Executive Vice President, Development & Communications, Per Scholas
As Executive Vice President, Development & Communications, Caitlyn is responsible for leading development and execution of Per Scholas’ diverse funding model, as well as communications strategy. Caitlyn has more than 15 years of experience in the public, non-profit and academic sectors, across diverse policy domains, including asset building, housing, workforce and youth development. She has expertise in fundraising and communications, program evaluation and design, research, policy advocacy, and organizational development. Caitlyn has been an Adjunct Professor of Public Administration at New York University since 2005, and teaches a graduate level course on Wealth and Inequality. Caitlyn earned her Master’s in Public Administration at NYU's Wagner School of Public Service. Caitlyn lives in Brooklyn with her husband and three children.
Executive Director, Propeller
Andrea Chen is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation. Founded in 2009, Propeller grows and supports entrepreneurs to tackle social and environmental disparities in the areas of water, food, health, and education. Since founding, Propeller has accelerated over 130+ ventures that have generated over $82mm in revenue and financing, launched a 10,000 s.f. co-working space, and provided over $150k in seed funding to entrepreneurs. Prior to joining Propeller, Ms. Chen worked at the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools where she oversaw grant making for over $5 million in charter school startup funds and launched a loan fund. She was named a 2016 Business Person of the Year by Biz New Orleans, "40 Under 40" by Gambit Magazine, 2010 City Business Women of the Year, 2014 Aspen Institute Scholar, 2014 BALLE Fellow, 2014 Norman C. Francis Institute Fellow, and serves on the boards of Public Lab and Bureau of Governmental Research. She graduated from Stanford University, attended Harvard Graduate School of Education and the University of New Orleans, and was trained in business at Dartmouth University's Tuck School of Business.
Vice President, Global Programs at the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth
Payal currently serves as the Vice President, Global Programs at the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth. She joined the Center in April 2018 and oversees the Center’s philanthropic investments around the globe.
Previously, she was Head of Global Community Programs for Standard Chartered Bank. In this capacity, she oversaw all programs related to education, health, emergency response, and disaster relief. Payal joined Standard Chartered in July 2008 as the Head of Public Affairs for the Americas.
With a professional background in international philanthropy and politics, Payal has worked for a wide range of public sector organizations including the World Affairs Council, the Global Philanthropy Forum and the Earth Institute at Columbia University. Payal also worked on foreign policy for the Office of President William J. Clinton. In 2014, President and Secretary Clinton appointed Payal to be a program advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative.
Payal has extensive experience in financial services as well. Prior to joining Standard Chartered, she worked on the launch of the AT&T Universal Savings and Reward Card for Citi.
A Texas native, Payal has an BA with honors from Stanford University and an MBA and an MPA from New York University.
Head of US Corporate Banking, Market President, Capital One
U.S. Corporate Banking is a national business that manages relationships with U.S. based large cap companies. In her almost 30 years with the firm, DeBlieux has held leadership positions in National Accounts, Gulf South Banking, Financial Institutions and International Banking. She has served as a mentor in the Capital One Commercial Banking Development Program and is former head of Capital One New Orleans Women’s Network. She is a member of the Association of Financial Professionals, a graduate of the Leadership for Extraordinary Performance program and the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute. DeBlieux serves on the Executive Committees of the New Orleans Business Council and GNO, Inc..
DeBlieux is also Capital One’s Market President. In this role, she connects Capital One’s resources with community needs and she plays a critical role in ensuring that Capital One lives up to the promise of Investing for Good. DeBlieux represents Capital One as a featured speaker for numerous “Future Edge” and Community Development Banking programs that enhance and expand economic opportunities for families and businesses. Launched by Capital One in 2015, Future Edge is a five-year $150 million initiative to help American workers obtain skills and resources needed to succeed in the 21st century.
