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VolunteerMatch Team

The VolunteerMatch team combines a love of community engagement, a passion for technology, and a commitment to building strong relationships. Get to know the folks behind our service!


Adam Alley
Manager, Client Services & Support

Adam employs social web technologies, analytics and community management to help people connect with causes they care about, and supports nonprofits as they find great volunteers on the Web's largest volunteer engagement network. Prior to joining VolunteerMatch in September 2012, Adam worked in public education and community support. He graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Political Economy. In his free time, Adam enjoys volunteering at the library, listening to music and comedy, drinking coffee, reading, and aspiring to exercise.

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Greg Baldwin
President, VolunteerMatch

Greg Baldwin joined what is now VolunteerMatch in the spring of 1998 as its Chief Imagination Officer to finish hotwiring the Internet to help everybody find a great place to volunteer. Today, VolunteerMatch is the web's largest volunteer engagment network strengthening communities and organizations across the country by making it easier for good people and good causes to connect. Since its launch the VolunteerMatch network has helped the nonprofit sector engage more that $5.4 billion worth of volunteer services. Greg completed his undergraduate studies at Brown University in 1990 with a degree in Public Policy. He is a life-long volunteer and currently lives in the Bay Area with his wife Kathryn and kids Ellie and Matt.

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Jennifer Bennett
Sr Manager, Education & Training

Jennifer joined VolunteerMatch to build and manage the organization's volunteer engagement programs. She has a strong commitment to making a difference in her community and brings over ten years of nonprofit management experience including seven years directly managing volunteers and creating and revitalizing volunteer programs at VolunteerMatch. Jennifer started her work with nonprofits in the wildlife rehabilitation and conservation field, filling positions at all levels from rescuing wildlife in the field to running wildlife hospitals to serving as a board member on advisory boards. She currently volunteers with Save the Bay and Project Homeless Connect. She is an avid reader, enjoys yoga and travel (sometimes at the same time), and knows lots of things about birds. She holds a B.A. from Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, VA.

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Susan Briggs
Product Management Consultant

Susan is a Bay Area native and joined VolunteerMatch in 2014. She has a passion for creating user-friendly, consumer web services and has previously worked for variety of Internet companies including Yahoo, Netscape, Move ( and Baynote. Susan has an undergraduate degree in International Relations from Occidental College and an MBA from Babson, focusing on entrepeneurship. She has been an active board member of the education foundations for her children’s schools and likes to regularly comb VolunteerMatch for new and exciting volunteer opportunities.

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John Candela
QA Engineer

John is an East Coast transplant, who joined VolunteerMatch in August 2013 as an SQA Engineer. He has 11 years of manual and automated testing experience, spanning various industries, including commercial electronics, network storage and education. In addition, John has a solid IT background in the areas of Technical Support, and System and Network Administration. Since moving to San Francisco, he has volunteered serving meals at the Sanctuary Shelter and has also participated in the AIDS walk. John loves music, running and playing the drums.

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Rose Carle
Sr Operations Manager

Rose brings over ten years experience in accounting, administrative support and customer service to her role here at VolunteerMatch. In addition to supporting the Finance team, she also manages the company's HR needs. In her spare time, she volunteers to various organizations in San Francisco.

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Matt Comanda
Sales Director

One of the newest members of the team, Matt joined Volunteer Match in April 2016. Matt's background is in the workplace giving and volunteering space where he worked for FrontStream helping corporations take their philanthropic programs to the next level. In his spare time Matt loves to volunteer and play golf.

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Vaishnavi Desai
QA Engineer

Vaishnavi joined VolunteerMatch in September 2012, with extensive knowledge in the field of quality assurance and testing. She received a Master's in Computer Science from San Diego State University, where she worked at different companies as an intern and then took on a full-time job. She moved to San Francisco with her husband and was hired as the first QA member of the VolunteerMatch team. She worked on delivering a quality product to VolunteerMatch clients. She has over 5+ years of automation and manual testing experience. She has helped create a test strategy for the team and built more quality into the products. Her hobbies include traveling, painting, interior decorating and enjoys walks on the beach.

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Kevin Johnson
Manager, Client Relations

Kevin joined VolunteerMatch in 2007 after a ten year run with the Warner Music Group. He works closely with both nonprofit and corporate partners to ensure that VolunteerMatch gives everyone the chance to make a difference.
When not extolling the value of the VolunteerMatch Network to anyone who will listen, Kevin enjoys spending time with his family, baseball, music, craft and not so craft beer, and quality hair products. 

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Julia Lee
Manager, Creative Services

Julia Lee originally joined VolunteerMatch to support the communication and development activities associated with the Office of the President and has transitioned into her new role as the Creative Services Manager in 2013. Julia earned her BA in English from UC Berkeley and her MFA in Creative Writing from UMass, Amherst. Julia has lived and traveled in the UK and held a variety of positions in the nonprofit sector. She has served as a library assistant, counselor for troubled youth, and publication assistant for an educational research agency. Julia brings her passion for writing and storytelling to her position. She has completed various short films and a documentary about her marathon training. Julia strives to create art that she hopes will move the world to think and change for the better.

