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Our Board of Directors

Deirdre Black

Board Treasurer

Deirdre Black is a Partner at Pioneer Square Investments. For over 25 years Deirdre has invested in early-stage companies and social impact ventures.

Her professional background is in investment banking and corporate finance, working at Morgan Stanley in New York and London and serving as Vice President, Finance at McCaw Cellular Communications, Inc. She also has extensive experience in the non-profit sector in both the US and Ghana, serving on boards and collaborating on capacity building projects. Deirdre holds a B.A. in Mathematics-Economics from Wesleyan University, an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a Master in Teaching from City University.

Peter Bladin

Prior to his current tenure as a GP Board member, Peter was the Chief Research & Impact Officer at GP. Peter had also previously served on GP’s Board of Directors before becoming a full-time GP staff person in 2012.

Prior to joining GP, Peter was the executive vice president of programs and regions at Grameen Foundation (GF) where he oversaw all microfinance and technology programs as well as the foundation's global strategies. He joined GF in 2001 when he founded the Grameen Technology Center and built it into a global leader in using information and communication technologies for alleviating poverty. Peter started his career at Microsoft Corporation in 1987, where he spent a decade in a variety of leadership roles focused on international work, product support and marketing. Peter has served on boards in Africa and the Middle East focused on village phone and microfinance activities, as well as local Seattle boards. He currently serves on the board of Grameen Foundation. Peter has a degree in mathematics and economics from the University of Uppsala Sweden.

Mike Galgon

Mike Galgon is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Pioneer Square Labs, a Seattle-based startup studio and venture fund. For the past two decades, Galgon has been an entrepreneur, angel investor, and impact investor in Seattle.

In 1997, he co-founded Avenue A, which grew to become the world's largest independent digital agency. Avenue A spawned multiple other digital marketing companies, including Atlas and DRIVEpm, which collectively traded as aQuantive (Nasdaq: AQNT). After the sale of aQuantive to Microsoft in 2007, Galgon served as its Chief Advertising Strategist until 2009. Since then, Galgon has actively committed himself to early-stage technology investing, impact investing, and education. He currently serves on the boards of technology companies Ad Lightning, Flexe, Pixvana, and Pipeline Deals; of impact investor Global Partnerships; and of educational leaders The Bush School and The Thacher School. Prior to founding aQuantive, Mike served with Volunteers In Service To America (VISTA) in inner-city Boston, and as a diving officer in the U.S. Navy. Mike holds an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School and a bachelor's degree in economics from Duke University.

Gregg S. Johnson

Through his firm, Johnson Consulting Associates LLC, Gregg provides senior-level advisory and coaching services to a variety of for-profit and non-profit organizations.

Prior to starting his company, Gregg was a senior executive at Starbucks Coffee Company for over thirteen years, and also has extensive executive experience in the hotel, resort, catering and restaurant industries.

In addition to his board service at Global Partnerships, Gregg serves on the boards of several social enterproise, non-profits, and privately held for-profit companies.

Gregg earned a bachelor's degree from the Harrah College of Hotel Administration at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and currently lives in Sammamish, Washington with his wife, Nancy. They have two grown children.

Carly Kiser

(Bio coming soon).

Ed Lazar

Ed has 30+ years of experience helping families of significant means manage their financial wealth. In January 2018, Ed became Executive Director for Milburn Services, LLC, the family office for the four generations of the Katherine Belk family in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Prior to Milburn, Ed was President of Threshold Group, a Seattle-based multifamily office from 2001 until its sale in late 2017. Ed had overall responsibility for the creation and delivery of Threshold’s integrated wealth management service offering, including Threshold’s pioneering impact investing practice.

Ed was also a partner in Arthur Andersen’s Family Wealth Planning practice and headed their North and South Carolina Core Tax Services group of some 65 professionals. His estate and income tax planning background, family business consulting and registered investment advisory experience was brought to bear for clients facing the complex issues of family-owned and operated enterprises. He co-authored and/or taught numerous courses to his Andersen colleagues, including their Intermediate and Advanced Family Wealth Planning tracks. He was Andersen’s liaison to the North Carolina Family Business Forum, playing a key role in its creation and in building its constituency.

