Our Mission:

To democratize access to career information and advice.


Our mission is to democratize access to the career advice and guidance underserved youth need to create professional goals and understand their personal paths to those goals. We exist first and foremost to level the playing field.

At CareerVillage.org we use crowdsourcing to provide personal career guidance to students at massive scale. We do this through an open access platform that anyone can use to ask a question related to a career. Our web platform matches the career questions students ask to our volunteer corps of over 15,000 working professionals with relevant expertise and a wealth of experiences to share. The advice students get is tailored for them, it’s reliable, and it’s encouraging and inspirational. The more students from different backgrounds use it, the more young people are exposed to careers they may never have dreamed existed.

To truly level the playing field, however, CV provides additional services through partners in communities in which the lack of resources (information, networking, mentoring, etc) is the largest and where students are underrepresented in their desired career, face discrimination in gaining access to their desired career, or face huge hurdles outside their control which block their ability to get into their desired career. We especially work to support youth in low-income communities, students who plan to become the first in their family to attend college, students who are first generation immigrants, young people of color, and young women interested in STEM careers. Working more intensively in communities traditionally lacking the most access reinforces the power of the CV website, enabling the most underserved youth to find new pathways, ask better questions, and forge more connections with peers and mentors using the website.

If you work with or know of a youth program or school with students who desperately need CareerVillage.org, please click here to get in touch with us.

The Problem

For young people around the world, the internet is a place where you can get any question answered. But when it comes to career guidance, reliable sources of information for youth are hard to come by and hard to digest, especially online. Ask any 16 year old around the world to take 10 minutes searching online for career advice and you’ll quickly discover that what they find is boring, complicated, often overwhelming, and almost never designed specifically for youth. 85% of low-income youth in the US search Google for questions about careers, college selection, skilled trades, summer activities, getting internships, improving academic performance, and much much more on a monthly basis. What they get is discouraging.

Traditionally, youth get career advice within their communities -- parents, teachers, and near-peers. We have seen how the limitations of this network approach plays out in low-income communities. This is a huge global problem. With global youth unemployment at record levels, being unable to find the answers to important questions about careers makes it nearly impossible to chart your path to gainful employment. We used to turn to educators to solve this problem, but with dramatic change taking place in the post-secondary world and 500 students for every school in America (and often worse ratios outside the US), we can’t put it all on the educators’ shoulders. This problem is exacerbated for youth in the Global South where the work experience of elders is inapplicable to 21st Century STEAM careers. As jobs are moving to developing nations, the gulf between career role models and future workers has a huge opportunity-cost. The world needs a cloud-based solution for career advice - CareerVillage is that solution.


The Solution

What if we could promise every student in the world that we could get them the answer to any question about any career, from real-life professionals speaking from real-life experience? And what if it was as easy and natural as using Instagram, Twitter, or Tumblr? At CareerVillage.org we use crowdsourcing to provide personal career guidance to students at massive scale. Our web platform matches the career questions students ask to our volunteer corps of over 10,000 working professionals with relevant expertise and a wealth of experiences to share. The advice students get is tailored for them, it’s reliable, and it’s encouraging and inspirational. 100% of our program is digital, which makes it so accessible, so scalable, and so easy to participate no matter how much (or how little) time you want to spend volunteering.

Already we've provided career advice to over 2.5 million online learners covering over 8,000 career topics. We’ve shown that students love getting career guidance this way, and we’ve shown that working professionals love being able to do skills-based volunteering online through CareerVillage.org.

Our Awards

Points of Light

Winner, NCVS Innovation Awards 2013: National Conference on Volunteering and Service.

Lumina Foundation

Social Innovation Award, 2016: Won a clean sweep of Lumina Foundation's first ever Social Innovation Awards at ASU-GSV 2016 in San Diego, CA.


1st Place, Social Impact: Picked from a pool of over 2,300 applicants to participate in MassChallenge 2014, from whom we were awarded the top prize in the Social Impact category.

