The Team

Martha Lackritz-Peltier, General Manager

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.

Sarah Miller, Senior Counsel

Sarah

As NGOsource's Senior Counsel, Sarah leads most aspects of NGOsource’s legal programming, including managing a portfolio of equivalency determination (ED) reviews and certifications. As part of her role, Sarah creates resources for sector use and works in collaboration with the NGOsource and TechSoup teams to streamline processes, develop best practices and build efficiency in the ED process. Sarah also serves as Assistant General Counsel on the TechSoup legal team.

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 grant 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.

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.

Natalene Ong, Legal Counsel

Natalene

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 legal and financial documents and the application of relevant laws 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, in addition to 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.

Leah Moore, Legal Counsel

Leah

As NGOsource’s Legal Counsel, Leah conducts equivalency determination reviews of international grantees, ensuring compliance with US exempt organization law. 

Prior to joining NGOsource, Leah worked at a boutique law firm where she served as counsel to nonprofit and exempt organizations and advised on planned giving, corporate governance, and tax compliance. Leah has always had a strong interest in and commitment to the nonprofit sector. Prior to beginning her legal career, Leah served as a fellow with Children at Risk and as a college adviser with the College Advising Corps. 

Leah obtained a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and a JD from Washington University in St. Louis and is a member of the state bar of Texas. In her free time, Leah enjoys running, hiking and volunteering as a coach for Girls on the Run Greater Houston. 

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

LaCheka

As NGOsource's program manager, LaCheka works closely with the operations team to ensure seamless systems and processes for the program, including billing, marketing, and operations. As the Director of Equity, Inclusion, Diversity, and Culture, LaCheka ensures TechSoup’s equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts are a fundamental pillar of the organization's cultural development. 

Prior to joining NGOsource, LaCheka ran her own business consulting company, The Go2 Chic, where she managed operations for multiple businesses and nonprofits. She has held several leadership and fundraising positions in a number of philanthropic campaigns, including the March of Dimes and Leukemia Lymphoma Society.

LaCheka enjoys the challenge of working with the hundreds of estimable foundations and thousands of international organizations that NGOsource helps connect every year, while simultaneously championing equity, inclusion, and diversity. LaCheka is passionate about entrepreneurialism and community building. For fun, she enjoys cooking, karaoke, podcasts, and taking long walks with the best guard dog ever, Cheko.

Becky Eder, Associate Program Operations Manager

As NGOsource’s Associate Program Operations Manager, 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.

Alivia Chegia, Program Operations Associate

Alivia

As a Program Operations Associate, Alivia is responsible for supporting NGOsource’s operations and program managers to ensure the team's operational success in marketing, relationship management, and program delivery.

Prior to joining NGOsource, Alivia worked as a communications coordinator for a regional grocery chain. Alivia brings extensive communications, customer relations, and process improvement experience to the NGOsource team, along with a passion for NGOsource's mission.

Alivia graduated from Pace University in New York City with a bachelor's in Communications, a minor in Peace and Justice Studies, and study abroad experience in Sydney, Australia. In her free time, Alivia likes to travel, bike, and practice her Italian language skills. 

Ray Sarmiento, Program Coordinator

Ray

As a Program Coordinator, Ray provides administrative support for NGOsource's operations team to ensure smooth billing and invoice management. 

Prior to joining NGOsource, Ray worked as a validation team lead in TechSoup’s Client Services Department where he was a resource for customer inquiries.  

Outside of work, Ray likes to listen to music, bake, and play tennis and is a regular volunteer for Tax-Aid in San Francisco.  

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.

Venera Kadralieva, QA Engineer

Venera

As a Techsoup QA Engineer, Venera provides quality assurance for NGOsource technologies. As a QA specialist Venera is responsible for the development and implementation of inspection activities, the detection and resolution of problems, and ensures that the final product observes Techsoup Standards.

Prior to joining NGOsource, Venera worked at Hartford Healthcare Medical Group as a QA Automation Engineer. Venera Holds a bachelor's in International Language Studies from Osh State University, Kyrgyz Republic. In her spare time, she plays tennis and travels around the world.

Purva Agrawal, Technical Leader, Software Development

Purva

As NGOsource’s Tech Lead, Purva is responsible for leading the technical direction and architecting and designing cost-effective technical solutions that support and enhance NGOsource user experience while maintaining great quality, efficiency, and performance of the involved applications.  

Prior to joining Techsoup, Purva worked as a consultant at various insurance companies providing technical solutions, software design, and implementation for products in the health, automobile, real estate sectors.

Purva holds her bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Amravati University in India. Outside work, she enjoys painting, crafting, music, and spending time with her family.

 

The Furry and Feathered Team 

Cheko

Cheko

Cheko (pronounced CHEE-koh) is NGOsource’s official security guard. He protects the team round the clock from threats both seen and unseen. LaCheka, Cheko's mom, can tell you that what Cheko lacks in size he makes up for many times over in personality.

Clocking in at an impressive 6 pounds, Cheko ensures both the safety of the team and the integrity of our EDs. Cheko also helps his mom balance her dual role between NGOsource and Director of Equity, Inclusion, Diversity, and Culture at TechSoup.  

Tiny

Tiny

Tiny loves to tell his mom, Alivia, what he's thinking and is never one to shy away from a difficult conversation. Known as the chatterbox of the NGOsource team, Tiny is quick to propose solutions to any problem, which usually involves a little bite of chicken.

In his free time, Tiny destresses by chasing bugs in the yard or napping in the middle of a walkway. 

 

Romeo and Suzy

Romeo and Suzy

Romeo and Suzy are a couple of fluff balls that make sure their mom, Olga, never sits alone. If you ever forget, they will happily remind you that play and affection are important work too. 

Romeo and Suzy are always happy to give a reminder about the importance of taking breaks and engaging in social activity throughout the day.

 

Nikki

Nikki

Venera can tell you that Nikkie is the most vocal member of the NGOsource team. If you're looking for brutally honest feedback, Nikkie will tell it like it is. She's never sugar-coated anything in her life (except her favorite snacks).  

Nikkie has high ambitions and is relentless in her pursuit of world dominance, starting with complete domination of her human household.

Dougie

Dougie

As NGOsource’s team support dog, Dougie’s responsibilities include providing encouragement to Sarah and her colleagues, getting treats for doing nothing, and asking for belly rubs. Short in stature but tall in personality, this stocky heartthrob is relentless in winning over the hearts of everyone he meets.

Dougie’s interests include eating cheese, listening to true crime podcasts, and stealing toys from other dogs.

Brooklyn (“Booboo”)

Brooklyn

Brooklyn is a senior blue pit who specializes in licking, cuddling, sleeping, and eating gross things she finds on the ground. Her interest in Martha's work at NGOsource is always highest at 5:30 pm, which also happens to be Booboo's dinnertime. 

With the motto, “life is short: eat dessert first,” Booboo knows how to enjoy every day. 

 

Duo Duo 

Duo Duo

Duo Duo (pronounced “Dua Dua”) was rescued from the dog meat trade in China in 2012. She has a black belt in food thievery and is passionate about discovering new and sustainable ways to open food packaging.

She is currently the mascot and international ambassador for the nonprofit organization, Duo Duo Project, where her mom, Martha, serves on the Board.

Stella

Stella

Stella is single-minded in her pursuit of happiness. There is no squirrel she will not chase, no smell she will not hunt down, and no piece of furniture she will not sit on! While she may have a stubborn streak, she is a sweet and loyal girl who will mind, just at her own pace.

If you’re looking for a companion for long walks or a run, Stella is not your gal! She will instead be napping in Leah's bed, waiting for her to get back.