Blue Ridge Labs@Robin Hood is a program of Robin Hood – New York’s largest poverty-fighting organization.
The Labs program was launched from inside the Blue Ridge Foundation New York to build upon its 15 year legacy of transforming ideas into organizations. In 2015, we became a part of Robin Hood to expand our reach and impact.
The Blue Ridge Labs team specializes in creating and supporting early-stage social tech ventures (both for-profit and nonprofit). Alums of our Catalyst program have been named Echoing Green Fellows, raised rounds from prominent venture capitalists, received funding from major philanthropic institutions, been featured in NYTimes, Forbes, and more. Most importantly, the alumni of our programs help hundreds of thousands of people every day.
Hannah's background is in innovation strategy. She's worked with organizations of all size on funding, developing, and launching products and programs designed to create social change. In her free time, you can find her chasing her daughter, reading bad sci-fi, and experimenting with new recipes for chocolate chip cookies
Bill has been the technical cofounder for two successful tech startups, from generating and refining the product through building and leading a team to execute the vision. In his free time, when he's not hacking on the latest tech, Bill likes to build wooden boats with his Dad, sail, and practice hot yoga.
Our work is grounded in the idea that people hold complex identities. We try to meet people where they are.
People are experts in their own lives. We involve and prioritize those closest to the issues.
We have a strong bias towards action. No idea survives first contact with the real world.
Being uncomfortable is often a necessary component of learning and growth.
Things will go sideways. We adapt, adjust, and continue.