Launch and scale your idea to positively impact lives.

Who we are

We are on a mission to EDUCATE, ACCELERATE, and INVEST in entrepreneurs who are creating solutions to social problems.

SEED SPOT is an organization deeply rooted in the community. We are a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to supporting all social entrepreneurs creating a product, service, or technology that improves lives or makes the world a better place. We support entrepreneurs by surrounding them with the right access to resources, mentors, business fundamentals, community partners, capital sources, and anything they need to succeed.

Our community is founded upon a set of unwavering core values.

ALL DREAMERS

Creating impact in the world is an opportunity open to everyone. We welcome dreamers of all ages, from all backgrounds, in every corner of the world.

Community

It takes a village to create change in the world. We believe in building and leveraging expertise and talent within communities to accelerate ideas.

SAFE SPACES

We believe in protecting founders and teams and creating safe spaces for real creativity, ideation, and growth to take place without the fear of being sharked, ridiculed, or judged.

MEASURABLE SOCIAL IMPACT

We value game-changing ideas that push the envelope and drive hard toward creating real impact in the lives of people and communities.

DREAMING BIG

We believe in dreaming big, pursuing ideas through an opportunistic lens, and putting energy into what is possible.

Meet the Team

Everyday we each ask ourselves, “How did I help entrepreneurs today?” We are a team of problem solvers, brainstormers, dreamers, and get-sh*t-doners. We are fueled by coffee and passion to work with entrepreneurs from all backgrounds and beliefs. We unequivocally believe that entrepreneurs will lead the charge of innovating and solving the toughest problems facing our cities, our states, and our world.

Zach Leverenz

Chief Executive Officer

Lauren McDanell

VP of Strategy & Growth

Tristan Gandolfi

Senior Director of Programs

Corinn Carter

Chief of Staff 

Chris Bell

Entrepreneur Programs Manager

Regina Kuvakos

Grant Writer

Redempta Mwende

Measuring and Evaluation Fellow

Erin O'Shea

Chief Financial Officer

Katelyn Roberts

Senior Development Operations Manager

Virgílio Monteiro

Mandela Washington Fellow

Festus Malakia

Mandela Washington Fellow

INTERNS

National Board of Directors

Comprised of leaders in their field, the SEED SPOT board sets the vision for success for SEED SPOT. They are visionaries. Big thinkers. Dreamers. They are not afraid to challenge the status quo. They believe in a society where inspired and supported entrepreneurs are solving big problems.

Russell Goldstein

Board Chair

U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management

Sheila Herrling

Vice Chair

Sr. Fellow, Beeck Center for Social Innovation

Brent Papek

Treasurer

Partner, EY

Courtney Klein

SEED SPOT Co-Founder

Patrick Armstrong

Board Chair Emeritus

Vice President, JDA Investments

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Rashad Moore

Managing Partner, Score 3 Ventures

Susan Penfield

Board Chair Emeritus

Executive Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton

Michael Ellenby

Director of Corporate Innovation, Coplex

Molly Matthews

CEO, Job-IQ

Erin O'Shea

CFO of SEED SPOT,
MBA, CPA

Brian Hill

Executive Director,
Phoenix Fashion Week

Sentari Minor

Head of Strategy,
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Joronda Montaño

Prevention and Wellness Consultant

PETS OF SEED SPOT

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Chauncey

Chief Pawperations Officer

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Archie

Accounts Retrievable

Griffin

Griffin

Digital Barketing Manager

You can change the world. We can help.