Giving Assistant
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.

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

Lauren Makiyevskiy
VP of Partnerships

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

Ziggy Romero
I have spots on my tongue

Ziggy Romero
Chief Belly Rub Officer

Agustina Luxardo
I used to be a Rock Journalist!

Agustina Luxardo
Business Development Analyst

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

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

Kevser Bozoglu
Barre addict, food explorer

Kevser Bozoglu
QA Engineer

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
Nonprofit Communications Strategist

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

Ryan Quiel
I walked across Spain in 26 days

Ryan Quiel
Co-Founder | Senior Growth & Product Advisor

Weezie Hough
I was royalty in Mardi Gras.

Weezie Hough
Brand Partnerships Manager