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 college juniors created Develop for Good. The organization connected and supported students as they developed technical products for nonprofits. As a result, it provided tech students with collaborative 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. We especially prioritize making our valuable, hands-on project experiences accessible to underrepresented students in tech to accelerate their careers. We strive 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 our core, we hope to create a world where students, nonprofits, and corporations are dedicated to furthering technical education, generating social good, and helping one another unlock their fullest potential.

Leadership

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

Founder & Executive Director
Mary graduated from Stanford University in 2021, completing both her BS and MS in Computer Science in 4 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.”

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 as a Product Manager, Product Lead, and Design Lead. She is passionate about designing for civic good and helping students break into tech.

Victoria Ang

Legal Affairs Lead
Victoria has volunteered with Develop for Good since 2020 in a variety of roles including Product Manager and Product Lead, and now serves on the executive team. She is a recent graduate from Boston College, and a J.D. Candidate at the University of California, Hastings College of Law. In her free time, she enjoys cooking new recipes.

Sunint Bindra

Finance Lead
Sunint is a Computer Science and Economics student at Dartmouth College. On campus, he is a Social Impact Scholar, athlete on the Taekwondo team, Captain of the Debate team, and part of a quantum computing lab in the physics department. Outside of school, Sunint loves to ski, help nonprofits with their digital strategy, and is passionate about disability advocacy.

Mary Zhu

Founder, Executive Director

Amanda Lo

Design Lead

Victoria Ang

Legal Affairs Lead

Sunint Bindra

Finance Lead

Board of Directors

Amay Aggarwal

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

Craig Young

Craig Young Family 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 leads Inspiring Service, a nonprofit whose mission is to inspire and empower people and organizations to engage in volunteering.

Advisory Board

Mendel Rosenblum

Founder, VMWare
CS Professor, Stanford

Scott Forstall

iPhone Co-inventor
Former Chief of iOS, Apple

Mo Fong

Executive Director, Stanford Engineering Entrepreneurship Center

Kevin Wang

Founder, Microsoft TEALS
and Mentors in Tech

Jerry Cain

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

Bob Murata

Director of Program Management,
Adobe

Rosalyn Mahashin

Advisor, Mentor, Investor

Erica Hanson

Global Head of Developer Community Programs, Google

Garron Engstrom

Social Impact Manager, Meta

Josh Weiss

Graduate School of Education Director, Stanford

Minlan Duan

Strategic Partnerships, Waymo

Philip Chow

Founder, Humanitas

Bryan Breckenridge

Partner, VITAL

Murray Buckman

Tax Leader & Educator

In-house volunteers