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.
Mihai Patru, Co-Founder & Principal
Mihai is a Senior Policy Fellow at University of California Riverside, School of Public Policy. 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 GuaTela and is currently involved in its development and management. He blogs for Huffington Post and various Romanian foreign affairs publications.
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
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.