AsylumConnect

Co-Founder & President / July 2014 - Present

I've led tech nonprofit AsylumConnect for the past 4.5 years in establishing the first online resource catalog for LGBTQ asylum seekers in the U.S. The AsylumConnect catalog currently helps LGBTQ asylum seekers find safe, high-quality resources during the U.S. asylum process. Nonprofits and lawyers also use the catalog to gather verified resource referrals for LGBTQ clients. We're now partnering with Y Combinator-backed tech nonprofit One Degree to improve and expand our catalog across the U.S. and to Canada. At scale, AsylumConnect will extend a lifeline to persecuted LGBTQ people seeking safety and community.

In my role as co-founder and president, I’ve built a diverse volunteer team and advisory board, established key partnerships, obtained fiscal sponsorship, secured coverage in major media outlets, won numerous social impact awards, raised over $50,000 in seed funding, piloted four iterations of the first online resource catalog for LGBTQ asylum seekers in the U.S. culminating in the release of the national U.S. catalog powered by One Degree, and grown the number of active AsylumConnect catalog users to over 7,000.

For my work on AsylumConnect, I was selected as the winner of MCC15’s Millennium Peace Prize at the UN (2015), the winner of the Business Today Impact Challenge (2015), a finalist for the Harvard Social Enterprise Conference Pitch Competition (2017), named to the Clinton Foundation’s Clinton Global Initiative University Alumni Honor Roll of social innovators (2017), a Mogul Influencer (2017), and others.

 
 Tweet from October 2018.

Tweet from October 2018.

Created in November 2018 by synchroma.com. Music by Radical Face.

Video produced by the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) team, April 2016. I provided voice over. 

Major Awards Won for AsylumConnect

 

 

UPchieve 

Co-Founder & Board Member / July 2016 - Present

In July 2016, I co-founded a second tech nonprofit, UPchieve. UPchieve is an ed-tech nonprofit providing free, on-demand tutoring and college counseling to underserved high school students in the U.S. UPchieve focuses on helping students who fall into at least one of the following at-risk categories: low-income, racial/ethnic minorities, LGBTQ, immigrants, and/or first-generation college students.

In my role as co-founder, I helped to assemble a team, draft advertising and web copy, launch a social media presence, secure a student enrollment partner, and obtain pro bono legal support for incorporation and fiscal sponsorship. As a current member of UPchieve's board, I advise on nonprofit development (PR/media, marketing, partnerships, fundraising, recruiting, pilot and scaling strategy).