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.org, 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. 

 
LAA Headshot.jpg
 
 

LAAF.org Staff

Candace Jones, Interim Executive Director

Candace Jones, Interim Executive Director

From an early age, Candace believed that access and opportunity, not innate ability, were the primary predictors of life outcomes. As a result, she developed strong interests in education, workforce development and entrepreneurship to equip individuals with the skills needed to thrive in their lives and communities. Over the years, she has volunteered to empower vulnerable populations (formerly homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals, respectively) with stability through small business creation. She also worked extensively with Stanford Alumni Association to provide supplemental resources to alumni from underrepresented groups, including founding SNBAA's Alumni Mentorship Program (AMP), an initiative pairing more than 300 Black alumni for personal and professional mentorship. Candace is the Interim Executive Director at LAAF.org, leading strategy and execution for the foundation.

Candace holds a B.S. from Stanford University in Management Science and Engineering as well as an MBA and Certificate in Public Management and Social Innovation from Stanford's Graduate School of Business. She is passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion, particularly where DEI intersects with employment and entrepreneurship. Candace is also a partner at SV2.

Keith Calix, Outgoing 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.org, 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.org, 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. As a first-generation high school and college graduate, and the son of a Honduran immigrant, 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, Outgoing 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.org, 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.org, 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. As a first-generation high school and college graduate, and the son of a Honduran immigrant, 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.

Celina Artusi, Incoming Chief of Staff  Celina’s passion for justice and underrepresented communities was ignited during her work as a college, career and financial aid advisor with the College Advising Corps in her hometown of Austin, Texas. She further cemented her passion for education in Washington, D.C., where she worked for a major higher education institutional system. Celina completed her Masters in Policy, Organization and Leadership Studies at Stanford University, after which, she became a Fellow at The Effective Philanthropy Learning Initiative at The Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS). At PACS, Celina expanded her views on philanthropy and its role in and impact on society.  As a first-generation American, Celina is passionate about the role of identity in society and the workplace, and wants to encourage greater dialogue about power, privilege and inequity. She is committed to exploring how to better serve populations that have traditionally lacked access to opportunity.

Celina Artusi, Incoming Chief of Staff

Celina’s passion for justice and underrepresented communities was ignited during her work as a college, career and financial aid advisor with the College Advising Corps in her hometown of Austin, Texas. She further cemented her passion for education in Washington, D.C., where she worked for a major higher education institutional system. Celina completed her Masters in Policy, Organization and Leadership Studies at Stanford University, after which, she became a Fellow at The Effective Philanthropy Learning Initiative at The Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS). At PACS, Celina expanded her views on philanthropy and its role in and impact on society.

As a first-generation American, Celina is passionate about the role of identity in society and the workplace, and wants to encourage greater dialogue about power, privilege and inequity. She is committed to exploring how to better serve populations that have traditionally lacked access to opportunity.


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 course— Philanthropy: Strategy, Innovation and Social Change—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 course— Philanthropy: Strategy, Innovation and Social Change—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 Laura’s Stanford Graduate School of Business course—Power of You: Women in Leadership—collaborates on planning and executing LAAF.org’s online strategy and conducts research across the organization’s portfolio of projects including Project U 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 Laura’s Stanford Graduate School of Business course—Power of You: Women in Leadership—collaborates on planning and executing LAAF.org’s online strategy and conducts research across the organization’s portfolio of projects including Project U 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.

Sevde Kaldıroğlu, Digital Marketing Associate  Growing up in Istanbul, Turkey, Sevde cultivated a passion for creative writing, Turkish coffee and standing up for what she believes in. From creating handmade canvases from recycled materials to selling her homemade jewelry at age nine, Sevde has always thought about how to make great things happen with little capital but tremendous creativity, optimism and hard work. A quirky storyteller from early on, Sevde pursued English and Creative Writing with a minor in Psychology at Stanford, where she led the Avicenna Journal on Muslim Affairs for three years. Sevde began her professional career by launching the Turkish wikiHow site to make free educational information accessible to all, regardless of location or language. At LAAF.org, she manages all digital media and marketing work. She creates and executes digital campaigns to reach diverse communities and achieve the greatest impact in giving, women’s leadership and inclusive leadership.  Sevde advocates for embracing one’s unique experiences as the most beautiful opportunity in life to learn and grow. She believes that how you tell your story—first to yourself, then to the world—is what makes the difference. Out of the office, you can find Sevde running early in the mornings, exploring local coffee shops and using playground swings when no families are around.

Sevde Kaldıroğlu, Digital Marketing Associate

Growing up in Istanbul, Turkey, Sevde cultivated a passion for creative writing, Turkish coffee and standing up for what she believes in. From creating handmade canvases from recycled materials to selling her homemade jewelry at age nine, Sevde has always thought about how to make great things happen with little capital but tremendous creativity, optimism and hard work. A quirky storyteller from early on, Sevde pursued English and Creative Writing with a minor in Psychology at Stanford, where she led the Avicenna Journal on Muslim Affairs for three years. Sevde began her professional career by launching the Turkish wikiHow site to make free educational information accessible to all, regardless of location or language. At LAAF.org, she manages all digital media and marketing work. She creates and executes digital campaigns to reach diverse communities and achieve the greatest impact in giving, women’s leadership and inclusive leadership.

