Hon. Bird graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy in 1987. She attended Michigan State University, where she graduated with a B.A. in art and social science. In 1999, Hon. Bird graduated from DePaul University College of Law, where she served as the Native American Representative and President of the Latino Law Students Association.
After law school, Hon. Bird served as a Hearing Officer for Chicago Public Schools, presiding over matters concerning the educational welfare and discipline of children and teachers. Hon. Bird was appointed as a Guardian Ad Litem for the Cook County Public Guardian’s Office in 2000, where she represented over 230 children in the abuse/neglect system. From there, Hon. Bird went into private practice, representing clients in matters of family, criminal, traffic, civil, estate planning, real estate, and juvenile law. Hon. Bird also served as Vice-President of the Native American Foster Parents Association. Most notably, however, Hon. Bird founded and served as Vice-President, President, and President-Emeritus of the Illinois Native American Bar Association, and is credited for using her advocacy to remove offensive sports mascots from several Illinois schools. Hon. Bird has authored the publications: “Jumping Through Hoops: Traditional Healers and the Indian Health Care Act,” (1999) and “Making the Cross-Cultural Case; Educating the Judge about Race, Religion, and Ethnicity” (2004). Additionally, Hon. Bird has provided trainings on Native American Law and culture to the Illinois State Prosecutor’s Office, the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services, the Cook County Public Guardian’s Office, and the Interfaith Council for Social Justice. Hon. Bird was featured in the Illinois Department of Labor’s March 2000 “Highlights of the Progress of Women and Minorities in the Workforce.”
In 2003, Hon. Bird moved back to Northern Michigan and began working for the Grand Traverse County Prosecutor’s Office on juvenile and misdemeanor cases. In 2008, Hon. Bird was appointed as an Acting Chief Judge / Associate Judge for the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, where she served until 2011. In 2010, Hon. Bird was appointed to serve as an Associate Supreme Court Judge for the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians and continues in that capacity today. Currently, Hon. Bird maintains a private practice in Traverse City, concentrating in matters of Native American, family, juvenile, criminal, civil, traffic, real estate, probate, employment and business law. Hon. Bird also serves as the Civil Ground Coordinator for the Water Protectors Legal Collective, the leading legal service at the NoDAPL camp/protest in support of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. In addition, Hon. Bird is a certified Mediator, Peacemaker, Arbitrator, and serves as a pro-tem Appellate Judge for various Tribes. In 2013, Hon. Bird was awarded the prestigious American Arbitration Association’s 2013 Higginbotham Fellowship. In her spare time, Hon. Bird teaches criminal justice classes for the University of Phoenix. Hon. Bird has served as a board member and mentor for the Grand Traverse Area Children’s Garden; and volunteers for the Leelanau Children’s Center and the Pathfinder School. Further, Hon. Bird was appointed to serve on the American Indian Law Committee of the Michigan State Bar and served on the State Supreme Court’s Court Rules Committee with respect to the Michigan Indian Family Preservation Act.
Hon. Bird is descended from the San Felipe Pueblo/Yaqui/Apache tribes and the English Isles. She resides in Traverse City, Michigan with her husband, Grand Traverse Band Tribal Councilor Percy Bird, and three children.
Prior to Griffin Ventures, Bill was the Managing Director and Co-Chief Investment Officer of Ultra Capital. Ultra was founded to bridge the gap between developers seeking capital for local, distributed sustainable real asset projects and investors seeking cash-yielding, consistent, non-correlated returns from real assets in water, agriculture, energy, and waste. Mr. Brennan was instrumental in Tiger Management’s direct investment in Ultra in January 2017.
From July 2010 to July 2014, Bill was the Chief Investment Officer and Portfolio Manager for Summit Global Management, Inc., one of the oldest water investment platforms globally overseeing the development and management of water equity strategies for the firm. From October 2008 to June 2010, he was the President and Managing Partner for Brennan Investment Partners, a water infrastructure and investment firm. During his career he has been a Portfolio Manager of the Praetor Global Water Equities Fund in Luxembourg and the Kinetics Water Infrastructure Fund (five-star Morningstar rated funds and the #1 fund in 2006, 2007 and 2008 in natural resources category in Europe and the top U.S. manager for natural resource/environmental funds & risk managed in 2008) and a Senior Analyst with Pacific Growth Equities and has held various senior positions with Coopers & Lybrand, Law Engineering and General Electric. Bill began his career as an Air Force officer and Combat Crew Commander.
Bill serves on the Board of AbTech Industries, WaterMark Development (water development co.), Watership Blue (global mobile infrastructure), The Water Initiative (point of source filtration), the Dean’s advisory council for the School of Engineering at Colorado State University and was a member of Jabil Circuit’s CleanTech Advisory Board from 2010 to 2014.
