Alisha Greenberg is widely recognized as an industry leader in the field of sports philanthropy, who has been called upon to share her expertise at industry conferences and has been featured in global media outlets.
Alisha launched Rounding Third LLC in September 2009 after eight years at the Sports Philanthropy Project (SPP). She has an expert talent for educating & advising those making an impact through sport. Her 16 years of extensive experience in the industry have added value to organizations around the world. She has pioneered innovative solutions for prominent clients including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Justin Verlander’s Wins for Warriors; the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition; 3x Olympian Tracy Evans & Kids Play International; Athletes for Hope and Positive Tracks.
Alisha graduated from Indiana University, earning a degree in Sports Marketing and Management with a minor in Business. She holds a Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate from The Center for Public & Nonprofit Leadership at Georgetown University.
Meredith Wolff is the founder of Seek to Be LLC, a philanthropic consulting business specializing in services for athletes, teams, agencies, sports-based nonprofits and entertainers.
With over 12 years of sports and philanthropy experience, Meredith currently serves as COO of Street Soccer USA and Senior Program Director of the Henrik Lundqvist Foundation (HLF) Young Ambassadors Program and previously served as founding Executive Director of HLF and Eric and Jessie Decker Foundation. Prior to consulting, Meredith served as in-house counsel at NHL Enterprises, L.P. where she was responsible for sponsorship, marketing and charitable partnerships and events and licensing agreements. Meredith also worked for the Sports Philanthropy Project as well as at the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation. Meredith earned her law degree from Brooklyn Law School and studied fundraising and grantmaking at the Heyman, Jr. Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising at New York University. She received her B.A. from the Honors College at the George Washington University.
Dr. Kathy Bihr is the Vice President of Programs and Education for the TGR Foundation - a Tiger Woods Charity. She has served in this role for over 12 years. Her responsibilities include providing direction to the personnel, programs and operations of both the TGR Learning Lab and the Earl Woods Scholar Program. Dr. Bihr serves on the board of directors for the El Viento Foundation and Project Tomorrow. She also serves on the National STEM Funders Network Advisory. Dr. Bihr is currently an adjunct faculty member at the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education. She has been recognized for her work on the Board of Councilors for the Rossier School of Education at USC as well as the USC Alumni Board of Governors. In addition, she sits on the Department of Education Leadership Council for the University of California, Irvine and California State University, Fullerton. In Washington, DC, she is Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Cesar Chavez Charter Schools for Public Policy.
Luis Maes is a social impact professional that is passionate about working with diverse actors to design, implement, and scale innovative solutions to complex social and environmental challenges. Luis is currently the Director of Strategy for Nike’s Global Community Impact team where he leads strategic planning efforts for a sports-led portfolio that is driving game-changing impact across the globe. Before joining Nike, Luis had the privilege of leading social impact efforts at Walmart and the United States Agency for International Development. Luis holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from the University of Virginia, a Master’s of Education degree from Harvard University and a Master’s of Public Policy degree from Duke University. At the end of the day, it's all about maximizing human potential and driving game-changing impact in communities. Luis is a proud husband, father, son, brother, Wahoo and Blue Devil.
Jenny Miller is the Executive Director of the Steve Nash Foundation. Following a clerkship with the U.S. District Court in Alaska, she served as project attorney to the Alaska Judicial Council, evaluating therapeutic and restorative justice initiatives, and as staff attorney to First Star in Washington, D.C., developing public policy-based initiatives and best practices to address legal issues for children underserved by systems responsible for their care, before joining Steve’s efforts in 2005. Her past work on child welfare, legal rights for and representation of children in dependency informs her daily work at SNF, which also includes original program development for infants, children, youth and families. Jenny also represents SNF on the Board of Educare Arizona, part of the Educare Learning Network. Raised in Victoria, BC, and Brooklyn, NY, Jenny earned her B.A. at UC Berkeley, and her law degree at the American University Washington College of Law. She is a member of the NY and MA Bars, and currently lives in Anchorage, Alaska.
