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PEG Alumni (2011-2017)

Sarah Cargill


Sarah is a community activist, artist, and youth development worker whose artistic and professional work is guided by and serves to address the needs of the Bay Area’s LGBTQ communities and communities of color.  She received her BA as a double major in Gender and Women’s Studies and in Music from the University of California, Berkeley.

Previously, Sarah was a Program Facilitator for Nor-Cal FDC, an Oakland-based small business development corporation, and an Administrative. Assistant for Purple Lynx, a consulting agency owned and operated entirely by woman of color.


John Collins

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John is an experienced management consultant and program manager focused on nonprofit clients in the social service, education, and philanthropic sectors. In this role, he utilizes his problem solving, project management, research, and analysis skills to address critical organizational issues.  John’s PEG clients to date include Yale and Harvard Universities (collaborating in the establishment of LEAD, a new institute to build governance capacity in Africa); Tipping Point Community; The DC Department of Health; Metro Teen-AIDS; and the Institute for Public Health Innovation. Independently, some of John’s clients to date include The Blue Shield of California Foundation and The Boys & Girls Clubs of America (National).

Prior to consulting, John was Manager of Professional Programs for the NYU Stern School of Business, where he functioned as an internal strategist, identifying opportunities for institutional improvement. He managed a diverse project portfolio, including new program development, curriculum analysis, data system and management improvements, and student satisfaction measurement. In addition, John served as the senior administration liaison for the Social Enterprise Association and the Stern Campus Greening Initiative.

From 2001 through 2004, John was a Project Manager at REDF (formerly the Roberts Enterprise Development Fund), a social venture capital fund founded by George Roberts of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. While there, John led the strategic planning and implementation of the organization’s knowledge management system and portfolio-wide financial analysis database. Previous to this, John held various positions, including senior analyst at a private equity firm and financial consultant at Ernst & Young, LLP.

John currently is completing a Master of Public Policy and Administration degree at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Business from Lehigh University. He is proficient in Spanish and has lived and worked in Latin America. He is an active volunteer for AIDS Walk New York and Pro Mujer International and a member of the Board of Advisors for Project Word, a media diversity organization.


Brian Elliot


Brian is a strategy and management consultant who helps foundations, nonprofits, and socially responsible companies design high-impact strategies and develop and launch new innovative new programs and products. Brian brings over a decade of multi-sector and entrepreneurial experiences to his work with clients. He is the founder and former CEO of Friendfactor—an award-winning online LGBT advocacy nonprofit. Previously, Brian served as the Director of Entrepreneur Services at Endeavor Global, an international development venture philanthropy firm. He has served clients while at Bain & Co. and The Bridgespan Group and has worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Brian, who hails from St. Louis, Missouri, holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School, and a BA in Public Policy from Stanford University. Brian is a winner of the SXSW 2012 Dewey Winburne Community Service Award, the 2010 Harvard Business School Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship, and Splashlife’s 30 Under 30: Civic Leaders Award.  Brian has published on the subject of entrepreneurship and international development (Harvard Business School case study entitled “Endeavor: Creating a Movement for High-Impact Entrepreneurship”) and is a frequent speaker and panelist on topics involving social innovation, technology, digital media, and authentic leadership.


Evan Fisher


Evan is a consultant specializing in data-driven strategy for multi-sector impact. He started his career at a mid-market investment bank where he helped raise capital for public companies in industries including clean_tech, health care, and transportation. Since then he has served as an adviser to a social venture capital firm, a portfolio associate for Epic Foundation, and a consultant to the NYC Department of Transportation.

Evan received his BS in International Political Economy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his MPA from NYU Wagner School of Public Service.

He is the Founding Chair of the Wagner Impact Investing Network (WIIN) and also served as a Co-Chair of Bridge: Students for Social Innovation.


James Edward Hill III

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James is a strategy consulting analyst with Public Equity Group. James received his BA in Sociology with a concentration in Ethnic Studies from San Francisco State University. Prior to PEG, James worked with the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and San Francisco Department of Public Health as a testing counselor and research intern, where he engaged in public outreach and engagement, program development, and project management.

James is an active community member of the San Francisco HIV Prevention Planning Council.


Alex Kingsepp

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Alex is a public health researcher with experience in program evaluation, data management, and community engagement. In particular, Alex is drawn to projects that explore the role that psycho-social issues play in community health and well-being. Her research interests include chronic illness and mental health in urban areas and among immigrant communities.

