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Tessie Guillermo is the President & CEO of ZeroDivide, a not-for-profit corporation focusing on technology adoption and innovation to improve, health, economic opportunity and civic engagement of disadvantaged communities. Tessie served for 15 years as CEO of the Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum, a national health policy/advocacy organization. She was appointed by President Clinton in 1999 as an inaugural member of the President’s Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Tessie recently completed a 10 year tenure as a member of the Board of Directors of The California Endowment, serving for 3 years as Chairwoman. She serves as an executive member of the Board for Dignity Health, and is a board member of the Nonprofit Finance Fund, and the California State University East Bay Education Foundation, where she graduated with a BA in Economics. She is a graduate of the Gallup Leadership Institute and was a 1997 Fellow of the Asian Pacific American Women's Leadership Institute.
Cheryl Contee, CEO at Fission Strategy and co-founder of Attentive.ly, specializes in helping non-profit organizations and foundations use social media to create social good. She was also the co-founder of Jack and Jill Politics writing as “Jill Tubman” on one of the top black blogs online. Cheryl was recently named as an Affiliate of Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet & Society. Cheryl is included in The Root 100 list of established and emerging African-American leaders. Huffington Post listed her as one of the Top 27 Female Founders in Tech to Follow on Twitter in 2011 as did Black Enterprise. Fast Company named her one of their 2010 Most Influential Women in Tech. She has over 15 years of award-winning interactive expertise and previously served as Vice President and lead digital strategist for Fleishman-Hillard’s West Coast region in San Francisco. Cheryl has appeared in the Washington Post, New York Times, San Francisco Magazine, C-Span, Black Enterprise, BBC, Current TV, MSNBC and CNN, among other media appearances. She is also proud to serve on several boards and advisory committees: Netroots Nation, BlogHer, Focus100/Digital Undivided, Guttmacher Institute, Citizen Engagement Lab and Public Radio International. She received her B.A. from Yale University and has an International Executive M.B.A. from Georgetown University. In her spare time, Ms. Contee enjoys hiking, yoga, movies and tai chi sword.
Amy Henderson has been engaged in a wide range of entrepreneurial activities involving youth. Most recently, she was the founding director of Ashoka’s Youth Venture SF Bay Area (AYVSFBA). In this position, she supported young people in designing and launching their own award-winning community benefitting projects, or social ventures. Prior to working with Ashoka’s Youth Venture, she launched a U.S. office for Grameen Shakti, the Bangladesh-based renewable energy company founded by Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus; created a documentary, “Five Reasons Why,” featuring youth action in response to climate change; acquired and managed client accounts at a firm with a socially responsible portfolio; and championed a group of youth in Malawi, East Africa as they effectively addressed the AIDS pandemic
As Public Policy and Government Relations Manager for Google in San Francisco, Rebecca serves as a senior liaison to all local government and community entities. In this capacity, she finds ways to bring the best of Google and the best of San Francisco together. This position pivots Rebecca to the private sector and enables her to work on positive partnerships with a new lens. Throughout her career in government, she has had a no-nonsense, get things done approach. She is known as an effective civic and government leader and tireless advocate for the issues she believes in. For seven years, Rebecca prosecuted hundreds of misdemeanor and felony cases as an Assistant District Attorney. From there, she spearheaded the Neighborhood Prosecution program, where she garnered public support that allowed offenders to serve the community instead of going to the courtroom. As the head of the Community Relations Division for District Attorney George Gascon, Rebecca brought hundreds of San Franciscans to participate actively in community advisory groups -- African-American, Latino, API, LGBT, Arab + Middle Eastern, Jewish, Youth, and Women’s -- that have created innovative ways address truancy, bullying, training for law enforcement officers, elder abuse, hate crimes, mentoring, and much more. As a Special Assistant to Mayor Willie Brown, Rebecca secured funding for non-profits for human trafficking and advocated for diversity on all city commissions. She co-chaired the Mayor's Task Force on Taxicabs which brought together industry leaders and drivers to improve service. Later, as a law student, Mayor Brown appointed her to the Elections Redistricting Task Force and the Recreation and Park Department, where she worked to implement the Park Bonds Fund to improve Parks and Recreation Centers. She managed Attorney General Kamala Harris’ first campaign for District Attorney, co-chaired Bevan Dufty’s first supervisorial campaign and later served as his legislative aide. She has served as a strategic advisor to numerous local, state, and national campaigns.
Kranti is a 11 year veteran in the world of corporate strategy focusing on enterprise growth in emerging and developing markets. She is currently Director of Corporate Strategy and Operations at Samsung Americas. Prior to this, she had worked at Intel for 9 years and held various roles managing wireless broadband groups. She has worked extensively with government organizations world wide enabling technology policies that harbor social and economic growth. She has been instrumental in driving communications technology in rural regions across the world and has helped bring internet access to over 100 Million homes.