Melanie LeGrande is the Vice President of Social Responsibility for Major League Baseball. She develops and enhances the initiatives that support the league’s position in the community, collaborates with internal departments and key external stakeholders to integrate social and environmental considerations into core decision and planning, and provides oversight for MLB’s community investments, nonprofit/NGO partnerships, large-scale disaster relief and employee volunteer engagement. Prior to joining MLB, Melanie was the senior director of corporate responsibility at Silicon Valley Community Foundation, the largest in the country with close to $7 billion in assets under management. Before joining MLB and SVCF, she directed the community relations department and charitable foundation of the Baltimore Ravens (National Football League). In her dual role, she was the liaison between the team and the community, led employee and player engagement programs, a scholarship program and managed field renovations for the charitable foundation.
Mary Gallivan is the former Director of Student Success at Tech Talent South, a tech education company that empowers communities across the nation with the tech skills needed to do something big. Prior to TTS, she was the Vice President and Director, Centers for Giving for Foundation For The Carolinas, the sixth largest community foundation in the country, located in Charlotte, North Carolina. At FFTC, Mary was responsible for overseeing business development and relationship management. Prior to joining FFTC, Mary served as the founding Executive Director of the Jimmie Johnson Foundation for seven years. Mary has also served as the Director of Marketing and Development at KaBOOM! and the Director of Development for the Victory Junction Gang Camp.Mary holds a B.A. in psychology from Duke University and an MBA from Queens University. She is a Marshall Memorial Fellow and a graduate of Leadership Charlotte. In 2014, the Charlotte Business Journal named Mary to its annual 40 under 40 ranking of young business executives. Mary has served on the boards of the North Carolina Network of Grantmakers, SHARE Charlotte and the Women’s Impact Fund.
Kristine Burton has over 20 years of experience in sports philanthropy. Currently she serves as the Vice President of the Garden of Dreams Foundation, the charitable foundation of the Madison Square Company, which works with all areas of MSG and MSG Networks to make dreams come true for kids facing obstacles. She began her career with MSG in 2001, following seven years with Special Olympics New York as Director of Program. Burton is a graduate of SUNY Geneseo with a BA in Communications. She also completed the GWU Sports Philanthropy certificate program in 2014.
Rich Maiore brings more than 20 years’ experience in marketing and communications with a track record of developing and implementing impactful global CSR programs for Fortune 500 companies and leading nonprofit organizations. Rich is a founder of Rocket Social Impact, a leading national cause marketing agency. Prior to RSI, Rich served as Vice President at For Momentum, leading clients including NASCAR, Novartis, Finish Line and Habitat for Humanity International to develop and implement strategic philanthropy programs. Prior to joining For Momentum, Rich was a Senior Vice President of Social Impact at Cone Communications for ten years where he managed a variety of public relations and CSR accounts. Rich frequently speaks at industry events and in industry publications on trends within sports philanthropy and communication. He holds a Masters in Political Science from Boston College and a BA in Communications from American University.
Sue Petersen begins her 25th season with the San Francisco Giants, having served as Executive Director of the Giants Community Fund since 1995. Under Sue’s management, the Fund and its Junior Giants Program have been the recipients of national industry awards such as the Commissioner’s Award for Philanthropic Excellence and the ESPN Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year Award. She has been a featured panelist at conferences, including the Sports Philanthropy Project and Sports Business Journal, and was on the Selection Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Steve Patterson Award for Excellence in Sports Philanthropy. A Bay Area native and UC Berkeley graduate, she began her non-profit career with the San Francisco Education Fund.
Lisa Wiele is the Manager of Partnerships & Development at MLSE LaunchPad, a Sport For Development facility in Toronto focused on combining sport, education and research to address social issues. Prior to joining MLSE LaunchPad, Lisa spent 3 years working with MLSE Foundation organizing large scale fundraising events for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors and Toronto FC and 3 years working with a small Management Consulting firm. Lisa has a B.A. from the University of British Columbia, a Post Graduate Certificate in Fundraising Management from Humber College and an Executive Certificate in Sports Philanthropy from George Washington University.
