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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.


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.


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


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.


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


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.

Courtney Klein

Co-founder and CEO

C’pher Gresham

Chief Strategy and Operations Officer

Corinn Perry

Director of Administration

Lauren McDanell

Director of Community Training and Support

Bianca Buliga

Digital Marketing Manager

Duane Rollins

National Director of Product and Impact

Tristan Gandolfi

School Partnerships Manager

Vid Mićević

Senior Entrepreneur Support & Impact Analyst

Regina Kuvakos

Grant Writer

Dave Kavlick

Director of School Expansion

Ishaq Zaighum

Measuring and Evaluation Fellow

Kelly O'Malley

DC Impact Accelerator Program Lead

S.Lovey Parker

DC Impact Accelerator Program Associate

Andrea Sekito

SEED SPOT Schools Program Associate Public Allies AmeriCorps Apprentice

Brandon Alkire

SEED SPOT Communities Program Associate Public Allies AmeriCorps Apprentice

Alycia De Mesa

Phoenix Impact Accelerator Program Lead

Rachel Curtis

Phoenix Impact Accelerator Program Associate



Lo Kidd



Saniya Seera

SEED SPOT Schools Curriculum


Madit Yel

SEED SPOT Schools Curriculum

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.

Susan Penfield

Board Chair
Executive Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton

Russell Goldstein

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

Erin O'Shea


Sheila Herrling

Sr. Fellow, Beeck Center for Social Innovation

Patrick Armstrong

Board Chair Emeritus,
Partner, Canal Partners and JDA Investments

Brent Papek

Partner, EY

Michael Ellenby

Director of Corporate Innovation, Coplex

Jess Bissey

Associate General Counsel
Strategic Transactions & Social
Impact, Booz Allen Hamilton

Committee Members

Mark Goldman

Mark Goldman

Mission Critical Systems, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Gabe Ramirez

Gabe Ramirez

Senior Director of Businesss Development, SiteWire

Wayne Chen (1)

Wayne Chen

Chief Technologist,
Booz Allen Hamilton

Gabby Ziccarelli

Gabby Ziccarelli

Digital and Technology Transactions Legal Counsel, WeWork

Daniel Jones

Daniel Jones

Co-Founder and CEO of Aural Analytics, Inc

Karim Adatia

Karim Adatia

Associate General Counsel and Director of Legal, Insight

Ron Kelly

Ron Kelly

Director of Impact Strategy, Capital Impact Partners

Dana Hamerschlag

Dana Hamerschlag

Chief Product Officer, Miller Heiman Group

David Blackledge

David Blackledge

Of Counsel, Davis Miles McGuire Gardner, PLLC

Gretchen Naugle

SEED SPOT Schools Strategic Advisor




Chief Pawperations Officer



Senior Treat Advisor



Director of Snuggling and Snoozing



Digital Barketing Manager

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