Bonk is a seasoned business professional with expertise in strategy, leadership, organizational development, communications, project management, design, and technology. She spent most of her early career at Fortune 500 companies, including 14+ years at Apple, where her last role was leading a team of 50+ Apple.com designers and managers.
After earning a B.A. in public policy from Oberlin College and interning in the U.S. Congress, Bonk decided that DC politics was not for her. However, after 20 years in the private sector, she decided to become more civically engaged and started consulting pro bono for a variety of nonpartisan organizations focused on structural political reform.
While bringing her professional skills and perspective to the political arena, Bonk found that the business voice was missing. In 2013, she began developing the Business for America concept, and in 2016 she left Apple to found the organization.
Richard has worked for over thirty years at the intersection of private, public, and nonprofit sectors, domestically and internationally, on sustainable economy and business issues.
He co-founded the American Sustainable Business Council and served as vice president for policy, where he directed nonpartisan state and national advocacy campaigns on the environment, tax, regulatory reform, campaign finance, and economic development.
Previously, Richard served as the business outreach director for the Apollo Alliance, advocating for federal and state clean energy and job creation policies. He also worked in the solar energy industry, advocating for state and federal legislation and regulations to create new markets. He co-directed the Colorado Cleantech for Obama campaign, and he crafted gubernatorial candidate Bill Ritter’s “New Energy Economy” strategy. He also led training seminars for Boston College’s Center for Corporate Citizenship, consulted to the U.N. Environment Programme, and helped launch the U.N. Environmental Finance Initiative.
Since 2009, Richard has been teaching as an adjunct faculty at the University of Denver on Environmental Policy and Sustainability. He resides in Denver.
Director of Corporate Civic Responsibility
David Gilmour is an American business leader, entrepreneur, inventor, and political reformer who leads BFA’s work on Corporate Civic Responsibility.
David grew up in New York and Boston, earned a B.A. and M.S. in Engineering and Applied Physics at Harvard, and later an MBA at Harvard Business School. In his technology career, he has served in senior executive roles at public and private companies, including more than a decade as CEO, and was a founder at several successful technology-related companies. He currently manages Blyth Capital Partners, an algorithmic trading fund, and is an active investor and advisor to early stage technology companies.
A lifelong independent, David has been active in nonpartisan politics since 2010 when he first worked on strategy and messaging for No Labels. David brings to BFA a deep conviction that American Business and American Democracy have the potential to support and strengthen one another. David resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Co-founder & Advisor
Chris is an entrepreneur, communications consultant, and writer. He cultivated his ability to think strategically and craft persuasive messaging during his years coaching Lincoln-Douglas debate and studying at the University of Chicago.
After completing a B.A. in political science at UChicago, Chris joined a highly competitive, hugely expensive congressional race as press assistant and writer. That experience inspired him to focus on creating change directly instead of working within a broken system. He went on to spend years working on startups and consulting in the political reform space, where he met Bonk at a hackathon she organized.
He was an early team member and communications director at Consciousness Hacking, a global community exploring the connections between technology, science, and wellbeing.
Linda is a distinguished nonprofit leader who spent ten years as vice president of public policy with the Bay Area Council, the premier CEO-led business association in California. Her work focused on public policy strategy, corporate relations, and economic growth through improved public education, healthcare, and cybersecurity.
Previously Linda was assistant division counsel for Litton Applied Technology in Silicon Valley, focusing on legal risk management. She also managed their department of Environment, Health, and Safety and launched an in-house medical clinic and wellness program. Prior to that, she was assistant division counsel for General Instruments, also in Silicon Valley.
At the University of Illinois, Linda earned both a J.D. and a master’s degree in labor and employment relations. She also has a master’s degree in school psychology and spent seven years as a professional school psychologist. She is a certified personal trainer and a wellness evangelist.
Kimberley is a social activist and founder of Shifting Patterns Consulting, a B Corporation that transforms teams for greater social impact. She helps socially responsible business and nonprofit leaders identify what’s really getting in the way of effective teamwork, build the skills to address these challenges, and put a support system in place to maintain improved performance.
Kimberley has helped social enterprise accelerators, like Ashoka Changemakers, social responsible business associations, like B Local: Mid-Atlantic Region, and social justice networks, like National Justice for Our Neighbors, determine their strategic direction, build stronger teams, and mobilize resources.
Kimberley has written a case study for the 10th edition of Organization Development and Change, is the author of the “Nonprofit Funding and Long Term Sustainability” Social Good Guide, is a regular contributor to SEE Change Magazine, and was a nonprofit radio guest in November 2015 for a show on collective impact. Kimberley has an M.S. in organization development from Pepperdine University and an M.A. in international politics from American University.
Charlie is a distinguished civic leader and public servant with experience in nonprofit leadership, public policy, crisis management, stakeholder engagement, team building, fundraising, and media relations.
