Meet the Speakers for the Lean Impact SF Launch

We’ve launched in NYC and DC, and now we’re headed to San Francisco.

Lean Impact will launch at the The HUB SOMA in the SF Chronicle Building this Wednesday, May 15th, and we hope to see you there.

Similar to NYC and DC, we heard from tons of great organizations but could only pick three to share their stories. Learn more about these social innovators and hear them speak Wednesday night:

Kosar Jahani, SamaUSA

Kosar Jahani, SamaUSA at Samasource Kosar is the Data & Evaluation Lead for the SamaUSA team. In this role, she designs and manages the program’s impact evaluation methodology and implementation as well as its data needs. In addition to measuring impact, the data Kosar collects informs the program’s operations and strategic planning.

SamaUSA is a program operated under Samasource, an award-winning nonprofit social enterprise with over four years of expertise giving dignified work to poor people via the Internet. SamaUSA helps low-income community college students earn income through online work so they can graduate and forge a pathway out of poverty. We recently launched our pilot program in the Bayview area of San Francisco and are preparing to graduate our first class of students.

Ashley Meyers, Code for America

Ashley Meyers, Code For AmericaAshley Meyers manages development and engagement for Code for America. With a background in politics and government, Ashley brings expertise in fundraising strategy, coalition building and community engagement to her work at CfA.

Code for America helps governments become more connected, lean, and participatory through new opportunities for public service — both inside and outside government. What started as a “peace corps for geeks” has grown to a national organization building a network of cities, citizens, community groups, and startups, all equally committed to reimagining government for the 21st century.

Vanessa Hurst, Girl Develop It

Vanessa Hurst, Girl Develop ItVanessa believes every person should be empowered to use technology to make the world a better place. She started Girl Develop It to provide judgment-free learning opportunities with a focus on results, and to support women teaching and learning from one another.

Girl Develop It is an international organization, certified by the Board of Education, that exists to provide affordable and accessible programs to women who want to learn software development through mentorship and hands-on instruction. Their vision is to create a network of empowered women who feel confident in their abilities to code and build beautiful web and mobile applications.


Join us at the San Francisco HUB on Wednesday to hear their stories in person and network with other social innovators. We’ll see you there.

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