Opportunity Nation is a campaign of Be the Change, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that creates national issue-based campaigns by organizing coalitions of nonprofits, social entrepreneurs, policymakers, private sector and civic leaders, academics and citizens. Its combined grasstops and grassroots approach engages well-known voices in entertainment, retail, government and philanthropy and, through their megaphones, Americans of all ages and backgrounds.
Founder and CEO, Be the Change, Inc.
Alan Khazei is a social entrepreneur who has pioneered ways to empower citizens to make a difference. Alan is the Founder and CEO of Be The Change, Inc. Alan also serves with John Bridgeland, as the Co-Chair of the Franklin Project on National Service at the Aspen Institute. Alan is the Co-Founder and former CEO of City Year, an education focused national service program that unites young adults, ages 17 to 24, from all backgrounds for an intensive year of full-time community service mentoring, tutoring, and educating children. He currently teaches a course on social entrepreneurship at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Learn more about Alan Khazei.
Robert L. Gordon III
President, Be the Change, Inc.
Rob Gordon is the President of Be the Change, Inc. Rob is also Chairman of the Board of Advisors and the former Chief Strategy Officer of APX Labs, a Smart Glasses software company. Before APX Labs, he was appointed Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Military Community in July 2010 where Rob was responsible for defense-wide policy, program execution and oversight of over $20 billion of the Defense Department’s worldwide community programs and initiatives affecting over 4 million military active duty service and family members, and retirees. Learn more about Robert L. Gordon III.
Founding staff member, City Year, Inc.
Kristen Atwood was a founding staff member of City Year, Inc. She played an instrumental role in the development of the organization. Kristen recruited the corps for City Year’s summer pilot program in 1988; she also influenced the culture of City Year profoundly by using her fluency in American Sign Language to devise tools and other cultural elements that are still in use today. Learn more about Kristen Atwood.
Managing Director, Bain Capital
Josh Bekenstein is a Managing Director at Bain Capital, a leading global private investment firm based in Boston. After receiving a BA from Yale University, Josh received his MBA from Harvard Business School. Josh serves as a board member of Dollarama Stores, Toys ‘R’ Us, Michaels Stores, Bombardier Recreational Products, Burlington Coat Factory, Waters Corporation, and Gymboree Corporation and Bright Horizons Family Solutions. Learn more about Joshua Bekenstein.
Sandra M. Edgerley
Trustee, Edgerley Family Foundation
Sandy is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Boston, which annually serves 14,000 youth in the inner city of Boston and Chelsea. Sandy is involved with the United Way of Massachusetts Bay as a Board member and has been a Co-Chair of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society since 1998. Sandy worked at Bain & Company for ten years (1984-87, 1989-96) as an Associate Consultant, Consultant and Manager on the consulting staff, then as Director of Recruiting and Training. Learn more about Sandra M. Edgerley.
Social Entrepreneur in Residence, City Year, Inc.
Hubie Jones is the Social Entrepreneur in Residence at City Year, Inc. He became the first African American appointed to a deanship at Boston University, serving as the dean of the School of Social Work from 1977 to 1993. Between 1995 and 2002, Hubie served as special assistant to the chancellor for urban affairs at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Hubie has been honored numerous times for his dedication to children’s advocacy, and friends and colleagues have established The Hubie Fund, to benefit ongoing social concerns in Boston. Learn more about Hubie Jones.
Deb Jospin is partner and co-founder of Sagawa/Jospin, a consulting group based in Washington, D.C. Along with her business partner Shirley Sagawa, Deb is the co-author of The Charismatic Organization: Eight Ways to Grow a Nonprofit that Builds Buzz, Delights Donors and Engages Employees. She was a founding member of the Washington, D.C. Local Advisory Council of Playworks and a founding board member of AmeriCorps Alums. Deb lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland with her husband Chris Gallagher, and her sons, Jon and Matt Dutko. Learn more about Deborah Jospin.
