Board of Directors
Eric Kessler, Chair of the Board
Founder, Principal, and Senior Managing Director, Arabella Advisors, LLC
Eric is the chair of the New Venture Fund board and directs its strategy and overall management. He is also founder and senior managing director of Arabella Advisors, where he has built a social venture firm dedicated to making philanthropy more effective. His insights on civil society and effective philanthropy are often quoted by Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and National Public Radio’s “Marketplace.” He is also a co-founder of the Creation Care Fund and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy.
Earlier in his career, Eric served as the national field director for the League of Conservation Voters and then as a White House appointee, helping to manage conservation issues during the Clinton Administration. He spent six years in the former Soviet Union, Southeast Asia, and throughout the Middle East, training civic and political organizations on effective organizing strategies and advising donors who invested in their efforts.
Eric is on the boards of Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers, the James Beard Foundation, and Chefs Action Network. He is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, the Exponent Philanthropy (formally the Association of Small Foundations), the Environmental Grantmakers Association, the Young Presidents’ Organization, Summit Series, and the Bretton Woods Committee. He also serves as a trustee of his own family’s foundation, which holds assets generated by the sale of a fifth-generation family-owned business.
Eric is a co-owner, with chef Mike Isabella, of Graffiato, Kapnos, and G, acclaimed restaurants in Washington, DC. He holds an International MBA from Georgetown University and a BA from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Adam Eichberg, Treasurer
Principal, Headwaters Strategies
Adam is a principal and founder of Headwaters Strategies, a dynamic public affairs consulting firm in Denver, Colorado. An experienced strategist, Adam has extensive expertise in civil justice, regulatory, and natural resource issues.
Before founding Headwaters Strategies in 2009, Adam concurrently served as the deputy legislative director for Governor Bill Ritter and the director of policy, external affairs, and planning at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
Adam came to the Ritter Administration from the Western Conservation Foundation, having served as the foundation’s first executive director from April of 2005. From 1999 until March 2005, Adam served as the associate national director of the Trust for Public Land’s (TPL) conservation finance program, where he helped to pass measures providing more than $14 billion in parks and open space capital funding. Prior to his appointment with TPL, Adam served as a strategic communications consultant with a private Denver-based firm. A political and nonprofit veteran, Adam has been involved in hundreds of legislative, ballot measure, and candidate campaigns at the local, state, and national level. A graduate of the University of Colorado, Adam is a fourth-generation Coloradoan and currently lives in Denver with his wife and two young children.
Katherine Miller, Secretary
Senior Director of Food Policy Advocacy, James Beard Foundation
Katherine is an award-winning communications executive and campaign strategist with nearly 20 years of experience in politics, business, philanthropy, and new media. Katherine is a founder of the Chef Action Network (CAN), an initiative of the James Beard Foundation Impact Programs. Recognizing that food is a national passion; affects the quality of consumers’ everyday lives; and has potential impact on human, environmental, social, and economic health, CAN is focused on harnessing the power of America’s preeminent chefs to help create awareness, inspire action, and aggregate credible resources to proactively address a broad range of policies relevant to issues areas important to the chef community. CAN provides tailored research, policy, and advocacy support to chefs that participate in the James Beard Foundation’s Chef Policy Boot Camp and Food Policy Salons.
In 2012, Katherine founded Table 81, a full-service communications firm that works with clients in the nonprofit, philanthropy, and socially responsible business fields. Katherine designs global communication campaigns to raise awareness about important issues, inspire people to take meaningful action, and result in lasting changes in policy, politics, and business practices. Her clients include the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Knight Foundation, Aspen Institute, and James Beard Foundation.
For her clients, Katherine designs campaigns that are daring and make real and immediate impact. Her professional passions include building movements, advancing international development, and empowering women and girls. The issues she works on range from domestic to international and have included helping a national coalition to end sex trafficking on craigslist.org (Dear Craig), creating a global education campaign advocating for universal access to secondary education for girls in Africa (Connect to Learn), launching a new effort to end dual-generation poverty in the United States (Ascend), and working with a coalition of foundation grantees to help low income families build savings over a lifetime.
Before starting Table 81 and CAN, Katherine served as the managing director of Hattaway Communications. At Hattaway, she oversaw the firm’s day-to-day operations, developed the BeHeard communications training program for foundation grantees, and led the firm’s work with the world’s leading foundations and nonprofits including the Ford Foundation, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, NoVo Foundation, D5, Connect to Learn, China Medical Board, and CARE International.
Katherine also led the public affairs department at the United Nations Foundation. At the foundation, she oversaw all of the external communication initiatives including partnerships with key UN agencies and multi-national corporations, and was responsible for the foundation’s extensive family of multi-media campaigns including the award-winning “Nothing But Nets.”
She served as one of three on-the-record spokespeople for the Fortune 100 financial services company TIAA-CREF and managed media outreach for some of the company’s largest business areas including the Social Choice Fund, the world’s largest socially responsible investment fund with $11.8 billion under management.
A champion of women’s reproductive and sexual freedom, Katherine is on the boards of two other major nonprofits: RAINN (the national sexual assault hotline) and NARAL Pro Choice America.
Katherine holds an undergraduate degree from Loyola University in New Orleans.
