We’re so excited for our lineup of speakers and judges for the Lean for Social Good Summit in San Francisco! Want to hear our speakers in person? Get your tickets today!
Introduction & Welcome
Co-Founder, Lean Impact
Leanne Pittsford has spent her career helping nonprofit organizations work effectively. She is the Co-Founder of Lean Impact, and the Founder and CEO of Start Somewhere, a communications agency with a mission to help world-changing nonprofits and social enterprises grow and fund their vision. Before beginning Start Somewhere, Leanne led operations for Equality California, the largest statewide lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender nonprofit organization in the U.S. Having worked in both nonprofits and startups, Leanne developed Lean Impact to help nonprofits improve their impact. She’s the co-founder of the Lesbian Entrepreneur Mentoring Program, and is an investor in a woman-owned social enterprise focusing in solar energy.
Emcee: Taryn Miller-Stevens
Business Development, Touchpoints
Taryn Miller-Stevens leads Business Development for TouchPoints, a technology that allows companies, non-profits, and schools to reconnect with everyone. Beyond her former fun day jobs at Change.org, StartingBloc, and Matter Unlimited, she has emceed leading social innovation conferences, including The Feast and StartingBloc’s Institute. Taryn advises LGBT organizations in next gen and marketing strategy, and she has deep love for Miller Foods, her family’s third generation business.
Introduction to Lean Startup for Social Good
Director of Business Development, Lean Startup Machine
Dominique Aubry received her undergraduate degree from Lehigh University in Political Science and her graduate degree is Education Policy from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007. Upon graduation Dominique continued her work in education by first working as an education researcher for the Penn Netter Center for Community Service and became the Assistant Managing Director of the Mayor’s Office of Leadership Investment under Mayor Michael Nutter. She then worked for the school district of Philadelphia as the Facilities and Operations Contractor Manager. In 2011 she moved to Miami to become the Director of Strategy, Talent and Operations for Teach for America Miami-Dade. She currently works for Lean Startup Machine as a workshop manager in New York City and Milan, Italy while simultaneously managing her own consulting firm focused on building membership for associations and non-profit organizations.
We’re pleased to host a discussion with a funder and a grantee on how to talk to your funder about Lean, and how funders and grantees can work together to facilitate Lean in organizations.
Anne Marie Burgoyne
Managing Director of the Social Innovation Initiative
Anne Marie Burgoyne manages the Innovation Initiative of the Emerson Collective, initiative of the Emerson Collective, identifying new partners and new areas of focus for the portfolio. She curates a variety of resources to assist Emerson Collective partners, including coaching, mentorship and training opportunities, as well as creating opportunities to for our partners to share community and build networks.
Before joining Emerson Collective, Anne Marie was the managing director of the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation where she made early-stage grants to high-growth, high-impact non-profits including Grassroot Soccer, The Mission Continues, One Acre Fund and VisionSpring. Anne Marie is on the advisory boards of the Global Social Venture Competition, IDEO.org and REDF, and is a judge for the National Philanthropy Day Awards, Social Venture Network Innovation Awards and Tech Museum Awards.
Co-founder & CEO
David Risher is President and co-founder of Worldreader. In 2010 he founded Worldreader after visiting an orphanage’s locked-up library during a year-long, 19-country teaching and learning journey around the world.
David has been driving education and large-scale technological change for over two decades. As a general manager at Microsoft he led the marketing and development of Microsoft first desktop database; as Amazon.com’s Senior Vice President for Retail and Marketing he was responsible for growing the company from $16 million to $4 billion in sales. He served for three years as Board Chair of Barcelona’s Benjamin Franklin International School, is a longstanding member of ESADE Business School’s International Advisory Board, and was elected Professor of the Year at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business.
Code for America
Catherine Bracy is Code for America’s Director of Community Organizing. In that role, she manages CfA’s community programs including its citizen volunteer program and its international partnerships. Until November 2012, she was Director of the Obama campaign’s technology field office in San Francisco, the first of its kind in American political history. She was responsible for organizing technologists to volunteer their skills to the campaign’s technology and digital efforts. Prior to joining the campaign, she ran the Knight Foundation’s 2011 News Challenge and before that was the administrative director at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society. She is on the board of directors at the Citizen Engagement Lab and the Public Laboratory.
Senior Program Officer, California Healthcare Foundation
Andrew Krackov is a senior program officer for the foundation’s Market and Policy Monitor program, which promotes greater transparency and accountability in California’s health care system. Within that program, he manages projects that encourage and demonstrate the use of public data to better understand the financing and delivery of care, track improvements in quality, and promote the additional public release of health data.
