Sarah Crawford has more than 15 years of experience in marketing and community outreach, and a decade of experience in fundraising, having raised over $11 million on behalf of community constituent services, marketing, and political candidates. She has worked with nonprofits across North Carolina in the areas of poverty alleviation, policy development, health and human services, animal welfare and higher education. Sarah currently serves as Southern Regional Director of Single Stop, overseeing our partnerships with community colleges and nonprofit organizations. Previously, she was Director of Development and Public Relations for the Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities, and also worked in development at Duke University and Health Systems. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from North Carolina State University. She and her husband Dan are the parents of two young daughters.
A creative and passionate leader, Allison is committed to the economic wellbeing of communities and people. Allison has over 15 years of experience working within government and non-profit organizations in the areas of economic and community development. Across her experience she has been involved in all facets of organizations and initiatives involved in this area of work, including leadership positions in business and program development and operations. From Canada, Allison worked for the Government of Alberta in the area industry development and was instrumental in creating GO Productivity, a national non-profit focused on improving the competitiveness of small and medium sized businesses. Allison has been with Single Stop for four years and has been a key member of the leadership team driving sustainable growth and innovation across the organization. Allison holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Calgary and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Alberta.
Single Stop’s Board of Directors share a commitment to Single Stop’s mission and bring knowledge and expertise in both the non-profit and private sector.
Angela Diaz, M.D., M.P.H., is the Jean C. and James W. Crystal Professor of Pediatrics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and the Director of the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center. Dr. Diaz earned her medical degree from Columbia University in 1981 and completed her post-doctoral training at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 1985. She has a history of involvement in mental and primary health services, particular to trauma-affected adolescents. Dr. Diaz is also the Director of Health Services for the Children’s Aid Society in New York City, working on international health projects in Asia, Central and South America, Europe, Africa, and health advocacy and policy in the U.S. A former White House Fellow, Dr. Diaz was named one of the best doctors in New York by New York magazine and received the American Academy of Pediatrics Founders of Adolescent Health Award in 2001. She also recently received the Alexander Richman Commemorative Award for Ethics and Humanism in Medicine from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
Allen Grossman was appointed a Harvard Business School Professor of Management Practice in July 2000. He joined the Business School faculty in July 1998, with a concurrent appointment as a Visiting Scholar at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Outward Bound USA for 6 years before stepping down in 1997 to work on the challenges of creating high-performing nonprofit organizations. His current research focuses on business engagement in public education, leadership and management of public school districts, and leading and governing high-performing nonprofit organizations. Allen has authored or co-authored numerous cases, articles and three books including Managing School Districts for High Performance; High Performance Nonprofit Organizations: Managing Upstream for Greater Impact; and the Harvard Business Review article, Virtuous Capital: What Foundations Can Learn from Venture Capitalists. Before joining the nonprofit sector, he served as a Regional Chief Executive of Albert Fisher PLC and Chairman of the Board of GPC, a national distributor of packaging products.
Dr. Jennifer Scott is Managing Director for Ogilvy Public Relations. She heads a team of the agency’s most senior communicators who work with clients to elevate strategic excellence, creativity, and campaign effectiveness. Over the past twenty years, Dr. Scott has worked with organizations, corporations, and governments to enhance and manage reputation, launch and strengthen brands, implement public policy initiatives, and inspire behavior change. She has a specialist background in audience segmentation, trend analysis, and campaign evaluation. Prior to leading the Strategy+Planning group, she was Managing Director of Insights & Research at Ogilvy PR. Before joining the agency, she was President of StrategyOne, Edelman’s specialist research company. Dr. Scott has also served as Director of Applied Research & Consulting in New York, and as Senior Vice President at Shepardson Stern + Kaminsky. A board member of SeaWeb, an environmental organization dedicated to creating public awareness and action around ocean degradation, Dr. Scott also works with various groups to empower and support U.S. veterans. She received her B.A. (Honors) in Politics and Psychology from the University of KwaZulu/Natal in South Africa, and has a doctorate in Politics from Oxford University, England.
