Darlene Damm leads Ashoka’s relations in the Silicon Valley building an ecosystem of global companies, foundations, venture capitalists, schools and social innovators that are ensuring all humans develop the changemaking skills of empathy, omni-directional team work and the ability to continually innovate for the good of all— skills essential in our accelerating world of complex change.
Prior to that Darlene built Ashoka’s internal operating and fundraising system to manage thousands of entrepreneurial teams and partners around the world raising a $40 million annual budget in a coordinated yet decentralized way. In 2012 Darlene co-founded DIYROCKETS, which crowdsources affordable space technology online, and in 2011 - Matternet, one of the world’s first drone companies for transporting goods.
At the moment Darlene is also Adjunct Faculty at the Singularity University at NASA Ames. She received her bachelor’s degree in History from Stanford University and her master’s degree in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins SAIS and spent over a decade working in Vietnam, Myanmar, Indonesia, East Asia and the US on educational and economic programs. And that is still not it. Darlene holds a patent and her writing on women and entrepreneurship have been published in Forbes, Huffington Post, LeanIn and other publications.