Teresa is the Executive Director of the Accelerator. She brings nearly 20 years of experience in international nonprofits and social enterprises to the work of the Accelerator. Her first venture was launching the first post-war ISP in Kosovo. Since then she has built successful foundations and strong nonprofits, advising startups, and seizing opportunities to put technology to work for development and improving services for citizens.
Emily Wexler is the Associate Director of the Accelerator. A former community organizer, Emily began her career advancing social change at both the grassroots and grass-tops levels. Since then, she has deepened her practice as a facilitator, program designer, coach and network weaver to support grantmakers as they embrace the practices that matter most to nonprofits and communities. Whether working with grantmakers or nonprofits, Emily is committed to ensuring that social change organizations have the capacity and resources they need to grow stronger and achieve more.
Hugh served as the Accelerator’s first Associate Director and now works with the team as a consultant supporting our Operations and Finance functions. Hugh has been advising startup nonprofits since the beginning of his career. His passion is finding innovators and activists working for social change around the world and helping them hone the skills they need to realize their visions. A practitioner and facilitator of design thinking, "evidence, evidence, evidence" is his mantra.
Leo joined the Accelerator team in Washington, DC in 2016. In 2018 he relocated to his home country, Brazil. With an economics and finance background, Leo currently supports the Accelerator team with research, modeling and administration as a long term consultant. A native of Brazil who works from Curitiba, Brazil, Leo is fluent in Portuguese, English and Spanish.
The Accelerator team is only as strong as the amazing folks we collaborate with around the world. Drawing on staff from the Counterpart Network and programs around the world as well as a tribe of like-minded energetic and skilled consultants we can access diverse talent with the skills and relationships that ensure the success of our engagements.
We work closely with two key partners: