Meet The Team
We are Fundraisers who bring personal expertise from setting up in-house teams and agency relationships all over the world, and personal experience of all aspects of field canvassing in the USA.
(Chief Executive Officer)
Born in Pennsylvania, Martin is a lifelong entrepreneur and an innovator in the world of fundraising. His years of study in the non-profit and governmental space earned him Honors Degrees from Clark University in both Government & International Relations, and Public Administration. Once out ‘in the field’, Martin worked as a fundraising consultant and grant-writer for local non-profits in Worcester, MA. While this work was fulfilling, his drive and passion told him there had to be a more sustainable way to secure funding. Read More
Life brought Martin to Austin, Texas in 2013, where he entered the world of face-to-face (F2F) canvassing for the first time. Immediately he found his niche and honed his skills recruiting recurring donors for Plan International and Save the Children. After starting as an entry level fundraiser, he continued to move up the hierarchy until he was given the role of COO. His focus on direct management, integrity, respect, and innovation helped him become the successful leader he is today.
Having played a crucial role in the expansion of one of the fastest growing fundraising companies in the country, Martin went on to co-found New Canvassing Experience in an effort to design a forward-thinking fundraising team that will set a new standard for excellence and quality in the industry.
Martin is a keen runner, archer, hang-glider pilot, and gardener, and is married to Rachel. Martin is NCE’s Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer.
(Head of Development)
John is British, and, having graduated in Economics from the University of Bath, began a career in Retail Training. In 2006, he took the skills he developed in training and people development into the canvassing sector, with Fundraising Initiatives, in London. During this time he developed an affinity for the needs of his clients and an in-depth knowledge of successful canvassing. Read More
In 2009 he was approached to manage the London in-house canvassing team and then the national operations for the RSPB. Here, by adopting more progressive forms of management, he developed a high quality team of canvassers in a highly competitive market, with industry leading quality.
In 2011 John took a contract with SOS Children’s Villages as their International F2F Specialist and, based from Vienna, provided support across the Federation, including countries as varied as Colombia, Sri Lanka, Norway, Russia and Croatia.
Between 2013 and 2016, John has been the International F2F Manager for Save the Children International and has been supporting canvassing across the membership as well as personally establishing in-house operations in South Africa where he has been based. Whilst there, he also found the time to set up Fundraising That Works (FTW), the country’s leading canvassing agency.
John is married to Elena, is a regular on TV quiz shows in the UK and is a fan of the New York Yankees, Welsh Rugby, good movies, bad food and giant rabbits. John is a terrible runner but tries to run a marathon each year, mostly to deal with the bad food…John is NCE’s Co-Founder and heads up all Client Services functions and international development.
Born and raised in Texas, Lisa still calls Texas home. She currently lives in a small town outside of Austin called Bastrop. Lisa has over 15 years of experience in Human Resources (HR) and business administration, but is committed to continuous self-development and is currently studying for additional HR certification. Read More
Lisa started work with NCE in December 2016 within the HR Department. She quickly was aligned with the mission and purpose of NCE and vision and mission of the organization. As a Mom of three daughters, Lisa has always possessed the skills for being a fixer and problem solver. Little did she know these would all be skills that were preparing her for her future as a leader in HR, a role that she is very passionate about.
Outside work, Lisa enjoys being on the nearby lakes or by the beach. Lisa is a sucker for all animals and currently has two dogs, one cat and a bearded dragon.
Lisa is our HR Director and heads up the HR team for NCE and its partners around the world. She strives to create a safe and motivating environment for all to thrive and be successful in.
(Director of Operations)
Born in Ohio, Sally is an avid humanitarian and activist. She earned a Bachelors’ Degree in Anthropology from Eastern Kentucky University focusing on culture and sustainable development. Read More
Post college, Sally entered the world of retail sales based around Interior Design. She quickly became a part of regional management and gained a passion for training others and helping them to accomplish their goals. As she grew within the company she found herself establishing new markets and landed in Austin, Texas.
After spending a number of years in sales, Sally wanted more. She knew she could take her experience and apply it to the non-profit world. In 2016, Sally found NCE and entered into professional fundraising as an entry-level Canvasser. Now working on the operational side of the company, Sally devotes each day to supporting her colleagues and ‘for purpose’ partners, ensuring their integrity and success.
When Sally is enjoying (enforced) time off, she loves being outdoors, camping, hiking, craft beers, and The Grateful Dead. You can catch her dancing at most bluegrass and jam band shows in Austin.
