We are a group of diverse professionals volunteering our time to assist those that need a little extra
support entering or advancing in the workplace. We are passionate about helping others.
This is an attempt to support those who may have been impacted by COVID, were not granted the same
opportunities as others, or need extra support in pursuing their career goals.
We know that barriers to employment disproportionately affect some communities more than others.
This is also our way of trying to balance the scales.
Scroll down and get to know us a bit more!

Leads

Sukh Chugh
Location: California
Role: Chief Dreamer
Why Rise Up: Not everyone has had the same opportunities in life. Helping someone advance in their life is a gift we actually give ourselves. In the words of Robert Ingersoll: “We rise when we lift others”.

Michelle Camden
Location: Missouri
Role: Coaching Lead
Why Rise Up? I joined the Rise Up Project because I want to help people build skills and confidence to lead to successful job opportunities. I also want to connect with others in this time of social distancing.

Kimberly Capehart
Location: Maryland
Role: Student Affairs and Metrics Lead
Why Rise Up? Help motivated people have a leg up on the job market, especially under-resourced populations.

Jill Irish
Location: Ohio
Role: Outreach and Volunteer Management Lead
Why Rise Up?: I joined the Rise Up Project to give back and connect with a diverse community of individuals and organizations.

Coordinators

Desiree Castillo
Location: California
Role: Advanced Curriculum Coordinator
Why Rise Up?: I joined the Rise Up Project because I recently went through the process of getting my first job here in the United States. Having resources and people willing to support me was a big blessing. I joined to help those who need to gain confidence and empowerment to get that dream job.

Cindy Novak
Location: Washington
Role: Social Media Coordinator
Why Rise Up?: I have benefited greatly over the years from my many mentors and I enjoy being able to use my experience to help others. When I heard about the Rise Up Project, I felt strongly that I could contribute to the mission. I look forward to helping others succeed.

Alissa Santolo
Location: New Jersey
Role: Website Coordinator
Why Rise Up? I joined the Rise Up Project after recently participating in programs like this while I was in college. I wanted to continue mentoring in order to help people find opportunities for a successful career.

Coaches

Michelle Camden
Location: Missouri
Role: Coaching Lead
Why Rise Up? I joined the Rise Up Project because I want to help people build skills and confidence to lead to successful job opportunities. I also want to connect with others in this time of social distancing.

Kimberly Capehart
Location: Maryland
Role: Student Affairs and Metrics Lead
Why Rise Up? Help motivated people have a leg up on the job market, especially under-resourced populations.

Rob Holzinger
Location: Washington
Role: Coach
Why Rise Up? I joined the Rise Up Project because it serves a big and growing need for persons economically displaced by the pandemic. These shifting times are scary, but also filled with new opportunities if you stay focused and maintain an abundance mindset. The Rise Up Project is a tool to help others do just that.

Ali Torabi
Location: Washington DC
Role: Coach
Why Rise Up? I have always enjoyed hearing about people’s stories and aspirations. This was an opportunity to give back to those that might not have access in their communities to the resources to support their career goals.

Jeff Young
Location: Arizona
Role: Coach + Outreach
Why Rise Up?: I am working with the Rise Up Project because I want to give back to the youth of America what America has given to me. I want to share my experience and diverse knowledge to help others reach their full potential.

Outreach

Jill Irish
Location: Ohio
Role: Outreach and Volunteer Management Lead
Why Rise Up?: I joined the Rise Up Project to give back and connect with a diverse community of individuals and organizations.

Gail Robinson
Location: Maryland
Role: Outreach
Why Rise Up?: I completed the Rise Up Bootcamp in 2020 and wanted to give back.

Jeff Young
Location: Arizona
Role: Coach + Outreach
Why Rise Up?: I am working with the Rise Up Project because I want to give back to the youth of America what America has given to me. I want to share my experience and diverse knowledge to help others reach their full potential.

Social Media

Michelle Camden
Location: Missouri
Role: Coaching Lead
Why Rise Up? I joined the Rise Up Project because I want to help people build skills and confidence to lead to successful job opportunities. I also want to connect with others in this time of social distancing.

Kimberly Capehart
Location: Maryland
Role: Student Affairs and Metrics Lead
Why Rise Up? Help motivated people have a leg up on the job market, especially under-resourced populations.

Cindy Novak
Location: Washington
Role: Social Media Coordinator
Why Rise Up?: I have benefited greatly over the years from my many mentors and I enjoy being able to use my experience to help others. When I heard about the Rise Up Project, I felt strongly that I could contribute to the mission. I look forward to helping others succeed.

Noelle Rivera
Location: Texas
Role: Social Media
Why Rise Up?: My college did a great job helping me learn the skills for job applications and I wanted to pass it forward!

Alissa Santolo
Location: New Jersey
Role: Website Coordinator
Why Rise Up? I joined the Rise Up Project after recently participating in programs like this while I was in college. I wanted to continue mentoring in order to help people find opportunities for a successful career.

Curriculum

Desiree Castillo
Location: California
Role: Advanced Curriculum Coordinator
Why Rise Up?: I joined the Rise Up Project because I recently went through the process of getting my first job here in the United States. Having resources and people willing to support me was a big blessing. I joined to help those who need to gain confidence and empowerment to get that dream job.

Sajal Jain
Location: California
Role: Curriculum
Why Rise Up?: To help people to find the starting point of the big race in life, so they can run, rise and fly to achieve their dreams. Also to meet like minded awesome volunteer, make friends and learn new skills.

Cindy Novak
Location: Washington
Role: Social Media Coordinator
Why Rise Up?: I have benefited greatly over the years from my many mentors and I enjoy being able to use my experience to help others. When I heard about the Rise Up Project, I felt strongly that I could contribute to the mission. I look forward to helping others succeed.

Ronak Parikh
Location: California
Role: Curriculum
Why Rise Up? To contribute for the good.

Legal

Gunita Singh
Location: California
Role: Legal Counsel
Why Rise Up? I am excited to be a part of the Rise Up Project because there are particularities in resume/cover letter drafting and interview etiquette that are not always intuitive. They must be taught in order to gain a competitive advantage. I am proud to contribute because I believe it is an invaluable resource for those who are navigating the job market