Bill has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Biology from Lehigh University; an MS in Biomedical Engineering from Colorado State University (Tau Beta Pi) and an MBA from Villanova University where he has also been an adjunct professor in the graduate MBA program.
Dave is a principal at Equilibrium, which builds and operates portfolios of sustainably driven real assets for institutional investors. He oversees new product development and guides the firm's growth. Previously, Dave was a GP at OVP Venture Partners; Founder/CEO GeoTrust; along with Mentor Graphics, McKinsey & Company, and Solectron.
Dave was the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s Portland Branch, board member of The Freshwater Trust, board member of B Corp/B LAB.
Dave is an Adjunct Professor of Finance at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and previously faculty at Stanford GSB, on the topic of sustainable investing and finance.
Dave has B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and a M.M., Kellogg School of Management from Northwestern University.
Christopher B. Coleman became the Mayor of Saint Paul in 2005 after several years serving on the Saint Paul City Council and doing integral work as a leader within his neighborhood and community. Immediately after taking office, the Mayor set forth on a journey to revitalize the City of Saint Paul, with the ultimate goal of making his hometown the most livable city in America.
The people of Saint Paul have supported Mayor Coleman’s goals and initiatives, reelecting him twice and allowing for ground-breaking projects to unfold, including the creation of the “Green Line,” or the Central Corridor light rail line through downtown Saint Paul and University Avenue, as well as championing a downtown bicycle loop, bringing a brand new Minor League baseball stadium to Lowertown, budgeting over $30 million to improve the city’s roads and infrastructure, and taking a leadership role in advocating for new roads and infrastructure funding options for cities across Minnesota.
Mayor Coleman is also a large proponent of lifting up the people of Saint Paul, focusing on strong police and fire departments to make residents feel safe, and on racial equity and educational programs to close the achievement gap and better prepare the next generation of residents.
Understanding that the future and current success of Saint Paul depends on our ability to equip our students with the tools for success from cradle to career, Mayor Coleman has introduced revolutionary programs such as Sprockets that focuses on how our students spend their crucial time outside of the classroom. Mayor Coleman has assembled the best minds and resources to enrich the lives of children by extending social and academic opportunities beyond the school day, opening new doors of opportunity to a better life and creating a safe environment for them to live and play.
He has also been an advocate for making sustainable living easy and attainable for Saint Paul residents. Just after taking office in 2006, Mayor Coleman signed the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement and has hired sustainability, energy, environment, sustainable transportation and water resources coordinators. The city’s sustainable investments include retrofitting buildings for energy efficiency, equipping public places with solar panels and electric vehicle charging stations, and implementing single-sort recycling.
Having served as both Vice President and President of the National League of Cities, Mayor Coleman has been able to learn about what’s working in cities across the country, and has brought that innovation and revitalization to the City of Saint Paul, allowing his national outlook to truly make Saint Paul the most livable city in America.
Mayor Coleman and his wife Connie live in Saint Paul, where they raised their two children, Molly and Aidan. Mayor Coleman has lived in multiple Saint Paul neighborhoods including Frogtown and Saint Paul’s West Side.
Wade Crowfoot directs the Water Foundation and lead its transition into an independent organization in early 2017. Mr. Crowfoot brings more than 20 years of public policy and environmental experience to his role, with expertise in water, climate and sustainability issues. He came to the Water Foundation from California Governor Jerry Brown’s Administration, where he served from 2011 until 2016, most recently as deputy cabinet secretary and senior advisor to Governor Brown, leading the administration’s drought response efforts. Before joining the Brown Administration, Wade was the west coast regional director for the Environmental Defense Fund and a senior environmental advisor to former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.
Flozell is the President and CEO of the Foundation for Louisiana where he has led more than $50 million of award-winning community investment strategies. Prior to the Foundation, Flozell was Tulane University’s Assistant Vice-President & Executive Director of State and Local Affairs for nine years. Before that, he was an Urban Policy Specialist & Administrative Assistant in the Office of the Mayor, Division of Federal and State Programs for the City of New Orleans. Flozell serves as Ex-officio & Policy Committee Chair of the Urban League of Greater New Orleans Board of Directors, where he was honored with the first-ever Distinguished Service Award for board leadership after serving five years as the post-Katrina Chair leading critical recovery efforts. Flozell graduated from University of Oxford Said Business School’s Impact Investing Programme; has an MBA from the A.B. Freeman School of Tulane University, and a BA in Biological Sciences from the University of New Orleans.
