Our story

When COVID-19 struck in Spring 2020, life changed for everyone. Universities across the U.S. abruptly sent 14 million students home, all while campus activities, internships, and even full-time new grad offers were canceled. Despite their personal challenges, students sprang to action to support each other virtually as the pandemic worsened and instances of social and racial injustice ensued. These moments of selflessness revealed an intrinsic desire in college students to care for and help others.

At the same time, one-third of global nonprofits were projected to shut down due to a lack of digital access. This was especially alarming, as vulnerable communities and families needed the support of nonprofits more than ever during these tumultuous times.

Moved by the compassion of their fellow classmates, and spurred by the critical needs of both students looking for work and nonprofits seeking digital support, two Computer Science students at Stanford created Develop for Good. The organization supported teams of students as they developed technical products for nonprofits, and later partnered with Silicon Valley tech companies to engage industry professionals as mentors to the students. As a result, Develop for Good provided tech students with guided, real-world project experience while they simultaneously helped the people and causes they cared about most.

Today, Develop for Good powers social good through students from all colleges and backgrounds. The Bay Area nonprofit especially prioritizes making its valuable, hands-on project experiences accessible to underserved and underrepresented students in tech to accelerate their careers. It strives to empower the next generation of diverse tech leaders to learn by doing good, all while furthering the digital transformation of the nonprofit sector. At its core, Develop for Good hopes to create a world where students, nonprofits, and corporations are dedicated to furthering technical education, advancing digital equity, and helping one another unlock their fullest potential.

Board of Directors

Erica McLain

U.S. Olympian, Product at Google
Erica is a U.S. Track & Field Olympian and recent inductee into the Stanford Hall of Fame. She was the youngest triple jumper to compete at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and is today a leader in Silicon Valley—a Product Manager at Google, alumnus of Facebook and Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and a graduate from both Stanford University and UC Berkeley Haas. She’s broken barriers, set records, and inspires students everywhere to succeed on all playing fields.

Bill Irving

Head at Fidelity Asset Management
Bill is the Head of Fidelity Asset Management Solutions. In this role, he has oversight of the management of multi-asset class investment solutions for institutional and retail clients. He graduated with his Bachelor's, Master's, and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he was also a lecturer. He is passionate about helping others achieve their financial and life goals.

Craig Young

Young Foundation, Inspiring Service
Craig is a serial entrepreneur and venture philanthropist. By the mid-1990s, Craig was the leading outside software supplier to SDRC and Apple’s software subsidiary, Claris. He founded the Craig S. Young Family Foundation in 1995, and sold his most lucrative business to SDRC in 1998. He now sits on the boards of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, the Red Cross, the Dan Beard Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Cincinnati Zoo, among others.

Amay Aggarwal

Product at Uber
Amay co-founded Develop for Good as a junior at Stanford University, completing both his Master's degree in Computer Science and Bachelor's degree in Management Science & Engineering in four years. Amay is passionate about using AI/ML to aid developing communities. Having lived in India, Singapore, the UK, New Zealand, China, and currently the US, Amay enjoys traveling and is fluent in several languages. He now manages Product at Uber.

Mary Zhu

Founder & Executive Director
Mary co-founded Develop for Good as a junior at Stanford University, completing both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Computer Science in four years. She grew up receiving nonprofit aid and is dedicated to serving the economically disadvantaged. An advocate for skills-based volunteerism, she spoke at TEDxStanford about “Rethinking volunteerism: donating your comparative advantage." She founded her first nonprofit at 14 years old.

Board of Advisors

Mendel Rosenblum

Founder, VMware
CS Professor, Stanford

Scott Forstall

iPhone Co-inventor
Former Chief of iOS, Apple

Mo Fong

Executive Director, Stanford Technology Ventures Program

Kevin Wang

Founder, Microsoft TEALS
and Mentors in Tech

Jerry Cain

CS Professor, Stanford
Facebook 'Like' Button Co-inventor

Erica Hanson

Global Head of Developer Community Programs, Google

Bob Murata

Director of Program
Management, Adobe

Garron Engstrom

Social Impact Manager,

Rosalyn Mahashin

Founder, ResilientMoment

Josh Weiss

Graduate School of Education
Director, Stanford

Minlan Duan

Strategic Partnerships, Waymo

Philip Chow

Founder, Humanitas.ai

Bryan Breckenridge

Partner, VITAL

Murray Buckman

Tax Leader & Educator

Lisa Wong

Advisor, Tech Leader

Executive staff

Mary Zhu

Founder & Executive Director
Mary Zhu graduated from Stanford University in 2021, completing both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Science in four years. Born to immigrant parents and raised in New Hampshire, Mary grew up receiving nonprofit support and is particularly passionate about giving back and serving the economically disadvantaged. Mary founded her first 501(c)3 nonprofit in high school by baking and decorating cakes for charity. She has long advocated for skills- and passion-based volunteerism, and spoke at TEDxStanford about “Rethinking volunteerism: donating your comparative advantage.”

Mary Zhu

Executive Director
Mary graduated from Stanford University with her BS and MS in Computer Science in 2021. In Mary's early childhood, her family leaned on nonprofit support, catalyzing her commitment to expand economic opportunity. An advocate for skills-based volunteerism, she spoke at TEDxStanford about “Rethinking volunteerism: donating your comparative advantage.”

Amanda Lo

Program Director
Amanda is an interdisciplinary UX Designer based in the San Francisco Bay Area and recent graduate from the University of California, San Diego. She has been a leader at Develop for Good since 2020 across multiple portfolios of nonprofit projects. She is passionate about designing for civic good and helping college students break into tech.

Stephanie McKenzie

Engagement Director
A multi-certified empowerment coach, Stephanie is an award-winning TEDx speaker and marketer. With more than three decades of entrepreneurial experience, Stephanie has been featured on CBS, Fox, and Cosmopolitan Magazine. Stephanie is best known for serving multi-passionate high-achievers—the type of people Develop for Good attracts!

Eric Lai

Technology Director
Eric is a seasoned Software Engineering Manager who has led engineering teams at nimble startups and tech giants alike, including Pure Storage, Google, Microsoft, and Amazon. Before pursuing his software engineering career, Eric tutored students for 15 years. He is passionate about merging his experiences together to support aspiring technologists.

Jefferson Hwang

Mentorship Director
A Software Engineering Manager by trade, Jefferson has an intimate familiarity with the resourcefulness needed to thrive in a startup environment. With a BS in Computer Science from WashU, MBA from UC Irvine, and nonprofit board experience, Jefferson is particularly passionate about mentoring and nurturing the careers of college tech students.

Mary Zhu

Founder, Executive Director

Amanda Lo

Design Lead

Victoria Ang

Legal Affairs Lead

Sunint Bindra

Finance Lead

Management team

Adriana Valencia
Design Lead
Aleksandr Molchagin
Product Lead

Angela Mao

Product Lead

Anish Sinha

Product Lead

Audrey Garcia

Product Lead

Chelsea Heredia

Product Lead

Kapil Yadav

Product Lead

Lara Canonizado

Graphics Lead

Marcelo Morales

Product Lead

Polina Belyakova

Product Lead

Rohan Pal

Product Lead

Salina Mu

Graphics Lead

Sunint Bindra

Finance Lead

Victoria Ang

Founding Product Lead

Wesley Cho

Product Lead

Yogendrasingh Pawar

Product Lead