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Management Team

Brian Weinberg

Brian Weinberg is an experienced operator (for companies $500k – $5 million in revenue) and investor (about $100 million in debt/equity deals) with a decade plus history working in philanthropy, social entrepreneurship, and impact investing. For the last 5 years, he has deep dived into all things regeneration (economics, agriculture, culture, finance, human development) as a consultant and advisor with several recognizable leaders and organizations in the regenerative movement. 

Bob Berkebile

Bob Berkebile studied under Buckminister Fuller in the 1960’s and later became a master architect critical in launching the LEED certification and green building movement (including greening the White House under President Clinton and working in 12 post disaster communities). He is Principal Emeritus of the renowned firm BNIM and serves on a number of city/civic positions (Mayor’s Climate Protection Committee, Environmental Management Commission, the Chamber’s Business Leadership Council and The Nature Conservancy and Bridging the Gap Boards for 20 years).

Jason Parson

President/CEO of P+A, Jason’s extensive citywide, statewide and nationwide relationships, combined with his keen understanding of stakeholder expectations and project needs, uniquely position him to establish connections, build consensus and ensure projects stay on time and on budget. Whether serving his country in Operation Iraqi Freedom or studying the success of the Sustainable South Bronx green job training programs in New York, Jason’s roots are firmly planted in Missouri. Ford Motor Company recognized him as a Ford Freedom Unsung Hero for his work supporting veterans. Jason has led regional and national initiatives related to green collar jobs, youth development of job and life skills, education, energy, and water quality.

Michelle Miller

Michelle Miller is a service driven storyteller who has traversed the fields of theatre film, higher education, advocacy, and non-profit. Having lectured and guests directed at multiple universities Michelle is currently a lecturer and director with the University of Kansas. She lived in New York City for 12 years where she sang in major productions and
with orchestras, such as the Boston Pops prior to her humanitarian work taking priority. Michelle helped found ASTEP –Artists Striving to End Poverty (now Arts Ignite). She led grassroots fundraising efforts which included producing 18 concerts featuring Tony Award winning composers and actors. For 16 years she has been a long distance and on the ground supporter of The Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project in rural India, a school for children from the Untouchable Caste. In 2011, Michelle made the leap to filmmaking for which she has 7 EMMY nominations for her work with Rocky Mountain PBS. In addition, she has had a film featured in the documentary corner of the Cannes Film festival as well as having been a producer, writer, and on camera talent for Project Explorer which has 8 million viewers internationally. Michelle consults with creatives and change makers on maximizing their creative vision for the collective good. Michelle has been a longtime supporter and fundraiser for two projects founded by her late father, Richard Miller, The Cristo Rey School and Christmas in October, both of which are based in her hometown of Kansas City, MO.

Darren Beck

Darren is the Studio Lead for Circular KC, a project of the Foundation for Regeneration. His passion is finding the sweet spot between profitability and a positive return for our world. A transformative leader with experience in environmental and social innovation, he helped establish one of the country’s premier corporate sustainability programs at Sprint and led a vanguard of global brands toward good growth at Sustainable Brands. Passionate about circularity, biomimicry, regeneration and place-based impact, he thrives on building collaborative systems to address some of the most pressing issues of our time. Those interests have combined in his latest venture, leading a studio that is paving the way for a robust circular economy in Kansas City.

Evan Carr

Evan is a practitioner and artist based in Michigan and Texas. Previously he led and scaled Business Development for five years at a software company named the “#1 World’s Fastest Growing Company” by Fortune. Evan earned a Bachelors of Interdisciplinary Studies and holds a Masters of Public Policy degree from UT Dallas. His continuing education includes classes and certifications from some of the top regenerative design, consulting, and human development schools as well as practice in indigenous wisdom traditions. His current research focuses on the intersections of anthro-complexity, sense-making, business, regenerative culture, and policy.

Daniel Poynter

Daniel Poynter founded Carbon Neutral Indiana in April 2020. CNI is holding the vision for the state to become carbon neutral as soon as possible. It’s starting by helping households and businesses. CNI grew out of almost a year of full-time research into climate action in Indiana, including six months of research Project Drawdown solutions culminating in Indiana Drawdown.

Before this, Daniel was a professional advisor to over one hundred social entrepreneurs, was named a Young Innovator by the MacArthur Foundation, and was invited to speak at over twenty academic institutions throughout North America.

The Foundation for Regeneration is a 501(c)(3) domiciled in Kansas City, MO (EIN # 92-1473069).

The Giving Back Fund

 fiscally sponsored by The Giving Back Fund (“GBF”).

GBF facilitates charitable giving by managing over 450 foundations of professional athletes, celebrities, high net worth individuals, existing non profit organizations for over 20 years. GBF has granted out over $400 million dollars to date and we are honored that they have chosen to support our work.  As the official philanthropic partner of the NFLPA Each year, each year GBF holds its “Big Game Big Give” fundraising event at a private estate in the Super Bowl city the weekend of the big game. This star-studded gala has become a favorite among the philanthropy elite, with previous celebrity hosts including Alec Baldwin, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Mark Wahlberg, Hilary Swank, Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore, Josh Brolin, Jaime Foxx, Michael Phelps, and David Schwimmer. Click here to read The Giving Back Fund’s 2020 Annual Report.