Based in Croatia, Alex is a software engineer with almost two decades of experience with web technologies. He studied Computer Science at the University of Trieste in Italy and has a wide knowledge and skills in information technology, ranging from containerization, orchestration of microservices (Docker and Kubernetes), and test-driven development with continuous integration. He is very passionate about the Lean Startup methodology for creating and managing startups, IoT – Internet of Things, blockchain, and cryptocurrencies. Alex has a huge interest in a lot of fields and activities, but in his spare time, he mainly enjoys the outdoors hiking, bushcrafting, camping, fishing alpine and sport climbing, cycling and the list goes on.
SVP, Program & Customer Success
Alexa has always been called to help others. In grade school, she helped other young people learn the craft of writing. She served the residents of the State of New York in the Senate office of Kirsten Gillibrand. Even now, in addition to her work at Catchafire, she volunteers as the Chief Marketing Officer of a community health service learning organization called Lori's Hands. When Alexa isn't working, you'll find her curled up with a good book, spending time near the water or hanging out with her family and friends.
Principal Product Designer
With over a decade in the design industry, Amanda has spent her time seeking out areas of anomaly and crafting thoughtful experiences. She has a background in visual, experiential, and systems design, and finds fulfillment in solving complex problems.
Most recently, in her work at Google, she focused on helping kids & families have safer experiences and a better digital-wellbeing. Prior to that, in her work at Fjord, she created innovative, empathetic solutions to modernize businesses of all shapes and sizes. She's excited to be part of the Catchafire team and contribute to building even more impactful experiences for their mission-focused vision.
Outside of work, Amanda can be found tending her naturalist garden, listening to books/podcasts about degrowth, parenting, and D&D (yes, Dungeons and Dragons), making simple drawings, or exploring the North Georgia trails with her family.
Customer Success Manager
Baily joins Catchafire with a background in customer success management, healthcare consulting, and the biochemical sciences. Dubbed a natural “jack of all trades," she can be found putting her salesforce certification to use on platform or playing around with new tech integrations. Growing up in a health based philanthropic family, Baily has a passion for health equity and inclusive care. When not working with her foundation partners, she can be found enjoying a Chiefs game in her hometown of Kansas City or shuffling through an airport onto her next adventure!
Senior Solutions Architect
With a passion for building community wherever she goes, Betsy strives to make others feel at home and to make a positive impact on the world. To that end, she spent the first 14 years of her career as a fundraiser in the non-profit sector, working with Foundations and Corporations to help organizations scale their programs and expand their impact. She’s excited to now help organizations meet their needs through Catchafire! As evidenced by her love for Halloween costumes, Betsy approaches life with energy and excitement, and invites others to join her. Outside of work, Betsy enjoys riding her bike with her kids perched (safely!) on the handlebars, watching documentaries, and doing HIIT workouts in her living room.
Sr. Associate, Implementation
Having recently graduated from Northeastern University with a B.A. in International Affairs and Cultural Anthropology, Carly is determined to create a positive social impact at Catchafire through a human-centered approach. With a passion for anthropology, Carly seeks to empower rather than “save” marginalized populations and believes that solutions for the world’s most pressing issues must always begin with the communities affected. Having worked in the nonprofit sector, Carly is also excited to explore the world of social entrepreneurship and discover how it can be applied to produce positive social change in an innovative way. When she’s not working, you can find Carly watching a documentary (ask her about her list of recommendations), brushing up on her soccer skills, or daydreaming about her next tattoo!
Chief of Staff, Office of the CEO
Chandler is a results-driven Chief of Staff who is passionate about products and things that drive humanity forward. Chandler is uniquely curious about humans and is motivated by personal and collective growth and flourishing. When not working, she can be found learning new things (most recently, Python!), in the gym, or meditating.
Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships
Chaz has always had a strong passion for helping others. Starting from his high school experience, volunteering with the Special Olympics, The V Foundation for Cancer Research, and within the Public school system assisting special needs students on the Autistic spectrum.
