TEAM

dennis whittle

Core Belief


Everyone should have an equal chance to be heard and to achieve.

Feedback Superpower


Turning voices into conversations.

Management Mantra


You don’t need my permission, but you do need to ensure it is spectacular.

  

Dennis Whittle

Executive Director
dennis@feedbacklabs.org

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.

Megan Campbell

Core Belief


Local government is an underutilized key to closing feedback loops.

Feedback Superpower


Making implicit assumptions explicit

Management Mantra


Hold strong opinions lightly.

 

Megan Campbell

Manager of Research and Learning
mcampbell@feedbacklabs.org

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.

sarah-hennessy

Core Belief


Feedback comes from people, not about them.

Feedback Superpower


Identifying common ground between opposing voices.

Management Mantra


Adapting is hard. Do it anyways.

 

Sarah Hennessy

Chief of Staff
sarah@feedbacklabs.org

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!).

meg

Core Belief


The people we often underestimate are the most capable agents of change.

Feedback Superpower


Cultivating action on skills people have yet to discover.

Management Mantra


Leaders clear the path for others to run down.

 

Meg VanDeusen

Operations Associate
meg@feedbacklabs.org

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.

meg

Core Belief


It’s not good feedback until you’re hearing things you don’t want to hear.

Feedback Superpower


Active listening

Management Mantra


Work hard creatively

 

Nathaniel LaCelle-Peterson

Media and Communications Intern
nathaniel@feedbacklabs.org

Nathaniel is a summer intern in media and communication, maintaining the digital presence of Feedback Labs and exploring new ways to effectively communicate with members. A senior at Cornell University, Nathaniel studies English and Media and edits Kitsch Magazine. He is excited to be joining Feedback Labs this summer and is continuously impressed with the quality of Feedback’s work and the dedication of the Feedback Labs community and members. In his free time, Nathaniel enjoys running, writing, silent film, and spending long afternoons in Kramerbooks.
Rina

Core Belief


“Every person you meet knows something you don’t.”  Bill Nye

Feedback Superpower


Listen, act, then listen again!

Management Mantra


Be a self-sensor.

 

Rina Fetahaj

Product Intern
rina@feedbacklabs.org

Rina is the Lab's resident product strategist, helping to develop ideas and create strategies for new products provide feedback for the existing Feedback Labs products throughout the summer. She envisions a paradigm shift whereby listening and acting on the voice of the people in need becomes a core value for organizations that aim to support those people. Before joining Feedback Labs, Rina has worked for a pioneer outsourcing company in Kosovo as well as for a youth employment project for HELVETAS Kosovo, the later experience that shifted her interest to being part of organizations driven by a social mission. Currently, she is a candidate for an MA in Social Enterprise program at School of International Service at American University, Washington DC and is a recipient of Transformation Leadership Program Scholarship provided by USAID.  She has finished her BA in Marketing and Psychology at London Metropolitan University.