Our Team

We’re on a mission to create a new future of work.

Ownership Works’ staff bring a wealth of public, private and nonprofit sector experience to our mission. With backgrounds in executive management, finance, consulting, law, policy, and more, we’re applying our diverse skills and perspectives to a common vision for shared ownership at work.

Anna-Lisa Miller

Anna-Lisa Miller

Executive Director

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Anna-Lisa Miller

Anna-Lisa Miller

Executive Director   -

Anna-Lisa Miller joined Ownership Works in August 2021 and serves as its founding Executive Director. She is responsible for the organization’s strategy, key partnerships, growth, and overall impact.

Anna-Lisa’s career reflects a longstanding commitment to expanding shared ownership, advancing racial equity, and driving systemic change within business, government, and social structures. As an experienced nonprofit leader, she has a proven track record of developing organizations, programs, and partnerships that create social returns for stakeholders and communities.

Previously, Anna-Lisa served as the Development Director at Project Equity, a peer organization that helps local businesses and communities discover the power of employee ownership. Prior to this role, Anna-Lisa served as Chief Operating Officer of The Kohala Center, a Hawaii-based sustainable development organization, where she led teams to success across a diverse portfolio of programs spanning shared ownership to watershed restoration. In that role, she also served on the Executive Committee of the Hawaii Lieutenant Governor’s Farm to School Program, for which she received recognition from the Hawaii State Senate.

Anna-Lisa began her career as a corporate attorney at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. She practiced law for five years in New York City, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. in the areas of corporate and public finance. In 2014, she transitioned to the nonprofit sector to pursue her passion for expanding economic opportunity.

David MacKinnon

David MacKinnon

Senior Director, Business Engagement

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David MacKinnon

David MacKinnon

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Dave joined Ownership Works in July 2022, after spending almost 38 years with EY. He is responsible for advising and assisting companies and investors with the implementation of broad-based employee ownership programs.

During his nearly 38 years with EY, Dave’s primary expertise was in delivering transaction advisory services to private equity and corporate clients involved in M&A activities. Dave is widely recognized within EY as one of the longest-tenured partners specializing in global services to private equity firms. While there, he was responsible for overseeing the delivery of EY services to hundreds of private equity-owned companies of various sizes spanning numerous sectors and geographies. His work on well over 500 transactions between 1993 and 2010 led him to spend time in most of the major cities in North America as well as in Germany, the UK and France.

He is passionate about using his expertise and relationships to help companies build better businesses and make a positive impact on people’s lives. He has both moderated and participated on panels and events around the private equity community sponsored by Harvard Business School, Columbia Business School, MIT Sloan, and NYU Stern School.

Dave is a CPA, received a Masters in Accounting from Northeastern University’s Graduate School of Professional Accounting and a Bachelor of Arts from Middlebury College.

Ron Blake

Ron Blake

Director, Operations & Finance

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Ron Blake

Ron Blake

Director, Operations & Finance   -

Ron serves as the Director of Operations & Finance at Ownership Works where he is charged with helping the organization build and scale its finance, human resource and operations areas.

Having spent the last 18+ years in the Finance and Energy industries, Ron has developed deep expertise across a range of disciplines, including project management, financial planning & analysis, and external (SEC), and regulatory reporting. Prior to joining Ownership Works, Ron spent five years with American Express where he led the team of finance professionals in charge of accounting and reporting for the firm's Derivatives and Hedging portfolio. Ron started his early accounting career with PWC's assurance group before then joining Nextera Energy and what would become a decade-long foray in the energy industry.

Ron has a passion for finance process optimization and relishes working at the intersection of Entrepreneurship, Private Equity, and Social Impact. Ron is a committee member of the New York Society of CPAs and serves on the board of trustees for the American Repertory Ballet.

Ron holds BSc. and MSc. degrees in accounting and is an alumnus of NYU Stern School of Business where he completed his MBA.