Daniel Simkowitz is a Managing Director in Global Capital Markets at Morgan Stanley, the Chair of the firm’s Capital Commitment Committee, and leads Morgan Stanley’s strategic financing effort. His transaction experience includes four of the largest IPOs in history: Lucent Technologies ($3.0 BN), Conoco ($4.4 BN), Agere Systems ($4.1 BN), and Accenture ($1.9 BN). Mr. Simkowitz has managed spin-off and subsidiary IPOs for AT&T, Lucent, Dupont, General Motors, First Data, McDonalds, Procter & Gamble, and other major corporations. In addition, he has executed several of the largest convertible financings in U.S. history for Amgen, Tyco, Ford, Medtronic, and Wells Fargo. After spending three years managing Morgan Stanley’s equity activities in Japan and Southeast Asia, Mr. Simkowitz returned to New York in 1995 as a senior member of the equity syndicate desk and went on to manage the firm’s equity origination efforts for industrial and technology issuers. Mr. Simkowitz is a graduate of Harvard University and holds an M.B.A from Columbia University.
Herbert Sturz, (Co-Founder), is the founding chairman of The After-School Corporation and serves as a trustee of the Open Society Institute. He represents the Open Society on the board of National Urban Reconstruction and Housing Agency (NURCHA), a non-governmental organization that has facilitated construction of over 200,000 low-income houses throughout South Africa. He was also the founding director of the Vera Institute of Justice; New York Deputy Mayor for Criminal Justice; Chairman of the New York City Planning Commission, and editorial board member of The New York Times. Mr. Sturz received a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin and an M.A. from Columbia University. He was a finalist for the Purpose Prize, which celebrates individuals over the age of 60 who make significant contributions to society through social entrepreneurship efforts. His honors include the Rockefeller Public Service Award, the Roscoe Pound Award, and the August Vollmer Award.
Michael M. Weinstein, (Co-Founder), is Director of Programs for the Robin Hood Foundation. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from MIT and was chairman of the economics department at Haverford College. Mr. Weinstein provided economics analysis and commentaries for National Public Radio, served on The New York Times’ editorial board, and was the paper’s economics columnist in the 1990s. In 2001, he became Director of the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, also holding the Paul A. Volcker Chair at the council. Mr. Weinstein directs the Institute for Journalists at The New York Times Company Foundation and is President and Founder of W.A.D. Financial Counseling, a nonprofit foundation that provides poor families with free financial counseling. He is the editor of Globalization: What’s New, co-author of The Democracy Advantage: How Democracies Promote Prosperity and Peace, author of Recovery and Redistribution Under the N.I.R.A., and has written extensively about welfare, inequality, poverty, health care, energy, social security, tax, budget, trade, environment, regulation, antitrust, telecommunications, education, banking, and many other public policy issues.
Stephen Toups is Corporate Vice President of Turner Industries Group, a national industrial contractor, and has been with the company for 13 years serving in many capacities. Toups currently serves on the national board of directors for the Associated Builders and Contractors, as a trustee for the Louisiana Construction Education Foundation, as treasurer for the LCTCS Foundation, on the board of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber of Commerce and appointed to the board of supervisors on the LA Community & Technical College System. He has served as chairman of the Baton Rouge Area Workforce Investment Board, and as a chairman of the Louisiana Private Employer Council. Toups is a graduate of Louisiana State University where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance and his MBA. He currently serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the LSU Business School.
J. Noah Brown was named the fourth President and Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) by the association’s board of directors on October 1, 2005. An experienced association executive specializing in public policy, legislative advocacy, and strategic planning, Mr. Brown is a nationally recognized authority on community college governance, a contributor to national publications, and a speaker on a broad range of topics to large audiences. His experience spans more than twenty-nine years in the nation’s capital working in the nonprofit sector. He provides national leadership on behalf of more than 6,000 elected and appointed officials governing 1,200 community colleges throughout the United States. Much of his work has focused on strengthening the strategic connections between community college boards and the national and state organizations so important to supporting the mission of community colleges.
Mr. Brown serves as an ex officio member of the board for Community Colleges for International Development, Inc., and is a member of the board of directors for the Council for Resource Development (CRD). He also serves on the board for the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) and the board of directors for the Association Mutual Health Insurance Company (AMHIC), where he serves as Secretary on the Executive Committee. Mr. Brown represents ACCT on the Washington Higher Education Secretariat, and the Committee for Education Funding. He is an appointed member of the steering committee for the United States – Denmark Partnership for Vocational Education, U.S. Department of Education. He serves on the executive advisory council for Sungard Higher Education, and previously served a three-year term (through 2010) as Commissioner on the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, U.S. Department of State.