Sally is NCE’s National Manager of Operations and is responsible for all operational support tasks that underpin everything that NCE achieves.
(National Training Manager)
“I’m born and raised in Austin, Texas. I have a background in marketing and I study leadership and personal development. Although I’m naturally very competitive, my number one rule is to have fun. Read More
So far with NCE, I have been able to realize some goals that I’ve had for a very long time. The impact is what drives me. Being able to make a real difference is priceless to me and worth more than anything else. So the more I become, the more I can give to the world.
I wrestled in college and played basketball almost my entire life. So I love sports and when I’m not directing the office, I am reading or watching something developmental or having constructive conversations with friends.
I love to travel as much as I can, and I think I’m starting a shoe collection.”
(Senior Manager and Consultant)
After graduating with a degree in Political Science from The Ohio State University, Andrew moved to Austin, Texas, where he immediately immersed himself in the world of fundraising and advocacy campaigning. He has called Texas home for the last 10 years. Read More
Driven by the idea of positively enhancing the way that the global community reacts to disasters and human rights violations, this industry solved for him what once seemed an impossible question to answer: How do we raise awareness of these terrible issues in the minds of everyday people, and how do we then get them involved in the solutions to the problem?
Recognizing the potential magnitude of change that this industry could bring about, Andrew decided that it was this world that he would devote his life to. After starting as a canvasser, he continued to ascend in the hierarchy and is now a Regional Director and Consultant for NCE, managing campaigns in the field across the central and eastern USA, and serving as a bridge between the canvassers on the ground and the clients and communities that they serve.
(Director of Tech and Data Analytics)
Alex is originally from Illinois and is now living in Portland, OR. He started off as a fundraiser in our Eugene office knocking doors for The Nature Conservancy, and is now the head of our Data Analytics department. After graduating with a degree in Natural Resources Management from Michigan State, Alex’s work prior to NCE revolved largely around fish data: researching fish populations in various states, completing research projects that influenced fishery regulation changes, and presenting some significant findings at the American Fisheries Society conference. Read More
However, since coming to NCE, Alex’s proudest accomplishment by far is beating both Martin and John at a game of pool. Long term, he would love to help optimize the face-to-face fundraising industry using big data while seeing NCE grow to be the biggest canvassing company that’s ever existed.
Outside of work, Alex enjoys music, being outdoors, psychology and philosophy, and watching sports while drinking beer. He lives with his partner of 10 years, Rae, and their adventure Chihuahua, Luna. One of his favorite things about his job is “the sense of freedom and opportunity while at the end of the day, knowing it is making the world better.”
Kelsey was raised in Wisconsin and graduated from University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee with a Media Studies degree. She was a barista in college which made her fall in love with working with people and, more importantly, building relationships.Read More
In 2016, she moved to Mankato, Minnesota to be closer to family and find a career she loves. Account Management quickly became the obvious path as she could use her interpersonal skills to help build relationships with clients while helping them to succeed in their field.
2020 brought a lot of changes to a lot of people and, for Kelsey, it meant finding a career where she could help in a more meaningful way. In August 2021, Kelsey was brought on to the Client Services team at NCE as our Account Executive
Kelsey is a film buff with a love of horror and superheroes. She loves being outside, when it is not 20 below zero in Minnesota, as well as kayaking, video games, and attending drag shows. She also loves spending time with her fur baby, Roxie.
(Regional Director, East Coast)
Matt hails from Philadelphia, PA, and, prior to joining NCE, worked as a Personal Trainer. Matt bumped into one of our canvassers on the streets of Philadelphia and was so inspired by what he heard that he immediately applied for a job with us. It didn’t take him long to be promoted to Team Leader, and then to the role of Office Director in New York. Read More
Matt loves spending time with his baby son, reading A Song of Ice and Fire, the series of books by George R R Martin which inspired Game of Thrones, and playing Dance Dance Revolution.
A thing Matt appreciates most about NCE is wonderful people he works with and he meets on the streets. At the moment Matt oversees our office in Atlanta.
(Special Projects Manager)
Hailing originally from northern Connecticut, Devin is one of NCE’s most tenured employees. Starting as a Canvasser in Austin in 2014, Devin has enthusiastically worked in many different roles during his time with the team. Read More
Devin has lived in Austin for 10 years, enjoys riding his bike and rocking with his band “The Manly Hanleys” on the weekend.
Devin is NCE’s Recruitment Manager and works for recruitment department in Austin, a dedicated team that ensure our offices in the US and our partner offices in the US and Canada are staffed with fantastic, talented fundraisers.
