Our Mission is tied to the structure of our Organization

What We Do

We develop technology and services that ensure everyone has access to all that the internet has to offer. From the abundance of free education available, to gaining insights about the many different cultures around the globe, information is critical to building a more equitable and peaceful society. 

At PCF, we work together with a single-minded focus. Driven by passion not profit, our team is committed to building technology and services that make a difference.

Our Impact

Tens of millions of people utilize PCF tools and services. Amara has enabled the creation of subtitles by volunteers and professional linguists, from 107 countries, for a broad scope of video content in over 100 languages. To date, over one million subtitles completed.

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107
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100+
Languages

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1,000,000+
Subtitles

A Unique Approach

We have built a unique culture. One that we want to foster, scale, and see reflected in the future of work, and the world at large. We started with a powerful premise – kindness would saturate every action in our organization, and infuse everything we did together.

Our org chart represented by a honeycomb captures this unique approach, where everyone is a critical component of making the structure strong. We work together toward a common goal, in an environment where every individual can thrive, grow, learn, and share their ideas.

RESULTS: Since we implemented this structure four years ago, we have seen a ninety-two percent annual retention rate, and increased our client base by 540 percent!

Our Team

Meet the talented, passionate, and fun-loving individuals who deliver innovative technologies and services that serve millions. We are an international and multicultural team! 

Aleli Alcala

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Aleli (she/they) is our Chief Operations and Sustainability Officer. She co-leads PCF with Dean. Aleli is passionate about creating a world where everyone has greater opportunity. She believes connection and inclusion are important aspects to making this happen. Aleli loves to go for long walks with her dog, Kaia. She is a graduate of the University of Washington.

aleli@pculture.org

Thais M. Barros

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Thais (she/her) is a Senior Project Manager with Amara On Demand working with Key Accounts. She joined Amara in 2013 as a volunteer, and discovered her love for translation and languages. Thais holds a degree in Geography, a post-graduate diploma in English Translation, and continues to invest in her language and translation studies. Thais lives near São Paulo, Brazil, with her partner Leonardo and their four dogs: Clara, Flor, Lucy and Luke. Thais has a passion for plants and veg food.

thais@amara.org

Rieann Brown

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Rieann (she/her) is our Technical Documentation and Support Manager and Bookkeeper. She helps to ensure Amara users and clients have the support they need to have a great experience with the platform. Her education in environmental sociology and work with local groups has increased her passion for more inclusive societies to meet the challenges of the future we will face together. You can also find her outdoors roaming the Pacific Northwest or just watching the stars dance.

rieann@amara.org

Allison Buford

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Allison (they/them) is a Senior Product Specialist and Recruiter for Amara. They started as a transcriptionist for Amara On Demand in 2015 and grew into other roles in recruiting, documentation, and copywriting. They are excited about creating human-centered processes, writing globally accessible content, and facilitating intuitive user journeys. Allison is an avid autodidact, amateur cartoonist, and plant parent.

allison@amara.org

Marília Correia

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Marília (she/her) is our Amara On Demand Assistant Operations Manager. She leads Amara On Demand efforts in Daily Operations. She lives in her hometown of Recife, Brazil. Marilia is passionate about creating a more inclusive world through subtitling, and started with Amara as a volunteer in 2013. She has a BA in Law from UFPE, and a Diploma in Translation Methodology. Marilia loves to travel, learn about new cultures, and is always trying to learn new things in her free time.

marilia@amara.org

Melanie Dychinco-Ty

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Melanie (she/her) is a Senior Project Manager with Amara on Demand, supporting Client Services. Her passion for learning led her to volunteer at Amara. She joined Amara On Demand in 2013, and quickly learned that she had an aptitude for captioning. She has a degree in Development Studies and a post-graduate diploma in Urban and Regional Planning. Melanie worked for years as a researcher on climate change, and later served as a project officer in government. She lives in the Philippines with her family, tutors her daughters during school days, and reads during her free time.