Geoffrey Canada is the author of Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence in America and was the recipient of the Heinz Award in 1994 for his work as President and CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) in New York City. He has served in that position since 1990. In June 2004, The New York Times Magazine called the agency’s Zone Project “one of the most ambitious social experiments of our time.” Mr. Canada’s work at HCZ has become a national model. He is regarded as an expert on violence, children, and community redevelopment. Mr. Canada grew up in the South Bronx and is dedicated to helping children of similar backgrounds secure educational and economic opportunities. Mr. Canada holds a B.A. from Bowdoin College and a M.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Peter Edelman is a Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center where he teaches constitutional and poverty law. During President Clinton’s first term, he served as Counselor to Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala and then as Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. Professor Edelman has been Associate Dean of the Law Center; Director of the New York State Division for Youth; and Vice President of the University of Massachusetts. He was a Legislative Assistant to Senator Robert F. Kennedy and Issues Director for Senator Edward Kennedy’s 1980 presidential campaign. Prior to working for RFK, he clerked for Supreme Court Justice Arthur J. Goldberg and before that for Judge Henry J. Friendly on the U.S. Court of Appeals. He also served as Special Assistant to U.S. Assistant Attorney General John Douglas, and was a partner in the law firm of Foley & Lardner.
Mr. Edelman’s book, Searching for America’s Heart: RFK and the Renewal of Hope, is available in paperback from the Georgetown University Press. His article in the Atlantic Monthly, entitled “The Worst Thing Bill Clinton Has Done,” received the Harry Chapin Media Award. With Harry Holzer and the late Paul Offner, he co-authored Reconnecting Disconnected Young Men, published by Urban Institute Press. He is currently Chair of the District of Columbia Access to Justice Commission and recently co-chaired a blue-ribbon Task Force on Poverty for the Center for American Progress. He is board chair for the Public Welfare Foundation and the National Center for Youth Law. Mr. Edelman has received numerous honors and awards for his work, including the William J. Brennan, Jr. Award from the D.C. Bar in 2005. He grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School.
Benjamin Jealous is an American political and civic leader and the former president and chief executive officer of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He is currently a partner at Kapor Capital. Ben has been a leader of successful state and local movements to ban the death penalty, outlaw racial profiling, defend voting rights, secure marriage equality, and free multiple wrongfully incarcerated people. Under his leadership, the NAACP grew to be the largest civil rights organization online and on mobile, experienced its first multi-year membership growth in 20 years, and became the largest community-based nonpartisan voter registration operation in the country.
Prior to leading the NAACP, he spent 15 years serving as a journalist and community organizer. Jealous currently serves on the Board of Directors of the tech firm Pigeonly, which helps incarcerated men and women stay in contact with their families and society through low-cost cutting-edge voice and image sharing technology. He is an advisor to both WorkAmerica — a social impact startup that helps unemployed Americans embark on well-paying technical careers — and PayNearMe — a startup that helps people who do not have credit cards access to online economy. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Level Playing Field Institute, Rosenberg Foundation, and Southern Elections Fund.
Elisabeth Mason is co-founder and former CEO of Single Stop. An expert on venture philanthropy, children’s rights, start-up organizations, and poverty-fighting programs, she currently serves as senior advisor to the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality. Under her leadership, Single Stop has grown rapidly to serve 1 million families, drawing down $3 billion in impact in its first 7 years, and has won numerous awards, including 2 White House Social Innovation Fund grants.
At Atlantic Philanthropies, she helped develop a $1 billion, 10-year spend-down plan to help disadvantaged children. She was also a managing director at the Robin Hood Foundation, Senior Advisor at Innovative Philanthropy, and practiced law at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton.
In her early career, Elisabeth was the founder and executive director of Fundación Kukula, an agency serving street and working youth and their families. During her tenure with Fundación Kukula, she was one of the founding members of the Central American branch of the Latin American Street Kids Movement. Elisabeth has also served as an advisor to the United Nations and to local and international agencies on various human and children’s rights, legislative reform, juvenile justice, and community and youth development programs throughout the Latin American region. Additionally, she has participated in projects in India and Africa and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica, where she lived for six years.
Elisabeth holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Harvard and a Law Degree from Columbia.
