Panelist Biographies

Peter York, Principal Associate

Peter York, MSSA, Principal Associate at Community Science, has over 20 years of experience as a consultant and researcher in the evaluation and nonprofit fields, as well as a national spokesperson for social impact and impact measurement issues. York has designed and led numerous research and evaluation studies with private philanthropies, corporations, nonprofit organizations and government agencies. He has authored book chapters, academic and professional articles, and a book on the topic of evaluation for philanthropists“Funder’s Guide to Evaluation: Leveraging Evaluation to Improve Nonprofit Effectiveness”. York has spent the last five years developing analytic techniques that leverage machine learning algorithms and big data to create predictive and prescriptive models and tools for social change agents, including ways to use existing monitoring and tracking datasets to rigorously evaluate programs, in real time, cost-effectively. He recently co-authored a book chapter on this work – “The Application of Predictive Analytics and Machine Learning to Risk Assessment in Juvenile Justice: The Florida Experience.” York also serves/has served as an advisor or/member of social impact groups such as the Alliance for Effective Social Investing, Reimagining Service/Presidio Institute, Data Analyst for Social Good, the Alliance for Nonprofit Management, and the Social Innovation Fund. He has recently become a Leap Ambassador, a private community of nonprofit thought leaders who are committed to the adoption of high performance in the nonprofit sector.

Carly Hare, Director of Change Philanthropy

Carly Hare (Pawnee/Yankton) strives to live a commitment to advancing equity and community engagement through her professional and personal life. Carly serves as the Coalition Catalyst/National Director of CHANGE Philanthropy. Carly lead Native Americans in Philanthropy as its Executive Director from 2010-2015 after five years of membership, and serving on the NAP Board of Directors. Carly held the position of the Director of Development for the Native American Rights Fund from 2009-2010. She served as Director of Programs for The Community Foundation Serving Boulder County for five years. Carly is currently the Board of Trustees Chair of the Common Counsel Foundation and Treasurer of the Highlander Research and Education Center Board of Directors. Carly has served on planning committees and presented at over 30 conferences at the intersection of equity and philanthropy. She is a proud daughter, sister, auntie, ally, friend and  equity advocate. Carly’s Pawnee name is <i kita u hoo <i  ]a  hiks which translates into kind leader of men.

Amy Lazarus, CEO of InclusionVentures

Amy Lazarus is the Founder and CEO of InclusionVentures. InclusionVentures creates best in-class learning experiences to help organizations take an inclusive approach to diversity, inclusion, and leadership. We focus on the workforce, work culture, and work product. Amy is a master facilitator who consults on strategy, unconscious bias, productive workplace culture, employee engagement, Millennial leadership, inclusive interview practices, and implementing theory-to-practice. Select clients include: Deloitte, Hewlett Packard, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Salesforce, Twitter, Pandora, Arabella Advisors, the World Economic Forum Global Shapers, Business Executive Education, Stanford’s Design School, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, the Fetzer Institute, and The James Irvine Foundation. Other speaking engagements include The White House, Clinton Global Initiative University, Social Capital Markets, Dreamforce, and the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Born and raised in a diverse community where it was “cool” to try out for the high school’s race relations dialogue group, Amy brings 20 years of experience in the diversity and inclusion field to enable people and organizations to contribute, thrive, and grow. Prior to launching InclusionVentures, Amy served as Executive Director of the International Institute for Sustained Dialogue, increasing earned revenue from 6% to 33% and quadrupling the number of organizations served. She founded PULSE, a neuroscience-based leadership retreat to catalyze inclusive talent and establish an employer-ready pipeline to infuse the same principles into organization culture. Prior to Sustained Dialogue, as part of ICF’s Diversity and Leadership Practice, Lazarus developed and delivered leadership and inclusion strategies and trainings for large organizations.

A Coro Fellow in Public Affairs, Amy earned an M.S. in Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon’s Heinz School, and founded the Center for Race Relations at Duke University. She has won numerous awards and is frequently cited for her impact on diversity and inclusion. She is a recipient of USA Network’s Characters Unite Award, Top 99 Under 33 Foreign Policy Leaders, Facing History’s Upstander Award, and the American Express NGen Leadership Fellowship. Amy is cited in Bloomberg Businessweek, The Washington Post, Barrett Seaman’s Binge: What Your College Student Won’t Tell You, and Robert Thompson’s Beyond Reason and Tolerance: The Promise and Practice of Higher Education. Amy practices tai chi and has sung back up for Aretha Franklin. From Shaker Heights, Ohio, Amy lives in San Francisco and serves on the boards of Coro National, The Harwood Institute, and Operation Understanding DC. She is certified in administering the Myers Briggs Type Indicator and the DiSC profile.

