Open call for new members to join the Feedback Labs board!
We’re excited to announce a 2022 call for candidates to be considered for Feedback Labs’ Board of Directors. Feedback Labs already has a world-class board and an ongoing internal board recruitment process, but it aspires to live its values by ensuring its board is open to the most qualified people in the world, regardless of whether they are already in our networks. To this end, Feedback Labs is looking to recruit two (2) new board members!
About Feedback Labs and our Board of Directors
Feedback Labs is a global network of more than 600 organizations that believe that people and communities should have a say in the programs that affect their lives. We make the case that listening and acting on feedback from constituents is the right thing to do morally and ethically, the smart thing to do to achieve better outcomes, and the feasible thing to do at scale. Feedback Labs’ objective is to create a ‘tipping point’ so that good feedback practice becomes the expected thing to do as well. We do this work with the belief that making people’s voices central to the decision-making process will revolutionize social impact and that the new norms that cement good feedback practice will help contribute to a more equitable world.
Currently, our Board of Directors is made up of five individuals from the feedback field with experience in domestic and international nonprofits, philanthropy, and official aid agencies. For many past and current board members, serving on the board is a way to invest in the field of feedback and advocate for the critical role of constituents’ voices in social impact work. It’s also an invaluable opportunity for personal and professional development! Join a great team of talented nonprofit and philanthropy professionals who, together with Feedback Labs’ CEO and staff, shape the strategic direction of the organization and oversee the organization’s financial sustainability and growth.
Who should apply?
Feedback Labs is looking for board members from diverse backgrounds, and with varied professional and lived experiences, skill sets, perspectives, and voices to help Feedback Labs execute on its strategic vision and contribute their expertise to grow Feedback Labs’ capacity and impact.
We are looking for board members who:
- Are passionate about listening and incorporating feedback into programs and policies to achieve impact and foster equity;
- Have experience using feedback to inform decision-making within an organization;
- Have demonstrated a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion;
- Have experience engaging in or strengthening professional networks or communities, like the feedback field;
- Bring enthusiasm, experience, questions, and big ideas to strategic planning and organizational goal setting;
- Are able and willing to represent Feedback Labs to broader audiences, and who may be in a position to help us build the reach and influence of our network;
- Have comfort and experience with financial management and organizational budgeting.
What’s expected of Feedback Labs board members?
Feedback Labs’ board members are the fiduciary guardians of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and take on an active role in one or more of our board committees: (1) Finance, Audit, and Compensation Committee, (2) Governance Committee.
Board members are expected to dedicate about 2-8 hours per quarter to working on Feedback Labs business. This includes attending quarterly Board of Directors meetings (option to attend either virtually or in person), occasional committee meetings, follow-up tasks related to those committee functions, participating in our annual Feedback Summit, and responding to requests from Feedback Labs staff, such as a review of title and salary changes, CEO expenses, etc.
Once elected by the board, Directors serve a one-year term. Directors may be elected to serve an indefinite number of terms. Board positions are not remunerated.
Expression of Interest & Selection
We’re excited that you’re interested in joining our Board of Directors! Please complete our application form, including uploading your resume. If you believe someone you know would be a qualified candidate, please encourage them to apply. Applications are due by 11pm ET on May 31, 2022.
The Board of Directors will review all applications and identify candidates to be interviewed. Selection will be made by a vote on the individual appointment of each proposed candidate for Director. Candidates will be notified by June 30, 2022. The announcement of newly appointed Directors will be posted on our website and shared with the Feedback Labs community later this year.
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Careers at Feedback Labs
Launch your career alongside some of the best and brightest minds in aid, philanthropy, and government. We expect everyone at the Labs to contribute above and beyond their job description, improve their skills, and advance their careers. We are committed to supporting our team members on that journey.
Every FBL team member:
Owns their Role
You will take on real responsibility for overcoming challenges from day one. You will make noise, reach for new opportunities, and move the Labs forward.
Has an Entrepreneurial Spirit
You make smart, fast decisions and iterate on the results. You’ll have the freedom to experiment because we know you’ll find a way to succeed.
You’ll hold yourself to a high standard, and we’ll support you to achieve it. When the cards are down, you’ll jump in and help propel the team to new heights.
