Our team

 

Megan Kashner

CEO & Founder

Shilpi Shah

Program Director

Lindsay Rosenfeld

Program Manager

Kyle Kehus
Communications & Engagement Coordinator
 

Samantha F. Brdek
Accounting & Finance

Emily Brittain

Special Projects

Aleca Tesseris Sullivan

Opportunities


 

 

   
 
   

Megan Kashner

Founder & CEO

LinkedIn Profile

megan at benevolent.net

Megan Kashner is a self-proclaimed “Ticked-Off Social Worker” who loves to turn conversations, programs and approaches on their heads. A seasoned impact sector leader, Megan is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Kellogg’s Public-Private Interface and Director of Social Impact. Megan is also the founder of Benevolent - a platform using bleeding-edge technology and leveraging donor proclivities to fill gaps in the safety net for low-income families. Megan holds an MBA from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management, has a Master's from the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration and a B.A. in Public Policy from Brown University. She has spoken at the White House and at national conferences on social innovation, philanthropy and entrepreneurship. She has been featured on CNN, in FastCompany, Mashable, MSNBC, the New Yorker and more. Megan, her partner and their two teenagers live in Evanston.

Shilpi Shah

Program Director

LinkedIn Profile

shilpi at benevolent.net

Shilpi Shah is an experienced strategy, programs and operations manager. Shilpi comes to Benevolent from SKS Consulting, a consulting firm focused on strategic and financial planning for social sector organizations. Previously, Shilpi served as a Director, Managed Organizations at Arabella Advisors, where she oversaw client service and relationship management for a variety of projects. Shilpi was also a member of Arabella’s Consulting Services team, providing strategy, program management, and evaluation consulting to a variety of philanthropic clients. Prior to joining Arabella Advisors, Shilpi served as an associate director at the Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF), where she advised nonprofit executives, board members, and funders on strengthening the capitalization of their organizations as well as the nonprofit sector more broadly. Shilpi has an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BSE in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania. Shilpi also serves on the Board of the Eye on India organization.

Lindsay Rosenfeld

Program Manager

LinkedIn Profile

lindsay at benevolent.net

Docked in Chicago via North Carolina, Lindsay joined the Benevolent team in 2013 through New Sector Alliance's Residency in Social Enterprise, an 11-month fellowship designed to develop emerging professionals in the social impact sector. After spending her residency digging her heels into Benevolent's operations and development worlds, Lindsay's excited to continue building the future of giving through cross-sector collaboration as the Program Manager. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Anthropology and Global Studies, she brings to the team experience in crisis intervention and equine therapy, oral history, makeshift bicycle repairs, extraneous commas, well-loved plants, and an insatiable hunger for better questions and unkempt tacos.

Kyle Kehus

Communications & Engagement Coordinator

LinkedIn Profile

kyle at benevolent.net

Kyle brings to Benevolent a personal commitment to social and economic justice and a range of experience in fundraising, program design, and community engagement. Since first moving to Chicago in 2012, he has helped local not-for-profit organizations large and small better articulate, and progress toward their missions. Kyle graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Professional Writing and additional studies in Art History and Political Science. A native of suburban Detroit, he enjoys collecting records, reading too many books at once, and listening to House music while cleaning (or thinking about cleaning...) his house.

Samantha F. Brdek

Accounting & Finance

LinkedIn Profile

samantha at benevolent.net

Samantha ensures that our clients are able to get the money they need to improve their lives and that Benevolent has the ability to help as many people as possible for many years to come. She received her Masters Degree in Accounting from DePaul University and is a member of the Illinois Certified Public Accountants Society. For the past five tax seasons Samantha has volunteered to help senior citizens complete and feel more confident about their taxes. Before becoming an accountant Samantha had the opportunity to travel to India where she taught English and Math to orphans and underprivileged children. She currently spends her free time with her child, reading, biking around Ann Arbor, MI, and working in her yard.


Emily Brittain

Special Projects

LinkedIn Profile

emily at benevolent.net

Emily manages Benevolent's operations and project implementation. She has extensive experience in youth development, customer relations and community partnership building, as well as technological troubleshooting. Before moving to Chicago, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Armenia. Emily earned her Bachelor's from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL and her Master's from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago, with a focus on community planning, organizing, and development. Emily enjoys hiking, riding her bike, and spending time with a good book.


Aleca Tesseris Sullivan

Opportunities

LinkedIn Profile

aleca at benevolent.net

Aleca brings over 25 years of experience in economic development and community outreach experience to Benevolent, crossing the private, nonprofit and government sectors. She has worked in management consulting for private firms both in the United States and abroad, spent several interesting years working for the National Park Service and most recently completed a decade of very fulfilling work in education and community building. Aleca earned her Masters Degree from Boston University in American Studies and Preservation Planning. She earned her BA in economics from the University of Michigan. She is a mother of three wonderful children and one very enthusiastic puppy.