Our Executive Management has a long history of humanitarian service, and currently serve on the Board or Board of Advisors of more than eight international organizations.
Their goal is to make the MDG Awards a highlight event that not only shines the spotlight on those whose efforts to achieve the goals are exemplary but also acts as a call to action to the world community to move forcefully to achieve the goals.
Michael JacobsonExecutive Director
Michael is founder of the MDG Awards Program and has a long history of bridging the language barrier between not for profit organizations and the corporate community, he recognized the importance of bringing the MDGs to the eyes and hearts of the public to create greater awareness and support. He believes that by asking celebrities, and Government leaders to help us shine a spotlight on the MDGs, we can help educate the public while providing a forum on which all stakeholders can collaborate and share with their constituencies.
As a reflection of his interest in humanitarian projects he has worked extensively as advisor to an extensive cross section of not for profits including the American Heart Association, United Cerebral Palsy and the Make a Wish Foundation. In the corporate world, he has worked with the charitable giving and Public-Private Partnership programs of clients such as American Airlines, Southwest Airlines and Mercedes Benz, N.A.
Heidi WaltersManaging Director
Heidi has been working as Managing Director of the MDG awards since its inception. With now over 10 years experience in developing and managing projects and programs in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors; Heidi has dedicated her efforts to uniting these worlds in the name of sustainable development, corporate social responsibility and effective project implementation. Currently also working towards her degree in International Development, with a Specialization in Children's Studies within the context of the United Nations Conventions of the Rights to the Child; in her free time, she enjoys spending time with her two daughters.
Chris WangroProducing Director
One time Circus director and former Tzar of Special Events for the City of New York, Chris is acclaimed as one of the leading producers of live events in America. His work has included Presidential Summits, Pachyderm Parades, Papal Visits & Rock Festivals and he has produced Prestigious Arts Festivals and Cultural Expositions for organizations in the US and governments abroad.
In recent years Mr. Wangro has passionately devoted his efforts to Civil Society. He has created and executed extensive projects for dozens of leading social justice organizations raising global attention and millions of dollars for causes that include education, health, housing and humanitarian aid.
Wangro continues his work with Zaragunda, The Usual Suspects and NY, America while acting as a consultant and advisor to a number of marketing firms, arts and social justice organizations. Wangro is based in New York City, and Woodstock, New York.