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National Manager of Philanthropy and Non-Profit Services at Perpetual Limited
Caitriona Fay joined Perpetual’s Philanthropy team in January 2103 and is the current National Manager – Philanthropy and Non-Profit Services, a senior role leading Perpetual’s commitment to Philanthropy and the non-profit sector. With nearly fifteen years of philanthropic and grantmaking experience in Australia and Europe, Caitriona has an extensive understanding of national and international funding approaches and mechanisms. Prior to joining Perpetual Caitriona worked with the Heritage Lotter Fund in the UK and more recently led The Ian Potter Foundation’s granting team. She is currently a director of The Channel, a giving circle for and supporting LGBTQI young people. As an inaugural team member of the Leading Learning in Education and Philanthropy (LLEAP) research project, Caitriona possess a high level of understanding relating to the trends and challenges in the philanthropic sector within Australia. Her sector knowledge and standing was affirmed in 2012 when she was named the Australian Institute of Grant Management’s inaugural Grantmaker of The Year.→
Steve MacLaughlin is a Director of Analytics at Blackbaud, a leading provider of technology and services to the nonprofit sector. Steve has spent 20+ years driving innovation with a broad range of companies, government institutions, and nonprofit organizations. Steve serves on the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) Board of Directors and supports its focus on both the growth and professionalism of the nonprofit technology field as well as building knowledge and information sharing capacity throughout the sector. He is a frequent blogger, published author of the book Data Driven Nonprofits, and co-editor of the book Internet Management for Nonprofits: Strategies, Tools & Trade Secrets. Steve earned both his undergraduate degree and a Master of Science degree in Interactive Media from Indiana University.→
Data Scientist at Datascope Analytics
Jess Freaner is a Data Scientist at Datascope Analytics, a Chicago based data science consultancy, with a love of bourbon, coffee, and visualizations. As co-organizer of Women in Machine Learning for Data Science Chicago (WiMLDS) and Data Science Chicago Meetup, she understands the importance of fostering community and supporting socially-conscious analyses. Her passions drive her to tinker and create while both on and off the clock, whether that means whipping up something new in the kitchen, DIY-ing a costume, or getting down and dirty with some data.→
Angela is the founder and CEO of Agora for Good, an organization focused on bringing transparency and impact to charitable giving. Since launching the company last year, Angela has partnered with over a dozen major foundations and nonprofit leaders including the Omidyar Network, the Mulago Foundation, Ashoka and Echoing Green.
Angela has advised major donors on investing over $300 million in global development, supported nonprofits, and conducted nonprofit impact evaluations and strategy projects for ten years. Her content expertise includes global health, agriculture, access to finance, pay-for-results programs, gender, and education technology. Prior to founding Agora, Angela worked at Dalberg Global Development Advisors, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, PepsiCo and the Monitor Group. Angela is originally from Hawaii and holds a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.→
Andrew Patricio is the founder of Data Effectiveness Inc, focusing on helping organizations increase the return on their investment in data science and analytics. He previously was the most senior technical leader at DC Public Schools for 6 years where he led all work on data systems and data reporting. Prior to that he had an extensive career in consulting for both commercial and government clients. He no longer has hobbies other than sleep as he is busy with the data consulting company, two pre-schoolers, a pregnant wife, a sweet but very bad dog, and entirely too many youtube videos of puppies. He has a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois and holds unnecessarily strong opinions on science fiction TV shows from the 80’s.→
John found his tribe in the social enterprise world. He has a strong appreciation for entrepreneurship and believes it is a catalyst for lasting social change. John has found a way to work from both his heart and head by joining SEED SPOT. He is ready to drive SEED SPOT’s commitment to being an industry leader in measuring impact as the Social Impact Analyst. John’s background is in global and public health. He recently supported social enterprises that provide clean water and improved sanitation products. He gained skills in qualitative and quantitative research, sustainability audits and establishing data collection frameworks. In January 2016, John completed the Frontier Market Scouts training, learning the complex stages of social enterprises and impact investing. For graduate school, John traveled to the middle of England to University of Nottingham. He earned a Master of Public Health with a focus in International Health. He learned the importance of bridging inequalities, transparency, and disrupting the status quo. A native to California, John is looking forward to his new surroundings in Phoenix. John is proud to be part of a team committed to working with social entrepreneurs.→
