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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. Get to know the other board members in Spain and Ghana.


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David Risher | Board President

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

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


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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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Charles Brighton | Board Member

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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Chris Capossela | Board Secretary

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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Mary Case | Board Member

Partner, Moss Adams LLC
Mary Case has practiced public accounting since 1988, serving public and private higher education institutions and their related organizations. A partner at Moss Adams LLC, she continues to serve a broad spectrum of non-profit entities and state and local governments as the audit partner and as such, has significant experience conducting audits in accordance with government standards and the Single Audit Act. She led Moss Adams’ Not-for-Profit & Government Group for 12 years and has volunteered at and served on the boards of several United Way agencies, a university advisory committee, and an elementary school foundation.


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Elizabeth Khuri Chandler | Board Member

Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Goodreads
Elizabeth never intended to work in tech but in 2007, while she was an editor at the LA Times Sunday magazine, she and her husband Otis launched Goodreads. Goodreads was borne out of Otis’ desire to build a social network around reading, and Elizabeth’s love of language, literature, and connecting with others through ideas. Elizabeth focused in on the language of the site, branding, PR, newsletters, and editorial offerings; many millions of emails later, she is still running editorial, though currently on maternity leave with three little daughters at home.


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Colin McElwee | Board Member

Co-Founder & Senior Director, Worldreader
Colin McElwee is the Co-Founder and Senior 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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Harrison Miller | Board Member

Senior Advisor, 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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Lisa Nitze | Board Member

Principal, Lisa Nitze Consulting
Lisa has 30 years of experience leading organizations and initiatives working with government, corporations, foundations, nonprofits and educational institutions to develop and implement strategies for building sustainable social systems change and for maximizing social impact. She has started four nonprofits. Most recently, Lisa led a team responsible for engaging and educating over 500 philanthropists making pooled investments in social enterprises as the CEO of Social Venture Partners Seattle. She is an Adjunct Professor in the Social Enterprise Program, School of International Studies, American University and a Lecturer at the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington. She currently advises social enterprises.


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Kartik Raghavan | Board Member

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, and 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 | Board Member

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.