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.
Cody is a software developer with over a decade of experience building highly trafficked, highly complex platforms for distinguished, solution-oriented companies like Code for America, Students Rising Above, Peanut Labs (acquired by Research Now), Odyssey Energy Solutions and most recently Yardclub, acquired by Caterpillar where Cody works as a software developer on the Cat Digital Labs team. In his spare time, he builds software tools for the agriculture industry utilizing platforms such as Salesforce and Amazon.
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.
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.
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.
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.