melanie@amara.org

Dean Jansen

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Dean (he/him) is our Executive Director and CEO. He co-leads PCF with Aleli. Dean believes that people meeting and working toward common goals is a powerful way to bridge divides. He has held fellowships and affiliation with Harvard's Berkman Klein Center and the Data & Society Research Institute, where his primary focus has been the Future of Work. Dean is based in New Mexico and is grateful for the sun, excellent hiking, and spicy foods.

dean@pculture.org

Joanna Lam

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Joanna (she/her) is a Senior Project Manager with Amara On Demand supporting Key Accounts and Client Services. Holding a degree in Modern Languages with specializations in Spanish, English and French, Joanna joined the Amara On Demand team as a subtitler in 2013, and has grown her career path ever since. Originally from Venezuela, she now lives in Peru with her family. Joanna has a passion for baking and enjoys trying new recipes in her free time.

joanna@amara.org

Jenny Lam-Chowdhury

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Jenny (she/her) is our Amara On Demand Operations Manager. She is passionate about promoting equal access to knowledge to create a more tolerant and just world. Originally from Venezuela, Jenny now lives in the US with her family. She has a degree in International Studies, with further studies in Communication, Foreign Languages, Translation, and Localization. Jenny enjoys learning new languages, cooking, reading, and working on "Eating With My Five Senses" (eatingwithmyfivesenses.com), a blog promoting the exploration of food and culture made accessible with English and Spanish subtitles.

jenny@amara.org

Viviane M.

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Viviane (she/her) is a Senior Project Manager with Amara On Demand, focused on Key Accounts and Finance. She is a culture and language enthusiast, and an avid knowledge seeker. After receiving her BA in Advertising from her native Lebanon, she worked in accounting and tutored children in French. She now lives in the Bay area, which feeds her love for international cuisine. In her spare time, Viviane enjoys cooking, photography, reading, and learning languages.

viviane@amara.org

Laura Morgantini

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Laura (she/her) is our Lead Product and Delivery Manager. She joined the Amara team in 2019 after being in the agile software delivery world for the better part of 10 years in different roles. She brings a very analytical, user-centered and structured approach to Amara and is a strong advocate of cross-team collaboration. Laura lives on Vancouver Island, and loves all things outdoors from beach volleyball to snow shoeing with her family.

laura@pculture.org

Sebastião Nascimento

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Sebastião (he/him) is a Senior Project Manager with Amara On Demand. He joined our team in the early days of Amara, and is still just as passionate about the platform and his teammates as he was on day one. His studies in Law, History and Social Sciences have taken him from Brazil to Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. Always eager to learn about languages and the boundless possibilities of communication across borders, he lives with his beautiful family in Brazil.

sebastiao@amara.org

Erin O'Driscoll

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Erin (she/her) is a Technical Documentation and Support Specialist with the Amara team. She has a degree in English and began her career in the publishing industry in New York, where she discovered a passion for the interrelationship between technology, learning, information sharing and user support. Erin lives with her partner on the Costa del Sol in southern Spain. In her free time she enjoys exploring Roman ruins, collecting beach glass (which she swears she will create something beautiful with some day!), learning Spanish, and volunteering with a local philanthropic social group giving back to the people of her host country.

erin@amara.org

Fran Ontanaya

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Fran (he/him) is our Senior Technical Operations Manager. He joined PCF in 2013 to support our very first Amara On Demand projects. His technical expertise provides solutions to our clients who have special subtitling requests. Also, the Tech Ops team handles media encodings, helps design workflows, guidelines, and software to ensure Amara On Demand runs smoothly. Fran is our expert in all things subtitling. He lives in Torrent, near Valencia, Spain.

fran@amara.org

Judit Pinol

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Judit is our Amara Enterprise Manager. She works with our clients to ensure we meet their localization needs. Judit believes providing access to information is key to a better world. She has a background in media studies and translation, and found Amara during her travels, when looking to share video content with family back in Catalonia, Spain. She loves learning about regenerative agriculture, traveling, brewing beer and growing her own food.

