About : Team

Our Team

We’ve taken many different paths to Changemakers, but we share a common purpose: to make social change happen and have fun while we’re doing it.

The Ashoka Changemakers® team works from locations around the world including the United States, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, England, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, India, and Indonesia.

If you are interested in joining the Changemakers team, please see our

Careers at Changemakers

Learn more about us and see what we're up to:

Dennis Whittle
Executive Chairman
Washington, DC, USA
Sachin Malhan
Executive Partner
Director of Product
Washington, DC, USA
Sushmita Ghosh
Founder
Changemaker-in-Chief
Calcutta, India
Community
Kris Herbst
Partner
Director of Community
Washington, DC, USA
Leandro Asensos
Network Coordinator, Spanish Speaking Countries
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Isabela Carvalho
Network Coordinator, Portuguese Speaking Countries*
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Eveline
Network Coordinator, Indonesia*
Bandung, Indonesia
Jen Ko
Network Coordinator, North America*
Petaluma, California, USA
Dani Matielo
Community Practice Leader
São Paulo, SP, Brazil
Candice Mazzoleni
Network Coordinator, Canada*
Montreal, Canada
Supriya Mukherjee
Network Coordinator, South Asia*
Delhi, India
Sobel Ngom
Network Coordinator, Africa*
Dakar, Senegal
Thienvinh Nguyen
Network Coordinator, Europe and Africa*
London, England
Juan Carlos Ospino
Senior Creative Strategist*
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Lauren Parnell Marino
Mobilization Manager
Washington, DC, USA
Indrani Sharma
Network Coordinator, South Asia*
Delhi, India
John Townsend
Writer and Media Manager*
Washington, DC, USA
Marzena Zukowska
Media Practice Leader*
Washington, D.C., USA
Operations
Stephane de Messieres
Partner
Director of Operations
Washington, DC, USA
Alex Beyard
Project Manager*
New York, NY, USA
Alison Grubbs
Project Manager
Washington, DC, USA
Olivia Khalili
Senior Project Manager*
San Francisco, CA, USA
Cynthia McKinney Drayton
Senior Project Manager
Valley Forge, PA, USA
Sudeep Poudel
Finance Manager
Washington, DC, USA
Smita Satiani
Project Manager*
Washington, DC, USA
Tim Scheu
Network Practice Leader
Tampa, FL, USA

 

* Consultant to Ashoka
Partnerships
Jessica Feingold
Partner
Senior Partnerships Manager
Washington, DC, USA
Diana Iovescu
Community and Partnerships Manager*
London, England
Product
Rareș Pamfil
Lead Product Manager
Washington, DC, USA
Whitney Conti
Graphic Designer
Washington, DC, USA
Monica Flores
Web Developer
SanDiego, CA, USA
Reem Rahman
Knowledge Practice Leader
Washington, DC, USA
Leland Smith
Product Manager*
Ft. Collins, CO, USA
Hao Zhu
Product Manager*
Washington, DC, USA

What kind of people are we? Our Changemakers team culture is:

Passionate
Committed:

  • to social change / the world’s changemakers
  • to open sourcing / an open platform

Inquisitive
Sharp intellect
We apply a unique lens to social innovation trends. Inquisitive: we dig deep into engagement with our partners and the other members of our community.

Optimistic
Innovative, creative, visionary
We envision new ways to build and serve markets. We look to the future and try to get there ASAP. We believe there is a solution, even if we don’t know the answer just yet.

Collaborative
We work together as a versatile team of teams to create something bigger and better than we could alone. We bring partners and innovators together to open source and crowd source a world of innovative ideas.

Restless
Ambitious, disruptive, skeptical, self-aware
We challenge the status quo through constant iteration—defining and redefining. We run a skunkworks, constantly prototyping and accepting occasional failure as the price of creative success. We give ourselves permission to take on the impossible.

Unflappable
Fearless, resilient, confident
We’re still here, taking chances and risks on big new things. Doesn’t phase us!

Empathetic
Authentic, trusting, loyal, compassionate
We give each other the benefit of the doubt and suspend disbelief to build team cohesion and paddle in the same direction.

Spicy
Quirky, playful
Our potted ball colleagues, coffee club, daily meme, love/hate relationship with jargon, social-happy hour, twitter game.

Global
We work together from North America, South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia, building grassroots strategies that fit our diverse cultures, mobilizing, and connecting ideas and resources from all over the world.