Our board of directors
As the Policy Director for North Carolina’s Department of Transportation (NCDOT), Aldea is responsible for improving strategic initiatives and planning processes that impact transportation divisions within the agency. Aldea joined NCDOT after more than 18 years of transportation and urban planning work in communities throughout the United States. She has extensive experience with municipal planning, community advocacy, education and outreach. Aldea received her master’s in Geography from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from North Carolina A&T State University.
Alen is an incoming management consultant with the Bridgespan Group and serves as the executive director of Carry the Future. Raised in Ohio, he was formerly a vice principal and high school math teacher in Southeast Arkansas and served as a Fulbright fellow in rural Tajikistan. A recent graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School and the Dartmouth College Tuck School of Business, he is a proud StartingBloc 2011 NYC fellow.
Callie Chamberlain is committed to health, health care, and well-being for all. Callie oversees social responsibility for Optum, a global health services organization with over 150,000 staff members serving 124 million individuals, 200 health plans, and 100,000 health care facilities. In her role, Callie is responsible for advancing inclusive access to care, whole person health, and structural equity across the Fortune five company, transforming the organization’s approach to operations and culture, and reforming the health system to work better for everyone. A strong commitment to intercultural and interreligious dialogue, Callie has filmed an award-winning documentary highlighting the role of women in the refugee crisis, co-founded a microwork application connecting refugees to income opportunities, contributed to the implementation of Youth 2030: the UN Youth Strategy, and developed grassroots strategies in Egypt, Morocco, and Qatar on behalf of the United Nations to prevent violent extremism across the Middle East and North Africa. A deep believer in the power of community, she founded New Leaders Council-Twin Cities, Minnesota’s largest progressive leadership and development program dedicated to building a network of Millennials working across sectors to advance equity in the region. Now in its sixth year, the organization has a network of over 70 alumni, 6 of whom are in state and local office. Callie is reading one book a week by an author of color and developing a community doula program serving low-income and un/underinsured women. She is a Reiki master, aspiring DJ, and forever in search of the spiciest cocktails in downtown Los Angeles.
Julian Rhoads is a senior program officer for Leadership and Exchange Programs at The Asia Foundation. He is responsible for design, implementation and oversight of flagship leadership development and exchange programs in Asia and the U.S. He joined The Asia Foundation in 2011 as executive assistant, providing professional and administrative support for the president of the Foundation. In 2015, he assumed the role of special assistant to the president and assistant secretary to the board of trustees, serving as principal aide to the president in executing overall institutional goals with advisory, research, and operational support, and providing support to the board of trustees. Previously, Julian was a researcher & administrative assistant in the Innovation Team at the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) headquarters in New York in the Division of Communication, developing solutions to last-mile development problems using new technologies. Julian serves on the board of StartingBloc, a non-profit organization that is shifting the culture of leadership through StartingBloc Institutes, convenings and consultancy programs. Julian served on the board of Thousand Currents from 2013 to 2019 as Secretary and Treasurer, and previously chaired their Young Professionals Group. Julian holds a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the University of Chicago, and is a lifelong StartingBloc Fellow. Born and raised in Massachusetts, he lives in Oakland, CA.