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Henry Liu
Sr Front End Engineer

Born and raised in San Francisco, and probably the only native in the office, Henry joined the VolunteerMatch team in 2011. He brings with him over 10 years experience in front end development, as a coder and UI designer, as well as a graphic designer for more traditional mediums. Having worked primarily with nonprofits and local artists in his career, Henry has a strong belief in VolunteerMatch's mission and for the need to support community-based organizations. He has a particular interest in visual design and finds working in front end development to be an exciting and unique place to observe how humans respond and react to design, technology and information.

Scott Lohmann
VP, Marketing & Sales

Scott joined VolunteerMatch to help the organization strengthen and expand its business solutions portfolio and revenue streams. His main focus will be on continuing to leverage the organization's SaaS, API and nonprofit premium services. Scott has been helping to build sales teams of all shapes and sizes for over 20 years, with companies such as: Entertainment Publications, SchoolPop, Groupon, and most recently the summer camp aggregator start-up, ActivityHero. Having been an avid volunteer his entire life, he believes VolunteerMatch is the perfect fit for him. Connecting people with their volunteer passions seamlessly, and working with companies to improve their volunteer opportunities, is very exciting to him. Scott's volunteer service has been extensive. He has been a board member for two different education foundations, has lead development for The Peninsula College Fund, was on the Bicycle Commission for his town, and he has coached a variety of sports teams. Scott enjoys cycling, running, gardening, traveling with his family, raising lots of money for education and spending time with his wife and two boys. Scott holds a B.A from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD.

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Beilie Peng
Sr Product Manager

Beilie graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Economics and have been working in the IT industry ever since. Prior to joining VolunteerMatch in November 2014, as a system integrations consultant, then product manager, Beilie spent many years building online software/applications for government agencies and e-commerce systems that powers online travel agencies operated by companies in the travel or financial services industry. In 2014, as a volunteering consultant, Beilie spent 3 months in Nairobi, Kenya, working with and mentoring a team of local engineer and product manager in a software company. Outside of work, her hobbies are mostly food or travel related. At any time, Beilie enjoy eating or cooking delicious food or getting ready to travel to somewhere in the world.

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Daryll Pierre
Application Engineer

Daryll joined VolunteerMatch at the beginning of 2008. Prior to joining he traveled around the world for a year visiting over 35 countries. For over 4 years he worked for The Biostatistics Center of George Washington University where he built custom applications for Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet. He's a native New Yorker and holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from City College of New York.

Basil Sadiq
Marketing Associate

Basil helps nonprofits and volunteers engage better with each other by posting impactful tips and stories on VolunteerMatch’s website, blog, newsletter, and social media platforms. He joined VolunteerMatch after spending a few years in corporate and nonprofit communications, where he helped organizations leverage design, content, and their community to share compelling content. Prior to moving to San Francisco, Basil kick-started his career in the Middle East. A Washington, D.C. area native and George Mason University graduate, passionate about making the web a better place. In his free time, he enjoys hiking the Bay Area& parks and peaks, visiting museums, binge-watching Netflix, and giving back to his community.

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Kirk Schaper
Chief Technology Officer

Kirk joined VolunteerMatch in Sept. 2012 as an engineer. Born and raised in the Toronto area, he studied math and computer science at the University of Waterloo. As part of his studies, he spent a year on exchange in France, before moving to the Bay Area. Kirk has an extensive background in the security software industry, most recently coming from SafeNet, where he worked on enterprise authentication software.

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Samir Shah
Sr Client Relations Manager

Samir joined VolunteerMatch to cultivate valuable relationships with socially responsible companies engaging in community involvement. By helping corporate clients connect their employees to nonprofit volunteer opportunities, he maximizes the social value of the VolunteerMatch technology and corporate services. Samir has five years of experience in the corporate sector. In sales and marketing roles, he has successfully managed relationships with companies like Apple, Microsoft and AT&T. In 2004, Samir became involved with civic engagement by actively participating in the Presidential election. He is currently a tutor at the Tenderloin Boys and Girls Club. Samir studied Economics at the University of Texas at Austin and has an MA in Asian Studies from UC Berkeley.

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Tess Srebro
Marketing Manager

Tess is fascinated by language and communications, which is how she found her way to marketing (after dabbling in project management in her hometown of Scranton, PA and then operations management in her second home of Seattle, WA). She joined VolunteerMatch in 2014 with the intention of putting language to work for social good. She holds a Master’s of Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University and a B.A. in Public Relations from Penn State. When not reading and writing, Tess spends her time obsessing over her cat Renato, enjoying the San Francisco food scene, and convincing people to join her for karaoke.

