Mark Finser serves as Chair of the Board of RSF Social Finance. To further RSF’s work in building the field of social finance, in 2015 Mark also began serving as Executive Chair of Capital Management, Public Benefit Corporation, a subsidiary entity of RSF. Mark was a founding member of the group that revitalized RSF in 1984, and served as President & CEO of RSF until 2007. During his tenure, Mark grew the organization’s assets to over $120M.
Mark also works with a select group of high net worth individuals and families to develop a values statement and strategy to deploy their financial resources in a way that reflects their values. He is often asked to serve as an independent Trustee for families and multigenerational beneficiaries.
Mark is a presenter in the U.S. and abroad on all aspects of the emerging social-finance arena. He is an active member of the social finance community, serving as a founding board member and Chairman of New Resource Bank. He was also a member of the founding board of B Lab. Mark is an advisor to the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE). Mark also serves on the board of Ginungagap Foundation and the Yggdrasil Land Foundation, a land trust he helped found that holds land around the United States for organic and biodynamic farming for the next generation of farmers. His interests include biodynamic agriculture, integrative medicine, and meditation. He lives in Mill Valley, California, with his wife and family.
Ron Alston became a Trustee in 2009. He is Senior Vice President of the Not-for-Profit and Government Banking Group at SunTrust Bank, where he serves as relationship manager to not-for-profit organizations in metro Atlanta. He is responsible for providing credit, depository, treasury and other banking services to non-profits. Ron’s major clients include the YMCA, Boys & Girls Club, United Way and the Paideia School. Ron first joined SunTrust Bank in 1987 and has been with the Not-for-Profit and Government Banking Group since 2003. Prior to his current assignment, Ron spent 9 years as a Credit Officer in the Corporate & Investment Banking Division, 2 years managing the Bank’s Credit Department and 4 years as a Relationship Manager in Large Corporate Banking. Ron is originally from Philadelphia and earned his bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University in Boston and his MBA from the Wharton School. He is active in the community serving as a board member of Agnes Scott College, the United Way of Metro Atlanta, the Decatur Family YMCA, the advisory board of Hillside, Inc., and as a member of the 2008 class of Leadership DeKalb. He is married to the former Stacey Lewis and is the father of three sons, Christopher, Matthew and Brandon.
Neil Blomquist became a Trustee in 2007. He is the former President and CEO for Spectrum Organic Products, Inc., the leading producer of natural and organic culinary and nutraceutical oils, condiments, and essential fatty acid supplement oils in North America. Having also been a sales manager with Fairhill Foods, and the owner of a natural and specialty food retail store in Kalispell, MT, Mr. Blomquist brings over 40 years experience in retailing, distribution, brand marketing and organizational management within the organic and natural products industry. As an extension of that experience, he has established a consulting company, Sustainable Solutions, to specialize in the development and marketing of sustainable business solutions for the industry. Mr. Blomquist spent 10 years on the board of directors of the California Olive Oil Council, and holds board positions on the American Botanical Council and Natural Habitats. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in business management and economics from the University of South Dakota.
Mark R. Censits has rejoined the Board in 2013, having been a trustee from 1999-2009, serving the roles of Board Chair, Treasurer and Chair of Board Development. He is Founder and CEO of CoolVines Inc., a wine retail business launched in Princeton, NJ in 2007. For five years prior, Mr. Censits was a partner of Corporate Revitalization Partners, LLC, a nationwide turnaround firm. Mr. Censits has a diverse background in business strategy, finance and operations. He earned an MBA from the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University. Mr. Censits has served twice as a trustee for the Waldorf School of Princeton and was a founder of the Great Oaks School, a Waldorf initiative in the Chicago area.
Anthony Chang has been a Trustee since 2016. He is the founder and Executive Director of Kitchen Table Advisors, a nonprofit that fuels the economic viability of the next generation of sustainable small farms and ranches. Prior to starting Kitchen Table Advisors, he helped launch a direct farm microloan program as Director of Lending of California FarmLink, and served in various leadership roles over 10+ years at Opportunity Fund, a nationally recognized CDFI and one of the largest microlenders in the US. Anthony serves on the advisory boards and/or board committees of Real Food Real Stories, The Fruit Guys’ Community Fund, and CUESA. In 2016, Anthony was selected as a BALLE Fellow, a unique fellowship focused on the development of a new economy that is healthy, equitable, and democratic.
