Social Impact Fund

Board of Directors

The SIF Board of Directors brings together decades of experience in non-profit governance, administration, oversight and organization. Our Directors represent a multitude of industries and professions, including financial, entertainment, social enterprise, charitable giving, business development and civic engagement.

Merrily Newton
Chair
Merrily Newton
Chair

Merrily Newton’s career and life has been focused on community and the not for profit service area. From reproductive health care in the early seventies to AIDS services in the early days of the pandemic to supporting public interest legal services her personal and professional life has been dedicated to the service of those less fortunate or otherwise disadvantaged. Her career culminated upon her retirement from the Entertainment Industry Foundation where she served as chief financial officer during the years of the Foundation’s explosive growth. Newton continues to be active in community affairs as a volunteer advising and serving on the boards of various community based organizations.

Mark Daley
Vice-Chair
Mark Daley
Vice-Chair

Mark Daley has co-founded and sold two successful marketing agencies; Propper Daley, a Social Impact Agency and Digital BrinQ, an online marketing firm. His clients have included television networks, Fortune 500 companies as well as top celebrities. While Propper Daley develops holistic strategies to earn public support and trigger action for social causes, Digital BrinQ uses data analysis to produce maximum ROI for digital campaigns.
A former Communications Director and spokesperson for then-Senator Hillary Clinton’s 2018 Presidential Campaign, Mark Daley has nearly two decades of experience in message research and development, communication strategy and public policy. He has worked with more than 30 members of Congress, numerous governors and other elected officials.
In 2015, he was recognized at the Media for Social Impact Summit at the United Nations for his leadership in the field.
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AD Rastogi
Treasurer
AD Rastogi
Treasurer

AD Rastogi serves as Vice President and Senior Product Manager, Union Bank (UB), overseeing Account Analysis and Revenue Management for the commercial bank. In this role, Rastogi has implemented several pricing strategies that have increased the commercial fee income for the bank in the last three years. His responsibilities include the annual pricing event to keep standard pricing current compared to the market and handling the exception pricing review with the entire sales organization. Rastogi also is working on replacing the 30-year old homegrown account analysis application that is a multi-million, multi-year, multi-currency implementation. Previously, Rastogi served as Manager of Financial and Strategy Planning at Paramount Pictures supporting the technology organization. Rastogi helped improve the utilization of the existing IT systems to assist the technology organization in the planning and budgeting cycles. Prior to that, Rastogi served at the Royal Bank of Scotland in Chicago as the Assistant Controller to the technology group and managed a finance team that did everything from journal entries to management reporting, forecasting and budgeting. He also led the company through several banking mergers. Before joining the Royal Bank of Scotland, Rastogi served at ABN AMRO in Jersey City. Rastogi received his M.B.A. from University of Michigan and holds his B.S. in IT/Finance from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Zach Suchin
Secretary
Zach Suchin
Secretary

Born and raised in Los Angeles to a family deeply immersed in the entertainment industry, he absorbed pop-culture and took great interest in media and how products came to market. Throughout high school, he worked directly for executive management at Sony ImageWorks, 20th Century Fox, ICM and The Firm. During college, he promoted high-profile weekly events for college students, featuring platinum-selling recording artists such as Akon, Jermaine Dupri, Ludacris, Outkast & Jeezy.  After he sold his share of the Atlanta marketing firm, Zach took an increased knowledge of digital marketing and proceeded to develop College Tonight, which in its first 12 months of operation, won the Mashable award for Best Event-Based Social Network and was published in Generation MySpace as one of the top 20 social networking sites on the Internet. What started as a conduit between local businesses and college students, soon became a more robust collegiate platform. The Quad consisted of a retail outfit, collaborative tools and essential Greek community features. Suchin raised several million dollars in capital, eventually taking the company public through an RPO in late 2007. This made Suchin the youngest CEO of a publicly traded company in the United States. With Zach at the helm, the company peaked at a market capitalization of over $100 million. Having negotiated an endorsement deal with Lauren Conrad, produced a national fashion tour, and generated hundreds of thousands of active users, he sold his share of the company in early 2009.  Suchin then co-founded Brand-Knew with Jason Schutzbank to help both start-ups and veteran brands better navigate the digital landscape. He is credited with having invented the developmental venture equity model now popularized by boutique digital agencies, guest lectures in new media at UCLA and has been a technology contributor on BloombergTV. Zach sits on the board of directors for several portfolio companies and the steering committees for various non-profit organizations. He remains intimately involved in the creative direction of Brand Knew’s service clients and chairs the Brand Knew Opportunities conferences.