Jessica McGlory is Founder and CEO of Forecastr, a predictive analytics startup for the television industry. Forecastr provides ready-made analytics and predictive recommendations specifically tailored for modern television executives looking to get an edge in development and programming. Jessica graduated with her B.A. in Digital Cinema from DePaul University in 2013.
For more than thirteen years, Blair Palmer has leveraged her knowledge of technological innovations, project implementation, corporate responsibility, stakeholder engagement, and social enterprise programs to empower global health programs in both the private and nonprofit sectors. She currently serves as the Lab Lead for San Francisco for UNICEF’s innovation team. UNICEF Innovation is an interdisciplinary team of individuals around the world tasked with identifying, prototyping, and scaling technologies and practices that strengthen UNICEF’s work. Blair works to ensure universal access to basic services through the design of programs to maximize social impact and health outcomes and is responsible for sourcing new projects and ideas to connect Silicon Valley with the work of UNICEF Innovation, including the stewardship of strategic partnerships across the globe. She has also worked to advance mobile health technology as a Director at Medic Mobile, conducted infectious disease research at the University of California-San Francisco and the Institute for OneWorld Health, as well as to lead corporate responsibility efforts to improve access to healthcare worldwide, serving as Senior Manager of HIV/AIDS Prevention, Treatment and Care for Levi Strauss & Co. and as Manager of Public Affairs at Gilead Sciences. For her work, Dell Computers recently named Blair to its #Inspire100 list of world changers in entrepreneurship, philanthropy, education and media who use technology to empower and inspire others. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt and Yale University, where she was nominated for a Fulbright Scholarship.
Mónica Taher is a serial tech entrepreneur and an Accelerate with Google Academy alumna. She is a Partner at Getty Images Latin America (GILA) and the CEO & Founder of ClipYap, a soon-to-be launched app that allows users to have lively conversations using movie and TV shows’ lines and actions in the form of motioned GIFs seamlessly put together. Mónica holds a Master’s degree in Cinema & Media Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and has recently authored the forthcoming memoir My Life on Hold. Her mission is to help eradicate the gender gap in the tech entrepreneurship world. She is proficient in English, Spanish and Portuguese and is also an active member of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) Latin American Task Force. For her work and contributions on behalf of LGBT people, she has been recognized with a proclamation by the following elected officials: California State Senators Sheila J. Kuehl, Gloria Romero, Assemblymember Jackie Goldberg, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villarraigosa and current lieutenant governor of California and former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newson,. You can follow her blog at: www.monicataher.com
Bryan Breckenridge is Executive Director of Box.org, Box’s charitable and philanthropic initiative. In his role, Bryan will oversee the company’s efforts to empower nonprofits to operate efficiently and meet their missions. Prior to Box, Bryan founded the nonprofit-facing pillar of LinkedIn for Good, an initiative housed within LinkedIn's global sales organization to offer support to nonprofits on LinkedIn's primary organizational offerings. Previously, Bryan was a Director at Angelpoints which helped Fortune 500 companies manage and expand their community involvement programs and Director of Nonprofits and Education at the Salesforce Foundation which leverages salesforce.com’s people, technology and resources to improve communities. Bryan is also founder of a personal development consultancy called Belief Energy, LLC and a tenured board member at a large nonprofit agency called Bay Area Community Resources which serves tens of thousands of youth and families near San Francisco. Bryan received a Bachelors degree as class valedictorian in Journalism (Media Management) at the University of Kansas.
Tiffani Ashley Bell
Tiffani Ashley Bell pursues better living through software. She is the co-founder of the Detroit Water Project, a platform that matches donors from around the world and (currently) people in Detroit needing assistance with water bills to provide financial relief through direct payments from donors to the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department on behalf of residents. Since its founding in late July 2014, the platform has paid out over $150,000 in payments to help over 1,200 residents based on $600,000 in pledges. She is also a 2014 Code for America Fellow working with the City of Atlanta, GA. She was previously the CEO + founder of Pencil You In, enabling businesses as far away as Australia to operate more efficiently by accepting appointments online. Tiffani is a front and back-end developer working primarily with Ruby on Rails and iOS. Tiffani holds a BS in Computer Science from Howard University.
Riana Lynn is emerging as a young leader in food+health entrepreneurship with a passion for technology, access, and bringing people together. From her grandmother’s garden to the White House South Lawn and through the local and international agricultural pipelines she was inspired to develop innovative supply chain management tools and create FoodTrace. A next level sourcing platform, FoodTrace connects consumers, restaurants, distributors and farms. Her story and accomplishments have been featured in Inc.com, Wired Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, TheGrio 100, and other local and national publications. She graduated with a B.S. in Biology and African American Studies, along with a minor in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she taught herself how to code and was a top-ranked performer in Discus and Javelin before pursuing a Masters at Northwestern University. While getting her hands dirty in the White House Kitchen Garden, her work included major policy initiatives such as Small Business and Jobs, STEM, and Public Health. A native of the Chicago area, Riana is a young politico, a restaurant enthusiast, a world traveler, and an innovative fruit connoisseur!
