Our Team

co-founder / executive director

Bartlomiej Jan Skorupa

Bartlomiej holds a BA in Finance from the University of Illinois and has 7 years working experience in management and IT consulting, having worked for both Accenture and Slalom Consulting. Working in various industries, Bartlomiej held numerous management positions in 10+ Fortune 500 companies implementing efficient business practices in the USA and Europe. After a medical emergency that literally changed his vision on life, Bartlomiej has spent the past 6 years dedicating himself to ending extreme poverty around the world by investing in groundbreaking ideas from local community leaders through Groundwork Opportunities. When not working directly with tomorrow’s change-makers, Bartlomiej finds inspiration by simply reflecting on the glory of just being alive, right here, right now.

director of partnerships

Shanti Sattler

Shanti Sattler has nearly a decade of experience working as an international development practitioner.  Her work with NGOs and social enterprises has taken her to diverse communities around Latin America, Southeast Asia and the Great Lakes region of Africa to help facilitate participatory dialogue and action around healthy and sustainable social and economic development.  She holds an MA in International Studies and Diplomacy from SOAS, University of London and a BA in International Relations and Peace and Justice Studies from Tufts University. Shanti loves to go places she’s never been and hone her jungle baking skills over open fires with the amazing team at GO’s partner, ClearWater.

community manager

Thomas Preston

Thomas recieved a BA in Sustainability and Social Justice at San Francisco State University. His compassion for marginalized communities all around the world is what first drew him to GO. Prior to GO, he worked for the Golden Gate Parks Conservancy and Greenaction, an environmental justice organization in San Francisco. Thomas is the volunteer manager and main contributor to The GO Store, which leverages the power of the online market to help community artisan cooperatives at our projects grow and expand their local businesses. Thomas lives for the traveling backpacker experience, and enjoys a good cup of coffee.


marketing manager

Heather Skorupa

Heather holds a BA in Supply Chain Management & Marketing from Michigan State University. She began her career in Sales and has since spent the last seven years specializing in Events & Meeting Planning.  Her event experience ranges from working for start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, such as Thomson Reuters.  Combining her love for details and her passion for living life to the fullest, she desired to take her experience to the non-profit sector.  Volunteering at one of GO’s first events over six years ago, she now plans and manages all of GO’s fundraisers and consults GO Champions.  When she is not planning her next globe trotting adventure, she loves to surround herself with people who strive to seek, to find and not to yield.