Mitch Kapor is the Co-chair of the Kapor Center and works with startups using information technology platforms to drive disruptive innovation. He is a seed stage investor in Uber, Twilio, Inkling and University Now. His focus is increasingly on driving positive social impact, especially in leveraging IT to close gaps of opportunity and access in education, health care and other areas.
Mitch founded Lotus Development Corporation and designed Lotus 1-2-3, the “killer application” which made the personal computer ubiquitous in the business world in the 1980s. He is the co-founder of The Electronic Frontier Foundation, which protects freedom and privacy on the Internet and the founding chair of the Mozilla Foundation, creator of the open source web browser Firefox. He is also a founding investor in Linden Lab, maker of the first successful virtual world, Second Life.
Currently he serves on the board of Level Playing Field Institute, whose mission is to enhance equal opportunity in education and the workplace. Mitch is also on the Advisory Board of Generation Investment Management, a firm whose vision is to embed sustainability into the mainstream capital markets.
Freada Kapor Klein, PhD is the Co-chair of the Kapor Center. She is an entrepreneur, activist and leader in the field of organizational culture and diversity. Freada is a pioneer in developing models for revenue and sustainability of non-profits, and is an active advisor and mentor to social entrepreneurs. She is also an advocate for entrepreneurs from underrepresented backgrounds, especially people of color and women.
Dr. Klein was the first Director of Organizational Development, Training and Employee Relations for Lotus Development Corporation. Her consulting firm, Klein Associates, specializes in employee surveys, training, and consulting on all forms of bias, harassment, and discrimination in the workplace. Klein’s client base ranges from Harvard Business School to the World Bank to top tier international professional services firms, and tech start-ups.
In 2001 she founded the Level Playing Field Institute, a non-profit which promotes innovative approaches to fairness in higher education and workplaces by removing barriers to full participation; it houses the SMASH (Summer Math and Science Honors) Academy for low income high school students of color. Klein is the author of “Giving Notice: Why the Best and the Brightest Leave the Workplace and How You Can Help Them Stay”.
Benjamin Todd Jealous is a Venture Partner at Kapor Capital. He is the former president and CEO of the NAACP. He stepped down from his post at the end of 2013. The youngest president in its history, he began his career at age 18 opening mail at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Jealous has been a leader of successful state and local movements to ban the death penalty, outlaw racial profiling, defend voting rights, secure marriage equality, and free multiple wrongfully incarcerated people. Under his leadership, the NAACP grew to be the largest civil rights organization online and on mobile, experienced its first multi-year membership growth in 20 years, and became the largest community-based nonpartisan voter registration operation in the country. A builder of robust coalitions, Jealous’ leadership at the NAACP included bringing environmentalist organizations into the fight to protect voting rights, and convincing well-known conservatives to join the NAACP in challenging mass incarceration. Prior to leading the NAACP, he spent 15 years serving as a journalist and community organizer. While at Mississippi’s Jackson Advocate newspaper, his investigations were credited with exposing corruption at a state penitentiary and proving the innocence of a black farmer who was being framed for arson. While at Amnesty International, he led successful efforts to outlaw prison rape, expose the increasing trend of children being sentenced to life without the possibility of parole, and draw attention to expanded racial profiling in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. A Rhodes Scholar, he has been named to the 40 under 40 lists of both Forbes and Time magazines. He is #1 on TheRoot.com’s 2013 list of black leaders under 45.
Cedric Brown is a Managing Partner, overseeing programs and partnerships. He brings over 20 years of experience as an educator and funder, working with the Kapor Foundation, SF Foundation, SF Education Fund, Switzer Foundation, SF Cultural Equity Grants, and Level Playing Field Institute among others. He has served as a board/committee member of Color of Change.org, Northern California Grantmakers, Funders Committee for Civic Participation, Council on Foundation’s Family Philanthropy Committee, and Bay Area Blacks in Philanthropy. Cedric received an ABFE Emerging Leader in Philanthropy Award and was profiled as a San Francisco Chronicle Changemaker. Cedric holds degrees from the University of North Carolina and Stanford University and executive certificates from Georgetown and Rutgers universities. A native North Carolinian, Cedric practices diplomatic arts of a Southern gentleman. Contact Cedric Brown at cedric [at] kaporcenter.org.
