We understand how challenging it is to develop both the knowledge and skills to embrace continuous evidence building in our world of increasing demands and constant change.
That’s why we look for individuals with diverse backgrounds in philanthropy, impact investing, technology, policy, analytics, entrepreneurship, and nonprofit management that map to the talent and capacity requirements of all stakeholders in the evidence ecosystem—enabling them to work together more effectively.
Board of Directors
Senior District Manager, Field Group & Regional Manager, Community Development,
Arizona and Nevada, San Francisco Federal Reserve
Joselyn Cousins manages the Community Development Field Group at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, which partners with financial institutions, community-based organizations, and government agencies to address pressing community development needs impacting low-income neighborhoods and households. Joselyn also serves as the regional manager for Arizona and Nevada where she provides technical assistance and training on successful initiatives and programs addressing affordable housing, healthy communities, asset building, small business development, and access to financial services.
Joselyn has an extensive background in community development in the private and public sectors. Prior to joining the San Francisco Fed, Joselyn was the vice president of community development for United Way of Southern Nevada where she directed and managed the community impact team in developing strategies to address local issues in the areas of education, financial stability, and health. She has many years of banking experience working as a Community Reinvestment Officer for both small and large financial institutions in Nevada. Joselyn earned her bachelor’s degree in administration from California State University, San Bernardino.
President & CEO, Independent Sector
Dan Cardinali is president and CEO of Independent Sector, the only national membership organization that brings together a diverse set of nonprofits, foundations, and corporations to advance the common good.
Before joining IS in 2016, Dan served on the IS Board of Directors and several IS member committees. He also led IS member, Communities In Schools, the nation’s largest and most effective dropout prevention organization, for 12 years after working in other positions at the organization.
As a thought leader in the field of public education, Dan was credited with fostering the growing national trend toward community involvement in schools through partnerships with parents, businesses, policymakers, and local nonprofit groups. As the president and CEO of IS, he believes strongly in the power of nonprofits, foundations, and other organizations to work collaboratively to improve life and the environment for individuals and communities around the world. Dan is known for his commitment to performance management to drive evidence-based programs and high impact organizations.
Early in this career, Dan worked as a community organizer in Guadalajara, Mexico organizing a squatter community to secure land rights, running water, and public education. He then returned to Washington, DC for a research fellowship at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University.
Dan was a 2007 Annie E. Casey Children and Families Fellow, serves on the board of Child Trends and the advisory boards of Harvard Business Schools’ Social Enterprise Initiative, the Conference Board’s Center on Corporate Citizenship and Philanthropy, and Project Evident. He is also a trustee of The Fetzer Institute. He holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a master’s degree in philosophy from Fordham University.
You can follow Dan on Twitter at @dancardinali.
Special Advisor to the Board
Specialist Master, Monitor Institute by Deloitte
Rhonda is a specialist master with Monitor Institute by Deloitte where she co-leads the impact measurement program. She has more than a 15 years of consulting experience in environmental and social issues and extensive experience in rating and standards development for financial and non-financial metrics. Rhonda holds a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley and was a postdoctoral fellow and visiting scholar at UC Berkeley’s Institute for Labor and Employment.
Founder; Managing Director, Project Evident
Kelly is a committed social innovator. Previously she served as Vice President/Chief Program and Strategy Officer at the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation (EMCF) where she lead policy innovation, evaluation, grantmaking and the early capital aggregation pilot. Prior to EMCF, she co-founded Leadwell Partners and New Profit Inc., and held senior leadership positions in nonprofit organizations, and served on several foundation and social sector boards and advisory committees. Kelly currently serves as a Leap Community Ambassadors and is a member of Results for America’s Invest in What Works Federal Standard of Excellence Advisory Committee. A graduate of McGill University in Montreal, Fitzsimmons holds an MBA from Boston University.
Chief Financial Officer, Now Account
Archie Jones has spent more than 20 years leading and maximizing the impact of high-growth, innovative enterprises in the private and social sectors. Mr. Jones currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer of NOW Corporation (NOW).
In the social sector, Mr. Jones has served as a Partner at New Profit and a board member of Year Up National. He currently serves as a board member of the Taly Foundation; the Mickey Leland Kibbutzim Foundation; First Choice Credit Union and is also a founding board member and Vice Chairman of Year Up Greater Atlanta (YUGA).
Over the last two decades, Mr. Jones has led private equity, privately-held and publicly-traded companies and has served on the Board of Directors of several corporate and non-profit organizations. Mr. Jones is a Certified Public Accountant. He holds a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard University and is a graduate of Morehouse College.
Principal & Chief Creative Officer, U.Group
Chris Lester leads experience initiatives at U.Group, bringing forward-thinking vision and energy to creating experiences that help you shape perceptions and drive powerful outcomes.
Driven by the potential of your business and your mission, Chris has built his career as a visionary team leader and trusted advisor, shaping dynamics and creating opportunity for clients worldwide. Previously as a leader at CHIEF, Chris positioned the company as a premier brand and digital agency, and was instrumental in the building the strategy of what is now U.Group.
Chris is known for driving unique strategies and flawless execution, serving as the principal architect of brand and experience development in partnerships with Disney, Newman’s Own Foundation, Sandals Resorts, Hilton, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, YWCA, and many more.
Throughout his career, Chris has been a much sought-after industry leader delivering lectures and keynotes on strategy and experience design at conferences and universities internationally. He is a frequent guest expert on local media and has been featured in numerous publications. Speaking engagements have taken Chris from the Middle East to South America to the Caribbean and beyond.
In addition to his work with Project Evident, Chris serves as an advisor to Virginia International University, and is a member of a congressional entrepreneurship council.