About Us

Our work is made possible by a dedicated community of colleagues, partners, builders, and friends

The Program

Blue Ridge Labs @ Robin Hood is a program of Robin Hood – New York’s largest poverty-fighting organization. We offer fellowships, grants, and workshops that help social innovators build technology-enabled products and services aimed at the challenges faced by low-income Americans.

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.

Our Team


Hannah Calhoon

Director

Hannah's worked at the Boston Consulting Group, Acumen, and Embrace helping organizations of all sizes with product development, market entry, and partnership strategy. A Minnesotan at heart, she maintains a love for ice hockey, state fairs, and getting to know her neighbors.

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Hannah Calhoon

Hannah Calhoon

Director

Bill Cromie

Director Of Emergent Technology

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 Emergent Technology

Core Values

Courage

We jump into the unknown and the uncomfortable with transparency and honesty

Empathy

We value and endeavor to understand the diverse lived experiences of all our neighbors: people are more than the challenges they face

Collaboration

We acknowledge, celebrate and depend on the whole community to contribute to our process

Learning Boldly

We encourage learning and experimentation, and actively seek to challenge ourselves and each other

Thank you to our partners