Rolando is a dynamic growth strategist, web developer and artist focused on the growth of social enterprises. He currently serves as the Growth Strategist and Engineer for the Advocacy Institute. He drives advancement of the Advocacy Institute’s technology tools and infrastructure. An award winning Community Developer, Artist, and Entrepreneur, Rolando cultivated his blended approaches to infrastructure development and capacity building while working as a consultant for several startups, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations.
Dahna is Director, Philanthropy Solutions at Altum. She joined Altum in 2014, when Altum acquired PhilanTech. Dahna was previously the Founder and CEO of PhilanTech.
Prior to starting PhilanTech, Dahna worked for venture philanthropies, including Ashoka and Blue Ridge Foundation New York, and produced interactive eLearning programs for Global Education Network and Harvard Business School Publishing, including the award-winning “What Is a Leader?” program.
A graduate of Williams College, Dahna also holds a Master of Education degree, with a concentration in technology, from Harvard University, and an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business. She has written extensively about change management in the nonprofit sector, including a chapter on managing change for technology in “Managing Technology to Meet Your Mission: A Strategic Guide for Nonprofit Leaders” (Wiley 2009).
She serves on the board of JustGive.org and was named one of Newsweek’s 13 women entrepreneurs to bet on and one of BusinessWeek’s 25 Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs.
Daryl C. Norcott
Daryl is an attorney in the Bay Area committed to social justice and community building. He has worked in government at the local and federal level, most recently as a community liaison for Congresswoman Barbara Lee. Daryl is passionate about connecting people through creativity and fun, and for twenty years has organized a legendary baking competition known as Pie Off. Daryl is a husband, and father of twin three-year-olds.
One of the best things I did as a new parent was to join a local group of moms who have kids the same age as mine. Four years later, these eight amazing women have been my on-call support system, my go-to resource guide, and my confidantes. Turns out – being part of a supportive community makes the parenting load a whole lot lighter.
I believe in ParentsTogether because I know there are so many ways we can support one another through the joyful highs and occasional lows of raising our children, and I’m committed to helping strengthen communities of parents around the country.
I’ve worked as a social entrepreneur for 15 years, after starting my career as a student teacher in Detroit Public Schools and then working with the National Head Start Association and DC-based College Bound. In 2001, I launched the I Do Foundation – a national nonprofit that has helped hundreds of thousands of couples use their weddings as an opportunity to raise money for charity.
A Michigan native, I live in Washington, DC, with my partner and two kids under five. We live in an apartment building with several dear friends and family members who treat our kids like their own–which keeps me both sane and eternally grateful.
This past Halloween, my five-year-old daughter dressed as a zombie-fairie-princess.
It struck me that her costume captured the essence of being a parent—it feels magical, beautiful, scary, and, occasionally, like something’s trying to eat your brain.
Parenting is not for the faint of heart. But one thing I’ve learned is that things always go better when I have help. And that I, in turn, can lighten the load for others. That’s what ParentsTogether is about.
I’ve also found that lending a hand to other families–on our own block or around the world–is the best way I know to show my kids what it means to be human. That’s another reason I’m so excited to be part of this effort.
Before ParentsTogether, I worked on issues like economic inequality, health care reform, climate change, and peace as the director of the national progressive group MoveOn.org. I began my work as an organizer with GreenCorps, did environmental justice work in California’s Central Valley, and was a union organizer in my hometown of New Haven, Connecticut.
My partner, Autumn, and I are blessed to be raising two generally amazing, occasionally infuriating kids, and two often-infuriating, occasionally amazing dogs, in Brooklyn, NY.