THE HONORABLE JAMES ROSEBUSH Founder and CEO, GrowthStrategy
Mr. Rosebush is a pioneer in the field of impact philanthropy and investing. Beginning in the early 1970s, he became an advocate of employing robust investment-like management practices to measure the effectiveness of charitable giving. He also became a proponent of using program-related investment funds (PRIs), as well as corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs to make a positive impact in the community.
Mr. Rosebush held leadership roles in private and corporate foundations at a time when the Sullivan Principles were being applied to management practices and board governance. In response to this new movement, he was involved in the creation of collaborative industry impact groups such as Grantmakers in Health, which sought to increase the effectiveness of every contributive dollar in the field of health. His philanthropic work has included helping to found four schools including the first school without walls, a school for youthful offenders, and the Challenger Memorial Center for Space Science Education. He integrated corporate engagement with public investment in K-12 education, seeking measurable, documentable, advances in competency. This was the focus of his work as the CEO of the Fairfax Education Foundation — the first public school education foundation in the US, and as founder and CEO of Technology Transforming Education Compact, Inc. — an industry-led effort to turn around the public schools in our Nation’s Capital.
Mr. Rosebush was appointed to create and manage the first White House office focused on impact philanthropy and investing for President Reagan. This initiative became the president’s favorite domestic policy program and was a pattern for successive administrations. As a senior advisor to the President, he was an advocate for the integration of corporate, investment, and philanthropic initiatives to be combined and focused on societal issues for maximum impact. He also became the longest servicing Chief of Staff to the First Lady and managed her philanthropic program, as well as establishing the Nancy Reagan Foundation.
Following his White House years, he has been an advisor to many investment firms, family offices, and philanthropies. Among these are: Tudor Investment Corporation, JP Morgan, Bankers, Trust, Alex. Brown and Sons, Columbia Capital, The Carlyle Group, Stargazer Funds, Hillview Capital, CapitalSource, The American Stock Exchange, and Bessemer Trust, as well as, The Martin Luther King Memorial Foundation, The Museum of the International Red Cross, The Urban Monuments Foundation, The Impact Incubator at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, World Healers Network. He is a designated philanthropy advisor to Fidelity Investments and UBS.
In addition to serving on various boards, Mr. Rosebush has taught corporate social responsibility in the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University; the history of philanthropy at The George Washington University; and a course entitled Crisis in the Classroom at Principia College, his undergraduate alma mater. His graduate degree is in public affairs from Boston University. Among numerous awards he was selected as was a Woodrow Wilson Scholar at Princeton University and was nominated by President Reagan to serve as Ambassador to UNESCO. His most recent book, a best seller, is TRUE REAGAN, What Made Ronald Reagan Great and Why It Matters.
DANIEL LUBETZKY Founder & CEO, KIND
Daniel Lubetzky, founder and CEO of KIND, is on a mission to make the world a little kinder one snack and act at a time. Maker of nutritious and delicious snack foods, KIND is the fastest-growing U.S. snack company, and through the KIND Movement has inspired more than one million kind acts since the company’s inception in 2004. A pioneering social entrepreneur working to build bridges between people through innovative models, Daniel is also the founder of PeaceWorks Inc., a business that fosters cooperative ventures among neighbors in the Middle East, and co-creator of Maiyet, a fashion brand that partners with artisans to promote entrepreneurship in developing economies. Additionally, he co-founded the OneVoice Movement, an international grassroots effort that amplifies the voices of moderate Israelis and Palestinians seeking to end the conflict. His commitment to creating economically sustainable and socially impactful business has been lauded by BusinessWeek, Time, Advertising Age and Entrepreneur. Daniel has also been recognized by the World Economic Forum and the Skoll Foundation, and in 2015 President Barack Obama and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker named him a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE). He is also the author of the New York Times bestseller Do the KIND Thing.
Anne VanderMey is an associate editor at Fortune where she runs Macro, the first section of the magazine. For the past five years she's written, assigned and edited business stories on a range of topics for Fortune and its website. Previously, she was on staff at BusinessWeek and The Hartford Courant newspaper in Connecticut. She is a Michigan native and lives in Brooklyn.
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