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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Advisory Board

Jared Silverman

As the Director of Development for HATCH Jared works to educate, accelerate, and invest in entrepreneurs who are creating solutions to social problems. Jared’s role involves developing and implementing strategies to collaborate with individuals, corporations and foundations to scale the impact of HATCH globally. Also an Instructor at Prescott College, Jared teaches courses in Ecopsychology, The History of Psychiatry, Yogic Philosophy, and Human Development. As a researcher for the Gwydion Fund, Jared works to connect people with the natural world through education, conservation, and research.

Cassidy Seckman

Cassidy is the Programs Manager at HATCH. She is an innovator, self-motivator and creative thinker. Previously, Cassidy was a founding member of Adventure Aide, an app for adventures and match-making people to their passions. With her background in marketing and project management, Cassidy bridges the gaps between marketing, creative, and technical teams to develop growth strategies, initiate and facilitate cross-platform campaigns, and design internal management processes. At HATCH, Cassidy manages various programs and helps work with fellow HATCHers to accelerate projects and solutions.

Tony Bond

Tony Bond is Executive Vice President, Chief Diversity and Innovation Officer for Great Place to Work, where he is a key contributor and catalyst for the organization’s culture transformation work. For 30 years, the privately owned company based in Oakland, Calif., has surveyed, studied, certified, and ranked companies with the best workplaces. In his role at Great Place to Work, Bond shapes the organization’s culture transformation work, and performance, and Tony has served as a trusted adviser for some of the most successful global organizations, including the National Basketball Association, AT&T, Daimler, Coca-Cola, Indeed, Whole Foods, Dow Chemicals and American Express. A strategic thinker and proactive listener, Tony is adept at using a systems thinking approach to affect positive change at the organization, team and individual leader levels. His eye for detail and talent for thinking outside the box have enabled him to help companies solve complex issues with innovative approaches. Tony is able to leverage his corporate experience in leading complex business units in sales, marketing, human resources, operations and finance to address today’s complex business challenges. He is passionate about equipping leaders with the knowledge and steps they must take to create a workplace environment where employees grow professionally and make positive contributions to business objectives.

Kim Dabbs

Kim is a former HATCH Boardd member, social entrepreneur, advocate, and innovator who is serving as the Global Director of Social Innovation for Steelcase. Steelcase is an innovative, 105-year-old international design and manufacturing company for office furniture, architectural and technology products. Kim has a passion for building a culture of opportunity and is leveraging that mindset as she partners with organizations leading transformational change projects around the world. She has scaled innovation and designed programs that showcase social impact over multiple sectors and continues to look for changemakers to accelerate and amplify globally. The HATCH + Steelcase partnership enables us to expand the NextGen Summit program to a year-round mentorship program.

Roshi Givechi

Roshi Givechi provides design consulting services to large businesses, individual startup entrepreneurs, and non-profit organizations looking to make a difference while also developing her own doc film shorts – all to enhance mindsets, crystalize experiences and amplify outcomes. After 19 years at global design firm IDEO, lastly as Partner – Executive Design Director, she coined her “creative sabbatical” in 2018 before opting to consult. She loves helping founders articulate their offer, and programming workshops with seasoned facilitators to unlock individual and collective impact.

Marcus Glover

Founding Partner, Lockstep Ventures & Board Chair of Defy Ventures, Marcus catalyzes change through social impact investment and criminal justice reform. Through close collaboration with local stakeholders, M. Glover Capital’s investments drive job creation to economic stability and wealth generation for systems affected communities. Through Defy Ventures, which fights mass incarceration and recidivism by building on the natural talents of incarcerated men, Marcus mentors youth and teaches yoga and meditation. As a Global Creative Director and Chief Marketing Officer, Marcus produced some of the most memorable advertising campaigns within pop culture urban lifestyle, music, sports, entertainment, including an award-winning Super Bowl commercial. Based on his agency experience, Marcus is highly active as a consultant for early-stage ventures and leads workshops on brand and personal storytelling for founders and leaders.

