Board of Directors
IAN SIMMONS, PRESIDENT
Ian is the Founder and President of the Foundation for Civic Leadership, and is dedicated to initiating projects that enhance democracy. Results of projects that Ian has catalyzed have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post, as well as on CBS, NBC, ABC, and CNN. Ian serves on the boards of Issue One, Youth Engagement Fund, and Karibu Homes, an affordable housing company in Kenya. In addition, Ian is Co-Founder and Principal of Blue Haven Initiative, a family office dedicated to investing for-profit and non-profit capital to advance solutions to social and environmental challenges.
AARON BARTLEY, TREASURER
Aaron Bartley is the co-founder of People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH Buffalo), which mobilizes residents to create sustainable neighborhoods with quality affordable housing, green jobs and next generation infrastructure. In 2011, Aaron was appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to the WNY Regional Economic Development Council, which is now charged with investing $1 billion in state funds to revitalize Buffalo's economy. Aaron writes columns on cities and community organizing at The Huffington Post and has commented on community and labor issues in a wide variety of media outlets, including The New York Times, CNN and The Wall Street Journal.
AARON TANAKA, CLERK
Aaron Tanaka is a Boston based community organizer, grantmaker and impact investor. As the director of the Center for Economic Democracy, Aaron stewards funding and technical assistance to grassroots groups that build power and vision in low income communities of color for a new economy. In addition, as the Senior Adviser and former Managing Director of the Boston Impact Initiative (BII), Aaron helped create Boston’s first local impact fund, directing loans and private equity investments towards Boston’s growing social enterprise sector.