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One Degree Team


Rey Faustino

Chief Executive Officer

Rey Faustino
Chief Executive Officer

Rey is committed to ensuring that everyone has access to the vital, life-saving resources they need to achieve social and economic mobility. Rey launched One Degree, a technology-driven nonprofit organization, that enables families to easily navigate the complex web of nonprofit and social services from the technology in the palms of their hands. Under Rey’s leadership as CEO and founder of One Degree, the organization grew from serving a few neighborhoods in San Francisco to serving hundreds of thousands of community members annually in cities nationwide. Rey began his career as a teacher and later was the site director at BUILD, a college-access nonprofit organization that propels low-income youth of color to attain a college education. He is an alumnus of Y Combinator, a New America CA Fellow, an Echoing Green Fellow, and an Education Pioneers Fellow. Rey received Harvard’s Emerging Global Leader Award and was nominated for the San Francisco Chronicle’s inaugural Visionary of the Year Award. In his spare time, Rey practices yoga, plays with gadgets, and builds furniture from scratch.


Greg Baldwin

Head of Development & Partnerships

Greg Baldwin
Head of Development & Partnerships

Greg is a mission-driven leader, strategic thinker, and public-interest technologist with 20+ years of experience operating at the intersection of community, technology, and policy. He currently serves as One Degree’s Head of Development & Partnerships, working to strengthen and expand the network of stakeholders building a better and more equitable social safety net in America.

Greg is the former CEO of VolunteerMatch.org, the web’s largest volunteer engagement network, where he was responsible for scaling a cross-sector digital platform that now helps the social sector attract and engage millions of talented volunteers a year.

He is a data and public policy nerd with a strong equity and systems orientation. Greg remains an active volunteer providing pro-bono database support to the Sarara Foundation, the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary, and Zephyr Impact. He also serves on the Advisory Board at the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service at The University of Texas at Austin.

Greg has East Coast roots but now lives with his wife, family, and two dogs in Berkeley, CA.


Steve “Spike” Spiker

Chief of Programs and Technology

Steve “Spike” Spiker
Chief of Programs and Technology

Spike is a data inspired collaborator and leader with a focus on tech for good, government transparency and public policy. Spike is currently the Chief of Programs & Technology, where he leads One Degree’s community, product, design, infrastructure and security programs. He joined Alluma in 2019 as Chief Data Officer. Previously he was the Data Evangelist for Measures for Justice, a national research and transparency nonprofit seeking to publish metrics on the entire justice system.

Prior to this, Spike was the co-founder and Executive Director of OpenOakland, a civic innovation and open government nonprofit. Through this work he was recognized by the Obama White House as a Champion of Change. He spent over a decade as the Director of Research & Technology with Urban Strategies Council, a social impact nonprofit based in Oakland. He has a chapter in the book Beyond Transparency. He is married with three daughters and has family in Australia and the USA.


Sai Yallapragada

Vice President of Engineering

Sai Yallapragada
Vice President of Engineering

Sai brings a passion for social justice, equality, and empowerment of people — regardless of who they are — to his work at One Degree. He is a hands-on business and technology leader with over two decades of experience driving and developing technology products and services. Sai currently serves as a member of the Executive Team at One Degree and also the Vice President of the One Degree Engineering team building software systems that are helping tens of thousands of folks who desperately need help.

Before joining One Degree, Sai worked for Fortune 500 companies like Ford, and Pfizer, and early-stage to mid-level start-ups building world-class software systems. Along with heading several Engineering teams in his career, Sai also ventured into the entrepreneurial world and made a successful exit. Sai brings solid experience in successful planning, designing, driving, developing, delivering, and supporting technology products and services.

In his downtime, Sai enjoys playing Racquetball, some Golf, binge-watching the latest shows, and spending time with family, friends, and his 130 lb. Rottweiler, Zach.


Jessi Berkelhammer

Software Engineer III

Jessi Berkelhammer
Software Engineer III

Jessi has spent many years working as a software engineer at social justice non-profits, building software for social services, migrant justice, and secure communications. She holds a Masters in Science in Logic and Computation from Carnegie Mellon University.

According to her kids, Jessi likes to drink coffee, wear gray, and walk everywhere.


Genevieve McAllister

Software Engineer II

Genevieve McAllister
Software Engineer II

Driven by her desire to help people directly, Genevieve spent six years as an educator before transitioning to software development so she can help build products with a positive impact on a larger scale. She brings a passion for equality, diversity, and inclusion to her work. 

In her time off, Genevieve enjoys reading, traveling, and crafting.