Devon Dickau
Director
Devon Dickau
Director

Devon Dickau is Manager & Chief of Staff, Diversity & Inclusion Center of Excellence, Deloite Consulting. In this role, he advises Fortune 500 companies and large social enterprises on strategic inclusion strategy, leadership, and cultural transformation. He also leads internal initiatives in skills-based volunteering, recruiting, training, communications, academic research, and marketplace development.
Prior to Deloitte, Devon worked as a social impact researcher, strategist, and campaign manager for documentary filmmakers, nonprofits, and philanthropists. His clients included award-winning documentary film “Bully,” actor Tobey Maguire, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, NBA All-Star Pau Gasol, and the viral video “Caine’s Arcade,” sparking a movement of youth-driven creativity and innovation and around the world.
Devon began his career teaching and community organizing around HIV/AIDS and sexual health for an NGO in Tanzania, before focusing on American higher education. At UCLA, Devon co-founded a department aimed to serve the needs of diverse and first-generation families of college undergraduates, and for Harvard he managed a public service fellowship serving children in New York.
Devon holds M.Ed. in Technology, Innovation & Education from Harvard, and both an M.B.A. in corporate strategy and social innovation and a B.A., magna cum laude, in American Literature & Culture and Film Studies from UCLA. He is president of the UCLA Lambda Alumni Association, the oldest LGBTQ alumni organization in the country, sits on the Executive Leadership Council for the resiliency-based youth arts nonprofit Hollywood HEART, and was a 2016 Fellow with New Leaders Council, a national nonprofit that trains the next generation of progressive leaders.
In his free time, Devon practices mindful living, appreciates art, hikes, sips tea, absorbs podcasts, travels with his British husband, takes photos, samples local vegan cuisine, and cheers on the UCLA Bruins.

Inés Kuperschmit
Director
Inés Kuperschmit
Director

Inés Kuperschmit co-founded Learning Rights Law Center in 2005 and is now the Co-Executive Director. Previously, Ms. Kuperschmit was a staff attorney and Skadden Fellow at Public Counsel, where she represented youth in the juvenile justice and foster care system who suffer from mental health problems or developmental disabilities. Ms. Kuperschmit enjoys teaching as much as she does lawyering, having taught a graduate course at Antioch University and co-teaching the Education Law Clinic at UCLA School of Law. She also co-taught the USC Special Education Advocates Training Program (SEAT), which aims to increase and professionalize special education advocacy in California, and eventually nationwide.

Ms. Kuperschmit graduated from the UCLA School of Law in 2002 where she was in the Program for Public Interest Law and Policy (PILP). She received her bachelor of arts degree with high honors from the University of Virginia. Ms. Kuperschmit is committed to political activism, community development, and enjoys exploring Los Angeles with her four children.

Deidre Lind
Director
Deidre Lind
Director

Deidre Lind joined Pfaffinger Foundation in July 2018 as President & Chief Executive Officer. Founded in 1936, the Foundation’s unique model provides direct support to individuals facing financial hardship with an original focus on the employees and retirees of the Times Mirror Corporation, formerly the parent company of the Los Angeles Times. The Foundation has made charitable grants in excess of $110 million since its founding.
Ms. Lind was the founding President of the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles created to build impact-driven public/private partnerships focused on both innovation and transformation. Created in 2014 as the first of its kind in the region, the Fund had a full-time staff of five, raised more than $32 million, and supported 34 civic programs focused on the most pressing issues facing Los Angeles during Ms. Lind’s tenure. She departed the Mayor’s Fund in July 2018.
Ms. Lind has built her career over two decades leading corporate responsibility and philanthropy programs. She developed Mattel’s first international social impact strategy, launched their two-percent pre-tax profit annual commitment, and delivered the Company’s first global sustainability assessment, leading to the development of their first global, measurable sustainability targets. Prior to joining Mattel in March 2004, Ms. Lind spent nine years in a series of government and community relations roles at Kaiser Permanente’s California Division, ultimately managing and coordinating a portfolio of 45 benefit programs and activities with a State-wide budget of $300 million; community and government relations; and issues management. She began her career working as an intern for the Chief of Staff to Mayor Richard Riordan.
Ms. Lind is an engaged leader in the non-profit and philanthropic sectors in Los Angeles. In addition to her leadership role with Pfaffinger Foundation, Ms. Lind consults to other philanthropic organizations .She currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Southern California Grantmakers and the Social Impact Fund, and was a recipient of the Wonder Woman in Toys, Licensing, and Entertainment award.
A native of Los Angeles, Ms. Lind received her BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and both a Masters of Social Work and of Public Administration from the University of Southern California.