One of DeBlieux’s passions is volunteering time to better the community. Among the many organizations that benefit from her leadership are: YMCA of Greater New Orleans, YMCA of the USA, New Orleans City Park, Boys Hope Girls Hope; Police and Justice Foundation; Catholic Charities, Blue Ridge Leaders School; Stuart Hall School; Jesuit High School, Greater New Orleans Foundation Impact 100.
In recognition of her community service, DeBlieux has received numerous awards. DeBlieux received her Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the EJ Ourso School of Business at Louisiana State University.
Director of Enterprise Sustainability, AT&T
Tim Fleming is the Director of Enterprise Sustainability at AT&T. He is passionate about identifying ways that technology can drive social and environmental outcomes that are quantifiable and have impact at scale. He works with business, government and other stakeholders to determine how we can use Industry 4.0 technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT) and Smart Cities to optimize resource use, improve environmental performance and demonstrate measurable value for customers, citizens and society. Tim is committed to the idea that technology will be key to the realization of a global low carbon economy and achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Tim is currently on the board of the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) and in his 20 years at AT&T has held a wide range of positions, including roles in the CSR, External Affairs, Corporate Real Estate, and IT organizations.
Vice President, Community Affairs President, Capital One
Catherine Foca is Vice President of Community Affairs and President, Capital One Foundation. Serving in a variety of roles since she joined the team in 2009, Ms. Foca currently oversees Community Affairs for Capital One, including grant making, associate and executive engagement, and its Future Edge program. In addition, she serves as President for the Capital One Foundation.
Before joining Capital One, Ms. Foca held a range of positions at the America's Promise Alliance for Youth, including Vice President, Strategic Planning/Organizational Learning. In that role, she helped develop pilot programs and convened a team of national researchers to launch the "100 Best Communities for Children and Youth" program. Ms. Foca is also a Public Allies/ AmeriCorps Alumnus.
Ms. Foca earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Bachelors Degree in Politics from Wake Forest University. She is current president of the John Tyler Community College Foundation. Ms. Foca enjoys competing in triathlons and resides in Richmond, Virginia with her husband and three daughters.
Dean of Strategic Initiatives
Mark Garcia is the Dean of Strategic Initiatives at Collin College. In his role at the college, Mark has been extensively involved in the implementation and deployment of various technologies, both hardware and software based, across the district. Additionally, as a former professor at Collin, one of Mark’s core motivations is to work with the college to develop internal technological solutions that can enhance and ensure success for students, and improve the workflow and efficiency of faculty and staff.
Currently, Mark and his department are focused on developing a new student mobile application, to better connect students with their life at Collin, and they are also developing digital content aimed at enhancing online learning.
Mark received his bachelor’s degree from MIT and his master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Senior Fellow, Research to Action Lab and the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center, Urban Institute
Solomon Greene is a senior fellow in the Research to Action Lab and the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute. His research focuses on how land-use and housing policy can improve access to opportunity for vulnerable groups and how data and technology can support more inclusive urban development.
Before joining Urban, Greene was a senior adviser at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), where he helped develop a new federal regulation to reduce residential segregation and promote regional housing opportunities. He was also HUD's principal adviser on the United Nations process for setting global sustainable development goals. Before that, Greene was a senior program officer at the Open Society Foundations, where he managed the foundation's grants and programs on affordable housing, community development, and fair access to credit. He also launched and led the Neighborhood Stabilization Initiative, the nation's first and largest philanthropic initiative to address the impacts of the foreclosure crisis on low-income communities.
Greene has been a law fellow at NYU Furman Center, an adjunct professor at NYU Wagner, a law clerk for the Honorable Dorothy W. Nelson on the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and a litigation associate at Munger, Tolles & Olson. Greene serves on the board of the National Housing Law Project and has served on the board of the Neighborhood Funders Group.
Greene received his BA from Stanford University, his MCP from the University of California, Berkeley, and his JD from Yale Law School.
Senior Associate for Data Initiatives, Annie E. Casey Foundation
Chris Kingsley works to create stronger and better-integrated public data systems as a resource for those who make decisions affecting children, families, and communities. Prior to joining the Annie E Casey Foundation, he led the Data Quality Campaign's local policy advocacy and consulted with public, nonprofit and philanthropic organizations on matters related to data privacy, ethical use of predictive analytics, and collective impact.