(Head of Quality Control)
Drake grew up in a small Texas town on the Texas/Louisiana line but now resides in San Marcos. He studied Public Relations at Lamar University. Life brought Drake and his wife to Austin in 2018 where he met Devin, Ron and Andrew and knew this would be a good fit for him. Before NCE, he worked in human resources and restaurant management. Read More
Drake begins most days by drinking too much coffee and reading too much news. He enjoys the scenic Texas Hill Country, the music of John Prine and Todd Snider, playing computer games with friends online and cooking for his wife and child.
(Head of NCE Recruitment)
Ron hails from lovely Lincoln, Nebraska. After graduating high school, he headed west to the beautiful City of Angeles. It was there that he first entered the world of Face-to-Face fundraising. Besides finding his passion and his way in life, raising money to help others, it was also through canvassing that he met his wife, with whom Ron moved to Chicago, and started their own F2F Fundraising company. Read More
In January 2014, after two glorious Chicago winters, he migrated south to Austin, Texas where he was able to continue working in the field he loves by joining NCE. In his seven years in F2F, Ron has been a Canvasser, Team Leader, Senior Team Leader, Director-in-Training, Weekend Manager, co-owner of an LLC and, in his most recent role, Senior Recruitment Specialist.
When not hard at work recruiting new canvassers, Ron can be found spending time with his wife, either binge watching the latest Netflix show, playing Settlers of Catan, or exploring all the fun activities and events that Texas has to offer.
He never misses the Austin Rodeo or a Willie Nelson concert, and will never say no to an invite to a BBQ
(Office Director in San Diego, CA)
Kinsey hails from Walpole, Massachusetts, and prior to joining NCE she was a veterinary technician and police liaison. Kinsey thought of changing pace when was browsing Indeed, so when Kinsey saw “Animal Advocate” she immediately knew it was the job for her. Read More
Kinsey loves working for NCE and credits colleagues for being a successful Canvasser: “I love everything about NCE… but if I try to narrow it down it is between the amazing and I mean AMAZING humans I work with every day and having positive interactions with people from different places with different backgrounds”. Her go-to strategy is giving a big pleasant wave and moving around to show excitement, along with a smile.
“You just need to consistently stay positive, have a good attitude, be friendly, be your genuine self, be passionate, communicate, listen and learn from your peers and those who work above you, and always remember you are making a positive impact on the world”, said Kinsey.
Out of work hours Kinsey loves to hang out with her fur baby, exploring, strolling, eating food (pasta is her favourite), and she will occasionally fall into the Minecraft black hole. Her favourite book is The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker and when it comes to movies Kinsey would choose Spirited Away directed by Hayao Miyazaki.
Kinsey’s hero is Amelia Earhart, because she was one of the many strong independent female figures in our history who accomplished major feats. She was driven and didn’t let obstacles stop her from living her dream. And Kinsey would love to know where Amelia went missing because that must be an interesting story.
Kinsey’s dedicated to make this world a better place, and if she could change one thing, she would change human greed.
(Office Director in Austin, TX)
Summer is from Chase City Virginia, a small rural town on the Virginia and North Carolina state border. She graduated at 16 with her associates degree, and immediately dove into the working pool. She found her passion with her very first canvassing job with the ACLU, commuting 1 hour and 40 minutes one way every day for a year, gaining the experience she needed, and deciding that she wanted to do this for the rest of her life. Read More
Prior to NCE, she traveled across country working on different campaigns and ballot initiatives, obtaining exceptional experience in campaign strategy, design, coordination, implementation, and leadership. Summer has considerable knowledge of ground level grassroots organizing at local, state, and national levels. She’s had the opportunity to do hands on work in over 20 different states, and prides herself in being able to adapt to any social atmospheres or climates. Summer has found a new passion for the canvassing industry through NCE: “Its a family, or a cult, but the support system you have from everyone is surreal.”
(Client Services Generalist)
Born in Venezuela, David Souffront is a worldly traveler and enjoys making a difference in the world. With a bachelor’s in foreign languages and literature, David is fluent in multiple languages including English, Spanish, and French. David has worked in Chicago as a field director for the Humane Society. In addition, he has worked in Seattle and Charlotte as a campaign director on behalf of Amnesty International. In Charlotte, he opened his own office for Amnesty. Read More
David currently resides in North Carolina, where he works remotely for NCE as a Virtual F2F Director, developing fundraisers so they can achieve their full potential and make the world a better place one conversation at a time.
