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Mark Rosenberg is a Senior Vice President, Investment at UBS Financial Services Inc in Chicago, IL and is a Certified Portfolio Manager (CPM®). Mark is currently Chair of the Mikva Challenge National Board of Directors after serving 5 years as Chair of the Finance Committee and most recently as Treasurer.
Mark serves on the Board of Directors of the Albert Pick Jr. Fund, a foundation that supports small community Chicago nonprofit organizations in the areas of civic and community building, culture, education, and health and human services. He was Treasurer and Chair of the Investment Committee for 6 years.
Mark holds a B.A. degree from the University of Missouri. He joined Mikva Challenge as a board member in 2015 with the encouragement of his father-in-law, Abner Mikva. Mark has been a Financial Advisor for 37 years, providing families with comprehensive financial planning and investment management. He also sits on the Board of the Albert Pick Jr. Fund, a grant making Foundation that was an early donor to Mikva Challenge. He is married to Rachel Mikva, one of the original “Mikva kids”.
Randy Kinder is the President of The AFL-CIO Investment Trust Corporation, a firm offering labor relations, investor relations, communications and marketing services to investment funds that share the values of America’s Labor Unions. Randy has been a Mikva Challenge admirer and supporter for many years and is proud to have been an inaugural member of the Mikva DC Advisory Board. Randy is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. He and his family reside in Washington, DC.
Cynthia Wong is a proud Mikva Challenge alumna from the South Side of Chicago. A former banker, management consultant, and nonprofit executive director, she’s now a philanthropic leader based in San Francisco focused on initiatives to advance racial and economic equity. She works with impact-oriented funders and investors to develop new products, programs, and business models.
Currently, she’s partnering with the senior leadership and team at the Seattle Foundation on a new strategy and operating model for community philanthropy. She previously led the Bay Area office of the nation’s largest community development financial institution (LISC), invested in underserved communities as a banker and impact investor at Morgan Stanley, and has also worked with large corporations, foundations, and nonprofits on solving mission critical issues as a strategy/management consultant.
Peter Barber is a marketing executive, community leader and advocate for young people. He’s been involved with Mikva Challenge since 2015 and is Chair of the organization’s Illinois Advisory Board and a member of its National Board of Directors.
Peter has held leadership roles in and provided marketing and advertising support to a number of prestigious companies, including DDB, McDonald’s, Procter & Gamble, Budget Car & Truck Rental and the Leo Burnett Company. He was most recently Executive Vice President for Lipman Hearne, a Chicago-based marketing agency working exclusively with nonprofit organizations.
Peter is also a former elected official. He served as Trustee and President of the Oak Park District 97 School Board for eight years, where he worked to improve teacher diversity and spearheaded development of the village’s kindergarten-for-all program. Following that experience, Peter was elected to a seat on the Oak Park Village Board of Trustees, where his work focused on community economic development and cross-governmental collaboration, including support for early childhood learning initiatives.
Originally from Jamaica, Rohan Barrett is a seasoned fundraiser who started his fundraising career as a development coordinator at Mikva Challenge. He is currently the Senior Director of Principal & Major Gifts at Harvard Medical School. As a student at Amundsen High School, Rohan was part of one of the first cohorts of Mikva students. Rohan is chair of the National Board’s Development Committee. In addition to his volunteer service with Mikva Challenge, Rohan is an alum, former board member, and current application reader for the Point Foundation (a national LGBTQ scholarship organization). Rohan brings expertise in raising capital resources, non-profit management, board development, regional program development, and community outreach.
Cynthia Canary is a strategic advisor of Square One Foundation focused on building the Foundation’s Democracy Program. Cynthia has worked with Forefront on its Census Initiative, ADA25 Advancing Leadership public service engagement campaign for the disability community, the Committee for Economic Development, the Stevenson Center on Democracy, CHANGE Illinois and Independent Maps. She founded and was the longtime Executive Director of the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Mikva Challenge National Board, Common Cause Illinois, the Coalition for Reform and the NPR Illinois Advisory Board. Cynthia chaired the Mikva Challenge Board for ten years.
Stefanie Cruz is a strategic communications advisor and Founder & CEO of the DigiGeeks Collective. She has over 15 years’ experience mobilizing millions of individuals to action across national social movements including the Women’s March, Families Belong Together and the March for Our Lives.
Stefanie was one of the first digital strategists on Capitol Hill as the Director of Digital Media for Congressman Sander Levin and the Ways and Means Committee. Worked in partnership with the Democratic task force to support and encourage Members of Congress and Committees to embrace digital and social media tools to share legislative updates and create online communities.
Most recently, she served as the Vice President of Marketing and Digital at America’s Promise Alliance.
