AGIF Leadership

Philip B. Auerbach


When I lived for two years in a remote region of Southern Africa, for weeks around 8am every Tuesday morning someone would knock on my door asking if my housemates and I had any work. Regretfully, the answer was always “No”. With a maid and a gardener and after paying a local boy to wash my car every day just to create employment, I knew that this and other issues had to be addressed on a much larger scale. With overseas study, living and travel experiences in over 55 countries and self-learning of global issues since I was 10, I have long been aware of world problems and opportunities. Millions of people at home and abroad have their potential squandered because of poverty, hunger and disease; a filthy environment; self-serving politicians; discrimination; and inadequate housing, education and employment.

I also know that countless outstanding NGOs nationwide and worldwide are addressing these and many other critical causes. For me, the challenge was not to create yet another one but how to assist the existing ones to do a more impactful job. From all these inspirations and decades of commitment to social justice, I am thrilled to have the Auerbach Global-Impact Foundation as a way to create this vision.

Giving opportunities to others is much more important than acquiring more material objects or adding to sufficient savings. My true dream has long been to have $100 million to give away. Reaching the first $100 million will be the first big challenge. Then we will strive for the next $100 million. By then, I hope that our collective impact through the AGIF will already be immense. And I know that the job will never be done.

I feel that it is the religious, moral and ethical obligation of those of us who have to give to those who have not. However much or however little you have, someone always has less and may be desperate. And if you are well-off today, how can you be sure that you will still be well-off tomorrow? While many people believe in Heaven and an afterlife, all we absolutely know for certain is the world in which we are living and can touch right now. And it does not take long to see all the repair it needs. 

Many millionaires and billionaires think that happiness comes from acquiring yet another mansion, another yacht, another necklace, another splurge or another adventure. Any credible psychologist, clergy member or teacher will tell you that while material comforts are truly important, happiness comes from personal fulfillment. And one means of personal fulfillment comes from serving and assisting others to have a better life for themselves.

Who knows? Maybe the funding we give will touch one person who will cure the disease your relative died of or will discover how to stop global warming before it stops us.

I hope you will join me to impact the future, perhaps by helping us to fund someone who will touch your community, your family or yourself. Thank you.

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Spencer Goold


Spencer Goold is a successful marketer, TV director, and a veteran of the US Army and Afghanistan. Spencer served a mission for his church in Thailand from 1999-2001 where he learned the Thai language and a love for the many cultures in Southeast Asia. Upon returning to the US, he attended the Art Institute of Phoenix where he received a bachelor’s degree in Digital Media Production, all the while working freelance film jobs as well as a job in production at the Phoenix CBS affiliate news station. Spencer went on to build his own production company that worked in unison with various boutique marketing and advertising firms to create award-winning content for multiple media. 

In 2009, Spencer signed up for the United States Army. Though he initially took a job as a helicopter mechanic for the Kiowa attack/scout helicopter system, he deployed to Afghanistan as a drone mechanic. In addition, he is an effective leader who has successfully led teams of up to 20 in dynamic and fast-paced scenarios. 

Upon returning, he trained and attended a physically and mentally rigorous special operations selection course and was selected. His training has given him the tools to conduct network analysis based on local influencers; to tailor messaging based on demographics, psychographics, religion, culture, language and symbols; and to evaluate various avenues to approach challenges. This also gave him the background to live and work in austere environments ranging from jungle to desert. 

Spencer has a great deal of admiration and respect for the international community and wishes to serve and have a positive impact. Due to his long-term exposure to Southeast Asia, he has become proficient in the Thai, Tagalog, and Cambodian languages in hopes that he’ll have continuing opportunities to return. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, learning about philosophies and playing guitar.

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Board Of Directors

Edward Hill


Edward Hill is an impact entrepreneur, inventor and activist, who founded his first social enterprise at 15 years of age. Currently, Edward is the Founder & CEO at CausEcho, a startup civic media platform that enables nonprofits and their activist supporters to digitally mobilize events, and distribute footage across social media channels as a verified nonprofit organized event content.

His curriculum vitae also includes serving on a regional executive council at a UN-funded nonprofit, and serving on the Board of Directors for a nonprofit in the D.C. Metropolitan area. A digital marketer by trade, Edward has diffused his expertise to various entities from political campaigns to an NFL agency in D.C.

