100% of our leadership make meaningful contributions every year
Officers and Board of Directors
Give to the World is a 100% volunteer organization meaning that every donation has the maximum impact for those we serve. Our volunteer officers have diverse backgrounds and bring a wide variety of expertise to the organization from logistics to finance.
Executive Advisory Board
A significant portion of our contributions comes from our leadership, and over half of our total donations come from our Advisory Board Members. In addition to monetary support, the following individuals give generously to Give to the World in their time, energy, and experience to create positive change across the globe.
DEVRY BOUGHNER VORWERK
Devry Boughner Vorwerk is Founder and CEO of DevryBV Sustainable Strategies, a company that provides global strategic and advisory services to C-suite leaders in the areas of ESG and sustainability. In the first part of 2021, Devry served as chief corporate affairs officer at Grubhub, a mobile food delivery company where she served on the Executive Team and led government relations and public policy, communications, sustainability, and brand for the company. Devry had a nearly 15-year career at Cargill, a global food and agriculture company, serving as chief communications officer and head of global corporate affairs and was elected the youngest, female corporate officer in the company’s 150+ year history. In 2016 she joined the law firm Akin Gump as Senior Policy Advisor in the law and public policy practice. Earlier in her career, Devry worked as chief economist for the chairman of the U.S. International Trade Commission, which is a politically-appointed role, and as senior economist in agricultural affairs at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.
Devry was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2014 and was selected as one of the world’s top 100 global communicators in 2017, 2018, and 2019 by the influential Holmes Report. A passionate advocate for change, Devry serves on numerous non-profit boards that support women, food and agriculture, and international business. She is a member of the Advisory Board of Latin America Advisor, Board Member of the US Mexico Foundation and Committee Member of U.S.-Pacific Economic Cooperation Council. In 2020, Devry was designated a Senior Fellow at The Conference Board, brought on as Special Advisor to Global Citizen and selected to the Global Advisory Network of World Pulse, an award-winning social network connecting women worldwide for change.
Devry has a bachelor’s degree and Master of Science in Agricultural Economics from the University of California, Davis and Cornell University.
Scott is Chief Executive Officer of Quantitative Management Associates (QMA) which currently manages $75 billion on behalf of corporate, public, and multi-employer pension plans, endowments and foundations, and financial services companies. Scott joined the firm in 2003 as head of Client Relations, with responsibility for sales, consultant relations and product and business strategy before becoming CEO in 2005. Previously, Scott was a Managing Director at JPMorgan Fleming Asset Management where he led a strategic initiative to build their retirement business and was head of Institutional Client Service and Marketing. Prior to joining asset management, Scott served in a variety of roles within investment banking, private banking and corporate divisions of JP Morgan & Co. Scott is a Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude graduate of Boston College with a BA in Political Science.
Patrick Kelly is Executive Vice President, Portfolio Manager and Head of Alger Capital Appreciation and Spectra Strategies. He is Portfolio Manager of the Alger Capital Appreciation, Alger Capital Appreciation Focus, and Alger Spectra Strategies. He joined Alger in 1999 and has 21 years of investment experience. Previously, Patrick was an investment banking analyst with SG Cowen. He began his career at Alger as a Research Associate and completed Alger’s in-house analyst training program. In early 2001, Patrick was promoted to Associate Analyst and Assistant Vice President, and in September of 2001 he was promoted to Senior Analyst, responsible for the Technology sector. Patrick was named portfolio manager of the Alger Capital Appreciation and Alger Spectra strategies in September 2004, and was named as head of the strategies in 2015. He graduated with honors from Georgetown University. Patrick is a CFA charterholder and a member of the CFA Institute.
Hamid M. Khan is currently a Senior Program Officer in the Rule of Law Center at the United States Institute of Peace where he works on various rule of law projects in Afghanistan and throughout the Islamic world. Khan is also a Professorial Lecturer in Law at George Washington University Law School where he teaches a course on Islamic law. Previously, Khan was a Rule of Law advisor for USIP’s Kabul office where he worked on implementing the Institute’s projects regarding interpretation of the Afghan constitution, the informal system of justice and transitional justice issues under Islamic law. Previously, Khan served as Postdoctoral Fellow for Stanford Law School’s Afghanistan Legal Education Project where he directed legal education efforts at the American University of Afghanistan including two textbooks on Afghan law, and later, served as an international observer for the 2010 Afghan parliamentary elections in Helmand Province.
