Bill Clarke, Founder & President
After establishing the Osprey Foundation in 2003, Bill Clarke retired from a successful career in finance to devote full time to the foundation in 2007. His work in Mayan communities in the highlands of Guatemala helped shape his passion for the current focus areas in WASH and cook stoves in the developing world. Extensive travel in an ever “shrinking” world has highlighted his pursuit of another foundation focus – ecumenical and interfaith relations. Personal contact is particularly important to him in developing a close rapport and understanding of grantees and the issues they are working to solve. In addition to his duties as president of the foundation, he serves on three boards: the Health Advisory Board of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Advisory Board for OSI – Baltimore as Board Chair, and the Governance Board for IMA World Health as Treasurer. Bill holds a BS degree in Finance from Lehigh University and proudly drives a Tesla and lives in a LEED Platinum home as part of his commitment to a healthy and sustainable planet.
Bonnie Clarke, Trustee, Ecumenical & Interfaith
Bonnie is a religion and languages educator with extensive experience in accompaniment in Central America. Her personal experience in the power of religion to welcome or exclude drives her support of groups that build bridges between faiths and/or denominations and work to create communities that empower all to participate. She believes grantees in the Ecumenical and Interfaith field require a blend of spiritual, educational, and business skills that offer impactful programming and dynamic leadership in community affairs.
Jesse Clarke, Trustee, Energy Access
Jesse leads the Osprey Foundation’s Energy Access work supporting innovation and development in the sector through a grant portfolio that covers the spectrum of high risk to low risk levers of change. She has a diverse professional background and has worked for everything from a Fortune 500 company to a startup. Jesse holds a MS in Engineering from Purdue University and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University.
Chris Powell, Trustee, Good Food Advocacy
Chris co-leads the Osprey Foundation’s work on Good Food Advocacy and has been working to improve the U.S. food system through grants and partnerships since 2011. He serves on the board of trustees of The Food Project where he leads the board's development efforts, and also serves on the James Beard Foundation Impact Programs Advisory Council. Chris draws from work experience in both the food & beverage industry and the nonprofit sector, where he has worked for startups, small businesses and large corporations. Chris holds a BA in political science from the University of Richmond.
Meredith Powell, Trustee, Good Food Advocacy
Meredith co-leads the Osprey Foundation’s work in Good Food Advocacy, believing that food is a unique catalyst for healthy people, whole communities, and a sustainable planet. Drawing from her study of sociology and her work experience as a commercial interior designer, Meredith brings human-centered design thinking – empathy, innovation, and exploration – to her grant making work creating change in the U.S. food system. She holds a BA from the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond and a MAID from the New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University.
Chris Wells, Trustee, Sustainable Growth
Chris leads the Osprey Foundation's work in Sustainable Development focusing on promoting livable and sustainable communities with an emphasis on grass-roots community empowerment and development. Chris has a broad background in community development, urban planning, urban design, architecture, and development review in the private, public and non-profit sectors. Chris holds a Masters in Urban Planning from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a BA in Architecture from Lehigh University.
Louis Boorstin, Managing Director
Louis leads the foundation’s programs on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and cookstoves. In addition to managing a portfolio of grants and impact investments, Louis works to advance these sectors through wide-scale systems change. From 2005-2013, Louis founded and led the WASH program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, building a portfolio of more than US $400 million, assembling a cross-disciplinary team, and focusing the program on non-piped sanitation. Prior to that, Louis worked for 15 years at International Finance Corporation of the World Bank Group, where he led the environmental finance team from 1997 to 2004. Louis holds a BA in economics from Yale University and an MBA and MA (Development Economics) from Stanford University.