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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

lauren@calliopeadvisors.com 

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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

dhani@calliopeadvisors.com 

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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

 

 

gaby@calliopeadvisors.com 

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Senior Consultant 

Laura DeFrancesco Ross

LDR has extensive experience in operational and leadership development roles across financial services, consulting, and the social sector.

 

  • Member of the executive leadership team responsible for scaling business operations, standing up new programs, talent management and resource stewardship at the Stand Together Foundation

  • Senior Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers providing human capital consulting services to financial services clients with a focus on organizational change management, communications, and training needs

  • Key projects included loan origination system implementation, role-based training for 40,000 employees at a global investment bank, and coaching c-suite executives

  • Operations Analyst at Goldman Sachs across the credit, equity, foreign exchange, and commodity markets.

  • Global acumen with professional experience working in South Asia, Middle East, and Latin America


Areas of expertise: creative problem solver, vision and strategy, talent development and coaching, leading organizational change, project and program management, third party risk management. 
 

ldr@calliopeadvisors.com

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Director, Philanthropic Advisory Services

Alex Graham

Alex leads our philanthropic advisory services to help our clients accelerate their charitable goals and objectives and invest with confidence in high-impact organizations. 
 

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

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

  • Supported partner recruitment, retention and engagement strategies through performance vetting, monitoring and evaluation systems

 

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

alex@calliopeadvisors.com 

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