Alia Whitney-Johnson is Co Founder and Executive Director a Freedom FWD, a collective impact initiative mobilizing our community’s combined strengths, talents, and resources to enhance the resiliency, efficacy, and collaborative fiber of projects working to end the commercial sexual exploitation of youth in San Francisco.
Alia is also Founder of Emerge Global, a social enterprise in Sri Lanka that equips girls who have survived sexual abuse with the business acumen, financial capital, and life skills to lead healthy, self-sufficient lives. Her work with Emerge has led to a number of awards, including her selections as one of Glamour Magazine’s Top Ten College Women, a Truman Scholar for public service, one of 20 young social entrepreneurs to be a YouthActionNet® Global Fellow (2009), and one of 14 young global leaders to become a Sauvé Scholar (2011).
Alia holds a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from MIT and an MPhil in Development Studies from Oxford University, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. Her masters research focused on how human resource management within Sri Lanka’s apparel industry affects women’s empowerment.
Anna Jaeger is the former Chief Technology Officer of Caravan Studios, a division of TechSoup. Caravan Studios creates technology solutions, such as mobile apps, that are designed in partnership with nonprofit and community-focused organizations to meet the needs of their constituents. Since 2012, Anna has worked with domestic violence agencies, runaway and homeless youth agencies and other anti-trafficking agencies to co-design the elements that make up the Safe Shelter Collaborative.
Prior to her work at Caravan Studios, Anna was founder and co-director of TechSoup Global’s GreenTech initiative and the director of TechSoup Global’s IT Engineering department.
Anna is currently CRM Technical Manager at University of San Francisco.