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.
(Chief Financial Officer)
Rachel is from the northeast and spent most of her younger years in Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts. After earning her MBA from Clark University, Rachel was drawn to the world of non-profit work. When life brought Rachel to Austin in 2013, she did more of that work; writing grants, hosting fundraiser events and marketing various educational programs. Read More
When Martin and John started NCE in 2016, Rachel knew it was the place for her. She now works as our Chief Financial Officer, bookkeeper, and author of our weekly internal newsletter.
When Rachel’s not working, she enjoys running, reading, writing, and playing with Rascal, her dog and NCE’s mascot. She is married to Martin and they have been happily taking on the world together since 2010.
(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.
(Leadership Development Manager)
Meredith Garofalo hails originally from Hollister, California but lived in Los Angeles for the last seven years, prior to moving to Austin, TX to be part of NCE’s Operations Team. Unusually, Meredith did not find NCE, but we found Meredith, who was, at the time, running the Los Angeles team for another F2F Agency. Read More
It was Andrew who reached out to Meredith initially, and, having then met with Martin and understood more of the culture that we are building at NCE, together with the opportunity and encouragement for growth, Meredith knew this would be her new home.
Now supporting all of NCE’s fundraising, Meredith has not forgotten what made her into the successful Canvasser and Leader she was, citing the ability to have a good time, inspire the hell out of people and laughing and smiling as the way to be a magnet to those who stop for you.
Outside work, Meredith is a sports enthusiast and loves both watching and playing, as well as having a successful side income from fantasy sports. Meredith also enjoys adventures with her girlfriend and other friends. Meredith’s dream trip destination: Bali – a place to swim, read and drink cocktails.
Meredith’s favorite food is anything cooked by her Mum, and would take ‘Killing Myself to Live’ by Chuck Klosterman and ‘Drop Dead Gorgeous’ to a desert island if allowed one book and movie. You may also not know that Meredith used to do a lot of stand-up comedy back in the day, and got to rub shoulders with many famous comedians on the Los Angeles comedy scene during that time.
When asked who, living or dead, Meredith would have dinner with, she answered Steve Irwin.
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.
(Head of NCE Recruitment)
A global citizen, with a Russian soul, Elena was born and raised in Siberia, Russia, where she graduated with a Master’s Degree in Marketing from Kurgan State University. She soon put that to use as Marketing Director in the retail sector and as a professional photographer, before beginning a career in fundraising for the Victoria Children’s Foundation in Moscow in 2008. Read More
In 2012 Elena was offered an opportunity at SOS Children’s Villages, firstly as Public Relations (PR) Manager and then as a Project Manager overseeing the setup of a F2F Fundraising and Telemarketing Team, pioneering its use in Russia, and then, working with partner organizations, across Eastern Europe.
In 2016 Elena relocated to the UK, and from there, heads up all NCE’s staff recruitment activities, as well as using her technical experience to manage our social media activities. She finds time to use her expertise to help smaller charities on a voluntary basis, is currently studying for a second degree, a Bachelor’s in Psychology, while continuing to indulge her passions for photography and travel. Elena is fluent in English, Russian and Spanish, is married to John, and they share their home with two rabbits, two cats and a dog.
(Director 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
(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.
(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.”
(National Field Manager)
Oakland, California is where Desiree (DJ) resides, but her heart and soul never left the beautiful City of Los Angeles. Growing up in the group home and foster care system, she had the opportunity to live in 10 cities throughout LA County. After emancipating at age 18, she began living independently and working full time as a baker in a local grocery store. Read More
In 2012, after years of various retail / customer service work, she decided to try something different and canvass for a LGBTQ+ organization called Equality California. The salary brought her in the door, but the canvassing culture and charity’s purpose kept her around. After being part of the group of grassroots activists that helped win LGBTQ+ marriage for the state of California in 2013, she finally understood the power of conversation and has worked in the Face-to-Face Fundraising field ever since. Moving up the ladder from Fundraiser, to Team Leader, to City Director, to Regional Director of Fundraising, DJ can honestly admit she will never leave this field. Not when there’s still so much work to be done.
DJ spends her spare time with her fiancé Franchesca; together they enjoy jamming out with their drums and guitars in the basement (frightening their neighbors in their quiet suburban neighborhood), traveling throughout the country taking pictures of street art and entertaining their needy cats Wicca and Peep.
(Office Director in Nashville, TN)
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 Nashville.
(Office Director in Atlanta, GA)
Rodney was born in Baltimore but spent much of his life in Queens, NY. Though Rodney only started with NCE in March of 2021, he has done his fair share of canvassing. “I worked for the DNC for 4 years, and then a political canvassing company. I always did canvassing.”Read More
Rodney learned about NCE from a friend of his who had previously worked here. “I had a friend who worked for NCE in New York. He was telling me how they treated employees and it wasn’t just about the numbers – it was about connecting with each person. I looked up the website and thought it was lame as hell. A “new canvassing experience”? That’s what everyone says.” Lame names aside, “I always look for a company that loves [canvassing] the way that I love it. I saw the ad, and it was almost like magnets. I was drawn to It.” Rodney was offered a position for a Baltimore office, which we never wound up starting. “Then when I saw the ad for Atlanta, I sent Martin a text.” Martin actually cites this instance as one of the turning points for coming out of a very long and difficult 2020.
