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.
Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships
After spending 8 years traveling the world and climbing the corporate ladder at Fortune 500 companies, Ash joined Catchafire seeking to work full time on his biggest passion: democratizing technology for social good. Be it contributing a recurring share of his monthly paycheck to social causes or setting up a company in part-time capacity to help small coffee shops attract customers, giving back to the society is something Ash grew up with. When not at work, he can be seen exploring the latest gadgets on the market, learning a new skill online or tuning into vocal trance.
Cesar Del Valle
Senior Associate, Strategic Partnerships
From a young age Cesar developed an affinity for travel and cultural exploration. He grew up jumping back and forth between Mexico and the United States, and feels fortunate to have lived in 6 countries throughout his life. He loves meeting new people and exploring new cultures. He brings several years of entrepreneurial, startup, and non-profit experience to Catchafire, and is ecstatic about the opportunity to aid social good organizations in tapping into skills-based volunteers and maximizing their social impact. When not at work you can find Cesar dangling off the side of a cliff, exploring and evolving his passion for rock climbing.
Senior Software Engineer
Hailing from the UK, Dan is a passionate software developer who has worked on sites for the British National Health Service, Channel 4 Television and high street brands in the UK. Currently based in Finland, Dan enjoys learning human as well as computer languages and speaks fluent Finnish and Russian. His other interests include history, psychology, linguistics, green technology and Celtic and Nordic folk music and mythology.
Senior Manager, Corporate Accounts
Seeking more meaning in her professional life, Dana left the entertainment industry to become a Partnership Manager at Catchafire. She loves advising amazing organizations of all shapes and sizes in how to use skilled volunteers to make the world a better place. When she isn't creating "Hollywood happy endings" for nonprofits, she's obsessing over a new television show on Netflix.
VP, Strategic Partnerships
Deb Berman joined Catchafire because of her passion for innovative technology programs and for social change. Professionally, Deb is proudest of the organization that she founded called Camp Starfish which has been serving emotionally disturbed children with a one to one staff to child ratio for over 20 years. Personally, Deb is proudest of her young daughter who enthusiastically calls herself a junior Catchafarian. Deb is thrilled to be at Catchafire and to be in a position to help accelerate social change and by leveraging cutting edge, inventive and customized technology programs.
Manager, Customer Success
Deepa brings her background in nonprofit operations and civic sector consulting to help organizations on Catchafire think through their needs and plan capacity-building projects. After studying philosophy at Boston College, she sees her career in mission driven work as the best way for her to "live deliberately." Deepa enjoys coffee, breakfast sandwiches, books, and live music. She says hi to her mom, dad, and sister.
Head of Product
Product guy by trade and musician by heart, Ed strives not to BE someone, but to DO something. He joined Catchafire to spend more of his time and energy on things that matter. Ed believes in diversity & inclusion, leaving no trace, the ever-looming dangers of Moore's law and that there should be more posters of Neil deGrasse Tyson (and less Justin Bieber) hanging on kids' walls. The poet in Ed leaves you with this quote… “People don't remember what you say or did... only how you make them feel.” The musician in Ed leaves you with this one: “Your left hand is what you know and your right hand is who you are.”
Business Strategy & Operations Manager
Heather comes to Catchafire after working in operations and communications at startups and nonprofits. She really enjoys figuring out how to build good systems and is known for always telling really bad jokes. In her free time, she loves to find awesome travel deals to cool places, discuss her latest philosophical musings, and try new breweries. You can typically find her in the park with a book or cheering on NYCFC and the New York Rangers.
Director, Finance and Operations
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.
Foundation Accounts Senior Associate
Jamie has always been passionate about setting things into motion and helping others realize their vision. In her past advertising career, she worked with brands to solve complex business problems through simple, creative solutions. She is excited to bring her passion and drive to Catchafire and help empower nonprofits with the talent they need. Outside of work, Jamie is usually eating, binge-watching TV or reading, or some sort of combination of all of the above.
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 our Tech Team, and not so well suited to write biographies like this one.
Senior Software Engineer
After 20 years working at for-profit internet media companies, Joe decided to change gears and use his skills to improve people's lives. It was a "Back to the Future" moment, since two decades earlier Joe spent two-and-a-half years in the peace corps teaching science and math in Africa. When not coding for Catchafire or coding pro bono, Joe enjoys amateur astronomy, which is just a grown up way of saying he's a giddy kid dreaming about the stars.
