Risk | Readiness | Resilience
Dante A. Disparte
Chairman and Founder
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 Vice Chair and Head of Policy and Communications for the Libra 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.
Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder
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 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 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 is fluent in Spanish, conversant in Italian and holds a BS from the University of Colorado at Boulder in journalism, advertising and marketing.
Chief Revenue Officer and Co-Founder
Les Williams, Chief Revenue Officer
Mr. Williams leads the organization’s business development and sales initiatives. He works with clients to help develop risk mitigation strategies and provide insurance portfolio management. Prior to joining Risk Cooperative, Les served as the vice president of sales, leading the development of a sales strategy for SweatCred.com, a health & wellness rewards organization serving companies in the Metro DC area. He has had a progressively responsible career leading business development and other functions at blue chip firms such as, Ford Motor Company, IBM, JLL, among others. Most recently, Les led the public pension growth strategy at investor relations firm, Landon Butler & Company and spearheaded the acquisition of key accounts at LiveSafe.
Mr. Williams is an alumnus of the University of Virginia, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. While at UVA, Les was a Peer Advisor to younger engineering students in the Office of African American Affairs for three years. He Co-founded Brother United Celebrating Knowledge and Success (B.U.C.K.S.), a community service organization focused on straightening the relationship between the UVA and Charlottesville communities. He is a member of the Raven Society as well as The I.M.P. Society. At Graduation, Les was one of two students given the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award for outstanding contributions to Student Life during his tenure at UVA. He is actively involved in the Harvard Business School community as an alumni leader and in MBA admissions for applicants.
Mr. Williams is a licensed insurance broker and a Certified Risk Manager (CRM). He currently serves on the President’s Council of the Latin American Youth Center in Washington, DC and recently served a three-year term as a member of the Harvard Business School Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Director of Marketing
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.
Director of Operations
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.
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