Brandy is the Investor Program Director at Confluence Philanthropy. Brandy joined Confluence after providing customized philanthropic services to individuals, families and foundations at Silicon Valley Community Foundation. As a philanthropy advisor, Brandy partnered with donors to increase the strategic impact of their grantmaking, and supported foundations to have effective operations and governance. Before her career in philanthropy, Brandy was a social justice advocate and public interest attorney. Brandy was executive director of a legal aid organization that advocated for the rights of immigrant communities in Los Angeles. She also led a statewide labor-community coalition and partnered on national organizing campaigns focused on policy solutions for working families, including paid sick leave and family leave. Brandy has a law degree from USC Gould School of Law and is a member of the California Bar.
Mr. Deane has spent the past two decades in the water industry with a focus on water resources, infrastructure development and general water investing. Prior to co-founding Water Asset Management LLC, he founded and held senior management positions as the President of Layne Water Development and Storage (a joint venture with Layne Christensen Company: LAYN: NASD) and as Senior Vice President of Vidler Water Company (a subsidiary of Pico Holdings: PICO: NASD). In 2011, Mr. Deane joined the Board of Advisors of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University. Mr. Deane began his professional career with Lazard in Paris and London after graduating from Duke University in 1982 and from I.N.S.E.A.D in 1985.
Daryn Dodson is Managing Director at Illumen Capital, an impact investing firm that provides a pathway for family offices, foundations, and institutional investors to invest in the world's top impact funds. Illumen Capital's unique approach applies pioneering research it conducts with Stanford University—including interventions that reduce implicit bias as a barrier to increasing diversity and financial returns.
Mr. Dodson also leads private equity impact investing as a consultant to the board of the Calvert Funds, a $12 billion mutual fund. The portfolio includes more than 40 funds on 5 continents, representing over 350 underlying portfolio companies. Previously, Mr. Dodson served as Director of University and Corporate Partnership for The Idea Village, where he created a platform engaging leading private equity firms, business schools, and Fortune 500 companies to invest more than 100,000 hours into more than 1,000 New Orleans entrepreneurs post-Hurricane Katrina. Prior to The Idea Village, Mr. Dodson built a coalition of national banks and faith-based institutions to educate Congress on reforms needed to stabilize the subprime lending market with Self-Help Credit Union.
Mr. Dodson currently serves as a Board Member at Ben and Jerry's (Chair, Social Audit Committee) and Heifer Foundation (Vice Chair; Investment Committee Member). Mr. Dodson earned his MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he is a member of the Dean’s Management Board, and an AB in Public Policy from Duke University.
Susan Hammel is the Founder of Cogent Consulting Inc., an independent, Minneapolis-based strategic, financial, and impact investing consultant serving nonprofit and for-profit purpose-driven organizations which focus on making a tangible social impact. Long a leader in impactful philanthropy beginning with the Prudential Foundation, Susan is an experienced, results oriented executive currently serving as Executive in Residence with the Minnesota Council on Foundations. She has served as Executive Director of the Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation and CFO for Ashoka: Innovators for the Public. She has advised a diverse group of foundations including the Opus Foundation, Blandin Foundation, Minnesota Philanthropy Partners, the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, the Ford Foundation, and the Minneapolis Foundation.
Using her Masters in Public Policy degree from Harvard and as a Chartered Financial Analyst, she combines financial expertise and a grounding in public policy with the big picture view of a philosophy major from Carleton College, where she graduated cum laude.
Recently appointed Chair of the Citizens League Board of Directors, Susan also serves on the Sunrise Banks’ Advisory Board. She has extensive board experience including leadership posts with NPH USA, where she served as Board Chair, and Finance Committee Chair for Asian American LEAD. Her past board service includes the Arts Council of Fairfax County, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, the St. Paul Arts Partnership, Family Service Inc., and Pro Mujer: Programs For Women. An accomplished fundraiser, Susan serves as Gift Committee Chair and Agent for her Carleton class.
Passionate about helping others, Susan’s teaching credentials include an appointment as Lecturer in Nonprofit Management for the University of Chicago and faculty of the Center for Nonprofit Advancement in Washington D.C. She is an accomplished and engaging presenter on impactful philanthropy and financial sustainability.
Susan and her family reside in Deephaven, a lakeside community outside Minneapolis where she enjoys sailing, powerwalking and skiing.
Tina May currently leads the innovation team for SUSTAIN at Land O’ Lakes, Inc. where she is tasked with creating innovative solutions for farmers and co-op member owners, harnessing the nexus of policy and business.
Prior to her time at Land O’ Lakes Tina worked for over 12 years in multiples roles in Government on agriculture and food policy, as a Silicon Valley executive, and co-founder of the first ever DC based lobbying firm to incorporate as a Public Benefit Corporation.
