Silvia Vasquez-Lavado, Founder

Silvia is a humanitarian, adventurer and passionate social entrepreneur, who has been enthusiastically working to provide the advancement of vulnerable populations. In 2009 she co-founded the Gracias Foundation (now renamed to Gratitude Alliance), leading local grassroots social entrepreneurs in global marginalized areas. Since 2014, she has launched Courageous Girls, her most personal initiative aimed to provide the healing and empowering of sexually abused girls through physical endurance, trauma healing and mindfulness techniques. Silvia is immensely committed about mentoring the next generation of young girls to embrace technology in all its various possibilities. Fortune Magazine selected her as one of  their Corporate Heroes of 2015 , and CNET named her as one of  the top 20 most influential Latinos in ‘Technology and Social  impact’. Contact Silvia

 

Prashanthi Ravanavarapu, Chief Opportunity Officer

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Prashanthi is our Chief Opportunity Officer, originally from India, she came to the U.S. with an ignited passion to make the world a better place. She believes in the good of people and strives to create ways in which they can give back. As a technologist, Prashanthi is part of PayPal’s Cause team that focuses on building innovative products and solutions to help nonprofits raise funds and to connect customers to the causes they care about. Prashanthi’s arduous beliefs in empowering people and specially girls, has led her to the ongoing design of the Technology, Educational & Life Skills curriculum for our Courageous Girls; applying scalable designing thinking programs, entrepreneurship and innovation concepts. As a proud mother of two children, she hopes they will carry on her legacy of doing good. Contact Prashanthi

 

Samantha Kinkaid, Programs and Research

Samantha has worked in somatic and mindfulness-based therapies with traumatized and high risk populations for over 15 years. She has developed programs for inner-city high-risk teens, youth with autism, social and sensory challenges, and individuals of all ages who have experienced trauma. Her work has been featured in Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice, India West, Nexus, Origin, Mantra, Yoga Therapy Today, and a number of local Southern California publications. She has also spoken on many panels discussing prevention strategies and multi-level healing aspects of human trafficking. Currently pursuing her PhD in Psychology, Samantha is focused on the health and healing of survivors of trafficking and abuse, as well as counter-trafficking initiatives centered on education and environmental sustainability factors. Contact Samantha

 

Rosana de Souza, Community Outreach Coordinator & Development

Rosana is a former international model from Brazil. Her interest in social justice started when she heard of the dangers to girls in the modeling industry who were lied to and found themselves trapped in prostitution, as well as how she could have become a victim. Rosana is passionate about healing women with trauma. In 2014 she has volunteered for A21 Campaign, an anti-human trafficking organization. She worked at the Holloway prison in London in 2015 in self-development work with female inmates. She is currently studying Psychodynamic Counseling & Psychotherapy at Birbeck University in London. Contact Rosana

 

Lotus Child, Marketing

Lotus is Co-Founder and Creative director of Arson, a creative communications agency. With a unique background in design, direct marketing, digital, and traditional advertising she applies her cross-media experience in both the B2B and B2C spaces. She develops creative and marketing strategies and distinctive design solutions to complex brand problems and has worked on global brands like Nike, HP, Intel and LG. Throughout her career Lotus has led the charge in bringing in cause-related opportunities to the agencies she has worked at resulting in pro bono campaigns for groups including Cascade Aids Group, Shanti, The San Francisco SPCA and now Courageous Girls.