James Viray is a leader in corporate social responsibility who understands how a strategic approach to philanthropy can positively impact your reputation, brand and operations. He served as a Presidential appointee to the U.S. Department of State as the Director for the Office of International Labor & Corporate Social Responsibility. In that role, he worked with multinational companies on their community impacts abroad. James has also served as an in-house corporate social responsibility advisor to two Fortune Global 200 companies and as an external consultant to other well-known brands. He has engaged with leaders from village chiefs to Presidents and developed a network of global policymakers on development issues, including child labor, indigenous people’s rights, women’s empowerment, and access to water, among others. James has extensive experience working across Africa and is fluent in French.
Milessa Lowrie provides a critical link between players in two worlds: public policy and professional sports. Her career as a diplomat with the U.S. Department of State and her extensive personal network in professional sports with athletes, teams and agencies allow her to easily navigate capitol buildings or front offices. Milessa’s diplomatic work provided her with first-hand experience engaging with diverse stakeholders on critical global political and development issues, particularly human rights and human trafficking. A fluent Spanish speaker, Milessa has worked and studied in Latin America and the Middle East. Milessa and her husband, Oakland Athletics infielder Jed Lowrie, are involved in several community and philanthropic initiatives, particularly around veteran and children’s issues.