Board of Directors

Kimberly D. Wise, MPH

Kimberly Wise is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the SISGI Beyond Good Ideas Foundation. She has a wealth of experience working with health care associations, non-profit organizations, federal and state government agencies, pharmaceutical companies and Fortune 500 corporations. Her career has included work on chronic diseases (including obesity, diabetes, asthma and cardiovascular disease), cancer, women’s health, mental health and gastroenterology.

She is currently employed at the Chandler Chicco Companies (CCC) where she works on important healthcare issues of the day including obesity, childhood asthma and nutrition. She has worked with the Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance to develop research, programs and policy recommendations to address barriers to progress on obesity and its related conditions; The Coca-Cola Company’s Live Positively initiatives to promote healthy active lifestyles to consumers; and, with the Merck Childhood Asthma Network, Inc. on combating childhood asthma in local communities.

Prior to joining CCC, Kimberly worked for several non-profit health organizations and leading public relations agencies including the American Gastroenterological Association, the National Breast Cancer Coalition, Manning Selvage & Lee, Ketchum Public Relations and Burson Marsteller. Her work at these organizations has included an educational program for low-income women and families participating in the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) nutrition program in the state of Texas; education and promotion programs for the National Cancer Institute; a program in conjunction with the University of Maryland’s Cooperative Extension to promote healthy eating habits among elementary school-aged children; pre-FDA approval campaigns for drugs to treat major depressive disorder and colorectal cancer; and public education and awareness campaigns for Aetna.

She has also played a major role in leading and executing media outreach strategies for her clients including placements in top-tier media outlets like The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post and TODAY Show; wire outlets like Reuters and The Associated Press; online outlets like The Huffington Post, WebMD and HealthDay News; and, multicultural outlets like Essence Magazine, Honey Magazine, Ebony Magazine, TheRoot.com, National Newspaper Publishers Association/BlackPressUSA.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Corporate Communications and Public Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, and a Master of Public Health in Global Health Promotion from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Phil Hsiao

Phil Hsiao is the Secretary of the Board of Directors of the SISGI Group Beyond Good Ideas Foundation. An alumnus of the City University of New York School of Law, Phil is the Honors Attorney for the United States Postal Service’s Pacific Area Law Office, working predominately on employment law matters affecting public employees. Before law school, Phil was an active union member and organizer for both labor and voting rights. Phil also holds a Master’s degree from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, where he studied global political economy, focusing mainly on the relationship between Japan and the United States.

Phil has also professional experience in translating for immigration law (with the Urban Justice Center and The Door Legal Services), has worked to ensure Asian American voting rights (as a Japanese language consultant and voter’s rights pollster with the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund), held an internship in the King’s County District Attorney’s Office (in the Early Case Assessment Bureau), and served as a union shop steward in NYU’s clerical union, UCATS Local 3882.

Phil was born in the economically underdeveloped region of Appalachia in Eastern Kentucky, and has worked many aspects of the professional spectrum (from teaching high school students, to clerical staff work at NYU, to serving as a building superintendent). Phil’s background and experiences on the economic margin of our society greatly influences his activism and interests.

Phil is most excited to bring his experience and values to the SISGI Group as it works to achieve its goal to become a leading nexus for changemakers globally.

Sarah Sosbe

Sarah Sosbe, an alumnus of Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education, is a Talent Coach with the New York City Department of Education Office of Teacher Effectiveness. In her role she provides coaching and support to Principals and Assistant Principals as they implement the New York Teacher Evaluation Process. Working with School Leaders and other instructional staff, Sarah provides coaching and professional learning to deepen understanding of how to use the Danielson Framework for Teaching, making informed decisions based on observation data to develop teacher practice, and making connections between the school instructional priorities and the observation and feedback cycle process to promote effective instruction for all students.

Prior to her current role as Talent Coach, Sarah’s career in education provided her with a variety of opportunities. For 8 years, Sarah taught English Language Arts and Social Studies for grades 6-8 at the Angelo Patri School in the Bronx. Besides her teaching role, she held a variety of leadership positions that honed her planning and practice techniques and coaching skills: Grade Team Leader, Lead Literacy Teacher, Data Specialist, Summer School Literacy Coach, S.M.A.R.T. Academy Team Leader, Curriculum Writer, and Staff Developer. Sarah’s work in the Bronx, led to an opportunity to work at Promise Academy I JHS, part of the Harlem Children’s Zone Charter schools. For two years, Sarah taught 7th and 8th grade English Language Arts, led Grade Teams, designed curriculum, facilitated staff development, participated in data analysis teams, and providing mentoring for new teachers. Sarah is proud to say that she facilitated the schools first Model United Nations summit for the 8th grade scholars that included special guest Geoffrey Canada as the opening ceremonies speaker.