After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, earning an M.A. from Oxford, and completing a J.D. from University of Virginia, Charlie began a career in law that led him to clerk for the Honorable Judge Joseph H. Young. He joined the Reagan administration as assistant general counsel in the Office of Management and Budget, and then joined the Department of Education. He then returned to the White House as deputy assistant for domestic policy with the George H.W. Bush administration.
As general counsel at United Way, he helped restore a culture of integrity in a time of organizational crisis. He then served as president of the Committee for Economic Development for 15 years, spearheading research and policy initiatives in healthcare, education, labor, international trade, legal reform, and campaign finance. His work to engage the business community was deemed essential to the passage of the Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform Act of 2002 (McCain-Feingold).
After CED, he served as president of the French-American Foundation and then Partners 4 Affordable Excellence.
Buff Mackenzie is an experienced innovator and policymaker at the highest levels of international development and education. He’s a creator of successful public-private digital partnerships with business, higher education, and the IT community, with a focus on education, health, and economic growth in Africa.
Most recently, Buff was managing partner at Iridium Interactive, a digital innovator in health and small business located in Nairobi, Hyderabad, and Delhi. Previously, he served as a senior fellow at the Committee for Economic Development in Washington, D.C. Buff also headed Global Education at USAID, as well as USAID’s Regional Mission for East and Southern Africa.
Buff served in Panama and Burkina Faso with USAID, and in Kenya and El Salvador with the U.S. Peace Corps. He was the first recipient of the USAID Administrator’s Award for Reengineering. Buff has a B.A. in history from the University of Pennsylvania and two master’s degrees (public administration, planning) from the University of Virginia.
Senior Legal Advisor
Steve is the owner of JustLaws, a social impact law firm that helps small businesses and nonprofit institutions successfully navigate barriers and challenges from state and local government. He is also the immediate past board chair of the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia. As chair of SBN’s Policy Committee, Steve designed and led SBN’s successful Good Economy Challenge, securing strong support for SBN’s legislative agenda amongst candidates for Mayor and City Council in the 2015 Philadelphia primary election.
Prior to starting JustLaws in 2012, Steve spent twelve years at the Philadelphia City Council where he drafted many groundbreaking bills, including laws combating predatory lending and gun violence, and laws promoting sustainability, neighborhood quality of life, and worker rights.
Steve also has over thirty years experience leading successful grassroots legislative advocacy campaigns on the local, state and national levels in the areas of gun violence prevention and promoting U.S. leadership to resolve the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. He earned his B.A. in political science from Yale University and J.D. from Boston University School of Law.
Former Chief Technology Officer, NetApp
Mark has spent over 30 years in technology, with experience in semiconductor manufacturing, open systems hardware and software development, big data, software as a service, and the emerging Internet of Things. Before joining NetApp, Mark was CTO of SkywriterRX, an early stage startup using machine learning and natural language processing to analyze books. Prior to this he was CTO at Neustar, executive vice president and CTO at Symantec, executive vice president of Product Operations at Veritas Corporation, CEO of Airmedia, and general manager of the Pervasive Computing Division of IBM. He began his career as a research staff member in the Physical Science Department of the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center.
Mark serves on the board of directors at the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology, Bay Area Council Economic Institute, and the Bay Area Science and Innovation Consortium. He is a member of the American Physical Society, the ACM, and IEEE and a former member of the Naval Research Advisory Committee. Mark holds PhD, MA, and MPhil degrees in physics from Columbia University and a BA degree in physics from Harvard College.
Co-Founder, Practice Fusion
Matthew Douglass is a digital health entrepreneur based in San Francisco. In 2007, he co-founded Practice Fusion with the goal of advancing all physicians into the digital age, regardless the wealth or social status of their patient populations. By 2017, Matthew had helped grow Practice Fusion to become the most popular web-based electronic health record in the US, powering over 32,000 medical practices in all 50 states and territories.
Since 2004, Matthew has volunteered in nine political campaigns for candidates across the political spectrum, including local and state campaigns in Nevada, Texas, Arizona, California, and Colorado. He also served as an engineer in the 2012 Obama campaign San Francisco technology field office, the first of its kind in American political history.
Dilawar is a leader in the innovation economy with a dedication to public service. As president at Freshworks, a venture-backed startup with more than 100,000 customers worldwide, he runs the company’s North America business, overseeing sales, marketing, customer success, and partnership efforts.
Before joining Freshworks, Dilawar was CEO at Yonja Media Group for five years. He led the company through many significant changes and ultimately secured a successful sale. He has also served in leadership roles at Yahoo!, SAP, and Siebel Systems (now part of Oracle).
Dilawar also plays an active role in civic life. Recently, he organized Silicon Valley business leaders to make the economic case for civil liberties. He is the president of OPEN Global, a nonprofit with the mission of supporting entrepreneurs in diaspora communities across the globe. In 2010, President Obama appointed Dilawar to the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI).