Board of Directors

Leadership Center Board of Directors.


Managing Director, Social Innovation Initiative, Emerson Collective

Anne Marie manages the innovation initiative of the Emerson Collective, identifying new partners and new areas of focus for the portfolio. She curates a variety of resources to assist Emerson Collective partners, including coaching, mentorship and training opportunities, as well as creating opportunities for their partners to share community and build networks.

Before joining Emerson Collective, Anne Marie was the managing director of the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation where she made early-stage grants to high-growth, high-impact non-profits including Grassroots Soccer, The Mission Continues, One Acre Fund and VisionSpring. Anne Marie is on the advisory boards of the Global Social Venture Competition, and REDF, and is a judge for the National Philanthropy Day Awards, Social Venture Network Innovation Awards and Tech Museum Awards.

Earlier in her career, Anne Marie was the executive director of United Cerebral Palsy of the Golden Gate. She also was a Roberts Enterprise Development Fund (REDF) Farber Fellow at Community Gatepath, a non-profit that provides services to children and adults with developmental disabilities. Before entering the non-profit arena, Anne Marie was the vice president of Service at Digital Impact, a publicly-traded email marketing company, and an associate at Robertson Stephens, where she did investment banking with emerging market clients.

Anne Marie received her master of business administration and public management program certificate from Stanford University’s Graduate School. She also holds a bachelor of arts in English and a bachelor of science in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and its Wharton School, respectively.


Emma Bloomberg is the Chief of Staff at the Robin Hood Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to fighting poverty in the five boroughs of New York City. In this role, she oversees governance and communication, and supports the President and C.O.O. in the development and execution of strategic initiatives and projects including Robin Hood’s efforts in public policy and advocacy, Relief and the Veterans Initiative.


CEO, Winter Park Capital

Phil Handy is the Chief Executive Officer of Winter Park Capital. From 2001 to 2014, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of Strategic Industries, a portfolio of companies in diversified service and manufacturing businesses. Phil is a member of the Board of Overseers of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, an Advisor to the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Until January, 2007, he served for six years as Chairman of the Florida State Board of Education, a seven person board appointed by Governor Jeb Bush, which has constitutional responsibility for Florida’s public educational system (over 4 million students).


Independent Consultant

Eliza Leighton is the co-founder of Stand for Children. In 2001, after five years of leadership with Stand, Eliza left Stand to attend Yale Law School. Upon graduation, she went to work for a legal services organization for Latino immigrants in Prince George's County, Maryland. Eliza now serves as an independent consultant.


Founder/President, Nierenberg Investment Management Company

David Nierenberg is president of Nierenberg Investment Management Company, a Washington state-based investment firm which manages The D3 Fund, which consists of three partnerships with more than $300 million under management. He has been a full time, professional investor in public and private equity since 1985.

He is a former general partner of Trinity Ventures specializing in healthcare, financial services and turnarounds; senior vice president of General Electric Venture Capital Corporation; and, a partner in Bain & Company, a management consulting firm.

Nierenberg served on the board of Peace Health Southwest Washington Medical Center for 13 years where, as vice chair, he led the capital campaign for the non-profit hospital based in Vancouver, Washington. He also served six years on the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors.

He is co-chair of the Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership at Columbia University Law School and serves on the advisory board of Glass-Lewis, the international proxy advisor firm. In addition, Nierenberg serves on the following boards: the Southwest Washington Community Foundation; Kuni Automotive; Kuni Foundation; Electro Scientific Industries (NASDAQ-ESIO); Radisys (NASDAQ-RSYS), MBAC Fertilizer Corp (TSEMBC); and Holt Distressed. He chairs the investment committee for the Whitman College endowment and is the chair of the PSA Healthcare Board.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree, summa cum laude, from Yale College and a Law Degree from Yale Law School.


Partner, Lingo Ventures

Lisette Nieves is an experienced social entrepreneur and public sector leader. She is currently a Partner at Lingo Ventures, her private business, where she provides consulting services to the nonprofit and public sector on growth, talent recruitment/retention, and change management. Prior to Lingo Ventures, Lisette Nieves served for two years as the Belle Zeller Distinguished Visiting Professor in Public Policy at the City University of New York at Brooklyn College. While being a professor, she led the launch of a pilot workforce and community college partnership in Miami and Philadelphia. Ms. Nieves also served as the founding Executive Director of the workforce and education program - Year Up NY, where in the span of five years she grew the organization from a $250,000 seed grant to a $6 million operation with 40 staff serving over 250 young adults. Ms. Nieves government experience includes serving as the Chief of Staff at the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) for the City of New York and federally working at the Corporation for National Service launching and administering the AmeriCorps program. Board affiliations include: Fund for the City of New York, Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School Advisory Council, Stand for Children and a White House appointment as a commissioner on the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. Ms. Nieves holds a B.A. from Brooklyn College and a M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. She is both a Truman Scholar and a Rhodes Scholar.


Private Equity Investor

Don Washburn is a private equity investor who has held executive positions at Northwest Airlines, Inc.; the Marriott Corp.; Booz, Allen & Hamilton; and The Quaker Oats Company. In addition to his involvement in Stand for Children, Don is a member of the Board of Directors of several companies and non-profits, including the Portland Citizens' Commission on Homelessness, the Portland Citizens' Crime Commission, Northwestern University Law School, LaSalle Hotel Properties, Key Technology, Inc., and Amedisys, Inc.

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