Our Board + Advisors

 Board of Directors

  • Pete Carlson, Former President at Regional Growth Strategies, Board Chair
  • Adrian Smith, Founding Partner at Equilibrium Impact Ventures, Treasurer
  • Demetra Brown – Senior Program Manager at Promise Venture Studio
  • Christina Cain, Chief Lending Officer at Peoples Advantage Federal Credit Union
  • Lauren Paul – Director of Partnerships and Policy, Common Future
  • Trevor Smith, Director of Narrative Change at Liberation Ventures
  • Fay Horwitt, CEO & President at Forward Cities (ex officio)

Emeritus Board members include Cathy Belk, CEO of Deaconess Foundation; Brandon Cosby, Executive Director of Flanner House; Paul Grogan, President of the Boston Foundation and co-Founder of CEOs for Cities; and Brian Payne, CEO of the Central Indiana Community Foundation and former Board Chair.

Strategic Advisors

  • Alex Derkson, Corporate Counsel, Real Estate at Amazon
  • Jean Horstman, Founding CEO of Interise
  • Maurice Jones, CEO of OneTen
  • Walker Sanders, President of the Greensboro Community Foundation