Ed’s philanthropic passions are rooted in education. Ed is a former member of the Family Office Exchange Advisory Board; the Alumni Association board of his alma mater, Valparaiso University; Treasurer of Communities in Schools of Peninsula (Gig Harbor); board member of the Innovation Entrepreneurship Center at the Albers School of Business, Seattle University and the Chair of the College Success Foundation in Tacoma, Washington. Ed currently serves on the advisory board for the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington. Ed is a Certified Public Accountant and Personal Financial Specialist in the states of Washington and North Carolina and is a member of the national and Washington CPA societies. Ed is a frequent writer and speaker on families and family office industry issues. He and his wife Paula (also a Valparaiso graduate) have three children.

Matthew McBrady

Matthew R. McBrady, Ph.D. is the Chief Investment Officer for BlackRock's Multi-Strategy (MuSt) hedge fund platform within the Multi-Asset Strategies Group.

He is responsible for strategy selection, portfolio construction, risk management and implementation across MuSt portfolios.

Prior to joining BlackRock in 2014, Dr. McBrady served as a Managing Director and head of Investment Strategy and Risk Management at Silver Creek Capital Management, a fund of hedge funds investment manager. From 2006 to 2008, he was a Vice President in the North American Private Equity with Bain Capital, where he was involved in structuring, negotiating and executing a wide range of private equity deals. Before moving to the private sector, Dr. McBrady was a professor of finance at the Darden School of the University of Virginia and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He received teaching awards while at both schools. Earlier in his career, he worked with Janet Yellen in President Clinton's Council of Economic Advisors and with Timothy Geithner in the U.S. Treasury's Office of Policy Development and Review.

Dr. McBrady has published research in publications including the Journal of Financial Intermediation, Review of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, and Journal of Restructuring Finance. He also was a co-author of two Harvard Business School case studies, and co-author of a chapter in the Encyclopedia of Financial Globalization.

Dr. McBrady earned an A.B. degree in Economics from Harvard College in 1992, an M.Sc. in Economics for Development from Oxford University in 1993, where he was a Marshall Scholar, and a Ph.D. in Business Economics in 2002 from Harvard University.

Rosario Pérez

Rosario Pérez is the President/Owner of RP ADVISORS, LLC, an investment advisory firm based in New York City dedicated to serving women entrepreneurs.

Prior to that Ms. Perez was CEO/President of Pro Mujer Inc., an organization offering financial, educational and health services to 300,000 women in Latin America. Based at international headquarters in New York City she oversaw a team of 2,100 employees across Argentina, Bolivia, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru.

Rosario joined Pro Mujer from 2008 to 2015, following a distinguished career in banking, culminating in her appointment as the executive in charge of J.P.Morgan Chase’s Latin American Private Bank. In this role Ms. Perez was responsible for overall client management, operations and financial performance from 1997 until 2005. She oversaw the successful execution of Chase/J.P.Morgan merger which included 475 employees in 10 offices worldwide, $30 billion dollars in assets under management and $280 million dollars in revenue.

A sought-after thought leader on women’s social and financial inclusion, Rosario has spoken at numerous international conferences, including the World Economic Forum, the Women’s Forum and Women Deliver. In 2014 she was named a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur for her leadership in implementing Pro Mujer’s ground-breaking market-based healthcare solutions for women.

Rosario has served on numerous non for profit boards including Helen Keller International and is presently on the board of Global Partnerships, a social impact investment organization based in Seattle, Washington; and is also on the board of Kering Corporate Foundation, which combats violence against women.

Originally from Chihuahua, Mexico Rosario received her B.A. in International Relations from the University of the Americas (Mexico) and a M.A. in European History from Yale University.

Tim Porter

Board Secretary

Tim is a Managing Director at Madrona Venture Group, a Seattle-based venture capital firm founded in 1995 with $1.7 billion under management that invests in early-stage technology companies.

