Meet our team

Who exactly is behind Giving Assistant? A fast-growing, diverse team obsessed with giving back! Giving Assistant was founded in 2014 by five human beings who wear their big ol' hearts on their sleeves with one single mission: to transform everyday shopping into charitable giving. Our team is committed to raising $17 million for charitable organizations by 2020. We're a mission driven, for-profit, Certified B Corp company and we aim to have a positive social impact across the globe. Our team has grown tremendously over the years. Here are a few facts about our team that we're pretty proud about:

  • Combined, we have over 35 years of experience working at nonprofits.
  • 14 of us have volunteered abroad or created a fundraiser for a nonprofit.
  • 3 of us have worked at other B Corps.
  • We enjoy 2 company-wide volunteer days per year.
  • 12 of us have pets. (Ziggy is Chief Belly-Rub Officer!)
  • 100% of us use Giving Assistant to support a nonprofit.

James Gray
I drove Coolio to one of his concerts

James Gray
Co-Founder | Chief Giver

Katie Horgan
I grew up next to an alligator farm in Southern Louisiana

Katie Horgan
Co-Founder | VP of Operations

Scott Everson
I once jumped out of an airplane at 11,500 feet

Scott Everson
Co-Founder | VP of Engineering

Alison Edwards
I was a competitve Irish Dancer for 8 years

Alison Edwards
Customer Happiness Manager

Amanda Chun
If I went to Hogwarts, I'd be in Gryffindor

Amanda Chun
Nonprofit Partnerships Manager

Amanda Witt
I am allergic to the cold, really. It's a medical condition

Amanda Witt
Nonprofit Partnerships Manager

Han Tan
I once owned 20+ bitcoin

Han Tan
Software Engineer

Lauren Makiyevskiy
I used to attend circus school for flying trapeze.

Lauren Makiyevskiy
VP of Partnerships

Huseyin Yilmaz
I can eat cheesesteak every day

Huseyin Yilmaz
Software Engineer

Ian Robertson
I have a pet chameleon named Jumanji

Ian Robertson
Graphic Designer

Isabel Figueredo
I grew up above Janis Joplin's recording studio

Isabel Figueredo
Director of Growth Marketing

Jenni Cassidy
I was stung by a stingray on my birthday

Jenni Cassidy
Director of Brand Partnerships

Kevser Bozoglu
Barre addict, food explorer

Kevser Bozoglu
QA Engineer

Kirsten Arce
Met Janice from Friends and was disappointed at her normal laugh

Kirsten Arce
Campaign and Ad Operations Manager

Leah Tichansky
I know how to weld.

Leah Tichansky
Account Manager

Luis Sanchez
My brother and I were born on the same date 4 years apart

Luis Sanchez
Director of Engineering - Remote Team

MagalĂ­ Bejar
I'm a hip hop dancer

Magalí Bejar
Product Manager

Mariano Gomez
I used to play rugby

Mariano Gomez
Software Engineer

Marlene Wuest
I haven’t eaten anything with eyes for 10 years.

Marlene Wuest
Senior SEO Specialist

Marlo Miller
I was a mascot at Disneyland

Marlo Miller
Operations Associate

Mary Hooke
I raise Guide Dog Puppies

Mary Hooke
Director of Engineering - Local Team

Mauro Gava
I used to be a Salsa teacher and dancer

Mauro Gava
Software Engineer

Melissa Glidden
I’m embarrassingly bad at Scrabble

Melissa Glidden
Communications Manager

Michael Keller
I was a nationally published poet at age 11

Michael Keller
Nonprofit Product Manager

Mike Shallop
I have an actor credit on IMDB

Mike Shallop
Software Engineer

Niklas Vaughan
I used to work in an air traffic control tower

Niklas Vaughan
Data and Analytics Manager

Raquel Romero
I have the same birthday as Notorious B.I.G.

Raquel Romero
People and Business Operations Manager

Weezie Hough
I was royalty in Mardi Gras.

Weezie Hough
Brand Partnerships Manager

Ziggy Romero
I have spots on my tongue

Ziggy Romero
Chief Belly Rub Officer