TJ

Tijana “TJ” Kaitovic

Senior Product Manager

TJ
Tijana “TJ” Kaitovic
Senior Product Manager

Tijana “TJ” joined One Degree to bring her passion for creating inclusive and accessible products and services to the nonprofit sector. She has worked for several for-profit ventures in technical account management and business development roles, with a focus on supporting small businesses. Before her work with start-ups, TJ pursued nonprofit and international development work, including founding a program for marginalized entrepreneurs in her home country of Serbia, and a global, accessible educational platform for social changemakers.

Tijana has lived, studied, and worked in multiple countries across Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America and holds a Masters in Science in Peace, Development, and Sustainability from United Nations University – Tokyo. Outside of work, TJ is passionate about baking and cooking, yoga and pilates, fashion and clothing design, finding the best desserts, and building community wherever she goes.


Cecilia Mejia

Community Navigator, Los Angeles

Cecilia Mejia
Community Navigator, Los Angeles

Cecilia is a community-oriented and data-driven professional with over 10 years of experience in the nonprofit and public health sectors. She is passionate about using her skills to improve the well-being of fellow community members. 

As the Community Navigator, Data Analyst at One Degree, Cecilia is responsible for creating strong connections and educational engagements with local residents and social service providers. She advocates for valuable community solutions by bridging technology and amplifying marginalized voices.

In her prior work, Cecilia has:

  • Amplified the need for bilingual engagements to increase participation from Spanish-speaking individuals
  • Mentored several interns, helping them develop their skills and knowledge of the nonprofit sector
  • Analyzed and visualized regional data to identify trends and patterns used to improve engagements
  • Managed the execution of health and wellness programs

Cecilia is passionate about financial literacy, generational wealth, data-driven decisions, equity and parity, and nurturing the next generation.


Steffi Brock-Wilson

Strategic Partnerships Manager

Steffi Brock-Wilson
Strategic Partnerships Manager

Steffi joined One Degree in 2021, excited to work on a small team that is improving access and transparency of life-affirming resources. Steffi has previously worked as an analyst and product manager at Thoughtworks, where she worked alongside developers building software. She has also worked with various nonprofits and community organizations through grassroots campaigns in the Bay Area.

 In their free time, Steffi enjoys reading, playing cards, and spending time outside.


Josh Wolfe

Software Automation Engineer IV

Josh Wolfe
Software Automation Engineer IV

Josh has worked as a software developer for 30 years, focusing on back-end development and databases.  Automation is in his blood – this inspired a move to working in DevOps 3 years ago to assist the team in creating repeatable and secure online environments.


Sara Bajor

Software Engineering Manager

Sara Bajor
Software Engineering Manager

Sara started as a software developer with One Degree in 2019, motivated by the opportunity to utilize technology in support of the organization’s community-centered and mission-driven initiatives. Throughout her tenure at One Degree, Sara has appreciated the culture of mentorship and support at One Degree that enabled her to develop professional skills beyond software development. 

Since becoming Engineering Manager, Sara’s focused on preserving the exceptional spirit of mentorship and support that once propelled her forward. Sara ardently believes in the power of equitable collaboration with her engineering team, aiming to cultivate a high-context environment where every member can contribute meaningfully. Her journey at One Degree continues to be a testament to her unwavering commitment to both her professional growth and the organization’s mission of making a positive impact on communities.


Mike Hickman

Software Engineer II

Mike Hickman
Software Engineer II

Mike has always been drawn to nonprofit and community work and grew up volunteering with various organizations.  While learning programming, he recognized a need to bring more visibility to free and low-cost opportunities for various communities in the Pacific Northwest. This led him to create a resource website providing easy access to local organization information, which put him on a path to learn more about the tech-for-good space.  His interest in technology and being of service to others converged when he discovered One Degree and decided to move his career into full-time nonprofit work.  

One of Mike’s favorite aspects of being on the One Degree team is that every decision One Degree makes revolves around the people and communities we serve, and ‘People First’ is something practiced and not just preached.

In his free time, Mike enjoys playing piano, guitar, and tennis.


Sean Cunningham

SDET Automation Engineer II

Sean Cunningham
SDET Automation Engineer II

Sean works to improve the quality and reliability of One Degree’s applications. He has designed, developed, and tested applications for over ten years. 

When he is not working at his computer, he enjoys coding apps and games and writing silly stories. His favorite food is a poisonous stem, and he is fond of the color purple. He also believes helping others flourish is a worthwhile way to live.


