Acting Board Chair
Director of Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative
As director of the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiatives , Sandra Gasca-Gonzalez leads national, state and local efforts to improve policies and practices to help ensure all young people have the opportunity to successfully transition from foster care to adulthood. She is known for addressing deep-rooted system challenges and understands the importance of working with diverse stakeholders across the communities being served.
Vice Board Chair
Rafael López was the Commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. From 2013-2015, López served as a Senior Policy Advisor at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy within the Executive Office of the President and with the Domestic Policy Council. López also served as the President and CEO of The Family League of Baltimore City, Inc. where he was a member of the Baltimore City Mayor’s Cabinet. Lopez holds degrees from Vassar College, the University of California Santa Cruz, Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and Columbia’s School of Business.
Vice Board Chair
Kelly Fitzsimmons became Edna McConnell Foundation’s Director of Innovation and Policy Planning in 2016. Fitzsimmons researches and develops ways to help EMCF and Blue Meridian Partners grantees, and other nonprofits, philanthropy and government accelerates. She also takes advantage of the trend toward evidence-based policymaking and funding. In her previous role as Vice President, Chief Program and Strategy Officer, she led the strategic planning and management of the Foundation’s grant making program, and oversaw EMCF’s evaluation activities. Fitzsimmons served as project manager and successfully launched the Foundation’s Growth Capital Aggregation Pilot.
Andrew Karsh Portfolio Manager Fixed Income & Commodities California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS). Andrew began his career in derivatives trading for Banco Santander and has a successful track record across global markets while working in London and New York for Credit Suisse. He holds a degree from Columbia University’s Business School.
Alexandra is currently a Senior Associate at Flag Luxury Group. In her former role, Alexandra was the Director of Business Development and Strategy at Titan Group of New York as well as being president and founder of PhoodE, a cloud based online platform that helps small businesses manage their operations more efficiently. Alexandra earned an MBA at Darden School of Business.
Kathleen Holt Whyte
Kathleen is the owner of Success Strategies; a training and consultant enterprise. Kathleen has vast experience in the areas of foster care, healthcare, banking, retail, and media industries as well as experience in management training, staff development, custom design training, video training, and executive education instruction. Holt has also received a master's degree in Human Resource management from Webster University.
Kishau Smith Rogers
Kishau Rogers is a serial tech entrepreneur with over twenty years of industry experience, specializing in using computer science and systems thinking principles to influence how we develop, build, grow and mature great ideas. Recently Kishau served as an advisor to the U.S. White House Hackathon for Foster Care. Kishau earned her Computer Science degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Megan Smith was the 3rd Chief Technology Officer of the United States (U.S. CTO) and Assistant to the President, serving under President Barack Obama. She was previously a vice president at Google, leading new business development at Google for nine years, was general manager of Google.org and the former CEO of Planet Out. She serves on the boards of MIT and Vital Voices. She is also a member of the USAID Advisory Committee on Voluntary Aid and co-founded the Malala Fund. On September 4, 2014, she was named as the third (and first female) U.S. CTO, succeeding Todd Park, and serving until Jan 2017.
Ken Jones is the Vice President and CFO of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Before joining Casey in 2008, he traveled extensively in Africa, Southeast Asia and Eastern Europe as CFO of Danya International, a public health and education organization, and Jhpiego, a nonprofit international health affiliate of the Johns Hopkins University. Before working in the nonprofit sector, Jones held corporate finance positions at Ford Motor, Pfizer, Mirant and Prudential. Jones’ earned bachelor’s degree at Boston University and a master’s degree at the State University of New York at Buffalo.