Mark is Senior Advisor to Halloran Philanthropies investing
internationally in micro-finance, sustainable energy, business impact
and community empowerment including The Oaxaca Hub - a space and
network in Oaxaca, Mexico supporting social innovation and well-being
from the ground up.
Mark is a Co-Founder of the Social Capital Markets Conference on money
and meaning in San Francisco; co-author with Calvert Founder Wayne
Silby of the Enterprise Innovation Fund designed to foster social
enterprise development; and Partner in BeDo, a platform and strategic
consulting firm that helps to align companies business and social
agenda. Before turning his attention to the development of the social
capital markets Mark was a senior executive for several major Wall
Street banks in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York, and a new media
entrepreneur in San Francisco. He continues to live in Oaxaca with his two sons Weston & Sky.
Dr. Kirk Bergstrom is the Vice Chair of BFI's Board. As founder and president of WorldLink, he has led the organization’s media, education, and civic engagement programs for more than 20 years. As a media designer, Kirk has developed and produced award-winning public television, interactive multimedia, museum exhibits, and educational curricula. He directed the PBS special Nourish: Food + Community, which explores the possibilities of a sustainable food system, and a companion PBS program Power Shift: Energy + Sustainability. He also directed and produced Spaceship Earth: Our Global Environment, winner of two national Emmy Awards. Kirk is the senior designer of Interactive Earth: Tools for Earth System Science, an innovative geospatial software program for schools and science centers. He has spoken widely on the topic of Education for a Green Economy, including presentations at the White House, National Science Foundation, and NOAA.
Jim Fournier is Chairman & President of Planetwork NGO, Inc, a San Francisco based network using information technology to address the pressing issues of our time – ecological, social & economic justice, and true democracy. In 2000, Planetwork convened the first international conference on global ecology and information technology, and has continued to host major conferences and gatherings since then. Long before anyone had ever heard of social media, Planetwork convened the early conversation around creating an online social network to empower individuals and civil society, and published the ASN White Paper in 2003.
Sean Holt is a co-founder and partner at Purpose Capital, which works with enterprises, investors, and governments to design and realize solutions that address humanity’s most pressing challenges. We bridge the divide between businesses that matter to the world and investors seeking exceptional financial and social returns. Sean is a recognized pioneer in the global impact investment space, having designed and deployed groundbreaking initiatives for forward thinking investors, ventures and governments since 2004 through his US-based merchant bank, Om Ventures, which he merged with a Canadian firm in 2012 to form Purpose Capital. Prior to founding Om, Sean helped to launch several venture-backed technology companies, and a foundation at his alma matter, Cornell University, to support students interested in music and culinary arts, architecture, science and engineering. He began his career in investment banking and private equity after graduating with distinction in economics from Cornell University as a Tradition Fellow, and receiving an MBA from Oxford University as a Skoll Scholar. He serves on the Board of Directors and is Treasurer of the Buckminster Fuller Institute in New York. Sean enjoys all things cultural and outdoors.
Martin Leaf, has been a practicing lawyer in New York for over four decades creating and representing successful joint ventures and business relationships among major companies in Japan and throughout the world, managing litigation internationally, and handling dispute resolution, complex contract negotiations and First Amendment and intellectual property rights cases . He is advisor to multi-national and domestic, high tech companies, management consulting and corporate training firms as well as well-known persons in the creative and performing arts. Having represented the American Society of Journalist and Authors, Mr. Leaf continues to represent authors in their contract negotiations.Martin Leaf has been a member of the American Bar Association Sections on the Judiciary, Business Law, Far Eastern and Litigation Law Committees. His professional memberships include New York State Bar Association, Association of Trial Lawyers in America, The Union Internationale des Avocats and The Federal Bar Council. He has also served as a member of New York City Lawyer's Association Committee on Professional Ethics, as an Arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association since 1965 and was an Associate Editor, American Trial Lawyers Association Journal, 1963-1973. Mr. Leaf has been director of many non-profit organizations including Buckminster Fuller Institute, National Black Theater, John Denver's Windstar Foundation, Trail Blazers Camps, Pro Musicis, and served as a delegate to the Non Governmental Organization of the United Nations, as a Special Assistant District Attorney for Westchester County and as Village Attorney for Hastings-on-Hudson from 1969 to 1982.
