Douglas K. Smith
Doug is a management consultant as well as a writer, teacher, lawyer and inventor. He has authored or co-authored influential works on performance-oriented management, including The Wisdom of Teams written with Jon Katzenbach. His most recent book is On Value and Values: Thinking Differently About We In An Age Of Me. He was a Partner at McKinsey & Company and Co-leader of its global organization practice and has an active independent consulting practice. He has counseled leaders in dozens of industries across the private, government and non-profit sectors and used his consulting, writing and executive experience to drive effective strategy, capability, innovation, and change.
Doug serves as the Executive Director of The Sulzberger Leadership Program, an initiative at Columbia School of Journalism for leaders of news organizations seeking to use Doug’s approach toward performance to navigate changes affecting their industry. He is also the architect and co-leader of Achieving Excellence In Community Development, another performance-driven leadership program that has caused shifts in affordable housing organizations across the United States, as a collaboration of NeighborWorks® America and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He also serves as Chairman of The Rapid Results Institute, which uses performance-and-results methods to dramatically increase the effectiveness of social and economic development efforts in Africa and elsewhere. He received a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
W. Bowman Cutter
W. Bowman Cutter is Senior Fellow and Director of the Economic Policy Initiative at the Roosevelt Institute. He was a managing director of Warburg Pincus between 1996 and 2009, where he served both as the firm’s economist and as a leader in its international business, with particular reference to Asia. Mr. Cutter has served during two Democratic presidencies: at the National Economic Council, from 1992-1996, during the Clinton Presidency – as director of the National Economic Council and Deputy Assistant to the President; and at the Office of Management and Budget from 1976-1981, during the Carter Presidency, as Executive Director for Budget. Mr. Cutter also served as leader of the OMB transition team after the election of President Obama.
From 1981-1993, he was vice chairman and managing partner at Coopers & Lybrand, the global accounting and consulting firm that subsequently merged with Price Waterhouse, where he managed a major consulting practice and was also responsible for over-all strategy.
Mr. Cutter is the current-past Chairman of the Board of CARE, the global development organization; a member of the executive committee and immediate past co-chairman of the Committee for Economic Development; and a member of the New York Council on Foreign Relations.
Mr. Cutter holds degrees from Harvard University, the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, and Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.
Georgia Levenson Keohane
Georgia Levenson Keohane is a Senior Fellow at New America and Director of the Program on Profits and Purpose, a new initiative that explores ways in which social entrepreneurship, innovation and finance can address some of our most pressing social and economic challenges. Georgia’s work examines the promise – and limitations – of market based solutions to problems of poverty, inequality and opportunity, and identifies how public-private partnerships can enhance investment in human and physical capital.
Georgia is an adjunct Professor in the Social Enterprise Program at Columbia Business School, where she serves on the University’s Advisory Committee on Socially Responsible Investing. She speaks and writes regularly on social and economic policy and the intersection of business and society; her work has appeared in The New York Times, the Harvard Business Review, the Washington Monthly, Slate, The Nation, The American Prospect, and other publications. Georgia is the author of Social Entrepreneurship for the 21st Century: Innovation Across the Nonprofit, Private and Public Sectors.
Georgia’s career has bridged the private and nonprofit sectors. A former McKinsey consultant and foundation executive, she advises a number of organizations including philanthropies, community development and finance organizations, educational entities, think tanks and social purpose companies. Most recently, Georgia was a Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute (2011-2014), where she worked on a range of issues in economic policy, including poverty and inequality, employment and job growth, social entrepreneurship and the role of firms in society. She has taught at Yale, and serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations. Georgia holds a B.A. from Yale University, an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, and an M.Sc. from London School of Economics, where she was a Fulbright Scholar. She lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.
David Kuhns is a former communications lawyer and entrepreneur. He began his career in Washington, DC in 1973 as a cable TV and appellate litigation lawyer for the Federal Communications Commission. He moved to New York in 1977 to join Home Box Office, Inc. as assistant general counsel. He left HBO in 1980 to start his own business. In the 25 years following, he founded or co-founded, built and successfully exited three companies: Citicom Radio Corporation, a broadcast station owner/operator with properties located in Massachusetts, New York and Ohio; Urban Logic, Inc., advisor to New York City on its first multi-agency digital infrastructure map, now known as “NYCityMap”; and Banyan Group E.S.C., Ltd., an HR consulting and executive search firm.
Since 2006 David has devoted his energy to not-for-profit endeavors. He sits on the boards of several civic, nonprofit and grant-making organizations. He has served for over 19 years on the board of The Armory Foundation, including as chairman of its education committee. A main focus of David’s philanthropic giving is education, and he has participated extensively, as benefactor, board member and volunteer, in programs that advance the college readiness and academic persistence of underserved youth.
David is a graduate of Denison University; he holds a J.D. degree from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Law.
