AsylumConnect

Co-Founder & President / July 2014 - Present

I'm currently Co-Founder & President of tech nonprofit AsylumConnect. I've led AsylumConnect for the past 4 years in establishing the first online resource database for LGBTQ asylum seekers in the U.S. The AsylumConnect catalog, available on web and mobile devices, helps persecuted LGBTQ people identify and access verified human needs resources in the U.S. Nonprofits, immigration attorneys, and other service providers also use our free, online database to gather verified resource referrals for clients. We're now partnering with Y Combinator-backed nonprofit One Degree to improve and scale our resource catalog across the U.S. 

For my work on AsylumConnect, I was selected as the winner of the Millennium Peace Prize at the 7th Annual Millennium Campus Conference at the UN (2015), the wining team of the Business Today Impact Challenge (2015), a finalist for the Harvard Social Enterprise Conference Pitch Competition (2017), named to the Clinton Global Initiative University Alumni Honor Roll (2017), a Mogul Influencer (2017), and others.

 

Video created in September 2017. I provided voice over. 

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 & Advisor / July 2016 - Present

In July 2016, I co-founded a second tech nonprofit, UPchieve. UPchieve is an ed-tech nonprofit providing free, online, and on-demand educational and guidance services to disadvantaged high school students in the U.S. UPchieve focuses on helping students who fall into at least one of the following 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 member of UPchieve's advisory board, I now advise on organizational development (recruiting, marketing, partnerships, funding, etc.) and pilot strategy on an as needed basis. 

 UPchieve web app (2017). 

UPchieve web app (2017).