People

BEHIND HOPELAND

The Management Team

Nick Evans

Co-Founder, CEO

Nicholas Evans serves as CEO and Co-Founder of Hopeland, a young organization which advocates for vulnerable children around the world by testing and implementing innovative ways to prevent and solve the issue of family separation.

Prior to joining Hopeland in 2014, Nicholas spent ten years with Addaction, the largest organization for Drug and Alcohol treatment in the United Kingdom. His work has been cited by former British prime ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. Nicholas is currently working on a number of exciting campaigns that demonstrate the benefit of a safe, loving family.

Joshua Soto

Operations Manager

Joshua Soto is a New York City born, Bronx raised Latino who attended Baruch College. Throughout his career he has worked in a number of projects and roles which have earned him experience in logistics, finance/accounting, sales, client relations and more. In his previous role he served as Operations & Accounts Manager for a Berlin based fashion textile company beginning to emerge in the US market. In just under two years Joshua helped generate roughly $3M in revenue while servicing distributors, large key accounts, and all wholesale and end-consumer business in North & South America.

Joshua joined Hopeland as Operations Manager to enrich and help the lives of those in need. The faces of children he's never met who wish and hope for a better life are the faces that motivate him every day to build a better future for children without families.

Joshua plans to give back to the Bronx community one day, when he is capable.

Andrew Stone

Campaign Director

Andrew is Hopeland’s Campaign Director working on the Home and Family campaigns. Prior to joining Hopeland Andrew was a senior advisor at the UK House of Commons as Chief of Staff to an influential Member of Parliament. His MP sat on the Home Affairs Select Committee of the House of Commons and then subsequently became Parliamentary Private Secretary to Rt. Hon. Theresa May MP, the then Secretary of State for the Home Department. Andrew’s role involved briefing and giving advice on this wide ranging policy area which in addition to policing and national security also included drug policy, immigration, and care for vulnerable children in the UK.

Additionally during his time in the UK Parliament Andrew worked on successful campaigns to increase infrastructure spending in his Representative’s district and across the UK; to improve healthcare provision for all; to better the lives of senior citizens; and to make government more representative of local needs. Furthermore he aided the passage of a Private Members Bill on Medical Innovation through the House of Commons and worked closely with senior Parliamentary authorities regarding renovation of the Palace of Westminster to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II. He also played a senior role on two winning General Election campaigns in the UK in a key marginal district.

He recently emigrated to the United States and lives with his wife Lisa in New Jersey.

The Board of Directors

Deborra-lee Furness

Co-Founder & Honorary Board Member

Deborra-lee Furness is an internationally acclaimed actress as well as a passionate advocate for vulnerable and abandoned children. Her humanitarian work for children is a driving force in her life. She is Patron of The Lighthouse Foundation for displaced children in Melbourne, Australia; a Global Ambassador for World Vision; Patron of the Bone Marrow Donor Institute for Children with Leukemia; Patron of International Adoption Families of Queensland. She founded National Adoption Awareness Week and Adopt Change in Australia, focusing on improving adoption programs, procedures and legislation, raising awareness and understanding of the issues of vulnerable children. In 2014 NAAW achieved the goal of new legislation being passed by the Australian government to greatly improve procedures surrounding adoption.

For her advocacy work she has been honored by The Joint Council USA and in 2013 was given the prestigious award of Angel in Adoption by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption in Washington DC. Harlem Village Academies honored Deborra-lee and her husband Hugh for their philanthropy work in 2012. She was presented with the 2014 International Humanitarian Award in Utah by Mentors International. Also in 2015, Deborra-lee was honored in Washington as Advocate of the Year by Kidsave. And was named NSW Australian of the year, 2015. In March 2017 Deborra-lee received the United Nations Women for Peace Leadership Award and is a regular mainstage speaker at Global Citizen Festival in Central Park, New York City.

Deborra-lee is the co-founder of Hopeland, a platform that has been established to raise awareness around vulnerable and abandoned children. The mission of Hopeland is to put this issue front and center on the political and human rights agendas, globally. Mobilizing and influencing leaders across government, business and civil society, to create innovative solutions and policies that will ensure children will belong in a safe loving home.

Ross Love

Board Chair

Ross Love is a Senior Partner and Managing Director in the New York office of the Boston Consulting Group. Ross has been a key member of BCG’s North American Leadership Team, most recently leading BCG’s largest office worldwide through a substantial commercial, cultural and market positioning transformation. Prior to that he led the doubling of BCG’s Australian and New Zealand business as System Head, during which time he was an active member of BCG’s Asia Pacific Leadership Team (2008-2014).

He has also committed much of his recent time to the public sector in Australia and in New York, with a particular a focus on improving measurable outcomes in large public sector organizations fulfilling essential policy and service roles, including transport and health. Throughout his twenty-five year career at BCG Ross has been deeply engaged in the group’s pro-bono activities particularly in indigenous engagement in Australia, and in lifting the group’s social impact profile in New York, including with the International Rescue Committee, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Lincoln Center, and the United Nations. Prior to joining BCG, Ross was the Chief of Staff to the Premier of Western Australia.

Ross has a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours in Politics from the University of Western Australia, a Masters of Public Administration from Harvard University, and has completed further business studies at the London Business School. He was a Harkness Fellow for Australia in 1986.

Stephanie Winston Wolkoff

Board Secretary

Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, President & CEO of SWW Creative, is widely recognized for her contributions to the American fashion and entertainment industries. Wolkoff forges personal and professional relationships across global power industries by advising brands, companies and individuals, as they seek to build advantageous ventures and superlative initiatives, through partnerships and large-scale productions.

