Simple Giving

The Executive Team

Adelaide Schaeffer

Founder and Chief Executive Officer,
Champions for Kids and Simple Giving Inc.

Adelaide Schaeffer is the founder and executive director of Champions for Kids, an organization focused on the social impact of working to help millions of children have the health, education and nutrition resources they need to succeed

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Paul Pritchard

Chief Revenue Officer, Simple Giving Inc.

Paul Pritchard serves as Chief Revenue Officer for Simple Giving Inc. In his role, Pritchard oversees the go to market strategy that delivers retail and brand synergy while generating revenue across business platforms and solutions.

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Bill Simon

Chief Strategy Advisor, Simple Giving Inc.

Bill Simon serves as Chief Strategy Advisor for Simple Giving Inc.  In this role, Simon supports Simple Giving Inc. by providing retail and corporate strategy and marketing insights. This role expands on and builds from his ten years of servant leadership for Champions for Kids.

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Allen Engstrom

Chief Finance Officer, Simple Giving Inc.

Allen Engstrom serves as Chief Finance Officer for Simple Giving Inc. In this role, Engstrom oversees all fiscal and fiduciary responsibilities for Simple Giving Inc. Additionally, Engstrom plays a critical role in advising business and operational strategy for Simple Giving Inc.

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Troy Johnson

Executive Vice President, Alliance Communications, Simple Giving Inc.

Troy Johnson is Executive Vice President of Alliance Communications for Simple Giving Inc.. In this capacity, Johnson coordinates and directs all marketing, research and communication efforts including brand development, marketing research and implementation of omni-channel marketing efforts across all media platforms.

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Ricardo Valencia

Chief Network Officer, Simple Giving Inc.

Ricardo Valencia serves as Chief Network Officer for Simple Giving Inc. In his role, Valencia oversees all aspects of developing a network strategy that delivers program awareness, acceptance, and engagement from national partnerships to key community level stakeholders that synergizes program momentum and movement across every U.S. community.

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David Adair

Chief Technology Officer, Simple Giving Inc.

David serves as the Chief Technology Officer for Simple Giving, Inc. In this role, David guides the strategy and development of the proprietary Simple Giving software platform, including both web-based portals and mobile applications. In addition to ensuring sound technology practices, David is passionate about the user experience for every person that comes into contact with the Simple Giving platform.

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Dr. Blake Brandes

Chief Innovation Officer, Simple Giving Inc.

Dr. Blake Brandes serves as Chief Innovation Officer for Simple Giving Inc.’s National Network. In this role, Brandes oversees national network strategy, organizational partnerships, customer support and the organization’s role in supporting community engagement for Simple Giving’s network of schools, nonprofit and community organizations. Brandes has played a formative role in the growth of Champions for Kids’ national network strategy and served as lead catalyst of innovation that led to the formation of Simple Giving Inc., a subsidiary social enterprise serving its parent organization, Champions for Kids.

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Rebecca Hurst


Chief Legal Officer, Simple Giving Inc.

Rebecca Hurst serves as Chief Legal Counsel for Simple Giving Inc. In this capacity, Rebecca works to support and advise all legal functions for Simple Giving Inc.

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Dr. Sarah McCue

Vice President of Training, Communications, and Alliance Partnerships Simple Giving Inc.

A well-known advocate for the innovative use of information and communication technologies in developing countries, Dr. Sarah McCue is a social entrepreneur and author of several technical books. She is founder of BluWorld, launched in collaboration with Google and Cisco Foundation to provide opportunities to youth in developing countries; co-founder of The Remembering Site, a memoir-writing platform to write and preserve the stories of our elders; and founder of Women with 2020 Vision to empower women through online mentoring.

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Eric Douglas

Vice President, Client Services, Simple Giving Inc.

Eric brings 30 years of senior leadership experience in promotion marketing services.  His roles in marketing, business development, sales, and creative provide Simple Giving Inc. with a robust portfolio of developing and supporting major and emerging CPG brands with strategy, ideas, and revenue-driving energy.

