Who we are

We’re top tech leaders who are passionate about advancing social change by listening to and supporting the social sector.

broken bridge, with someone drawing in the gap

Solving a Social Problem is always our Goal

Tech Matters has incredible reach into the tech, business, nonprofit, foundation, policy and academic communities, where we speak the languages of these critical communities and are able to translate among these groups and engage them in our tech for good efforts. So many tech people want to do good for the world: we build the bridges they need to have that impact.

Tech Matters Team

Jim Fruchterman

Jim Fruchterman

Founder and CEO

Jim is a serial tech and social entrepreneur, who has already proven how technology can change entire fields in the social sector. He was the founder and CEO of Benetech for nearly 30 years, delivering large-scale change in partnership with hundreds of organizations as part of social enterprises addressing education, disability, human rights, and the environment. In addition, he has advised hundreds of diverse social enterprises on the use of technology and data. He previously founded two successful for-profit Silicon Valley tech companies in the machine learning/artificial intelligence field, and is an active angel investor in and board member for several companies. Jim has been widely recognized for his social change work, including being selected as a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship, the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, the Schwab Social Entrepreneur Award, and the Caltech Distinguished Alumni award.

Joan Mellea

Joan Mellea

Chief of Staff

Joan has 20+ years’ experience in product management/marketing. She has successfully brought numerous products to market working closely with end users to ensure their needs are represented during the software development process. Joan also has experience with software localization and cultural adaptation having operated a multilingual communications firm. She has been with Tech Matters since it was founded.

Nick Hurlburt

Nick Hurlburt

Director of Engineering

Nick has 17 years of experience joining two parallel paths: software engineering and international development. Nick began his career developing early, large-scale artificial intelligence software at Amazon.com. He later managed software teams at Sift, a Silicon Valley machine learning company that protects companies like Airbnb and Twitter from online fraud. Nick spent six years in conflict relief in Burma and South Sudan, capturing human rights, migration and multi-sector program data using methods from hand-delivered paper to smartphones to satellite modems. He leads the technology development for the child helpline project, joining Tech Matters in mid-2019.

Steve Francis

Steve Francis

Project Director, Terraso

Steve is a senior executive and gifted product strategist with a 30-year career ranging from hands-on software engineer to public company CEO. He has substantial experience in organizing teams and attacking new opportunities and markets while ensuring a balance between specific tasks and the “bigger picture” of a successful outcome. After consulting for three years on various high-impact social good projects, he joined Tech Matters in late 2019. 

Derek Caelin

Derek Caelin

Product Manager, Terraso

Derek Caelin is a technologist who has spent years training activists and civil society organizations in developing countries and conflict zones on how to use digital tools to communicate , mobilize, and organize. Derek is particularly focused on creating, researching, and sharing open source technology so that all people can benefit from free, collectively produced software. His writings on community-maintained software, games for social impact, privacy, and the effect of tech platforms on society, have been published in Foreign Policy and OneZero.

Gabriele Carotti-Sha

Gabriele Carotti-Sha

Research Fellow

Gabriele is a multi-disciplinarian with a background in software development and social science. He has worked on both content and product strategy in the field of educational technology, helping to develop tools aimed at improving K-12 student literacy across the U.S. Gabriele joined Tech Matters in 2020 and is now dedicated to expanding field-building initiatives so that more non-profits can increase impact and scale through collaboration and technical development. Meanwhile, his research interests focus on the effects of tech-driven innovation on economic development and lived experience.

Jana Kleitsch

Jana Kleitsch

User Experience Designer

Jana is a seasoned user experience designer and an occasional serial entrepreneur. After co-founding the first online wedding planning site, Wedding Channel, Jana spent almost a decade working on Amazon’s Recommendations and Bestsellers teams. Jana joined the Tech Matters team in March of 2020 as the UX Designer for Aselo, the child helplines product. Jana also serves as a Startup Advisor at the University of Washington mentoring aspiring entrepreneurs.

Dee Luo

Dee Luo

Product Manager, Aselo

Dee is a Product Manager interested in leveraging innovative technology to build empathy-driven solutions that empower individuals and their communities. She has experience building SaaS (Software as a Service) business software after working at Yext, a New York based technology company, and has worked on pro bono projects for international social enterprises as a past fellow of the MovingWorlds Institute. She joined Tech Matters in December 2020 as a Product Manager for Aselo and is based in New York City.

Humairaa Mahomed

Humairaa Mahomed

Associate Product Manager, Aselo

Humairaa is a proud Africanist, intrapreneur, critical thinker and problem solver with a high aptitude for logical reasoning, strategic thinking and mathematical analysis. Fueled by a strong passion for humanity, nature, technology and learning, she continuously seeks multidimensional challenge, growth and improvement opportunities. Humairaa is inspired by the possibility of a world that delights in diversity and embraces complexity, and has chosen to dedicate her life and skills to committed teams and progressive technologies to deliver intelligent and sustainable impact.

Amaya Webster

Amaya Webster

Program Manager, Terraso

Amaya is a tech-for-good geek with nearly a decade of experience. Prior to joining Tech Matters, Amaya worked at Benetech creating software-for-good as the project manager for their R&D initiative, and the community and marketing manager for their work on digital accessibility of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) educational materials. Amaya believes that there is little more rewarding than doing work which creates positive, sustainable impact. With degrees in anthropology, biology, and art, a career in tech may not have been the obvious choice, but she has found that her eclectic background lends itself particularly well to the tech-for-good field—especially when it comes to user-centric product design, research, and creative approaches to problem solving and strategy design.

Paul Schreiber

Paul Schreiber

Director of Engineering, Terraso

Paul Schreiber has been building software and teams for the past two decades. Most recently, he led development for FiveThirtyEight at ABC News and The Undefeated at ESPN. Previously, he spent eight years as a Mac OS X engineer at Apple, served as the founding CTO at TurboVote and codeveloped the 2008 Obama campaign’s voter registration tool. Paul volunteers locally with Pursuit and nationally with US Digital Response. He has a Bachelor of Mathematics in Computer Science (and a minor in French) from the University of Waterloo. Paul runs a house concert series, advocates for bicycling and safe streets and is always up for a hockey game.

What We Have in Common

We’re experts in technology with a passion for social justice, and a commitment to further positive social change. We listen to understand the market failures and social issues that need to be addressed, and then serve as a steward and partner to help social sector innovators apply systems-changing tech to realize and scale solutions.

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Tech Matters Funders

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End Violence Against Children logo
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Patrick J McGovern Foundation logo
Working Capital
Schmidt Futures
Hitz Foundation
Ray and Dagmar Dolby Family Fund
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Twilio
Peery Foundation
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