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David Brand

David Brand

David Brand, President & CEO

David Brand is a retired business executive with a broad knowledge of retail operations and over 30 years experience in building and developing retail teams. He has served as the Executive Vice President of the Haynes Furniture Company, Incorporated, located in Virginia Beach, VA, since 1976. Mr. Brand also served as a Legislative Aide to Senator Henry M. Jackson between 1975-1976. As current President and CEO of the Alliance for Global Good, David Brand has been driven by a lifetime devoted to philanthropy and charitable giving. He currently serves as a member of the Executive Committee for the Tidewater United Jewish Federation, an organization he previously presided over as President as well as well as a Chair of several committees. Mr. Brand’s myriad positions and organizational involvements have also included: General Campaign Chair and Men’s Campaign Chair, Tidewater United Jewish Federation; Member of the Board of Directors, Tidewater Big Brothers Big Sisters; Member of National United Jewish Appeal Young Leadership Cabinet.




Tom Lines

Tom Lines

Tom Lines, Director of Communications and Social Media

Tom Lines is a retired Advertising/Marketing Executive from McDonald’s Corporation. His 31 years with McDonald’s included positions in Corporate Operations, Communication Services, Training, Advertising, and Marketing. Tom retired as McDonald’s National Director of Field Marketing in 2002 to become a freelance McDonald’s commercial technical advisor and consultant. Tom joined AFGG in 2013 and now directs all aspects of our communications and social media.





Rodney Nichols

Rodney Nichols

Rodney W. Nichols, Science and Technology Consultant

Rodney W. Nichols, a consultant on science and technology policy, was President and CEO of the New York Academy of Sciences from 1992 to 2001, Scholar-in-Residence at the Carnegie Corporation of New York from 1990-92, and Vice President and Executive Vice President of The Rockefeller University from 1970-90. Earlier he served as an R&D manager in industry and in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

A Harvard graduate and physicist, he is co-author of four books, many papers, given Congressional testimony, and spoken to corporate, academic, and governmental groups around the world on: research strategy; international cooperation; and economic development. Mr. Nichols led projects conducted in China, Japan, India, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America, and has advised many US government agencies as well as firms and private foundations.




Susan Raymond

Susan Raymond, Ph.D.

Susan Raymond, Ph. D. , Founding Director of the Innovation Fund and Consultant

Susan Raymond, Ph.D. is Executive Vice President for Research and Analytics for Changing Our World, a full-service nonprofit and philanthropy consulting firm. At Changing Our World, Dr. Raymond is responsible for designing and conducting business operating environment research for both nonprofits and foundations, as well as developing business plans and program evaluations for new and existing institutions. Susan has extensive experience in research, analysis and planning.

Prior to joining Changing Our World in 1999, Susan held positions with the New York Academy of Sciences, where she founded the public policy program, The World Bank, Center for Public Resources, and US Agency for International Development. In February of 2011, Women United in Philanthropy honored Susan with the Women in Excellence and Achievement Award. Susan is a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Global Prosperity in Washington, D.C., a Faculty Lecturer at Columbia University, and a member of the Advisory Boards of The Global Index of Philanthropic Freedom and America’s Unofficial Ambassadors. In 2012 the Director of the National Science Foundation appointed her to the Board of the Civilian Research and Development Foundation.

She is a regular international conference speaker on the future role of philanthropy in economic growth and civil society, and has published four books and many professional articles on the changing philanthropic landscape globally. Her most recent book, Recession, Recovery and Renewal: Long-term Nonprofit Strategies for Rapid Economic Change was released by Wiley in 2013. Susan earned her BA Phi Beta Kappa from Macalester College and her MA and Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in a joint program with the School of Hygiene and Public Health. She has worked on philanthropy and economic development projects throughout Africa, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe, as well as in Russia and Asia.

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Leonard Kaplan’s creation of the Alliance for Global Good was the expression of his passionate philanthropy.  It’s also the logical outgrowth of all that came before it.  Together with his wife and philanthropic partner Tobee, and through a family foundation later renamed TOLEO, they gave unselfishly of resources and time to improve their community and the world for more than twenty-five years.

Tobee & Leonard Kaplan

Tobee & Leonard Kaplan

The Alliance’s focus on five areas of giving—health, education, environment, poverty, and world relations—is mirrored in Leonard’s past.  He has made major gifts to Duke University Medical Center and the Duke Comprehensive Cancer and Heart Centers, to the Lineberger Cancer Center at UNC Chapel Hill, to the Cardiac Rehabilitation program at Moses Cone Hospital, and had a leadership position at the Greensboro Cardiac Rehabilitation Program.  In 2004, Leonard and Tobee built the new building for the Women’s Resource Center in Greensboro. He created scholarships for residents of Guilford County to attend North Carolina colleges and universities, and was a founding donor of Elon University Law School.  Critically, in partnership with the Kellogg Foundation, Leonard helped create the Center for Organizational Leadership, a philanthropic studies program (which was one of first nationally to educate non-profit executives).

“Everyone wants to leave something to their grandchildren.”

“The money won’t matter if the world they live in is so far gone,” Kaplan says. “The opportunity now is to take some of what might become their inheritance, and use it soon to make the world a better place.”

Addressing poverty, Leonard made possible the building of two houses for Habitat for Humanity, and by providing food for hungry people both close to home in Greensboro, and as far abroad as the former Soviet Union.   The Kaplans were staunch supporters of Trickle Up, which provides grant financing to women in the developing world who want to start their own microenterprise.

Leonard gave not only of his wealth, but also of his time and expertise, taking on leadership positions in many organizations and campaigns such as the Greater Greensboro United Way DeToqueville Society, and as a Core Member of ACTION Greensboro, a nonprofit dedicated to improving public education, revitalization of downtown Greensboro, and leveraging economic development.

Active in their community of faith, the Kaplans built a new building for the Greensboro Jewish Federation, and for the Hillel youth organization at U.N.C., Chapel Hill.  He served on the board of the Jewish Foundation of Greensboro, and on that of the national Hillel organization, and was a founder of Camp Ramah Darom.

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