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Meet Our Team
Lindsay Fass Graham
Lindsay is an engager, connector and entrepreneur with years of experience in sales and marketing. She advocates for underdogs and the neurodiverse population. In addition to founding AboutThem, she has served as an agent for car buyers, drawing on her extensive knowledge of the automotive industry to found Car Pal National Car Buying Service, LLC in 2009. She has also worked as a marketing consultant for physicians and dentists throughout the US, advising on marketing budgets, websites, social media, and photography. Lindsay has a BA in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College and an MBA from Duke University. Her photos have appeared on many of the websites she has helped to build.
Alex attends the University of Vermont, where he is studying business administration and economics. His special interest is in entrepreneurship with a concentration in marketing. Alex has previously held positions in sales, banking, and operations management. He has run two businesses of his own (physical-digital media conversion and e-commerce store for outdoor gear) and has also canvassed for VPIRG. At school, Alex is part of the UVM GreenHouse, an environmentally conscious living community. In his free time, he enjoys hiking the trails and mountains of Vermont and Virginia. His two cats, Luna and Novia, think the world of him.
Advisory Board Member/Change Agent
In addition to serving as senior counsel to industry leaders, politicians, governments, NGOs, and schools, Marcia Conner works with big-vision leaders, impact entrepreneurs, and unreasonable thinkers, ready to use their superpowers for good. She is a former corporate executive, a Batten fellow at UVA’s Darden School of Business, has published four books, speaks around the globe, and resides outside Austin, Texas. There’s a chance she’ll create a better world before catching up on sleep or organizing her life. She’s good with that.
Advisory Board Member
David Lehner spent 19 years as an engineer with NASA, where he was known for his determination and problem-solving skills, as well as his sense of humor. His unique management style yielded much success, and during this time, he was also happy to serve as a role model and mentor, working and guiding by a simple maxim: “There’s no dishonor in attempting to do something and missing the mark, but there is dishonor in giving up.” Now retired from NASA, David remains committed to guiding and inspiring others, professionally and personally.
Advisory Board Member
Alyson, an entrepreneur and president of Fearless Fund (an innovation organization), is passionate about finding ways to use the 97% of water in our oceans to save the 1% of available fresh water for Earth’s expanding population. To that end, she designs new ways to produce food, feed, and energy in oceans. The low-impact process saves fresh water, fertilizers, and land typical of agriculture, while converting carbon from oceans to products benefits the ecosystem.
Alyson is a graduate of Wesleyan University and Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. To relax, she loves to kick back on the dock of her coastal Kegotank Farm and shuck oysters straight out of the saltwater creek.
Advisory Board Member
Greater San Francisco Area
Peter Tavernise is the Executive Director of the Cisco Foundation and Director of Cisco Public Benefit Investment. He brings over 25 years of non-profit fundraising, private family foundation, and corporate funding experience to empowering global problem solvers to speed the pace of social change.
In addition to advising AboutThem, Peter is currently a Trustee of the Cisco South Africa Education Trust, a board member of the Giraffe Heroes Project, an advisory board member of GreatNonprofits.org, and has served as a member of the American Red Cross Corporate Advisory Council, and the Contributions Council of The Conference Board. Peter is a previous Cisco Community Leadership Fellow at Public Allies North Carolina; is a North Carolina Wildacres Leadership Initiative Fellow; and is a past board member of Teachers Without Borders, YouthNoise.org, and the Affordable Housing Trust of Santa Clara County. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Davidson College, and a Masters in Humanities from Duke University.