Maria Springer, Co-Founder & Executive Director
Maria Springer earned her B.A. in Political Science from UCLA, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Prior to starting LivelyHoods, Maria served as the Executive Director of KITO International, helping the Founder grow his vision from an idea to an award-winning organization that helps street youth through economic, entrepreneurial and educational opportunities. Maria also worked with the Spanish Department of Justice researching the impact of rehabilitation programs on recidivism rates. As an Organizer with the AFSCME labor union, Maria helped organize a yearlong campaign that resulted in a just contract for over 7,000 University of California day laborers. She is recognized as a StartingBloc Fellow, a Cordes Fellow, an Unreasonable Institute Fellow, and as a Global Social Benefit Incubator Fellow.
Tania Laden, Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer
Tania earned her B.S. from Stanford University, where she graduated with a degree in Science, Technology and Society with a focus on Management Science & Engineering. Tania joined LivelyHoods at the end of 2010, bringing her global business acumen and experience to the organization. Prior to LivelyHoods, Tania worked as a Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley, where she focused on assisting non-profits and social ventures manage their assets and investments. As a Business & Technology Analyst at EZLearn, an educational technology start-up in Brazil, Tania assisted with managing the technology team and customer outreach activities for over 10,000 customers. After serving as an adviser and volunteer for two years with KITO International, Tania moved to Kenya to build and manage iSmart, the first sales agent network created by LivelyHoods. Tania is recognized as a 2011 Mara Foundation Entrepreneur Fellow.
Alex Govinda, iSmart Kenya Co-Founder & Sales Agent
Alex Beru Govinda has been a key advisor since the very beginning and was instrumental in the creation of iSmart Kenya. Alex grew up hustling on the streets of Kawangware, moving in and out of orphanages and centers for street children, but now happily says that he has finally found a home and future with iSmart. Alex continues to partner with staff on developing recruitment, operations, programming and business strategies. He is a high performer and his sales numbers have been unbeatable. He has dreams of starting his own business and meanwhile spends his free time pursuing his passion for hip hop, rapping under the name ‘Harakiri’.
Finorah Manyala, Operations Manager
Finorah volunteered to advance the iSmart Kenya mission for an entire year until it was discovered that she had the skills to manage the office. Because of her passion for development she studied social work received her diploma in Social Work & Community Development in 2008. Finorah found a new, unexpected way to help the community: by managing an effective business that delivers products that improve the quality of life for the customer and the community. She now dreams of studying business to continue growing her skills as she explores the field of social entrepreneurship.
Becca Gentile, Director of Finance, USA
Becca earned her MBA from LEEDS School of Business at the University of Colorado at Boulder and earned her B.S. in Biology from Colorado College, where she graduated cum laude. Becca’s interest in business, development and East Africa led to her to begin working with LivelyHoods since its inception. Her background has made her an invaluable resource in the developing LivelyHood’s financial and operational foundation. She previously worked with the 52 Kids Foundation and Educate!, two social enterprises in Uganda. Working with various consulting groups and non-profits, Becca has researched and developed start-up execution plans, and sustainable business plans for social enterprises in emerging markets.
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Pamela Roussos, CMO of AppFirst
New York City, New York
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Jade Van Doren, CEO of TechForward
Los Angeles, California
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Carrie Feigel Bischke, Associate Director of Marketing of UbiSoft
San Francisco, California
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Lisa Parrot, Director of Program Development and Quality, Save the Children
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