Sara Ellis Conant became a Trustee in 2006. She is a coach that assists leaders in integrating more sustainability into their organizations and lives. Her clients range from Fortune 500 executives to social entrepreneurs. Previously, Ms. Conant was a Manager with Deloitte Consulting and part of the leadership team that launched and managed Deloitte’s US client services for sustainability and corporate responsibility. Prior to Deloitte, she had a boutique consulting firm, Ellis Group, which offered strategy consulting and executive coaching. Ms. Conant is also founder and Board Member of Young Women Social Entrepreneurs. She has an MBA and BA from Stanford University. She lives with her husband, two children, and golden retriever in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Jocelyn Romero Demirbag became a Trustee in 2015. She was the Administrator at Haleakala Waldorf School on Maui for 16 years and is now the Administrative Director at the Honolulu Waldorf School. She serves as the Co-chair for the Development and Administrative Network of the Association of Waldorf Schools and is a board member of the Hawaii Council of Private Schools. She was also a Co-founder of the Maui Independent Schools Organization. Jocelyn is especially interested in school accreditation and licensing work, as well as the triangular relationship between the spiritual nature of a school, its location, and its identity. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Loyola Marymount University and her master’s degree in Sociology from UC Berkeley. In 2014, she completed her doctorate in Professional Educational Practice at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and continues to research and publish her writing.
Siegfried Finser has been a Trustee since revitalizing RSF in 1984. After teaching in the Rudolf Steiner School in New York, he managed a division of Xerox Corp. Mr. Finser then served as Director of Human Resource Development at ITT, with worldwide responsibility for the development and placement of more than 10,000 of its executives. Since then he has consulted with major corporations and advised clients for RSF. Mr. Finser studied at the Goetheanum in Switzerland, earned a BA from Rutgers University and an MA in Educational Psychology from New York University. Mr. Finser is the author of Money Can Heal, published by Steiner Books.
Rachael Flug has been a Trustee since 1996. She is the creator of 3 Jewels, a board game designed especially for women to help reconnect and reenergize their essential capacities for awe, exploration and imagination. Prior to designing 3 Jewels, Rachael was the Founder and President of the Diaperaps Company from 1984 to 2008 and played a significant role in revitalizing cloth diapers as the modern and ecological choice for parents. She holds several diaper patents. Ms. Flug has devoted a considerable part of her life to serving on the Boards of non-profit organizations that are mission aligned with the work of Rudolf Steiner. She has served as President of The Anthroposophical Foundation of Southern California and was the President of the Board of Highland Hall Waldorf School, serving in various capacities for over 15 years. She served on the Board of The Christian Community in North America and as its President for over 15 years, helped to build healthy social and financial relationships between its member organizations. She has a deep interest in holistic healing and is a member of the editorial advisory board of Lilipoh magazine. She has been married to Abraham Entin for 40 years. They have three fabulous children who continue to bring them great joy and the amazing Rose, their first granddaughter, who is the Sun and Stars of their lives.
Mark Retzloff became a Trustee in 2006. He is a pioneer in the organic and natural foods industry. He is the co-founder and chairman of Alfalfa’s; a Boulder-based chain of natural foods stores. In 1969, while a student at the University of Michigan, he co-founded Eden Foods. Mr. Retzloff is also co-founder of Horizon Organic Dairy, the United States’ leading organic dairy and Aurora Organic Dairy, a private label organic dairy company. Mr. Retzloff has received numerous business awards, including the Organic Trade Association’s Organic Leadership Award for “Outstanding Individual Achievement” in 2002, the Boulder Chamber of Commerce’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” in 1998, the Naturally Boulder 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2010 Boulder Chamber of Commerce’s Esprit Entrepreneur Lifetime Achievement Award, and was inducted into the boulder County Business Hall of Fame and New Hope Natural products Hall of Legends. He served on the board and chaired the Finance Committee of the Shining Mountain Waldorf School for fourteen years (all three of his children are Waldorf graduates). He has served, past & presently, as a Board Member and advisor for numerous public & private companies. Mr. Retzloff is also a founding partner at Greenmont Capital Partners, a venture fund financing early stage growth companies in the LOHAS sector. He and his wife, Terry, are avid organic gardeners on their 71-acre farm in Boulder County.
Don Shaffer has served as president & CEO of RSF Social Finance since 2007. He grew up in central New Jersey, and comes from a long ancestry of Quaker farmers and small business people in and around Philadelphia. Don lives in Berkeley, California with his wife Jennifer and their two children, Sabine and Samuel. He graduated from Cornell University with a degree in American History. Don has been a social entrepreneur for many years, growing a for-profit education business, a software company, and a sporting goods manufacturer, in addition to a non-profit, the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies.
Scott Williams has rejoined the Board in 2016, having been a trustee from 2007-2014. He is a Managing Partner and co-founder of Panorama Fundraising, a consulting firm that creates development plans for non-profit organizations. Scott has worked with nearly 20 independent and Catholic schools, and has also provided fundraising counsel for many prestigious organizations including the Apollo Theater Foundation, Guiding Eyes for the Blind, and the Helen Keller National Center. Prior to his consulting career, Scott served as the Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations for his alma mater, the Waldorf School of Garden City. He began his fundraising career at St. John’s University where he served as a Development Officer and was a member of the fundraising team that initiated the university’s $250 million capital campaign, and returned in 2012 as the Associate Vice President of Alumni and Donor Relations. In recognition of his service to community and professional accomplishments, Scott is a Networking Magazine David Award recipient. He earned a BA in Communications from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas and an MS in School Counseling from St. John’s University’s School of Education. Scott resides in Freeport, NY with his wife, Susan.