Lisa Graham - Board of Directors, President
Lisa Graham holds degrees in Communication Studies and History from The University of Texas at Austin. As a 2009 graduate of the LBJ School of Public Affairs Mrs. Graham also completed a specialization portfolio in nonprofit studies through the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service and is a member of the 2012 class of the TANO Certificate in Non-Profit Leadership & Management program. Her previous work experience ranges from working political campaigns to consulting school districts on public school finance.
Paul Janowitz - Board of Directors, Founder
Paul Janowitz specializes in quantitative and qualitative market research, user experience, innovation, and marketing strategy. Paul is the CEO and founder of Sentient Services a global primary market research, usability and innovation studio and Founder of icanmakeitbetter.com – the world’s first social innovation and market research platform. Paul’s experience includes: Research Director for The Gallup Organization, founding employee of Doxus (a leading technology research consultancy acquired by Market Strategies International), Branding and Research Director at Tocquigny, and Founder of wantANDfound.com. Paul holds a MA in Government (human behavior and research methodology) and a dual BA in Economics and Government from the University of Texas at Austin. Paul is actively involved in the Austin community as the founder of AustinProBono.org and through his work with LifeWorks, The Trail Foundation and other local charities. Paul frequently guest lectures and writes about research, start-ups, emerging technology, branding and usability.
Chelsea Woodhead - Board of Directors
Chelsea Woodhead is the Sr. Manager of Culture and Communications for BuildASign.com where she oversees communications, corporate philanthropy and promotes a strong corporate culture. Professionally, Chelsea has been dedicated to serving the public sector through work with nonprofits, city government and in community relations roles for a two technology companies. As a passionate community advocate, Chelsea volunteers and supports several non-profits in the Austin area and enjoys helping others find meaningful ways to give back. She currently serves of the Board of Directors for Austin Pro Bono, a non-profit dedicated to connecting skills based volunteers with nonprofits in need of pro bono services and also on the Board of Directors for the Austin Young Chamber and leads the Community Committee. Chelsea was born and raised in Spokane, WA and graduated from Gonzaga University with degrees in Public Relations, Political Science and Women’s Studies. She moved to Austin in 2007 with her husband, Dustin, and enjoys playing sports and taking full advantage of all Austin has to offer. Together they own ATX Sports & Adventures, an adult sports and recreation company, and they are proud parents to a Townlake rescue, Riley.
Nick Meyer - Board of Directors
Nick Meyer is a financial and legal associate with BuildASign.com, an ecommerce startup in Austin, TX. Prior to joining BuildASign.com, he interned with Greenlights for Nonprofit Success and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. He holds a J.D. from University of Texas School of Law and a B.A. in International Studies from Johns Hopkins University. Nick resides in Austin with his wife, Hannah. He spends his free time reading, watching movies, following football, cooking and trying new restaurants.
Dan Graham - Advisory Board Member
Dan Graham is Founder and CEO of BuildASign.com, where he oversees growth strategy and plays a key role in the company’s philanthropic efforts and talent acquisition. Dan co-founded BuildASign.com in March 2005 and has since bootstrapped the company to great success. A two-time Inc. 5000 company, BuildASign.com now operates in four countries with more than 230 employees and $30 million in revenue. Dan was named a 2012 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist and the 2012 Austinite of the Year by Austin Under 40, recognizing his success as a business owner as well as his commitment to philanthropic work. He he earned bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science and Philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin, and returned to UT Austin’s Law School for his J.D., which he earned while in the midst of launching BuildASign.com.
Janis Gonser - User Experience Consulting and Front End Development
Janis, a native of Hamburg Germany, moved to Tallahassee, Florida in December of 1999. After doing some web design work as a freelancer he started working full time at the Florida State University as the Web Master (they used to call it that back then) and moved in 2007 to Austin, Texas looking for greater challenges. He worked for three years in an interactive agency and started at BuildASign.com where he currently is the Senior Creative Manager.
When not working he hangs out with his wife and two daughters making cheese and sausages and enjoying a nice glass of red wine.
Jimmy Kung - Application Architect
Jimmy Kung is Austin Pro Bono's technology lead, serving as the principal developer, implementer, and overseer of Austin Pro Bono's website functionality. Having lived in Austin for the last 15 years, Jimmy's admiration for the city is in large part why he took on this project to help serve his community. A Texas State alum (B.S. Mathematics and Computer Science, M.S. Computer Science), Jimmy's career has spanned a variety of roles, particularly noting his product development work with a past employer that helped solidify a multimillion dollar solution within the pharmaceutical industry. Today, Jimmy is the Technical Architect for a cloud computing company, The New Office. Always seeing technology as a way to simplify life, Jimmy's passion for what he does perfectly matches his lasting appreciation for what Austin Pro Bono offers: utilizing technology to pair people with professional skills with non-profit organizations.
Casey Matetich - Art Director
With so much to do and and so much to see, Casey considers herself lucky to have grown up in such a delightful town as Austin. After attending an art high school, she studied Communication Design at Texas State University with an emphasis on web and book design. After an internship with a boutique design agency here in Austin and some rather colorful freelance work, Casey settled into a wonderfully talented and collaborative creative team at BuildASign.com, where she is currently Lead Web Designer. Other than that, she really digs television, airports, good food, and bad hip-hop.
Clay came to Austin in 2010 to attend Acton School of Business where he earned his MBA. He now works for the e-commerce website BuildASign.com as a Product Manager. Before business school, Clay was part of two start-up internet companies from 2003 to 2007. He co-founded a content-based blog network, with offices in Hong Kong and Manila.
Jon has been a professional in the software quality assurance industry since 2006 where he continues to fulfill his current role as a manager for software validation for a clinical enterprise solutions provider. His past and present projects include extensive work with clinical trial software, student financial aid software, and mobile device application testing. His volunteer work includes collaborative efforts with Greenpeace and Earth Day Network in the Philippines, where he grew-up. In his spare time, Jon enjoys spending time with his wife, son, and their dog, Louie. He also loves physical activities such as resistance training, mountain biking, and participating in obstacle course races. He loves the beach, drawing, cooking, reading, writing, listening to music, playing guitar, watching movies and messing with his phone. Jon lives and works in Austin, TX.
Brittany Snyder - Community Outreach Intern
In 2010 Brittany Snyder graduated with a BA from Kenyon College, where she majored in Modern Languages and Literatures as part of her liberal arts education. After some time in her hometown of Chapel Hill, NC, she joined Class XVII of AmeriCorps NCCC in the Pacific Region. Ten months and four states later, she graduated from the program and moved to Austin, TX to intern with Austin Pro Bono and continue work in the nonprofit arena.