Elizabeth Killough, Director, holds a Masters of Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh. She directed an anti-hunger organization and co-directed an organization that addressed US policy toward Central America. She was self-employed for a decade leading retreats and consulting on organizational development for businesses and non-profits. A long time peace activist, Elizabeth focuses on sustainable development issues as the avenue to peace. Read Elizabeth’s Huffington Post blogs.
Shannon Davidson, Communications Director, graduated from Dartmouth College and went on to a career in documentary film. More recently she has used her multimedia experience as the Communications Director at Greener Partners and on numerous nonprofit campaigns, including Fair Districts PA and the Soft Foot Alliance. Shannon loves learning about regenerative businesses at the Untours Foundation and helping them have a bigger voice and impact. She practices permaculture and plays the ukulele with her band, Me3.
Robin Lasersohn, Development Director, graduated from Swarthmore College with a degree in Education and Social Change. She went on to work as a teacher, community organizer, grant developer, and organizational development consultant for a variety of organizations, principally The School in Rose Valley and Green Seeds Grants. She has been an active volunteer leader in several Delaware County organizations, including The Peace Center of Delaware County, Delaware County Wage Peace & Justice, and Delaware County United for Sensible Gun Policy.
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Jon Blum sold a textile company in order to partner with a friend in the venture capital business. He became president of a MREIT, a public real estate company, designed to demonstrate that an integrated community would not lower property values. MREIT proved its profitable point by selling $40 million of real estate. Jon spent 24 years at Merrill Lynch where he helped develop a socially responsible investment strategy. He has been active in Philadelphia and national Democratic politics, is a former president of a local chapter of the ADA, and was co-chair of CORE during the civil rights period. He holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College. Jon officially retired in 2010, but we keep him busy assisting our loan recipients.
Raheem Connelly is a recently “graduated” board member with extensive business and investing experience. He is the managing partner of Polis Ventures and helps ensure our investees’ success in the big wide world.
Chuck Lacy lives in Vermont and invests around the world, primarily through the Barred Rock Fund. He was the President and COO of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream for 17 years, overseeing its growth as well as the visionary social mission. Other investments — oversight, vision and financial — include Hardwick Beef, Guayaki Yerba Mate and Indigenous Designs, a Fair Trade clothing company. He is currently doing intensive work in Chester, PA, with Chester Made. Chuck has a BA from Amherst College and an MBA from Cornell University, is on the board of Green Mountain College and lectures at MIT.
Ted LeBow earned his Bachelors from Cornell University’s School of Agriculture in Business Management. He earned his Advanced Business Degree from the School of Hard Knocks. Over nearly 30 years, he has run eight small to midsized businesses, and has owned all or part of five of them. His current company, JRI Consulting, provides entrepreneurs with hands on support. This work, coupled with the knowledge of actually being a CEO, has earned him the nickname “An Entrepreneur’s Best Nightmare.”
Victor Mallet holds an undergraduate chemical engineering degree from MIT and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. He specialized in minority owned business development for a business incubator in Philadelphia. Helping a struggling Untours Foundation loan recipient, Victor brought a pickle company to life including having it featured on American Public Radio’s “Marketplace.” Currently, Victor is in his homeland of Ghana working with an emerging energy generation company.
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