Jeff Gordy is the Co-Founder and CEO of Z2 Systems, Inc., the makers of NeonCRM for nonprofits. Jeff has been working with his team for the last 12 years on building the optimal fundraising, CRM database, and marketing solution for nonprofits. Before starting the company, Jeff worked for the Kidney Cancer Association and knew that nonprofits needed better software solutions to help with their many challenges.→
Executive Director and Co-Founder at The Engine Room
Alix is a recovering researcher with a passion for applying creative solutions to difficult problems. She is a hunter and gatherer, identifying data and technology strategies that can empower social change initiatives around the world to maximize their impact and make the most of their resources. She co-founded The Engine Room and leads it to be a nimble organization that provides direct support where, when, and how initiatives need it. She sits on the board of HURIDOCS, and the Technology Advisory Council of Amnesty International. She plays a mean game of chess.→
Zara is a researcher, writer and linguist who is interested in the intersection of power, culture and technology. She has worked in over twenty countries in the field of information accessibility and data use among civil society. She was the first employee at OpenOil, looking into open data in the extractive industries, then worked for Open Knowledge, working with School of Data on data literacy for journalists and civil society. She now works with communities and organizations to help understand how new uses of data can responsibly strengthen their work. Zara leads research, documentation, and storytelling projects that address the needs of partners and engine room strategic priorities.→
Kevin is a philanthropy consultant, product manager, and composer working to help artists thrive. He served as the Director of Platform at New Music USA, where he continues to consult.
Kevin speaks and writes on arts economics, technology in the arts and non-profit worlds, and philanthropy. His compositions use theater, comedy, and digital platforms in combination with acoustic instruments. He serve as a board member for the Live Music Project in Seattle, the Exapno new music community center in Brooklyn, and Con Vivo music in Jersey City. Kevin is a member of Dance/USA‘s technology committee and advises CASH Music.→
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Queensland University of Technology, Law School; Lecturer, Faculty of Law
Dr Angela Daly is Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow in Queensland University of Technology’s Faculty of Law and a research associate in the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society (Netherlands). She is a comparative socio-legal scholar of technology and is the author of Socio-Legal Aspects of the 3D Printing Revolution(Palgrave 2016) and Private Power, Online Information Flows and EU Law: Mind the Gap(Hart 2016). She holds a PhD in Law from the European University Institute, which was joint winner of the 2013-2015 Fondazione Calamandrei Frosini prize for best thesis in legal informatics and information law. Prior to QUT, she was previously Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Media and Communications Law at the Swinburne Institute for Social Research.→
Research Fellow in the PwC Chair in Digital Economy at QUT, Australia
Paula is a Research Fellow for the PwC Chair in Digital Economy at the QUT Business School. In this role, Paula is researching how organizations transition through the digital economy and how consumers respond to changes in the market, which sometimes results in deviant or non-compliant consumer behavior. Her research focuses on providing businesses and policymakers with evidence-based solutions to real world problems. Paula’s extensive research engagement experience saw her obtain an Outstanding Achievement in Research Collaboration Award from an International Science Advisory Panel and the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre, and a Vice-Chancellor’s Performance Fund Award from the QUT Business School. As of 2016, Paula has brought in over $950,000 in awards and grants, including commercial research and Cooperative Research Centre funding. Paula is published in outlets such as the Journal of Marketing Management, UNSW Law Journal, and Advances in Consumer Research. Paula was awarded a PhD from QUT with a study on why everyday consumers engage in deviant consumer behavior. Paula also holds a Bachelor of Business (Honors) degree, where she was awarded a QUT Medal for academic excellence, and a Bachelor of Business degree from QUT.→