As a former Division I football player, Chaz demonstrated exemplary teamwork and robust leadership skills on and off the field, which has refined his career in sales with over ten years of experience, with the vast majority in the tech industry, where he focuses on helping large organizations across various US regions, including the Southeast, leverage technology to solve complex business problems. While away from work, Chaz enjoys spending time with family and creating meaningful moments with his daughter
Senior Manager, CRM & Marketing Automation
Chip comes to Catchafire after five years of working in the SaaS industry and four years in eCommerce. He enjoys figuring out the best ways to increase efficiencies through marketing automation and nerds out on diving into data. He’s excited about the opportunity to use his experience to help Catchafire deliver more resources to nonprofits so they can better support their communities. In his free time, he loves to travel and try new breweries. If he’s not traveling or working, he’s probably spending time with his wife and his black lab, Bruce Willis.
Customer Success Manager
Clara is deeply committed to affecting change in communities that lack integral support. With a background in neuroscience and behavioral healthcare, she possesses the invaluable skill and understands the critical importance of asking the right questions to learn about the needs of a given population. By listening with curiosity and an eagerness to help, Clara naturally engages with partners to build thoughtful and sustainable relationships within both the nonprofit and corporate sector. Bridging her deep care about volunteerism and social justice, she is thrilled to work with Catchafire's foundations to ultimately expand access for thousands of nonprofits, amplifying a diverse array of social good programs. Outside of work she enjoys all things music, phone banking/canvassing for political campaigns, and spending time with family and friends!
Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships
Daniel is a Tennessee native who is an experienced professional with over 10 years of experience in the tech industry. He has a proven track record of delivering successful projects and solutions to clients across various industries. He is passionate about leveraging technology to help not-for-profits achieve their goals.
Outside of his work, Daniel enjoys spending time with his family and exploring the outdoors. If he is traveling, you will most likely find him visiting family in Mexico.
Danielle Valle Gilchrist
Director, Customer Success
Danielle brings community, fun, and service to the world. With more than 15 years of experience in all aspects of social impact, she has built an expertise in the intersection between employee engagement and community impact. A career highlight was achieving a record-breaking 80% employee participation in giving and volunteering programs for Blue Shield of California. She is excited to join Catchafire because they focus on building paths to strengthen communities.
In her free time, she enjoys reading, being outside, and spending time with her young family.
Director, Implementation & Operations
Emma comes to Catchafire with a background in education program management and experience across a variety of social sector organizations. With a passion for strategy and community, she is energized by creating partnerships that foster collaboration, build capacity, and drive social impact. Having grown up in Miami Beach, when not at work you’ll find her trying to soak up the sun outdoors or finding her way to the nearest beach.
Chief Product Officer
Ghazal is a decisive and empathetic leader who thrives when problems are thorny and complex. With deep roots in public service both internationally and locally, Ghazal sees technology as a powerful tool to drive progress and change. After almost a decade at the United Nations, Ghazal joined a venture firm to drive cleantech investing and has since built businesses or launched software products in a range of markets including precision medicine, edtech, data analytics, material science, and energy management. She also loves chocolate.
Senior Manager, Content Marketing
Born and raised as a first-generation Armenian-American in New York, Gohar developed a passion for social justice from a young age. It led to an MPA , a BA in Political Science, and a career as a nonprofit fundraiser and marketer before coming to Catchafire. She is passionate about the power of ethical storytelling and building relationships in order to provide equitable access to resources in communities. Outside of work, Gohar can be found on the nearest hiking trail, working out, building Spotify playlists for every mood, or discussing the latest fantasy fandom.
Senior Product Manager
With a background in product, design, and innovation, Greg’s curiosity drives him to always keep learning and solving problems both in and out of the office. He comes to Catchafire to use his career to make an impact — something he tries to accomplish through many facets of his life including coaching at a hockey-is-for-everyone program in Harlem. In his free hours, he stays busy woodworking, traveling, playing hockey, and eating his way through Brooklyn, where he lives with his pet rabbit.
