Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors oversees the our Charity Navigator's progress toward its mission, while ensuring the team has the necessary resources to continue to serve the nonprofit and donor communities.
Marie Wieck is a hands-on senior technology executive and board member with significant experience capitalizing on emerging technologies to create new markets. She is passionate about the power of diversity to accelerate innovation, and is an advocate for women in technology. Marie is an executive partner of Ethos Capital focused on accelerating company growth through digital transformation. She recently retired after 30+ years with IBM. Marie has led global teams across hardware, software, cloud and services business units with a key focus on emerging technologies. She pioneered new growth platforms including Java, WebSphere and MobileFirst. In her most recent role, Marie led IBM's entry into Blockchain and the development of the market leading enterprise IBM Blockchain Platform, tools and new supply solutions like TradeLens and Food Trust. Marie holds an M.B.A. from New York University, an M.S. in Computer Science from Columbia University and a B.S. in Engineering from The Cooper Union. She is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). Marie is on the boards of Daimler AG, Mercedes Benz, Charity Navigator, Columbia University Engineering Board of Visitors. Marie was named to the Women in Technology International (WITI) Hall of Fame for her passionate support of women in technology. Marie was recognized as a Women of Vision STEM Champion by NAFE for her diversity mentoring. She received the SWE Work/Life Balance Award for pioneering work/life flexibility programs, and The Cooper Union President's Citation for leadership in innovation.
Michael Cooney is a partner at the international law firm Nixon Peabody LLP and the head of its higher education and exempt organizations groups. He has spent more than three decades at the firm representing a range of colleges and universities, healthcare providers, foundations, cultural and religious Organizations. Mr. Cooney provides the nonprofit corporate and tax-exempt context in which these organizations can drive mission and margin. Mike is proud to have served as the first non-business officer board member of the Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers. Mike serves as a senior fellow to the Association of Governing Board of Colleges and Universities, and was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2021 in the fields of Nonprofit/Charities Law and Tax Law. Mike has been listed in Best Lawyerssince 2007, and was named Best Lawyers® 2017 and 2019 Non-Profit/Charities Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Washington, DC. Mike is a member and past speaker of the National Association of College and University Attorneys. He is a volunteer board member of the George Eastman Museum, Charity Navigator, and Mother Cabrini Health Foundation.
Ms. Black is a senior Managing Director at J.P. Morgan, focusing on providing wealth management solutions to ultra-high net worth individuals, families, endowments and foundations. Ms. Black joined JPMorgan Chase in 1985. After completing the Chase Credit Training Program, she joined the Real Estate Finance group where she specialized in construction lending, workouts, and managing owned real estate. In 1994, Ms. Black became a banker in the Financial Institutions Group of the Investment Bank and later became the group's Business Manager. In 2000, she was asked to lead the Investment Bank's Client Relationship Management Initiative. Ms. Black joined the Private Bank in 2004 as the Chief Operating Officer of the Business Leaders Group. Ms. Black graduated from Binghamton University and earned an M.B.A. in Finance from New York University. Ms. Black was ranked by Barron's as one of New York's top 100 Financial Advisors in February 2009.
Hope Lyons is a consultant providing philanthropic advising services and working with nonprofits, foundations, and businesses to center people and mission in their processes and evaluation work. Ms. Lyons brings twenty years of experience across the nonprofit sector, most recently at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund where she served as director of program management, overseeing the Fund's program operations and philanthropic stewardship grantmaking, with a particular focus on community philanthropy. Ms. Lyons holds a BA in economics and international studies from Johns Hopkins University, an MPA from New York University, and served with the Peace Corps in Romania. Ms. Lyons is on the board of Charity Navigator and the global advisory council for the Radical Flexibility Fund.
