Our Board of Directors are key to our development. They provide guidance and help us strategize and innovate.

About our Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors provides critical guidance and support to the entire organization. Comprised of innovative, forward-thinking leaders, our board helps to ensure that Bridges to Prosperity is able to meet its ambitious goals.

Avery Bang

President & CEO
Since joining B2P as a volunteer in 2006, I’ve worked alongside a growing team of leaders and game changers who, in partnership with isolated communities around the world, provide safe year-round access to education, healthcare, and markets through pedestrian bridge-building. Together, we’re connecting the rural last mile.

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Sridhar Prasad
Sridhar Prasad
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Sridhar Prasad
Member, B2P Board of Directors

Sridhar is a partner in Bridgespan’s Boston office, having joined in 2013. At Bridgespan, Sridhar has worked with nonprofits in a number of sectors, including global development, education, mental health, and early childhood development.

Sridhar has co-authored “Pay-What-It-Takes Philanthropy,” (Stanford Social Innovation Review, Summer 2016) and “Lessons for Nonprofits Seeking to Grow a Promising Program,” (Bridgespan.org).

Prior to Bridgespan, Sridhar worked as a project leader at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in San Francisco, working across a range of practice areas, including health care, education, and technology, media, and telecom. Before BCG, Sridhar served as a program analyst for the Federal Communications Commission’s National Broadband Task Force. He also has worked for the Clinton Foundation’s HIV/AIDS Initiative (now the Clinton Health Access Initiative) in Delhi, India, as well as for the Sewalanka Foundation, a local Sri Lankan nonprofit focused on issues of economic empowerment and community mobilization. Sridhar started his career as an associate at Katzenbach Partners LLC (now part of Booz & Co.).

Sridhar holds a BA in history from Columbia University, a JD from the Harvard Law School, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Inga Afanasieva
Inga Afanasieva
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Inga Afanasieva
Member, B2P Board of Directors

Much of her career Inga has been working at the World Bank on innovative financing mechanisms and led projects across infrastructure and social sectors in Africa, South Asia, and East Asia Pacific. She is an economist by training with an expertise in results-based financing across multiple sectors, including education, energy, water and sanitation. In 2012-2013, Inga served as Chief of Staff at the Moldovan Ministry of Education where she headed the Minister’s Cabinet. She was on the forefront of the education reform and the development of the new Education Strategy and amending the Education Law. Inga holds an MSc in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, and a BA in Economics from the Academy of Economic Studies, Moldova.

Gretchen Gagel
Gretchen Gagel
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Gretchen Gagel
Vice Chair, B2P Board of Directors

Gretchen is a recognized expert in the construction industry, consulting to both “owners” to support the cost-effective planning, design, and construction of capital assets; and consulting to contractors, engineering firms, and material and equipment suppliers on how to effectively serve these clients and achieve organizational success. She works closely with construction “owners” and their construction and engineering service providers to determine strategies for more closely aligning the value chain to reduce construction costs and schedules, and improve profitability. She is a prolific writer and sought-after speaker in the construction industry.

Gretchen enjoyed an 11-year career with FMI Corporation, a Raleigh, North Carolina based management consulting and investment banking firm focused upon the construction industry. During this time, she was a member of the contractor-focused Quality and Productivity Improvement Group, initiated and provided leadership to the Owner Services Group and managed the Market Research Group. Owner clients included Intel, Marriott, Hewlett Packard, General Motors, Starbucks, and Detroit Edison, and contractor clients included Barton Malow Company, DPR Construction and Kiewit to name a few. Gretchen has a proven track record of measurable results with her clients.

Prior to joining FMI, Gretchen worked for Ralston Purina and Coca-Cola Enterprises in operations management. Most recently, Gretchen served as President/CEO of The Women’s Foundation of Colorado and Assistant Dean of the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver.

Gretchen is a graduate of the University of Denver MBA program, and received her Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Southern Methodist University. In addition, she holds a Master of Nonprofit Management from Regis University.

Ian Firth
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Ian Firth
Chair, Board of Trustees, B2P UK Charitable Trust; Member, B2P Board of Directors​

Ian Firth is well known as a bridge designer responsible for the engineering design of a wide variety of bridges, great and small, around the world. He regularly works in multi-disciplinary teams alongside leading bridge architects, and several of his projects have received high profile design awards. His projects include major large span suspension or cable stayed bridges, as well as more modest but aesthetically interesting and technically challenging pedestrian bridges.

