PowHERful Foundation Board of Directors
Co-Founder, Board Chairperson
Soledad O'Brien is founder and CEO of Starfish Media Group, a multi-platform media production and distribution company. Through SMG, O'Brien reports for HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.” She also hosts the National Geographic Bee and produces reports and documentaries for CNN, Al Jazeera, and NBC. She is a critically acclaimed author and speaker.
Co-Founder, Board Treasurer
Brad Raymond is a Senior Managing Director and Head of Investment Banking. Brad joined Stifel in connection with Stifel's acquisition of Thomas Weisel Partners LLC in July 2010. Mr. Raymond joined Thomas Weisel Partners in 2004 and has over 20 years of investment banking experience. Prior to joining TWP, he was Co-Head of Software Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley. Previously he was in the Technology M&A Group at JP Morgan and an Investment Banking Analyst at Alex. Brown & Sons. Brad is actively involved in the community including a Trustee of the Westminster School. He has an M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley and an A.B. from Harvard University.
Kim Bondy is an award-winning TV producer and media executive. Until 2016, she served as senior vice president for Al Jazeera America. In that role, Bondy oversaw long form programs, documentaries and news programming. She also created the network’s award-winning program “America Tonight” which was the channel’s primetime news magazine program.
Before joining Al Jazeera America, Bondy founded and served as president of The Bondy Group, a boutique media consulting and production company. Prior to that, Bondy was the vice president of morning programming and executive producer of CNN’s “American Morning” with Soledad O’Brien and Miles O’Brien. She also held executive and senior producing positions at NBC News.
She holds an MBA and a BA in Communications from the University Of New Orleans.
Mr. Kalsi is a Founder of GreenOak Real Estate, an independent, partner-owned real estate principal investing firm that seeks to create long-term value for its investors and clients. Formed in 2010, GreenOak Real Estate is a highly focused global platform with an experienced and cohesive senior team that possesses a long and successful track record investing in and managing real estate. He was previously the Global Co-Head of Morgan Stanley’s Real Estate Investing business and President of the Morgan Stanley Real Estate Funds until early 2009. Sonny was recently named by PERE as one of the 100 most influential people in private real estate from the past decade. Sonny is a graduate of Georgetown University with a degree in Business Administration and is a member of the Georgetown’s Board of Regents.
Jay Kriegel is Senior Advisor for the Related Companies, developer of Hudson Yards, the largest project in New York City history with 17 million square feet of residential, commercial and retail space. Previously, for seven years, Kriegel served as President of NYC2012, New York’s bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games, supported by $55 million in private funds. Despite losing to London, the bid spurred an unprecedented array of transformative development projects across the City. In non-profit activities, he also serves on the boards of Prep for Prep, New Visions for Public Schools, ExpandEd Schools, NYU’s Center for Global Affairs, and the Kent Land Trust, and the Steering Committee of the Association for a Better New York (ABNY).
Deborah Pond has twenty-five years of legal experience. She is currently the General Counsel for Coca-Cola Beverages Florida, a Coca-Cola bottler based in Florida. In this role, Deborah has responsibility for all legal matters for the company, and she serves as a member of the company's executive leadership team. Deborah first joined the Coca-Cola system in 1996 as an in-house attorney with The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, Georgia. During her time with The Coca-Cola Company, she supported a wide spectrum of the Coca-Cola business, including sales, marketing, supply chain, commercial leadership, franchise leadership and international trade. Before joining The Coca-Cola Company, Deborah was a litigation associate with the Troutman Sanders law firm in Atlanta. Deborah received her JD from Emory University and her AB from Duke University.
Prashanthi Rao Raman
Prashanthi Raman is a Senior Public Policy Manager in the Government Relations group at Lyft, the ridesharing company. She received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University. Thereafter, Prashanthi pursued a joint Juris Doctorate and Masters of Public Health degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law and University of Illinois at Chicago. Prashanthi has always had a passion for government relations and the intersection of policy. After practicing healthcare law for 6 years, she was appointed by Governor Quinn to manage healthcare and human services legislation and legislative affairs for the entire state of Illinois and oversee 8 state agencies. In her free time, Prashanthi is actively engaged in the Asian American community, not-for-profit and foundation executive boards and community service.
Keith Reinhard is Chairman Emeritus of DDB Worldwide. He is one of the few agency heads to rise through the creative side of the business. Under his leadership as Chairman and CEO, DDB Worldwide became one of the largest and most awarded advertising agency networks in the world. A member of the Advertising Hall of Fame, Keith has been referred to as the industry’s “soft-spoken visionary” by Advertising Age, which in 1999 named him one of the 100 most influential figures in the history of advertising.
Pharrell Williams started performing as a teen. He joined forces with his friend Chad Hugo and they became known as in-demand production team the Neptunes, working with such artists as Jay-Z, Gwen Stefani and Britney Spears. Returning to performing, Williams helped form the group N.E.R.D., which released albums like In Search Of... and Seeing Sounds. In 2013, he hit the pop charts in a major way, going to No. 1 with his solo effort "Happy" as well as helping to craft hits with Robin Thicke and Daft Punk. He joined the popular television competition The Voice in September 2014 as a coach.