Director, Community Engagement
Guenevere is passionate about the ability of the Foundation sector to create social impact by inclusive leadership, gathering, and giving. She comes to Catchafire with 24 years in direct and collaborative foundation grantmaking and personal experience managing a Catchafire cohort at The Able Trust. Her philanthropic background, coupled with her interests in nonprofit management, public administration and fine arts, means she is happiest bringing sectors together to do more than they might have thought possible. In her free time, she enjoys being a volunteer, a board member, traveler, and hiker into the woods and over the mountains.
Chief Strategy Officer
Hefei is deeply curious and a thinker. She loves to dissect problems and has a knack for understanding and improving complex systems, whether at high levels advising companies on strategic initiatives as a consultant, in the weeds building a machine learning based news service as an entrepreneur, or everywhere in between helping to drive Catchafire's strategies as it redefines philanthropy. She also loves to cook and experiment with new ingredients.
Ianne is a front-end engineer who comes with a background in teaching and science. She is enthusiastic about joining Catchafire and contributing to a product that has a positive social impact. When she's not busy crafting UIs or reading about new technologies, she's taking a walk, listening to music, or watching the Great British Bake Off.
Deputy Director, Revenue Operations
J.D. is a fun-loving optimist who is passionate about building meaningful relationships, empowering his team to exceed their goals, and creating a lasting impact. J.D. received his bachelor’s degree in hospitality, but shifted his focus toward studying revenue processes and implementing improvements that can help achieve optimal efficiency. With his experience in Revenue and Sales Operations, he hopes to change the landscape of how Catchafire does business today! He is motivated by his love of people, helping others, and seeing the best in everyone. Outside of work, J.D. enjoys working out at his CrossFit gym, exploring new cuisines, and spending time with his family and friends.
Jackson has been working in software engineering for almost two decades. Since he was a child, had a clear love for video games and computers and had the dream of working creating video games and computer software, half of the dream became true and is still in progress. He loves to help people in any matter, and to take time with people to share his knowledge and be helpful. When is not working, he hangs out with his family, plays video games, cooks new recipes(and eats), and hikes (while he plays Pokemon GO and walks his dog).
Vice President, Marketing & Communications
Jamie is a small-town Michigander turned New Yorker who started her career with Teach For America. She used her creative eye to recruit thousands of incredible college grads and career-changing professionals to teach in a high-need community, believing deeply that equity begins with education. Jamie loves to use design and stories to connect top talent with social-good organizations and will always be a mission-driven marketer. Her obsessions include, but are not limited to: puppies, college football, the dentist, and any/all ice cream. She's also very passionate about never running a marathon again.
Vice President, Engineering
Jared likes coding, kitties, Dungeons and Dragons, helping the homeless, studying 1st century Christianity, philosophy, scaling startups, leading software teams and muay thai. This leaves him well positioned to write software and run the Tech Team, and not so well suited to write biographies like this one.
Demand Generation Manager
Jonathan is a seasoned Demand Generation Manager with seven years of expertise in driving marketing strategies to boost brand visibility and generate qualified leads. He is adept at leveraging marketing automation tools and CRM systems to streamline processes and optimize lead-nurturing workflows. Beyond his technical skills, Jonathan is known for his collaborative spirit and ability to align cross-functional teams toward common goals, and he is always eager to explore new avenues for growth and improvement. He enjoys creating handmade crafts, experimenting with new recipes, and spending time with loved ones.
Jordan is a native New Yorker with a passion for helping to grow and support organizations. He spent the last eight years in Georgia, between studying finance at the University of Georgia and working in financial consulting in Atlanta. He is thrilled to bring his financial acumen and problem solving skills to Catchafire, where he supports the financial operations of an innovative platform that empowers nonprofits. In his spare time, Jordan enjoys playing the bass guitar and watching his favorite New York sports teams.
Senior Frontend Engineer
Residing in the great state of Ohio with my wife and three children, I made the natural transition from a degree in animation to.... web development. When I'm not pushing pixels around on a screen as Catchafire's senior front-end developer you can find me in my wood shop making dust.
