A team dedicated to building a better world

We're a group of thinkers and doers collaborating to help people invest in a brighter world

Ty Walrod

Ty Walrod

Ty is the co-founder and CEO of Bright Funds, where he leverages his strong interpersonal skills, broad business background and analytical approach to problem solving with his passion for changing the world. Prior to Bright Funds, Ty co-founded and built OutServe into a national organization supporting LGBT equality in the US military. He previously worked for Deloitte, with the partnership's venture capital, private equity and technology clients, followed by his work as the lead business analyst for Coverity.

Gwyneth Gaul

Gwyneth Gaul

As Vice President of Corporate Partnerships, Gwyneth is responsible for Initiating and managing the execution of new partnerships with leading global companies. Prior to joining Bright Funds, Gwyneth served as Director of Development at the world's largest community foundation, Silicon Valley Community Foundation. In her role at SVCF, she was responsible for supporting strategies promoting SVCF’s role as the center of philanthropy and the premier philanthropic partner for charitably minded individuals and corporations. A Pittsburgh native, Gwyneth, in her spare time, is a Mentor through Amachi Pittsburgh. She is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in Professional Writing and Marketing and played varsity soccer for the University.

Daniel Westendorf

Daniel Westendorf

Heading the engineering team, Daniel is responsible for building, maintaining, and supporting Bright Funds' products. He oversees the engineering efforts, works with clients to integrate with our products, and collaborates with the rest of the Product Team to design and build new features. Before joining Bright Funds, he helped develop various products such as SimplyBuilt and Memberful.

Julia Streuli

Julia Streuli

Julia heads up growth strategy. A Bright Funds veteran, Julia has worked on many different parts of the organization over the years and continues to wear multiple hats. Her current focus on growth involves expanding Bright Funds' reach through marketing, corporate partnerships, continued product innovation and collaboration with CSR, philanthropy, and financial services communities. Before joining Bright Funds, Julia worked with several health and education-focused nonprofits in Asia, Africa and North America. Julia holds a B.A. in Gender Studies and Political Economy and Development from Brown University.

Chris Chappelle

Chris Chappelle

Chris leads UI and UX design at Bright Funds. He focusses on developing engaging products that use design thinking, creativity, and technological ingenuity to better the world. Chris merges visual design, interaction design, and product design to focus on enhancing people's everyday experiences. Before Bright Funds Chris worked at Hattery Labs on a number of projects ranging from genetics, online education, and water/sanitation. He enjoys roaming the office without shoes and giving cracking high-fives.

Thara Jinadasa

Thara Jinadasa

Thara leads the Nonprofit Operations efforts at Bright Funds. She draws on a diverse range of experiences both in financial services and nonprofits including FutureAdvisor and Global Fund for Women. She leverages her experience in building efficient and scalable processes as well as her enthusiasm to develop meaningful relationships to bring to life Bright Funds’ vision for a better world. She holds a BA in Political Economics from Barnard College, Columbia University.

Anna Cho

Anna Cho

Anna oversees all client relationships at Bright Funds as the Head of Client Strategy & Success. She is responsible for creating CSR strategies and managing launch and onboarding processes with clients to maximize employee engagement and community impact. Prior to joining Bright Funds, Anna spent six years at State Street Corporation developing a global background in finance, managing client relationships with institutional investors at State Street Korea in Seoul, and as a member of the corporate citizenship team at the company headquarters in Boston. Anna received a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from Boston University.

Melanie Ormos

Melanie Ormos

As Senior Manager of Corporate Partnerships, Melanie focuses on building new relationships with leading companies who want to create a meaningful impact in the world. Before joining Bright Funds, Melanie spent nearly five years working closely with philanthropists and companies dedicated to creating social impact in the world. In her role at the global health organization PSI, she helped lead the development of a new philanthropic initiative aimed at catalyzing the next wave of social investors to improve the health and rights of girls and women worldwide. Melanie holds a BA in English from the University of San Diego.

Drew Banning

Drew Banning

Drew is a software dev who helps build the infrastracture powering Bright Funds. Having grown up in rural Oregon, he is amazed he gets to build products which help people around the world. When he's not typing on his computer, he enjoys spending time with his family outside.

Joe Ruocco

Joe Ruocco

As a Senior Advisor, Joe Ruocco provides strategic counsel on a range of topics relating to employee giving and volunteering programs in corporations, while working with the Bright Funds team to position program benefits to key stakeholders. Before joining Bright Funds, Ruocco served as Goodyear's Chief Human Resources Officer for seven years, following a long and successful career with GE. During his tenure at Goodyear, he and his HR team developed renowned global talent management and leadership processes. Upon his retirement from Goodyear in 2015, Joe established Ruocco Consulting, LLC, where he partners with and advises chief executive officers, chief human resource officers and other business leaders in all aspects of human resources strategies and tactics for driving business success.


Investors
Aspiration Growth
BloombergBETA
Wellspring Growth Partners
Joseph N. Sanberg
Joseph N. Sanberg
Frank Yeary
Frank Yeary
Michael Coors
Michael Coors
Godfrey Sullivan
Godfrey Sullivan
Michael Tedesco
Michael Tedesco
Andy Chou
Andy Chou
Cheng-Ling Chen
Cheng-Ling Chen
Hattery
Hattery
TechFellow Fund
TechFellow Fund
Mission and Market
Mission and Market