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Jacqui Lindsay

Sr. Strategy Officer, Social Impact Strategy & Program Impact, Simple Giving Inc.

Jacqui Lindsay advises and guides Simple Giving and the Champions for Kids organizational strategy. In her role as CFK’s Senior Strategy Officer, Lindsay helps the board and staff to build shared values, vision and community, harness the intelligence of their diverse members to deepen their collective knowledge and continuous learning, and develop the strategic plans, leadership, and partnerships necessary to achieve their goals.

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Ketan Patel

Vice President, Enterprise Solutions and Alliance Partnerships

Ketan Patel serves a Vice President of Enterprise Solutions and Alliance Partnerships for Simple Giving Inc. In this role, Patel develops, supports, and delivers focused strategy around high priority initiatives, key partnership alliances, innovative solutions, and strategic direction for data and analytics.

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Adelaide Schaeffer is the founder and executive director of Champions for Kids, an organization focused on the social impact of working to help millions of children have the health, education and nutrition resources they need to succeed in school, and in life.

Schaeffer founded Champions for Kids in 2004 in response to an alarming awareness that millions of children in America suffer silently – and in many cases, die – due to hunger, abuse, violence, neglect, and abandonment. This awareness came to her and her husband when responding to a school’s request to help a homeless teen named Daniel, whom they welcomed to their home and supported through high school graduation and well into his young adult transition years. Daniel became the catalyst for starting Champions for Kids – which they began with a missional commitment that all children should have “Someone who cares, a place to belong, hope for tomorrow, and provisions for their journey.” These core values continue to guide the work of Champions for Kids, now and in the future.

Since 2004, Champions for Kids has helped over 5.6 million children in 50 states by supporting over 32,000 schools and community organizations while mobilizing hundreds of thousands of participating volunteers across the U.S. To accomplish this, Schaeffer and her Champions for Kids team have primarily focused on key strategic partnerships with leading national brands such as Unilever, Tyson Foods, Colgate, General Mills, Coca-Cola, Diamond Foods, Kraft, Kellogg’s, and others to leverage the national scale of Walmart stores to provide schools in communities across America with financial and product resources to help children living in poverty have the basic health, education and nutrition resources they need to be prepared for academic and every life success.

Schaffer is deeply committed to the power of developing effective, measurable and scalable cross-sector partnerships. Since its founding, Champions for Kids continues to explore different strategies to achieve its mission. Today, Champions for Kids is zeroing in on even greater impact--to identify and fund effective and scalable shared value initiatives that address and reduce the impact of child poverty, with a priority focus on child and family homelessness. The result is Simple Giving Inc.

Simple Giving Inc.is a technology driven solution that drives both business results and social impact through shared valued initiatives that directly provide needed resources for homeless and at-risk children in local communities. Simple Giving delivers collective collaboration through leading national brands and retailers, and engages and motivates consumers to use a benefit card that delivers personal savings while triggering a portion of giving to a designated community beneficiary. The result provides substantial savings for Shoppers while channeling significant amounts of dollars to local communities through schools and/or youth organizations. Simple Giving Inc. is led by a team of industry leaders who are fiercely committed to these values and mission work.

Prior to founding Champions for Kids, Schaeffer received her undergraduate degree in journalism with an emphasis in marketing at the University of Arkansas. Schaeffer did post-graduate studies in theology at Indiana University, Notre Dame and Harvard Divinity School. She completed a Masters of Theological Studies degree at Emory University in Atlanta with an interest in the intersection of faith and public life. After Emory, Adelaide completed a second Masters of Education from Boston College with an emphasis in education and practical theology. Schaeffer received a third Masters of Public Administration degree from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government at Harvard in 2009 where she focused on building cross-sector partnerships between the private, social, public and citizen sectors. Her commitments and work in theology and the intersection of faith and public life serve as a wellspring to all her organizational work. She continues bridging practical work with learning through executive education courses at Harvard Business School.

