Leadership team


Srinagesh Vitthanala

Chief Executive Officer

Sri is the Chief Executive Officer and Board member of Bright Funds and Bright Funds Foundation. He is responsible for driving the vision, strategy, and execution. Prior to joining Bright Funds, Sri spent over fifteen years in engineering and management roles at Financial Engines, where he had led the platforms and services as the Vice President, Software Development. In that role he oversaw the marketing, CRM and investment management platforms, managing over $120 billion in assets and over $1 trillion in assets under contract. Sri holds a BS degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Andhra University, a Masters degree in Control Systems from IIT Chennai, and an MBA from Cornell's Johnson School of Business. He is married with two children. He is an enthusiastic hiker and loves to travel all around the world.


Chris Chappelle

Product & Design

Chris leads product design at Bright Funds and has been with the company since 2013. His focus is on designing product ideas that help people and companies support causes around the world through giving, volunteering, and grants. Chris works across the full design process, from concept development, prototyping, and user interface design. Prior to Bright Funds, Chris helped design a number of products ranging from online education to healthcare.


Phoebe de Hoog

Marketing & Client Success

With a background in communications and customer success, Phoebe is excited by the relationship between employee engagement and community impact. She brings a strategic communications corporate clients. Beyond her Client Strategy and Success Management role, Phoebe leads social media and below the line marketing efforts.

Before Bright Funds, Phoebe led customer success at a San Francisco startup, developed content at a communications agency, and worked at World Vision Australia as an account manager. A former competitive swimmer, Phoebe cares about access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation. She has a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Queensland, Australia.


Rachel Nersesian

Sales & Client Success

Leading Client Success and Business Development, Rachel partners with program leaders to deliver community impact through Bright Funds. Rachel worked with several US-based and international nonprofits before joining Bright Funds and currently serves as an executive committee member on the San Francisco chapter of the Armenian International Women’s Association. She played Division I softball at Georgetown University and graduated with a B.S. in Foreign Service with a major in Culture and Politics.


Robert Schooley

Software Development

Robert is an architect at Bright Funds and handles software development and system configuration. Before working at Bright Funds, he lead teams and built solutions for financial services, state & local government, and social media. He actively donates to his local community and adopts cats & dogs in need of homes.


Scott Jacobsen

Software Development

Scott Jacobsen is an architect at Bright Funds and handles software development and DevOps. Scott started programming on an Apple IIe in elementary school, and has been building software ever since. He is responsible for the architecture and implementation of many of the features on Bright Funds.

Prior to joining Bright Funds Scott was a founding engineer at Neighborland, a community development platform. Before that he worked on a wide range of products, from small startups to enterprise health care management systems. Scott lives in Colorado and tries to snowboard, hike, and bike as much as possible.


Thara Jinadasa

Nonprofit services

Thara leads Nonprofit Operations at Bright Funds. She draws on a diverse range of experiences both in financial services and nonprofits including FutureAdvisor and Global Fund for Women. She leverages her experience in building efficient and scalable processes as well as her enthusiasm to develop meaningful relationships across diverse stakeholders to bring to life Bright Funds’ vision for a better world. She holds a BA in Political Economics from Barnard College, Columbia University.

Board Members & Senior Advisors