Meet The Team

  • Bridget Akinc

    CEO

    Bridget joined Building Impact as CEO in 2017 with the goals of catalyzing our growth in impact, through close partnerships with nonprofit partners and rigorous measurement of the outcomes of our work. 

    Prior to entering the nonprofit arena, Akinc led teams focused on technology and go-to-market strategy for high-growth Silicon-Valley based software companies like BEA Systems, and for non-profits like The New Teacher Project. Akinc began her career as a consultant in the information technology practice at the Boston Consulting Group, and maintains a strong connection to education, ever since her days of earning her teaching certification in New Jersey.

    Bridget earned an undergraduate degree in education policy at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, and a graduate degree from the MIT Sloan School of Management, where she serves on the faculty, teaching a course called "Leading With Impact."    Akinc loves running, coaching her kids' teams, and exploring the outdoors.

  • Elsa Gomes Bondlow

    VP Growth and Partnership Development

    Elsa joined Building Impact in 2020 as the Vice President of Growth and Partnership Development. She will be leading our efforts in cultivating our partners in the Commercial Real Estate community and providing the foundation for our building footprint in Boston. She will be also coordinating the work (from business development to client engagement) of our team members who interface with Commercial Real Estate partners. Prior to working for Building Impact, Elsa was the Chief Development Officer at the International Institute of New England, leading the centennial organization's fundraising efforts on behalf of immigrants and refugees.
    She has a Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from the Institute for Nonprofit Practice, affiliated with the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Intercultural Studies and Communications from Fresno Pacific University in Fresno, CA, and a Management Certificate in Health and Human Services from Suffolk University. She speaks fluent Portuguese, Spanish and French.

  • Kate Kerrigan

    Vice President of Programs

    Kate joined Building Impact in 2016 as the Director of Programs. She is responsible for cultivating and managing relationships and strategic partnerships with local nonprofits, community-based organizations, and schools. Prior to working for Building Impact, Kate was the Director of Corporate Engagement at United Way. She has a Master of Arts in International Studies and has spent extensive time living in Africa, India, and South America working for multiple NGOs. She loves the outdoors, enjoys running and being a mom of two.

  • Caryn Conway

    Director of Partner Engagement & Operations

    Caryn joined Building Impact in 2018 as the Director of Partner Engagement and added the responsibilities for our Operations in 2019.  She is responsible for the client relationships with Building Impact’s real estate and corporate partners.  Prior to Caryn’s recent nonprofit corporate volunteer experience, she worked in the for-profit financial industry in international custody and equity research following investment banks and large regional banks.  She has Bachelor of Science in business from Villanova University and a Masters in Finance from Boston College. Outside of the office, Caryn enjoys skiing, traveling and spending time with her 3 boys.

  • Dave Simpson

    Director of Growth Strategy & Development

    Dave joined Building Impact in 2019 as the Director of Growth Strategy & Development. He is responsible for creating & executing our growth plan, and for scaling the adoption of our service offerings by developing strategic partnerships between our clients & non-profits. Prior to joining Building Impact, David worked at a global advertising agency and led integrated marketing campaigns for some of Procter & Gamble’s biggest CPG brands. David earned his undergraduate degree in Economics and Marketing from Boston College, and during his free time, he loves being involved in his community, spending time with loved ones, and working out. 

  • Devaun Bovell

    Program Manager & Data Analyst

    Devaun joined Building Impact in 2021 as the Program Manager & Data Analyst. He is responsible for designing and delivering virtual skills-based programs, managing all data collected from our volunteer programs, and assisting to optimize our inbound and outbound strategies. Devaun has a Bachelor of Science in Business and was a four-year Track & Field student-athlete at Boston College. Prior to joining the Building Impact team, he worked in college athletics administration then earned a Master of Science in Education from the University of Pennsylvania. Devaun is involved in various initiatives that impact current students and alumni of the KIPP NYC charter schools and A Better Chance-New Canaan program. He enjoys reading and practicing yoga in his free time.

  • Christina Armand

    Content Marketing and Program Manager

    Christina joined Building Impact in 2019 as the Nonprofit Coordinator. She is responsible for cultivating strategic partnerships with local nonprofits, community-based organizations, and schools as well as coordinating digital content strategies across all Building Impact online platforms. Prior to Building Impact, Christina interned with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mass Bay. She worked primarily on the Program Services team and assisted with recruiting, enrolling, and assessing potential mentors. Christina graduated from Boston University with a degree in Psychology. In her free time, she enjoys exploring Boston, staying active, and traveling.

  • Emily Goggin

    Marketing Associate

    Emily (Emmy) joined Building Impact in 2021 as the Marketing Associate. She is responsible for developing the marketing for Building Impact’s volunteer programs as well as assisting in optimizing our web presence, our collateral, and our inbound strategy. Prior to joining the Building Impact team, Emmy interned with United Way of Pioneer Valley, where she assisted with coordinating and marketing their summer events. She also interned with SIOS Technology Corp., where she designed visual assets and managed their social media channels. Emmy graduated from Emmanuel College with a degree in Marketing. She enjoys watercolor painting, live music, and trying out new cafés in Boston.

  • Kate Normandin

    Summer Program Associate

    Kate joined Building Impact as the Summer Program Associate in May of 2021. She is responsible for engaging corporate volunteers in meaningful and team-oriented projects in addition to maintaining nonprofit relationships. Kate is a rising Junior at Bucknell University in the Freeman College of Management where she is a Sustainable Management major. In her free time, Kate loves to hike, bike, and read. 
  • Thais Ching Tong Chau

    Marketing and Communications Intern

    Thais joined Building Impact in 2021 as the Marketing and Communications Intern. She supports our team with communications and marketing strategies and provides virtual event and administrative support. Before joining Building Impact, Thais participated in various social volunteering projects and nonprofits that focus on social inclusivity and quality in Peru. She migrated to the U.S. in 2018 and is currently pursuing her Bachelor's degree in Public Relations at Boston University. During her free time, she enjoys going on adventures around the city, traveling, and dancing ballroom.

The Board

  • TIMOTHY JAMES

    Vice President, Project Consultant at State Street

  • FRED KRAMER

    VP, Stantec

  • BRAD MCGILL

    Executive Vice President, JLL

  • JON ARAM

    President and CEO, Higher Vista Learning

  • DORRIAN FRAGOLA

    VP Marketing & Business Development, Janitronics Building Services

  • HANNAH WILSON

    Director of External Affairs, Apprentice Learning

  • KEVIN MCCALL

    CEO, Paradigm Properties and Paradigm Capital Advisors

  • TALI GOLAN

    Director, Philanthropy and Inclusion TripAdvisor