For nearly two decades, Dan has helped organizations build and maintain with various stakeholders the mutually beneficial relationships that are so critical to their success.
Early in his career, Dan created marketing communications to drive growth for computer education publisher Osborne/McGraw-Hill and developed public relations programs to launch technology start-ups acquired by IBM and E*Trade. Following a year-and- a-half sabbatical to expand cultural and business knowledge in Asia, Europe and Latin America, he headed public relations at two of the largest private sector higher education institutions in North America, overseeing key programs including a high-profile partnership with the United States Olympic Committee. Prior to joining Conscious Capitalism, Dan ran a strategic communications consultancy, developing programs for clients in mobile communications, the Internet of Things (IOT) and the State of California.
Dan earned an MBA in Marketing from Argosy University and a BA in Journalism from the University of Nevada, Reno. He is a Northern California native and, along with his wife and two kids, thoroughly enjoys many of the outdoor recreational activities, cultural experiences and culinary delights for which the region is known.
Alexander graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008 with a BA in philosophy and economics and a MA in philosophy. He then graduated from Georgetown University in 2014 with a MA in philosophy. During college, Alexander founded and ran a nonprofit organization that supported high school debate education in Philadelphia public and charter schools.
Alexander worked for a year at the Cato Institute on student programs. For the 8 years before joining Conscious Capitalism, Alexander served as president of Students For Liberty, an organization he co-founded and grew to include over 2,000 student groups and more than 1,400 trained student leaders in 100+ countries on all 6 inhabited continents.
Jess joined the team in late 2016, and provides support, content, and development for Conscious Capitalism’s chapter leaders and volunteers. She is an experienced leader with over 11 years at Whole Foods Market. Jess comes with a background in learning and development, sales and retail operations, strategic planning, change management, and leadership coaching and mentoring.
Prior to her last position, as Associate Director for Learning and Development for Whole Foods Market’s Northern California region, Jess served as Associate Store Team Leader for several Whole Foods Market locations. She led teams from 4 to 350 people, championing the four pillars of Conscious Capitalism throughout her leadership journey.
Jess grew up in the woods of Vermont before moving west and eventually landing in San Francisco. She received a BA in Psychology and Studio Art from the University of Vermont. Jess spends her time marathon training, cooking, immersed in the arts, enjoying a good book, and exploring the beautiful Bay Area.
Doug spent 31 years with Trader Joe’s Company, the last 14 years as a President, helping grow the business from a small, nine-store chain in Southern California, to a nationally acclaimed retail success story. He developed their prized buying philosophy, created their unique private label food program, and wrote and executed the Business Plan for expanding Trader Joe’s nationally. He graduated from Trader Joe’s in 2008.
Doug is also the Founder/President of Daily Table, an innovative non-profit retail solution tackling the issue of hunger/obesity by utilizing the excess, high quality, nutritious food that would otherwise be wasted. Daily Table offers tasty, nutritious grab-n-go meals and groceries at affordable prices to the food insecure (49 million Americans) in our inner cities in a manner that delivers dignity and economic sustainability.
He received his Executive M.B.A. from the Peter Drucker School of Management, Claremont University, where he won several honorary awards including the Early Career Outstanding Entrepreneur Award from Peter Drucker.
Doug is co-CEO of Conscious Capitalism, Inc.; Trustee at Olin College of Engineering; Board of Overseers at WBUR; and serves on the board of several for-profit and non-profit companies.
Abby joined the Conscious Capitalism team in 2016 initially to support the spring conference and enjoyed it so much she’s continued on. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Communicative Disorders from West Chester University. Her professional background spans an array of environments including nonprofit volunteer and resource center coordination, project coordination for a top pharmaceutical consulting company, and medical residency education program management. Abby’s focus is now firmly in event coordination and management where she can apply her love of building experiences, facilitating meaningful connections and checking things off of extensive ‘to do’ lists.
As an entrepreneur, Abby has found successes in the business she co-founded, Balm Chicky Balm Balm, an all natural lip balm company. She and her business partner secured two patents for their unique packaging technology, “The Friend End”. Balm Chicky Balm Balm was featured on ABC’s Shark Tank season 6 (winter, 2015). As a result, product has been sold at a variety of retailers including Target stores, Wegman’s groceries and select Whole Foods Markets.
Abby is passionate about volunteerism and community involvement. She works closely with the Portland-based grassroots group Free Hot Soup which provides food and life saving needs to people living on the streets. She is also poised to begin serving on the board of Cascadia Housing, Inc., a Portland-based nonprofit whose mission is to provide healing, homes and hope for people living with mental health and addiction challenges. Abby also produces a semi-annual fundraising event called FINDpdx that benefits a local nonprofit providing support services to survivors of domestic violence.
Elfego studied Liberal Arts at Michael Polanyi College in Universidad Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala City. He was a co-founder of Students for Liberty in Guatemala and since then took a strong political activism role in Guatemala, focused on spreading the ideas of liberty and shifting paradigms through events focused in activism, art and culture. Some of his events have been replicated throughout Latin America and have served to gather people from different backgrounds to hold a conversation and shift perspectives.
Elfego also worked as part of his university’s staff, helping with event planning and logistics as well as managing their volunteer community. Throughout his years in Guatemala he started a publicity company that is still running today, as well as a catering company. After Guatemala, Elfego returned to California and started working for the hospitality industry in the culinary field.
In his free time, Elfego is a foodie, wine, industrial design, photography and literature enthusiast. He is interested in competitive governance, cognitive science and economic development through free enterprise.
Julie is the longest serving staff member of the team, having worked with Conscious Capitalism since 2010. She is the Producer of both the CEO Summit and the annual Spring Conference and the Director of Programs. She is also an Executive Team member and serves as both Secretary and Treasurer of the Board.
Julie is fascinated by the intersection of personal practice and Conscious Leadership and is also the Founder of The Practice Project.
Elana has founded non-profits and social enterprises alike. As Senior Associate at the George Lucas Educational Foundation she co-created the international video-based magazine EDUTOPIA, later co-founding the U.S.’s first national media education membership organization, NAMLE.
As co-founder of Just Think, an NGO she led for 15 years, she successfully merged Just Think with One Economy. The merged entity secured $51.1M in ARRA funds and as Senior Advisor with One Global Economy’s international work, created Community Knowledge Centers under Cisco’s $10M commitment to the CGI in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. She joined the start-up team at the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center as Chief Development Officer to open the Center in September 2015.
Elana is a recipient of the Jefferson Award for Public Service, received the cable industry’s “Leader in Learning” award, presented at Harvard’s first Innovation Summit, “Igniting Innovation: A Summit on Social Entrepreneurship” and served on the boards of Illuminate the Arts, presenters of The Bay Lights; RISE Ltd; and World Merit. She currently serves as board treasurer of The Baum Foundation.