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Our work is not just by and for this generation; it’s guided by the experience, wisdom, and freedom dreams of all who have come before us — and it invites us to new ways of co-creation with and for all those who have yet to come.
VP of Partnerships | she/they
Vanessa leads Possibility Labs’ partnerships and field building with BIPOC innovators and donors co-designing and leveraging integrated capital infrastructure to co-create a just economy. Vanessa’s approach is informed by two decades as a strategist and operative partnering with visionary leaders across civic, nonprofit, and philanthropic sectors to advance racial, gender, economic, and environmental justice. Previously, Vanessa was Chief Strategy and Partnerships Advisor for Movement Strategy Center, leading Advancement and philanthropic services; Development Director for Restaurant Opportunities Centers United and One Fair Wage; and Policy and Communications Director leading California decarceration campaigns. Vanessa holds a B.A. from Brown University in Ethnic Studies and was a Women’s Policy Institute Fellow with the Women’s Foundation of California.
For all people to thrive, not just survive, through concurrent modalities of individual therapy, interdependent care systems, and advocacy, and movement organizing to help rebuild community care.
VP of Marketing and Communications | she/they
Jaimee leads Possibility Labs’ marketing and communications, serving as an integrated brand planner, tactical executor, and creative storyteller through the lens of culture and empathy. She brings to the team valuable skill-sets from cross-functional roles such as: community manager, copywriter, researcher, and integrated strategist. Their approach is simplifying the complex by focusing on both the big picture while executing in the micro, a combination of strengths from her 11 years in restaurant operations and consumer marketing. Previously, Jaimee was a Director of Strategy at VaynerMedia for 8 years, leading the development of brand, content, and go-to-market strategies for Fortune 500 brands and start-ups. Jaimee holds a B.A. from Cornell University in Hospitality Administration.
As an intermediary partner, the shared focus in humility, integrity, and setting and achieving the highest bar in what we set out to do is critical to our contribution to strengthening communities and movements — and ensuring the responsive and scalable partnership that bold and game-changing BIPOC entrepreneurs most need.
Co-CEO | she/her
Keiko co-leads Possibility Labs’ strategy and team. As a former management consultant, Keiko brings 20+ years of experience as strategic partner to C-Suite teams in helping them envision strategic goals and bringing their visions to life. She worked with clients, ranging from startups to Fortune 500 firms, to develop business infrastructure and operational excellence for rapid and sustainable growth.
Keiko transitioned to the non-profit sector in 2017. Her commitment to social justice was sealed after witnessing the harsh working conditions that people experienced in the factories and warehouses in remote areas overseas. She brings to the work her expertise in challenging the norms and creating innovative solutions for systemic change.
Previously, she worked as Deputy Director of Operations for Movement Strategy Center and Operations Director at Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation. Keiko holds a B.A. in Latin American Studies from Nanzan University in Japan, and an MBA from Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College.
Health, safety, a clean environment, economic security, well-being and quality education for all communities must be valued and prioritized over excessive individual gain and accumulation of wealth.
VP of People Operations | she/her
Masako leads Possibility Labs’ culture and people development strategies, including organization-wide values alignment and integration. Masako’s expertise comes from 18+ years in creating Human Resources, Finance, and Operations infrastructure, policies, and processes that center the needs of BIPOC and low-income communities. Most recently, she served as Senior Director of People Operations at Movement Strategy Center, with 150+ employees across 20 states and 26 fiscally sponsored projects, leading its People Operations Team. Previous to MSC, Masako was Finance & Operations Director and Interim Executive Director at the Museum of Children’s Art in California. Masako is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and holds a B.A. in International Relations and French Studies from Mills College and L’Université de Paris.
To guide social justice leaders and take care of the back-end services that inhibit their work, so these leaders can focus on fundraising as a nonprofit.
