SENDforC Non-Profit Group


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 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)

Benyam Alemu is a third year Biochemistry & Cell Biology and Education Studies student at UC San Diego. He is an educator, undergraduate biomedical researcher and nonprofit organization leader. Alemu advises student and professional groups across the United States: including startups, publications, scholarship funds, laboratory endeavors, K-12 educational programs, nonprofits and higher education steering committees on social impact.

Many of his academic research projects focus on topics in biotechnology, medical devices, digital health, computational simulations and molecular identification as a research assistant and student fellow from the UC San Diego School of Medicine and Skaggs School of Pharmacy. He also has done considerable work with the UCSD Department of Education Studies and human rights groups. Ben has joined the High Tech High Graduate School of Education as an educator and researcher and will join Harvard University's System Biology program as an incoming summer research intern.

Alemu serves as the primary organizer and 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)


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.



Kyle Zhong, SENDforC Admin of Finance

I'm a first year freshman at UCSD studying nano engineering. I wish to explore BCI technology and perhaps start my own startup to market a device that could help those with disability. I like solving puzzles, and is a cube nerd.





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, 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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Public Relations/Design

Lacey Thach, SENDforC Social Media Manager

A third-year undergraduate majoring in Communication at UCSD, interested in a career in publicity and/or marketing. Also has been blogging for over three years, thus experienced in various social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and in website content.

As social media manager, I'm in charge of the Communications Team, most social media content, and am a point of contact between the SENDforC chapters and the public.


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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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Gabriel Frischer, SENDforC Marketing Team Member

Branding, outreach, coordination of SENDforC goals with chapters.

Physiology & Neuroscience Major, Psychology Minor