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2017 Corporate Philanthropy Institute Speakers

Caroline BarlerinHead of Community Outreach & Philanthropy, Twitter

Passionate about what can be created at the intersection of social good and technology, Caroline Barlerin leads Twitter’s community outreach and philanthropic efforts. She brings a unique perspective to her role, having led partnerships for a software startup, designed a bicycle p owered rice thresher for small-acre farmers in Burma, led Level Playing Field Institute, and created the blueprint for Taproot Foundation. Caroline has also built game-changing programs such as HP’s Matter to a Million partnership with Kiva, which has made over $12M of loans to over 350,000 people globally. Most recently she launched the Twitter NeighborNest, a neighborhood learning cent er supporting low-income families by providing access to technology, classes, and resources to learn, connect, and grow with the guidance of Twitter volunteers. 

Silicon Valley Business Journal has recognized Caroline as one of their 40 Under 40 and the State of California awarded her the Hoffman Prize for her dedication to high-impact service locally and around the world. She was an Aspen Institute First Mover and currently sits on the boards of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF NW Chapter, World Affairs Council, and Pacific Primary. Caroline received her BA from Vassar College and was a Sloan Fellow at Stanford University Business School. She’s @CBarlerin on Twitter.

Catherine Cheney, West Coast Correspondent, Devex

Catherine Cheney is the West Coast correspondent for Devex, the media platform for the global development community. She reports on the role of Silicon Valley, and technology and innovation more broadly, in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. She has traveled from Haiti to Tanzania to Sri Lanka to cover stories her audience can learn from as part of the Devex motto "Do Good. Do It Well."

Catherine also works with the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit that supports and connects journalists who report on responses to social problems. She believes that the more complex the problem, the more critical the need for reporting on what is working, a message she has brought to the stage at events ranging from the South by Southwest Interactive to the Skoll World Forum. Catherine is a graduate of Yale University, where she earned bachelor's and master's degrees in political science and graduated as a Yale Journalism Scholar. She has since has worked for a range of publications including World Politics Review, POLITICO, and NationSwell, a media company and membership network she helped to build.

Nicolette van Exel, Head of Corporate Responsibility, Intuit

Nicolette van Exel is the Head of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at Intuit. She is responsible for driving the company’s CSR strategy and global programming, with a key focus on powering prosperity, especially for those who need it most. She has twenty years of CSR experience, and is known for her expertise in building cross-functional, high impact, CSR organizations. Before joining Intuit, Nicolette worked at SAP, where she managed the global CSR organization that created the company’s first accelerator for social entrepreneurs in emerging markets, including India, Brazil and Kenya. She mentors multiple social ventures and non-profit organizations around the world. Before SAP, she was a consultant at Business for Social Responsibility, where she focused primarily on fair labor practices in global retail supply chains. Nicolette started her career working as a legal advisor for the Dutch Council for Refugees. Nicolette was born in the Netherlands, has a Bachelors degree in Political Science from The Hague University, and a Masters degree in International Relations from the University of Amsterdam.

Jacob GayleVice President of Medtronic Philanthropy and President, Medtronic Foundation 

Dr. Jacob A. Gayle is the Vice President of Medtronic Philanthropy and President of Medtronic Foundation, leading the philanthropic and community affairs programs of Medtronic, Inc. since he joined the company in August 2011.

Medtronic is the global leader in medical technology, focused on innovative solutions to fulfill its global Mission: to alleviate pain, restore health and extend life. The company’s philanthropic efforts are centered on leveraging its people, products and programs to expand access to chronic disease care to underserved communities worldwide.

Dr. Gayle has a distinguished career in international public health and diplomacy that has spanned three decades and several of the world’s leading health, development and philanthropic institutions, including Deputy Vice President of the Ford Foundation, Senior Public Health O fficer for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and various other health and social development roles with U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), United Nations, World Bank and Carter Center.

Dr. Gayle has served on six continents and completed long-term residential assignments across Sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean, North America and Europe.

A lifelong devotee to academia, Dr. Gayle completed his Ph.D. in In ternational/ Community Health (Health Education) at The Ohio State University, where he also earned his M.A. in Community Health Education and M.Sc. in Preventive Medicine. At Oberlin College, he completed a B.A. in Psychobiology. Dr. Gayle received tenure as Associate Professor of Community Health at Kent State University before joining CDC in 1989, and has since served as Adjunct Associate Professor at Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. His scholarship has been published in key professional journals and his leadership contributions within numerous professional conferences and deliberations. Currently, he serves Oberlin College as a member of its board of trustees, and is a member of the Institute of Medicine Board on Global Health.

United States citizen by birth, Dr. Gayle celebrates his global citizenship overall, including his strong ties to the Caribbean.

Heather Grady, Vice President, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

Heather is a Vice President in RPA’s San Francisco office and leads the organization’s strategy and program development in global philanthropy, including collaboratives, global programs, research, and publications. She drives thought leadership through efforts like the SDG Philanthropy platform, a collaboration to encourage philanthropy to engage more meaningfully in the Sustainable Development Goals/Agenda 2030, and the Scalable Solutions initiative, which aims to fuel the placement of longer-term, responsive and adaptive resources to fund and accelerate scalable solutions that target systemic changes focused on pressing global issues. Heather also serves as an Adjunct Professor for the Executive Management Program at the China Global Philanthropy Institute. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and has authored numerous publications.

