Purpose is infused in everything we do

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.

Building and sustaining relationships that advance our mission

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.

  • Our Value: Optimism

    Believing change is possible and creating solutions to make it happen.

  • Our Value: Love

    Seeing each person as an irreplaceable and unique gift. Taking action to create shared benefits.

  • Our Value: Integrity

    Creating bonds based on honesty, authenticity and transparency.

  • Our Value: Tenacity

    Creating audacious goals in any circumstance and staying the course until we reach our desired outcomes.

  • Our Value: Partnership

    Working with leaders who use experience and evidence to co-create ideas and solutions that transform the world.

Meet the team

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.

Allison Duncan

Founder and CEO

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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.

Chantal Buard

Head of Digital

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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.

 

Abbey Banks

Director of Philanthropy

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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.

Elizabeth I. Pavageau

Chief Operating Officer

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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.

Nicole Manapol

Uplift Initiative Program Manager

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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.

Nicolas Funke

Lead Front-End Developer

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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.

Daniel Kessler

Director of Communications

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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.

Vilia Ingriany

Digital Experience Design Lead Consultant

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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.

Jill Minkus

Consultant, Family and Individual Philanthropy

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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.

Barbie Lucio-Bartoli

Program Manager

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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.

A. Scot Bolsinger

Senior Writer

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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.

Rahul Mitra

Consultant, Product Development

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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.

Todd Thille

Lead Developer

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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.

Aditi Shrivastava

Data Analyst

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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.

Sarah Oldenburg

Lead Designer

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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.

Julia Indovina

Business Operations Manager

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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.  

Kari Davidson

Designer

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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.

Yuval Barash

Associate Consultant, Financial Strategy and Analysis

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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.

Bill Coffin

Accounting Manager

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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.

Yulia Markina

Associate Web Developer

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Yulia creates responsive user-friendly websites for Amplifier and its partner using JavaScript, jQuery, PHP, HTML, and CSS. Yulia is a self-taught developer who earned a Ph.D. in telecommunications at Taganrog Institute of Technology in Russia and has a degree in engineering. Yulia came to Amplifier as an intern and has since been promoted to full-time staff. She speaks Russian and English, and is learning Spanish.

Florin Tarnovanu

Developer

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Florin Tarnovanu has built web applications and deployed server services for more than 10 years. Based in Romania, Florin joined the Amplifier team to work on developing apps that will change the world, including the latest Beta release of Impact Atlas. Before Amplifier, he maintained the servers, infrastructure and code contributions for Austrian and German government platforms. He routinely works his way through bash commands, monitoring services, syncing databases and implementing new features for open source platforms.

Flavia Halatiba

Backend Developer

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Flavia Halatiba is a web developer based in Romania. She has worked on a range of projects for Amplifier including the launch of Impact Atlas. She has become a drupal enthusiast over the past three years. She has contributed to diverse and complex projects for the Austrian and German governments and the University of Toronto, among others. Flavia has been responsible for the development of web applications using Open-Source Technologies, PHP, Javascript as programming languages and database manipulation in sql.

Clara Nissim

Uplift Communication and Engagement Intern

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Clara Nissim is a cross disciplinary designer who grew up in France and trained in London before coming to San Francisco to join the Uplift team. Clara earned a Bachelor’s degree in design from Goldsmiths University of London. Her work centers on social impact and positive change. This included a pilot project addressing food waste and food poverty in the borough of Westminster, London with a social innovation start up. She also curated a silent auction for a charity supporting education in Haiti.

Kelly Maccarone

HR Lead

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Kelly Maccarone brings a progressive background in human resource operations that covers the broad spectrum of tasks to her post as Amplifier’s HR Lead. While she’s adept at across the board services for Amplifier’s team, she is passionate about training and development of employees that helps each team member grow in their roles. Kelly began her HR career more than ten years ago with a medical software company that eventually was acquired. She assisted the company through these transitions, before moving to an expanded role as a HR Business Partner for Mode Media Corporation. There she managed international hiring and rolled out open enrollment for more than 200 employees. As a HR Manager for Guavus, she managed direct reports and implemented a platform of systems to increase company efficiencies. She graduated from San Jose State University and is a native of San Luis Obispo, CA.

Tamara Coleman

Scrum Master/Project Manager

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As the Scrum Master/Project Manager for Amplifier, Tamara Coleman coordinates diverse projects and ensures both quality and timeliness. Prior to Amplifier she worked as an IT consultant for various financial institutions like Ernst & Young, Morgan Stanley and American Express. Tamara was selected by the U.S. State Department to conduct workshops, master classes and concerts throughout West Africa as a U.S Cultural Ambassador. Tamara received her B.S. in Music and Business from Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA. She holds multiple certificates in Business and Systems Analysis, Blackbelt Methodology, and Scrum Master. She completed a two-week intensive training program at Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and graduated from the Frontier Market Scouts (FMS) certification program in Impact Investing and Social Enterprise Management.

Roman Vynogradnyi

Graphic Designer

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After a lengthy tenure working remotely for Amplifier, Roman Vynogradnyi came from his native Ukraine to San Francisco to join the team full time. He is an accomplished graphic designer, with nearly a decade of experience in both UI/UX design, branding and typography. Roman studied at the Kiev Institute of Advertising at the Faculty of Graphic Design. Prior to coming to Amplifier Roman worked for several advertising agencies in Kiev, both as a senior designer and art director. He has traveled to 20 different countries and speaks three languages. Before becoming a designer, Roman studied to become a chef, which remains one of his personal interests.

Allison Duncan

Founder and CEO

“Ask me about the power of mission-driven work to affect lasting impact.”

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.

Chantal Buard

Head of Digital

“Ask me about the power of digital to transform lives.”

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.

