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

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

Anne Maria Makhulo
Anne Maria Makhulo
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Anne Maria Makhulo
Vice Chair, 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.

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.
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.

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.

 

 

Avery Bang
Avery Bang
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Avery Bang
Member, B2P Board of Directors

I believe that every person has a right to safe access – and the innovative, scalable approach B2P embraces is built to act on that belief. 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.

My passion for engineering began early – I was a passionate fan of legos as a kid (still am, as a matter of fact). I pursued a BSc. degree in Civil Engineering and a BA in Studio Art at the University of Iowa, and later completed a graduate degree in Geotechnical Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder. My graduate research was conducted with National Academy of Engineering member Bernard Amadei, and considered locally-appropriate geotechnical survey and pedestrian bridge design for rural applications. I have taught Cable-Supported Pedestrian Bridge Design at the University of Colorado in the Mortenson Center for Engineering in Developing Communities, and in 2016, took a sabbatical to complete an MBA at Säid Business School at the University of Oxford, where I served as the Managing Director for the Oxford Seed Fund. In this role, I selected and managed a team of 10 fellow MBAs to oversee deal flow, due diligence, and term negotiation for high growth Oxford-led startups, while also being responsible for screening applicants of the Skoll Venture Awards.

As exciting and inspiring as my time across the pond was, I’m excited to be back with the B2P team and in the state I love. When I’m not mulling over the next exciting step for the organization, I’m usually enjoying a good brew in the Colorado sunshine, rock climbing, or tackling my newest home renovation project.

Where you’ve seen Avery:

Speaking at…

TEDWomen 2018
TEDx Boulder
ASBI Annual Convention
USGBC’s Greenbuild Nation
International Footbridge Conference
IABSE International Conference
CURT Annual Convention
SEAOI’s Midwest Bridge Conference
D80 Conference at Michigan Technical University
ENR’s Women in Construction
International Bridge Conference
ASCE’s International Conference
Engineering for Change (E4C)
Engineers Without Borders – USA (EWB) International Conference

Writing for…

Acumen’s blog
Engineering News Records’s Future Tech blog
ASCE’s Structure Magazine (guest editorialist)

Being honored as…

ENR’s Top 25 Newsmakers of 2012
ENR Mountain Region’s Top 20 Under 40 list in 2013
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Fresh Faces in 2011
Distinguished Young Alumni of The University of Iowa
Recent Alumni Award winner at The University of Colorado at Boulder
Clarkson University honorary PhD in 2014

Serving as a board member for…

Helvetas USA
Posner Center for International Development
The University of Iowa Department of Civil Engineering
CauseLabs Digital Solutions for Social Change B-Corp
Jon Dale
Jon Dale
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Jon Dale
Member, B2P Board of Directors

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.

Susan N. Dorsey
Susan N. Dorsey
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Susan N. Dorsey
Treasurer, 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.

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.

Jonathan Nash
Jonathan Nash
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Jonathan Nash
Member, B2P Board of Directors

Jonathan Nash is President and CEO of Blumont, an international organization working with communities around the world to provide relief, support recovery, and create a more resilient future. Jonathan joined Blumont with more than 20 years of international development experience and previously served as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer and Vice President for Strategy and Business Development.

Before joining Blumont in 2019, Jonathan served as the Acting Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Operating Officer at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), a US government agency focused on alleviating global poverty through economic growth. During his 13 years at MCC, he supported and oversaw the development, implementation, and management of dozens of projects in countries across Africa, Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the Pacific.

Jonathan began his career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras, working to establish health clinics and strengthen environmental education and land management efforts. He was a senior analyst at the US Government Accountability Office, where he conducted performance audits of federally funded programs, and served as a policy analyst with the Population, Health and Environment Program of the Population Reference Bureau.

Jonathan holds a Master of Public Affairs from Indiana University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.