Paul Pritchard serves as Chief Revenue Officer for Simple Giving Inc. In his role, Pritchard oversees the go to market strategy that delivers retail and brand synergy while generating revenue across business platforms and solutions.

Pritchard is Founder of Rescue Health, a natural personal care company dedicated to improving the lives of its customers by offering high quality natural personal care products. Recently, he successfully negotiated the purchase of their first brand – RAW® Heat and RAW® Ice. RAW® Heat and RAW® Ice are innovative natural topical pain relievers developed by a Chiropractor and Physical Therapist. RAW® products are used by professional and student athletes as well as Chiropractors and Physical Therapists across the US. Since the acquisition, Pritchard has implemented an improved go to market model, new manufacturing and supply chain processes and significantly increased sales.

Prior to forming Rescue Health, Pritchard spent over two decades helping numerous fortune 50 companies and a personal care start up in the San Francisco Bay area achieve success.

Most recently, Pritchard was Vice President & Team Leader for Coty Beauty where he led a 24 person cross-functional team managing the Walmart & Sam’s Club business. He served as general manager for all areas of the team - Sales, Supply Chain, Data Analytics, Shopper Insights and Shopper Marketing. During his tenure the world’s largest retailer recognized his team two times in four years as “Vendor of The Year”.

Before joining Coty, Pritchard served as Senior Vice President of Sales at Yes to - a private equity backed start-up in San Francisco.  During his leadership at Yes to, Pritchard increased the number of stores carrying the brand fourfold.  He also helped lead them to their first ever-profitable year and led the successful international expansion to over 20+ countries.

Prior to joining Yes to Inc., Pritchard held several leadership roles over 17 years with L’Oreal, Johnson & Johnson, Bayer Consumer Care and M&M/Mars. While at L’Oreal he was Vice President for a start-up division where he improved sales and profit to record levels. In his 9 years at Johnson & Johnson he worked on various categories and brands ultimately culminating as National Sales Director for the Skin Care Business Unit in 2007.

Pritchard has served on the boards of The Juvenile Diabetes Association (NJ) and The Center for Retail Excellence at the University of Arkansas Business School. He has also been a Strategic Advisor for a few businesses.

Pritchard earned his B.A. from The Pennsylvania State University. He has continued his quest for learning by attending various executive education courses at Notre Dame University, Indiana University and The Center for Creative Leadership. He has achieved numerous achievement awards from the companies he has worked for and several significant recognitions from retailers he has supported.

Bill Simon serves as Chief Strategy Advisor for Simple Giving Inc.  In this role, Simon supports Simple Giving Inc. by providing retail and corporate strategy and marketing insights. This role expands on and builds from his ten years of servant leadership for Champions for Kids. Simon has been a catalyst and advocate to help Champions for Kids continue to grow and innovate its work with the private sector.  Simon has inspired Champions for Kids to develop strategic partnerships with the retail and business sector to help thousands of children living in poverty have the resources and opportunities they need to be prepared for success in school and in life.

Simon served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Wal-Mart U.S. from 2010 to 2014. He served as Chief Operating Officer of U.S. Walmart stores division at Walmart Stores Inc., from April 6, 2007 to July 2010. He served as an Executive Vice President of specialty division at Walmart Stores Inc. since March 6, 2006. He served as the Executive Vice President of New Business Development and Professional Services at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. until April 6, 2007. He joined Wal-Mart Stores Inc., from Brinker International, Inc., where he served as the Senior Vice President of Global Business Development from February 7, 2005 to March 3, 2006. Simon served as Secretary for the Florida Department of Management Services. He served as Secretary of Management Services of Florida since 2003. He served as President of Diageo Southeast, the largest North American Business unit of Diageo PLC. He joined Diageo in 1998 as Vice President of Consumer Marketing and served as its President of North American Ready-To-Drink, where he led the successful launch of Smirnoff Ice.

