Our People

Our New York City and Washington D.C. based staff coordinate Living Proof. Overseeing the staff is the Board of Directors. Advising our Board of Directors is a specialized Advisory Council. Our Living Proof Advisory Council and our Board of Directors provide guidance, vision, strategic thinking and innovative program development. Supported by Living Proof Fellows and Associates, our work is done through a global network of volunteers who are committed to our mission of providing participatory access to opportunities in Entrepreneurship, Education, and Exchange.

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Advisory council members are selected by the Board amongst a field of knowledgeable Entrepreneurship, Education, and Exchange practitioners developing communities. Our Advisors serve as specialized consultants of Living Proof providing us with guidance and expertise.


Tramaine Chelan’gat

Education Media and Arts Advisor

Tramaine Chelan’gat is a leader in public service committed to innovative and collective processes that advance education, economic and social progress.

She is a mentor, activist and artist. Her expertise encompasses a variety of global media, education, communications and arts management as well as community and organizational development. She served as Kenya Field Officer with Global Health Action where she managed grant administration for women’s reproductive and sexual health; engaged in cross-sector partnership building and coordinated and facilitated a two week Pan-African training course in Leadership for Social Change & National HIV Strategy for community health workers and middle to senior level health practitioners.

She has designed and implemented creative programs for the Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ), where she coordinated their first international youth media exchange. She continues to develop action-oriented curriculum while advising multiple youth leadership development projects. She worked in public relations in London, England and completed a fellowship in Non-Profit Management at Teach for America. She received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to lead a youth documentary expedition in Senegal and create a multi-media arts exhibition.

Currently, she manages community engagement programs and supports public media initiatives in partnership with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. As a consultant, she works with leading non-profit organizations to develop and implement strategies that address the needs of the world’s most under-served and under-represented populations.


David Pedersen

Financial Advisor

David is a financial analyst at Partners Group, a leading global investment firm specializing in private markets. He is passionate about building a bridge between the financial markets and under-served communities to improve livelihoods for everyone involved. He has experience teaching at a non-profit school in India, working on a social microfinance programme in Ghana and most recently completed an assignment with the Impact Investment Exchange in Singapore.

David is a GLOBE Scholar and holds a Masters in Finance degree from The London School of Economics.


Marcelo Teixeira

Microfinance and Insurance Advisor

Marcelo is manager of the Banco do Nordeste, with Bank specializes in microfinance portfolio leader in South America. He is currently managing the systems department of Banco do Nordeste, having served since deploying Crediamigo (1997) by the year 2012. He holds a degree in business administration and a master’s in economics from Caen UFC. Has experience in methodologies including village bank microfinance and microinsurance in Crediamigo.



Our Staff keep us Organized. They are the key to our success in effectively and efficiently serving others. Our staff serve as the global connectors, project managers, executive and administrative assistants that keep us alive, and living.


Chanel Nicole Dennis

Director of Partnerships

Chanel Dennis is a strategic outreach professional and global change agent with a background in diplomacy, communications, local community engagement and Corporate Social Responsibility.

Chanel brings to bear a cross-section of non-profit, private and public sector global experience. She has successfully developed programs to strengthen social impact through public-private partnership. As an associate at Goldman Sachs she served on the Environmental, Social and Governance team initiating and managing numerous community outreach initiatives including partnerships with iMentor, Taproot Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Rising Tide Capital.

Chanel also served as a Foreign Service Officer and has lived and worked in diverse global communities supporting initiatives for U.S. educational and scientific exchange, global entrepreneurship, and economic development. Through her noted influencing capability and cross-sector experience Chanel is well-positioned to build bridges across industries, interests and borders. Chanel leads our Social Business Trust connecting corporations to high-impact social engagements which effect positive change for their employees, suppliers, shareholders and communities.

Chanel holds a B.A. in Political Science from Temple University and is a graduate of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs where she studied Economic and Political Development. Ms. Dennis remains deeply committed to U.S.-African socioeconomic exchange and youth advocacy both at home and on the Continent.

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Rupesh Manne

Project Manager, Living Proof India

Rupesh spearheads Living Proof’s Organic and Fair trade business in India. He is a passionate social entrepreneur. He obtained wide exposure in the social enterprise sector especially in Asia. He was chosen as Ashoka youth venturer by Ashoka foundation, USA in 2009. His venture idea of creating a mobile commerce platform for agro industry was incubated with support from Singapore’s government. He also holds leadership roles in Youth organizations like Rotaract.

Rupesh holds an Msc in Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and Professional Development Program from Stanford University, USA. He did his bachelors in Mechanical Engineering.
Rupesh’s interests include Technology for development, agriculture, environment, clean energy, and enterprise development.


Venkat Baggavan

Social Media and Field Coordinator

Venkat specializes in social media marketing and web presence. His passion is social entrepreneurship. After graduating in Electronics and Communication Engineering he wrote “Engineering Mathematics I”, a book for 1st year students of JNTU University, Hyderabad, India. The book was published by SVM Publications.

In 2010 he partnered with “Strata Infosys Inc.” of New Jersey, to start Indian operations “Strata Infosys India” which does social media marketing, web designing and development. He was Managing Partner and Sr. Business Development Manager for more than 3 years. He is also trained in solar power technologies.

Since 2010, he has increased his involvement in civic issues and advises on social responsibility in the print media edition of “India News Today”. His major contribution to social entrepreneurship is making documentaries on social and environmental issues. He aims to have an impact in culture and human values through film making.


Fellows are student volunteers who are enrolled not less than half-time in high school, undergraduate or graduate programs in accredited educational institutions. They work on key initiatives to acquire career-related educational experience, serve as peer-mentors, and as Living Proof Ambassadors representing us by supporting community development initiatives in Entrepreneurship, Education, and Exchange.


Associates are our entrepreneurs, educators, students, mentors, and other exchange conduits that form our global network of responsible community developers. As essential components of our team, associates utilize multiple skill-sets to support us.