TORY DIETEL HOPPS
Tory Dietel Hopps chairs our board. She is the Managing Partner of Dietel Partners, a family philanthropic advisory firm. She has had a twenty-five year career in nonprofit resource development, management and governance, working extensively in the fields of nonprofit capacity building, education and human services. Tory received a heaping dose of volunteer genes from both her parents and was trained by Board Source as a nonprofit governance consultant.
In addition to her career in the non-profit sector, Tory is co-founder of RockHopp Partners a company that develops materials for parents and children. The company has received the Teacher’s Choice Award, Parent’s Choice Award and The Silver Nautilus Award for two of their publications.
She currently serves on the Maine Philanthropy Center Board, the National Advisory Board of Wholesome Wave and the Development Committee of Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project in Uganda and the Advisory Board of 2B Design, a social enterprise.
Tory is a graduate of the Emma Willard School and the University of Vermont. She lives in Maine with her husband and loves the great outdoors.
Lauren Walters: With career stops in politics, public service, business, and entrepreneurship Lauren Walters believes strongly in the power of the right networks of individuals to do amazing things collectively. Lauren earned a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University, an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and a law degree from Georgetown University. He was a Fulbright Professional Scholar in Law and International Business. He has been in private law practice, worked with Arthur D. Little, Inc., and served as a professional staff member on the U.S. Senate Committee on the Budget. He is a private investor in early stage new media, technology, and biotechnology companies and provides management and strategic consulting to the private and public sectors. Lauren is co-founder and CEO of Two Degrees Food. Having seen firsthand the problems and consequences associated with poverty, especially in the lives of children, the idea that a new food company in the US could leverage everyday consumer buying decisions to change the lives of hungry children emerged as a viable concept, and one that connected many of Lauren’s important personal networks. With the energy and interest of long-time family friend Will Hauser, Lauren fused the one-for-one business model behind Tom’s Shoes with the problems of malnutrition in children and developed a solution with the goal of giving back to the global community through business.
In recent years, Pat has devoted more of his time to social issues as pro-bono consultant to social enterprises, and recently founded Brand X Social, a marketing agency focused on branding for the social media age of conscious consuming.