Selected as the President of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System in January 2007, Dr. Joe May has worked tirelessly to improve the quality of life in every community in Louisiana. During his time in this role, Dr. May has revitalized workforce and career and technical education while expanding opportunities for students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree by starting at a community college. He has taken a hands-on approach to improving the role of community colleges in growing the state’s workforce and economy. He has put Louisiana in the spotlight nationally and internationally as a result of his relentless advocacy for the role of community colleges in solving today’s most challenging societal issues.
His passion for the role that higher education plays in American society and the economy grows out of his personal and professional experience. As the first in his family to attend college, he realized the profound impact that higher education had not only on his life, but on all of society. It is this background that inspired him to help start and become the founding president of Rebuilding America’s Middle Class (RAMC), a national consortium of community colleges that is dedicated to ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to pursue the American Dream. In 2012, in his role as the president of RAMC, he was invited to testify before Congress to share his views on improving operational efficiency while controlling the cost of attending college.
Dr. Joe May now serves as Chancellor of the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD).
Eduardo J. Padrón serves as President of Miami Dade College where he is also a trustee. Dr. Padrón has served as the Chair of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, and is currently the Chair of the Federal Reserve Board of Atlanta (Miami Branch). Dr. Padrón serves on many boards, including the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching; the American Council on Education; the American Association of Colleges and Universities; the League for Innovation; and the Collins Center for Public Policy. In addition, he has served on the governing board of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities; the board of directors of the U.S. Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute; as the Chair of the Florida Council of Presidents; and on advisory councils for former Secretaries of State Cyrus Vance and Ed Muskie, and Secretary of Education Shirley Hufstedler.
Dr. Padrón is nationally respected for his advocacy of underserved populations in higher education; innovative teaching and learning strategies; and focus on support for student success. During his career, Dr. Padrón has been selected to serve on posts of national prominence to six American presidents. The recipient of numerous national and international awards, he is a prolific writer with several articles and publications to his credit, and is a regular columnist for national and Florida publications. Dr. Padrón has received the highest orders of distinction from the governments of Spain, France, Mexico, and Argentina for his outstanding leadership and record of commitment to educational opportunity and cultural enrichment. He holds a doctorate in economics from the University of Florida and is an alumnus of Miami Dade College.
Norman Pearlstine joined Bloomberg L.P. in June 2008 as Chief Content Officer. In this role, he is charged with seeking growth opportunities for Bloomberg’s television, radio, magazine and online products, and to make the most of the company’s existing news operations. Prior to joining Bloomberg, Mr. Pearlstine was a senior advisor to The Carlyle Group’s telecommunications and media group in New York. Before joining the private equity firm, he spent nearly four decades working as a reporter and editor. He was Editor-in-Chief of Time Inc. from 1995 through 2005 before becoming a senior advisor to Time Warner Inc. in January 2006. Mr. Pearlstine also worked for The Wall Street Journal for twenty-three years before joining Time Inc., including nine years in which he was responsible for the Journal’s news department as Managing Editor and then Executive Editor. He is the author of OFF THE RECORD: The Press, the Government, and the War over Anonymous Sources, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in June 2007.
In October 2013, Pearlstine returned to Time Inc. as chief content officer, a position similar to the one he pioneered at Bloomberg L.P.
Perri Peltz is a distinguished television news journalist and public health advocate. Most recently she served as an anchor and reporter for WNBC-TV where she focused on issues relating to poverty and health. Ms. Peltz has previously worked at the Robin Hood Foundation, served as a co-anchor for “Today in New York,” was a contributor for NBC’s “Dateline,” and a reporter and anchor for the award-winning show, “CNN.com”. She also produced the feature film, The Knights of the South Bronx, and has won numerous awards for a piece on the misdiagnosis of melanoma. She was recently honored by the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center for her contributions to public health advocacy. Ms. Peltz is currently on the board of the Irvington Institute for Medical Research. She holds a master’s degree in Public Health from Columbia University.
