About Us

CommunityConnect Labs enables government and service providers to use mobile messaging to connect with low-income populations

Our Clients

We’re proud to serve community-based organizations, governments, and foundations

CommunityConnect Labs clients

Our Story

Community Connect was created by the team behind GreatNonprofits after seeing the difficulties human services providers had connecting with low-income people.  We empower our clients through technology and expertise created through inclusive, human-centered design.

We have found that the most successful way to engage communities is to meet people where they are. Our engagement solutions leverage the existing routines and channels that community members use every day.

Technology: We provide mobile-first engagement solutions - including mobile messaging, interactive voice or mobile web.

Services: We provide strategic consulting and training to help our customers better connect and engage with marginalized communities.


Perla Ni
Founder & CEO

Perla is the founder and CEO of CommunityConnect Labs, the Census Outreach Project, and GreatNonprofits. Previously, she founded the Stanford Social Innovation Review, the leading journal on nonprofit management and philanthropy. She has served on the boards of Goodwill, America’s Charities and Network for Good. Perla holds a JD from Harvard Law School and a BA from UC Berkeley.
Jacob Model
VP of Research

Jacob is a quantitative sociologist and leads program design, evaluation, and analysis. He has worked as a research assistant at Harvard Business School and as a strategy consultant at Bridgespan Group focused on nonprofits and government. Jacob holds a PhD from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA from Harvard College.   
Stephanie B. Kim
Director of Government & Nonprofit Programs

Stephanie brings a background in social impact strategy and operations, specializing in workforce development and corporate social responsibility. She has served as an associate director  at the Wharton Social Impact Initiative and led local canvassing operations in the 2016 presidential election. Stephanie holds a MPA from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from Wellesley College.
Ian Anstee
Marketing Specialist

Ian Anstee is a Stanford Community Impact Fellow with a passion for safety net and health issues. He serves as the Steering Committee Chair for Camp Kesem at Stanford, a nonprofit that serves families affected by cancer. He was previously a Sand Hill Fellow at the Walter & Elise Haas Fund where he focused on homelessness and food insecurity. Ian holds a BA from Stanford University and teaches improv in his free time.
Jeff Galipeaux at CommunityConnect Labs
Jeff Galipeaux
Associate Director of Government & Nonprofit Programs

Jeff’s background is in nonprofit operations and risk management. Most recently as Director of Employee Benefits for the California Association of Nonprofits’ insurance subsidiary, his team was responsible for designing and administering benefit programs for hundreds of regional organizations. Jeff serves on several boards and advisory groups, and currently chairs the board of the Arts Council Santa Cruz County. He has a BS in Psychology & Social Action from Palo Alto University.
Nelson Pinto
Product Manager
Daniel Kadvany
Product Manager
Teeh Amaral
Senior Software Engineer
Darin Chambers
Architect Consultant
Alex Stefanescu
Senior Engineer
Anton Matiyenko
Full Stack Web Developer
Anca Deaconu
Front-End Engineer
Grace Ching
QA Lead
Mayra Gomez
Program Coordinator
Marta Caceres
Office Manager
Claire Almacen
Executive Assistant

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