JPMorgan Chase

1st place, Give It Away Award: Selected by a large panel of young people from a highly competitive pool of nonprofits.


Selected to participate in the world's first accelerator program exclusively for high tech nonprofit organizations.

College Knowledge Challenge

Selected for this program run by College Summit and sponsored by the Gates Foundation to improve college knowledge.


Incubated through the Technology Underwriting the Greater Good program in Boston, MA.

Harvard iLab

Invited to serve as a startup in residence at the iLab in Spring 2012 where we first launched our platform.

Meet the Team

  • Jared Chung

    Chief Village Elder & Co-Founder

    Before founding the organization Jared was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Co. and a Director at TEDxCambridge. He holds a B.S. in Finance from NYU Stern, where he first began working with education organizations on a pro-bono basis. When he isn't evangelizing for our cause, he's usually writing code or cooking up something tasty.
  • Lindsey Manning

    Director of Partnerships

    Lindsey attended the University of Oregon where she earned a B.A. in journalism and communications. She worked in project management after graduation and loves working at CareerVillage because it combines her entrepreneurial spirit with a mission she is passionate about. Lindsey is a lifelong volunteer, enjoys watching college football (Go Ducks!), hanging with her english bulldog Rutherford, and playing soccer. She believes CareerVillage will change the world, one question at a time!
  • Bryant Gomer

    Education Manager

    Bryant graduated UC, Santa Barbara with a B.A. in Political Science. He completed a Masters in Teaching and Secondary Education at USC’s Rossier School of Education. Driven by a passion to positively impact the quality of the education experience, Bryant entered the classroom and taught HS social studies in Richmond, CA, and has also taught in Middle school and Special Ed classrooms. After two years in Ann Arbor, Bryant joined CareerVillage to expand his reach on impacting learners. Bryant is also passionate about sports, music, and food. Lots of food. The quickest way to his musical heart is Bruce Springsteen.
  • Jordan Rivera

    Community Manager

    Jordan is a student of life who believes you can never stop learning. He has learned that only you have the power to create lifelong experiences of education that will transform your careers values, goals and path. He is a grad of Independence HS in San Jose, Evergreen Valley Community College (Comms Certificate and Sociology A.A.), and San Jose State University (B.S. in PR). The greatest relationships he developed were with professors-turned-life-mentors. Jordan currently serves as a leader of the young adults community at Westgate Church in Saratoga and ministers to other young adults in the local church community. Jordan has a heart for mentorship, community and education. He took those passions to CareerVillage and is excited to grow in such a life-changing community!
  • YoonJi Kim

    Partnerships Manager

    YoonJi came to CareerVillage.org from the world of public diplomacy and international exchange. Most recently, she helped launch the Global Ties Foundation, the charitable arm of Global Ties U.S., which is a nonprofit partner of the U.S. Department of State. She received her M.A. in Global Communication from George Washington University and her B.A. from UC Irvine. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, playing sports, and eating pho.
  • Jessica Pliska


    Jessica Pliska is the Founder and Executive Director of the Opportunity Network. She has worked with a number of community organizations focused on economic development including One to World, the "I Have a Dream" Foundation and Prep for Prep. Jessica holds a B.A. in Political Science from Yale.
  • Justin Pollack


    Justin Pollack is a Managing Director at PineBridge Investments LLC, a global asset management firm. Throughout his 20-year career he has focused on investments in privately-held companies. Justin holds a B.S. in Finance and Marketing from the Stern School of Business at New York University.
  • Michael Park


    Michael Park is a Principal at McKinsey & Company, and a 2011-2012 David Rockefeller Fellow - Partnership for New York City program. He also serves on the board of Achievement First Endeavor School. Michael holds an A.B. in Economics from Harvard College.
  • Anina Hitt


