Meet our #1 asset:
our team.

Watch our team talk about our values in action every day.


We hire people
who inspire us.

Each of us takes radical ownership of the mission, pursuing our vision humbly and with excellence.

Also, we really like hanging out with each other, and we’ve been known to cook up a storm in the kitchen. At New Story, we don’t use the word “employee.” We’re a team of founders, each of us fired up about the vision we get to pursue, and thankful we get to make it happen together.

Meet the team

Brett Hagler

Co-Founder & CEO

Brett is a cancer survivor, author, speaker, and 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30 Entrepreneur. In 2017, 2019, and 2020, New Story was named by Fast Company as one of the “Most Innovative Companies In The World.” Brett is a Y-Combinator alum and, in 2018, was named one of the Top 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs by Goldman Sachs. For speaking opportunities, contact us.

Alexandria Lafci


Alexandria has more than a decade of work, academic, and volunteer experience in domestic and international development. She has taught in inner city D.C., led financial capacity building efforts in rural Central America, and briefed African heads of state on poverty alleviation through land reform. Alexandria is a Y-Combinator alum and, in 2016, she was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list. For speaking opportunities, contact us.

Matthew Marshall

Co-Founder & Chief Impact Officer

Matthew is driven to use human-centered design and software to create a remarkable donor experience, maximize impact, and increase team efficiency. He leads the tech side of our innovation initiative by supporting our in-house team of developers. Matthew is a Y-Combinator alum, World Economic Forum Global Shaper, University of Georgia alum, and Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur.

Morgan Lopes

Chief Technology Officer

Morgan leads and mentors our software engineers, piloting a vision for better tech at New Story — and in the social housing sector. Morgan sees leadership as a choice, not a rank. He strives to make that choice daily and challenges others to do the same. Morgan is a husband, business owner, software engineer, and adventurer who craves new challenges and desires to live a life that inspires others.

Sarah Lee

Chief Operating Officer

Sarah works to lead the strategy & vision of our growth as an organization. She works closely with our brand and fundraising teams to expand the understanding of the impact New Story has around the globe. Prior to joining New Story, Sarah helped lead a marketing agency in Atlanta where she served as a Partner and the Director of Accounts.

Joanne Ng

Global Operations Director

Joanne manages the relationships and logistics of every community we build. She is most passionate about combining her design thinking skills and education in architecture to create sustainable social impact. In the past, Joanne has worked on various design and construction projects in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Senegal, with a focus on housing, sanitation infrastructure, and community development.

Shane Ardell

Senior Software Architect

At New Story, Shane works on our software platform and specializes in Rails, testing, and APIs. Shane graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a degree in Electrical Engineering and has a background in project management and software engineering. Shane spends her spare time enjoying the outdoors and making music. She is an avid lover of skiing and of a certain golden retriever named Livvy.

Annie Brannon

Director of Brand

Annie’s work helps shape the message and story of our brand. She directs the experiences that bring our brand to life, from digital to events and beyond. Along with the rest of the brand team, Annie communicates the mission and vision of New Story so donors and partners can stay engaged with the work they help support.  Annie is a Georgetown alum, a yoga teacher, and a lover of well-crafted words.

Nathan Bach

Senior Video Producer

Nathan leads the production and post-production process, ensuring effective communication through creative storytelling. Previously, Nathan held such roles as Video Editor, Motion Graphics Designer, Multimedia Developer, and most recently, Senior Visual Designer at a regional commercial airline in Atlanta. When he doesn’t have a camera in his hand, Nathan loves to exercise, spend time with his wife and their dog, and cheer for every Atlanta sports team.

Tim Whitacre

Director of Engineering

Tim builds software used to help our team and partners end global homelessness. Tim has spent 15 years as a software engineer. He’s worked for startups and small agencies, and launched two of his own companies. He also spent a few years teaching at The Iron Yard, a coding school in Atlanta. In his free time, he and his wife, Steph, spend most of their time with their son, Landon.

