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Suzanne is the Founder of www.BUILD.org, a nationally recognized social enterprise which provides real-world entrepreneurial experience to empower youth from under-resourced communities to excel in education, lead in their communities, and succeed professionally.

Suzanne is a gifted teacher and lecturer on diverse topics. She pioneered the first course in Social Entrepreneurship for law students at Stanford Law School and is currently a Lecturer at Harvard Law School

Managing Partner

SUZANNE MCKECHNIE KLAHR, ESQ.

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Whitney Smith has over a decade of experience partnering with corporations on their social responsibility and philanthropic strategies and initiatives.  Whitney has founded and scaled a social enterprise, counseled public and private companies, celebrities, philanthropists and thought leaders.  She is a strategist and advisor who blends profit and purpose seamlessly with an ability to walk in juxtaposed worlds. 

Able to support clients beyond just their impact strategies, Whitney has designed and executed large scale projects including marketing and branding campaigns, new product launches, start-up business development, investment cultivation, partnership development, corporate social responsibility, crisis management and philanthropic strategy.

 

She has successfully designed CSR and Philanthropy initiatives for Fortune 500 companies, large foundations, small innovative startups, and individual philanthropists, demonstrating her ability to work across a wide diversity of culture and resource availability. She regularly guides organizations in strategy and crisis response in areas where business intersects with social, cultural and human equity. 
 

Director, Impact Initiatives

WHITNEY SMITH

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Marc Tafolla is an expert in issues of educational equity, special education, education law and policy, communications, and school district transformation. Marc’s passion is working for underrepresented students and spearheading the community organizing necessary to make meaningful change.


Marc is currently works at the Oakland Unified School District supporting communications and strategy. Previously, Marc was the Policy Director for GO Public Schools Oakland. He successfully blended policy analysis with broad-based community organizing and worked on an array of topics such as district budget and finance, teacher quality and supports, charter/district relations, and school board advocacy. He successfully led several coalitions, created a teacher policy fellowship, and helped pass numerous Oakland education policies.


Following law school, he was awarded a Skadden Fellowship at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area. There, he created and supervised the Education Opportunity Project which implemented the Williams v. California settlement agreement (a landmark education equity lawsuit). This project also addressed issues such as the school-to-prison pipeline and protecting the rights of immigrant children in schools.
Prior to law school, Marc taught high school history in both California and Oregon and spent two years in AmeriCorps coordinating a youth violence prevention program.

 

Director, Education Law and Equity 

MARK TAFOLLA, ESQ.