Tel: (202) 457-0588
Barbara Dyer is President & CEO of The Hitachi Foundation, member of the Hitachi Chief Executives group, and Senior Lecturer at MIT's Sloan School of Management. Ms. Dyer has shaped the Foundation's focus on the role of business in society with an emphasis at the intersection of people and profit. Under her leadership, the Foundation has been an influential force in the CSR field and has been instrumental in shaping two major national collaborative philanthropic initiatives – Jobs to Careers with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the United States Department of Labor; and the National Fund for Workforce Solutions initially with the Ford and Annie E. Casey foundations. Ms. Dyer is a trustee of Clark University and has served as a member the American University School of Public Affairs Dean's Advisory Council. Ms. Dyer also had an extensive career in public policy as co-founder of the National Academy of Public Administration's Alliance for Redesigning Government, Deputy Executive Director/Director of Research with the National Governors' Association's Council of Governors' Policy Advisors, Special Assistant to the Secretary of the United States Department of the Interior, and Deputy Executive Director of the Western Regional Office of the Council of State Governments.
Nalin Liyanamana, Chief Financial Officer
Tel: (202) 457-0588, ext. 103
Nalin Liyanamana is the Chief Financial Officer and Director of Administration at The Hitachi Foundation. Prior to joining The Hitachi Foundation Nalin Liyanamana was the Director of Finance for URAC. URAC is an independent, not-for-profit corporation that is dedicated to promoting continuous improvement in the quality and efficiency of health care delivery by achieving a common understanding of excellence among purchasers, providers, and patients through the establishment of standards, education programs, and accreditation process. Mr. Liyanamana joined The Hitachi Foundation in 2005. He is in charge of accounting, operations, and human resources at the Foundation. Mr. Liyanamana has over 17 years of experience working with non-profit organizations. He also holds a Masters degree in Business Administration.
Renata Hron Gomez Senior Program Officer (San Diego, CA)
Tel: (760) 652-1099 or (202) 595-1097
Renata Hron Gomez, Senior Program Officer, directs the Yoshiyama Young Entrepreneurs Program, an awards program that recognizes entrepreneurs using the tools of business to ameliorate poverty. In her leadership with the Yoshiyama Program, Renata successfully co-managed the transition from the former Yoshiyama Award for Exemplary Service to the Community which in its 21-year history honored more than 200 young leaders for their community service and social change efforts. Prior to joining the Foundation in May 1995, Renata worked with Hitachi, Ltd.'s government relations' office, writing and editing a global newsletter and helping to develop a community relations framework. She also worked for the International Renaissance Foundation in Kyiv, Ukraine where she focused her efforts on building an independent media infrastructure. Renata serves as Secretary of San Diego Grantmakers and was recently named Chair Elect. She is a member of the Points of Light/Hands-On Network Corporate Advisory Council, participating on both the Skills Based Volunteerism and Return on Investment subcommittees. Renata has a Bachelor's Degree in Television-Radio-Film Management and International Relations from Syracuse University and a Master's degree in International Communication and International Law from American University.
Mark G. Popovich, Senior Program Officer (Washington, DC)
Tel: (202) 457-0588, ext. 104
Mark Popovich is a Senior Program Officer at The Hitachi Foundation, where he leads the team managing the Business and Work Program. The program emphasizes the role of business in society in general and the importance of social sustainability. The Business and Work Program focuses on exemplary employers as they create pathways to greater prosperity and career advancement for lower-wage workers. Over the last few years, these projects garnered the two highest awards from the Council on Foundations. Before joining the Foundation, Mr. Popovich was a co-founder and Senior Partner of The Public's Work, a consulting practice serving clients from the foundation, nonprofit, and public sectors. Over his thirty year career, Mr. Popovich was also a senior advisor to a state senator, governor, and congressman. At the National Governors' Association, he was a senior staff member on energy and environmental issues. And he was a senior research analyst at the Council of Governors' Policy Advisors focusing on economic, community, and rural development. Mark is the author or co-author of more than 40 publications, articles, and books. Most recently he edited and co-authored Doing Well and Doing Good: Pioneer Employers Discover Profit and Deliver Opportunity for Frontline Workers.
