About Us

The world’s biggest social problems, from healthcare to education to human rights, deserve the best technology solutions. Fast Forward invests in entrepreneurs who are using technology to accelerate social impact. Fast Forward’s investments span beyond philanthropic funding, through products and programs that bridge the tech and nonprofit sectors to build capacity for tech nonprofits.

As the first and only organization focused exclusively on scaling organizations that combine the best tech with sustainable nonprofit business models, Fast Forward’s mission is to accelerate impact.

Tech nonprofit

[tek non-prof-it]

Noun

A tech startup, building original software or hardware, that has selected a nonprofit business model in order to scale social impact, not profits.

51M Lives
Impacted

Fast Forward’s portfolio of tech nonprofits improve the lives of millions around the world. 63% of these organizations have a founder who identifies as a woman, and 73% have a founder who is a person of color. And they’ve raised over $102 million in follow on funding to accelerate their impact.

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Our Team

Kevin Barenblat

Kevin Barenblat

Co-Founder & President

Kevin Barenblat is a seasoned tech entrepreneur who believes nonprofits can leverage technology to accelerate their social impact. Prior to Fast Forward, Kevin founded Context Optional, a social marketing software company, and served as CEO through the company's acquisition by Efficient Frontier, and later, Adobe. Kevin holds a Bachelor’s degree in engineering from Stanford and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Shannon Farley

Shannon Farley

Co-Founder & Executive Director

Shannon is an experienced social entrepreneur. She was the founding Executive Director of Spark, the world's largest network of Millennial philanthropists. Prior to joining Spark, Shannon co-founded The W. Haywood Burns Institute, a MacArthur Award-winning juvenile justice reform organization. Shannon holds a BA in American Studies from Georgetown University and an MS in Gender and Social Policy from the London School of Economics.

Hillary Baker Draper

Hillary Baker Draper

Director of Strategic Partnerships

Hillary works to build meaningful relationships to help advance social sector technology solutions. Previously, she worked as Outreach Manager at EducationSuperHighway, a nonprofit organization dedicated to upgrading the nation's public schools to high-speed broadband. Prior to this, she served as an Americorps Resident in Social Enterprise and graduated from Tufts University with a double major in Sociology and Peace & Justice Studies.

Nicole Dunn

Nicole Dunn

Program and Marketing Manager

Driven by the impact of using creativity and technology to tackle our world's biggest challenges, Nicole seeks to uplift the work of social impact startups through meaningful storytelling. Before joining Fast Forward, Nicole was with GoFundMe where she helped campaign organizers maximize their fundraising success. Prior to that, she founded her own small startup. Nicole graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a BA in Environmental Studies.

Eli Etzioni

Eli Etzioni

Strategic Partnerships Associate

Eli is inspired by the entrepreneurs and the impact of the growing tech nonprofit community. Prior to Fast Forward, he was on the corporate social responsibility team at PagerDuty, and worked at Urban Surf 4 Kids, a surf therapy nonprofit. Eli majored in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics and minored in Computer Science at Claremont McKenna College.

Aston Motes

Aston Motes

Board Member

Aston was the first engineer at Dropbox, where he helped build out the website and the API. More recently, he works on music related projects like CopThis, a mobile app for merch from your favorite artists. Previously, he was a software engineer at OkCupid. Aston has a patent for a tagged content inference system and method. Aston hold a BS in Computer Science and Engineering from MIT.

Rekha Pai

Rekha Pai Kamath

Board Member

Rekha Pai Kamath is an angel investor and Managing Partner at Cresta Ventures, as well as Vice President at Stanford Angels and Entrepreneurs. She has 15+ years at companies such as Juniper Networks, Symantec Corp, Applied Materials, Sun Microsystems, and Procket Networks (acquired by Cisco). She holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University and an MBA from Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business.

James Slavet

James Slavet

Board Member

James is a Partner at Greylock Partners. He invests in mission-driven entrepreneurs who combine technology and human touch to deliver amazing consumer services. James’ current investments include CreativeLive, GoFundMe, Grand Rounds, Lyra Health, and Redfin. James has been named several times to the Forbes Midas list, which recognizes top VC tech investors. He graduated from Brown University and Harvard Business School.

Ime Archibong

Ime Archibong

Board Member

Ime Archibong is the VP of Partnerships at Facebook. His organization builds and manages global partnerships in support of Facebook's mission, product and business strategy. Prior to Facebook, Ime was an Advanced Technology Business Development Professional at IBM where he focused on the licensing of IBM’s global portfolio of storage research technology. Ime holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Yale University and a MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Oliver Hurst-Hiller

Oliver Hurst-Hiller

Board Member

Oliver runs Engineering, Product, and Data Science at DonorsChoose.org. Prior to joining the organization in 2006, he managed product engineering projects for Microsoft's new search engine, now called Bing. Oliver joined Microsoft when the Windows division acquired EQuill, a venture-backed startup that he co-founded and led for three years as CEO. Oliver is the Co-Chair of CTOs For Good and Co-Chair of the San Francisco CTO Club. He has a Computer Science degree from Brown University.

"It's refreshing to hear from people who are pursuing solutions to problems, rather than just pursuing a business that makes a lot of money."

Andrew McCollum, Cofounder of Facebook, Fast Forward mentor