Edward was born in Baltimore, M.D. and raised in Northern Virginia. He attended Syracuse University, majoring in entrepreneurship & marketing.

An avid tea and coffee fanatic, Edward enjoys a daily matcha tea with an added double shot of espresso. It never disappoints despite the possible and understandable skepticism.

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Andrew Holycross 


Andrew Holycross is a 23-year Air Force veteran serving most of his time as a Special Operations Aviator. He has flown hundreds of combat missions in the AC-130 Spectre Gunship, supporting Special Operations Forces in Afghanistan, Iraq, and around the world. Additionally, he was among the top 1% of aviators chosen for assignment to the 89th Airlift Wing where he flew the Vice President, First Lady, and other senior officials aboard Gulfstream III, V, and 550 aircraft.

Andrew is entrepreneurial in spirit and founded a consulting company in 2018. In 2020, he was asked to be a City Leader and founding member of the St. Louis chapter of Bunker Labs, a 501(c)(3) dedicated to helping veteran-owned businesses grow and thrive within the local community.

In his current role he is the Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer for Veteran Syndicate, a start-up for profit company with the mission to donate 100 percent of net proceeds to non profits that support the veteran community. Additionally, he serves on the board of advisors for a veteran-owned small business, as well as a strategic advisor to a startup in the UK that is also battling the PTSD, and veteran suicide epidemic.

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Michael A. Krafft


Michael A. Krafft, Ph.D., MBA, is a Director and the Treasurer of the Auerbach Global-Impact Foundation.

Dr. Krafft, who also heads AGIF’s fundraising committee, has over 25 years’ experience as a corporate executive and humanitarian. A Thunderbird MBA in international management with a specialization in finance, he earned a Doctorate of Philosophy degree in organizational systems from Saybrook University in 2020. His Ph.D. thesis was named the Dissertation of Distinction.

Formerly an executive board member at the Foundation for Sustainable Development (FSD)—called the “gold standard in global engagement programs” by Kate Otto, M.D., of NYU Langone Medical Center—Dr. Krafft has long been interested in applying micro-economic solutions to communities in the developing world. While at FSD, he elicited funding from private and corporate sources throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, and awarded grants to project directors and fieldwork staff at that organization’s ten sites in East Africa, India, and Latin America. 

Recognizing the need for statistically significant donor reporting of community-based projects in the emerging world, Dr. Krafft undertook related doctoral research. His dissertation analyzed the relative effectiveness of interventions across sectors. To further much-needed funding for these projects, he proposed an integrated qualitative and quantitative system of determining the short-term success and ultimate sustainability of micro-economic projects designed to improve the health, education, and welfare of people in developing countries.

In addition to his board and research activities, Dr. Krafft continues to serve as Managing Director of M&A Media Group,, a consulting organization that provides strategic advising and planning, merger and acquisition, and related services to for-profit enterprises and NGOs.  

Previously he served as Vice President Corporate Development for TIW, a Canadian telecommunications and technology firm based in Prague. During his tenure there, he was part of an executive team that raised over $2.9 billion in private equity in Romania and in the Czech Republic, and sold this merged concern for $3.5 billion to Vodafone Group plc, a British multinational that is one of the largest telecom conglomerates in the world.

Prior to joining TIW, Dr. Krafft served as Vice President of Business Development at Metromedia International Group, Inc. While based in Moscow and Vienna, he and his team closed 52 transactions across Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia with a focus on media, telecom and technology mergers and acquisitions, and with a total value of $768M over a five-year period.

In all of his executive business expansion roles, Dr. Krafft undertook extensive due diligence in the legal, financial and operational areas. His work also included in-depth, valuation modeling and considered market exigencies and cultural appropriateness. By assembling and working with an elite deal team, he was able to structure transactions that significantly enhanced stakeholder value and corporate valuations.

With AGIF, Dr. Krafft is most interested in the impact our programs can make in developing countries and in initiatives that can directly benefit them.

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Justin Laughlin


Justin Laughlin is a strategist and consultant with a passion for solving complex problems and making a positive impact on the world.He earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from East Carolina University and holds both a Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Strategic Management from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.

