The Management Team
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.