Janice Simsohn Shaw is an adept, high-energy facilitator with 20 years of experience training foundation and social change leaders to be better partners, listeners, and givers. She is a passionate and vocal advocate for the power of communal learning and proudly serves her clients by helping them move their work forward in meaningful ways. In the philanthropic sphere, Janice has designed and facilitated leadership development programs for Next Gen philanthropists and executive directors. As a consultant, Janice is proud to work with a healthy mix of non-profit organizations and philanthropic entities including family foundations and giving collaboratives. Her writing has been published on a topics including capacity building, investing in non-profit leaders, program-related investments, facilitation, and multi-generational philanthropy. Earlier in her career, she served the environmental field and the Jewish community, working for a number of non-profit organizations, and was a journalist and fact-checker. Janice studied at Skidmore College and Oxford University, and has benefited greatly from training with the National Outdoor Leadership School, the Interaction Institute for Social Change, and the Social Transformation Project.
Cindy Goldberg has extensive experience in fundraising, board training and corporate event production. Currently Cindy leads a consulting firm focused on providing strategic advisement for clients - nonprofit organizations and philanthropic foundations - who have budgets up to $5 million. Smaller organizations compliment her skills, creativity, and expertise. Clients include Games for Change and E-school for Girls. Cindy has held senior development positions with national organizations including Got Your 6, Hadassah, and the Anti-Defamation League. She has also worked with the Beginning with Children Foundation, the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, and Hillels of Broward and Palm Beach. Cindy holds a bachelor’ s degree from the University of Florida where she was a member of Florida Blue Key. Cindy is a former board member of Whole World Theater and A More Perfect Union. Her professional passions focus on philanthropy and fashion. For over 10 years she has built a personal shopping business with clients around the globe.
Brian Lemek is an experienced organizational leader and nonprofit manager with expertise at the intersection of sport and social change, both in the United States and abroad. He currently serves as the Vice President of Development at Brady Campaign & Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Prior to this role, he served as the Director of Development for Global Partnerships at PeacePlayers International, where he created a new Junior Board and managed a unified global development team working across five different countries. Previously, he worked at CSS Fundraising, a leading strategic consulting firm, where, among other endeavors, he launched the development office of Saudi Arabia’s first co-educational university and led a $75 million capital campaign on behalf of Oxfam America. He serves on the Board of the Shawn Carter Foundation and freshbox, a social enterprise in South Africa, and as an advisor to Reach Sports Management and Waves for Change. Brian also teaches Sports, Sales and Sponsorship as an adjunct professor in Georgetown University’s Master’s in Sports Industry Management program. Brian earned his BA from Colgate University and his MBA from Babson College.
Wylie Chen is the former Vice President of Programs & Grants at the U.S. Soccer Foundation where he oversaw the Foundation’s program initiatives and grant-making efforts, including Soccer for Success, Passback, Urban Soccer Symposium, and the Safe Places to Play initiative. Wylie previously worked at the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), Advocacy Institute, directed a language program at Da Hua High School in Taiwan, and worked for U.S. Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon. He also served as the Chair of the D.C. Commission on Asian Pacific Islander Affairs, and co-founded and co-chaired the D.C. Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Caucus. He currently serves as a Board Member for Children’s Cause for Cancer Advocacy and is a faculty member at Georgetown University’s Sports Industry Management (SIM) Program. Wylie received a Bachelor of Science in Planning, Public Policy and Management, with minors in Women’s Studies and Business Administration, from the University of Oregon, and earned a Master of Education in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Michael Balaoing, Esq. is a 25-year veteran of global philanthropy, corporate responsibility, strategic communications and leadership development. As Senior Vice President at the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) for a decade, he has reached millions on issues of education, health, military families, and youth. Michael has advised Oscar, Emmy and Grammy Award winners like George Clooney, Tom Hanks, Charlize Theron, Katie Couric, and the Black Eyed Peas - global media corporations such as Disney, Sony, Time/Warner, Fox and News Corp - and best known brands, like Major League Baseball. Today, Michael is Founder and CEO of Candlelion LLC (a strategic communications firm). He designs and delivers leadership and communication programs and works one- on-one with philanthropists, CEOs, entrepreneurs, and executives in business, media, technology, health, and education. A public interest attorney with a J.D. from UCLA, Michael has taught students, staff and faculty around the world and across the U.S., from USC and UCSF to Northwestern and MIT.
