Risk | Readiness | Resilience
Dante Disparte, Chairman
Mr. Disparte works closely with the executive team of Risk Cooperative to ensure the organization meets its strategic objectives and continues to be regarded as an industry leader. In addition to his role at Risk Cooperative, Dante is the Executive Vice President at Diem Association, and he serves in several advisory and board positions. He is part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Advisory Council, where he is a member of the Federal Insurance and Mitigation subcommittee. He serves on the board of the American Security Project, where he founded and chairs the Business Council. Dante is also a member of the Bretton Woods II Council and a senior fellow at New America where he works on technology and digital state initiatives.
Mr. Disparte is a frequent speaker and commentator on business and political issues shaping the world. From entrepreneurship, where he was invited by the White House to speak at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Kenya, to risk, economic competitiveness and security issues, Dante’s wide-ranging views are regularly featured in leading media and publications, such as Harvard Business Review, BBC, Forbes and International Policy Digest, among others. He is a graduate of Harvard Business School, where he chaired the D.C. alumni association and was a former member of the global alumni board. Dante holds an MSc. in Risk Management from the NYU Stern School of Business and a B.A. in International and Intercultural Studies from Goucher College. He is fluent in 6 languages and has conducted business all over the world. He is the co-author of Global Risk Agility and Decision Making (Macmillan, 2016) and was recognized as one of the 40 leaders under 40 by the Washington Business Journal and in the inaugural Powermeter 100 list.
Andres Franzetti, Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Franzetti leads the firm’s overall strategy execution and business operations. He works closely with industry partners, and leaders to ensure that Risk Cooperative remains at the cutting edge of the risk and insurance industry. Additionally, as a multi-lingual, dual-licensed insurance broker and Certified Risk Manager (CRM), Andres specializes in helping multi-national organizations address complex risks to increase their overall resiliency and mitigate downside exposures. Considered an industry leader in program development and innovation, he has worked closely with such organizations like the United Nations, Volvo and other Fortune 500 firms as well as leading academic institutions in managing and mitigating enterprise risks.
Mr. Franzetti hails from Argentina, and is fluent in Spanish and conversant in Italian. As CEO and Co-founder, he leverages his international background and experiences toward creating a work environment that celebrates diversity. Mr. Franzetti was recently a Washington Business Journal Business of Pride Honoree in 2020 for his work on behalf of the LGBTQ community.
Mr. Franzetti has experience across the full risk spectrum and works actively with organizations to address a myriad of risks, ranging from the de-risking of capital flows and overseas investments, to helping organizations build robust enterprise risk management and mitigation frameworks. Andres has extensive expertise in program development, including the design and launch of a cyber warranty program for leading cyber-security firms and Microsoft partners. He is a recognized thought leader in the risk and cybersecurity domain, frequent speaker and published author on all matters of risk management. He also serves as an adjunct fellow for the American Security Project , a think-tank started by former secretaries John Kerry and Chuck Hagel.
Mr. Franzetti has spent more than 10 years in the financial services and advisory space. He holds a BS from the University of Colorado at Boulder in journalism, advertising and marketing.
Les Williams, Chief Revenue Officer
Les Williams, a Certified Risk Manager (CRM), leads the organization’s business development and sales initiatives. He works with clients to help develop risk mitigation strategies and provide insurance portfolio management, specializing in crafting solutions for emerging risks such as cyber liability insurance, political risk insurance, and other complex domestic and global challenges. He is a featured “Risk Insider”, and his monthly columns appear in the publication Risk & Insurance. In 2020 Mr. Williams was recognized in this publication as a 2020 Power Broker for Specialty Lines , and he has appeared as a professional contributor in The Institutes’ CPCU online risk management curriculum. Mr. Williams is a member of the Cybersecurity Strategic Council for the Private Directors Association (PDA).
Mr. Williams was raised in Alexandria, VA and attended the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. After high school, he attended The University of Virginia’s Rodman Scholars Engineering Program and graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He is a member of the Raven Society, I.M.P. Society, and served as a Peer Advisor to younger engineering students. At Graduation, Mr. Williams was one of two students given the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award for outstanding contributions to Student Life during his tenure at UVA. After graduation from UVA, Mr. Williams was an engineer with Ford Motor Company in Detroit working on the engine programs for the Lincoln LS. In 2003, Mr. Williams left Michigan to attend Harvard Business School (HBS) where he served as Class Co-President. He continues his involvement with HBS to this day, serving as an avid admissions volunteer and he also served on the HBS Global Alumni Board from 2010-2013. In 2020 Mr. Williams received the Bert King Award for Service for his work supporting HBS Admissions.
Before joining Risk Cooperative, Mr. Williams held various positions in sales and marketing with firms in Atlanta (IBM, JLL) and Washington, DC (Landon Butler, LiveSafe, SoHookd). He enjoys traveling, biking, weightlifting, and reading. Mr. Williams is proud to serve as a trustee of the UVA Engineering Foundation, a member of the UVA Alumni Association Board of Managers, an associate adjunct professor at the UVA Engineering School, and an advisory board member of Monoc Securities, a security consulting firm providing resources to companies operating within the National Industrial Security Program (NISP). He is married to B.J. Wiley Williams (also a graduate of UVA/HBS and CEO and Founder of SoHookd), and they provide annual gifts to UVA and HBS supporting fellowships for current students. They reside in Arlington, VA.
Jenny Decker, Director of Marketing
Ms. Decker has worked closely with Risk Cooperative since its inception. Jenny worked alongside the founding team to create Risk Cooperative’s visual identity and strategic branding that have been instrumental in positioning the organization as industry experts and innovators. She brings more than 15 years marketing and business development experience and has developed and launched marketing campaigns across industries. These initiatives have included brand positioning, graphic design, video and photo editing, illustration and animation, copywriting, and digital marketing campaigns.
Prior to joining Risk Cooperative, Jenny owned and operated JND Creative, an independent design and strategy firm. Additionally, she has more than 20 years of experience in the meetings and events industry managing logistics and projects that bring people together.
Ms. Decker is also an active social advocate in Washington D.C.’s Capitol Hill North neighborhood, working to support schools and grassroots organizations. In 2016, she co-founded GrantEd Foundation to provide monthly micro-grants to Washington D.C. teachers. She guides the brand development and messaging for GrantEd and its largest fundraising event, the Taste of H, providing strategy, marketing, and design expertise.
Ms. Decker is a graduate of the College of William and Mary.
Maria Jaramillo, Director of Operations
Ms. Jaramillo manages the organizations business effectiveness, renewal cycle management activities as well as oversees the operations team. Maria brings more than 15 years of experience in commercial insurance, across life, health, as well as property and casualty programs. She has worked across industry sectors helping provide insurance and risk mitigation consultations, program development, insurance brokerage activities, policy administration, and claims handling.
Prior to joining Risk Cooperative, Maria worked for one of the largest privately held insurance brokerages in the Washington D.C. metro area. In this role she assisted large multi-national organizations with insurance placements, global program management, and other complex risk issues. She brings best in class business effectiveness expertise as well as project management via the development of key protocols, and procedures for account management.