Rob Carpenter is a serial entrepreneur, writer, political activist, nonprofit founder and public speaker. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur and founding Friendgiftr, Inc., he served in the White House Office of Political Affairs, where he was responsible for creating political, economic, legal, and legislative briefs for the President, Vice President, and various members of the U.S. Cabinet as well as helping coordinate logistical preparations for presidential events with Oval Office Operations, Intergovernmental Affairs, Advance Operations, Public Liasion, Speech Writing, and the U.S. Secret Service. Rob has also served as an aide to a former U.S. House Speaker, advising on a range of issues including technology, education, and economic development, and as the Special Assistant to the CEO of Teach For America, where he helped coordinate the political and school leadership initiatives in more than 25 states. He has also founded multiple organizations in the nonprofit and private sectors, including a 501(c)(3) which helped secure $40 billion in transportation funding for a new Subway to the Sea project and other transit improvements in Southern California. He is a regular contributor/columnist for the Los Angeles Business Journal, writing on a broad range of issues including entrepreneurship, business, technology, politics and society, and was recently appointed to the Los Angeles Transportation Commission, a 7 member group which oversees a $150 million annual budget and all transportation projects in Los Angeles.
He has been awarded the Henry Kravis Prize in entrepreneurship and venture capital and sits on the boards of The Story Project, a nonprofit connecting entertainment industry professionals like the writers of Spiderman and Men in Black to inner city students nationwide to promote literacy and empowerment, and is Chairman of the Inner-City Arts Young Professionals Advisory Board, a nonprofit which educates over 8,000 at-risk students annually with the help of Dreamworks Animation technology and executives and other arts tools. Rob has received awards from the Phillips International Foundation, California State Legislature, California Department of Education, among others. He received his B.A. in American government, public policy, and political philosophy from Claremont McKenna College, where he helped lead one of the largest college rallies in history, covered nationally and internationally by such organizations as the New York Times, LA Times, ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox.
Jonny is the director of online and social media initiatives at Friendgiftr. He executes social media campaigns, online advertising, search engine optimization, and conducts Friendgiftr’s internal research & development. He graduated with a B.S in Cognitive Science from UCLA, where he conducted several research projects such as human motion perception and facial recognition. Prior to working with Friendgiftr, he served as a security advisor for the Cutest Dog Competition, which was a nationwide competition featured in CNN Money, Yahoo Finance, Reuters, and CBS Moneywatch. Jonny was raised in Hong Kong and has lived in California (San Francisco, San Leandro, and Los Angeles). He likes LA because he enjoys sunshine, palm trees and the beaches.