When asked what Rodney likes most about working for NCE, he said, “The fact that everyone knows your name. Sometimes as a canvasser, you feel alone. As a director, you feel alone. We have offices all over the country, and for a boss that has to deal with clients, employees, and all these other people, the fact that he can actually remember all their names makes it feel like a family.”
About his own role as Director of our Atlanta office, Rodney said “I like that fact that I have the free range to run my office the way I want to run my office. I’m not your average director, and this is not your average office. I like to have fun. We do socials every week. Sometimes at the park, sometimes at my house.” Rodney loves to grill, and on many Fridays after work, the Atlanta team can be found grilling and eating at Rodney’s house. But it’s not all fun. “As much fun as I like to have, we are extremely professional. We all have the same goals, and our goal is to make sure we’re all successful and do right by the charities.”
Rodney always stresses one important thing to his staff. “We’re not selling ACLU, we’re selling ourselves. People can go online and look at the ACLU themselves. When they sign up on the street it’s because they believe in you and what you’re doing.”
When Rodney’s not leading the Atlanta team, he likes spending time with his children. He also serves on the board of two nonprofits in New York that focus on at-risk youth. Part of his work is “connecting kids with job opportunities. I had a lot of people help me so it’s my civic duty to do the same thing.”
(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 Los Angeles, CA)
Skyler was born and raised in Los Angeles, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from UC Santa Barbara. Skyler started her career in fundraising in 2012, and was looking for more growth opportunities, when former colleagues, DJ and Meredith, who now worked for NCE told her about the fulfilment they had found working for NCE’s Vision and Mission. At around the same time, a vacancy came up for a Director in Los Angeles. The timing was just perfect. Read More
Outside work, Skyler loves going to concerts and shows with friends, traveling and spending time with her two cats Jimmy and Louie.
When canvassing with her team, Skyler often uses her favourite stopping line “I’ve been waiting for you all day! Come here!”, and benefits from having a photographic memory, especially useful when recognizing famous people on the streets and in the malls of Los Angeles, even with their masks on.
(Office Director in Oakland, CA)
Chris hails from Thousand Oaks, California, but calls the San Francisco Bay Area home. He attended University of California Santa Cruz, and first worked in the face-to-face fundraising field in 2010 He has canvassed at doors and on the street for Environment California, CalPIRG, Unicef, Doctors without Borders, and Children International. Read More
Chris has worked various sales-oriented positions, was a veterinary technician, and helped run a small business in the events industry before coming back to the F2F world with NCE in 2019.
When he isn’t working, he is spending time with his partner Michaela, Ringo the pitbull, tending to his two leopard geckos, as well as cooking, gardening, mushroom hunting, cycling, gaming online with friends, and reading.
(Office Director in Chicago, IL)
Thomas Bligh is dynamic and results oriented fundraiser who is a passionate believer with 18 years of demonstrated success leveraging exceptional interpersonal skills and dedicated to mission driven organizations to drive membership engagement, growth, and fundraising. Adept at working in a collaborative environment, excellent resource manager, able to connect with community partners to support or fund emerging issues and needs. Managed, raised money and built membership for major non-profits like Greenpeace, The Sierra Club, People’s Action/National People’s Action, The People’s Lobby, Environment America, Human Rights Campaign, and the Public Interest Research Group and now NCE! Read More
Here in Chicago, we canvass in all weather conditions, from hand warmers in the winter to gallons of frozen water in the summer. When I join supporters, I always tell every single person, “It is people like you that make me want to keep doing this work” Thanking supporters for their investment in causes I care about is my specialty and keeps the motivation inside me fueled with passion and drive.
When I am not working, I enjoy live music, yoga, my VR headset, and my newest hobby of whittling. The enjoyment of sitting down with a block of wood, slowly and patiently taking wood away and then painting my creations bring me a lot of joy these days!
(Office Director in Orlando, FL)
Lyssa was born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia, but has called Orlando, Florida her home for 8 years. Growing up so close to Washington DC, she had the opportunity to learn about the Federal Government firsthand through field trips and weekend outings. Read More
In 2014, Lyssa moved to sunny Florida. There, her dad inspired and encouraged her to get involved in political work. At 16 years of age, she interned for a presidential campaign and went on to intern for NextGen America. Following her internships, Lyssa had the opportunity to continue working as an activist for 7 years serving as a Field Director for various campaigns in Florida.
Lyssa has always been inspired to make a change in the world. She heard about NCE through her friend and just knew it was the perfect opportunity to continue her journey to make a difference and fundraise for organizations that she was passionate about.
In her free time, Lyssa loves to spend time with her husband, Brendin and her dogs, Devin and Jolly. She loves to try new food, listen to Harry Styles and watch her favorite tv shows. Lyssa says her two favorite tv shows are Jane the Virgin and The Vampire Diaries.
Lyssa is so excited and encouraged to make a difference with NCE in Orlando.
(Virtual F2F Director)
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.