He also served for 25 years in the US Navy and Navy Reserve, retiring as a Lieutenant Commander in 2005. He serves as a Director of Retail Industry Leaders Association and he serves as a Director of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, Inc. He has been a Director of Darden Restaurants, Inc. since June, 2012. He has been a Director of The American Red Cross since January 26, 2011 and serves as a Member of its Board of Governors. He graduated from the University of Connecticut with a BA degree in Economics and an MBA in Management and Marketing.

Prior to his role with Walmart, Simon had 15 years of experience working for top consumer brands, including serving as President of the Southeast region of international beverage company Diageo, and several positions in marketing and development for companies such as Cadbury-Schweppes, PepsiCo and RJR-Nabisco. Simon serves as a Member of the Board of Governors of the American Red Cross.

Allen Engstrom serves as Chief Finance Officer for Simple Giving Inc. In this role, Engstrom oversees all fiscal and fiduciary responsibilities for Simple Giving Inc. Additionally, Engstrom plays a critical role in advising business and operational strategy for Simple Giving Inc.

Engstrom has accumulated over 15 years of strategic and financial management experience working with a number of high tech corporations, including Intel and Motorola Semiconductor (now Freescale).  In that time Engstrom worked for Intel Capital as a core member of its mergers and acquisitions team, supporting over $4 billion in deals proposed to the Board over a 2.5 year period.

Engstrom’s last role at Intel was as a Strategic Planning Manager in its Communications Group, developing strategy and working with Intel Capital to evaluate and support over 150 deals in a 2 year period.  Engstrom earned an MBA with an emphasis on Finance and Entrepreneurship from The University of Texas at Austin.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado.

Troy Johnson is Executive Vice President of Alliance Communications for Simple Giving Inc.. In this capacity, Johnson coordinates and directs all marketing, research and communication efforts including brand development, marketing research and implementation of omni-channel marketing efforts across all media platforms.


Johnson is a veteran communications and content solutions executive, product brand and development specialist, marketing solutions provider, and strategist.

He began his career in higher education marketing and advancement work with a four year private liberal arts university. In 1996, Johnson shifted to the product industry working as a trade advertising manager for the leading inspirational social expression brand, DaySpring, a subsidiary of Hallmark.

From 1999 to 2011 Johnson served in various senior leadership roles from vice president for a leading product packaging and marketing agency to publisher of the largest inspirational gift book company to an executive vice president of a leading direct to consumer content brand for leadership and motivation. Johnson has had the opportunity to develop and lead several content, product, and author brands resulting in multiple million unit sellers and landing several NY Times best sellers. In 2011, Johnson launched Meadow’s Edge Group, a content, product development, and communications solutions provider working with independent industry leaders. Johnson has developed, written or authored well over 50 intellectual property works.

Johnson holds dual Bachelor’s degrees in Marketing Communications and Journalism from John Brown University and an MA in Marketing from Belmont University.

Johnson lives in beautiful Northwest Arkansas with his wife, Stacie. They have two children, Arika and Brandon.

Ricardo Valencia serves as Chief Network Officer for Simple Giving Inc. In his role, Valencia oversees all aspects of developing a network strategy that delivers program awareness, acceptance, and engagement from national partnerships to key community level stakeholders that synergizes program momentum and movement across every U.S. community.

Valencia is principal of his family company, ZAMAS Holdings LLC, and a recognized leader of the US Hispanic community. Most recently Valencia was named to the founding Governing Board of Expect More Arizona, a nonpartisan education advocacy organization created in 2009 to build a citizen movement that ensures a world-class education, from birth through career, for all Arizonans. Today, he is a member of the executive committee and serves as Chairman of the fundraising committee.

He served on the Board of Directors of Ambassadors Group [NASDAQ: EPAX], the Spokane-based educational travel company that operates the People to People Student Ambassador Programs as well as other US-based and international educational travel programs for students, athletes and professionals. Valencia has chaired and is now a member of the Ambassadors Group’s Compensation Committee.