He began his career by growing a part time restaurant job he had in college into a leadership position spanning multiple restaurants and hundreds of employees. With the Apple Gold Group, Justin served in an internal consulting capacity where he assessed individual locations and guided them to increased profitability. He also established new training programs for employees and trained the company’s management while helping to develop and implement a company-wide inventory management and forecasting program.

Justin then began working for Provident Funding Associates and their affiliate to improve their processes, craft business development strategies, and set them up for rapid growth. He established the company’s appraiser recruitment function, which realigned appraisal supply and demand across key markets, increasing efficiency, customer service levels, and growth potential.

Circle K recruited Justin to create a new structure of processes and provide strategic insights into the real estate function of a newly formed division, which covered three states. He was also sought out to provide strategic insights and solutions through internal consulting among the division’s other functions. After achieving success with these efforts, he was promoted to the company’s global real estate team, where he has worked on billions of dollars’ worth of M&A deals and real estate acquisitions and provided strategic guidance on deals across multiple countries. 

Additionally, Justin has provided strategy and management consulting to companies, both in the US and internationally. He has used his consulting skill set to make a positive impact in the lives of those in need on several occasions, including providing marketing strategies to an NGO in Thailand and establishing a growth strategy for a company based in a South African township.

Over the years, Justin has been involved in the community by volunteering with the ALS Association and Habitat for Humanity. His goal is to bring together his expertise in strategy and leadership with his passion for helping others to add value to the AGIF, empowering the nonprofits it touches to achieve their important missions.

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Delores Springs


Dr. Delores Springs has served in healthcare, human services, and nonprofit leadership for over 20 years. Dr. Springs’ compassion and drive for perfection are her strongest attributes. She specializes in designing competence-building strategies and solutions in the nonprofit, healthcare, government, academic, for-profit, and human service-oriented sectors.

Dr. Springs has a doctorate in Strategic Leadership with a concentration in Strategic Foresight, a master’s degree in Human Services and Executive leadership, and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. 

Along with her educational background, she holds specializations in Healthcare Organization Operations, Building Foundations in Global Health, and in other areas that include Lean Six Sigma, Diversity & Inclusion, Project Management, and other certifications in business and leadership.

As the Founder of Springs of Hope Consulting LLC (SOHC), she strives to harmonize diverse and inclusive workplace cultures, dynamic leadership performance, and future-oriented strategic planning. Her passion is to drive the client’s mission and educate people on building a wide array of proactive and preventative pathways to enhance operations, strategic planning, and organizational behavior.

Recognized for her national and global volunteerism and philanthropic work, Dr. Springs remains focused on consulting, research, teaching, and publishing scholarly journal articles on the essentials of business and leadership.

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Board of Advisors

Aria Auerbach


Aria was born and raised in San Francisco and received her Bachelor’s from Wheaton College, MA where she studied Psychology and Anthropology. She graduated from Drexel University, Philadelphia, in December 2017 with an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management.

During her junior year at Wheaton, Aria spent eight months in various regions of South Africa where she studied the psychological effects of living in the post-apartheid society. Upon graduation from Wheaton, Aria spent three years working in the fundraising department of Repair the World, a social justice organization in New York, where she raised funds to create volunteer opportunities for young adults. Aria then spent several years as an integral member of the Special Events department at NYU Langone Medical Center, helping plan and execute the hospital’s and School of Medicine’s annual fundraising galas. Currently, Aria is putting her MBA to use with Fairmount Ventures, Inc. where she is a nonprofit strategy and fundraising consultant. 

Aria is passionate about making the world a better place and helping others. She has served as a Junior Board member for Harlem Educational Activities Fund, volunteered with NY Cares, and supported multiple do-gooder campaigns nationwide. In her free time, Aria enjoys cooking, exploring new restaurants in her neighborhood, and is eternally searching for the East Coast’s best burrito.

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Herb Behrstock


Herb Behrstock has held leadership positions related to the United Nations for more than 45 years. 

Herb worked for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) for 32 years beginning in 1972. For more than half his career, he lived and worked in eight countries (China, Kazakhstan, Haiti, Gaza, Bhutan and three African nations) where he was responsible for management and economic development program activities. With increasing managerial achievements, he was appointed as the UNDP Resident Representative and concurrently as Resident Coordinator of UN development cooperation reporting to the UN Secretary-General. In that latter capacity, he concurrent led responsibilities for UN activities in women’s health, gender equality, population, and refugees. During two extended assignments at UNDP Headquarters in New York, Herb was a senior manager for programs in East and SE Asia, after having had responsibilities for aid policy, coordination and effectiveness in the Africa Bureau.

