Givology - give to learn, learn to give

Make an impact on kids around the world.

The Givology Team

Board of Directors

Executive Team

Supporters

Chris Armstrong, Ph.D
Ernst Grabowski
Emily Hannum, Ph.D.
Jay Nanduri
David Roberts
Katherine Torrington
Gene Wade
Joyce Meng
Jennifer Chen
John DeCosta
Carl Mackey
Maria Davydenko
Gina LaFleur
Catherine Gao
Tim Chai
Julia Gooding
David Wu
Jiefei Yuan
Nicole Vournazos
Olivia Lenson
Ben Huynh
Steven Chen
Burke Deutsche
Karen Kilberg
Grace Meng
Genna Weiss
 Founder and Chief Executive Officer
 Founder and President
 Chief Financial Officer
 Founder and Chief Technology Officer
 Chief Creative Officer
 Chief Marketing Officer
 Chief Development Officer
 PR Coordinator
 Chapters Coordinator
 Director of Sponsorships
 Director of External Relations
 Director of Letters & Partners
 Fellowships Director
 Human Resources Director
 Editor in Chief
 Project Manager
 Social Media Director
 Social Media Director
 Social Media Director
Volunteers
Interns
Fellows
Advisory Board
Sponsors
Chapters

Ernst Grabowski

Ernst A. Grabowski works for Morgan Stanley's Global Capital Markets group in Hong Kong, where he is responsible for high yield, leveraged and acquisition financing for corporates in Asia ex-Japan.

Previously, Ernst was a debt capital markets banker for ING's debt capital markets group in Hong Kong. Prior to that, Ernst worked for Credit Suisse's Global Markets Solutions Group in Hong Kong. He started his career with Credit Suisse First Boston in the Fixed Income Division in London. Ernst holds BSc and MSc degrees from the London School of Economics.

Christopher Armstrong

Professor Christopher Armstrong is an Assistant Professor of Accounting at the Wharton School. His research focuses primarily on corporate governance, with an emphasis on executive incentive compensation contracts. His recent research focuses on the interface between corporate governance and financial reporting. Professor Armstrong's research has been published in top-tier academic journals including The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting and Economics, and The Review of Accounting Studies.

Professor Armstrong teaches introductory financial accounting in the undergraduate program. He received a PhD in Accounting from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Master of Professional Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin, and BS in Commerce from the University of Virginia.

Emily Hannum

Emily Hannum is currently a University Lecturer in the Sociology of China, Oxford University. She will be returning to the University of Pennsylvania in the fall term. Her research focuses on education, child and youth welfare, and social inequality, particularly in China. In China, she has conducted research on gender, ethnic, and geographic disparities in education and employment, changes in the impact of education on income and occupational attainment under market reforms, rural teachers and their links to student outcomes, and children's and adolescents' welfare under market reforms. She co-directs the Gansu Survey of Children and Families, a collaborative, longitudinal study of children in rural northwest China and has recently published Education and Reform in China, co-edited with Albert Park. She is interested, more broadly, in educational expansion and educational inequality in comparative perspective. She is part of the Universal Basic and Secondary Education (UBASE) collaboration at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, is co-editor of Research in Sociology of Education and Comparative Education Review, and serves on the consulting editorial board for American Journal of Sociology. She is also an adviser to the Rural China Education Foundation.

Jay Nanduri

Jay Nanduri is a Principal Development Manager for the Mobile Search and MSN Mobile Experiences Team at Microsoft. He currently oversees design and development of the Next Generation Search, Mapping and Mobile Platforms for mobile devices. Jay has over 15 years of experience running high performance teams in different capacities at mid to large enterprises including the last 10 years at Microsoft Corporation. Jay has experience in working in both mature and startup businesses covering the spectrum from strategy to execution and international product launches. Jay holds a Masters degree in Computer Science from National Institute of Technology, Warangal, India and is currently pursuing an Executive MBA program at Wharton Business School. Jay lives in the greater Seattle area with his wife and two beautiful daughters. His greatest passions outside of work include hiking, tennis and spending time with his family.