Tim is focused on investing in business-to-business software companies in the Pacific Northwest, particularly in the areas of cloud computing, software-as-a-service, machine learning, and cybersecurity. He is a board member of numerous Madrona portfolio companies including Algorithmia, Echodyne, Eclypsium, Highspot, Jama Software and Saykara.

In addition to his work at Madrona, Tim is a member of the Investment Committee for the Alliance of Angels Seed Fund I and is on the board of the Technology Alliance. Tim was formerly on the boards of the Washington Industry Technology Alliance and Villa Academy. Tim also serves on the Investment Committee for Global Partnerships’ Social Venture Fund.

Prior to joining Madrona in 2006, Tim was a key member of Microsoft’s Corporate Development group, where he shared responsibilities for sourcing, structuring, and negotiating Microsoft’s acquisitions, strategic investments and joint ventures. Earlier in his career, Tim worked nearly five years for broadband satellite start-up Teledesic, spending his last year there also working for Craig McCaw’s Eagle River Investments.

Outside of work, Tim enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, especially skiing, fishing, playing and watching sports.

Tim received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Bill Richter

Co-Chair, Board President

Bill Richter is CEO of Qumulo, a cloud-based, data storage company. Bill is also a Venture Partner at the Madrona Venture Group where he advises emerging businesses across multiple categories.

Previously, he was President of the Isilon Storage Division of EMC, where he grew the business to $1.5 billion in annual revenue in 2014. Prior to Isilon, Bill served as COO of EMC’s $4 billion Midrange Storage business. Bill was a Director in the finance department of, where he focused on scaling global accounting operations for the rapidly expanding business. Bill started his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

Bill serves on the boards of the Qumulo, Skytap, Lumatax and the Washington Technology Industry Association. Bill holds a BA in Business Administration from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington.

Alex Silva

Mr. Silva is the founder of Omtrix Inc., a Costa Rica based privately owned fund management and financial consulting company specializing in the provision of services to the Impact Investing industry.

Alex, who previously was the Central American Representative for the Inter-American Investment Corporation (now BID-Invest), has more than 30 years of experience in international finance and corporate governance with expertise in the evaluation and appraisal of financial intermediaries, financial engineering, and strategic planning as well as the design, fundraising and management of impact oriented investment funds.
He has in-depth knowledge of the Latin American, Caribbean, MENA, and Sub-Saharan African financial inclusion markets. Alex has a vast experience working with bi/multilateral institutions and development financial institutions in general.

Funds for which Mr. Silva has been involved in launching and managing include: the Higher Education Finance Fund – HEFF (a US$ 35 million student loan Facility spearheaded by KfW), the Emergency Liquidity Facility–ELF (a US$ 12 Million lender-of-last-resort for the microfinance industry), the Risk Management Facility – RMF (a US$ 4 million technical assistance facility spearheaded by FMO), and ProFund (the first equity fund dedicated to inclusive finance).

Currently, Mr. Silva serves in the boards of Financiera Compartamos in Peru and ENLACE in El Salvador. He has lectured on microfinance investment and governance of microcredit institutions at Boulder’s Economics Institute as well as participated as a speaker in several seminars in multiple international venues. He has been and advisor and lecturer at the Africa Board Fellowship Program since inception.

Alex has also successfully led most of the consulting assignments of Omtrix for such clients as the IFC/Word Bank, OeEB, Triodos, IADB, ADA, ACCION, Aga Khan Foundation, and DFID. This has allowed him to gain valuable experience and knowledge on how successful – and not so successful – institutions work. Mr. Silva also derives valuable insights from having served in multiple board of directors of several MFIs (more than 20) as well as several international organizations (including AFRICAP, CGAP, the MIX, MicroRate and MFX). Mr. Silva has also served in the International Board of Habitat for Humanity (as well as in the Board of its related MicroBuild Fund; a Fund for which he was involved in the design and implementation phase).

