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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

Our core values guide us in every interaction. Period. Every entrepreneur in our program, mentor guiding our entrepreneurs, and community partner holds true to these core values.

Welcome all Dreamers

We embrace diversity and take entrepreneurs others turn away. We work with entrepreneurs of all ages, genders, ethnicities, socio-economic backgrounds and physical/developmental abilities.

Leverage Community

We believe in building communities around entrepreneurs. We leverage existing resources, host a crazy amount of events, and see ourselves as a place where many people can plug in to support social entrepreneurs.

Protect the Entrepreneur

We believe in protecting the entrepreneur. We do not take equity in ventures and we fight hard to keep folks away that are looking to take advantage of entrepreneurs. NO sharking or exploitation allowed.

Optimism in Perpetuity

We believe in dreaming big. In order to solve real problems you have to take real risks. We maintain a high level of optimism and believe that what was previously considered impossible could be possible.

Act in the best interest of the entrepreneur

We do everything in our power to propel the entrepreneur by making strategic connections and speaking hard truths to help the entrepreneur understand challenges before they become problems.

Be authentic

We believe in being real and transparent with all of our stakeholders.

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

Vice President of SEED SPOT Communities

Gretchen Naugle

Vice President of SEED SPOT Schools

Corinn Perry

Director of Administration

Lauren McDanell

Phoenix Director of Entrepreneur Initiatives

Duane Rollins

National Director of Product and Impact

Bianca Buliga

Digital Marketing Manager

Tristan Gandolfi

School Partnerships Manager

Jennifer Cole

Phoenix Office Assistant


Seriously. Our interns are the heart of SEED SPOT. We look for the most hard-working, creative and accountable students to be a part of this team and we know that we could not do what we do without them.

Sierra LaDuke

Media and Communications Intern

Summer Rue

Impact Report Project Manager

Hannah Bashaw

Phoenix Community Cultivator

Youmna Sirgi

Content Curator

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.

Stacey Harris

Board Chair
Founder, Social Evolution

Russell Goldstein

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

Koran Hardimon

Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives Program Manager, Intel

Erin O'Shea


Patrick Armstrong

Partner, Canal Partners and JDA Investments

Michael Ellenby

Art Jones

President, Tyco Cares Foundation

Bronwyn Bailey

Vice President, Research and Investor Relations, American Investment Council

Susan Penfield

Executive Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton

Jess Bissey

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Phoenix, AZ Advisory Board

Kim Hamby

Sales Development Manager, WebPT

Daniel Jones

Chief Marketing Officer, Carneros Bay

Ketan Patel

CEO, Naya Energy

Jesse Garcia

Senior Director of Real Estate and Business Development, Adelante Healthcare

Kathy Foster

Senior Vice President, Colliers International

David Blackledge

Of Counsel, Davis Miles McGuire Gardner, PLLC

Brent Papek

Partner, EY

Cherie Bond

Sr. Human Resources Business Partner Consultant, Arizona Public Service

Jen Scrivner

COO, Goodmans Interior Structures

Gabe Ramirez

Senior Director, SiteWire

Karim Adatia

Associate General Counsel and Director of Legal, Insight

Aaron Cooper

Commercial Leader, Academy Bank

Heather Kivatinos

Key Sales Manager, Republic Media

Washington, D.C. Advisory Board

Mark Goldman

Client Executive - Systems Integrators, Avnet

Gabby Ziccarelli

Intellectual Property Attorney, Blank Rome LLP

Ron Kelly

Director of Impact Strategy, Capital Impact Partners

Christopher Sheppard

CEO, DecisionDesk

Dana Hamerschlag

Cheif Product Officer, Miller Heiman Group

Langston Emerson

Managing Director, The Cypress Group

Sara Morgan

Founder, Eleven Eleven PR

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