Robert W. Pittman is a founding member of Pilot Group, LLC. Mr. Pittman was formerly Chief Operating Officer of AOL Time Warner. Mr. Pittman has played a key role in two major industry revolutions. Until 2001, he served as President and COO of America Online, which emerged as a mass-market consumer medium during his tenure. In 1981, Mr. Pittman, co-founder of MTV, led the team that created the MTV cable network. He later became CEO of MTV Networks where he oversaw the growth of MTV, the re-launch of Nickelodeon, the launch of Nick at Nite, VH1, and the expansion of the company into international markets. MTV Networks became the first profitable cable networks’ group during his tenure. Mr. Pittman began his career at age 15 as a radio announcer in his native Mississippi and later successfully programmed radio stations in Pittsburgh, Chicago, and NBC Radio’s flagship station, WNBC in New York City. Mr. Pittman currently serves on the boards of New York City Ballet, The Public Theater, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, NYU Medical School Foundation, Alliance for Lupus Research, Trinity School and the Robin Hood Foundation, where he is currently chairman. Despite trying for three years, Pittman never earned a college degree.
Matthew Ryan is global chief strategy officer for Starbucks. In this role, he has responsibility for Starbucks long-term strategic planning process; improving the monetization of Starbucks retail, channel and emerging brands; and strengthening the company’s fast-growing customer relationship management and loyalty capabilities. Matt also serves on the company’s Global Brand Leadership Team responsible for integrating the company’s regional brand and marketing initiatives.
Prior to joining Starbucks in May 2013, Matt was senior vice president of global brand, franchise and customer relationship management for The Walt Disney Company. In this role, Matt led the stewardship and development of Disney’s global brand equity across the company. He provided consumer input into the company’s long-term strategic planning, oversaw the development and cultivation of character franchises, and led development of cross-divisional customer relationship management programs, including the Disney Rewards Visa card. Prior to joining Disney in 1998, Matt held senior strategic planning roles with several national and international advertising agencies.
Matt graduated from Harvard University with a bachelor’s degree in history and literature.
Ian Shrank has volunteered for Single Stop as Senior Legal Advisor for three years. He is also the Senior Vice President and General Counsel of MCIC Vermont, Inc., a medical malpractice risk retention group. He serves on the Board of The Pingry School, a private school in New Jersey (where he chairs the Audit Committee, is the Secretary and is on the Executive Committee) and of Hebrew Free Loan Society, a microcredit organization (where he chairs the Investment Committee and is on the Executive Committee). Previously, Ian was a partner at the international law firms of Allen & Overy (where he was co-Managing Partner of the New York Office and head of the Banking Group) and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. Ian is the lead Editor of a three-volume treatise titled “Equipment Leasing – Leveraged Leasing” and has published a dozen articles, and spoken at numerous conferences, on the topics of finance and insurance. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.
John Sykes is the President & CEO of Playlist.com, a website that allows users to search for music and create custom online playlists that can be shared with friends. Mr. Sykes was co-founder of MTV, former president of VH1, and former president of CBS Radio (formerly Infinity Broadcasting), one of the largest radio broadcasting companies in the U.S. Mr. Sykes served as a board member at Playlist prior to taking the helm of the company. He is also a board member of Shazam Inc., Robin Hood Foundation, and CBS Radio.
Professor Wilkins is the Vice Dean for Global Initiatives on the Legal Profession, the Lester Kissel Professor of Law, and the faculty director of the Program on the Legal Profession at Harvard Law School. He is also a senior research fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a faculty associate of the Harvard University Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics. Professor Wilkins has written extensively on the legal profession in leading scholarly journals and the popular press and is the co-author (along with his Harvard Law School colleague Andrew Kaufman) of one of the leading casebooks in the field. His current scholarly projects on the profession include After the JD, a ten-year nationwide longitudinal study of lawyers’ careers, the Harvard Law School Career Study, a quantitative and qualitative examination of how corporations purchase legal services, an empirical project on the development of “ethical infrastructure” in large law firms based on a series of focus groups with leading practitioners and regulators, an examination of the practice of “offshoring” legal work to India, and over 200 in-depth interviews in connection with a forthcoming Oxford University Press book on the development of the black corporate bar.
Before serving as Managing Director at Devon Hill Dr. Joseph Zebrowitz, M.D served as the Executive Vice President and Senior Medical Director of Executive Health Resources, now part of Optum. Prior to joining EHR, Dr. Zebrowitz founded Concuity Inc. (formerly eHealthContracts), now part of the Advisory Board Company in 2000 and served as its Vice President of Strategic Alliances. Dr. Zebrowitz received his M.D from Temple University School of Medicine and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. He attended the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania where he is now on extended leave.