Meet Fund II Foundation

Our Dedicated Team

Linda Wilson, Executive Director

Linda has worked with diverse groups of all ages and backgrounds. She has facilitated conversations around inclusion in organizations such as the White House, the media, mental health, water utilities, engineering firms, hospitals, associations as well as universities and schools. In education for a decade, she continues to provide training to educators to ensure services are relevant to under-resourced adults and youth. She has written and reviewed proposals, as well as monitored grants. She has trained Howard University fellows as mentors tasked with closing the digital gap for urban youth. She ran an award-winning internship program for women and people of color at Malcolm-Pirnie/ARCADIS, providing scholarships and mentorship. An ordained interfaith minister, wife and mother, she is adamant about increasing the safety, security and happiness quotient on the planet for all its creatures.

Fund II Foundation Board

Robert Smith, President

Robert F. Smith is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners. Vista currently manages equity capital commitments of over $26Bn and oversees a portfolio of over 35 software companies that employ over 42,000 people worldwide. Under Mr. Smith’s leadership, Vista has exclusively focused on the enterprise software, data and technology enabled solutions sectors. For the second time in a row, in November 2015, Vista was named as the world’s #1 performing private equity firm, according to the HEC‐Dow Jones annual ranking conducted by Professor Oliver Gottschalg. Previously, Smith worked for Goldman Sachs in Tech M&A and Kraft General Foods, where he earned four patents. Mr. Smith serves as the Chairman of Carnegie Hall, founding director and President of the Fund II Foundation, Chairman of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, Member of the Board of Overseers of Columbia Business School, and as a Member of the Cornell Engineering College Council, among others.

Anthony Spikes, Director

Anthony C. Spikes is the Managing Principal and CEO of Sapphire Hill Global Partners, a global-macro investment firm he founded in 2009. Mr. Spikes has over 24 years of experience in the law, investment and finance industries and also has extensive philanthropic interests. He is a member of the Board of Trustees, Chair of the Finance Committee and Treasurer for International House of New York; a graduate level residential community with graduate students from over 100 countries and produces international leaders who are skilled at working with others across cultural differences.

Dafna Tapiero, Director

Tapiero brings to Fund II Foundation over twenty years of experience in the public, private and civil society sectors. At the World Bank Group, she launched funds and new implementation models for development, ranging from financial system reform after the Asian financial crisis, to privatization in the former Soviet Union, to leading corporate social responsibility for the International Finance Corporation. In 2014, she also served as Senior Advisor on Innovative Financing in the Head Office of the United Nations World Food Programme, forging partnerships and financing mechanisms to build resilience and increased preparedness for climate-induced natural disasters. Tapiero is on the Board of Synergos and a member of the Global Philanthropists Circle (GPC), a network of leading philanthropic families from around world, founded by David Rockefeller and his daughter Peggy Dulany. Tapiero serves on the Board of Trustees of Carnegie Hall, a member of the Leadership Council of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, and serves as a Trustee of the Lauer Philanthropic Foundation. Tapiero received her Masters Degree in International Economics and International Relations from Johns Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and B.A. from Johns Hopkins University.

Vicki Kennedy

Vicki Kennedy is senior counsel in the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP, where she advises clients on governmental and regulatory issues and assists them in devising strategies for the resolution of complex business problems. In addition to her legal practice, she is involved in leadership roles in several non-profit organizations, including the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, a non-partisan organization in Boston, where she is President of the Board and co-founder, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where she has a Presidential appointment to the Board and chairs the Education Committee. Kennedy has received numerous honors and awards for her work, including the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Pinnacle Award for Lifetime Achievement; the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers of America Award for Activism and Advocacy; the Susan G. Komen Honoring the Promise Betty Ford Lifetime Achievement Award; and several honorary degrees.