Board of Directors

Carol GossCarol Goss, Board Chair
Carol A. Goss is a fellow in the Advanced Leadership Initiative program at Harvard University. Prior to joining Harvard, Goss served as president & CEO of The Skillman Foundation, a private independent foundation whose mission is to improve the lives of children in metropolitan Detroit by strengthening their schools and neighborhoods. During her tenure as CEO, the Foundation added safety as a priority area, with the aim to increase the felt and real safety of children, grow the work of resident leadership councils on safety, and prioritize the development of safe routes to school. Goss' professional career includes nearly 20 years' experience in child welfare, family services, youth development and philanthropy in Detroit and Oakland, Calif. Her many recognitions include City Year Detroit's "Idealist in Action" award and the Michiganian of the Year award by The Detroit News. In addition, Crain’s Detroit Business cited her as one of Southeast Michigan’s Most Influential Women, an honor that the respected weekly bestows every five years to the region’s most dynamic and powerful women.


Ivye AllenIvye Allen, Board Member 
President of the Foundation for the Mid South
Ivye L. Allen is President of the Foundation for the Mid South, a regional foundation serving Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. The Foundation supports programs and initiatives that focus on community development, education, health and wellness, and wealth building. Allen previously served as Chief Operating Officer for MDC Inc. and was Director of Fellowship Programs for the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. She has held finance and marketing positions in Fortune 100 corporations. Her education includes a Ph.D in social policy from Columbia University, an M.S. in urban affairs from Hunter College, an M.B.A. in marketing and international business from New York University, and a B.A. in economics from Howard University.


alice cahn's first bikeAlice Cahn, Board Member 
Alice Cahn is a consultant and project director in the social responsibility and youth and family media businesses. She spent 10 years at Turner Broadcasting directing content and the implementation of pro-social initiatives across divisions. Prior, Cahn served as Managing Director of the Markle Foundation’s Interactive Media for Children Program. Cahn came to Markle from Sesame Workshop where she served as President of the Television, Film and Video group. From 1993-1998 Cahn was head of children's programming for US Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). Cahn did her Master’s work in Educational Technology at San Francisco State University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from New York University. She and her wife live in Maplewood, NJ and have three children.


michael payne

Michael Payne, Board Member 
Michael enjoys working at the intersection of sustainable development and organizational development. He most recently served as Executive Director of BikeHouston, where he led the transition from being a volunteer organization with limited resources to a professionally staffed, self-sustaining bicycle advocacy organization. Before joining BikeHouston, Michael spent 16 years working on sustainable development issues in the private sector, initially as a project developer and subsequently managing teams developing large scale wind energy projects in Europe, the US, and Asia for a global energy company. During this time he gratefully spent nine years living in the Netherlands, where he enjoyed life cycling under very civilized terms. Prior to pursuing an MBA at Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management, Michael lived in Atlanta where he was on the board of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition and built up a software service company.


corey wiggins

Corey Wiggins, Board Member 
Director of the Hope Policy Institute

A Mississippi native, Dr. Corey Wiggins completed his undergraduate studies at Alcorn State University. He received a Master of Science in Public Health with an emphasis in Health Policy and a PhD from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Wiggins has furthered his training through fellowships with the Kaiser Family Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Growing up in rural Mississippi, Dr. Wiggins has been driven with a simple mission to serve the community. His diverse career experiences have focused on creating equitable opportunities through systems and public policy change. Previously, Dr. Wiggins served as Senior Vice President of Policy at Hope Enterprise Corporation and Hope Credit Union. He has served as a public policy professional both as a Barbara Jordan Health Policy Fellow in the United States Senate and as a policy analyst for the Mississippi State Legislature. Dr. Wiggins has longed served as an advocate for equitable healthcare access. His work in health advocacy has focused on ensuring that communities have all the resources including quality housing, education and infrastructure that supports healthy communities.  For his work, Dr. Wiggins received the Dr. Montague Cobb Award for his outstanding achievements in health policy advocacy and social justice from the National NAACP.