Alumni

Meet the people who inspire us.

Each year, we select 15-20 fellows from hundreds of applicants to join us for the summer. After weeks of immersion in New York’s underserved neighborhoods, our fellows work together to imagine, test, and launch new products inspired by the people they’ve met and the challenges these communities face.

Our fellows are entrepreneurs, builders, and connectors. They come to us from big tech firms, small creative agencies, amazing community organizations, and everywhere else in between. We choose them for their expertise, but also for their empathy, drive, and their commitment to constantly and quickly adapting to new information. And every year, we’re impressed with the how much they achieve in just a few short months.

Ashley
Treni

Design

Ashley is passionate about generative research and user centered design process. As a design facilitator, she utilizes the power of mental models to align understanding, and attributes her love of facilitation to her many years in hospitality. She is a UX designer at DockYard in Boston, and recently graduated with an MFA in Information Design and Visualization from Northeastern University.

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Ashley </br> Treni

Ashley
Treni

Design

Lindsey
Wagner

Design

With a background in art and a desire to solve problems, Lindsey loves working with others to design inspiring and valuable experiences. She previously co-founded the user experience department at Genuine Interactive. She also led the user experience design on 8 award-winning public media projects including Black Gold Boom, Curious City, Austin Music Map and I See Change.

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Lindsey </br> Wagner

Lindsey
Wagner

Design

Joel
Stillman

Design

Joel Stillman is a graphic designer developing visual and strategic direction for brands, institutions, and advocacies that positively impact communities. Working to clarify issues like NYC's welfare system, equitable food education, and the foreclosure crisis, Joel has worked closely with a range of organizations that include the Center for Urban Pedagogy, the Museum of Modern Art, Pentagram, Just Food, The Center for Architecture NY, and Project Projects.

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Joel </br> Stillman

Joel
Stillman

Design

Lucas
Carlisle

Design

Lucas Carlisle is a product designer and art director specializing in interactive media. He comes from The Huffington Post where he designed user interfaces for mobile, web, and everything in between. Lucas also collaborates with UnionDocs, a documentary arts center in Brooklyn.

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Lucas </br> Carlisle

Lucas
Carlisle

Design

Dan
Kass

Engineering

Dan graduated in 2013 with a B.S. in Computer Science from Tufts University, and has worked as a creative technologist and front-end developer for clients such as Spotify, Time Inc, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He is currently working on an ongoing project to empower New York City tenants by simplifying violation reporting and providing greater access to crucial building and landlord information.

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Dan </br> Kass

Dan
Kass

Engineering

Nikhil
Murthy

Engineering

Nikhil was an early engineer at Twitter, working on the Growth team building highly scalable distributed systems. He graduated from Emory University, and previously interned at both Yahoo and Apple.

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Nikhil </br> Murthy

Nikhil
Murthy

Engineering

Dylan
Butman

Engineering

Dylan works as a programmer, designer, and fabricator building web based applications, experimental user interfaces, interactive data visualizations, and creative coding installations. He strives to produce experiences where technology serves to mediate alternative modes of human interaction, and believes deeply in the power of technology to facilitate personal, social, and environmental change.

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Dylan </br> Butman

Dylan
Butman

Engineering

Alexei
Miagkov

Engineering

Alexei is building tools to discover, measure and protect against cookieless tracking, or browser fingerprinting. He previously led product/engineering of Ghostery, a popular browser privacy tool.

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Alexei </br> Miagkov

Alexei
Miagkov

Engineering

Fred
Diego

Engineering

Fred enjoys being able to use his computer programming skills to address social problems that matter. He has a background in cognitive and computer science and he led development at an EdTech startup before coming to *blue ridge*. Other professional projects include building a mobile application to help organizations handle the intake of thousands of migrant children at the Texas border.

