GIN Advisors, Mentors, Volunteers


Manuel Maqueda

Manuel Maqueda

Focus: GIN Strategic Planning

Founder and Director: KUMU

Manuel is passionate about innovating and accelerating our transition towards a sustainable, just, and thriving way of life on Earth.  This is something that he doesn’t know how to do, and that’s is why he founded Kumu, and has founded / is involved in a variety of value-driven organizations and projects. Manuel has an eclectic past as an entrepreneur, a tech startup consultant in Silicon Valley, and he holds a graduate degree in macroeconomics and a Law degree. However his main teachers are oceans, mountains, forests, animals, plants, art, elders, and children.

Britta McCarthy

Britta McCarthy

Focus: GIN In-Class and Club Curriculum for GIN Projects

Educator: The Columbus School, Medellin Colombia

An Arizona-native, currently teaching in Medellin, Colombia from La Paz, Bolivia, Britta is an international teacher that has found a home in South America.

After researching GIN programs worldwide, Britta began to build standards-based curricular units that utilized Understanding By Design. Within that framework, her students were and are able to research, interview, develop and implement community service projects on global issues while receiving school credit. Britta taught GIN for two years as a class in La Paz, and continues to work on creating resources to help teachers and students build GIN programs in their local contexts, and develop traits of global citizenship.

Britta is extremely proud of the three teams that were forged under her leadership in La Paz that continue to make community change; the Carbon Cutters working to lower the institutional footprint of the school and educate the community on causes and ways to fight global warming; the BIO Guardians, working to end the demand for trafficked animals and preserve biodiversity; and the Guild Against Poverty, working to support organizations that fight poverty and create opportunities to expand education and self-sustainability.

Mark McGinnis

Mark McGinnis

Focus: GIN Funding and Strategic Planning

Independent Financial Advisor

JMark cares deeply about the instruction of today’s youth and the power of global focus and project based learning to create an enthusiastic and capable generation of young adults ready to tackle the world’s many complex problems. He has many years of finance and business experience and is proud to be involved with GIN to support its finance and strategic work. He has worked at the World Bank, in private equity, at a start-up, and in several senior finance roles at a large multi-national corporation. For the last several years he has worked as an independent financial consultant, helping individuals with their personal financial planning. In tandem he is also advising non-profits and small businesses with their strategic plans, financial systems, processes, fundraising, accounting, and reporting requirements. He has also started a small business selling sustainable and fair trade products to non-profit organizations. Mark holds business degrees from University of Pennsylvania and MIT.

Jose Vega

Jose Vega

Focus: GIN Systems and Design Thinking Best Practices

Educator: The Columbus School, Medellin, Colombia

Jose began teaching in his native California, but has taught abroad for the last seven years in Thailand, Mexico, and now Colombia. As a science teacher at The Columbus School in Medellin, Colombia for the past five years, Jose has focused on using STEM as a driver of solutions for global issues. Jose values collaboration and building the capacity of learners to become changemakers by using innovative tools and protocols. He is trained in Buck Institute’s Project Based Learning methodologies, as well as Design Thinking from the Nueva Design Institute. Jose most recently was able to embed such changemaker tools as the on-site GIN coordinator for the conference in March of 2016 in Medellín. During this conference, Jose and his students were able to showcase their greenhouse and solar charging stations, which are examples of products developed through these changemaker processes. He is currently leading his school through its Ashoka nomination to be recognized as a Changemaker School. He hopes to form community partnerships to strengthen the school’s initiatives towards their sustainability goals.

Jeremy Weeks

Jeremy Weeks

Focus: GIN Interactive Website Developement

Software Engineer: San Francisco, CA, USA

Jeremy Weeks is a Software Engineering Manager working San Francisco, CA. Jeremy moved to San Francisco in 2012 as a participant in IGN Entertainment’s Code-Foo program. After working his way up the ladder at IGN he took over the Code-Foo program and ran it for 4 years. He is responsible for the training and hiring of more than half of IGN’s current Engineering team.

Jeremy took over IGN’s App team in 2015 and led the development of all current console/mobile apps for the company, each with user counts in the millions. He also specializes in game development. In 2010, he was a finalist in Microsofts Dream.Buil.Play competition with his submission Shape Shooter for the Xbox 360.

He is currently working with GIN Staff and a Student Leader, Carlos Pinto, to actualize GIN’s vision through engaged global and digital citizenry. Keep an eye out for big things!!!