Kenneth J. Porrello

Kenneth J. Porrello

Acting Director, Plan Structure and Implementation

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Kenneth J. Porrello

Kenneth J. Porrello

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Ken joined Ownership Works in August 2022 to support the buildout of its equity structuring and implementation efforts. In addition to this role, Ken is a senior executive and investor focused on cyber/technology innovation and developing next generation leaders.

Ken joined Deloitte Consulting in 1987. During his 30 year career at Deloitte, he held significant executive/P&L responsibilities, including building and leading significant practices in North America and India Ken’s client service responsibilities focused on multi-year transformation programs at his clients, often including major technology and infrastructure changes. Ken’s primary industry concentrations were in Financial Service (insurance, retail and commercial banking) and the Public Sector. Ken helped to establish Deloitte’s technology strategy practice, including establishing development programs for next generation CIOs and leading research on board governance of technology matters.

Having retired from Deloitte, Ken served a five year term as Executive Director of CEO Perspectives, a leadership development program for C-level executives of Fortune 500 companies. Graduates of the program include over 40 CEO’s of publicly-held companies. Ken continues as an Advisor to the program. Ken also serves as an Operating Partner with Kinzie Capital Partners, a private equity investment fund.

Ken is a board member of SteelCloud, LLC, a leader in cybersecurity solutions in high-security federal environments; of MetroEdge Development Partners, LLC, an edge computing service provider; and Colony Display, LLC, a supplier to the retail sector. He also serves as chair of the board of advisors for the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University, a post he assumed in 2011. Ken is leading the board during a significant expansion at the school, particularly in the areas of nano and biotechnology, and computer sciences.

Ken has served on and chaired multiple not-for-profit boards and has written and spoken extensively on the topic of board governance of information technology. He and his wife of 43 years, Sherry McFall, live in Highland Park, Illinois and Scottsdale Arizona. Ken is a 22-time marathoner and ultra-marathoner and pursues many outdoor sports, including skiing, golf and mountaineering.

Tara Ryan

Tara Ryan

Director, Marketing & Communications

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Tara Ryan

Tara Ryan

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Tara serves as the Marketing and Communications Director at Ownership Works. In this role she oversees efforts to leverage the power of data, language and storytelling to support the shared ownership movement and position Ownership Works as a thought leader, convener and change agent for good.

Prior to joining Ownership Works in 2022, Tara spent much of her career at Goldman Sachs where she held roles across the communications, marketing and employee engagement spectrums.

Most recently she was Managing Director and Head of Marketing for the Personal Financial Management Group, which provides financial coaching, literacy and planning services for employees across Corporate America.

Previously, Tara held roles in the Goldman Sachs Executive Office in New York and in London where she led Internal Communications for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. She also led the global communications team for the Corporate Services and Real Estate division.

Over the course of her career Tara has sat on many diversity and professional development committees and is passionate about mentorship. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Center for Economic Growth serving New York’s Capital Region.

Tara earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Leigh Weiss, Ph.D

Leigh Weiss, Ph.D

Senior Advisor, Culture and Engagement

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Leigh Weiss, Ph.D

Leigh Weiss, Ph.D

Senior Advisor, Culture and Engagement   -

Leigh Weiss is a Senior Advisor at Ownership Works where she guides the development of the culture and engagement program. Leigh has spent her career at the intersection of employee engagement and purpose, leadership development and organizational performance. During her 21+ years at McKinsey and as a Senior Advisor to the company, she counseled hundreds of CEOs and leadership teams across industries to build healthier, higher performing organizations. She brings deep expertise about the management and employee practices that lead to high performance cultures and how leaders and employees can make better, faster decisions.

Leigh has published extensively on organizational culture and change, decision making and governance, and social networks. Her articles have appeared in Harvard Business Review, McKinsey Quarterly, Sloan Management Review, Journal of Management Studies, and Organizational Dynamics as well as on McKinsey.com. Her work has been quoted in Business Week, The London Times, The Financial Times, and other media.

