Amplifier’s success goes beyond the sum of what we do in a given day, week or year. We seek a higher level of connection, to build resilience in ourselves and in others, and to find pathways to make systems work better for everyone. Our lived experience has shown us that when we live and work from a place of meaning, we can succeed in advancing our mission of unleashing human potential.
For nearly a decade, Amplifier has been dedicated to working with visionary leaders who bring their passion and commitment to mission-driven work. From the beginning we knew that people matter more than profit, and we have learned along the way that the best method for us to amplify our impact is to help the new wave of social innovators succeed. By combining today’s unprecedented access to capital, networks and technology, we can push forward with steady optimism, confident that tomorrow will be a brighter day.
Believing change is possible and creating solutions to make it happen.
Seeing each person as an irreplaceable and unique gift. Taking action to create shared benefits.
Creating bonds based on honesty, authenticity and transparency.
Creating audacious goals in any circumstance and staying the course until we reach our desired outcomes.
Working with leaders who use experience and evidence to co-create ideas and solutions that transform the world.
We come from all over the globe. We arrived in different ways with vastly different experiences and expertise. But we share a passion for connecting change-makers and equipping them with the tools to change the world.
Founder and CEORead More
Allison Duncan is an industry leader and advisor to global changemakers on philanthropy, impact investing and social entrepreneurship. Her passion to modernize philanthropy and make a difference on the world’s most urgent challenges led her to launch Amplifier to build and scale mission-driven programs. Since its inception in 2007, Amplifier has offered a partnership with an integrated team that imagines, designs and implements strategies that change social and economic systems. By activating capital, building strategic capabilities and inspiring networks, Amplifier aims to achieve audacious results in our lifetime.
Since 2007, Amplifier has activated more than $500 million and launched new ventures, portfolio strategies, and cutting-edge solutions for influential foundations and organizations around the world. Its clients include the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Erol Foundation, The Skoll Foundation, The Libra Foundation, Battery Powered, Arcus Foundation, Resources Legacy Fund, Swift Foundation, BRAC, Barefoot College and The Nature Conservancy, among others.
Allison began her career in philanthropy with the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. She served as the Program Director for a $400 million environmental investment and as the Director of Program Finance, where she created a practice to conduct due diligence, measure outcomes, and structure $1 billion in grants and program-related investments. Prior to joining the Moore Foundation, Allison worked at Deloitte in the Carolinas, Russia, New York and Silicon Valley.
Head of DigitalRead More
As a Partner and Head of Digital at Amplifier, Chantal Buard uses the power of visual storytelling and technology solutions to accelerate the work of mission-driven organizations. She oversees a staff of designers, developers and content strategists to build effective and inspiring digital and communications products. In addition to steering visual design, Chantal leads both the engineering and the digital product development teams. Chantal has more than 20 years of experience in digital media production, combined with a lifelong interest in mission-driven work.
Before coming to Amplifier, Chantal founded Mana Productions in 2005, an audiovisual and design production company based in San Francisco, which merged with Amplifier in 2012. As a Media Producer for NBC/Quokka Ventures, she co-produced the online version of NBC’s coverage of the Sydney and Salt Lake City Olympics. Her expertise in design and video revolutionized the use of the Internet as an integral part of a worldwide media event.
Chantal’s diverse experience includes extended time in Tanzania where her documentary stories were featured by France Television. Through the non-profit Picture Earth, she worked to popularize the work of the world-renowned French photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand in the U.S. Chantal graduated from the Sorbonne and holds an MBA from IAE, Aix en Provence and York University, Toronto, specializing in Media and Arts Management. Originally from Paris, France, Chantal has been living in San Francisco for nearly 20 years.
Director of PhilanthropyRead More
As Director of Family and Individual Philanthropy, Abbey Banks has been at the forefront of Amplifier’s innovative programs that connect people to others and the mission-driven work that inspires them. She and her team designed, launched and grew Battery Powered, which has grown to more than 650 members contributing more than $8 million to mission-driven organizations in just two years of its existence.