Vice President, Brand & User Experience
After a decade of working in digital advertising, Kate decided to come to the light and use her powers of exceptional user experience design for good. Kate's passion lies in uncovering user needs and finding answers to them through elegant and efficient digital interactions. She is a mom of two boys and when she's not working, she can be found serenading her sons with the help of a ukulele, hiking in the woods or building the next iteration of the ultimate pillow fort in the living room.
Associate Interaction Designer
After spending 2 years crafting children's video games, Kiana has traded in her joystick to join the Catchafire team. Her goal is to make any user experience as sweet as candy. Outside of the pixelated world, you'll catch her nose-deep in a book, attempting to whip up a culinary masterpiece, or wrangling her dynamic duo of four-legged troublemakers.
Latesha developed a passion for communications at a very young age. Growing up in the suburbs of Pennsylvania as a person of color presented a unique lens for which she viewed and navigated through the world. Throughout her professional career she has used this lens to bridge communication gaps as a small business consultant and within community and non-profit organizations. When she is not working, she can be found relishing time with her husband and children, ridiculously committing to her daily living room workouts, cooking or enjoying a glass of wine (or cooking while enjoying a glass of wine).
Latricia has a passion for people and the planet and is committed to the collective liberation of all people. Before joining Catchafire, she worked in various non-profit spaces to advance and elevate issues around economic inequity, housing justice, and climate justice. Latricia is a graduate of Wake Forest University School of Divinity and Winston-Salem State University. #GoDeacs, #RamPride! In her free time, she enjoys traveling with her amazing wife Kristan and dog Jax, a good game of pick-up basketball, reading good books, and having a great glass of wine.
Product Marketing and Support Manager
Lauren is a native Ohioan who began her career in politics, working for a political fundraising company serving progressive organizations, nonprofits and campaigns. She then attended The Ohio State University and received her Masters degree in Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies while teaching undergraduate students. All of these experiences led her to seek out a career where she could help nonprofits in their mission to create a more equitable society. She is thrilled to be leading the support team at Catchafire, where she gets to spend her days helping our amazing nonprofits and volunteers. Outside of work, Lauren loves spending time with her wife and 6 fur babies, listening to true crime podcasts and going to concerts.
Being 30 minutes from Dracula's castle, Liviu is the self-learning vampire from Transylvania. With a deep experience in Python, and a hobby in programming, he is polishing the tools for Catchafire's changemakers as he learns more about how volunteering changes the world.
Senior Software Engineer
Luis has been doing software engineering for more than a decade and is very passionate about creating technology that solves real human problems. He is also interested in astronomy, education, mental health, science, and the environment. When not coding, you’ll find Luis spending time with his wife and friends, playing the guitar, practicing chess, reading a book or improving his cooking skills.
Quality Assurance Lead
Madhumitha (Madhu) studied engineering and project management in Boston, Massachusetts. Her primary focus for the past many years has been around software coding and quality assurance. Madhu strongly believes that "software code is your house and you have to live in it". Madhu believes that the customer is the most valuable asset and is driven by the unrelenting pursuit of customer-driven focus and user experience. She loves her kids, watching movies, cooking, and exercising.
Senior Software Engineer, Tech
Based in Cape Town, South Africa, Mark has been in the tech industry for over 20 years with industries varying from banking, vending, medical and IoT. With a passion for the Python programming language and the Django web framework as well as DevOps technologies, Mark has contributed to and built many platforms which have made an impact in varying industries. Outside of work, Mark has numerous hobbies and passions which include collecting vinyl records, smoking cigars, DJing electronic music, stand up paddling, boxing, running and hiking.
Sr. People Operations Manager
Martha is deeply committed to missions that make an impact and support underrepresented communities. Prior to joining Catchafire, Martha held several roles in the education sector, from operations, community engagement to recruitment. She’s excited to use her experience to support Catchafire’s mission to ensure non-profits have all the tools they need to thrive in their communities. Martha loves spending time with her family and enjoys sharing meaningful memories with her two boys.
