THE LAUNCH TEAM
Jeff is an expert in collaborative innovation and is fascinated with open innovation, systems collaborations and the intersection between the two. Jeff has spent 20 years building partnerships around the world working with many organizations to understand the strategies, technologies, financial tools and narratives to effectively get groups of people to design together, invest together and work together. Jeff is a Co-Founder of LAUNCH and sits on a number of boards focusing on access to technology (Techsoup Global), education and youth development. He also loves to surf.
Before joining SecondMuse, Dr. Gill worked at the World Bank pioneering cutting-edge initiatives, including the 21st-century crowd-sourced damage assessment of Haiti; co-founding RHoK; and leading a disruptive start-up that sought to transform Disaster Risk Management and Climate Adaptation through science and technology. Prior to joining the World Bank, Stuart taught and researched in the Department of Astrophysics at Columbia University. Stuart sits on several advisory boards and has worked in over a dozen countries around the world.
Kristin founded Coates Consulting, a sustainable hospitality development firm with a focus on creating destinations that prioritized local economies, local conservation, and local culture. In 2015, Kristin became Director of Experiences for San Francisco social impact agency Amplifier Strategies, where she designed an experience platform to engage visionary investors as long-term partners that contribute their time, treasure, and talent for social impact. Kristin helps investors craft their philanthropic strategy not only as donors, but global advocates and agents of systems change, and works with organizations to deepen their engagement with existing and prospective donors.
Davar leads systems storytelling at LAUNCH and SecondMuse. Davar sees the future of sustainability storytelling in virtual reality, a tool with the potential to transform hearts and minds and disrupt media. Most recently, she was the Senior Producer and Social Media Strategist for NPR’s Identity and Culture Unit, producing live and digital events nationwide on critical issues, including voting rights, education and immigration. Her real-time campaigns garnered millions of impressions on Twitter across the globe. In May 2014, she was the recipient of an Ellis Island Medal of Honor for individual achievement and for promoting cultural unity.
Rachel is an innovation facilitator with expertise convening systems of stakeholders around complex challenges. Rachel came to SecondMuse from FURTHER by Design, and has supported LAUNCH since 2010. She started her career as a research analyst in the social enterprise space before joining the British government, where she served as Vice Consul (Trade & Investment). She has spent over a decade supporting organizations with business development and new market strategies. Rachel received her B.S. in Psychology from Lancaster University in the United Kingdom.
Sofus is leading the Nordic expansion of the LAUNCH platform incl. partner mobilization, industry engagement, events and communication. Sofus is an experienced sustainability and innovation executive having worked with global companies, governments and startups.
Jeremy’s expertise is in designing and managing open innovation programs and convening complex systems to identify and implement solutions to hard challenges. Jeremy’s portfolio spans both private and public clients, including launching the Solar Decathlon program in China with for Applied Materials, developing early education markets in the US with the Kellogg and Packard Foundations, working with PEMEX to reduce emissions from flaring and venting and working with Nike, USAID, the Dept of State and NASA on SecondMuse's LAUNCH program. Jeremy also sits on the board of Included.org, an international non-profit that builds more inclusive communities for migrants in China, Nepal and Bangladesh through community centers, education and advocacy.
Toke is heading Nordic operations including challenge condensation as well as innovator mobilization, review and acceleration. Toke is an experienced sustainability and innovation expert having worked with global companies, governments and startups.
Kendra Yoshinaga is a LAUNCH Associate supporting innovation cycles. She comes to LAUNCH from SecondMuse, where she helped lead the #BlueRevolution storytelling campaign to promote sustainable aquaculture in developing countries. Kendra brings to LAUNCH a strong background in multimedia journalism and a passion for using storytelling tools to illustrate inequality and inspire social change. She has interned at NPR twice— first on the show Tell Me More with Michel Martin, and more recently on the Education Desk. Kendra graduated from American University in May 2016 with a B.A. in broadcast journalism and a minor in legal studies.
Hanna McCreath is a SecondMuse Associate, supporting LAUNCH and SecondMuse programs. Prior to joining SecondMuse, Hanna worked in People and Culture for a youth-led development organization, transforming the organization’s processes and strategy. She has experience in creating environments for individuals to build leadership towards creating social change. Hanna graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2015 with a B.A in politics and international relations, and geography.
David joined SecondMuse as a consultant with experience in social enterprise acceleration, human centered design, and international development. Prior to joining SecondMuse to help launch the Aquacelerator, David helped turtle poachers in Nicaragua find alternative livelihoods with FHI 360, developed an education strategy for Major League Baseball’s Dominican Republic academies, and worked for the National Park Service’s Business Management Group. David received his MBA from the University of North Carolina and his MVG (Most Valuable Gringo) award from the Nicaraguan Baseball League.
Carla comes to LAUNCH with a passion for working to solve the intractable problems we face today. Prior to joining the LAUNCH team, she played a large role in coordinating the development and delivery of localized healthcare access in rural areas of Uganda with a startup. She also had a hand in improving the machine-learning and analytics capabilities of a global socially-focused tech company. She has played soccer with friends and strangers on many fields and dirt lots around the world, and believes that personal connections and network-building are the foundation of progress. Carla holds a B.S. in Political Economy and International Development with a minor in Spanish from the University of Arizona.
Matt Scott is an associate with LAUNCH and SecondMuse. Prior to joining SecondMuse, Matt worked with digital agency Social Driver to craft and execute social-first campaigns in a variety of industries, including projects with Honda, Harvard, and Digital Learning Day. His efforts have successfully encouraged the FCC to modernize internet in schools by $1.5B and Congress to facilitate compensation for pre-1972 musicians not receiving royalties. Currently, he works to strengthen storytelling for SecondMuse and its clients, including NASA and the World Bank. As an advocate against sexual violence and digital strategist alike, Matt often gives talks on incorporating human-centered design into promotional efforts.
Rachael comes to SecondMuse with a desire to share stories of progress from around the world in a way that is informative, accessible and entertaining. Her work in the advertising industry, combined with her study of development and experiences creating multimedia content abroad have exposed Rachael to a range of unique perspectives and ideas. With each new story and experience comes a renewed appreciation of the diverse and endlessly surprising world that we live in.
Working in a wide variety of technical, management and strategic roles globally, Allan prides himself on being able to capture attention in a media saturated world, developing engaging online journeys that connect with viewers and deliver results for clients. Allan has extensive experience managing digital projects and campaigns of scope in both the private and not-for-profit sectors. Experienced in both traditional advertising methods and multimedia processes, Allan played a key role in the delivery of successful campaigns for Mercedes Australia and while in Cambodia, led the 'Children Are Tourist Attractions' campaigns with global not-for-profit Friends-international. He also loves to surf.