About FeelGood


A youth movement to
end extreme poverty by 2030

THE MOVEMENT

FeelGood is a youth movement turning college into a time of effective global action. On campuses across the country, students run a successful social enterprise—a grilled cheese deli— to raise money and build public support for the end of extreme hunger and poverty. In the process students gain critical business, leadership and teamwork skills that serve them throughout their lives.

THE FUND

Every dollar students raise is invested in the Commitment 2030 Fund: A select group of organizations working to fulfill the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): a global initiative to eliminate extreme hunger and poverty by achieving an economically prosperous, socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable human presence on the planet by 2030.

  • Financial support

    Brand new chapters receive two full scholarships (minus travel) to attend FeelGood’s 5-day Big Cheese Summer Institute and the opportunity to earn up to $750 in investment capital in the first year.

  • Training

    FeelGood is committed to your development as a 21st century leader, social entrepreneur, and global citizen—providing online resources, on-demand consulting and support, training modules and intensives, international travel opportunities, and more.

  • Community

    As part of the FeelGood community, you’ll have access to our global network of experts in international development, leadership, and social entrepreneurship. After graduation, you’ll be invited to join our alumni organization, FeelGood4Life.

OUR IMPACT SINCE 2005

  • 1.72 M for the end of hunger

  • 17,243 lives out of poverty

  • 25 active chapters

  • 181,872 volunteer hours

  • 192,334 grilled cheese



OUR 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 extreme poverty, 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 Board of Directors

FeelGood's board of directors is made up by 12 students and alumni of the program. Over 30 students and alumni serve in the different board committees to create, hold and implement the vision for our movement.

  • Kristin Walter

    Casually

    wins marathons every time she runs one

    Kristin WalterCo-Founder & Executive Director

    Kristin co-founded FeelGood in 2005 as a college student at the University of Texas, Austin, where she received her BA in finance. As FeelGood’s executive director, Kristin has guided FeelGood from a single-campus initiative into a vibrant national movement, impacting the lives of thousands and raising over $1.7 million for the end of extreme poverty and hunger.

  • Mary Glenn

    Mary GlennFeelGood4Life Chair

    Mary graduated from the FeelGood Columbia chapter in 2013, where she served as Co-President and was involved her entire undergraduate life. Mary most recently worked as a case manager with the HIV/AIDS population in NYC, and is now pursuing a Master of Development Practice from UC Berkeley! To add to the intrigue, Mary is a Certified Collector of snow globes!

  • Aisha White

    Aisha WhiteCommunications Chair

    Aisha joined FeelGood in 2014 as an Alumni Changemaker Ignitor and is now our Communications Chair. As a student Aisha was Marketing Chair and President at the University of Pittsburgh where she graduated with a Business Marketing Degree with a minor in Italian. What’s more, Aisha enjoys crafting Pinatas and holds a gold medal in contemporary miming.

  • Nick Guarriello

    Nick GuarrielloBoard Secretary

    Nick joined the FeelGood movement in 2012 as the Founder and President of the Stevens Institute of Technology Chapter. Nick graduated in 2014 with his degree in Business & Technology. Currently working in New York City, he spends much of his spare time making music and cycling.

  • Angelika Kurthen

    Angelika KurthenCulture & Community Chair

    Angelika joined FeelGood at the beginning of 2014 as a member of the UMich chapter. She is a junior currently pursuing degrees in Environment and Germanic Languages and Literature. She also hopes to graduate with a minor in Oceanography and a minor in Evolutionary and Ecological Biology. Right now, Angelika is serving as the Education and Recruitment Chair of the UMich Chapter.

  • Earl Pearson

    Earl PearsonChapter Recruitment Co-Chair

    Earl co-chairs FeelGood's Chapter Recruitment committee. He joined FeelGood's University of Pittsburgh chapter in 2013 and served as treasurer before coordinating Pitt's first-ever 24-Hour Deli event. Graduating in the fall of 2015 with a degree in urban studies, Earl plans to attend graduate school for transportation planning. And let it be known it’s not just a rumor; Earl verifiably "has a building-crush on the Cathedral of Learning.”

  • Eric Fitzpatrick

    Eric FitzpatrickChapter Recruitment Co-Chair

    Eric is a senior at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ, majoring in Business and Technology. Eric was a key member of the Stevens FeelGood founding team, serving as Vice President during that time. Since then Eric has held various other leadership positions there and is currently serving as President. Eric once led the entire MLS in goals scored...in FIFA 2015.

