Thomas Lockerby | Chairperson
Vice President for Development, Boston College
Elizabeth Eun | Treasurer
Partner, RAFFA Inc.
Sarah Devine | Secretary
Partner, Fulbright and Jaworski
Joel R. Charny
Vice President for Humanitarian Policy and Practice, InterAction
Derek Ellerman | Co-Founder
Executive Vice President, Government Relations, Time Warner Cable
Catherine A. McLean
Senior Partner and Managing Director, Global Public Affairs, Porter Novelli
Business Development, NBC News Digital
Principal, Partnerships for Global Impact
Thom Lockerby was appointed Vice President for Development at Boston College in June, 2008; he has served in leadership roles in the BC Advancement Office since 2004. Mr. Lockerby directs the Boston College campaign, Light the World, which was launched in October, 2008, with a goal of $1.5 billion. He has spent his entire career working in or consulting with charities, primarily focusing on major and planned gift fund raising. His expertise is advising donors and families about strategies to effectively maximize their philanthropy in concert with overall financial, estate planning, and wealth transfer goals. Prior to joining BC, Mr. Lockerby served as Director of Gift Planning at Dartmouth College. Previously, he was Relationship Manager at Kaspick & Company, an investment firm specializing in charitable trusts and endowments; Vice President at PG Calc Incorporated, a development software company; and Director of Development Relations at Harvard Business School. Mr. Lockerby speaks widely on the topic of effective philanthropy from both the donor and institutional perspectives and his articles have appeared in Planned Giving Today and the Journal of Gift Planning. He serves on the board of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning, is a past President of the Planned Giving Group of New England, and is a graduate of Harvard College.
Elizabeth Eun is an Accounting Outsourcing Partner at Raffa, P.C., an accounting & consulting firm specializing in nonprofits located in Washington DC. Ms. Eun joined Raffa in 1991 after 3 years with a local public accounting firm. She has more than 23 years of audit, accounting, and tax experience in not-for-profit organizations.
In addition to managing Raffa’s outsourcing practice, Ms. Eun provides a wide variety of consulting and business advisory services to Raffa’s clients. She also provides certain tax services to nonprofit clients. Ms. Eun has taught various seminars on topics related to nonprofit accounting and reporting. She has also written articles on accounting and human resources outsourcing topics which were published in the American Society of Association Executives journals and the Raffa website.
Ms. Eun graduated from George Mason University. She has a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certificate from the State of Virginia and is an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and American Society of Association Executives. She currently is a board member of the Association Mutual Health Insurance Company, where she serves as the Treasurer of the Board and the Chairperson of the Finance and Audit Committee. She was the Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the Asian American LEAD, where she also served as the Chairperson of the Finance Committee.
Sarah Devine is a partner in Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.'s Washington, D.C. office. Sarah is a member of both the firm's Corporate, Business and Banking and Structured/Project Finance Departments. She has extensive experience representing clients in connection with a variety of cross-border corporate and commercial law matters and international financings. Sarah was seconded to the legal department of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) from July 2006 through January 2008 where she provided legal counsel on the financing of IFC projects in a number of regions and across a range sectors, including transport, hydropower, education, manufacturing and microfinance. Sarah received her Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service (BSFS) degree from Georgetown University, summa cum laude, in 1996 and her JD, with honors, from Stanford Law School, in 2002. She also has a MA in Modern History from Oxford University, where she studied on full scholarship following graduation from Georgetown. During 1997, Sarah completed a U.S. Fulbright Grant in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she studied international relations at the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales. Sarah has counseled a number of nonprofit corporations on legal matters, and began working with Polaris Project on a pro bono basis in 2004. Sarah joined Polaris Project's Board of Directors in 2010.
Joel R. Charny is Vice President for Humanitarian Policy and Practice at InterAction, the alliance of U.S.-based relief and development organizations. He is responsible for leading InterAction’s work on humanitarian response, which involves engaging with the U.S. government, the United Nations, and member non-governmental organizations on both practical and policy matters, including funding availability, impact and effectiveness, and reform efforts in the sector.