Co-Managing Partner, Bain Capital & Chief Investment Officer, Bain Capital Credit
Jonathan Lavine serves as Co-Managing Partner of Bain Capital and Chief Investment Officer of Bain Capital Credit, formerly Sankaty Advisors, the fixed income and credit affiliate of Bain Capital. Before the formation of Sankaty, Jonathan worked in Bain Capital’s private equity business. Prior to joining Bain Capital, he was a consultant at McKinsey & Company. In 2004, Jonathan was honored as one of the Boston Business Journal’s 40 outstanding Bostonians under the age of 40. Learn more about Jonathan Lavine.
Senior Vice President for Corporate Operations, Merrimack Pharmaceuticals
Bill McClements came to Merrimack Pharmaceuticals with over 22 years of executive leadership experience at global strategy consulting firm Monitor Group, where he held positions as global head of human resources and chief operating officer. Bill holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, and is a philanthropic role model through his leadership roles at several non-profit organizations, including Monitor Institute, New Profit, Inc., City Year, Inc., ACCESS and most recently as executive director for Be the Change, Inc. Learn more about Bill McClements.
Co-Founder & Chairman of the Board, New Leaders for New Schools
Jon Schnur is Chairman of the Board and the former CEO of New Leaders for New Schools. Jon served as an advisor to Barack Obama’s Presidential campaign, a member of the Presidential Transition Team, and a Senior Advisor to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Before co-founding New Leaders for New Schools, Jon served as Special Assistant to Secretary of Education Richard Riley, President Clinton’s White House Associate Director for Educational Policy, and Senior Advisor on Education to Vice President Gore. Learn more about Jon Shnur.
Vice President for Human Resources for General Dynamics Mission Systems
Sharon Dunbar is VP of Human Resources for General Dynamics Mission Systems. A 32-year military veteran, she retired in 2014 as a Major General in the U.S. Air Force. Prior to her current position, Sharon served in a variety of acquisition, legislative affairs, and human resource management positions in both the Executive and Legislative branches of the federal government. Read Sharon’s full bio.
Senior Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer, Sodexo, Inc.
Mr. Montelongo is an experienced C-level executive and corporate governance leader who has led for-profit, public sector, and non-profit organizations. He brings a unique and broad service industry skill set in areas such as food service and facilities management, outsourced technical services, telecommunications, professional services, and aerospace/defense, including tours in the U.S. Senate and the Pentagon. Read Michael’s full bio.
Jennifer Eplett Reilly
Founding chair of New Schools for Baton Rouge
Jennifer Eplett Reilly serves as founding chair of New Schools for Baton Rouge, a recently launched education reform initiative building on New Orleans’ success to create excellent educational opportunities for 12,000 students in the next five years in the core of the capitol city. She has engaged as a service entrepreneur and philanthropist for 25 years as co-founder of City Year Inc., founding executive director of Echoing Green Foundation and co-founder of the Echoing Green Public Service Fellowship; and leader of numerous innovative public-private partnerships in Louisiana. Read Jennifer’s full bio.
Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP
Hal Shapiro is a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP. He heads the firm’s international trade practice. Mr. Shapiro advises multinational corporations, U.S. trade associations, and foreign governments on international business and policy issues; legislation, regulations and interagency policy formation; international trade agreements; litigation of disputes before the World Trade Organization (WTO) and other international dispute-resolution bodies; import and export matters; customs matters; and federal civil litigation. Read Hal’s full bio.
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Share Our Strength
Bill Shore is the founder and chief executive officer of Share Our Strength, a national nonprofit that is ending childhood hunger in America. Shore founded Share Our Strength in 1984 with his sister Debbie and a $2,000 cash advance on a credit card. Since then, Share Our Strength has raised and invested more than $376 million in the fight against hunger, and has won the support of national leaders in business, government, health and education, sports and entertainment. Read Bill’s full bio.