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About Us

CommunityConnect's mission is to enable nonprofits, governments agencies, foundations and mission-driven companies to generate fast, affordable, and reliable data from low-income communities through the innovative use of SMS technology.

Our Clients

We’re proud to serve nonprofits, government, foundations and mission-driven organizations. Some of our top-tier clients include:
Community Connect clients

Our History

We are a leader in the field of collecting data from low-income people. CommunityConnect is an initiative of GreatNonprofits. 

We have 10 years of experience in engaging low-income people using technology to provide feedback about social programs.

We’ve been published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, and spoken at conferences such as Data for Purpose and Data for Good. Our team includes human-centered designers, academic researchers, and engineers. 

Our funders include the California Endowment and Fidelity Charitable Trusts, and Stanford University.

The Team

Perla Ni,
Founder & CEO

Perla is the founder of GreatNonprofits as well as the Stanford Social Innovation Review, the leading journal on nonprofit management and philanthropy. She has served on the boards of Goodwill, America’s Charities and Network for Good. Perla holds a JD from Harvard Law School and a BA from UC Berkeley.  
Jacob Model,
VP of Research

Jacob is a quantitative sociologist and leads program design, evaluation, and analysis. He has worked as a research assistant at Harvard Business School and as a strategy consultant at Bridgespan Group focused on nonprofits and government. Jacob holds a PhD from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA from Harvard College.   
Stephanie B. Kim,
Director of Government & Nonprofit Programs

Stephanie brings a background in social impact strategy and operations, specializing in workforce development and corporate social responsibility. She has served as an associate director at the Wharton Social Impact Initiative and led local canvassing operations in the 2016 presidential election. Stephanie holds a MPA from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from Wellesley College.
Aparna Ramakrishnan,
Director of Government & Nonprofit Programs

Aparna is a community organizer and anthropologist with experience designing and managing programs in immigrant, minority, and low resource communities. She was most recently senior communications advisor to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Aparna holds a MSW and MA from the University of Michigan and a BA from George Washington University.
Daniel Kadvany
Product Manager
Neha Paralkar
Marketing Director
Mayra Gomez
Program Coordinator

Board Members & Advisors

Alana Conner
Advisor, Stanford SPARQ
Jamey Power
Advisor, Former SVP at J.D.Power & Associates
To Tsang
Advisor, Dir. IT at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Bill Crane
Board Member, Former VP of Engineering at LinkedIn
Kevin Kearns
Advisor, University of Pittsburgh
Will Aldrich
Former SVP Product at Survey Monkey
Dr. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher
Advisor, Professor and Research Dir. at Stanford School of Medicine
Mike Linksvayer
Advisor, Former CTO at Creative Commons
Ivan Galea
Advisor, VP Business Analytics & Data Science at Box
Sean Byrnes
Board Member,
Former CEO at Flurry
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