Convening, nourishing and supporting community requires a lot of us showing up.
The StartingBloc Team and Board of Directors are listed below. We do our work alongside a team of 25+ volunteer Regional Chairs in cities all around the world, dozens of event-based volunteers, and a few highly dedicated operations and systems volunteers each year. We recognize and honor their work and contributions.
Admin & Creative Projects
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South Africa Institute Coordinator
True leadership is bringing the community to the decision-making table. Allo is a big promoter of community-driven social change. He is a trained Strategic Planning Specialist from Yale/FPD Advanced Health Management Program and holds a degree in Health Sciences and Social Services from the University of South Africa. Allo is the Founder and CEO of Global Leading Light Initiatives, a non-profit in Mthatha, in the Eastern Cape Province in South Africa, a non-profit offering training, business development and incubation and innovation support to unemployed youths and students in South Africa. Allo also designed and supported the implementation of iziko, a community parent leadership program in South Africa and Botswana.
Chief Executive Officer
Everyone can participate in cultivating the good in our world. This fact is both terrifyingly large and absolutely actionable – and Kristine loves a good action item. Kristine is a trained public speaker and facilitator who holds a Masters of International Studies specializing in Rural Development. Prior to joining StartingBloc, she worked in international development for six years, founding and leading teams across the African continent and in India. Kristine is convinced we can imagine and build systems that enable people and planet to thrive, especially if there is sufficient coffee.
Director of Community Engagement
Put simply, Martha believes in radical love and the power of deep empathy across all borders. Holding a degree in Anthropology and Sociology from Kalamazoo College, Martha developed corporate communications and social responsibility projects, consulted community organizations in Detroit, and managed international service programs around the globe. Martha recently co-founded caravan, aimed at recreating the global philanthropic cycle by providing engagement tools and consulting to small organizations. You can find her in Detroit, or out and about in the world.
Our board of directors
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.
Kenny is a StartingBloc NOLA ‘16 Fellow and Versatile Research Fellow with the American Voices Project (AVP).
AVP is a joint partnership between the Center on Poverty and Inequality at Stanford University, the Center for Research on Child Wellbeing at Princeton University, and the American Institutes for Research that aims to see how Americans are faring, to find out what is and isn’t working in their lives, in an era of diminishing economic opportunity and rising economic inequality. Previously, Kenny has gained experience in Boston’s thriving educational and philanthropic ecosystem through AmeriCorps service, learned how to genuinely and effectively support communities in post-bankruptcy Detroit as a nonprofit consultant and community economic development professional, and led a large group of remote workers around the world for a year with Remote Year. His work and personal curiosity has led him to visit all 50 US states and over thirty countries. He holds deeply to the belief that we as humans are more alike than we are different as we seek to confront the most pressing challenges of our time. Kenny holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Environmental Studies from Beloit College where he was also a two-sport athlete competing in football and track & field. He has been without a permanent home and transient since the beginning of 2017, but was born and raised in northwest suburban Chicago.
Margaret Ann Chapman is a principle with several organizations including the Unfunded List and Statera Strategies.
She’s served as the Director of Finance and Administration for the International START Secretariat, the Fiscal Manager for the George Washington University Cancer Institute, which focuses on survivorship, patient navigation and patient access to care advocacy within Washington, D.C., and nationwide, and a Finance Specialist for The Pew Charitable Trusts. For six years, Margaret was Vice-President of Political CFOs, Inc, a campaign finance firm specializing in all fiscal and compliance aspects of federal, state and local campaigns as well as state political parties and PACS. Before joining Political CFOs, she was Director of Operations for the West Virginia Democratic Executive Committee, where she oversaw the development and implementation of a statewide coordinated campaign plan budget and managed all state and national events for the state party. Throughout her career, Margaret has focused on implementing strategic financial planning and event logistics to enhance overall campaign and organizational goals. She firmly believes that, when done well, finance and operations can be strategic tools that further programmatic aims and increase efficiency overall. She has her Masters in Business Administration and European and Eurasian Studies from the George Washington University and Bachelors Degrees in Economics and International Affairs from Marshall University in Huntington, WV. Margaret also works as Treasurer on the Board of Directors at the non-profit Triage Cancer. Previously, she served as president of the board of directors for Street Sense, a Washington, D.C., non-profit helping create economic opportunities for the district’s homeless population. During her tenure as board president, Margaret facilitated the growth of the board from five to 15 members and the implementation of a three-year strategic plan for the organization.
Michelle K. Rhodd
Michelle is the founder and CEO of Governance Advantage LLC, a consulting firm in Washington, DC, that provides strategic and governance support to mission driven organizations.
She is also a StartingBloc DC ’18 Fellow. Michelle holds a MBA from Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C., a LLM in International Business Law from the University of Manchester, Manchester, England and an AB in International Relations from Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts.
A StartingBloc Boston’11 Fellow, Nils has been delighted to mentor or volunteer at more than fifteen Institutes, including serving as StartingBloc’s Mentorship Program Lead since 2015.
Nils is the Executive Director of the Beacon Hill Friends House, a 21-resident housing cooperative and center for Quaker learning and action in the heart of downtown Boston. He previously worked at The Cadmus Group helping federal and state agencies manage energy efficiency and sustainable transportation programs. Nils is enthusiastic about many things, including science, civic engagement, cooperation, community, big-picture sustainability, applied weirdness, civilizational resilience, clever people, and the future.
Pamela Pelizzari is a StartingBloc NY ‘10 Fellow and a Principal with the New York Health practice of Milliman, a global actuarial consulting firm.
Prior to her time at Milliman, Pamela served as a Senior Technical Advisor with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, an office of the US Department of Health and Human Services funded under the Affordable Care Act to test innovative payment methodologies in the Medicare program. She now consults with a wide variety of healthcare stakeholders working to develop and implement value-based payment arrangements. Pamela holds a Masters in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and an ScB in Applied Mathematics from Brown University.
Rachel Fagen is a consultant, facilitator, and advisor to leadership teams and social benefit organizations.
She works with social innovators and investors who want to make a difference and do it well – helping to clarify their goals and challenges, develop initiatives and organizational capacities to match, and build the leadership required for transformative good in every community. Rachel has served as facilitator, strategist and consultant for MIT and the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), the US State Department, the federal innovation agency of Columbia (iNNpulsa), entrepreneur and author Seth Godin, international startup accelerator MassChallenge, national and international NGOs, multinational industry divisions, and individual venture philanthropists. Previously, Rachel was Systems Manager for the Center for Effective Philanthropy, a nonprofit organization focused on the development of data and insight to enable higher-performing funders. Rachel continues to mentor and advise nonprofit and philanthropic organizations on similar initiatives. Rachel lives in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood with her partner, two small children, and a regular rotation of neighborhood organizers, journalists, mathematicians, local activists, and cats who come to visit. She will always say yes to Vietnamese iced coffee and promises never to make everyone go around the room and say one thing about anything.
Rhoda K. Tamakloe
Rhoda K. Tamakloe is the Program Manager of the Kapan Educational Foundation.
With over 10 years of experience working in higher education, Rhoda is deeply committed to improving college access and success for low-income populations. She currently serves as an alumni interviewer for her alma maters Wesleyan University and Phillips Exeter Academy. Originally from Sandy Hook, CT, Rhoda now resides in Brooklyn.