Chris served as the principal associate for data initiatives with the National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education, and Families, and he has authored reports on performance management, municipal social media strategies, citywide information systems design, and economic development. As a Watson Fellow, Chris studied telecommunications policy and development in Africa, India, and China. He is a graduate of Haverford College and the University of Pennsylvania.
Research Director, Institute for the Future
As a research director at Institute for the Future, Rachel Maguire has a deep understanding of
how forces in learning, technology and economics are converging to upend the nature of
work. Rachel puts people at the center of her forecasts. Understanding humans as learners,
workers, householders, and community members allows Rachel to help organizations look
beyond technical feasibility to identify the value in new technologies, forecast adoption and
diffusion patterns, and discover new market opportunities and threats. During her decade-long
tenure at Institute for the Future, Rachel has explored how the futures of mobile technology,
connected sensors, and AI and machine learning will vary in different geographies. She has led
expert workshops and ethnographic research in Latin America, and co-authored numerous
reports including The Next Era of Human Machine Partnerships, The Magic of Kids Tech, Living
in a Health Aware World and The Future of Cities, Information and Inclusion. Rachel holds a BA
in politics from Oberlin College and an MPAff from the University of Texas at Austin.
Tiffany Manuel, PhD
Public Will-Building Expert, Strategist & Cross-Sector Leader, Enterprise
Dr. Tiffany Manuel is an expert in public will building. She is a dynamic speaker, thought leader, and writer on the issues of community development, social change and cross-sector partnerships. Trained as a social scientist, she is committed to building the capacity of change-makers and leaders to grow their social impact. She has worked to expand opportunity for low-income workers, families and communities through 25+ years of professional and volunteer experience spanning the private and non-profit sectors, government and academia. As Vice President for Knowledge, Impact & Strategy at Enterprise Community Partners, she leads Enterprise’s work to measure impact and build the capacity of the community development field to make a stronger case for its work. She leads the strategic vision on Enterprise’s innovative Opportunity360 platform, the most comprehensive set of tools and resources for measuring opportunity in the United States. Tiffany is passionate about translating the insights harvested from this work to increase opportunities for public deliberation and public will-building around the issues of poverty, inequality and social exclusion. Tiffany holds doctorate and master’s degrees in public policy from the University of Massachusetts Boston, a master’s degree in political science from Purdue University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago.
Executive Vice President, External Affairs, Capital One
Andy Navarrete is Executive Vice President, External Affairs for Capital One Financial Corporation. External Affairs is comprised of Capital One’s Government and Policy Affairs Group, Regulatory Relations, Corporate Communications, Community Development Banking, Community Finance, CRA Strategy, and Community Affairs teams, as well as the Company’s corporate philanthropy and foundation activities. In this capacity, Mr. Navarrete oversees Capital One’s strategic and supervisory engagements with federal and state regulatory agencies and legislators, and leads the Company’s engagement in the communities that we serve.
Mr. Navarrete joined Capital One in 1999 and has served as Chief Counsel for each of the Company’s major business units (including Card, Commercial and Retail Banking, Mortgage, Auto and Digital). He also led the Legal Department’s team of corporate and consumer bank regulatory attorneys, its Legal Management team and served as Assistant Corporate Secretary. Prior to joining Capital One, Mr. Navarrete was an attorney with the law firm of Morgan Lewis in Washington, DC. Mr. Navarrete began his legal career in the International Section of the Legal Division of the Federal Reserve Board. Prior to law school, Mr. Navarrete worked for the House Banking Committee and as a federal relations specialist for APCO Associates.
Mr. Navarrete serves as an Adjunct Professor of Banking Law at Georgetown University Law School. He received his J.D. from Boston College and his undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary.
Executive Director of the Budd Center, Southern Methodist University
Mrs. Nippert is the Executive Director of The Budd Center: Engaging Communities in Education at Southern Methodist University where she is co-founder of its keystone project, The School Zone.
