Andrew “Drew” McPherson is one of three Co-founders and Board Chair. Drew has a passion for creating assistive technology stemming from his own experience of becoming paralyzed in 2006. He was also a co-founder, president and instructor of EnableTech at UC Berkeley. While at Berkeley, Drew earned his BS and MS in mechanical engineering, taught as a lecturer on prosthetics and orthotics and served as a design fellow in the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation. He is most passionate about empowering those experiencing disability related limitations to create solutions to live their lives as the wish.
Francisco Peralta serves as a founding member, Vice-chair, and Treasurer. Born with Proximal Femoral Focal Deficiency (PFFD), Francisco had to undergo amputation at an early age. Despite this, Francisco has used the advancements in assistive technology to not just walk and run, but live a full and active life. His experiences have given him hope that technology will continue to improve, becoming more accessible and affordable for everyone. Francisco received a BA in Cognitive Science with a focus in Computer Science from UC Berkeley, where he co-founded EnableTech and initiated a student-led DeCal program on assistive technology.
Kandea Gandhi comes to the Board with a professional background that includes social enterprise management in the solar and workforce development sectors. She has a passion for improving assistive tech for people who also have upper-body mobility challenges that affect their use of computing devices. She received her MBA from the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University and her BA in African American Studies with a Philosophy Concentration from UCLA.
Kevin grew up loving his sisters (who both have Cystic Fibrosis) and making things. He received a BS, MS, and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley. His professional experience includes consultancy and development work in rehabilitation, robotics, and home automation. Today, he is motivated to create technology with social impact which serves unmet needs, both personally and by empowering others to make.