LAURA ARRILLAGA-ANDREESSEN, Founder

 

Laura committed to living a life of service at age 25—just prior to her late mother’s passing. Blessed to be the daughter of two extraordinary philanthropists, John Arrillaga Sr. and the late Frances Arrillaga, Laura strives to continue her family’s philanthropic legacy in all that she does. Laura is the visionary and leader of LAAF, and she drives its core innovations and decision-making around how to best leverage her knowledge and expertise to positively impact the giving of others. Laura believes that the strongest leaders surround themselves with individuals who have talents, skills and expertise that far surpasses her own. Her team is made up of a spectacular array of former star students from her Stanford University courses—each of whom brings immense wisdom, incomparable value and radiant joy to her every day.

 

 
 
 
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Keith Calix, Chief of Staff Keith cultivated his passion for philanthropy at his high school which was founded and supported by an anonymous benefactress. His interest in service, social justice and community development continued to grow at Stanford, where he graduated with a B.A. in International Relations and honors from the Freeman Spogli Institute’s CDDRL Program. Prior to joining LAAF, Keith worked with the Policy Reform and Advocacy Unit at the Annie E. Casey Foundation as a Tom Ford Fellow. He also taught high school World Literature and World History at E.L. Haynes Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. At LAAF, Keith oversees day-to-day operations and manages media, speaking, MOOCs, case studies, giving day resources, high school course content and Andreessen Philanthropies grantmaking. Keith is passionate about the intersections between community development and education reform. He is committed to exploring the ways in which equity-driven reform models can democratize access to opportunity. Keith is also a partner at SV2.

Keith Calix, Chief of Staff

Keith cultivated his passion for philanthropy at his high school which was founded and supported by an anonymous benefactress. His interest in service, social justice and community development continued to grow at Stanford, where he graduated with a B.A. in International Relations and honors from the Freeman Spogli Institute’s CDDRL Program. Prior to joining LAAF, Keith worked with the Policy Reform and Advocacy Unit at the Annie E. Casey Foundation as a Tom Ford Fellow. He also taught high school World Literature and World History at E.L. Haynes Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. At LAAF, Keith oversees day-to-day operations and manages media, speaking, MOOCs, case studies, giving day resources, high school course content and Andreessen Philanthropies grantmaking.

Keith is passionate about the intersections between community development and education reform. He is committed to exploring the ways in which equity-driven reform models can democratize access to opportunity. Keith is also a partner at SV2.

Marly Carlisle, Program Analyst From an early age, Marly recognized the value of community-based philanthropy, and sought out different opportunities to engage in philanthropic activities in California’s Central Valley. Her early passion for education and service followed her to Stanford through her involvement with Stanford PACS Digital Civil Society Lab, the Haas Center for Public Service, Graduate School of Education and several homeless service organizations in the Bay Area. Marly graduated Stanford in 2017 with a B.A. in Political Science and honors from the Graduate School of Education. Marly currently oversees Laura’s Stanford Graduate School of Business courses—Philanthropy: Strategy, Technology and Innovation and The Power of You: Women and Leadership—and conducts research for Project U and Andreessen Philanthropies.   Marly believes it is possible to end homelessness in the Bay Area during her lifetime. She wrote her award-winning honors thesis on the education of homeless youth, and serves on the Board of two homeless service organizations in California. Marly is also a partner at SV2.

Marly Carlisle, Program Analyst

From an early age, Marly recognized the value of community-based philanthropy, and sought out different opportunities to engage in philanthropic activities in California’s Central Valley. Her early passion for education and service followed her to Stanford through her involvement with Stanford PACS Digital Civil Society Lab, the Haas Center for Public Service, Graduate School of Education and several homeless service organizations in the Bay Area. Marly graduated Stanford in 2017 with a B.A. in Political Science and honors from the Graduate School of Education. Marly currently oversees Laura’s Stanford Graduate School of Business courses—Philanthropy: Strategy, Technology and Innovation and The Power of You: Women and Leadership—and conducts research for Project U and Andreessen Philanthropies.  

Marly believes it is possible to end homelessness in the Bay Area during her lifetime. She wrote her award-winning honors thesis on the education of homeless youth, and serves on the Board of two homeless service organizations in California. Marly is also a partner at SV2.

