Our Multi-disciplinary Team

includes leaders from finance, policy and non-profits.

Mike Hirshland

Mike Hirshland Founder

Founder, Resolute Ventures, a leading seed stage venture capital fund. Former clerk to Justice Anthony Kennedy and The Hon. J. Michael Luttig, and Counsel to U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.

Stephanie Copeland

Stephanie Copeland CEO

Former Executive Director for the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. Former president of the Zayo Group, a communications infrastructure services firm. Former director for the Colorado Broadband Deployment Board, The Business Experiential Learning Commission, the Governor’s Blockchain Council and the Colorado Workforce Development Council.

Yvonne Durbin

Yvonne Durbin

Former Global Finance and Operations Lead for One Acre Fund in East Africa; Former Senior Associate for State Street Corporation’s compliance and risk management teams; experienced compliance and economic development professional; Master’s Degree in International Finance and Development Economics from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, at Tufts University.

Colin Higgins

Colin Higgins

Former head of environmental and economic policy for Abdul-El Sayed’s Michigan gubernatorial campaign. Prior to this he was a Rhodes Scholar, focusing on clean energy and Rust Belt redevelopment.

Bruce Katz

Bruce Katz

Bruce Katz was the former director of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, which aims to provide decision makers in the public, corporate, and civic sectors with policy ideas for improving the health and prosperity of cities and metropolitan areas.

Mayor Michael Nutter

Mayor Michael Nutter

Former two-term Mayor of the City of Philadelphia. Former president, U.S. Council of Mayors. Chair or Airbnb’s Mayoral Advisory Board and Senior Fellow and National Spokesperson for the What Works Cities program at Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Jamie Rubin

Jamie Rubin

CEO of Meridiam North America which invests in long-term sustainable infrastructure. Formerly, he served as Director of State Operations for the State of New York and also as Commissioner of NYS Homes and Community Renewal.

Tali Stein

Tali Stein

Senior non-profit development and operational executive who has held roles in presidential campaigns, education reform movements and think thanks.

Rob Stein

Rob Stein

Founder of the Democracy Alliance who has held many other leadership roles including Chief of Staff of the United States Department of Commerce and strategist to the Chairman of the DNC.



We remember our friend and scholar, Jeremy Nowak.

Jeremy was a giant in the urban field. He created The Reinvestment Fund, one of the largest community investment institutions in the United States, and chaired the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. A widely published author and columnist, he was the co-author with Bruce Katz of The New Localism: How Cities Thrive in the Age of Populism.

Jeremy passed away unexpectedly in July of 2018 and left a deep absence. We are all better for having known and worked with him and he is deeply missed.