Our Board of Directors are key to our development. They provide guidance and help us strategize and innovate.

About our Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors provides critical guidance and support to the entire organization. Comprised of innovative, forward-thinking leaders, our board helps to ensure that Bridges to Prosperity is able to meet its ambitious goals.

Avery Bang

President & CEO
Since joining B2P as a volunteer in 2006, I’ve worked alongside a growing team of leaders and game changers who, in partnership with isolated communities around the world, provide safe year-round access to education, healthcare, and markets through pedestrian bridge-building. Together, we’re connecting the rural last mile.

Meet the Board

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Inga Afanasieva
Inga Afanasieva
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Inga Afanasieva
Member, B2P Board of Directors

For much of her career Inga has been working at the World Bank on innovative financing mechanisms and has led projects across infrastructure and social sectors in Africa, South Asia, and East Asia Pacific. She is an economist by training with an expertise in results-based financing across multiple sectors, including education, energy, water and sanitation. In 2012-2013, Inga served as Chief of Staff at the Moldovan Ministry of Education where she headed the Minister’s Cabinet. She was on the forefront of the education reform and the development of the new Education Strategy and amending the Education Law. Inga holds an MSc in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, and a BA in Economics from the Academy of Economic Studies, Moldova.

Carole Bionda
Carole Bionda
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Carole Bionda
Secretary, B2P Board of Directors
After practicing law for many years, Carole came to Nova in 1986 and currently oversees the company’s legal affairs. She has an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley, where she graduated summa cum laude, and a Juris Doctorate degree from Stanford University. During her career Carole has devoted a significant amount of time in the service of the construction industry sitting on committees and boards with various construction industry groups including the Associated Builders and Contractors, where she was the National Chair in 2004, Associated General Contractors, California Construction Craft Training Center, National Center for Construction Education & Research, and Women Construction Owners & Executives.
Ben Brahinsky
Ben Brahinsky
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Ben Brahinsky
Member, B2P Board of Directors

Ben has over 30 years of experience in consulting and transactions in the construction and private equity industries.  Through his firm Leap Financial, Ben provides advisory and board services to firms and their owners.

Ben was Managing Director of a Denver-based private equity firm, where he was responsible for acquiring and turning around distressed companies. For nearly twenty years prior, Ben was a Principal at FMI Corporation in the firm’s investment banking practice.

Ben has spoken to construction industry organizations and published in industry journals. He is active in CFMA, and is a past National Secretary.  Ben has a BA in Geography and Economics, Magna Cum Laude and an MBA in Finance and Real Estate, both from the University of Denver.

 

 

Susan N. Dorsey
Susan N. Dorsey
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Susan N. Dorsey
Member, B2P Board of Directors

Sue Dorsey joined the Gates Family Foundation in 2016 and is the Senior Vice President of Finance, Administration and Impact Investing. She has over 25 years of experience in nonprofit management, international development and finance. Sue is responsible for all financial management, accounting, investment management, human resources, reporting, compliance, and impact investing activities at the Foundation. Prior to coming to Gates, Sue served for seven years as the Chief Financial Officer for Water for People. Water for People is an NGO focused on sustainable, market-based solutions to global water and sanitation challenges. Prior to joining Water for People, Sue spent 12 years as the Executive Director of Friendship Bridge, a microfinance and education organization operating in Vietnam and Guatemala. Sue served as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Costa Rica from 1990-92, working in small business development. Prior to the Peace Corps, Sue worked for several years in banking and finance with the First National Bank of Maryland. Sue was an adjunct professor at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School for International Studies from 2007 to 2016. She has an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Finance from the University of Vermont. Sue has served on the Board of Humentum (formerly InsideNGO) since 2013 and as Treasurer since 2015. She also currently serves on the Board for Mountain Area Land Trust in Evergreen.  Sue married a fellow Peace Corps volunteer and is a mom to three kids on the verge of adulthood. Sue spends as much time as she can outdoors running, skiing and backpacking in the mountains of Colorado.

Ken Frantz
Ken Frantz
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Ken Frantz
Founder

Ken Frantz is the Founder of Bridges to Prosperity. He has been in the construction and development industry for over 40 years, most of which was spent directing the activities of his own firm. Ken has received national and state commendations for construction and scheduling excellence and has served on many boards including the Board of Directors for the Associated Builders and Contractors. He has volunteered tens of thousands of hours to over 20 charitable organizations, from Rotary International to Bridges to Prosperity.

Ken received his undergraduate degree from Washington State University and his master’s degree from Golden Gate University. He enjoys sailing, scuba diving, hiking, mountain drone photography, and tough logistical challenges. Ken lives with his wife Cheri in Yorktown, Virginia, where together they raised Preston, Brendan, and Sarah.  He has donated substantial financial resources and volunteered full-time at Bridges to Prosperity for 10 years.  Currently, Ken can be found on-board My Cherie Amour, a catamaran, with his wife Cheri and friends sailing in the Mediterranean & Caribbean. His Rocky Mountain drone imagery can be found here.

