Class of 2015: Values-Based Banking
Jeffrey Bos is the Director, People Innovation & Impact at Vancity Credit Union. He and his team are charged with understanding what is needed for Vancity’s people and leaders to activate our values-based business model at scale, and to design innovative programs to meet those needs. Other roles at Vancity have included: a leading a large IT program and as a director of risk and compliance. Jeff has been a Global Alliance for Banking on Values Values Ambassador since 2012. Over the past two years he has co-designed and facilitated the Values Ambassador program, and leads the Values Ambassador network activities between meetings. Before joining Vancity in 2010, Jeff was a founding partner of a sustainable ski manufacturing company in Vancouver, and has over 10 years experience in the financial services sector. He holds an MBA in Sustainable Business from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute (Seattle, USA), and an honours degree in Biology and Economics from Queen’s University (Kingston, CAN). Jeff’s current area of interest is the intersection between values-based leadership, disruptive innovation and heart-centered wisdom traditions.
Dr. Marcos Eguiguren is cofounder of SingularNet, www.singularnet.biz, a mid-sized professional services firm whose main goal is to help organizations to incorporate sustainability in their DNA and in their day-to-day business. Marcos is currently professor of Business Administration at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. He is also the only Spanish member of the Supervisory Board of Triodos Bank NV and holds other supervisory board positions in companies in industries such as leisure and publishing. Marcos has recently been appointed as the first Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values (www.gabv.org), the world’s most important association of value based banks, based in The Netherlands. He will take charge of this new position on June 1st 2015.
Bachelor in Economics, Universitat de Barcelona, he also holds postgraduate degrees in Business Administration, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and IT and Business Management, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. In 2000, Marcos got his PhD in Business Administration, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya with a Thesis on the profitability of intangible investments, specially focused in Training and HR investment in large corporations.
He is married and has three children and a granddaughter. He loves practicing all kinds of sports, especially BTT, basketball and skiing and he also loves playing saxophone and writing novels and short tales. His next novel, already finished, “2036” will be published in 2015.
After passing her German-French High School degree, Benjamine graduated from EDHEC, a Lille (France)-based Business School, where she obtained a Master Degree in Arts and NGO Management. In 2007 she went on an around-the-world trip to deal with social economy issues; she worked with NGOs in Africa, Asia and South and Central America, carrying out communication and consulting assignments in microfinance, fair trade and carbon finance. Back in France she worked in corporate sponsoring, firstly in a college Foundation, subsequently in Crédit Coopératif Foundation, where she was in charge of both internal and external communication and philanthropy projects. In 2009 she moved to the International Affairs Department and has since then managed financial and commercial operations with European sustainable banks, a European mutual guarantee fund and credits in the field of renewable energies.
Juan Pablo Meza is the CEO (Gerente General) of SAC Apoyo Integral, S.A., El Salvador since June 2011. He holds a BA in Economics from the University of Virginia, an International Diplome d’administration Publique from the Ecole Nationale d’Administration, Paris, France and an MBA from INCAE, Costa Rica. Prior to joining INTEGRAL and the world of Microfinance, he pioneered the concept of Private label credit card issuing in El Salvador while working for a local retail entity. He then worked in the field of Consumer Finance for the Bank of Nova Scotia. At Integral he has led the implementation of important restructuring and redirectioning of overall Strategy. INTEGRAL also has Microfinance operations in Guatemala.
Janina Zajic gained international experience while working for the UN in New York and the German Embassy in Prague. She has been connected to values-based banking for 10 years and currently serves as Advisor to the CEO and GABV Board member Thomas Jorberg at GLS Bank in Germany. Her responsibilities for the GABV Secretariat include development of the GABV’s European Chapter and the Human Capital action track, with a special focus on the GABV Leadership Academy. Janina is married, has three children and lives in Herne.
