Our team believes that education affects everything and that every child deserves to go to school. Effect.org is incredibly unique in the non-profit space: We think with business minds, execute with business precision, and we work with heart and dedication to achieving our goals.
Economies of the developing world are scaling rapidly and promising a strong middle class in coming years. However, low-income communities are at risk of getting left behind--widening the economic gap between the rich and poor. Education will change this. Our work, from leading Expeditions to planning logistics for a school opening, is for to make quality, affordable education accessible.
Hailing from a small town in Idaho (USA), Casey’s love of international development started at age 19, as he lead others in life changing activities in Albania for 2 years. He started Effect.org in 2010, opening a school in rural Bihar, India. Passionate about filmmaking, he produced Stolen Innocence, a documentary exposing human trafficking. In 2015, Casey led the largest volunteer group rebuilding after the Nepal earthquake. An outdoor fanatic, Casey is happiest in the mountains and loves getting out on his bicycle.
Starting her career in marketing and events for corporate America, Sandy turned her attention to international development when she moved to India and scaled programs centered around Social Enterprise throughout the country. Sandy pioneered the creation of programs both helping the homeless and preventing homelessness in her hometown of Turlock, CA. Sandy has a true passion for everything India, is addicted to coffee and loves boxing, reading, and travel!
Aashima's passion for social development pushed her to pursue her Masters in Social Work. She started her career in the field of Development Sector Consulting where she worked with several Indian government bodies and ministries to undertake extensive research, strategy, and stakeholder engagement to improve last mile delivery of government programs and ensure citizen engagement in governance. She loves working with children and now aims to use her skill set to add value to their lives. She is an avid reader, does not go anywhere without her Kindle. and loves Zumba and power yoga.
Mark was born and raised in New Jersey and lives in San Francisco. His career started in education but was primarily focused on business development for travel companies including Priceline, Orbitz, Westin and Hyatt. He also has been involved in several start-ups helping with business development, strategy and product market requirements. His wife teaches GED in Oakland and his sons; Matt a high-school teacher and Sam a probation officer also live in San Francisco. He has a love for travel and photography and volunteers with First Exposures teaching photography to teens.
Oftentimes in life you have to walk in darkness before light shines on your path. This has definitely been the case for Effect.org. In 2009, a 23 year old sophomore in college, I jumped on a plane to India for the first time. Bored with my student routine, I was searching for something my professors couldn’t teach me. I’d traveled abroad and volunteered in Albania for two years, leaving with one main impression - education affects everything.
Together with college friends, we surveyed the poorest areas of India, finding children absent from school in community after community. Government schools were failing, teachers weren’t showing up and children weren’t learning. Parents had lost trust in government schools. The children who were attending school were often at private schools, something that surprised all of us. Despite families being poor, parents were still allocating money to their children’s education. A few months later, we opened our first low-cost private school ($2 a month) in India.
In the following years, Effect and I faced setbacks and triumphs. I repeatedly heard ‘no’ from investors and foundations and struggled to raise money, putting my school dreams on hold. Joining forces with a friend and director, we created a documentary called Stolen Innocence on the sex trafficking crisis I discovered through working in India. We were given the opportunity to play a huge role in earthquake relief in Nepal, coordinating one of the largest volunteer groups and distributing lifesaving supplies. We also partnered with our friends at Google and Salesforce, taking volunteers on expeditions and witnessing the changes that technology can achieve.
In 2015, armed with new experiences and knowledge, we returned to opening schools. With a focus on working closely with our supporters, we changed our original name of Effect International to Effect.org, a new nonprofit transferring 100% of donor funds directly to schools and showing our supporters exactly where their money goes.
I can’t wait for the future, to make a difference through education, and to give millions of children the start in life they deserve.
I am a Solutions Engineer at Salesforce. Through Salesforce's Volunteering program, I discovered Effect and was immediately impressed with the level of work being done to combat human trafficking and commit to education. I have been on several of the expeditions and hackathons in both Nepal and India and continue to work independently with the NGOs that I worked with during the expeditions. As a father of three, it wounds me to fathom the upheaval that families and survivors endure and I am committed to identifying all manner of solutions both now and in the future.
