Erin Thornton helps individuals, nonprofits and companies who are serious about making a difference in the world develop and execute a plan to do just that. She is currently the president of Erin Thornton Consulting and co-founder of HIVE, through which she helps individuals, nonprofits and companies leverage their voice to advance social issues. Prior to starting her own firm, she worked side by side with her co-founder Christy Turlington Burns as the Executive Director of Every Mother Counts (EMC), a campaign designed to engage the public on global maternal health. Before that, Erin spent 8 years on the Executive Leadership team as the Global Policy Director of DATA and later the ONE campaign to fight global poverty.
Erin joined co-founders Bono and Bobby Shriver at the organization’s inception and was responsible for establishing ONE as a critical partner for policymakers and lead thinkers alike, linking them to creative solutions that were understood and meaningful for the public. Erin also has experience working at the United States Export-Import Bank and at the U.S. State Department in the International Health Affairs office. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Duke University and received her master’s degree in International Relations from Yale University. Erin was recognized as one of the Top 40 Leaders in Global Development Under the Age of 40 in 2010.
Swati Mylavarapu is a social entrepreneur and venture capitalist at Incite Ventures. She has previously held leadership positions at Square, Quid, and Google. A Truman Scholar, and Rhodes Scholar, she’s also on the board of BLab and Bayes Impact.
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 o 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.