Board of Directors

3DS board members volunteer their time, energy, and resources to provide critical support and governance to the organization.  Our board is comprised of talented volunteers committed to helping the organization achieve its mission.

Board Chair

Jim Pacey


David Gray


Courtney Zaugg

Courtney is the Founder and President of Plaka + Associates, a woman-owned, innovation and impact consulting firm based in Indianapolis, Indiana. Courtney has over 14 years of experience and leads the firm’s work in impact analysis, real estate development, and ecosystem development. She specializes in connecting leaders in government, economic development, and entrepreneurship at the intersection of innovation, industry, and talent. She is a certified by the International Economic Develpment Council as an Entrepreneurship Development Professional.

Kelly Pratt

Founder & Director

Joel Hestness


Tolu Akindunni

Tolu Akindunni is an energetic problem solver who has spent the last 17 years developing and delivering innovation stategies for organizations with B2C and B2B models. Having lived and worked globally (USA, UK, Middle East, and Africa), Tolu enjoys connecting with communities and uses her diverse background to create richer, more inclusive and insightful ecosystems for aspiring entrepreneurs.

Ben Pfeffer

Ben is a technology driven marketer and development executive based in Austin, Texas. He currently is the Director of Development at Notley, an organization focused on providing knowledge, collaboration, and capital to the social-impact community.

Prior to Notley, Ben worked for management consultancy, West Monroe Partners out of their Dallas office where he focused on software implementations and improving customer experiences for Fortune 500 clients. he also spent time at Next Ventures, a VC fund focused on the growing health and wellness space.


Shayna Dunitz

Advisory Council


Jason Seats

Texas Treasury Safekeeping Trust Company

Ruchit Shah

Kendra Scott Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute, UT Austin

Lesley (Jacobs) Robinson

CPP Consulting

Issam Ourrai


Ekaterina Matveeva

Innotech Advisory

Leon Ploubidis

Global Entrepreneurship Network

Michelle Samuel