Prior to joining InterAction in October 2010, Mr. Charny was the Vice President for Policy with Refugees International, a Washington-based humanitarian advocacy organization. In his tenure with Refugees International he conducted humanitarian assessment missions to Pakistan in the aftermath of 9/11, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, the Chinese border with North Korea, Indonesia and Sri Lanka in the aftermath of the tsunami, the Central African Republic, Burma, Syria, Kenya and Sudan.
Mr. Charny joined Refugees International in July 2000 after working for four years in Cambodia as Deputy Program Manager with the CARERE project of the United Nations Development Program. Prior to working for the UNDP in Cambodia, Mr. Charny spent sixteen years with Oxfam America, a relief and development organization based in Boston. He first worked inside Cambodia during the famine emergency there in 1980 and went on to manage the agency’s work in Southeast Asia and the wider Asia region. In 1989 he became Overseas Director and in 1994 Policy Director.
Mr. Charny is the author of Acts of Betrayal: The Challenge of Protecting North Korean Refugees in China, published by Refugees International in 2005. He is also the author of articles on humanitarian issues in volumes published by Kumerian Press and the Brookings Institution, as well as articles for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The Economist, The Asian Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, Forced Migration Review, and Harvard International Review.
He has an A.B degree in European History from Brown University and a Masters degree in international education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Gail MacKinnon was named Executive Vice President and Chief Government Relations Officer for Time Warner Cable in 2008. Ms. MacKinnon reports to Time Warner Cable Chairman and CEO Glenn Britt. She oversees the company’s Washington, D.C. public policy office and is responsible for the company’s legislative and regulatory strategies.
Previously, Ms. MacKinnon served as Senior Vice President of Global Policy for Time Warner Inc. where she helped oversee all of Time Warner’s government, political and public policy activities in Washington D.C. Prior to joining Time Warner Inc., Ms. MacKinnon served as Senior Vice President for Government Relations at the National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA), the principal trade association of the cable industry. In this capacity, Ms. MacKinnon was responsible for the strategic direction and day-to-day management of the cable industry’s outreach efforts to Members of Congress and the Executive Branch. Before assuming her position at NCTA in January of 2006, Ms. MacKinnon worked in government relations for several cable companies including Viacom, Telecommunications Inc. (TCI), and Turner Broadcasting. Ms. MacKinnon began her professional career in 1985, working nine years for U.S. Representative Jack Fields, the ranking Republican member of the House Energy and Commerce Telecommunications and Finance Subcommittee.
Ms. MacKinnon graduated from Georgetown University in 1985 with a B.S.B.A. in marketing. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) and serves as chair of the Development Committee. She earned a Stanford School of Business certificate in Executive Leadership, upon successful completion of the WICT Senior Executive Summit graduate level immersion program. In May 2012, NCTA awarded Ms. MacKinnon a Vanguard Award for Government & Community Relations. She joined the Polaris Board in May 2013.
Thomas Lockerby | Chairperson
Vice President for Development, Boston College
Thom Lockerby was appointed Vice President for Development at Boston College in June, 2008; he has served in leadership roles in the BC Advancement Office since 2004. Mr. Lockerby directs the Boston College campaign, Light the World, which was launched in October, 2008, with a goal of id="mce_marker".5 billion. He has spent his entire career working in or consulting with charities, primarily focusing on major and planned gift fund raising. His expertise is advising donors and families about strategies to effectively maximize their philanthropy in concert with overall financial, estate planning, and wealth transfer goals. Prior to joining BC, Mr. Lockerby served as Director of Gift Planning at Dartmouth College. Previously, he was Relationship Manager at Kaspick & Company, an investment firm specializing in charitable trusts and endowments; Vice President at PG Calc Incorporated, a development software company; and Director of Development Relations at Harvard Business School. Mr. Lockerby speaks widely on the topic of effective philanthropy from both the donor and institutional perspectives and his articles have appeared in Planned Giving Today and the Journal of Gift Planning. He serves on the board of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning, is a past President of the Planned Giving Group of New England, and is a graduate of Harvard College.
