Nonprofit Advisory Council
President and CEO of After-School All-Stars
Ben Paul is President and CEO of After-School All-Stars, a non-profit organization providing daily after-school programs to over 81,000 low-income children in 12 cities, from New York to Honolulu.
During his seven-year tenure as COO and then CEO, Paul has overseen the expansion of program operations from 45 to 450 schools. Paul has expanded the organization’s focus from sports to the three pillars – arts, health & fitness and academics. Paul completed a strategic realignment of the national headquarters — creating and staffing new positions focusing directly on finance, marketing, programs, and development.
Paul currently serves on the Board of Trustees of America’s Promise Alliance, a collaborative network founded by Colin and Alma Powell to facilitate volunteer action for children and youth.
In 2004, Paul co-founded Larchmont Charter School, serving as the school’s Chairman of the Board of Directors. Larchmont Charter is one of LA’s 10 top-performing charter elementary schools, and is the most diverse high-performing school in the city, serving close to 500 students. Paul also co-founded a sister school, Larchmont Charter, West Hollywood, and is the Founding Board Chair of Valley Charter Elementary and Valley Charter Middle School.
Paul combines his passion for education with a strong business and leadership background, including nearly 20 years of management and entrepreneurial experience. Prior to joining After-School All-Stars, Paul served as the founding partner of a Los Angeles real-estate investment group. Before that, he built on his four-year service as a commander in the Israeli army with a position at International Consultants on Targeted Security, an anti-terrorism flight-security company with clients including Pan American Airlines and Virgin Atlantic Airways.
Paul holds an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California.
Executive Vice-President, After-School All-Stars
Aaron Dworkin is committed to serving and supporting at-risk youth during out-of-school time hours. As national program director for ASAS, he provides all chapters with curriculum, staff training, partnership building and evaluation support. He is currently leading ASAS efforts to implement four national program initiatives: Middle to High School Transition, Service Learning, Career Exploration and Sports-based Youth Development. Previously, he founded and directed Hoops & Leaders, a leadership training and mentoring program for low income youth in New York City.
Aaron has also worked as Director of Strategic Development for the non-profit Coro New York Leadership Center and in the private sector as a public finance analyst for Moody’s Investors Service. He serves on the Board of Advisors for the Up2Us Youth Sports Coalition. Dworkin is a graduate of Tufts University, a former Coro Fellow in Public Affairs and holds Masters Degrees in Education and Public Administration from Harvard University and Columbia University. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife Lauren and son, Myles.
Michealene C. Risley
Founder of Fresh Water Spigot and Producer of Tapestries of Hope
Michealene Cristini Risley is the founder of Fresh Water Spigot. She has long been an entrepreneur who has created some of the largest deals in consumer products and the entertainment industry. Michealene launched the first-ever branded maternity line in conjunction with Adidas. As Vice President of Licensing and Character Development for Sega of America, she championed the Sega Girls Task Force and produced well over 100 episodes in animation. She also wrote, produced, and directed a short film called "Flashcards," which won Best Cinematography at the California Independent Film Festival, Best Short film at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival, and the film screened in the Cannes Film Festival "Shorts Du Jour" program.
Executive Director, Glow Foundation
Peter Kim has worked internationally and in the US on environmental law and policy, education, transportation and land-use, partnerships, and environmental justice issues. For the past six years, Peter has worked in the philanthropy sector as a director of strategy for a consulting firm and as an officer for the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. He has led successful social initiatives using a venture philanthropy approach to build the capacity of fifteen environmental nonprofits and to create an integrated educational and youth development curriculum with schools, teachers and nonprofits. In addition, he authored the Silicon Valley Community Foundation's regional planning grantmaking strategy and worked with other national foundations to retool regional strategies to maximize impact.
Peter brings to Glow his expertise in strategic planning program strategy design, multi-sector partnerships and creating successful social venture funds. He has a law degree with a certificate in Environmental & Natural Resources Law.