Liz Dozier

FOUNDER, CHICAGO BEYOND. From education to activism, Liz Dozier is a former HATCH Boardd member, and has spent her career working tirelessly to disrupt the culture of inequity that is often pervasive in urban neighborhoods. In 2016, Dozier launched Chicago Beyond, an impact investor that backs the fight for youth equity by fueling ideas, organizations, and people. Since its inception, Chicago Beyond has invested more than $30 million in 14 local nonprofit organizations and a community leader that fight for all youth to achieve their fullest human potential. Beyond funding, the team works hand-in-hand with their investment partners to provide the strategic support and thought partnership they need to achieve their goals and reach more young people. Because there is no single barrier to equity, Chicago Beyond invests in everything from education, to youth safety, to health and wellness, and beyond. Dozier’s work has been featured in various outlets such as the New York Times Best Seller How Children Succeed by Paul Tough, CNN’s docu-series Chicagoland, and forums such as Aspen Ideas Festival, the Kennedy Center Forum on Mental Health, The Obama Foundation Summit, and SXSW.

Oman Frame

Oman is the Coordinator OF Equity & Inclusion at The Paidea School, Hampton University and Co-Chair of the iChange Collaboration.  Oman has 20 years of experience in teaching and diversity leadership. He is a gifted motivator and educator who combines real world topics with academic rigor in a way that makes learning personally meaningful for his students. Oman has conducted workshops around the country. He creates curriculum that helps students understand the effects of oppression on underserved communities and inspires commitment to social justice. He has been featured in many different media outlets and continues to strive to change the world.

Christine Lai

Christine is a cross-sector collaboration catalyst, connecting ideas, passions, and people for positive social change. She most recently served as Chief of Staff with Delivering Happiness, an organization creating more successful, sustainable company cultures. With prior experience in education, hospitality, and sports, she is currently focusing on communities and the future of work. She is inspired and invigorated by bringing people together to do epic, generative things.

Chris Denson

Chris Denson is an award-winning innovator, marketer, recovering comedian, and host of the Innovation Crush podcast, with over 750,000 subscribers around the world. Having been a guest speaker, curator, and attendee at 100’s of industry events, Chris is an expert at uncovering the best thinking and commonalities across a diverse array of cultures. Applying his expertise to the likes of the White House, Art Basel Miami, and Omnicom Media Group, his work has been featured in Adweek, Forbes, the New York Times, and Inc, to name a few. He is also the author of the Amazon #1 bestselling book, “Crushing the Box: 10 Essential Rules for Breaking Essential Rules,” a series of personal and professional examinations of what it takes to be an innovator.

Pete Strom

Pete is a certified Integral Facilitator, licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, and an entrepreneur with a MA in Human Development. A practitioner of culture design, facilitation, Deliberately Developmental Organizations, Meditation, psychotherapy, and EOS, he specializes in elevating existing teams and events through developmental learning, coaching, and facilitation. A core member of Ten Directions training and consulting teams and a principal facilitator and experience designer for HATCH Summit, Pete has impacted executives and professional teams from numerous industries.

Mark Brand

Mark Brand offers an engaging, bold, brutally honest portrayal of hunger, homelessness and addiction today in our communities. His dedication to changing the landscape and encouraging others to look at sustainable business models is at the forefront of his inspiring keynotes. Social impact and change is not only evident in his own business models, but his thought leadership is contagious to challenge many others to also make a difference.

Aithan Shapira

Professor, Lecturer @ MIT Sloan, Founder @ Making to Think, a pedagogy for change that’s enabling organizations, governments, and Fortune 100 leaders to create conditions for enduring cultures of innovation. On McKinsey’s think tank for Advancing Adult Learning & Development; pioneered curricula at the edge of leadership + skills retraining for the future of work @ MIT Sloan, Harvard iLab, Stanford d.school, Berklee ICE; lived in an Australian Aboriginal community for 3 years to study art’s impact on cultures of survival; continues to be a visiting art critic + exhibit in NY, London, Miami.

