The FoundersWe are Jessica Sands and Benj Lipchak, married couple and co-founders of Charitocracy Corporation.
Jessica, a former drama and theatre educator at the middle school, high school, and university levels, is now a nonprofit maven. She was President of Heron Pond Montessori School's PSA, is currently President of First Flight Elementary School PTO, and is Treasurer of Theatre of Dare. Jessica is known for running a tight ship of fiscal responsibility, accountability, and compliance, yet is also an inspiring leader, great at motivating volunteers and expanding the impact of her organizations.
Benj, a software engineer and engineering manager, is learning about nonprofits as he goes along. His expertise is in computer graphics, where he's led teams working on graphics acceleration for products ranging from servers, workstations, desktops, and laptops to tablets, phones, TVs, and watches. Benj has represented his employers on international standards bodies, co-written books on the subject, and been awarded 3 patents.
Charitocracy was Benj's semester project for his social entrepreneurship course at Babson in 2011. It was merely a slide deck back then, but 4 years later, with Jessica's blessing and support, he got up the nerve to take a year off from his day-job to finally pursue his vision. They went live with Charitocracy in September 2016.
Jessica and Benj live on the Outer Banks of North Carolina with their two children, Felicity and Harry.