Meet the Speakers & Judges for the Lean for Social Good Summit DC!

By Leanne Pittsford — Mar 12 14

We’re so excited for our lineup of speakers and judges for the Lean for Social Good Summit in DC! Want to hear our speakers in person? Get your tickets today!

Introduction & Welcome


Leanne Pittsford
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.


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Lean for Social Good A-Z

Leah Neaderthal
Co-Founder, Lean Impact
Leah is a marketing guru who’s obsessed with making technology work for social good. Leah is the Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer of Start Somewhere, working with nonprofits and social enterprises to create effective websites, communications and fundraising campaigns. Prior to founding Start Somewhere, Leah spent ten years in marketing for some of the worlds’ biggest advertising agencies, a startup PR firm, and one scrappy technology company. In addition to her day jobs, Leah founded The Chainlink, the online community for Chicago cycling. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania.


Introduction to Lean Startup for Social Good


Dominique Aubry
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.


Pitch Competition

We had over 300 amazing social good organizations apply to speak. 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.


Anahi Ayala Iacucci
Senior Innovation Advisor, Internews Center for Innovation & Learning
Anahi Ayala Iacucci is the Senior Innovation Advisor for the Internews Center for Innovation & Learning. Before covering this role, Anahi was for 3 years the Media Innovation Advisor for the Africa Region, Health and Humanitarian Media, covering Central African Republic, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Nigeria, Republic of South Sudan and Haiti. For the past 4 years Anahi has consulted for NGOs and international organizations like UNOCHA, Alliance Guinea, Freedom House, the World Bank, NDI and others on the use of the ICT4D, new technologies and crisis mapping. Anahi is currently also Expert Advisor on Mobile Technology for The Popular Engagement Policy Lab and sits on the Board of Director of the NGO Freedom Connect. She has been named by the Diplomatic Courier to the 2012 99 Under 33 list, as one of the 99 under 33 most influential foreign policy leader in the Innovators Category. Anahi Ayala Iacucci holds a Master Degree in International Affairs from Colombia University, a Master Degree in Human Rights from the University of Padova, and a BA in Political Science from the University of Bologna. She blogs about Agile Methodologies, ICT4D and Innovation at and


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Scott Beale
Founder & CEO, Atlas Corps
Scott Beale is the Founder and CEO of Atlas Corps, a leadership development program for the world’s best social change professionals. Sometimes called a “reverse Peace Corps”, Atlas Corps brings leaders from around the world to serve in cities across the United States. Atlas Corps has supported more than 250 leaders from nearly 60 different countries in one-year placements at nonprofits such as Ashoka, Grameen Foundation, McKinsey, UNICEF, and the US Peace Corps. Prior to launching Atlas Corps, Scott was a U.S. Diplomat who served in New Delhi fighting human trafficking in India and in Bosnia organizing elections in the late 1990s. He also worked at Ashoka’s Youth Venture program and in the Clinton White House. He is the author of the first book on the politics of the Millennial Generation (Millennial Manifesto: A Youth Activist handbook) and in 2004 the Youth Vote Coalition named Scott one of 30 people under 30 changing politics in America. Among Scott’s numerous accolades include being named one of the top three nonprofit CEOs in Washington, DC; “The Nonprofit Entrepreneur” by the Washington Post; and the National Award for Citizen Diplomacy. More about Scott and Atlas Corps at


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Preeti Birla
Office of Innovation, Innovate NYC Schools

Preeti Birla has focused her career on launching and contributing to projects that increase access to education through technology. She began her career at Sesame Street where she launched Sesame Street India and worked on other international and domestic ventures to increase Sesame Street’s reach. Currently, Preeti is working with the Office of Innovation at the NYC Department of Education where she’s been helping stimulate activities that introduce lean principles into the nation’s largest district.


Jill Bowen
Senior Associate, Kings County

Jill Bowen is the senior associate executive director and chief of staff for Behavioral Health Services at Kings County Hospital Center. Trained as a clinical psychologist, she received her master’s degree and doctoral degree in clinical psychology at the Derner Institute for Advanced Psychological Studies/Adelphi University. Her work has included direct care as a member of an interdisciplinary acute care clinical team and supervisory work in clinical and forensic psychology. She was the Deputy Director and unit chief of the Forensic Psychiatry Service at Kings County Hospital Center before moving on to work as a senior administrator within Behavioral Health, focusing on strategic planning and process improvement. She has worked at Kings County Hospital Center for the past 26 years and has played a significant role in the transformation of the services provided in the Behavioral Health department across the continuum of care.


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Paula Brantner
Executive Director, Workplace Fairness
Paula Brantner has been the Executive Director of Workplace Fairness since 2008, after serving as its Program Director from 2003 to 2007, writing legal content for the Webby-nominated site, and developing products for WF’s social enterprise program, Most recently, Paula was the Program Director for Working America, the community affiliate of the AFL-CIO, and the Working America Education Fund. An employment lawyer for over 20 years, Paula has degrees from UC-Hastings College of the Law and Michigan State University’s James Madison College. She is a former co-coordinator for NetSquaredDC and a retired DC Rollergirl. She volunteers at the National Zoo, travels around the world to see pandas, and sings weekly in DC’s competitive karaoke league, District Karaoke.