judit@amara.org

Dan Reyes

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Dan (he/him) is a Software Engineer with Amara. With his Computer Science education, he hopes to connect people around the world through the platform. Before finding his home at Amara in 2018, Dan has worked with various teams ranging from a research group for speech recognition of Philippine languages to an infosec team of a major Philippine telco. He loves to play video games, build GunPla model kits, and is always looking for street food!

dan@pculture.org

Natalia Savvidi

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Natalia (she/her) is a Senior Project Manager with Amara On Demand. She started as a volunteer in 2012. Now she supports Key Accounts and leads our Linguist and Partner Relations management efforts. Natalia got her degree in Physics, and worked for many years as a researcher, later as a programmer. She has lived in several countries and is fluent in a number of languages, which made her passionate about translations. Natalia has been living in Greece since 1993.

natalia@amara.org

Margarita Shamraeva

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Margarita (she/her) is our Quality Assurance Manager. She is fascinated with information technology, the way it transforms people's lives and the new opportunities it offers. Margarita has worked on Amara and other PCF projects since 2010. She lives in Vancouver, Canada, and enjoys meeting people from different countries and cultures, learning new languages, and playing table tennis.

mshamraeva@pculture.org

Sam Slottow

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Sam (they/them) has been a Recruiter with PCF and Amara since 2018. They value the opportunity to create meaningful connections with people, both through the work they do and in everyday life. Since graduating from Western Michigan University in 2016, Sam has been pursuing a passion for performing arts. In their spare time, Sam enjoys cooking breakfast foods, making music, playing video games, and overanalyzing movie plots.

sam@amara.org

Kenzie Slottow

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Kenzie (she/they) currently works on recruiting, team support, and media content for Amara and served as Product Manager from 2016-2019. Kenzie is a musician, theatremaker and digital nomad who enjoys facilitating human connection through storytelling and community-building, building processes and highly functional spreadsheets. In their spare time they enjoy hiking, reading, learning, and all kinds of potatoes.

kenzie@amara.org

Jana Stotler

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Jana (she/her) leads our efforts in Accounting and Human Resources. Prior to joining PCF in 2016, Jana worked as a finance/accounting executive in several colleges, universities, and nonprofits. After living the majority of her life in the western United States, she now lives and loves life in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica, where she is able to pursue her hobby of photographing wildlife and birding. Jana is also an avid sloth watcher, and companion to her husband and many dogs.

jana@pculture.org

Kathy Torres

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Kathy (she/her) is an accountant with over 15 years of experience with an MBA in Accounting from Adelphi University. She has worked with a wide range of companies from both the private and the nonprofit sectors. Before joining Amara, Kathy served as Director of Finance and Operations at Defy Ventures, Inc for over five and a half years, where she developed a passion for working with nonprofits. She loves the fast-paced environment and the multiple hats you wear working in the nonprofit world. Kathy has always loved finance and accounting. In her opinion, accounting is not about just “crunching the numbers” but also about helping companies achieve their goals. In her free time, you can find Kathy reading a good book, taking a long walk with her husband and three kids.

kathy@pculture.org

Board of Directors

  • Dave Glassco, President
  • Tiffiniy Cheng, Secretary
  • Dean Jansen, Treasurer
  • Aleli Alcala
  • Stefan Magdlinski
  • Nicholas Reville

Advisory Board

  • Joel Cohen
  • Cory Doctorow
  • Rick Hess
  • Leszek Izdebski
  • John Lilly
  • Holmes Wilson

Major Funders

  • European Commission
  • Knight Foundation
  • MacArthur Foundation
  • Mellon Foundation
  • Mitch Kapor Foundation
  • Mozilla
  • Rappaport Family Foundation
  • Surdna Foundation
  • William Penn Foundation
  • Opencast
  • Open Society Institute
  • Ashoka
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting
  • ...and many, many individual users

Founders

  • Tiffiniy Cheng
  • Nicholas Nassar
  • Nicholas Reville
  • Holmes Wilson