As the Relationship Coffee Institute’s Executive Director, Ruth Coleman is responsible for overseeing the organization’s operations and managing strategic relationships. Previously, she worked with California State Parks, the California Legislative Analyst office, and was a Peace Corps volunteer in Swaziland, Africa. She is a graduate of Occidental College and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Chief Financial and Operating Officer
DeeAnn brings 30 years of professional experience to the position of Chief Financial and Chief Operating Officer. She is responsible for overseeing daily operations of the Relationship Coffee Institute, providing strategic leadership in addition to financial and operational direction to the organization and program teams. DeeAnn has a broad professional background in social enterprise, nonprofits, and international business with experience in corporate sales, acquisitions, high-growth startups, and international project development.
Bong Suh advises on our strategic project efforts at the Relationship Coffee Institute, bringing an extensive background in business, e-commerce, law and finance. He has an undergraduate degree in Business from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and a law degree from University of California’s Berkeley School of Law. He founded the internet company BuyDirect and served as its Chief Executive Officer. He also served as a mergers & acquisition banker at Robertson, Stephens & Company and Morgan Stanley & Co., as well as Senior Vice President of corporate development at CNET Inc. and Beyond.com.
Paul has over 30 years experience advising, funding and starting commercial and non-profit businesses. After earning his MBA from Columbia University, he joined the technology strategy practice at Booz Allen. He was a Vice President in Morgan Stanley’s M&A practice in NYC, and practice leader of GE’s private equity investing activities based in Stamford, CT and San Francisco. He was a founder or lead funder of several businesses including Education Finance Partners, AdPerk and several non-profits. Paul is interested in social enterprises and commercial businesses that find a way to support non-profit social services with cash and expertise while also sustaining their for-profit activities.