Prior to coming to Amplifier, Abbey was the Director of Membership at Net Impact. Under her leadership membership grew by 60 percent to 15,000 members. It doubled the size of the chapter network to exceed 200 chapters and opened up international expansion in Asia, Latin America and Africa. At the East Bay Community Foundation, she led donor engagement programs to build giving communities for impact.
Abbey received her BA with honors (in Political Science and Latin American Studies) from Scripps College, and her MBA from the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University.
Chief Operating OfficerRead More
As the Chief Operating Officer of Amplifier, Elizabeth Pavageau applies her extensive experience in growing the impact of global businesses to our team-focused social impact and strategic philanthropy. She is responsible for seamlessly scaling the teams, business processes and infrastructure, while deepening and expanding client relationships. With nearly two decades of experience in driving cross-functional alignment and facilitating successful global business efforts, Elizabeth excels in developing new business models and positioning companies for greater growth and impact.
A senior executive with expertise in business operations, sales, technology, customer support, finance and human resources, Elizabeth’s background encompasses global start-ups and corporations specializing in mobile, digital advertising and technology platforms. Prior to joining Amplifier, she served as Vice President of Ad Solutions for Placecast, launching the company’s successful mobile advertising line of business and generating over $5M in revenue within its first 18 months. She also served as Head of North America Business Strategy and Operations for InMobi, supporting the company’s 10x growth over four years. As Head of Finance and Business Operations for Datapop, she tightened the company’s finance and business operations processes to secure its Series A round.
Earlier in her career, Elizabeth held various sales and operations roles at Yahoo! and Hewlett-Packard, among others. A San Francisco resident, Elizabeth graduated from Duke University and earned her business degree from ESCP, one of the top business schools in Europe.
Director of InvestmentRead More
At Amplifier, Kavita Gupta heads impact investments for philanthropists and family foundations who want to unleash and optimize impact outcomes while aligning profits and values in cutting-edge, mission-driven work. In 2015, Kavita was honored as the UN Social Finance Innovator of the Year. She serves on the boards of nearly a dozen impact-driven companies across the Middle East, South Asia and Africa. Kavita has more than a decade of impact investment and fixed income product innovation experience at McKinsey, The World Bank, HSBC, and IFC. She has been an integral part of the first green bond, carbon swap and social-impact bond teams at the World Bank and IFC. She also developed and headed The World Bank’s youth innovation fund. Kavita attended Harvard Business School and is an MIT media lab fellow.
Director of ExperiencesRead More
As Director of Experiences, Kristin Coates connects philanthropists and impact investors in meaningful ways to deepen their connection to mission-driven work and outcomes. Before coming to Amplifier she operated Coates Consulting, a sustainable tourism company for more than 15 years, which was an early mover in what is now a mainstream market. She has traveled to more than 50 countries.
Kristin has worked for the likes of Global Green USA, Global Possibilities, EMA and American Land Conservancy. She co-created a hospitality destination, Cavallo Point, within the Golden Gate National Parks, that eventually won a 65-year lease. She earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from the University of Vermont and added certifications in sustainable tourism from George Washington University and marketing from U.C. Berkeley.
Uplift Initiative Program ManagerRead More
Nicole Manapol is a consultant at Amplifier where she manages Uplift, a collaborative initiative to accelerate global adoption of Graduation programs. For the past 12 years, Nicole has worked at the intersection of development, business and education building the capacity of NGOs, universities and social enterprises to enact transformational change through cross-sector collaboration. She has worked in 12 countries across Central America, the Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and North Africa. Nicole is a Peace Corps Fellow with an MPA from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies and holds a BS in International Affairs from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.
Strategic Services ManagerRead More
Nicole plays a key role in supporting company growth, talent management and employee retention and training. She began her career in international development consulting with Chemonics International in Washington, D.C., where she became the youngest corporate financial reviewer in the company’s history. Between short-term engagements abroad, she honed her expertise in proposal development, project management and corporate training. After graduate school, she worked at the start-up nonprofit, BizCorps, first as a small business consultant in Kenya and then as the acting V.P. of Operations and Finance stateside. She is well-versed in impact investing, social entrepreneurship, and the challenges faced by small and growing businesses (SGBs), both in the U.S. and abroad. Nicole has an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business with a focus on social entrepreneurship.