David Roberts

David Roberts is a Senior Managing Director of Angelo, Gordon and a member of the firm's executive committee. He joined Angelo, Gordon in 1993. David manages the firm's private equity and special situations area and was the founder of the firm's opportunistic real estate area. David has invested in a wide variety of companies and special situations, including companies in the business services, healthcare services and financial services industries. Previously, he was a principal at Gordon Investment Corporation, a Canadian merchant bank, where he participated in a wide variety of principal transactions. Prior to that he worked in the Corporate Finance Department at L.F. Rothschild where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions. David has a B.S. degree from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Katherine Torrington

Katherine Torrington manages research and customer relationship initiatives aimed at measuring client outreach and retention at FINCA International. She is a Co-Facilitator for the SEEP Network's Social Performance Working Group (SPWG) and serves in an advisory role to the DC Steering Committee for Women Advancing Microfinance (WAM). Ms. Torrington previously worked as a Research Associate for The Caribbean Project on micro enterprise development. Ms. Torrington holds a Masters degree in International Development from American University.

Gene Wade

Gene Wade is the CEO and Co-founder of Platform Learning. Platform Learning is a leading provider of supplemental educational services to low-income students attending public schools that have been identified as being "In Need of Improvement" under the federal No Child Left Behind Law. Since March 2003, Platform has grown from a startup to a company that has tutored approximately 70,000 students in over a 15 school districts. Prior to co-founding Platform, Mr. Wade was Executive Vice President for Development at Edison Schools and CEO and Co-founder of LearnNow, Inc, an education management company that managed charter schools and struggling public schools throughout the United States. Over a 22-month period, Mr. Wade grew LearnNow from a startup to a company serving more than 6,000 students attending 10 schools in four states. In July 2001, LearnNow was sold to Edison in a transaction valued at more than $36 million. Prior to LearnNow, Mr. Wade was a corporate and bankruptcy attorney at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn in Detroit, Michigan and at Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison in New York City. Mr. Wade holds a BA from Morehouse College, a JD from Harvard Law School and an MBA from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Wade grew up in the Roxbury section of Boston, Massachusetts and has been actively involved in youth development and education reform throughout the United States.

Joyce Meng

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Contact: joyce.meng@givology.org
Link to profile: Joyce Meng

The idea of Givology came to Joyce Meng when she started thinking about ways to leverage online social networking communities to support education worldwide. Joyce is a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University (Balliol College), reading for a MsC in Economics for Development. She graduated from the Huntsman Program of International Studies and Business at the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in Finance and International Studies with minors in Mathematics and Spanish.

Joyce is deeply interested in microfinance and international development, with particular focus on social entrepreneurship. In microfinance, she has done field work and social impact assessment research with FINCA International, the Nantik Lum Foundation, and Opportunity International. Her experiences in rural villages instilled in her the belief that poverty should never be tolerated - that if given the opportunity, the poor can creatively transform their lives and the lives of their children.

Joyce believes that Internet microphilanthropy is a powerful tool to enable individuals to make a difference. She considers education as one of the most important and sustainable resources for individual empowerment, advancement, and poverty alleviation. Givology is a manifestation of her dream of making high quality education accessible to aspiring students throughout the world.

Her website is: http://www.joycemeng.com

Jennifer Chen

President

Contact: jennifer.chen@givology.org
Link to profile: Jennifer Chen

Jennifer Chen graduated from the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business at the University of Pennsylvania. She was born in Nanjing (Jiangsu Province), China. After moving to the U.S. at age three, she benefited from opportunities resulting from a quality education. Her draw to education led her to work closely with Dr. Emily Hannum on sociology and rural education in China while at Penn, researching rural education in Northwest China. Jennifer’s past work experiences include development work for the Opera Solutions Consulting (Shanghai, 2005), building and launching the Small Business Resource Center at the American Chamber of Commerce (Beijing, 2006), and consulting at the Small Business Development Center at Wharton. Currently, besides working on Givology, Jennifer is a Private Equity analyst at Neuberger Berman Alternative Investments in New York (ex-Lehman Brothers). She enjoys many "E" activities: entrepreneurship, education, eating, exploring, and occasional existential enquiry.

John DeCosta

Chief Financial Officer

Contact: john.decosta@givology.org
Link to profile: John DeCosta

A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, John DeCosta graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in Finance and spent his junior year at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo. At Penn, John was a member of the Penn Hawaii Club, Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, and a producer at UTV, the University's television station.