Following retirement from the UN in 1972, Herb became involved in leadership functions with the United Nations Association-USA. He was elected President of the [San Francisco] East Bay chapter, serving for 11 years until early 2016, after which he was invited to continue as an executive adviser. During his presidency, the chapter – one of the largest and most active in UNA — won national recognition in several categories. Herb is currently serving his second term as President of the Northern California Division that encompasses 13 UNA chapters. Additionally, on the national level of the UNA-USA, Herb was elected to the National Council for six years until termed out in 2016. On the Council, he was chair of the Advocacy Sub-Committee.

Born in Chicago, Herb went to the University of Michigan where he received a BA in economics in 1964. He also has an MA in international economics from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies(SAIS) in Washington, D.C. in 1966.

Immediately after university, Herb was elected for two terms as the national President of AIESEC-US(the International Association of Business and Economic Students) which during his tenure set unsurpassed records for its international educational exchange program. He was elected in 1969 by AIESEC’s national committees to organize and administer in Europe the organization’s first global conference on the development of international management skills, foreshadowing the rise in globalization. Herb also worked for the Chase Manhattan Bank in community development and public affairs, and consulted for a year to establish the World Trade Institute at the World Trade Center in New York City – that was later destroyed on 9/11, 1991.

Herb is married to Dorie Guess Behrstock, whose career included jobs with UN Peacekeeping, commercial banking, and consulting in UN Headquarters and developing countries. Herb and Dorie have lived in Alameda, California, since his retirement from UNDP in 2002. Their two daughters were born in Africa, and currently reside in California.

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Jim Byrnes


Jim Byrnes spent three decades as President and CEO of a retail and wholesale distribution and management company. His private-sector and nonprofit business management accomplishments are highly regarded by Fortune 500 firms. A few of his clients included   Crayola, Ford Motor Company, and Hershey Hotels.  He was privileged to serve on the  Congressional Caucus on Travel and Tourism for the US House of Representatives. 


Adept in public speaking, Mr. Byrnes received the coveted Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) designation, Toastmasters’ highest honor. Through his motivational leadership style, Mr. Byrnes brings social harmony and high-performance solutions to meet unpredictable market demands

Mr. Byrnes is known as an innovative problem-solver and outstanding strategic relations and organizational behavior specialist who has helped public- and private-sector companies reach profitable long-term success.

After many years in the for-profit sector Jim now focuses his energies on building success in the non-profit sector. During his time as  CEO of The Allentown Rescue Mission, the organization achieved the designation as  “A Top workplace in Pennsylvania”. He was the founding CEO of Family Promise of Lehigh Valley [PA] and in two years, he developed a strong base for them while building cash reserves to $300,000. His non-profit clients include Musikfest, Players of the Stage, and Love Ran Red Foundation



Roderick Campbell


Dr. Roderick Campbell has over 25 years of management consulting experience as an advisor and coach to international businesses, nonprofits and governmental organizations. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley (B.S., Social Science/Economics); Carnegie Mellon University's School of Urban and Public Affairs, (M.S., Public Management & Policy); and as a conferee of a Doctorate of Philosophy from Saybrook University (Ph.D., Organizational Systems/Leadership of Sustainable Systems ), Dr. Campbell is well qualified to guide today's leaders and policymakers to the solutions we need in the 21st century.

These "wicked" problems traverse social, policy, political, scientific and economic/financial domains. By lending his skills and expertise, Dr. Campbell will work with the Board to propel research and disciplined inquiry into building and implementing authentic, sustainable, holistic and healthy communities around the world. It is our responsibility to train the problem solvers of the future.

Presently, Dr. Campbell offers a modern scientific perspective to clients as he works internationally as an independent consultant for a wide range of private and public organizations. He lectures and consults on systems and complexity science, leadership and organizational development and sustainable transformation.

Dr. Campbell was born in Glendale, CA, and was raised in Southern California. He enjoys traveling, photography and live music. 

