Nick ArenaVice President
Since 1986, Nick Arena has been involved in ending poverty in the world with RESULTS. He has been a Group Leader and Regional Coordinator of volunteers across the US. He has served in several grassroots management roles, including National Manager and Global Grassroots Manager. He was RESULTS’ Chief Operating Officer from 2008-2010, and most recently has served as a Senior Advisor to the Executive Director and the Board of Directors (2010-2014) and Expansion Manager for RESULTS in the US (2013-2014). Nick also served as the co-chair of the Alliance to End Hunger Advocacy Committee and serves as Treasurer of the Local Station Board of WPFW, a Pacifica Radio station located in Washington, DC. Nick has worked for several large companies including JP Morgan Chase and Citibank. Currently, he is Senior Vice President/Relationship Manager in Commercial Banking for a community bank in Washington, DC.
Nick Schatzki is a voice actor and narrator who has been active in ending hunger and poverty for thirty five years. He has had seats on the boards of The Screen Actors Guild , RESULTS and Project Enterprise. Nick lives in New Jersey with his wife and son.
Judge A.J. Wagner, RetiredPresident
A.J. Wagner is a retired judge who held elected office for more than twenty years. A.J. was involved in state and federal campaigns and has been a candidate for local and statewide office in Ohio. He was appointed by Governor John Kasich to the State of Ohio Board of Education in August of 2014. He left the Board in 2016 so he and his wife, Joan, could be close to their grandchildren in State College, Pennsylvania. A.J. has served as President of the University of Dayton School of Law Alumni Association; Chair of the Dayton Civil Service Board; Chair of the Montgomery County Elected Officials; and Vice President of the Ohio Council of County Officials. A.J. has been a volunteer with RESULTS and numerous other community boards. He has, more recently, volunteered with the Penn State Center for Public Diplomacy World in Conversation Program.
Tony HallAmbasador, Former Member of the United States Congress
Tony Hall is the former United States Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture, and was chief of the United States Mission to the UN Agencies in Rome, which includes the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Food Programme, and the International Fund for Agricultural Development. Ambasador Hall is currently a Director for The Alliance to End Hunger and also serves on the Board of Advisors of Opportunity International, a charity that seeks to end poverty through microcredit lending. Prior to his work with the United Nations, Ambassador Hall served in the United States House of Representatives from 1979 to 2003 representing Ohio’s Third District.
Ronda AnstedConsultant, Social Entrepreneur
Dr. Ronda Ansted, founder of Be the Change Solutions, LLC and creator of My Career Design Studio, has been working all her professional life to remove systemic obstacles to allow people to reach their full potential. She has consulted for organizations in sub-Saharan Africa, managed international development projects, volunteered for social justice and anti-racism projects, and currently works as a career consultant for people in the social impact fields. Her upcoming book, Career Design for Social Impact, will guide people to leverage their full selves to make the world a better place.
Alex CountsAuthor, Nonprofit Leader
Alex Counts is the author of Changing the World Without Losing Your Mind: Leadership Lessons from Three Decades of Social Entrepreneurship (Rivertowns Books, 2019), an independent consultant to nonprofit organizations (including the India Philanthropy Alliance), and an affiliated faculty of the Do Good Institute at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy. In 1997 he established Grameen Foundation with the support of Nobel laureate Dr. Muhammad Yunus and became its President and CEO. He did so after having worked in microfinance and poverty reduction for 10 years, mostly spent living in rural Bangladesh. He ran the organization for its first 18 years, and remains a friend and volunteer of Grameen Foundation. He served as the President and CEO of American India Foundation 2016-2017. Most recently he published his fifth book, When In Doubt, Ask for More: And 213 Other Life and Career Lessons for Mission-Driven Leaders. A Cornell University graduate, he loves listening to and promoting live music in intimate venues, especially blues and bluegrass, as well as other genres. He speaks Bengali and lives in Hyattsville, MD, with his wife, Emily.
Katherine MillerVice President of the James Beard Foundation and founding executive director of the Chef Action Network
Katherine founded Table 81, a full-service communications firm that works with clients in the nonprofit, philanthropy, and socially responsible business fields. Katherine designs global communication campaigns to raise awareness about important issues, inspire people to take meaningful action, and result in lasting changes in policy, politics, and business practices. Katherine is also a founder of the Chef Action Network (CAN), a project of the James Beard Foundation and Osprey Foundation. Recognizing that food is a national passion, affects the quality of consumers’ everyday lives, and has potential impact on human, environmental, social, economic health. CAN is focused on harnessing the power of America’s preeminent chefs to help create awareness, inspire action, and aggregate credible resources to proactively address a broad range of policies relevant to issues areas important to the chef community. CAN provides tailored research, policy, and advocacy support to chefs that participate in the James Beard Foundation’s Chef Policy Boot Camp and Food Policy Salons.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead