Our Unique Model

Global Playground has no full-time employees or office.  Global Playground operates with a staff of dedicated volunteers spanning the globe from the U.S. to the Philippines.  These volunteers, some students themselves, work with Global Playground to achieve our mission, allowing nearly all donations to go directly to Global Playground programs.

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Mike Giovanniello

Mr. Giovanniello is in the Freshman Class at the College of William & Mary studying Chinese, Math, and Environmental Policy. In high school, Mr. Giovanniello spent his time playing music for patients with Alzheimers and working on his town’s Community Enhancement Commission to promote sustainability. At William & Mary he is active in the Appalachian Music Ensemble, playing the fiddle and mandolin, and in the Go Club.

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Natalie Pinnoi

Ms. Pinnoi is a graduate of the College of William & Mary with a degree in psychology and a minor in biology. She is from Bangkok, Thailand and tries to visit as often as she can. While in Thailand, she has worked with hill tribe villages in Chiang Rai and was part of the volunteer effort following the 2004 tsunami. During her time at William & Mary, Ms. Pinnoi volunteered with Williamsburg Parent Co-Op, a local Williamsburg preschool. Ms. Pinnoi is currently a paralegal working at a plaintiff litigation law office in Washington, D.C.,  with aspirations to be a management consultant and to pursue an MBA degree.

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Pat Austria

Ms. Austria is a graduate of the College of William & Mary, graduating with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Process Management & Consulting, with a concentration in entrepreneurship and a double major in International Relations. She has worked for organizations including the World Bank, AidData, and The Best Shot Foundation, and also provides consulting services to improve communication strategies of various local and international organizations. Being from the Philippines, Ms. Austria has always had a passion for improving child education and cross-cultural dialogue in developing countries. She has worked with a number of charities both here and abroad, and has participated in volunteer teaching, feeding programs, sports training for kids with disabilities, and youth leadership development. During college, Ms. Austria served as the president of the Campus Initiative for UNICEF, and Students for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. During this time she also founded The Lunas Project—an integrative crowd-sourcing platform to improve disaster management in developing countries.

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Kent Truog

Mr. Truog’s dedication to documenting stories of social inequality and human rights began while attending Boston’s Emerson College, where he earned a degree in Multimedia Production in 2006. Since then, Mr. Truog has partnered with nongovernmental organizations to document the stories of young women on the verge of aging out of an orphanage in Honduras, squatters struggling in an urban Indonesian dump, women in Vietnamese hill tribes, life along the Mekong River, and victims of sex trafficking in Cambodia. His projects aim to draw attention to marginalized populations throughout the world.

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Cathy Ji

Ms. Ji is a student at the University of Southern California studying computer engineering. She has interned at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center working to improve the center’s public facing web presence, and has been developing software for several years. Ms. Ji also works with students with intellectual and developmental disabilities through her local Best Buddies chapter.

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Adam Lupu

Mr. Lupu runs an independent consultancy practice dedicated to decoding the language of learning in all contexts. He is a certified facilitator of Equity-Based Critical Friends Groups and has helped train professionals and manage teams for small businesses, non-profits, and schools throughout California. Before consulting, Mr. Lupu taught Math and Science to middle and high school students in Los Angeles and San Francisco. He recently completed a year-long coaching program focusing on leadership, consulting, and development, and he is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Learning Sciences at Northwestern University. Mr. Lupu holds Bachelor’s degrees in Physics and Literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Garrett Keating

Mr. Keating is the Senior Web Developer at the United States Naval Academy Alumni Association & Foundation. He has been an IT professional for over twelve years working in both real estate and the nonprofit sector. Mr. Keating has several technology awards for his nonprofit work including “Developer of the Year” from Blackbaud, a nonprofit technology company, and runner up in the NPower “Technology Innovation Award.” Prior to his work at the U.S. Naval Academy, he was the IT Director for a medium-sized real estate company.