Leadership Team

Justin D. Stokes, Co-founder and Managing Partner

Justin believes that re-defining the relationship between business and society is critical to addressing the globe's most pressing issues. He works with corporate executives, non-profit leaders and social entrepreneurs to harness the potential of purpose-driven teams to create prosperity and social value. His experience spans movement-building, corporate strategy, economic growth, social development, and behavior change. 

Over the past 20 years, Justin has advised executive leaders across multi-national companies, international organizations and governments, including, Unilever, Nike, Audi, World Bank, USAID, DFID, and directly with numerous heads of state. Along the way, Justin has had the opportunity to work in over 25 countries across four continents.

Prior to Ananda, Justin worked at Purpose, JE Austin, and Marakon. Most recently, Justin served as Senior Director of Strategy at Purpose, where he founded and led the Corporate practice. Prior to Purpose, Justin advised business and government leaders on strategies for economic growth and development as a Director at JE Austin. With Marakon, Justin advised executives of Fortune 500 companies in mergers and acquisition, market expansion, and global organization. 

Justin graduated with an MPA/ID from Harvard Kennedy School and a Bachelor of Science in Economics and History from Duke University.


Claire G. Stokes, Co-founder

Claire's personal and professional choices have always been fueled by the desire to contribute positively to her environment, to take on exciting challenges, and to seek meaning and purpose in everything she does.

Claire brings to her clients 20 years of experience across 3 continents in the private sector and the international development world, and skills in marketing & sales, management consulting, strategic planning, program management, team leadership and team development. She likes to experiment with new approaches and techniques to engaging purposefully in life (hypnotherapy, meditation, mindfulness, relaxation, self help, yoga, coaching, visioning). She has a very high capacity to adapt, a taste for change and risk taking, and a demonstrated resilience to chaos. She has worked for Unilever, Marakon Associates, Voluntary Service Overseas and PSI. She holds an MBA from ESSEC business school and is a Certified Professional Coach from IPEC. 


Vanessa Valentino

Vanessa believes in the tremendous potential for transformative and sustainable impacts through more creative and innovative approaches to economic development and social progress. Fueled by a strong passion for harnessing business for social impact, she has over 10 years experience working with business leaders, private sector associations, civil society organizations, and a broad range of government stakeholders — from Ministers to technocrats — in over 15 countries across Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa.

She is a leading adviser on market-development for the poor for flagship programs funded by the Australian and UK governments, including most recently DFID's Business Innovation Facility. She has worked for PWC, Palladium, JE Austin, IESC, World Bank, Aga Khan Development Network, and the Poverty Action Lab. Vanessa graduated with an MPA/ID from Harvard Kennedy School and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Columbia University.


Ali Weiner

Ali is moved by the possibility of helping others face challenges, foster deep connections and make meaningful change. She is presently a concurrent degree student pursuing an MPA at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and an MBA at Stanford's Graduate School of Business. At Harvard, she helps teach the Kennedy School's foundational course on adaptive leadership. 

Prior to school, Ali built and consulted with organizations dedicated to advancing human rights and social impact. Most recently, she was a senior strategist at Purpose, where her clients spanned the private, nonprofit, and philanthropic sectors; her work there included the creation of a new advocacy organization dedicated to effecting change on the crisis in Syria. Prior to Purpose, Ali founded an anti-human trafficking organization in Thailand and served at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York. She holds bachelors degrees in History and Political Science from Yale University.


Marie-Marguerite Sabongui

Marie-Marguerite has spent her career thinking about how to help people connect to a deeper sense of purpose and how to catalyze that energy into social impact. She brings more than 10 years of experience in purpose-driven storytelling, campaign strategy, organizational design, and team development.
 
Most recently, she was Chief of Staff of Here Now, a strategic communications start-up engaging new audiences on climate. At Purpose, she delivered campaign strategies on a variety of issues for non-profit and foundation clients including the Gates Foundation. Prior to Purpose she worked in international climate communications, including as advisor to the Alliance of Small Island States. 
 
Marie-Marguerite also led a successful acting career - starring in projects with Fox and MGM, and directing award-winning theatre. She holds an MPA from Columbia University and a BA in Cultural Studies and International Development from McGill University. She serves on the board of Leadnow.


David Chernicoff 

David is a strategist, facilitator, and writer who works at the intersection of social impact, communications and creativity. His work includes 4+ years on the strategy team at Purpose, where he led project teams tackling impact analysis, brand positioning, and organizational development strategies (and, let's face it, writing occasional tweets) for clients across sectors, including the Gates Foundation, Unilever, Omidyar Network, Walk Free, and dozens more. His background is in communications, including work in nonprofits, media, and the arts; consulting for multinationals and startups in the social impact sector; and speaking engagements at SXSW and the Social Innovation Summit. Outside his communications and consulting work, David is an awfully interesting person: He has been a working improvisational comedian with NYC's Chicago City Limits, has won money on a televised game show, and has officiated nine weddings. David lives in Oakland, California with his wife, his daughter, and his devious dog.


Adrienne Le

Adrienne is dedicated to building a more compassionate society through individual healing and collective action. She is a writer and engagement strategist with a background in nonprofit advocacy, fundraising, and communications. 

In recent years, Adrienne has had the privilege of partnering with a range of clients including HIAS, USA for UNHCR, Perception Institute, MTV, and The San Francisco Film Society. Previously, she worked at Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization the U.S., where she managed digital campaigns and a record-breaking online fundraising program. 

Adrienne serves on the board of the Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation and is a Senior Fellow at Humanity in Action. She holds a BA in History from Yale University.


Pallavi Garg

Pallavi passionately believes in the transformative power of stories and takes draws deep satisfaction in expanding  an organization's ability to derive actionable insights through high quality data.

She has explored her own stories through experimentation with various forms of art for most of her life. She deeply enjoys and is adept at bringing out the stories in others. She has facilitated workshops in the US, Netherlands and India, spurring deeper introspection and fueling expression through theater and storytelling techniques.

She also has a background in Engineering and an MBA, so in her spare time, she helps nonprofits write new chapters in their own stories by leveraging technology. She has held leadership positions driving forward the strategic use of technology and data management practices at diverse nonprofits and corporations.

Pallavi actively volunteers with several  arts-based nonprofits in Seattle to build the community locally. She balances her work in technology with constant creative experimentation across various forms of art. She was selected as Director during the Intiman Emerging Artist Program 2015 and has been a featured artist at festivals at the Seattle Asian Art Museum and the San Francisco Metreon.


Betsy Ramaccia

Betsy is the co-founder of Why We Work Here (whyweworkhere.org), a program that builds stronger communities by supporting youth to develop skills and mindsets to lead homegrown change. She also currently facilitates self-directed professional development programs for Experience Institute’s corporate clients (http://www.expinstitute.com/studio).

Previously a strategist at Purpose (purpose.com), Betsy focused her portfolio on local movement building and public education. She co-developed the movement strategy for a new advocacy organization and technology platform called Minha Sampa (“My São Paulo”), and also worked with leading education nonprofits and national foundations to support greater teacher and parent leadership in local and state-level policy change.

Betsy has led community-based design projects at a housing nonprofit in rural Alabama, and served as a community engagement consultant to the Aga Khan Development Network in Gujarat, India. Her prior research focused on the role of the creative process in building community capacity for social change in under-resourced communities in the US. She has a Master of City Planning degree from MIT and a BA in Architecture from Washington University in Saint Louis.