Alisa is an international development practitioner turned manager of social innovation at Indiegogo, a company dedicated to revolutionizing the way people fund what matters to them. She is responsible for building partnerships and empowering social entrepreneurs in education tech, environmental tech, and health tech to leverage crowdfunding for social good. Prior to Indiegogo, Alisa worked with several international development and social entrepreneurial nonprofits including Mercy Corps, Counterpart International, and San Francisco Parks Alliance. Alisa has spoken at the SEEED Summit at Boston University, Boomer Venture Summit in the Silicon Valley, and is a frequent presenter at UC Berkeley, Stanford, and the Impact HUB. She graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in International Development Studies and most recently from NYU Wagner with a Masters in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management.
Scot is the CEO & Co-Founder of Classy, the world's fastest growing fundraising platform dedicated exclusively to social good organizations. Since 2011, Classy has enabled 1.5 million people across 300K individual campaigns to raise over $130M for world-changing programs. Classy is backed by over 30 investors including Salesforce.com, Bullpen Capital and Venture51. Scot also serves on the board of Team Rubicon, a veteran-led disaster relief nonprofit, and manages a values-based angel fund called Mixture,. Investments include Change.org, InDinero, Iodine and Casetext. Prior to Classy, Scot worked at Booz Allen Hamilton as a Senior Consultant on the Economic & Business Analysis team and earned a B.S in Mechanical & Industrial Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Jennifer Dulski is the President and COO of Change.org, the worlds largest social change platform, with more than 80 million users in 196 countries. A certified Benefit Corp, Change.org is part of a new class of companies focused on social good. Jennifer has more than 15 years of experience in successful startups and big-brand internet companies. She spent 9 years at Yahoo!, ultimately serving as group vice president and general manager of local and commerce. In 2007 Jennifer left Yahoo! to become co-founder and CEO of The Dealmap, which was acquired by Google in 2011, making Jennifer the first female entrepreneur to sell a company to Google. She spent nearly two years leading a global product at Google before joining Change.org in January 2013. Jennifer writes about leadership, management and entrepreneurship for LinkedIn Influencers, Fortune, HuffingtonPost and other media outlets.
Deanna has more than twenty-five years experience as a seasoned media executive, entrepreneur and Fortune 500 executive. Deanna is currently serving as a CEO in Residence at the Samsung Accelerator. Prior, Deanna consulted as the President of Byliner. Previous to that role, Deanna served as CEO of Federated Media Publishing. In 2009, she served as President at Scripps Networks Digital, where she led the charge on bringing Scripps more fully into the digital space. She has also held VP and General Manager titles at Yahoo and AOL, and founded other successful media companies including Powerful Media / Inside.com and Gaming Industry News. In 1995 she co-founded CondeNet, the digital division of publisher CondeNast. Brown began her career as a founding member of a small L.A. advertising agency upon graduation from the University of Southern California. Brown is currently neck deep in study at the University of California and product development in the social science and ‘qualitative self’ ecosystem.
Yee Won Chong
Yee Won Chong is the founder of Say This Not That, a technology platform inspired by Gandhi and dedicated to bringing greater language consciousness and compassion to communication. STNT is a technology platform that identifies and offers alternatives to problematic words and terminologies. STNT references existing analysis, such as blog posts, articles and handbooks to give users in-depth explanations about why certain words and terms are hurtful. The STNT justice-based lexicon is built and maintained by community members impacted by hurtful language. Toni Morrison wrote in Beloved, “definitions belong to the definers, not the defined.” The STNT collaborative community gives the role of defining back to the community members. STNT won first place and the community choice award at NTEN’s Leading Change Summit in 2014. Yee Won has over 18 years of experience working on racial, gender and economic justice. As a trainer, strategist and consultant, he helps nonprofit organizations increase their sustainability, inclusivity and ability to fulfill their mission by embodying a diverse culture that empowers everyone to thrive. Yee Won is also a speaker and has delivered Beyond the Gender Binary at TEDx Rainier in Seattle, weaving his personal story about being an immigrant and transgender with practical tips on how to be a good ally. He has also received several award for his work on immigrant and LGBTQ rights.
