Board of Directors

Chair:  HANS TAPARIA,  Co-Founder, Preferred Brands International

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Hans is a co-founder of Preferred Brands International, a food company that manufactures a range of natural, organic, specialty foods under the brand Tasty Bite. He co-founded ASG-Omni, a consulting firm and incubator that led to the creation of Tejas Networks, one of the leading optical networking companies in the world. Hans teaches courses in social entrepreneurship and business ethics at the NYU Stern School of Business. He also has a Bachelors of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Vice-Chair:  MARIE TERNES BOSTER,  Executive Director of Media Relations, Pace University


AARON BERNTHAL,  Wealth Management Advisor, Northwestern Mutual

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Aaron is a founding member of Insight Financial, a boutique financial planning firm established in 2011 under the Northwestern Mutual umbrella. He began his financial planning career in 2000 after graduating from McGill University with a finance major and Bachelor of Commerce Degree. Aaron resides in Port Washington, NY with his wife Danielle and their two children Ella and Liam.


GARY DAVIS,  Founder and CEO, ES Foods

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Gary founded ES Foods — a school meals and summer meals food provider — in 1998, and helped launch the Got Breakfast campaign, which aims to increase the number of children who receive school breakfasts.


JULIA DUNCAN,  Consultant, Accenture Federal Services

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Julia Duncan is a consultant with Accenture Federal Services and a member of the Corporate Citizenship Team where her work focuses on refugees and immigrants in the US workforce. She has previously worked at Google and as an Aide on Capitol Hill. Julia worked in the Obama Administration both at the White House and at the State Department. While in the State Department’s Office of Global Food Security, she designed partnerships around food, technology, urbanization trends, refugees and national security. She’s an expert in global food security and international development and has been involved with the humanitarian response to the current  refugee crisis. Since 2017, she has served as the COO for the One Journey Coalition which is an effort to shape the narrative about refugees in the United States. She is a Global Shaper with the World Economic Forum’s Washington DC Hub and received her BA from the University of Virginia and her MA from Johns Hopkins University.


JOEL LITVIN,  Former President, National Basketball Association (Retired)


ROBYN NEFF,  VP Associate General Counsel, Goldman Sachs


DANIEL B. RIPPS,  Consultant, Gabai Strategic Advisors