Early in her career, Leigh served for a year on the faculty of the Harvard Business School as a postdoctoral fellow and was an Investment Banking Financial Analyst at Goldman Sachs in London. Leigh holds Ph.D., A.M. and A.B. degrees from Harvard University and was the Lionel de Jersey Harvard Scholar at Cambridge University.

Melissa Bukuru

Melissa Bukuru

Principal, Financial Inclusion & Resilience

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Melissa Bukuru

Melissa Bukuru

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Melissa joined Ownership Works in 2022 and she leads our work on Financial Inclusion and Resilience. In this role, she is responsible for partnering with the private and nonprofit sectors to develop and implement programs that increase employees’ personal financial capability and wellness.

Previously, Melissa was a director at Lion’s Head Global Partners, an investment bank operating across frontier and emerging markets globally. While there, she worked with clients from the public and private sector on projects focused on financial inclusion and women’s economic empowerment.

Prior to joining Lion’s Head, Melissa was an Analyst in Global Policy Development at Soros Fund Management. She managed policy-related projects for the principals of the fund and designed and implemented impact investment strategies. Melissa has also worked at the Open Society Foundations in New York managing grants for African civil society organizations as well as the Council on Foreign Relations, where she did research on conflict, technology, and democracy in Africa.

Melissa holds a master’s degree in international affairs from the New School in New York. She was born in Burundi and spent her childhood in New York City and Quebec. She currently serves on the board of Emerging Public Leaders, a fellowship program that places young professionals in the civil service in Ghana, Kenya and Liberia.

Michael McHugh

Michael McHugh

Principal, Advancement & Partnerships

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Michael McHugh

Michael McHugh

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Michael McHugh joined Ownership Works in November 2021 and focuses on securing the resources needed to bring shared ownership to scale. Michael has been working at mission-driven organizations in New York City for the past 10 years, with a career focus on worker ownership and economic democracy.

He most recently served as the manager for national grants and investments at Project Equity, a nonprofit advancing employee ownership among small businesses. Michael previously worked as a national staffer for a 2020 US presidential campaign and earlier served as the assistant director for the Platform Cooperativism Consortium based at The New School, where he supported the growth of worker-owned platforms in the gig economy. In 2018 he completed graduate studies at The New School for Social Research, earning a high pass with honors, where he was also a Fellow at the Heilbroner Center for Capitalism Studies researching alternative economic models.

Michael began his career working in the executive office of The Posse Foundation, supporting the Chief Operating Officer and leadership team. He earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology with honors from Grinnell College, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. Michael is originally from the Midwest, and enjoys cooking, running, and exploring New York's many great neighborhoods.

Söla Paterson-Marke

Söla Paterson-Marke

Principal, Plan Structure & Implementation (Kirkland & Ellis LLP Secondee)

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Söla Paterson-Marke

Söla Paterson-Marke

Principal, Plan Structure & Implementation (Kirkland & Ellis LLP Secondee)   -

Söla Paterson-Marke joined Ownership Works in January 2022 as a Kirkland & Ellis LLP Secondee for Plan Structure & Implementation. Prior to this secondment, he worked as an associate in Kirkland's M&A / Private Equity group where he advised public and private companies as well as private equity firms. He advised sponsors and their portfolio companies on complex domestic and cross-border acquisitions and dispositions, including leveraged buyouts and other private equity investment transactions across a broad range of industries. Söla was previously a legal secondee to KKR.

Söla holds an LL.M. from Stanford Law School and an LL.B. (Hons.) and Diploma in Legal Practice and Skills, both from The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

Alex Kaufman

Alex Kaufman

Manager, Business Engagement

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Alex Kaufman

Alex Kaufman

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Alex joined Ownership Works in November 2021 to manage partnerships with investors, corporations, and non-profits. Alex's career has focused on roles that apply economics and public policy to address pressing financial and social issues. He has a longstanding belief in shared ownership as a pathway to social prosperity.

