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WAKE's mission is to accelerate and amplify the work of women's rights and social justice leaders and their organizations. We do this by connecting them with teams of volunteer advisors from top companies who provide hands-on project work, feedback, and training on technology tools and platforms.

Our Goals

  • Engage experts across sectors to advance women's rights and social justice globally;

  • Connect leaders and activists with tools, trainings, resources and advisors to help them expand and scale their work;

  • Increase the capacity of women's rights and social justice organizations to affect change;

  • Bring together allies and partnerships to accelerate an agenda for women's rights and social justice.

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Trish Tierney
Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer

Over the past 20 years, Trish has created partnerships with tech companies, non-profits, foundations and governments to advance women’s leadership and build global networks. Prior to co-founding WAKE, Trish was Executive Director of the Institute of International Education (IIE) in San Francisco. At IIE, Trish led the growth of the office through partnerships with the U.S. Department of State, major foundations, and corporate partners. She is especially proud to have founded IIE’s Center for Women’s Leadership Initiatives.

Trish spearheaded IIE’s participation in the Clinton Global Initiative and led a consortium of partners including Google, Qualcomm, Goldman Sachs, McKinsey, Juniper Networks and Citrix to establish WeTech, endorsed by Former Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton. Prior to IIE, Trish was at Cisco Systems and helped bring the Cisco Networking Academy Program to the world’s fifty least developed countries, with special emphasis on the inclusion of women. Trish spent several Trish spent several years at the World Bank, working on education reform and girls’ education in Africa. Trish served as a WorldTeach volunteer in Namibia.

Trish edited a book, Women in the Global Economy: Leading Social Change and is an advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative. She also serves as an Ambassador for Same Sky, is a part of Global Greengrants Fund Global Giving Network, and serves on the Global Advisory Council of TechnoServe. She holds a B.A. from Notre Dame and an M.A. from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Trish loves living in beautiful San Francisco, with her husband and three kids.

Heather Ramsey
Co-founder and Chief Operations Officer

Heather co-leads WAKE's strategy, vision and program design with longtime friend and co-founder, Trish. Heather's expertise includes designing, leading and facilitating technology and capacity building programs for nonprofits/NGOs in the US and internationally. She leads operations, technology, training, program development and communications for WAKE.

Prior to WAKE, Heather was Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships at the Institute of International Education (IIE). Heather helped found its Center for Women’s Leadership Initiatives, and designed and led its flagship programs including Women in Technology for the Middle East and North Africa (WIT MENA), E-Mediat: Tools, Technology and Training, Women’s Enterprise for Sustainability in Tunisia and TechWomen. Heather led the initial bid for the Department of State’s TechWomen in 2010, and directed the program for its first four years expanding it to 21 countries and developing partnerships with more than 50 leading Silicon Valley companies.

Heather holds an MA in International Policy with a focus on Gender in International Development from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and a BA in French and Journalism. Heather lives in San Francisco with her husband and daughters, who inspire her work every day.

Giana Andonini
Project Manager / Atlas Corps Fellow

Giana is a hands-on professional with 8 years of experience working with Communications and Project Management in social impact driven initiatives. At WAKE, Giana contributes to the development of essential marketing materials and strategies that will help WAKE achieve organizational sustainability, outreach and impact. She is especially interested in experiential education, gender equality and social innovation. 

While Brazil is her home, she has lived in Spain and Bolivia for a while. On a professional level, she has worked on social impact projects from different countries (Brazil, Bolivia, Spain, U.S.)  and from different sectors (CSR of a packaging industry, non-profit foundations and social enterprises), developing an entrepreneurial mindset and empathic attitude to face the complex challenges that the work in this field presents.

Giana holds a BA in Communications from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná (Brazil), a Post Certificate Course degree in Social Innovation Management from Amani Institute and is currently developing her final project about open social innovation for the Master in Strategy and Technology for Development at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.


Advisory Board

  •    Maryam Ahmad Technical Project Manager, Google 
  •    Shradha Balakrishnan Senior Product Manager, GoDaddy  
  •    Eileen BrewerDirector, Enterprise Security Products, Symantec
  •    Elizabeth Brooks Operations Director, Vote Solar
  •    Beth Kanter Master Trainer, Author, Influencer
  •    Rami Al-KarmiGeek, Investor, CEO
  •    Hannah Lewbel Partner Architect & Engineering Manager, Microsoft 
  •    Larissa Shapiro Head of Global Diversity & Inclusion, Mozilla 
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