Catherine H. Milton, Chair Emeritus
Catherine H. Milton, Chair Emeritus
Catherine Milton is a leader in the national service movement and a social entrepreneur. She served as Vice President for U.S. Programs at Save the Children from 1995 to 2002.
From 1992 to 1995, Catherine was the first executive director of the Commission on National and Community Service where she was responsible for the design, development, launching and funding of AmeriCorps and other national service programs. She also designed and directed for a year the Presidio Leadership Center, the first national service leadership-training center.
Catherine was the founder and director of the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University from 1981 to 1992, which many consider the premier public service program for college students.
In addition, Catherine has held senior positions in the Treasury Department, the US Senate, and the Police Foundation. She has authored or co-authored six books. In her work with the U.S. Senate, she authored the first two significant pieces of legislation focused on victims of crime, both of which were enacted into law.
Catherine was recently a partner in SV2 of Silicon Valley. She has received an honorary doctorate from her alma mater, Mt. Holyoke College, and a prestigious three-year Kellogg National Leadership Fellowship.
Dick Staufenberger, Vice-Chair & Treasurer
Dick Staufenberger, Vice-Chair & Treasurer
Save the Children, Director, Office of Stakeholder Accountability & Senior Advisor to the President
Dick Staufenberger currently serves on several local and national non profit boards concerned with social justice, children in need and the environment. Dick was a full time volunteer with Save the Children for 20 years where he was Director, Office of Stakeholder Accountability and Senior Advisor to the President. Since April of 1996, he has helped the organization redesign its U.S. programs, served for three different extended periods as the Acting CFO, and filled in when the Chief Operating Officer position was vacant. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Institute for Higher Education Policy and Clothes Helping Kids.
In 1994, Dick retired from the Corporation for National and Community Service where he was the Acting CFO. Prior to assuming that position, he was the Deputy Director for the Commission on National and Community Service. From 1983 to 1992, he held various senior positions in the Department of Labor. He was Assistant to the Inspector General of the Department of Agriculture from 1978 to 1981.
Dick has taught at three universities, focusing on public administration, public policy, and criminal justice administration. He received his Ph.D. degree in 1970 from the University of Maryland. Dick has published two college texts and has written numerous articles for professional journals. In 1988, Mr. Staufenberger was one of six senior federal executives chosen as charter members in the Senior Executive Service fellowship program. In 1990, he received the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Service.
Kerry A. Olson, Founder & President Emeritus
Kerry A. Olson, Founder & President Emeritus
A lifelong advocate for children, Kerry Olson founded Firelight Foundation with her husband Dave Katz in 1999. She served as President of the Board until 2013. Now, as President Emeritus, Kerry remains an active board member, engaged in writing, public speaking, and outreach on behalf of Firelight.
In 2007, Kerry and Dave were recognized by Geneva Global and Barron's Magazine as being among 10 philanthropists nationwide whose foundations "epitomized thoughtful and effective giving."
Promoting best practice in the care of orphans and vulnerable children is a passion for Kerry. From 2006 to 2016, she served as the founding Chair of the Faith to Action Initiative www.faithbasedcarefororphans.org, which promotes and supports informed engagement on the part of churches and faith-based groups addressing the needs of children in Africa and beyond. She is the lead author of two widely endorsed resource guides on community and family-based care for children, From Faith to Action (2006, 2008) and Journeys of Faith (2011) and co-author of the Transitioning to Family Care for Children: A Guidance Manual.
Prior to Firelight, Kerry worked for 25 years in the nonprofit sector as an educator, the founding director of child/parent community centers, and as a research social scientist at SRI International. She has a PhD in Developmental Psychology and Education from The University of Michigan.
David Katz, Secretary
Juniper Networks, Juniper Fellow
Dave Katz serves as Secretary of Firelight Foundation’s Board of Directors.
Dave has worked for over 35 years in the computer and networking field in both university and industry settings, with a focus on building internet infrastructure. For the past 16 years, he has worked as a software engineer for Juniper Networks. Dave and his wife, Kerry Olson, established Firelight as a private foundation in 1999 out of a shared sense of social responsibility with funds generated by Juniper’s initial public offering. (Firelight became a public charity in 2010).
