Executive Team

  • Joyce Meng

    Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

    Joyce Meng is a co-founder and CEO of Givology. She's very passionate about education, traveling, impact evaluation, and data analysis in philanthropy. She is a Rhodes Scholar, receiving a MSc in Development Economics and a MSc in Financial Economics from Oxford University. Every day, she's completely inspired by her Givology team and their creative ideas to raise awareness and get people engaged with making a difference! Her personal website is www.joycemeng.com. In her spare time, she plays ice hockey and takes long walks in New York City.

  • Jennifer Chen

    Co-Founder and President

    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.

  • Philip Gavlan

    Chief Technology Officer

    Being interested in both music and computers as early as the age of four, Phil has always had a natural magnetism towards both technology and the arts. Phil finished high school with a major in Industrial Engineering Technology. He was immediately offered a position as an I.T. Manager for two businesses in his local town. Interested in developing his career, he quickly moved to silicon valley and launched his career in systems administration, cloud computing, and solution architecture. After a short stint in NYC, Phil is now living in sunny southern California and has launched The Tech Architect, his independent consulting firm. He is passionate about his work, life, and family. He's always looking forward to meet new folks and chat, say hi!

  • David Cohen

    Tech Lead

    David's hobbies are data analysis, programming, and cooking. His motto in life is "don't ever stop learning"

  • Avani Fachon

    Chief Information Officer & Social Media Director

    Avani is a freshman at Bard College. In addition to traveling, photography, and environmental issues, she is passionate about service and contributing to animal and humanitarian causes. She joined Givology because of her strong belief that education is integral to individual and community empowerment. Through her work at Givology, she hopes to help spread the transformative power of education.

  • Vandana Subramanian

    Chief Development Officer

    Vandana is currently a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. Vandana is passionate about children’s education, technology, and giving back to her community. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, reading, and playing solitaire.

  • Brent Harlow

    Chief Content Officer

    Brent is a recent PhD in comparative literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who came to Givology after learning about the important work it was doing to empower donors and volunteers alike to use their time, skills, and resources to help kids in the developing world gain access to quality education.

  • Akshara Anand

    Social Media Associate

    Akshara is a senior at the Liberal Arts and Science Academy. She is passionate about using computer science and technology to make a difference in society. Akshara works on the analytics team at Givology and is the founder and developer of the Humans of Givology campaign. She loves how Givology really connects with all the organizations they partner with and makes the giving process very interactive.

  • Katie Du


    Katherine Du is an incoming junior at Horace Greeley High School. She is an active member of the Leadership Council which donates to local organizations, plans special events for the student body and fundraises for the Class of 2019. Katherine is also part of the Mental Awareness Club. The club hopes to raise awareness for mental illnesses and helps decrease stress among students at Horace Greeley. Outside of school, Katherine focuses on volunteering. She has experience in working with kids due to her job working as a counselor and being a teacher assistant at the Chinese School. She is currently working as an intern at Givology as well as being part of the New Castle United for Youth Coalition.

  • Maura Fortino

    Community Manager

    Maura Fortino is a graduate from Capital University with a degree in Public Relations. She has a passion for helping others and has volunteered her services at several local nonprofits. She has experience in creating content for social media, websites, blog posts, and press releases. Currently, she is working as a development intern at Givology.

  • David Huang

    Media Associate

    David believes education is the most powerful tool in which you can use to change the world. He is passionate about helping other people achieve their potential. He loves his grandma and one of his goals is to talk to her everyday.

  • Doris Li

    Chief Creative Officer

    Doris Li is a rising sophomore at Wellesley College studying political science and English. When she’s not writing papers or preparing for mock trials, you can find her in a cafe, headphones on and InDesign open with one too many coffees on the table. Through her work at Givology, she hopes to shed light on the power of graphic design and creativity to inspire humanitarian efforts.

