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INFORM consists of:

  • Virginia Ramsey, President
  • David Gray, Advisor, Digital and Online Media
  • Lauren Nelson, Senior Manager, Food Sustainability & Security Projects
  • Fred Cannizzaro, Communications Advisor
  • Maria Zieher, Director of Special Events
  • Jay Yu, Country Director, Generation INFORMed for China
    Secretary-General, Generation INFORMed China Summit

Board of Directors

  • Jon Parks,Co-Chair
  • Marina Belesis-Casoria, Co-Chair
  • Virginia F. Ramsey
  • Cindy Cirlin, Cindy Cirlin Consulting
  • Christopher Elam
  • Christian Ettinger

INFORM Advisory Board

  • Luke Harris Douglas, Impact Investing Consultant
  • Charles Beckwith
  • Paul Lightfoot, CEO and Founder, Bright Farms
  • Cynthia Thomashow, Education Manager, AASHE
  • Dr. Maurice Pretter

Directors Emeriti

  • Thomas C.T. Brokaw, Chair
  • Dennis J. Krumholz, Esq.
  • Kenneth F. Mountcastle, Jr.
  • Stephen B. Land

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A seasoned management and development professional, Virginia Ramsey brings to INFORM the experience of a career devoted to helping non-profits tighten operations and grow funding to enhance their impact.

Following her passion for social justice and progressive causes, Virginia has spent her life working effectively on behalf of organizations targeting an array of issues, among them world hunger relief, low-income housing, youth and community service, and the environment.

Virginia returned to INFORM in 2004, having first worked for the organization in 1975 as an assistant to Joanna D. Underwood, INFORM's founder and former President. As Director of Development, Virginia revitalized the organization's fundraising department and implemented strategies that resulted in steady growth in individual giving. She later helped see INFORM through its first change in leadership when Ms. Underwood left to pursue other activities.

Virginia is intimately acquainted with INFORM's history, making her uniquely qualified to lead it through its future endeavors. As such, when the new Board of Directors reorganized INFORM in June 2007, they appointed Virginia to head the organization and oversee the strategic development and implementation of new programs and management practices. She welcomes the chance to lead INFORM as it enters a dynamic and innovative new phase in its history.

Prior to joining INFORM, Virginia served as the assistant to the Associate Director of Major Gifts at New York Weill Cornell Medical Center, where she was instrumental in organizing the hospital's annual fundraiser for women's health. From there she moved to the New York Academy of Medicine to be the Associate Director of Development.

Virginia attended the University of Pennsylvania and graduated from Barnard College where she pursued an independent major in Foreign Area Studies.

David Grey
Advisor, Digital and Online Media

David Grey is a digital media specialist based in New York City. He has worked on television commercials, websites and e-commerce solutions for a wide variety of companies over his 16 year career. David has since moved into developing digital educational materials and learning modules, working with top brands and university professors to create compelling and informative resources. Examples of his photography, video and design work can be found on his website.

Lauren Nelson
Senior Manager, Food Sustainability & Security Projects

From a young age Lauren has been involved in community development projects working on poverty alleviation, hunger reduction and education. Her desire to help others and her unquenchable curiosity led to volunteer service trips to Mexico and the Dominican Republic, a semester abroad in Ecuador, and after graduating from university accepting positions as an English Language Teacher in China and as a Language & Cultural Assistant in Spanish Public Schools. These opportunities have exposed her to a wide variety of cultures, languages and traditions and have educated her about the best and worst practices in the international development arena.

Upon return to the United States, Lauren has been actively involved in the Good Food movement by spearheading the Give It Fresh Today initiative at the local Farmers Market, helping to start a Community Garden in her town, taking courses on Coursera.org and attending conferences and panels in the city whenever possible. She has experience in project management, community outreach/education, fundraising and social media tools and holds a BA in International Relations with a focus on Environment/Development from Boston University. Lauren is excited to combine her passion for environmental sustainability, education and food as the Senior Manager of Food Sustainability & Security for the Generation INFORMed Salon Series.

Lauren considers herself a “Citizen of the World” and looks at each day as an opportunity to learn and grow as individuals. Connect with her on Twitter: @lrnelson7 or Linkedin: Lrnelson7

Jon Parks
Co-Chair, INFORM Board of Directors

Jon Parks is a consultant for business and corporate development.
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Luke Harris Douglas
Impact Investing Consultant

Luke Douglas has a passion for the triple bottom line - working to create social, environmental, & financial value. He has a deep understanding of the impact investing & social enterprise space and experience at the very edge of frontier markets. His background includes time shaping program related investments at Trinity Wall Street in New York City and conducting research and impact assessments at Impact Investment Shujog in Singapore. Luke was a Princeton in Asia Fellow at Universitas Atma Jaya Yogyakarta in Indonesia and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Middlebury College.

Charles Beckwith

Charles Beckwith is a commercial artist with experience across radio, television, filmmaking, publishing, photography, theater, technology development, and fiction writing. He often participates in the management and organization of creative technology conferences, and has managed the development process of unique technology innovation projects, such as the OpenAMD system deployed at the HOPE conference.

Since 2008, he has been the editor and publisher of modaCYCLE, a unique independent online magazine focused on reporting about and promoting passions, innovation, craftsmanship, sustainability, intelligence, and other examples of excellence in the fashion industry. He frequently consults for fashion designers on media and technology strategies. Follow @FashionTechGuru on Twitter.

Charles has extensive interest in using new media and social media to communicate ideas. He was Projects Coordinator and Mezzanine Director (the expo floor for HOPE) for 6, 7, and 8 (aka "Captain Logistics"), and he was project manager on Attendee Meta-Data's first appearance (built a system to track 1700 people with RFID tags and tied it into a social media website so people with similar interests could find each other).

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