Rebecca Masisak is the CEO of TechSoup Global, an award-winning nonprofit organization and social enterprise supporting social benefit organizations and initiatives in 121 countries. Since joining TechSoup Global in 2001, Ms. Masisak launched and charted the growth of the technology product donation program in the U.S. and subsequently led its global expansion. TechSoup Global has distributed 14.1 million software and hardware product donations from 100+ donors and technology providers and enabled organizations worldwide to save more than US$4.6 billion for direct services. She led the development of the TechSoup Global Network, currently comprised of 63 organizations that deliver programs in Africa, Asia Pacific, the Americas, Europe, and the Middle East. In addition, Ms. Masisak managed TechSoup Global’s successful bid to receive the Council on Foundation’s formal endorsement to create NGOsource, an equivalency determination service that helps U.S. grantmakers streamline their international grantmaking process. Ms. Masisak speaks about social enterprise, global networks, and data as a resource for civil society. She was awarded the Full Circle Fund's Full Impact Award in Technology in 2008. She co-leads the Social Enterprise Leadership Forum in the San Francisco Bay Area and is active on three boards: Social Enterprise Alliance, Telecentre.org Foundation and S.A.G.E. (Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship). Ms. Masisak obtained her MBA from the Columbia University Business School.
Janice is the Director of the Innovation Practice at Pivotal Labs and is one of America's leading experts on Lean Startup. She has advised many successful companies including Lyft, Sharethrough and TaskRabbit and is an ongoing trainer for the White House administration staff on innovation techniques. Janice has coached, taught, and interviewed thousands of startup founders in communities around the world. She was founder and CEO of Luxr, among the first Lean Startup firms, as well as Adaptive Path, the first user experience firm. Under her leadership, Adaptive Path tripled in staff and revenues, developed and sold a product to Google, and coined the term Ajax. Janice is a frequent keynote speaker at startup conferences and leading business schools, including Kellogg and Haas.
Rodrigo is a civic technologist and researcher who designs, builds and analyzes tools to help communities and governments collaborate for social good. He leads the product team at Neighbor.ly, a new platform for individuals and households to invest in their community through municipal bonds. He has previously served as an adviser and product manager to the Mayoral offices of San Francisco and Boston, the United Nations Development Program and the UK-based crowdfunding platform Spacehive.
Elizabeth Dearborn Hughes
Elizabeth is the CEO & Co-founder of the Akilah Institute for Women, the only women’s college in East Africa, with campuses in Rwanda and Burundi. Elizabeth recently launched Akilah Net, a website connecting job seekers to career opportunities and resources across East Africa. Newsweek and The Daily Beast recognized Elizabeth as one of the 125 Women of Impact in 2013. Forbesrecognized Elizabeth as one of the World’s Most Influential Female Social Entrepreneurs. Elizabeth and Dave live in Kigali, Rwanda with their daughter.
Monica Ann Arrambide
Monica Ann Arrambide is CEO and Founder of Maven a non-profit who partners with LGBTQ Centers and Tech companies, to provides Summer Youth Tech Camps, Hackathons and Programming Workshops for queer youth. Monica has been a queer youth worker for close to 20 years and opened the first queer youth drop-in center in the central coast. She also founded Texas GSA Network and has been awarded the Pacific Pride Foundation, Lauran Wyeth Awards for her outstanding work in the queer youth community. She was a 2011 Next Generation of Leaders of Color Fellow with CompassPoint. You can connect with her on twitter @mavenyouth
Erika is the Manager of Twilio.org, where she works across departments to increase the company’s social impact. With a vision of sending A Billion Messages For Good, Twilio.org provides nonprofit organizations with communications technologies to help them reach their goals and further their impact for social good. She is a co-chair of Twomen (Twilio’s women-identified Employee Resource Group), which partners with Level the Playing Field Institute (LPFI), Women Who Code, and sf.citi to help support women and underrepresented minorities advance in STEM. Erika is also currently the Vice-Chair of the board for R.O.C.K. SF. Prior to Twilio, she sharpened her community management skills at TaskRabbit and consulted for large and small nonprofits, including The Campaign for UCSF Medical Center. Erika is a proud San Francisco native, foodie and adventurer. Follow Erika on Twitter @Erikadmsf
Talis Apud Hendricks
Talis leads FeelGood's technology and education initiatives. She was already a veteran of numerous for-profit and non-profit enterprises when she joined forces with Kristin in 2005 to create FeelGood’s first business plan. Talis holds an MS in Innovation from the Monterrey Institute of Technology in Mexico and a BA in Sociology from UT Austin. She qualified to the 2008 Olympic Games.
