The Team

Kevin Ryan, Director of Operations

Kevin As Director of Operations, Kevin is responsible for all systems, processes and platforms related to NGOsource. He provides supported infrastructure so that NGOsource’s legal team can process equivalency determinations with breakneck speed, unmatched depth and exceptional quality.

Kevin brings a unique perspective and an extensive background in leadership and management to NGOsource. Kevin has spent over a decade working in and leading nonprofits in a variety of sectors. Most recently Kevin has served in the chief executive role, most recently at Nevada Humane Society. He has been a leader in organizations ranging from animal welfare to HIV/AIDS prevention to disaster response. Kevin has been instrumental in the creation of leadership training programs and networks for young professionals in the nonprofit realm as well as cofounded several statewide coalitions aimed at fomenting social change. He has been active in the legislative process and has consulted on several statewide initiatives.

Kevin enjoys spending time outdoors, cooking, reading, and cheering on his favorite underperforming sports teams, closest to his heart being his Alma Mater the Kansas Jayhawks. Kevin lives in San Francisco with a poorly behaved beagle named Doyle.

LaCheka Phillips, Associate Program Manager

LaCheka

As NGOsource’s Associate Program Manager, LaCheka assists the Director of Operations in systems and processes. She brings extensive administrative background to her role, including skills in executive management, operations, bookkeeping, human resources, vendor management, web presence, digital products, social media campaigns, and graphic design.

Prior to joining NGOsource, LaCheka lived in Nashville, where she ran her own business consulting company, the Go2 Chic, and managed Optimum Technology Solutions. She has held leadership and fundraising positions in a number of philanthropic campaigns, including the March of Dimes and Leukemia Lymphoma Society. LaCheka is also an International Toastmaster. LaCheka is a talented multitasker and enjoys the challenge of working with the hundreds of estimable foundations and thousands of international organizations that NGOsource helps connect every year.

Katy Chin, Associate Program Manager

As NGOsource’s Associate Program Manager, Katy is responsible for NGOsource’s operational success and ensuring outside relationship management maintenance and development, program and product delivery, and quality control and evaluation.

Prior to joining NGOsource, Katy worked at Give2Asia for 3 years most recently as their Program Manager, where she oversaw a portfolio of corporate clients and assisted them with their charitable investments in the Asia-Pacific region. Katy comes with extensive experience in international grantmaking and expenditure responsibility, and has helped lead the efforts in creating successful stewardship practices and managing relationships with local partners, NGOs, and grantmakers.

Katy graduated from Skidmore College in upstate New York with a bachelor’s in Anthropology and studied abroad in Yunnan, China studying ethnic minority culture and imitation antiques. Katy is passionate about international development and arts and culture. In her free time, she likes to create miniature paintings, baking new recipes, and attempting to learn how to snowboard. Katy lives in San Francisco and is a self-proclaimed foodie.

Kyle Reis, Senior Director of Global Data Services

Kyle ReisIn his position as senior director of global data services and East Coast representative, Kyle Reis works on NGOsource's strategic planning and outreach to international funders. Kyle has been involved since the very beginning as an original member of the NGOsource Advisory Council that helped develop the concept.

Before assuming his current role, Kyle served the Ford Foundation in increasingly important capacities as he implemented operations' strategies and identified innovative practices, tools, and resources for grantmakers. During his long tenure there, he held more than a dozen different roles in programs, operations, and administration.

Kyle also sits on the National Advisory Committee of Project Streamline, a collaborative effort of grantmaking organizations and grantees working to improve grant application and reporting practices. He previously served as board cochair of the Grants Managers Network, a 2,000-member association of foundation grants managers. He also currently supports three family foundations.

With an eye toward the future of philanthropy, Kyle has a keen interest in the use of technology and social media to advance social change. He is also considering ways the nonprofit sector can better incorporate design principles to advance its work and has been part of a nascent effort to strengthen the partnership between the philanthropic and design communities.

Kyle earned a master's in liberal studies from New York University and a bachelor's in government and law from Lafayette College.

Olga Bergstrom, Senior Product Manager

Olga As senior product manager, Olga is responsible for the planning and prioritization of technical enhancements to the online system that enables Grantmakers and NGOs to request and process equivalency determinations.

Prior to joining NGOsource, Olga worked with Boeing as product manager for the TechSoup Volunteer Connection, and held the position of director of global web and product strategy at Herbalife International. She has also taught elementary school and held positions in human resources and office management before moving towards a career in technology.

Olga holds a bachelor’s in political science from U.C. San Diego and a master’s in humanities from Mount St. Mary’s University. She also enjoys singing in the San Francisco City Chorus and working on her graphic novel.

Gabby Sharaga, New Sector Alliance RISE fellow

Gabrielle A New Sector Alliance RISE fellow, Gabrielle works on NGOsource’s marketing and customer relationship management efforts. As a fellow in a non-profit leadership fellowship, Gabrielle is excited to apply her knowledge of the social sector and previous experiences working in education to her role at NGOsource.

Before joining NGOsource, Gabrielle worked as an 8th grade social studies and AVID teacher. Gabrielle is passionate about youth development and social justice. As a student at the University of Southern California, Gabrielle served as a Co-Director of USC Troy Camp, one of USC’s largest and oldest student-run philanthropy that provides long-term mentorship for students in South Los Angeles.

Gabrielle graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in political science and psychology and from the University of California Santa Barbara with a master’s of education.

