Board

Meet the Social Innovation Forum's Board of Directors.

  • Ryan Dings

    Ryan Dings

    Board Chair - Ryan is the Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel of Sunwealth, a technology-enabled solar investment firm committed to simplifying the process of impact investment. Prior to joining Sunwealth, Ryan served on the executive teams of WrightGrid and Blu Homes and has advised numerous early-stage clean technology companies. Ryan started his career practicing commercial real estate law in Charlotte, North Carolina. Ryan holds graduate degrees in law from Wake Forest University School of Law and in design from Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and a bachelor of arts from UNC-Chapel Hill.

  • Katherine Gross

    Katherine Gross

    Katherine Gross is the Director of The Charlotte Foundation, an innovative family foundation that provides high-performing nonprofits with strategic advice along with funding. Katherine has also worked to improve the efficacy of local philanthropy through collaboratives such as the Social Innovation Forum, EdVestors, where she serves on the board, and Associated Grant Makers. She began her career as a commercial banker working with small businesses in inner city communities. Subsequently, Katherine managed an investment fund focused on fostering business growth in low-income communities. She received an MBA from Yale School of Management and an undergraduate degree from Stanford University. 

  • Tony Howland

    Weston (Tony) Howland III

    Weston (Tony) Howland III, CFA, is Chairman and CEO of Howland Capital Management, where he also serves as a trustee and portfolio manager. Tony joined Howland Capital in 1984, after working for C.T. Bowring, Lloyds of London, and Atlantic Mutual Insurance. Tony graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Ohio Wesleyan University and is a CFA charterholder. At Howland Capital, Tony is a member of the Boston Security Analysts Society and serves on the board of Redtail Solutions. He is a trustee at the Fenn School and Manomet Inc. and serves on the boards of several other local nonprofit organizations.

  • David Howse

    David Howse

    David C. Howse is a recognized speaker and commentator on the arts and social integration and currently serves as the Associate Vice President of Emerson College and Managing Director of ArtsEmerson. Howse was a founding staff member and Executive Director of the Boston Children’s Chorus, where he was also a 2004 Social Innovation Forum Lead Innovator. Howse holds degrees from Bradley University and New England Conservatory of Music and is a graduate of Harvard Business School's Next Generation Executive Leadership Program.

  • Susan Musinsky

    Susan Musinsky

    Susan Musinsky has served as Director of the Social Innovation Forum for 10 years. Under Susan’s leadership, the Social Innovation Forum has grown from a small volunteer initiative at Root Cause to a stand-alone respected model for directing resources for solving social problems to the best available approaches. Previously, Susan was executive director of the National Conference for Community and Justice's (NCCJ) Boston office. She has participated on many local boards, including serving as past chair of Congregation Beth El's Tzedkah Hevra group, and as a founding member of the Watertown Community Foundation's Board of Directors. Susan holds an EdM from Harvard University, and a BS from the University of Vermont.

  • Andy Offit

    Andy Offit

    Andy Offit currently works for the City of Somerville, Massachusetts as Special Advisor to Mayor Joseph Curtatone. Prior to joining City Hall, Andy graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School with a Masters in Public Policy. From 1987 to 2010, Andy worked it the investment industry, as a portfolio manager and analyst at Fidelity Investments, Chestnut Hill Management, and Wellington Management. Andy received his MBA from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School and his BBA from Emory University. Andy is currently participating on several boards including Beaver Country Day School, My Life, My Choice, and Generation Citizen. 

  • Vikram Punwani

    Vikram Punwani

    Vikram Punwani is a Managing Director at Bain Capital. Vikram joined Bain Capital in 2000 and is currently responsible for Bain Capital Credit's special situations investments in North America. Prior to joining Bain Capital, Vikram was an Associate Consultant at Bain and Company where he advised clients on cost reduction, restructuring, and strategic transactions. He received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS from Cornell University.

  • Marie Schwartz

    Marie Schwartz

    Marie Schwartz is the CEO & Founder of TeenLife Media, a trusted resource for parents with children 12-19. Marie is a senior marketing and business development professional who worked in the financial services, marketing, and publishing industries before launching TeenLife. She serves on the Board of the Boston Ballet, the Bridge Year Advisory Council at Princeton University and the Baker Institute Advisory Council at Lehigh University. She graduated from the American School of Paris, holds a BSE from Princeton, and received an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

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    Vilas Dhar

    Senior Advisor - Vilas Dhar's professional career has included founding a recognized socially conscious law firm, leading venture and philanthropic investments grounded in social impact across for-profit and nonprofit enterprises, and advising governments on digital services, entrepreneurship, and innovation programs. He serves on several private and nonprofit boards, including the steering committee of New England International Donors, and served recently as the Gleitsman Fellow in Leadership in Social Change at the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University. He holds an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School, a J.D. from NYU School of Law, and Bachelor’s degrees in Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Illinois.