Desiree is the Executive Director and Founder of the Far Away Project. Desiree has a passion for mobilizing grassroots change and democratizing social impact. Originally from Florida, Desiree studied hospitality and graduated with a degree in Events Management. After some time in the corporate world, Desiree transitioned to philanthropic work and never turned back.
Leighann is a highly skilled philanthropic & operational management professional. She started her career in small-scale, grassroots nonprofits in North Carolina and grew into administrative roles here in San Francisco, most recently at Google. Skilled in program coordination, collaborative planning, & team building, Leighann likes to organize and enjoys taking the support-role.
Mo is a technologist and musician passionate about using her skills in both to create community. She has worked as a software engineer in the social media space for over 5 years – first at Facebook and Twitter and currently at VINA, an app that helps connect women for friendship. More doer than dreamer, she enjoys bringing ideas into reality and navigates competing priorities with ease.
Julie is a leader who loves delivering on big swing initiatives with passionate teams. Her education in finance and background in product position her perfectly to make an impact as Treasurer for Far Away Project. With her experiences as a Product Manager for Intuit and TrueAccord, Julie has a knack for figuring out problems within a population and developing inventive solutions. Julie is strategy-minded and grounded in compassion.
Anthony brings experience in logistics, planning, and execution for some of the largest outdoor events in the world. He dabbled in on-site production and artistic direction for commercial and advertising agencies; helped to produce advertisements and marketing material for major brands including Coke, Apple, P&G, and Visa. Anthony is adept at strategic consulting for business partnerships to maximize growth potentials: making him an asset to the Far Away Project team. Anthony is driven by innovative ideas, technology innovation, and maintaining a pulse on the startup ecosystem.
Brenden is an entrepreneurial chef who loves connecting people through exceptional food. He is an avid adventurer willing to try just about anything once! His adventurous outlook on life embarked him on a motorcycle ride down South America where he met up with the ReGener8 team in Peru and managed operations for the first event. His passion for food and sustainability is also what inspired him to start No Bull Foods.
Cody moved to San Francisco at the age of 18, having been working full time in tech since the age of 14. He's worked as a tech and front-end lead for companies such as Iron.io, which is used by Code for America, Students Rising Above, where he built social community to help provide more services to more students, and YardClub which was recently acquired by Caterpillar Construction. He also consults for Odyssey Energy Solutions, which aims to aid in 1.2 billion people around the world accessing electricity through their online platform.
Cecilia Tavera Webman
After family and her darling dachshund Woody, there is nothing more that Cecilia loves to do than helping other people. Cecilia's day job (and life passion) is real estate. With over 20 years in the residential market in Florida, Cecilia has a keen eye for spotting peoples' needs and making dreams come true. When she's not helping home hunt, she's a dedicated community organizer for the Democratic party and committed to voter registration and rights issues, as well as local issues in Miami.
Tina believes that knowledge is powerful. Her company Follow the Coin Labs is dedicated to empowering people through education and information by supporting the community around digital currencies, financial literacy and FinTech with news, media content, a robust media platform, information, data, analysis, cross promotional opportunities and performance metrics of digital currencies.