Board of Directors


Managing Director, Social Innovation Initiative, Emerson Collective

Anne Marie manages the innovation initiative of the Emerson Collective, identifying new partners and new areas of focus for the portfolio. She curates a variety of resources to assist Emerson Collective partners, including coaching, mentorship and training opportunities, as well as creating opportunities for their partners to share community and build networks.

Before joining Emerson Collective, Anne Marie was the managing director of the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation where she made early-stage grants to high-growth, high-impact non-profits including Grassroots Soccer, The Mission Continues, One Acre Fund and VisionSpring. Anne Marie is on the advisory boards of the Global Social Venture Competition, and REDF, and is a judge for the National Philanthropy Day Awards, Social Venture Network Innovation Awards and Tech Museum Awards.

Earlier in her career, Anne Marie was the executive director of United Cerebral Palsy of the Golden Gate. She also was a Roberts Enterprise Development Fund (REDF) Farber Fellow at Community Gatepath, a non-profit that provides services to children and adults with developmental disabilities. Before entering the non-profit arena, Anne Marie was the vice president of Service at Digital Impact, a publicly-traded email marketing company, and an associate at Robertson Stephens, where she did investment banking with emerging market clients.

Anne Marie received her master of business administration and public management program certificate from Stanford University’s Graduate School. She also holds a bachelor of arts in English and a bachelor of science in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and its Wharton School, respectively.


Independent Consultant

Eliza Leighton is the co-founder of Stand for Children. In 2001, after five years of leadership with Stand, Eliza left Stand to attend Yale Law School. Upon graduation, she went to work for a legal services organization for Latino immigrants in Prince George's County, Maryland. Eliza now serves as an independent consultant.


Founder/President, Nierenberg Investment Management Company

David Nierenberg is president of Nierenberg Investment Management Company, a Washington state-based investment firm which manages The D3 Fund, which consists of three partnerships with more than $300 million under management. He has been a full time, professional investor in public and private equity since 1985.

He is a former general partner of Trinity Ventures specializing in healthcare, financial services and turnarounds; senior vice president of General Electric Venture Capital Corporation; and, a partner in Bain & Company, a management consulting firm.

Nierenberg served on the board of Peace Health Southwest Washington Medical Center for 13 years where, as vice chair, he led the capital campaign for the non-profit hospital based in Vancouver, Washington. He also served six years on the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors.

He is co-chair of the Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership at Columbia University Law School and serves on the advisory board of Glass-Lewis, the international proxy advisor firm. In addition, Nierenberg serves on the following boards: the Southwest Washington Community Foundation; Kuni Automotive; Kuni Foundation; Electro Scientific Industries (NASDAQ-ESIO); Radisys (NASDAQ-RSYS), MBAC Fertilizer Corp (TSEMBC); and Holt Distressed. He chairs the investment committee for the Whitman College endowment and is the chair of the PSA Healthcare Board.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree, summa cum laude, from Yale College and a Law Degree from Yale Law School.


Director of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and a Full Clinical Professor at NYU Steinhardt

Lisette Nieves is currently the Director of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and a Full Clinical Professor at NYU Steinhardt where she teaches education policy and leads the effort to design a new doctoral program in Educational Leadership and Innovation. Lisette holds a B.A. from Brooklyn College, a B.A./M.A. from the University of Oxford, an M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and a doctorate with distinction in Higher Education Management at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a Truman Scholar, Rhodes Scholar and an Aspen Pahara Fellow.

For over 25 years, Lisette has served in a variety of cross sector leadership positions. She is an experienced social entrepreneur, public sector leader and scholar. Lisette founded Lingo Ventures which is focused on growth, talent recruitment/retention, and change management. Lisette served as the Belle Zeller Distinguished Visiting Professor in Public Policy at the City University of New York at Brooklyn College. Lisette has also held senior leadership positions in municipal and federal government. She most recently served as an Obama appointee on the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, where she co-chaired the higher education subcommittee and supported the production of two reports and convenings.

Lisette also served as the founding Executive Director of Year Up NY, an innovative workforce development program, where in the span of five years she grew the organization from a $250,000 seed grant to a $6 million operation with over 20 corporate partnerships. Her interest in workforce and education led to her dissertation on the relationship between student work and school roles, for which she received the 2016 Dissertation of the Year Award by the (NCSD – AACC). Her board affiliations include serving as the Board Chair at Guttman Community College Foundation and the Fund for the City of New York. She also sits on the board of Stand for Children, Edwin Gould Foundation. Ed Trust and the NewSchools Venture Fund. Her areas of interest include community colleges, college pathways, workforce and education partnerships.


Retired Executive/Community Volunteer

Don Washburn is a retired business person who held executive positions at Northwest Airlines, Inc.; the Marriott Corp.; Booz, Allen & Hamilton; and The Quaker Oats Company. In addition to his involvement in Stand for Children, Don is a member of the Board of Directors of several companies and non-profits, including the Portland Citizens' Commission on Homelessness, the Portland Citizens' Crime Commission, Northwestern University Law School, and LaSalle Hotel Properties.


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