Laura Probst
Director
Laura Probst
Director

Laura Probst is the Founder and Principal of Do Good: Make Money, a Los Angeles based social impact consulting firm that helps companies and individuals best achieve social impact goals that also drive their business agenda.
Laura launched Do Good: Make Money, after 7 years of in-house partnership and employee engagement work for nonprofit and for-profit brands. After getting her start working with a women’s empowerment organization in South Africa, Laura developed a deep understanding of the needs and interests of women business owners and has since worked with prominent entrepreneurs and business leaders such as Jessica Alba (The Honest Company), Jane Wurwand (Dermalogica), Lisa Gregorian (Warner Bros), and Robin McGraw (Robin McGraw Revelation).
Laura specializes in comprehensive social impact strategy development, particularly forging win-win partnerships between companies and causes and helping each side understand the other’s business realities and keeping shared priorities top of mind. She has worked with numerous national and global brands, including The Honest Company, Dermalogica, The Container Store, and Merck; media companies like NBC-Universal, Telemundo, Warner Bros, and WebMD; start-ups including Care2, Charity Folks and Robin McGraw Revelation; celebrities such as Sandra Day O’Connor and David Ortiz, and select nonprofits, including the National Domestic Violence Hotline, Camp Kesem, and Playworks.
Laura stepped away from Do Good in 2014, to build out The Honest Company’s corporate social responsibility platform. Serving as Head of Social Goodness and a member of The Honest Company’s Executive Team, Laura developed and oversaw all corporate social responsibility, cause-marketing, employee engagement, thought leadership and policy engagement activities for the brand.
After delivering award-winning programs and systems for sustained environmental health leadership to The Honest Company, Laura took over leadership for Do Good once again in Spring 2016.
Laura is a founder of The Women’s Accelerator – a mentorship program for high-potential women leaders. She loves planning memorable events and is an avid world traveler; ask her about her family’s annual “vase vacation.”
Learn more about Laura and her work at Do Good: Make Money.

Greg Propper
Director & President Emeritus
Greg Propper
Director & President Emeritus

Greg Propper is President of Propper Daley, a social impact agency headquartered in Los Angeles with clients that include Activision, Best Buy, Bradley Cooper, Everytown for Gun Safety, John Legend, SoulCycle, and Viacom. A social impact innovator, Greg has worked at the intersection of public policy, nonprofit leadership, philanthropy, and entertainment for over 25 years. Greg served as Executive Director of ServiceNation and Managing Director of Be the Change, Inc., leading the effort to pass the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act during the first 100 days of the Obama Administration — the largest expansion of national and community service since the Great Depression. As an advocate and organizer, Greg helped lead the “Save AmeriCorps” campaign of 2003 that successfully restored funding to the marquee national service program. He is a member of the board of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University, LIFT Los Angeles, the New Politics Leadership Academy, and serves as a board member and President Emeritus of the Social Impact Fund. He holds a B.A. with high honors from Tufts University and a J.D. from Cardozo School of Law in New York City.

Carol Ramsey
Director
Carol Ramsey
Director

Carol Ramsey’s professional career has been spent in the fields of education and philanthropy, with significant experience and special emphasis on organizational management, program development and board governance.
Carol’s career started in private education as a college administrator at Bowdoin and Vassar College, followed by an extensive involvement in private secondary education at A Better Chance, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and as Head of the Wilmington Friends School in Delaware.
Carol later accepted a position as Program Director of Children, Youth, and Families with the James Irvine Foundation then expanded her philanthropy experience through a position as Director of Corporate Contributions with the Raytheon Company, headquartered in Waltham, MA.
Upon leaving Raytheon for early retirement, Carol consulted with a large public school charter management organization, and ended her active career as Vice President for Programs at the Entertainment Industry Foundation in Los Angeles.
Carol has held several trusteeships, totaling more than 40 years of concurrent service at Northfield Mount Hermon School (MA) the Thacher School (CA), the Buckley School (CA) and Flintridge Preparatory School (CA); Connecticut College (CT) the Grand Opera House in Wilmington, DE; the North Carolina Outward Bound School; and the National Conference of Christians and Jews in San Francisco.
She has been a review panelist for the National Science Foundation’s Math and Science Program, and served for 10 years on the Western Regional Selection Panel for the White House Fellows Program.

Adam Schiff
Director
Adam Schiff
Director

Adam J. Schiff established and leads the California practice of Strategies 360, the leading public affairs, communications and research firm in the West. He has spent his career working at the forefront of government affairs, strategic communications and philanthropy. Prior to joining S360 as a Senior Vice President, Adam served as Senior Director of Government and Philanthropic Affairs for Legendary Entertainment, where he designed and implemented strategies to benefit the company’s interests and the community at large. Previously, Adam co-founded and served as Vice President at Noah Mamet & Associates, a leading political, philanthropic and business strategic consulting firm based in Los Angeles. He joined NM&A at its inception and advised clients looking to navigate national and local politics and philanthropy and raise money for important causes, while creating and implementing initiatives to build their profiles. Before co-founding NM&A, Adam served as Southern California Finance Director for the Gephardt for President 2004 campaign. Adam holds a Bachelor’s Degree in political science with a concentration in communications from the University of Pennsylvania. He served as a member of the Democratic National Committee’s 2012 Credentials Committee and 2008 Platform Committee, and is a current member of Board of Directors of the Social Impact Fund. Adam lives in Santa Monica, CA with his wife Natasha and their infant son.

