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

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

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

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

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

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

Raquel Romero
Director of People Operations

Sage Baggott
I’ve been a working drummer for the last 20+ years.

Sage Baggott
Senior Front End Engineer

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 Coordinator

Ziggy Romero
I have spots on my tongue.

Ziggy Romero
Chief Belly Rub Officer