Operations Research Analyst | he/him
Daniel supports Possibility Labs as an Operations Research Analyst, helping with business intelligence, system integration, process automation, operations research and planning, sourcing vendors for the Possibility Labs’ portal, and helping drive the platform’s back-end services. He brings 6+ years of expertise working as a data analyst within operations, engineering, finance, process automation, and research experience. Previously, Daniel worked with ABM Industries. He supported strategic and operational planning for the corporate finance teams, developed an automation ecosystem using custom Python scripts and automated new customer creation processes. Daniel also has experience in financial reporting and process engineering. He holds an M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Iowa State University and a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Purdue University.
As we take on the challenging work of navigating, disrupting, and transforming complex financial and information systems, leading with integrity is what can keep us grounded and accountable to what we are trying to accomplish. This means leading from our personal and shared values as much as encouraging the integration of our whole selves and holding a view of our whole communities.
Co-CEO | he/they
Lem has spent the past 12 years as a growth executive in startups, philanthropy, and non-profits supporting executive teams to develop high-growth strategies. He brings a breadth of expertise in leading teams to solve highly complex challenges with impactful solutions. Lem’s early work in community development taught him that shifting decision-making power to communities most impacted by development policies is the most impactful way for them to thrive. He has worked across social justice philanthropy and witnessed the power that storytelling has to activate people towards progressive social change. Additionally, he has worked alongside Black and Brown organizational leaders in gaining traction and funding by getting to the heart of an organization’s mission in its strategies and storytelling.
Lem co-leads Possibility Labs’ strategy and team. His focus is on understanding the needs of our partners and translating those into effective, impactful programs and platforms. Previously, Lem was Executive Director of Strategy at Movement Strategy Center, Chief Growth Officer at Refound, and Marketing and Communications Director at North Star Fund. Lem received his Bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University. He studied Philosophy in the Master’s program at the New School and still enjoys diving into books on philosophy and his other love, theology.
Extending beyond the professional and personal life, and focusing on helping nonprofits, our employees, and the BIPOC communities where resources are not available.
Chief Financial Officer | She/Her
Menchu leads the Finance and Partner Services Operations for Possibility Labs. She manages all financial operations and provides accounting, budgeting, financial reporting, and operational support to the organization and its fiscally sponsored projects. Menchu brings expertise from 25+ years in private, government, and non-profit sectors overseeing compliance, payroll, audits, and grants management. She works with Noble Accounting LLC and was formerly the CFO for Movement Strategy Center (MSC), where she oversaw budgeting, revenue recognition, and managed the finance department and grants compliance for foundation grant reporting. Prior to MSC, she was an interim controller for homeless services and education equity nonprofits serving high poverty communities. Menchu has a California CPA license, is a licensed investment advisor, and holds a B.A. in Accounting from the University of St. Thomas.
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Board Member | she/her
Rosemary’s role within Possibility Labs’ Board leverages her expertise in nonprofits and board operations, governance, and law. She brings 30+ years of legal, teaching, advising, and leadership experience around nonprofits and social justice. Rosemary is currently a Principal at Adler & Colvin, a law firm focused on nonprofit and tax-exempt organization representation, and served until recently on its inaugural Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. She holds a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School, and a BS in economics, summa cum laude, from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Board Member | he/him
Khalid’s role within the Possibility Labs’ Board of Directors focuses on fostering restorative and regenerative funding opportunities for BIPOC movements and community-driven organizations. He brings 15+ years of teaching, research, and work experience focused on leveraging social justice and environmental sustainability to address the needs of underserved communities. He is currently a Continuing Lecturer at UC Berkeley teaching courses focused on political economy, poverty, and the intersection of engineering and social justice. Khalid holds a Masters and Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UC Berkeley, and a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Help build a platform to confront capitalist financing mechanisms and operational systems that are driving worker exploitation and planetary destruction and help community-driven, BIPOC-led initiatives to operate with the scale and agility of white-led enterprises, without capitalistic values.