Valencia served as a member and Past Chairman of the Board and Officer of WestEd, a San Francisco-based nonprofit agency with coast-to-coast offices that conduct education research and product development and deliver professional services. He has served on the board of the Children’s Action Alliance, based in Phoenix and Tucson. CAA advocates for policies and decisions that affect Arizona families on issues related to health, child abuse and neglect, early care and education, budget and taxes, juvenile justice, children and immigration, and working families.

Valencia’s career in education began in 1983 when, as a member of his high school’s chapter of the National FFA Organization, he was the first Hispanic to be elected president of Arizona’s state FFA association. From that position, he followed his forbearers’ agricultural legacy by earning a scholarship to major in agriculture at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Working a fulltime job to pay his other expenses, Valencia graduated and, right after college, he incubated his first venture—a nonprofit to assist the children of migrant farm workers to pursue post-secondary educations. Soon he became the State Director of Professional Development for Career and Technical Education working for the University of Arizona’s graduate program in Agricultural Education.

From 1995 to 1997, Valencia was executive director of the National FFA Alumni Association, a position from which he began giving back to FFA for what it had given him in his youth. Next Valencia became the Director of Education for USA TODAY, and was hired to expand its national network of educational programs by teaming with school district and corporate partners.

In 2001 Valencia joined ING, a Dutch financial services company with worldwide operations, as vice president of Hispanic markets and then, in 2003, as Senior Vice President. He had strategic, fiscal and operational responsibility for the development of wealth accumulations strategies focused on diversity markets with specific focus in the African American, Asian American, Hispanic, women, LGBT and capabilities market segments.

Valencia returned to Arizona in June 2007, leaving ING to combine his executive knowhow with his zeal to make education exciting and successful for all children. In 2008, Arizona’s Democratic governor, Janet Napolitano, appointed him to serve on the Arizona State Charter School Board. Arizona’s next governor, Republican Jan Brewer, appointed him as Corporate Chair of the 2010 Border Governors Conference and to serve a term on the Arizona Mexico Commission to chair the strategic development committee. Previously, he has held numerous national board positions, for the National PTA, the National 4-H, the National Future Farmers of America Foundation, the New York Hispanic Ballet and the international association of students and teachers of marketing, DECA. Also he was appointed to the White House Millennium Youth Initiative and the US Department of Education’s Partnership for Family Involvement.

Greater Phoenix is home for Valencia and his wife, Lisa, a retail executive, 14-year-old Zacarias Alejandro and 12-year-old twins Maximo Antonio and Sofia Victoria. He and his family are active members of Redemption Church in Gilbert, Arizona. The beginnings of the children’s names— Za, Ma, S—formed the brand for ZAMAS Holdings when Valencia started his business-development consultancy. Later he learned the ancient Mayan word zamas, meaning dawn, tomorrow, hope.

David serves as the Chief Technology Officer for Simple Giving, Inc. In this role, David guides the strategy and development of the proprietary Simple Giving software platform, including both web-based portals and mobile applications. In addition to ensuring sound technology practices, David is passionate about the user experience for every person that comes into contact with the Simple Giving platform.

Over his career in design and digital media, David has worked as a graphic designer, web developer, and creative director. In 2007, David founded Adair Creative Group, a boutique creative agency specializing in web development and creative design. In 2012, he co-founded Adair Creative Studio, expanding Adair Creative’s services into the field of video production. Adair Creative has built a loyal and growing client base around the country, including small businesses, non-profits, ministries, and Fortune 500 companies. David actively leads the roles of maintaining client relationships, steering creative and strategic direction, and working closely with each team member to ensure successful project outcomes.

David left the mountains of Colorado to attend John Brown University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a major in Digital Media Arts and a minor in Graphic Design. He is most proud of his wife Meredith and four children — Connor, Audrey, Matthew, and Andrew. Away from work, David loves sports, the outdoors, playing with his kids, music, and working on projects that don’t involve a computer.