Effect.org Ambassadors are proactive volunteers committed to implementing their hackathon project after expeditions. Ambassadors become trip leaders, spokespeople for Effect.org, and long-term changemakers.
I came to the Bay area by way of Florida and Texas. I currently work at Google in Analytics. My passion is traveling and social responsibility and I've discovered that I get more out of my travels when I can combine the two and immerse myself in the culture by helping out and partnering with the local people.
I support Effect.org because I feel strongly about putting a stop to human trafficking through education -- not only educating young children and women who are susceptible to trafficking, but also global education about the tragic truth of modern day slavery. Effect.org's efforts are focused on educating people and I feel passionate that we are able to prevent, and eventually, stop this growing epidemic through education. It is key!
I'm a strategic advisor at Salesforce in the UK, and I've been supporting Effect.org since 2015. My first expedition to India compelled me to volunteer with a number of non-profits tackling human trafficking and slavery. Connecting tech companies to these issues is a brilliant way to innovate and build solutions. Crucially, Effect.org understands the regional issues and it has helped them to develop strong partnerships with local non-profits, which is vital for this program.
Miami native, Texas longhorn, Googler, and current Bay Area resident.
In 2015, I was on the first Effect Expedition in Nepal and helped create a marketplace to sell jewelry made by human trafficking survivors. We launched www.Banau.co in the summer of 2015, and continue to work with the people in Nepal to further our efforts and bring awareness to US consumers. The marketplace reinvests the profits back into educating the local communities about the issue.
Effect.org is an incredible nonprofit because they are integrated with the local community - from their anti-trafficking efforts, to their work with local professionals, to their focus on education in India and Nepal. They understand there is a ripple effect, and the best place to start is by making access to quality education possible.
I am a Director for Salesforce and work in our Customer Success organization. In 2015, I volunteered on effect.org’s first expedition to Nepal in regard to Human Trafficking. The following year, I went back on a 2nd expedition to India & Nepal as a trip leader. I have continued to work with both effect.org as well as the non-profits we served. The United Nations has deemed Human Trafficking as the 2nd largest crime globally. I believe that education and awareness are the first components in the eradication of this huge global issue. Effect.org is doing amazing work in these developing countries and has built some key partnerships with the local non-profits. I am thankful for the opportunity to be an ambassador for effect.org and look forward to continuing to work with this organization to make a positive impact on the world.
I came to the Bay from Portland to join Google. One of the highlights of my time here has been the opportunity to connect and partner with the Effect.org team. I was part of the first expedition back in 2015 which took place in Nepal and focused on human trafficking. Shortly after we departed the Nepal earthquake hit. As impressed as I was by the organization during the expedition, I was blown away by the impact we were able to make in mobilizing support and relief efforts less then 36 hours after the earth quake took place. It's a testament to the passion and commitment the Effect team has for the communities they work in, the strong relationships they've created, and how infectious it is to anyone who has the opportunity to partner in their efforts. In 2016 I joined the first expedition to Greece to work on the refugee crisis and was thrilled with the evolution of the expedition experience and the impact we were able to make with the non profits we worked with. Beyond the expedition experience it's been incredible to support them as they open new schools in India. I'm honored to be an ambassador for Effect and look forward to continuing to support them in their growth and making a positive change in this world
“When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?” Eleanor Roosevelt I'm truly blessed to be part of the incredible opportunity Effect.org has given me to follow my passion in helping fight against human trafficking. I've lived on three continents, first world to third and no matter where, this crime surrounds us. I'm fortunate enough to work for Salesforce, a leader in the 1-1-1 model that allows me the time to be part of such an important cause in my life. If I can share one message out to the world, it would be that no act is too small towards helping the fight against human trafficking. Even spending the time to read and educate yourself is a contribution towards this fight. I look forward to continuing to work with this amazing organization and to make as much of a difference as I was set out to do.