His interests include soccer, television production, cooking, and the Daily Show. He hopes that one day Givology can leverage social networking and microfinance to create rewarding and long-lasting relationships with generous people and aspiring students in all corners of the world.

Carl Mackey

Chief Technology Officer

Contact: carl.mackey@givology.org
Link to profile: Carl Mackey

Maria Davydenko

Chief Creative Director

Contact: maria.davydenko@givology.org
Link to profile: Maria Davydenko

Maria Davydenko is a student at the University of Pennsylvania College of Arts & Sciences, where she is currently pursuing degrees in International Relations and Economics. Her interests include foreign languages, photography, and journalism. Like any true Alaskan, she remains a fan of the great outdoors. Maria has been a member of the team since September 2008. As the Chief Creative Director, she has applied her extensive experience in web design and Photoshop in supporting the mission of Givology.

Gina LaFleur

Chief Marketing Officer

Contact: gina.lafleur@givology.org
Link to profile: Gina LaFleur

Gina LaFleur joined Givology in August 2010 as the main coordinator of our annual Marquee fundraiser and currently serves as the Chief Marketing Officer. Gina graduated in 2008 from the University of Pennsylvania.

Catherine Gao

Chief Development Officer

Contact: catherine.gao@givology.org
Link to profile: Catherine Gao

Catherine Gao is a current sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania (The Wharton School) studying Finance and Marketing. She is extremely proud and excited to be involved with the Givology team. She was born in Nanjing, China and moved overseas when she was 4 years old. She has lived in Canada and the United States. Catherine believes in the mission of Givology and knows that this organization will greatly impact the lives of many students across the globe.

Tim Chai

PR Coordinator

Contact: tim.chai@givology.org
Link to profile: Tim Chai

Tim Chai is a student at Carmel High School in Carmel, IN. He first noticed extreme educational inequalities when visiting his aunt's schoolhouse in rural Henan Province, China, where students were missing necessities as basic as pencils; on his latest trip to China as an international marketing intern for Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, he was shocked by the differences in educational opportunities in Shanghai and just a few miles outside the Metropolitan area. Other than Givoloy, he is involved with various other organizations and ventures. He serves on the national Youth Advisory Council and consults on the marketing team for Do Something, North America's leading teen-based non-profit, and the Alliance Youth Network (a national advisory team comprised of high school, college and graduate students from America's largest non-profits) for America's Promise Alliance, the largest association of its kind of non-profits and service organizations. Locally, he serves on the marketing team for the Youth Service Bureau of Central Indiana (currently in progress of being re-branded), which provides services to at-risk children and families in the greater Indianapolis area. His hobbies, interests and school activities include student government, Amnesty International, National Honor Society, orchestra, newspaper, DECA, the New York Giants (although the Indianapolis Colts come in a close second), Fashion Week, and video games (especially DotA). He plans to study economics and international studies in the future with minors in political science and public policy.

Julia Gooding

Chapters Coordinator

Contact: julia.gooding@givology.org

Julia Gooding grew up in the rural northeast US, but through spending time in Latin America, Europe, and many parts of Asia, saw first-hand how limited educational opportunities can significantly restrict individual and communal prosperity and well-being. Her passion for international development grew with her desire to create educational opportunities for others, and led to her participation in Givology. Julia graduated from Colgate University in 2008 with a double major in Asian Studies and Spanish. After graduation, she spent over a year in China on a Fulbright research grant studying rural and urban Buddhist communities. After returning to the US, Julia worked on socially responsible investing, and with a Buddhist education nonprofit that brought her back to mainland China and Taiwan in summer 2010. Julia now works at China Labor Watch and is based in New York City. She also enjoys cooking, hiking in Maine, biking around New York, and playing with her French bulldog, Lola. She hopes that through supporting Givology's mission, her small efforts can make a big difference.

David Wu

Director of Sponsorships

Contact: david.wu@givology.org

David Wu is currently a student at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, studying Finance and Real Estate. He first became introduced to Givology in his freshman year of college after working as part of Givology’s Management 100 team. Having spent his childhood in China, David had been struck by the number of children there who were in poverty and could barely afford food, much less an education. As a part of Givology's team, David hopes to contribute towards solving this problem and providing those children with better lives.

