Public Good is a network of people and organizations who want to make the world a better place.

Our goal is to turn moments of hope, tragedy, and inspiration into meaningful action. We do this in partnership with some of the world’s most popular brands and media organizations … and maybe in partnership with you.

At the heart of Public Good are our audience engagement tools, which connect readers to causes, organizations working on them, and actions people can take to make a positive impact. Behind those tools is the world’s most advanced machine-learning engine for matching content to cause … and, just as importantly, a team of real, experienced, empathetic, and committed people.

Our Story

Our founding team are startup veterans who helped launch some of the biggest online marketplaces including Sittercity, Groupon, and Orbitz. Two of us, Dan and Jason, also got the opportunity to join President Obama’s historic 2012 reelection campaign as part of the technology leadership team. At Obama 2012 we got to see firsthand how people organize around the causes they care about. We saw lifelong friendships form, neighbors meet neighbors, and the game-changing effect of millions of small actions all pushing in the same direction.

When we launched Public Good, our goal was to bring that same energy and excitement to all forms of civic action. Every site we found was focused on making it easier to donate, but that’s only part of the journey. We wanted to create a place where you can make a difference on the causes you care about at the moment you are inspired and where you could share those experiences with others. And we wanted people to be able to contribute in whatever ways they can, not just through donations. We started it, but we hope you will join us!

Dan Ratner

Dan is the co-founder and the CEO of Public Good. He’s also co-author of two books on nanotechnology, a board member of Open Books, Chicago’s literacy-focused nonprofit social enterprise, and an advisory board member of Cure Violence, a global NGO pioneering the use of healthcare methods to end violence worldwide. Previously, he was the Director of Technology at Obama for America during the 2012 cycle and CTO of Sittercity.com, America’s first and largest service dedicated to finding quality child care online. A serial entrepreneur, writer, impact investor, raconteur, boulevardier and man about town, he lives in Chicago with his amazing wife Genevieve Thiers and twin sons Leo and Ari. Dan is passionate about using technology to make the world a better place by empowering everyone to make a difference.

Melissa Anderson

Melissa is the Co-founder and President of Public Good Software. Under her leadership Public Good's AI for Good platform has become the leader in "making news actionable" working with the nations leading publishers and brands including CNN, Gannett, Tribune Media, State Farm, Unilever and the Gates Foundation.

Melissa is a dynamic thought-leader around social impact innovation and an experienced speaker at a broad range of leading industry media and purpose brand events including the Online News Association Conference, Digital Hollywood, Shift Forum, Sustainable Brands, Engage for Good, The White House MSOY annual awards, and The Working Mother 100 Best Companies Annual Conference and Gala. She has also been featured in Entrepreneur.com, Microsoft Chicago and The Pentagon Channel. Past accolades include being named as a Civic Leader by the Air Force Chief of Staff and “Wonder Woman of Chicago” by IdeaForge. Melissa is also a mentor for TechStars in Chicago and served as the President of the Auxiliary Board at the Chicago Children's Museum.

Michael Manley

Michael S. Manley currently serves as the Chief Technology Officer of Public Good Software. Prior to joining Public Good, he worked in Director of Software Engineering roles for Elevate Studios, Leapfrog Online and Playboy.com. He has led software development teams from two to fifty members and worked on large software systems in publishing and content management, e-commerce, and direct marketing in multiple verticals, including telecommunications, financial services and automotive sales.

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