The Hilton Prize Coalition is supported by the Secretariat, Global Impact, and led by an Executive Committee. The Executive Committee provides leadership to the operating staff and serves as a direct resource to the Secretariat to ensure that operational decisions align with the strategic vision of the Coalition.
With more than 25 years of experience working in international development and human rights, Laurie Adams is an innovative leader, strategist, and gender rights advocate. Prior to joining WfWI, Ms. Adams served as the Director of Women’s Rights for Oxfam in the United Kingdom, and previously managed Oxfam’s country programs in three African regions, where she played a pivotal role transforming the governance and management structure of the confederation. Ms. Adams holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy Management from the University of London, a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Women’s Rights from Dartmouth College, and completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.
As Director of Philanthropy for Tostan, Suzanne Bowles coordinates and serves a global network of strategic philanthropists with a shared mission for human rights and the advancement of women and girls. The Tostan network begins by supporting a grassroots movement in West Africa with more than 25 years of proven outcomes and a reputation for ending harmful practices against women and girls. Tostan's grassroots leaders then train and inspire hundreds of other communities around the world at the Tostan.
* Ms. Bowles will serve as an interim member of the Executive Committee during the time that Tostan transitions to a new Executive Director, and Molly Melching takes on a new role within Tostan.
Kate Bunting is the CEO of HelpAge USA, where she leads their efforts to ensure that older people claim their rights, challenge discrimination and overcome poverty, so they can lead dignified, secure, active and healthy lives. As a policy advisor, campaigner and advocate, Ms. Bunting has been organizing stakeholder networks to fight global poverty for more than twenty years. Prior to being appointed CEO of HelpAge USA, Ms. Bunting served as the Director of Public Engagement at the U.S. Agency for International Development, where she led stakeholder outreach to advance strategic policy initiatives in global health and development.
Ms. Bunting holds a M.A. in International Affairs from The American University and is an alumni and fan of the Clemson Tigers.
Lynn Croneberger, Chief Executive Officer, SOS Children's Villages-USA
Lynn Croneberger, CFRE, is Chief Executive Officer of SOS Children's Villages-USA, the world’s largest organization providing loving, stable homes for orphaned and abandoned children in 133 countries around the world. Ms. Croneberger has extensive experience in fund-raising, nonprofit leadership and advocating for the world’s most vulnerable children and families. Since joining SOS Children’s Villages in 2012, she has built a solid fundraising team, overhauled the sponsorship program and streamlined integrated marketing initiatives. Under her leadership, SOS Children’s Villages' revenue through US-based funding has nearly doubled.
Previously, she was Vice President of Development for The Wilderness Society and Reading Is Fundamental in Washington, DC. She was also Executive Director for the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation and Memorial Foundation, Executive Director of the American Heart Association of South Florida as well as Vice President for United Way of Broward County, Florida. Ms. Croneberger is a certified fundraising executive (CFRE) and was the 2011 President of the Washington, DC Metro Area Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).
Steve Davis, Chief Executive Officer, PATH
As president and CEO of PATH, Steve Davis combines his extensive experience as a technology business leader, global health advocate, and social innovator to accelerate great ideas and bring lifesaving solutions to scale. He oversees PATH’s work of driving transformative global health innovation to save and improve lives, reaching 219 million people in 2013. He also currently serves as interim vice president, Global Engagement and Communications.
Mr. Davis is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and holds a faculty appointment as a lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He currently serves on the boards of InterAction and Global Partnerships and sits on several advisory groups, including the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Social Innovation, the Clinton Global Initiative’s Global Health Advisory Board, the Council on Foreign Relation’s Task Force on Non-Infectious Diseases, and Wellcome Trust’s Sustaining Health Dialogue. He previously has served on numerous corporate and nonprofit boards. Mr. Davis earned his BA from Princeton University, his MA in Chinese Studies from the University of Washington, and his law degree from Columbia University.
Pierre U. Ferrari joined Heifer Project International Inc. on October 28, 2010. Mr. Ferrari is a Partner in Tula Communications and the President of Hot Fudge, a venture capital fund. He has 35 years of business experience ranging from large consumer package goods organization such as Coca-Cola including Senior Vice President of Coca-Cola United States to smaller businesses. He serves as Chairman of Ben &
Kathleen Magee, President, Operation Smile
Kathleen S. Magee, BSN, MEd, MSW, co-founded Operation Smile in 1982 with her husband, William P. Magee, Jr., and currently serves as its president on a full-time, volunteer basis. Ms. Magee also is a lifetime member of the Board of Directors. She travels overseas extensively to nurture and maintain key corporate, diplomatic and medical partnerships that enable Operation Smile to carry out its surgical missions.
The Magees have been the recipients of numerous awards and honors, including the first Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize in 1996, the Servants of Peace Award in 1997, the Golden Plate Award and Kellogg's Hannah Neil World of Children Award in 1999, and in 2001 the Common Wealth Award of Distinguished Service and the Antonio Feltrinelli Prize for Exceptional Endeavors of Outstanding Moral and Humanitarian Value by the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei. In 2007, USAID presented the Magees with the President's Call to Service Award from President George W. Bush. In addition, she was highlighted in November 2009 in US News & World Report’s issue, “America’s Best Leaders.”
A New Jersey native, Ms. Magee received her BSN from College Misericordia in Pennsylvania, her MEd from the University of Maryland and her MSW from Norfolk State University in Virginia. She also completed graduate work at the University of Virginia and Jung Institute in Switzerland.
Jeff Meer is the Executive Director of Handicap International – U.S., and as such an ex officio member of the board. Until February 2015, he served as the Special Advisor for Global Health Policy and Development at the Public Health Institute, where he worked to build PHI’s global health practice and conducted the organization's global health advocacy in Washington. Before joining PHI, Mr. Meer also held positions with Planned Parenthood of America, the global nonprofit CHF International (now known as Global Communities), the U.S. Association for UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the UN Foundation. Mr. Meer began his international career as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State. He served as a member of the Handicap International U.S. Board from 2013-February 2015.
Scott Jackson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Global Impact
A global development, fundraising and marketing veteran with more than 20 years of experience, Scott Jackson holds direct responsibility for fundraising campaigns, workplace giving, advisory services, partnerships and strategic alliances at Global Impact. He provides leadership, direction and oversight for all aspects of the Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas and secretariat services for the Hilton Prize Coalition. In addition, he led the administration of the Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area during the 2012 season. Previously, Mr. Jackson served as VP for External Relations at PATH, as an SVP at World Vision US, and as President of APCO Seattle.
Mr. Jackson received an MBA from the University of Edinburgh. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree and an honorary Doctorate from the University of Puget Sound.