In addition to his design work, Ian has been responsible for the assessment, maintenance and upgrading of several existing bridges, particularly steel box girder bridges, and he regularly provides specialist advice on long span bridge design and construction. He joined Flint & Neill in 1979 after graduating from the University of Bristol in the UK and became a Partner in the firm in 1990. When F&N joined the COWI Group in 2008 Ian became Chief Operating Officer. Since January 2018, Ian has been an independent engineering consultant, still engaged on several projects with COWI around the world.

He is an active member of the Bridges to Prosperity Board of Directors and Chair of the Bridges to Prosperity UK Charitable Trust.

Larry Cohen
Larry Cohen
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Larry Cohen
Chair, B2P Board of Directors & US Chair, UK Trust

Larry Cohen is the Head of Operations and Technology at AB (AllianceBernstein) where he manages the global infrastructure for institutional and retail asset management, private wealth management, and sell-side research and brokerage. Larry created a business-aligned infrastructure model to focus on key business priorities (new investment products and services, acquisitions, client engagement, and expansion to new markets) and enterprise goals (operational excellence, infrastructure innovation, risk management, operating leverage, and talent development). He joined the firm in 2004 as the Chief Technology Officer.

For more than three decades, Larry has been a technology leader in financial services. He has held senior leadership roles at UBS, where he managed technology for equities and enterprise shared services, at Goldman Sachs, where he was the head of technology for private wealth management, and at Morgan Stanley, where he managed technology for asset management, prime brokerage, trading, brokerage operations, correspondent clearing, global networking and telecommunications, and finance. From 1990 to 1993, he worked in Tokyo as the head of technology infrastructure for the Asia-Pacific region.

Larry received an A.B. in Engineering and Applied Sciences from Harvard University. He is a member of the Board of Directors of NYC FIRST, an organization that inspires and engages students in the study of science and technology. He is also a mentor for Columbia University’s Executive Master of Science in Technology Management.

Ned Breslin
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Ned Breslin
Member, B2P Board of Directors

Ned is the President and CEO of the Tennyson Center for Children in Denver, Colorado.  Tennyson is relentlessly focused on supporting children and families experiencing trauma from abuse and neglect stabilize, heal and reintegrate successfully back into Colorado communities.  Tennyson is morphing to play a more transformational sector role by modeling partnerships at scale that create new healing pathways for children with an eye on shifting the way the state’s $490m/year is spent so that children who enter child welfare and foster care have a better chance to succeed than is the case today.

Prior to joining Tennyson, Ned spent 27 years in the international water and sanitation sector, including a stretch of 16 years living in southern Africa.  Ned led Water For People from 2006-2015 and launched a global campaign that forced dramatic sector change in how it approaches scale, sustainability, monitoring and evaluation and funding flows.  Ned was awarded a 2011 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship on behalf of Water For People for this work.

Carole Bionda
Carole Bionda
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Carole Bionda
Member, B2P Board of Directors
After practicing law for many years, Carole came to Nova in 1986 and currently oversees the company’s legal affairs. She has an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley, where she graduated summa cum laude, and a Juris Doctorate degree from Stanford University. During her career Carole has devoted a significant amount of time in the service of the construction industry sitting on committees and boards with various construction industry groups including the Associated Builders and Contractors, where she was the National Chair in 2004, Associated General Contractors, California Construction Craft Training Center, National Center for Construction Education & Research, and Women Construction Owners & Executives.
Ben Brahinsky
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Ben Brahinsky
Member, B2P Board of Directors

Ben has over 30 years of experience in consulting and transactions in the construction and private equity industries.  Through his firm Leap Financial, Ben provides advisory and board services to firms and their owners.

Ben was Managing Director of a Denver-based private equity firm, where he was responsible for acquiring and turning around distressed companies. For nearly twenty years prior, Ben was a Principal at FMI Corporation in the firm’s investment banking practice.

Ben has spoken to construction industry organizations and published in industry journals. He is active in CFMA, and is a past National Secretary.  Ben has a BA in Geography and Economics, Magna Cum Laude and an MBA in Finance and Real Estate, both from the University of Denver.

 

 

Jamey Barbas
Jamey Barbas
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Jamey Barbas
Member, B2P Board of Directors

Jamey Barbas, PE is a Project Director with Louis Berger. A transformative senior executive with a career in bridge design and construction, she has held leadership positions in several international consulting firms. Her industry experience includes leadership of the strategic, operational and technical aspects for the delivery of major structures projects. A registered professional engineer with over 30 years of experience in bridge management, design, construction and inspection, she has special emphasis on complex and long span bridges.

Barbas’ experience includes a number of award winning domestic and international projects. She has led the inspection, design and construction support services for the reconstruction of the Williamsburg Bridge in NYC – one of the largest bridge reconstruction projects ever undertaken in the U.S. – and led the design of the major bridges of the AutoRoute 30 project in Montreal, Canada – one of the largest P3 bridge projects in North America.