Tom Strong, Program Officer
Tel: (202) 457-0588, ext. 109
Tom Strong co-leads the Hitachi Foundation's Pioneer Employers Initiative, which focuses on how businesses can help low-wealth workers move up the economic ladder - while also creating returns for owners, investors, and consumers. Prior to the Hitachi Foundation, Tom worked for several years as a staff trainer, marketer, tea buyer, and all-around utility infielder at Sevananda Natural Foods Market, a consumer cooperative in Atlanta, GA. His time there also included a stint as President of the Board of Directors, during which time he led an effort to incorporate measurable criteria on social impact into the co-op's governance policies. Tom has a bachelor's degree in Chinese Literature from Reed College and an MBA in Entrepreneurship from the University of Arizona. Tom lives in Alexandria, VA with his wife, three cats, and an unwise number of plants.
Jenny Harms, Program Officer
Tel: (202) 457-0588, ext. 115
Jenny Harms co-manages the Yoshiyama Young Entrepreneurs Program – an award program that recognizes entrepreneurs who are using the tools of business to ameliorate poverty in the United States. Jenny joined the Foundation as a Mita Business in Society Fellow in February 2009. In that time, Jenny co-developed the Yoshiyama Program and oversees the implementation of the program now in its fourth year. Jenny serves on the Points of Light Institute's Corporate Service Council and Skills Based Volunteering subcommittee. Prior to business school, Jenny worked for Boys & Girls Clubs of Petaluma overseeing six local clubhouses and the organization's fundraising efforts. Jenny also spent a year of service as an AmeriCorps volunteer with New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity. Jenny graduated from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business in May 2008 with an MBA and concentration in Social Entrepreneurship. While at Duke, Jenny was co-president of The Duke MBA Net Impact Club and worked to incorporate issues of responsible business and sustainability into the curriculum, student activities, career services and building maintenance. Jenny also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Zoology and a certificate in Women's Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Katrinka Hall, Manager, Executive Operations
Tel: (202) 457-0588, ext. 106
Katrinka Hall, Manager of Executive Operations, is responsible for the day-to day operations of the office of the Foundation's President as well as Board of Directors operations. Katrinka also manages the Foundation's grants administration process and provides program support to the Hitachi Community Action Partnership, Business and Work Program, and the Yoshiyama Young Entrepreneurs Program. Katrinka also manages general office operations. Prior to joining the Foundation in April 1996, Katrinka worked for The Public Welfare Foundation for 8 years as the Administrative Assistant, co-managing grants and providing administrative support in the initiative areas of Criminal Justice, Disadvantaged Youth, Housing/Homelessness, Environment and Community Development. Under the Community Development Initiative Katrinka played a key role in developing, implementing and supervising the Foundation's participation in the Green Door Intern Program for mentally challenged individuals. Before Katrinka's 25-year journey of philanthropy began, she worked as the Office Assistant for at a campaign headquarters to re-elect a D.C. City Councilmember At-Large and later served as the Administrative Aide for the re-elected Councilmember At-Large for two years.
Laura Faulkner, Communications Fellow
Tel: (202) 457-0588 ext. 101
Laura Faulkner manages communications for The Hitachi Foundation, where she uses the tools of traditional and digital communications to highlight business practices that create pathways of economic mobility for lower-wage workers and grow the field of entrepreneurship. Prior to joining The Hitachi Foundation, Laura served as a Research Associate for the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise, performing research for the Working Cities Challenge, a project commissioned by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and Living Cities. In addition to researching cross-sector collaboration, Laura performed extensive demographic and economic analyses on mid-sized cities. While living in New England, Laura worked as a Project Coordinator for an NSF-funded science education project and as a Policy Analyst for two think tanks (RIPEC and Economic Progress Institute). Laura's interest in entrepreneurship was sparked while performing field work in rural Bangladesh – researching the formal and informal networks of female entrepreneurs. Laura also served as Secretary of the Board of Directors and Marketing Committee Chair of HeadsUp, Inc., a budding social enterprise in Providence, RI. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of HeadsUp, assisting with communications strategies. Laura holds a BA in Political Science and an MPA from Clark University. Laura was also named one of Clark University's "20 Under 30" in the 2012 Alumni magazine.