Goutham Rao Muppavaram

Lead DevOps Engineer

Goutham Rao Muppavaram
Lead DevOps Engineer

Goutham is an Infrastructure DevSecOps engineer with a commitment to securing and optimizing IT infrastructure. Motivated by a desire to bridge the gap between development and operations he has transitioned into the DevSecOps domain. As a DevSecOps engineer, he combines technical expertise, strategic thinking, and a passion for cybersecurity to create secure and resilient IT infrastructures. Prior to One Degree, he worked in banking, e-commerce, and business technology consulting companies. Goutham holds a Masters in Computational Science from Texas A&M University.

Shawn

Shawn Snavley

Manager, Community Success

Shawn
Shawn Snavley
Manager, Community Success

Shawn joined One Degree as a Community Navigator in 2020 and was promoted to Manager of Community Success in 2022. They now oversee all of One Degree’s outreach and engagement, training and adoption, and member support. As the Manager of Community Success Shawn has developed innovative ways to put people first in all we do to support our community in accessing life-affirming resources. 

Shawn holds a Bachelors in Sociology and a Masters in Divinity. They have been involved in community building, grassroots campaigns, and mental health services for the past 16 years with a focus on LGBTQ+ advocacy, working with low-income families, substance abuse services, and curriculum development. Shawn is passionate about empowering communities to embrace their resiliency to support one another to heal from trauma, overcome societal barriers, reshape the social safety net, and ultimately shift power dynamics towards equity and inclusion for all. 

They spend all their free time caring for a house of pets and spoiling tons of nieces and nephews.


Jazzy Saldana

Community Outreach Specialist, Bay Area

Jazzy Saldana
Community Outreach Specialist, Bay Area

Jazzy is a service-oriented individual who thrives in spaces that allow her to be innovative and give back to her community. As the Community Outreach Specialist for the Bay Area, she develops and maintains relationships with community organizations and assists with the development and implementation of outreach initiatives within the local community. Jazzy has a background in case management, project management, and data operations. 

Jazzy is passionate about healing generational patterns, empowering her community, and helping others fully embody their own greatness.


Jessica Rodriguez

Resource Program Manager

Jessica Rodriguez
Resource Program Manager

Jessica joined One Degree because she believes that having easy access to resources plays a critical role in the daily lives of individuals and families seeking a path out of poverty. Prior to joining One Degree, Jessica worked at a nonprofit supporting undocumented immigrant survivors of crime and domestic violence in the Bay Area with legal services. Previously, she coordinated relief efforts for migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers in Mexico City. Prior to her time in Mexico City, Jessica was a Teaching English Facilitator in the country of Panama where she collaborated with schools to promote English language learning. 

In her spare time, Jessica enjoys reading a good book, going on long runs, and practicing yoga.


Marc Balderama

Senior UI/UX Designer

Marc Balderama
Senior UI/UX Designer

Marc came to One Degree with a Bachelors in Community Development from the University of California, Davis, and a Masters in Design from the Savannah College of Art & Design. Marc sought to combine these passions into his career in user experience design. Before coming to One Degree, Marc worked as a designer for several industries that span nonprofits, mobile gaming, enterprise communication, and educational engagement. Leading the organization’s design and research efforts, Marc ensures that One Degree’s products are designed for the community first and reflect an understanding of racial and economic inequities.

Residing in Hayward, California, Marc lives with his wife and poodle, Bingbing. In his free time, he enjoys making costumes, hip-hop dance, building keyboards, and supporting the local Bay Area Filipino-American community.


Richard Hillius

Director, Security & Infrastructure

Richard Hillius
Director, Security & Infrastructure

Richard brings over two decades of experience identifying and implementing technology-based solutions to the real problems people and businesses face, with a focus on privacy and security. Richard is currently the Director of Technology & Security at One Degree where he directs day-to-day operations of the infrastructure and security teams.  Richard joined the organization over 10 years ago to help build out the technology and security platforms and has been a key leader in the transition of the organization’s technology suite to the cloud. 

Prior to joining the organization, Richard worked as a consultant on several state, local, and federal infrastructure improvement projects providing technology and security implementation services.


Kingsley Oti

Senior Systems Administrator

Kingsley Oti
Senior Systems Administrator

Kingsley is a dependable team player who has a great interest in promoting equity in healthcare access for the underserved and low-income. He has experience working in various roles in the industry and continues to work in order to help the less privileged. He is the President of a local non-profit that focuses on providing subsidized healthcare services to communities that lack access.

He has worked for technology companies like Dell-EMC, Quantum, and many others. Kingsley enjoys learning new technology, especially if it has some social-good component. He loves football and enjoys running, biking, and spending time with family. Kingsley holds a Masters in Information Technology from California State University Fullerton.


