The Encore Prize Judges

Gretchen Addi

Gretchen Addi is currently a consultant and designer-in-residence at Aging2.0. She was previously an associate partner and business lead for IDEO in the Bay Area for 17 years. She led IDEO’s efforts to build a domain of work in the aging space as well as providing mentorship and guidance to the design research discipline.

She is passionate about the power of empathy and design, and the people who make it happen, as well as speaking and writing on the needs of the aging population. She brings a strong strategic point of view to all her work, both from a brand and service perspective.

Gretchen is also a board member for SF Village and At Home With Growing Older.

David Bornstein

David Bornstein is a journalist and author who focuses on social innovation. He co-authors the Fixes column in the New York Times’ Opinionator section, which explores and analyzes potential solutions to major social problems. He is also the cofounder of the Solutions Journalism Network, which supports journalists who report on constructive responses to social problems.

Bornstein’s books include “How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas,” “The Price of a Dream: The Story of the Grameen Bank,” and “Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know.” He is currently completing a book on social innovation in the U.S. and Canada. He lives in New York.

Chip Conley

New York Times bestselling author and hospitality entrepreneur, Chip Conley is a leader at the forefront of the sharing economy. At age 26, the founder of Joie de Vivre Hospitality took an inner-city motel and turned it into the second-largest boutique hotel brand in the world.

Chip’s books“Peak”and“Emotional Equations”share his theories on transformation and meaning in business and life. After being CEO of his innovative company for 24 years, Chip accepted an invitation from the founders of Airbnb to help transform their promising home-sharing start-up into the world’s largest hospitality brand. In four years as head of Global Hospitality & Strategy, he taught his award-winning methods to hundreds of thousands of Airbnb hosts and created the world-renowned Airbnb Open.

Chip founded Fest300 (now part of Everfest) to share his passion for world festivals. He is the recipient of hospitality’s highest honor, the Pioneer Award, joining industry icons Marriott, Kimpton and Wynn. Chip holds a BA and MBA from Stanford University and an honorary doctorate in psychology from Saybrook University. He serves on the boards of the Burning Man Project and the Esalen Institute.

Katy Fike

Katy Fike is a founding partner of Generator Ventures and co-founder of Aging2.0, a global innovation network. Katy is a PhD gerontologist, former investment banker and systems engineer. Recently named one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business, Katy is a sought-after speaker on topics related to innovation and aging and has been featured in national media including NPR, PBS NewsHour, Bloomberg TV, Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Forbes, TIME, TechCrunch and Huffington Post.

Katy has taken the stage at conferences such as South by Southwest, Consumer Electronics Show, Boomer Venture Summit, American Senior Housing Association, National Investment Center for Seniors Housing and Senior Living 100. Katy earned her doctorate in gerontology from the USC Davis School of Gerontology and her undergraduate degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia. Katy has taught gerontology at the university level and her research on care transitions has been published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at several national conferences.

Vy Higginsen

Vy Higginsen, noted author, playwright, radio and TV personality, has won many awards for providing excellent products and services to African-American audiences. After a decade of being behind the microphone and on major New York stations (WBLS-FM, WWRL-AM, WRKS-FM), Vy published and edited Unique NY, a lifestyles magazine designed for African-Americans and tourists.

In 1983, Vy co-wrote, produced and directed the classic black Gospel musical “Mama I Want to Sing!” which ran for eight years and 2,200 performances at the Off-Broadway Heckscher Theater in East Harlem. In March 1986, Mama began a tour of the U.S., playing two consecutive years throughout major cities such as Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles/San Francisco, Philadelphia and Washington. International tours include Austria, Japan, Germany, Greece, Italy, Switzerland, and Yugoslavia. Mama also played for six months on the West End of London.

In March 1988, Vy co-produced “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” by August Wilson on Broadway. In 2002, Vy was ordained as an interfaith minister. Led by her passion for the sounds and music she grew up hearing, Vy conceived and created “Alive!” which documents the sounds, music and stories of our Black-American musical landscape.

Vy continues to write and produce original work as the executive director of the Emmy Award-winning Mama Foundation for the Arts in Harlem, New York.

Paul Irving

Paul Irving is chairman of the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging and distinguished scholar in residence at the University of Southern California Davis School of Gerontology. He previously served as the Institute’s president, an advanced leadership fellow at Harvard University, and chairman and CEO of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, a law and consulting firm.