Jack Marco was a campaign volunteer, then Campaign Manager for Abner Mikva for Congress beginning in 1968. He later served on Ab’s Congressional Staff. His campaign background runs deep, serving as National Field Director for Walter Mondale’s presidential campaign.
Jack created and ran his firm Marco Consulting Group where he served as an investment consultant for union pension funds for nearly forty years.
Jack has been a teacher, mentor and a volunteer throughout his life. He was a math teacher and track coach at Bloom Township High School in Chicago Heights, volunteered as a GED Math Tutor to immigrant communities in Coachella, CA, and is currently a volunteer GED Math Tutor at Albany Park Community Center.
Dick Meyer has spent more than 35 years in journalism as a book author, reporter, television producer, editor, executive and columnist. At CBS News, NPR and BBC News, Meyer was an early leader in building high quality digital news and integrated newsrooms.
Dick is the author of the 2008 book on American culture and politics, Why We Hate Us: American Discontent in the New Millennium (2008) and also wrote a critical assessment of Reaganomics, Running for Shelter (1985).
After many years as an executive at nonprofit and for-profit news organizations, Dick returned to full-time writing and reporting in 2014 as the chief Washington correspondent for Scripps News, where he wrote a syndicated column, news analysis for Scripps’ properties nationwide and hosted occasional podcasts.
He is the recipient of an Alfred I. du Pont-Columbia University Award (1998), an Investigative Reporters and Editors Award (1998) and a Sigma Delta Chi Society of Professional Journalists Award (1998) for reports that led to the identification and disinterment of the remains of the Vietnam soldier once in the Tomb of the Unknowns, in Arlington National Cemetery. For his online work, Meyer and his teams have been honored with a du Pont Award a Peabody, EPpy awards from Editor & Publisher magazine, an Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio-Television News Directors Association, an Online News Association Award, Emmys and numerous Webby Awards.
A Mika Challenge alumnus and seasoned organizer, Ronnie Mosley has created wins on local and national levels for issues like Gun Violence Prevention, Education Reform, Youth Health, Voting Rights and Entrepreneurship. Over ten years of professional experiences ranging from community outreach to intergovernmental affairs, he has proven his abilities to navigate through challenges and build an infrastructure effectively towards an organization’s goals.
In 2017, Ronnie co-founded Homegrown Strategy Group, a policy and organizing firm that believes in the power of community and in the idea that achievement comes through collective effort. It is there that he serves as Founding Partner and has managed clients that ranged from the JB Pritzker for Governor Campaign to the Obama Foundation. A native of the Southside of Chicago, IL, Ronnie completed his studies at Simeon Career Academy and Morehouse College (Atlanta, GA).
As Chief Executive Officer, Peter Palandjian oversees Intercontinental, with primary responsibility for strategic planning and direction of all company activities. Peter serves or has served as a board member of numerous corporate and not-for-profit organizations including: the Dana Farber Cancer Institute; O’Neill and Associates; Leader Bank; Sovereign Bank; Belmont Retirement Board; Harvard’s Varsity Club; Boston Symphony Orchestra; Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Taubman Center; American Friends of Yitzhak Rabin; Fessenden School; Mikva Challenge; Children’s Museum of Boston; Boys and Girls Club of Boston; International Tennis Hall of Fame; Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE), and the Purple Heart Service Foundation.
Peter was a two-time Harvard Captain and world ranked tennis player on the ATP tour. He earned his B.A. from Harvard University in 1987 and his M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School in 1993.
Miles Sandler is the director of engagement-education in Public Affairs for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where she serves as an advocate and constituency builder for the Foundation’s key education outreach programs. Through storytelling, strategic communication, and authentic engagement, Miles works to enhance awareness and drive action to improve educational and life outcomes for children that deserve exceptional opportunities.
Previously, Miles worked with the National League of Cities and supported city leaders from over fifty communities in building equitable city initiatives to improve postsecondary completion rates, increase access to quality afterschool and strengthen city and school relationships.
Miles graduated with an MPA from Baruch College and a BA from the State University of New York (SUNY) New Paltz. She is a 2014 National Urban Fellow, a 2018 Surge Institute alumna, and 2019 Executive Ascent leader.
Saúl Sarabia runs a political consulting firm called Solidarity and has a part-time appointment at the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, where he focuses on the Future of Work in a Decarcerated California. His firm led electoral outreach strategies to elect a progressive prosecutor in Los Angeles County.
Saul is an LA native who began his work as a community organizer focused on racial justice and the legal system in 1999 at the Community Coalition in South Los Angeles where he led successful campaigns to organize grandmothers and relatives caring for children whose parents were incarcerated or struggling with addiction.