For over a decade, Wolkoff served as Director of Special Events at Vogue Magazine, working with Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour, in overseeing and producing all major events and special projects for Vogue, Men’s Vogue and Vogue Living; the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Benefit, The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, 7th On Sale, and Fashion’s Night Out, to name a few. Prior to her position at Vogue, Wolkoff was Manager of Client Services at Sotheby’s, overseeing the historic Duke and Duchess of Windsor and The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis auctions.

Wolkoff is actively involved in humanitarian and charitable causes. Wolkoff is a member of the National Advisory Board of the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research at Stanford University, working directly with Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD, FAAAAI. Wolkoff was honored by The Gordon Parks Foundation celebrating creativity, along with Karl Lagerfeld, Spike Lee, Arianna Huffington and Sir Ken Robinson; by the Albert Einstein School of Medicine’s Spirit of Achievement Award; by the UJA for their Women of Influence Award; and by Suffield Academy, for their Alumni Leadership Award. Wolkoff lives with her husband and three children in New York City.

Tom Farley

Board Treasurer

Tom Farley is President of the NYSE Group which includes the New York Stock Exchange and a diverse range of equity and equity options exchanges, all wholly owned subsidiaries of Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (NYSE: ICE). Farley joined the NYSE in November of 2013 when ICE acquired NYSE Euronext. He served as the Chief Operating Officer before becoming President in May of 2014. Prior to that, he served as SVP of Financial Markets at ICE where he oversaw the development of several businesses and initiatives across ICE’s markets.

Farley joined ICE in 2007 where he served as the President and COO of ICE Futures U.S., formerly the New York Board of Trade. He currently represents ICE on the Options Clearing Corporation Board of Directors. Previous to joining ICE, Farley was President of SunGard Kiodex, a risk management technology provider to the derivatives markets. Before becoming President of SunGard Kiodex, Farley served as the business unit’s Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. Farley has also held various positions in investment banking at Montgomery Securities and in private equity at Gryphon Investors. Farley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Georgetown University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Raegan Moya-Jones

Board Member

Raegan Moya-Jones is the co-founder and CEO of aden + anais, the baby care brand globally recognized for its muslin swaddles and baby products. The brand continues to introduce an evolving assortment of family-friendly lifestyle items inspired by Australian traditions and Raegan’s personal life experiences as a mom of four girls.

In 2006, Raegan, along with a business partner, launched aden + anais’ inaugural product – her modernized version of an Aussie-inspired muslin swaddle blanket in style-driven colors and patterns. Instantaneously, the product resonated with American parents and the demand for the swaddles grew exponentially with Raegan securing triple-digit growth yearly since the businesses inception. In 2009, she left her position at The Economist to run aden + anais full-time as the brand’s sole owner.

Raegan was recently named as one of Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneurs of the Year, considered one of the most prestigious business awards in the world. aden + anais was named to SmartCEO’s 2015 Future 50 list, recognizing the nation’s fastest growing companies as well as by Crain’s New York Business in this year’s Fast 50 list at number 30.

John O’Neil

Board Member

John O’Neil is the leader of Kirkland Ellis' Investment Funds Group and widely recognized as a global leader in the field of private equity fund matters. With nearly two decades of experience, he has advised clients on a wide range of on-going operational issues as well as extraordinary events involving private investment funds and their sponsors, such as “key person” events, investor defaults, spin-outs, valuation matters, conflicts, succession planning and other significant transactions.

John regularly represents both U.S. and non-U.S. sponsors of buyout, growth capital, secondary, distressed debt, energy, defense, technology, mezzanine, credit opportunities and other global investment funds.

Joe Ritchie

Board Member

Joseph Ritchie (b. 1947) is an options and commodities trader, international businessman, presidential advisor, serial entrepreneur, aviator, and father of ten. In 1977 he founded Chicago Research and Trading (CRT) and currently serves as the head of Fox River Partners. In addition to keen business acumen, Ritchie has also had a front row seat and intimately involved in key international events including the Reagan-Gorbachev discussions, relations with Iraq over the last two decades and supporting anti-Taliban efforts in Afghanistan before 9/11. He was the CEO of the Rwandan Development board and current co-chair of President Kagame’s advisory committee.

Ritchie partnered with Purpose Driven Life pastor Rick Warren in Rwanda for the successful PEACE PLAN program as well as introducing him to the Vatican for ecumenical unity building. He continues to be a friend and advisor to a growing number of African leaders in both public and private sectors and is committed to seeing the continent reach its potential. Ritchie and his family office focus on finding and supporting people, ideas, and organizations that the marketplace of ideas have overlooked or undervalued and build value, awareness, and impact into those partnerships. This often includes leveraging the power of public-private partnerships while engaging faith based organizations to deliver community outcomes.

Kathleen Strottman

Board Member

Kathleen Strottman comes to her role having served as the Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Children with 15-years experience as a policy advocate for vulnerable children. Kathleen was previously the Executive Director of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute where she was an expert in legislation related to children outside of family care. As Legislative Director for Senator Mary Landrieu, Kathleen played a principal role in the passage of legislation such as the No Child Left Behind Act and other important legislation acts.

Kathleen has worked to increase the opportunity for positive dialogue and the exchange of best practice in child welfare. Kathleen regularly presents at national and international child welfare conferences and has appeared on CNN, FOX News, CBS, NBC, C-SPAN, PBS and numerous other media outlets.

Kathleen attended Whittier Law School’s Center for Children’s where she graduated with honors and received a state certified specialty in juvenile advocacy. She and her husband, Matt, are the proud parents of four children, Grace, Noah, Liam and Emerson.

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