Ayan Kishore is an experienced social entrepreneur and leader in technology for social impact and international development. He has a successful record in building and growing tech organizations that have helped millions globally– particularly minorities and the disadvantaged –to learn and secure jobs. As CEO, Kishore is tasked with unlocking opportunities for large-scale systems change and driving innovation through technology to transform how students, jobseekers, and older adults across the globe read, learn, and work through inclusive and equitable access to information. Prior to joining Benetech, Kishore founded and directed a digital social innovation lab at Creative Associates International focused on global literacy and peacebuilding. He served as EVP, Operations and Technology, and helped lead the IPO at Professional Diversity Network (PDN), an organization focused on increasing diversity and inclusion in the American workforce. He also founded and served as CEO for CareerImp, providing career improvement tools for jobseekers and college students to understand and overcome algorithmic biases in recruiting. Since 2008, Kishore has served as the Chairman of the Board for Development Solutions Organization, a volunteer program for top-tier college students and private sector professionals to provide pro bono consulting to racial justice and international development nonprofits. Kishore received a BSS in Computer Engineering from Georgia Tech and an MS in Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University.
Mary Fuller has been focused on the intersection of technology and law for over two decades. As the owner of her own practice, Mary serves as Benetech’s General Counsel in a part-time capacity. She is also an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University School of Law. Prior to Benetech, Mary served in high-profile roles ranging from attorney to general counsel for technology companies and Silicon Valley law firms. Mary received her JD degree from Notre Dame University and her BS in electrical engineering from Northern Arizona University. She is a licensed patent attorney and was named a 2020 Silicon Valley Business Times Woman of Influence honoree.
Jane is a seasoned human resources executive with over thirty years of experience building high-impact teams. At Benetech, Jane is responsible for human resources and all other administrative functions required for organizational success. A member of the ADP Client Advisory Council as a voice for accessibility, she previously managed the human resources and administration functions at Calera Recognition Systems, a for-profit tech company found by Benetech Founder and CEO, Jim Fruchterman. Jane is passionate about helping others and believes we can improve the lives of people in underserved communities through the power of technology. Jane enjoys reading, needle arts, skiing, and travel. Jane has a BA degree in Sociology from Stanford University.
Joel is a seasoned marketing executive with over 20 years of experience. At Benetech, Joel is responsible for all marketing strategy and operations, program and product marketing, digital marketing, and communications. Prior to Benetech, Joel was VP of Product Marketing at Nexant and has held senior marketing, product, and business development roles at startups and public companies as well as nonprofits. Over the past 20+ years Joel’s work has spanned a range of global technology challenges from sustainability and energy management to speech recognition and security, all at the juncture of leveraging technology for action and impact. Joel is passionate about seeking new ways to apply software for social good. In his free time, Joel enjoys cycling, fly fishing, backpacking and time with family.
Brad is a seasoned business development and marketing leader with over 25 years of experience in technology, marketing and management. At Benetech, Brad is responsible for creating and operationalizing the strategic direction of the Benetech Global Literacy Program, including products, services, partnerships, and funding. Prior to Benetech, Brad was vice president of marketing and business development at Inkiru, a big data predictive analytics company acquired by Wal-Mart. He also served as the founder and CEO of Through the Lens, Inc., the creator of premier image and data management systems for medical practices. Brad is passionate about making sure all people have the opportunity to read and learn, regardless of ability. In his free time, Brad enjoys skiing and spending time with his family.
Aaron Firestone is an experienced Business Development executive. At Benetech, Aaron is responsible for developing and implementing strategic fundraising priorities, enabling Benetech to scale impact in existing and new areas of work. Prior to Benetech, Aaron held marketing and program director roles at various environmental nonprofits. Aaron earned an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, where he focused on social enterprise and sustainable business, and he holds a B.A. in psychology from Swarthmore College. Aaron is passionate about harnessing new business models to drive social impact. In his free time, Aaron enjoys gardening, woodworking, and playing in the ocean with his family.