Neetal Parekh is an experienced communicator, with a specialty in social enterprise, startups, social media strategy, writing/blogging, and public speaking. She is currently Chief Development Officer at Thinktomi, an education company (and public benefit corporation) dedicated to teaching entrepreneurship and business education to people of all ages, backgrounds, and cultures. She founded Innov8Social.com, a blog exploring social innovation in 2011 and has conducted over fifty interviews with thought leaders in the space. She has over a decade of experience in corporate, education, nonprofit, government, and social enterprise settings. Neetal holds a B.A. in International Political Science from UCLA, where she interned at the U.S. Consulate in Mumbai, India. She pursued her interest in international work through volunteering in rural India and studying public human rights law in Geneva and Strasbourg. Neetal holds a J.D. and is licensed to practice law in Washington (WA Bar #45104), but has found great joy (and challenge and grit :) in exercising her entrepreneurial spirit. Her past experience includes strategy roles at FindLaw, consulting roles at Calvert Foundation and Net Impact, and a handful of early-stage startups. Neetal was a 2012 New Leaders Council Silicon Valley Fellow and served on the Advisory Board. She also engaged with the Executive team of VLAB, the MIT Enterprise Forum Bay Area Chapter at Stanford University, as Outreach Chair. A passionate advocate for social entrepreneurship and impact innovation, Neetal believes that this field empowers us to creatively re-imagine how businesses and individuals can create meaningful impact and lasting value.
Maud currently runs Growth at the anonymous mobile app Secret. Prior to joining Secret, she led mobile and international growth at Gilt Groupe and customer acquisition at Jetsetter. Maud is an advisor to mobile and commerce startups in San Francisco and Paris. She loves fashion, dancing, and is passionate about everything Mobile. She earned her MA in Entrepreneurship from the ESCP-EAP
Joshua Pineault is co-founder and COO of Genimbi, a revolutionary platform that is enabling true personalized medicine in cancer therapy. Genimbi makes complex cancer genomes profoundly relevant to clinicians and patients for unprecedented personalized treatment plans. With an education in social entrepreneurship and philosophy of science, Joshua has been a key advisor and architect for fellow startups and various strategic initiatives between Silicon Valley and Seattle, including Senate testimony on behalf of crowdfunding. Prior to Genimbi, Joshua consulted in early stage life science investing, and continues to split his time between Silicon Valley and the Pacific Northwest advising deal flow. Joshua’s expertise and passion lies in embracing the complexity of our greatest healthcare issues and responding with powerful, people-driven solutions. He is also a strong advocate and board member for homeless and and veteran’s causes, and eagerly spends his Saturday mornings teaching business classes at the V.A. hospital.
Wes is Managing Director and Founder of Better Ventures. He's the resident "numbers guy" and enjoys helping startups figure out how they're going to make and raise money. Wes has 15 years of venture capital and financial advisory experience with Good Capital’s Social Enterprise Expansion Fund, William Blair, and Ernst & Young's Mergers & Acquisitions group. He earned an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and a BBA from the University of Michigan. Wes has volunteered with organizations around the globe, which has fueled his passion for applying his business skills to build a better world. He lives in Oakland, CA with his wife and two young kids and enjoys road cycling in the East Bay hills and Sunday trips to the farmers market.
Heather Faison is an award-winning communicator and digital strategist. She joined SOCAP in the role of Brand Manager where she manages all digital properties for the social enterprise and leads the communications strategy. Before SOCAP, she served as Senior Digital Producer at the United Nations Foundation, a nonprofit that builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. In this capacity, she gained a reputation for building successful online marketing campaigns for #GivingTuesday, Girl Up and Mashable’s Social Good Summit.
Meghan drives HandUp’s marketing and community efforts. She is focused on raising awareness of HandUp’s mission, growing and engaging our donor community, and corporate partners. Prior to HandUp, Meghan led Community Marketing at cloud communications company Twilio and founded Twilio.org, a social good program for nonprofits working with communications technologies. In a previously life, she managed media relations in consumer tech and the video games industry.
Erika Johansson is Product Marketing Manager for Social Impact Technology at Google. Right now, she’s focused on two key initiatives -- Google for Nonprofits and Google.org Prior to Google, Erika was an early staff member and Strategy Director at Purpose where she consulted on more than twenty different social issues with partners, including cancer prevention, nuclear nonproliferation, arts in America, solar uptake, gun control, veterans' rights and others. Before that, she worked under the umbrella of the Norman Lear Family Foundation, helping his voter registration organization, Declare Yourself, register 2 million voters in the 2008 election and launched early voting initiatives on 40 campuses across the US. Erika also produced and managed the Remix America video editing tool that enabled students across America to create political mashups with current and historical content. In addition, she traveled around the country with Norman's personal print of the Declaration of Independence, managing the tour that brought its fundamental message to libraries, schools, and museums across America. Erika earned her degree in Travel Histories and Narratives of Exploration from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU. While studying, She got her political feet wet with internships at The Daily Show and The Colbert Report.
Matthew is a design strategist and researcher, as well as a UX, and information designer. As Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Elefint, he has dedicated his professional life to helping good causes communicate in ways that are strategic and engaging. Matthew regularly contributes thought leadership pieces on the importance of design for the social sector. He runs the design blog “Redesigning Good” on the Chronicle of Philanthropy website, and has written for publications such as the Stanford Social Innovation Review and .net magazine. In addition, he has spoken at a number of conferences such as the Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTEN) and the Kaiser Institute. In his life before Elefint, Matthew headed up marketing and communications for nonprofits including the Art of Living Foundation and THINK Together. He received his MBA from UC Irvine and studied social change at UC Santa Cruz.