Prior to joining CHCF, Krackov worked at the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health for nine years and served most recently as assistant vice president for programs and partnerships. There he was instrumental in establishing and expanding the Kidsdata.org website, which aids policymakers, advocacy groups, media, and parents in accessing and using data on the health of California’s children.
Previously, Krackov held communications and editorial roles, including serving as Stanford University’s web managing editor from 1997 to 2002. Earlier positions included stints with Wells Fargo online services, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and U.S. News & World Report.
General Manager, Daily Kos
Will Rockafellow is the General Manager of Daily Kos and oversees the operations, revenue, and activism sides of the business. Before that he worked in political book publishing where he helped push new voices on to the New York Times Best Sellers List. He lives in Oakland with his wife and son.
New Media Ventures
Christie George is the Director of New Media Ventures, the first national network of angel investors supporting media and tech startups that disrupt politics and catalyze progressive change. At New Media Ventures, George has overseen the investment of over $4m into a portfolio of non-profits and for profits, including NationalField, Sum of Us, and Upworthy. She is also a co-founder and on the Board of Louder, the crowdfunded media-buying platform for ideas that matter. George received her BA from Yale University and her MBA with distinction from the University of Oxford, where she was a Skoll Scholar in Social Entrepreneurship and graduated with the Said Prize. She serves on the board of the Roosevelt Institute.
We had over 300 amazing social good organizations apply to speak at the Lean for Social Good Summit in New York, on December 5th. Here we present those selected to speak at the Summit. These amazing leaders will share their Lean story, and compete for the Lean for Social Good Entrepreneur Award and the Lean for Social Good Intrapreneur Award.
Co-founder, Back to the Roots
Nikhil Arora co-founded Back to the Roots in 2009 as a senior at UC Berkeley and gave up a potential career in consulting to become an urban mushroom farmer. Nikhil oversees the marketing, product development, and operations half of the business, and with his co-founder, Alejandro Velez, has led the company to triple digit annual growth over four years.
Since co-founding BTTR, Nikhil has been named one of BusinessWeek’s Top 25 Entrepreneurs under 25, Top 25 Social Entrepreneurs in America, UCLA’s Opportunity Green Top 25 Green Company Leaders, 2010 Social Venture Network Social Innovation winners, and 2010 Hitachi Young Entrepreneur Winners. Nikhil is currently on the Board of Directors of the Sage Mentorship Project and Social Venture Network.
Nikhil graduated summa cum laude from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business during which he spent 6 months in Africa creating a profitable recycling program for the University of Ghana.
Executive Director, Black Girls code
Interaction Designer, Watsi.org
Thomas is Watsi’s second engineer. He’s worked at New Relic, Pivotal Labs and on Pivotal Tracker in the past, always as a hybrid engineer, designer, and product manager. Thomas is all about making things that work well by understanding people and where they come from. He attended Dartmouth College for two years, as well as the Red Cross Nordic United World College in Norway.
Campaign Lab Director, Upwell
I direct attention campaigns at Upwell, a nonprofit social media agency startup with one client – the ocean. At Upwell, I leverage distributed online networks and real-world connections and experiences in order to make the ocean more famous online. Our project applies lean startup principles to content distribution and is cultivating an inclusive Team Ocean in order to build issue and movement resiliency. Before Upwell, I spent four years at Spitfire Strategies designing campaign and branding strategies for nonprofits and foundations, and spearheading the firm’s social media practice. I hail from CA and got my BA from Brown University. I am an unabashedly goofy self-propulsion enthusiast and I love sharks.
Co-Founder, Scoot Networks
Matt has spent the last 10 years using technology to build and support social movements. As National Field Director at MoveOn, he designed and built the first scaleable field network in politics, marrying cutting edge technology and decades old community organizing techniques. After leaving MoveOn, he founded New Media Ventures, the first network of progressive angel investors, and Rewire, a consulting company that helped cleantech companies turn their customers into evangelists. He’s now one of the founders of Scoot Networks, the world’s first network of shared electric scooters. At Scoot he heads up marketing and operations. Matt has spoken at events like SxSW, Personal Democracy Forum, and Netroots Nation, served as an early advisor to multiple social change startups and is currently on the board of the International Center for Journalists.
Senior Director International Projects, Not for Sale
Christina has a background in international development and over eight years of experience traveling internationally, working alongside local organizations, and managing social and economic development projects. Since 2007, she has helped Not For Sale, an anti-human trafficking organization, grow their international work to create economic opportunities that prevent human trafficking across 11 countries and support over 4000 at-risk populations and survivors of human trafficking.