Gretchen Gagel
Gretchen Gagel
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Gretchen Gagel
Chair, B2P Board of Directors; Member, Board of Trustees, B2P UK Charitable Trust

Gretchen Gagel, PhD, President of Greatness Consulting (www.greatnessconsulting.com) has enjoyed a three-decade career in management consulting with a focus upon the construction industry. She is currently living in Australia, teaching leadership and change to post-graduates and MBA students at both the Australian National University and the University of Denver, and continuing to consult. To learn more about Gretchen visit https://www.linkedin.com/in/gretchen-gagel/ or her podcast at https://www.buzzsprout.com/317000

Anne Maria Makhulo
Anne Maria Makhulo
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Anne Maria Makhulo
Member, B2P Board of Directors

Anne Maria has deep expertise in international development that has been honed over multiple years working with the the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa and previously as a development strategist with Dalberg Global Development Advisors. Anne Maria recently joined the executive suite of AGRA, a dynamic African-led partnership working across the African continent to help millions of small scale farmers and their families lift themselves out of poverty and hunger. In her role, Anne Maria develops and manages key strategic partnerships to drive a coordinated approach to investing in and driving inclusive Agricultural transformation. An actuary by training, Anne Maria previously served as a Senior Project Manager with Dalberg Global Development Advisors and before that was a Senior Actuarial Analyst with a leading life insurance company in East Africa.

Sridhar Prasad
Sridhar Prasad
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Sridhar Prasad
Member, B2P Board of Directors

Sridhar is a partner in Bridgespan’s Boston office, having joined in 2013. At Bridgespan, Sridhar has worked with nonprofits in a number of sectors, including global development, education, mental health, and early childhood development.

Sridhar has co-authored “Pay-What-It-Takes Philanthropy,” (Stanford Social Innovation Review, Summer 2016) and “Lessons for Nonprofits Seeking to Grow a Promising Program,” (Bridgespan.org).

Prior to Bridgespan, Sridhar worked as a project leader at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in San Francisco, working across a range of practice areas, including health care, education, and technology, media, and telecom. Before BCG, Sridhar served as a program analyst for the Federal Communications Commission’s National Broadband Task Force. He also has worked for the Clinton Foundation’s HIV/AIDS Initiative (now the Clinton Health Access Initiative) in Delhi, India, as well as for the Sewalanka Foundation, a local Sri Lankan nonprofit focused on issues of economic empowerment and community mobilization. Sridhar started his career as an associate at Katzenbach Partners LLC (now part of Booz & Co.).

Sridhar holds a BA in history from Columbia University, a JD from the Harvard Law School, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Stuart Shilson
Stuart Shilson
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Stuart Shilson
Member, B2P Board of Directors; Chair, Board of Trustees, B2P UK Charitable Trust

Stuart became a Trustee of Bridges to Prosperity UK in 2019. He is Chair of Goodenough College, London, a Trustee of the British Red Cross and a Senior Partner of McKinsey & Company. At McKinsey he advises leading businesses, government departments and not-for-profit organisations on strategy, finance, organisation, operations, technology and analytics. His primary focus is on organisations involved with infrastructure and logistics, and he has extensive experience helping manage their relationships with governments and other stakeholders.

Among other board roles, Stuart was for some years a member of the worldwide governing body of the Order of St John (a UN-accredited charity working to improve health and wellbeing in more than 30 countries); during this time he helped establish an innovative maternal and neonatal care programme in a number of African countries. He has also been Co-Chair of the Global Infrastructure Initiative.

Stuart is an elected Fellow of The Royal Geographical Society, The Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce, and The Linnean Society. He is also a Deputy Lieutenant for Greater London and an Assessor for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

Lou Stover
Lou Stover
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Lou Stover
Member, B2P Board of Directors

Lou graduated from the University of Colorado in Economics and Mathematics. After work experience at Kaman Sciences, City of Denver and Hewlett-Packard, she co-founded DRC. That company was sold to H-P after six years. She was then a co-founder of DST, which was sold to Solera in 2013.

On the non-profit front, she was the President of the Friends of the Encinitas, CA, Library during the $25MM, 25K square foot rebuild. Also, she served as the President of the Coastal Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charity for almost six years.

She and her husband Ray reside in Aspen, CO, where they are re-building a historic house.

Janice Tuchman
Janice Tuchman
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Janice Tuchman
Member, B2P Board of Directors

As editor-in-chief, Janice L. Tuchman leads the editorial team creating content for the Engineering News-Record enterprise—online, in print and at live events. She is active in many construction organizations and has developed a broad network of industry sources, who help keep ENR on top of the latest trends and innovations. She has traveled the world to visit outstanding projects and speak to groups and universities.

Tuchman has served on the National Research Council’s Board on Infrastructure and continues to serve on the Industry Leaders Council of the American Society of Civil Engineers. She is a member of the National Academy of Construction, where she works with the membership and communication committees, and with the exclusive heavy industry leadership group, The Moles. She also serves on the industry advisory council of the Dept. of Civil Engineering at Columbia University.

She joined the board of B2P in 2015 and has traveled with the board to Aspen, Bolivia and London. A highlight of her involvement was attending the opening ceremonies for a bridge in the mountains of Bolivia that involved an arduous climb 700 ft down to the bridge site—and back up again!

