Our Team

We’re a rapidly growing team of former fundraisers and tech whizzes united by our passion for education and drive to make it better. We strive to stay humble and stay hungry, and to approach each day with camaraderie, curiosity, and creativity.

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GiveCampus Team
GiveCampus Team
GiveCampus Team
GiveCampus Team

Founders

Kestrel Linder

Co-Founder and CEO

Kestrel has 10+ years’ experience at the intersection of strategy and technology. He is a regular speaker on the future of philanthropy.

Michael Kong

Co-Founder and CTO

Mike was a long-time engineer at Facebook, where he was responsible for making sure the world’s most-used social network was up and running.

Partner Success

Felicity Meu

Director of Partner Success

Felicity was the Director of Next Generation Giving at Stanford University, where she led innovative digital fundraising initiatives.

Fun Fact: Before her start in fundraising, Felicity worked as a river raft guide.

Ryan Riddle

Director of Partner Operations

Amy Jacobs

Program Manager, VMS Community Experience

Amy previously served as the Assistant Director of Annual Giving at Lynchburg College.

Fun fact: Amy is an avid equestrian.

Riya Patel

Partner Success Associate, VMS Community Experience

Riya led the Senior Gift Campaign at Harvard University as Class Committee Chair.

Fun fact: Riya first started at GiveCampus as a student intern during the summer before her senior year of college.

Lydia Ward

Partner Success Associate

Lydia is a proud alumna of UNC Asheville, where she studied interactive design and worked in Advancement communications. She’s passionate about using technology for good.

Kate Ceremsak

Partner Success Associate

Kate has spent 6+ years in higher education and independent school development. She is a proud Davidson alumna.

Christina Baddar

Partner Success Associate

Christina is a Wake Forest alumna with a background in healthcare advocacy. She joined our team after realizing her passion for education while teaching English in Thailand.

Rosa Conrad

Partner Success Associate

Rosa is a proud University of Southern California alumna with 5+ years of experience in digital fundraising for education and nonprofits.

Fun fact: Rosa attended four different colleges while completing her undergraduate degree– an experience she credits with inspiring her passion for empowering students on campus.

Casey Fish

Partner Success Associate

Casey spent 5+ years working in higher ed annual giving and advancement communications. She is a proud Skidmore College alumna.

Erin Cauley

Partner Success Associate

Erin began her career as a high school social studies teacher and cheerleading coach, and has since spent 2+ years working in education technology. She is a proud North Carolina State University alumna.

Favorite part of working at GiveCampus: The tenacity of the people who work here. I value hard work and authenticity and our team models both.

Cori Gacad

Partner Success Associate

Business Development

Dan Ettinger

Director of Business Development

Dan worked at Amazon and as a fundraiser for two non-profits. He is a class agent for Macalester College and the Tuck School at Dartmouth.

Favorite GiveCampus memory: We celebrated a work anniversary by donating to an animal shelter and bringing puppies into the office!

Cooper Hardy

Business Development Associate

Cooper is a UNC Chapel Hill graduate, and used to be an Advancement Fellow at Culver Academies (where he also coached several sports teams).

Brian Baker

Business Development Associate

Brian comes to GiveCampus from Norwich University, where he received his BS and MBA and worked in annual giving for over two years.

Fun fact: Brian is an avid New England sports fan.

Elise Rasmussen

Business Development Associate

Elise joined GiveCampus after graduating from James Madison University where she majored in Mathematics and Statistics and ran cross-country.

Fun fact: Elise has family in the chocolate business!

Jessi Lazaroff

Business Development Associate

Jessi is a Johns Hopkins grad and was a member of their Senior Class Gift committee.

Favorite GiveCampus memory: We went trapeze-ing during my first week of work!

Engineering & Product

Carl Weis

Software Engineer

Carl has over 15+ years of experience building large scale applications, payment systems, game programming, and loves UI/UX design.

Fun fact: Carl first started coding when he was 11– and hasn’t stopped since.

Matt Gruber

Software Engineer

Matt studied computer engineering and information systems at Carnegie Mellon.

Fun Fact: Matt is a proud Eagle Scout.

Jacob Comer

Software Engineer

Jacob started going to college at 16, and has spent the majority of his career working in higher education.

Jackie Lee

Software Engineer

Jackie has several years of experience in law and technology. She still gets amazed at what technology can do for us.

Ashil Farahmand

Software Engineer

Ashil’s 10+ year career has included working as a patent examiner and developing websites for nonprofits like the American Relief Coalition for Syria.

Linda Qin

Software Engineer

Linda is a graduate of Harvard University, where she first heard about GiveCampus at an on-campus career fair.

Michael McCabe

Security Engineer

Michael is an application & cloud security engineer who has built out security programs for large enterprise financial & healthcare companies

Andrew Gordon

Product Manager

Andrew has spent 10+ years in the nonprofit and tech spaces driven by a love for tech, communication, and improving user experiences.

Hunter Hastings

Product Designer

Hunter has spent 10+ years helping 25+ startups build and design thoughtful, scalable digital products.

Other Key Players

Julie O’Connor

CFO

Julie is an entrepreneur with deep experience in finance, venture capital, corporate/product strategy, accounting/organizational development.

Fun fact: My dream job (besides this one, of course!) is officiating for the NFL.

Michael Seibel

Advisor

Michael is the CEO of Y Combinator. He co-founded Justin.tv, which became Twitch.tv and was acquired by Amazon for $970 million in 2014.

Alejandra Tamez

Executive Assistant

Alejandra believes in positively influencing the world through advocacy and volunteer work. She graduated from VCU with a degree in Nonprofit Management.

Favorite part of working at GiveCampus: My fun colleagues!