Silvia Vasquez-Lavado, Founder, Lead Courageous Girl
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
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, Director of Therapeutic Programs and Research
Samantha has worked in somatic and yoga-based therapies with traumatized and high risk populations for over 15 years. She has 10 years of successful program development experience, as well as government and nonprofit work spanning 20 years. Currently, Samantha is pursuing her Ph.D in Community, Liberation and Eco Psychology. She 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
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.
In his 20-year advertising career, Matt has lent his creative expertise to a huge range of clients including the SF Giants, Michelob ULTRA, Intel, Taco Bell, Visa and Amnesty International. His work has covered every medium across nearly every client category – with the last decade being primarily digitally focused. Most recently, Matt served as creative director at digital shop Anthem! and prior to that, partnered with Lotus to oversee creative at T3’s San Francisco office. He’s also been Creative Director at Saatchi & Saatchi S and worked at several large Bay Area shops such as Digitas and DMB&B/Highway One.