Author of “The Upside of Aging: How Long Life Is Changing the World of Health, Work, Innovation, Policy, and Purpose,” a Wall Street Journal expert panelist and contributor to the Huffington Post, PBS Next Avenue and Forbes, Irving is a director of East West Bancorp, vice chair of Encore.org, and serves on advisory boards of USC Davis, the Global Coalition on Aging, Stanford University’s Distinguished Careers Institute, WorkingNation, Berkeley-AGE, and the Bipartisan Policy Center.

PBS Next Avenue named Irving an “Influencer” for his leadership in the field of aging, and he was honored with the Janet L. Witkin Humanitarian Award by Affordable Living for the Aging.

Ayesha Khanna

As founder of the Civic Accelerator at Points of Light, Ayesha Khanna supports and invests in social entrepreneurs and early-stage civic ventures across the country working to address complex social issues such as improving access to 21st century education, digital and financial inclusion, and increasing participation in the global innovation economy.

As president of Civic Innovation, she incubated Points of Light business units, including generationOn and the Corporate Institute, and led the organization’s global expansion to 36 countries. Points of Light is the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, engaging 4 million volunteers in 30 million hours of service each year.

She is a co-founder of the start-up Fuse Corps, co-led Atlanta Women for Obama in 2008 and transformed several leading regional organizations, including the YWCA and United Way, after building healthcare centers in central India and beginning her career at Andersen Consulting Strategy (now Accenture). She was recognized as one of the 100 Global Thinkers of 2015 by Foreign Policy Magazine for her work to support diverse entrepreneurs, with a focus on female founders.

Rik Kranenburg

Rik Kranenburg is an information services executive with a unique leadership track record in the digital and global transformation of educational publishing and financial information. A 30-year veteran of McGraw-Hill, Rik now applies his organizational leadership and analytical skills in the positioning, sale and integration of information-services companies as vehicles to transform traditional publishing business models. He serves as an Industry Partner at DeSilva + Phillips, an investment bank focused on the media and information industry. He is also an active investor in education technology companies and serves as an advisor and mentor to other organizations dedicated to social impact.

Obie McKenzie

Obie McKenzie is a managing director at BlackRock, the largest institutional asset-management firm in the U.S. As a senior relationship manager for BlackRock, he is responsible for managing relationships with some of the largest pension funds in the U.S., including the Teacher Retirement System of Texas, New York City Employees’ Retirement System, and the Federal Reserve Employee Benefits System, to name a few. In 2011, he was named by Black Enterprise Magazine as one of the “75 Most Powerful Blacks on Wall Street.”

He serves on the boards of the New York Theological Seminary, Tennessee State University, Trinity Health-New England, The Cogsville Group, Girls Who Invest, and the Curtis D. Robinson Center for Health Equity. He was a recipient of the Wall Street Award for Service to Children from the New York Mission Society in 2006.

In addition to being an accomplished public speaker and vocalist, he has been an expository Bible teacher for over 30 years and is currently writing a book entitled “Bible Economics – Things I Wish I Had Known.”

Soledad O'Brien

Soledad O’Brien is an award-winning journalist, speaker, author and philanthropist who anchors and produces the Hearst Television political magazine program “Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien.” O’Brien, founder and CEO of Starfish Media Group, also reports for HBO Real Sports, the PBS NewsHour, and WebMD and has authored two books. She has anchored and reported for NBC, CNN and others, winning numerous awards, including three Emmys, the George Foster Peabody Award, an Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award and the Gracie. Newsweek Magazine named her one of the “15 People Who Make America Great.” With her husband, she is founder of the PowHERful Foundation, which sends 25 girls to and through college.

Phil Pizzo

Philip Pizzo, MD, is the David and Susan Heckerman Professor and Founding Director of the Stanford Distinguished Careers Institute. Pizzo served as dean of the Stanford School of Medicine from April 2001 to December 1, 2012, where he was also the Carl and Elizabeth Naumann Professor of Pediatrics and of Microbiology and Immunology.

He has devoted much of his distinguished medical career to the diagnosis, management, prevention and treatment of childhood cancers and the infectious complications that occur in children whose immune systems are compromised by cancer and AIDS. He has also been a leader in academic medicine, championing programs and policies to improve the future of science, education and healthcare in the U.S. and beyond.

