Meet our team

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. 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

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

Lauren Makiyevskiy
VP of Strategic Partnerships

Alejandro Escanes
I've lived in South, Central, and North America

Alejandro Escanes
Engineering Tech Lead

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
Senior Social Impact Manager

Ashley North
I was a semi-finalist on master chef.

Ashley North
Senior Marketing Strategist

Carlos Domenech
I host a radio music show at kzsu.org

Carlos Domenech
Product Designer

Emiliano Zublena
I like to wake up before sunrise at least once a week

Emiliano Zublena
Engineering Tech Lead

Giovanni Scorzello
I play the guitar

Giovanni Scorzello
QA Engineer

Han Tan
I once owned 20+ bitcoin

Han Tan
Senior Software Engineer

Huseyin Yilmaz
I can eat cheesesteak every day

Huseyin Yilmaz
Software Engineer

Jenni Cassidy
I was stung by a stingray on my birthday

Jenni Cassidy
Director of Brand Partnerships

Kait Rikkers
I love long flights, breakfast foods and Irish Whiskey.

Kait Rikkers
Sr. Director of Marketing & Growth

Katrina Chidambaram
I was an accessories designer for a brand called MissPlucky

Katrina Chidambaram
Affiliate Operations Specialist

Kaylee Feldt
I skied 5 days a week for a whole season!

Kaylee Feldt
Brand Partnerships Manager

Kitt Mattison
I'm also a mechanic!

Kitt Mattison
Email Marketing Coordinator

Leah Tichansky
I know how to weld

Leah Tichansky
Senior Account Manager

Magalí Bejar
I'm a hip hop dancer

Magalí Bejar
Product Manager, Brands

Marianella Orellana
I once won a Karaoke contest with “I Will Survive”

Marianella Orellana
Senior Executive Assistant/Office 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
People Operations Associate

Marwa Muhammad
I have lived in 4 countries and 15 cities

Marwa Muhammad
Senior Product Manager

Mary Hooke
I raise Guide Dog Puppies

Mary Hooke
Senior Director of Engineering

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 Manager

Melissa Leebove
I laugh in my sleep

Melissa Leebove
Product Marketing Manager

Michael Keller
I was a nationally published poet at age 11

Michael Keller
Product Manager, Nonprofits

Mike Biller
Jake Gyllenhaal once met me

Mike Biller
Senior Brand Partnerships Manager

Mike Shallop
I have an actor credit on IMDB

Mike Shallop
Software Engineer

Monica Ku
I swam with dolphins in the wild in Hawaii!

Monica Ku
Director of Ad Operations

Nicolas Tudela
I spent an entire day watching soccer

Nicolas Tudela
Software Engineer

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

Niklas Vaughan
Technical Project Manager

Nivetha Sivaprakasam
I have a fear of flying and heights

Nivetha Sivaprakasam
BI Engineer

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

Raquel Romero
Director of People Operations

Stephanie Zandecki
I'm a certified yoga instructor

Stephanie Zandecki
Senior SEO Specialist

Teresa Galido
I have a bunny named Waffles

Teresa Galido
Performance Marketing Manager

Terrance Lee
I eat chipotle at least once a week

Terrance Lee
Ad Operations Specialist

Tom Herbert
I grow and roast my own coffee!

Tom Herbert
Engineering Manager

Ziggy Romero
I have spots on my tongue.

Ziggy Romero
Chief Belly Rub Officer