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FSD Advisory Council Members

Dr. Alicia Robb

Dr. Alicia Robb is the Founder and CEO of Next Wave Ventures, LLC and a Senior Fellow with the Kauffman Foundation. She is also a Visiting Scholar with the University of California in Berkeley and the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is the Founder and past Executive Director and Board Chair of the Foundation for Sustainable Development, an international development organization working in Latin America, Africa, and India. ( Dr. Robb received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has previously worked with the Office of Economic Research in the Small Business Administration and the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. She is a prolific author on the topics of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial finance. In addition to numerous journal articles and book chapters, she is the co-author of Race and Entrepreneurial Success published by MIT Press and A Rising Tide: Financing Strategies for Women-Owned Businesses and The Next Wave: Financing Women’s Growth Oriented Firms published by Stanford University Press. Some of the boards and advisory boards she serves on include: the National Advisory Council for Minority Business EnterpriseGlobal Entrepreneurship Week, the Deming Center Venture Fund, and the Good Food Institute.  She is an angel investor, a mentor to various young firms, and a general partner in several venture funds. She enjoys being a judge for pitch competitions around the world as well as speaking globally on the topic of entrepreneurship. She relocated to Boulder, CO in 2014 after 12 years in Marin County, CA and 5 years in Washington, D.C.  An avid animal lover and long time vegan, she is interested in supporting vegan entrepreneurs and getting better plant-based products to market. Alicia lives with her husband Mark, along with their many 4-legged family members: Chalula, Karina, Jake, Sam, Meadow, Calvin, and Sylvia on 80 acres in Montezuma County, outside of Durango, Colorado.  Her most recent investment is a vegan Bed and Breakfast located near Mesa Verde National Park. Please see for more info.

Dr. Richard H. Fuller

Dr. Richard H. Fuller served as The Asia Foundation's vice president for field operations, responsible for ensuring effective operations in Asia in accordance with The Asia Foundation's mission, policies, and budget. In this capacity he supervised and evaluated the performance of the Foundation's resident country representatives; oversaw field office management, staffing, and operating budgets; and provided daily policy guidance and administrative support to the Foundation's 18 offices in Asia. Dr. Fuller joined The Asia Foundation in 1984 as a program officer. He served as assistant country representative and country representative in Bangladesh, and as country representative in the Philippines and Sri Lanka. Prior to his last position, he served as senior director for South and Southeast Asia programs. Dr. Fuller served on the board of directors of the Philippine-American Education Foundation and on the board of trustees of The International School, Manila. Prior to joining The Asia Foundation, he was a consultant for the Village Development and Training Program in Bangladesh, and was a teacher at the American International School in Bangladesh. Dr. Fuller was a U.N.-sanctioned observer of East Timor's first national assembly elections in 2001 and a delegate to the International Conference on Reconstruction Assistance to Afghanistan in Japan in 2002. From October to November 2004, he served as The Asia Foundation's acting representative in Afghanistan. Dr. Fuller is a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute of International Education-West Coast Center.

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Dr. Paul Arntson

Dr. Paul Arntson is the Alumnae of Northwestern University Teaching Professor of Speech Communication Studies, fellow at the Buehler Center on Aging at Northwestern's McGaw Medical Center and faculty associate at the University's Institute for Policy Research. Arntson serves on the faculty of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute (ABCD) and is on the steering committee of the Center for Civic Engagement. He joined the Northwestern University faculty in 1974, serving as the chair of the Communication Studies Department for six years. Arntson’s research includes understanding communities, civic responsibility and the connections between organizations.