Director of Philanthropy | he/him
Raymond leads Possibility Labs through philanthropic partnership building and fund development, shifting funders to make decisions in relationship with communities and to resource transformative work at scale. He brings 14+ years of experience working in philanthropic innovation, fund development, social justice strategy, grant writing, project development, and research. Previously, Raymond worked as Fund Officer at Movement Strategy Center, Director of Development for Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, and as consultant for the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team. Raymond holds a B.A. in Anthropology from CUNY Hunter College and a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the CUNY Graduate Center.
Where we co-exist and co-create a world where there is mutual exchange founded on the values of community and not material gain.
Executive Assistant | they/them
Jasmin supports Possibility Labs’ with internal communications for its CEOs, as an external administrative liaison, and facilitating interdepartmental knowledge sharing. They bring 5+ years of expertise working with shareholder/stakeholder management and outreach, events management, and as a community liaison. Previously, Jasmin worked with Long Beach Grocery Cooperative as a Board Support & Outreach Coordinator, helping with record-keeping for shareholder/community stakeholder meetings, board owner recruitment, and liaison with community members and volunteers. They have also worked with community building in BIPOC-led spaces and as an executive legal assistant. Jasmin holds a Certificate in Sustainability from the University of California, Los Angeles Extension School and a B.S. in Public Health, Social & Behavioral Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin.
Standing in alliance with marginalized BIPOC communities and celebrating diversity with the intent to innovate antiquated systems and shift to a more inclusive collective narrative.
Partner Services Manager | pronoun flexible
Amy nurtures and builds relationships with Possibility Labs’ partners and serves as their primary point of contact. Amy brings over 8 years of professional experience spanning a wide range of industries from music to cryptocurrency to two-sided marketplaces. Amy specializes in operations, administration, and customer success. Prior to Possibility Labs, Amy worked as an Advisor Advocate for an established tech company overseeing procurement, onboarding, and quality assurance. Amy has a B.S. in Business Administration and a Minor in Media & Culture Studies from the University of California, Riverside.
That uplifts traditional knowledge, disrupts extractive practices, and creates a regenerative and just economy that meets the needs of communities and the planet.
Donor Advised Funds Consultant | she/her
Kelley supports Possibility Labs as a Consultant for the DAF program design, focusing on creating a transparent, values-aligned program that offers integrated capital deployment. Kelley brings 15+ years of expertise working with integrated capital, DAFs, philanthropy, and participatory grantmaking. Previously, she worked for RSF, where she implemented trust-based practices and community-led decision making, ran the DAF program and supported organizational culture. She is a 2020-2021Fellow for the Just Economy Institute and a founding member of the Participatory Grantmaking Community. Kelley holds a B.A. in Anthropology from San Diego State University – California State University.
Collaboration within communities and the field is based on hearing the needs of movements and efficiently solving for the new economy together.
Senior Partnerships Manager | she/her
Kelsey helps Possibility Labs source new partners, and foster field and community building in the investing, integrated capital, and movement landscape. Kelsey brings five years of expertise working to increase equitable access to funding, community and funder relationship building, participatory grantmaking, and capacity building for grassroots organizations. Previously, she worked as a Senior Program Officer at The New York Women’s Foundation’s NYC Fund for Girls and Young Women a collaborative fund supporting organizations led by girls, young women, and transgender/gender non-conforming youth of color. Prior to this role, she worked in the Office of the President at the Ford Foundation supporting grantmaking in the arts, civic engagement, disability inclusion and policy advocacy. Kelsey holds an M.S. in Nonprofit Leadership and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania.
At the grassroots level, and following the leadership and visions of BIPOC leaders, change-makers, and grassroots movements to bring us closer to the world we envision
People Engagement Manager | she/her
Morgan supports Possibility Labs’ People Operations Team in building a people engagement strategy and organizational culture that is BIPOC-centered and values aligned. She brings experience in stakeholder relationship management, fostering cross-team relationships, and process management focused on creating thriving and productive environments. Previously, she worked at Movement Strategy Center as Investment Partnership Coordinator and at Restaurant Opportunities Centers United as Executive Assistant and Donor Organizer. She holds a B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies and a minor in Public Policy from the University of California Berkeley.