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Sherita J. Herring


As a sought-after speaker, motivator, best-selling author, radio personality and business strategist, Sherita J. Herring has been instrumental in impacting countless communities, businesses and individuals all over the world, including in Africa, France, Canada, Pakistan, Cambodia, the Philippines, China, Trinidad/Tobago, and numerous municipalities throughout the United States. While working with these organizations and others, she has raised over $30 million in funding, and formed more than 600 international businesses.

As a former radio personality with world-wide listeners, Sherita’s weekly broadcast focused on highlighting global “difference makers”; building the capacity of small businesses and entrepreneurs; bridging cultural and racial communication gaps; and serving as a vital resource for marginalized populations in Southern California.

Because of her volunteerism and social connectedness (forming nonprofits, coaching and training), she has helped foster hospitals in Pakistan and Belize; restored forest and wetland ecosystems along the US Gulf Coast, reduce inmate tensions and improving communications through a comedy-based prison program; building water towers in the Philippines; serving orphans in Southeast Asia; and working with an entrepreneur to cure malaria and reducing youth suicide.

Through her Kreative Images Foundation, she has helped secure millions of dollars and developed hundreds of agencies that are operating in nearly 20 countries. She has been featured in publications with First Lady Michelle Obama; honored with the acclaimed R&B singer Chaka Khan, and U.S. Congresswomen Maxine Waters and Diane Watson; and highlighted in Women of Colormagazine with Coretta Scott King and Maya Angelou.

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Ryan Jackson


Ryan has a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Naval Postgraduate School.  He is also a certified Project Management Professional.

Ryan’s career highlights include operating nuclear reactors; flying combat missions off of aircraft carriers; instructing F/A-18 pilots; supporting naval aviation test and evaluation of new equipment; managing critical operational and planning action teams for the Navy Central Command, Fifth Fleet, I Marine Expeditionary Unit as well as the Naval Expeditionary Combat Command, Pacific.  

He is a leader in executing operational targeting, personnel recovery, exercise planning, and contingency operations planning.  He was a key advisor to various senior military leaders whose positions are commensurate with C-suite positions in the business world. This included a general who is now the 38th Commandant of the Marine Corps.

Ryan is currently transitioning from active duty into entrepreneurship and community service.  He owns a real estate company, Valhalla Properties LLC, that focuses on affordable quality housing and actively partners in several real estate assets.  He continues to seek out new opportunities to improve affordable housing.

Ryan resides on the island of O’ahu with his wife Brianna, also a Naval Officer, and has four sons.  In his free time, he enjoys supporting youth sports, community outreach projects, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

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Phyllis Johnson


Mrs. Phyllis Johnson is passionate about helping others and making a positive impact in the lives of the disenfranchised and marginalized. She is committed to the development of young people and has spent most of her life serving and mentoring them, through the Girl Guides and The Cat Island Association Juvenile Department in the Bahamas.

A practicing Anglican, she has served as Evangelism and Outreach Director with her husband with responsibility for the Big Brother Big Sister Program.

In 2010, she and her husband founded the New Providence American Youth Football Association, a non-profit organization that mentors young boys from ages 7-17 and provides them with the opportunity to further their education and return to become productive citizens. They have been able to secure over 21 scholarships for this program and the boys are thriving and making the organization proud.

Mrs. Johnson is a retired Senior Public Relations Manager with the National Airline of the Bahamas and is a certified Paralegal. She is the Administrator for Holiday Jet Express, a travel company and she provides consultancy services in Public Relations & Marketing.

She is married to Craig Johnson and they have three children and two grandchildren.

Linda Lysakowski


Linda is one of just over 100 professionals worldwide to hold the ACFRE (Advanced Certified Fund Raising Executive) designation. She has helped nonprofits raise more than $50,000,000 and has trained more than 50,000 development professionals worldwide. She has 15 online courses on all aspects of fundraising. She is the author of more than three dozen books and is currently working with a colleague in the Netherlands on a book on political fundraising in Europe and the USA.

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Phone: 702-580-1448

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Jill Lubin


Jill Lublin is an international speaker on the topics of Radical Influence, Publicity, Networking, Kindness and Referrals. She is the author of 4 Best Selling books including Get Noticed…Get Referrals (McGraw Hill) and co-author of Guerrilla Publicity and Networking Magic. 

Her latest book, Profit of Kindness went #1 in four categories. Jill is a master strategist on how to position your business for more profitability and more visibility in the marketplace. She is CEO of a strategic consulting firm and has over 20 years experience working with over 100,000 people plus national and international media. 

