universities. Riedinger, an expert on the political economy of land reform and sustainable agriculture and natural resource management, has conducted research in East and Southeast Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, Central America, the Middle East and South Asia.
One ongoing project involves colleagues from the UW, universities in Beijing and the Seattle-based Landesa (formerly Rural Development Institute) conducting surveys of China’s rural families to provide evidence-based recommendations to the Chinese government to enhance long-term land-use rights for farmers. As they are implemented, these laws and policies can improve the security of agricultural land use rights for China’s nearly 200 million rural farm households. Among his U.S.-based activities, Riedinger has conducted briefings on foreign aid, land reform and other development issues for members of the White House staff, state department and USAID personnel, members of Congress and their staff, World Bank, NGOs, and private foundations.
Riedinger has written two books and more than 30 articles, chapters, reviews and monographs. He’s written opinion pieces for news outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, Newsday, and The Los Angeles Times. He received his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College in 1977. After earning his Juris Doctor degree from the UW, he earned a master’s and doctorate from Princeton in 1989 and 1991 respectively.
Senior Program Officer, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Sara Rogge is Advisor to the Director/Chief of Staff in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Policy & Advocacy Division. In this role she works with the program advocacy and communications team, which leads the foundation’s policy, advocacy and communications work on its global priorities. Prior to joining the foundation, Rogge was vice president at williamsworks, a strategic advocacy consulting firm, where she provided advocacy, government relations, policy, and fundraising services to a range of non-profit and philanthropist clients.
Rogge has also spent a significant portion of her career working in both policy and advocacy in Washington, D.C. As deputy policy director for ONE (formerly Debt AIDS Trade Africa – DATA), she was responsible for managing the organization’s portfolio on trade, agriculture and economic development policy as it impacted poor countries, particularly those in sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to joining ONE, Rogge was director for market access in the Office of Industry, Market Access, and Telecommunications at the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). In this position, Rogge was part of the market access team for negotiations with Russia, Morocco, Vietnam and the Southern African Customs Union. She also developed U.S. government policy positions and was a member of the U.S. negotiating team in the WTO industrial goods negotiations in the Doha Development Agenda.
Rogge has lived and worked in Namibia and Mozambique and has an M.A. in international economics and African studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a B.A. from Valparaiso University.
Chief Advancement Officer, Woodland Park Zoo
David Wu directs PATH’s philanthropic fund–development strategy and operations and is responsible for expanding philanthropic support of the organization and accelerating funding for new innovation. With more than 25 years of experience in fundraising, development strategy, and operations, he has led successful multimillion-dollar fundraising campaigns in both of his most recent positions.
Before joining PATH in 2012, Wu was vice president of external relations at Woodland Park Zoo, providing strategic leadership of fund development and external relations operations, including communications, government affairs, membership, and volunteer relationship management. Previously, he served at the University of Washington in a variety of senior development roles, including associate vice president for campaign and development programs.
Wu holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a master’s degree in higher education administration from Bowling Green State University.
Vice President, Food Category, Starbucks
Katie Young is vice president for food category at Starbucks Coffee Company. She recently joined Starbucks from McKinsey & Company, where she worked in several major sectors including social sector, consumer packaged goods, and agribusiness. Her work primarily focused on agricultural development and food security. Example work included developing food security strategies to reduce poverty and malnutrition for 16 USAID Missions in SSA, Asia, and Latin America, developing an end-to-end strategy to increase soy productivity, and processing in Sub Saharan Africa though private sector demand sinks, and creating a frontline change strategy for the Ethiopian Government’s 60,000 extension agents. She also was part of the team that modeled agriculture’s potential impact on reducing global hunger and poverty. This work resulted in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation making a commitment to agriculture as a strategic priority.
Young holds a master’s in public policy, focusing on international development, from the University of Chicago, and a bachelor’s in Spanish and honors political science from Kenyon College.
Founder and Board Chair Emeritus, Global Washington; Co-Founder and Board Chair, Seattle International Foundation
Bill Clapp is president of the board and co-founder of the Seattle International Foundation. A businessman, Clapp has more than 30 years of experience running a variety of companies in the Pacific Northwest, Alaska and Hawaii. Clapp co- founded Global Partnerships with his wife Paula Clapp in 1994. He retired from Matthew G. Norton Co., an investment holding company where he is still chairman, and became the CEO of Global Partnerships in early 2001. In 2002 he co-founded the Initiative for Global Development.
In addition to serving on the boards of Weyerhaeuser and Alaska Airlines, Clapp served on several community and nonprofit boards and has been actively involved in the micro-finance development areas since 1993 as an early investor. Clapp has also served on many industry panels and advisory committees, speaking widely on development issues.