Lead Front-End DeveloperRead More
Nicolas Funke is a dynamic, full-stack, software engineer, with cross-sector experience across the IT industry since 2010. The French native joined Amplifier to apply his expertise to vital projects of social, global change. He has developed websites for Amplifier, the Skoll Foundation, The Fish Hub and Barefoot College, among others. Before coming to Amplifier, Nicolas worked as a technical project manager for Limonetik. Nicolas has a double master’s degree from Oxford Brookes University specializing in web technologies and philanthropy.
Lead Consultant, Strategic CommunicationsRead More
Daniel coordinates Amplifier’s digital teams of strategists, writers, and designers to push innovation and deliver on-strategy communications products. Before coming to Amplifier, Daniel had several high profile jobs in the social sector, including with Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, Greenpeace International, 350.org and Living Goods.
As communications director at Living Goods, Daniel oversaw all marketing for the dynamic social enterprise, managed press relations, and built its new website. At 350.org, Daniel helped to organize one of the largest climate change rallies in U.S. history, which brought over 50,000 people in 2012 to Washington, D.C. Daniel holds a B.A. in journalism from the University of Wyoming.
Digital Experience Design Lead ConsultantRead More
With Amplifier, Vilia Ingriany leads product design and strategy for Impact Atlas, an innovative mobile technology platform that supports the work by Uplift’s field partners working to eradicate extreme poverty. In her career, Vilia has led experience design projects and teams for leading digital agencies in U.S. and Canada. She has led and worked on client projects in healthcare and transportation industries among others.
Consultant, Family and Individual PhilanthropyRead More
Jill Minkus has the distinction of being the first new hire for Amplifier dating back to 2008. She has since been involved with most every client to partner with our firm. She works with large foundations, nonprofits and mission-focused businesses on strategic planning, evaluation, performance measurement and fund development. Past and current clients include Erol Foundation, Battery Powered, The Gates Foundation, Resources Legacy Fund, The Nature Conservancy, California Ocean Science Trust and Environmental Defense Fund. Prior to coming to Amplifier, Jill performed similar work for The Hiles Group. She has a master’s degree from U.C. Berkeley and a bachelor’s from Reed College.
Program ManagerRead More
As the Program Manager for Battery Powered, Barbie Lucio-Bartoli oversees the philanthropic program at one of San Francisco’s esteemed social clubs. She contributed to building the program from the ground up and now leads member relations and program operations. Barbie excels in project management and is known for her unflappable problem-solving abilities. Prior to Amplifier, Barbie worked as the Cultural Affairs Manager at Deria, a nonprofit organization based in France, managing events, public communications and fundraising activities. She earned an MBA in change management from IAE Aix-en-Provence in France and speaks four languages.
Senior WriterRead More
A. Scot Bolsinger sets tone and messaging and holds the editorial line across communications projects for Amplifier and its clients. During a decade-long journalism career he won more than two dozen press awards and helped lead a daily paper on the verge of extinction to best in class. Prior to Amplifier, he became a minority partner at ScaleUp Partners, a national strategy firm advocating economic opportunities for disaffected urban communities. He is the founder of CriminalU.co, a prison reform platform, and EffinArtist.com, a nonprofit that elevates the role of art and story in social change. He has a psychology degree from George Fox University.
Consultant, Product DevelopmentRead More
As an experienced program manager, Rahul Mitra leads projects that provide technological solutions to communities in poverty. He has led product development initiatives and infrastructure development projects in the Water and Sanitation (WASH) and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sectors. He’s worked with NGOs around the globe, traveling to 57 countries. He is the founder and executive director of BioD, a social enterprise that delivers clean energy solutions for communities in developing countries. Rahul earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and a master’s in Global Human Development from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He is fluent in five languages: Spanish, French, English, Bengali and Hindi.
Lead DeveloperRead More
Todd Thille has more than 20 years experience programming for the web. He leads a global team at Amplifier, working on a wide array of platforms for mission-driven clients. Todd has developed and maintained sites for Technicolor Creative Services, WGBH in Boston, United Church of Religious Science. He has also created code projects for The Grammy Museum, ESPNZone along with developing independent iOS applications. Todd has experience with documentary filmmaking, video editing, print design, interface and user-experience design, photography, and audio recording. He is an Apple Certified Trainer and a contributor to several open source projects. Todd holds a BA in Art Practice from University of California, Berkeley.
