Meet the GoFundMe Executive Team

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Tim Cadogan
Chief Executive Officer, Member of the Board of Directors

Tim joined GoFundMe as CEO in March 2020 to accelerate GoFundMe’s mission of changing the way the world gives. Tim brings a range of consumer and B2B expertise in addition to hands-on volunteer experience. Before GoFundMe, Tim was CEO of OpenX, a pioneer of programmatic advertising technology. At Yahoo Tim led the ad business and, previously, the consumer search business. Prior to joining Yahoo!, Mr. Cadogan was VP of Search at Overture and a consultant at The Boston Consulting Group and McKinsey. He has a BSc from London School of Economics, an MPhil from Oxford University, and an MBA from Stanford University. Tim serves on the boards of Liveramp (NYSE: RAMP), Slickdeals and OpenX. Alongside his professional work, Tim was a volunteer for Sierra Madre Search and Rescue for 7 years, completing a wide range of SAR operations in the mountains of Southern California and the Sierra Nevada. 

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Juan Benitez
President, Member of the Board of Directors

Juan joined GoFundMe in December 2020 to combine his nearly 20+ years of experience in technology, product, and business leadership with his passion for giving and philanthropy. Prior to GoFundMe, Juan was General Manager of Braintree, a global payments company that experienced significant growth and was acquired by PayPal in 2013. Before serving as GM, Juan led product and engineering as Braintree’s CTO. Prior to Braintree, he spent nine years in various capacities at Yahoo!, including VP of Engineering in Yahoo!’s Advertising Products Group and VP of Search Advertising. Benitez holds a BS and MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. Juan enjoys advising several companies and serving on the board of the American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter.

Margaret Richardson
Chief Corporate Affairs Officer

Margaret joined GoFundMe in May 2022 to lead a newly established corporate affairs team responsible for government relations, public policy, and corporate communications. Previously, Margaret led Trust and Safety teams at Apple and Airbnb responsible for preventing, detecting, and responding to fraud and abuse and led Airbnb’s Global Policy team as it scaled globally. Prior to Airbnb, Margaret served as Chief of Staff and Counselor to Attorney General Eric Holder, Jr. in the U.S. Department of Justice, where she refined her creative problem solving and consensus-building skills. Prior to joining the U.S. Department of Justice, Margaret developed an innovative legal services program that advocated for more equitable criminal justice representation approaches. She holds a BA from the University of Virginia, a JD from U.C. Berkeley Law School and an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School.

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Musa Tariq
Chief Marketing Officer

Musa joined GoFundMe in January 2021 to further build the GoFundMe brand and drive the company’s marketing and communications functions. Prior to GoFundMe, Musa was global head of marketing for Airbnb Experiences where he drove brand awareness and adoption of that rapidly growing part of Airbnb’s business. Before Airbnb, he was chief brand officer at Ford Motor Company and named to Forbes’ 2017 World’s Most Influential CMOs list. Musa has also held marketing leadership roles at Apple, Nike and Burberry and has a B.S. in Geography and Economics from London School of Economics. A distinguished counselor to iconic and emerging global brands, Musa currently serves as an advisor to MasterClass, Tonal and several other start ups.

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Stephanie Cunningham
SVP People

Stephanie oversees global people operations, recruiting, total rewards, learning and development and facilities. With over a decade of experience, she brings expertise and passion for building and scaling the full employee experience and workplace environment. Most recently she was at Polyvore, a technology platform, where she built and managed the employee experience and facilities as the company grew, eventually being acquired by Yahoo! Prior to this she managed human resources, facilities and culture at AdMob, a high growth start-up. After Admob’s acquisition by Google, she spent two years at Google supporting the Global Mobile Sales and Strategy team’s employee experience. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Notre Dame de Namur University, summa cum laude, and has completed Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, Talent Leaders program.

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Kim Wilford
General Counsel

Kim joined GoFundMe to manage the legal and compliance obligations of the world’s largest social fundraising platform and to operationalize and expand the charitable initiatives of GoFundMe.org. With almost 20 years of experience helping start-up to publicly-traded company leaders drive innovation and growth, she is a business-minded problem solver with significant experience in commercial transactions, mergers & acquisitions, regulatory compliance, data privacy, and charitable giving. Most recently, Kim was the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of WageWorks, Inc. where she helped build and take public the venture-backed consumer directed benefits business. She has a B.A. in Political Science, with an International Relations Concentration, from U.C. Santa Barbara and a J.D. from McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific.

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Morgan Wood
VP of Customer Operations

As one of GoFundMe’s first employees, Morgan has over 7 years of experience in the online social fundraising space. After building GoFundMe’s customer support systems from the ground up, he is now responsible for overseeing all customer-facing departments including our Customer Happiness and Trust & Safety teams. Energized by the opportunity to make fundraising easier than ever, Morgan leads his teams with enthusiasm and drive to ensure our customer experience is both effortless and safe. He always encourages his teams to explore new ideas to challenge the status quo and to continually evolve the way in which we operate. Morgan earned a degree in Business Administration from California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo and continues to draw upon a wide variety of work experience as a teacher, writer, bartender, and operations manager prior to GoFundMe.

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Paul Tkachuk
SVP of Finance and Data Insights

Paul joined GoFundMe to help the company realize its mission of becoming the giving layer of the internet for individuals and charities. He is responsible for financial planning, operations management, data insights and reporting. Paul brings a breadth of business experience from fast-growth startups as well as from large public companies in the technology space. Most recently, he was at Facebook helping scale the finance operations functions throughout the IPO/hyper-growth phase. Prior to that, he led financial planning and operations functions at Unisfair (acquired by InterCall) and SideStep (merged with Kayak). In addition, he was at Covad, Deloitte, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Paul earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Accounting from the University of Southern California.

