Board

Meet the Social Innovation Forum's Board of Directors.

  • julia

    Julia Satti Cosentino

    Julia Satti Cosentino (she/her/hers) is a partner of the law firm of Nutter, McClennen & Fish, LLP, in Boston. At Nutter, she is a member of the Private Client Department and co-founder of the Nonprofit and Social Impact practice group. Julia focuses on complex estate and tax planning, probate and trust administration, and advising family foundations and philanthropists. Julia serves as trustee or director of numerous private trusts and foundations. Julia is active in diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives in the Boston legal community, a Member of the Corporation of Perkins School for the Blind and a representative town meeting member in her hometown. Julia received her B.S. magna cum laude from Boston College and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center

  • Yasmin

    Yasmin Cruz Ferrine

    Yasmin Cruz Ferrine (she/her/hers) is a General Partner and Co-Founder at Visible Hands, an accelerator and pre-seed fund that invests in diverse tech founders. Yasmin served as Finance Director for Governor Patrick's 2020 presidential campaign and subsequent affiliated PAC, TogetherFUND. In her prior role, Yasmin was Head of Strategy and Growth for Brown Advisory’s Boston Office. Yasmin spent eleven years at John Hancock, ultimately providing oversight as Director of Corporate Responsibility of John Hancock’s Community Investment Strategy. Yasmin remains dedicated to enabling sector-wide and deep impact on the most pressing social problems through board work – currently serving as Board Director at the Lenny Zakim Fund, Advisor at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and as Corporator at Eastern Bank. Yasmin earned her MBA from Boston College and Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Babson College.

  • Ryan Dings

    Ryan Dings

    Former Board Chair - Ryan (he/him/his) is the Executive Vice President & General Counsel of Greentown Labs, North America's largest cleantech incubator based in Somerville, MA. Prior to joining Greentown Labs, Ryan served as the  Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel of Sunwealth, a solar investment firm committed to simplifying the process of impact investment. Ryan also served on the executive team of Blu Homes and has advised numerous early-stage clean technology companies over the past decade. 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 (she/her/hers) 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

    Board Chair - Weston (Tony) Howland III (he/him/his), 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 (he/him/his) 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.

  • Jordan Krasnow

    Jordan Krasnow

    Jordan Krasnow (he/him/his) is Of Counsel at the law firm of Goulston & Storrs in Boston. Prior to becoming Of Counsel, Jordan was a Director at the firm for 26 years. During his 46 year career, Jordan specialized in local and national commercial real estate transactions, financing and development. Since his retirement as a Director, Jordan has engaged with a number of nonprofits in greater Boston. He serves on several other boards, including Habitat for Humanity Greater Boston, Playworks New England, Veterans Legal Services, and the Roxbury Preparatory Charter School Foundation. Jordan is an Access to Justice Fellow, is a volunteer at Playworks as a recess coach at the Eliot School in the North End, and is a real estate and organizational development advisor to several small nonprofits, including 2018 Social Innovator, Fathers’ UpLift. Jordan received his A.B. from Clark University and his J.D. magna cum laude from Boston University Law School.

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    Susan Musinsky

    Susan Musinsky (she/her/hers) 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.

  • Vikram Punwani

    Vikram Punwani

    Vikram Punwani (he/him/his) was previously a Managing Director at Bain Capital, where he was employed for 19 years. During his time at Bain Capital, Vikram was involved in expanding Bain Capital Credit’s investing capabilities in the Business Services, Software and Ground Transportation sectors by sourcing opportunities, conducting due diligence and executing over $1B of debt and equity investments across North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and South America. Vikram also temporarily relocated to Sydney, Australia, in 2017-18 to help lead the firm’s Direct Lending and Distressed and Special Situations investments in the region. Prior to working at Bain Capital, Vikram was an Associate Consultant at Bain and Company, where he worked with clients in the technology, telecommunications, and private equity sectors. Outside of work, Vikram has a passion for community involvement. He helped create an after-school program for recent immigrants into the Cambridge community that assisted students with applications for college, finding summer internships, and the development of various life skills. Vikram holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Cornell University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School.

  • nageeb

    Nageeb Sumar

    Nageeb Sumar (he/him/his) is an expert on philanthropy and global development diplomacy, with over 15 years of experience partnering with organizations and philanthropists to create global change. He joined Fidelity Charitable in September 2018 as Vice President of Philanthropic Strategies, partnering with the nation’s most generous donors in their efforts to catalyze social change in the US and abroad. At Fidelity, Nageeb oversees a team of philanthropic strategists, who guide individuals and families through their philanthropic journeys, consult on domestic and international grant recommendations, and help connect donors with similar charitable goals. Previously, Nageeb worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's D.C. office, where he oversaw an international team which engaged governments, foundations, and philanthropists to improve the overall effectiveness of the charitable sector. Nageeb began his career at Oxfam America, where he helped develop and train community savings groups. Through his international engagements, he has work experience in 17 countries and foundation grantmaking experience in 9 countries. Nageeb holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, a Bachelor of Science in Urban Studies from Cornell University, a master’s degree in international finance from Queen’s School of Business, and law degrees from McGill Law School.

  • colby

    Colby Swettberg

    Colby (Colby) Swettberg has been Chief Executive Officer of Silver Lining Mentoring since 2009. Under Colby’s leadership, Silver Lining has grown to serve more than eight times as many young people and has more than quadrupled its budget. Silver Lining was named as a Social Innovator in 2014 for “providing a sustainable solution to one of the region’s toughest social issues,” and was subsequently selected as a three-year investee by Social Venture Partners as a result of the organization’s high impact, results-driven model. Colby came to Silver Lining Mentoring after working at The Home for Little Wanderers, where Colby opened and oversaw a group home for LGBTQ teenagers, did clinical work in adoption and family stabilization and provided training and consultation nationwide on LGBTQ issues. Colby was honored to be chosen by Senator John Kerry for the “Angel in Adoption” award for advocacy efforts on behalf of youth in foster care and later as a Barr Foundation Fellow in recognition of their leadership in foster care and mentoring innovation. Colby holds a master’s degree in Education from Harvard University and a master’s degree in Social Work from Simmons School of Social Work.