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Fred </br> Diego

Fred
Diego

Engineering

Susie
Kavanaugh

Product

Susie is a passionate educator. She moved to NYC to start a fifth grade program for a small independent school where the curriculum empowered students to design and build their own classroom furniture, earning her an award for Excellence in Education. Susie will soon receive a Master's degree in Cognition and Learning from Teachers College, Columbia University; she hopes to use cognitive research to improve out of school learning by developing innovative methods built around new technologies.

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Susie </br> Kavanaugh

Susie
Kavanaugh

Product

Sam
Gimbel

Product

Sam builds products that serve. He was the first product hire at DigitalOcean, a cloud hosting provider for developers. He previously founded BrewCrate, a homebrewing startup focusing on education in the DIY space and developed an illustrated children’s book for iPad.

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Sam </br> Gimbel

Sam
Gimbel

Product

Georges
Clement

Product

Georges believes that education is key in bridging the widening socio-economic gap in the US. Most recently, he was a Product Manager at General Assembly, focusing on building and managing GA’s Business programs. He is also the Co-Founder of UniFi Scholars, a financial literacy and college financing education non-profit.

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Georges </br> Clement

Georges
Clement

Product

Alex
Hunsucker

Product

Alex has been building successful products at startups for the last 9 years. He was recently Director of Product Development for Jibe, a enterprise SaaS company that improves the job candidate experience. Previously, he led product and UX teams for consumer startups Eventful and GetGlue.

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Alex </br> Hunsucker

Alex
Hunsucker

Product

Amer
Fitian

Product

Amer works on products that help people achieve their goal of being self-employed. He helped build the first and only consumer business-licensing database at License123.com (Acquired by Intuit). Amer then served as a Product Manager for Intuit's QuickBooks SMB unit. He focused on building QuickBooks Licenses, which streamlined complex business tax code into a single integrated user experience and automated tax calendar.

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Amer </br> Fitian

Amer
Fitian

Product

Andres
Rodriguez

Design

A creative team player with the ability to successfully convert ideas to goals, inspire teams and create interactive experiences. With over seven years of experience on interactive design, Andres has specialized on art direction, web/UI design, user experience and conceptualization. He co-started a digital production studio in New York City, where he experienced all the phases of digital projects from start to finish, and where he focused his abilities as an art director and digital designer for five years. His credentials include a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design and an Associate degree in Computer Science.

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Andres </br> Rodriguez

Andres
Rodriguez

Design

Devon
Hirth

Design

Devon is a design technologist who helps design and build products for social impact.
Previously he worked with brands such as American Express, Bloomberg, Businessweek,
Sony Entertainment, and most recently co-founded a financial tech startup called Quadrant.io which provides access to macroeconomic data.

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Devon </br> Hirth

Devon
Hirth

Design

Ethan
Resnick

Engineering

Ethan works as a UX designer and programmer, trying to help build a better democracy. He's worked for journalistic organizations including the New York Times, Huffington Post, and Overview. He recently graduated from NYU's Gallatin School.

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Ethan </br> Resnick

Ethan
Resnick

Engineering

Eugene
Lynch

Engineering

Eugene is interested in building software to (1) make information more transparent and easily accessible, (2) represent data in a way which is beautiful and informative, and (3) develop digital communities centered on resource-sharing. In previous years, he's done computational chemistry research at Hope College, built instrumentation for chemical analysis at NASA-JPL, built electronic musical instruments with the Multimedia Orchestra at Berkeley and String Theory Labs, and taught web development at Enspiral Dev Academy. In his free time, he makes music with hardware synths and works on JavaScript visual art projects.

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Eugene </br> Lynch

Eugene
Lynch

Engineering

Gabe
Leader-Rose

Product

Gabe loves using new technology to help people solve meaningful problems. As a Product Manager at Shapeways, he launched over 40 new 3D printed materials and services for their community of artists and designers. He has a B.S. in Engineering Physics, and previously worked for a clinical data startup called Humedica.