Barbas is a graduate of Barnard College and the Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. She has written numerous technical papers and was named by Engineering News Record as one of their top Newsmakers of 2004 for her work in providing an emergency solution to a failing historic suspension bridge.

Ken Frantz
Ken Frantz
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Ken Frantz
Founder

Ken Frantz is the Founder of Bridges to Prosperity. He has been in the construction and development industry for over 40 years, most of which was spent directing the activities of his own firm. Ken has received national and state commendations for construction and scheduling excellence and has served on many boards including the Board of Directors for the Associated Builders and Contractors. He has volunteered tens of thousands of hours to over 20 charitable organizations, from Rotary International to Bridges to Prosperity.

Ken received his undergraduate degree from Washington State University and his master’s degree from Golden Gate University. He enjoys sailing, fishing, hunting, golf, genealogy, and tough logistical challenges. Ken lives with his two boys, daughter, and wife in Yorktown, Virginia. He has donated substantial financial resources, and volunteered almost full-time at Bridges to Prosperity during 2001-2013. Currently, Ken can be found on his new catamaran with his wife Cheri sailing in the Mediterranean, or the Caribbean. Follow his blog here: www.helmsalee.us

Janice Tuchman
Janice Tuchman
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Janice Tuchman
Member, B2P Board of Directors

As editor-in-chief, Janice L. Tuchman leads the editorial team creating content for the Engineering News-Record enterprise—online, in print and at live events. She is active in many construction organizations and has developed a broad network of industry sources, who help keep ENR on top of the latest trends and innovations. She has traveled the world to visit outstanding projects and speak to groups and universities.
Tuchman is completing her term on the National Research Council’s Board on Infrastructure and continues the Constructed Environment and continues to serve on the Industry Leaders Council of the American Society of Civil Engineers. She is a member of the National Academy of Construction, where she works with the membership and communication committees, and of the exclusive heavy industry leadership group, The Moles. She also serves on the industry advisory council of the Dept. of Civil Engineering at Columbia University.

She joined the board of B2P in 2015 and has traveled with the board to Aspen, Bolivia and London. A highlight of her involvement was attending the opening ceremonies for a bridge in the mountains of Bolivia that involved a arduous climb 700 ft down to the bridge site—and back up again!

This April, Tuchman won the G.D. Crain Award for Distinguished Editorial Career, given by the global business information association, Connectiv. In 2014, she won both the Beaver’s “Service & Supply” Award for outstanding achievement in heavy engineering construction as well as the Carroll H. Dunn Award from the Construction Industry Institute for “outstanding contributions to improving the cost effectiveness of the United States construction industry.” She is an honorary fellow of the Society for Marketing Professional Services.
She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from the University of Colorado in Boulder.

Tuchman lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband Joseph Rosta—a singer, actor and poet. Her daughter, Celia, recently earned her doctorate in anthropology and is an adjunct assistant professor at York College in Queens.

Patrick Malone
Patrick Malone
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Patrick Malone
Member, B2P Board of Directors

Patrick has over 30 years of experience in the construction industry providing construction management, project engineering, change order management, constructability reviews and problem resolution. He has practical historical experience in various alternative delivery procurement methods.

Patrick’s field construction experience has been mainly in transportation projects and heavy civil construction projects. These have included a diverse work experience in marine structures, CIP boxes, structural steel and prestressed girder, precast segmental bridges, design-build procurement and complex interchange construction.

Through his involvement in the industry and multiple associated industry organizations he has developed an extensive association with other industry professionals. He strives continuously to enhance and grow our industry through actively participating in these organizations to ensure we are delivering the best product to our communities.

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Meet the UK Trust

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Lindsey Domingo
Lindsey Domingo
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Lindsey Domingo
Member, Board of Trustees, B2P UK Charitable Trust

Lindsey is a senior management consultant and performance coach with an international experience across a range of disciplines: strategy, business planning and operations, programme and change management, financial management, business analysis, process improvement, governance, risk and compliance, internal and external audits, IT audits, General Data Protection Regulation, donor funded programmes.  He has worked in various industrial sectors including: financial services, energy and extractives, consumer and industrial products, retail, telecoms and media, public sector and not-for-profit; and has knowledge and particular experience of the African Continent.  Lindsey has been a Partner with both PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and Ernst & Young (EY).  A team player on an international scale, he builds excellent relationships with all stakeholders at any level: grass-roots, staff, management, ministerial, ambassadorial, C-suite and Board, engendering a positive impact on people and organisations across cultures.  He has lived in 5 countries and worked in many more.