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Eric Swanson
Systems Administrator

Eric joined the staff at VolunteerMatch in May 2012, after several years supporting VolunteerMatch as an IT service provider. Eric brings over 30 years of widely varied technology operations experience to his role, and relishes the day-to-day challenges of keeping the systems humming. He claims he was born in a wiring closet and grew up in a climate-controlled server farm, but we are certain that's a joke. When not toiling in his hermetically sealed Nerd Pit, Eric enjoys cooking, canning, bicycling, reading, and long road trips.

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Irina Tikhonova
Manager, Client Services

Irina's passion for service and engagement led her to join VolunteerMatch in 2015, helping support the massive community in connecting with awesome volunteers, opportunities and events. She holds an MSc in International Public Policy from University College London and a B.A. in Global Studies, Human rights from the University of Washington. She is an AmeriCorps alum, and her prior work includes running and developing volunteer programs, encouraging civic engagement (always vote!) and researching policies around education and volunteerism. When she's not glued to her screen helping nonprofits and volunteers, Irina enjoys being outdoors (kayaking, anyone?), reading, eating anything with cheese, and traveling.

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Julie VanDeLinder
VP, Client Services & Strategy

Julie is a results-oriented Corporate Citizenship leader with experience in the accounting, sales, human resources, and public relations fields with an emphasis on problem solving and relationship management. She has significant experience in creating and executing projects in alignment with strategic intents and financial resources. Julie is adept in developing and motivating diverse work groups to succeed in attaining corporate initiatives through performance management.

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Board of Directors

Jay Backstrand
Vice President, JPMorgan Private Bank

Jay co-founded VolunteerMatch in 1998 and served as its President until July, 2003, joining the Board of Directors in 2005. Jay attended the Sloan Business Program at Stanford University where he studied leadership, strategy, and organizational development. A graduate of Brown University and The John Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, he began his career as a Marketing Manager of Sun Microsystems.

Stouffer Egan
Technology Executive

Stouffer Egan, is a tech industry veteran who most recently served as CEO of Autonomy Inc's U.S. sales team before its aquisition by HP. Prior to joining Autonomy, Mr. Egan was Vice President of Corporate Development for Dataware Technologies after beginning his career at Glaxo Pharmaceuticals. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Trinity College in Hartford, CT.

Meg Garlinghouse
Head of Employment Brand and Community, LinkedIn

Meg Garlinghouse leads LinkedIn's employment brand and community strategy, where she is responsible for strengthening the LinkedIn brand and thought leadership to attract and grow top talent. In addition, she is responsible for leveraging the LinkedIn platform to connect its professionals' knowledge and experience with nonprofits' needs, globally. Garlinghouse has nearly twenty years of experience in the technology and philanthropy sector. Prior to LinkedIn, Garlinghouse spent almost 10 years building and leading Yahoo!'s global community relations function. She has a background in international development, working for the Asia Foundation as special assistant to the president and in the private sector development department of the World Bank. She was a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger, running projects designed to raise the social and economic status of rural villagers. Garlinghouse received her B.A. in public policy studies from Duke University and a Master's in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She also serves on the Board of Network for Good.

Craig Jacoby
Partner, Cooley Godward LLP

Craig Jacoby is Co-Founder and Chairman of VolunteerMatch. Mr. Jacoby is a partner at the law firm of Cooley LLP in San Francisco where he has a general business and corporate practice with a particular focus on serving the needs of venture capital investors and the entrepreneurial companies in which they invest. He graduated from Stanford Law School, where he wrote the HTML code for the first-ever Web-based brief to the United States Supreme Court, and received an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He also served as a judicial clerk to a federal judge. Before that, he spent a year cavorting in Rome on a Fulbright Fellowship.

Holly Ross
Executive Director, Drupal Association

Holly is a well-known visionary leader in the nonprofit technology community with a proven track record of developing and implementing organizational strategies that provide direct community benefit. Before joining Drupal Association, she spent more than seven years at NTEN, working with community members to identify the technology trends that will reshape the nonprofit sector. From ubiquitous access to technology leadership to social media, Holly brings the wisdom of the NTEN crowd to the nonprofit sector. Holly has been recognized as one of the Nonprofit Times Power and Influence Top 50 three times, in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Holly is also editor of "Managing Technology to Meet Your Mission: A Strategic Guide for Nonprofit Leaders" and has written a chapter in "Nonprofit Management 101: A Complete and Practical Guide for Leaders and Professionals," both available from Jossey-Bass. Holly came to nonprofit technology after working for social change at CALPIRG and during her college days at UC Berkeley.

Premal Shah

Premal first began dreaming of internet microfinance while working at PayPal, the online payments company. In late 2004, Premal took a 3 month leave from PayPal to develop and test the internet microfinance concept in India. When he returned to Silicon Valley, he met other like-minded dreamers and quit his job at PayPal to help bring the Kiva concept to life and eventually to scale. Kiva today raises over $1 million each week for the working poor in +60 countries and was named a Top 50 Website by TIME Magazine. For his work as a social entrepreneur, Premal was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and selected to FORTUNE magazine's "Top 40 under 40" list. Premal began his career as a management consultant and graduated from Stanford University.


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