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.

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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’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, a Microsoft Alumni Integral Fellow, an invited member to the Clinton Global Initiative, and serves on the Advisory Board of the ESADE Business School.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Kartik Raghavan | Managing Director, Two Sigma

Kartik Raghavan is currently a Managing Director at Two Sigma. Previously, he was Senior Advisor to the CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Previously, Kartik worked in venture capital at Shasta Ventures and Trilogy Equity Partners and in operational roles at Microsoft. He was also a member of the Obama-Biden Transition Project where he worked on a wide variety of technology and policy issues.

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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.

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Terry Atkinson | Managing Director, Morgan Stanley

Terry Atkinson has spent over 30 years in the investment banking industry to include Salomon Brothers, Paine and Weber and UBS. He served as a board member for UBS for a number of years. While actively working in investment banking he involved himself with many charitable efforts to include the Harlem Day School, Sheltering Arms–shelter for women and children. He also was the national lead for Juvenile Diabetes for Paine Weber. He now sits on the board of San Diego State University Campanile Foundation, which is their fund raising arm. He splits his time between San Diego and Tiburon, California.

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Chris Capossela | CMO, Microsoft

As chief marketing officer, Chris Capossela leads Microsoft’s global product marketing, advertising, brand, research and communications functions for businesses and consumers. In his more than 20 years at Microsoft, Capossela has held a variety of marketing leadership roles. Previously, he served in the Microsoft Office Division and was responsible for marketing the company’s productivity solutions including Microsoft Office, Office 365, SharePoint, Exchange, Lync, Project and Visio. Most recently, Capossela served as the worldwide leader of the Consumer Channels Group, responsible for sales and marketing activities with OEM, operator and retail partners.

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Aiko Bethea | Deputy Director of Grants and Contracts Management, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Aiko leads a cross-functional team responsible for compliance and due diligence reviews of investments. She also works across the foundation to develop and implement lean workflow process, facilitate change management throughout the organization, and ensure the strategic goals of the organization are supported by solid investment structures. Aiko also leads the Black Philanthropic Partnership and co-lead Gates Asians in Philanthropy. Aiko served on several boards and provided pro bono training for nonprofit boards on governance matters and strategic development. She currently serves as a Trustee for the Seattle Children’s Theater.

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