Sevde advocates for embracing one’s unique experiences as the most beautiful opportunity in life to learn and grow. She believes that how you tell your story—first to yourself, then to the world—is what makes the difference. Out of the office, you can find Sevde running early in the mornings, exploring local coffee shops and using playground swings when no families are around.

Katherine Du, Research Assistant  Katherine is studying Economics and Computer Science at Stanford University, while also taking significant coursework at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. In 2018, Katherine interned at BlackRock, and she will be interning at Bank of America Merrill Lynch this summer. Prior to Stanford, she took a gap year and interned at the New York State Office of the Attorney General and Meredith Corporation. Katherine is also an avid creative writer and journalist; her work has been published by The Washington Post, USA Today, and The Huffington Post.  Katherine is passionate about expanding women’s opportunities, equity and representation in the workforce.

Katherine Du, Research Assistant

Katherine is studying Economics and Computer Science at Stanford University, while also taking significant coursework at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. In 2018, Katherine interned at BlackRock, and she will be interning at Bank of America Merrill Lynch this summer. Prior to Stanford, she took a gap year and interned at the New York State Office of the Attorney General and Meredith Corporation. Katherine is also an avid creative writer and journalist; her work has been published by The Washington Post, USA Today, and The Huffington Post.

Katherine is passionate about expanding women’s opportunities, equity and representation in the workforce.

Former Summer analysts

Pam Poteh, Summer Analyst  Pam is a Stanford sophomore who is considering a major in Economics or Engineering. Outside of her coursework, she is involved in the Leland Scholars Program (LSP) and Stanford African Students Association (SASA). Pam is deeply committed to improving social and economic outcomes for low-income communities by increasing access to education and skills for the global economy. At LAAF.org, Pam is supporting grantmaking research for Andreessen Philanthropies and LAAF.org’s new Women in Leadership coursework and resources.  Pam is passionate about expanding her understanding of the human experience and working to improve it. She is a strong believer in the transformative power of data to drive and enhance decision-making in all domains—especially philanthropy.

Pam Poteh, Summer Analyst

Pam is a Stanford sophomore who is considering a major in Economics or Engineering. Outside of her coursework, she is involved in the Leland Scholars Program (LSP) and Stanford African Students Association (SASA). Pam is deeply committed to improving social and economic outcomes for low-income communities by increasing access to education and skills for the global economy. At LAAF.org, Pam is supporting grantmaking research for Andreessen Philanthropies and LAAF.org’s new Women in Leadership coursework and resources.

Pam is passionate about expanding her understanding of the human experience and working to improve it. She is a strong believer in the transformative power of data to drive and enhance decision-making in all domains—especially philanthropy.

Gopal Raman, Summer Analyst  After taking a photography class, Gopal fell in love with imagery and art, and he soon turned to poetry as his main form of expression. As a National Student Poet during the Obama administration, he led workshops all around the Southwest region of the U.S. and has readings at The White House, Aspen Ideas Festival, and Smithsonian American Art Museum. A sophomore at Stanford, he’s interested in studying Creative Writing and Economics. Outside of the classroom, he’s the design editor for MINT Magazine (Stanford’s Fashion and Culture Magazine) and tutors with EPATT (East Palo Alto Tennis and Tutoring). At LAAF.org, he is conducting grantmaking research for Andreessen Philanthropies and supporting LAAF.org philanthropy courses and resources creation.  Gopal is passionate about increasing educational and creative opportunities for low-income youth. He enjoys, more specifically, working on the intersection of the two—empowering young writers and artists to inspire others like them to join in and create.

Gopal Raman, Summer Analyst

After taking a photography class, Gopal fell in love with imagery and art, and he soon turned to poetry as his main form of expression. As a National Student Poet during the Obama administration, he led workshops all around the Southwest region of the U.S. and has readings at The White House, Aspen Ideas Festival, and Smithsonian American Art Museum. A sophomore at Stanford, he’s interested in studying Creative Writing and Economics. Outside of the classroom, he’s the design editor for MINT Magazine (Stanford’s Fashion and Culture Magazine) and tutors with EPATT (East Palo Alto Tennis and Tutoring). At LAAF.org, he is conducting grantmaking research for Andreessen Philanthropies and supporting LAAF.org philanthropy courses and resources creation.

Gopal is passionate about increasing educational and creative opportunities for low-income youth. He enjoys, more specifically, working on the intersection of the two—empowering young writers and artists to inspire others like them to join in and create.