Dr. Blake Brandes serves as Chief Innovation Officer for Simple Giving Inc.’s National Network. In this role, Brandes oversees national network strategy, organizational partnerships, customer support and the organization’s role in supporting community engagement for Simple Giving’s network of schools, nonprofit and community organizations. Brandes has played a formative role in the growth of Champions for Kids’ national network strategy and served as lead catalyst of innovation that led to the formation of Simple Giving Inc., a subsidiary social enterprise serving its parent organization, Champions for Kids.



Brandes was the recipient of a Marshall Scholarship, one of the most competitive postgraduate awards in the world, which he used to complete his Masters and PhD at the University of Kent in England.  Brandes has over 10 years of experience working with schools and non-profits to help children thrive, and he brings his experience in running a music production and artist management company to make programs engaging and successful for stakeholders from students and parents to schools and corporations.  As former Chief Program Officer for Champions for Kids, Brandes designed service projects and cause marketing campaigns to help children across America in partnership with some of the largest corporations in the world, including Walmart, Colgate-Palmolive, Unilever, and Tyson Foods.  He is passionate about creating “quadruple bottom line wins” for children, shoppers, brands, and retailers, and he is using his diverse background and experiences to help lead the community outreach and technology management efforts with Simple Giving Inc.  In addition to his work with Simple Giving Inc., Brandes is a hip hop rap artist who is passionate about using his skills to help youth develop life dreams and leadership skills in public schools across America.

Rebecca Hurst serves as Chief Legal Counsel for Simple Giving Inc. In this capacity, Rebecca works to support and advise all legal functions for Simple Giving Inc.


Rebecca Hurst is a co-founder and the first managing partner of Smith Hurst. She focuses her practice on planning the businesses, estates, and charitable organizations of some of Arkansas’s highest net worth individuals and families. Since 2007 she has been an adjunct professor at the University of Arkansas School of Law where she teaches advanced classes in Federal Estate and Gift Tax, Nonprofit Organizations, Wills, Trusts and Estates and Estate Planning.

Prior to attending law school, Ms. Hurst worked as an accountant for Beverly Enterprises (now Golden Living) in Fort Smith, Arkansas, serving seventeen skilled nursing facilities with Medicare, Medicaid and financial audit and reporting matters.

Rebecca’s education and accolades include: Masters of Law (LL.M.) in Taxation (2006) from New York University School of Law, Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude (2005) from University of Arkansas School of Law, Executive Editor of the Arkansas Law Review, Charles Thomas Pearson Fellow and scholarship recipient, Phi Alpha Delta, Bachelor of Science, Accounting, magna cum laude and first in degree (2001) from Arkansas State University (Westark Campus), Recipient of Outstanding Accounting Student award, Recipient of Distinguished Business Transfer Student award, Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society. In 2010, Rebecca was recognized in the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal’s Forty under 40 list of business leaders and successful individuals. Rebecca has been named a Super Lawyer for 2014 and Rising Star for 2012-2013 by Mid-South Super Lawyers in the field of Estate Planning & Probate.

Rebecca currently serves on the Corporate Leadership Council for the Walton Arts Center, on the Board of Directors for the Fayetteville Division of the Arkansas Community Foundation, and as Past Chairman for the University of Arkansas Fort Smith Alumni Advisory Council. She also serves on Fayetteville's Future Committee, the Political Action Committee for the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce. Rebecca was a 2013 graduate of Leadership Fayetteville. She has served on the Steering Committee for the Komen Ozark Race for the Cure and is a volunteer with and former member of the Finance Committee for the Morgan Nick Foundation. Rebecca is also a member of the American Bar Association (Tax and Trusts and Estates Sections) and Arkansas Bar Association (Tax and Real Property, Trusts and Estates Sections and Technology Committee).

Rebecca additionally has devoted significant pro bono time to draft a manual and sample wills for Habitat for Humanity’s Wills Project. She is a frequent speaker on business planning, asset protection, taxation, estate planning and tax-exempt organization topics.

Additionally, Rebecca serves as the Vice Chairman on the Board of Directors and as Co-Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee for Champions for Kids and is a member of the Professional Advisory Committee for the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks.