He also pioneered organizing formerly incarcerated people with social service providers, their clients, and family members of system-impacted people and has been an advisor to the LA chapter of All of Us or None, a national association of formerly incarcerated people fighting to change laws that discriminate against people who have been arrested or convicted, since its inception.
Previously, he taught Chicano Studies at UCLA to involve students in community organizing. He led the Critical Race Studies program at UCLA Law School, training a new generation of legally trained social justice activists. He believes strongly that partnering student and community leaders is crucial to social movement building.
Amy Singh serves as EVP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Cameo.com, a Chicago based start-up named one of TIME magazine’s 50 Most Genius Companies. Cameo’s mission is to create the most personalized and authentic fan experiences in the world. Prior to joining Cameo, Amy founded her own firm, Law Offices of Amy K. Singh, P.C. She also served as SVP, General Counsel of DDB Chicago and as an Associate of Sidley Austin. Amy serves on several charitable and corporate boards, including the Impact Investing Advisory Council of YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, and the Strategic Initiatives Advisory Board of Metropolitan Capital Bank. Amy received the Diversity Award from Black Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater Chicago. Amy was appointed by President Obama to the President’s Advisory Committee on the Arts for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
John Marco is a Senior Vice President in Segal Marco Advisors’ Denver office and has been with Segal Marco Advisors since 2005. He began on the research team, conducting manager due diligence, special projects and executing manager searches. In 2006, he was elevated to consultant. Mr. Marco is recognized by clients for his expertise in asset allocation, alternative investments and client communication and advocacy.
Prior to joining Segal Marco Advisors, John worked for several investment managers with strengths in varying investment styles and approaches. As a result, he gained expertise in all traditional asset classes and styles, as well as both fundamental and quantitative approaches. John received his BA in Economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder and his MBA with distinction from DePaul University.
Randy Kinder, Board Chair
President, AFL-CIO Investment Trust Corporation
Pamela Silberman, Vice Chair
PSS Advisory Services LLC
Partner, Adams Holcomb LLP
The Hon. David Bonior
Former U.S. Representative, Michigan 10th District
Senior Program Manager, Community Engagement at Amazon Web Services
Mikva Challenge Alumnus
Faculty, American University, Washington College of Law
Vice President, Fenton Communications
Author and Civic Education Consultant
Ullico Investment Company, Inc.
Senior Manager of Social Studies Education, Center for Inspired Teaching
Landon Laven Jones
Special Assistant, Mayor’s Office of Community Affairs
Mikva Challenge Alumnus
Co-Founder and Managing Director, Paladin Capital Group
PAC Compliance and Operations Professional
Mikva Challenge Alumnus
Dr. Kenann McKenzie
Executive Director, National Board for Education Sciences
Executive Vice President, Center for the Study of Social Policy
Former Executive Editor at NPR and BBC
Project Leader, CityTutor DC
Partner, Public Engagement at Education Forward DC
Peter Barber, Chair
Executive Vice President & Principal, Lipman Hearne
Amy Mills, Vice Chair
Chief People Officer, The Pampered Chef
Dr. Cynthia Barron
School Leadership Coach, University of Illinois at Chicago
VP Equity Index Arbitrage, Tower Research Capital
Senior Program Officer, Community Investment, Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Associate, Winston & Strawn LLP
Director of Programs, Lefkofsky Family Foundation
Senior Vice President and Chief Tax Officer, Allstate Insurance Company
Director of Growth and Engagement, The People’s Music School
Director, Business & Government Strategies National Youth Advocate Program, Inc.
Founder/CEO, RLM Media
Director of Recruitment, Aspira Inc. of Illinois
Vice President of National Programs, Surge Institute
Community Affairs Specialist, Office of the Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton
Partner, Mayer Brown
Senior Philanthropic Advisor, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
Director of Strategic Partnerships, Youth & Engagement Programs, The Aspen Institute
Partner, Jenner & Block
Retired Vice President, International Truck and Engine Corp.
Saul Sarabia, Board Chair
Founder and Principal, Solidarity Consulting
Executive Director, USC Center for the Political Future
Dean of Instruction at Lake Tahoe Community College
Senior HR Leader at Capital Group
Attorney, Falk & Sharp, A Professional Corporation
Robert Ford Reynolds
Chief Executive Officer, Black & White Apparel
Surrogates and Engagement, Swing Left
Lawyer, Movie Executive
Program Director, Arsalyn Program of Ludwick Family Foundation
Chief Learning Officer, Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Institute
Teacher, CHAS Academy – Hawkins Campus
LAUSD Middle School Teacher
Teacher, Cal State Long Beach & Pacifica High School, Garden Grove Unified School District
Director and writer
Professor, University of Southern California
Lazard Asset Management
Entrust Permal Capital
Spears & Imes LLP
AFL-CIO Investment Trust Corporation
Marco Consulting Group