Dan Bross, Microsoft's Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship and Executive Director of the Microsoft Technology and Human Rights Center, has a background in public policy and government and public affairs in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.
He joined Microsoft in 1998 and in 2002 led a cross company virtual team that developed Microsoft's global Citizenship Program. Today, Dan leads a team with Citizenship responsibilities focused on issues management, reporting, stakeholder engagement, and strategic relationship management.
He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Catawba College in Salisbury, NC and a master's degree in Public Administration from the George Washington University in Washington, DC.
Dan is a member of the Board of Trustees of Catawba College; the Executive Leadership Forum of Boston College's Center for Corporate Citizenship; the World Economic Forum's Human Rights Global Agenda Council; the Board of Directors of the Global Business Coalition Against Trafficking (GBCAT); and Co-Chair of The Conference Board Committee on Corporate Political Spending.
Karen Bergin is the editor of the Microsoft Citizenship Blog and Director of Citizenship and Public Affairs, responsible for global corporate citizenship communications.
She has worked at Microsoft for more than twelve years; prior to moving to the US in 2008, she lead the corporate communications and CSR teams in the UK and the PR team in Australia. During that time, she and her team won numerous awards including ‘Best PR in IT Industry’ for four years and Best Online Press Centre in IT Industry’ (both MORI UK). She also created a leadership stakeholder management methodology which was implemented by Microsoft worldwide.
Karen is fascinated by all areas of communications and in particular the impact upon company and individual brands. She ran her own business in reputation management for two years, coaching senior leaders and their teams on personal communication strategies and institutional programs: Clients included British Telecom, City Of London Police, Edelman, HSBC, Microsoft, Serious Organized Crime Agency and Weber Shandwick.
Mother to a young daughter, outside of work Karen spends some of her time singing Disney songs and browsing antique malls - occasionally at the same time.
Yvonne Thomas, senior program manager in the Community Affairs Department at Microsoft, leads Microsoft Elevate America, a national program that provides individuals across the country with the technology skills and other resources they need to successfully prepare for job opportunities in today's changing economy.
In this role, she sets the strategy for and manages the implementation of Microsoft Elevate America and the Microsoft Elevate America Veterans Initiative. She works closely with nonprofit organizations, governments and businesses in the U.S. on these programs and broadly on the issues of employability and workforce development.
Throughout her tenure at Microsoft, Thomas has held a variety of roles, all focused on developing and implementing impactful community investment programs for the company. She has more than 14 years of experience in corporate social responsibility and the nonprofit sector, with her work prior to joining Microsoft centered on nonprofit based youth programs.
A Washington State native, Thomas is a graduate of Washington State University.
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