About Us

The Founders

We are Jessica Sands and Benj Lipchak, married couple and co-founders of Charitocracy Corporation.

Benj & Jessica 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.

The Board

Jessica and Benj are joined by three new board members in 2017!

Charitocracy Board Member David Haas

David Haas has over 25 years of innovation, sales, marketing, product development and business development expertise in the Digital Media, Event Technology, Social Media and Experiential Event marketplaces. David’s current focus is launching new technology products for FreemanXP and building personal development apps.

Charitocracy Board Member Melia Wilkinson

Melia Wilkinson spent a majority of her professional career working in marketing, sales and PR, but it's her earlier roles in non-profit that will be most valuable for this role. Melia worked in marketing and events in DC for a lobby group working to educate on the state of children (re: hunger and poverty) as well as on microenterprise. Learning how to stretch a dollar, motivate members and educate are the cornerstones to getting a non-profit off the ground, and Melia looks forward to rolling up her sleeves and getting back into it.

Charitocracy Board Member Mike Andrews

Mike Andrews started programming computers more than 30 years ago, and never stopped. Along the way, he created many legendary bugs, and a few tidy solutions to complex problems in filesystems, distributed computing, computer audio, and block storage. He was awarded two patents for network filesystem technologies. Mike brings a proven background in project management and a fierce sense of humor to the task of chipping away at the world's mountain of injustices with Charitocracy.