A well-known advocate for the innovative use of information and communication technologies in developing countries, Dr. Sarah McCue is a social entrepreneur and author of several technical books. She is founder of BluWorld, launched in collaboration with Google and Cisco Foundation to provide opportunities to youth in developing countries; co-founder of The Remembering Site, a memoir-writing platform to write and preserve the stories of our elders; and founder of Women with 2020 Vision to empower women through online mentoring. Sarah has served the United Nations as manager of the United Nations Development practice; Panel of Advisors to the United Nations Global Alliance for Technology and Development; World Bank and advisory board member for United Nations Fund for Women New York chapter.

She serves on the Board of Directors of several emerging firms and organizations to bring innovative and transformative technology and online education opportunities to underserved regions, and served as President of WorldQuant University, an open, no-cost online master’s degree program in quantitative analytics. Sarah is currently chairperson of A Nobel Campaign to encourage awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to the founders of the Internet, and a recipient of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s 2014 Robert H. Goddard Honor Award for Quality and Process Improvement and 2015 NASA Group Achievement Award. She teaches in the Technology Management program of Georgetown University.

Eric brings 30 years of senior leadership experience in promotion marketing services.  His roles in marketing, business development, sales, and creative provide Simple Giving Inc. with a robust portfolio of developing and supporting major and emerging CPG brands with strategy, ideas, and revenue-driving energy.

Eric is a proven performer and communicator who is effective at building relationship equity with client relationships and decision makers while generating targeted and newfound business results. Eric holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Kansas. Eric enjoys performing music, running with his dogs, cherishing his family, and is rumored to have a Six Sigma green belt hidden away.

Jacqui Lindsay advises and guides Simple Giving and the Champions for Kids organizational strategy. In her role as CFK’s Senior Strategy Officer, Lindsay helps the board and staff to build shared values, vision and community, harness the intelligence of their diverse members to deepen their collective knowledge and continuous learning, and develop the strategic plans, leadership, and partnerships necessary to achieve their goals. Lindsay supports Champions for Kids and its board to produce results—within themselves and the world—by developing the organization’s capacities for ongoing self and environmental assessment, dialogue, systems and strategic thinking, collaborative learning and action, and performance management and change.

For more than two decades Lindsay has worked with a wide range of public, private, and nonprofit organizations and their leadership to address a variety of social issues. Lindsay has served numerous clients including: Rockefeller Foundation, The Boston Foundation, The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, The New York City Board of Education, Boston Public Schools, University of Delaware, Strategies for Children, The Children's Museum, Northeastern University, Boston after School & Beyond, and many more communities committed to social change.

Ketan Patel serves a Vice President of Enterprise Solutions and Alliance Partnerships for Simple Giving Inc. In this role, Patel develops, supports, and delivers focused strategy around high priority initiatives, key partnership alliances, innovative solutions, and strategic direction for data and analytics.

Described as solutions focused and innovation driven, when presented with a challenge, Patel responds with opportunities for growth and breakthrough solutions. He finds this both as a passion and skill to make the design and delivery of pragmatic solutions in complex situations easier.

Patel brings nearly 20 years of success both company and project based consulting experience. His scope of works is an extensive and robust portfolio that includes work with Lloyds Banking Group that supported their reporting and data needs for their PPI Operations. Patel has spearheaded the development and implementation of data and reporting framework in the areas of Customer Services, Credit, Operations, IT, Risk, and Audit. Patel is experienced with managing high skilled and technical teams, managing relationships with senior level stakeholders as well as working various global companies and specialist consultants like Ernst & Young, Accenture, PwC, and in other niche industries.

Prior to his consulting work, Patel worked for RBS Group, a financial services company where he served as an Innovation Manager, Senior Trainer, Regional Business and Branch Manager. His career portfolio also includes management experience with fast moving consumer brands in the areas of mobile communications and food products as well as in retail management.

Patel holds BS degree in Manufacturing Systems and Management and also attended the Manchester Business School with emphasis operations management principles.