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About Us

Census Outreach is a project of CommunityConnect Labs which enables government and service providers to use mobile messaging to connect with low-income populations.

CommunityConnect Labs is the leading provider of training and technology solutions for nonprofits, civic organizations, and local government agencies to more effectively conduct local outreach — i.e., canvassing, volunteer recruitment, enumerator recruitment, education and assistance to fill out Census — for the 2020 Census.   Our mission is to enable hard-to-count people to be counted accurately in the 2020 Census.

Our Partners

We’re proud to serve community-based organizations, governments, and foundations.
our partners - governments, foundations, nonprofit organizations

Our Story

CommunityConnect was created by the team behind GreatNonprofits after seeing the difficulties human services providers had connecting with low-income people.  We empower our clients through technology and expertise created through inclusive, human-centered design.

We have found that the most successful way to engage communities is to meet people where they are. Our engagement solutions leverage the existing routines and channels that community members use every day.

Technology: We provide mobile-first engagement solutions - including mobile messaging, interactive voice or mobile web.

Services: We provide strategic consulting and training to help our customers better connect and engage with marginalized communities.


Perla Ni
Perla Ni
Founder & CEO

Perla is the founder and CEO of CommunityConnect Labs, the Census Outreach Project, and GreatNonprofits. Previously, she founded 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
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 Kim
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.
Nelson Pinto
Product Manager
Daniel Kadvany
Product Manager
Teeh Amaral
Senior Software Engineer
Darin Chambers
Architect Consultant
Alex Stefanescu
Senior Engineer
Anton Matiyenko
Full Stack Web Developer
Anca Deaconu
Front-End Engineer
Grace Ching
QA Lead
Mayra Gomez
Program Coordinator
Marta Caceres
Office Manager
Claire Almacen
Executive Assistant
Sam Reeve
Marketing & Development Associate
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