With many years of experience in software development, José is our committed and enthusiastic Software Engineer from Perú. He also works as a teacher in the Department of Computer Science at a Peruvian University. He has worked in several projects involving very large databases and high performance web applications. Interested in world history and sociology (and also in Pokémon and Dragon Ball), he likes to work for social causes trying to satisfy his compromise to make the world a better place.
Senior Associate, Strategic Partnerships
Juliana’s love for solving complex problems is what originally brought her to financial services advisory, but after two years in the industry she decided to redirect her career towards the social impact sector. She has a deeply rooted passion for traveling and exploring new cultures, and is always thinking about her next adventure. Before joining the Catchafire team she spent eight months traveling, working, and volunteering in Central and South America. Outside of Catchafire, Juliana is likely reading, spending time outdoors, or hanging out with family and friends.
Director of 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.
Chief Operating Officer
Kathy is the ultimate utility leader and is thrilled to help accelerate Catchafire’s growth and impact. Navigating seamlessly across industries (finance, media, commerce) and functions (business operations, marketing, sales, product and tech), she is a connector and an amplifier of the people around her. Doing good has always been a passion, and now at Catchafire, it’s her daily mantra. Outside of work, she’s an aspiring health nut, and cherishes each moment with her two precocious children and her talented husband.
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
Matthew is a super nerd with a lifelong obsession with computers. Even if he wasn't paid to do it he'd be programming just for fun. After 7 years of web consulting, he is glad to now be dedicated to a project he himself believes in. In his free-time he is a news/politics junkie and budding organizer. He also likes to play video games, cook, and practice yoga.
Senior Product Manager
Megan /ˈmEEgan’/ is driven by the need to always understand why, and the satisfaction of a problem elegantly solved. With her background in public relations and education technology, she is a wizard at untangling complex challenges and she thrives on delivering products that help people do their most critical work more effectively. In her free time, she enjoys applying the discipline of product management to raising her beautiful and funny little daughter, with decidedly mixed results.
Senior Front-End Engineer
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.
Manager, Data Analysis and Innovation
Exploring the nooks and crannies of the social sector — and figuring out how to make it better and more efficient — is Nava's jam, and what motivates her to serve Catchafire's users every day. After solidifying her passion for international development and social enterprise at Princeton, Nava worked for non-profits in Washington D.C. and Kampala, Uganda, doing everything from communications and donor reporting to research and event planning. Now, she's excited to be pursuing her conviction that business approaches can and should be major drivers of social change. When not trying to improve the Catchafire customer experience, Nava is on the lookout for the best vegetarian recipes, novels and bike paths, and thinks wearing bright colors should be mandatory, always.
Rather than paying attention at school, Paolo was always drawing and doodling. He later realized that he wanted to be a web and graphic designer, which led him to work on different design agencies. But he could never learn enough, and he knows that he will learn a lot at Catchafire while helping to change the world. Paolo also enjoys singing opera, playing video games, reading, cooking, practicing yoga and astronomy.
CEO & Founder
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.
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.
Rolando is obsessed with building things that solve people’s problems and enable powerful interactions through technology. His career has exposed him to both web design and programming, allowing him to think of the most efficient way to deal with a challenge while caring deeply about the smallest details. One day, he decided the best way to use his talents was to work at a company with the most ambitious mission: Catchafire.
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.
VP of Foundation Partnerships
Sonali believes we are better when we work together. At a young age, she brought people together, whether it was in the neighborhood for an impromptu game of kickball or in the community room for a neighborhood meeting. She learned that when people come together, anything is possible. After moving to the West Coast for graduate school, she was bitten by the internet bug and knew that technology, when used for good, could transform communities around the world. In her role as VP of Partnerships, she is excited to be able to combine her passion for social good with the power of the internet to help amplify the impact of all of Catchafire’s partners. When not at work, you will likely find her spending time with her family and friends, traveling the world, watching a good independent film, or hosting a dinner party.
Nonprofit Engagement, Senior Manager
Tyler 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 a Senior Partnership Manager, Tyler gets to help organizations do big things with limited resources, and allows them to get back to doing what they do best: Changing the world! When he's not working, Tyler is either cooking huge meals for friends, playing the mandolin, or watching his beloved Buffalo Bills miss the playoffs again.
Associate Chief of Staff
An impossibly cheery morning person, Zoe greets the day with 2 eggs and motivated to do something that matters. Packing her knapsack with her sneakers, a snack, and a true love of nonprofit capacity building, Zoe relishes in the challenge of turning positivity into practicality and being a part of a team focused on building meaningful and lasting impact. Zoe is originally from Richmond, VA, and will tell you all about it the first chance she gets.