Meet The Speakers & Judges for the Lean for Social Good Summit New York!

By Leah Neaderthal — Nov 19 13

We’re thrilled to have a tremendous lineup of speakers and judges for the Lean for Social Good Summit in New York. 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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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, 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


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.



Marcos Salazar
Co-Founder, Be Social Change
Marcos is an author and entrepreneur and the founder of Be Social Change, on a mission to educate, connect, and invest in the next generation of entrepreneurs and change makers. Through the Makers Institute, and Tools & Resources, he and his team empower people with the knowledge, skills and community to build startups that change the world. Marcos is an an author and speaker on topics related to psychological development, career advancement, and the future of work. He regularly gives college presentations and keynotes on career development, effective social networking, and personal branding. He is currently working on a new book about the psychology social entrepreneurship.


Incubating Lean for Social Good

Sasha Dichter, Chief Innovation Officer at Acumen Fund, will share the results and lessons learned from Acumen’s Lean for Social Innovation incubator.


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Sasha Dichter
Chief Innovation Officer, Acumen Fund
As Acumen’s Chief Innovation Officer, Sasha is responsible for growing the impact of Acumen’s work through our investment in leaders and the spread of ideas. Sasha oversees Acumen’s leadership programs: Global Fellows, Regional Fellows, and +acumen; our work in metrics and understanding impact; as well as resource mobilization from our global Partner community. In his previous role at Acumen as Director of Business Development, from 2007-2011 Sasha led global fundraising, which including executing a successful $100M capital raise.

Sasha is also a noted speaker and blogger on generosity, philanthropy and social change, the author of the Manifesto for Nonprofit CEOs, and the creator of Generosity Day. His talks have been featured on and at the DO Lectures and he has been recognized as an Innovation Agent by Fast Company and as a top 10 Business Bloggers by Say 100 Media.

Funding Panel

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.


Allison Fine

Moderator: Allison Fine
Author, The Networked Nonprofit

Allison Fine is the co-author of the bestselling The Networked Nonprofit, and author of the award-winning Momentum: Igniting Social Change in the Connected Age. Allison blogs about the intersection of social media and social change at A. Fine Blog. She also hosts a monthly podcast for The Chronicle of Philanthropy called “Social Good.” Allison has a BA from Vanderbilt University and an MPA from NYU.



Ellen Miller
Executive Director, Sunlight Foundation
Ellen S. Miller is the co-founder and executive director of the Sunlight Foundation, a Washington-based, non-partisan non-profit dedicated to using the power of the Internet to catalyze greater government openness and transparency. She is the founder of two other prominent Washington-based organizations in the field of money and politics — the Center for Responsive Politics and Public Campaign — and a nationally recognized expert on transparency and the influence of money in politics. Her experience as a Washington advocate for more than 35 years spans the worlds of non-profit advocacy, grassroots activism and journalism. Ellen’s work has been published in Campaigns & Elections Magazine, Government Technology, WIRED, The Chronicle and Philanthropy and others. Ellen serves on the Board of Directors of the Sunlight Foundation, Publish What You Fund, the Center for Responsive Politics and Heaven Hill Distilleries. She is a Trustee of the Awesome Foundation, Washington, D.C. and is a member of the Policy Advisory Council of Transparency International, U.S.


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Seth Flaxman
Co-Founder, TurboVote
Seth co-founded TurboVote while receiving a Master’s in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He previously worked as a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations (where he founded CFR’s annual capture the flag game), a program administrator at the Institute for International Education, and a berktern at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. While earning a BA in economics at Columbia University, Seth served as student body president, leading the council in successfully lobbying Columbia to reform its financial aid policies. In 2011, he was honored as one of Forbes magazine’s “30 Under 30″ in the field of law and policy. Seth is also a Draper Richards Kaplan entrepreneur and Ashoka Fellow.


Pitch Competition

We had over 150 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.

