Board of Directors

Akhtar Badshah, PhD

Founder & CEO, Catalytic Innovators Group

Akhtar is founder and CEO of Catalytic Innovators Group, a consulting firm focused on accelerating social impact. Most recently, Akhtar led Microsoft global philanthropic efforts where he administered the company’s global community investment and employee programs that included: monetary grants, software and curriculum donations, technology solutions and employee volunteer hours, supporting programs and organizations that address the needs of communities worldwide.

Before joining Microsoft, Akhtar was the CEO and president of Digital Partners Foundation, a Seattle-area nonprofit whose mission is to utilize the digital economy to benefit the poor. He has also taught architecture and urban development at MIT, his alma mater, and has lectured at numerous universities around the world. Akhtar has authored Our Urban Future: New Paradigms for Equity and Sustainability, co-authoredTechnology at the Margins – How IT Meets the Need of Emerging Markets and co-edited Connected for Development – Information Kiosks for Sustainability. He has published numerous articles in international journals on CSR, ICT4D, megacities and sustainability, housing, and urban development, and blogs on Huffington Post.

Akhtar is the Vice Chairman of the Board of Council on Foundations, he is the Chairman of the Foundation, and also serves on the Advisory Board of the US Chamber’s Corporate Citizenship Center. He has served on the Boards of the United Way King County and Youth Empowerment and Sustainability and on the Advisory Board at the World Affairs Council and the Santa Clara University Center for Science and Technology.

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Bill Clapp – Founder and President of the Board, Global Washington

Co-Founder and Board Chair, Seattle International Foundation

Bill is President of the Board and Co-Founder of the Seattle International Foundation — A businessman with more than 30 years of experience running a variety of companies in the Pacific Northwest, Alaska and Hawaii. Bill Clapp co- founded Global Partnerships with his wife Paula Clapp in 1994. Bill 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, he served on several community and nonprofit boards and has been actively involved in the micro-finance development areas since 1993 as an early investor. Bill has also served on many industry panels and advisory committees, speaking widely on development issues.

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Tim Hanstad

President & CEO, Landesa

Tim Hanstad is President and CEO of Landesa, a global organization that partners with developing country governments to help provide legal rights to land for rural families and women. Landesa (formerly the Rural Development Institute) has offices in seven cities including Seattle, Delhi, Beijing, and Bangalore as well as a Center for Women’s Land Rights. Hanstad is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, the World Economic Forum Community, La Pietra Coalition to Advance Women, a Schwab Foundation Outstanding Social Entrepreneur, and is an affiliate faculty member at the University of Washington School of Law where he has co-directed a graduate program in Law of Sustainable International Development. Hanstad most recent book is One Billion Rising Rising: Law, Land and the Alleviation of Global Poverty (with Roy Prosterman & Robert Mitchell, and forward by Joe Stiglitz).

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Scott Jackson

CEO, Global Impact

Scott Jackson, Chief Executive Officer, joined Global Impact October 2011. A non-governmental organization (NGO) veteran with more than 20 years of experience, Mr. Jackson leads Global Impact’s giving initiatives. He holds direct responsibility for workplace giving, campaign management for the Combined Federal Campaigns, partnerships and strategic alliances.

Mr. Jackson joined Global Impact after five years serving as Vice President for External Relations at PATH. While there, his strategic responsibilities included developing and strengthening relationships with partners and donors, while maximizing the visibility of PATH’s work.

Before joining PATH in 2006, Mr. Jackson was Senior Vice President at World Vision US where he directed external relations, key partnerships, community relations and strategic initiatives. He managed a fundraising portfolio of more than $60 million. From 1997 to 2000, Mr. Jackson served as President and Managing Director of APCO Seattle, a worldwide public affairs and strategic communications consulting firm. In 1989, he founded TRADEC (Trade and Development Consortium), one of the first marketing and communications firms in North America to specialize in international trade promotion, technology transfer and market access.

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Susan Jeffords

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 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.

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Marty Kooistra

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, Marty 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, Marty 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. Marty 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.

Marty 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.

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Melissa Merritt

Vice President and Co-Managing Director, Executive Search Practice, Waldron

Melissa brings a wealth of international, private sector and nonprofit search experience to the Waldron team. As Co-Managing Director of the retained executive search practice, Melissa 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, Melissa 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.

Melissa 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.

Melissa 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.

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Dan O’Neill

Founder, Mercy Corps

Dan O’Neill has committed his life to international service since 1972. As a volunteer for a faith-based non-governmental organization (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, Dan 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, Dan 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.

Dan 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.

Dan earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts 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).

Dan 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.

Dan and his wife, Cherry, reside in Sammamish, WA and are the parents of five grown children.

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Will Poole

Co-Founder and Manager of Unitus Seed Fund

Will 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. Will 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.

Will 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. Will advises Western Governors University and Brown University on technology and is a Trustee of Pinchot University.

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Jeffrey Riedinger

Vice Provost for Global Affairs, University of Washington

Jeffrey Riedinger assumed the position of Vice Provost of Global Affairs at the University of Washington on Sept. 1, 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, non-governmental organizations 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.

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Carol Welch

Senior Program Officer, Policy & Advocacy, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Carol Welch is a Senior Program Officer on the Policy & Advocacy team within the Global Development Program at The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Carol comes to the foundation from the United Nations’ Millennium Campaign where she coordinated efforts in the United States. The campaign seeks to promote public understanding and awareness of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and the role of citizens and governments in meeting these internationally agreed goals. Carol worked with a wide range of constituencies to support their efforts to promote the MDGs, build diverse coalitions, develop curricula, and outreach to the public and media. Previously, Carol worked for over seven years at Friends of the Earth, where her last position was Director of the International Program, overseeing FoE’s campaigns on international financial institutions, trade and corporate accountability. Carol served on the Executive Committee of the Jubilee 2000/USA debt campaign and has authored several articles and publications on World Bank/IMF reform issues.

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David Wu

Chief Development Officer, PATH

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, Mr. 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.

Mr. 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.

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Katie Young

Vice President, Food Category at 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 and Melinda Gates Foundation making a commitment to agriculture as a strategic priority.

Katie holds a Masters in Public Policy (MPP, focusing on International Development) from the University of Chicago and a Bachelors in Spanish and Honors Political Science from Kenyon College.

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