Lucy Caldwell

Founder, Life Revealed – Lucy Caldwell is a social psychologist, venture philanthropist and founder of the Life Revealed podcast and event series. She has devoted herself to the science and practice of how people change with an emphasis on awakening, empowering and dynamically reshaping culture.

Marques Anderson

Marques began his professional career in the NFL, playing for 5 years. After a pivot in 2006, Marques founded the World Education Foundation, performing research and project development in 18 different countries. Marques is an alumnus of Singularity University’s Global Solutions Program, sponsored by NASA. Marques has become an expert in Cyborg Anthropology, bringing ambitious ideas to communities and markets around the world. He is currently the Founder and CEO of Urban Matrix One, which focuses on utilizing satellite imagery, unique data sets and machine learning to solve global challenges.

San Rahi

San is the global head of development at Sid Lee Studio. He is also an Emmy award-winning Creative Director who has spent his career at the intersection of consumer insight, entertainment and technology. San is one who believes that brands can be true modern culture-makers. Building on 20 years of experience in digital innovation and previously CMO of a data-driven FinTech, he has created marketing campaigns, strategic content and bespoke engagement platforms for consumer brands including Canon, Ford, Hershey’s, MLS, Toyota, Verizon and VitaminWater, as well as entertainment brands, including abc, CBS, ESPN, Fox, NBC and Univision. San is a creative catalyst with an holistic understanding of how macro-trends and technologies drive new business models, new partnerships and new market opportunities.

Tom Gruber

Tom is a computer scientist, inventor, and entrepreneur with a focus on systems for knowledge sharing and collective intelligence.  He did foundational work in ontology engineering and is well known for his definition of ontologies in the context of Artificial Intelligence. Gruber’s research interests in the 1990s were in the field of developing intelligent networked software to support human collaboration and learning. Areas of specialty include knowledge acquisition, knowledge representation, computer-supported collaborative work, computer-mediated communication for design, and knowledge sharing technology.  In 1994 he was responsible for the creation of hypermail, an email to web gateway software that saw extensive use after a rewrite by a different programmer.  In 2007 Gruber co-founded Siri Inc., which created the Siri intelligent personal assistant and knowledge navigator. Siri Inc. was acquired by Apple in 2010, and Siri is now an integral part of iOS 5.

Shannon Hughes

Shannon is the CEO and Lead Strategist for Spur Studio; a marketing agency located in Montana with national and international clients. Shannon is an intermittent artist, wanderluster, lover of big adventures, calculated risks, and the soul expansion that comes with both. Heartfelt writing, closed-loop food systems, and regenerative agriculture light her fire.

Mark Goerner

Mark has had a diverse and dynamic career as a concept designer & futurist providing services, for the feature film industry, contributing to “Minority Report”, “Constantine”,“X-men 2”, “Superman”, “Iron Man 2″, “Thor”, “Fantastic Voyage”, and “Avitar”. As an industrial designer, he contributed advanced concepts for BMW/Designworks, Intel, Toyota, Honda, the High Roller Ferris wheel in Las Vegas. Mark has also built and executed elaborate installations at Burning Man, leading large teams.  He is taking these influences and knowledge as well as a background in manufacturing to found eqogo, a robust platform to evaluate products for their long term value and environmental impacts.

Kip Morales

Award-winning educator at Alliance for College Ready Public Schools. As a master Tai Chi Chuan (太極拳) practitioner in Tamon Naishindo internal martial arts, Kip’s purpose is to promote the spirit of harmony and the people’s capacity for maintaining faith in their true nature. As a teacher of high school urban youth, a board member for Junior State of America Foundation, and a senior policy fellow of educational advocates at Teach Plus, Kip pushes the boundaries of our educational system towards greater equity, civility, and worth. In such efforts, Kip attributes his team of students and teachers for making education real and our communities more harmonious.

