Board of Directors
Julie Hanna | Chair of the Board, Kiva
Reid Hoffman | Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, LinkedIn
Premal Shah. | President, Kiva
Amy Klement | VP Investments, Omidyar Network
Tabreez Verjee | Co-founder and Managing Partner, Uprising
John D. Muller | Vice President of Global Payments Policy, PayPal
2015 Leadership Council
Kurt was appointed by the Board as President and Chief Executive Officer in September 2011, and is responsible for the company’s overall performance and development.
Kurt Knapton | President and Chief Executive Officer Research Now Group, Inc.
Kurt, who initially helped launch the e-Rewards panel program in early 2000, led the company’s client development and strategy efforts for eight years. He was responsible for the global revenue of the company until February 2008, when he left to pursue both charitable work with the Restore Hope Project and co-found Abundant Energy, LLC, a renewable energy innovation company, focused on wind and hydro technologies. He served as Chief Executive Officer for two years.
Prior to joining Research Now, Kurt spent a decade as a management consultant. He worked for both Booz Allen Hamilton and Accenture, specializing in business and technology strategy and execution. As a consultant, Kurt served over 20 Fortune 1000 clients with strategic and business improvement analysis and advice.
Kurt earned his Master of Business Administration from Dartmouth's Amos Tuck Graduate School of Business and was an Honors Program graduate at Baylor University, where he holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in management and information systems.
Gary Hattem is a Managing Director of Deutsche Bank and heads the Global Social Finance group as well as its Americas Foundation. He is responsible for lending and investment activities, within the U.S. and throughout the developing world, that benefit social enterprises and disadvantaged communities. He also oversees Deutsche Bank’s corporate citizenship activities for the Americas.
Gary Hattem | Managing Director and Head, Global Social Finance | President, Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation
Mr. Hattem established the Global Social Finance group when he joined Deutsche Bank in 1990. He is recognized as an innovative leader in the field of private sector investment in distressed communities having pioneered many initiatives in the fields of urban regeneration, microfinance and climate. Over the past two decades he has overseen nearly $3 billion in financing for projects and enterprises which benefit the poor.
In addition to this financing role, Mr. Hattem is the President of the Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation managing its philanthropic program with grants made in the fields of education and the arts, as well as, community development. Beyond the United States, the Foundation has an active grants program in Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Argentina and Peru.
Mr. Hattem holds many leadership positions in philanthropy, and community reinvestment. Most notably, he is a Trustee of Pratt Institute, Chairman of the Carbon Initiative for Community Impact, Director of the New York City Energy Efficiency Corporation and Chairman of the Global Microfinance Consortium II.
Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Gary Hattem was the first Executive Director of the St. Nicholas Neighborhood Preservation Corporation, a non-governmental organization. Under his 15-year leadership, the organization advanced the revitalization of the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, New York.
Mr. Hattem holds a Masters Degree in City and Regional Planning from Pratt Institute and a B.S. Degree from Purchase College. In 2009 he was selected as an American Council on Germany McCloy Environmental Fellow.
Doug Michelman is senior vice president of corporate communication for Sprint. In this role, he overseas all corporate communications and corporate social responsibility initiative, including executive and internal communication, external relations, reputation-building efforts, issues management, marketing public relations, social media communication, industry analyst relations, coporate inclusion and diversity programs, and community relations outreach.
Doug Michelman | Senior VP of Communications Sprint
Michelman joined Sprint’s leadership team in December 2014 after serving for 10 years as chief communications officer for Visa, where he oversaw global media relations, public affairs, industry analyst relations and financial and communication strategies. Michelman guided communications for Vis’s IPO and led the development of the organization’s corporate values. He also established Visa’s corporate responsibility and philanthropy programs.
Prior to Visa, Michelman served in various roles as Fleishman Hillard, including regional president and senior partner. In addition to his many year of corporate experience, Michelman’s communications background also includes staff positions for two presidential campaigns. Michelman’s career has taken him to several cities, including a four-year stint in Hong Kong, China. Michelman is a graduate of Duke University and currently resides in Kansas City.
Keri Gohman is a veteran executive with an extensive track record of increasing shareholder value and customer loyalty through new business models, sales and channel strategies across multiple industries. She currently serves as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Capital One’s Small Business banking segment, managing the strategy, P&L, offerings, credit and customer experience for small business across retail and direct banking.
Keri Gohman | Head of Small Business Banking, Capital One
Keri joined Capital One in 2008 and has held a number of leadership roles in both the company’s US Card business and Retail and Direct Bank business. Most recently, she led the Small Business Bank deposits and payments. Her team focused on delivering differentiated business models and offerings within checking, savings, cash management, merchant services and complimentary small business products.
In prior roles, she served as Vice President of Channel & Customer Strategy and Analytics for Capital One Direct Bank and helped lead national expansion retail efforts. She was accountable for designing the multi-channel strategy, customer experience design and operating models for new, innovative retail banking strategies and online banking. She also has served as Vice President, US Card Sales and High Value Customer Strategies, where she drove new growth through expanding channel distribution and creating differentiated segment-based experiences.
Prior to Capital One, Keri’s background includes leadership roles at General Electric Financial Assurance and Intuit, including general management of global services businesses, business development, sales and marketing strategy and distribution development.
Keri is a certified Master Black Belt from GE and has, throughout her career, been an active leader of Women’s Network organizations. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Liberty University and holds an M.B.A. from Lynchburg College. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband Tim and their three children.
With more than 15 years of experience in product, technology, and business management in the banking and mobile payments industries, Brian now leads Digital Innovation, Product Development and Marketing for Small Business Banking at CapitalOne.
Brian Hamilton | VP Small Business Banking, Capital One
In his role, Brian leads an organization responsible for delivering digital banking tools and solutions designed to empower small businesses and improve the overall customer experience. Through disruptive innovation and a “challenge the norm” approach to product development, Brian’s team focuses on enabling small business growth while reinventing the way businesses manage their money and engage with their bank.
Prior to joining Capital One, Brian served as VP of Small Business Commerce at VeriFone and previously co-founded Isomer Labs, a mobile technology incubator in San Francisco. Brian also served as the head of Mobile Solutions at the start-up ChargeSmart, where he managed the mobile division, developed the ChargeSmart Mobile POS solution, and orchestrated its successful acquisition by VeriFone.
Prior to his time as an entrepreneur, Brian was a vice president at Clear2Pay, an international payments software company headquartered in Europe. There he was responsible for North American Product and Strategy for, managing the development of payment hub products for the American markets including ACH, Wire, SWIFT and Card payment processing.
Brian started his career at Wells Fargo as a Commercial Credit Officer, and later as vice president for the company’s Wholesale Internet Division. He also served as manager of Technical Sales and Product Development for the Foreign Exchange group.
He was a dean’s list scholar and graduated summa cum laude from Oregon State University’s Pre-Law program, with a B.S. in Sociology and minor in Business and Computer Science. He is a Certified Treasury Professional with the Association of Finance Professionals, and holds his Series 65 and other professional certifications.
Brian is actively involved in the Silicon Valley start-up community and resides in San Francisco with his wife. He enjoys mountain biking, trekking and snowboarding when he isn’t focused on new innovations that empower small businesses.