Leadership Bios

Creating the Future’s board is currently in transition, as we are in the process of restructuring how leadership and decision-making happen, to create the conditions for accomplishing our mission. For further insights into why our current board is so small, click here.

On this page, you’ll see bios for our current board members and members of our leadership team. You will also see information about the board members who have honored us by beaming in from around the world to share their wisdom, since our first board meeting in 2011.

Operational Leadership

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Hildy Gottlieb
Hildy Gottlieb is co-founder and Chief Boundary Pusher at Creating the Future, where along with Rebecca Hurd, she is co-leading this grand experiment. A social scientist, teacher, TEDx speaker and serial social entrepreneur, Hildy co-founded the world's first Diaper Bank, sparking the diaper banking movement across North America. You can find Hildy's complete bio on our founder's page.

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Rebecca Hurd is a fellow, faculty member and co-director, along with Hildy Gottlieb, of all Creating the Future’s efforts.

After participating in Creating the Future’s immersion course in 2013, Rebecca actively committed to learning, practicing, sharing, growing and contributing to moving this grand experiment forward, stating that “Creating the Future’s mission is my mission.” In 2016, Rebecca officially joined Hildy to co-lead all aspects of this experiment.

Rebecca comes to Creating the Future with more than 20 years experience in both the business world (including global giant IBM) and community benefit organizations (including the Philadelphia Orchestra). Her experience includes sales, marketing and communications, resource and revenue development, facilitation and coaching.

Rebecca's primary expertise is building community, bringing people together to build relationships of strength, rooted in Collective Enoughness. She has founded several community hubs and collaboratives in her home state of Idaho, many of which are still doing good work together long after her departure as "organizer."

Rebecca graduated with an MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School in Atlanta, GA, and a BA in History and English from Union College in Schenectady, NY.

In addition to her full time role at Creating the Future, Rebecca is the CFO of Hurd Construction, a design/build company she co-created and operates with her husband. A natural community organizer, wherever you find Rebecca, you will find community growing.

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Dimitri Petropolis, co-founder of Creating the Future, has dedicated his life to making the world a better place. Since 1993, that has meant working side-by-side with Hildy Gottlieb, to aim the Community Benefit Sector at its potential for creating the future of our world. You can find a more complete bio in the Board of Directors list below.

Current Board of Directors

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Dr. Angela M. Eikenberry
Angela is an Associate Professor of Public Administration, Public Affairs and Community Service at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Her research has been featured on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and in the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Her book, Giving Circles: Philanthropy, Voluntary Association, Democracy (Indiana University Press) won CASE’s 2010 John Grenzebach Research Award for Outstanding Research in Philanthropy. She was recently awarded a 2014-2015 Fulbright Scholar Award to conduct research on giving circles in the UK, affiliated with the University of Birmingham Third Sector Research Centre.

Her research and creative interests include the social, economic and political roles philanthropy, voluntary associations, and nonprofit organizations play in democratic governance. Empirical and theoretical areas of focus include: Giving circles and collaborative giving, marketization of nonprofit organizations and philanthropy,and social equity/justice and public and nonprofit administration.

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Hildy Gottlieb
Hildy Gottlieb is co-founder and Chief Boundary Pusher at Creating the Future, where along with Rebecca Hurd, she is co-leading this grand experiment. A social scientist, teacher, TEDx speaker and serial social entrepreneur, Hildy co-founded the world's first Diaper Bank, sparking the diaper banking movement across North America. You can find Hildy's complete bio on our founder's page.

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Dimitri Petropolis, co-founder of Creating the Future, has dedicated his life to making the world a better place. Since 1993, that has meant working side-by-side with Hildy Gottlieb, to aim the Community Benefit Sector at its potential for creating the future of our world.

Prior to his work with Hildy, Dimitri was an organizer for the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, helping to grow the small local of 225 workers into a statewide organization of 6,000.

In 1993, Hildy and Dimitri co-founded the consulting firm Help 4 NonProfits & Tribes, assisting community organizations with strategy, governance and resource development. By 1998, Hildy and Dimitri were aiming their skills at social change and leadership systems themselves, in work that has now become Creating the Future

At Creating the Future, Dimitri is the wizard behind the curtain, making everything work. From designing and producing websites and videos to ensuring there are tech platforms to support our open participatory leadership, Dimitri ensures this online organization is able to do its work.

Among Dimitris many awards, the highlight is a Points of Light Citation from President Bill Clinton for his work in co-founding (along with Hildy) the world’s first diaper bank - an effort that grew to spark the Diaper Banking movement across the U.S.

When not working, Dimitri is taking apart computers, designing wacky artwork, cycling, or cooking phenomenal meals for the people he love

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Justin Pollock is principal and founder of Orgforward, a consulting agency working with agencies and capacity builders to develop strategies that encourage meaningful community benefit and organizational sustainability. His practice focuses on strengthening the connection between vision and the leadership, programming, finance, and infrastructure needed to make change happen and on supporting organizational leaders with what they need to effectively govern and operate their organizations.

Prior to launching Orgforward, Justin served in a leadership role as Chief Operating Officer for Maryland Nonprofits. Justin has trained and presented to board, staff, and volunteers from hundreds of nonprofit and government agencies ranging from small start-ups to large well-established businesses on topics of governance, financial management, strategic planning, supervision, leadership development, and organizational sustainability. He has more than 20 years of experience in the education and nonprofit fields with an extensive background in the areas of leadership development, organizational management, group process facilitation, curriculum development, teambuilding, and facilitator/trainer development. Justin's career also includes work in the fields of information technology, classroom education, and experiential, outdoor learning.

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Karl Wilding is Head of Policy & Research at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations in England (NCVO). He is an Honorary Visiting Fellow at Cass Business School's Centre for Charity Effectiveness, where he also contributes to the ESRC Centre for Giving and Philanthropy. His professional interests include voluntary sector funding and finance, the relative roles of the state and voluntary organisations, and the impact of new technologies on voluntary action. Karl is a trustee of St Albans Centre for Voluntary Service.

Board of Directors - Past and Present

Hildy Gottlieb

 

Hildy Gottlieb

Founding Member

Location:
USA

Dimitri Petropolis

Dimitri Petropolis

Founding Member

Location:
USA


Alexandra Peters

Alexandra Peters

Founding Member

Location:
USA

Mark Riffey

Mark Riffey

Founding Member

Location:
USA


Sidney Hargro

Sidney Hargro

Location:
USA


Gayle Valeriote

Gayle Valeriote

 

Location:
Canada

Karl Wilding

 

Karl Wilding

Location:
England

Erin Tierney

 

Erin Tierney

Location:
USA


Mark Eckhardt

Mark Eckhardt

 

Location:
USA


Alex Budak

Alex Budak

Location:
Sweden


Justin Pollock

Justin Pollock

Location:
USA


Dr. Angela M. Eikenberry

Dr. Angela M. Eikenberry

 

Location:
USA