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Crystal Ruth Bell
User Experience Researcher,
Crystal Ruth Bell is responsible for developing’s first UX Research program to gather and leverage qualitative research from our users. These user testing practices inform the kinds of products that are built (validating need) as well and way products are built (validating assumptions) to ensure that users have a great experience. Lean UX research methodologies include remote and in-lab usability testing, user research and analysis. Crystal has developed internal user personas and strategies for activating superusers. Crystal’s passion for UX comes from her background as a graphic designer and international cultural exchange director in the fine art field.


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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.


Ellen Chisa

Ellen Chisa
Trustee, The Awesome Foundation
Ellen Chisa lives in Brooklyn and is a Product Manager at Kickstarter and a trustee of the New York City Awesome Foundation. She’s been involved with the Awesome Foundation since it’s inception in 2009, and was a founding trustee for the Seattle chapter. Most recently she helped to organize the second annual AweSummit in NYC. When she isn’t helping people raise money for awesome projects, she likes to read, scuba dive, and play pinball. She attended the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in Needham, MA, where she earned her BS in Electrical & Computer Engineering.


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Susmita De
Co-Founder & Chief Operations Officer, nonprofit-share
Susmita is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of nonprofit-share, a collaboration platform for nonprofit and development practitioners. nonprofit-share is focused on making the social sector more effective. In her prior life, Susmita spent eight years in the private sector as a consultant, first with Deloitte and then with She shifted career gears towards the social sector with projects with Hopeworks in New Jersey, a HIV/AIDS civil society in Namibia and BRAC in Bangladesh. Susmita holds a Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto and a Master of Public Administration in Development Practice from Columbia University.



Sarah Endline
Mastermind & Chief Rioter, Sweet Riot
Sarah used to walk through the cornfield from her small-town home in Michigan to her grandparents’ farm. Along the way, this is likely where her dreams of cacao began, or perhaps it was when she danced with the ‘Not Just Vanilla’ dance group at the age of 9. When Sarah is not climbing a cacao tree, she is found Latin dancing all over the globe or hanging out with family and friends. She has lived, traveled and worked in more than 50 countries. Sarah also loves theater, independent film, and the movie, Grease.

Sarah has launched products, created brands, founded and run organizations, and worked many places like Yahoo!, Microsoft, the World Bank, AIESEC, and The National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE); Sarah loves the work at sweetriot best. Sarah has been an active member of many non-profit boards including those for NFTE, Harvard, UMichigan, and AIESEC. Sarah has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BBA from The University of Michigan. (Go Blue!)


Tanyella Evans

Tanyella Evans
Chief Operating Officer, Library for All
Tanyella Evans is a social entrepreneur with a passion for education and global development. Her resolute belief is that quality education is the key to enabling the poor to lift themselves out of poverty. Before joining Library For All, Tanyella gained experience leading development programs around the world, including projects with the national government in Greenland, educational reform in Haiti, and community-led efforts during a year living in Uganda.


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Eden Full
Founder, Sun Saluter
Eden Full is an aspiring maker. She is the inventor of the SunSaluter, a low-cost mechanism that optimizes solar panels while providing clean water. Named one of the 30 under 30 in Forbes’ Energy category two years in a row (2012 and 2013) and Ashoka’s Youth Social Entrepreneur of the Year, Eden is a junior in Mechanical Engineering at Princeton University, after taking gap years as a part of the Thiel Fellowship’s inaugural class. The SunSaluter won the Westly Prize, Mashable/UN Foundation Startups for Social Good Challenge and was awarded the runner-up prize at the 2011 Postcode Lottery Green Challenge.


Marie Hoffman Jones

Marie Hoffman Jones
Digital Programs Manager, Power Poetry
Marie Hoffmann Jones manages the mentor and internship programs at Power Poetry, and fosters valuable partnerships with other NPOs. Marie’s nonprofit engagement began in high school where she organized New York City secondary schools to participate in and raise funds for the 2008 and 2009 Kids Walk for Kids with Cancer to benefit Memorial Sloan Kettering. Before her work with Power Poetry, Marie worked for Planned Parenthood, DonorsChoose, and VolunteerMatch. It was through these experiences that she realized her passion for providing youth with the access to education and advocacy they need to have an impact in their communities. A Brooklyn native, Marie lived in Paris for a year where she studied French and psychoanalysis at Denis Diderot Université and was an English tutor. She is a graduate of Smith College and holds a BA in Psychology and French Studies.’


