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Chris Abele joins the Carr Advisory Board with extensive philanthropic experience, having served as Chairman of Women for Women International and as board member to Planned Parenthood Wisconsin and the Wisconsin AIDS Fund. Mr. Abele is the President and CEO of the Argosy Foundation. He is also co-founder of the Boston Book review and is a graduate of Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Greg Carr, through his non-profit, The Carr Foundation, signed a 30-year agreement in 2006 with the government of Mozambique to restore that country's flagship national park, Gorongosa. The project entails science research, conservation of the ecosystem, economic development through ecotourism and social development of the traditional communities located near the park through education and health care initiatives. In 2000 his foundation created the Museum of Idaho, a cultural and natural history institution that is the largest museum in the state. In 1999 he co- founded the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. In private sector business, Mr. Carr was the chair of Prodigy Internet Corporation from 1996 to 1998 and he co-founded Boston Technology, a global telecommunications provider, in 1986 and served as its chair until 1998. He serves on the board of Physicians for Human Rights. He received a M.P.P. degree from Harvard University in 1986.
Vin Ryan is Chairman of Schooner Capital LLC, a private equity investment firm based in Boston, which has been active in the United States since 1971. He is also a Director of Iron Mountain Incorporated; a founder of National Hydro and Arch Mobile Communications; and previously served as a Director of Continental Cablevision. Mr. Ryan divides his time between the aforementioned business interests and philanthropic pursuits. In addition to serving on the board of trustees of Physicians for Human Rights and the Landmine Survivors Network, Mr. Ryan is also on the board of trustees of the Marine Biological Laboratory and is a member of the board of associates of the Whitehead Institute.
Darian Weltman Swig is deeply engaged in international human rights advocacy and strategic philanthropy. She currently serves as co-chair of Human Rights Watch California Committee North, board member of Human Rights Watch and Genocide Intervention Network, and advisory board member of the Carr Center for Human Rights at Harvard University and the Human Rights Center at the University of California, Berkeley. She is also a member of International Human Rights Funders Group, The Philanthropy Workshop West Alumni Group, and the Pacific Council on International Policy. Darian is President of Article 3 Advisors, a newly formed consulting practice that assists the philanthropic and non-governmental sectors and to promote programs, projects and issues that strengthen universal human rights around the globe. From 2002-2006, Darian completed a program at the Rotary Center for International Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution, at the University of California, Berkeley, where she completed dual Masters degrees in Political Science and International Area Studies Prior to 2002, Darian worked for over a decade in government and as a consultant in the field of international protocol and consular corps relations. Darian has traveled on numerous NGO led humanitarian missions. Born in Germany, Darian lives in San Francisco with her husband.
Susan Vitka brings over 20 years of experience providing strategic and financial advice to start-ups and mature institutions in the private and social change sectors. Earlier in her career, Ms. Vitka was a principal at Charles River Associates and The Brattle Group and she maintains an independent advisory practice. In recent years, Ms. Vitka has focused primarily on investing in and assisting social change organizations working on global health, human rights, sustainable development, and conservation. She is especially interested in building healthy organizations capable of effecting lasting change in her areas of interest. She has served on numerous boards in the US and abroad, including Women for Women International, Women for Women International UK (as chair), and Physicians for Human Rights, and serves as a trustee for two family foundations.