In 2011 Joe founded the Deitch Leadership Institute at the Boston Latin School. The institute provides leadership training and focuses on individual growth and community improvement. In conjunction with Commonwealth Financial Network, in 2002 Deitch created The Commonwealth Triathlon on Cape Cod, which he continues to host annually. The triathlon is now in its 14th year. Joe is also the founder and Chairman of Commonwealth Financial Network, the largest privately owned independent broker/dealer-RIA in the United States. He has also served as a Broadway Producer, currently as a principal of Full House Productions, LLC. In 2012, he won a Tony Award as co-producer of The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.
Jane is the Founder and Managing Partner of Impala Investment Holdings and brings a broad experience from top global investment banking, private equity and strategy consulting firms. Her experience includes investing as well as providing strategic, financial and operational advisory services to businesses in the United States and Africa. She has extensive experience working closely with business owners. Jane executed private equity investments in Africa at Emerging Capital Partners and has advised clients on leveraged buyouts, equity and debt capital raising activities and mergers and acquisitions in the leveraged finance division of Citi Global Markets in New York. Jane also worked for Bank of America’s middle market corporate banking division, working with middle market businesses to facilitate business transformations through implementation of restructuring initiatives.
Graham Weaver (MBA 1999) is Founder and Partner of Alpine Investors, LP in San Francisco; a private equity firm managing five funds totalling $900M in capital. Weaver’s primary role is to oversee the fund operations and he is involved in investing, hiring, fundraising, setting the strategy for Alpine, and serving on the boards of several of Alpine’s portfolio companies. Prior to joining Alpine, Weaver worked at Oak Hill Capital Management, American Securities Capital Partners and Morgan Stanley Capital Partners. Weaver will teach STRAMGT 210: Managerial Skills, in autumn quarter.
Ned has been Co-founder together with Sam Goldman to lead d.light for nearly ten years.
As classmates in the Design for Extreme Affordability program at the Stanford Design School, Sam and Ned created their first prototype for families without electricity: a simple, battery-powered LED light. After graduating with MBAs in 2007, they turned that class project into d.light design, a for-profit social enterprise with the purpose of providing bright, affordable solar light to the 1.6 billion people worldwide that still lack access to electricity. Their first product, a bright, affordable, and user-friendly solar-powered lamp, was designed specifically for off-grid households in South Asia, Africa, and elsewhere. Today, the company, now known simply as d.light, is a leading provider of solar-powered solutions to off-grid communities. d.light has enabled more than 60 million people to transition from non-renewable, ineffectual energy sources to powerful solar solutions, allowing them to move up the Energy Access Ladder. The company’s portable lights, mobile phone chargers, and home systems are being used in homes and small business in more than sixty countries every day.
Jake graduated with distinction from the US Naval Academy and served seven-and-a-half years as an Infantry and Special Operations Platoon Commander in the Marine Corps. He led four operational deployments and was awarded the Bronze Star for actions in combat. From his experiences, Jake came to believe that the “War on Terror” won’t be won on the battlefield alone: the contributing causes of terrorism–disenfranchisement, lack of education, and extreme poverty–must also be eradicated. Jake left his military career and enrolled at the Stanford Graduate School of Business to build an organization focused on tackling extreme poverty. He graduated with an MBA in June 2008 and led a team to launch Nuru International in Kenya in the same year.