Katie Watford

Lead Brand Designer

Katie creates impactful and streamlined visual communication to bring New Story’s brand to life. Katie is an Auburn University PR graduate, and most recently finished her graduate degree at Miami Ad School @ Portfolio Center in Atlanta. She loves design’s potential to shape the landscape of the future, align companies with their purpose, and create social change. Katie lived in Paris for a year after college, and is always on the hunt for the world’s best chocolate chip cookie.

Christina Martinez

People & Culture Manager

Christina ensures that our culture stays healthy by creating smooth internal processes and excellent team experiences. Prior to joining the New Story team, Christina worked at Passion City Church as the Projects and Events Coordinator for the Children’s Ministry. In her spare time, Christina enjoys coffee with friends, finding great places to eat, and traveling.

Jennifer Holguin

Senior Project Manager

Jennifer serves as the project manager at New Story. With great attention to detail and strategy, she supports the Brand, Tech, and Events Teams in bringing projects and initiatives from planning to implementation. Previously, she worked at a global public relations agency developing and executing health communications campaigns. As one of four adopted children in her family, Jennifer brings a passion for families and purpose-driven work to New Story.

Muriel Vega

Software Operations Manager

Muriel supports and nurtures relationships with New Story’s partners to set them up for success and increase our collective impact. Prior to joining New Story, Muriel worked as a journalist and with startups as a content strategist to find messaging gaps in their products. Originally from Panama, she loves to travel with her husband, hang out with their two dogs, and continue her search for the best tamales.

Tun Khine

Software Engineer

Tun is a software engineer helping build and maintain our web and mobile tools. He believes that many of the problems facing society can be solved through technology and so pursued learning to code. Prior to joining New Story, Tun worked in Peacekeeping Operations for the United Nations, most recently helping shape policy and best practices for civilians and military in field operations. In addition to working at New Story, Tun loves chasing around his daughter, racing bikes, and climbing rocks. He is passionate about all things tech and travel, and loves learning about cultures through food.

Jessica Saunders

Donor Experience Coordinator

As the Team Logistics Coordinator, Jessica works on the Internal Operations team helping to maximize the impact of our team. She is a planner and organizer by nature who loves to be a part of a creative and collaborative team. A marketing degree from SCAD Atlanta fostered her ability to be both analytical and creative. Prior to joining New Story, she gained experience in marketing, event coordination, and team operations while working for organizations like AmericasMart Atlanta and Passion City Church. Jessica is from Kansas City, MO and loves to spend time with family and friends drinking coffee, trying new restaurants, and traveling!

Luke Baker

Brand Writer

Luke helps guide the New Story voice by crafting compelling copy with the Brand Team. He’s a University of Georgia alum, where he ran track and cross country and majored in marketing and management. He was previously a writer at Catalyst Leader and spent some time at Chick-fil-A. Beyond writing, Luke loves tea, pickleball, and hosting quirky events.

Joshua Young

Chief of Staff

Josh lives life on a mission to make a positive impact every day. Before joining New Story as Chief of Staff, Josh worked in the non-profit sector, investment banking, and successful political campaigns. He is a former two-sport collegiate athlete in wrestling and football from F&M. Josh is also a very proud big brother to a recent Columbia University graduate and a current Harvard Undergrad, and nothing brings him more joy than his family, helping others, and competition.

Kristen Harrington

Senior Fundraiser

Kristen is passionate about people and purpose. As the Senior Fundraiser, she maximizes global impact by cultivating new relationships, fostering existing partners and growing New Story’s donor base. Prior to joining New Story, Kristen helped lead the fundraising efforts of multi-million dollar campaigns for national organizations and even spent some time outside of the nonprofit sector at ESPN. She spends her free time with her husband and two chocolate labs, looking for Atlanta’s best tacos and the next great adventure.

Danielle Armour

Strategic Partnerships Manager

Danielle believes in the power of servitude and relationships; which brought her to New Story as the Strategic Partnerships Manager. Danielle works to grow funding for our home building efforts through brand partnerships and donors. Prior to New Story, Danielle helped lead partnerships and fundraising in the healthcare space from children’s hospitals to breast and blood cancers. In her free time Danielle enjoys playing tennis, reading, walking her dog Taaj and watching as much football as she can.