  • Malcolm Walter

    Malcolm WalterMember Emeritus

    Malcolm has been an investor and adviser of FeelGood from its inception. Professionally, he joined Bentley in 1999 and has served as COO and senior vice president since 2000. Malcolm has an undergraduate degree in Accounting and Computer Science from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He also serves on the board of Water For People (a Commitment 2030 Fund member). Malcolm’s passion is improving quality of life through effective infrastructure both in the developed and developing parts of our world.

  • Becca Young

    Becca YoungProgram Development Chair

    Becca is a rising senior at Boston University, majoring in English and minoring in Italian. She was one of the founding members of FeelGood BU when the chapter began in Fall 2012, and since then has served as Deli Manager, President, and now this year's Education and Recruitment chair. She is very eager to develop more strategies to get more students involved in FeelGood in Boston! Fun fact: two of her biggest obsessions in life are food trucks and jazz music!

  • Taryn Novellino

    Taryn NovellinoFINANCE CHAIR

    Taryn joined FeelGood at UVM in 2005 and later became the President of the chapter her senior year. After graduating, she helped start FG4Life where she acted as co-chair. Currently Taryn lives in New York City and works as a Finance Manager for NBCUniversal. She is also is a big fan of the NY Mets!

  • Kate Mitchell

    Kate MitchellEducation Chair

    Kate is a rising junior at University of Vermont, double majoring in Environmental Studies and Psychology. FeelGood is one of the reasons she chose UVM, and Kate got involved in 2013 as soon as she landed on campus as a first year student. She’s currently the UVM FeelGood chapter’s sustainability chair, working with other officers and campus organizations to ensure UVM FeelGood’s environmental sustainability. Fun fact: Kate has two national medals for synchronized skating!

  • Erin East

    Erin EastCommitment 2030 Fund Chair

    Erin joined FeelGood when she and some of her best pals founded the UVA chapter of FeelGood in the Spring of 2014. She is the chapter's current president and is slated to graduate with a B.A. in May of 2016, with a major in Foreign Affairs and a minor in South Asian Studies. She (excitedly) joins the FeelGood Board as the Commitment 2030 Fund chair! In case there’s any doubt she’s the right person for the job, Erin dressed as a Transformer (tm) for four years as goalie for her high school field hockey team. Her final form? A 1960 sea foam green VW bug.

Our Staff

FeelGood staff members serve, equip and support hundreds of student leaders who in turn inspire and manage over a thousand volunteers across the country.

  • Corin Blanchard

    At 5'11', really "digs"

    sand volleyball 2s or 4s

    Corin BlanchardManaging Director and Board Chair

    Corin joined FeelGood in 2009 and serves as FeelGood’s Managing Director and Board Chair. 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 Spahn

    Has an

    encyclopedic knowledge of roller coasters

    Connor SpahnProgram 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.

  • Rachel Rubenstein

    Always has the best

    1-liner responses

    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.

  • Nick Collins

    Lives in a town

    with penny parking

    Nick CollinsOperations Manager

    Nick joined FeelGood in 2015 as Operations Manager. Nick first delved into operations management as the University of Pittsburgh chapter's Business Manager and later Vice President. After graduating with an economics degree, he traveled the world and eventually found his way back to FeelGood.

Changemaker Ignitors

The role of Changemaker Ignitor is crucial for nourishing and sustaining our movement. We're grateful to these 16 FeelGood alumni for playing the role of a dependable, responsive, supportive, and strategic cheerleader to all FeelGood chapters.

Alissa Breindel
UC Berkeley ’09
Ally Castles
University of Pittsburgh ’10
Becky Bond
Chestnut Hill College ’12
Benjy Schechner
Columbia University ‘15
Carlos Yugar
UC Riverside ’14
Cecelia Lie
Barnard College ’11
Chloe Kund
Bryn Athyn College ’14
Chris Joy
University of Vermont ’13
Christina Maples
University of Minnesota ’14
Dani Hoey
University of Vermont ’11
Hanna Beckman
UC Santa Barbara ’12
Jason Walter
University of Texas – Austin ’07
Jesse Perez
UC Riverside ’15
Katie Kerrigan
Duquesne University ’14
Laura Duane
University of Vermont ’12
Leah Shukla
University of Vermont ’08

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Top Row, Left to Right: Connor Spahn, Jason Walter, Ally Castles
Middle Row, Left to Right: Jesse Perez, Leah Shukla, Alissa Breindel, Katie Kerrigan. Bottom Row, Left to Right: Cecelia Lie, Dani Hoey, Chloe Kund, Rachel Rubenstein.

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Left to Right: Hanna Beckman, Chris Joy, Laura Duane, Carlos Yugar, Benjy Schechner, Becky Bond. Not Pictured: Christina Maples.