He is the author of more than 615 scientific articles and 16 books and monographs. He has received numerous awards and honors, including the 2012 John Howland Award, the highest honor for lifetime achievement bestowed by the American Pediatric Society.

Doug Rauch

Doug Rauch is the founder/president of Daily Table, an innovative, nonprofit retail store bringing affordable nutrition to the food insecure by recovering excess, wholesome food from growers, manufacturers and retailers to provide both ready-to-eat meals and basic groceries at prices that everyone can afford. Its first two stores are in Boston.

Doug spent 31 years with Trader Joe’s Company, the last 14 years as a president, helping grow the business from a small chain in Southern California, to a nationally acclaimed retail success story. He graduated from Trader Joe’s in 2008.

From 2011 through June 2017, Doug was CEO of Conscious Capitalism Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to elevating humanity through business. He is also a trustee at Olin College of Engineering; on the Board of Overseers at WBUR; and serves on the board of several for-profit and nonprofit companies.

Trent Stamp

Trent Stamp has served as CEO of The Eisner Foundation since 2008. Trent is responsible for all aspects of the foundation’s management, including strategy, execution, operations, evaluation, marketing, and the awarding of The Eisner Prize.

Trent is a recognized national leader in the field of aging, serving on the boards of Grantmakers in Aging and The Milken Institute’s Center for the Future of Aging. He also serves as a member of the Board of Advisors for The Center on Philanthropy & Public Policy at USC and The Board of Directors at Eisner Health.

Prior to joining The Eisner Foundation, Trent was the founding president of Charity Navigator. Under his leadership, Charity Navigator grew to become the nation’s largest and most-used evaluator of American charities and nonprofits. Trent started his career as a Teach For America teacher in rural North Carolina.

Lester Strong

Lester Strong is former Principal Gifts Officer at the AARP Foundation. He previously served as CEO of AARP Experience Corps, which tutors and mentors elementary school children (through third grade) who struggle with reading by utilizing the skills and experiences of adults 55-plus. AARP Experience Corps serves more than 20,000 students in 22 cities across the U.S. through a program recognized as the one of the most effective in-school interventions in the country.

Before joining Experience Corps, Strong was the chief development officer for the BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life) Foundation, which provides tutoring and mentoring services to underserved children. He spent 25 years in the television industry as an executive, producer, reporter and anchor in Charlotte (WBTV), Atlanta (WSB), New York (ABC Entertainment) and Boston (WHDH). His work earned him a host of national and regional awards, including five regional Emmy Awards and a White House commendation from President Ronald Reagan.

David Vasquez-Levy

Rev. Dr. David Vásquez-Levy serves as President of the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California – a progressive, multidenominational seminary and center for social justice that prepares theologically and spiritually rooted leaders to work for the well-being of all.

He is the author of various publications that explore migration stories in sacred texts and in people’s lives. His international experience has included refugee resettlement work in Canada and studies at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, Germany.

Following the devastating May 12, 2008 immigration raid in Postville, Iowa—at the time the largest single-site immigration raid in U.S. history—Vásquez-Levy served as part of the Postville Relief Effort core team. His leadership included coordination of resources, humanitarian assistance, legal support, spiritual and mental health counseling, family reunification, advocacy, and long-term community redevelopment. This work has led him to serve as a consultant on various documentaries and contribute a faith perspective to the national conversation on immigration—including speaking at a congressional briefing and participating in two immigration consultations at the White House.

Jill Vialet

Jill Vialet has worked for more than 30 years in the nonprofit sector. In 1996, Vialet launched Playworks in Berkeley, CA. With a staff of 700, this year Playworks will ensure 900,000 students in 1,800 schools experience safe and healthy play through on-site coaches, professional training, and consultative partnerships with schools and youth-serving organizations.

In 2009, Vialet and Playworks were selected as a member of the Clinton Global Initiative. In 2011, Vialet was named by Forbes magazine as one of the top 30 leading social entrepreneurs and recognized by the Women’s Sports Foundation as one of 40 Women Leaders in honor of the anniversary of Title IX. In 2013, Vialet was awarded the James Irvine Leadership Award and in 2014, Vialet received the Pahara Aspen Education Fellowship.

During the 2015-16 school year, Vialet was an Education Fellow at Stanford’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (better known as the d.school) where she launched a new project called Substantial, re-designing the way we recruit, train and support substitute teachers.