TBP has a unique structure for our Board of Directors: each Board member is a former staff member who has chosen to remain involved with the organization, lending their hands-on experience from working in the field during their time as an undergraduate. The Board's mission is to form an intellectual bridge to transfer the knowledge from their experiences to those who follow in their footsteps in the form of trusted guidance and advice. The Board strives to ensure TBP’s sustainability, oversee its long-term trajectory, and ensure that those experiencing homelessness are being served effectively. By continuously focusing on the core purpose of making homelessness rare and brief, the Board guides TBP’s team towards becoming better executors of TBP's mission of easing the burden of homelessness, one backpack at a time.
Zachary Leitz - Chairman Founder & Executive Director ThinkingUnited, Inc.
Justin Guld Founder & Director of Development ThinkingUnited, Inc.
Zachary Fram Master of Accountancy (MAcc) Candidate UGA Terry College of Business
Joshua Seiden Global Treasury Management Analyst JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Our Board of Advisors
While we strive to learn from our own experiences, we also recognize the advantages of gaining insights from top minds in fields ranging from law to clergy to education. When challenging issues arise, the staff at The Backpack Project can turn to its Board of Advisors for trusted advice and guidance. At its core, the mission of TBP's Board of Advisors is to help formulate strategies to drive TBP’s long-term organizational growth, expand its donor base, and ensure its financial stability. The Board focuses on the advancement, enhancement, and sustainability of TBP's services.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you to each of our Board members who guide us towards becoming better executors of TBP's mission. You have helped us reach greater numbers of people experiencing homelessness and serve them in more meaningful ways. With your support, we have expanded and upgraded TBP’s organizational infrastructure, become geared towards sustainability, and experienced substantial yet responsible growth as an organization. We are grateful for your continued time, care and support.
Barry Leitz Attorney Ellis Funk, P.C.
Jane Leitz Attorney Ellis Funk, P.C.
Louann Nannini Colonel, Retired U.S. Department of Defense
Phil Kranz Rabbi Emeritus Temple Sinai
Ron Farmer, CPA President & Managing Partner Powers Farmer & C0., P.C.
Sylvia Hutchinson Professor Emerita University of Georgia
Dean Bellmoff Founder Pivotal Performance Processes, LLC
John Lippert Vice President, Commerical Business Development MarketSource
Faranak Aldashi Hospital Pharmacist Grady Memorial Hospital
Don McCarthy Regional Vice President, Retired Aetna, Inc.