Board of Directors

The Social Enterprise Alliance is governed by a Board of Directors that comprises leading professionals from the fields of Social Enterprise, Academia, Law, and Human Resource Management.

Tim Robinson Michele Fugiel Gartner
Ted Levinson Rafael Alvarez
Cecily Jackson-Zapata Sonal Shah
Carla Javits Board Emeriti



Tim Robinson is Vice President of Human Resources for Global Business Services for UPS.  In this role, he is responsible for human resources activities within United States, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Central Africa, Latin America and Canada.  A native of Ontario, Canada, Tim began his UPS career in Toronto in 1982 as a package car driver.  Throughout his UPS career, he held various operations positions including division manager for air gateway, customs brokerage, and transportation, labor, and delivery operations. Tim was honored with UPS Canada Region business leadership awards in 1997, 1998, and 2000.  In 2003, after 21 years in Canada and serving as director of Human Resources for Western Canada, Tim joined UPS’s International Human Resources Department in Atlanta to coordinate Global HR activities during a time of rapid international growth. He was promoted in 2005 to Vice President of Human Resources to manage human resources activities in the following areas: UPS Corporate Strategy Group, Global Freight Forwarding, The UPS Store Network, the UPS Southeast U.S. Region and research, and development of UPS’s Human Resources Shared Services.  From 2007 to 2013, Tim was an active board member with Social Enterprise Alliance (SEA) serving as treasurer and Board Co-Chair. He termed off in 2013 and is now eligible to rejoin the Board.  Tim has studied Labor Relations at Queens University, Business Administration at University of Phoenix, Executive Finance at Darden and a graduate from Leadership Atlanta Class of 2013.Tim is married with two children.


Ted Levinson is the Director of Lending at RSF Social Finance, where he leads the organization’s $75M Social Investment Fund that is the core of the social enterprise lending program. This diversified, direct loan fund provides senior, secured debt to leading non-profits and businesses with a social mission, while offering a broad range of impact investors the opportunity to realize both a social and financial return. Ted also created RSF’s Graduate Fellowship, a one year program that trains graduate students in the principles of social finance. Ted regularly guest lectures at universities to encourage young people to pursue rewarding careers in social finance. Prior to joining RSF, Ted worked as the first Business Manager for a startup school and startup bamboo company in Indonesia. He spent the previous decade in small business finance providing working capital and equipment loans to growing companies in California. Ted has been selected as a 2014 Eisenhower Fellow. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Tufts University where he was an NEH Younger Scholar and recipient of the Paul Montle Prize for Entrepreneurship. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, Jane Leu, an Ashoka Fellow.


Cecily Jackson-Zapata is an attorney working with nonprofit organizations, social enterprises, hybrid entities, green businesses, and small businesses in California and Washington, DC. After spending four years in the Tax Departments at Miller & Chevalier in Washington, DC and Latham & Watkins LLP in Los Angeles, Cecily joined Public Counsel’s Community Development Project, where she served as Senior Staff Attorney from 2001 to 2007. From 2007 to 2010 Cecily was the Program Director for CARAT, where she gained expertise in nonprofit capacity building and small business development, including expertise in deploying broadband and Internet technologies in  nonprofit organizations and small businesses. In 2010 Cecily established her independent law practice and in April 2012 she formed Sustainable Law Group, P.C. with Becki Ueno. Cecily is a director of Social Enterprise Alliance, member of Union Bank’s Community Advisory Board, Vice Chair for The State Bar of California Taxation Section – Tax-Exempt Organizations Committee, Vice Chair of the Social Enterprise Alliance Los Angeles Chapter, and director of Phase One Foundation. Cecily received her B.A. in  Political Science and Women’s Studies cum laude from the University of Southern California in 1994 and her J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1997.


Members of the Board

Carla Javits is the President of REDF, which provides equity-like investments and business assistance to create and grow "double bottom line" enterprises operated by non-profits that create jobs in order to employ people who face high barriers while earning income that makes the businesses sustainable. Prior to joining REDF, Carla directed the California expansion of the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) and became CEO of CSH, with offices in 10 states. She holds a Masters of Public Policy and a BA (Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of California, Berkeley and an AA in Hotel and Restaurant Management from San Francisco City College, and serves on the Boards of Directors of The Melville Charitable Trust, and Northern California Grantmakers, and as an Advisor to the Board of NISH.



Michele Fugiel Gartner is currently the Director of Strategic Investments & Operations at the Trico Charitable Foundation where she oversees the foundation’s social entrepreneurship initiatives. Her focus on social enterprise has included participation as the Program Manager for Enterprising Non-Profits, as a writer for Social and as a member of the Social Enterprise Council of Canada. Her prior philanthropic experience was with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Social Venture Partners Calgary and as a participant in Rotary International’s Group Study Exchange where she studied  Japanese civil society. She received her M.A. degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, UK and is an alumna of the East-West Center in Honolulu, HI.



Rafael Alvarez is the Founder & CEO of Genesys Works, which is a non-profit organization that changes the trajectory of life for underprivileged high school students, from one destined to a lifetime of low-wage, dead-end jobs, to one in which they will fully participate in the economic mainstream. Prior to establishing Genesys Works, Rafael worked for eleven years at Compaq Computer Corporation (now HP) as a corporate strategist and in other engineering management positions. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University and a M.S. in Engineering Management from the University of Houston.  Rafael was named by Forbes Magazine as one of the world’s top 30 social entrepreneurs. He became an Ashoka Fellow in 2006 and was awarded the Entrepreneurial Leadership Award from Texas A&M University in 2012.



Sonal Shah is Professor of Practice and the founding Executive Director of the Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation. Sonal, an economist and entrepreneur, has spent her career focused on actionable innovation in the public and private sectors. Most recently, she was the Deputy Assistant to the President and founding Director of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation.  She spent seven years at the U.S. Department of Treasury where she was an international economist working on timely development issues, including post-conflict development in Bosnia, Asian financial crisis, and poverty reduction in Africa. She then went to Goldman Sachs and Google while simultaneously co-founded Indicorps, a nonprofit building a new generation of socially conscious global leaders. She is a senior fellow at the Case Foundation and the Center for American Progress. Sonal serves on the Board of Social Finance, Inc. and the Washington Area Women's Foundation.


Chairs Emeriti

Chuck Lief, President, Naropa University
Charles King, President and CEO, HousingWorks
Jim Fruchterman, President and CEO, Benetech
Bill Strathmann, CEO, Network for Good


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