The BlueSky Advisory Board is comprised of leaders in law, finance, media and nonprofit who collaborate and provide advice to the firm regarding strategic decisions and direction.

 
 

Anastasia Khoo

CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER
Conservation International

Anastasia Khoo is the Chief Marketing Officer for Conservation International. In this capacity, Khoo oversees innovative organizational communications and marketing strategies--positioning CI as a leader in the field. Prior to joining CI, Khoo was the CMO for the Human Rights Campaign. In this capacity, she led consistently innovative organizational marketing strategies--positioning HRC as a leader in digital media, advertising, and public relations. Anastasia was the architect many of HRC's high-profile public relations campaigns including "The People's Brief," the largest public brief ever submitted to the Supreme Court with more than 200,000 signatures in support of marriage equality; "All God's Children," the first LGBT public relations campaign in the South; and the historic #LoveWins campaign garnering more than 7 million retweets worldwide.

Nowhere has this leadership been more notable than in the record-breaking "red equal sign" campaign in 2013. As historic marriage equality cases reached the United States Supreme Court, Khoo developed a strategic campaign to give HRC supporters an opportunity to show their support for marriage and be a part of history by changing their Facebook profile picture to a red-and-pink version of the HRC logo. In just a few short days, as many as 10 million people used the image on social media--including celebrities, major corporations and leading politicians. The logo was named 2013's "Symbol of the Year" and Facebook declared the campaign one of the most successful viral efforts in the site's history. Her work has garnered top honors including Mashable's "Best Social Media Campaign", PR Week's Best Digital Campaign, SXSW "Best Digital Campaign", "Best Social Media Campaign" and the highly-coveted "Best in Show." Anastasia has also received a wide variety of accolades including "Digital Innovator of the Year," "Gamechanger" and PR News "Top Women in PR." Most recently, she joined an elite group of PR professionals with the "Champion of PR" award distinction from PR Week. Prior to joining HRC, Anastasia spent six years in the environmental movement with Greenpeace developing its communications and brand strategy as well as collaborating on a variety of high-profile corporate and grassroots campaigns. Prior to joining HRC, Khoo spent six years in the environmental movement with Greenpeace developing its communications and brand strategy as well as collaborating on a variety of high-profile corporate and grassroots campaigns. She has a bachelor's degree from Dickinson College.


Daniel Pine, CFA

Managing Director (Retired)
Citi Property Investors

Dan has over 30 years of investment experience primarily in the area of global real estate. Most recently, Dan was a Managing Director and the head of Greenwich-based Forum Securities where he was responsible for all portfolio decisions across each of Forum’s investment strategies. Prior to Forum, he was a Managing Director at Citi Property Investors (“CPI”) and the global head of CPI’s real estate securities team where he launched and built the global REIT platform. Dan previously worked at Alliance Bernstein where he was Senior Vice President of Real Estate Research and Portfolio Management, and at Desai Capital Management as Senior Vice President responsible for public and private investments in real estate, consumer, and healthcare companies. Dan is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where he did post-graduate work in evolutionary biology. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation..


Eric Paley

PARTNER
NIXON PEABODY, LLP

Eric is the Labor & Employment Practice Group Co-Leader at Nixon Peabody, where he advises clients on how to comply with the laws governing their employee benefit programs. Eric advises a wide range of nonprofit organizations including hospitals/health systems, colleges/universities, iconic arts/cultural institutions, trade associations and social service agencies. He spends a significant amount of time working with clients on ERISA fiduciary compliance, including helping them establish or reconstitute their retirement plan committees, advising them on whether to engage a third-party investment consultant or conduct an RFP for a new recordkeeper, and educating boards, officers and committee members on the rapidly changing legal landscape in which they operate. Eric has his J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law, and a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University.