Catherine "Kiki" McLean provides leadership for the Washington DC office, leads the agency's global public affairs efforts and is a member of Porter Novelli's Executive Committee. In her work, she drives message development for high profile clients; leads execution of public launches of major initiatives for not for profit and corporate concerns; manages rapid response strategies for clients in crisis; provides media training for CEOs and national political candidates; and builds communications infrastructure for new and growing organizations. One of the top public affairs strategists in the country, she appears frequently on national television as a commentator on politics and current events.
Throughout her career, McLean's work has focused on the communications and politics of public policy. A veteran of six presidential campaigns including the historic 1992 Clinton-Gore campaign, McLean has more than 25 years experience leading strategic communications initiatives.
Previously, Kiki founded the communications practice at The Dewey Square Group and served as partner for a public affairs consulting firm for 15 years. McLean served as a senior communications staffer in a variety of capacities for President Clinton including the Democratic Leadership Council, the 1997 G8 Summit and the Democratic National Committee. She has served as a Senior Advisor to the Hillary Clinton for President Campaign, appeared frequently as an on-air surrogate for the Obama for America campaign, and helped develop the acclaimed Vice Presidential announcement strategy for the 2004 Kerry campaign. McLean also served as the national press secretary and spokesperson to Vice President Al Gore's presidential campaign in Washington, DC and was the spokesperson for Joe Lieberman as the Democratic Vice Presidential nominee in the 2000 general election.
Kiki McLean is a native of San Antonio, Texas and received her Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Communications from Austin College in Sherman, Texas. She currently serves as a member of the CLEARCorps USA Board of Directors.
Karen Olcott works on business and technology partnerships that have scalable social impact, from the corporate, nonprofit, and the private and public sectors. She spent 14 years as an Executive at Microsoft, and was most recently Director of Strategic Partnerships & Business Development where she negotiated and led technology, ecommerce and content partnerships for Bing and MSN across 45 markets worldwide. She joined Microsoft in 1997 to develop programming strategy for international, and scale out the online business into emerging markets.
Prior to 1997, Karen was Executive Director of Pinnacle Efx, a Seattle-based creative agency for advertising, broadcast/cable and web clients. From 1985 – 1994, she was the Creative Director for Showtime Networks in New York, and drove the Network Design Strategy of graphics, music and identity elements to package numerous cable networks. As President of the Broadcast Designers Association, a non-profit organization of 2,500 associates, she led the merger with 3,500-member Promax in 1997. She has won two Emmy Awards, and over 40 awards for design and identity projects. Karen worked for ABC Sports from 1980 – 1985, traveling the world for Wide World of Sports, Monday Night Football, PGA Golf Tour, and worked at all the Olympic Games from 1980 – 1988. She holds a B.A. from Brown University in International Relations and German, and graduate degrees from the Freie University in Berlin and Harvard School of Architecture.
Karen has been working on Human Trafficking issues for 7 years. She is a member of the Business Coalition Against Trafficking (BCAT), which is exploring ways that the business sector can take a leadership role in ending sexual and labor exploitation in their supply chain and employee policies. Karen is on her second term on the Board of Directors for Love146.org, a 10-year old nonprofit focused aftercare programs in Asia, and prevention initiatives in Europe and the US. Karen is active in Net Impact, provides strategic mentoring to several non-profits, and played a pivotal role in creating the 2011-2012 Presidential Initiative on Human Trafficking for the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), entitled “Pillars of Hope: Attorneys General Unite Against Human Trafficking.”
Karen has a passion for emerging trends in technology, impact funding and social responsibility leadership, and a heart for those who are victims of injustice.