Everyone should have an equal chance to be heard and to achieve.
Turning voices into conversations.
You don’t need my permission, but you do need to ensure it is spectacular.
Dennis has worked for 30 years in international aid and philanthropy. He co-founded GlobalGiving, the first global crowdfunding website, and was CEO from 2000 to 2010. GlobalGiving has mobilized $225 million for nearly 15,000 projects in 165 countries, fueled by hundreds of thousands of individual donors and 130 leading companies and foundations. From 1986-2000, Dennis was an economist at the World Bank, where he worked in Indonesia, Russia, Papua New Guinea, and Niger on agriculture, housing reform, energy efficiency, structural adjustment, and innovation.
His New Products Team created the Innovation and Development Marketplaces in the late 1990s. He has also worked at USAID and the Asian Development Bank, been Executive Chairman of Ashoka Changemakers, served as Visiting Lecturer at Princeton University, Professor of the Practice and Entrepreneur in Residence at UNC-Chapel Hill, and Visiting Fellow at the Center for Global Development. He is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar, and the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton.
Local government is an underutilized key to closing feedback loops.
Making implicit assumptions explicit
Hold strong opinions lightly.
Manager of Research and Learning
Megan helps to set the learning objects and agenda for Feedback Labs by helping determine the right questions to ask, and how we should ask them. She manages the blog and other writing, and leads research and experimentation.
A systems design engineer by training, Megan has over a decade of experience promoting adaptive implementation in international development. She lived for five years in Malawi, working with Engineers Without Borders Canada to help national and local government officers experiment and develop new ways to improve water and sanitation service delivery. As Co-Director of EWB’s program in Malawi, Megan focused on finding ways to strengthen formal and informal feedback loops in the Malawian water and sanitation sector. She firmly believes that helping information travel within a system is a key prerequisite for learning and iterative improvement.
Upon her return to Canada Megan took on the management of Engineers Without Borders’ incubation portfolio. In that role, Megan mentored and supported early stage social enterprises working to transform service delivery in Sub-Saharan Africa. More recently, Megan worked with the Global Delivery Initiative secretariat at the World Bank to promote a common language with which to explore service delivery challenges and solutions. Megan is an Action Canada fellow and advisor to Fail Forward, and cheers with futility for the Toronto Blue Jays. She is a graduate of the University of Waterloo and the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.
Feedback comes from people, not about them.
Identifying common ground between opposing voices.
Adapting is hard. Do it anyways.
Sarah HennessyChief of Staff
Sarah manages the organization and day-to-day strategy and function of Feedback Labs, including member management, outreach, development, event organization, and more. She also manages LabStorms and Sprint Relays. Sarah likes to think about how we can use feedback not only to make better decision in aid and philanthropy, but how citizen voice can be an important tool for highlighting, amplifying, and codifying voices in the present minority.
After graduating from Stanford University with a degree in epidemiology and public health, Sarah somehow managed to leave behind the palm trees and 70 degree winters to return to the east coast, where she got her start in DC working at Ashoka. She now splits her time between Feedback Labs and GlobalGiving, where she works with the impact team to explore and design incentives around behavior changes toward greater organizational effectiveness (via feedback!). Off the clock, Sarah enjoys rock climbing, trying new flavors of decaf coffee, reading SCOTUSblog, and listening to lots and lots of podcasts (check out Tiny Spark!).
The people we often underestimate are the most capable agents of change.
Cultivating action on skills people have yet to discover.
Leaders clear the path for others to run down.
Meg VanDeusenOperations Associate
Meg oversees the admin, finance, and day-to-day operations of the Labs. After graduating from the University of North Carolina, Meg spent two years working in education systems abroad. She likes to think about how classroom engagement strategies translate into the feedback field and the role that listening plays in the co-creation of development programs.
As a lifelong student of culture and community, Meg has conducted research on women and girls and directed education projects across the globe including Amsterdam, Uganda, India, and Malaysia. Meg graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill as a Morehead-Cain scholar with a B.A. in Anthropology and Women's Studies. Following graduation she served as the On Site Administrator at Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project, a residential school and poverty alleviation program in rural India. Most recently, as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in rural Malaysia, Meg focused on increasing female student voice in her classrooms and collaborated with the Islamic State Police to create a girl’s leadership program. In her spare time, Meg can be found experimenting with new recipes, on hiking adventures, or keeping tabs on her former students.
People will tell you what they want. Be careful to listen, not to assume.
Formulating easily digestible, widely accessbile information.
Progress doesn't happen without breaking a few rules--judiciously.
Jordan MarenoMedia & Communications Intern
Jordan is the resident Feedback Labs intern for Spring 2017. She is helping to analyze the Labs’ visibility and effectiveness in sharing our mission - and the need for citizen feedback - with the world. Born in Raleigh, North Carolina, Jordan adds a little bit more Carolina Blue to the team. She she studies Political Science and Business Administration at UNC-Chapel Hill and is specifically interested in the intersection of non-profit management and policymaking. During her semester in Washington, Jordan can be found taking an absurd amount of photos of the Washington Monument, exploring the trails of Rock Creek Park, cooking strictly pasta for dinner, and inappropriately wearing a Carolina basketball jersey.