Dave has been instrumental in supporting the technology needs of the Foundation and has served on the Board in various capacities since Firelight’s founding. His investment in Firelight has helped to inspire other beneficiaries of the Silicon Valley “boom” to become some of Firelight’s first, and over the years, most loyal donors.
Geoff Foster, MD
Consultant, Ministry of Health, Zimbabwe Pediatrician
Geoff Foster, MD, has served on the Firelight Foundation’s Advisory Board (since renamed the “Advisory Council”) since 2002 and the Firelight Board since 2009.
He has worked as a pediatrician for the government of Zimbabwe since 1985 and is a leading expert on health care and other forms of support for children affected by HIV/AIDS.
Geoff founded Family AIDS Caring Trust in 1987, one of Africa's first AIDS service organizations, after diagnosing children with HIV/AIDS. As FACT Director, he piloted community care & prevention responses and shared lessons learnt through regional training programs for NGOs and through publications. He initiated innovative research around orphans and vulnerable children and piloted model community-based OVC support programmes resulting in numerous publications.
Geoff consults with many national and international organizations in strategic planning HIV and child health and welfare services, funding of civil society responses, disability and faith-based responses. He was a co-chair of the Joint Learning Initiative on Children and AIDS and since 2011 has led the Eliminating Pediatric AIDS in Zimbabwe project sponsored by the World Health Organization that expects to report in 2016.
Gloria Johnson-Cusack, Chair
Gloria Johnson-Cusack, Chair
Gloria Johnson-Cusack, adjunct faculty member at the School of Professional Studies at Columbia University and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Firelight Foundation supporting communities in Africa, brings more than 25 years of expertise in executive management and training, advertising, communications, public policy and lobbying. Her work is informed by leadership positions in the private and philanthropic sectors, as well as significant time spent in the U.S. Congress, federal and municipal agencies, presidential campaigns, and the White House.
Among other positions, Gloria was Executive Director of Leadership 18, an alliance of CEO’s responsible for leading the largest nonprofit organizations including American Red Cross, Salvation Army, and United Way Worldwide.
She served as a Senior Vice President at GMMB, a strategic communications and advertising firm; Director of the Office of Congressional Relations at the Peace Corps; Special Assistant to the President in the White House Office of National Service; and Director of Constituent Relations at the Corporation for National and Community Service. She also was policy advisor to Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton and Senator Albert Gore, Jr.
Gloria is a member of the federal Presidio Trust’s Advisory Council for the Presidio Institute focused on service and cross-sector leadership. She holds degrees from American University, and Columbia College, Columbia University.
Co-Founder and President, Efrusy Family Foundation
Molly Efrusy is currently Co-Founder and President of the Efrusy Family Foundation, a private family foundation that provides grants in the areas of international development, social justice, education, and health. She is also an active Partner at Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2), a venture philanthropy organization.
Prior to becoming involved in the nonprofit/philanthropy sector, Molly worked as a health care consultant for 15 years for several companies including McKesson Corporation. Her work focused on outcomes research where she managed prospective and economic modeling studies to determine the cost effectiveness and quality-of-life impact of various drugs and diagnostic tests.
Molly was also an early employee at the Institute for Global Health, a center of applied prevention and public health research at UCSF founded by Richard Feachem, as well as a researcher at the San Francisco Department of Public Health. Molly earned a bachelor’s degree in Human Biology from Stanford University and a Master’s of Public Health (MPH) in maternal and child health from UC Berkeley.
Vice President, Child Development and Programme Effectiveness, World Vision International
Mark Lorey is the Vice President responsible for the Child Development and Programme Effectiveness group within World Vision International. CDPE provides global technical leadership for World Vision's work in education, child protection, child participation, gender, disability, peace building, urban programming, local partnering and advocacy, and other technical areas. Mark is also a founding member of the Faith to Action Initiative, a coalition of organizations working to support and guide North American churches and other faith groups seeking to help orphans and vulnerable children in Africa and beyond. F2A promotes family and community care as the best and most lasting responses to the OVC crisis.
