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Meet The Team!
Scott M. Curran
Social Impact Strategy General & Strategic Counsel
Program & Initiative Design
Scott serves as general and strategic counsel to the social sector, helping nonprofits, businesses, and law firms scale social impact.
Following a decade of service to the Clinton Foundation, Scott founded Beyond Advisers to help social innovators, philanthropists, and nonprofit, government, and private sector leaders design and build their organizations and initiatives for impact.
Scott counsels nonprofits, social enterprises, and law firms in developing social impact strategies, growing organizational capacity, and creating projects, programs, and partnerships that achieve measurable results.
He teaches a law school class called “Lawyers as Social Innovators” and speaks regularly on the role of lawyers in social innovation. Scott also advises law schools in developing social impact courses and clinical practices and consults with law firms to develop Social Impact & Innovation practices. Crain's Chicago Business called the class he teaches one of "the coolest classes for law students."
Prior to starting Beyond Advisers, Scott served as General Counsel for the Clinton Foundation. During more than 10 years of service to the foundation, Scott established, grew, and led the legal team that supported one of the most impactful – and scrutinized – global operating charities in history with over 2,000 staff and volunteers working in 36 countries on more than a dozen initiatives. Scott led the team of in-house professionals and outside firms that created the organizational and operational structures that supported the Clinton Foundation's board, enterprise systems, and program teams during their most intense period of growth.
In supporting the program work of the Clinton Foundation's initiatives, Scott counseled dynamic leaders and teams in developing partnerships designed to spur social and economic change around the world. These partnerships spanned the areas of global health, climate change, international development, commercial agriculture, supply chain innovation, childhood obesity, small business mentoring, post-disaster relief, globally-focused conferences, and museum and special event operations.
As a corporate attorney prior to his time with the Clinton Foundation, and as a graduate of the first program in the U.S. to offer a master’s degree in public service, Scott has advised new endeavors and established enterprises working to change the world. From working with sweet potato growers in the Mississippi Delta and cashew farmers in India to private sector startups and nonprofit spinoffs, Scott’s work has equipped him with deep knowledge of legal, program, and organizational operations.
With his background in public service, law, and communications, Scott is motivated by the possibility and promise that bold ideas can be transformed into action to change lives and communities in new, specific, and measurable ways.
He spends some of the best parts of his days being inspired by his wife, Amy, their two kids, and multiple rescue dogs, including Miss Tommie and Angel The Wonder Pup, who are both blind, deaf, and awesome!
Zayneb helps social enterprises grow internal capacity and create programs that achieve greater impact while ensuring legal and regulatory compliance, and consistency with best practices.
Zayneb works with Beyond clients to refine, grow, and scale organizational operations. She advises clients’ boards of directors, senior management, and internal enterprise teams on matters related to board governance, employment practices, commercial transactions, and issues affecting tax-exempt organizations, and compliance with other applicable regulatory frameworks.
Zayneb helps clients establish and maintain compliant and seamlessly integrated legal and operational structures and practices that enable them to carry out their work, whether domestically, internationally, or both.
Zayneb’s expertise includes keen awareness and counsel of critically important Board, Human Resources, and program operations that are often most important to growth stage nonprofits and social enterprises.
Prior to joining Beyond, Zayneb worked at the Clinton Foundation for ten years, most recently serving as Deputy General Counsel and Assistant Secretary of the Board of Directors. She played a key role in developing and leading the legal department, counseling the Board and senior leadership, establishing successful legal structures and entities in various countries to support the Foundation’s work, and providing strategic and operational guidance to program teams of some of the most dynamic philanthropic and cross-sector programs and partnerships in the world.
In advising the Foundation’s program teams operating throughout the US and in 40 countries around the world, Zayneb gained unparalleled experience working across subject areas including, among others, global health, climate change, commercial agriculture, supply chain innovation, special event operations, early literacy, and economic development.
Zayneb joined the Clinton Foundation as a Clinton-Orfalea Fellow, a fellowship awarded to alumni of USC’s graduate schools who have a demonstrated commitment to social action and public service.
A native of Southern California, Zayneb received a B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a J.D. from the University of Southern California. Zayneb serves as a board member for City of Knowledge, a Pre-K through 12thgrade Islamic school in Southern California, and advises The Asomugha Foundation on its ACTS initiative, which provides opportunities to disadvantaged youth through education and empowerment.
Social Impact Measurement, Innovation & Investment
Scott Taitel is an expert in designing innovative financial structures to achieve social impact as well the performance evaluation of social enterprises with a focus on the correlation of financial and social returns.
As Clinical Professor at NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, Scott heads the school’s specialization in Social Impact, Innovation & Investment and directs its Financial Initiative on Social Impact. Scott teaches graduate courses in Social Impact Investment, Managing Financial & Social Returns of the Social Enterprise, Corporate Finance and Public Policy and Financial Management of the Global Nonprofit.
As the former Chief Operating Officer of the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership, Scott has developed, financed and monitored social impact projects throughout the developing world, created and implemented Impact Investment Funds and designed the operational and financing structure of social enterprises in numerous sectors including agriculture, last mile distribution and training and education.
Scott has also been Managing Partner of a venture capital firm, and CFO, COO and Treasury Manager for both private and public multinational companies. Scott began his early career as an urban Economic Development planner responsible for public private partnership development and the formation of a Community Development Credit Union.
Scott holds an MBA from Northeastern University and a BA in Policy Studies from Syracuse University.
