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Board Expansion Welcomes Four Accomplished Leaders

Jul 10, 2019



Emily Epstein
Marketing & Communications Manager
[email protected]

GreenLight Fund Board Expands Adding Four New Members
Leaders Bring Diversity and Expertise in a Period of Growth

Boston, MA – July 10, 2019 – The GreenLight Fund announces the appointment of four new members to the organization’s Board of Directors, expanding capacity and expertise in key focus areas of poverty and economic opportunity, finance and investing, growing and scaling organizations, and data focused evaluation, as well as increasing diversity across demographics, background, and geography. New board members include Tom Ebling, Executive-in-Residence (XIR) at General Catalyst and successful serial technology entrepreneur, Carol Goss, a national leader in philanthropy, nonprofit practice and youth and family services, Tim Palmer, Co-Founder and Senior Advisor of Charlesbank Capital Partners, LLC, a private equity firm, and Kat Rosqueta, founding Executive Director of the Center for High Impact Philanthropy.

GreenLight Fund was founded in 2004 in Boston and in the past 5 years has grown from 3 cities to a network of 8 sites. Across these sites, GreenLight’s portfolio of leading nonprofit organizations will reach more than 100,000 individuals, primarily children and youth, with their proven social innovations this year alone. As GreenLight has quickly expanded its reach and impact, with plans to continue growing its network of cities, the organization is strategically building its national Board.

Margaret Hall, CEO of GreenLight Fund explains, “These new board members will help propel us to another level as we position GreenLight to continue our growth trajectory of adding 1-2 cities a year to spread nonprofit innovations proven to help low-income individuals and families in our cities move out of poverty and up the economic ladder.”

These four leaders join existing board members: John Simon, Board Chair and Co-Founder of GreenLight Fund and Managing Director at Sigma Prime Ventures, Paul Carttar, Independent Consultant and Senior Advisor, The Bridgespan Group, Andy Hahn, Professor Emeritus, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Margaret Hall, CEO and Co-Founder GreenLight Fund, Michele Jolin, CEO and Co-Founder Results for America, Marc Kozin, Senior Advisor & Former President L.E.K. Consulting, Anne R. Lovett, President Lovett-Woodsum Foundation, and Kerry Sullivan, President Bank of America Charitable Foundation.

About GreenLight Fund’s New Board Members
Tom Ebling is co-chair of GreenLight’s American New Cities Fund and his wife Gayane serves on GreenLight Boston’s Selection Advisory Council. He is an Executive-in-Residence (XIR) at General Catalyst and was the former Chairman and CEO of Demandware, a provider of cloud commerce solutions. He led Demandware’s highly successful IPO in 2012 and its acquisition by Salesforce in 2016. Prior to Demandware, Tom held CEO positions at Lattice Engines, ProfitLogic and Torrent Systems. He also holds a patent for inventions in software related to process manufacturing at Marcam Corporation where he was Executive Vice President and helped grow the company from a startup to a $200 million in revenues and a successful IPO.

Tom serves on a number of software company Boards such as Nift Networks, Nuance Communications, Flow Commerce, Blueday, Moltin, Tracelink, Custora, and Mirakl. He has also served on the Board of iDE, International Development Enterprises, an organization that focuses on creating income and livelihood opportunities for poor rural households. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Williams College with a BA in Mathematics and he attended Harvard Law School.

Carol Goss was an early champion of GreenLight Detroit and was instrumental in the organization’s expansion to the city. She completed a fellowship in the Advanced Leadership Initiative program at Harvard University and before that served as CEO of the Skillman Foundation in Detroit from 2004 – 2013. Carol is a native Detroiter and has worked in philanthropy for the entirety of her career including as a program officer at the Stuart Foundation in San Francisco and as program director at the W. K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan. Carol’s professional career also includes nearly 20 years experience in child welfare, family services, and youth development in Detroit and Oakland, California.

Carol has been recognized for her work in philanthropy in many ways but most notably holds awards from the Association of Black Foundation Executives as the 2007 James A. Joseph Lecturer and the 2011 “Idealist in Action” from the City of Detroit.

Carol currently serves on the Boards of Board Source and Planned Parenthood of Michigan. Previously, she served on a number of Boards including City Connect Detroit, the Council of Michigan Foundations, the University of Michigan Alumni Association, and the Youth Development Commission. She holds a BA in sociology and a MSW from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Tim Palmer co-chairs GreenLight’s American New Cities Fund. He is co-founder and Senior Advisor of Charlesbank Capital Partners, LLC, a private equity firm, and was until 2018 a Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of Charlesbank. Prior to co-founding Charlesbank in 1998, he was managing director of Harvard Private Capital Group, the firm’s predecessor from 1990. His career in private equity began with The Field Corporation, a Chicago-based firm, where he was responsible for making private investments in the media and communications industries. However, he began his career in Chicago as a lawyer with Sidley & Austin, in corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions.

Tim serves on a number of Boards including the UVA Law School Foundation, Affordable Housing Institute, Save the Bay, Sightpath Management, and Thames Valley Communications. He holds a J.D. from the University of Virginia, an MBA from the University of Chicago, and a BA from Purdue University.

Kat Rosqueta is an active supporter of GreenLight Philadelphia serving as co-chair of the GreenLight Philadelphia Selection Advisory Council since its founding. She is the founding Executive Director of the Center for High Impact Philanthropy (CHIP), a collaboration between the University of Pennsylvania and alumni of the Wharton School. Prior to her appointment to the launch of CHIP, Kat was a consultant with McKinsey & Company, founding director of Board Match Plus, a San Francisco program dedicated to strengthening nonprofit boards, and worked with Wells Fargo on their corporate community development group.

Her work has been cited in a number of publications including the New York Times, Slate, Money Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal. She has also been a lecturer at the Wharton Business School, and the University of San Francisco’s Institute for Nonprofit Organization Management. Kat has been recognized as the 2012 recipient of the Wharton Women in Business Kathleen McDonald Distinguished Alumna Award.

She currently serves on the Board of Candid (created with the merger of Guidestar and The Foundation Center) and has previously served as board president of La Casa de las Madres (San Francisco’s oldest and largest shelter for battered women and their children). She is the co-founder and executive committee member of the Women’s MBA Network.

About GreenLight Fund
The GreenLight Fund transforms the lives of children, youth and families in high-poverty urban areas by creating local infrastructure and a consistent annual process in our cities to: identify critical needs; import innovative, entrepreneurial programs that have a significant, measurable impact; and galvanize local support to help programs reach and sustain impact in the new city. Started in Boston in 2004, the nonprofit organization is addressing critical needs in Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Detroit, Kansas City, Philadelphia, and the San Francisco Bay Area. More information at