Becky Margiotta, Principal/Owner
Becky inspires and supports leaders in the social sector to step all the way into what they’re here to do on this planet. And it’s always bigger than they thought. In 2015, she created the Skid Row School to train foundation and nonprofit executives how to effectively design and run large-scale change initiatives. Prior to that, she created and led the 100,000 Homes Campaign that mobilized 186 cities to house 105,000 people off their streets in just four years.
Jennifer Kennedy, Training Manager
Jennifer Kennedy is a trainer, speaker, and entrepreneur with 15 years of experience in education. Jennifer’s passion in education began as a volunteer in Ohio teaching English to Mexican migrant farm workers. She joined Teach For America and taught first grade in Compton, California. Her teaching career included teaching in Cameroon, West Africa and at a Charter School in Inglewood, California. She earned both the Teacher of the Year and Leadership Awards for her commitment to educating young minds. After leaving elementary education, she became a software trainer where she designed and implemented in-person and virtual professional development for over 100 school districts across California. Jennifer founded Teach Good Stuff to help business owners create online curriculum and digital content. She has spoken for the Blogging While Brown, BlogHer, iBloom, At the Helm, and Toastmasters conferences.
Kara McElvaine, Project Manager
Kara McElvaine is a project manager at the Billions Institute. Prior to joining the Billions Institute team, Kara spent over two years working at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence where she consulted with youth serving organizations like Boys and Girls Clubs of America and Playworks, to identify areas for improvement in their existing social and emotional climates. Kara earned her BA at the College of William and Mary, where she studied both Anthropology (with a focus on Medical Anthropology) and Art History. When she’s not working, she can be found practicing and teaching hatha yoga, reading copiously, and exploring nature and new places.
Keith Farrell, Project Manager
Keith Farrell is a project manager at the Billions Institute. Keith comes to the Billions Institute with a background in education and political organizing. He started his career with Teach for America working as a high school mathematics teacher at a charter school in inner city New Orleans, where he taught from 2009 – 2012. Most recently, he has worked as a field director and regional field director on a number of political campaigns, notably the campaign to update the Massachusetts’ bottle bill, Don Berwick’s 2014 Massachusetts gubernatorial campaign, and Ed Markey’s 2013 initial Senate campaign. Keith lives in Somerville, MA. He is currently pursuing an MPA degree from Northeastern University and has a BA in mathematics and political science from Connecticut College.
Selena Liu Raphael, Operations Coordinator
Selena Liu has spent most of the last twenty years working in Child Welfare, focused in the field of foster care, intensive treatment foster care and adoptions in Los Angeles and New York City. In addition to foster care adoptions, she has also worked in domestic and international adoptions, learning about the needs and cultural contexts of adoptions from Russia, South Korea, China, Colombia, Bulgaria, Moldova, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She is also a writer, speaker and trainer, with organizations such as the UCLA Center on Child Welfare, and a presenter at various conferences including Joint Council on International Children’s Services, New York Citizens’ Coalition on Children’s Services, and as a keynote speaker at the Lewis B. Smedes ChildShare conference. She is passionate about mobilizing others to do the work they were meant to do and excited to join the Billions Institute as the Operations Coordinator.
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