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How it all began

Our Story

Dan and Michelle
Dan and Michelle in March 2018

Hi! We're Dan & Michelle, co-founders of ALMA.

We worked together at Airbnb before starting ALMA. We spent years thinking about how Airbnb could reach new audiences, deliver great experiences to first time travelers, and grow customer loyalty. In 2018, we started ALMA to bring our experience building consumer products to the charitable giving space.

We’re excited to build a community of everyday people and grassroots organizations powering change.

We believe our optimistic members are key to solving our generation's most pressing issues with technology, collaboration and transparency.

In order to have the most impact, we incorporated ALMA as a Public Benefit Corporation — this means we have both a fiduciary duty to both our shareholders, and also to our mission and the people materially affected by it. Both of these are baked right into the company's incorporation and governance.

We’re based in Washington, D.C. and our office mascot is a dachshund named Moneypenny.

The Team

Dan Hill, Co-founder and CEO

Before ALMA, Dan spent 6 years at Airbnb in San Francisco. He led the guest products and performance marketing teams, helping get millions of people using Airbnb for the first time. Prior to Airbnb, Dan was CTO of Crashpadder, which was acquired by Airbnb in 2012.

Dan and his wife have long supported Hamilton Families in San Francisco, and Dan volunteers with Reading Partners helping young kids with their reading.

Michelle Rittenhouse, Co-founder and Chief Product Officer

Before starting ALMA, Michelle worked in product & strategy roles at Airbnb in San Francisco and LivingSocial in Washington D.C.

An avid runner herself, Michelle has volunteered and served on the board of Back On My Feet, a national nonprofit that uses the power of running to help those experiencing homelessness.

Whitney Teal, Content & Community

Digital content marketer at WeddingWire and ACTIVE Network. She led social content strategy for campaigns at Susan G. Komen and O.school.

Whitney has held leadership & volunteer roles at organizations that prioritize racial and gender equity, including YWCA National Capital Area, femex dc and the Black Women’s Health Imperative.

Ryan Aubrey, Software Engineer

Previously an engineer at Capital One, Ryan uses technology to make an impact. Ryan saw the positive impact technology can have through volunteering with HopeOneSource, a D.C. nonprofit that connects the neediest members of our community with the services they need.

Betsy Gottesman, Software Engineer

Betsy spent the last few years in the Los Angeles start up scene. She now hopes to make the world a better place using technology.

You?

We’re hiring! We’re growing the team, looking for world-class design and engineering talent. Read about the available positions here, and get in touch if you want to learn more about opportunities at ALMA.