The Team

LaCheka Phillips, Program Manager and Director of Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity and Culture, TechSoup

LaCheka

As NGOsource's 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 a member of Toastmasters International. 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, Operations Manager

As NGOsource’s operations 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 as its program manager, where she oversaw and managed a portfolio of Fortune 500 corporate donors and 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 developing 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. Katy is passionate about international development and arts and culture. In her free time, she likes to paint, bake new recipes, and travel as much as possible. Katy lives in San Francisco.

Becky Eder, Program Operations Associate

As NGOsource’s program operations associate, Becky is responsible for supporting NGOsource’s operations and program managers to ensure the team's operational success in outside relationship management, program delivery, and quality control. Prior to joining NGOsource, Becky worked at College Outside as its membership manager, where she oversaw and managed a network of outdoor education nonprofits. Becky comes with extensive experience building and scaling operational processes and facilitating rapid program growth.

Becky graduated from Wesleyan University in Connecticut with a bachelor's in Government and studied abroad in Cameroon. Becky is passionate about comparative politics and international development. In her free time, she likes to hike, climb, and go outside as much as possible.

Kyle Reis, Senior Director

Kyle Reis

As NGOsource's senior director, Kyle oversees outreach to international funders and cultivates partnerships with NGOsource stakeholders. Kyle was a charter member of the advisory committee of international funders that created NGOsource.  He helped grow the business went it launched in March 2013 and continues to support its evolution. Prior to joining TechSoup, Kyle spent twenty-five years at the Ford Foundation working in program operations and administration. A key element of his work was to identify innovative practices, tools, and resources for grantmakers.

He sits on the boards of two family foundations and has served as chair of the nonprofit evaluation firm, Innovation Network, and the philanthropic membership association, PEAK Grantmaking. Kyle has also long been part of an effort to create a stronger partnership between the design and nonprofit communities, recently through a “design vanguard” effort spearheaded by senior design leaders across multiple sectors.

Kyle earned a bachelor's degree in government and law from Lafayette College and a master's degree in liberal studies from New York University. In his spare time, he plays platform tennis, is a prolific walker, network weaves, and has five daughters to keep him busy.

Olga Bergstrom, Senior Product Manager

Olga

As NGOsource's 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.

Ken Tsunoda, Vice President of Development, TechSoup

Ken Tsunoda

As TechSoup's vice president of development, Ken Tsunoda directs investment, grants management, and foundation relationships at TechSoup while also providing guidance 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 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. 

Natalene Ong, Legal Counsel

Sarah

As NGOsource's legal counsel, Natalene manages applications for equivalency determination (ED) by private foundations wishing to make international grants. In connection with her review of certifications provided by potential grantees, Natalene analyzes their legal and financial documents and the application of relevant law to NGOs.

Prior to joining NGOsource, Natalene practiced as an estate planning attorney, drafting documents and administering trusts and estates with a focus on international and charitable planning. She advised high net worth clients regarding international tax compliance and tax treaties and represented them before state and federal authorities.  She also prepared tax returns as well as corporate and formation documents for charities and foundations as well as applications with the IRS for tax-exempt status and program approval.

Natalene holds a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University, a law degree from Boston College Law School, and a Master of Laws in Tax from New York University School of Law. She is a member of the Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Florida, and Rhode Island state bars. In her free time, she bikes, runs, and swims and plays the piano, sings, and dances. Natalene is a resident of Boston and serves on the board of DOVE (Domestic Violence Ended), serving those impacted by domestic violence in Massachusetts.

Michael Demian, Legal Counsel

Sarah

As NGOsource's legal counsel, Michael conducts equivalency determination (ED) reviews of international organizations to ensure legal compliance with U.S. exempt organization tax laws. As part of this process, Michael works with the NGOsource and TechSoup legal teams to keep abreast of current applicable international laws pertaining to charitable status. Michael also serves as legal counsel with the TechSoup legal team.

Prior to joining NGOsource, Michael practiced estate planning, trust administration and probate law for several years. His other past legal experience includes civil and trust litigation, employment law, and nonprofit compliance. Prior to starting a legal career, Michael worked several years for various nonprofits and international organizations, such as UNDP, in various roles such as proposal writing, donor relationship and project management, strategic partnerships, business planning, and program evaluations, spending much of his time focused on international development projects in the Middle East and Africa.

Michael earned his law degree from Santa Clara University School of Law, his Master’s Degree in International Affairs from Columbia University, and his Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from the University of California, Davis. Michael is a member of the California State Bar, and the Bar Associations of San Mateo and San Francisco Counties.

Sarah Miller, Senior Counsel

Sarah

As NGOsource's senior counsel, Sarah Miller leads most aspects of NGOsource’s legal programming, including by independently managing a portfolio of equivalency determination (ED) applications, reviews, approvals, and certifications. Sarah’s responsibilities also include responding to ED inquiries, creating resources for sector use, and working in collaboration with the NGOsource and TechSoup teams to streamline processes, develop best practices and 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 & 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, General Manager and General Counsel, TechSoup

Martha

As NGOsource's general manager, Martha oversees NGOsource’s legal operations and ensures the program’s continued alignment with best practices. Martha is deeply engaged in formulating and advocating for more streamlined and localized due diligence processes similar to the NGOsource model. She is a regular speaker at conferences on topics such as U.S. tax law rules around global giving, due diligence and humanitarian aid, data privacy, and international philanthropy generally. Martha is also TechSoup's general counsel.

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: she is a member of both the Texas and California state bars. Martha was named 2019 Outstanding Young Nonprofit Attorney by the American Bar Association. In 2020 she was named a Coro Women in Leadership Fellow. In her free time, she volunteers for local nonprofit organizations and is a proud Oakland resident.

Advisors and Consultants

  • Kevin Ryan, NGOsource Alumnus and Advisor
  • Cléo Charpantier, Program Support
  • Gabby Sharaga, Marketing and Communications