Executive Director, Citizen Engagement Lab
Ian Inaba is an accomplished filmmaker, organizer, and new media expert. As Executive Director and co-founder of Citizen Engagement Lab, he helps the acceleration and growth of various new organizing efforts by providing strategic guidance, creative ideas, and useful connections.
Ian directed the 2006 Sundance award-winning documentary American Blackout, chronicling voter suppression. He also directed Eminem’s music video “Mosh” – which was viewed over 10 million times online and nominated for an MTV Video Music Award. In addition to his film work, he co-authored True Lies, published in 2004 by Penguin/Plume.
Ian was previously Director of Corporate Development for Checkpoint Software Technologies (NASD: CHKP) and an investment banker with Robertson, Stephens and Company. He is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business and the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania.
Impact Manager, SamaUSA
Kosar is the Impact Manager for the SamaUSA team. In this role, she designs and manages the program’s impact evaluation methodology and implementation as well as its data needs. In addition to measuring impact, the data Kosar collects informs the program’s operations and strategic planning. Prior to joining Samasource, Kosar worked at Cornerstone Research where she conducted quantitative analyses in the context of commercial litigation. Kosar holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley and a M.A. in International Relations from The Fletcher School at Tufts University. She joined the SamaUSA team in February 2013.
Tamara Manik-Perlman is a user experience researcher and co-founder at PostCode, a startup dedicated to delivering innovative technologies to local government. An urban geographer by training, she’s passionate about employing technology for social impact, and has managed projects ranging from interactive watershed modeling to an accessible place-based public feedback system. Prior to PostCode, she served as a 2013 Code for America Fellow and was a project manager and data analyst at Azavea.
Executive Director, Santa Cruz Homeless Services Center
Monica Martinez has changed the game in how Santa Cruz County addresses homelessness since becoming the Executive Director of the Santa Cruz Homeless Services Center in 2010. While in this role, Monica launched the 180/180 initiative, a campaign currently on track to house 180 of the most medically vulnerable chronically homeless individuals by July 2014. Prior to moving to Santa Cruz, Monica spent five years working at the Downtown Women’s Center, a national model in permanent supportive housing, serving formerly homeless women in downtown Los Angeles’ skid row. Monica’s drive and passion to see all people treated with dignity and respect is currently focused on a single goal: to collaboratively build solutions toward ending homelessness in Santa Cruz. Monica teaches a Sociology class at UC Santa Cruz, holds a Masters in Public Administration with an emphasis in Nonprofit Management from the University of Southern California and has been recognized with a Santa Cruz NEXTie Award and a Women’s Policy Institute Fellowship.
CEO, TechSoup Global
Rebecca Masisak joined TechSoup Global in 2001 to launch and chart the growth of TechSoup Global’s technology product donation program and award-winning social enterprise. After successfully establishing the program in North America, Ms. Masisak developed an international expansion model, which today serves an international NGO audience in 58 countries in Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Middle East. Under Ms. Masisak’s leadership, TechSoup Global has distributed nearly 11.9 million software and hardware product donations, from more than 90+ donors and technology providers, and enabled organizations worldwide to save more than US$3.9 billion for direct services. As CEO, Ms. Masisak has been instrumental in building TechSoup Global’s capacity and reach to support the entire portfolio of TechSoup Global’s programs for bringing products, information, human capacity, and resources to the communities who need them most.
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, heads the governance committee for the Telecentre.org Foundation’s Board of Trustees and volunteers for the nonprofit organization S.A.G.E. (Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship). Ms. Masisak obtained her MBA from the Columbia University Business School, and previously worked as a management consultant with Coopers & Lybrand for 9 years, and in leadership roles in several Internet businesses thereafter. She holds dual citizenship in the U.S. and Croatia.
For his entire career, Colin has been exploring how digital media can influence behavior and transform culture. After leading online efforts at Listen Up!, the nation’s premiere youth media organization, Colin completed his MBA at INSEAD in France and Singapore, and then helped lead the global Nokia account for R/GA, Ad Age’s Digital Agency of the Decade. He is now applying his digital expertise towards promoting social enterprise, through both Louder and his work at brand innovation firm Addis Creson.
Writing and performing since 1999, Colin Mutchler’s spoken word and music have contributed to the growth of open source creativity. He is one of the early Creative Commons success stories, and has been highlighted as a “Featured Commoner.” His acclaimed multimedia “Free Culture Tour” has been featured at colleges and conferences nationwide, including Duke University and SXSW Interactive. Colin’s voice has inspired more than 150 remixes, and as a result he released “Premixed,” the first album collaboratively (and legally) produced by “the commons” via members of the remix community ccMixter.org.