Jiefei Yuan

Director of External Relations and Outreach

Contact: jiefei.yuan@givology.org

Nicole Vournazos

Director of Letters & Partners

Contact: nicole.vournazos@givology.org
Link to profile: Nicole Vournazos

Nicole Vournazos is a student at Emory University. As the Director of Letters, she has mobilized the Givology community to write over 300 messages to our students around the world.

Olivia Lenson

Fellowships Director

Contact: olivia.lenson@givology.org

Ben Huynh

HR Director

Contact: ben.huynh@givology.org

Ben Huynh is currently a freshman in the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania focusing on Marketing and Management. He is from Robbinsville, New Jersey, a small town between Princeton and Trenton. Ben decided to get involved with Givology because he feels that it is a great organization that is making a tangible change in the world. Ben enjoys running, spending time with friends and meeting new people in his free time.

Steven Chen

Editor in Chief

Contact: steven.chen@givology.org

Steven Chen is currently a senior at Carmel High School in Carmel, IN. He is currently the Editor in Chief of the newsletter for Givology. Steven joined the team in 2010 because of Givology's unique goals and its creativity in reaching them. In fall 2011, he will attend Dartmouth College.

Burke Deutsche

Project Manager

Contact: burke.deutsch@givology.org
Burke Deutsch is a student at Thomas Jefferson HSST. He loves education and has worked in the Dominican Republic to work in an orphanage to help teach English. First hand, he knows how bad the conditions are in rural parts of poor countries and the power of education. This, as well as other work projects, has motivated him to take part in Givology. He knows that Givology can make a huge difference in the lives of many.

Karen Kilberg

Social Media Director

Contact: karen.kilberg@givology.org

Genna Weiss

Social Media Director

Contact: genna.weiss@givology.org

Grace Meng

Social Media Director

Contact: grace.meng@givology.org

Volunteers

As a 100% volunteer-driven organization, we depend on our network of global supporters to help us grow, forge new connections, and make an impact. By taking a few hours out of a busy week to support Givology's mission and operations, our volunteers help drive our organization forward, from translation and graphics to social networking and fund-raising.

Click here to view a list of our volunteers. If you are interested in contributing your time as a Givology volunteer, please visit our volunteering page.

Interns

The Givology internship provides a hands-on opportunity to lead a project for Givology and make a difference. From spearheading a campaign for literacy to helping develop a strategy to start Givology chapters worldwide, our interns utilize their creativity and dedication to help students throughout the world.

Click here to view a list of our interns. If you are interested in interning at Givology, please visit our internship page.

Fellows

Our Givology Fellows serve as the "ears and eyes" of our community. They visit our partners in the field, conduct research about education in the developing world, and write about the lessons and discoveries they make in our Notes from the Field Journal. Since not all of us have the opportunity to travel, the blog entries and reflections of our fellows are really important in shedding light on some of the most difficult challenges in providing access to quality education.

Click here to view a list of our fellows and a link to their journals. To learn more about the fellowship program, please visit our fellowship page.

Advisory Board

Our Givology advisory board is comprised of innovative young professionals from both the public and private sectors who contribute their expertise and time to helping our organization expand. Our advisory board provides us with important feedback that we use to improve the impact of our operations.

Click here to view a list of our Advisory Board members and their bios!

Supporters

As a 100% volunteer driven organization, we really depend on our supporters, who provide us with expertise, assistance, and funding to defray our hosting costs and expand the global impact of our organization. Our sponsors contribute in-kind donations, consulting services, as well as cash funding to help us sustain and scale our mission of providing access to quality education.

In particular, we would like to thank the following list of sponsors. If you are interested in become a sponsor of Givology, please visit our .

Chapters

Givology Chapters are volunteer-driven organizations that are affiliated with Givology. In support of Givology's mission, Givology Chapters recruit their own volunteers, establish their own goals, and devise their own strategies. Givology chapters not only contribute by raising funding to support community-driven education initiatives and student scholarships throughout the world, but also identify strategic partnerships for Givology and increase awareness locally about issues confronting education in the developing world. Starting a Givology chapter is a way to make an impact and run your own nonprofit!

Click here to view a list of our current chapters, and learn how to get involved!