Naresh Ravuri

Software Engineer IV

Naresh Ravuri
Software Engineer IV

Naresh is a dynamic and accomplished Lead Engineer with a passion for innovation and a proven track record of delivering cutting-edge solutions. As a Lead Engineer, Naresh has played a pivotal role in overseeing and driving the success of numerous high-impact projects across the organization since 2007. Naresh’s ability to blend technical prowess with strategic thinking has consistently resulted in on-time, on-budget project deliveries that exceed client expectations.


Emma Craig

Organizational Development & Culture Manager

Emma Craig
Organizational Development & Culture Manager

Emma joined One Degree in 2017 with the strong belief that all people deserve straightforward access to the resources they need. She proudly served on the Community Success team for 4 years, driving the strategic direction of community engagement, member support, and resources management. In the last 2 years, Emma has shifted to an internal role as Culture Manager, working to ensure that One Degree is an equitable, supportive, and fun place to work! 

Previously, Emma worked as a rape crisis counselor, domestic violence counselor, and creator of an illustrated dating advice coffee table book called Dating Between the Lines. In their spare time, you can find Emma taking a dance class, organizing for economic and racial justice, or stopping in the middle of the street to pet every dog that passes her way.

Board of Directors


Zhen Liu

Board Member

Zhen Liu
Board Member

Zhen Liu is passionate about promoting equity and social mobility by improving access and quality of education, public transit, and healthcare, Zhen brings together experiences from local government, non-profit organizations, corporations, higher education institutions, and multilateral organizations. Zhen has worked in different parts of the US and across the globe, in China, India, and Southern Africa. He is currently serving as a Senior Manager at The Bridgespan Group in its San Francisco office.

Prior to Bridgespan, Zhen worked at Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Agency, Bain & Company, and City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office. During his tenure at Bain, Zhen has worked in seven offices, both in Asia and US, with a focus on Merger & Acquisition, including pre-deal due diligence and post-merger integration. He established the Bain DC partnership with City Year DC and served on the City Year DC’s Associate Board. Zhen was also an active member of Bain’s Social Impact Affiliation Group.

Zhen graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and from Harvard Kennedy School with a Master of Public Administration in International Development.


Karla Monterroso

Board Secretary

Karla Monterroso
Board Secretary

Karla Monterroso, managing partner at Brava Leaders, is a leadership coach, strategist, activist, and racial equity advocate. She is the former CEO of Code2040, a nonprofit dedicated to the proportional representation of Black and Latinx people in tech at all levels of leadership. Karla joined Code2040 as Vice President of Programs in 2014 and became CEO in 2018. Over her time at Code2040, Karla worked with more than 6,000 community members and 200+ companies. Karla has dedicated her career to addressing the issue of racial opportunity and wealth gaps in America through education, healthcare, and technology. Karla was previously on the board of tech nonprofit One Degree. She is also a graduate of the University of Southern California.


James L. Yocum

Chair

James L. Yocum
Chair

Jim Yocum is president of Coastal Oak Systems. Previously, he was senior vice president at Connecture, where he was responsible for data management and government services, including federal contracting and operations of the software and systems supporting comparison and enrollment on behalf of the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the Part D Medicare drug benefit. He implemented the major systems to support the Part D drug benefit at the inception of the program from 2003-2006 while with DRX, Inc. which was acquired by Connecture.

Jim co-founded Korn/Ferry’s Futurestep (formerly idealab’s CareerLink.com) while serving there as vice president of business development and strategic planning. He has held positions with McKinsey and Company, Standard Chartered Bank, and First Interstate Bank Limited, in addition to roles as an automotive engineer and a design engineer. Jim holds a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from North Carolina State University, and a master’s in business administration from the University of California, Los Angeles.


Rey Faustino

Board Member

Rey Faustino
Board Member

Rey is committed to ensuring that everyone has access to the vital, life-saving resources they need to achieve social and economic mobility. Rey launched One Degree, a technology-driven nonprofit organization, that enables families to easily navigate the complex web of nonprofit and social services from the technology in the palms of their hands. Under Rey’s leadership as CEO and founder of One Degree, the organization grew from serving a few neighborhoods in San Francisco to serving hundreds of thousands of community members annually in cities nationwide.

Rey began his career as a teacher and later was the site director at BUILD, a college-access nonprofit organization that propels low-income youth of color to attain a college education. He is an alumnus of Y Combinator, a New America CA Fellow, an Echoing Green Fellow, and an Education Pioneers Fellow. Rey received Harvard’s Emerging Global Leader Award and was nominated for the San Francisco Chronicle’s inaugural Visionary of the Year Award. In his spare time, Rey practices yoga, plays with gadgets, and builds furniture from scratch.