Advisors

Lovely A. Dhillon, JD

Chief Executive Officer
Jodevi Consulting

Advising On:  Social Strategy & Visionary Evaluation

Lovely Dhillon is the CEO of JODEVI, a global advisory firm that increases the value of social impact organizations by providing strategy and evaluation expertise. Lovely specializes in moving organizations to outcomes-based thinking, developing measurement plans for testing outcomes, and linking data to strategic decision making.

Lovely’s clients have included: the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Ford Foundation, The Four Freedoms Fund, Institute for the Future, The Rasmuson Foundation, and Define American. Prior to consulting, Lovely was the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Deputy Director for Strategy, Measurement, and Evaluation for Advocacy and Policy, US Program. Lovely also served as Vice President at Organization Research Services where she built and led the organization’s Businesses with Social Impact work and designed the company’s Strategic Planning business line.

Lovely worked as a lawyer for nearly 20 years, including serving as the Executive Director of the Law School Consortium Project, which received the American Bar Association’s Louis M. Brown Award for Innovation in Legal Access. Lovely was also a Hate Crimes and Domestic Violence prosecutor in the San Francisco District Attorneys Office, and led the California Minority Counsel Program, a collaboration of several hundred corporations and law firms focused in equity in legal practice. Lovely holds a Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School and a Bachelor of Arts from Florida State University. She is a co-editor of the book, Visionary Evaluation for a Sustainable, Equitable Future; author of the Measurement, Learning and Evaluation chapter of Nonprofit Management 101, 2nd edition, which was listed as #1 on the Amazon nonprofit book list; and author of Refining Theories of Change in the Journal of Multidisciplinary Evaluation.

Jim Larimore

Chief Officer for Equity in Learning
Riiid Labs

 Jim Larimore is Chief Officer for Equity in Learning at Riiid Labs, where he leads strategy, programs and partnerships to leverage Riiid’s strengths in Artificial Intelligence (AI) to close gaps in educational opportunity, achievement and student success. Jim previously led ACT’s Center for Equity in Learning, served as deputy director for student success at the Gates Foundation, and has been a student affairs leader at campuses including Stanford, Dartmouth, Swarthmore, and NYU Abu Dhabi. Jim has served on the Gates Millennium Scholars Advisory Council, the Stanford Alumni Association Board of Directors, and the Advisory Board of the Hope Center for College, Community and Justice. He currently serves on the advisory councils of the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions, the Center for Postsecondary Readiness and Success, and Unmudl, and on the Board of Directors of the Branch Alliance for Educator Diversity.

Peter Callstrom

President | CEO
San Diego Workforce Partnership

Advising On:  Alternative Financing & Workforce Systems

Peter has led nonprofits since 1986 including services to people with disabilities, the homeless, and under-represented job seekers. The San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) funds, oversees and delivers a wide variety of workforce programs. SDWP conducts ongoing in-depth labor market research to understand the needs and trends in our economy. With an emphasis on underserved populations and people with barriers to employment, but available to all job seekers, the SDWP and its funded partners services reach 100,000+ job seekers annually. The SDWP directly administers Connect2Careers reaching 15,000+ youth with robust work readiness and jobs/internships. The SDWP has created a broad-based initiative to address the opportunity youth crisis (annual conference – OpportunitySD.org, working groups, research and more). Recipient of the “WIOA Trailblazer” award (550 boards in the U.S.) by the National Association of Workforce Board, the SDWP is a nationally recognized leader in its field.

Maria Harper-Marinick, Ph.D.

Chancellor Emerita
Maricopa Community College

Advising On:  Community + College Innovations

Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick is a national leader in higher education and strong advocate for access, equity, and student success. She serves as Chancellor of the Maricopa County Community College District – one of the largest community college systems in the nation which serves nearly 200,000 students with the support of 10,000 faculty and staff members across 10 colleges.​

She currently serves on the following national and local boards including American Council of Education (ACE), American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), Excelencia in Education, League for Innovation, Valley of the Sun United Way (VSUW), Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC), and Arizona Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Harper-Marinick has been the recipient of various awards and recognition, including: 2018 Most Admired Leaders in the Valley, 2017 Valley Leadership Woman of the Year, 2017 Athena Public Sector, 2015 Woman of the Year from the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Harper-Marinick is originally from the Dominican Republic and came to Arizona in 1982 as a Fulbright Scholar to complete graduate work at Arizona State University (ASU). She holds a Master and Ph.D. degrees in education from ASU.

Kevin Clark

Chairman | CEO
Choiceflows, Inc.

Advising On:  Marketplace Branding & Scaling Ecosystems

Kevin Clark is an award-winning business and brand strategist, serial author and alpine skier. He is Federation Leader & President of Content Evolution, CEO of Choiceflows Inc. and is Director emeritus for IBM Brand and Values Experience. Kevin works with voice-of-people research pioneers in “testing the future” using Customer-Company Alignment, discrete choice experiments, newly- created volumetric choice experiments, Best-Worst Scaling (a/k/a “MaxDiff”), and Familiarity Acceleration.

