Phillip D. Caputo
Director of Strategic Partnerships
Phillip was the Executive Director of Happy Hearts Fund, a US based NGO that establishes educational and sustainable programs around the world for child affected by natural disasters. Under his leadership HHF established a presence in 13 countries, completed more than 70 schools that benefit more than 42,000 children and 350,000 community members. Phillip formed numerous global partnerships between HHF and the public/private sectors, helped define the program goals of HHF and raised tens of millions of dollars while simultaneously ensuring (and sometimes introducing) administrative efficiency and fiscal discipline.
Phillip was the executive director of the Gaiam Kids Wellness Fund and Conscious Wave, two of health and environment retail giant Gaiam, Inc’s philanthropic arms. Under his leadership Gaiam Kids went from concept to a 3MM-a-year business in less than 12 months (and a break-even point at month 4), with sales and product placement in more than 1500 retailer doors nationwide. Under Phillip’s direction, the Gaiam Kids Wellness Fund and Conscious Wave addressed the nations childhood obesity epidemic through a variety of product and program offerings.
For six years Phillip was Founding President and Executive Director of a high profile a 501(C) (3) not-for-profit organization founded by entertainer Bill Cosby and his family. In addition to overseeing the day-to-day operations of the foundation, Phillip spearheaded all fundraising, university and community programs. Phillip helped the foundation raise millions of dollars to fund its programs, including the programs run in collaboration with Fordham University Graduate School of Education. As Executive Director of the foundation, Phillip worked closely with CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, the heads of major entertainment businesses and has appeared on several nationally televised programs -- including Larry King Live, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and The Kennedy Center Honors -- to promote the work of the foundation. Phillip, working with Camille O. Cosby, was executive producer of the documentary film, “Ennis' Gift.”
Phillip started his career in southern California as an associate attorney with a boutique law firm specializing in sports, entertainment and risk management. During law school Phillip worked in New York for Loeb and Loeb, a prominent entertainment law firm. Phillip received his BA in Psychology from the College of Wooster in 1991, his JD from the Widener University School of Law in 1995 and is licensed to practice law in the states of California and Pennsylvania.