Hearts on Fire identifies and showcases some of the most inspirational and committed individuals working to change the world for the better. Launched in 2014 following the release of the nonfiction book Hearts on Fire: Stories of Today's Visionaries Igniting Idealism into Action by Jill Iscol, Ed.D and Peter Cookson, the mission of Hearts on Fire is to inspire people from all walks of life to join the social change movement and to create and grow a community of like-minded individuals.
The Hearts on Fire Visionary Initiative brings together a diverse community of Visionaries - extraordinary individuals applying their talents and passions to improve the lives of others - and aims to provide tailored support to enhance their growth.
The Hearts on Fire Educational Initiative invests in the future by fostering and engaging the next generation of concerned and compassionate citizens. By telling the stories of today's Visionaries, the Initiative provides a platform for students to Be the Spark and become future leaders of social justice and change.
Hearts on Fire is a subsidiary of the IF Hummingbird Foundation, a family foundation established in 1989 to support domestic and international efforts to strengthen democracy and reduce the social, economic, and educational inequities that threaten it.
Kiva A. Iscol is Vice Chair of her family’s IF Hummingbird Foundation committed to creating social, economic and educational equality worldwide. She is leading the Hearts on Fire Visionary Program with a mission to inspire people of all walks of life to join the social change movement.
Kiva is a Managing Partner of Buena Vista Ventures, which focuses on angel, venture capital and real estate investments.
Previously, Kiva managed marketing, public relations and investor relations for the real estate division of Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors. She is a 2004 graduate of Cornell University, and an avid sportswoman, accomplished in skiing, tennis and riding.
Sara Arlotti is Executive Director of the IF Hummingbird Foundation, a family foundation established by Jill and Ken Iscol in 1989 with a mission to support domestic and international efforts to strengthen democracy and reduce the social, economic, and educational inequalities that threaten it. Sara joined the Foundation in 2004 working closely with its President to support numerous organizations impacting lives around the globe. In 2014, Sara took on the role of Executive Director and helped launch the Hearts on Fire Visionary Program which puts the spotlight on inspiring leaders using their talents and skills to improve the lives of others while providing tailored support to enhance their growth.
Sara is Chief of Staff for the Iscol Family Office, responsible for preserving the vision, mission and values of the Family Office and Foundation. Sara lives in Greenwich, Connecticut with her husband and two daughters.
Zoe Snow is Communications Manager for the IF Hummingbird Foundation and Hearts on Fire Program. Zoe joined the Foundation in 2013 and is spearheading the public relations and social media efforts for the Hearts on Fire Visionary Program, which launched following the release of Hearts on Fire: Stories of Today's Visionaries Igniting Idealism into Action by Jill Iscol. The program celebrates extraordinary individuals working to change the world for the better and inspire the next generation of concerned and compassionate citizens.
Activist, Educator and Author, Jill Iscol, Ed.D, is President of the IF Hummingbird Foundation, a family foundation established in 1989. For the past two decades Jill has supported and participated in numerous organizations enabling them to become stable, sustainable and successful, impacting lives around the globe.
Jill has been actively involved in the Democratic Party. She served as Chairperson of the Annual Family Re-Union Conference, moderated by Vice President Gore and Mrs. Gore, and planned and participated in the White House Conference on Partnerships and Philanthropy in 2000.
Jill is a strategic advisor to Secretary Hillary Clinton, was Co-Chair for Hillary Rodham Clinton for Senate’s New York Finance Committee and National Vice-Chair of Hillary Rodham Clinton for President’s 2008 Finance Committee.
After 25 years of finding and supporting inspiring social activists, her children, Zach and Kiva, encouraged her to write Hearts on Fire. She hopes that you too will be inspired and get involved. Jill is married to Ken Iscol and is a born and bred New Yorker. Hearts on Fire is her first book.
Pat Dauer is an award-winning network television writer/producer and has been writing for the Hearts on Fire movement since 2011. Her experience includes nearly 20 years as Barbara Walters' writer at ABC's 20/20.
Peter is an educator and the author of fifteen books on education reform and policy. His knowledge of schools and education comes from a lifetime of teaching, researching, and working to improve the quality of education for all children.
Currently, Peter is a principal researcher at AIR and President of Ideas without Borders, a Washington, DC, consulting firm specializing in 21st education innovation and human rights.
Peter is a featured speaker at numerous international and national meetings. He blogs for the Huffington Post and Whiteboard Advisors in Washington, DC, where he serves as a senior advisor. A passionate commitment to equality of opportunity for all children is the hallmark of his work.