Jill teaches Publicity Crash Courses as both live events and live webinars and consults and speaks all over the world. 

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Patty Neil


Patty Neil is an entrepreneur, program manager, thought leader, change agent and coach, with extensive experience in consumer-facing industries. She is a trusted advisor, skilled at inspiring others to action with a balance of empathy, analytics and the capacity to understand and synthesize complex business, organizational, social and political landscapes.

With a background in operations and administration, strategic planning and execution, finance and accounting, organizational design and employee relations, she delivers solutions and services with an inclusive, principled and practical approach.

The majority of her career has been with PEMCO Insurance. Starting as an Administrator for Technology and Accounting, she was responsible for upgrading IT and IS quality and efficiency, maintaining QA efficiency, and designing scalable systems and processes. For her achievements, she received the CEO Vision Award. She then became Operations Supervisor, responsible for delivering customer service excellence, P&Ls, vendor management, and talent recruitment and retention.

Earlier in her career she was an agent with Coldwell Banker, the nation’s largest residential real estate brokerage, and was awarded Top Producer.

With a BA in Psychology and a Masters in Organizational Leadership, she is now a PhD candidate in Organizational Systems and Transformational Leadership at Saybrook University.

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Jeanette Tink Phoenix


Jeanette Tink Phoenix, who goes by Tink, is a mom, entrepreneur, and decorated Air Force Veteran. She was a rated aviator and Mission Crew Commander on the EC-130H Compass Call, serving honorably in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Tink is an accomplished and adaptable professional, proven to thrive in dynamic environments. Her background includes technology and systems consulting, online courses, sales funnels, revenue operations, and coaching for high performance.

She has also earned three master’s degrees, in Finance and Real Estate, plus an MBA from the University of Texas. Tink has earned accolades throughout her academic and professional career and has helped numerous organizations implement strategies to scale to multiple seven and eight figures.

For her own mission, Tink is working toward the dream of having every transitioning vet accounted for. Building a veteran-focused community and partnering with those that want to make a difference in the lives of veterans, Tink’s vision is to make sure vets get the help they need; the benefits they deserve; and, most importantly, have the opportunity to build the life they deserve they fought to protect!

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Alankrita Priya


Alankrita Priya is a native of Ranchi, a capital city in the northeastern part of India. She grew up in a household surrounded by family members who taught her, at an early age, the importance of community service. Some of the common activities she helped facilitate are: organizing free health checkup campaigns, arranging free meals at an orphanage and schools for special needs kids, tree planting, fundraising, and a clothing donation drive.  

She went on to pursue her Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering at the Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) in India.

She worked with global organizations such as AIESEC and other local communities at MIT. After she graduated, she pursued a career in Information Technology where some of the most incredible innovations and advancements were taking place. She worked with Accenture for a few years before embarking on an international journey to explore what the other side of the globe holds for her. 

It was one of her happiest days when she received an acceptance from her dream school in the USA, Duke University, to pursue a Master of Engineering Management. During her master’s, as she was trying to figure out a fulfilling role post-graduation, she received an offer to intern as a Product Manager at a unicorn startup, and there was no turning back. She built her career as a Product Management professional working for non-profit organizations, startups, Big Data professional services companies. 

In her current role, she is working as an AI/ML Product Manager for a startup based in Austin, building an enterprise AI platform and finding ways to leverage the power of Artificial Intelligence to provide increased value for businesses and customers. During her free time, she loves to cook, dive into wellness activities such as Yoga and CrossFit, socialize with people from different areas and walks of life, and ponder ideas that can help bring a positive transformation in the world.

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Nigel Thomson


Nigel Thomson is a lawyer who has worked in the International Development industry for 20 years. He began his legal career working in the commercial land and property sector in Australia before joining the United Nations in 2000 to work on housing, land and property rights in East Timor. Since then, he has worked in various countries across Asia and Africa on land tenure and property issues and, more recently, on democracy and governance issues, and women’s leadership development. He has been based in the United States since 2006 where he has worked with Tetra Tech ARD (International Development Services Group). 

Through his work across the private sector, international organizations, NGOs and for-profit development companies, Nigel brings a depth of practical in-country and home office business experience as well as a global network of organizations working to good around the world.

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