Perks and Benefits
Feedback Labs provides excellent employee benefits and a fun, flexible, and healthy work environment.
We ensure that all staff receive in-house training and opportunities to develop new skills through challenging on-the-job assignments. We provide resources for external workshops and conferences to help team members meet their personal missions and grow in their careers.
FBL offers flexibility to accommodate employees’ individual schedules and support their efforts to maintain a healthy balance between serving our shared mission and pursuing personal passions.
All FBLers have unlimited access to the building’s well-equipped gym and twice-weekly yoga classes.
Full-time salaried employees enjoy a robust benefits package that includes:
Medical, Dental, and Vision Coverage
Disability and Life Insurance
401(k) matching contributions
Vacation and Personal Leave
Flexible Spending Accounts
Listen to FBL staff speak about FBL’s unique work culture in this episode of “Better than Most,” a series on The Business of Giving podcast that features the best places to work among social good businesses and nonprofit organizations.
Britt LakeChief Executive Officer
At Feedback Labs, Britt leads a team working to change the norms in development, aid, and philanthropic policy to be more responsive to the people those policies aim to help. A founding member of Feedback Labs in 2014, Britt joined the organization as CEO in April 2019. Prior to this role, Britt was a member of the executive team at GlobalGiving, the world's first and largest global crowdfunding community. During her 12 years at GlobalGiving, Britt helped grow the organization to raise $400 million in support of thousands of community-led organizations in 170+ countries. She also built and managed the Disaster Recovery Network at GlobalGiving, which granted millions of dollars in small grants to local groups working to rebuild their communities after natural disasters and humanitarian crises. Britt has also worked at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and with a variety of nonprofits throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Britt holds a B.A. in International Studies from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, where she was a Morehead-Cain Scholar, a Master's in International Relations from the University of Cape Town (South Africa), and a Master's in Public Affairs from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School.
Dennis WhittleSenior Advisor
Dennis co-founded Feedback Labs. He has worked for over 30 years in international aid and philanthropy. He is also co-founder of GlobalGiving, the first global crowdfunding website, where he was CEO from 2000 to 2010. GlobalGiving has mobilized over $400 million for nearly 24,000 projects in 170 countries, fueled by hundreds of thousands of individual donors and 295 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.
Dennis has previously also been a Visiting Scholar at New York University, Visiting Lecturer at Princeton University, Professor of the Practice and Entrepreneur in Residence at UNC-Chapel Hill, Visiting Fellow at the Center for Global Development, and economist at USAID and the Asian Development Bank. He is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar, and of the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton.
Core BeliefEveryone should have an equal chance to be heard and to achieve.
Feedback SuperpowerTurning voices into conversations.
Management MantraYou don’t need my permission, but you do need to ensure it is spectacular.
Megan CampbellDirector of Research, Learning, and Engagement
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.
Core BeliefLocal government is an underutilized key to closing feedback loops.
Feedback SuperpowerMaking implicit assumptions explicit
Management MantraHold strong opinions lightly.
Camila CambordaProject Specialist
Camila supports special projects at Feedback Labs. Having just finished a year-long fellowship at GlobalGiving, she is passionate about rethinking the current international development system, as well as creating solutions for the everyday work of managing a nonprofit. A new DC transplant, she graduated from Boston University with degrees in Economics and International Relations, and spent time working in education reform, local organizing, and college financial aid. In her spare time she enjoys doing yoga, biking to the library and searching for the city's best donut.
Core BeliefThe people we often underestimate are the most capable agents of change.
Feedback SuperpowerCultivating action on skills people have yet to discover.
Management MantraLeaders clear the path for others to run down.
Annie HamburgenMarketing Associate
Annie manages Feedback Labs communication. She has always been enthusiastic about innovation, creativity and progressive thinking and recently obtained a bachelor’s degree in Entrepreneurship with a minor in Computer Science at the University of Rochester. She has been a successful youtube content creator and artist for the past 10 years and recently co-founded a startup textbook trading platform for students at her university. Beyond her interest in entrepreneurship and design, Annmarie is an avid hiker and mountain biker who takes every opportunity to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors.
Core BeliefPeople themselves are the best experts about their lives.
