Erika L. Kurt, President & CEO

As President and CEO of the Small World Initiative, Erika continues her longstanding commitment to tackling pressing global challenges. Drawing on her experience from the public and private sectors, she brings her expertise harnessing collaborative action to achieve measurable results and background in science, education, law, and impact investing. Most recently, as a Strategist for LGT Venture Philanthropy, Erika developed a framework to increase the impact of investment strategies on health outcomes. In addition to leading the Small World Initiative, Erika is a Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention focused on their scientific education efforts. She also serves on the Board of Visitors for The Hockaday School and Board of International Asthma Services. Erika graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Vassar College with Highest Honors and earned two law degrees with Distinction from McGill University. Erika is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys spending time in the mountains and seas.

Elizabeth A. Hart, Chief Development & Program Officer

Elizabeth A. Hart has been an inspirational leader in the education, science, and health nonprofit arena for over three decades. For many years, she was involved in research and advocacy in breast cancer, including serving as Chairman & CEO of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, member of the Department of Defense's Congressionally Mandated Breast Cancer Research Program Integration Panel, member of the inaugural National Cancer Policy Board, Komen Chair of the National Cancer Institute/Komen Breast Cancer Summits, and on multiple additional committees. In addition to Komen, Elizabeth was CEO for Easter Seals of Greater Dallas (now North Texas) and has held leadership roles at the Women's Guild of United Cerebral Palsy of Metropolitan Dallas, the Yellow Rose Foundation, the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League, and the Center for Non-Profit Management. Most recently, she served as the President & CEO of the RISD Excellence in Education Foundation. Prior to leading education, science, and health nonprofits, Elizabeth taught biology and general science and served as a nurse. Elizabeth received a Diploma in Nursing from the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital School of Nursing and graduated with a BA from George Washington University. She pursued additional studies at Boston University, Harvard University, and LeTourneau University and has co-authored publications on breast cancer.

Board of Directors

Elizabeth Andreev, Treasurer

As Treasurer of the Small World Initiative, Elizabeth brings her extensive financial and business acumen, STEM background, and commitment to philanthropy. Currently, Elizabeth is a Director in the Municipal Securities Group at UBS Wealth Management, where she works in Public Finance as an Underwriter. Previously, she was a Director in the Municipal Securities Group at US Bancorp in New York City and a Municipal Bond Trader at Susquehanna Investment Group in Philadelphia. Elizabeth has been active in her philanthropical commitments. Last year, for the food rescue and hunger charity City Harvest, she led a top performing team in their annual "Skip Lunch, Fight Hunger" fundraiser. Elizabeth graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Carnegie Mellon University with a BS in Mathematical Sciences and a minor in Music Performance.

Eleonora Andreeva, Secretary

Eleonora is an architect with passion for making the built environment a more sustainable and healthy place to live in. She is currently an Associate Project Manager for Design Management at Columbia University’s new Manhattanville campus development group. Previously, Eleonora served as a designer and sustainability coordinator at Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects where she spearheaded the firm’s sustainability and wellness initiatives and explored a broad range of innovative design topics. Through her passion for sustainability and past leadership and volunteering endeavors, she brings a long-standing commitment to helping communities thrive to her role as Secretary of the Small World Initiative. Eleonora graduated from Columbia University with a BA in Architecture and Mathematics followed by a Master of Architecture with Honors in Building Technologies.

Advisory Council

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Fellows & Interns

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