Khan is a former adjunct professor of Islamic law at the University of Colorado Law School, visiting professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Wyoming and former member of the ABA Committee on Islamic finance. He has lectured on Islamic legal matters around the world including before the United Nations Department of Peace Keeping Operations, the Italian Institute for Higher Criminal Sciences, the University of Innsbruck, Stanford and Northwestern Law Schools, the Lahore University of Management Sciences of Pakistan, and the National Defense University. Khan also served as an advisor to the U.S. Embassy in Kabul and to NATO/ISAF on issues of Islamic law, counterinsurgency, women’s empowerment under Islamic theology. During his time in private legal practice, Khan, in part, served as counsel of record for five detainees held at Guantanamo Bay and in efforts to defend the rights of the mentally ill in Colorado. Khan, a former Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Colorado served as a law clerk to the Honorable Terrence L. O’Brien, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Khan received his B.S., summa cum laude in Political Science from the University of Wyoming and his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.
Adnan Kifayat is a senior resident fellow at the German Marshall Fund (GMF), where he advises the organization on its efforts to strengthen leadership development and Next Generation strategies in the transatlantic region and its joint work in programming the OCP Policy Center Atlantic Fellowship in Europe, North Africa, and sub-Saharan Africa. He also contributes to the continued development of GMF’s Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion Initiative.
Adnan has held senior positions in public service, including at the White House, State Department, and Treasury Department, where he established partnerships with strategic allies to cooperate in trade, finance, development and stabilization. Until 2014, Adnan served as Secretary of State John Kerry’s acting special representative to Muslim communities and was instrumental in creating programs to broaden and deepen U.S. diplomatic engagement through social entrepreneurship, political empowerment, and shared commitments to security. As senior advisor to the under secretary of state for public diplomacy, he led the development and deployment of the Public Diplomacy 2.0 Initiative, which helped transform the State Department into a new media-savvy institution. His work at the Treasury Department resulted in initiatives and agreements to promote financial cooperation between the United States and key partners, in the Middle East, G8, and Asia. He served twice on the National Security Council staff to coordinate issues across the Middle East and Africa.
RACHEL S.L. MINARD
Rachel S.L. Minard is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Minard Capital, the leading independent, global asset raising consulting firm headquartered in San Francisco, California. Rachel is also the Founder & CEO of Minard Venture Capital LLC and Minard Capital Media LLC, which conceived, launched and manages The Minard Guild – an invitation-only, investor networking event whose attendees represent $11T in assets. Minard Capital has worked with over 140+ firms and is not a broker/dealer nor third-party marketer.
Prior to building Minard Capital, Minard Venture Capital and Minard Capital Media, Rachel built and managed global institutional investment businesses for 27 years, including 24 years building fund of hedge fund firms, notably J.P.Morgan Investment Management, Cadogan Management and Corbin Capital Partners. She has raised over $21 billion in her career and started her marketing career in 1991 after her first company was hired to build the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. She has served on the Investment Sub-Committee of the Westover School Endowment for the past ten years.
Rachel received her B.A. in Journalism with honors from Northeastern University with notable distinction as a Wesley W. Marple Distinguished Lecturer by the university. Rachel is a frequent and celebrated keynote speaker at industry conferences including guest appearances with Bloomberg Markets, CNBC, Forbes, AWAI and TEDx.
Rick Nelson is Principal at Syzygy Advisors LLC, which encompasses board, advisory board, and consulting positions in addition to private investments. Those positions include Independent Director, Transamerica Mutual Funds; and Advisory Board member, Give To The World. Previously Mr. Nelson served as Chief Investment Officer of Commonfund, the $25 billion manager-of- managers organization providing traditional, hedge fund and private equity outsourced solutions to Endowments & Foundations. From 2003 to 2009 Rick served as Vice Chairman and CIO at ING Investment Management Americas, overseeing more than 300 people and $165 billion in General Account and external client institutional and retail assets. Before then Rick oversaw $90 billion of active, fundamentally driven equity portfolios as Managing Director and Head of U.S. Equity at JP Morgan Investment Management. Rick began his career as an investor at Bankers Trust, progressing from quantitative researcher to pension consultant to Head of Passive Investments and then Head of Global Quantitative Investments Group. Rick earned an MBA at the Booth School University of Chicago, as well a Bachelor of Science degree from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Paul Quinsee is Managing Director and Global Head of Equities at J. P. Morgan. He was previously the Chief Investment Officer of U.S. Equity, a role that he assumed in 2003. An employee since 1992, Paul joined the U.S. Equity team in 2001 and was previously a portfolio manager and client portfolio manager in J.P. Morgan's Global Equity Team, based in London and New York. Before joining the Firm, Paul spent five years as an equity portfolio manager with Citibank and two years with Schroder Capital Management in London. Paul obtained a B.A. from the University of Durham in the UK.
Melissa Stock served as the senior financial officer of Bancroft Global Development for fourteen years. She supervised accountancy, investment management, and financial reporting across the organization with annual budgets between $25MM and $30MM. For twelve years she played a central leadership role as strategic partner and advisor to Bancroft’s President and then served as President herself for two years.
