Our team brings over 40 years of combined experience and hands on knowledge. Check out our team’s bios to learn more about what makes Trek to Teach the most successful program of it’s kind.
Having spent a few weeks visiting Nepal in 2016, Emily was determined to get back (and give back) to the beautiful, vibrant, and unforgettable country. She stumbled upon Trek to Teach during her research and knew immediately that the organization's missions and beliefs aligned directly with her own. As an educator, Emily understands the necessity and power of education and having seen the rural schools in the Himalayas herself, knew there was a definite need. She accepted her role as the Director of Education with a happy heart, determined to continue TTT's positive impact on the communities it is involved in.In the U.S., Emily is an English and ESOL professor at the University of San Diego (USD) and two local community colleges. She has seven years of experience teaching both internationally and domestically. Additionally, she acts as a mentor teacher and university liaison to M.Ed. graduate students at USD, facilitates teacher training, and constantly presents at and attends TESOL conferences. With this experience, Emily's overarching goal is to continue to improve and grow TTT, thus bettering the Nepali village students' education and future.
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Nick helps lead grantmaking programs at Google.org, Google's charitable arm. Nick has developed and managed over $35M in grants to nonprofits using technology and innovation to address global challenges, with an emphasis on education and disabilities. His team is currently leading Google.org’s two-year, $50M commitment to support nonprofits that are building tech-based solutions to close gaps in global education.
Before joining Google, Nick spent time at FundWell, a startup that matches small businesses to financing. He was also the first employee at Vittana—a non-profit that pioneered the development of student loan products for the microfinance market—where he managed partnerships across 11 countries in Latin America and Africa.
Nick earned a bachelor's in American Studies from Columbia University and an MBA with honors from the Berkeley-Haas School of Business, where he was Co-Chair of the Global Social Venture Competition. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and is proud to be a part of Trek to Teach.