Stephen Bennett, Co-Founder & Principal
Stephen is a leader in NGO management, human and health services, technology and philanthropy. His current focus includes areas of health care access, international conservation, disabilities and human rights. Stephen was CEO of United Cerebral Palsy from 2003 to 2016. Previously he had served as the President of Pallotta Teamworks (charity event production organization), Founder and Chair of TransDecisions (Software firm), Founding Partner, Sokolov, Schwab and Bennett (Healthcare Consulting group), and CEO of AIDS Project LA. He was a VISTA/PeaceCorp volunteer in the 1970’s.
Currently, he serves on the Boards of The California Endowment and the ARCUS Foundation. He has served on numerous boards and commissions. Stephen did his undergraduate work at Pepperdine University and University of Heidelberg. His graduate work was at the UCLA Anderson School of Business, MBA.
Emily Dabish, Board Member
Emily serves as the Director of Strategic Partnerships at Rocket Fiber, a Detroit-based technology and internet company. Her work involves partnerships considering solutions that integrate product development, public policy, and the future of connectivity.
Dabish began her career with the Detroit City Council President, where her work spanned the bulk of the bankruptcy proceedings. There, she focused her efforts on planning and real estate development. Dabish then went to work on immigration policy for the Michigan Governor. She maintains an interest in the human aspect of immigration as well as the connection between immigration reform and economic growth. Dabish has been involved in a variety of non-profit boards including the Detroit Athletic Club, International Visitors Council, and Urban Land Institute. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Michigan and a Master of Arts in Public Management from Johns Hopkins University.
Mihai Patru, Co-Founder & Executive Director
Mihai is a Senior Policy Fellow at University of California, Riverside, School of Public Policy where he designed and is currently coordinating the Social Entrepreneurship, Engagement and Development Lab (SEED Lab). He started his professional career as a diplomat with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania, where he held various positions, including advisor to the Foreign Minister and the State Secretary for Global Affairs. He served as Senior Fellow at the SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC, and was the recipient of the U.S. State Department Transatlantic Diplomatic Fellow (2013/2014 cohort). In 2017, he co-founded Mozaique, a social business supporting artisans around the world, and is currently involved in its development and management.
He graduated from the University of Bucharest with a BA in Arabic Language and Literature and completed his graduate work at Central European University in Budapest (MA’10) and at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies in Washington DC (MIPP’17).
Rhett Wilson, Co-Founder & Board Member
Rhett serves as the vice president for development at the White House Historical Association, the privately funded, non profit partner to the White House. In his current role, he is charged with leading fundraising efforts that impact White House preservation, acquisitions, and education programs such as the White House History Teacher Institute. Previously, Rhett served as the chief development officer for several business schools and held associate and assistant dean appointments at Johns Hopkins University and George Mason University, respectively.
Rhett holds a bachelors degree in justice studies from Arizona State University. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership and previously served on the advisory board for Alaris, a signature verification technology firm launched in partnership with Rolls Royce, Inc. He is a former member of the Town Council in Kearny, a rural copper mining community in southern Arizona.