“I know the value of pro bono support to a charity, as that's how I first became involved with Robin Hood. We enhance our grants by providing management assistance to increase impact.”
— Victoria B. Bjorklund, Esq.
Victoria B. Bjorklund is a Partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, where she heads the firm's Exempt Organizations Group. She advises public charities, private foundations, boards, and donors.
In 2001, Ms. Bjorklund was appointed by the Secretary of the Treasury to serve as one of six exempt-organization members on the IRS's Tax Exempt/Government Entities Advisory Committee, and she served as Chair for 2004-2005. In June 2005, she received the IRS Tax Exempt Division Commissioner's Award for "ground-breaking service" to the Advisory Committee.
“Our goal is to deliver the highest return on every dollar. The fact that our board underwrites all expenses means every penny raised goes to support the best poverty-fighting programs.”
— Lee S. Ainslie, III, Chair
Lee S. Ainslie, III is a Managing Partner at Maverick Capital. Before starting Maverick in 1993, he was a Managing Director of Tiger Management Corporation. Prior to joining Tiger, Mr. Ainslie was employed by KPMG Peat Marwick as a Consultant for that firm's National Director of Information Technology. He is on the Board of Trustees of the Episcopal High School, the Advisory Board of the University of Virginia's Alumni Association and the Board of Trustees for the Jefferson Scholars Foundation at the University of Virginia.
“This isn’t an honorary board. They're engaged, actively working, getting their hands dirty — often meeting at programs they fund, in the city’s toughest neighbor- hoods. They truly walk the walk.”
— Geoffrey Canada
Geoffrey Canada joined Harlem Children's Zone, Inc. in 1983 as Education Director and became the President and Chief Executive Officer of Harlem Children's Zone in 1990. During his 20-plus years with HCZ, Inc., Mr. Canada has become nationally recognized for his pioneering work helping children and families in Harlem and as a passionate advocate for education reform. Prior to that, he worked as Director of the Robert White School, a private school for troubled inner-city youth in Boston. Mr. Canada grew up in the South Bronx in a poor, violent neighborhood. Despite his troubled surroundings, he was able to succeed academically, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowdoin College and an M.A. in Education from the Harvard School of Education.