Karen Alden
Director of Business Development, Ellis Alden Vineyards

Karen is a pro bono consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her consulting expertise is strategy development and implementation; the organizations she serves address a range of economic issues including childcare, alternatives to incarceration, teacher effectiveness, and technology-enabled learning. Karen was an executive in the television and health food industries, leading cable distribution initiatives at Walt Disney Company, Fox Television, and HSN, and serving as CEO of Right Foods, Inc. Currently, Karen directs business development at Ellis Alden Vineyards, a premium wine-grower in Sonoma County. Karen earned a BA from Boston College and MBA from Harvard Business School.

Byron Auguste
Managing Director, Opportunity@Work

Byron Auguste is Managing Director and of Opportunity@Work, a civic enterprise he co-founded aimed at re-wiring the U.S. labor market in ways that enable more Americans to achieve upward mobility in the job market and workplace. He has served in the White House as Deputy Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Deputy Director of the National Economic Council and until 2013, he was a senior partner at McKinsey & Company, leading its High Tech Services sector and global Social Sector. He has also worked as an economist at LMC International, Oxford University, and the African Development Bank, and authored a book on international payments systems. Dr. Auguste earned a B.A. summa cum laude in economics and political science from Yale University and a M. Phil. and D.Phil. in economics from Oxford University.

Allen Blue
VP, Product Management and Co-Founder, LinkedIn

At LinkedIn, Allen currently focuses on strategy and future-facing product development. Before joining LinkedIn, Allen designed exploratory products and marketing programs at PayPal. He was also an early employee Director of Product Design at, a first-generation social site supporting dating, recreational, and professional activities in the late 90s. As a Hope Street Group Board Member, Allen focuses on bringing Silicon-Valley style innovation to Hope Street’s solutions, and especially to their Jobs initiative. Before entering technology, Allen was a scenery and lighting designer for the stage, and lectured on theatrical design at Stanford University.

Sean Greene
Managing Director, Siguler Guff

Sean is a Managing Director at Siguler Guff, a private equity firm, and previously served as Entrepreneur in Residence at the Case Foundation and at Revolution LLC. Previously, he served as Associate Administrator for Investment and Innovation at the U.S. Small Business Administration. Sean has experience as an entrepreneur and investor, as founder and CEO of the Away Travel Network (sold to Orbitz), and as a management consultant with McKinsey & Co. He also co-founded Rock Creek Ventures and LaunchBox Digital, a seed-stage investment firm. Sean received his MBA from Yale, holds an AB from Princeton, and was a Fulbright Scholar in Singapore.

David Javdan
Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal

At Alvarez & Marsal, the world’s largest turnaround and restructuring firm, David focuses on private equity investing, government financial issues, and financial services. He was recently appointed to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s ‘Commission to Investigate Public Corruption.’ David previously served as General Counsel of the U.S. Small Business Administration, where he supervised 450 professionals in 70 offices, and served as the Chief Legal and Ethics official of an independent federal financial agency with $130 billion in lending. David also represented Holocaust survivors in lawsuits that went to the U.S. Supreme Court. He received a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and a JD from Fordham Law School.

Ted Meisel
Co-Founder, AVIA Health Innovation | Chairman, Hope Street Group

Ted is an experienced entrepreneur, executive and investor in the healthcare and technology sectors. He is co-founder of AVIA, whose mission is to help healthcare systems accelerate their transition from volume to value. He is Senior Adviser to Elevation Partners, where he has served on the boards of Forbes and Marketshare. Ted is also a director of several healthcare companies that bring evidence and technology to care. Formerly, he held leadership roles at Yahoo!, Overture and CitySearch. He began his career at McKinsey & Company and Mercer Management Consulting. Ted is a graduate of Stanford Law School and Dartmouth College.

Anthony Miller
Chief Operating Officer and Founding Partner, The Vistria Group LLC

Before launching The Vistria Group, a private investment firm focused on education, healthcare, and financial services industries, Tony was Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education. In this role, he oversaw day-to-day operations for a broad range of functions spanning early childhood through postsecondary education, including implementation of ~$100 billion in one-time education program funding as part of the economic stimulus package.

Prior, Tony was a Director with Silver Lake, a global leader in technology investing. He was also a Partner at McKinsey & Company, focusing on healthcare and technology. He holds an M.B.A. from Stanford and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. 

Monique Nadeau
Founder and CEO, EatLove | Co-Founder, Hope Street Group

Monique is an entrepreneur, public policy expert, and former investment banker. Her new venture, EatLove is focused on creating an open, social marketplace for meals at home to help people take control of their food. Monique is also a co-founder and former CEO of Hope Street Group. Previously, Monique was the youngest Managing Director worldwide at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein and served on the U.S. Management Committee. She pioneered more than $4 billion of European public-private finance initiatives and advised on high profiled strategic risk management transactions, structured products, and M&A. Monique has a MPA from Harvard University and studied at the American University, L’Université Paris-Sorbonne and L’Universidad de Salamanca.

Kavita Patel, MD, MS
Fellow and Managing Director, Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform, The Brookings Institution

At Brookings, Kavita leads research on delivery system reforms, healthcare cost, physician payment and healthcare workforce productivity. She is also a practicing primary care physician at Johns Hopkins Medicine and a clinical instructor at UCLA’s Geffen School of Medicine. Kavita was previously a Director of Policy for The White House under President Obama and a senior advisor to the late Senator Edward Kennedy. Her prior research in healthcare quality and community approaches to mental illness have earned national recognition. She has testified before Congress several times and is a frequent guest expert on CBS, NBC and MSNBC as well as serving on the editorial board of the journal Health Affairs.

Kenneth Sawyer
Managing Director and Founder, Saints Capital

At Saints, a venture capital and private equity firm, Ken focuses his investing efforts on the software and internet industries. He has been a director or board observer for dozens of companies and today serves on the boards of Alliance Consulting, Acsis, Coloredge, Vidyo and OrSense. Ken has been selected in the past as a member of the Forbes Midas list, where he was recognized as one of the top 100 investors in venture capital globally. Ken is also on the board of the Woodrow Wilson Center – Latin American Program. Previously, Ken served as a “kitchen cabinet” advisor to the CEO of the Chicago Public School system.

Martin Scaglione
President and CEO, Hope Street Group

Martin has made it his life’s work to create access to learning for those in need. His recent roles include Co-Founder and CEO of Viridis Learning, a talent technology company, and President and COO of ACT’s Workforce Development Division, where he launched the National Career Readiness system, and helped drive President Obama’s Job Council program, “Right Skills Now.” Previously, Martin served as COO at Bosch-Siemens Household, VP of Corporate Strategy at Hon Industries, and Vice President of Marketing at Maytag. A native of Des Moines and a graduate of Drake University, Martin lives with his wife Lisa in New York City.

Jordan Shlain, MD
Practicing Physician and Founder, HealthLoop

Jordan brings a fresh perspective to the changing landscape of our healthcare system, weaving together digital health, humanities, public policy, philosophy, and art. When not seeing patients, you can find him debating thought leaders in healthcare, asking, “Isn’t there a better way?” His innovation by irritation genre of instigation led him to a patient follow-up experiment, which ultimately culminated in the $10M financing of HealthLoop in 2013. Passionate about reimagining healthcare through the lens of relationships, not transactions, Jordan is a mayoral appointment commissioner for San Francisco’s Health Service Board and is Chairman of the Institute for Responsible Nutrition.

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