Board of Directors

Carl D. Marci is a physician, neuroscientist, author and public speaker on topics of social and consumer neuroscience. He is the Chief Medical Officer at CompanionMx, Inc.™, a digital health technology company. Previously, Dr. Marci was the Chief Neuroscientist for Nielsen Consumer Research. Previously, he was the co-founder, chairman, and Chief Science Officer of Innerscope Research. Marci is also the Chairperson of the Board of Advisors and a member of the Executive Committee for the Endowment for the Advancement of Psychotherapy in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. Formerly, he was the Director of Social Neuroscience at Massachusetts General 
Hospital, and has been a visiting Lecturer at the MIT Media Lab. He also has published articles in peer-reviewed science journals, and has given lectures nationally and internationally. Marci is a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network and a 2014 Henry Crown Fellow.

Marci’s early work focused on physiologic concordance or synchrony between patients and doctors as an indicator of empathy. Marci co-founded Innerscope Research in 2006. From 2008 to 2013, Marci served as CEO, building a global provider of consumer based neuroscience offering expertise in the use of biometrics, eye tracking, facial coding, fMRI and other technologies for measuring non-conscious processes related to media and marketing. Marci has created patented and novel research approaches and algorithms for capturing neurophysiological responses in multiple domains. His work with Innerscope on researching the emotions of Super Bowl advertising have been features nationally on Good Morning America, CNN, and MSNBC.

Jocelyn Sargent is a political scientist and veteran change agent in philanthropy with over two decades of experience advancing democracy and social justice agendas of major institutions. A co-founder of the Center for Social Inclusion, she has spent the bulk of her career devoted to social equity, civil society, and leadership development. Her training as a social scientist combined with her impressive experience in philanthropic management and research coalesce perfectly with institutions seeking to making long-lasting impact for equity and justice.

By virtue of her humble extended family roots, Dr. Sargent possesses a deep personal passion for a fair and just society. Dr. Sargent also brings a professional background in grantmaking, public policy, community development, and research and assessment.

Her most notable work has been with the Open Society Foundation in New York, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Michigan, the Hogg Foundation in Texas, and the Hyams Foundation in Massachusetts.

Fred Lawrence is a Senior Research Scholar in Law at Yale Law School, and was President of Brandeis University from 2010-2015. While at Brandeis, he launched the Catalyst Fund for Financial Aid, with $43 million in cash and pledges raised. Lawrence’s signature achievement at Brandeis was to secure the Rose Art Museum, hire a new director, and rebuild its Board of Overseers. He graduated from Williams College Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude, and received his J.D from Yale University Law School, where he was editor of the Yale Law Journal in 1980. He began his legal career in 1980 as clerk to Judge Amalya Lyle Kearse of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Later, Lawrence served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, where he became chief of the Civil Rights Unit.

In 1988, he joined the faculty of the Boston University School of Law where he taught courses on civil rights enforcement, criminal law, and civil procedure. He also served as the school’s associate dean for academic affairs from 1996 to 1999. Lawrence received BU’s Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching, the university’s highest teaching honor, in 1996. From 2005 through 2010, Lawrence was Dean and Robert Kramer Research Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School. He has been a senior visiting research fellow with the University College London Faculty of Law and has studied bias crimes law in the U.K. through a Ford Foundation grant. He was a trustee of Williams College and serves on the board of directors of the Anti-Defamation League and the Association of Independent Colleges & Universities in Massachusetts (AICUM), and the board of trustees of WGBH.

George C. Biddle is the former executive vice president of the International Rescue Committee, where he provided executive oversight to the IRC’s U.S. programs, international programs and advocacy departments, which combined operate in 42 countries worldwide and in 23 cities across the U.S. He served as acting president from May to July 2002. Prior to joining the IRC in 2000, Mr. Biddle was the vice president of the International Crisis Group, an organization that works through field-based analysis and high-level advocacy to prevent and resolve deadly conflict. He was also president of the Institute for Central American Studies, an organization he founded in 1989 to assist post-Cold War Central America in its transition from violent conflict to peace and democracy. He serves on several non -profit boards, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He holds an A.B. degree from Harvard and an M.A. in International Relations from Johns Hopkins.