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Cynthia Koenig
Founder, Wello
Cynthia is a firm believer in the potential for business to alleviate poverty. Her career has focused on incubating mission-based businesses designed to alleviate poverty in the developing world. She has helped launch ventures of all shapes and sizes, ranging from community-run ecotourism businesses in Mexico and Guatemala to a national strategy for sustainable tourism development in Bhutan. She is the founder of Wello, an award winning social venture that co-creates disruptive innovations designed to provide better, more reliable access to safe water and introduces opportunities for families to break free from the cycle of poverty. Cynthia earned MBA/MS degrees from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and School of Natural Resources and Environment and holds a BA in Anthropology from Trinity College. She is a 2011 Unreasonable Institute Fellow and a member of the Erb Institute for Global Sustainability’s External Advisory Board.



Sang Lee
Founder & CEO, Return on Change
Sang Lee is a recovering investment banker who strives to use his background in finance for good. His mission is to bring the fundamentals back into the world of early stage investing ensuring that both investors and startups are focused on the importance of weaving a social mission into the DNA of business to ensure long term sustainability while promoting the future democratization of startup finance. Before Return on Change, Sang was with BNP Paribas, the world’s largest global banking and financial service provider working in Energy and Infrastructure Banking. In aggregate, Sang has advised and executed in excess of $10.0 billion in energy and infrastructure related transactions. He is also the Executive Director of CF50, a global crowdfunding think tank, as well as a founding member of the Centre for Social Innovation. He has been featured in both domestic and international publications including Forbes, Huffington Post, Crains, Fox Business, Korea Daily, and L’Express. He also teaches classes on crowdfunding and has spoken at various conferences and panels, the most recent of which include the 2nd Global Crowdfunding Bootcamp in Las Vegas, the Social Enterprise and Crowdfunding Conference in Utah, and the United Nations Youth Summit in New York.


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Angelique Mannella
Founder & CEO, Decode Global
Angelique is the founder & CEO of Decode Global, a mobile games startup that specializing in gaming for social good. Decode Global also has a non-profit arm that provides international fellowships to young humanitarian technologists. Angelique has 13 years of experience in technology product design and previously worked for Cisco Systems and Nokia. She has lived in 6 countries worldwide, and has degrees from McGill University (BEng), the London School of Economics (MSc) & INSEAD (MBA).


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Emily May
Executive Director, Hollaback!
When feminist icon Gloria Steinem was asked “What women today inspire you and make you feel that the movement continues?” Her response was, “Emily May of Hollaback! who has empowered women in the street, literally.” Emily is an international leader in the anti-street-harassment movement. In 2005, at the age of 24, she co-founded Hollaback! ( in New York City, and in 2010 she became the first full-time executive director. Hollaback!’s mission is to give women and LGBTQ folks an empowered response to street harassment, and ultimately, to end it.


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Camilla Nestor
Vice President, Financial Services
Grameen Foundation
Camilla Nestor oversees strategy, business development, and operations of Grameen Foundation’s Financial Services division, which focuses on innovative, client-centered product design for the poor and building and strengthening mobile-enabled delivery channels for the poor. Before joining Grameen Foundation, Camilla worked at Citigroup in structured corporate finance. Previously, she spent five years on the ground in Southeast Asia, the Balkans, and Africa working with microfinance institutions and rural banks on start-up, new product development, and capital raising. Camilla holds an MBA and a masters degree in International Affairs from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Colorado College. She is an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s School of International & Public Affairs and serves on the boards of Grameen Capital India, The SEEP Network, and Microlumbia.


