OUR LOVE STORY
FeelGood was founded in 2005 by Kristin Walter and a group of cross country runners at the University of Texas at Austin. Inspired by the work of The Hunger Project and its philosophy that ending hunger is not about feeding “a billion hungry mouths,” but rather about “unleashing the talents and spirits of a billion human beings able to end their own hunger”—Kristin and her friends looked for a way to get involved and contribute.
Their idea: offer fellow students grilled cheese sandwiches in exchange for a donation, and invest the proceeds in organizations with a proven track record of sustainable, gender-based hunger-eradication. In less than 6 months, they raised $10,000. Not only that, they discovered that a grilled cheese sandwich had the power to start some amazing conversations about hunger, and how we can end it.
Today, we’re a national movement of social entrepreneurs for the end of hunger, with chapters across the country. Every year FeelGood students initiate thousands of conversations and raise tens of thousands of dollars, all for the most critical global issue of our time.
OUR IMPACT SINCE 2005
The FeelGood Program
FeelGood is a youth leadership program addressing the systemic causes of humanity’s most pressing challenges. Students run a social enterprise—a grilled cheese deli—to raise money to address these challenges while educating the public on our collective responsibility to respond. 100 percent of what students raise is invested in partner organizations delivering proven solutions at all levels: locally, nationally and globally.
Earn up to $3,000 of investment capital, a deli enterprise start-up kit (value $450), and two full scholarships for the 5-day Big Cheese Summer Institute in August 2015.
Leadership training, conferences, webinars, international travel opportunities, on-demand consulting and support.
Marketing materials, operations and recruitment tools, online resources, curricular modules and training.
Access to our global network of committed social entrepreneurs. Membership in our alumni organization (FeelGood4Life) after graduation.
Nine FeelGood staff members serve, equip and support the hundreds of student leaders who in turn inspire and manage over a thousand volunteers across the country. Pretty sweet, huh!?
Sarah WalterDirector of Alumni Giving
Sarah joined FeelGood in 2010 and serves as the Director of Alumni Giving. With over 10 years experience in the nonprofit sector, Sarah has worked on issues from immigrant rights, equal opportunity, sexual assault prevention as well as professional development and education for nonprofit employees. Sarah holds an MSW from the University of Denver and a bachelor’s the University of Iowa.
Shelly LurieOperations Manager
Shelly joined FeelGood in 2013 as a Changemaker Ignitor and now holds the role of Operations Manager. Shelly is one of the founding members of the FeelGood UCSB chapter and served as President for two years. Shelly graduated in 2012 with a degree in Communications and a minor in Global Peace and Security.
Rachel RubensteinProgram Director
Rachel joined FeelGood in 2011 as a Changemaker Ignitor and is now our Program Director. Rachel knows the FeelGood experience inside and out: She was the deli manager and president of the FeelGood chapter at the University of Vermont, where she graduated in 2010 with a B.A. in Sociology and minors in Psychology and History.
Kern BeareStrategic Communications and Initiatives
Kern joined FeelGood in 2009 and currently focuses on Strategic Communications and Initiatives. He also supports FeelGood's fundraising efforts and education module design. Prior to joining FeelGood, Kern was vice president of communications for a high-tech corporation in Silicon Valley, a former Trustee of the Foundation for Global Community, and a co-founder of the non-profit, Global MindShift.
Peggy SniderChapter Enrollment Manager and Social Media & PR Coordinator
Peggy joined FeelGood in 2013 and serves as our Chapter Enrollment Manager and Social Media & PR Coordinator. She began as a member at the University of Vermont chapter, where she graduated in 2011 with a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Community Entrepreneurship. Peggy served as Chair of the FeelGood4Life Steering Committee in 2012.
Corin BlanchardDirector of Operations and Partnerships
Corin joined FeelGood in 2009 and serves as FeelGood’s Director of Operations and Partnerships. Prior to FeelGood, Corin worked in colleges and universities for over a decade, most recently at the University of Vermont where she was the much-loved advisor of their FG chapter. In addition to holding a BA in English from Drake University and an M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from UVM, Corin is a Certified Rolfer™.
Connor SpahnChapter Development Program Manager
Connor joined FeelGood in 2013 as a Changemaker Ignitor and now serves as the Chapter Development Program Manager. First involved with the FeelGood chapter at Columbia University as treasurer, he has been actively involved as an alumni as a Big Cheese counselor and as co-chair of the 2013 Hunger Summit. Connor has his degree in Economics and Philosophy.
Kristin WalterCo-Founder & Executive Director
She started FeelGood in 2004 while a finance major at the University of Texas at Austin, and it has been her full-time occupation since graduation in 2005. Under her leadership, FeelGood has grown from a single-campus initiative into a vibrant national movement, impacting the lives of thousands and raising over $1.6 million for the end of hunger.
Talis Apud HendricksEducation and Technology.
Talis leads FeelGood's technology and education initiatives. She was already a veteran of numerous for-profit and non-profit enterprises when she joined forces with Kristin in 2005 to create FeelGood’s first business plan. Talis holds an MS in Innovation from the Monterrey Institute of Technology in Mexico and a BA in Sociology from UT Austin. She qualified to the 2008 Olympic Games.
Our Board of Directors & Advisers
Co-Founder of Enlight Foundation. FeelGood Board Member.
COO of Bentley Systems. FeelGood Board Fundraising Chair.
Ted Tang Grubb
Director of Engineering at OpenTable. FeelGood Board Technology Chair.
Director of Financial Analysis & Risk Administration at Sierra Club. FeelGood Board Finance Chair.
FeelGood4Life Chair. FeelGood Board Member. Grad Student.
FeelGood Co-Founder and FeelGood Board Chair.
Producer and Designer at the Institute for the Future. FeelGood Adviser.
Join our team
Any available positions will be listed below. Click on each one for details regarding dates, compensation, qualifications, and how to apply. As the movement grows and changes, additional opportunities may become available.