Maeve Richards, Program Analyst  Maeve became interested in the power of philanthropy, and in particular, the role of grassroots collaborative giving in social change, through Laura’s course at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. During her time at Stanford, she competed for the varsity debate team, worked for the office of Senator Barbara Boxer and for the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. She graduated from Stanford with a B.A. in History and a minor in Human Rights. Maeve currently oversees Giving Circles Fund, LAAF’s online collaborative giving platform, and conducts research across the organization’s portfolio of projects including Project U, in-person courses/seminars and Andreessen Philanthropies. Maeve believes that better resource distribution is critical to moving towards equity in society. She is committed to the elevation of human and civil rights within communities, led by community members. She is also a partner at SV2.

Maeve Richards, Program Analyst 

Maeve became interested in the power of philanthropy, and in particular, the role of grassroots collaborative giving in social change, through Laura’s course at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. During her time at Stanford, she competed for the varsity debate team, worked for the office of Senator Barbara Boxer and for the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. She graduated from Stanford with a B.A. in History and a minor in Human Rights. Maeve currently oversees Giving Circles Fund, LAAF’s online collaborative giving platform, and conducts research across the organization’s portfolio of projects including Project U, in-person courses/seminars and Andreessen Philanthropies.

Maeve believes that better resource distribution is critical to moving towards equity in society. She is committed to the elevation of human and civil rights within communities, led by community members. She is also a partner at SV2.

 

FORMER Summer aNALYSTS 

Mohit Mookim, Summer Analyst Alongside a budding interest in philosophy, Mohit cultivated his passion for public service and philanthropy during high school, through his involvement and leadership in Habitat for Humanity. Mohit is now a senior at Stanford, studying Philosophy, Public Policy, and Mathematics. During his undergrad experience, Mohit has worked for Philosophy Talk Radio Show, the Brookings Institution and the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. At LAAF, Mohit conducted research for Andreessen Philanthropies and Giving Circles Fund, producing original content including blogs and learning notes.  Mohit is excited about philanthropy and politics as avenues for social change. He enjoys exploring the intersection of philanthropy and politics, and specifically, where political change can be “scaled” and philanthropy can be democratized.

Mohit Mookim, Summer Analyst

Alongside a budding interest in philosophy, Mohit cultivated his passion for public service and philanthropy during high school, through his involvement and leadership in Habitat for Humanity. Mohit is now a senior at Stanford, studying Philosophy, Public Policy, and Mathematics. During his undergrad experience, Mohit has worked for Philosophy Talk Radio Show, the Brookings Institution and the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. At LAAF, Mohit conducted research for Andreessen Philanthropies and Giving Circles Fund, producing original content including blogs and learning notes. 

Mohit is excited about philanthropy and politics as avenues for social change. He enjoys exploring the intersection of philanthropy and politics, and specifically, where political change can be “scaled” and philanthropy can be democratized.

Jen Ehrlich, Summer Analyst Jen became interested in philanthropy after becoming critically ill as an adolescent. During this time, she realized two things. First, the power of stories to transport away from pain, to maintain hope and to reveal the truth of illness to others. Second, that her life was only saved because her parents were able to take her to the best doctors in the country. Thus began her desire to use her experiences and knowledge to help others in similar situations. At Stanford, Jen is a Stanford English major concentrating on creative prose. For the last two summers Jen worked at Watsi, crafting stories to connect patients in the developing world with donors willing to fund their life-changing healthcare. At LAAF, Jen helped co-design curriculum for LAAF’s first high school course and conducted research for Project U.   Literature is her passion; stories that create lifelines for patients and families dealing with serious illnesses are her focus.

Jen Ehrlich, Summer Analyst

Jen became interested in philanthropy after becoming critically ill as an adolescent. During this time, she realized two things. First, the power of stories to transport away from pain, to maintain hope and to reveal the truth of illness to others. Second, that her life was only saved because her parents were able to take her to the best doctors in the country. Thus began her desire to use her experiences and knowledge to help others in similar situations. At Stanford, Jen is a Stanford English major concentrating on creative prose. For the last two summers Jen worked at Watsi, crafting stories to connect patients in the developing world with donors willing to fund their life-changing healthcare. At LAAF, Jen helped co-design curriculum for LAAF’s first high school course and conducted research for Project U.  

Literature is her passion; stories that create lifelines for patients and families dealing with serious illnesses are her focus.

Alinna is currently pursuing a BS in Mathematical and Computational Science at Stanford University, but also enjoys coursework in the humanities and psychology, which she studied during a quarter abroad at Oxford. She attended Castilleja School, where she worked as a Peer Advisor, mentor through the Halford Young Women Leaders Program, and Student Ambassador. At LAAF, Alinna co-created the Giving Circles Fund Facilitation Guide, conducted research for Project U and led the implementation of a CRM system.  Alinna is passionate about empowering girls through education and leadership opportunities. She loves running and spending time with friends, and is also on the Student Board for Giving Circles.

