Matt Jones - Co-Founder, Managing Director
Matt grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and at a young age became aware of the difficulties faced by impoverished people living in the developing world. Through various trips around the world, this awareness was continuously heightened.
While pursuing an MBA at Penn State University, the earthquake in Port-au-Prince brought to the forefront the overwhelming need in Haiti. Matt felt compelled to do something about what he saw. The teachings of Jesus and his Christian faith motivated him to explore what he could do to make a difference for those in need. He found that many others also had a desire to contribute.
In early 2010, Matt and his brother Andrew founded Poverty Resolutions. After graduating in 2011 with concentrations in finance and international development, Matt began working full-time as Managing Director of the organization.
Matt loves his work, and especially appreciates the opportunity he has to educate Americans concerning the needs of people in the developing world, and specifically Haiti. He hopes that the organization will inspire other young people to get involved and to commit to make a difference for those in poverty.
Andrew Jones - Co-Founder, President
Andrew was first inspired to start Poverty Resolutions while serving as a nurse on a medical mission to Haiti following the 2010 earthquake. In addition to his work at Poverty Resolutions, he continues to practice nursing.
Andrew received his MBA from Penn State in 2012 with concentrations in Finance and Marketing.
Sean Griffin - Program Manager
Sean started volunteering with Poverty Resolutions in January 2012. He joined us full-time in May.
Sean served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine from September 2009 to December 2011. In the future, he plans to pursue a masters degree in International Development.
Past Staff and Interns
Danny Kannell - Intern, Summer 2012
Danny is currently a student at Penn State studying economics and mathematics. He developed an interest in international development work after a volunteer trip to Ghana with Penn State Global Water Brigades . He has an interest in volunteerism, participating in Atlas benefitting the Penn State Dance Marathon, acting as treasurer for Penn State Global Water Brigades, and having worked with Habitat for Humanity and a disaster relief trip to Alabama after the recent tornadoes.
Danny hopes to further pursue academics, with aspirations to receive a Ph.D. in economics to later pursue applied macroeconomic development work to assist those working in developing countries. He hopes his time at Poverty Resolutions will give him a firsthand view of those here at home working in international development to get a better sense of the American mission to fight global poverty.
Gail Goochee - Intern, Summer 2012
Gail is a Penn State student pursuing a dual Bachelors/Masters degree in Human Resources. At Poverty Resolutions, she helped us manage our digital footprint through Facebook, Twitter, and writing press releases. She also used her HR expertise to help us get organized.
Laura Ross - Intern, Summer 2011-Spring 2012
Laura worked with Poverty Resolutions while a senior at Penn State majoring in Political Science, French, and International Studies. She loves travelling and wants to work abroad for a year after graduating, before heading to law school or grad school to pursue an advanced degree. Ultimately, she'd like to work for an International NGO focused on development or conflict resolution. At Poverty Resolutions she worked on Program Development, constructing an educational program for American high schools and overseeing the establishment of sustainable microfinance and educational programs in Haiti.
Brian Berrodin - Video Production
Brian was introduced to Poverty Resolutions in the spring of 2011 as the Post-Production Coordinator/Video Editor. After graduating from Temple University, he joined the team where his concern for those in need and his passion for video production aligned. He worked closely with co-founders and directors Matt and Andrew Jones on the 28-day documentary, 1 Dollar Poverty, set to be released in August 2012. Through the documentary he aims to shine a light on Haiti that has been dim since the deadly earthquake that struck in January of 2010. His creative drive goes beyond his ability as an editor and extends to his expertise as a videographer. He plans on implementing his experiences at Poverty Resolutions in future endeavors while continuing his career in film and video production.
Rachel Dungan - Intern, Summer 2011
Rachel worked with Poverty Resolutions going into her final year as a Penn State student and Schreyer Honors scholar. She was pursuing majors in Biobehavioral Health and Music Composition, in addition to a minor in Civic & Community Engagement. She is interested in better understanding social injustices that exacerbate disparities between demographic groups, as well as the policies and practices that enable them to persist. Her studies had focused primarily on inequities in health that arise in and among various communities. Following graduation, she plans to pursue a dual JD/MPH degree and would love to eventually work for an NGO like the World Health Organization. Rachel is excited to support Poverty Resolutions; she feels strongly about the organization's mission to promote sustainable strategies to mitigate the damaging impact of poverty, and to do this from an informed global perspective.
Alyssa Greenleaf - Intern, Summer 2011
Alyssa worked with Poverty Resolutions as a senior at Penn State University majoring in Communication, Arts, and Sciences, with a minor in Sociology. After college, she plans to join the rest of the recent graduates in searching for a fulltime career. Her goal is to find a job that allows her to meet new people while also having the freedom to travel. She worked with Poverty Resolution's communication department helping to develop and release their first newsletter while also working closely with Lauren in developing information packets and brochures for the organization. She chose to work with Poverty Resolutions because of her personal interest in helping others, along with their goal of not just giving temporary relief to those who need it but by helping to rebuild their economy. Haiti, currently the poorest country on the Western hemisphere, is a great place to start.
Lauren Harmuth - Intern, Summer 2011
Lauren worked in marketing and communications for Poverty Resolutions. I am majoring in Communications Arts and Sciences at Penn State, and minoring in Business in the Liberal Arts. This summer I will be making a brochure for the organization, creating a communications packet, organizing a booth for Arts Fest, and reaching out to schools, newspapers, and other organizations in order to promote Poverty Resolutions and schedule presentations. With this internship I hope to gain experience working with the nonprofit sector of the business world, along with gaining experience reaching out to businesses and the public. After I graduate I plan to work with nonprofit organizations and focus on public relations.
Jose Rivera - Intern, Summer 2011
Jose worke with Poverty Resolutions while a student at Penn State working towards a dual major in finance and economics, expecting to graduate in May 2012. Upon graduation, he would like to have a career in investment management. He interned for Poverty Resolutions to gain team experience while contributing to a great cause. His work included developing a policy for our microfinance pilot while also putting together a budget forecast of five years.