Nicole Sanchez is a Managing Partner, co-leading the organization as she oversees Staff and Operations. For the past 20 years, she has been a serial social entrepreneur, having founded several organizations focused on justice issues involving marginalized and under-represented populations.
After graduating from Stanford, Nicole spent several years at City Year, a model AmeriCorps program, and became its first National Program Director. She then returned to Stanford as Associate Director for the Program in Ethics in Society where she co-founded “Hope House Scholars,” a program in which Stanford professors teach the humanities to recently incarcerated women in Redwood City. Nicole also helped launch the Stanford Center on Ethics, a multi-disciplinary institute that ensures ethics training for all students in the university’s professional schools. In addition, Nicole led two student-focused endeavors—one that aimed to close the achievement and health gaps in Berkeley, CA and one that engaged young people in the US in global poverty alleviation. She was born and raised in the East Bay, and holds an MBA from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. Besides discussing social justice, you can really make her light up by talking baseball with a special emphasis on her beloved Oakland A’s. Email Nicole Sanchez at nicole [at] kaporcenter.org.
Jennifer Argüello is a Senior Tech Advisor who devises strategies with the Kapor Center to diversify Silicon Valley. She is a speaker and thought leader on women in technology and Latino(a)s in STEM with a mind for the geeky and a heart for social change. For almost two decades she has been a leader in organizations focused on the advancement of women and minorities in STEM. She leads Latino2, the LATISM branch that focuses on empowering Latino(a) founders to build successful ventures to scale. Her work has resulted in much industry recognition, recently being named a 2013 Silicon Valley Latino 40 under 40 Latinos2Watch in Science and Technology, 2011 Femmeonomics Top 50 Women to Watch in Tech2010; and 2010 National Association of Professional Women: Professional Woman of the Year. Jennifer is a Silicon Valley native and dual citizen of Costa Rica and the United States. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from UC San Diego. When not in the office she can be found in nature or on a soccer field. Contact Jennifer Argüello at jennifer [at] kaporcenter.org.
Justin Davis is an an Impact Advisor/Program Officer helping to build partnerships exploring the intersections of tech, education, and social impact. He is also the Kapor Center’s lead staff for the College Bound Brotherhood, which aims to expand the number of African American men in the San Francisco Bay Area who enter and complete college degrees. Justin has a growing interest in tech tools that put information and advice directly in the hands of students. Outside of the office, he serves in officer roles on the boards of Californians for Justice and the Stanford Black Alumni Association of Northern California. A proud Bay Area native, who has found great strength in working with and for the same community that helped develop him. Justin bleeds Cardinal red, receiving his BA in Communications from Stanford University. He is continually trying to develop his mental and physical spirit by engaging in an active lifestyle, traveling internationally, and writing. Contact Justin Davis at justin [at] kaporcenter.org.
Ana Díaz-Hernández is the Investment Analyst for Kapor Capital, where she works on the Kapor Fellows Program and engages the portfolio companies with the Center’s social mission initiatives. Ana holds a BA in Anthropology from Stanford University and participated in several research initiatives relating to urban planning, public health, civic engagement and philanthropy. She entered the world of technology through user experience consulting, where she helped organizations better tailor their mobile products to the needs of the Latino community. She worked at Spool, a video content delivery startup, where she led Product Marketing initiatives. She then later joined Dropbox in Sales and Internationalization initiatives for the Latin American market. Ana has a strong passion for helping diverse talent enter the world of tech and investing in products that better reflect the diversity of their usership. She will often be found at conferences, meetups, and progressive art events. She also aims to live a healthy lifestyle, and can often be found cycling, rock climbing, or salsa dancing in her free time. Contact Ana Diaz-Hernandez at ana [at] kaporcapital.com.
Brian Dixon is the Investment Associate for the Kapor Social Impact Fund (a.k.a. Kapor Capital), which involves identifying and evaluating early-stage investments along with helping portfolio companies grow effectively. He is committed to making sure entrepreneurs of all backgrounds have access to advice and capital in order to make their business succeed. Brian holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Science from Northeastern University and an MBA from F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College. He has been selected as a Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) Fellow, Babson Fellow, and Springworks Scholar. Brian has been interested in entrepreneurship since he was 16, before he knew what a “startup” meant. He enjoys working with entrepreneurs and following the latest technology trends. He is active member in the Oakland and San Francisco startup eco-system. Contact Brian Dixon at brian [at] kaporcapital.com.