Chief Executive Officer
Born into and raised by a family of labor activists in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, social justice and the empowerment of disenfranchised communities has been core to Matt’s life both personally and professionally. A trained civil rights attorney, Matt continued his career in government, first working for Congressman Jerry Kleczka and going on to work for Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle to strengthen the broken infrastructure of local communities, and has since married his commitment to improving societal inequities with deploying technology solutions for social good at firms including Microsoft, Salesforce and Socrata.
Vice President, People & Culture
Prior to joining the Catchafire team, Mila has worked in a wide variety of companies and industries from a innovative People startup (CultureIQ) to major corporations (IBM, Deloitte, Accenture) to education nonprofits (DREAM, Achievement First) to a hospitality startup (Porter & Sail) and is ready to dig in and learn all the ins and outs of Catchafire and our community inside and out. Mila has expertise in helping organizations strengthen their culture and develop policies and practices that enable their teams to drive growth. She is driven by Catchafire’s mission and strives to create a welcoming work environment for all.
Senior Frontend Engineering Manager, Tech
Before joining Catchafire, Naeem spent years writing front-end code for corporate behemoths. Feeling jaded, he packed his proverbial backpack, and went on a nomadic journey through startup world until he found a rewarding position with Catchafire. When not entrenched in coding mayhem, he can be found online, engaged in the ultra-competitive world of full contact speed chess. He is also a cross-fit addict, closet writer, and autodidact of random disciplines.
Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships
Leaving Scotland to chase waves around the world, Nikita settled on New York City as her new home base. Nikita was eager to bring her flair for events, communications, and partnerships to Catchafire, having first-hand experience of the challenges faced by the nonprofit sector. Nikita is a passionate advocate for our ocean, waves, and beaches as seen through her role as Chair of Surfrider Foundation NYC, a grassroots environmental activist organization. An avid believer that we should protect what we love, when Nikita's not in the water, she dedicates her time to preserving our natural resources.
Associate, Graphic Designer
Paige is a lover of all things digital, bold, and creative. After graduating Hunter College with a degree in Emerging Media, they worked as a freelance designer in the non-profit sector. Paige is dedicated to uplifting LGBTQ, black, and brown communities across her native New York and uses her design powers to do so. When off the clock, they act as a community organizer for Amnesty International and proud pet parent to two dogs and a rabbit.
Manager, Nonprofit Engagement & Operations
Paulina brings to Catchafire over five years of experience in the nonprofit sector, from direct victim services to program coordination, she has always had a passion for mission-aligned work and being a part of a crew with a cause. Paulina attended Colorado State University and earned her Masters in HR with a specialization in Strategic Information Management. Paulina is also a volunteer and provides translation and interpretation services in the Spanish language. She was born in Mexico, but raised in Colorado, where she continues to live and spend her time with family, reading one too many books at a time, and exploring the outdoors with her husband and two shepherd dogs.
Founder & Board Member
The one quote that Rachael hangs by her desk says, "Be truthful, gentle, and fearless." She wants to leave this earth known as a leader who empowers others to be better than her. Rachael is described by others as gritty, hungry to learn, humble and visionary -- but her passion is what truly defines and elevates her. Whether she's talking about how amazing the spoken-word artist she saw last week was or a new social enterprise she just heard about, she can't help but gush. She's one of the lucky ones to be born with fire, and she works daily to channel it for good.
Senior Software Engineer
Passionate about learning, teaching, motorcycles and Brazilian music, Rafael spent the last decade writing software and teaching about it around Brazil. Before this, he spent his days volunteering in orphanages and with homeless groups. He found his dream job at Catchafire where everyday he gets to do what he loves while helping others.
Senior Data Scientist
As an organizer from the Bay Area, Regan strives to uplift and center marginalized communities. At University of California Berkeley, she studied Data Science with a focus inequalities in societies. Leveraging her technical background, Regan is a storyteller who weaves compelling narratives together with data to best support those in the margins. Outside of Catchafire, Regan can be found listening to music (from post-punk to funk), jamming on her roller skates, or scaring the wits out of herself with horror (her namesake is from ‘The Exorcist’)!