While in government, Tina served as a political appointee for President Obama, first as the Legislative Director for USDA, then in the second term as Chief of Staff to U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden where she managed the departmental implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill.
Tina served on the staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry during both 2008 and 2014 Farm Bills. Tina was the policy director during the 2014 Farm Bill where she shepherded the conservation, forestry, trade, and international development work for the Committee.
Tina started her career as an international grain trader and logistics coordinator with The Scoular Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She also worked for the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition in Washington, DC.
Tina’s proudest accomplishment is creating and managing the Brat Trot (Brat as in Bratwurst), a 4 mile run that kicks off the Bratwurst Days festivities in Stacyville, Iowa (population 481). This summer marked the 20th annual race, with over $100,000 being donated through the race to community services in the small farming community of Stacyville. Tina started the race as a 4-H project in high school.
Tina hails from a family farm in Stacyville, Iowa and has degrees from the University of Minnesota and the University of London.
As a recent transplant to Minnesota, Tina lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with her husband and two young sons where they get down to the family farm every chance they get.
Elizabeth McGeveran joined The McKnight Foundation in 2014 as the Director of Impact Investing. She is responsible for the Foundation’s $200 million direct impact portfolio (10% of the $2billion endowment). McGeveran evaluates investments that build the low-carbon economy, improve water quality and contribute to a thriving, sustainable Twin Cities. She also provides Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) expertise and evaluation across the entire endowment.
For a dozen years, McGeveran was Senior Vice President for Governance & Sustainable Investment at F&C Asset Management, a London-based, $150-billion asset manager (now BMO Global Asset Management). McGeveran built F&C’s market-leading socially responsible investment business and served as a senior manager to one of the industry’s largest teams. She has worked as the Managing Director at Green America and Media Director for the US Social Investment Forum.
McGeveran serves as an independent trustee of The Boston Trust & Walden Funds, a long-time leader in corporate engagement and integrating ESG research into investing. She is a graduate of Carleton College.
Tom is a Managing Director of Cambridge Associates with over two decades’ experience developing market-based solutions to environmental and social sector challenges. Having joined the firm in 2007 in the Arlington, VA office, Tom leads advisory relationships with endowments and family offices and is responsible for total investment program design and management across asset classes. Tom is also a founding member of the firm’s Mission-Related Investing (MRI) Practice, a global team that works with clients to build strategies and portfolios across a spectrum of mission and impact priorities. He partners with some of the leading practitioners of impact investing to design and implement innovative portfolios. Tom also contributes to investment manager diligence, topical research, and engagement with the broader community of impact investors.
Before Tom joined Cambridge Associates, he was an investment analyst with Agora Partnerships, an impact venture group in Central America, and consulted to the World Bank on project evaluations and research proposals in Salvador, Brazil. Earlier, Tom spent four years as the Director of Program Development for the nonprofit, KaBOOM!. Additionally, he helped launch Primordial - makers of the ZOOB play system, served two years as a Team Leader in AmeriCorps NCCC, and began his career in technology marketing in Silicon Valley.
Mark Muller is director of the Mississippi River program at The McKnight Foundation. He has a background in environmental engineering and agricultural policy. Prior to joining McKnight as a program officer in 2013, Muller worked for 14 years at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), an organization that promotes resilient food systems, communities and ecosystems. While at IATP he had a focus on food justice issues and several Mississippi River-related initiatives such as nutrient pollution and barge transportation systems.
Additional experience includes two years as a high school science teacher in New York City, a year of volunteer work in Honduras and Guatemala, and membership on several nonprofit boards and the Wedge Natural Foods Co-op. He has a B.A. in physics from State University at Geneseo, New York, and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Manhattan College, New York.
Marcus Quigley is the CEO and Founder of OptiRTC, a technology company focused on delivering a cloud-based platform for Continuous Monitoring and Adaptive Control (CMAC) of distributed stormwater infrastructure.
Mr. Quigley has more than 20 years of experience in solving complex engineering problems as well as leading and managing major projects and running organizations. As a national technical leader, he has extensive experience in passive and active stormwater and green infrastructure design and construction, research and development, modeling, data analysis, integration of information technologies, and environmental field data acquisition. Mr. Quigley has co-authored numerous national guidance manuals for monitoring of stormwater runoff and evaluating and designing stormwater best management practices.
Mr. Quigley holds an MS in Civil Engineering from Oregon State University and a BS in Environmental Engineering from Notre Dame.