Michael Faye is the CEO of Segovia Technology which provides a SaaS technology platform for managing the final mile logistics of distributing cash and other goods (e.g., e-vouchers, emergency food supplies) in the emerging markets. He is also the co-founder, and Executive Chairman of GiveDirectly. His work was recently featured by the New York Times, the Economist and NPR's This American Life. Michael was also recently announced as a Top 100 Global Thinker by Foreign Policy and a delegate to the Academy of Achievement. His work has been published in the American Economic Review and Brookings Papers on Economic Activity among others. Prior to this, Michael was an Associate Principal at McKinsey & Company and worked at the United Nation Millennium Project. He received a PhD in Business Economics from Harvard and holds a BA degree in Math and Classics from Harvard, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa.
Brandon Anderson is the CEO and founder of The SWAT App, a secure evidence collector and police misconduct reporting service. He is responsible for the company’s overall vision and strategy as well as recruiting, team building, and community relations. A senior Social Entrepreneurship major at Georgetown University, Brandon is motivated by a desire to improve the quality of life for victims of systemic discrimination. He has a record of social justice activism, beginning with his involvement in appealing discharges under the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. It was during his service in the U.S. Army as a satellite engineer that he began using technology as a problem-solving tool. Following the loss of his partner to police violence and realizing his own risk of victimization as a Black man, Brandon recognized an opportunity to integrate his skills with his commitment to the pursuit and attainment of justice. Prior to The SWAT App, Brandon founded Black Business Matters, a project advocating for greater employment and wealth within the African-American community through the support of Black-owned businesses. Previously, he served as Racial Equity Consultant at the Center for the Study of Social Policy in Washington, DC, and interned at the Center for Social Justice at Georgetown University.
In order to create a meaningful dialogue about money, education and the growing problem of student debt, Somya Munjal started blogging about financial literacy. Two years later, the blog inspired a financial education technology company. Somya paid her way through a Bachelor of Science, Master of Accountancy Science, and Master of Business Administration in International Business by applying to as many scholarships as possible and balancing several jobs. She wanted to teach other young adults how to do it. In addition to having the opportunity to work for large firms and corporations, she is a practicing Certified Public Accountant and Social Venture Capitalist through her firm CPA for the People, LLP. Somya is a firm believer in education as an agent for change. Her greatest joy is being able to inspire the youth to go after their dreams.
Gene Gurkoff is the Founder of Charity Miles, an iPhone app that enables people to earn corporate sponsorships for charity when they walk, run or bike. Charity Miles won the SXSW People's Choice Award and the Webby for Best Health and Fitness App. Women's Running Magazine named Charity Miles their Best Overall App. And Men's Fitness named Gene one of their Ten Game Changers of the Year. Prior to starting Charity Miles,Gene was a finance lawyer on Wall Street. He also helped found Team Fox, the grassroots fundraising arm of the Michael J. Fox Foundation. He is a graduate of Northwestern University and Harvard Law School. He has run 40 marathons to raise money and awareness for Parkinson's research in honor of his grandfather.
Jess Erickson is the Director of Marketing at 500 Startups, the world’s most active investor and accelerator program. She is also the Founder of Geekettes, an organization uniting, mentoring and promoting women in tech of worldwide. During her time in Europe, she mentored with three Berlin-based accelerator programs: hub:arum, Microsoft Ventures & Startupbootcamp. She previously launched General Assembly into Germany and enjoys building communities. Jess holds a MSc in Media and Communications from the London School of Economics. She tweets here and there: @jessjerickson.
Tristan is an Entrepreneur in Residence at 500 Startups, the world’s most active investor and accelerator program, and empowering the most creative people in the world as co-founder of Storefront, the online marketplace that connects makers with physical retail space. Called 'Airbnb for Retail' by The New York Times, Storefront has helped open over 1,000 stores to date. His last startup, SocialEarth, the Huffington Post for social entrepreneurship, hosts over 200 contributors in 25 countries. SocialEarth was acquired by 3BL Media in 2012. Tristan has also been named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in 2015, and led national marketing campaigns at Best Buy, including crafting the most read email of all time reaching over 23 million customers. A Minnesota native from a family of makers, Tristan now lives and creates in San Francisco, California.
Karan founded tinyGive after working on several projects at the intersection of technology and community development. He previously founded Clovest, a crowdfunding platform for small, local businesses. Karan has also worked at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and as a technology consultant for start-up, enterprise, and foundation clients. He is a 2012 StartingBloc Fellow and was named an honorable mention for the 2014 Westly Prize. Karan holds degrees in Economics and International Relations from Tufts University.