Kevin serves as an International Advisor to Human Centered Design Network of Japan, is a founding member of the Relationship Economy Expedition, and a member of the People-Centered Internet community founded by Internet inventor Vint Cerf.

Kevin’s awards include the Brand Leadership Excellence Award from the World Brand Congress(2009), the IBM Influential Executive Advocate Award for the NASA and United Space Alliance(2006), and the Office Award from NASA(2005).

Kevin’s paper with Dr. Kazuhiko Yamazaki entitled “Culture-Centered Design and Digital Transformation” was delivered at the International Human Systems Integration Conference in 2019 and is now published by Springer.

Kevin is a graduate of the University of Tulsa with a Bachelor of Science Degree from the School of Communications has multiple certifications from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Nicole Smith, Ph.D.

Research Professor and Chief Economist
Georgetown University Center on Education & The Workforce

Advising On:  Economic, Education, & Marketplace Analytics

Nicole Smith is a Research Professor and Chief Economist at the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce where she leads the Center’s econometric and methodological work.

One of her primary functions at the Center is developing a framework for restructuring long-term occupational and educational projections. This framework forms the underlying methodology for Help Wanted, Recovery and The Future of Work, three reports in an ongoing series that projects education demand for occupations in the U.S. economy.

She is also part of a team of economists working on a project to map, forecast and monitor human capital development and career pathways. Her current research investigates the role of education and socioeconomic factors in intergenerational education mobility.

Gordon Freedman

President
National Laboratory for Education Transformation

Advising On:  Education & Workforce Transformation

Gordon Freedman is President of the National Laboratory for Education Transformation (www.NLET.org), a California-based 501(c)(3) non-profit committed to transforming 20th century education into 21st century learning and workforce development.

Freedman founded NLET to create an organization that looks three to five years into the future, acting as a broad social, research and organizational platform for the alignment of education and training with the technology of the knowledge economy and youth culture. The nonprofit has received federal and foundation grants in partnerships with universities, community colleges, school districts and research institutes. Freedman also manages Knowledge Base, LLC, a consulting firm that provides services to institutions, publishers and education technology companies.

Freedman formerly served as Vice President Global Education Strategy, Blackboard Inc, during its growth from 100 million dollar in annual revenue to an exit at $1.4B. During his tenure, Freedman traveled to 19 countries and launched the international Blackboard Institute that provided thought leadership.

Chris McKinzie, MBA

Founder | CEO
Enlyton

Advising On:  IP, Product, Biz Modeling & Licensing

Chris McKinzie is the Founder and CEO of Enlyton – a cloud-based Search Based Application Platform. Chris brings over 15 years of product, technology management and business development experience to Enlyton which was spun out of another startup Chris founded where he was the CEO of Fluid Innovation Group, an innovation commercialization firm. Prior to launching Fluid, he created and managed a team to license internally-developed software for SBC Communications (now AT&T), where he served as director for SBC Knowledge Ventures and as well as Director of Corporate Strategy.

Chris has headed business development and VAR relationships at two early stage software companies and spent two years with the AM Fund, a venture capital firm focused on the commercialization of university research. Chris is an inventor named on multiple U.S. Patents and is a regular speaker on technology licensing and commercialization. Chris holds a degree in finance from California State University – Fullerton and an MBA from Mays Business School at Texas A&M University.

Jamai W. Blivin

Founder
Innovate+Educate

Advising On:  Skills-Based Hiring

Jamai Blivin is the Founder and previous CEO of Innovate+Educate, a non-profit she started in 2008 with a vision for an industry-led board focused on education and workforce strategies to address the significant gaps between supply/demand in both education and workforce. The organization made a large impact on the future of skills-based hiring and training over its 12 years of implementation. This included the development of Core Score, a validated skills based assessment and training diagnostic used in hiring and training both in the U.S. and globally.

Jamai enjoyed a 15-year career in the investment field, managing over $125 Million in assets at the height of her career. She retired in 2001 to pursue her passion for education and the underserved youth, teaching middle school in Little Rock, AR and Durham, NC from 2001 to 2006. In 2006, she joined the North Carolina Technology Association, overseeing a congressional project in Robeson County, NC. She later led the work at the NCTA Education Foundation, and started the Knowledge Workforce Committee in 2007 to address the IT shortage pipeline of member companies.

Jamai serves as an advisor on multiple national boards including the Urban Research Park, Upskill Enterprises, and Innovate+Educate. She also is very involved in her work in NM, sitting on multiple committees and advisory boards.

Jamai has a BSBA and MBA from the University of Arkansas. She and her husband, Dave, have seven children ages 16-31, all on their own education to employment journey. When not focusing on her work, she is found in the garden, doing yoga, or reading.

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