Grant Cleghorn

Managing Partner, Chief Operating Officer
Toronado Capital Management

Grant T. Cleghorn is the Chief Operating Officer for Toronado Capital Management. He has over 17 years of capital markets experience for alternative and long-only institutional asset managers. In early 2008 through 2014, Grant was the Managing Director and Head of Marketing and Investor Relations at Parnassus Investments. He expanded the firm’s domestic and international relationships with top tier institutional asset consultants, sovereign wealth funds, family offices and direct corporate, public, Taft-Hartley, foundation and endowment plans. Grant joined Crosslink Capital in 2015 as a Partner and Head of Marketing and Investor Relations for hedge fund strategies. Grant started his career in 1999 as an Associate with the equity capital markets group at OffRoad Capital, a San Francisco-based private equity firm. From 2002 through 2008, he was responsible for consultant relations as Vice President of Consultant Relations at Wells Fargo Asset Management Group. Grant is an alumnus of The Lawrenceville School and received a B.A. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where he also earned track and field All-American honors as a decathlete.


Jennifer Hatch

President and Managing Partner
Christopher Street Financial

Jen is the owner and Managing Partner of Christopher Street Financial. Founded in 1981, Christopher Street Financial was established as the first investment and financial services firm committed to serving the gay, lesbian and supportive community. Today, Christopher Street is widely recognized as the preeminent wealth management firm in the LGBT community. In addition to developing creative solutions to the financial dilemmas of same-sex couples, Jen is responsible for managing CSF’s team of investment advisors and other professionals. She began her investment career at JP Morgan and then Bear Stearns where she specialized in two institutional markets: high yield bonds and later, global equities.

Jen believes that it is CSF’s duty to be both an activist and major donor in the LGBT community. She is currently Chairing the Board for a brand new organization launching a Pride Center in her hometown of Nyack, NY. Jen is also a co-chair of SAGE’s Leadership Committee and is deeply involved with the efforts of Family Equality Council and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. She has received numerous recognitions and honors, including Out Magazine’s OUT 100 identifying the year’s “most influential, important and interesting people,” the Community Service Award from SAGE (Services and Advocacy for Gay and Lesbian Elders) for her “pioneering work helping same-sex couples navigate the legal and tax world,” and the Stonewall Community Foundations “Women of 2008” Award for Community Action and Leadership.”


Sophie Purdom

CONSULTANT
BAIN & COMPANY

Sophie currently is a consultant at Bain & Company where she is focused on private equity and social impact engagements, before she matriculates at Harvard Business School. Additionally, she serves on the Advisory Council for the Institute at Brown University for Environment and Society and is a Henry David Thoreau Scholar.

Sophie is the co-author of Sustainable Investing: Revolutions in Theory in Practice and is a founder of and advisor to the Brown University Sustainable Investment Fund, the first ESG giving option at a leading university endowment. Alongside these efforts, she has developed and taught a course on sustainable investing at Brown University.

In addition, Sophie has worked extensively at the nexus of business and environment by participating in the UN climate negotiations, co-writing Rhode Island’s first climate change law, and leading the Brown Socially Responsible Investment Fund.


Todd Polyniak

PARTNER
SAX LLP

Todd joined Sax in 2000 and has more than 30 years of in depth auditing and accounting experience. As the director of the firm’s Not-for-Profit Service Group, he provides the leadership, passion and vision to empower a dedicated team of professionals within the firm who are highly proficient in providing audit, tax and consulting services to a wide array of Not-for-Profit organizations. Besides providing the highest quality compliance services that Not-for-Profit’s need, Todd also has a passion to bring value to every relationship in order to help Not-for-Profit organizations to actualize their overall potential.

Todd also is the innovator of “Fist to Five Enterprises” which is focused on providing cutting edge consulting services to the Not-for-Profit community. In connection with this, Todd has hosted for the past six years “Fist to Five Events” both in New Jersey and New York. The “Fist to Five Events” has been highly successful in bringing together experts who have presented creative, informational and thought provoking topics to an audience of Not-for-Profits leaders, trustees, service providers and other stakeholders. Todd has presented over 70 educational programs to professionals and to the public. He has lectured on various accounting and auditing matters for organizations such as Fairleigh Dickinson University, Montclair State University, the Center for Non-Profits, the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants’ Continuing Education Program, the State of New Jersey Department of Human Services, and New Jersey Department of Education. In addition, Todd is actively involved in the training and education of clients and staff on the new auditing standards put forth by the Auditing Standards Board (ASB). Todd is a Certified Public Accountant in both New Jersey and New York. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, from Rutgers University (Rutgers Scholar). Todd serves on the Finance and Audit Committee of East Orange General Hospital and was the Former Treasurer of the Mental Health Association of Essex County.