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Prominent and Award-Winning Business, Nonprofit, and Government Leaders Join New Do Good Council

The Do Good Institute is thrilled to announce the formation and launch of the Do Good Council, a diverse group of change-makers from across industries – from nonprofits, social enterprises, government, and the private sector. The Council boasts a former cabinet secretary, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, a Forbes Top 30 Social Entrepreneur Under 30, and an Ashoka Fellow and an Echoing Green Fellow, as well as early Do Good alums. The Council will work hands-on with students, staff, and faculty to further the Do Good Institute’s mission.

Specifically focusing on the next generation of Do Good leaders, the Council will work to ensure that, along with their degrees at graduation, students from all majors and backgrounds are equipped to go out into the world and their careers with the knowledge, motivation, and tools to create positive social impact.

Bob Grimm, Do Good Institute director, said, “I am honored to have so many influential leaders committed to building our Do Good Campus. It takes leaders from all sectors to create lasting change, and the Do Good Council will help drive home that standard.”

DGI is spearheading education and experiential opportunities for all University of Maryland students to learn about the world, the issues we face, and how they can make a difference, in a meaningful and lasting way, whether that’s through a career, individual and community activities or creating a solution by way of a new product or organization. The Council will serve as an advisory board to help the Institute increase its impact, develop collaboration opportunities with professionals from across sectors, offer their expertise and knowledge to students across campus and grow the award-winning Do Good Campus.

Ben Simon, CEO for Imperfect Produce, co-founder of the Food Recovery Network and Do Good Challenge alum said, “We are all passionate about the transformational work the Do Good Institute is doing to reinvent the college experience. Together, I’m confident we can transform the Do Good Institute into one of the world’s centers for excellence in nonprofit leadership and social innovation and serve as a template for 21st century college education.”

Do Good Council Members include,

  • Rosie Allen-Herring, President and CEO, United Way of the National Capital Area
  • Nicky Goren, President and CEO, Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation
  • Kahlil Kettering (UMD ’15), Urban Conservation Director, Nature Conservancy, DC/MD chapter
  • Bruce Levenson, Co-Founder, United Communications Group
  • Ed Peskowitz, Co-Founder, United Communications Group
  • Dana Priest, John S. and James L. Knight Chair in Public Affairs, UMD Philip Merrill College of Journalism and investigative reporter, Washington Post
  • Ambassador Susan Schwab, Former United State Trade Representative for President George W. Bush and Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland
  • Ben Simon (UMD ’14), CEO, Imperfect Produce and co-founder of the Food Recovery Network
  • Raj Vinnakota, Executive Vice President, Youth & Engagement Division, Aspen Institute and co-founder of the Seed Schools