 

Abbey Banks

Director of Philanthropy

“Ask me about how modern philanthropy is a force for good.”

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.

Elizabeth I. Pavageau

Chief Operating Officer

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.

Nicole Manapol

Uplift Initiative Program Manager

“Ask me about the importance of cross-cultural connections.”

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.

Nicolas Funke

Lead Front-End Developer

“Ask me about how the power of now sparks creativity and impact.”

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.

Daniel Kessler

Director of Communications

“Ask me how powerful storytelling and digital tools can lead to systemic change.”

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.

Vilia Ingriany

Digital Experience Design Lead Consultant

“Ask me about bridging the online and offline experience.”

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.

Jill Minkus

Consultant, Family and Individual Philanthropy

“Ask me about what we talk about when we talk about impact potential.”

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.

Barbie Lucio-Bartoli

Program Manager

“Ask me about how to activate generosity in large, diverse networks.”

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.

A. Scot Bolsinger

Senior Writer

“Ask me about the transformative power of stories.”

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.

Rahul Mitra

Consultant, Product Development

“Ask me how technology is driving efficiency and scale in the field.”

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.

Todd Thille

Lead Developer

“Ask me about how digital design can be applied to mission-driven work.”

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.

Aditi Shrivastava

Data Analyst

“Ask me about bridging the gap between the realities of the field and influence holders.”

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.

Sarah Oldenburg

Lead Designer

“Ask me about what digital design can do for you.”

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.

Julia Indovina

Business Operations Manager

“Ask me about how smart organization boosts capabilities.”

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.  

Kari Davidson

Designer

“Ask me about the human side of great design.”

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.

Yuval Barash

Associate Consultant, Financial Strategy and Analysis

“Ask me about the alignment of social impact and positive investment returns.”

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.

Bill Coffin

Accounting Manager

“Ask me about how financial data can reshape your impact.”

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.

Yulia Markina

Associate Web Developer

“Ask me about how digital experiences can drive social change.”

Yulia creates responsive user-friendly websites for Amplifier and its partner using JavaScript, jQuery, PHP, HTML, and CSS. Yulia is a self-taught developer who earned a Ph.D. in telecommunications at Taganrog Institute of Technology in Russia and has a degree in engineering. Yulia came to Amplifier as an intern and has since been promoted to full-time staff. She speaks Russian and English, and is learning Spanish.

Florin Tarnovanu

Developer

“Ask me about how to build large scale apps.”

Florin Tarnovanu has built web applications and deployed server services for more than 10 years. Based in Romania, Florin joined the Amplifier team to work on developing apps that will change the world, including the latest Beta release of Impact Atlas. Before Amplifier, he maintained the servers, infrastructure and code contributions for Austrian and German government platforms. He routinely works his way through bash commands, monitoring services, syncing databases and implementing new features for open source platforms.

Flavia Halatiba

Backend Developer

“Ask me how drupal can help you.”

Flavia Halatiba is a web developer based in Romania. She has worked on a range of projects for Amplifier including the launch of Impact Atlas. She has become a drupal enthusiast over the past three years. She has contributed to diverse and complex projects for the Austrian and German governments and the University of Toronto, among others. Flavia has been responsible for the development of web applications using Open-Source Technologies, PHP, Javascript as programming languages and database manipulation in sql.

Clara Nissim

Uplift Communication and Engagement Intern

“Ask me about the power of Graduation?”

Clara Nissim is a cross disciplinary designer who grew up in France and trained in London before coming to San Francisco to join the Uplift team. Clara earned a Bachelor’s degree in design from Goldsmiths University of London. Her work centers on social impact and positive change. This included a pilot project addressing food waste and food poverty in the borough of Westminster, London with a social innovation start up. She also curated a silent auction for a charity supporting education in Haiti.

Kelly Maccarone

HR Lead

Kelly Maccarone brings a progressive background in human resource operations that covers the broad spectrum of tasks to her post as Amplifier’s HR Lead. While she’s adept at across the board services for Amplifier’s team, she is passionate about training and development of employees that helps each team member grow in their roles. Kelly began her HR career more than ten years ago with a medical software company that eventually was acquired. She assisted the company through these transitions, before moving to an expanded role as a HR Business Partner for Mode Media Corporation. There she managed international hiring and rolled out open enrollment for more than 200 employees. As a HR Manager for Guavus, she managed direct reports and implemented a platform of systems to increase company efficiencies. She graduated from San Jose State University and is a native of San Luis Obispo, CA.

Tamara Coleman

Scrum Master/Project Manager

As the Scrum Master/Project Manager for Amplifier, Tamara Coleman coordinates diverse projects and ensures both quality and timeliness. Prior to Amplifier she worked as an IT consultant for various financial institutions like Ernst & Young, Morgan Stanley and American Express. Tamara was selected by the U.S. State Department to conduct workshops, master classes and concerts throughout West Africa as a U.S Cultural Ambassador. Tamara received her B.S. in Music and Business from Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA. She holds multiple certificates in Business and Systems Analysis, Blackbelt Methodology, and Scrum Master. She completed a two-week intensive training program at Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and graduated from the Frontier Market Scouts (FMS) certification program in Impact Investing and Social Enterprise Management.

Roman Vynogradnyi

Graphic Designer

After a lengthy tenure working remotely for Amplifier, Roman Vynogradnyi came from his native Ukraine to San Francisco to join the team full time. He is an accomplished graphic designer, with nearly a decade of experience in both UI/UX design, branding and typography. Roman studied at the Kiev Institute of Advertising at the Faculty of Graphic Design. Prior to coming to Amplifier Roman worked for several advertising agencies in Kiev, both as a senior designer and art director. He has traveled to 20 different countries and speaks three languages. Before becoming a designer, Roman studied to become a chef, which remains one of his personal interests.

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