doug galen

In addition to RippleWorks, Doug is a Lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and sits on the non-profit Boards of Heifer International and Positive Coaching Alliance.

Prior to RippleWorks, Doug served as Shopkick’s Chief Revenue Officer, Shutterfly’s SVP of Business and Corporate Development, eBay’s VP and GM of New Ventures, and employee #3 as Vice President of Sales and BD for publicly traded E-LOAN.

chris larsen

Chris Larsen is the Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Ripple, creators of an open-source distributed payment protocol, and was previously CEO.

Chris also cofounded and served as CEO of Prosper, a peer-to-peer lending marketplace, and E-LOAN, a publicly traded online lender. During his tenure at E-LOAN, he pioneered the open access to credit scores movement by making E-LOAN the first company to show consumers their FICO scores.


Managing Director

Tim joined RippleWorks after serving as CEO for a SaaS startup incubated out of Barcelona, Spain, that offered an interactive sales solution for ecommerce companies.

Tim previously held key leadership positions at TaskRabbit and eBay across operations, international expansion, business development and product. Tim was the first product manager at eBay to focus on Trust & Safety solutions, including combating fraud and managing risk.

sarah burch
Senior portfolio manager

Sarah specializes in helping emerging market social enterprises grow and generate sustainable impact. Before RippleWorks, she helped launch Development Innovation Ventures (DIV), one of the first VC-style impact funds in government.

At DIV, Sarah led the due diligence and closing of over 20 deals, aggregating $22 million in over 10 countries. She managed 30 of the organizations in the fund portfolio, covering areas such as energy, water access, and health care.

pradeep suthram
Head of product experience

Pradeep Suthram most recently served as Process Lead at VMware, and previously consulted for venture capital firms in Washington, D.C. and Bangalore.

Pradeep’s product management experience spans his time at SomeoneWith, where he developed the initial design, experience, and business model to provide financial services for cancer patients and their families, and at PICnet, where he worked to deliver affordable web applications for 300+ non-profits over 5 years.


Jay joined RippleWorks after serving as a senior social impact fellow at the New Sector Alliance, where he worked with military veterans nonprofits based within the VA healthcare system to develop more integrated business development and fundraising strategies.

Previously, Jay worked in various editorial capacities for Major League Baseball Advanced Media, including leading the digital front-page web strategy for and the 30 official club websites.


CTO in Residence

Rick is an engineering leader and a long-time denizen of Silicon Valley. Rick has led many teams in settings ranging from nascent ventures to Microsoft divisions.

His tech leadership experience includes Sun/Javasoft, Tellme, Microsoft, Polycom and a variety of startups. Most recently, he was at, leading the engineering effort to help alleviate poverty through the power of crowd-lending.


Office Manager

Shannon is RippleWorks’ Office Manager and Executive Assistant, helping to ensure that daily operations run smoothly.

Shannon previously was an Executive Assistant at Shutterfly, where she supported senior executives including the CTO, CHRO, CFO, and SVP of Operations. Shannon has also worked as an Executive Assistant at several other leading Bay Area companies, including Genentech and Williams-Sonoma.

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Sara previously ran her own consulting firm where she advised social enterprises, funders, and corporations on how to maximize impact and effectively deploy capital. Prior to that, Sara managed operations at a Zambian agriculture startup.

Sara also managed Mulago Foundation’s Rainer Arnhold Fellows Program, helped launch the Entrepreneurship Database Program at Emory University, and was Village Capital’s first full-time employee.


Project Coordinator

Prior to joining RippleWorks, Meagan worked at the Mulago Foundation, fulfilling diverse administrative needs from coordinating grant disbursements to planning special events to bookkeeping. Previously, Meagan interned at Kiva in community relations, worked in finance at Gateway Learning Group, and led international programs with the Foundation for Sustainable Development in India. Meagan is a San Francisco native who studied Environmental Studies at the University of San Francisco.


Michelle munñoz
head of talent management

Before joining full time, Michelle was a Human Capital advisor to RippleWorks, helping engage Silicon Valley experts with projects. Previously, Michelle spent nine years with Omidyar Network’s human capital team, providing executive search and talent advisory services to emerging market portfolio companies.  Michelle also was a senior recruiter for companies such as Apple, eBay/PayPal, and Google, driving rapid organizational growth in competitive environments.


Venture Growth Manager

Lindsay brings a rigorous business approach to tackling tough and dynamic problems for social good. Most recently, Lindsay managed the first launch of Clarify Health’s patient care management software. Lindsay began her career as a management consultant at The Parthenon Group, where she worked with clients across Private Equity, Industrials, and for-profit and non-profit Education. Lindsay holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA from Dartmouth College.



John previously was an accounting manager at Axiom Global, where he was a key contributor to the company’s ERP implementation.

He was also a financial manager at Dolby Laboratories, where he supported the annual planning and quarterly rolling forecast processes, and RHC Media, where he led the accounting team through a conversion from Oracle ERP to a web-based small business suite.