Meet Our Board
Miki Akimoto works with families, individuals, and foundations to increase the effectiveness of their giving. She provides supports around governance, next generation leadership development, philanthropic education, and strategic grantmaking. Previously she held positions at Philanthropy Massachusetts, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and the Corporation for National and Community Service. She co-founded the Saffron Circle, the first Asian Giving Circle in Massachusetts, and is an active member of Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (past board chair), and serves on the board of TSNE Mission Works.
Tim served as the Director of the Missouri Division of Youth Services from 2007-2013 and Director of the Missouri Children’s Division from 2013-2018. Tim retired from state government in 2018, after serving for 34 years in a variety of leadership positions with the Missouri Department of Social Services and the Greater Kansas City Local Investment Commission (LINC), one of the nation’s most innovative public/private community partnerships. After serving for over 11 years as an agency director, Tim founded Social Innovation Partners to support leaders interested in government, community, non-profit and private-sector, innovation in child welfare, juvenile justice, education, and youth development.
A visionary social sector leader with a passion for inspiring and empowering others to create change, John‘s lifelong focus has been supporting human systems in achieving transformative growth and impact. Most recently, John served as an Executive in Residence at the venture philanthropy New Profit supporting the launch of the firm’s Systemic Solutions Initiative. Prior to New Profit, John was Global Managing Director at FSG, a non-profit consulting firm and think tank that he led for 17 years. While at FSG, John became a field leader in innovative social change practices with a focus on collective impact and systems change. He is a co-author of the ground-breaking Stanford Social Innovation Review article “Collective Impact” (the #1 most downloaded SSIR article ever) and “The Dawn of System Leadership,” among other works. More recently John authored “The Water of Systems Change,” providing practitioners with a fresh and compelling framework for systems change that is now widely used around the globe. John is co-author of the book Do More than Give: The Six Practices of Donors Who Change the World and he speaks frequently around the world on accelerating social impact. Prior to joining FSG, John was a partner at management consulting firms Mercer Management Consulting and Corporate Decisions, Inc. He began his professional career at Leo Burnett Company, a global advertising agency. John is a 1983 cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College and a 1989 graduate of Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He is currently enrolled with the Living School at the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico. John lives in Lincoln, Massachusetts with his wife Holly. He has three grown children.
Olivia Leland brings more than 20 years of experience in philanthropy, government, and the nonprofit sector to her role as founder and CEO of Co-Impact, a global philanthropic collaborative focused on systems change in the areas of health, education, and economic opportunities in low and middle-income countries. Olivia worked with Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett as the founding director of the Giving Pledge, an effort to help address society’s most pressing problems by encouraging philanthropy globally. Previously, she led a cross-foundation strategy effort at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and served as associate director for financial and private sector development at the Millennium Challenge Corporation. She has consulted on microfinance and private sector development, as well as strategic consulting at Monitor Group where she focused on branding, market research, and venture philanthropy. In addition to being the CEO of Co-Impact, Olivia also serves as a senior vice president at The Rockefeller Foundation, focusing on bringing collaborative approaches to the Foundation’s initiatives. In 2014 Olivia was recognized by the World Economic Forum with the distinction of being named a Young Global Leader. Olivia received her AB in Social Studies from Harvard University and MSc in Development Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She lives with her husband and three children in London, UK, and holds dual US/French nationality.
Katya Fels Smyth, Founder and CEO, The Full Frame Initiative
Katya Fels Smyth is Founder and CEO of the Full Frame Initiative (FFI), a nonprofit working nationally to change systems so people, families and communities facing poverty, violence and trauma have the supports, tools and resources they need to thrive. She has over two decades of experience in working with communities, nonprofits and public systems to design, implement and evaluate responses to the intersection of poverty, violence and trauma. Her experience as co-director of a homeless shelter and sexual violence counselor led her in 1995 to found On the Rise, Inc., a Massachusetts-based organization supporting homeless women poorly served by mainstream programs. In 2007, she founded FFI. She is FFI’s lead in its collaboration with Missouri DYS to enable stronger transitions to community and increase family engagement, with Missouri Children’s Division in reorienting child welfare around wellbeing and is integrally involved in a Massachusetts government initiative to improve system integration. A recipient of several social entrepreneurship awards and fellowships, Katya speaks, publishes and provides consultation nationally. She has been a Research Affiliate with MIT’s Community Innovators Lab (Co-Lab) and was a Research Fellow at the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Katya holds an AB with honors in Biology from Harvard and received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from the Episcopal Divinity School.