Elysa Fennenbock

Elysa is working with HATCH and partners on HATCHedu’s expansion. She is an educator, designer, maker, collaborator, project and people manager, design thinking expert and creative ninja. Currently, Elysa is designer-in-Residence at Google and a lecturer and educator at d.school Stanford University. Previously she was a senior designer & project lead at IDEO, and led the development of a design thinking MOOC for educators, in partnership with Riverdale Country School in NY, and Edutopia, the George Lucas Foundation for Education. Over 30,000 teachers signed up for the free 5-week course.  

Steven Duong

Steven is an Associate Vice President of RBC Capital and an AVP in equity research with over ten years of experience in equity research and investment banking.  Steven also spent three years in Panama involved in real estate brokerage and investment. He is focused on financial modeling and business planning, analysis, and development.

A.J. Paron-Wildes

A.J. Paron-Wildes is a Senior Architecture & Design Manager at Allsteel and former Interior Design instructor at the University of Minnesota. She has fifteen years of experience in researching and designing interiors for clients with Autism and other neurological impairments. As an ASID Thought Leader and Distinguished Speaker, she frequently lectures and writes articles on this topic and is an active member ASID, IIDA, AIA, and USGBC. A.J. is very committed and highly respected within Autism communities, such as the American Society of Autism (ASA).

Fred Dent

Fred is a CFA celebrating his 28th year in the financial planning and investment business. He started Dent Asset Management in 1997. He is a frequent speaker and commentator on financial topics that inspire and educate. For eight years he was the resident financial analyst on CBS affiliate WAFB-TV in Baton Rouge with his popular and informative segment, “Dollars and Dent”. Fred earned his bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University. For the first three years of his career, he worked for a major Wall Street firm in New York City. He is an active participant in several local community organizations and a holder of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charter.

Bryony Schwan

Bryony’s career has included more than 24 years in the not-for-profit sector and several multi-year stints in for-profit ventures. In late 1994, she founded Women’s Voice for the Earth where she worked for 12 years. In 2006, she co-founded The Biomimicry Institute with Janine Benyus and in 2010, co-founded Biomimicry 3.8 with Janine Benyus, Dayna Baumeister and Chris Allen. The biomimicry Institute is dedicated to nature-inspired solutions to complex human challenges for a healthy planet. In 2014 I launched a new tech start-up called Kind Kudos, Inc. an app and web platform to store, share and spread love, gratitude, and kindness. In the fall of 2015, Bryony joined Altruist Partners, a non-profit consulting firm.

Will Travis

Will is the US Executive Chairman, Global Head Growth Officer, and Senior Partner of Sid Lee.  Will is a leader of infectious passion, drive, and incredible insight gleaned from leading global creative communication agencies over his 25-year career.  Appointed President and World Partner of ATTIK – acquired by Dentsu in 2008 – he helped develop the London firm on an international level, then became the CEO of Dentsu America. He has a hell-bent focus on creating unique brand experiences in business and living life to the full, having summited many of the world’s highest summits, motorbiking with The Paris Dakar and traversing the Himalayas, whilst living his life working and traveling through 58 countries.


Tim Christensen

Tim is a creative technology pioneer with a passion for human experience and technology with over 20 years of experience in software engineering, design, scaleable server technologies and business development. More recently, Tim has turned his attention to multi-platform mobile, wearable device and IoT technology and software. Tim and his team currently deliver world-class design and technology to numerous startup and emerging companies as well as the Fortune 50 in a variety of industries.

Scott Billadeau

Scott is a co-Founder of HATCH, Founder of Liquid Planet and owner and Chief Designer of Planetary Design. Planetary Design is the only company in the world providing the full solution to store it, make it, and take it for portable food and beverage. Scott is also an Emmy-nominated composer and musician.  As a former music professor and head of the Music Technology program at The University of Montana, Scott endeavors to weave science through art and art through science whether it’s business, music, or understanding the universe.