Dave is founder and CEO of Grab the Torch, a summer institute where students have the opportunity to interact with passionate philanthropic leaders, gain an understanding of their personal values, challenge their leadership skills through outdoor adventure and build lasting friendships. He looks forward to helping bring The Bigs Project to schools and organizations.
Ned is the founder VolunteerSquare.com. Its mission is to encourage young people to look beyond their daily lives and make meaningful connections with their neighbors through volunteering. He has previously held executive positions at Oppenheimer & Co., Deutsche Bank, and Alex. Brown & Sons. Ned is a Bigs Leader concentrating on Connecticut.
Amy Murphy Carroll
Amypreviously held the position of Special Assistant for Business Engagement and Career Services at Norwalk Community College and was a Senior Financial Analyst at Morgan Stanley/Van Kampen for 14 years. Amy is a Bigs Leader concentrating on Connecticut.
David has spent the majority of his career teaching, writing curriculum, coaching, and implementing experiential learning programs. He has trained educators and always committed himself to advocating for students and quality education. His work has been published in Education Weekly, US News and World Report, The Washington Post, and The New York Times. He has also been featured on the radio and made various TV appearances.
As head of Commonfund Institute, John Griswold directed investor education and market research activities for Commonfund, a not-for-profit investment company serving the nonprofit sector. After a successful career in consumer marketing and alternative investments, John joined Commonfund as head of Client Services, Market Research and Publications in 1992. In 1996 he founded the Commonfund Forum, which has become one of the leading educational conferences in the investment business. In 1999 initiated and supervised the Commonfund Benchmarks Studies® of the performance of educational endowments, foundations, operating charities, and healthcare institutions, which survey the investment performance and practices of over 1,400 nonprofit institutions annually. In addition, he supervised and spoke at Commonfund’s annual Endowment Institute, Commonfund Forum, monthly Trustee Roundtables, and at nonprofit and investment industry conferences in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Canada. John retired from Commonfund at the end of 2016 and joined the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges as a Senior Consultant focusing on financial issues facing higher education and board and committee governance. John has authored many articles and book chapters on endowment management, governance, and the management of investment committees. He is a member of several non-profit boards and investment committees, including the board of trustees of BoardSource (former Chair), The Boys and Girls Clubs of America, the Greenwich Roundtable (Chair), and the Regional Plan Association of New York. John is a graduate of Yale University and attended Columbia University Business School.
Deborah’s career in Education spans over 40 years. After some classroom teaching she moved into the field of counseling, working with students at Medgar Evers College (CUNY) in Brooklyn and Pace University in Pleasantville, NY. She then joined the NYC Dept. of Education, and worked at University Heights High School, then located at Bronx Community College. There, she advanced from Guidance Counselor to Guidance Director, Assistant Principal, and Principal. She retired from the Monroe Academy of Visual Arts and Design in the Bronx.Deborah is thrilled to have joined the BIGS Project, and have the opportunity to once again work with staff, students and parents to help students become the best that they can be, and to achieve their goals.
Margie was an Executive Vice President and Head of Human Resources at Apache Corporation. In 2015 and 2016, Margie was named one of the 50 Most Powerful and Influential Women in Energy. Margie is a Bigs Leader concentrating on Texas.
Ron is currently a Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley. Previously he held investment banking positions at Thomas Wiesel Partners and Goldman Sachs. Ron is a Bigs Partner concentrating on Ohio, and he introduced The Bigs Project to Ohio State University. OSU is Ron’s alma mater, and now OSU is our partner for The Bigs Research Study.