Amanda Gelender is a Special Projects Associate, helping the Kapor Center launch initiatives that strengthen our organizational objectives. Amanda graduated from Stanford University with Honors and a BA in Political Science and Drama. She is a recipient of the Stanford Award of Excellence and the Robert M. Golden Medal for her honors thesis on social protest theatre. Amanda is passionate about grassroots organizing, having formerly worked for the Death Penalty Policy project of the ACLU of Northern California and as the Director of Recruitment and Advocacy Specialist for New Global Citizens, where she worked for four years, mobilizing young people in the U.S. to support social justice projects around the world. A Bay Area native, Amanda loves nature and being an adventurous vegan, and in her spare time she enjoys seeing movies and live theatre. She can be reached at amanda [at] kaporcenter.org
Rafael Guagliano is a Staff Accountant working closely with his colleagues to provide day to day accounting support and infrastructure for the organization. He has worked in all aspects of accounting for San Francisco startups over the past 10 years. Rafael received his bachelor’s degree in Geography from UC Berkeley. He has traveled and lived in traditional agricultural societies and in general wants to encourage people to think outside their comfort zone, especially when it comes to reading Western media. His free time is spent turning neighbors’ yards into fruit and vegetable gardens, some of which ends up at local restaurants. Contact Rafael Guagliano at rafael [at] kaporcenter.org.
Jenelle Hawkins is the Branding and Events Manager, making sure the Kapor brand is always shining through in anything we do. Her previous role at the Consulate of Canada in San Diego working in trade and events, her studies at the Academy of Art in Advertising, and her desire for a more diverse environment have all conspired to bring her to the Bay Area and to the Kapor Center. Jenelle grew up in Southern France and has since been traveling the world whenever she can. She’s an observer, who loves finding that one little insight that had yet to be discovered. When she’s not in a movie theater she is usually dancing Tango, Salsa or trying something new. Jenelle is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of San Diego with a BA in Economics with departmental honors and minors in Business and Visual Arts. Contact Jenelle Hawkins at jenelle [at] kaporcenter.org.
Greg Humpa, PhD is the Executive Administrator for Mitch Kapor and Freada Kapor Klein. Since 1998, he has also been the Manager of Client Services at Freada’s research/consulting firm, Klein Associates, which addresses workplace fairness issues.
Before joining Klein Associates, Greg ran training & development and human resources at an agribusiness start-up. This job was a somewhat logical transition from his life as a nearly-eternal graduate student who spent a lot of time on Amish farms. Greg has a Ph.D. in foreign languages and literatures from Purdue University, and was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Bern, Switzerland. He also has a B.A. with highest honors in journalism, French, and German from Creighton University. “Dr. Greg,” as he is known around the Kapor Center, is a Midwestern transplant to the Bay Area, and is constantly amazed by the natural beauty and (mostly) beautiful weather that northern California offers. Contact Greg Humpa at greg [at] kaporcenter.org.
Steven Jenkins is the Accounting Manager where he carefully manages all aspects of the Kapor Center’s financial systems. He brings with him much experience from the non profit world, having previously worked as a Controller at the Exploratorium in San Francisco and the Jewish Community Center in San Rafael. Steven really had an “A-ha!” moment when he found out about the existence of the Kapor Center, a place where he saw his values reflected in the people he would come to work with and has been excited to come to work every day since. Steven has always been fascinated with time and movement, which over the years has brought him to develop a unique hobby of collecting clocks; he now has over 161 of them. He holds an MBA from Saint Louis University. Contact Steven Jenkins at steven [at] kaporcenter.org.
Marquelle Lee is the Office Services Manager where he is responsible for organizing and coordinating office operations, procedures in order to ensure organizational effectiveness and efficiency. Before this current role he was a Membership Service Coordinator at the YMCA in Berkeley where he worked closely with the local neighborhoods to help build strong communities and healthy families. While pursuing his education in Business/ healthcare Management he hopes to continue this effort and make Oakland a better place to live and thrive. Marq is passionate about running and facing any fitness challenge that comes his way. He pursues this passion by participating in annual marathons to help bring awareness to the cause at hand and raise money for charities. Contact Marquelle Lee at marquelle [at] kaporcenter.org.