Ana Oliveira, President & CEO of The New York Women’s Foundation

Ana Oliveira, President & CEO of The New York Women’s Foundation, has devoted over 25 years to public health for under-served populations. Ana led the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), overseeing a complete overhaul of the agency from 1998-2006. Prior to GMHC, Ana spearheaded community-based programs at Samaritan Village, the Osborne Association, Kings County, and Lincoln Hospitals.  Ana served on the NYC HIV Planning Council and the NYC Commission on AIDS, chaired the NYC Commission for LGBTQ Runaway and Homeless Youth, co-chaired the Board of the Women’s Funding Network and Mayor Bloomberg’s Young Men’s Initiative. Ana was a co-chair of the Young Women’s Initiative of New York City – the first effort dedicated to young women of color, and she was appointed by Mayor DeBlasio as a Commissioner of Human Rights.

Yvonne Moore, Principal Advisor at Moore Philanthropy

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Alvin Starks, Associate Director for Fellows and Technical Assistance at Open Society Foundations

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Christina M. Ciociola, MSW, MPH

Senior Vice President for Grantmaking & Strategy, Greater New Haven Community Foundation

Ms. Ciociola was named Senior Vice President for Grantmaking & Strategy in 2014, the senior programmatic staff position at The Community Foundation responsible for the grantmaking, strategy development and implementation, and community knowledge work of The Foundation. Prior to this position, Christina was the Director of Knowledge and Evaluation at The Community Foundation for seven years, playing a central role in The Foundation’s community knowledge work and leading its efforts to promote local philanthropy through giveGreater.org® and the The Great Give®. In addition, Ms. Ciociola has led The Community Foundation’s efforts in the workforce arena through the Partnership for Economic Opportunity. Ms. Ciociola is a graduate of Merrimack College with a BA in psychology and sociology. She received her MSW from Boston University School of Social Work with a specialty in gerontology and her MPH from Boston University School of Public Health with a concentration in epidemiology and biostatistics. Ms. Ciociola is a former Board member of the Mary Wade Home, a nonprofit senior care facility founded in 1866 and located in New Haven. She is a lifelong resident of the New Haven area and lives in Killingworth with her husband Tony, a retired New Haven firefighter, and their daughter, Reese.

Justin Elicker, Executive Director, New Haven Land Trust

Justin works to ensure that the Land Trust is advancing its mission of providing community gardening spaces, preserving open spaces and educating New Haven residents about the environment. Justin grew up in Connecticut and is an active member of the New Haven community, including running for mayor of New Haven in 2013. Justin is an adjunct professor at Southern Connecticut State University and has worked as a sustainability consultant, a U.S. Foreign Service Officer and a high and elementary school teacher. Justin received joint masters’ degrees from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and the Yale School of Management in 2010 and a BA from Middlebury College in 1997. In addition to a passion for gardening Justin and his wife Natalie raise five chickens and a dog named Captain.

Diane Sierpina, Director of Justice Initiatives, Tow Foundation

Diane Sierpina joined The Tow Foundation in 1998 and currently serves as the director of justice initiatives. Prior to joining the Foundation, Diane was a newspaper and magazine journalist covering government, politics, and social issues. Diane is responsible for the Foundation’s juvenile justice and criminal justice reform strategy and investments, which average more than $3.5 million a year. Diane has been an advocate of evidence-based, youth-centered justice system reform in Connecticut, New York and nationally through her leadership roles with the Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance, the New York Juvenile Justice Initiative, and the Youth Transition Funders Group (YTFG). Diane is a member of YTFG’s Steering Committee and co-chair of YTFG’s Youth Justice Work Group. She is the founding tri-chair of the Program Officers Network of the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy. Diane is an active member of Grantmakers for Children, Youth & Families and Philanthropy New York. Diane earned a B.S. in Journalism summa cum laude from Boston University.

Abby Anderson, Executive Director, Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance

Abby Anderson is executive director of the Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance, a public policy and advocacy organization that consistently wins major victories for at-risk youth. Anderson became director at CTJJA in 2007 and, among other initiatives, ensured appropriate funding for and implementation of the Raise the Age bill, which removed thousands of teens from adult courts and facilities. Abby joined the Alliance in 2004 as a senior policy associate. She has served on the executive committees of the National Juvenile Justice Network and the Coalition for Juvenile Justice. In 2011, Connecticut Magazine named Abby one of its “40 Under 40.”