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Rick Witmer

Rick Witmer

Rick Witmer divides his time between business and nonprofit pursuits. Mr. Witmer joined Brown Brothers Harriman in 1976 and became a partner in 1988. He helped focus, strengthen and grow the firm’s Private Banking and Investment Management businesses. Together, we dramatically improved outcomes for our clients in ways that are difficult for competitors to replicate. Over time, the performance of both businesses and the career prospects for our talented and hard-working colleagues improved as well. In addition, Mr. Witmer chaired Private Banking’s Capital Allocation Committee and served on the firm’s Finance and Executive Committees. Today, he enjoys investing, evaluating investment managers and helping valued clients and colleagues.

Mr. Witmer is an investor in several education organizations focused on the professional development of teachers and improved learning. In addition to Springboard Collaborative, these include: Teach For America, LearnZillion and Cambium Learning Group. Mr. Witmer also supports several organizations which encourage others to enjoy the outdoors.

Mr. Witmer graduated from Brown University and earned his MBA from Harvard University Graduate School of Business. He and his wife Jeannie have three adult children – Bart, Caroline and Jeannie. His favorite childhood book was The Black Stallion, the triumphant tale of a boy and a wild horse.

Dr. Nancy J. McGinley

Dr. Nancy J. McGinley

Dr. Nancy J. McGinley served as Superintendent of the Charleston County School District (CCSD) from April 2007 to October 31, 2014. She oversaw a system that included 48,500 students, 84 schools, numerous specialized programs, and over 6,000 employees. Previously, Nancy served as the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Education Fund; the Director for School Leadership at Greater
Philadelphia First; and as an award-winning principal of middle and high schools.

Dr. McGinley earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in Educational Leadership from Temple University, and her Post Doctorate Superintendent’s Letter from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to her formal degrees, Nancy was a national Fellow in the Broad Superintendent’s Academy in 2002 and an International Fellow in the Eisenhower Leadership Exchange.

From the day she arrived in 2004, Dr. McGinley generated strong support for Charleston County’s public schools and the students they serve. Following nearly ten years of decline, student enrollment has now increased for eight straight years. Achievement is on the rise as evidenced by improving high school graduation rates and accelerated literacy scores. Under Dr. McGinley’s leadership, the District also initiated multiple forums for education and community involvement. The crowning achievement of her tenure in CCSD is that, in 2014, the district received a state report card rating of “Excellent.” In 2007, when Dr. McGinley was named Superintendent, the district was rated “Below Average.”

Nancy’s favorite childhood book was Heidi, as it is one of her earliest memories of being read to.

Sanjeev Midha

Sanjeev Midha

Sanjeev Midha is an AVP of Strategic Development at Aramark, and is responsible for partnering with global operating and functional leadership to drive cross-line of business initiatives related to strategy, mergers & acquisitions, and growth. He was previously a Principal at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), and a core member of the Operations practice area.

Sanjeev has worked closely with education nonprofits in Philadelphia for the last 10 years, most recently as a board member of KIPP Philadelphia and Scholar Academies.

Sanjeev holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University, and an MBA from the Wharton School. His favorite childhood book was Lenny’s 20 Pennies.


Curt Ellis

Curt Ellis is co-founder and chief executive officer of FoodCorps, a leading national service organization focused on issues of child health. In high-need communities across 18 states, FoodCorps and its hundreds of AmeriCorps leaders deliver garden-based lessons, improve school meals, and partner with parents, teachers and community members to ensure children arrive in class well-nourished and ready to learn.

Prior to launching FoodCorps, Curt co-created the documentary King Corn, which received a national theatrical release and PBS broadcast, helped drive policy discussion around the Farm Bill, and earned a George Foster Peabody Award.

Curt is a Draper Richards Kaplan and New Profit social entrepreneur, a Claneil Emerging Leader, and a recipient of the Heinz Award, Pearl Award, and GQ Leader Award. He has appeared on ABC, CBS, NBC and NPR, and is a frequent speaker on college campuses.

Curt and his wife Caitlin Boyle live in Oregon with their son, border collie, and two chickens named after their elementary school teachers (Flossie and Mrs. Petrafessa). Curt’s favorite childhood book, and one he gets to read most nights at bedtime, is Sylvester and the Magic Pebble.

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