Private Equity and Venture Capital Consultant to Board of Directors, Calvert Funds
Daryn Dodson advises companies, foundations and universities on impact investments. He currently leads the Special Equities Program at Calvert Funds. Through this program, Calvert has invested more than $90 million in impact investing funds and companies.
Post Hurricane Katrina, Mr. Dodson served as Director of University and Corporate Partnership for the Idea Village, where he created a platform engaging leading private equity firms, business schools, and Fortune 500 companies to invest more than 100,000 hours and $2 million into more than 1,000 New Orleans entrepreneurs. Prior to New Orleans, he built a coalition of national banks and faith-based institutions to educate Congress on reforms needed to stabilize the subprime lending market with Self-Help Credit Union.
Mr. Dodson currently serves as a Board Director for Ben and Jerry’s, Impact Hub DC and Heifer Foundation. He is also President of the Stanford Business Alumni DC Chapter. For his body of work, Stanford GSB honored Mr. Dodson with the Tapestry Award for inspirational leadership, intellectual excellence, and service to others through his professional and personal life. Mr. Dodson earned an MBA from Stanford and an AB in Public Policy from Duke University.
Harry W. Drucker
President, Revere Corporation
Harry Drucker graduated with a BA in German, summa cum laude, from Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont, in 1980, and a MBA in finance from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business in 1984. He also attended and successfully completed the first year of law school at the University of Chicago School Of Law.
In January 1990, Harry formed Revere Corp., a real estate advisory and property management company. In addition, in 1999 he founded North Shore Realty Partners, a real estate partnership formed to purchase and manage all types of real estate. He is its managing general partner. Since its formation, the partnership, which had an initial capitalization of $20 million, has invested over $55 million in various real estate ventures in the United States and Europe.
Harry has been a member of the board of trustees of The Nature Conservancy of Illinois since 1995 and is currently its vice-chair. From 2001 to 2010, he served on the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission, appointed by the governor of Illinois, and served as its chairman for two years. In June 2003 Harry joined the board of directors of the Environmental Law and Policy Center of the Midwest where he currently serves as its chair.
Head of School, Sandy Spring Friend School
Tom is Head of School for the Sandy Spring Friends School, a PK-12 college preparatory day school with an optional boarding program located in Sandy Spring, Maryland. He has served as Head since July 2010, prior to which he was one of the school’s trustees (1996-2004) and a school clerk (2002-2004). Before he became Head of School, Tom founded ECP Private Equity, a leading private equity manager focused exclusively on Africa. Headquartered in Washington DC, ECP has seven offices across Africa and 15 years of successful investing experience in companies operating in over 40 countries on the continent. As CEO of ECP, Tom assisted in the formation and implementation of ECP’s investment strategy and managed key relationships with shareholders and portfolio companies. He remains a member of ECP investment committees.
Prior to founding ECP, Tom served as Chief Operating Officer for the AIG African Infrastructure Fund, managing the daily operations of the fund and overseeing the structuring and valuation of investments. From 1995 to 2000, Tom served as a Managing Director in EMP Global’s Asia Funds, which managed more than $2.8 billion in capital for investments. Prior to his work with EMP Global’s Asia Funds, Tom spent three years as Executive Director and Co-Head of the Structured and Project Finance Group at Goldman Sachs Asia, where he was the firm’s senior representative on several groundbreaking transactions in China and Southeast Asia.
Tom has served on the boards of NYSE, NASDAQ, and London listed companies as well as private companies in Europe, Africa, and Asia. He is presently a trustee for the Center for Global Development, the Kendal Corporation, and the Friends Council on Education; a member of the board of directors of Partners for Democratic Change; and was recently nominated as a trustee for the College of Wooster in Ohio.
Tom received a BA with honors from the College of Wooster and received an MBA in Finance from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.
President and CEO, Consumer Health Foundation
As President and CEO of the Consumer Health Foundation (CHF), Yanique is responsible for the foundation’s strategic, programmatic, financial, and administrative operations. She joined the CHF team in 2012 as its second president and CEO. Under Yanique’s leadership, the foundation is placing an emphasis on the relationship between health equity, racial equity, and economic justice. It leverages all of its resources—including grant making and capacity building, philanthropic partnerships, strategic communications, and investments in mission-aligned vehicles—toward that goal.
Prior to joining CHF, Yanique worked for the Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF), where she managed the health and mental health portfolio for the Evidence-Based Practice Team, which made grants to universities and nonprofit organizations to support innovative programs to improve child and youth health and development. She led the evaluation of Evidence2Success, an AECF initiative to engage communities and public systems in improving children’s well-being. She also led the team’s Race, Class, and Culture Sub-Committee. This sub-committee launched Expanding Evidence, a program aimed at increasing grantee diversity, which led to successful applications and awards to researchers of color.
Between 2008 and 2010, Yanique worked at the National Center for Environmental Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In her role, she led the development, implementation, and evaluation of a food monitoring system in Eastern Kenya to prevent aflatoxin poisoning in rural villages. Yanique also led and participated in outbreak and disaster responses in domestic and international settings and led the development of reports to CDC leadership. Prior to that, she directed a community-based participatory research initiative in Atlanta that was funded by the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities at the National Institutes of Health.
In 2012, Yanique was named a Terrance Keenan Institute Emerging Leader in Health Philanthropy by Grantmakers in Health. Yanique has a BS from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a PhD and an MPH from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Yanique serves as the vice-chair of the board of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers.