The Team

Kevin Ryan, General Manager


As general manager, 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 quickly while meeting rigorous legal standards.

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 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, the closest to his heart being the Kansas Jayhawks of his alma mater. Kevin lives in San Francisco with a poorly behaved beagle named Doyle.

LaCheka Phillips, Associate Program Manager


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 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, 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 Reis

In 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 with NGOsource since the 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 critical capacities as he implemented operations' strategies and identified innovative practices, tools, and resources for grantmakers. During his 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 co-chair 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 degree in liberal studies from New York University and a bachelor's degree in government and law from Lafayette College.

Olga Bergstrom, Senior Product Manager


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, Associate Program Manager, Funder Outreach


As associate program manager of funder outreach, Gabby works on NGOsource's marketing, customer relationship management, and partnership outreach efforts.

Before joining NGOsource, Gabby worked as an eighth grade social studies and AVID teacher. Gabby is passionate about youth development and social justice. As a student at the University of Southern California, she served as a co-director of USC Troy Camp, one of USC's largest and oldest student-run philanthropy programs that provides long-term mentorship for students in South Los Angeles.

Gabby 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, Vice President of Development, TechSoup

Ken Tsunoda

As 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.

Neda Shahram, Legal Research and Analysis Coordinator


Neda is uniquely positioned to unearth pertinent information in strategically achieving NGOsource’s goals because of her diverse background in management and tailored experience in performing legal research in a variety of groundbreaking ways. She had the pleasure of working and collaborating with the late Steve Gordon (Former  Director of Business Affairs for Sony  Music), Martin Frascogna of Frascogna Law, and Super Lawyer, Peter Afrasiabi at One, LLP where she tackled complex research issues that spanned different countries in the world music industry. During the same time, she earned her B.A. and M.A. in Global Entertainment and Music Business from Berklee College of Music in Boston and Valencia, respectively with the highest honors. Neda has also served as a liaison between U.S. authors and the self-declared state of Somaliland and has consulted artist-led philanthropic initiatives such as Kalesma and Gerami Groover Presents in their business matters and strategy. Other topics of note that Neda spent years researching and writing doctorate-level theses on include solutions to the destruction of tangible and intangible cultural heritage in Syria and Mali as well as the history behind the isolation of marginalized individuals and what Michel Foucault refers to as the carceral archipelago.

 Ever since she took part in a concert that let the first foreign group enter Tiananmen Square since the ‘80s massacre as a member of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Orchestra, Neda dedicated her life to building bridges and harmony between people, nations, and communities through cultural diplomacy. She continues to scope out new talent and manage artists in their artistic endeavors as she was heavily inspired by her father, Saeed Shahram, an international award-winning film composer who always encouraged everyone in the family and world to follow their passion.   

 Neda went on to earn her J.D. with a dual certificate in international law and public interest law from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2018.

Sarah Miller, Legal Counsel


As 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 & 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


As 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.

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.