Molly Sharp is a Senior Product Manager at PLOS, a nonprofit open access scholarly publisher. She has worked in various content management-related roles in the book publishing world since the late 90′s. Before PLOS, Molly was the Director of Content Management for Safari Books Online, a cloud library with tens of thousands of technical and business titles. She was excited to take the experience of managing content at scale into the nonprofit world when she joined PLOS in early 2013. Over the past year, she's been leading a team to build out PLOS's content management platform. In that year, PLOS has been transitioning towards the use of Lean Startup methodologies to create and extend the multitude of complex systems it takes to support their journals, which include the megajournal PLOS ONE.
Mike is co-founder of a mobile platform at the intersection of tech and social impact. ActOn is the first mobile marketplace for social sector and will transform how people engage with social enterprises. Mike has over 25 years of experience in the technology industry. As General Manager for National Semiconductor’s Power Management Division, Mike created new clean-tech ventures in LED lighting and electric vehicle battery management. Mike is a partner and board member at Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2), a venture philanthropy organization whose partners pool money and skills to make a bigger, more meaningful impact on growth stage nonprofits. Mike is also a board member with Counseling and Support Services for Youth (CASSY), a Bay Area nonprofit that partners with schools to improve adolescent mental health. Mike lives, works and plays in Los Gatos, CA.
Hiten Shah is the co-founder of KISSmetrics and Crazy Egg. He's been creating and growing both self-funded and venture backed SaaS analytics businesses since 2005. As an advisor, investor or service provider he's helped dozens of companies with marketing, product and growth initiatives. Hiten helped coin the term growth hacker which has helped to define the evolving role of marketing. He is a sought after mentor and advisor to entrepreneurs and their companies.
Debra is the Founder and Executive Director of Long Distance Voter. Debra recruited and trained a small team of volunteers in early 2008, and lead the team from concept to site launch in under four months. Debra spearheads all major projects at Long Distance Voter, serves as its primary web-developer and manages most of its day-to-day affairs. Debra’s responsibilities include strategic and operational planning; technical development; search engine optimization and targeted search engine marketing; communications and public relations; outreach and alliance programs; staff recruitment and training; website content development; and routine comprehensive information quality checks. Debra continually looks for ways to simplify absentee voting for domestic voters, and has taken the unusual (but well-received) step of creating absentee ballot applications for eight states that did not already have formal applications. Prior to founding Long Distance Voter, Debra acted as a national director for Swing the State, an online resource that matched volunteers with voter mobilization efforts in swing states. Swing the State was recognized as one of the most cost-effective groups to emerge from the 2004 elections. Professionally, Debra is a seasoned product manager, with over 6 years experience delivering best-in-class consumer facing web products. Debra was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY; educated at Pomona College, CA; and currently lives in Los San Francisco, CA.
Katy is Chief Design Officer and co-founder of Noora Health, a health tech nonprofit that trains marginalized patients and their families with high-impact health skills to improve outcomes and save lives. Noora uses interactive voice messaging to provide health support and training to patient families living in rural India where healthcare is sparse. Noora has grown to 14 states in India and is working with the largest healthcare providers in Northern California to bring their solutions to at-risk populations in the Bay Area. Katy has a MS and BS in engineering from Stanford University and leads design and technology development for Noora Health.
Tess Posner is Managing Director of SamaUSA, a non-profit social enterprise that empowers low-income people with digital skills and access to internet-based jobs to help them move out of poverty. Tess built and launched the first SamaUSA program in San Francisco in 2012, and since then the program has expanded nationally throughout the US and launched internationally in East Africa in 2014. Prior to SamaUSA, Tess was Asst. Director of Education and Employment at First Place for Youth, where she led career development and job training programs for at-risk youth across four Bay Area counties. Before First Place, she managed education and literacy programs in underserved public schools in New York City. Her expertise and passion lies in creating market-based workforce development programs that focus on empowerment and tangible outcomes for participants. Tess holds her masters from Columbia University in Social Enterprise Administration.
Dominique DeGuzman recently made the switch from a background in enterprise level hardware support to developing software at Twilio in San Francisco. Within software she focuses on infrastructure and monitoring but outside of software, Dom’s passions include focusing on encouraging more women to pursue interest in STEM and improving diversity and inclusion within engineering departments. Prior to her technical career, Dom created her own major at San Francisco State University focused on heteronormativity in mainstream media. She can be found on twitter:@itshella_dom.
Dominique Aubry, Principal of Beyond Expectations LLC., co-founder of Jubilee Healthy Snacks and Managing Director of Impact Hub Philadelphia brings a mix of entrepreneurial, educational, governmental, and non-profit experience to the Lean Startup space. Dominique has worked as a lean practitioner providing training and services to the start-up, non-profit, social good and government sector through her work with Lean Startup Machine and Lean Impact. Her prior professional experience includes Director of Strategy, Talent and Operations for Teach for America, Facilities Contract Manager at the School District of Philadelphia, and Assistant Managing Director for the Mayor’s Office of Leadership Investment for the City of Philadelphia. Dominique holds a B.A. in Political Science from Lehigh University and a Master Degree in Science Policy Planning & Evaluation and Education Policy from the University of Pennsylvania.
