Learn about our leadership team and Board of Directors.
Learn about our leadership team and Board of Directors.
Betsy has served in executive leadership roles for both for-profit and nonprofit technology organizations, most recently as Benetech’s President, driving the development and growth of all Benetech initiatives including inclusive education, poverty alleviation, and human rights. She is a social entrepreneur and engineer and has co-founded two software companies, including the first web-based Information and Referral service for human services. She defined the concept of “Born Accessible,” a vision where all digital content is made accessible to everyone when created. Betsy has developed products across the software, semiconductor, and information sectors and previously held senior positions with BEA Systems, TradeBeam, Social Online Service, and Cisco Systems. She holds a degree in electrical engineering from Northwestern University.
Jim is a leading social entrepreneur, a MacArthur Fellow, a recipient of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, and a Distinguished Alumnus of Caltech. Jim’s dream is to bring Silicon Valley’s technology innovations to all of humanity, not just the richest 5%. He is a former rocket engineer who also founded two successful for-profit high technology companies. Under Jim’s leadership, Benetech has created and scaled multiple software for good enterprises.
Mark is a seasoned engineering and operations leader with over 30 years of high tech experience. Mark is responsible for Engineering, IT, Product, UI/UX, Training, Book Processing and Customers Support. Prior to Benetech, Mark served as TiVo’s Senior Vice President of Engineering and Operations. Mark is passionate about using his technology expertise to make unique products that help niche, underserved markets and that focus on social good.
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.
Anh is a seasoned nonprofit leader with expertise building scalable software for social good solutions through ecosystem engagement. At Benetech, Anh is responsible for leading Benetech Labs’ R&D work, engaging with communities, other technologists, and other non-profits around critical social issues to prototype new software solutions. Prior to Benetech, Anh led the development of a digital publishing platform for leading scientific and research publishers. Anh is passionate about how technology can be a great connector, catalyzing collective and collaborative action for greater good. In her free time, Anh enjoys her family, indulging in film and fiction that bring up memories of her former life as a grad student earning a PhD in the humanities, and the occasional good run along the Bay Trail.
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.
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.
Denise joins Benetech having served the nonprofit sector in financial leadership roles for 16 years managing strategic plans, financial operations, audits and compliance. Her experience includes the technology social enterprise sector where she recently was CFO for VolunteerMatch, and has held leadership roles with community foundations, education and social services organizations. Prior to her nonprofit sector work, Denise held project management positions in banking and investments. She began her career at Deloitte, having moved to the Bay Area from Montana. She received a degree in finance from the University of Idaho. In her free time, Denise enjoys hiking the Bay Area’s beautiful trails, partaking in the plethora of incredible farmers markets and restaurants, and planning her next African adventure.