Craig Cichy
Lead Advisor (non-Board)
Craig Cichy
Lead Advisor (non-Board)

Craig Cichy has built his 25-year career in a wide-ranging variety of roles, but he views his continued work in philanthropy and non-profit management as the most rewarding and personally gratifying years of his life.  Craig often cites his career being divided into two halves, the first half managing dozens of special events in the sports/recreation industry, and later managing philanthropic activities for an iconic consumer brand, as well as for publicly-recognized individuals.
April 2013, Craig formed Philanthropy Matters LLC to assist, consult and manage the philanthropic activities of individuals and corporations dedicated to charitable work and community involvement.  Utilizing over 10 years of corporate social responsibility and charitable service experience, he is consistently trusted to lead philanthropic efforts in areas of personal interest of his clients, including programs addressing breast cancer, autism, animal rescue and welfare, and various commercial co-venture projects.  Current and former clients include Right Action for Women (Christina Applegate), the Carrie Ann Inaba Animal Project Foundation, the Liberty Hill Foundation, Fair and Just Prosecution, and the Social Impact Fund.
Previously, Craig joined the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) as Program Officer in June 2009, overseeing grants portfolios relating to international health and social services, and other community-based initiatives totaling $12-15 million annually.  Soon after joining EIF, he quickly streamlined the grants review and reporting processes, resulting in a more appropriate and grantee-friendly process.  Craig’s role then expanded to oversee the philanthropic work of a growing number of high-profile individual and institutional clients within the entertainment industry.  Clients included Charlize Theron, Christina Applegate, Carrie Ann Inaba, Holly Robinson Peete, the Black Eyed Peas, and Comedy Central, among EIF-sponsored initiatives, such as the EIF Women’s Cancer Research Fund and the EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women (NY & LA).
Prior to joining EIF, he served as Director of the MAC AIDS Fund, the NYC-based global charitable initiative of MAC Cosmetics for six years.  Craig directed an annual grants portfolio totaling $8-10 million, and assisted with the strategic direction of the Fund’s global grant making activities, specific to HIV/AIDS services and prevention.  In addition, he directed MAC’s corporate participation in charitable events, created education and awareness campaigns for corporate and field employees, and managed the content of the Fund’s website. He developed global messaging for five of MAC’s annual World AIDS Day campaigns and other company-wide programs, including launches for 4 editions of the iconic MAC VIVA GLAM product line (featuring Christina Aguilera, Fergie, Linda Evangelista, Mary J. Blige, Pamela Anderson and Eve).  By 2006, Craig propelled MAC Cosmetics to the highest-grossing corporate fundraising team in NYC AIDS Walk history, a position that MAC continues to hold today. From 2006-2008, he represented the MAC AIDS Fund on the Advisory Committee of the New York Community Trust.
Previously, Craig was Events Manager/Associate Producer for SFX Sports/Clear Channel for 5 years, producing dozens of professional figure skating competitions and other sports programming for network and cable television, under the direction of Dick Button (2-time Olympic Champion and legendary ABC Sports Announcer).  Events included the World Professional Figure Skating Championship (NBC), US Pro (ABC), World Team Championships (CBS), The Gold Championships (NBC), The Superstars (ABC) and others. While working with world’s top skaters and athletes, he also successfully managed relationships with corporate event sponsors, including NutraSweet, Hallmark, 20th Century Fox, Equal Sweetener, Northwestern Mutual Life and Cotton Inc. He served as Researcher for ABC Sports at the 2000 U.S. National Figure Skating Championships in Salt Lake City, UT.
For five years, he was National Programs Manager for the Ice Skating Institute, formerly based in Chicago, IL. His role grew to not only include events management, but also to assist in implementing and updating the national standards for recreational skating competitions, testing guidelines, coaching education and judges training, many of which are still followed today.
In February 2014, Craig joined the Advisory Council of the National AIDS Monument. He also serves on the Advisory Board for the Liberty Hill Foundation in Los Angeles.
While obtaining his B.A. in Journalism from The Ohio State University, he had the unique opportunity to intern at CNN’s Washington, DC Bureau during the 1988 Presidential campaign and election.  He currently resides in Los Angeles.