Advisory Board

We are incredibly fortunate to have the regular input and advice from a stellar group of advisors across the country. Below are our most active Board members…

Bruce Krysiak (Director)


Bruce is currently Chairman of the Board of Susser Holdings (convenience stores and gas distribution), Quantum Health (coordinated healthcare), Good Food Holdings (food retailers under Bristol Farms – CA and Metropolitan Market – WA names), and LaDove (developer and manufacturer of hair care products). He has been on the board of several public, private, and start up companies over the last decade. Previously he was President of Toys R Us, Dollar General, and Circle K as well as a senior officer at 7-Eleven and Chairman/CEO of RPA, an international consulting firm.

He has been privately involved with a number of non-profit organizations providing financial, professional, and developmental support to very targeted, results-oriented efforts in “helping people who want to help themselves”.

He lives in Newport Coast, CA with his wife of 40 years, Elizabeth, and has four grown sons. He holds a combined BS/MBA from Cornell University.

Bob Buford (The Leadership Network)

Bob is author of four books: Halftime, Gameplan, Stuck in Halftime and Finishing Well. Bob Buford launched Leadership Network, a private operating foundation created in 1984 for the original purpose of identifying, networking and resourcing senior ministers and staff of large congregations (1,000+ in attendance) in the United States. He is also the Founding Chairman of the Board of Governors of The Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management. In January 1998, Buford launched Halftime, the organization, to help high-powered marketplace leaders to convert their faith into action and effective results.

Dr. Diana Wells (Ashoka)

Dr. Diana Wells, President of Ashoka, joined the organization in the 1980s after graduating from Brown University with a degree in South Asian Studies. As an undergraduate, her year-long study abroad in Varanasi, India led her to see the need for local solutions to solve global problems. This insight brought her to Ashoka and inspired her to create one of Ashoka’s core programs, Fellowship Support Services, (now Fellowship) which not only supplied Ashoka’s social entrepreneurs with a wide array of information, resources and services, but at the same time connected them to one another and their ideas in a globally expansive context.
Taking a leave to pursue a Ph.D. in anthropology, she was named both a Fulbright and Woodrow Wilson scholar. Her ethnographic research focusing on understanding how social change happens as a local articulation of a global social movement resulted in her dissertation: ‘Between the Difference: The Emergence of a Cross Ethnic Women’s Movement in Trinidad and Tobago.’

Having her PhD in hand, Diana returned to Ashoka to provide leadership for the worldwide process of sourcing and selecting leading social entrepreneurs as Ashoka Fellows. In addition she was given strategic and operational responsibility for Ashoka’s geographic expansion and the significant increase of Fellow elections; to its current total of 2,000. She has contributed to the field of social entrepreneurship by implementing a widely respected tool for “Measuring Effectiveness”, which is one of the first standard tools to measure the impact of social entrepreneurship.

She is on the Advisory Board for Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business and on the Board of GuideStar International. Her Ph.D. is from New York University (2000), and her undergraduate degree from Brown University (1988). She has taught at Georgetown University on Anthropology and Development and has both authored and edited numerous journal and book publications including two compilations on social movements in the United States.

Most recently, Diana was celebrated as one of 10 winners of the first annual Women to Watch award, by Running Start, a Washington, DC based organization that empowers young women to be political leaders.
She lives in Arlington, VA with her husband Paul, her son Toby and her mother Elaine.

Roy Rogers

Roy L. Rogers worked for Sylvania Electronic Defense Laboratory. Subsequently he served as Director of the Advanced Technical Division at Quantum Science Corporation. Afterwards he worked at the First San Francisco Financial Corporation before joining the venture capital firm, Hambrecht & Quist. There he served in several high-level roles including Director of Institutional Services, Director of Research, Senior Vice President, and Managing Partner. Mr. Rogers would also go on to become General Partner of his own venture firm, Rogers & Whitney I and II. Roy and his wife Ruth have been very active on the Board of Governors for Opportunity International (www.opportunity.org) for 15 years as well as the Fuller Foundation. Roy is a graduate of OSU and the Technical University of Delft ( Fulbright scholar), then received a MSEE from Stanford.

Dr. Douglas Solomon (IDEO)

Doug is the Chief Technology Officer at IDEO, working with clients to leverage technologies that create both business and social value. With more than 25 years of leadership experience in the IT industry, Doug has a particular interest in and knack for collaborative technologies that enable greater community engagement and participation.

Prior to joining IDEO, he was vice president of investments at Omidyar Network, where he helped pioneer a new approach to socially responsible investing. He was also senior vice president of corporate development and chief strategy officer at both Apple and Palm, and he held leadership positions at Interval Research and several technology start-ups. Doug began his career by applying marketing and other business concepts to public health programs in Asia, where he learned the importance of cultural awareness and community involvement in achieving meaningful social change.

Doug is a volunteer chaplain at Stanford Hospital & Clinics in Northern California, serves on the Board of Industry Advisors of the Consumer Electronics Association, and is an adviser to GAVI, the global initiative to vaccinate all the world’s children. He has three children and a fabulous wife, who all continually teach him how to be a mensch. He earned a master’s degree from the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii and a Ph.D. in communication research from Stanford University.

Kimberly Dasher Tripp (Skoll Foundation)

Kimberly Dasher Tripp currently leads the Skoll Foundation’s sourcing, selection and portfolio management initiatives. Prior to working at Skoll, Kimberly’s career included both nonprofit, international work and for-profit marketing experience. Most recently, Kimberly was Program Officer at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation where, as a member of the Entertainment Media Partnerships team, she partnered with large domestic and international media entities to develop international and domestic HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns. Prior to the Kaiser Family Foundation, Kimberly managed marketing campaigns for large high-tech clients at Wunderman, a leading direct marketing agency. She was also a member of the Policy Studies team for the United Nations Association-USA, building UNA-USA’s program on post-conflict peacebuilding and the rule of law. Concurrent with her professional career, Kimberly has advised many burgeoning nonprofits on strategic planning, communications, and marketing. Kimberly graduated from Princeton University with a BA in Politics. and holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Walter A. Haas School of Business at University of California, Berkeley.

Scott Adelson (Journalist)

Scott Adelson has 25 years’ experience in consumer publishing and journalism, marketing, and corporate and nonprofit communication strategy and execution. His expertise includes audience identification, brand and strategy development, program planning and oversight, and editorial and design work using a variety of disciplines and media.

As a journalist, Adelson has traveled to and reported from places as diverse as Tibet, Sudan and Eastern Europe, developing a love of adventure and storytelling that has informed his 25-year career. As a Washington, D.C., correspondent in the 1980s, he reported on Congress, the Reagan administration and the Iran-Contra Affair, as well as environmental issues and legislation.

As a senior member and principal of several successful communication consultancies, Adelson has helped some of the world’s most successful organizations reach their audiences in ways that help people to understand and motivate them to act. His award-winning approach of applying consumer principles to corporate and nonprofit communication has been employed by dozens of organizations, including Starbucks, Disney, American Express, Oracle, NCR, Teradata, LesConcierges, the Pearson Foundation, Event360, McKesson Corp., Fireman’s Fund and the AARP, among others.

Today, Adelson leads his own communication consultancy based in Tiburon, California, and is the co-founder, Vice President-Content and Editor in Chief of Travel Knowledge, Inc., a travel-media company that creates applications delivering unforgettable on-the-ground experiences for destination travelers.

Adelson holds a B.A. in English and American Literature from Brandeis University, and an M.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

Scott Adelson. 415. 388. 5554; scott@adelson.org