Team

Founder, CEO

Founder, CEO

Meena Palaniappan

Meena has been implementing community-based technology projects in the developing world for nearly two decades. An environmental engineer and technologist, she has launched technology projects in Africa and Asia. Meena was the principal investigator for a $1.3 million USAID project to build the WATER SMS mobile to web crowd-sourced mapping system to improve water services for the poor in Indonesia. She has worked with the Pacific Institute and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) on sustainable community development, pollution prevention, and environmental justice, co-authoring the EDF’s Environmental Sustainability Kit. Meena received a Master of Science degree in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley, and an Engineering degree from Northwestern University.

Co-Founder, Chief of Strategy and Communications

Co-Founder, Chief of Strategy and Communications

Nicholas Cain

Nick is a strategist with experience leading research projects, developing communications campaigns, and evaluating programs and policies. He has worked for the Sierra Club, the Pacific Institute, and Southern California Edison. Nick holds a PhD in Environmental Policy and World Politics from Claremont Graduate University and an MPA in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University.

Co-Founder, Chief of Product

Co-Founder, Chief of Product

Sergio Paluch

Sergio has 20 years of experience and has worked for Autodesk, Scribd.com and Wells Fargo. Sergio is also the founder of Montparnas, a firm that helps start-ups grow business lines and customer retention strategies. He has led and set product strategies for companies such as Tivo, Google, Scribd, Flurry, FairTrade USA, Wells Fargo, LeapFrog and HubSpot, among others. He holds an MA in Development Economics and International Development from Boston University.

Development Director

Development Director

Silke Knebel

Silke has nearly 20 years of experience in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. She has worked with over a dozen organizations across 5 continents helping disadvantaged people. Silke was a US Peace Corps Volunteer in Guyana, South America and she currently serves on the Board of the American Red Cross, California Northwest Chapter. She holds an MA in sustainable international development from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University. Silke received the 2015 Nonprofit Leadership Award by the North Bay Business Journal.

Indonesian Field Director

Indonesian Field Director

Alfan Rodhi

Alfan has been working on education, good governance, and community development projects for over ten years. He has extensive experience working in urban poor communities throughout Indonesia including in Jakarta, Malang, Makassar, and Aceh; in building and managing teams of people for user acquisition; and conducting user interface studies. Alfan manager user acquisition, onboarding, user feedback, and manages a team of community moderators who post regularly on AtmaGo and provide feedback on features needed.

Product and Marketing Manager

Product and Marketing Manager

Ramadhi Irawan

Rama is a project manager, systems designer, and developer who loves to solve problems using technology. He has worked for Brodo Ganesha Indonesia, Atreus Global and Gellies Media building systems using Java, PHP, C and other technologies. Rama has taught computer science and holds an MS in Information Systems and Technology from Swinburne University of Technology.

Community Manager and UI/UX Developer

Community Manager and UI/UX Developer

David Khoirul

David is a translator, graphic designer, and community outreach specialist. He speaks English, Indonesian and Javanese. David has worked for HBO Asia, Google, Uber, and Motorola. He was a member of the English Student Association of the University of Ronggolwre from 2005 to 2008, and the FKPPG Youth Communication Forum in Lamongan from 2006 to 2009. David graduated from the University of Ronggolawe with a degree in language education.

Social Media and Evaluation Manager

Social Media and Evaluation Manager

Jimmy Welles

Jimmy is on our Indonesian team working to understand, measure, and evaluate AtmaGo’s social impact and outreach. He has extensive experience as a market researcher, translator and teacher. He was an AusAID/ADS Scholarship awardee 2010-2012 and holds a Master’s in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Australia’s La Trobe University.

Website Designer

Matleena Venable

Website Developer

Sam Shingledecker

Board

 

Board Chair

Board Chair

Jennifer Mitrenga Maymon

Jennifer is the Founder and Managing Partner for Kijamii Capital and Vice President of Global Business Development and Women’s Philanthropy at Opportunity International. She invests her time, talent and treasure in individuals, organizations and ideas focused on women’s empowerment, social forward thinking, disruptive technologies and solutions to the world’s most significant problems. She has taken executive education courses at Harvard Business School and Stanford Graduate School of Business and holds a BA in Finance & Accounting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Board Secretary

Board Secretary

Adrienne Bloch

Adrienne Bloch serves as Senior Fossil Fuels Attorney for Earthjustice, leading their work to keep fossil fuels in the ground. Prior to joining Earthjustice, Adrienne was Senior Staff Attorney at Communities for a Better Environment, where she worked on behalf of low-income communities and communities of color. Adrienne played a leading role in securing the nation’s first refinery flare control rule and helped pass California’s truck idling law. A champion for environmental justice, she also a long passion for climate justice and has worked as a consultant for numerous California and national organizations to support efforts to achieve climate equity. Adrienne is a graduate of Oberlin College and University of California Hastings College of the Law.

Board Officer

Board Officer

Lisa Diaz Nash

Lisa is the Co-Founder of a national political advocacy organization. She is an expert marketer with 30+ years of consumer and cause marketing experience to create strong customer satisfaction, deep engagement and high retention. Lisa was formerly the Chief Marketing Officer of Thrive Networks and Executive Director of Blue Planet Network, an award-winning global clean water and sanitation nonprofit. She is a member of the Swarthmore College President’s Council and serves on the Board of Directors of We Players, a San Francisco arts nonprofit. Lisa was recognized as Silicon Valley 100 Women of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal in November 2012. Lisa holds a Graduate Certificate in Mandarin Chinese from National Taiwan Normal University and a BA with Honors in Political Science and Asian Studies from Swarthmore College.

Board Officer

Board Officer

Danny Teng

Danny is the Director of Information Systems at Build it Green. Build It Green (BIG) is a nonprofit organization comprised of thought leaders and building industry veterans who share a vision for better buildings and a diligence for getting results. Prior to Build it Green, Danny was a Senior Operations Manager and Analyst for Salesforce. He holds a MS in Information Technology from Carnegie Mellon University and a BA in Business Administration from Seattle University.

Board Treasurer

Board Treasurer

Meena Palaniappan

Advisory Council

Public Investment Manager, Cisco Foundation

Erin Connor

CEO and Founder, Flurry

Sean Bynes

Founder and Principal, Elevar Equity

Maya Chorengel

Co-Founder, Institute for Transformative Technologies

Shashi Buluswar

Executive Director, Cisco Foundation

Peter Tavernise