In addition to her work with the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, Mrs. Nippert has more than thirty years of experience in a variety of community development settings including the practice of architecture and micro-lending. She serves on a number of boards in the Dallas area including the Mayor’s Star Council, Union Coffee and Incarnation House. She also served as board president for Unity of Dallas.
She graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in architecture and is married to Jim Nippert. Together they are the parents of five wonderful young men and women of whom they are insanely proud.
Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, Urban Institute
Erika Poethig is Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer at the Urban Institute. She leads the Research to Action Lab, which is an innovation hub serving decisionmakers and creative thinkers eager to effect social change. The Lab draws on the breadth and depth of Urban’s research insights to test new strategies and develop cutting-edge tools, programs and trainings, as well as provide strategic advice to public, philanthropic, nonprofit and private sector leaders.
Before joining Urban, Poethig was acting assistant secretary for policy, development, and research at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. During her tenure in the Obama administration, she was also deputy assistant secretary for policy development and was a leading architect of the White House Council for Strong Cities and Strong Communities. At the MacArthur Foundation, she was associate director for housing. She also was assistant commissioner for policy, resource, and program development at the City of Chicago's Department of Housing. In the 1990s, she developed Mayor Richard Daley's campaign to combat predatory lending, prevent foreclosures, and stabilize communities. Previously, she was associate project director of the Metropolis Project, which produced the Metropolis 2020 agenda for regional leadership around the major issues faced by the metropolitan Chicago area. Poethig serves on the boards of Mercy Housing and The College of Wooster.
Poethig was a Phi Beta Kappa member at the College of Wooster, a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Vienna, and has an MA with honors in public policy from the University of Chicago.
Senior Partner & Managing Director, Education Practice, Boston Consulting Group
J. Puckett is a Senior Partner and Managing Director of The Boston Consulting Group in Dallas. He has been with BCG since 1989 and has held a number of key leadership roles in the firm. He currently leads the firm's global Education Practice. He has also led BCG's People and Organization Practice for the Americas.
He has worked extensively with public and private sector entities on important strategic, organizational and operational transformation efforts. Frequent clients include national, state and local governments and education agencies.
He has served on numerous non-profit committees, councils and boards, including:
· Global Agenda Council on Education, World Economic Forum
· Global Future Council on Education, Gender and Work, World Economic Forum
· Committee for Economic Development (Subcommittee on Human Resources in Education)
· Teach for America, including as National Council member and Board Chair (DFW)
· The Dallas Foundation, including as Board Chair
· Dallas Regional Chamber
· Dallas Citizens Council
· Commit! Leadership Council
· Educate Texas Advisory Board
He is a frequent author, panelist and speaker on the topics of education and the workforce.
Mr. Puckett earned a BS in Computer Science and Religion from Duke University, and an MBA in Finance and Management from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He lives in Dallas, TX with his wife of 33 years. They have eight adult children
Senior Innovation Fellow at Arizona State University, Managing Director of Teaching and Learning Action Lab
Over the past twenty years, Pugliese has developed a strong track record managing growth stage businesses and acquiring and developing a number of education organizations. Pugliese is currently Senior Innovation Fellow at Arizona State University and Managing Director of the Teaching and Learning Action Lab. Lou was recently former Chairman and CEO of Moodlerooms, the largest global provider of open source software and services for eLearning for the K to Workforce markets which was aquired by Blackboard. Prior to Moodlerooms, Pugliese was President of Learning Diagnostics Inc., an education a consulting practice providing strategic planning in Business Intelligence in academic and administrative information architecture. He was recently vice president of corporate development and company director at Educational Testing Service (ETS). In this capacity, Pugliese led corporate strategy and growth and strategic alliances for the secondary, post secondary, workforce and international education markets. Prior to his appointment in corporate development, Pugliese served as the vice president of market development, which included marketing, sales, market research, and business development. Prior to this post, he was the CEO of ETS Pulliam, LLC, an ETS K12 subsidiary, and vice president of elementary and secondary education products and services where he led ETS’s elementary and secondary education product development and customer facing activities. These included professional development, technology products and services and assessments.