James Houghton is an investor and Chairman of Market Street Trust Company, a shared family office that provides integrated wealth management services to several multi-generational families. Previously, James was a general partner at Megunticook Management, a Boston-based venture capital firm focused on investments in early-stage telecom and technology companies.  Prior to that James worked in several business development and management roles for Corning Inc. and started his career in investment banking at JP Morgan.

In addition to his board experience as an investor in a number of companies, James has served on many non-profit boards, including most recently St. Paul’s School, Shady Hill School and Citizen’s for Juvenile Justice. He is currently a Trustee of the Corning Museum of Glass and a Director of the Triangle Fund, a foundation supporting organizations that work with kids-at-risk in western NY.   James was also a co-founder and co-editor of The Good Man Project, a collection of essays about defining moments in a diverse group of men’s lives that sparked a national conversation about our shared humanity.

James received his B.A. from Harvard College and lives in Boston with his wife and two daughters.


Jeff Rosenthal is Co-Founder of Summit, a cutting-edge organization best known for hosting global gatherings designed to catalyze positive personal and collective growth. Through a series of invitation-only events, Summit fosters a global community of entrepreneurs, academics, athletes, artists, astronauts, authors, chefs, engineers, explorers, philanthropists, scientists, and beyond. He is also Co-Director of Summit Action Fund, which makes investments in startups that drive innovation and positive market disruption, such as Uber, Warby Parker, and others.

Justin Dangel is the CEO & Co-Founder of Ready Responders. Ready Responders recruits, trains and equips part-time EMTs to improve emergency response times and the efficiency of municipal EMS systems and pre-hospital care generally. Previously, Mr. Dangel founded Consumer United (now Goji) in 2008 and grew it from just a few employees in a small office to over 500 employees across multiple locations within 5 years. Consumer United was named one of the ‘Top 10 Fastest Growing Companies in Insurance’ by Inc. Magazine in 2012. In 1998, Mr. Dangel was the founder and CEO of, where he helped create the most popular independent political channel on the Internet with more than 3.5 million monthly users and 500,000 newsletter subscriptions. He led a team that developed strategic partnerships with Microsoft, NBC, CNN, the AFL-CIO, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Democratic and Republican parties and several others. His political and public service background includes the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts High Tech Collaborative – the state’s technology development agency. Mr. Dangel has spoken at numerous events and conferences across the country, including the World Economic Forum in Washington. He is a graduate of Duke University with a degree in Political Science.

Entrepreneur and entertainment prodigy Kevin Vilkin has been a change making and disruptive force since age 18. Vilkin began his advocacy and business careers during his time at Montana State University, where he was both Freshmen Class President and Vice President of the Environmental Club. After receiving a $100,000 grant from Ted Turner, he built the Bozone Ozone Bus, a fully functional “greenhouse on wheels,” made from a converted school bus. Since then, with backing from the Department of Agriculture, the bus has taught over 75,000 k-8 students about environmental sustainability, mobilizing a generation of young environmental stewards.
From his dorm room at MSU, Vilkin also launched Blue Mood Productions, a company dedicated to utilizing live music as a tool for social change, which, over the course of three years, he grew into 36 markets across the U.S. and Latin America. After exiting Blue Mood in 2011, Vilkin found himself on the Forbes 30 under 30 list at age 25.
Since his success in music and entertainment, Vilkin has refocused his passion for engagement and organization towards impact and entrepreneurship. He is driven by a belief that knowledge of and access to clean energy is the key to ending the largest conflicts of our time and is eager to help lead the clean energy revolution in the USA and beyond.
As the Vice President of Partnerships for GivePower, a non-profit founded by SolarCity with a mission to use clean energy technologies to deliver the most essential community services to the developing world, Vilkin is working to modernize the way developing communities around the world clean their water. GivePower’s Solar Water Farm, a breakthrough blueprint solution for coastal areas struggling with water scarcity, has the power to uplift communities across the globe using green energy. With advanced filtration systems and new solar-powered desalination technology, Vilkin and GivePower are converting sea and brackish salt water into clean and healthy water.
Now, at age 29, Vilkin has become a Partner and Managing Director at Summit Series, an organization which is best known for hosting innovative gatherings that unite the leaders of today and tomorrow through environments and events designed to catalyze positive personal and collective growth.
Vilkin currently sits on the Global Leadership Council for Conservation International as well as the Board of Directors for Beyond Conflict. With Beyond Conflict, Vilkin has leveraged a global network of leaders, activists, and other seasoned practitioners to help create powerful and innovative frameworks to open pathways for progress in peace talks, transitions to democracy, and national reconciliation in the aftermath of division and violence in over 75 countries.
In addition, he is currently advising some of the largest family offices in the world on impact investing and disruptive philanthropic strategies. He is a senior advisor to the Texas Pacific Group, one of the world’s largest private equity funds, as well as a venture partner with M13 and Valia Ventures.

