Ty Walrod is the CEO and Co-Founder of Bright Funds. He serves on the boards of directors of Sustainable Silicon Valley and Startup & Tech Mixer and is an active member of Silicon Valley Leadership Group and Founders Network.
Prior to Bright Funds, Walrod co-founded OutServe, a global nonprofit organization that united thousands of LGBT service members and worked to build an environment of respect and integrity in the U.S. Armed Services. He started his career in venture capital, private equity and technology audit at Deloitte, followed by his work as senior business analyst at Coverity. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Washburn University, where he was awarded the Graduate of the Last Decade (GOLD) Award in April of 2016.
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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
Rachel works in Partnerships and Client Success with Bright Funds and also supports Nonprofit Operations. Having worked in local and international nonprofits based in Armenia and the US, she leverages her passion for global social good to support Bright Funds' mission to invest in a better world. Rachel played Division I softball at Georgetown University and graduated with a B.S. in Foreign Service with a major in Culture and Politics.
Rachel is the East Coast Manager of Bright Funds, overseeing accounts and supporting clients based in New York City. Prior to Bright Funds, Rachel spent over 5 years managing marketing and client relations for an international volunteering organization where she got to spend time in Ghana, Tanzania, Nepal, and England. Rachel holds a B.A. in International Studies from Washington University in St. Louis and an Advanced Certificate in Public Health from New York University.