Board of Directors + Advisors

Executive Board

Yarrow Kraner

Yarrow is the Founder of HATCH and H360.ai, is an Aspen Institute Fellow, RSA Fellow, and named 2015 top 100 creatives in the U.S. by Origins. He is a pioneer of social networking and has been building communities for twenty years. He’s directed projects with Richard Branson, The Rock, P Diddy, and more. In 1999, Yarrow created an online network – The Hero Project, which grew to 1.5 Million users and was acquired by FOX. In 2004, Yarrow founded HATCH, connecting global influencers to accelerate solutions for the UN’s SDGs. In 2016 Yarrow founded H360.ai, a machine learning impact collaboration platform. H360 connects people to resources and unlocks the potential of communities and organizations, powering a “Network of Networks.” Yarrow is featured in the book Talent for Humanity, is on the Advisory Board for the Water Innovation Accelerator (WIA), was honored with the Audfest Impact Award in 2019, and has led think tanks with Intel, Hasbro, Ernst & Young, NASA, spoken at TEDx, Vivatech, EarthX, Day One, and Business Innovation Factory Summit (BIF). Watch Yarrow’s DAY ONE keynote.

Otho Kerr

Otho E. Kerr III joins the New York Fed’s Community Development team as the new Director of Strategic Partnerships and Community Impact Investing, a newly created role. As the capital connector, Otho will work to connect capital with innovative ideas in the areas of climate-related risks to low- and moderate-income populations, the economic drivers of health, and household financial well-being. Prior to joining the New York Fed, Otho was the Chief Investment Officer for Acumen, an international impact investment firm that invests in early-stage companies whose products and services enable the poor to transform their lives. Previously, Otho was a founding partner and Chief Operating Officer with Encourage Capital, a solutions-oriented impact investment firm that seeks to leverage private capital to solve critical environmental and social problems. Otho has worked in investment banking and asset management for over thirty years, starting at Goldman Sachs & Co. He began his professional career as an attorney with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. Otho received an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from The Harvard Law School, and was the first member of his class to receive the Dartmouth Alumni Award. He is a Co-Chair of the Board of the Hetrick-Martin Institute, the nation’s largest LGBTQ youth services organization, and also serves on the National Academy of Medicine’s Advisory Committee on the Culture of Health Program. Otho enjoys running, skiing, and travel, and is an active member of TED.

Erica Mackey

Erica is a serial entreprneur, currently using Web3 to harness the power of caregivers to create an equitable and sustainable care economy and reimagine early childcare/education, focused on Early Childhood Development backed by science. Erica was the CEO & Co-Founder of Off-Grid Electric, the world’s first massively scalable off-grid electric company, connecting over 1 million Africans to affordable solar energy. Her ventures have raised over $130M from investors including Elon Musk, Paul Allen, Jeff Skoll, and others. She is on the Board of Directors for TheBoardroom Africa, a curated online marketplace that connects CEOs and C-suite level executives with peer-endorsed female candidates for private and public company board service. Erica was a Skoll Center for Social Entrepreneurship Fellow, was recognized as Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs and is a delegate at the Academy of Achievement.

Renay Loper

VICE PRESIDENT, PROGRAM INNOVATION / PYXERA GLOBAL – Renay centers people as an impact strategist driven by catalyzing change & leveraging the power of partnerships to shift unjust systems. Renay advises leadership of fortune 500 corporations & has implemented social impact programs globally; created Rhetoric to Action, a series of conversations to mobilize collective action for racial justice; led grant diversification efforts for the Japan Foundation; facilitated sessions at the UN and the US Department of State; teaches Personal Leadership to sustainability MBA students; and serves on several nonprofit boards.

Jay Hirschton

Jay has nearly two decades of leadership in the nonprofit, philanthropy and sector impact sector and curretnly is COO at Vibrant Data Labs, which combines data science and network theory into flexible visual tools to tackle systemic social challenges. Formerly Jay was formerly CEO at Full Circle Fund, a community of the Bay Area’s top tech entrepreneurs & philanthropists where he delivered over $25M in financial and intellectual capital to accelerate the nonprofit sector and built a $500k Annual Recurring Revenue (ARR) business. Jay has deep experience designing social impact strategy, business operations, fundraising & business development, building racial equity strategies and corporate partnership. Previously, Jay led fundraising, programming, and operations for national nonprofit organizations buildOn, Common Sense Media, and Burton Snowboards Chill Foundation. Jay is a fellow at the Stanford d. School – Designing for Social Systems, has certificate in social entrepreneurishp from Universtiy of Colorado at Boulder and is a graduate of the AltMBA program. He lives in Berkeley with his wife and two boys.

Susan Carstensen

Susan is an independent business consultant, with more than 30 years of executive experience, highly respected among her peers and is often sought out for her expertise on business and entrepreneurial start-ups. She has impacted many with the generous sharing of her time and talent, from inspiring and mentoring students and entrepreneurs to serving her community through leadership on local, regional and national boards. She was the COO and CFO of RightNow Technologies, instrumental in building the company to a $1.5B acquisition in 2011 by Oracle, Inc.. She is a board member at Workfront, Socrata, Foundant, Quiq, PFL, D.A.Davidson, MSUAF and MSUIC. As an active investor in Frontier Angel Fund, cofounder of OpensourceMT, a mentor in PowerhouseMT, Susan is focused on growing the high-tech ecosystem in Montana. Susan is a 5th generation Montanan, high tech growth advisor, investor, mentor board member, and avid adventurer.

Elke Govertsen

Elke is currently working on her memoir. “I don’t really fit on on org chart, but the titles I have held are CEO, Chief Community Officer, Editor, Creative Director, Founder, publisher, executive, author.” Elke was Founder / CEO of Mamalode Media Company which was named “America’s best parenting magazine” by Lisa Stone, Founder of BlogHer. Named one of Origin magazine’s Top 100 Creatives, featured in Forbes.com, Real Simple, Ad Tech, Huffington Post, and Godaddy Garage, Elke has made a large national footprint from Montana. She has spoken at events like AdWeek, The Girls Lounge, and C2 Montreal, and TEDx.