The A team
Meet your team of nerds, dancers, misfits, badasses, singers, game-changers, awkward queens, hard-workers, leaders, moms, children-at-heart, superman lunch box carrying FRIENDS.
We asked our best friends and better halves to tell you all about us, here’s what the people we love have to say about us, whether we wanted them to or not….
President & Founder
Milan, Italy & New York, NY
Undaunted, Quintessential, Witty, Powerful, Originator
Claudia is the great tiger queen leading multiple teams in multiple countries. Her fire and passion are as bright & powerful as her genuine & kind spirit. In her eyes, the world is a landscaper of endless hope, potential, strategic opportunity for good, and progress to create the positive real change that we all dream of being a part of. Decades in finance have allowed Claudia to perceive gaps in the world that the rest of us miss, yet so desperately need filled once our eyes have been opened to them. At the end of every day, her heart, smarts, and humor are the force this world needs to change trajectory into becoming a place more full of equality, potential, equity, hope, and future.
-Ricardo, a.k.a Ric
Director of Financial Inclusion & US Partnerships
New York, NY
Elegant, Ethical, Sarcastic, Inquisitive, Mastermind
Mary is an old soul who appears to possess all the skills and know-how of her previous lives at her fingertips in this one. She believes that the finer things in life are felt and shared, though certainly also facilitated by the more tangible, such as an exquisite espresso. As a well-traveled citizen of the world, her linguistic repertoire is vast, fueled by a passion for understanding what makes things tick and a fascination for the ways humans cultivate meaning. Upon meeting Mary, you will discover the duality of her radiant warmth and her staggering wit, both unmatched.
- Emily a.k.a “Em”
Financial Program Manager & Curriculum Writer
New York, NY
Fierce, Funny, Intelligent, Smart, Sensible
Robyn is a fierce woman who will defend and love you with her life. She is very funny, a sure sign of her intelligence. She takes great joy and pleasure in observing the human condition. Robyn is the smartest of all us who love her. She has the ability to cut right through noise and mayhem to arrive at sensible solutions. I am proud to have Robyn as my advocate in this world. Robyn is fierce, funny, intelligent, smart, sensible, and an advocate for what is right in the world. She is my dear friend.
Program Partnerships & Relations Manager
New York, NY
Loving, Reliable, Self-Aware, Intelligent, Resilient
Austin is a constant light in this often dark world. He faces adversity head on and uses it to bend, not break him. Constantly yearning for growth and inspiration, he remains self-aware in life’s journey. Friends are lucky to keep him close knowing that he will always choose love and grace, mirroring his eternal faith. I love Austin, and you will too.
Assistant Program Partnerships & Relations Manager
Reliable, Growth-oriented, Personable, Honest, Funny
Yosef is a warm and wise young man who can relate to people from completely different backgrounds, making each person feel at ease in a short few moments.
He has a special way of listening and breaking down things to make them more easy and clear to solve.
He has wit and a great sense of humor, which blended with his commitment and loyalty, his open mind and acceptance toward his fellow, creates this incredible and healthy balanced way of living life.
Yosef is always up for an adventure and is the friend you can always count on.
Media & Business Finances Project Manager
Kind-hearted, Positive, Curious, Honest, Entrepreneurial
Gianna is the perfect balance of book and street smart. Gianna is helpful by default; she hears someone working on something interesting and immediately figures out how she can help with no expectation of return because that's just who she is. Gianna is a person who has so many interests, only to find out that she will have even more interests upon learning a new topic, idea, or way of life. She puts others first, will always help a person in need, and has an incredibly high level of empathy. She is positive in the face of challenge.
Research & Reporting Project Manager
Adventurous, Generous, Dreamer, Welcoming, Enthusiastic
Nolan hails from Johnstown, Pennsylvania, but has lived in Washington, DC long enough to call it home. Since graduating from Johns Hopkins University, he’s been spotted farming in Egypt, motorbiking through Laos, and scootering around Dupont Circle. He’s an international adventure seeker (ask him about that one hike in Switzerland) who’s happiest near any body of water he can jump into. Outside of his work at the Global Thinking Foundation, Nolan can be found dreaming up new business ideas and greeting both cats and dogs with unbridled enthusiasm. Talk to Nolan about ranked choice voting, Teslas, bonobos, board games, carbon capture, cookstoves - or better yet, teach him something about what you’re most passionate about.
Social Media Manager
Passionate, Headstrong, Quick-witted, Hilarious, Kind
Elaine never lets anything stand in the way of what she wants. She takes the world by storm, loves fiercely and with everything she has, and still remains kind and gracious to everyone. Her laugh is infectious and her humor is unmatched. She is an incredible friend who will go on any adventure with you, but will also stay in, order Taco Bell, and marathon Jane the Virgin and Schitt’s Creek. She is light and joy and simply the best.
- Lauren a.k.a “Montana”