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Megan O’Connor
Associate Director of Development, Pencils of Promise
I grew up thinking I wanted to report the news, but after graduating from Santa Clara University and arriving in New York I decided to make news instead. I started my career in sales at The Economist Group and transitioned my sales skills to fundraising by way of a MPA at NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Most recently, I worked in development at Goods for Good and I am also the co-founder of Innovative Development Professionals, a cool group for fundraisers. My passion for education is in my genes–I was raised by the most remarkable public school teacher I know, my mom.


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Ajaita Shah
Founder, Frontier Innovations
Ajaita is the Founder/CEO of Frontier Markets and the President of Frontier Innovations Foundation. Frontier Markets is a rural marketing, sales, and service distribution company providing access to affordable and quality solar solutions to low-income households in India. She has been working in India for 10 years in microfinance and clean energy distribution. She is a 2006 Clinton Service Corp Fellow, 2012 Echoing Green Fellow, 2013 Cordes Fellow, has been awarded the most influential award in Microfinance for people under 30, and Business Week’s 30 under 30 award. She has been an active educator, collaborator, and catalyst in helping scale clean energy access globally. She is an active member of the UN Practitioner’s Network, Asian Development Bank’s Energy For All Partnership. Ajaita Shah holds her B.A. in International Relations from Tufts University.


Yusuf Simonson

Yusuf Simonson
VP Engineering, The Muse
Yusuf is the VP of Engineering at The Muse, focusing primarily on the rankings, recommendations and other infrastructure that keeps content fresh and interesting. The Muse uses an experiment-driven approach when rolling out new features, ensuring that intuitions behind changes align with actual user behavior. In this talk, Yusuf will focus on bandit tests – the lesser known sibling of A/B testing – that provide more flexibility and quicker results.


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Marnie Webb
CEO, Caravan Studios
Marnie Webb is the CEO of Caravan Studios, a division of TechSoup Global, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Caravan Studios’ collaborative approach uses a theory of technology intervention to allow communities to respond to the issues they care about most. Caravan Studios recently launched SafeNight, a mobile service that allows domestic violence organizations to crowdsource funding for hotel rooms when shelter is urgently needed. Funded by Microsoft Citizenship, Blue Shield of California Foundation and Vodafone Americas Foundation, SafeNight represents Caravan Studios’ belief that technology can be used to illuminate issues, identify problems, and evoke action.

Previously, Webb was co-CEO of TechSoup Global, a 25-year-old organization that distributes more than $600 million in donated technology to NGOs world-wide. In this role, Webb counseled Fortune 500 technology companies, such as Cisco and Microsoft, on philanthropic initiatives that align with their business objectives and recognize the creativity and innovation that nonprofits have to offer.



alexandra amouyel

Alexandra Amouyel
Associate Director, Programs
Clinton Global Initiative
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Shana Dressler
Social Innovators Collective

bob dorf

Bob Dorf
The Startup Owner’s Manual

The Startup Owner’s Manual on Amazon

ian fisk

Ian Fisk
Executive Director
William James Foundation

Zoe Fox

Zoe Fox
Social Good Writer

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Scott Gerber
Young Entrepreneur Council

amira ibrahim

Amira Ibrahim
Senior Program Associate
Rockefeller Foundation

shaun johnson

Shaun Johnson
Startup Institute


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Steve Lee
Managing Director
Robin Hood Foundation

Jessica Martin

Jessica Martin
Innovation Associate
Acumen Fund


natalia oberti noguera

Natalia Oberti Noguera
Founder & CEO
Pipeline Fellowship

scott pollack

Scott Pollack
American Express


peter strugatz

Peter Strugatz
Strugatz Ventures


anoush rima tatevossian

Anoush Rima Tatevossian
UN Global Pulse
United Nations

Cocktail Reception Speaker

nell derick debevoise

Nell Derick Debevoise
Inspiring Capital


Leah Neaderthal | Director

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.

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  • Leanne Pittsford

    Cannot wait! Such a killer lineup. And so many women.

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