Meet the Team
As Executive Director of the Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation, Julie Brandt is responsible for developing and driving the growth, reach, and sustainability of the foundation.
Previously, she advised companies and individuals on philanthropic, community relations, and public affairs strategies. As senior vice president of corporate social responsibility and public affairs for ACC Capital Holdings, she oversaw all philanthropic and communications efforts. Prior to her work with ACC, Julie was director of the Mayor's Small Business Commission and deputy director of policy for the Mayor's Office of Economic Development in San Francisco. Her professional experience also includes managing community and government relations for the Pacific Gas & Electric Company and for Assemblyman John Burton (D-San Francisco).
Julie holds a BA in sociology from Stanford University and is a Wexner Fellow and a graduate of the Coro Foundation Public Policy program. She currently serves on the advisory board of Beyond Differences and on the board of directors of the John Burton Foundation for Children Without Homes.
As Director of the Nonprofit Empowerment Program, Alexis Denny is responsible for building and supporting the foundation's global portfolio of capacity building services, including the HR Pro Bono Corps and Gift of Learning.
Previously, Alexis worked in Public Affairs for the Auto Club Southern California, where she launched high profile events and education campaigns to raise awareness about senior mobility, teen driving, and child passenger safety. Alexis also served as director of corporate social responsibility for ACC Capital Holdings, where she administered a budget of more than ten million dollars and managed company-wide charitable giving initiatives and volunteer programs for over 10,000 employees.
Alexis holds an MPH from California State University, Fullerton and a BA in communication from the University of California, San Diego.
Atish Gonsalves is the Director of DisasterReady.org and is responsible for the strategy, development and outreach for this effort to support the critical and demanding training needs of the global humanitarian community.
Before joining the Foundation, Atish led the learning technology team at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) where he was responsible for innovation, e-learning content development, and information communication technology training. Atish’s professional experience also includes working with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Telstra, and GE. Atish has over 10 years of technology innovation and training experience in Asia, Australia, Europe and the Middle East.
Atish holds an MASc in Information Technology from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University in Australia.
As Director of Impact Grants, Amy Haggarty manages the foundation’s grant program, which enables nonprofits to increase the reach and impact of their programs by extending the use of Cornerstone software to their external network of volunteers, partners, and clients.
Before joining the foundation, Amy was an implementation consultant for Cornerstone OnDemand (CSOD), working closely with clients of all sizes and industries to ensure successful deployments of the CSOD talent management software. Prior to her work with Cornerstone, she was a learning and performance consultant at both Convergys Learning Solutions and DigitalThink, where she worked with clients to design and develop comprehensive e-learning solutions.
Amy has an MA in learning, design, and technology from Stanford University and a BA in cultural anthropology from Duke University.
As Director of Impact Partnerships, Jeannette Lam is responsible for designing and implementing sustainable business plans for the foundation’s initiatives, raising the visibility of the programs, and defining and measuring the organization’s impact.
Previously, she was an advisory associate with the Nonprofit Finance Fund, a national community development financial institution, providing strategic consulting services to help funders and nonprofits connect financial health to mission. She also worked at The Pew Charitable Trusts, a nonpartisan research and policy institute, to identify fact-driven solutions to critical issues facing the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Jeannette holds an MBA from the New York University Stern School of Business with specializations in social impact and innovation, accounting, and finance. She received her BA in international politics, economics, and Spanish from Middlebury College in Vermont.
As Director of Learning Strategy and Design, Bob is responsible for leading the content development efforts associated with the foundation’s signature program, DisasterReady.org, and overseeing the foundation’s other learning initiatives by engaging key stakeholders in designing, developing, and deploying comprehensive solutions for nonprofits globally by leveraging the Cornerstone OnDemand platform.
Previously, Bob has held learning leadership roles in HR and IT across multiple industries including healthcare, manufacturing, agriculture, and mining. His professional experience includes over 24 years managing learning and over 17 years deploying learning technologies to expand development opportunities. He specializes in consulting organizations to developing learning solutions that help adults learn faster and retain information better over time.
Bob holds an MA in Adult Education and Distance Learning from the University of Phoenix and a BBA in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
As Associate Manager of the Nonprofit Empowerment Program, Justin Wedell is responsible for maintaining and supporting the foundation's global portfolio of capacity building services, including the HR Pro Bono Corps and Gift of Learning.
Previously, Justin was a project manager and an analyst for SBE, a leading hospitality company, implementing strategic corporate initiatives to streamline processes and build brand equity within all company verticals across California, Florida, and Nevada. Prior to joining SBE, Justin served with Teach for America, an organization dedicated to closing the academic achievement gap within the nation’s most at-risk communities, working to eliminate educational inequity and provide children with a clearer path to graduation and opportunities for higher learning.
Justin holds a BA in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles.
George Devendorf is the Senior Advisor of DisasterReady.org and is responsible for building partnerships with key humanitarian aid actors.
Previously, George was the vice president for global engagement at Mercy Corps. He also served as the agency’s director of public affairs, where he was responsible for coordinating the development of policy and advocacy initiatives on key issues. Prior to joining Mercy Corps, George worked with a variety of relief and refugee assistance organizations, including the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA), the International Rescue Committee, the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA), and the International Organization for Migration.
George holds an MIPP from the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies and a BA from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.