US Advisory Board

Arthur Karuletwa

Arthur Karuletwa is a Rwandan-American. He is the Global Coffee Traceability Director for Starbucks Coffee Company in Seattle. Ten years after the 1994 genocide, he returned to his native home of Rwanda to play a role in the economic and social recovery of a post-genocide era, as a consultant under the Ministry of Agriculture and Commerce. Karuletwa currently leads the development and implementation of Starbucks’ end-to-end traceability system—a system he co-developed to make the connection from the farmer to the customer in more than 20 countries. Karuletwa is also a 2009 Legatum Fellow at MIT.

Larissa Kaze

Larissa Kaze was raised in Rwanda and Burundi and is currently a Financial Analyst at the Boeing Company. Ms. Kaze is a past Co-President and an active member of the Burundian Diaspora of North America. Larissa received her Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics from Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan.

Teresa Wells

Teresa Wells serves as the Managing Director of Investment Strategy for Threshold Group bringing over 17 years of investment industry experience to the role. Working in partnership with the Chief Investment Officer and Managing Director of Impact Investing, she contributes to the firm’s broad investment strategy. She also leads the Wealth Management and Foundations services team in Seattle. In this role, she is responsible for recruiting, training and coaching the Seattle-based associates to deliver an exceptional client experience to our wealth management and foundation clients.

John Meisenbach

John Meisenbach has had a successful career in the financial services industry since 1961. His considerable and enduring success is due to the individual attention and expertise that he brings to each of his clients.

Mr. Meisenbach serves on the boards of Costco, Expeditors International, M Financial Group, McCormick Capital Management, Seattle Children’s, and Atlantic Street Center. He is active in numerous industry and civic organizations including the United Way of King County, Global Partnerships, Medical Teams International and Zion Preparatory Academy. He has spoken throughout the country to business and financial service groups. John spent two years in the Navy Submarine Service and then entered Seattle University in 1956, graduating in pre-law in 1960

John Speanburg

John Speanburg serves as Vice President of Grocery Sales at Cargill Incorporated, bringing over 26 years of industry experience to the role. John Speanburg is responsible for collaborating solution based programs with national and international companies across the consumer product sector. He contributes to the Cargill strategy to be the leader in nourishing the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way and to be the most trusted partner in agriculture, food and nutrition.