David is Vice President of Programs at the Great Lakes Protection Fund, the nation’s first ecosystem endowment. He designs the Fund’s initiatives, builds and vets supported teams, and manages the Fund’s portfolio of supported work. He also advises the Fund Board’s Finance and Audit Committees.
Before joining the Fund, David held senior positions with The Nature Conservancy, and federal and state environmental protection agencies. He has negotiated international conservation agreements, testified as an expert witness in environmental litigation, raised funds, financed projects, led people far more skilled than he, had some important successes and made (at least) his share of mistakes. He has enjoyed nearly all of it. His degree in environmental science was earned at Miami University. The University of Chicago awarded his Master of Business Administration with High Honors.
David was born in Maryland and now lives with his wife and daughter in Wilmette, Illinois. He is an avid cyclist, sea kayaker and backpacker. His volunteer work includes activities with the Chicago Net Impact Professional Chapter, acting as a mentor and judge in the University of Chicago’s New Social Venture Competition, advising elected officials and not-for-profits, and working with local schools and community groups.
Jeff, a Director and Partner of Pathstone Federal Street, develops portfolio advice and handles day-to-day client-related operations for several high net worth individuals and non-profit clients. Jeff is a member of the firm’s Impact Investing Committee. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a member of the CFA Society Boston.
Jeff is a member of the Board of Directors for Casa Myrna. Casa Myrna is Boston’s largest provider of domestic violence awareness efforts and of shelter and supportive services to survivors. He is also a member of the Investment Committee for the Fair Food Fund, which provides financing and business assistance to good food enterprises that connect small and mid-size farms with consumers hungry for local, sustainably grown food.
Jeff grew up in Albany, NY and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Union College. At Union, Jeff was a Liberty League All-Academic Team performer as a member of the football team, as well as a member of the Omicron Delta Epsilon Economic Honor Society. Jeff’s prior experience includes the role of Senior Client Advisor at Federal Street Advisors. Jeff currently lives in South Boston with his wife, Estefanía, son, Gabriel, and dog, Maeve.
Rob is a co-portfolio manager for Essex’s Global Environmental Opportunities Strategy. Prior to joining Essex in 2009, Rob was a Portfolio Manager at State Street Global Advisors. Previously, he was with John Hancock Advisers for over eight years, starting as a Global Industry Analyst, and moving to portfolio management on the US large cap equities team. Prior to this, Rob worked in corporate finance for Ernst & Young in Boston and London, performing due diligence for public offerings, mergers, and acquisitions. He is actively involved in the community and is a member of the Town of Westwood Finance and Warrant Commission and an Investment and an Investment Committee member of Anatolia College in Thessaloniki, Greece. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Certified Public Accountant (inactive). Rob earned a BA in Economics from Boston College and an MS in Accounting from Northeastern.
Alisa Valderrama is Director of Water Infrastructure Finance at the Natural Resources Defense Council. Alisa’s work focuses on helping cities meet their clean water goals by accelerating private investment in green infrastructure. She joined NRDC after working for the Clinton Climate Initiative, where she participated in the design and implementation of large-scale energy-efficiency and hybrid-transport finance projects. Previously, she helped launch the World Bank's first capacity-building program in environmental and social governance for businesses. Alisa holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, a J.D. from the University of Southern California, and an LL.M. in international business law from the London School of Economics.
Kate Wolford is president of The McKnight Foundation, a Minnesota-based family foundation that seeks to improve the quality of life for present and future generations through grantmaking, collaboration, impact investing, and strategic policy reform. In 2016, the Foundation had assets of $2.2 billion and granted about $87 million in the following areas: arts, education and learning, Midwest climate and energy, Mississippi River water quality, the Minneapolis/St. Paul region and communities, agricultural research, and neuroscience research.
Wolford has led The McKnight Foundation since 2006. During her tenure, she has spearheaded the development of the Foundation’s climate mitigation and sustainability efforts, and its impact investing program, which further leverages the Foundation’s endowment to achieve its goals. This work has included earmarking $200 million for higher impact investments; developing a new lower carbon investment product; and promoting impact investing as a tool for learning among grantmaking staff. Wolford has also embraced enhanced transparency to share what McKnight is learning with the broader philanthropic and civic sector.
Prior to joining McKnight, Wolford spent 13 years as president of Lutheran World Relief (LWR), a global grantmaking and policy advocacy organization. From 1991 to 2006, she worked at LWR, where she was named president after two years as program director for Latin America. Previously she worked on humanitarian and community-based efforts in Latin America. Wolford has a B.A. in history from Gettysburg College, an M.A. in public policy from the University of Chicago, and an M.A. from the Divinity School of the University of Chicago. Wolford serves on the board of directors of Greater MSP, The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread, and Minnesota Comeback.