Meet the StartSomeGood Leadership Team

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Tom Dawkins - CEO and Co-Founder

Tom Dawkins is Australian, but lived in the US from 2008-2012 which is where he met his original StartSomeGood co-founder Alex Budak. Before StartSomeGood he founded Australian youth non-profit Vibewire, was the first Social Media Director at Ashoka in Washington DC and was the founding Director of the Australian Changemakers Festival. Tom has organized dance parties and film festivals, youth journalism projects and new media conferences, co-working spaces and Burning Man theme camps. Tom has also supported numerous non-profits, governments and arts organizations to build community using technology and culture. Tom has been recognized with awards and fellowships from the World Summit Youth Awards, The International Youth Foundation, Nexus Australia, the Social Enterprise Awards and the Australia & New Zealand Internet Awards.


Renata van Diest - CTO

Renata van Diest has a Computer Science degree from the University of Washington in Seattle, where she took her first programming class because one of her classmates dared her to. Upon graduation she worked as a Software Engineer at Microsoft, building backend systems as well as desktop and mobile applications. She graduated from London Business School, and has worked with several startups in the London area. She is passionate about businesses that combine technology with a social mission in order to improve people's lives. When able to escape from behind her laptop, Renata enjoys photography, snowboarding, documentary films, travelling, and playing the guitar and piano.


Patty Simonton - Support Team Advisor

Patty is a program manager, community builder, strategic planner, crowdfunding expert, and event organizer who loves to work with social entrepreneurs, peace makers, and members of the creative community to make the world awesome. Patty was previously the Director of Support for StartSomeGood, during which she managed a global support team, and directly assisted 230 social enterprises and non-profits raise almost $1.7M. She continues to advise the support team in her new role as chief engagement officer for Radial Impact. In between theatre productions and long distance bike rides, she earned a degree in International Business from Georgetown University and an MBA from Johns Hopkins University. She was the producer for FIGMENT DC, an annual participatory community arts festival, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for DC Net Impact and arts non-profit Playa del Fuego.


Natalie Wadwell - Community Catalyzer

Natalie is a creative instigator whose passion for community building is contagious. She is driven by finding new ways to increase citizen participation in innovation and civic life. In 2012 she founded Wadwell Initiatives and successfully implemented four independent art projects that supported 72 young artists across three years. In 2016 she co-founded State of the Arts Media, a digital news platform to balance the conversation about greater suburban and regional communities. Natalie is an associate fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs and in 2016 was named a Young Social Pioneer with the Foundation for Young Australians. Natalie is a respected public speaker and published writer on issues affecting Western Sydney, the arts and community engagement.


Fathima Dawood - Digital Communications Coordinator

Fathima is passionate about all things digital and currently resides in South Africa. She has just over 4 years of working as a digital marketer and designer. She is ambitious and always sets goals for herself and makes sure she achieves them. She recently just opened a coffee shop in South Africa. She loves travelling, meeting new people, learning new skills and trying to do good in her community. She hopes to someday publish a book on effective digital marketing as well as inspire people around her to work towards their dreams.


Mike Fuller - Business Development Manager

Mike Fuller has over 20 years of experience across a broad range of industries, working to identify and solve problems through collaborative evaluation programs, research projects, LeanSigma improvement workshops, and strategic innovation initiatives. In 2016, he started KomUnity Innovation Consulting, partnering with passionate startups, community groups, charities, local government and forward-thinking businesses to help them quickly understand, co-design, build and test innovative solutions to the problems they know best - their own.
 Now in partnership withStart SomeGood, Mike draws on his full breadth of experience to support individuals and organizations in Western Australia to connect with the larger crowd of passionate people who share their vision to enable greater outcomes, more funding and stronger communities.