Prior to ETS, Pugliese was an entrepreneur in residence at Novak Biddle Venture Partners, an equity financing firm established in 1997 to provide assistance to the management of young, information technology businesses. There he shaped the strategy for private equity investments in early stage educational technology companies. While working with Novak Biddle, Pugliese was named CEO of AnswerLogic, a software company that delivers online question‐answering solutions for business through its innovative natural language processing technology. Pugliese’s affiliation with Novak Biddle began with the firm’s early stage lead position in Blackboard, Inc., where he was founding CEO. Under Pugliese’s leadership, Blackboard experienced 500 percent annual revenue growth rates, international customer expansion to more than three million individuals teaching and learning on Blackboard, the roll out of multiple products and services and attainment over $50 million in private financing. Pugliese served as vice president and chief operating officer of ETC, a subsidiary of Denver based Telecommunications Inc. (TCI). Prior to joining ETC, he was director of marketing and sales with Scholastic New Media in New York, and vice president of Turner Educational Services in Atlanta where he successfully launched CNN Newsroom and a variety of other educational ventures.
Pugliese is active in the Washington, DC regional and national technology communities and serves on the numerous local and regional boards in education and software related businesses. Pugliese is a noted international speaker on educational technology and has addressed a wide range of issues in education and education policy. He and his family reside in Oak Hill, Virginia.
Senior Vice President of Middle Market Commercial Banking, Capital One
As the Senior Vice President of Middle Market Commercial Banking at Capital One, Kurt Schaal is responsible for building relationships with large and middle-market companies headquartered in Tarrant County and surrounding areas and help to lead and grow the bank’s operations. Schaal has more than 15 years of banking experience and more than 10 years as a Middle Market commercial banker.
In addition, Schaal serves as Capital One’s Fort Worth Market President, responsible for the design, development and implementation of an integrated community strategy for Capital One Bank in Fort Worth and across Tarrant County. As a leader in his community, he has served on boards with numerous nonprofits including Amon G. Carter Jr. Downtown YMCA, Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth, Fort Worth Public Library Foundation, to name a few.
Executive Director, Beeck Center for Social Impact, Georgetown University
Sonal is an economist and entrepreneur and has spent her career focused on economic policy and actionable innovation in the public and private sectors. She is a global leader on social innovation policy including impact investing, data and technology for social good, and civic engagement through government, business, philanthropy and civil society. She has led policy innovations at the White House for President Obama and the Treasury Department for President Clinton. She brings a unique and diverse background. An international economist she set up the central bank in Bosnia, worked post conflict reconstruction in Kosovo, and implemented poverty reduction strategies in Africa and financial crises in Asia and Latin America. In the private sector, she led technology for civic engagement and impact investing initiatives at Google, as the head of Global Development Initiatives and set up and ran the environmental strategy, including investing clean technologies at Goldman Sachs.
She served as Deputy Assistant to the President for President Obama and founded the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation. She served on President Obama’s transition board leading the Technology, Innovation and Government Reform group. In the Administration, Sonal led the efforts to set up innovative finance mechanisms for service delivery, leveraging technology to better engage citizens in government, creating new public private partnerships and supported and trained leadership throughout government (political and civic service) to institutionalize innovative practices.
Sonal started her career at the U.S. Department of Treasury where she was an international economist working on timely development issues, including post-conflict development in Bosnia, Asian financial crisis, and poverty reduction in Africa.
One of Sonal’s most proud accomplishments is working with her siblings to create a non-profit, Indicorps, to build a new generation of socially conscious global leaders. They worked with some of the leading non-profit and social organizations throughout India working on issues of healthcare, education, farming, women’s development, etc. Indicorps created the service movement in India inspiring and incubating new social enterprises like Teach for India and Sarvajal.
