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.

Dennis Stratton

Board Chair

Dennis Stratton is a dynamic facilitator, consultant, executive coach, and motivational speaker, with over 32 years’ experience in management consulting.

The primary purpose of Dennis' work is to assist individuals and organizations to achieve exceptional results in an environment of volatile and/or accelerating change. He believes solutions already reside within organizations and has developed high-impact methodologies for leaders, teams and organizations struggling with change yet in search for new ways to quickly respond.

Dennis’ reputation precedes him; getting underneath real problems, he is a proven catalyst for “stuck” organizations. He is an expert at interrupting business as usual and challenges ways of thinking, leading and designing an organization for successful change.

The genesis of Dennis’ interest in change leadership consulting came as Director of Information Resources for the Dun and Bradstreet Corporation. Faced with a daunting internal transformation project, Dennis chaired multiple task forces chartered with the fundamental redesign and implementation of new quality control systems, dynamic information systems, and recalibrated performance management systems.

Since 1989, as President of Stratton Consulting Group, LLC, Dennis has led comprehensive change interventions for organizations in diverse industries including healthcare, financial services, retail, technology, government and non-profit institutions.

Fiona Bassett

Board Treasurer

Fiona Bassett is a managing director currently leading strategic transformation at DWS (Deutsche Asset Management), responsible for helping to shape the strategic agenda, focusing on transformation of the commercial platform through organic and inorganic measures.

Fiona has extensive experience successfully building and transforming businesses in investment banking and asset management. Prior to her current role, she co-led the Global Index business, overseeing $140 billion in assets and was a key architect behind the growth and development of the award-winning X-trackers ETF franchise, building and delivering investment solutions to a broad range of clients including large global financial institutions, corporations, private banks, hedge funds and money managers.

Fiona is also a passionate advocate for corporate sustainability and community impact initiatives as well as being actively engaged in the firm’s pro-bono activities.

Fiona is widely recognized for her leadership and innovation in the financial services industry and has been recognized by American Banker, the Institute of International Finance, Mutual Fund Industry and Crain’s New York Business.

Fiona has a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Birmingham.

Raegan Moya-Jones

Board Secretary

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.

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.

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.

Benjamin Rehberg

Board Member

Benjamin Rehberg is the global co-lead for Boston Consulting Group’s Agile at Scale work. He is also a member of the global leadership team for the Technology Advantage practice.

Benjamin works primarily in financial services, including banking, insurance, and payments on multiple digital, technology, and operational issues. He focuses on digital transformation, technology, agile organization, and governance. His clients include large global financial services institutions in North America, as well as select clients in other industries (automotive, consumer, and others). Benjamin also has co-authored numerous articles about agile transformation.

Prior to BCG, Benjamin worked as a consultant with IBM Global Services in Germany.

Ross Love

Board Member

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.

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