Our Advisors

This team has a special combination of heart and brains. The combination of both make them perfect to guide the Innovation Collective on our mission to rebuild community and opportunity around the world. Our staff and the communities we serve are incredibly grateful for the time and tools our advisors generously share with us. 

 
 
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Porter Gale

Part entrepreneur and part marketer, Porter always does what it takes to drive value within an organization. Porter is a C-suite executive who has launched well-known brands (e.g. Virgin America), scaled start-ups , run an ad agency, received accolades as a filmmaker, delivered 100+ keynotes, published a book, directed commercials, climbed mountains, ridden a bicycle across the country and been a high-impact advisor to over 20+ CEOs at companies like RocketFuel, WePay, Vurb, fit mob andHint Water.

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Mike McLoughlin

Mike McLoughlin is the former Chief Engineer for the Research and Exploratory Development Department, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. He is the Principal Investigator for the Revolutionizing Prosthetics Program (RP) and leads efforts to transition RP related technologies to clinical and nonclinical applications. During his 29-year career, he has focused on the rapid development and demonstration of transformative technologies for national security applications including human integrated robotics, biomedicine, biodefense, radar and sonar systems.

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Ronnie Wiessbrod

Ronnie Wiessbrod is a Director of Strategy for KnowledgeU and Advisor to the Milken Institute. He is responsible for executive relationship management, supporting business development for a family office investment portfolio, and developing the global programming initiatives for the Milken Institute. Ronnie has been an advisor to Innovation Collective since 2016.

 

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Vandana Harris

An advisor on all aspects of domestic and international alternative investment transactions as well as U.S. and International tax matters, Vandana has practiced law in The UK, Kenya and the U.S. Van specializes in structuring, drafting, negotiating and providing counsel to numerous clients. She once managed investments for the UK’s Royal Family!

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Bryan Dean Wright

A former CIA Operations Officer, Bryan is currently a  freelance writer, and passionate thinker and pundit. Part of Bryan’s time with the CIA was spent studying the effect that exponential job loss would have on national security. Bryan has a particular interest in rural economies and scaling businesses that help the middle class and poor.

Geoff Cottrill

Geoff is an accomplished, energetic, creative, award-winning Chief Marketing Officer, President, General Manager, and Board Member with a proven track record of delivering results at some of the world's biggest and most iconic brands like Converse.

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Brad Dugdale

Since 2014 Brad has been working lock-step with Innovation Collective as an advisor. From The Great 8 to strategic engagements in various towns, Brad has challanged and helped Innovation Collective to refine strategy. Brad is a Sr. Vice President at D.A. Davidson & Co.

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John Wood

As a Sr. Advisor for Gallup John has built a career on building executive level partnerships with Fortune 500 companies and helping them break through difficult growth challenges. John helps companies employ Gallup’s Behavioral Economics approach to transform their businesses. John has lead teams in banking, retail, manufacturing, telecommunications and other service sectors.