Lisa Borges is CEO and Founder of Anchor Foundation Consulting, LLC, helping foundations fulfill their dreams and achieve long term sustainability. She recently served as Interim Executive Director for the Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care and also consults with other nonprofit foundations in the Boston area. Prior to Anchor Foundation Consulting, Lisa served as Executive Director of the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for over eighteen years where she was responsible for the overall leadership and strategic development of the organization. In her role, Lisa successfully raised over $25 million dollars to support individuals with autism, launched a social enterprise to employ adults with autism, managed multiple grant programs and led the Foundation through several strategic plans and a rebranding process. Lisa serves on the board of several nonprofits in a leadership capacity and has been a guest speaker or presenter for multiple conferences, workshops and college level courses. Lisa earned a JD from New England School of Law and a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Clark University. Lisa also founded the Celebrity & Athlete Foundation Forum in Boston to build a network and share best practices in this specialized charitable community.
H. Sujin Kim is a partner in the Estate Planning & Administration Group and the Charitable Organizations Group at the law firm Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz. She counsels high net worth individuals in estate, gift, and income tax planning and estate and trust administration. She has represented a range of prominent charitable organizations, including Peace is Loud and other charities founded by Abigail E. Disney; Neue Galerie New York, a museum devoted to early twentieth century German and Austrian art and design; and Comic Relief, the charity that partnered with NBC to host “Red Nose Day” in the U.S.. Sujin is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, and the New York City Bar Association, and has served as a member of the New York City Bar Association’s Non-Profit Organizations Committee. She is a graduate of Harvard University (BA,magna cum laude, 1993), and New York University School of Law (JD, 1998; LL.M., 2003). Ms. Kim is admitted to practice in New York and California.
Bethany Henderson is a cross-sector leader whose career has spanned the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. She currently serves as President of the America SCORES national network and Executive Director of DC SCORES, award-winning sports-for-youth development nonprofits. Under her leadership, DC SCORES has increased the number of children served by 50% (to nearly 3,000/year), while youth outcomes held steady or improved. Bethany has won multiple awards for social impact and nonprofit management, including being named a 2017 Washington Business Journal nonprofit ED of the year, selected for the 2017 REALITY Sports program, and securing a prestigious Echoing Green Fellowship for social entrepreneurs. As a White House Fellow, Bethany helped scope President Obama's public-private partnership My Brother's Keeper. Previously, Bethany was an intellectual property litigator at litigation powerhouse Quinn Emanuel and a member of the 5-person team that helped the City of New York government transition into the Internet era under then-Mayor Giuliani. Bethany has a JD from Harvard Law and both an MA and BA from the University of Pennsylvania. She is adjunct faculty at George Mason University and regularly speaks and publishes on youth development and social innovation.
Gina Scott’s expertise in sports marketing and sponsorships spans the professional sports, collegiate, public and corporate sectors. Scott currently serves as Vice President of Partner Services with NFL Players Incorporated, the marketing and licensing subsidiary of the NFL Players Association (NFLPA). As the head of partnership marketing, she oversees development for new and existing partners in the area of strategic partnership, business development, NFL club marketing activations, and consults on player activation and integration strategies for many leading brands. Her professional work experiences include stints with Louisiana State University Athletics, the National Basketball Association’s Atlanta Hawks, Delta Air Lines global marketing, and Team Services’ sports marketing and consulting divisions. Scott is a graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in Advertising and an advanced degree in Exercise and Sports Science, with a specialization in sports philanthropy. Scott is a member of the Women In Sport and Events (WISE) Executive Leadership class of 2016.