Board of Directors

Andy Ballester
Member of the Board of Directors

Andy is a co-founder of GoFundMe. He has a passion for creating products that drive change on a massive scale. Prior to GoFundMe, Andy served in senior product and technology management in previous startups. He has also volunteered as a Mentor with the Techstars Anywhere, EvoNexus, and Ad Astra incubators. He has helped multiple startups and their founders navigate product development and grow their businesses, since 2017. Andy currently shares a board seat with co-founder, Brad Damphousse.

Sharda Caro Del Castillo
Member of the Board of Directors

Sharda has more than 25 years of experience in financial services, payments, and digital commerce. Most recently, Sharda served as Chief Legal Officer at Affirm, where she co-led the company’s initial public offering (IPO). Prior to Affirm, Sharda served as the global Head of Airbnb’s Payments platform and General Counsel for Airbnb’s multiple payments entities, Payments Counsel and Head of Payments Platform at Square, Director of Product and Regulatory Counsel at PayPal, and held in-house counsel roles at Wells Fargo Bank and Silicon Valley Bank.

John Locke
Member of the Board of Directors

John Locke joined Accel in 2010 and helps lead the firm’s growth fund. Over the last decade, John has led or worked closely on Accel’s investments in Braintree/Venmo (acquired by PayPal), Crowdstrike (CRWD), Galileo, GoFundMe, Lightspeed (LSPD), Monzo, QMC Telecom, The Zebra, Tenable (TENB), WorldRemit, and Xero (XRO), as well as a number of other companies. John grew up in Ashland, Ohio and graduated from Princeton.

Woody Marshall
Member of the Board of Directors

Woody joined TCV in 2008 and has been working in the venture capital industry since 1995. He focuses on investments in the FinTech, internet, and digital media & entertainment industries. Woody has been recognized by Forbes on its Midas List as one of the industry’s top technology investors. Prior to joining TCV, Woody spent 12 years at Trident Capital, a venture capital and private equity firm, where he focused on the payments, internet, and mobile markets. Woody currently serves on the boards of directors of GoFundMe, Newsela, Payoneer, Retail Merchant Services, Sojern, Spotify, and Varsity Tutors. Woody earned his B.A. from Hamilton College and his M.B.A. from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. He is also on the Board of Trustees of Hamilton College.

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Depelsha McGruder
Member of the Board of Directors

Depelsha McGruder is the chief operating officer and treasurer for the Ford Foundation, where she oversees Ford’s global operations and finances for its offices in New York, Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Prior to joining the foundation in 2020, she served as COO of New York Public Radio (NYPR), overseeing internal operations and strategic planning for WNYC, WQXR, Gothamist.com, The Greene Space, and New Jersey Public Radio since 2018. Before her tenure at NYPR, Depelsha spent 17 years at Viacom in senior leadership positions at both MTV and BET Networks. She started her career as a broadcast journalist, working as an on-air reporter, anchor, and producer for two commercial television stations in Georgia and subsequently spent time as a strategy consultant at Accenture in the media, telecommunications and high technology practice.

Monique Meche
Member of the Board of Directors

Monique has over 25 years of experience in Corporate Affairs, Public Policy and Investment and has built and led teams around the world for some of the most innovative global technology companies. Most recently, Monique served as Twitter’s Vice President of Global Public Policy and Philanthropy. Prior to Twitter, Monique worked as head of Public Policy for Waymo and Netflix. While leading Amazon’s international public policy work from 2013-2017, Monique helped to grow the company’s commercial footprint in over 50 countries. Monique spent her early career at Intel, Intel Capital and Cisco in Europe and Asia. Monique also served as Chair of the Operating Board of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, which brings together the technology industry, government, civil society, and academia to foster collaboration and information-sharing to counter terrorist and violent extremist activity online.

Jonathan Mildenhall
Member of the Board of Directors

Jonathan is the Co-founder and Chair of TwentyFirstCenturyBrands and brings decades of experience leading the marketing functions of some of the world’s most well known brands. As the former Chief Marketing Officer of Airbnb from 2014 to 2018, Jonathan helped increase the company’s valuation from $1B-$35B. Prior to Airbnb, Mildenhall was Senior VP of integrated marketing communication and design excellence for Coca-Cola North America, where he spent seven years. Jonathan proudly serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Everlane, AboveBoard, Northern Star SPAC and College Track.

James Slavet
Member of the Board of Directors

A Greylock partner since 2006, James currently sits on the board of companies including CreativeLive (creative education), GoFundMe (crowdfunding), Grand Rounds (health care navigation), Lyra Health (mental health care), Redfin (residential real estate) and Solv (convenient health care). James has partnered with company founders at their earliest stages and helped them scale to hundreds of millions of annual revenue. Prior to Greylock, James worked at Yahoo!, where he was a VP/GM in the Search and Marketplace business unit. Previously, he worked in product and operating roles in several early-stage consumer technology companies including Drugstore.com (acquired by Walgreens), Guru (acquired by Unicru) and Wired (acquired by Conde Nast). James is on the Board of Fast Forward, an accelerator for technology nonprofits. He has been named several times to the Forbes Midas list. He grew up in the Boston area and graduated from Brown University and Harvard Business School.

Scott Wagner
Member of the Board of Directors

Scott helps a series of technology businesses grow at scale in his role as advisor and/or investor. He served as Chief Executive Officer of GoDaddy from 2018 to 2019, after helping lead the company’s initial public offering (IPO) in 2015 in his role as President and Chief Operating Officer of GoDaddy for more than four years. Prior to GoDaddy, Scott spent 13 years as Operating Partner at private investment company KKR, where he served as Member and Head of KKR Capstone North America.