Class of 2014: Art + Social Change
Recognized as an important artist of our time, Chin’s work evades easy classification. It is analytical and poetic; conjoining cross-cultural aesthetics with complex ideas. Found in unlikely places, such as destroyed homes, toxic landfills, and prime-time television, his investigations explore our natural and social ecologies and how art can provoke greater social awareness and responsibility. Unconventional and politically engaged, his collaborative projects challenge the idea of the solitary artist as the exclusive creative force.
In 1993, for Eco-Tec International, he organized a multi-disciplinary team to assess an abandoned asbestos mine and former factory in Corsica, France. He continues to develop long-term works such as Revival Field (1989-ongoing), a project that has been a pioneer in the field of "green remediation." A 10th anniversary implementation in Stuttgart, Germany featured dramatic advancements in the use of plants to remove toxic, heavy metals from the soil. These projects are consistent with a conceptual philosophy, which emphasizes the practice of art to include sculpting and bridging the natural and social ecology. Through his current project, Operation Paydirt/Fundred Dollar Bill Project, Chin involves scientists, health experts, planners, educators and millions of students nationwide, creatively building support for an end to childhood lead poisoning.
Chin’s work was documented in the popular PBS program, Art of the 21st Century. Chin has received numerous awards and grants from organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council for the Arts, Art Matters, Creative Capital, and the Penny McCall, Pollock/Krasner, Joan Mitchell, Rockefeller and Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundations, among others.
Class of 2013: Community Organizing + Labor
Since his arrival in the U.S. following political and economic turmoil in his home country of El Salvador, Pablo Alvarado has become one of the most prominent, respected and visionary leaders of the immigrant rights movement. He has been referred to as the “Cesar Chavez” of jornaleros, day laborers seeking temporary employment — usually involving hard physical labor — to support their families.
As co-founder of the Institute of Popular Education for Southern California (IDEPSCA) Pablo created a movement of organizing day laborers in Pasadena, CA. As Lead Organizer for CHIRLA’s Day Laborer Program, Pablo transformed the City of Los Angeles Day Laborer Program into a worker center model that would be replicated in major cities throughout the country.
For the past 11 years, Pablo has served as the executive director of National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), currently a collaboration of 42 community-based day laborer organizations. Under his guidance, NDLON has worked with local governments to establish safe worker centers, provide information to workers to help them handle exploitation, improve skills and gain access to essential services, strengthen local worker groups, and build immigrant leadership.
Pablo holds a B.A. in Social Sciences from the National University of El Salvador and lives with his wife and two children in Pasadena, California.
Laphonza Butler is the President of SEIU ULTCW – the United Long Term Care Workers’ Union, which represents 180,000 in-home caregivers and nursing home workers across California.
Butler’s passion for advocating and leading on behalf of workers and those they serve is grounded in her own personal journey. Growing up in a household where her mom had multiple jobs as a security guard, a home care provider, and mother of three providing for her family on multiple low wage jobs, she experienced first-hand the challenges faced by workers and their families who did not have a voice on the job or the power of a union to improve their conditions. Early on, Butler sought a path that would ensure she contributed to bringing back the values of dignity and respect for workers and to be an architect of the changes needed to promote social and economic justice for all workers.
Over the years, Butler has served in numerous leadership roles on behalf of workers whether organizing thousands of healthcare workers at John’s Hopkins Hospital in Maryland; organizing multi-national corporations and collective bargaining agreements for tens of thousands of security officers and janitors as SEIU’s Property Services division director or uniting 25,000 foodservice workers in her role as Secretary Treasurer of Service Workers United. Most recently, she has been elected to serve as a Vice President of the SEIU international executive board.
A proud native of the south, Butler is a graduate of Jackson State University, in Jackson, MS.