Sheila Dugan
Communications Manager, EveryoneOn
Sheila is marketing and communications manager at EveryoneOn. EveryoneOn is a non-profit organization dedicated to closing the digital divide by providing affordable Internet service and computers to unconnected Americans. As a 2013 Code for America fellow, she worked with the City of Oakland to develop RecordTrac, a web application that helps cities manage and respond to public records request. In the past, she worked on broadband infrastructure development and adoption issues at the Center for Innovative Technology and Connect South Carolina. Sheila was appointed a Virginia Governor’s Fellow and served under the Secretary of Technology in the Office of the Governor in 2011. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Brown University and a Masters in Public Policy from The College of William and Mary.

Sibyl Edwards
President, DC Web Women
Sibyl Edwards is a digital art director and UX designer with over eight years creating successful digital campaigns for Fortune 500 companies, non-profit associations and startups. As an expert on digital design, Sibyl Edwards has worked with some of the most successful agencies and companies in Washington, DC such as Social@Ogilvy, The World Bank, Rosetta Stone, Vocus and Marriott leading the design and experience of some of the most innovative online advertising campaigns. As President of DC Web Women (DCWW), one of the longest-running tech nonprofits for women, Sibyl volunteers her time helping to support and advocate for women in internet-related industries. DCWW is a professional organization of more than 3000 professional technologists located in the Washington, D.C. metro area. DCWW is committed to the support and advocacy of women and girls in technology by providing a community in which they can develop and promote their leadership, technical and professional skills.


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Alison Gold
Assistant Director of Knowledge & Impact, Living Cities
Alison Gold is the Assistant Director of Knowledge and Impact at Living Cities, a collaborative of 22 of the world’s largest financial and philanthropic organizations working to transform the lives of low-income people and the cities in which they live. She is responsible for developing and implementing strategies to capture and share what Living Cities is learning from all of its grants, investments, programs and research. Her aim is to “hack” the culture of social change practitioners, funders and policymakers in order to promote open learning about successes and failures, advance the best and most current thinking, drive efficient use of resources, and achieve measurable impact. She joined Living Cities in May 2011 as the Program Manager for The Integration Initiative. Alison has a degree in anthropology from Columbia University and business and nonprofit management certificates from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, where she was a UPS Foundation Fellow. She’s a volunteer and supporter of Swim Across America, Girls Rock Philly & 826DC. She is an avid swimmer, and lives in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC. You can find her online at @AKGold11 or and learn more about Living Cities at


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Jacob Harold
CEO, GuideStar
Jacob Harold is the president & CEO of GuideStar, the largest source of data about nonprofits. Each year ~10 million unique visitors seek answers from GuideStar’s ~2.2 billion pieces of data. Harold came to GuideStar from the Hewlett Foundation, where he led grantmaking for the Philanthropy Program. Between 2006 and 2012, he oversaw $30 million in grants which, together, aimed to build a 21st century infrastructure for smart giving. Before that, he worked as a consultant to nonprofits and foundations at the Bridgespan Group and as a climate change strategist for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation based at The Energy and Resources Institute in New Delhi, India. At the beginning of his careers he worked as a climate change campaigner for Rainforest Action Network and Greenpeace USA and as the organizing director at Citizen Works. Harold has written extensively on climate change and philanthropic strategy. His essays have been used as course materials at Stanford, Duke, Wharton, Harvard, and Oxford. He earned an AB summa cum laude from Duke University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business with a certificate in public management. Harold has further training from Green Corps in grassroots organizing, Bain in business strategy, the Chinese Academy of Sciences in complex systems science, and the School for International Training in Tibetan studies.


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Ken Howard
Rector, St. Nicholas Episcopal Church
Two decades ago, Ken Howard left a successful consulting practice specializing in corporate right-sizing and non-profit board effectiveness to become a priest in the Episcopal Church. His first solo call was to start-up a new church: the first in his diocese in decades. With knowledge in short supply and no experts to call on, he and his church-planting team began boldly and creatively stealing ideas from start-ups. In short, they went “Lean,” long before Lean was cool. Today, St. Nicholas Church is thriving, growing, and still practicing Lean. The difference is, now they know what to call it… and they might have a thing or two to teach start-ups. In addition to being the Founder and Rector of St. Nicholas Church in Germantown, Maryland, Ken is the author of “Paradoxy: Creating Christian Community Beyond Us & Them.” His church’s website is at, and his blog, “Paradoxical Thoughts,” is at www.PracticingParadoxy.


