About Us

Who We are

The Program

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.

Our Team


Hannah Calhoon

Managing Director

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

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Hannah Calhoon

Hannah Calhoon

Managing Director

Bill Cromie

Director of Tech Innovation

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.

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Bill Cromie

Bill Cromie

Director of Tech Innovation

KT Gillett

Program Manager, Community Engagement
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KT Gillett

KT Gillett

Program Manager, Community Engagement

Core Values

Humans First

Our work is grounded in the idea that people hold complex identities. We try to meet people where they are.

Redefine The Room

People are experts in their own lives. We involve and prioritize those closest to the issues.

Do The Thing

We have a strong bias towards action. No idea survives first contact with the real world.

Value Discomfort

Being uncomfortable is often a necessary competent of learning and growth.

Engage The Messiness

Things will go sideways. We adapt, adjust, and continue.