Data AnalystRead More
Aditi Shrivastava left the public sector to come to Amplifier and apply analytics to mission-driven philanthropic work. Previously, she worked for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the San Francisco Unified School District and in direct practice social work. While at HHS, Aditi played a key role in developing a subsidized employment program that employed a quarter million hard-to-employ individuals at the peak of the recession. Aditi has a bachelor’s from Portland State University and a master’s from Columbia University.
Lead DesignerRead More
Sarah Oldenburg has risen to the level of Lead Designer at Amplifier through design work across a broad spectrum of all things digital and print. She views graphic design as a medium for organized, digestible communication. Before coming to Amplifier, the East Coast native built a diverse portfolio as marketing designer for the advertising agency SapientNitro in Boston and San Francisco. She graduated from Philadelphia University with a bachelor’s in graphic design.
Lead Production Manager, Strategic ServicesRead More
Julia Indovina has more than 12 years of experience at the strategic level with foundations, policymakers, nonprofits and corporate social responsibility partners, where she has worked to develop networks and implement systems of effective communication towards positive change. Previously she was ZeroDivide’s Director of Marketing following work with diverse organizations like Northern California Grantmakers, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, the Institute of Politics and Donors Forum of Illinois. She served as the Board President of City Slicker Farms, an urban farming organization in West Oakland. She has an MPA in nonprofit administration.
Associate Consultant, Content StrategyRead More
As a writer and content strategist, Wren Brennan has used the power of story to elevate causes and empower social change around issues like extreme poverty, reproductive rights, education and climate change. Before coming to Amplifier, she worked at 826 Valencia–a renowned nonprofit founded by author Dave Eggers to teach writing to children–where she edited a student-run magazine. She conducted independent research, communications and student organizing for NARAL in Minnesota. Wren also researched sustainable development in coastal communities in northeast Brazil. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and English from Malcalester College.
Kari Davidson joined the Amplifier design team to help bring Impact Atlas to life and will continue to steer it through its Beta development. Before coming Amplifier she worked with Microsoft’s design team for Windows 10 and the company’s wearable fitness and health platform. Prior to Microsoft, she served as an intern with Nike on the better world brand team. The Portland native moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington and play soccer. She was the team’s goalkeeper, captain and first-team all-academic honoree before graduating with a bachelor’s in Visual Communication Design. While still in college Kari co-founded the social enterprise Haiti Babi, which empowers women to keep their children out of orphanages in Haiti by creating handmade artisan baby products.
Associate Consultant, Financial Strategy and AnalysisRead More
Yuval Barash works with philanthropists and foundations to create mission-driven outcomes through impact investments. Before coming to Amplifier, Yuval worked at Cambridge Associates where he advised large institutional clients (e.g. colleges, museums, and foundations), analyzed quantitative and qualitative data, and delivered investment recommendations to CIOs, CFOs, and Investment Committees. He also completed internships with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and the Massachusetts Division of Banks. Yuval has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Brandeis University.
Lead ConsultantRead More
Maria Caprio’s career spans philanthropy, impact investing, state-level policymaking, grassroots health advocacy, global business development and finance. At Amplifier, she partners with clients to develop strategic philanthropic and impact investing frameworks that increase positive social and environmental change. Before coming to Amplifier, Maria was the director of a grassroots advocacy program, Shanti’s Margot Murphy Women’s Cancer Program. As a Women’s Policy Institute Fellow with the Women’s Foundation of California, she crafted and successfully lobbied on behalf of the Healthy Babies Act of 2014. She’s worked in private equity in San Francisco, New York and London. Maria is an alumna of the S.F. Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership San Francisco Program. She has a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Scripps College.
Accounting ManagerRead More
Bill Coffin has more than 12 years of experience working as an operational accountant in consulting services. He keeps an eye on the processes and systems that allow Amplifier to keep the numbers aligned and on track in a fluid emerging business environment. A San Diego, Calif. native, Bill holds a BS in Accountancy from San Diego State University.