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.

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 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

KT Gillett

Community Outreach, Research and Design
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KT Gillett

KT Gillett

Community Outreach, Research and Design

Core Values

Humans First

People are more than the challenges they face, and each of us is more than our roles and titles. We put the whole person, their family and community first.

Redefine The Room

We redefine what it means to be an “expert”, including all voices in the ideation, decision and creation process.

Do The Thing

We have a strong bias towards action. A real product in the world changes the world, so we build and create, not just design and ideate.

Value Discomfort

The work we do challenges us, often in ways that can be discomforting. We lean into that discomfort because that’s how we grow and learn.

Engage The Messiness

This will go wrong, plans will fail. These bumps in the road are opportunities, and we wholeheartedly engage with them.