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Gabe </br> Leader-Rose

Gabe
Leader-Rose

Product

Jelani
Anglin

Expert

“From a young age I was always labeled as a people person. I often found myself using my outgoing attitude to better my environment”.

Jelani Anglin, a Queens native has been involved in the social justice movement since he was a teen. His experiences over the years lead him to the community-organizing field. Anglin has organized on several high profile campaigns around the country including the “Taxi’s workers fair wage campaign”, “Airbnbnyc campaign” & “A.F.S.C.M.E.’s 50,000 stronger campaign ” just to name a few.

Jelani joins Blue Ridge Labs to continue aiming towards his goal of uniting people, while standing up for those who cannot.

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Jelani </br> Anglin

Jelani
Anglin

Expert

Jonathan
Stray

Engineering

Jonathan Stray is a journalist and a computer scientist who's written for The New York Times, The Atlantic, Wired, Foreign Policy and ProPublica. He teaches computational journalism at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, and leads the Overview Project, an open source visualization system to help investigative journalists make sense of very large document sets. He was formerly the Interactive Technology Editor at the Associated Press, a freelance reporter in Hong Kong, and a graphics algorithm designer for Adobe Systems.

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Jonathan </br> Stray

Jonathan
Stray

Engineering

Linda
Tvrdy

Expert

Linda has a JD from the George Washington University Law School and a PhD in U.S. Legal History from Columbia University. Linda is the Research Director at the Center on Civil Justice at NYU School of Law. Closing the justice gap is a personal passion for her as well as institutional commitment of the Center.

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Linda </br> Tvrdy

Linda
Tvrdy

Expert

Marianne
Berkovich

Design

Marianne has helped teams at Google, Adobe, and Lockheed Martin generate insights about people in order to build great products for them. She is energized by equipping everyone with skills to learn about people's needs to create technology solutions that work. She holds a Masters in Human Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University.

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Marianne </br> Berkovich

Marianne
Berkovich

Design

Michael
Hassin

Engineering

After graduating from The College of New Jersey with a degree in economics, Michael developed software at ThoughtWorks for two years before joining Blue Ridge Labs, and is excited for the chance to serve his city. He spends his time biking around Brooklyn, playing chess, and volunteering at his neighborhood community darkroom.

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Michael </br> Hassin

Michael
Hassin

Engineering

Nathan
Stanton

Product

Nathan has worked in product design for a variety of startups, building out compelling native and web apps for: Minibar - On Demand Delivery, Codecademy - Learn to Code, Hopscotch.in - Ecommerce in India, and Quidsi-Amazon - Ecommerce for Moms.

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Nathan </br> Stanton

Nathan
Stanton

Product

Nhu
Nguyen

Engineering

Nhu is a developer based in Philadelphia. She has a knack for building and breaking things. She is currently working on a meal planning application that makes it easier for people to eat better.

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Nhu </br> Nguyen

Nhu
Nguyen

Engineering

Nicole
Leffel

Product

Nicole is a product manager with a background in developing games and interactive experiences. She spends a lot of time thinking about systems and their role in shaping behavior - both individually and at scale. Previously at BuzzFeed and NBC, her products span a multitude of platforms and are enjoyed by millions of people across the world.

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Nicole </br> Leffel

Nicole
Leffel

Product

Scott
Kelly

Expert

Scott works at the intersection of law and social justice. Before joining Blue Ridge Labs, he served as an attorney and policy analyst at the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania and a legal intern at the Human Rights Institute. His past advocacy includes leading a state campaign to reform abusive property seizure laws and contributing to a report to the United Nations on access to justice in America.

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Scott </br> Kelly

Scott
Kelly

Expert

Stephanie
Yim

Design

Stephanie is a UX designer passionate about designing experiences that delight and challenge our expectations and beliefs. Since graduating from Carnegie Mellon University with a B.S. in Human Computer Interaction and Decision Science, she has designed global digital products for MasterCard. She is also an avid dabbler in lettering and is also currently working on a personal project called Why Not Experiments, a series of projects where she engages with strangers to remind them of the little joys in life.