Dorothy Crenshaw has provided the inspiration and initiative behind a range of high-profile and award-winning campaigns for clients, including those in CE and digital technology, retail, consumer products, and health promotion. Before opening her namesake agency, Dorothy was President of Stanton Crenshaw Communications, which she helped build into a premier mid-sized New York PR agency over 13 years. Earlier she was Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Worldwide Consumer Marketing at the PR unit of Grey Advertising. Prior to Grey, she was with Edelman Worldwide. An industry influencer, Dorothy speaks frequently on brand-building, marketing to women, and brand reputation topics. She currently serves on the Board of Charity Navigator and was formerly a Board member of The New York Women in Communications Foundation and, prior to that, Cancer Care. Dorothy was named one of the industry's 100 Most Powerful Women by PR Week. Born in Atlanta, Georgia, she graduated from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. Along with her husband and young daughter, Dorothy is proud to be a resident of New York City.
Michael enjoys finding the beauty in a problem and addressing it in simple ways. When he and Greg Amrofell founded Intentional Futures in 2010, Michael built on his experience establishing an Internet venture in China, running a new practice at Siegel & Gale and solving product and marketing challenges at Microsoft. Michael is particularly devoted to music, wine, tennis, two nonprofit boards and, most of all, to his partner Denise and their magical little sons Nathaniel and Julian.
Esther Dyson(@edyson) is an executive founder of Wellville (@WaytoWellville), a 10-year project to nudge society towards long-term and equitable thinking by showing the social and financial value of investing in health for all. She advocates long-term thinking, including putting externalities into pricing, such as taxing sugar and subsidizing care work (nurses, child care workers, gym teachers, prison guards, etc.). A longtime tech analyst and investor, Esther is now exploring the etiology of addiction and the path to both individual and institutional behavior change. She has had a long-time interest in philanthropy and social change, and believe implementation beats innovation. The Wellville team of six coaches leaders in five US communities who are working to improve the physical, mental and financial health of their residents. One of the communities is Lake County, CA, just three hours north of Mountain View and adjacent to Napa and Sonoma Counties. The communities are all under 200,000 in population: Clatsop County, OR; Lake County, CA; Muskegon County, MI; North Hartford, CT; and Spartanburg, SC. Dyson is the Wellville lead for Muskegon, and is actively involved in overall policy and fundraising for the project. As noted, Wellville favors implementation over innovation: applying approaches known to work, at scale in small communities where scale is relatively easy to achieve in terms of both resources and political buy-in. Each community sets its own priorities and goals around issues such as early childhood experiences, obesity/diabetes, mental health, dental health, smoking, addiction, high care utilization and overall human capacity and health disparities; Wellville assists in finding partners and funders and in managing accountability. Over its 10-year life (through 2024), Wellville will measure its progress both year by year and at the end, using both specific program-based metrics and also overall population-health metrics. Its mission is not just to help five small communities get healthy, but to scale by inspiring other communities and funders to copy its example. Its motto is "Don't rent your health. Invest in it!"
Shannon McCracken leads The Nonprofit Alliance (TNPA), a membership association that launched in 2018 to promote, protect, and strengthen the nonprofit sector. Thanks to unprecedented support and momentum from the nonprofit community, TNPA has quickly stepped up to be the voice for nonprofits on key legislative issues. Prior to her role with TNPA, Shannon spent two years as Charity Navigator's Chief Development Officer, facilitating communication with nonprofit organizations and dramatically increasing resources to ensure successful implementation of a new strategic plan. She now serves on Charity Navigator's Board of Directors. Previously Shannon spent 17 years with Special Olympics International, most recently as Vice President of Donor Development, building and managing a collaborative individual fundraising program on behalf of the global HQ and North American chapters. Shannon served as the DMA Nonprofit Federation Advisory Council Chair and Chair of the Ethics Committee. She is a Certified Association Executive and holds a master's degree in Nonprofit and Association Management.
Rhoden Monrose began his career as a derivatives trader at Citigroup. While the work was rewarding he felt something missing. In 2011, he found a circle of like-minded individuals who found purpose in using their time, talent, and money to make an impact. In 2015, he founded CariClub, a unique online platform built for professionals who want to achieve more impact and excellence in their lives. In addition to serving on the governing board of Charity Navigator and Row New York's associate board, Rhoden is a member of the Board of Fellows at Trinity College and the Alumni Association Board at Middlesex School.
