STRATEGIC ADVISORY BOARD
Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy, PepsiCo
Tekla Back heads up PepsiCo Corporate Strategy. She is responsible for PepsiCo’s global portfolio strategy, transformational growth strategies and for developing future leaders. Previously she led Marketing for PepsiCo’s Enhanced Hydration business and prior to PepsiCo, Tekla spent a decade with McKinsey & Company. She is a passionate advocate for women’s advancement and human rights. She developed the original strategy for Restore, with an emphasis on establishing the safehouse model. Tekla has a doctorate in Physics from Oxford University and is originally from Finland.
Co-Founder & Chief Operations Officer, Rising Tide Capital
Alex Forrester is Co-Founder and Chief Operations Officer of Rising Tide Capital, a non-profit organization that provides high-quality business education and consulting to low and moderate-income entrepreneurs in Northern NJ. Alex graduated cum laude from Harvard University in 2004 with an accelerated Bachelor of Arts in Postmodern Philosophy and Theology. Driven by an interest in social justice, entrepreneurship, and micro-finance, Alex co-founded Rising Tide Capital in May 2004 with his fellow Harvard classmate, Alfa Demmellash. Rising Tide Capital has since achieved national recognition for its approach to economic empowerment of low-income individuals and communities through entrepreneurship. In 2009, Rising Tide Capital was selected as a CNN Hero and recognized by President Barack Obama in a White House speech on innovative non-profit organizations.
Founder & Executive Director, Freedom House
Jaida Im is the Founder and Executive Director of Freedom House. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, the non-profit organization brings hope, restoration, and a new life to survivors of human trafficking. In August 2010, Freedom House opened The Monarch, the first residential shelter and long-term aftercare program of its kind in Northern California for adult female survivors. The Nest, its group home for girls ages 12 to 17, opened in 2014.
Jaida’s contributions to the abolitionist movement have been recognized by the California State Assembly, the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women, and the National Women’s History Project, which honored her in Washington D.C. as one of its “2014 Women of Courage, Character and Commitment.” Jaida brings to her role more than 20 years of experience as a healthcare professional in managed care organizations and holds a Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Southern California.
Managing Director, Hilco Global
Doug is a seasoned financial professional with over 25 years experience. Through his tenure at JPMorgan, AlixPartners and his own firm Jupiter Advisory he has experience in management and finance roles as well as advisory, due diligence, operations, investigation and audit roles. Doug also has significant management experience having served has chief operating officer responsible for integrating three legacy businesses while at JPMorgan. Currently Doug is building and managing a due diligence business serving lenders and private equity firms for Hilco Global, a privately held diversified financial services firm.
Doug was a volunteer and board member for the Charles B Wang Community Health Center for almost 10 years. Doug was born and raised in the Lower East Side, earned a BS in Business Administration & Accounting from Syracuse University and is a CPA.
Director, Polaris Project New Jersey
Kate Keisel currently serves as Director of Polaris Project New Jersey and as a member of their Senior Management Team. In her current role, she is responsible for assisting in the oversight of Client Services programmatic work, direct supervision of the New Jersey staff, and provision of case management services for survivors of human trafficking. Ms. Keisel works to continue expanding comprehensive programs that foster a holistic empowerment centered environment for survivors. She has also conducted trainings for diverse audiences including the United Nations 56th Annual Commission on the Status of Women, the National Association of Attorneys General, and the Probation Association of New Jersey.
Prior to joining Polaris Project in fall 2009, Ms. Keisel worked with a women’s rights organization in central Mexico where she helped to provide comprehensive assistance to survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. In addition, she has worked and studied throughout Latin America, including Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador.
Vice President of Corporate Security, Bristol-Myers Squibb
Amy Lyons is the Vice President of Corporate Security for Bristol-Myers Squibb, a biopharmaceutical company. In this role, she leads Bristol-Myers Squibb’s security function which is responsible for the company’s strategies and operations to protect people, products, and operations throughout the world. Previously, she served in the FBI for 25 years where she was responsible for leading transnational investigations as well as the FBI’s internal oversight functions. Amy currently serves on the WIFLE, Inc. (Women in Federal Law Enforcement) Board of Directors. Amy has a keen interest in social justice and equality for all people. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of South Carolina and a Masters in Psychology from Ball State University.
Rebecca J. Macy, ACSW, LCSW, PhD
L. Richardson Preyer Distinguished Chair for Strengthening Families, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work
Dr. Macy joined the faculty in 2002, after receiving her doctoral degree from the University of Washington in Seattle. In 1993, she received her MSW from Tulane University in New Orleans. She has taught courses in social work practice, family violence, mental health, and statistics. She has professional social work practice experience in community mental health services where she worked with violence survivors. Her research is concerned with multiple forms of violence, including child maltreatment, human trafficking, intimate partner violence and sexual assault. Her research activities focus on the consequences of victimization, repeated victimizations across the life span, and the development of community-based preventions and interventions to promote violence survivors’ resilience and well-being. She has published over fifty peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and invited commentaries on these topics. She received the 2013 Office of the Provost Award for Engaged Research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the 2010 Award for Community Service from the Orange County, North Carolina Rape Crisis Center.
President & CEO, Allies Against Slavery
John Nehme is the President and CEO of Allies Against Slavery, a nonprofit organization on a mission to develop community-based networks that build slave-free cities. He is also the Producer of a forthcoming feature-length documentary from Trade In Hope about American children being sold for sex in the ‘Land of the Free’ and what communities can do to stop it. John has a degree in Human and Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University where he studied as an Ingram Scholar and he earned his MA in Political Economy from the University of Sydney, Australia, as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. He has seven years of cross-sector community development experience as an advocate for the oppressed and marginalized including time at the Centre For Social Justice think tank in London and the international nonprofit, Blood:Water Mission. John and his wife Rachel are the proud parents of Meira Grace and have called Austin home since 2011.
VP of Marketing, Sticker Mule
Tyler Vawser is VP of Marketing at Sticker Mule, an ecommerce company in New York that prints custom promotional items for startups and businesses like PayPal, Google, Netflix, Facebook and Github. He is responsible for Sticker Mule’s growth, advertising, and content. Tyler is experienced in non-profit higher education, publishing, and email marketing. Tyler has a keen interest in the intersection of technology and organizational management and structure. Tyler has served as a volunteer leader and leader-coach at Redeemer Presbyterian in NYC in recent years. Tyler and his wife Alyssa are the proud parents Nora and Mia.