Alinna is currently pursuing a BS in Mathematical and Computational Science at Stanford University, but also enjoys coursework in the humanities and psychology, which she studied during a quarter abroad at Oxford. She attended Castilleja School, where she worked as a Peer Advisor, mentor through the Halford Young Women Leaders Program, and Student Ambassador. At LAAF, Alinna co-created the Giving Circles Fund Facilitation Guide, conducted research for Project U and led the implementation of a CRM system. 

Alinna is passionate about empowering girls through education and leadership opportunities. She loves running and spending time with friends, and is also on the Student Board for Giving Circles.

Jason is currently studying Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University. Prior to studying at Stanford, Jason founded and led a volunteer organization in his hometown focused on increasing music education in low-income schools. He is involved in multiple student organizations including the Business Association of Stanford Entrepreneurial Students and the Stanford Pre-Business Association. At LAAF, Jason oversaw user acquisition and worked on media and marketing for Project U.  Jason is passionate about using entrepreneurship for social change and loves playing the saxophone and being outdoors. He also serves on the Student Board for the Giving Circles Fund

Jason is currently studying Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University. Prior to studying at Stanford, Jason founded and led a volunteer organization in his hometown focused on increasing music education in low-income schools. He is involved in multiple student organizations including the Business Association of Stanford Entrepreneurial Students and the Stanford Pre-Business Association. At LAAF, Jason oversaw user acquisition and worked on media and marketing for Project U. 

Jason is passionate about using entrepreneurship for social change and loves playing the saxophone and being outdoors. He also serves on the Student Board for the Giving Circles Fund

 

       Former Stanford Women in Business            Spring Interns

Monica Chin, Spring Intern Monica’s interest in women’s leadership was sparked as a student staff coordinator at the Stanford Women’s Community Center, where she constructed educational resources and programming around gender dynamics. In 2016, Monica participated in the Mayfield Fellows Program. The fellowship allowed her to engage with female entrepreneurs, and taught her invaluable lessons about what it means to be a woman in the workplace. She is passionate about improving access to quality healthcare, and will be graduating with a BS in Bioengineering from Stanford in June. Monica cares deeply about empowering girls in STEM fields to be avid learners and confident leaders. She is committed to exploring the power of education and socialization to raise strong young women.

Monica Chin, Spring Intern

Monica’s interest in women’s leadership was sparked as a student staff coordinator at the Stanford Women’s Community Center, where she constructed educational resources and programming around gender dynamics. In 2016, Monica participated in the Mayfield Fellows Program. The fellowship allowed her to engage with female entrepreneurs, and taught her invaluable lessons about what it means to be a woman in the workplace. She is passionate about improving access to quality healthcare, and will be graduating with a BS in Bioengineering from Stanford in June.

Monica cares deeply about empowering girls in STEM fields to be avid learners and confident leaders. She is committed to exploring the power of education and socialization to raise strong young women.

Aditi Poduval, Spring Intern Aditi believes that philanthropy is a powerful tool to drive social, local change. After founding a nonprofit in high school, she learned that philanthropy begins by examining salient problems found in one’s own backyard. Today, as a junior at Stanford, Aditi is pursuing a B.S. in Symbolic Systems, Human-Computer Interaction. Outside her coursework, she is dedicated to the student organizations Design for America and Stanford Women in Business. She is excited to further develop her experience at the intersection of technology, human-centered design and social impact as an incoming Product Management Intern at Zillow this summer. Aditi is passionate about creating meaningful learning experiences for members of her community. She aims to help rewrite the equations for education-inequity, the gender gap in leadership and minority participation in STEM through her work with LAAF.

Aditi Poduval, Spring Intern

Aditi believes that philanthropy is a powerful tool to drive social, local change. After founding a nonprofit in high school, she learned that philanthropy begins by examining salient problems found in one’s own backyard. Today, as a junior at Stanford, Aditi is pursuing a B.S. in Symbolic Systems, Human-Computer Interaction. Outside her coursework, she is dedicated to the student organizations Design for America and Stanford Women in Business. She is excited to further develop her experience at the intersection of technology, human-centered design and social impact as an incoming Product Management Intern at Zillow this summer.

Aditi is passionate about creating meaningful learning experiences for members of her community. She aims to help rewrite the equations for education-inequity, the gender gap in leadership and minority participation in STEM through her work with LAAF.