In this episode of The NonProfit Voice, Nhu Te, editor-in-chief of NonProfit PRO, is joined by Ari Simon, head of social impact and philanthropy at Pinterest, and Paul D’Alessandro, founder and chairman of D’Alessandro, Inc., and editorial advisory board member for NonProfit PRO. Join our convo as we talk through Pinterest's social impact efforts and the importance of corporate social responsibility.
Ari Simon is the head of social impact and philanthropy at Pinterest. Ari oversees Pinterest’s social impact efforts, including a philanthropic strategy focused on expanding emotional well-being and place-based giving across Pinterest’s global footprint. Before joining Pinterest, he was VP, chief program and strategy officer at The Kresge Foundation for seven years. He led the foundation’s domestic and global grantmaking and directed its Opportunity Fund focused on protecting civil rights, promoting racial equity, and ensuring the stability of our democratic system of government. Ari joined Kresge after five years with McKinsey & Company, where he focused on social innovation, economic development, and public health. Prior to that, he was a writer and editor of the Shuttle Columbia Accident Report as well as the United Nations Independent Inquiry Committee Investigation of the Oil-for-Food Programme, served as a volunteer on ambulances in the Middle East, and worked for the Innocence Project while in law school. Ari earned a bachelor’s degree at Harvard College, a master’s degree at Oxford University, and a law degree at Stanford University.
Paul D'Alessandro, JD, CFRE, is founder and chairman of D'Alessandro, Inc., a fundraising and strategic management consulting company. He is also a lawyer and a tax law specialist for nonprofits, as well as an editorial advisory board member for NonProfit PRO.