Christina M. Samala (known simply as Samala) is spearheading 18MR after three years as The Story of Stuff Project's Director of Online Strategy & Media. Prior to that, she spent a decade as a brand strategist and designer for social impact organizations. Samala is a Bay Area based, New York raised, first generation Filipina American. She is well-versed with start-up projects, savvy with technology as a tool for social and environmental good, and a nerd for all things social media. Samala is an alumna of the Wharton and Annenberg Schools of the University of Pennsylvania. You can chat with her directly @samala. Incidentally, Samala is also a pretty bad-ass DJ. Holler.
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Shea Tate-Di Donna is the founder and CEO of Zana. Previously, Shea was senior vice president and part of the founding team at True Ventures. She built True’s platform of founder services creating initiatives such as True University, TEC: the True Entrepreneur Corps, Founder Camp, and True Talent. Prior to True Ventures, she founded the Art of Organization in 2004, which increased efficiency and effectiveness for small business entrepreneurs. Additionally, she has worked in the venture capital industry for 12 years with companies such as Globespan Capital and JAFCO America Ventures. Before that, she was an analyst in the CEO’s office of Barclays North America. Shea graduated magna cum laude from Dickinson College with a BA in English and Psychology Honors and holds an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
Colin Mutchler is co-founder & CEO of Louder, a platform that democratizes access to mass advertising channels on TV, billboards and online. As a thought leader and performer, he has been invited to speak to audiences at TEDx, SXSW, and universities around the world, and was recognized as a 40 under 40 leader by New Leaders Council. For over a decade, he’s been using digital culture to accelerate momentum towards a fair and sustainable economy. Before starting Louder, Colin produced major digital campaigns at leading agencies R/GA and Addis Creson, and at the national youth media network Listen Up!. His words and music have been remixed legally by hundreds of musicians globally, resulting in the collaboratively produced album “Premixed” and his acclaimed “Free Culture Tour” promoting participation in the Creative Commons. Colin has an MBA from INSEAD (Singapore & France), a degree in Public Policy from Duke University, and a Certificate in Internet Law from Stanford.
Megan Kashner is a self-proclaimed “Ticked-Off Social Worker” who loves to turn conversations, programs and approaches on their heads. A seasoned entrepreneur and nonprofit leader with more than 20 years of strategic management, community partnership building and organizational planning experience, Megan is most recently the founder of Benevolent (www.benevolent.net) - a platform using bleeding-edge technology and leveraging donor proclivities to fill gaps in the safety net for low-income families. Megan previously served as an executive director for the Taproot Foundation and before that spent a career in direct service with families and individuals in a variety of social service settings. Megan holds an MBA from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management, has a Master's from the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration and a B.A. in Public Policy form Brown University. She has spoken at the White House and at national conferences on social innovation, philanthropy and entrepreneurship. She has been featured on CNN, in FastCompany, Mashable, MSNBC, the New Yorker and more.
Danae Ringelmann co-founded Indiegogo in 2008 with a mission to democratize fundraising and has since helped to propel the company into the world’s largest crowdfunding platform. Today, as Indiegogo’s Chief Customer Officer, Danae is focused on driving total customer satisfaction and steering the company’s employee culture and value initiatives. Danae was listed on Fast Company’s “Top 50 Women Innovators in Technology” in 2011 and was named one of Fortune’s “40 Under 40″ in September 2013. Danae frequently speaks at conferences around the world, including TEDx, Le Web and CeBIT. Danae also testified before the United States House Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations on “Financing America’s Small Businesses: Innovative Ideas for Raising Capital” in June 2013. Danae is a CFA charterholder and holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. Danae graduated with a B.A. in Humanities from UNC-Chapel Hill, where she was a Morehead Scholar and varsity rower. She currently resides in San Francisco.
Leanne Pittsford is an entrepreneur, investor, risk taker, queer and women’s rights activist. She’s the CEO and founder Lesbians Who Tech, the community of queer women in tech (and allies). And she’s launching a new project called Social Good Tech Week, which will help connect the world’s best technologies to the social good community. Leanne founded Lean Impact, which helps social good organizations use Lean Startup principles, Start Somewhere, a design and technology consulting firm, as well as co-creator of the When You Work at a Nonprofit Tumblr Blog. Previously, Leanne was a senior director at Equality California, the largest statewide LGBTQ organization in the U.S, and worked on the No on Prop 8 campaign. She’s also in an investor in several startups. She splits her time between San Francisco, New York and a few other cities. You can find her on Twitter at @lepitts.