Claudio has served as the Executive Director of The Hyde Square Task Force, an organization that builds the skills of inner-city youth through innovative arts and cultural, leadership, lifelong learning, economic development and community organizing initiatives. Under his leadership, the Hyde Square Task Force has received considerable recognition, including the Coming Up Taller Award, the nation's highest honor for out of school arts and humanities programs given by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, the Best Practice Award in Teen Programming for Youth Leadership and Achievement by Boston’s After School for All Partnership and the Innovations in Education City Excellence Award. Claudio has over 20 years of managerial experience in both the private and nonprofit sectors and has served as advisor to several governmental, non-profit and transnational initiatives including Boston Housing Authority’s Monitoring Committee, Boston University Institute of Nonprofit Management and Leadership and the Boston-Haifa NGO Learning Exchange. As a community organizer, neighborhood activist and parent, Claudio has been involved in Boston school reform efforts for the last 20 years. He served for many years as co-chair of the Boston Parent Organizing Network and a board member of the Latino After School Initiative and the Boston Schoolyard Initiative. He also sits on the Board of Directors of The Boston Foundation, the Nellie Mae Education Foundation and Boston After School and Beyond. He is a member of the inaugural class of the Barr Foundation Fellows Program. In 2008, he was appointed by Mayor Menino to the Boston School Committee.
Ai-jen Poo is the Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA), the leading organization working to build power, respect, and fair labor standards for the 2.5 million nannies, housekeepers and elderly caregivers in the U.S. She began organizing immigrant women workers in 1996 as the Women Workers Project organizer at CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities in New York City. In 2000, she co-founded Domestic Workers United (DWU), a city-wide, multiracial organization of domestic workers. DWU led the way to the passage of the nation’s first Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in 2010, historic legislation that extends basic labor protections to over 200,000 domestic workers in New York state. DWU helped to organize the first national meeting of domestic worker organizations at the US Social Forum in 2007, which resulted in the formation of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. She has been NDWA’s director since April 2010. Ai-jen serves on the Board of Directors of Social Justice Leadership, the Seasons Fund for Social Transformation, the Labor Advisory Board at Cornell ILR School, Momsrising, National Jobs with Justice, Working America, the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, and the National Council on Aging.
In June 2010, Veronica Turner was elected to the top leadership position of 1199SEIU in Massachusetts. Turner is the first African-American woman to head a major labor union in Massachusetts. A resident of Brockton, MA, Turner was born in Dorchester and began her career at Boston Medical Center in the dietary department. Turner emerged as a natural leader of her peers during the historic merger of Boston City Hospital and Boston University Medical Center in the nineties – a time fraught with uncertainty for caregivers at both hospitals. Turner seeks to make her election the start of a more balanced representation for women and people of color amongst labor’s top leaders in the Bay State. Turner hopes to continue the track record of success that 1199SEIU has established since its inception in 2005.
Class of 2012: Sustainable Economic Development
Yorman is interested in playing a role in lifting people out of poverty through redesigning the economic system that is our economy. His commitment to designing systems to address the causes of poverty emerged out of his work as a community organizer with the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition (NWBCCC), where he organized young people around issues of sustainable economic development, education, and voter education. It was during this time that Yorman co-founded the Urban Youth Collaborative, a city-wide youth organization working on education reform. He moved on from NWBCCC to lead a career in electoral organizing, where he managed many political campaigns. He currently coordinates the Bronx Cooperative Development Initiative, a local effort in the Bronx that seeks to leverage local assets to drive economic development strategies targeted at building wealth and ownership among low-income residents. Yorman, a lifelong resident of the Bronx, has taught both community organizing and spoken word at the high school level.
Class of 2011: Community Organizing + Economic Development
Penda Hair is Co-Director of the Advancement Project. An aggressive racial justice advocate with 20 years of civil rights experience, Penda Hair has a stellar record of victories both in and out of court. A leader in the national struggle to protect affirmative action, Hair developed crucial Fair Housing Act amendments, argued major civil rights cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, and won the most extensive redistricting remedy ever imposed in a litigated voting rights suit. She is the author of the Rockefeller Foundation's report on innovative civil rights strategies, Louder Than Words: Lawyers, Communities, and the Struggle for Justice (2001) and former Washington, DC office director of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. A 1978 Harvard Law School graduate, Hair also served as a clerk for U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Wilfred Feinberg and former Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun. In 1998, The American Lawyer named Hair one of the top public interest attorneys under age 45. Hair is admitted in Washington, D.C.
