Vicki is the quintessential ProFellow, earning 4 competitive, professional fellowships since her graduation from Cornell University in 2001. Fellowships have catapulted Vicki’s career in public policy. At the age of 30, she became Policy Director for the National Commission on Children and Disasters, an expert body instituted by Congress. When Vicki won her fourth professional fellowship, an Ian Axford Fellowship in Public Policy (2011) for 7 months of research in New Zealand, Vicki and Ryan decided to develop and launch ProFellow from Wellington. Vicki is an alumnus of the New York City Urban Fellows Program (2001-2), the German Chancellor Fellowship (2003-4), and the Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship (2005). She is currently a PhD student at Massey University (Wellington, New Zealand) where she is funded on a full fellowship from GNS Science.
Ryan is a business and serial startup entrepreneur with more than 10 years experience in market and product development. He has developed numerous online products and services throughout his career, including industry leading identity theft solutions for IDENTITY GUARD®, innovative real-time and direct marketing services at TARGUSinfo, secure online and mobile banking applications such as MOBILE LOCKBOX®, and iPhone apps. Ryan was selected as a finalist for the Presidential Innovation Fellowship: MyGov (2012).