    Anina Hitt is a second year student at Brown University, studying Computer Science and Biology. When not at work/school, Anina enjoys watching movies with her friends, perusing Brown’s meme page (which she founded and you should check out), and eating Japanese food. Currently, she’s considering career paths in software engineering, computational biology, and pathology.
  • Ben Landis


    Ben Landis is a fourth year student at San Jose State University studying Advertising. When Ben is not at work or at school he loves going to the gym, spending time at the beach, checking out new food places, socializing with friends, and photography. Also, Ben is an avid coffee drinker and probably drinks more coffee than he should, but Ben is obsessed with his coffee.
  • David Ohta


    David Ohta is a second year student at Stanford University with a planned major in English or Economics. When David is not busy studying in the library or working away on new projects at CareerVillage, he enjoys hitting the weight room, reading and writing short fiction, and driving stick with friends down long, open roads.
  • Lizeth Galindo Roman


    Lizeth Galindo Roman is an incoming freshman at UC Santa Barbara majoring in Physics. She hopes to become an Astronomer in the future but also interested in being a movie producer. When Lizeth isn't working or at stressing out from school, she is either hiking in the nearby forest, eating away to whatever her heart desires, or watching a 1950's movie.
  • Long Nguyen


    Long is a fourth-year student at UC Santa Cruz majoring in Games and Playable Media. When not at work or in school, he enjoys playing and making computer games with my friends, writing short narratives, and drawing. He loves to eat, and food is the one thing I love from every culture.
  • Ryan Le


    Ryan Le is an upcoming second-year student at UC San Diego, majoring in Computer Science. When Ryan is not tediously debugging his school assignments, he loves taking late-night drives, going to the beach, attempting to surf (keyword: attempting) and talking basketball with friends. He hopes to pursue a career working with artificial intelligence or cybersecurity.
  • Debashri Mukherjee


    Debashri Mukherjee is a graduate student at Stanford University concentrating in Computational Social Science. When not crunching numbers, she enjoys reading, hiking, playing badminton and trying her hand at photography. She also has a full-time job of keeping her succulents alive.
  • David Guerrero


    I am an intern at CareerVillage and I will be studying at UC Riverside in the fall. I will be majoring in Economics. When I am not working or at school, I like to read, play video games, writing, studying history, and hanging out with friends.
  • Neel Kishnani


    Neel Kishnani is a junior at Stanford University studying Computer Science and Education. When not programming, he enjoys playing basketball, running, and playing saxophone.
  • It Takes A Village

    In the five plus years since I was first enamored with the idea of creating an online community where youth could get career advice, a shockingly large number of people have contributed time, money, skills, their networks, and their moral support to help us get where we are. It is shocking to me to acknowledge not only how many people have been willing to help make CareerVillage.org exist, but also how many people are needed to make CareerVillage.org exist. It is an enormous effort put in by an enormous number of amazing people, each doing a part. It's with that sacrifice in mind, that I want to thank each and every one of them.

