Nick Allardice is the Vice President of Global Campaigns for Change.org. He leads a team of campaigning and communications experts across 18 countries to support Change.org's nearly 120 million users to win campaigns on issues they care about. Nick previously lead and managed Change.org's entry and growth in Australia, India, Japan, Thailand, the Philippines and Indonesia -- pioneering thinking and models for how digital activism works in developing and emerging country contexts.
Nick is also the co-founder of the Live Below the Line campaign. First created in mid 2010, over 40,000 people around the world have since taken the challenge to live on the international extreme poverty line for five days, raising more than $20 million to fight poverty.
Melissa Sandgren works at the intersection of technology and social good at Yahoo where she manages high-level projects in partnership with the Office of Inclusive Diversity and Yahoo for Good (corporate social responsibility / social impact). She is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government with a passion for feminism, gender equality and women's human rights. Her goal is to create a more fair, just and equitable world by using technology as a tool to achieve more equitable outcomes. She previously spent two years traveling abroad meeting with women's human rights groups, as well as work with: UN Women, The World Health Organization, The Global Fund for Women and The Women’s Foundation of California. In her free time, she organizes various groups to advocate, discuss and solve issues related to gender equality, feminism and social justice.
So many people have been a part of bringing PL+US to our launch that it's impossible to name you all. I do want to give a special shout-out to Brad, Semira, and their beautiful baby for their support, friendship, and modeling. We simply would not be here without the significant contributions and strategic guidance of Austin King, Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman, Joe Dinkin, Amanda Kloer, Patrick Schmitt, and Melissa Sandgren.