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Welcome New Team Additions!

April 13th, 2010 by Deyan Leave a reply »

Philanthropedia is made possible by a dedicated team that I am very proud to have the privilege to work with. However, we never have time to explore all promising ideas and are always looking to add more talent to help us change philanthropy for the better.

That’s why I am excited to announce that we are very lucky to have recruited 7 students, who are volunteering their time to help us pursue some of the most promising ideas. You can find a bit about each of them below.

Welcome aboard Lisa, Sin Lee, Derrick, Tristana, Julie, Jared, and Jacob!

Lisa Calfas
Lisa is a senior at Stanford studying psychology and physics. She spent last summer working with a stealth internet start-up, has served as a tour guide at Stanford, and has poured over countless data sets as a research assistant on campus. She’s been active in local non-profits, from leading a summer program for youth in Oakland to working closely with an East Palo Alto-based non-profit that serves local youth and their families. She’s interested in applying tools from the for-profit sector to increase the impact of non-profit organizations, helping them successfully address complex social issues.

Sin Lee Loh
Sin Lee is a Research Assistant at Philanthropedia. She is an avid technophile and is fascinated by the prospect of using technology to increase the impact of social causes. Although she is originally from Malaysia, she considers herself a globe-trotting citizen of the world.

Derrick Davis
Derrick Davis is a Stanford senior majoring in Public Policy. While he originally hails from beautiful Colorado, he has loved his time in the Bay and hopes to stay in the area as he pursues a degree in law. He originally became interested in Philanthropedia when he had the opportunity to work with the organization through his senior practicum course. He has found that philanthropy plays a critical role in addressing social issues when government provisions fail and he believes Philanthropedia has the potential to revolutionize the nonprofit sector.

Tristana Pirkl
Tristana Pirkl is a graduating senior at Stanford University, majoring in Human Biology, and originally from Alexandria, VA. She is focusing her studies on Global Women and Children’s Health and Human Rights and hopes to one day be a part of an effective international non-profit. She was originally interested in Philanthropedia in order to gain more insight on effective non-profits and is so excited to work with them this Spring Quarter!

Julie Martin
Julie is ABD “All But Dissertation” with her PhD in Political Science at Stanford University. Her dissertation is on legislative organization and the European Parliament, but her interests vary from technology, policy, government, and philanthropy. Julie believes in serving the community she lives in, and is always looking for opportunities to learn and utilize her skills through philanthropic endeavors.

Jared Brewer
Jared Brewer is Junior at Stanford studying Ocean Science and Policy through the Earth Systems program. A native of Boulder, Colorado, he grew up skiing and backpacking, and loves complicated music and the great outdoors. Jared first heard about Philanthropedia a month ago, and thought that the opportunity to meet interesting people, work on causes that matter, and potentially change the paradigm of philanthropy was too good to pass up.

Jacob Kovacs-Goodman
Jacob Kovacs-Goodman is a freshman at Stanford University whose interests include political philosophy, Latin, and ancient history. He is the Community Development Director of Stanford in Government, a Levison Leadership Development Fellow, and a participant in various other campus organizations involving service. His interest in Philanthropedia stems from his own prior work in public service, an acknowledgment of the many cultural and socioeconomic barriers one faces during service work, and an interest in what constitutes the best form of charitable aid.


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