Olivia Khalili, Director, Oath for Good

Olivia Khalili works with companies to design, implement, and evaluate social benefit initiatives. She leads Yahoo’s social impact program, Yahoo for Good. Previously, Olivia worked with Ashoka to create employee engagement and brand building programs that connected social entrepreneurs with companies including American Express and Ben & Jerry’s. In 2008, she founded, an online resource that helps businesses grow by incorporating a social mission. Her approach stems from cross- sector experience working with tech startups and nonprofits, and in international development in Micronesia. Olivia speaks nationally on identifying and implementing soc ial mission. She has been published in Forbes and The Guardian, and featured in articles in USA Today, The Baltimore Sun and CNET. Connect with her on twitter at @OKL.

Lakshmi Karan, Executive Director, Genentech Foundation;  Head, Corporate Charitable Giving, Genentech Inc.

Dr. Lakshmi Karan is the Executive Director of the Genentech Foundation and also leads the company’s charitable giving program. She is responsible for providing vision and direction to ensure overall alignment and success of Genentech’s philanthropy.

Lakshmi’s career has spanned multiple sectors working globally with Fortune 500 companies, social enterprises and private foundations. She holds a Masters in Computer Science and a Masters and PhD in International Relations.


Daniel Lee, Executive Director, Levi Strauss Foundation

Daniel Lee is Executive Director of the Levi Strauss Foundation. He joined Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&CO.), and the Levi Strauss Foundation in 2003 as a Community Affairs Manager for the Asia Pacific Division in Singapore, where he managed and implemented corporate social responsibility programs, employee volunteerism and grantmaking in three global giving areas -- HIV/AIDS, worker rights, and asset building. Subsequently, he relocated to San Francisco and assumed the role of Director of Global Grantmaking Programs. Lee has extensive experience with international non-governmental organizations in the fields of human rights, HIV/AIDS and social justice.


Amy Millington, President, eBay Foundation

Amy Millington joined eBay Foundation in 2003. In her role as President, she oversees the Foundation’s strategic philanthropy initiative, The Opportunity Project, as well as eBay’s global employee community involvement initiatives, notably the GIVE Team program and the Green Team program. There are currently thirty-five GIVE Teams and thirty-five Green Teams responsible for coordinating employee recommended grants, promoting volunteerism, and implementing green, sustainable business practices around the globe. Amy came to eBay Foundation with a diverse range of nonprofit experience. Most recently before joining eBay, Amy worked for NetDay where she was responsible for managing the daily operations of an AmeriCorps program site in Oakland, CA. She has also worked as an analyst for a policy research firm and in asset management for an affordable housing developer. Amy received a Master in Public Policy and a B.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley.

Eric OlsonSenior Vice President, Advisory Services, BSR 

With more than 20 years in the consulting field, Eric leads BSR's global consulting practice to design and implement sustainability strategies that create business value by addressing some of the world’s greatest challenges. In addition to advising the CEOs and senior teams of several global companies, Eric plays a lead role on a number of BSR’s collaborative initiatives, including the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance, the Net Positive Project, and Future of Fuels, as well as our work with the We Mean Business coalition.

Prior to joining BSR, Eric worked with the Natural Step in San Francisco, accelerating sustainability through strategic counsel on a broad range of corporate responsibility matters that included supply chain management and sustainable development. He also has served as vice president at the Boston Consulting Group and was a partner and founding member of the global co nsultancy Mitchell Madison Group.

Eric was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, where he earned an M.S. in Russian and E ast European Studies. He also holds a B.A. in Chemistry from Macalester College.

Birger Stamperdahl, President & CEO, Give2Asia

Since 2006, Birger has been part of the Give2Asia team, applying his experience in nonprofit development and partnership building to expand Give2Asia’s work. From his years of experience serving donors, clients and project partners -- and prior to that living in South and Southeast Asia -- Birger has developed a passion for the diverse and ever-changing landscape of nonprofits and social ventures in the Asia-Pacific region.

Before joining Give2Asia, Birger was a vice president at Porter Novelli, helping to lead their Silicon Valley offices and interactive marketing programs for technology clients such as HP, EMC, McAfee and BMC. He has 15 years of experience in for-profit and nonprofit business management, as well as a background in marketing and communications. He has spoken on the topic of international philanthropy at U.S. and Asia-based events held by such groups as the Council on Foundations, the World Affairs Council, the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network, and the Conference Board. He holds degrees in journalism and in political science from the University of New Hampshire.

Justin Steele, Bay Area Giving Lead,

Justin Steele is the Bay Area Giving Lead for, which supports local nonprofit organizations innovating to provide greater access to opportunity for low-income and underserved communities. Google is the largest corporate philanthropy in the Bay Area and has provided over $160M to local nonprofit organizations since 2010. Prior to joining, Justin served as Deputy Director of the Washington D.C. site of job training nonprofit Year Up, and he began his career as a management consultant at Bain & Co. and The Bridgespan Group creating strategic plans for companies and social sector organizations. Justin received an undergraduate degree in engineering from the University of Virginia and earned a dual MBA/MPA master’s degree from Harvard with a concentration in nonprofit management and urban social policy. He lives in Oakland with his wife and their three daughters.

Tim StilesGlobal Chair, International Development Assistance Services, KPMG U.S.

Timothy Stiles is the National Practice Leader of KPMG’s tax exempt practice and the Global Chair of KPMG’s International Development Assistance Services (IDAS) practice. He is responsible for delivery of services to not-for-profit organizations and foundations participating in the program. With more than 25 years of experience providing services to tax-exempt organizations, Tim has worked with a range of clients including social service organizations, institutions of hi gher education, hospitals, governmental entities, museums, foundations, funding agencies, multi- and bi-lateral entities, and other organizations with local, national, and multinational operations. Tim is also a member of KPMG International’s Governmental steering committee, the founding partner of KPMG’s International Tax Exempt Services practice, a member of the KPMG US Diversity Advisory Board, and is located in the US firm’s NYC office. Tim is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and holds CPA licenses in California, New York, and Washington.