Previously, Alex was an associate at TPG on the Y Analytics impact team, where he led social impact assessment of potential investments in the education and healthcare sectors. Prior to that, he was a research assistant at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau where he contributed to economic research and policy initiatives to protect American consumers.

Alex holds an MPA from the Princeton School of Policy and International Affairs and a BA from Washington University in St. Louis.

Stacy Kowsz

Stacy Kowsz

Manager, Business Engagement

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Stacy Kowsz

Stacy Kowsz

Manager, Business Engagement   -

Stacy is a manager on the Business Engagement team at Ownership Works. In this role, she is responsible for partnering with clients to implement holistic shared ownership programs. She believes that business success is defined more broadly than financial outcomes, and she is passionate about creating cultures of ownership and engagement at work. Previously, Stacy was an Engagement Manager with McKinsey & Company where her work focused on supporting clients on organizational change management from design through implementation. She has experience across large and small organizations as well as private and public sector organizations. Stacy holds a Ph.D. in Materials Engineering and a M.A. in Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Ben Garelick

Ben Garelick

Associate, Business Engagement

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Ben Garelick

Ben Garelick

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Mahnoor Khan

Mahnoor Khan

Associate, Marketing & Communications

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Mahnoor Khan

Mahnoor Khan

Associate, Marketing & Communications   -

Mahnoor joined Ownership Works in October 2022 as the newest addition to the Marketing and Communications team. Prior to Ownership Works, she led the digital marketing efforts for Aptimized, a start-up technology consulting firm in Wayne, New Jersey. Throughout her experience, Mahnoor demonstrated a deep desire for learning and growth by prioritizing an understanding-first approach.

From academic consulting during her time as an undergraduate to interning with the Small Business Administration, Mahnoor deeply enjoys developing and executing communications and digital marketing strategies for small businesses to promote meaningful missions and establish positive change in the world. She participated in the Rutgers New Brunswick NEW Leadership Program at the Center for American Women and Politics, working alongside young women with a leadership mindset and a dedicated desire for change.

Mahnoor earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a minor in Mathematics in May 2021 from Ramapo College of New Jersey.

Caroline Terens

Caroline Terens

Associate, Business Engagement

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Caroline Terens

Caroline Terens

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Caroline joined Ownership Works in November 2022. As an Associate on the Business Engagement team, Caroline supports clients with implementing holistic shared ownership programs and develops client-facing content focused on how companies can create meaningful cultures of high engagement and ownership. She is passionate about the potential for businesses to positively impact the lives of employees and their families by sharing wealth and economic opportunity.

In her previous role, Caroline worked at Share Our Strength on the Grants team, supporting the No Kid Hungry campaign’s grantmaking strategy. Caroline managed a pilot grant fund and grantee cohort focused on advancing organizations’ programmatic and organizational diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. She also enhanced reporting and compliance processes, conducted qualitative impact analyses, and led efforts to prioritize equitable grantmaking practices.

Caroline earned a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies with honors from the University of Pennsylvania in May 2020.

Eila Matt

Eila Matt

Chief of Staff (UBS Secondee)

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Eila Matt

Eila Matt

Chief of Staff (UBS Secondee)   -

Eila M. Matt joined Ownership Works in March of 2022 as Chief of Staff (UBS secondee). Prior to this project, she was the Chief of Staff, Business Manager for the President, Americas and Co-President, Global Wealth Management (GWM) UBS Group AG. Eila has worked at UBS for over 12 years during which time she was a top producer for institutional sales of alternative investments at UBS O’Connor.

Eila remains a Dispute Resolution Arbitrator for FINRA, the securities industry regulator, and holds the following FINRA licenses: Series 3 National Commodities Futures, 7 Securities Representative, 24 Securities Principal, 63 Securities Agent State Law and 99 Operations Professional. Her previous positions include equity trading, foreign exchange sales, asset raising/client servicing for hedge funds and Chief Operating Officer (COO) Global Distribution and Sales at Credit Suisse Asset Management.

Eila holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Finance with a minor in Economics from her hometown school, the University of Delaware.

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