Hunter Wallace

Strategic Partnerships Manager

Hunter’s life mission is to bring laughter to everyone he encounters. His work as a Major Gifts Officer is to grow funding for our home building efforts and continually steward relationships with donors. Prior to joining New Story, Hunter helped lead fundraising efforts to ensure every citizen’s voice was heard through a national Vote by mail campaign. In his free time you can find Hunter exploring the mountains of Colorado and continually searching for the best margarita. 

Paulina Corral

Impact Ops Senior Associate

Paulina works on our Impact team to make sure our home-building projects are executed at a high level of excellence and integrity. She was the first full-time team member in New Story’s Mexico City office. Before New Story, Pau worked for WeWork’s development area making great contributions to all of LATAM. She enjoys spending time teaching people how to pronounce “Pau” and making connections. She’s passionate about food, art, parties, plants, family, friends, and her dog, Totopo. On the weekends you can find her having a beer and mezcal with a slice of orange and chili.

Daniela Trujillo Arriaga

Partnerships Senior Associate

Daniela works on promoting New Story’s work with their beneficiaries in Mexico as well as building and maintaining strategic partnerships to scale our impact. In the past she has worked for a social and environmental startup accelerator, where she got to know the most impactful social companies in LATAM. Dani has also worked for an American NGO based in Guatemala and for a public policy think tank in Mexico City. She enjoys having long walks with good conversation, tasting Mexican sweet bread, and meditation.

Alejandra de Rosenzweig

Impact Ops Senior Manager

Alejandra studied International Relations, has a masters degree in Social Responsibility, and is experienced in the housing sector. Prior to joining New Story, she worked as the Promotions Director at Echale a Tu Casa as well as a building manager at WeWork Mexico. Alejandra was born and raised in Mexico City. She enjoys traveling, watching nature documentaries, and spending time with her family and friends. She strongly believes that having opportunities in life comes with responsibility to give back to the world.

Víctor Hugo Mendoza Miranda

Housing Production Manager

Vic is constantly looking for innovations in the construction sector that make housing more affordable; he’s also in charge of ensuring that our homes’ design is efficient, as well as climate and culturally responsive. Field trips to rural communities are Vic’s best part of his work at New Story. He is an architect by trade, and recently finished studies in urban planning. The belief that a world without homelessness is possible is at the core of Vic’s professional mission.

Meghan Cressman

Director of Major Gifts

Meghan believes that, together, we can create a more beautiful, just, and equitable world for all. Powerful, impact-driven philanthropy transforms organizations, lifts up communities, and changes lives. As Director of Major Gifts, Meghan builds authentic relationships with New Story donors, helping them achieve their philanthropic goals. On the weekends, you’ll find her spending time with her husband and three kids, trying out new recipies, or running.

Sophie Leveille

Revenue Operations

Sophie is passionate about supporting teams to surpass their potential and building cohesive strategies. These passions brought her to New Story where she leads Revenue Operations. Before joining the team, Sophie worked in nonprofits advocating for human rights and spent time in the fine arts sector working as a music instructor and program director. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, watching documentaries, anything involving music, and planning her next traveling adventure.

Maggie Burke

Strategic Partnerships Manager

Maggie is passionate about building community and democratizing resources, which led her to a career in bridging the gap between big tech and nonprofits. She built programs like Facebook’s Ads for Local Impact, Microsoft Fargo’s Azure Customer Success Team, and the Impact Officer position in the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Organization. At New Story, Maggie builds partnerships that empower individuals and entire communities to achieve more together. Maggie played D1 Field Hockey at Northeastern University and has turned her competitive nature towards running marathons.

Monica Han

UI Engineer

Monica believes in the force-multiplying influence of human-centered design and technology. As the UI engineer, she enjoys adhering to industry research, the latest interaction design practices, and community collaboration to craft effective and creative solutions. She spends her spare time making music, reading thought-provoking books, mentoring young women, and exploring the outdoors.