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Stephanie </br>  Yim

Stephanie
Yim

Design

Thomas
Officer

Design

Thomas helps people shape and launch their ideas. He is a Scottish-trained attorney with a Masters in Law in securities regulation. Thomas also completed a UX/UI Design bootcamp and taught himself front-end development.

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Thomas </br> Officer

Thomas
Officer

Design

Wilneida
Negrón

Expert

Wilneida is a civic technologist and researcher whose work is centered on developing digital products, data-driven insights, programs, and policy to help increase access to and efficiency of justice systems around the world. Her multidisciplinary approach have led key collaborations between academics, civil society, and public sector groups with in promoting social justice in the US and abroad.

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Wilneida </br> Negrón

Wilneida
Negrón

Expert

Judy
Siegel

Designer

Judy is a Senior Interaction Designer at Ericsson. She has previously worked for CNN Digital, the CDC and the DNC. She loves to apply design thinking to social justice ventures and has served as UX Designer with UX for Good in the past. She holds an MS in Human-Computer Interaction from Georgia Tech.

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Judy </br> Siegel

Judy
Siegel

Designer

Ciara
Byrne

Product

Ciara is a lapsed software developer, current technology journalist and wannabe data scientist. After a long career managing software teams and products, she took a left turn into technology journalism. She writes regularly about tech and social impact for FastCo, Forbes, and VentureBeat.

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Ciara </br> Byrne

Ciara
Byrne

Product

Jimmy
Chen

Product

Jimmy's talent for connecting people through technology drove his success in managing product at LinkedIn and Facebook. At Facebook, he led product for Facebook Groups, a communication tool used by 7% of the global population each month.

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Jimmy </br> Chen

Jimmy
Chen

Product

Stephanie
Raill Jayanandhan

Product

Stephanie helps individuals and organizations connect high quality research with best practices in the field. In the past, Stephanie has developed a partnership to connect financial education and home internet access, and led research for Spent, a documentary on the underbanked that's been viewed over 9.5 million times on Youtube.

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Stephanie </br> Raill Jayanandhan

Stephanie
Raill Jayanandhan

Product

Shazad
Mohamed

Product

Shazad's entrepreneurial spirit has taken him to the ends of the tech world, from co-founding a successful startup backed by Y Combinator to managing core Facebook products used by millions including friending, contact importing, and recommendation ranking

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Shazad </br> Mohamed

Shazad
Mohamed

Product

Avi
Karnani

Product

Avi works to help people make better financial decisions. He built and sold Thrive, a startup that helped people save more and spend less; launched GetRaised, a service that helps address the gender-wage gap; and designed an asset building program for a US state.

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Avi </br> Karnani

Avi
Karnani

Product

Margo
Wright

Product

With degrees from both Harvard and Stanford and 20 years of leadership in the retail, technology and nonprofit sectors, Margo applies broad business expertise to the problems of college attrition. Most recently, she worked as a Senior Manager at the Harlem Children's Zone before starting her own social enterprise.

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Margo </br> Wright

Margo
Wright

Product

LaTiesha
Caston

Design

LaTiesha is a graphic designer with a passion for UI design and a desire to help people from the same environment she grew up in. When she's not designing, she's obsessing over her new hobby: juicing. LaTiesha lives in Brooklyn with her boyfriend and her cat Duck Sauce.

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LaTiesha </br> Caston

LaTiesha
Caston

Design

Ariana
Koblitz

Design

Ariana is a product experience designer with a knack for storytelling. She honed her craft working on consumer and consulting projects in Beijing, Berlin, and the US, and spent time in Cambodia developing products for the rural poor. Design is also a hobby, although her after hours work involves metal, wood, paper and glue.