She serves on the board of the UBS Optimus Foundation, Case Foundation, Oxfam America, Non Profit Finance Fund, the Urban Alliance, Voto Latino, and The Century Foundation. She serves as an adviser to the Democracy Fund.
Principal Research Associate, Income and Benefits Policy Center, Urban Institute
Shayne Spaulding is a principal research associate in the Income and Benefits Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where her work focuses on the evaluation of workforce development and postsecondary education programs. She has spent nearly 20 years in the workforce development field as an evaluator, technical assistance provider, and program manager. Her research has included studies of programs for young noncustodial fathers, sectoral employment programs, social-purpose staffing agencies, faith-based programs, and other workforce development topics.
Before joining Urban, Spaulding was the university director of Workforce Development for the City University of New York (CUNY), the nation’s largest public urban university system, where she oversaw a $20 million Trade Adjustment Act Community College and Career Training grant from the US Department of Labor involving eight colleges operating career pathway programs for adult students. She was also the principal investigator for the CUNY Jobs Task Force, which examined trends in five industry clusters and how universities could better prepare graduates for available jobs. From 2001 to 2009, Spaulding worked for Public/Private Ventures, where she was a senior program director.
Spaulding serves on the board of the Workforce Professionals Training Institute and the advisory board of the New York City Labor Market Information Service at the CUNY Graduate Center.
President of Financial Services, Capital One
As the President of the Financial Services Division within Capital One, Sanjiv Yajnik is responsible for consumer lending outside of credit cards. Throughout his tenure, this has included Auto Finance, Mortgage, Home Equity and Installment Loans. In Sanjiv’s time as President, Capital One’s Auto Finance division has turned around to become one of the largest auto lenders in the nation.
He also serves as Chairman of the Collin County Business Alliance (CCBA), an organization he helped create. The CCBA is a group of business leaders who have come together to address issues facing Collin County, Texas, and ensure vibrant businesses contribute to vibrant communities. In November 2015, Sanjiv was appointed by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to be Chairman of the Texas Economic Development Corporation. The corporation supports programs and activities of the Governor’s Division of Economic Development and Tourism, including TexasOne, which markets Texas competitively and dynamically to businesses outside the state of Texas. Sanjiv also serves as Chairman of the Dallas Symphony Association Board of Governors.
In addition to his local community outreach and involvement, Sanjiv is on the board and serves as Treasurer for the National Academy Foundation, an organization dedicated to preparing young people for college and career success.
Sanjiv joined Capital One in 1998 and previously served as the President of Capital One Auto Finance, succeeding his role as the Executive Vice President and Principal Managing Director of Capital One Europe, a role in which he was responsible for the strategic direction, marketing, operations, and financial performance of the company’s European segment.
Sanjiv completed the Executive Management Program from Stanford University in 2003. He received his MBA with honors (Dean’s list) from the University of Western Ontario, Canada, in 1992. Sanjiv is a medalist Chartered Engineer (I) and graduated with distinction from the Marine Engineering Research Institute, India.
Jenny R. Yang
Non-Resident Fellow, Urban Institute
Jenny R. Yang served as a Commissioner and Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission from 2013 to 2018. Under her leadership, the Commission launched the Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace to identify innovative solutions to prevent harassment at work. Currently, as an Open Society Foundations Leadership in Government Fellow, and as a Fellow with the Urban Institute, in the Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population, Ms. Yang is studying the impact of structural changes in the workplace on the growing number of Americans working as independent contractors, subcontractors, temporary workers, and in the gig economy. In addition, as a Strategic Partner with Working Ideal, she is helping employers implement evidenced-based practices to promote inclusion and equality of opportunity.
Prior to joining the EEOC, Ms. Yang represented workers nationwide as a partner at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC and served as a Senior Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Employment Litigation Section. Ms. Yang clerked on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. A graduate of Cornell University, she earned a B.A., with distinction, in Government and a J.D., cum laude, from New York University School of Law, where she served as an editor of the Law Review and a Root-Tilden Public Interest Scholar.