Mitch Kapor is Partner at 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 Partner at 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 Partner at the Kapor Center. 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 the Managing Partner, overseeing programs and philanthropic partnerships as well as day-to-day operations. 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. Cedric is the co-founder of the College Bound Brotherhood, which aims to serve 5000 African American young men on the path to a college degree. 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 the diplomatic arts of a Southern gentleman. Contact Cedric Brown at cedric [at] kaporcenter.org.
Moneese de Lara is development professional with more than 20 years experience in fundraising. She has held senior level development positions in arts and culture, health and civil rights organizations. She has extensive experience building and managing development funds and campaigns ranging from $10 to $42 million in operating, capital and program support. Most recently, Moneese lead the fundraising program for the national office of the NAACP as the Senior Vice President of Development. She led and managed the growth of the development program, which more than doubled in revenue during her five year leadership. She was the recipient of the NAACP Medgar W. Evers Award for Excellence, the highest honor bestowed upon a national professional staff member of the NAACP for outstanding service. As a senior development officer, Moneese manages a team of fundraising professionals and the strategic direction and operation of all development funds, including foundations, individuals and corporations. Her personal interest and portfolio is focused on corporate fund development including corporate philanthropy and corporate sponsorship. Her interest in corporate fund development is informed by her work in corporate responsibility and public relations with several fortune 500 companies prior to joining the non-profit sector, including RJR Nabisco, Lockheed Martin and PepsiCo, where she was part of the start-up and operations of what was then the largest minority franchise in the PepsiCo system, setting up human resources, financial and sales systems to achieve regional product distribution. A graduate of Rutgers University in Business Management, Moneese is involved in several professional and civic organizations, including, Association of Fund Raising Professionals; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority; Links Incorporated; Jack and Jill of America. She and her husband have two daughters.
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.
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 Associate 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 Principal for 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.
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.
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.
Angela Newman is the Executive Administrator and Office Manager for the Baltimore office. In her role, Angela manages daily office operations and provides administrative support for the team. Angela brings over 15 years executive support and office management experience to the Kapor Center. Angela previously worked for Amnesty International USA where she served as the Senior Executive Assistant to the Executive Director. Prior to Amnesty, Angela was Executive Assistant and Senior Scheduler in the Executive Office of the NAACP. Angela earned an MBA and a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration from the University of Maryland, University College (UMUC). She also earned her B.A. with high honors from UMUC. She has a passion for social justice and human rights issues and enjoys mentoring young women and girls in her community. Angela can be reached at angela [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.
Antoinette Reyes is the Staff Accountant for the Kapor Center, working closely with her peers in all aspects of accounting. She brings with her years of experience in startups, public and non profit organizations, and most recently, seven years of accounting experience. Antoinette holds an AA degree in Networks Systems Administration and a BA degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. She found her love for non-profit work and giving back to the community while working for the Andre Agassi Foundation in Las Vegas. Before entering the field of Business Accounting, Antoinette worked as a Graphics Technician for the City of Fremont. Outside of the office, Antoinette enjoys event planning, volunteering at church, trying new restaurants, salsa dancing, hiking, and exploring the Bay Area on the weekends. She can be reached at Antoinette [at] kaporcenter.org
Jed Sullivan is the IT Director, managing the technical operations and direction for the Kapor Center. Jed joined Kapor Enterprises in 2011, before his role at the Kapor Center Jed supported the Level Playing Field Institute as an academic technologist. He brings with him 20 years of IT system management and social mission focused experience. As the fortunate beneficent of numerous social welfare programs during his formative years, Jed is acutely aware of the value in closing social equity gaps and works passionately towards that end. He was a founder and board member of the not for profit, High Five Functions where he helped to make it easier for individuals to incorporate altruism into their everyday life. Jed is a new father of, by pure happenstance, one the most consistently happy babies he’s encountered. He is an artist and photographer who has worked with the SF Art Institute, Reverie Gallery(Chicago) and The Foundry(East Bay) among others. Contact Jed Sullivan at jed [at]kaporcenter.org.
Derek Turner is the Communications Director at the Kapor Center helping to raise awareness about the issues, ideals and innovations that are central to the Center’s mission. Derek brings nearly 12 years of strategic communications experience to the Kapor Center, including, most recently, three years with the NAACP as the National Director of Communications. Prior to the NAACP, he worked for the Democratic National Committee, National Public Radio and his high school alma mater Sandy Spring Friends School. In addition to his communications background, Derek is a Maryland-barred attorney with a focus on First Amendment advocacy and intellectual property rights. Derek earned an undergraduate degree from Duke University, an MA from American University and his JD from Southwestern Law School. Outside of the office, Derek likes to rock the mic at karaoke spots across the greater Washington metropolitan area. Contact Derek Turner at derek[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.