Mark has worked with World Vision for more than a decade. His first role with WV included leading development of WV's approach to community-led care for orphans and vulnerable children. A subsequent role focused on leading co-creation of WV's foundational approach in all development programmes: working with communities and partners toward the sustained well-being of children within families and communities, especially the most vulnerable. Mark has previously been based in Malawi, South Africa, and Zambia and worked with Save the Children, USAID, and other agencies. He currently lives near Washington, DC with his wife and two daughters.
Paru Desai Yusuf
Board Member & Partner, SV2; co-Director, GOAL!
Paru Desai Yusuf is a strategist and consultant to global non-profits and international organizations. For over 20 years her work has focused on education, youth development, economic empowerment and innovative social venture models. She is a co-director of a partnership between GOAL! and Mathare Youth Sports Association to design a Girls' Program focusing on education and economic empowerment for girls in the Mathare slums, Nairobi. She is a Board Member and Partner at SV2, a a network of professionals who fund and support social ventures to create greater impact. She is also an Advisor to the Ethiopian Diaspora Network. She has served as US Chairperson of the Asante Africa Foundation, a leading education development organization focused on East Africa; board member and Vice Chair, International School of the Peninsula, a language immersion school in Palo Alto, CA; President of the San Francisco Chapter of Developments in Literacy, board member, COSAD (Community Solutions for Africa's Development). Paru's search for innovation in sustaining economic development led to her co-founding Imuka, LLC a Tanzania-based traditional music group to empower the singers and their communities through their music. Imuka funded its growth by producing custom videos and a 3-month US tour with over 15 singers. Her interest in education also included work with SecretBuilders, a Silicon Valley based start-up, an award winning on-line virtual community which combines gaming with learning to provide a unique environment for children to explore literature through gaming. Paru's career in international development began at the World Bank in Washington DC where she focused on gender issues for over 6 years. Paru has a BA in Chemistry from NC State University and a MA in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University.
Elisa De Martel
Elisa de Martel brings more than 20 years of experience in financial analysis and budget controls gained working in leadership positions in services, manufacturing and technology companies.
Elisa is currently a Director at Apple overseeing the financial aspects of manufacturing operations for all Apple products, including multi-billion supply chain budget allocations, return on investment analysis and tracking of actual spending against targets. Previously, Elisa was part of the Corporate finance team providing all forecast and analytical data needed by the CEO and CFO to support the Earnings Call.
Elisa started her career in Public Accounting for PriceWaterhouseCoopers working both in France and Spain. She conducted statutory audits as well as merger and acquisition due diligence audits for multinational firms.
Elisa holds a Master degree from Edhec business school in France, French DESCF (Diploma in Accounting and Financial studies) as well as a Master of Arts in Political Economy from the University of Essex – UK.
US Ambassador [retired], Former HHS Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs, 2014-2017
Jimmy Kolker retired as the Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) January 20, 2017. In that role, Ambassador Kolker was the Department’s chief health diplomat, representing the United States at World Health Organization meetings and as alternate Board Member of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. He advised Secretaries Sebelius and Burwell and HHS’s operating and staff divisions on health security and HHS' international engagement. Amb. Kolker had a 30 year diplomatic career with the U.S. Department of State where he served as the U.S. Ambassador to Uganda (2002-2005) and to Burkina Faso (1999-2002). From 2005-2007, he served as Deputy Global AIDS Coordinator in the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, leading implementation of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Amb. Kolker was Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. embassies in Denmark and Botswana and won awards for political reporting at earlier posts in the UK, Sweden, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique. From 2007-2011, prior to joining HHS, Amb. Kolker was Chief of the HIV and AIDS Section at UNICEF’s New York headquarters. In this role, he led UNICEF's work on HIV and AIDS, focusing on mother-to-child-transmission of HIV, pediatric treatment, prevention among adolescents and young people, and protection for children and families affected by AIDS.
Amb. Kolker grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. He holds a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a B.A. magna cum laude from Carleton College in Minnesota. He was a Thomas J. Watson Foundation Fellow (1970-1971). He speaks French, Swedish, and Portuguese.