Senior Director of Products and Marketing, Guidestar
Evan Paul leads product design and development, as well as marketing and e-commerce, at GuideStar. He has more than 17 years of experience leading product and project teams in membership based, grant funded, and fee-for-service nonprofit organizations. Before joining GuideStar, Paul co-founded the first software as a service web application in the University of California system, called SeaSketch, which is used by agencies around the world for collaborative planning for ocean resources. He has written multi-stakeholder negotiation simulations published by the Harvard Program on Negotiation and worked with leading stakeholder engagement firms such as AmericaSpeaks, the Consensus Building Institute, Kearns & West, and Concur. His work has enabled diverse interests to reach agreement on issues including climate change adaptation, disaster recovery, health care, and other issues. At the beginning of his career, Paul worked as a campaigner for ForestEthics and field organizer for the Public Interest Network. He has a Masters in City Planning from MIT and a BA in Political Science from the University of Missouri.
Emily has more than seven years of experience in the technology sector, most recently at Amazon.com, where she oversaw product development, marketing and strategic planning for the used-product (“marketplace”) business, which achieved $81M of sales in the first year of operations. Before to that, she worked at Wired Digital (the online division of Wired magazine), where she was the Senior Producer of Wired News.
Emily has long been interested in India. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University with a degree in Comparative Religion and South Asian traditions, and spent her junior year of college studying at Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi, India.
Clarence Wardell III
Clarence is a co-founder of tinyGive, a “tweet-to-donate” platform that facilitates micro-donations on Twitter. Through tinyGive he works with organizations to better leverage Twitter as an engagement and fundraising space. Clarence founded tinyGive in order to help change the conversation around philanthropy and online cause-related activity by providing a place where social capital matters just as much as financial contributions. Clarence earned a PhD from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he conducted research on the role of transparency in charitable giving. He continues to research various aspects of philanthropy and online activism, and advises several nonprofits and online giving platforms on fundraising strategy. This includes serving as a board member of Jitegemee, a school for street children in Machakos, Kenya.
Laura Weidman Powers
Co-Founder, Executive Director, Code2040
Laura has a background in entrepreneurship, nonprofit management, youth development, and technology. She has started two organizations in the education space, one nonprofit arts education organization in West Philadelphia that is now in its eighth year, and one for-profit tutoring company that gave rise to a book. Laura first explored the tech space as a project manager in a small web development shop and, most recently before CODE2040, she served as VP of Product at a consumer web startup based in Los Angeles, redesigning the product development process to be inclusive of engineers. Laura is a 2013 Echoing Green and Open Society Black Male Achievement Fellow and a 2013 Stanford Social Innovation Fellow. She has an AB cum laude from Harvard College and a JD and an MBA from Stanford University. Follow @laurawp!
Dean, The Awesome Foundation
Weeks heads up San Francisco’s Awesome Foundation, which micro-grants $1,000 to projects that forward the interested of Awesome in the universe. Allowing and encouraging recipients to take creative risks, the grants formally come with no-strings-attached. Awesome Foundation’s vague mission to further the undeniably subjective pursuit of Awesome has enabled this four-year-old organization to organically spawn 80 individual chapters worldwide and give away three quarters of a million dollars, all with practically no centralized structure or indoctrination. The foundation’s mission is so simple and versatile that it can be rebaked to the taste of almost any local flavor: while our counterparts in Israel only give to politically-oriented projects and campaigns, we in San Francisco seek out the fun, the whimsical, the ridiculous, and the dangerous. Weeks studied mechanical engineering at Dartmouth College, where she served as vice president of Dartmouth Humanitarian Engineering, founded the college’s first inclusive improvisational acting group, headed up the whitewater kayak club, and led two 3-month long service trips abroad.
We’re thrilled to have Hiten Shah, Co-Founder of Kissmetrics, join us to do Q&A for the Pitch Competition!
Hiten Shah is the President and co-founder of KISSmetrics. 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 from venture-backed startups such as SlideShare and Webs.com to Fortune 500 companies such as Samsung and HP. Hiten also helped coin the term growth hacker which has started to define the evolving role of marketing. He is a sought after mentor and advisor to entrepreneurs and their companies.
Sr. Vice President, Entrepreneur Programs
Associate, Knowledge & Advocacy
Christy Remey Chin
Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
The Walter & Elise Haas Fund
Mentor for Good
New Media Ventures
VP of Brand Marketing & Innovation
Director of Corporate Sustainability
Citizen Engagement Lab
Measuring The Networked Nonprofit
Darian Rodriguez Heyman
Head of External Partnerships & Co-Founder
Social Media for Nonprofits
Director, Global Development