Alex has worked with the Columbia University Global Mental Health Program and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on community engagement, outreach, and program evaluation projects. At Columbia, her work focused on engaging regional stakeholders in the development of a mental health service and research regional network in Latin America.

Alex is currently completing an MPH at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. She received her BA in Anthropology at New York University.


John Knox

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John is a consulting analyst who currently specializes in conducting community needs, program landscape, and best practice research with a focus on organization and implementation analysis. He enjoys crafting growth and change scenarios, interviewing stakeholders, and plotting trends to inform future client strategy.

Before joining Public Equity Group, John worked, interned, and volunteered with a variety of organizations, including East Bay Interfaith Immigration Coalition; Street Level Health Project, and Psychologists Without Borders, a non-profit based in Spain that coordinates efforts to extend mental health services to those from low socioeconomic backgrounds. John also has worked with East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, an immigrant services/advocacy center in the San Francisco Bay Area where he served as volunteer coordinator and visa application assistant.

John is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, with a BA in psychology. While at UC Berkeley, John conducted research with the Cultural Diversity and Intergroup Relations Lab, contributing to joint projects launched between the Boalt School of Law and the psychology department.


Serene Lau

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Serene is a consultant with interests in health care, entrepreneurship, and community/international development.  She concurrently works with the executive director at XX in Health, an initiative of the healthcare startup accelerator, Rock Health.  Previously, Serene specialized in hospital payment review and revenue cycle management at Triage Consulting Group, where clients included single and multi-facility health systems.  Serene is a volunteer copywriter for Kopernik, an Indonesia-based technology marketplace bringing innovation to rural communities.  Her other experiences include volunteering as a business communications tutor at Year Up, a national skill-building program for urban young adults, and interning at the Center for Responsible Business at the Haas School of Business.

Serene is fluent in Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin).  She studied abroad at the University of Hong Kong, and holds a BS in Business Administration and a BA in Public Health from UC Berkeley.


Abigail Stewart-Kahn

Abigail supports nonprofit, government, and philanthropic clients in creating greater social impact through landscape review and analysis, data collection, strategic planning, charter development, team and organizational development, partnership development, and coalition building.

Abigail is a senior professional and passionate leader with over 15 years of experience in management, strategy, fund-raising, program development, and direct service. She has an unwavering commitment to creating change with and on behalf of disenfranchised individuals and communities through clinical intervention, systems, and advocacy work. She has expertise in working from vision setting through implementation with organizations at various stages of development and life cycle. She has focused deeply on consensus building and partnership, collective impact work across sectors, organizational change management, and managing and inspiring a team, as well as facility, program, and operational management.

From 2008 to 2016 Abigail was the Director of Community Education and Strategic Partnerships at the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center. There she was responsible for two of three program areas and spearheaded the development of the programs, facility, and operations of Children’s Advocacy Center of San Francisco, a public-private partnership. Overseeing a diverse and expanding team of educators, advocates, clinicians, and operations staff, Abigail created an effective, data-informed culture including the Prevention Center team and seven on-site public and private partners, who worked together setting shared priorities and improving the system’s response to child abuse. Abigail also oversaw community-wide training and awareness efforts throughout San Francisco.

Prior to her work in San Francisco, Abigail was a clinician, clinical supervisor, and program lead in various child-and family- serving organizations in New York City, working with survivors of trauma and youthful offenders. Abigail developed the first therapeutic children’s program in a Family Justice Center context in Brooklyn and worked with adult survivors of domestic violence in courts in Queens. She is a licensed clinical social worker.


Jennifer A. Wolfe

Jennifer is a former CEO and experienced strategic advisor. She has worked as a consultant for the last two years, bringing more than 15 years of experience to help organizations and companies strengthen their strategic planning, programs, partnerships, marketing, and communications. Her recent clients include Larkin Street Youth Services, The Learning Accelerator, Education Elements, and ConnectEd: The California Center for College and Career. Jennifer’s practice focuses on growth strategy, program design, marketing, communications, partnership opportunities, and organizational development.  Jennifer is a notable strategic thinker with ability to innovate and to execute, while leading across multiple teams.

Prior to her role as a consultant, Jennifer was the co-founder and CEO of DaRiMi Kidz LLC, which she successfully sold in May 2010.  She graduated cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis and received her law degree with honors from New York University School of Law. Jennifer is on the Executive Committee of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco Women’s Philanthropy Board, is a board member for Bay Area Peer Health Exchange, and is the president of the Stanley R. Wolfe Foundation.