Community Leadership

Community Leadership

EDUCATION

Dan Kaufman, Managing Partner

  • Serves as adjunct faculty member at The George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs
  • Served on the Prince George's County, Maryland school board
  • Authored a bimonthly column for the National School Boards Association's flagship magazine

Marina Stenos, Partner

  • Serves on the national advisory board of the New York Hall of Science's Queens 2020, which aims to fill community needs for improving STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) teaching and learning
  • Is a member of the New York City STEM Network

Margaret Dunning, Managing Partner

  • Serves on the Board of Directors of the Economic Club of Washington, DC and is a member of its Education Committee
  • Serves on the Board of Trustees of Trinity Washington University
  • Is a Trustee of the Federal City Council and co-chairs its Membership Committee
  • Mentors first-generation college students of color
  • Served on the Boards of College Summit – National Capital Region; Levine School of Music; National Women’s Party at Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument

Heather Foster, Vice President

  • Serves on the board of "Step Up," a nonprofit that prepares girls in underresourced communities for college and the workforce
  • Serves as national board member of Delta Sigma Theta Social Action Commission, a women's organization committed to public service in education, health and voter registration

Scott Widmeyer, Founding Managing Partner

  • Chaired the board of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, the premier national organization for preparing LGBT Americans seeking political office
  • Provides annual scholarships to West Virginia University's College of Media for African-American and first-generation West Virginia students
  • Crafted the Education Writers Association's new Diversity and Inclusion program launched in 2017
  • Led the launch of “Community Conversations” at Finn Partners' New York office, giving staff a chance to meet and discuss important matters of the day
  • Co-launched “A Walk around Nantucket” adult coloring book, with $2 of every sale going to the Community Foundation for Nantucket, Massachusetts
  • Launched a summer program to engage West Virginia University and George Washington University students in media and public affairs around bridging gaps between “red and blue” states
  • Hosts a weekly public affairs radio show on Nantucket NPR

Jacqui Lipson, Vice President

  • Serves on the board of nonprofit, Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education
  • Volunteers as a mentor for Alray Scholars, which provides Boston students with scholarships and mentoring
  • Serves on the Massachusetts Dept. of Education’s Parent and Community Education and Involvement Advisory Council

Emma Bowen Foundation Fellowship

  • Finn Partners partnered with Emma Bowen Foundation to recruit and mentor students of color, particularly women, in the communications professions
  • Rising freshman and sophomores start as interns, receive on-the-job training and mentorship, and return each summer, with the goal of landing a full-time, permanent position upon graduation

ENVIRONMENT/SUSTAINABILITY

Beth Courtney, President

  • Chairman of the Board (volunteer) of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation, which is responsible for marketing Nashville globally

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Wendy Lane, Managing Partner

  • Wendy Lane Stevens has served on the James Beard Public Market Board since 2004 and has made the market her civic focus since 2012
  • As a fifth generation Oregonian, she is intent on building a tribute to fellow Oregonian James Beard with the establishment of the market which will showcase and support the growers, producers and artisans that have made Oregon a culinary mecca
  • In addition, it will be a center for culinary and nutritional educational opportunities for the public, while serving as an integral part of the region's economic growth and cultural offerings

Amber Roberts, Senior Partner

  • Amber Roberts serves on the New York City Board of Directors for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)
  • She's been involved with the AFSP for more than 14 years, supporting the organization in its mission to prevent suicide through innovative programs, education, fundraising and outreach

Shannon Riggs, Partner

  • Shannon Riggs is committed to health activism
  • She advises the American Heart Association's Voices for Healthy Kids Campaign as a member of its grant review team
  • Prior to joining LANE, a Finn Partners Company, Shannon served eight years as a spokesperson, educator and leader for health activism organizations nationwide
  • She served as the youth representative on the Washington State Tobacco Prevention and Control Council and co-created the American Legacy Foundation's “truth” movement, a national youth-led, anti-corporate tobacco initiative

Lisa Heathman, Partner

  • Lisa Heathman, partner, has a life-long love of the outdoors and a commitment to volunteerism and social responsibility
  • She serves on the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity Portland and the National Marketing Committee for Friends of the Children