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Jess Kutch
Jess Kutch is a digital strategist and co-founder of, an online platform for workers’ rights. soft-launched in January 2013, and is currently supporting more than 30 campaigns led by individual employees or groups of workers. The site will expand in 2014 to include legal guides, employer information and an improved user experience. Previously, Jess served as Organizing Director at, where she led a team of organizers in providing strategic support to campaigns on’s platform. While at, Jess won more than 40 user-generated campaigns, ranging from saving homes from foreclosure to defeating Bank of America’s $5 debit card fee. Before joining in 2011, Jess spent five years managing online campaigns for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). During that time, she pioneered digital strategies for workplace organizing and legislative campaigns in the labor movement.


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Netia McCray
Founder, Mbadika
Netia McCray is an Undergraduate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Founder of Mbadika. Mbadika is a social venture fostering innovative ideas and those who create them by equipping young innovators and entrepreneurs with the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to transform an idea into a product/ start-up. Over the past three years, she has personally mentored aspiring young innovators and entrepreneurs in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa develop and launch over 30 innovative products and business ventures through her hands-on workshops. Through Mbadika, she continues to build environments and tools which sustainably cultivate youth driven innovation and entrepreneurship around the world.


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Gisli Olafsson
Emergency Response Director, NetHope
Gisli Olafsson is the Emergency Response Director of NetHope, a consortium of 41 of the largest NGOs around the world. Gisli combines over 30 years of experience from the IT industry with over 20 years of experience in responding to disasters around the world. While working for Microsoft, Gisli was responsible for providing guidance to international organizations, such as UN, IFRC, World Bank, Commonwealth, USAID and NATO, on the effective use of information and communication technology (ICT) to enhance response to natural disasters. Gisli has responded to most of the largest natural disasters in the last decade and led the first international team to arrive in Haiti after the devastating earthquake in 2010. Gisli recently published the book The Crisis Leader that focuses on leadership in times of crisis.



Allyson Dylan Robinson
Founder and Principal, Warrior Poet Strategies

As founder and principal of her own consulting firm, Warrior Poet Strategies, Allyson Dylan Robinson advises clients in organizational design, change management, strategic communications, and movement entrepreneurship. Previously she led internal and external diversity initiatives at the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization, where she designed and built HRC’s social enterprise to train large organizations in diversity and inclusion. She later became the first transgender person to lead a national LGBT advocacy organization as executive director of OutServe-SLDN. In that role, she conceived and coordinated the public vetting of Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel on LGBT issues, getting him to make a decisive, written commitment to equality prior to his confirmation. She’s also served as an Army officer and an ordained Baptist pastor, studied at West Point, Oxford University, and Arizona State, and earned degrees in physics and theology. She, her wife of 19 years, and their four children live in the Washington, D.C. suburbs.


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Eric Shih
Director of Strategic Initiatives, Groundswell
Eric Shih is Director of Strategic Initiatives at Groundswell, a non-profit social enterprise headquartered in Washington, DC. Groundswell works to leverage the shared buying power of communities to drive social impact and reward businesses doing the greatest good. Groundswell utilizes this innovative model to bring together civic institutions, non-profits, small businesses, and residents in collectively purchasing clean energy, helping them save money while strengthening communities. Shih has an MA from the University of Michigan and a BA from Stanford University and currently serves on the board of the Chinese Progressive Association in San Francisco.


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Michael Silberman
Board Member, Web of Change


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Khalid Smith
Founder, LessonCast Learning

Khalid Rudo Smith (@KhalidRudo) is Cofounder and Chief Product Officer of Lessoncast Learning (, a cloud platform to enhance, connect and personalize educator learning communities. Khalid also extends his belief in the power of connected communities where everyone is a teacher, a learner and a practitioner to his work as a featured speaker, facilitator and designer of experiential education gatherings for communities focused on education innovation. Some of his past credits including work for 4.0Schools, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, TEDx, Facebook, Microsoft and StartupWeekend Education.



Jason Towns
Founder, Fresh Fellows

“To uncover effective solutions and scale impact, we have to be willing to try a new approach. Let’s make the kids the priority and build from there.” – Jason Towns Jason is a social entrepreneur and founder of the Fresh Fellows tech entrepreneurship program based in Washington, DC. As a digital inclusion advocate, he’s passionate about closing the achievement gap and empowering teens from underserved communities. Through an introduction to programming, arts and entrepreneurship, Jason is helping young men develop skills needed to compete in today’s changing business landscape. Prior to Fresh Fellows, Jason cofounded a telecom startup, and has provided leadership in tech and progressive politics. Jason is a Code for Progress Fellow and has been recognized as an Emerging Leader by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. He’s dedicated to leveling the playing field for the next generation of young leaders.



Donna Harris

Donna Harris


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Allison Kapin
RAD Campaign


megan kashner

Megan Kashner


sarah koch

Sarah Koch
Director, Social Innovation
The Case Foundation


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Michael Smith
Social Innovation Fund

Social Innovation Fund


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Victoria Vrana
Senior Program Officer, Charitable Sector
Gates Foundation


Leanne Pittsford | Co-Founder & Director

Leanne Pittsford has spent her career helping nonprofit organizations work effectively. She is 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.

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