Ken Tsunoda, General Manager

Ken TsunodaAs general manager, Ken Tsunoda directs the NGOsource team and works to build NGOsource as the leading resource for grantmakers to obtain equivalency determinations.

With a career in management for nonprofit organizations, technology startups, and leading global firms, Ken brings informed experience to his role. He previously served as executive director of Sager Family Foundation, which incubates startup social ventures in conflict areas, including Rwanda, the West Bank, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. He worked as executive director of Young Presidents' Organization (YPO) Peace Action Network, a nonprofit initiative that mobilizes a global network of 20,000 business leaders to make an impact on issues such as regional conflict, poverty, education, and the environment. Other roles have included managing director at California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (a nonprofit economic development program) and international business positions in the United States and Japan.

Ken holds a bachelor's in physics from Harvard University and a master's in public policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. He serves as co-chair of the San Francisco Social Enterprise Leadership Forum. Ken lives in Los Gatos, California, with his wife, Elsa, and sons, K.C. and Owen.

Saerin Cho, Senior Legal Counsel

Saerin ChoAs Senior Legal Counsel, Saerin Cho works with NGOsource general and senior counsels to review legal issues that arise in equivalency determinations and to provide tax and legal guidance to the organization at large.

With a J.D. and LL.M. in taxation from University of San Diego School of Law, she adds specialized knowledge to the NGOsource expert team. Prior to joining us, Saerin's legal practice focused on mergers and acquisitions tax matters as well as high-net-worth individuals and their investments at Ernst & Young. She has cofounded several nonprofit organizations, recently served on the executive committee of a local tax lawyer organization, and is a member of the California State Bar.

Sarah Miller, Legal Counsel

SarahAs Legal Counsel, Sarah Miller is responsible for conducting the initial legal review and analysis of a portfolio of equivalency determinations. In collaboration with the NGOsource and TechSoup teams, Sarah also helps streamline processes and develop best practices to build efficiency in the ED process.

Prior to joining NGOsource, Sarah was the Assistant Director of Development at Project Open Hand, managing the agency’s institutional partnerships. Before that, Sarah was a Grants Officer at The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, where she was responsible for the grants management and legal compliance of the foundation’s Education and Performing Arts programs. Sarah also served as the Legal Analyst at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, where she advised staff on a variety of grants issues including equivalency determination and expenditure responsibility.

Sarah earned a J.D. from Santa Clara University and is a member of the California State Bar.

Martha Lackritz-Peltier, Senior Counsel

MarthaAs NGOsource’s Senior Counsel, Martha independently manages a portfolio of equivalency determination (ED) applications, including reviews, approvals, and certifications. In addition to all aspects of ED management, Martha works closely with NGOsource’s global network to ensure a streamlined and efficient ED process by managing and responding to inquiries and training.

Prior to joining NGOsource, Martha worked at the law firm of Adler & Colvin, where she counseled nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations and donors, with an emphasis on international grantmaking, advocacy, corporate governance, and charitable solicitation. Prior to this, Martha clerked for the Honorable Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson, interned for Nina Totenberg at NPR in Washington, D.C., lived in Vietnam under a Fulbright grant, and worked as a freelance journalist. She has authored numerous articles and blog posts on federal tax law regulations, nonprofit compliance, and international law.

Martha holds a bachelor's degree from Brown University and a J.D. from UC Berkeley Law School. In her free time, she volunteers for local nonprofit organizations and is a proud Oakland resident. Among her favorite things are artichokes, flea markets, old-time radio broadcasts, and French noir comics.

Meghan Hanson, Associate General Counsel

Meghan Hanson As associate general counsel, Meghan Hanson supervises the NGOsource team of equivalency determination (ED) specialists, manages all ED applications, and works with the NGOsource director and general counsel to ensure that NGOsource is a streamlined and efficient resource for both grantmakers and grantees. Meghan also provides a full range of tax and legal support to the organization.

Prior to joining NGOsource, Meghan was assistant general counsel at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. As part of the foundation's legal team, she primarily worked on compliance with the unique tax laws applicable to private foundations (including equivalency determinations and other matters), making and monitoring international grants, and overseeing corporate governance.

She coauthored web-based training for Learn Foundation Law, a project of The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

In her free time Meghan also serves NGOs in her community by providing pro bono legal counsel and volunteering.

Sheila Warren, General Counsel & VP of Strategic Alliances

Sheila WarrenAs general counsel, Sheila Warren provides guidance on international philanthropy law, oversees the equivalency determination review team, and educates the philanthropic community about the requirements of international grantmaking.

Sheila has counseled hundreds of charitable organizations in the areas of tax and corporate law with Adler & Colvin and in private practice. She graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School. She has served as an adjunct professor at Golden Gate University Law School, teaching a course on tax-exempt organizations.

Sheila has authored several publications on tax-exempt organizations and regularly lectures on the topics of international philanthropy and grantmaking. She is active in the local and national philanthropic communities, serving on several nonprofit boards, offering pro bono legal counsel, and volunteering her time to various causes.

Outside Legal Counsel

  • Adler & Colvin A group of attorneys deeply committed to serving the legal needs of the nonprofit sector. The firm brings depth of expertise and passion to its representation of tax-exempt organizations and individual philanthropists.
  • Caplin & Drysdale For half a century, Caplin & Drysdale has been a leading provider of a full range of tax, tax controversy, and related legal services to clients throughout the United States and around the world.

Technical Advisor

Martin Schneiderman, Information Age Associates, Inc.