The XXcelerate Fund is made up of a dedicated leadership team with deep experience, and a passionate board of founding entrepreneurs. 


Eric Vines

Interim CEO

Eric Vines is excited to be working with XXcelerate as its interim director while the organization searches for a permanent director. He has spent the last 20 years gathering experiences in the nonprofit sector as a volunteer, staff member, organizational leader and board member. Recently, he was the executive director of the World Forestry Center, raising funds and garnering community support for the center’s education, conservation and convening priorities. Prior to that he served as the executive director for the Gray Family Foundation and the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, the latter role requiring a transformation of the organization’s systems in hiring, accounting, fundraising, and facility management. He has served on the board of several nonprofits including the Nonprofit Association of Oregon, the Association of Women Business Centers, Explore Washington Park, and the Happy Valley Business Alliance, and brings a strong background in organizational design and culture building. In addition, he has facilitated cohorts of hundreds of CEOs through the Edward Lowe Foundation’s PeerSpectives program, which he co-designed and implemented. He also enjoys upgrading the technology systems that support nonprofit effectiveness.



Kristen Gallagher

Program Manager

Kristen Gallagher is an organizational strategies and learning designer leaings XXcelerate’s cohort program. She is also the founder and CEO of Edify, ( a consultancy that solves for scale through onboarding and learning & development strategy. She has architected and delivered onboarding programs for companies bringing on just one person a quarter to 100+ people a quarter. Specializing in onboarding systems, manager development, and knowledge management, Edify delivers programs that are designed to evolve and scale with rapid changes. She brings over eight years of learning and development and business partnership experience to XXcelerate.

Kristen has presented research, workshops, and facilitated experiences at conferences and events of all sizes for over six years, focusing primarily on art history, museum, and education topics. She has experience presenting for a variety of audiences, though she prefers to focus on adult learning and treats “presentations” as learning experiences rather than show-and-tell sessions. Effective, efficient programs, events, and strategies are what motivate her, and in every project, she strives to engage teams and stakeholders to uncover the solutions for their needs (and often solve problems they didn’t know they had!).