Digital Infrastructure Experience Design
For two decades, Jim has led and defined the experience design field with a focus on user-centered design methodologies and the innovative insights and direction these processes reveal. Jim advises Beyond clients on the development of industry-changing brands from naming to positioning to messaging frameworks.
Concurrently, he is the founding partner in the ADMCi Foundation, which focuses on applying the principles of master-craftsmanship in a modern world. Starting with the simple question, “What am I built for?” Jim and the ADMCi work with people driven to craft both internal and external experiences for a more rewarding life’s journey. Their work transforms business performance and the people contributing to its success.
Formerly, Jim was the founding partner of one of the most successful privately owned agencies in the country. Jim led a new era of brand experience and engagement. He drove his company's strategy for solving sophisticated business problems with innovative experience design solutions. His teams innovated customer experience journeys, platform integration strategies, and content strategies spanning social media, marketing communications, and software platforms.
Jim’s early career focused on professional services, providing documentation and training for the largest privately held consulting company in the Midwest, Whittman-Hart. There, he pioneered experience design integration with back-end systems development, built some of the first interactive design teams, and created user-centered design processes that have become a standard in the industry.
Joe Ballard works with philanthropic leaders, family offices, and Fortune 500s at the nexus of public, private, and non-governmental sectors to achieve measurable impact in their work to address the world’s most pressing challenges.
Joe helps Beyond clients in four primary areas: landscape mapping and strategic planning; program design & management; impact assessment & storytelling; and development & fundraising strategy. Joe helps clients identify their unique competitive advantage, articulate new, specific, and actionable goals, and operationalize their core values in real ways.
For more than 15 years, Joe has supported diverse teams working across complex environments on a range of critical issue areas. He is an expert in strategic program design, project management, data analysis, partnership development, and network mapping.
Prior to joining Beyond, Joe led the monitoring and evaluation team at the Clinton Global Initiative, where he was responsible for data, impact assessment, and related analytics. In this role, Joe led partnerships with Palantir Technologies, IBM, and other leading technology companies to develop intelligence utilized by CGI and its member organizations in improving their social impact work. Prior to that, Joe managed the Global Energy and domestic Rural Economic Development portfolios working with groups including Coca-Cola, NRG Energy, the US Department of State, the Rocky Mountain Institute, the United Nations Foundation, and Lockheed Martin.
Joe received a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Creighton University and a Master of Public Service degree from the University of Arkansas. Joe completed three terms of national service with AmeriCorps and served on the faculty of the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service as an instructor and Director of International Projects and Partnerships.
Principal Messaging & Communications
Steve Rinehart is a communications expert, author, and storyteller.
Steve leads Beyond’s Messaging & Communications practice. He helps clients identify and amplify their greatest strengths to a wide variety of audiences, often across multiple platforms and interests. He provides Beyond clients with fully integrated communications strategies and content across media channels that sharpen understanding, streamline messages, and emphasize each principal’s unique story.
Because the clients Steve serves have multiple interests spanning business, personal endeavors, and philanthropic interests, he uniquely focuses on helping them leverage their stories, positions, and universal relevance within and across multiple venues. He is uniquely adept at ensuring that messaging across issues and interests ladders up to a consistent outcome reflecting an overarching core truth.
Steve writes and ghostwrites for a former US President, Fortune 100 CEOs, entrepreneurs, and social activists. He brings a background as a writer of novels, stories, and screenplays, for which he has won enthusiastic reviews including a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. His creative, persuasive, and nonfiction writing, both under his byline and for principals, has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, TIME, London Telegraph, GQ, Out, and many others. He has contributed essays and forewords for bestselling nonfiction titles across the world.
Steve has a master’s degree from the renowned Iowa Writers Workshop, and teaches writing and communications at New York University and at Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Advocacy Campaigns &
Philanthropic and Political Counsel
Dave Horwich is an expert in issue advocacy, political engagement, and building issues-based social impact movements.
Dave helps Beyond clients design, build, and advance causes and campaigns intended to achieve seismic social impact. His notable experience includes:
Serving as a principal architect behind the passage of Illinois’ marriage equality law, a multi-year strategic initiative prioritized by multiple bipartisan and cross-sector leaders.
Helping pass monumental climate change legislation, combating the opioid crisis, developing communities of engaged donor-advocates, increasing youth civic engagement, and protecting consumers from unscrupulous practices.
Advising major political and philanthropic donors on their strategic investments.
Prior to joining Beyond, Dave opened and oversaw the Chicago office for Civitas Public Affairs Group, a leading national bipartisan firm dedicated to creating sector-wide change on complex issues.
Previously, Dave served as vice president of Newsweb Corporation, the family office of Newsweb Chairman Fred Eychaner, where he advised Mr. Eychaner on a wide range of political, philanthropic, and corporate matters. He also oversaw multiple initiatives of the Alphawood Foundation, a Chicago-based private foundation founded and chaired by Mr. Eychaner. Among those initiatives were the construction of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, a $53 million memorial to FDR on the southern tip of Roosevelt Island in New York designed by famed architect Louis Kahn, and launching and overseeing Alphawood’s Mayan archaeology portfolio.
Over the last 20 years, Dave has served as a lead advance representative for dignitaries including President Bill Clinton, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Vice President Al Gore, among others. He has coordinated visits of these high profile individuals on five continents.
Dave served as co-founder and president of NeoHand, Inc., an award-winning developer of consumer-oriented software solutions for mobile devices. He also managed a winning state senate race and served in both the White House Office of Scheduling and Advance and the British House of Commons.
Dave received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a master’s degree in business administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
A native of the northern suburbs of Chicago, David resides there with his wife and two sons.