Catalina Ruiz-Healy is Founder + CEO.
Catalina was also founder and CEO of Catalista LLC. Catalista, a mobile platform that allows users to find local volunteer opportunities in their neighborhood in real-time, rate them, and track and share their good deeds has been downloaded over 40,000 times, named one of Forbes Magazine’s “Top 10 Apps to Change the World”, and listed as USA Today’s “Best Apps of 2009.” Catalina earned a Masters in International Affairs at Columbia University, and a B.A. from Pomona College.
Nina Thompson is Director of Community. Nina comes from years of experience building relationships with customers and developing outreach programs for families in San Francisco. She was a Community Manager at Nextdoor, a social network for neighborhoods, and GemShare, a network for personal recommendations for the local services. Nina was the content editor of SFkids.org, an online resource funded by the SF Department of Children, Youth, and Families, as well as an event planner for the San Francisco Summer Resource Fair. She was also Data Manager for Quality Improvement programs at San Francisco General Hospital's Children's Health Center.
Dave Vogelaar is Director of Engineering. Dave has been volunteering with GradGuru since March 2016. Dave was Lead Engineer at Visa for 10 years. His expertise lies with databases and cloud platforms. He is an avid Hooverballer.
Jonathan Kevles, Renew Financial
John M. Rogers, Veritas Growth
Jessie Ryan, Campaign for College Opportunity
Alicia Morga, technology entrepreneur
Dr. Melinda Karp, Ph.D, Center for Community College Research at Columbia University
Deborah Rappaport, Rappaport Family Foundation
Sam Mankiewicz, former CTO, Kiva.org
Dr. Fred Sherman, Ph.D., Former Vice Chancellor of Technology, Foothill-DeAnza Community College District.
Venture Aviator is our technical partner.
We are grateful to have the support of the following organizations and individuals. Thank you!
AT&T Aspire Accelerator
Robin Hood College Success Prize, Semi-Finalist
Gates Foundation College Knowledge Challenge, Winner
San Francisco Foundation
College Access Foundation of California
Deborah & Andy Rappaport
Sarah & Rich Barton
Pacific Gas & Electric
Walter S. Johnson Foundation
We are a tax-exempt organization (501c3). Our EIN number is 45-4898226.
Our legal name is GRADGEARS.