Michael is Senior Vice President of Global Philanthropy with CCS, a 65 year old international fundraising and philanthropy consulting firm, with over 200 employees across the US, Canada and Europe. Michael has served in various leadership positions in the international philanthropy arena, and most recently served as the Deputy Executive Director for the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN). Prior to this position he was Deputy Director for Global Health Policy and Advocacy at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where he managed portfolios spanning government relations and issue advocacy, while also spearheading a new "Emerging Donors" initiative, intended to cultivate major and new philanthropic resources and partnerships for global issues. Michael also served for many years as the Senior Vice President at the United Nations Foundation, where he institutionalized an organization-wide partnership approach to generate additional financial and other support for UN causes. Michael currently serves on a number of other non-profit Boards and committees, including, Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, TB and Malaria (member of Executive Committee), GAIN USA, MTV’s Staying Alive Foundation, The Global Philanthropy Forum Steering Committee (for ten years); and Refugees International In 2010 Michael published a chapter titled, “Global Philanthropy in the Era of Turner & Gates: Collaboration, Scale and Leverage Re-imagined,” in a book of essays titled, “Global Philanthropy.” Michael holds an undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Albany, a law degree from Pace University, and resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife and daughter.
Jonathan Marvel is the Principal and Founder of Marvel Architects. He started his professional career in the office of Richard Meier, working on the Getty Museum, the High Museum and the Museu d’Art Contemporani in Barcelona. He began his private practice at the helm of Rogers Marvel Architects by winning a competition for El Museo del Barrio on Museum Mile in New York City. In 2013 he founded Marvel Architects with more than 25 years of experience leading the design and planning of art galleries, libraries, museums, art schools, educational institutions, public spaces and streetscapes, single and multi-family housing, and large-scale mixed-use developments. Jonathan imbues architecture with depth and meaning, forging constraints of sustainability, site, and security into bold forms and dynamic spaces. Using light, movement and materiality, he composes architectural spaces with sensitivity to the spheres of public and private, old and new, day and night. From a rigorous analysis of the history, context, and program of each project, he creates an expressive language of architectural artifacts that engage the user, defining our place and time. Jonathan’s passion for integrating the built and natural environments is evident in the design of Pierhouse and Hotel One at the foot of New York’s Brooklyn Bridge. He has taught and lectured widely, and also sits on the board of the Isamu Noguchi Museum and the Van Alen Institute. Jonathan has edited several books on architecture and lives in a renovated historic townhouse in Brooklyn.
Lucilla Marvel, AICP, PPL, and BFI Board Secretary has more than 30 years of experience in urban and social planning, housing and community development in Puerto Rico. Since establishing Taller de Planificacia's Social (Social Planning Workshop), a consulting firm, in 1973, she has worked with community organizations, private entities, and city and state governments in the preparation of needs analysis, social sector studies, housing plans, and strategic plans. Ms. Marvel co-founded the non- profit Puerto Rico Housing Network in 1996. She is also a member of the Board for the Center for the New Economy, a recently created independent think tank in Puerto Rico and the Chana and Samuel Levis Foundation.
David McConville, Chairman of BFI's Board, is a media artist and researcher based in Asheville, NC. He is co-founder of The Elumenati, a full service design and engineering firm specializing in the development of immersive visualization environments inspired by Fuller's Geoscope. McConville is founder of the Media Arts Project, an advisory board member of the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, and is currently a PhD candidate in the Planetary Collegium. He worked closely with the BFI to organize the first regional Design Science Lab in 2006 and continues to collaborate with numerous community initiatives to develop systems-oriented solutions to energy, environmental, and educational challenges.
Allegra Fuller Snyder
Allegra Fuller Snyder, Founder, and first President, now Board member emeritus of the Buckminster Fuller Institute, Allegra Fuller Snyder, is Bucky’s only living child. She is also Professor Emerita of Dance and Dance Ethnology, UCLA; 1992 American Dance Guild Honoree of the Year; former Chair of the Department of Dance; and founding Coordinator of the World Arts and Cultures Program. She has been on the Dance Faculty at Cal Arts as well as Professor of Performance Studies at New York University, and Honorary Visiting Professor at the University of Surrey, Guildford, England.She began her career as a performer and choreographer and has been concerned with the relation of dance to film since the late 1940s. She has made several prize winning documentary films on dance. She has done dance research around the world, was the recipient of several Fulbright Scholarships. Among many special projects Snyder was a Core Consultant on the PBS series DANCING for WNET/Channel 13. Recently returning to performance Jennifer Fisher of the LA times said of her in "Spirit Dances 6: Inspired by Isadora," "She was a haiku and an epic."