Cameron Bartlett

Director of Subscriptions

Cameron’s led award-winning campaigns for some of the world’s most influential nonprofits, thought leaders and innovative businesses.He’s served organizations like IJM, Compassion, Cure, World Vision and in his current role as the Director of Subscriptions at New Story. His work has been featured on Mashable, The Next Web, the Webby Awards and Apple’s Top 100 apps. You can often find Cameron making ethical bean-to-bar chocolate, gardening with his best friends Kate, Ellie and Shia, and building community around good coffee and some creative new idea.

Sophia O'Rourke

Director of People & Culture

Sophia has a passion for small businesses, big ideas, and the people that bring those ideas to life. Prior to New Story, Sophia worked for an Austin-based startup on a mission to eradicate imposter syndrome for “accidental” entrepreneurs as well as a non-profit serving women in the communications field. With 10+ years experience growing teams, developing people, and fostering high trust cultures, Sophia is so incredibly proud to be a part of New Story’s People & Culture team. In her downtime, you can find her cuddled up with a thriller or horror novel, hunting for vintage fashion finds at a local thrift shop, sipping boba, and/or curating random lists of things.

Samantha Schikowski

Public Relations Manager

Samantha leads public relations at New Story to keep the public informed about the organization’s impact. Samantha attributes a visit to the Newseum in 2011 for cementing her passion for impact-driven storytelling. A double-alum of Georgia State University, she has since worked in communications at global public relations agencies, start-ups, and local and international nonprofits. In her free time, Samantha enjoys cycling classes, making candles, and finding the best brunch in Atlanta.

Sandra Prieto

Senior Director of Market Systems & Innovation

Sandra has more than 25 years of experience in international development in over 32 countries, across Latin America, Africa, and Asia. She has led successful strategies and programs focused on affordable housing and women economic empowerment that have reached millions of people, globally. She has vast experience in market systems approaches, financial inclusion, and housing micro-finance. Sandra is an author and motivational speaker, passionate about mentoring others to achieve their purpose in life.

Sierra LaDuke

Social Media Manager

Sierra manages the social media strategy and content at New Story. She studied journalism at Arizona State and loves using storytelling to elevate impact-driven businesses. She is especially passionate about leveraging technology for global good. Previously, she told stories for a science center, incubator and film studio. On the weekend, you can catch her at a yoga class or playing fetch with her dog.

Kiyomi Kaneko

Impact Ops Coordinator

Kiyomi works on our Impact team as an Operations Coordinator. She has a BA in International Relations with a speciality in International Development Cooperation. Before joining New Story she worked in the academic, social and public sector, gaining experience in social project management, international development and logistics coordination. Kiyomi enjoys finding the best coffees in town and exploring small and local businesses; she is passionate about gender equality, sustainability and urban development.

Lisselot Franceschi

El Salvador Local Program Manager

Ruben Cenea

Haiti Local Program Manager

Gretel Uribe

Mexico Local Program Manager

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Board of Directors

Mike Arrieta

Co-Founder, New Story & Founder, Garden City

Steve Ayoub

Co-Founder & President

Christy Chin

Partner, DRK Foundation

C.J. Fitzgerald

Managing Director, Summit Partners

Pete Flint

Trulia Founder, Managing Partner NFX Guild

George Huber

President Equity Investment Group/Managing Partner Dock Square Capital

Vik Harrison

Founder, The Branded Startup & charity: water

Robert Hohman

Chairman & Founder, Glassdoor

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Our Values

Every Friday at 4 p.m. EST, we have a Zoom meeting where we shout each other out for how we saw our teammates live into our values that week.

Humble Pursuit of Excellence

Humble Pursuit of Excellence

Do your work with a combination of personal humility and intense professional will.

Team of Founders

New Story Team

Take radical ownership for the vision and go above and beyond to make it happen.

Improve through Learning & Feedback

Improve through Learning & Feedback

Learn why something worked or didn't work, then implement the learning into future actions.

Think big, break down, execute

Think big, break down, execute

Set big measurable goals, formulate a plan, then execute the plan with relentless focus.

Express gratitude & empathy


Always go above and beyond to do for others what you'd like them to do for you.


Do more with less.

Do more with less.

Humble Pursuit of ExcellenceNew Story TeamImprove through Learning & FeedbackThink big, break down, executenonprofitDo more with less.

Can you see yourself on a team like this?