Daniel Lubetzky Daniel Lubetzky is the founder of Empatico, as well as founder and CEO of KIND. A pioneering social entrepreneur working to build bridges between people through innovative models, Daniel is also the founder of PeaceWorks Inc., a business that fosters cooperative ventures among neighbors in the Middle East, and co-creator of Maiyet, a fashion brand that partners with artisans to promote entrepreneurship in developing economies. He has been recognized by the World Economic Forum and the Skoll Foundation, and in 2015 President Barack Obama and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker named him a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE).
George Khalaf George Khalaf is the Executive Director of Empatico and brings 20 years of international development and private sector experience. George was responsible for launching Synergos’ Middle East and North Africa regional social entrepreneurship programs. As a consultant with Accenture and Dalberg, George has advised Fortune 500 companies, foundations, donor agencies, governments, and NGOs. He is a BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders Fellow and on the Advisory Committee of Talent Beyond Boundaries and Seeds of Peace. George holds a Master’s degree from Georgetown University and a BA in Political Science from Swarthmore College.
James Turnbull James is CTO at Empatico and was formerly CTO at Kickstarter. James has held leadership roles at Venmo, Docker, and Puppet. He is the author of ten technical books about open source software and is a long-time member of the open source community. James is the co-chair of the Velocity conference, on the program committees of OSCON and SRECon Asia, and is an advisor to Access Now. He likes food, wine, books, photography, and cats.
Kristin Ohnstad Kristin Ohnstad is Director of Business Development at Empatico. She was formerly Chief Program Officer at Blue Engine, an education startup in NYC, and Vice President of Strategy at Teach For America. Kristin has leadership experience in strategy, operations, org growth, program/product design and execution, talent, and communications. Kristin got her start in social impact work as a journalist in international child adoption and advocacy and as a 2nd grade teacher in California. She has been working ever since to ensure all kids can realize their potential and pursue the opportunities they deserve.
Chelsea Donaldson Chelsea is Senior Research Associate at Empatico. She has a background in developmental psychology and has worked at several international research centers, including the Child Study Center at Yale University and the Donders Institute at Radboud University. She was a Fulbright grantee in the Netherlands, where she earned a Master’s degree in Developmental Psychology and lead various research projects on autism spectrum disorders. Chelsea’s passion lies in connecting the ‘research world’ and the ‘real world’ to make a positive and lasting impact in the lives of young children.
Lindsey Smith Lindsey is a software engineer at Empatico. He has previously worked as a developer at Kickstarter and Puppet, and has given multiple talks about web development at local technology meetups, as well as being an active contributor to various open source projects. He hails originally from Australia, and spends way too much time talking about food and his dog, Oliver.
Lance Ivy Lance is a software engineer at Empatico. He has worked to help multiple companies reach their market by bringing product- and user-oriented dedication to the engineering role. Most recently he worked with Kickstarter to launch and grow their platform, processes, and engineering team. He's a proponent of transparent, honest, and authentic business, and would like to see more corporations declare a clear public benefit in their charter.
Ashley Chu Ashley is a software engineer at Empatico. Before joining Empatico, she got her start in software development at Kickstarter, working on the creator experience. Originally from Southern California, she studied Engineering and Architecture at Smith College before discovering code. Her interests include food, design, rock climbing, and other people’s pets.
Morgan Reagan Morgan is the HR, Finance, and Operations Manager at Empatico. Previously, she was the HR Generalist at The Groundwork, which was created to build and power Hillary Clinton’s website. Two of her greatest passions are mission-driven startups and people ops. This was made apparent when she moved to New York (from Oklahoma) 5 years ago and her first job was at General Assembly. She instantly fell in love with the tech startup scene and has been hooked ever since. She has the cutest pup in the world (his name is Fred :heart eyes:). She loves to “perform” karaoke and has a love/hate relationship with low bar squats.