A former university professor and transportation research director, Joyce is currently Director of the Jubilee Institute, a community-based leadership development and training entity. Joyce assisted the Beloved Community Center of Greensboro (BCC) in developing the Jubilee Institute to provide institutional support, social and political analysis, training, and leadership development for the broad-based progressive movement in that city. Joyce also serves on the North Carolina NAACP State Executive Board, the Guilford Education Alliance Board, the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, and the Faith Community Church Council.
Derrick Johnson is State President of the Mississippi State Conference of the NAACP. Elected in 2004, he is the youngest State President in the country. He earned his Jurist Doctorate Degree from South Texas College of Law in Houston, TX and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Tougaloo College in Jackson, MS. He served as a Fellow with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation in Washington, DC, while working in the office of Congressman Bennie G. Thompson and as a Fellow with the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management Minority Fellowship Program. In the aftermath of Katrina, Mr. Johnson served as Vice-Chair of the Governor’s Commission for Recovery, Rebuilding, and Renewal. Mr. Johnson also serves on the boards of the Mississippi ACLU, Hope Community Credit Union, and on the Advisory Council of the Mississippi Economic Policy Center. In February 2008, he was elected to the NAACP National Board of Directors by the Association’s board members. Additionally, Mr. Johnson was appointed by the Chief Justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court as a Commissioner to the Mississippi Access to Justice Commission.
Malia's work is focused on exploring the opportunities for deepening democratic practice among youth through the development of an experimental Urban Lab. Specifically she is developing the Urban Lab by exploring effective models to reach urban youth using social media and networks to build communities and create critical citizens. The goal is to understand how this demographic interacts with social media and how social media platforms can be used by social justice organizations to build a network of urban youth that helps to support their meaningful participation in civic conversation and develop agency in shaping their future. America's current president and his stimulus package affords an opportunity to build bridges from the academy to main street and include young people of color in all levels of democratic dialogue. Malia is exploring how technology can allow such efforts to reach a large number of unengaged youth and track their network building and policy outcomes.
Juan Leyton is Director of Neighbor to Neighbor Massachusetts. He has devoted his career to economic justice and building power in low-income communities. He was an activist in his native Chile, before moving to the Boston area where he worked as a community organizer for eight years at the East Boston Ecumenical Community Council. Juan served as the Executive Director of City Life/Vida Urbana for six years. He expanded City Life from a single-issue organization based in Jamaica Plain to a city-wide organization with a multi-issue focus and multi-ethnic constituency. He most recently served as a program officer for the Solidago Foundation, a national foundation invested in developing a progressive movement through funding strategies. Juan has worked with organizations around the country on issues like worker and immigrant rights, tax reform, corporate accountability and gentrification.
Penn Loh is Professor of the Practice at Tufts University's Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning. From 1996 to 2009, he served in various roles, including Executive Director since 1999, at Alternatives for Community & Environment (ACE), a Roxbury-based environmental justice group. He holds an M.S. in environmental science and policy from Energy and Resources Group of the University of California at Berkeley and a B.S. in electrical engineering from MIT. Before joining ACE, he was Research Associate at the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security in Oakland, California and a Research Analyst at the Tellus Institute for Resource and Environmental Strategies in Boston. He has published broadly on environmental and social justice issues. He has served on the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council's Health and Research Subcommittee, the Massachusetts Environmental Justice Advisory Committee, and on the boards of the Environmental Support Center, the Environmental Leadership Program, and Community Labor United. He is currently a board member of the New World Foundation and the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board.