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.org, 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.org, 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.org, Jen helped co-design curriculum for LAAF.org’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.org, Jen helped co-design curriculum for LAAF.org’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 Brown, Summer Analyst  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.org, 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 Brown, Summer Analyst

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.org, 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 Randoing, Summer Analyst  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.org, 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 Randoing, Summer Analyst

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.org, 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

Nicole Birkner, Spring Intern  Nicole’s passion for philanthropy began in high school. After launching her own soda company at age 15, Nicole realized that she wanted to create measurable and local impact with her venture in Costa Rica. To this extent, she located her facilities in a low-income community, buying produce from local farmers and employing local-area workers. At Stanford, Nicole is majoring in Symbolic Systems with a minor in Data Science. During her first two years on the Farm, she served as the Vice President for Cardinal Ventures. She is currently the Co-Director of Stanford Women in Business’ Internships team and also works as a Business Analyst for Citi Ventures. Next summer, she will be working as a Sophomore Diversity Leadership Intern in McKinsey & Co., San Francisco.  Nicole longs to fulfill a greater purpose of closing the digital divide - by making technology more available and smarter. She hopes to be able to leverage technology to make education more accessible for everyone around the globe, starting with her country, Costa Rica.

Nicole Birkner, Spring Intern

Nicole’s passion for philanthropy began in high school. After launching her own soda company at age 15, Nicole realized that she wanted to create measurable and local impact with her venture in Costa Rica. To this extent, she located her facilities in a low-income community, buying produce from local farmers and employing local-area workers. At Stanford, Nicole is majoring in Symbolic Systems with a minor in Data Science. During her first two years on the Farm, she served as the Vice President for Cardinal Ventures. She is currently the Co-Director of Stanford Women in Business’ Internships team and also works as a Business Analyst for Citi Ventures. Next summer, she will be working as a Sophomore Diversity Leadership Intern in McKinsey & Co., San Francisco.

Nicole longs to fulfill a greater purpose of closing the digital divide - by making technology more available and smarter. She hopes to be able to leverage technology to make education more accessible for everyone around the globe, starting with her country, Costa Rica.

Madeline Libbey, Spring Intern  Madeline cultivated her passion for social justice and women's rights in high school, when she founded a chapter of Model United Nations at her school. At Stanford, she became involved in the Dance Marathon to benefit the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital's Bass Center, the Kappa Kappa Gamma benefit concert for The Joyful Heart Foundation and then went on to intern at the SF District Attorney's office researching criminal justice reform policy. In the fall, Madeline will spend her term at the University of Oxford to focus on the Ethics of Technology, particularly emerging technology and its implications for politics and social equity.  Madeline is fascinated by the legal and ethical implications of emerging technology within and beyond Silicon Valley. She is also passionate about criminal justice reform and equity across all peoples in the workplace and beyond.

Madeline Libbey, Spring Intern

Madeline cultivated her passion for social justice and women's rights in high school, when she founded a chapter of Model United Nations at her school. At Stanford, she became involved in the Dance Marathon to benefit the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital's Bass Center, the Kappa Kappa Gamma benefit concert for The Joyful Heart Foundation and then went on to intern at the SF District Attorney's office researching criminal justice reform policy. In the fall, Madeline will spend her term at the University of Oxford to focus on the Ethics of Technology, particularly emerging technology and its implications for politics and social equity.

Madeline is fascinated by the legal and ethical implications of emerging technology within and beyond Silicon Valley. She is also passionate about criminal justice reform and equity across all peoples in the workplace and beyond.

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.

 

WORKING AT LAAF.org

Collaborative - At LAAF.org, we believe that the whole is greater than the some of its parts. Each LAAFer is selected for the unique perspectives and contributions they bring to our work and the resources we create. LAAF.org embraces a collaboration-first approach to produce the highest quality of accurate, relevant resources for a diverse array of givers and leaders.

Empowering - LAAFers are empowered to develop new skills and deploy existing capabilities to create the greatest value for givers and leaders. All members of LAAF.org are encouraged (and expected!) to recommend new processes and approaches as well as opportunities for impact beyond our current portfolio of work.

Embracing - LAAF.org’s success depends on all LAAFers bringing their best selves and ideas to our work each and every day. Therefore, we aim to create a safe and brave space where individuals are their authentic selves and provide honest feedback on all dimensions of our work together.

Accountability - At LAAF.org, we are accountable to delivering on our mission in service to others. To do so, we hold ourselves to the highest standards of performance toward achieving our collective and individual goals and results. As each LAAFer was selected because of their demonstrated capabilities and potential for growth, employees are expected to be able to work with considerable autonomy, take initiative to ensure timely delivery of work and support one another’s success by freely exchanging insights and information including playbooks for success, growth opportunities and learnings from mistakes.

Purpose-Aligned - At LAAF.org, we believe every individual has a unique purpose that honors their passions, skills, backgrounds and opportunities for impact. When hiring new LAAFers, we ensure that each teammate’s purpose is well-aligned with LAAF.org’s mission as well as our priorities of content, education and inclusivity.