An avid food lover, David enjoys cooking food from all over the world with his fiancé. His specialty is arepas, a comfort food, favorite from South America. David enjoys playing video games, watching movies, and reading graphic novels.
(Office Director in Nashville,TN)
Jolinda hails from beautiful Nashville, Tennessee, and came to NCE having replied to an advertisement on Indeed, relishing the opportunity to help people and get paid for it.Read More
An animal lover, with a background in animal care, it is not a surprise that Jolinda shares her life with Abra, her affectionate and cuddly feline companion. It might be more of a surprise that her secret talent is mechanics. Her not so secret talent is that, alongside directing the team in Nashville, training people, and watching them grow and develop to excel at Fundraising, Jolinda is an accomplished professional vocalist and songwriter, and will always say yes to an invitation to a dance party.
Outside work, Jolinda is a fan of Café Cubano, grilled salmon, cycling, Lianne La Havas, Saturday Night Live and would love to visit Japan.
Jolinda is NCE’s Door Director in Nashville, currently helping mobilize people to fight poverty and injustice by fundraising on behalf of Oxfam America.
(Regional Development Director – West Coast)
Alex was born and raised in Eugene Oregon where she attended the French immersion school which sparked her curiosity in international travel and other cultures. Read More
Following high school, she spent the next 13 years working and studying abroad in the Middle East, Central America and Europe. She also spent time exploring the underwater world as a SCUBA instructor before returning to university.
She received her degree from the University of Amsterdam where she studied Political Science with a focus on Political Theory and a minor in Gender and Sexuality. She came into the canvassing industry right after university and fell in love with a job where she was able to put her passion for creating a more just and equitable world into practice.
She lives in Portland with her prefect cat son, Henry. In her spare time, you can find her reading science fiction, fantasy and absolutely anything everything by adrienne maree brown. True to Portland, Alex also has a love for astrology, tarot and has an ever growing crystal collection.
(Office Director in New Orleans, LA)
Tiara was born in Flint, Michigan and was raised all over the midwest. She has had people affected by the Flint water crisis so she understands the importance of giving back to the community.Read More
Tiara found out about NCE through an Indeed ad for ACLU in Atlanta. Getting paid to help different communities is amazing and nothing else seemed better for her at that moment. Tiara then moved to New Orleans to become the youngest director in NCE history, at 19 years old.
Outside of work you can find Tiara kicking it with the homies, skateboarding around the city, drinking some tea, or watching anime show with her cat Cosmo.
(Office Director in Atlanta, GA)
Cam moved from Dayton Ohio in 2021 to join the NCE family. Originally a small business owner specializing in all things beauty Cam wanted a change of pace and wanted her work to be a means of changing the lives of others, so when she came across the job on indeed she knew it was everything she was searching for.Read More
Cam joined as a canvasser and quickly rose to the role of team leader and now oversees the Atlanta office. She credits The incredible senior management, and her amazing Atlanta team for her success within the company.
Outside of work cam is a musician and songwriter. For fun she longboards down the streets of Atlanta , or you may catch her doing yoga at Piedmont park.
(Office Director in Chicago, IL)
Ben is a born storyteller and activist. Having graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with degrees in Japanese Language, East Asian Cultural Studies, and Theatre Arts, Ben soon moved to Japan where he led conferences and workshops all over the country. His adventures brought him to China and then Taiwan where, among other things, he led an air band, started a kids YouTube channel, began a community outreach driven theatre company, and even filmed a Netflix series. He’s thrilled to be able to continue to use his storytelling skills with NCE.Read More
Ben was born in Easton, Pennsylvania and as a young teen began working as a professional Crayonologist for the Crayola company, making crayons and running classes for local kids around the country. His background in theatre and ensemble building led him to getting a job with NCE and the rest is history.
Outside of inspiring people to go out and make change, you can find Ben hosting game nights, painting rocks, making puppets, or even performing as Flair DeBonair at local drag shows. Keep an eye out for his upcoming one man show.
(Special Projects Director)
Dakota grew up in a small country town outside of Nashville, TN. A lifelong musician, he aspired to leave Tennessee in search of new adventures. Before finding NCE he studied Digital Media and spent his days enjoying nerdy activities with his friends.Read More
Finally, after accepting the job in fundraising for five months on behalf of Save the Children back in 2018, he got promoted to Director, moved to Los Angeles, and got his chance to travel while making a difference in the world. He credits NCE with forever changing his life and introducing him to some of his favorite people on the planet. He now resides in New York, where he leads the 2Step team on behalf of The Nature Conservancy.