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.
For over 25 years, John has been helping leaders around the world achieve large-scale, lasting social change. John is coauthor of the book Do More Than Give: The Six Practices of Donors Who Change the World. He is also one of Stanford Social Innovation Review’s most frequently published authors, with recent articles: “Collective Impact” (2011), “Strategic Philanthropy for a Complex World” (2014) and “The Dawn of System Leadership” (2015). He speaks frequently around the world on accelerating progress and social impact. John started a one-year leave from FSG in September 2018. He is currently serving as Executive in Residence at New Profit.
Olivia is currently launching a collaborative focused on supporting proven nonprofits to achieve impact at a transformative scale, with seed funding provided by the Skoll Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Olivia was the founding Executive Director of the Giving Pledge, and previously, she led a cross-foundation strategy effort at the Gates Foundation. She also served as Associate Director at the Millennium Challenge Corporation as an independent consultant focusing on microfinance and private sector development, and as a strategy consultant at Monitor Group. Olivia was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2014.
Forrest Moore is a Policy Fellow at Chapin Hall, bringing over 20 years of experience serving youth and their families. He provides strategic guidance on research and evidence use to youth-servicing agencies across a multitude of issues, including the overrepresentation of children and young people of color in public systems like child welfare and juvenile justice. He specializes in designing and implementing feasible action plans to improve delivery and outcomes associated with youth development programming, especially those focused on highly vulnerable subgroups of youth and young adults. Forrest has extensive expertise working with public and private decision makers, especially in community-based agencies. His approach emphasizes the use of evidence in decision-making and the application of implementation science principles within systems, program and practice change efforts. Prior to joining Chapin Hall, Forrest was an independent consultant focused on research, strategic planning and project management for multiple youth-serving organizations. Forrest has a Ph.D. in Research Methodology from Loyola University in Chicago and a BS in Organizational Leadership from the Knoy School of Technology at Purdue University.
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.
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.