HEALTH

Gil Bashe, Managing Partner

  • Immediate past chair of the American Heart Association (AHA) Founders Affiliate (NE Region)
  • 26-year Board Member of AHA Divisions and National Committees
  • Recipient of Marfan Foundation's Heroes with Heart Award, 2018
  • Chair, Breslov Research Institute
  • Let's Win for Pancreatic Cancer Advisory Board
  • Galien Foundation Executive Advisory Board
  • Former National Board Member: Leukemia and Lymphoma Foundation and American Academy of Pain Medicine Foundation

Kristie Kuhl, Senior Partner

  • CancerCare- on the Connecticut board of directors, chairman of the Walk for Hope
  • ASCO's Conquer Cancer Foundation- in the development committee and the Women Who Conquer Cancer committee

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

Burkey Belser, Managing Partner

  • Adjunct Professor, George Washington University College of Professional Studies, Master of Law Firm Management

TECHNOLOGY

Sabrina Horn, Managing Partner

  • Hobart William Smith Colleges
  • Leader in Residence, Leadership Center of Excellence
  • Boston University Alumni Advisory Council Member

FINN NASHVILLE

  • Franktown Open Hearts
  • Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee
  • Greater Nashville Habitat for Humanity
  • Matthew 25 – a local transitional housing program for homeless men
  • Nashville Chapter of Executive Women International – focuses on professional development and community involvement such as local community assistance programs, children’s reading and underprivileged adult scholastic assistance
  • Nashville Conflict Resolution Center
  • Nashville Downtown Rotary Club
  • Nashville Sports Council
  • Public Relations Association of American
  • Salvation Army Center of Hope – Salvation Army has been serving Nashville for over 12 years through much needed social services and programs including a 90-bed Adult Alcohol & Rehabilitation Center, a family resource center and a kids’ club after-school and summer camp programs.
  • Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee
  • TEDx Nashville
  • Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • United Way of Metropolitan Nashville

Jimmy Chaffin, Managing Partner

  • Serves on the board, CMO, of the American Marketing Association (Nashville)
  • Currently, Vice-president of the board of the American Advertising Federation (Nashville)
  • Serves on the board of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences – N.A.T.A.S. (Nashville)

Ronald Roberts, Managing Partner

  • Serves on the board of the United Way of Metropolitan Nashville
  • Serves as President-Elect for the Nashville Rotary Club
  • Currently serves as Chairman of the Nashville Sports Council
  • Serves on the board of the 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee
  • Serves on the board of the Nashville Predators Foundation
  • Serves as Co-Chair of the Mayor’s Council on Gender Equity
  • Serves on the board of the Music Makes Us Advisory Council (Metropolitan Nashville Schools)

Andrea Lindsley, Partner

  • Serves on the board of the Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • Currently serving as president of the Public Relations Society of America (Nashville)

Ryan Witherell, Partner

  • Serves on the board of Matthew 25, a local transitional housing program for homeless men

Pam Evans, Business Development Manager

  • Serves on the board of the Nashville Chapter of Executive Women International – an organization that focuses on professional development and community involvement such as local community assistance programs, children’s reading and underprivileged adult scholastic assistance

Rob Hoskins, Vice President

  • Serves on the board (former board chair) Salvation Army Center of Hope and Nashville Area of Command
  • Past President of the Nashville Region, University of Tennessee-Knoxville Alumni Chapter

Minh Le, Account Supervisor

  • Serves on the board of the Public Relations Society of America – Nashville Chapter
  • Serves on the Board of TEDx Nashville

Pat Nolan, Senior Vice President

  • Serves on the board of the Greater Nashville Habitat for Humanity

Molly Williamson, Vice President

  • Serves on the board of the Nashville Conflict Resolution Center

John Van Mol, Founding Partner

  • Serves on the board of trustees for Cumberland University
  • Serves on the board of the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Serves on the board of Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee

 

HUMAN RESOURCES

Elle Jones, Head of HR

  • Serves on the board of Active Plus in NYC, an organization on a mission to change lives by providing kids access to health and fitness education

 

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