Team & Contact Information
|Sunny Mahant, Founder
Sunny is Janta Foundation's Founder and Managing Director. He is the former President of NamasteDirect microfinance. Before that, he spent 20+ years in general management, product marketing, mergers & acquisitions, and engineering roles at Cisco Systems, Lucent Technologies, and Bell Laboratories. He earned an MS degree at Georgia Tech, a BS degree at the Cooper Union, and completed an Executive Program at Stanford Graduate School of Business.
|Brynna Jacobson, Co-Founder
Brynna is Janta's Co-Founder and Director of Strategy. She has extensive experience at microfinance startups and environmental NGOs, including organizations in the US, Latin America and Asia. She is a former Advisory Board Member and the former Fellowship Director at NamasteDirect microfinance as well as the former Grants Manager at Ebbetts Pass Forest Watch. She is currently working on her PhD at UC San Diego, earned an MA at U. San Diego, and a BA at UC Berkeley.
|Mallory Moser, Field Partnerships Manager
Mallory builds and manages relationships with field partners around the world, leveraging her international development and research experience in Asia, Africa and Latin America. She has worked for several organizations in Bihar, been the India field representative for One World Children's Fund, conducted research for culture and development in Ghana, and worked on sustainable farming in India, Costa Rica, and Laos. She was also the designer for Educators for Non-Violence and earned a BA at UC Berkeley.
|Jessica Welborn, Media & Africa Partnership Manager
Jessica manages our media, events, and partnerships in Africa. Jessica has extensive experience at microfinance startups and environmental NGOs as well as research experience in South Africa. She is a former Campaign Manager and Researcher for MOMS (Making Our Milk Safe) and an Advisory Board Member at NamasteDirect microfinance. She is a PhD candidate at SBGI who earned an MA at SBGI and a BA at Colorado College.
Drew Reynaud, Web Developer
Drew manages our website. He has 15+ years experience with application design and development including e-commerce, web 2.0 communities and mobile web. He has strong C++, PHP, and Drupal expertise. He earned a BS in Computer Science at USC.
Krista Van Lewen, Media Relations
Krista Van Lewen provides public relations counsel and strategy to JantaLoans.org. She has more than 19 years of experience in the technology, non-profit and entertainment industries, working with companies such as Discovery Communications, Hewlett-Packard, Time Warner and Healthline Networks. In more recent years she has focused on the nonprofit world, helping launch Kiva.org and assisting TechSoup Global, DailyStrength.org and NamasteDirect with PR. Krista holds a B.S. in Scientific and Technical Communications from Michigan Technological University.
Janta Foundation is a California Public Benefit Corporation. Your contributions are tax-deductible thanks to the support of the Namaste Foundation, an IRS approved 501c3 charity (EIN 68-0159559). Janta Foundation partners with Jantaa, Inc., a Delaware Corporation, to develop and operate its web platform and partner network. Contact Janta Foundation at email@example.com. Our mailing address is Janta Foundation, 1728 Ocean Avenue #1001, San Francisco, CA 94112.
Thank You to Some of Our Friends
Bob Graham, Founder & CEO of Namaste-Direct, for his inspiration, advice, and assistance
Matt Flannery, Founder & CEO at Kiva for his inspiration and advice
John Hatch, Founder & former CEO of FINCA for advising us
Ben Elberger, W. Africa Partnerships Manager at Kiva for introducing us to potential partners in Africa
Nitin Gacchayat & Satyan Mishra, Founders, Drishtee for helping us pilot and launch educational microloans in India
Matt Cheney, Founder & Managing Partner, Chapter Three for technical advice
David Lehr, for advising us and helping us on our partnership with Drishtee, India
Stephen Meyers, for helping us on our partnership with FURWUS, Nicaragua
Kunal Chawla & Andrew Hapke, for helping us on our partnership with Drishtee, India
Marek Adamo, Attorney, for legal advice
Priyanka Talwar, Intern
Caryn Leschen, Graphic Designer