Mario Lugay is an Impact Advisor/ Program Officer helping to build partnerships exploring the intersection of tech and social impact. Prior to his work at the Kapor Center, Mario served as the first Program Director of the Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation, where he provided leadership around new philanthropic investments in both integrated voter engagement strategies and for a fair and accurate 2010 census count. He has built significant experience in organizing as the National Coordinator of Racial Justice 911 and at CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities, and currently remains active at the intersection of community organizing and civic engagement as co-founder of the New American Leaders Project, the country’s first and only organization dedicated to training first- and second-generation immigrants to consider running for elected office. Mario is a long-time philanthropic and nonprofit consultant, trainer, and speaker, and is a graduate of Columbia University. In addition to serving on the boards of the American Prospect and Resource Generation, he is a life long NYer, has found a physical home in Oakland and a political home at the Asian Pacific Environmental Network, where he serves as board chair. Contact Mario Lugay at mario [at] kaporcenter.org.
Tiffany Price is the Strategic Partnerships and Grants Manager, helping ensure smooth processes and facilitating strong partnership development for the Kapor Center. Prior to this role, Tiffany spent two years as the Education Program Fellow for The San Francisco Foundation where she helped manage the education grantmaking portfolio. Before philanthropy, Tiffany spent six years doing education policy research and evaluation, which fueled her desire to work more closely within her local community. She serves on the board of the Grants Managers Network and is Co-director of Northern California Grantmakers’ Family Philanthropy Exchange Steering Committee. Tiffany holds a Master’s degree in International Comparative Education from Stanford University and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and International Studies from Emory University. Tiffany is an avid photographer who likes to capture life’s little unnoticed moments. She’s part of a choir, does solo gigs at weddings and events, and designs and makes jewelry as a hobby. Contact Tiffany Price at tiffany [at] kaporcenter.org.
Mark Wagner is happy to finally unite his passion for social justice with his professional life at the Kapor Center where he works as the Director of Accounting. Mark ignited his passion for social justice and human rights in 1995 while spending a year as a human rights observer with the Zapatistas in Mexico. He then concentrated on learning accounting and business so as to more effectively run his own non-profit organization, Dando la Mano, which provides financial planning to Latinos. While moonlighting in the non-profit world after college, Mark pursued an accounting career with PriceWaterhouseCoopers and later worked as a financial consultant for corporations throughout the Bay Area. To escape the corporate life Mark volunteered as treasurer on the boards of several non-profits, currently with the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. Mark left corporate America behind him for good when he joined the Kapor Center in 2008. He loves to dance but cautions aging breakdancers not to try anything too ambitious once they approach 40 which he has learned the hard way. Contact Mark Wagner at mark [at] kaporcenter.org.
Eric Wingerter is the Vice President of Communications at the Kapor Center bringing with him more than 15 years experience in non-profit leadership, strategic communications, and digital strategy. Most recently, Eric served as the Vice President for Communications and Digital Media for the NAACP, the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. In 2009, Eric founded the NAACP’s Digital Media Department to create and build the organization’s Email, social media and mobile messaging presence. Two years later, he took the reins of the NAACP’s traditional communications activities as well, overseeing the media and press relations for the organization nationwide. Previously, Eric worked as a DC-based nonprofit consultant, developing communications strategies for a wide range of clients including the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, the Justice Policy Institute, Campaign for Youth Justice and the LGBT Bar Association. He has held leadership positions at non-profit advocacy organizations including Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and Defenders of Wildlife. Eric currently serves on the board of America’s Voice, the communications arm of the national immigration reform movement, and the Venezuelan Sounds Foundation which promotes the rich musical traditions of the Caribbean nation. He is the recipient of the Medgar W. Evers Award for Excellence, the NAACP’s highest national staff honor. A global traveler and outdoor enthusiast, Eric has hiked and camped in the mountains of Peru, Syria, Venezuela, Ethiopia, Turkey, Bolivia, Russia, Nicaragua and Switzerland, in addition to many corners of the Cascade Range in his beloved Pacific Northwest. Contact Eric Wingerter at eric [at] kaporcenter.org.