Beth is currently General Manager of Worldwide Technical Sales and Customer Success, IBM Technology. In this role, Beth is responsible for designing, optimizing and executing IBM's technical go-to-market strategy supporting IBM Cloud & Cognitive Software, IBM Public Cloud and IBM Systems. Beth is dedicated to developing technical eminence and driving exemplary customer engagement to deliver IBM's unique value in transforming mission critical workloads and supporting businesses in achieving their competitive advantage. More broadly across IBM, Beth contributes to technical and business strategy as a member of several senior leadership teams responsible for shaping key strategic initiatives across the corporation. Prior, Beth was General Manager of IBM Watson AI, where she led the global product business including strategy, engineering, and go-to-market. In that role, Beth was featured in news media and analysts reports discussing the relevance of Artificial Intelligence in today's world. Recent media segments include: Yahoo Finance, "Artificial intelligence will dominate 2020, according to IBM" and Bloomberg, "Ethics of AI". Beth's passion for technology took root in 1987 with her first role as a programmer in Cary, NC. Over the years, she has held several executive roles in IBM including General Manager of IBM's Information Management and Analytics Platform; VP of WebSphere; and VP of WebSphere Business Development where she led mergers and acquisitions. Beth is a member of the Board of Directors for Charity Navigator, the largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities in the U.S. Additionally, she is a member of the Product & Strategy Expert Group. Beth is Co-Chair for the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) Roundtable, where senior female executives discuss issues facing women leaders and share resources to empower women to achieve both career and personal success. Beth holds a B.S. in Computer Science from North Carolina State University. She was recently inducted into the NCSU Computer Science Alumni Hall of Fame and serves on the Strategic Advisory Board for the Computer Science Department.
Nageeb Sumar is an expert on philanthropy and global development diplomacy, with over 20 years of experience partnering with organizations and philanthropists to create global change. He currently serves as Head of Social Impact at Fidelity Investments, where he is leading a team to create a signature multi-year corporate philanthropic initiative. For four years, Nageeb served as Vice President of Philanthropic Strategies at Fidelity Charitable, partnering with the nation’s most generous donors in their efforts to catalyze social change in the US and abroad. Previously, Nageeb worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's D.C. office, where he oversaw an international team which engaged governments, foundations and philanthropists to improve the overall effectiveness of the charitable sector. From 2009 - 2015, Nageeb spearheaded the Gates Foundation's strategic partnerships with various G20 governments that provide international aid. He acted as the Gates Foundation's lead representative and spokesman in Canada and Australia across all global issue areas, oversaw its partnership with Japan and Korea, and strengthened its partnership with the US government around polio eradication and childhood vaccines. Nageeb began his career at Oxfam America, where he helped develop and train community savings groups. Through his international engagements, he has work experience in 17 countries and grantmaking experience in 9 countries.
For more than 30 years, Jerry Webman worked in financial services -- as a researcher, a financial advisor for state and local governments and a portfolio manager. Most recently he served as OppenheimerFunds' Chief Economist and was previously Director of Fixed Income Investments. Before moving to Wall Street, he was an assistant professor of politics and public affairs at Princeton University. Webman chairs the board of trustees of NJLEEP, a Newark NJ-based college access and success organization, serves as a trustee and investment committee member of the Community Service Society of New York, and chairs the Investment Committee of Charity Navigator. Webman is the author of Reviving the Industrial City and MoneyShift: How to Prosper from What You Can't Control, and has been frequently quoted discussing his views on the economy and markets in leading media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Bloomberg, and CNBC. Webman holds a B.A. in Political Science, with honors, from the University of Chicago, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University. Additionally, he is a CFA charter holder.
Dan Weiss has spent 40 years in the book publishing business in a variety of executive roles, including Publisher at Large at St Martin's Press, President, Barnes and Noble Educational Publishing and CEO, Daniel Weiss Associates. Weiss serves as a board member of Echoing Green and Third Street Music School and is an advisor and investor in several educational technology and social action early-stage companies.
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