Introducing Our 2015 Gobee Fellows

We are excited to welcome two fellows to the Gobee team this summer: Naomi Baer and Brooke Staton. From the more than 100 applications for the fellowship, both Brooke and Naomi stood out as exceptional fits for our ethos at Gobee. In the short time they have worked with us, we have already seen Brooke and Naomi’s unique experience and perspective stretch Gobee in new directions.

Naomi Baer 

Just before Gobee, Naomi acted as Chief Operating Officer at Net Impact, leading a community of over 60,000 students and young professionals working to create positive social and environmental change. Naomi brings significant experience in the international development sector, having joined Kiva as one of its earliest employees and serving as a member of its executive team. She is also a founding board member of myAgro, a Mali-based social enterprise that offers SMS-based micro-savings to smallholder farmers in West Africa. She has two decades of experience in international communications and programs, with a focus on social entrepreneurship, community building and engagement, business process development, and locally-driven innovation. She’s now planning to use the Fellowship to deepen her design skills to bring into the next stage of her career. We’re excited about her experience in scaling up organizations as it applies to several of our active efforts at Gobee.

Brooke Staton

Brooke is a dual degree Master’s candidate at the University of California, Berkeley in City Planning (Healthy Cities, and Housing & Community Development) and Public Health (Health & Social Behavior). She’s worked with Human Impact Partners, the public defender’s office in DC, and a professional women’s soccer team. She was a college athlete (track and field) at Occidental College. She was a student in Jaspal’s Eat.Think.Design. course in Spring 2015 and traveled to Jamaica to work on the project with Golden Age Home. With the Fellowship, Brooke hopes to integrate social justice and design – something that nobody else is doing and something Gobee’s been trying to do across multiple local efforts over the past 1-2 years.