Aspiration's Board of Directors is comprised of individuals with a long history of engagement in the nonprofit technology assistance sector, and deep knowledge and experience in innovative work within the field of nonprofit technology.
Jonathan Peizer is the Board Chair and Founder of Aspiration, was the developer and director of the Open Society Institute's Internet Program, as well as the original CIO for its systems operations. Jonathan has been in the technology industry throughout his career in both the profit and non-profit sectors and on technology-related projects in 75 countries. Recently he's written a number of articles on the IT deployment in the NGO environment and philanthropic support of IT. Jonathan has held management positions in this area at Citicorp, AFS, Cheyenne Software and OSI.
Gavin Clabaugh is Vice President of Information Services for the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. Gavin oversees the administrative, developmental, and operational aspects of technology, and has overall responsibility for the Foundation's worldwide information, library, and technical services. Gavin developed a keen interest in philanthropy and technology and an expertise in technology for non-profit organizations over the past 15 years of working with scores of non-profits and foundations. Before joining the Mott Foundation, he was vice president of the Telecommunications Cooperative (TCN), a not-for-profit information technology cooperative serving thousands of NGOs and non-profit organizations worldwide. Prior to joining TCN, in 1987, Gavin was director of research for the Washington-based Present/Futures Group (formerly TRAC, Inc.), a think-tank specializing in social trend analysis and issues management. He was also senior research associate with the Naisbitt Group in Washington, D.C., and associate editor of John Naisbitt's Trend Letter. Before his formal association with the Naisbitt Group, Clabaugh was a personal consultant to John Naisbitt, and designed and managed the research process culminating in Naisbitt's best-selling book, Megatrends.
Steve Wright is Vice President, Poverty Insights at the Grameen Foundation. Steve has worked for more than 15 years at the intersection of technology and education. Before joining Grameen Foundation in August 2010, he served for a number of years as the Director of Innovation and Technology at Salesforce.com Foundation. While there, he established himself as a thought leader in the social metrics space through extensive experience working with organizations such as the Acumen Fund, GIIN (Global Impact Investing Network) and members of ANDE (Aspen Network for Development Entrepreneurs). Steve also a long background as a high school administrator and classroom teacher, and started his career in the Peace Corps. In 1990, while teaching at Pasadena High School, he became interested in the role that electronic communications could play to promote and facilitate interactions between students in underserved communities and the rest of the world. Today, Steve’s work concentrates on helping microfinance institutions and other development organizations measure and manage their social performance using the Progress out of Poverty Index.
William Lester is the Executive Director of NonProfit Organizations Knowledge Initiative (NPOKI). A visionary in use of Information and Communications Technologies (particularly in low-resource settings), Bill is well-known in the nonprofit knowledge management and technology communities, and is a popular speaker at many industry gatherings. As Chief Information Officer for EngenderHealth for 15 years, Bill has been instrumental in capturing and sharing the organization’s operational and programmatic best practices and lessons learned. In 2007, he was honored with NTEN’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Bill was elected to the Board of InsideNGO (formerly APVOFM) in 2008. He was an NTEN board member from 2000 - 2007, participates on the advisory committees for NPOWER and KABISSA, and is a NPOKI founding member. A strong proponent of social entrepreneurship, Bill works worldwide to promote and encourage problem-solvers. His personal mission is “Imagine-Build-Connect”.
Jack Aponte is a worker-owner at Palante Technology Cooperative, a NYC-based coop that helps progressive community organizations and other nonprofits move forward with the help of technology. Jack specializes in planning and building Drupal websites, open source software, social media and other Internet communications, and training and documentation. Jack is an erstwhile blogger, formerly at AngryBrownButch and Feministe and currently at jackalop.es. Jack is involved in organizing & movements around social, digital and media justice and in queer, trans, and people of color communities.
We are grateful for the service of past board members and include them here to acknowledge their service and contributions to Aspiration.
Michelle Murrain was an early leader and innovator in nonprofit technology, developing content and applications for the web, specifically for organizational, research, and educational purposes, from 1994. In 1995, Michelle started a consulting practice that served the nonprofit and educational sectors, primarily in the areas of developing database-driven web sites, the implementation of open source software, and strategic technology planning. She was also a co-founder of NOSI. She is now pursuing her passions as a mentor, author and blogger, publishing and providing guidance on a number of topics, and she was previously a member of the Aspiration board from 2003 to 2005.