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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.


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

Vice President of SEED SPOT Communities

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

Mentorship and Impact Analyst

Jennifer Cole

Phoenix Office Assistant

Regina Kuvakos

Grant Writer

Dave Kavlick

Director of School Expansion


Patience Dorman

Graphic Design

Alexis Kwan

SEED SPOT Schools Training and Support

Adam Sarsony

Grant Writing and Research

Lo Kidd


Makenzie Collins

SEED SPOT Communities Training and Support

Yonah Rosen

Business Operations

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

Partner, Canal Partners and JDA Investments

Art Jones

President, Tyco Cares Foundation

Michael Ellenby

Jess Bissey

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Langston Emerson

The Cypress Group

Committee Members

Mark Goldman

Client Executive - Systems Integrators, Avnet

Gabe Ramirez

Senior Director, SiteWire

Wayne Chen

Edge Tech - Ventures Director
Booz Allen Hamilton

Gabby Ziccarelli

Intellectual Property Attorney, Blank Rome LLP

Daniel Jones

Chief Marketing Officer, Carneros Bay

Karim Adatia

Associate General Counsel and Director of Legal, Insight

Ron Kelly

Director of Impact Strategy, Capital Impact Partners

Dana Hamerschlag

Chief Product Officer, Miller Heiman Group

David Blackledge

Of Counsel, Davis Miles McGuire Gardner, PLLC

Christopher Sheppard

CEO, DecisionDesk

Chris Hanharan

Managing Director, Arcadia Capital Partners

Gretchen Naugle

SEED SPOT Schools Strategic Advisor

You can change the world. We can help.