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Board Members

Worldreader thanks these leaders who contribute their time, energy, enthusiasm and financial support to help ensure the organization’s success:


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Peter Spiro | Board Chair & Microsoft Technical Fellow

Peter Spiro, a recipient of the Microsoft Career Achievement Award, was instrumental in establishing Microsoft’s competitive position in the commercial database industry, and continues to define the company’s future storage platform. He’s also co-founder of the nonprofit group Social Endeavors with former Microsoft executives Paul Flessner and Rob Short.

More on Peter: http://www.microsoft.com/…/peter-spiro.aspx


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David Risher | Co-Founder & President of Worldreader

David Risher is the Co-Founder and President of Worldreader. He served as an executive at Microsoft Corporation, then as Amazon.com’s first SVP for US Retail where he helped grow the company from a small bookstore into the world’s largest internet retailer. He  is a Draper Richards Kaplan Social Entrepreneur and a Microsoft Alumni Integral Fellow, and serves serves on the Advisory Board of Barcelona’s ESADE Business School.

More on David: http://www.worldreader.org/david-risher/


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Colin McElwee | Co-Founder & Board Secretary of Worldreader

Colin McElwee is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Worldreader. Colin was the first director of marketing at ESADE Business School in Barcelona, where he helped establish the school’s reputation as a world-class business education provider. Prior to that, he served as economist for several Brussels-based lobbies to the European Commission, and later worked in global marketing in the consumer goods sector for Scottish & Newcastle PLC.

More on Colin: http://www.worldreader.org/about-us/team/


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Charles Brighton | Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Brighton Jones, LLC

Charles Brighton co-founded Brighton Jones, LLC. in 1999 and serves as its Co-Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Brighton has more than 20 years of experience working with individuals on a broad range of wealth management issues, including portfolio design, implementation of investment best practices, philanthropy, family dynamics, estate, tax and insurance planning.

More on Charles: http://www.brightonjones.com/


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Harrison Miller | Managing Director, Summit Partners

Harrison Miller is a Managing Director at Summit Partners. He co-heads the firm’s venture capital activities in North America, Europe, and Asia, and focuses primarily on the technology and healthcare and life sciences sectors. From 1998 to 2003, he was employed at Amazon, where he led the creation of an enterprise services business that became the firm’s most profitable segment in fiscal year 2002.

More on Harrison: http://www.summitpartners.com/


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Jim Bildner | Managing Partner, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation

Jim Bildner is the Managing Partner at DRK Foundation. He is working with the team to expand the portfolio, pipeline, outreach, donor and talent base. He currently sits on the boards of DRK grantees Worldreader, TurboVote, EducationSuperHighway and SIRUM.

More on Jim: http://www.drkfoundation.org/jim-bildner.html


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Kartik Raghavan | Senior Advisor, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Kartik Raghavan is Advisor to the CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Previously, Kartik worked in venture capital at Shasta Ventures and Trilogy Equity Partners and was a member of the Obama-Biden Transition Project where he worked on a wide variety of technology and policy issues including the national broadband plan and open government directives.


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Sue Sanderson | Co-Founder, Sanderson Family Foundation

Sue Sanderson founded the Sanderson Family Foundation with her husband to support education programs at home and abroad. She spent the majority of her career in the broadcasting industry where she worked for NBC in financial planning and management as well as International new business development. She helped to launch CNBC in Europe and Asia and also served on the board of the Arts and Entertainment Networks.


Get to know Worldreader’s Spanish Board Members based in Barcelona, Spain.