Sarah Lukas presently serves as a health care partner at the firm of Edelstein & Company, LLP. Sarah has specialized for the past 15 years in providing tax, consulting and practice management services to health care clients. Her clients include a wide range of physician groups of various specialties and sizes. She also provides consulting services to hospitals and medical billing companies. She has extensive experience in medical billing and collection issues as well as the start-up of new physician practices. She is a graduate of SUNY Binghamton and Bentley College and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Physicians and Healthcare Committee Medical Group Management Association (MGMA).

Tim Phillips is the founder and CEO of Beyond Conflict, a non-profit organization that works with civic, non-profit and community leaders to address conflict and promote social change in the United States and abroad.


Since 1992, Beyond Conflict has created powerful and innovative frameworks to open pathways for progress in peace talks, transitions to democracy, and national reconciliation in the aftermath of division and violence in over 75 countries. Tim led efforts to catalyze the peace and reconciliation processes in several nations, including Northern Ireland, El Salvador, and South Africa. He has also advised the United Nations, the U.S Department of State, and the Council of Europe.


In recent years, Tim has led Beyond Conflict’s efforts to explore the fields of brain and behavioral science in depth. The organization has become widely acknowledged as the champion in catalyzing the field of Neuroscience and Social Conflict, by promoting this research, developing policy recommendations for national leaders, and convening six global conferences for key scientists, policymakers, practitioners, journalists and funders. This work is done in Beyond Conflict’s Innovation Lab for Neuroscience and Social Conflict, a research and development unit within the organization. Beyond Conflict has also been working with scientists and community leaders to apply lessons from brain and behavioral sciences to address a range of challenges, such as: racial justice and inclusion, conflict resolution and reconciliation, and other efforts to promote positive social change.


In the private sector, Tim was a founder of Energia Global International Ltd. (EGI), which was a leader in the development and operation of privately owned renewable energy facilities in Central and South America in the early 1990s. Tim also helped launch and serves on the Advisory Committee of the Club of Madrid, which was founded in 2001 and works with more than 80 former heads of state and government to promote the consolidation of democracy around the world.


Early in his career, Mr. Phillips worked internationally in support of human rights and the environment. In the late 1980s, he organized a series of independent fact-finding missions to Central America for U.S. policymakers, news editors and congressional staff to introduce them to the key players across the political spectrum in El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua, and to support the work of Costa Rican President Oscar Arias, who later won the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to bring to peace to Central America. In 1989, Mr. Phillips developed and organized a seminar at Harvard University for leading journalists that introduced them to the concept of global warming, one of the first initiatives to bring this urgent issue to the attention of the national media.


Tim serves of the board of directors, trustees and overseers of numerous international organizations and cultural and educational institutions, including the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Rose Art Museum, the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, and the Foundation for a Civil Society. He also serves as a strategic consultant to a number of early-stage nongovernmental organizations on issues of democratization, civil society, conflict resolution and technologies to bridge the digital divide in the developing world.


Tim is a frequent speaker in national and international forums, including the Council on Foreign Relations, the Salzburg Seminar, the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Department of State, and he has lectured at a number of universities, including Harvard, Columbia and Brandeis. He has published on transitional justice, conflict resolution and national reconciliation, and his work with Beyond Conflict (formerly the Project on Justice in Times of Transition) was featured in the PBS documentary The Visionaries. He has also been a guest commentator on National Public Radio, Radio RTE Ireland and the BBC World Service. Mr. Phillips was educated at Suffolk University and the London School of Economics and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Suffolk University in 2018.