Sarah’s journey into education began after graduating from the University of Colorado with degrees in History and English and joining the Teach for America organization where she was assigned to New York City. Sarah earned her Masters of Science in Teaching degree from Fordham University during her initial years teaching. After honing her practice in the classroom and supporting colleagues, Sarah returned to Teacher For America’s Summer Training Institute. For two summers she served as a Curriculum Specialist training new teachers on everything from lesson planning, behavior management, data analysis, to a variety of other topics that are the cornerstone of teaching. After earning her Masters of Administration and Supervision degree from Fordham, Sarah once again returned to the TFA summer institute in the role of School Director for a high school in Brooklyn where she was in direct management of the summer school program for students and the development and support of the new teachers.

Besides her work within schools, Sarah is a supporter of Education Reform and improving educational outcomes for all students. She has been a member of the organization Educators for Excellence, a teacher-led organization that works to ensure the voice of teachers are included in the creation of policies that shape classrooms and careers. Currently, Sarah is pursing an additional degree in School District Leadership, at Fordham, with the continued goal of improving educational outcomes for all students.

Sharon Harris

Sharon Harris is the Senior Global Product Marketing Manager for Microsoft’s Mobile, Local and Commerce Advertising Group. She is responsible for Microsoft’s global go to market strategy for mobile advertising products. Sharon works on the global business leveraging virtual work teams to launch new products. She is currently responsible for the 2012 launch of advertising on Skype mobile which was acquired Microsoft in 2010. Sharon leads sales training as well as new product innovation in mobile.

Prior to moving to Microsoft Sharon was the Director of Global Advertising Programs at JumpTap. Jumptap is the global leader in mobile advertising solutions, providing superior performance and premium advertising solutions that run across the highest quality premium mobile ad network. Jumptap leverages its search technology and 16 operator relationships to deliver the most advanced targeting intelligence for advertisers seeking the highest return on investment from their campaigns while helping publishers and application developers maximize advertising revenue from their mobile properties.

With offices in New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, and Toronto, Sharon’s team oversees global advertising campaigns for such clients as Atari, Best Buy, Nike, P&G and Bank of America as well as coordinating mobile publishers like the NBA, MSNBC, FOX News and NBC Entertainment. Sharon also drives the development of custom integrated mobile advertising campaigns for clients and publishers.

Prior to joining JumpTap, Inc. Sharon Harris was the Vice President of Marketing for IAC Advertising Solutions. IAC Advertising Solutions is the advertising sales organization within IAC that represents such premium brands as Evite, Match.com, Ticketmaster, Citysearch, Excite, IWON! and Expedia.com. The IAC/AS portfolio of brands represents 45% of the total online audience. Sharon oversaw the strategic direction and branding efforts of IAC Advertising Solutions and supported national digital media and search sales teams. Sharon’s team focused on four key areas including branding and public relations, research, sponsorship development and creative solutions. Sharon also drove the development of custom digital advertising opportunities for such clients as Schick, American Express, Honda and Diageo resulting in $7.5M of revenue to the IACAS business. Sharon’s team was named a finalist for a 2007 OMMA award for website promotion for the Schick Quattro for Women Girls’ Guide to Dating.

Prior to IAC/AS Sharon was the Director of Ad Sales Marketing for Reuters Consumer Media. Sharon provided marketing support for the US team as well as consult to the UK and Asian offices. Sharon was responsible for a full range of marketing responsibilities and was relied on manage multi-million dollar accounts and direct company-wide projects to raise the visibility of the Reuters Consumer Media business. Sharon was also active in the development of the Reuters Black Employee Network and Reuters Inter-affinity Council to provide support and development for diverse employees around the globe.

With over 15 years of traditional media and digital media experience, Sharon is a new media veteran who has helped brand and launch many campaigns and products. From satellite radio to interactive TV initiatives, Sharon has worked with a variety of senior management teams to help define their digital brand and business strategy. Sharon has held key marketing executive positions at Sirius Satellite Radio and Discovery Communications, Inc. the parent company to The Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, The Travel Channel, Animal Planet, Discovery Kids, BBC America and 5 digital channels.

Sharon Harris is a native of Morganza, Louisiana. Sharon attended Yale University and New York University and graduated with a B.A. in Literature and has completed graduate course work toward a Masters in Literature. Sharon is a former board member and treasurer for NAMIC-NY and is also a member of the Ad Club of New York and Advertising Women of New York. Sharon currently resides in Brooklyn, where she enjoys New York’s cultural life, foreign travel and live music performances. Sharon volunteers as a part-time classroom teacher for the New York Junior Achievement program while serving as its city ambassador.

Robert Bailey

Robert Bailey is a Certified Public Accountant and owner of Robert E. Bailey Tax, Accounting and Consulting Services. A licensed CPA since 1974, he has provided services to small businesses, individuals, national and international nonprofits, faith based organizations and large companies over the course of his career. He has professional experience working in the banking and savings and loans industries including small business and corporate lending. Mr. Bailey has skills in financial business planning, audits and financial system design for large and small businesses.

He serves on the board for several nonprofit organizations and has served the probate court system as a court appointed financial professional advocate, managing the affairs of incapacitated individuals. He is a SISGI Group board member focused on financial management and business planning. He also provides pro bono training and workshops on financial management and accounting for the SISGI Group’s Institute for Social Change.