Tuchman has been awarded the G.D. Crain Award for Distinguished Editorial Career, given by the global business information association, Connectiv. In 2014, she won both the Beaver’s “Service & Supply” Award for outstanding achievement in heavy engineering construction as well as the Carroll H. Dunn Award from the Construction Industry Institute for “outstanding contributions to improving the cost effectiveness of the United States construction industry.” She is an honorary fellow of the Society for Marketing Professional Services. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from the University of Colorado in Boulder.

Tuchman lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband Joseph Rosta—a singer, actor and poet. Her daughter, Celia, recently earned her doctorate in anthropology and is an adjunct assistant professor at York College in Queens.

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Meet the UK Trust

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Jon Dale
Jon Dale
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Jon Dale
Member, Board of Trustees, B2P UK Charitable Trust

Jon is a civil engineer with over 40 years international experience of large multidiscipline infrastructure and building projects. Jon has lived in Hong Kong, Singapore and Denmark and has had the privilege of being a senior manager for Balfour Beatty, Tarmac, Kvaerner, Skanska and has been Chief executive for Whessoe oil and Gas, President of Cleveland Bridge and Chairman of Dorman Long and American Bridge.

Jon is passionate about the benefit that infrastructure has on the everyday lives of people in all communities and his projects have included sewer tunnels, Metros, power stations, Ship Building, Oil and gas plants and Bridges.

Jon currently lives with his wife Anne in Oxford in the UK where he is involved in developing risk management software for engineering applications and is a keen cyclist.

Jon is a member of the B2P UK Charitable Trust.

Ian Firth
Ian Firth
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Ian Firth
Member, Board of Trustees, B2P UK Charitable Trust

Ian Firth is well known as a bridge designer responsible for the engineering design of a wide variety of bridges, great and small, around the world. He regularly works in multi-disciplinary teams alongside leading bridge architects, and several of his projects have received high profile design awards. His projects include major large span suspension or cable stayed bridges, as well as more modest but aesthetically interesting and technically challenging pedestrian bridges.

In addition to his design work, Ian has been responsible for the assessment, maintenance and upgrading of several existing bridges, particularly steel box girder bridges, and he regularly provides specialist advice on long span bridge design and construction. He joined Flint & Neill in 1979 after graduating from the University of Bristol in the UK and became a Partner in the firm in 1990. When F&N joined the COWI Group in 2008 Ian became Chief Operating Officer. Since January 2018, Ian has been an independent engineering consultant, still engaged on several projects with COWI around the world.

He is an active member of the Bridges to Prosperity Board of Directors and Chair of the Bridges to Prosperity UK Charitable Trust.

Gretchen Gagel
Gretchen Gagel
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Gretchen Gagel
Member, Board of Trustees, B2P UK Charitable Trust; Chair, B2P Board of Directors

Gretchen Gagel, PhD, President of Greatness Consulting (www.greatnessconsulting.com) has enjoyed a three-decade career in management consulting with a focus upon the construction industry. She is currently living in Australia, teaching leadership and change to post-graduates and MBA students at both the Australian National University and the University of Denver, and continuing to consult. To learn more about Gretchen visit https://www.linkedin.com/in/gretchen-gagel/ or her podcast at https://www.buzzsprout.com/317000

Peter Rees-Gildea
Peter Rees-Gildea
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Peter Rees-Gildea
Member, Board of Trustees, B2P UK Charitable Trust

Peter Rees-Gildea is the director of Disaster Management Consulting Ltd providing consultancy support to the International Red Cross, the United Nations and the UK Department for International Development (DFID).

Peter spent ten years with non-governmental organisations in Thailand and Pakistan and twenty years with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies overseas and in the Geneva headquarters in a number of positions, including head of international disaster response.

As well as providing disaster management assessment and evaluation services Peter deploys to disasters for DFID and the United Nations (UNDAC) and was instrumental in getting support for Bridges to Prosperity to build three pedestrian bridges in Haiti while on mission there with DFID.

Peter has a Master of Arts degree in rural development from the University of East Anglia, UK.

Stuart Shilson
Stuart Shilson
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Stuart Shilson
Chair, Board of Trustees, B2P UK Charitable Trust; Member, B2P Board of Directors

Stuart became a Trustee of Bridges to Prosperity UK in 2019. He is Chair of Goodenough College, London, a Trustee of the British Red Cross and a Senior Partner of McKinsey & Company. At McKinsey he advises leading businesses, government departments and not-for-profit organisations on strategy, finance, organisation, operations, technology and analytics. His primary focus is on organisations involved with infrastructure and logistics, and he has extensive experience helping manage their relationships with governments and other stakeholders.

Among other board roles, Stuart was for some years a member of the worldwide governing body of the Order of St John (a UN-accredited charity working to improve health and wellbeing in more than 30 countries); during this time he helped establish an innovative maternal and neonatal care programme in a number of African countries. He has also been Co-Chair of the Global Infrastructure Initiative.

Stuart is an elected Fellow of The Royal Geographical Society, The Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce, and The Linnean Society. He is also a Deputy Lieutenant for Greater London and an Assessor for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

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