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Meet Our Team

Krishna Venugopal

Founder and President of FIRE

The pandemic revealed how many of my peers and rural businesses lacked skills needed to succeed in the digital world. As an entrepreneur who started FoGo, I established FIRE to address this problem as I saw how this could also bridge economic, geographic, and social divisions.

Board of Directors

Our Board is comprised of a diverse team of students who are passionate about advancing the mission of FIRE through service. This dedicated team of student leaders volunteer their time in driving activities such as client outreach, mentorship, operations management, preparing education and social media content.

Mario Awasum

Director of Operations
Woodlands, TX

My experiences in my home country of Cameroon showed me the struggle that many in rural communities experience, particularly with health care.  I’m excited at how FIRE allows me to start these changes in rural communities surrounding Houston.

Gus Feinberg

Director of Client Outreach and Marketing
Woodlands, TX

As a varsity athlete, who loves the creative process that goes into producing anime, I’ll bring these skills to increase FIRE’s outreach. 

Divya Venugopal

Director of Social Media Content
Spring, TX

Based in Spring, Texas, my joy in connecting with people fuels the creativity I hope to bring the communities that FIRE serves.   

Jackson Williams

Secretary and Treasurer
Spring, TX

Playing basketball with diverse students across the country has taught me to look for opportunities to positively impact communities. I am responsible for FIRE’s initiatives that embrace exploring cultural nuances and promote inclusiveness in our curricula.

Please fill out the volunteer application if your passion to serve matches ours!

Advisors

Mike Feinberg co-founded KIPP in 1994 and established KIPP Academy Houston a year later. In 2000, he co-founded the KIPP Foundation to help take KIPP to scale. Mike has a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, Master of Education from National-Louis University. He received an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters from Yale University in 2010 and from Duke University in 2015. We are forever grateful to Mike for his invaluable mentorship and guidance.

Colleen Dippel is the Founder and CEO of Families Empowered. She began her career as a public school teacher. She served as the Director of the KIPP School Leadership Program, the Director of Alumni Support for Teach For America-houston. We can’t thank Colleen enough for her constant support and making time to advise us.