This seminar precedes the PRI Institute, a new forum and intensive training designed for grantmakers who are already engaged in the productive use of program-related investments (PRIs) or who are committed to learning in detail how to develop and implement a philanthropic strategy that includes PRIs.
PRI Makers Network is an association of grantmakers who use program-related and other investments to accomplish their philanthropic goals. Its mission is to provide a forum for networking, professional development, collaboration and outreach to funders, including those not currently making PRIs or other social investments.
As Counsel for the Skoll Foundation, Ed Diener provides expertise and leadership for legal, contracting and tax activities. He also supervises the Foundation's portfolio of program-related investments.
Ed came to Skoll from The Omidyar Foundation, a part of Omidyar Network in Redwood City, Calif., where he was Vice President of Finance and Administration for almost two years. Previously, he worked for six years at The David and Lucile Packard Foundation in Los Altos, Calif., where he was Assistant Director of Finance and Administration and, later, Resident Counsel.
An attorney and Certified Public Accountant, Ed practiced commercial and corporate law for 17 years prior to entering the philanthropic sector.
He graduated from Bowling Green State University in Ohio magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. He earned a law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley and remains a member of the bar.
Susan Halliday is the CFO for the Jacobs Family Foundation.
Alvertha Penny is Vice President of Programs for the California Community Foundation
Lisa Richter has 20 years of experience with ShoreBank Corporation, leading initiatives to increase the practice of social investing, equity and debt underwriting, structuring collaborative investments, asset building financial services market research and social impact measurement. Through early 2006, Lisa led ShoreBank's fund management of the National Community Investment Fund, a national CDFI that placed over $20 million of program related investments in development banking institutions and received grants for industry innovation and impact reporting from Ford, MacArthur, Casey, Fannie Mae, Heron, and National Credit Union Foundations.
As a Senior Managing Director of ShoreBank Advisory Services, Lisa assisted foundation, bank, government, and community-based clients to create or expand development banks and initiatives in urban, rural and reservation communities throughout the U.S. Prior to that, Lisa was a vice president of ShoreBank Chicago focused on raising resources nationally from institutional and individual social investors, including program related investments from foundations. Initial consultancies include Ford and Annie E. Casey Foundations as well as Bank of America and another of the nation's largest banks interested in expanding community development lending and philanthropic collaboration. Lisa received a BA and an MBA from the University of Chicago.