Ronald is our front-end guy, coding with love a big part of everything you see and click. Since a child, he's always been into computers and electronics, and made his way into web development early on. Besides computer-stuff, his other skills include juggling, glowstringing, and playing drums. He's also a big fan of astronomy, science, psychology and eating pizza.
Vice President of Volunteer Engagement
Sabrina’s personal mission is to create equitable opportunities and resources for underserved people. She has lived this mission across her 15+ year career and through community initiatives where she has given her time, talent, and treasure. Sabrina brings a passion for building strong relationships and fostering a collaborative work environment to the Catchafire team. With a proven track record of driving positive change and creating lasting value, Sabrina is described as an "innovative thought partner" and "empathetic leader". When not working, you’ll find her listening to Levar Burton Reads (“Reading Rainbow” for adults!), exploring the world, or planning her next karaoke concert.
Senior Associate, Graphic Design
Spending the majority of her formative years in Seattle, Washington, Sahm moved to New York City for the unmatched creative community. In broad strokes, she is interested in the intersection of design and the social sector. Outside of work, she can found listening to music, going on quick runs, or sipping on black coffee.
Corporate Customer Success Manager
Sakshi has always had a strong passion for advocacy and brings to Catchafire a rich background in policy, law, and government. With over 15 years in the nonprofit sector, she has dedicated herself to serving diverse communities, ranging from small towns in Kansas to villages along the border of India and Pakistan with a particular focus on literacy and women’s rights issues. She firmly believes that equal access to education is a fundamental right for all individuals. Drawing on her extensive experience in pro-bono law and lobbying, she possesses a unique ability to build meaningful relationships and a deep-seated determination to prioritize the needs of her partners. Outside of serving her clients, Sakshi loves Indian-fusion cooking, reading psychological thrillers, traveling, and spending time with loved ones in her hometown of Kansas.
Sr. Manager, Events & Engagement
Seán (he/him) is a highly skilled professional with over a decade of experience in organizational change, program management, and strategic development for mission-driven non-profit organizations of all shapes and sizes, all over the world. He is a proud non-profit nerd, passionate about strengthening the sector and building a more just, sustainable, and empathetic society. Seán has been immersed in a diversity of cause areas including education for social change, environmental justice, dialogue facilitation and mediation, community organizing, and mobilizing faith-based and cultural organizations. He loves obscure museum galleries, traveling to far flung destinations, and his pet rabbit Timothee, but not necessarily in that order.
Senior Finance Analyst
Shanea was born and raised in a small town in Wisconsin (#FearTheDeer) but moved to St. Louis, MO in 2017. She has 10+ years of experience in Finance and Accounting but struggled to find an industry that captured her interests. Catchafire's mission to uplift marginalized communities seemed like the perfect way to combine her goals of creating impact with her passion for finance. In her spare time, she can be found binge-watching a show on Netflix or strength training in a local gym. She loves to travel and takes 3-5 international trips per year. Her lifetime goal is to travel to every country in the world."
VP, Corporate Responsibility Business
With a background in public policy, Sonia brings to Catchafire a passion for helping organizations that so often help push forward the work that current policies fail to address - whether this be for the climate, communities in need, racial equity and so much more. Drawing on her experience in both the corporate and nonprofit sector, she is eager and excited to work with Catchafire's partners to maximize the impact of their programs. When not working, you can find Sonia attempting to follow every political Twitter thread, reading books on behavioral economics, trying out new workout classes and exploring NY with friends.
VP, Growth & Engagement
Tyler (he/him) grew up on a sheep farm in Western New York before graduating with a degree in Philosophy from The University of Buffalo. After two years with Americorps, he became the Marketing Director of a Food Justice organization that focused on Youth Education and Food Access. As Catchafire's Sr. Director, Tyler leads events and educational content for our funding partners and nonprofits. When he's not working, Tyler is either cooking huge meals for friends, playing the mandolin, or cheering/crying for his beloved Buffalo Bills.