Feedback SuperpowerAmplifying the voices of the community in an accessible and engaging way
Management MantraEmbrace constructive criticism
Lynn JinProduct and Strategy Intern
Lynn is a product and strategy intern at Feedback Labs during the Fall 2019 semester. She is a senior and global leadership scholar at New York University, studying Mathematics and Public Health. Lynn has always been interested in turning theoretical knowledge into real-life impacts, and she is super excited to join the team and see how the theory of feedback loop can improve people's lives in various ways. During her free time, she attends Hackathon around the country, listens to and makes her own music.
Benilda SamuelsNurse Family Partnership
Chief Operations Officer
Benny is a seasoned bilingual integrated marketing communications executive with 25 years of experience developing and implementing communications campaigns that engage the hardest to reach populations; including teens, poor men of color, the underserved, Native Americas, and the working poor. Before joining Nurse-Family Partnership, Benny led the Denver campaign to reduce unintended pregnancies (a 40% reduction in Colorado), and various campaigns to increase access to publicly sponsored health care (Medicaid, the Child Health Plan Plus and sliding scale discount programs) for the uninsured. In her role of chief marketing and communications officer at Nurse-Family Partnership she serves as the lead strategist responsible for increasing referrals for NFP’s vision to scale plan; in addition to all national communications and outreach efforts.
Benny holds a Master's Degree in Mass Communications from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and an undergraduate degree from Denver University in Graphic Design. She is a native of Panama, and is married to a retired firefighter/paramedic. They have one son, Sergio, a sophomore at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. They live in Denver with their “strange but wonderful” mutt, Oreo.
Jean-Louis Sarbib is currently Chief Executive Officer at Development Gateway, an international nonprofit social enterprise with the mission to reduce poverty in developing nations by improving aid effectiveness, governance, and transparency through information technology. Mr. Sarbib joined the board of the Development Gateway in 2004 and was elected chair in 2008. In March 2009, the board asked him to serve as chief executive officer. From 1980 to 2006, Mr. Sarbib was at the World Bank where he occupied a number of senior positions. From 1996 to 2000, Mr. Sarbib was the World Bank’s Vice President for Africa and from 2000 to 2003, the Vice President for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). His last position (2003 – 2006) was as Senior Vice President for human development, with global responsibilities for the World Bank activities in education, health, social protection, and HIV/AIDS.
Upon leaving the Bank, Mr. Sarbib joined Wolfensohn & Company as a managing director from October 2006 to March 2009. A French national, Mr. Sarbib serves on the boards of World Links for Development, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, The International Center for Conciliation, and FXB International. He served on the board of GAVI (the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization) from 2003 to 2009, the board of UNESCO’s International Institute for Education Planning from 2003 to 2006, chaired the governing board of the UNESCO Institute of Statistics (2004-2006), and represented the World Bank at Head of Agency level at the UN-AIDS Committee of Co-Sponsoring Agencies.
He has taught at Georgetown University (2008-2010), and served as senior non-resident fellow at the Brookings Institution (2006-2010) and adviser to James Wolfensohn (2006-2010). Mr. Sarbib graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris, before going on to the University of Pennsylvania for a master’s degree in city and regional planning. After working for the French Ministry of Industry as Deputy Director of the Groupe de Reflexion sur les Stratégies Industrielles (GRESI), he returned to teach in the United States, at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. In 2006, Mr. Sarbib was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso, and received a Lifetime Award for Diversity and Inclusion by the World Bank. He received numerous honors from the countries where he worked.
Bryan SimmonsArcus Foundation
Vice President Communications
Bryan has more than 30 years of global experience in communications, brand management, and integrated marketing campaign development. He began his career at Strayton Advertising and Public Relations (later the Advanced Technology Division of Hill & Knowlton). Bryan held a number of executive positions in Marketing and Communications at Lotus Development Corporation and IBM Corp., including Vice President, IBM Americas, Vice President of Global Industry Communications, and Vice President of Marketing, IBM Lotus Software. He also launched IBM’s global alumni program and led the planning for IBM’s Centennial. He has served on the boards of Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, ACLU Massachusetts, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts and Harvard Magazine. Bryan earned a bachelor’s degree in European History from Harvard College in Cambridge, MA.