Melissa formed and operated multiple businesses designed to support Bancroft and its mission to promote permanent solutions in war torn countries. Her role was comprised of managing day-to-day operations in austere environments to include operating various passenger aircrafts, overseeing construction and operating budgets of multi-use facilities, developing channels for specialized transport of building materials and medical supplies, supervising turn-key facilities, and administering cross-border logistics.
Melissa has nearly two decades of experience in senior financial and asset management positions. Prior to joining Bancroft, Melissa developed budgets, designed compliance systems, and managed complex financial instruments for a number of U.S. agencies. Melissa is a graduate with honors from George Washington University’s Master of Business Administration program
Rev. Louis Vasile is the Pastor of St. Alphonsus Parish, which provided more than 3000 lbs. of goods in one year alone for Give to the World for distribution to the neediest people of Afghanistan and the Middle East. That distribution represented the largest distribution of its kind that point by Give to the World, and enabled the organization to extensively grow its impact overseas. Rev. Louis Vasile continues to support the organization through the procurement of donations and donations in-kind throughout the United States, as well as through his active guidance to the strategic vision of Give to the World. He was ordained in 1972 and has approximately 40 years of service to the community in a variety of leadership positions, to include seven parishes throughout New York State.
Eve Guernsey retired in October, 2010 from the position of Chief Executive Officer of JP Morgan Investment Management Americas, a position she held since 2002. She was responsible for strategy development and management of the Institutional Asset Management business, serving pension funds, endowments and foundations; JP Morgan Funds, the proprietary mutual funds business that serves both retail and high net worth clients; Global Liquidity, providing multi-currency cash management products to institutions worldwide and Retirement Plan Services, a defined contribution and defined benefit record keeper and administrator to US retirement plans.
Eve chaired the Executive Committee for Investment Management Americas and was a member of the Operating Committee of JP Morgan’s Asset Management division. She also served on the Executive Committee of JP Morgan Chase and was a member of the board of directors for the JP Morgan Chase Foundation where she chaired the foundation’s Investment Committee and served on the Audit Committee.
Eve joined the mutual fund board that oversees the Lord, Abbett mutual fund complex in January, 2011 where she chairs the Audit Committee. She joined the Advisory Board of Silver Lane Advisors, LLC in September, 2011, a firm focused on mergers and acquisition advisory work in the wealth management sector. In May, 2012 Eve joined the board of Waypoint Capital Holdings, an investment management firm specializing in financial and entrepreneurial investment services and chairs the board of its global asset management subsidiary. She also serves on the board of Year Up New York where she has been active since 2014.
John Hamre was elected president and CEO of CSIS in January 2000. Before joining CSIS, he served as the 26th U.S. deputy secretary of defense. Prior to holding that post, he was the under secretary of defense (comptroller) from 1993 to 1997. As comptroller, Dr. Hamre was the principal assistant to the secretary of defense for the preparation, presentation, and execution of the defense budget and management improvement programs. In 2007, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates appointed Dr. Hamre to serve as chairman of the Defense Policy Board, and he served in that capacity for four secretaries of defense.
Before serving in the Department of Defense, Dr. Hamre worked for 10 years as a professional staff member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. During that time, he was primarily responsible for the oversight and evaluation of procurement, research, and development programs, defense budget issues, and relations with the Senate Appropriations Committee. From 1978 to 1984, Dr. Hamre served in the Congressional Budget Office, where he became its deputy assistant director for national security and international affairs. In that position, he oversaw analysis and other support for committees in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. Dr. Hamre received his Ph.D., with distinction, in 1978 from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C., where his studies focused on international politics and economics and U.S. foreign policy. In 1972, he received his B.A., with high distinction, from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, emphasizing political science and economics. The following year he studied as a Rockefeller fellow at the Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Mr. Kass has been a director of Wendy's since December 2015. From February 2013 to June 2014, Mr. Kass served as Vice Chairman and a Senior Advisor at Ridgeway Partners, an executive search firm. From 2003 to 2012, Mr. Kass served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Jennison Associates, LLC, an institutional asset manager. Prior to joining Jennison Associates, Mr. Kass spent 13 years with JPMorgan’s investment management unit, last serving as Vice Chairman and Chief Fiduciary Officer of JPMorgan Fleming Asset Management, and he was also Vice President of the investment banking division at Goldman Sachs & Co. Also, Mr. Kass served in the Reagan Administration as the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Pension and Welfare Benefits under the Employee Benefits Security Administration from 1985 to 1987 and was a Special Assistant to the President for Policy Development from 1981 to 1982.
Mr. Kass served as a director of Legg Mason, Inc. from April 2013 to July 2017 and was the non-executive Chairman of Legg Mason from July 2013 to October 2014. Mr. Kass also served as an Advisory Partner of Trian Partners until December 2017.
Mr. Kass serves as a senior advisor for First Eagle Investment Management, LLC and Long Path Partners, LLC, and as a member of the Center for Strategic and International Studies advisory board and the advisory board for finance and the global executive board for the MIT Sloan School of Management.