Mr. Silva holds a BA and a MBA from Cornell University. He has also collaborated in the preparation and review of multiple papers and documents pertaining to micro- finance and sustainable development in general. Alex is fluent in both Spanish and English and has working knowledge of Portuguese and French.

Samuel Collin Ssenyimba

Samuel Collin Ssenyimba is a Senior Program Officer with the Agriculture Development program at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, WA.

In this role he oversees partnerships focused on the intersection of digital innovation, financial inclusion, smallholder risk and resilience. Prior to the Gates Foundation, Samuel spent 8+ years growing and managing the African portfolio of a global impact investor; and before that held progressive roles in institutions focused on financial inclusion and rural development across East Africa and MENA regions. He has served on various governance and investment boards - including the Financial Sector Deepening Program, Uganda and Zurich-based impact advisory firm, iGravity - and was an advisor with Accion’s Africa Board Fellowship Program. He holds a Master’s degree in Development Finance from Reading University (UK) and a BSc. Agriculture Economics (Makerere, Uganda).

Jane Stonecipher

Jane Stonecipher is an experienced non-profit executive, with a special focus on bringing business and financial acumen to leading community institutions. She is currently the Executive Director of the Arboretum Foundation.

Jane previously held senior finance and marketing positions with Western Wireless Corporation and the personal computer division of Hewlett Packard. In 2007, Jane moved to the nonprofit sector and became CFO of Epiphany School, leading the financing efforts for a campus expansion and then subsequently ran the business and visitor operations at the Woodland Park Zoo. Jane has been a trustee of Pacific Northwest Ballet and the St. Mark’s Foundation, served as a volunteer with Lakeside School and Girl Scouts of Western WA and is currently the Vice-Chair of the UW Medicine finance committee. She holds a MBA from Harvard Business School and an accounting degree from the University of Alabama.

Robert B. Van Cleve

Robert is an attorney with Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson P.S. His legal practice focuses on representation of corporations, limited liability companies, and individuals in business and corporate law matters.

He frequently acts in the role of outside general counsel for clients, which gives him a breadth of experience in corporate governance, employment law, contracts, commercial transactions, and strategic advice. In addition to that broader role, he has extensive experience in securities, mergers and acquisitions, and technology issues. He has served on the firm’s management committee.

Robert earned his A.B. degree from Princeton University and a J.D. from the University of Virginia. Among his community activities, he has served as a council member and chair of the Pike Place Market Preservation & Development Authority; board member and president of First Place School; board member of Citizens for Pike Place Market; and board member of Rad Racing NW, a regional junior cycling development team.

Maggie Walker


Maggie is currently the Chair of the Board of the National Audubon Society; Chair of Global Partnerships – an international impact investor; Chair of the Central Waterfront Steering committee and of Friends of Waterfront Seattle; and Chair of the UW College of the Environment Advisory Board.

Maggie Walker was born and raised in Summit , New Jersey. She attended Oak Knoll School until 1968 when she moved to Greenville, South Carolina where she met Doug Walker. Both attended Vanderbilt University, then married and moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington where Maggie earned degrees in History and Journalism and Doug did graduate work in Mathematics.

For fifteen years Maggie worked in the commercial furnishings and design industry in the Northwest while Doug founded a software firm, WRQ. Following the birth of their only child, Maggie became very active in the non-profit community.

Over the last 25 years, Maggie has led the boards of many organizations: Henry Art Gallery at UW ; the Woodland Park Zoo; MOHAI; Seattle Foundation; Seattle Art Museum; Bullitt Foundation; Washington Women’s Foundation; ARCS Foundation; and the UW College of Arts and Sciences Advisory Board.

Doug and Maggie were founders of Social Venture Partners, and Maggie helped to form Cultural Access Washington. She and Doug led the campaign to create Lake Union Park. Maggie received the James Ellis Regional leadership Award in 2013 and she and Doug received the Gates Volunteer Award in 2016 from UW. In 2017 she was named a Woman of Courage by Senator Maria Cantwell .

Doug passed away in 2015 in a climbing accident. Maggie continues her philanthropic work as President of the Walker Family Foundation.