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Ariana </br> Koblitz

Ariana
Koblitz

Design

Shelly
Ni

Design

Shelly is a graduate of Stanford's Product Design program and the School of Visual Arts' MFA Interaction Design program. She has led UX design and conducted user research for teams large and small, including the NYC MTA, Clever Sense, Aetna, and The Feast social innovation conference.

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Shelly </br> Ni

Shelly
Ni

Design

Gaïa
Orain

Design

Gaïa is a designer and researcher based in Brooklyn. She has an MFA in Products of Design from The School of Visual Arts. Her eclectic background spans the culinary world as well as the circus. Gaïa helps organizations connect with their consumers through storytelling, branding, and delightful interactions.

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Gaïa </br> Orain

Gaïa
Orain

Design

Monica
Parra

Design

Monica is a product designer who has worked for multiple editorial companies including Thomson Reuters, Spin, and Newsweek, where she kicked off the online magazine The Daily Beast. More recently, she has pivoted to work with startups, focusing primarily on interface design.

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Monica </br> Parra

Monica
Parra

Design

Paul
Barnes-Hoggett

Engineering

Paul is passionate about using technology for social good. Prior to Significance Labs he was a Principal Software Architect at Adobe Systems, worked with multiple banks to envision and prototype new innovations, and built a business selling locally sourced farmers market produce.

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Paul </br> Barnes-Hoggett

Paul
Barnes-Hoggett

Engineering

Alexandra
Berke

Engineering

Alex has degrees in Math and Computer Science. She discovered an interest in startups after college. Prior to the Labs fellowship, she worked as the Hacker in Residence at Huffpost Labs, where she explored new languages and technologies and built experimental features.

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Alexandra </br> Berke

Alexandra
Berke

Engineering

Christopher
Guess

Engineering

Christopher has over eight years experience in high-end iOS and web application development. He has developed for well-known media brands in addition to smaller artisanal projects. Several of his apps have made the top ten and top one hundred most downloaded lists. His secondary passion is documentary photography and photojournalism.

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Christopher </br> Guess

Christopher
Guess

Engineering

Kevin
Miller

Engineering

Kevin loves utilizing the power of technology to solve problems. He teaches a class at General Assembly, and teaches Computer Science through Microsoft TEALS. He previously co-founded several New York-based startups, including a group video platform called Wisdomly and an apartment broker tool called Rentista.

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Kevin </br> Miller

Kevin
Miller

Engineering

Scott
Tuddenham

Engineering

Scott’s skill for developing software and models has led him to build a number of financial technology projects. He singularly built a successful trading company in commodities and currency futures by designing and developing models and coding algorithms that profitably trade the markets.

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Scott </br> Tuddenham

Scott
Tuddenham

Engineering

Wenting
Zhang

Design/Engineering

Wenting worked in UX design and front-end development for The Huffington Post Labs, and has a Masters degree from Parsons The New School for Design. She previously co-founded a start-up called cmere, an event finder and share tool, and is working on an ongoing project called "free stuff fairy" that targets New York City's waste problem.

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Wenting </br> Zhang

Wenting
Zhang

Design/Engineering

Costas
Vlahakis

Engineering

Costas has a broad range of application architecture and web development expertise. He studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Southern California, and has worked on both the back-end and front-end of software development. His latest interest is leveraging this expertise to produce cutting-edge mobile applications.

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Costas </br> Vlahakis

Costas
Vlahakis

Engineering

Marc
Andre

Engineering Intern

Marc is a web developer studying Computer Science and Mathematics at the NYC College of Technology. He has developed websites for small companies, and worked on a team that designed and implemented a new database for a hospital. Marc enjoys playing Xbox and traveling.

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Marc </br> Andre

Marc
Andre

Engineering Intern

Sean
Nurse

Design Intern

Sean studied graphic & web design at New York City College of Technology, where he was treasurer of his honor society Gamma Epsilon Tau. He has used his studies to design and code websites for friends and small businesses as he continues to expand his skillset.

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Sean </br> Nurse

Sean
Nurse

Design Intern