Having received a record number of applicants for our biennial pro bono initiative, we were excited to review the list of inspiring entrants with our IOP experts and generous BNB! partners in the first round of selection.
With so many fantastic causes and organizations meeting the criteria for a successful partnership, it was a difficult process but we narrowed the list to 6 amazing and deserving semi-finalists.
Next week, our independent Judges will come in for the final selection round. We can’t wait for their input, discussion and expertise to help us designate our 2019 recipient!
Our 2019 Brand New Brand! Judges
Rebecca Carriero currently oversees communications for Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Arts and Culture initiatives. In her role she works with local governments, cultural institutions, artists, and non-profits to promote the value of the arts.
She has also managed communications for the foundation’s public health, environment, education and government innovation programs. Previously, Rebecca worked for The Financial Times, Goldman Sachs and Parsons School of Design.
Rebecca holds an M.A. in Corporate Communications from the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences at Baruch College, where she graduated as the highest ranking member of the class. She also earned a B.A. in Liberal Arts and Journalism from The New School. Additionally, she is a CubaOne Foundation fellow, and member of the Cervantes Institute in New York.
Frank Mentesana is the Founding-Director of EcoSpaces Education, the 2015 recipient of IOP’s Brand New Brand! pro bono branding initiative. EcoSpaces Education brings Food Literacy Education to students and communities through cooking, gardening, and healthy eating. EcoSpaces provides professional development to teachers and school administrators through its Growing Healthy Community Conferences and workshops. EcoSpaces’ newest initiative, the Mobile Food Lab, brings food education to schools via its mobile field trip classroom.
Brooklyn-based, Frank has worked in and around food for a long time. He was the founding owner of the renowned bakery/café Once Upon a Tart in Soho, New York City and is the author/photographer of Soups, Salads, Muffins and More (Knopf). His food styling, writing and photography have been seen in Martha Stewart, Food and Food, Delish.com, Kashi.com, Real Simple, The Washington Post, Woman’s Day, Edible Communities, TV and cookbooks. He is a consulting partner in the California restaurant group Locale 90 and he sits on the GrowNYC advisory committee.
Denielle Sachs leads The Tembo Group, a social impact consultancy that advises a range of organizations, including companies, family offices, and nonprofits that are looking to build, enhance or launch a major social impact effort. She founded the company after seven years as the Director of Social Impact for McKinsey & Company, where she architected and led the firm’s first ever, global corporate citizenship strategy. She also built, launched and incubated McKinsey’s corporate foundation and its first program, which is committed to addressing global youth employment.
At Tembo, Denielle has built teams dedicated solely to leading good intentions to great ideas – moving initiatives from concept through to execution, launch and impact. Over the last two decades, she has built organizations, boards and coalitions from the ground up, designed culture and thought leadership strategies that ignite movements, and led special projects for Fortune 500 businesses. Denielle also serves as the part-time Executive Director of Blue Sphere Foundation, a nonprofit focused on safeguarding the planet’s oceans.