    - Jared, Founder

    • Ajay Kapoor is an advisor who has helped us build our brand strategy, figure out how to collaborate with large companies, and hire staff. He has founded startups, worked for several years as an executive at Procter and Gamble, and now does digital strategy at SharkNinja.
    • Akshat Pradhan contributed great ideas and encouragement, and did early produt testing back in 2011 and 2012 when CareerVillage.org was first getting started.
    • Akhil Sanka was a 2016 summer intern before his sophomore year at Homestead High School. Akhil implemented a major redesign of the "out of the app" pages on our site incuding the splash page, the about page, explanation pages for all user types, our privacy policy and TOS, and more.
    • Ayesha Khanna is the president of Points of Light's Civic Incubator, which ran the first accelerator program CareerVillage.org ever participated in. Ayesha has been a steadfast advisor, spending hours on the phone with our team providing guidance on everything from legal structure to growth strategy to how to collaborate with large Fortune 500 companies.
    • Ben Hitov volunteered to spend some of his 2011 holiday vacation helping to build the very first version of the CareerVillage.org platform. He split the user model into a Student and a Professional model for the first time.
    • Britney Herman was a 2013 summer intern working on social media marketing and community operations.
    • Gillian Shelley was a development intern for the summer after her sophomore year at McGill. She researched institutional funders who would grant us money to continue our work.
    • Jaleel Mackey was employee #2 at CareerVillage and a core team member in 2015 and 2016. While at CareerVillage Jaleel did a little bit of everything, including supporting educators, increasing growth, and digital marketing. Jaleel is a USC grad who cares deeply about supporting underprivileged and underrepresented youth. He's great.
    • Jeff Atwood was one of our very first advisors, helping us think through the feature set we needed (and did not need) and how to provide maximum value to our community. Jeff is a co-founder of Stack Overflow, author of the blog Coding Horror, and currently the founder of Discourse.
    • Jennifer Pan is one of the co-founders of CareerVillage.org and has been a behind-the-scenes counselor to Jared on nearly all major decisions made. Jen and Jared are a husband wife team who decided to found CareerVillage.org together because they shared a dream and wanted to dedicate part of their family's life to social impact. Jen is an assistant professor at Stanford University, but was a grad student at Harvard when CareerVillage.org was founded.
    • Kelly LaBuff was a staff member and product manager who helped us build many core features on the site, including the career path features, and presided over the rebranding of CareerVillage.org from the old tree look into the new dual-tone iconic look we sport today. Kelly is a Stanford alum who is now doing mechanical engineering for an AgTech startup.
    • Kenneth Williams was an advisor who helped us build some very important strategies related to partnering with companies. Kenny worked at Deloitte for several years, including in their Social Impact practice and was a Phi Beta Kappa + Summa Cum Laude grad from Morehouse who put himself through college on scholarships.
    • Marina Watson was a student experience intern before for the summer before her senior year at Harvard.
    • Meg Ansara was an advisor who helped us think about how to apply large-scale grassroots organizing to our model. Meg was a regional director at Obama for America and then became a partner with 270 Strategies.
    • Mikia Manley was a 2013 summer intern before her senior year at Harvard. She worked on strategy, operations,and fundraising.
    • Omar Wasow was an advisor during our 2-4th years, especially when we were thinking about educators as our primary channelt or each students. Omar is a Professor at Princeton, one of the co-founders of BlackPlanet.com, an early technology pundit in the dot com era, and is a co-founder of a K-8 charter school in Brooklyn.
    • Oren Falkowitz was a supporter from the very start. Oren made calls for us, asked his friends and family to donate, made donations himself, and helped us think through product changes. For almost a year Oren's company Area1 donated office space inside their building in Redwood City, and Oren provided advice on IT security. Oren is the founder of several data and security startups including Area1, and formerly worked at the NSA.
    • Rob Mancabelli gave advice about how to work with educators and made personal donations to help us get off the ground. Rob is an author of Personal Learning Networks and is now the CEO of BrightBytes.
    • Rohun Saxena was a 2016 summer intern before his sophomore year at Stanford. He rebuilt a major piece of the recommendation engine that emails questions to volunteers.
    • Suzanne Reisman served as a board member for several years during our early years. She is a veteran of the nonprofit sector, including several years spent as a grantmaker. Suzanne instilled in us the importance of clearly articulating how we can effect an equity based mission with an equality based strategy. She has always ensured that we are on task for the mission we set ourselves on, and never straying from it.
    • Trisha Micarsos was a 2016 summer intern while a student at UC Santa Barbara. She worked on social media and partnership support.

Non-Discrimination Policy

CareerVillage is an equal opportunity organization and will not allow discrimination based upon age, ethnicity, ancestry, gender, national origin, disability, race, size, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, or any other status prohibited by applicable law. We also hold our registered users to the same standard, and reserve the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason at any time, including if we receive external evidence, such as negative publicity or social media, that reveals such discrimination, hate speech, or disrespectful or bullying behavior by a registered user, as determined by CareerVillage in its sole discretion.