I'm an educator and social scientist turned first time startup founder on a social mission. As an education policy analyst and qualitative researcher, I focused on K-12 public education reform, school innovation, systems change, social inclusion. I pursued and launched the first partnership between Stanford University's d.School and Graduate School of Education. I also designed and led a series of institutes with Stanford Graduate School of Business aimed at bringing education and business leaders together to solve complex problems in education. It was there that I became influenced by design thinking and was inspired to become a social entrepreneur. Very proud to have brought my bootstrapped startup, TipGenie (now Gratus.io) from concept to being a solution mentioned in the NY Times as one of the first digital tipping apps to to help tipped service workers from becoming "casualties of the cashless society." (12/18/17 ). As a resident of Silicon ValIey, I believe that technology has the ability to empower, educate, and enable emotionally intelligent, data-driven decision-making. Technology, as a driver of innovation, should make life meaningful and easier -- for everyone. Access, resources, and opportunity remain the biggest blockers to realizing and scaling that impact. With Gratus.io, our mission is to optimize mobile and financial technology to encourage positive behavior and the expression of appreciation. I bring to a team leadership, tenacity, creativity, optimism, resourcefulness, a fearless attitude toward the unknown, and the ability to pivot at the drop of a hat.