Lindsey holds a Bachelors’ degree in Economics, specialising in Accounting and Finance, from the London School of Economics and Political Science.  He is a Chartered Accountant and Certified Information Systems Auditor, and holds a number of further qualifications and certifications, notably in Project Management, General Data Protection Regulation, Executive Coaching and Mentoring.

Lindsey is a Board Member of the Bridges to Prosperity UK Charitable Trust.

Jon Dale
Jon Dale
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Jon Dale
Member, Board of Trustees, B2P UK Charitable Trust

Jon is a civil engineer with over 40 years international experience of large multidiscipline infrastructure and building projects. Jon has lived in Hong Kong, Singapore and Denmark and has had the privilege of being a senior manager for Balfour Beatty, Tarmac, Kvaerner, Skanska and has been Chief executive for Whessoe oil and Gas, President of Cleveland Bridge and Chairman of Dorman Long and American Bridge.

Jon is passionate about the benefit that infrastructure has on the everyday lives of people in all communities and his projects have included sewer tunnels, Metros, power stations, Ship Building, Oil and gas plants and Bridges.

Jon currently lives with his wife Anne in Oxford in the UK where he is involved in developing risk management software for engineering applications and is a keen cyclist.

Jon is a member of the B2P UK Charitable Trust

Peter Rees-Gildea
Peter Rees-Gildea
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Peter Rees-Gildea
Member, Board of Trustees, B2P UK Charitable Trust
Peter Rees-Gildea is the director of Disaster Management Consulting Ltd providing consultancy support to the International Red Cross, the United Nations and the UK Department for International Development (DFID).
Peter spent ten years with non-governmental organisations in Thailand and Pakistan and twenty years with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies overseas and in the Geneva headquarters in a number of positions, including head of international disaster response.
As well as providing disaster management assessment and evaluation services Peter deploys to disasters for DFID and the United Nations (UNDAC) and was instrumental in getting support for Bridges to Prosperity to build three pedestrian bridges in Haiti while on mission there with DFID.
Peter has a Master of Arts degree in rural development from the University of East Anglia, UK.
Ian Firth
Ian Firth
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Ian Firth
Chair, Board of Trustees, B2P UK Charitable Trust; Member, B2P Board of Directors​

Ian Firth is well known as a bridge designer responsible for the engineering design of a wide variety of bridges, great and small, around the world. He regularly works in multi-disciplinary teams alongside leading bridge architects, and several of his projects have received high profile design awards. His projects include major large span suspension or cable stayed bridges, as well as more modest but aesthetically interesting and technically challenging pedestrian bridges.

In addition to his design work, Ian has been responsible for the assessment, maintenance and upgrading of several existing bridges, particularly steel box girder bridges, and he regularly provides specialist advice on long span bridge design and construction. He joined Flint & Neill in 1979 after graduating from the University of Bristol in the UK and became a Partner in the firm in 1990. When F&N joined the COWI Group in 2008 Ian became Chief Operating Officer. Since January 2018, Ian has been an independent engineering consultant, still engaged on several projects with COWI around the world.

He is an active member of the Bridges to Prosperity Board of Directors and Chair of the Bridges to Prosperity UK Charitable Trust.

Larry Cohen
Larry Cohen
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Larry Cohen
Chair, B2P Board of Directors & US Chair, UK Trust

Larry Cohen is the Head of Operations and Technology at AB (AllianceBernstein) where he manages the global infrastructure for institutional and retail asset management, private wealth management, and sell-side research and brokerage. Larry created a business-aligned infrastructure model to focus on key business priorities (new investment products and services, acquisitions, client engagement, and expansion to new markets) and enterprise goals (operational excellence, infrastructure innovation, risk management, operating leverage, and talent development). He joined the firm in 2004 as the Chief Technology Officer.

For more than three decades, Larry has been a technology leader in financial services. He has held senior leadership roles at UBS, where he managed technology for equities and enterprise shared services, at Goldman Sachs, where he was the head of technology for private wealth management, and at Morgan Stanley, where he managed technology for asset management, prime brokerage, trading, brokerage operations, correspondent clearing, global networking and telecommunications, and finance. From 1990 to 1993, he worked in Tokyo as the head of technology infrastructure for the Asia-Pacific region.

Larry received an A.B. in Engineering and Applied Sciences from Harvard University. He is a member of the Board of Directors of NYC FIRST, an organization that inspires and engages students in the study of science and technology. He is also a mentor for Columbia University’s Executive Master of Science in Technology Management.

Larry and his wife Tami live in NY and are the proud parents of four adult children.

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