Claire Wilby
Claire Wilby
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Claire Wilby
Member, B2P Board of Directors; Member, Board of Trustees, B2P UK Charitable Trust

Claire is a magic circle trained solicitor of England and Wales. Practicing as a consultant through Wilby Advisory she delivers in-house legal support and ad hoc legal advice to the energy and infrastructure sectors.  Claire advises on all aspects of project financing, project development and emerging market financings. She has depth of experience working with private equity, project developers, major corporates, finance institutions, contractors and governments. She has breadth of experience on major infrastructure projects in Africa, Eurasia and the MENA region.

 

Since she qualified in 2007, she has worked both in private practice and in-house, following her career around the globe to live in the Middle East, Europe and the US, as well as spending significant periods of time on the African continent (DRC, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Mauritania, Mozambique, South Africa and Zambia). Claire has previously been involved in a number of charities involving development in Africa and integrating cardiac care standards globally.

 

When not working on transactions or traveling the African continent, Claire can be found in France with her horses and has just self-published a children’s book based on the travels of her retired horse!

 

Claire is a member of the UK Charitable Trust

Eric Mwangi
Eric Mwangi
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Eric Mwangi
Member, B2P Board of Directors

Eric has over 23 years’ experience in advisory and investments in the public and private sector across a number of key industry sectors including energy, telecoms, infrastructure, agriculture and education. He has worked with a number of leading investment companies with interests in telecoms and energy on  the continent in helping them build and execute infrastructure investment cases, generate and execute market entry strategies, as well as build strong management teams. Eric has also done extensive work in the areas of country and industry competitiveness, productivity and employment dynamics as well as long  term  investment  analysis, public  private  partnerships and infrastructure development. He has previously worked for international firms such as Monitor Group and Dalberg in the US, Europe and Africa as well as national, regional and local governments in the areas  of organizational restructuring, strategy development, acquisitions/investment analysis, service  delivery analysis, industry analysis  and competitiveness strategies. Eric is currently  leading the effort to develop the Energy Sector White Paper 2022 for Kenya. He has a BSc in Economics and Policy Analysis from Cornell University in New York.

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Jon Dale
Jon Dale
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Jon Dale
Chair, 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
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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.

Claire Wilby
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Claire Wilby
Member, Board of Trustees, B2P UK Charitable Trust; Member, B2P Board of Directors

Claire is a magic circle trained solicitor of England and Wales. Practicing as a consultant through Wilby Advisory she delivers in-house legal support and ad hoc legal advice to the energy and infrastructure sectors.  Claire advises on all aspects of project financing, project development and emerging market financings. She has depth of experience working with private equity, project developers, major corporates, finance institutions, contractors and governments. She has breadth of experience on major infrastructure projects in Africa, Eurasia and the MENA region.

 

Since she qualified in 2007, she has worked both in private practice and in-house, following her career around the globe to live in the Middle East, Europe and the US, as well as spending significant periods of time on the African continent (DRC, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Mauritania, Mozambique, South Africa and Zambia). Claire has previously been involved in a number of charities involving development in Africa and integrating cardiac care standards globally.

 

When not working on transactions or traveling the African continent, Claire can be found in France with her horses and has just self-published a children’s book based on the travels of her retired horse!

 

Claire is a member of the UK Charitable Trust

Radana Crhova
Radana Crhova
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Radana Crhova
Member, Board of Trustees, B2P UK Charitable Trust

Radana leads the Impact Investing Team at the UK’s Foreign and Development Office (FCDO), where she’s responsible for programmes and policies to drive private investment to deliver positive impact for people and planet. She’s passionate about innovative finance and established the FCDO’s first projects testing outcomes-based partnerships in education, health and poverty graduation. She previously worked as an Economist at the UK’s Cabinet Office, supporting policy on social investment, social enterprise, and the broader civil society. She holds a BA in Economics and Management from the University of Oxford, and MSc in Development Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies. She hopes, one day, to learn to play the piano.

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