SENDforC Nonprofit Group - Parent Team
Christopher W. Rodriguez, Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Currently a cost and schedule engineer supporting Props S and Z for the San Diego Unified School District’s school improvement bond measures. Holds an MBA from the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego, and a BS in civil engineering from San Diego State University. Also holds a project management professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute and a green belt lean six sigma certification from the Naval Aviation Enterprise.
Leadership experience includes non-commissioned officer for several years in the US Marines and six years and counting serving as a commissioned officer in the US Marines. Also, co-founded and held the first fundraising officer position for the San Diego State Chapter of Engineers Without Borders. Mentored this chapter later for several years with leadership, strategy, and project planning.
Other volunteer experience includes volunteer teacher with Junior Achievement USA, family mentor for two families with the Flood Church Refugee Family Mentor Program, delivery driver for Meals on Wheels, and with several other organizations.
Excited to push this organization into its next stages of growth to cultivate future leaders across many college campuses nationwide and partner with underserved K-12 schools.
Benyam Alemu, SENDforC Chief Operating Officer (COO)
Ben brings proven senior management experience at the intersection of business development, academic research, technology entrepreneurship and nonprofit management. His experiences range from leading companies, serving on institutional steering committees, designing university coursework, creating research experiences and influencing educational policy.
Benyam Alemu is a senior Biochemistry & Cell Biology and Education Studies student at UC San Diego. He is deciding between various doctorate (PhD) programs. He also leads a health technology firm that contracts software to hospitals with the goal of improving their patient rehabilitation and operating efficiency.
He has worked in 7 laboratories across UC San Diego and Harvard University. Ben’s projects included designing a replacement for inhalers, chemical biology analysis through mass spectrometry and computational biophysics applied to computer-aided drug discovery and making novel inquiries in structural biology topics such as protein folding and protein engineering.
He serves on the UC San Diego Changemaker Steering Committee, has been selected to the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps and the Westly Prize for Young Innovators of California (Top 10 Californian under age 28) among other local and national honors.
Alemu serves as the primary organizer responsible for the organization's training, documentation and teaching programs. He is a point of contact for SENDforC and is open to collaborations. He has his fingerprints over all the SENDforC projects locally and globally.
Kevin Ninomiya, SENDforC Chief Security Officer (CSO)
Kevin served as SENDforC's founder and CEO in 2014. Since 2016, he has since shifted to leading our financial, accounting and administrative groups.
He creates sustainable corporate strategy to fulfill the non-profit mission as well as to encourage passion for social giving by our volunteers and beneficiaries. He ensures required documentation is submitted for licensing purposes and budgetary needs are met for our program's mission.
Kevin possess a Master's of Science in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley, where he also completed his Bachelor's degree. His thesis was on manufacturing optimization and held internship and part-time positions in the fields of manufacturing research, IT and systems analysis. He will be supplement his technical and administrative training with admission to law school this upcoming fall.
He currently works as a Development Engineer and Project Manager at Daikin Applied America's Inc. in Minneapolis, MN. He covers a wide range of engineering roles including controls, programming, electrical, mechanical and manufacturing as well as non-technical roles such as assisting with project management, cost analysis, supply chain/purchasing and export control documentation.
He also is an avid volunteer in STEM education, community-based groups and hope to continue to build technology and volunteer-based corporations that can lead to a more secure and positive world.
Pedro Andres Cantoran, SENDforC Accounting Coordinator
Third year accounting major at the University of San Diego. Work with the finance team to submit required financial documents as well as maintaining and producing budgets. Maintains and keeps record of all inflow and outflow of money.
Sally Jeon, SENDforC Educational Coordinator
As an Educational Coordinator my role is to support the team to ensure success on a programmatic level. I am here to assist, critique and advise on research and education curriculum tailored to each site while maintaining the integrity of SENDforC's core principles and QDII.
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Daniel Kao, SENDforC Educational Coordinator
Daniel grew up under a computer table cause they couldn’t get him in a playpen. He is a Computer Science graduate from UCSD. He is currently a developer at the New York Times. In 2015, he worked for the US department of Education under the Office of Educational Technology. There, he helped with key initiatives including the National Education Technology Plan, policies around Open Educational Resources, and organized the White House Computer Science Tech Jam for Computer Science Education Week. He has been the director of technology and digital strategy for a nation-wide nonprofit organization called Student Voice, a student run nonprofit helping students have a bigger voice in the education. In 2014, he helped start an inquiry-based charter school in San Francisco focusing on addressing issues of equity in the city. Besides education, he is interested in startups and technology, news media, politics, and theoretical physics. In his free time, he reads voraciously, plays the drums, and pretends to be a coffee connoisseur.
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Mansi Shah, SENDforC Educational Coordinator
As educational coordinator, I help chapters develop and critique their tracks, programs, and curricula.
I'm a second year undergraduate at UC Berkeley majoring in either statistics or computer science and minoring in education. I'm super interested in educational technology, and hope to one day either work in industry or do research for the field.
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Savannah Thais, SENDforC Educational Coordinator
Savannah is a physics graduate student at Yale University. Her research focuses on using the ATLAS detector at the LHC in Switzerland to look for new, dark particles using the Higgs boson. She plans to pursue a career in science policy, specifically focused on improving science education both at the K-12 level and for the general public. She is involved in numerous outreach and education endeavors at Yale, including designing and running programs to bring local students to campus to meet with scientists and visit labs, mentoring local high schoolers, collaborating on policy White Papers, developing support infrastructure for women and minorities in STEM, working with science and arts collaborations, writing for ParticleBites.com, and doing social media for ATLAS. She is a lifelong dancer and loves traveling (lucky that she works in such an international field!)
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Amber Tang, SENDforC Designer
In charge of visual design and branding of SENDforC. Coordinates with Social Media Group mostly to encourage publicity through graphics.
Amber is a Cognitive Science major specialization in Human Computer Interaction with a minor in Inter-disciplinary Computing in the Arts. She first discovered the world of design last year, and since then, has become a user experience enthusiast. Similar to the Bauhaus movement in the early 1990s, she believes that functionality is beautiful. Hopefully in the future, she hopes that she can further expand her design interests and education. In her free time, she enjoys drinking tea and spending time with good company.
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