Taylor Kushner is a Managing Director at TPG Special Situations Partners, the credit and special situations investing platform of TPG. Prior to TPG, Taylor worked at Goldman Sachs, most recently in the Special Situations Group after beginning his career in the Investment Banking Division. Since 2009, Taylor has served as a director of Urban Arts Partnership, a New York based non-profit that advances the intellection, social and artistic development of underserved public school students through arts-integrated education programs. From 2012 – 2015, he served as the organization’s co-chairman. Taylor is a graduate of Georgetown University.
Partner and Board Member
John leads SeaChange Capital Partners with overall responsibility for managing its grant-making, investment, advisory services, and market-making efforts. He also explores new roles SeaChange might play to help nonprofits have more impact while giving donors leveraged funding opportunities.
Prior to joining SeaChange, John was a partner at Warburg Pincus in that global private equity firm’s New York, Tokyo, and London offices. At Warburg Pincus, he was responsible for overseeing the firm’s expansion into several new international markets and industry segments, designed the firm’s investment performance and measurement system, was co-head of professional development, and served as a director of 16 companies, public and private. Earlier in his career John worked as a software engineer in Tokyo and a management consultant at Oliver Wyman.
In conjunction with the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics and the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania, John coordinated a three-year program in resilience-building and depression prevention for more than 3,000 children across 25 middle schools in the United Kingdom.
John has a BSE from Princeton University and a MSc in Philosophy and Public Policy from the London School of Economics. He serves on the board of the New York Junior Tennis & Learning, the Credit Committee of the Contact Fund, the Chairs Cabinet of the Human Services Council, and is an equity investment advisor to MicroVest Capital Management. John lives in Brooklyn with his wife and four daughters.
Mark Reed is founder and manager of Contact Fund, a private investment fund focused on high-impact community development in New York City. Founded in 2005 and working on behalf of over 60 investors, the fund makes short and medium term loans of $100,000 to $600,000 in housing, food, social services, charter schools, micro-finance, and financial services and credit unions.
Since 2008, Mark has been a Principal at Alembic Community Development, a mission-driven real estate developer operating in New York City and New Orleans.
Mark is a former Vice President of Portfolio Management at Bank of New York, where he concentrated on North American corporate credit risk management. While at the bank, he co-managed a $500 million bond portfolio and a $300 million credit derivative portfolio.
Since 1997, Mark has served on the Board of Directors of Simpson Investment Company and its sister company, Green Diamond Resource Company. Green Diamond is a fourth generation family-owned forest products company selling FSC-certified wood products in Washington and California. Early in his career, Mark managed an after-school program for public housing residents in San Francisco’s Mission District and managed a youth community center. He holds a BA in Anthropology from Stanford University and an MBA in Finance from the Stern School of Business at NYU. He lives with his wife and three children in Manhattan.
Gary Syman is an American businessman and retired partner of Goldman Sachs, who in recent years has devoted substantial time to civic, philanthropic and community causes, principally focused on education and education reform with a particular interest in the role of technology. He is a recognized and sought-after strategic advisor and an active board member. In addition to serving on the board of SeaChange, Gary also serves on the board of the New Teacher Center, which focuses on new teacher induction and professional development, as well as on the national board of Peer Health Exchange, which provides comprehensive health curriculum to high school students in low-income communities. Additionally, he serves on the board of the Pearson Charitable Foundation. Gary is a past chair of the national board of Jumpstart, in addition to having served on its western regional board.
Gary began his career with Goldman, Sachs & Co. in 1968 in the Los Angeles office. In 1985, he joined the firm’s Equity Capital Markets Group in New York. Subsequently, he co-managed the firm’s New York-based Institutional Sales. In 1992, Gary moved to Tokyo and, along with another Partner, he co-headed the Tokyo-based Equities Division and the Global Japanese Equity businesses, with centers in London and New York. Syman moved to San Francisco at the end of 1996, where as the Equity Division Partner and San Francisco Regional Manager, he continued the expansion of the firm’s private banking business in the region by spearheading several growth initiatives, including the opening of the Silicon Valley office in Menlo Park.Born in Los Angeles, Gary received his B.S. and M.B.A. from the University of Southern California in 1962 and 1965, respectively. He lives in Northern California and is married with five daughters.
Charles T. Harris III
Chuck was the co-founder of SeaChange, the first Executive Partner (2007-2011), and a member of the Board (2007-2016). Chuck’s energy, passion, and values have had a profound effect on SeaChange. Although Chuck stepped down from the board in 2016, he remains actively connected with SeaChange in formal and informal ways.
In 2011, Chuck joined the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation as Portfolio Manager and Director of Capital Aggregation. In this role, he oversees the Foundation’s capital aggregation activities and manages relationships with various grantees.
Chuck spent 23 years at Goldman Sachs before retiring in 2002, where he served as co-head of the East Coast High Technology Group and as co-head of Corporate Finance in the Americas. He sits on the boards of several nonprofit and philanthropic organization, has served extensively on the boards of both private and public for-profit corporations, and is passionate about the important role of capital formation in advancing social change. He is a graduate of Harvard College and holds a master’s degree in finance from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.