Meet The Team

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Founder & CEO

Lauren McCann

Lauren is an experienced and trusted senior executive and strategist working at the intersection of philanthropy, business, and stakeholder relations.

  • Developed the vision, strategy, and operating model for the Stand Together Foundation, one of the largest venture philanthropy portfolios to tackle poverty in America

  • Evaluated thousands of nonprofits and launched the Catalyst Program, a cohort model and competitive training program for high impact nonprofit leaders to help them grow and scale

  • Solidified brand relationships and partnerships with celebrities and athletes to drive earned media and individual activation on cause-related campaigns focused on COVID relief, criminal justice, education, and poverty

  • Extensive experience leading transformative growth strategies and teams responsible for business development, sponsorships, and fundraising 

  • Frequently cited in media publications such as AP, Time Magazine, and The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Areas of expertise: vision and strategy, operations, organization development, philanthropic advisory, impact media, strategic planning, business development, and partnerships 

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Senior Consultant

Dhani Jones

Dhani is an entrepreneur and philanthropist who began his career as an NFL linebacker, playing with the New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, and Cincinnati Bengals.

  • Co-Founder of Petram Data (data analytics), Hyur Staffing (staffing agency), Proclamation (marketing), and VMG Creative (branding)

  • Host of Travel Channel's original series, "Dhani Tackles the Globe” and investor on CNBC “Adventure Capitalist

  • Launched his philanthropic endeavor, BowTie Cause, designing signature bow ties for organizations around the country

  • Serves as chairman of investment fund Qey Capital Partners

Areas of expertise: building high-profile partnerships, incubation and acceleration, business development, cause-related marketing and media strategies, broadcast and production 

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Alex Graham

Alex leads our research and development projects to help our clients identify strategies and tactics that enable them to build strong foundations for growth.

  • Led a team of national account managers responsible for relationship development and due diligence to source and evaluate high-impact nonprofit organizations

  • Developed customized research templates, tools, and processes to evaluate organizational culture, operational maturity, and depth of social impact

  • Supported solicitation and moves management strategies to manage engagement with high-net worth individuals


Areas of expertise: customer acquisition, research and analysis, due diligence, partnership development, relationship management, culture assessments, stakeholder mapping, fundraising strategy 

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Managing Director

Amanda Kathryn Hydro

Amanda is a serial social entrepreneur who operationalizes values with people, organizations, and ecosystems as a trusted convener, builder of infrastructure, and culture strategist. 


  • Co-Founder and start-up strategist for Institute for Corporate Transformation, Living Room Conversations, and Bridge Alliance to catalyze and drive systemic shifts in the private, public, and civil society sectors respectively

  • Designer and trainer of the first worldwide Conscious Capitalism Consultant Certification program as well as Learning and Development masterminds, site visits, and culture workshops for executives in the global business as a force for good community; founding member of the Imperative 21 business-led network

  • Builder of national network of coalitions in 43 states across business, academic, philanthropic, nonprofit, and government sectors operating for 20+ years

  • Builder of robust public-private partnerships to implement evidence-based public policy solutions in economically distressed urban areas

Areas of expertise: change management, executive coaching, grassroots activation, leadership development, social enterprise, organizational culture, facilitation, and curriculum development

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Chief of Staff

Ellyn Guttman

Ellyn is a solutions-oriented leader that supports effective decision-making, project management, and execution of strategic initiatives across our portfolio of clients.

  • Created new programming offerings and engagement strategies to grow membership, revenue, and engagement in Summit, a global community of today’s leading entrepreneurs, artists, and nonprofit leaders

  • Oversaw business and program operations as Production Editor for TED Books, the global publication of TED’s book imprint in collaboration with Simon & Schuster

  • Coordinated operational logistics for TED Conference and TED salon events

Areas of expertise: project management, relationship management, partnership development, operations, event producer, new program development 

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Executive Assistant to the CEO

Gaby Sutic

Gaby is a strategic thinker with urgency and customer-focus and has extensive experience providing high-level support to CEOs and senior executives.

  • Worked in a number of industry sectors over the past decade including finance, personal care, and management consulting

  • Supported high-profile executives such as the CEO and Chairman of John Paul Mitchell Systems

  • Supervised office staff, and supported event planning and project management

  • Assisted with research, website content preparation, and correspondence 

Areas of expertise: operations, logistics, vendor management, travel and calendar management 

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