  • Macy Huang

    Special Projects Leader

    Macy is a junior studying at the Webb Schools in California. She joined Givology in May of 2016 in hope to find translating opportunities, yet she found Givology to mean so much more. During the summer, she became a marketing intern, initiated the weekly partner blog series, translated Givology’s wikipedia page into Chinese, contributed to Givology’s summer campaign, and worked on monthly newsletters. When I came back to school, she started a Givology chapter and planned fundraising events. Currently, she is a core team member of Givology and the PR director. She truly believes in the power of education to change the lives of underprivileged children, which directly leads to future advances in a country. In the future, she hopes to reform educational policies in Latin America and help bring education to more children.

  • Miranda Lee

    Special Projects Associate

    Miranda was excited to discover Givology as an inspiring organisation propagating and celebrating the power of education. She moved into social finance after over 10 years of working in the finance sector in Sydney, London and New York City. She is passionate about helping those less fortunate and using innovative means to achieve positive social impact.

  • Neil Kothari

    Chief Talent Officer

    Neil is a junior at the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. He is interested in how business and education can be used together to better the global standard of living. He understands the impact that access to education can have on one’s ability to pursue further opportunity and that it should be accessible to everyone, not just an elite few. By working with Givology, Neil hopes to gain experience in the nonprofit sector and bring the same opportunities he has had to many others across the globe. In his free time, he enjoys participating in debate and playing golf.

  • Olivia Lu

    Tech Associate

    Olivia is a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. As a developer, she’s gotten a grasp on Artificial Intelligence and pulled a few too many all-nighters at hackathons. She came to Givology to expand her development skills in a community that is making a positive change in the world.

  • Michelle Li

    Social Media Community Manager

    Michelle is a rising senior at Richard Montgomery High School. She is an active education advocate, tutor, and swim instructor. Outside of school and volunteering, she spends her time writing poems and short stories. She is excited to be working on Givology’s Tumblr page.

  • Jonathan Lee

    Chief Financial Officer

    Jonathan graduated from the University of Virginia in 2008 and worked in finance for several years as a business analyst, before leaving on an extended sabbatical. When not managing the finances of Givology, Jonathan spends his time reading, biking, and doing eskimo rolls on his surfboard at Rockaway Beach. His role model is John Fairfax, the real-life Most Interesting Man in the World.

  • Jane Yoo

    Art Director

    Jane graduated from Pratt Institute in 2010, majoring in Communication Design- Graphic Design. After graduation, she moved back home to Virginia and is working as a Graphic Designer. As an artist of all trades, she hopes to continue learning new mediums to create art: digital to print, photography to illustration, mobile to web. After learning about Givology and the wonderful work, passion, and care given by the other volunteers, she decided to help by providing as much of her design experience as she can. Jane hopes to increase awareness about Givology and reach people through her designs. When not working on art projects, she loves to hang out with her dog, eat and try new foods, fully geek out (being a proud self-proclaimed geek), and travel as much as possible.

  • Liza Rafael

    Media Director

    Liza Rafael graduated from the University of Iowa in 2008 with a double major in film and journalism. In 2010, she completed her feature documentary, "Leave it on the Stage", a film about a high school show choir in Omaha, Nebraska. Since then, she has moved to New York City to continue pursing a career in filmmaking. She is currently producing the videos for Givology's website and is excited to be using her talents for a cause she strongly supports. Whenever she does have spare time, she spends it exploring the city.

  • Carl Mackey

    Co-Founder and Technology Advisor

    Carl is a co-founder and tech advisor for Givology. The entire Givology team admires his coding prowess and ingenuity in "making things work" on the site. The only thing that Carl fears is his time traveling self in the future!

  • Grace Meng

    Community Manager

    As a nurse in training, Grace cares a lot about the community and helping others as much as she can. She enjoys being a community manager on Givology and helping connect the organization to funding and awareness building opportunities! As a hobby, she likes listening to Asian pop music and traveling.