We’re a dedicated collection of passionate changemakers.


Eric Woods – CEO & Founder
Before leading Switchboard, Eric was the Executive Vice President, COO & Co-Founder of EconoMEDics, a medical device start-up that designed a rugged, low-cost, power-generating pulse oximeter for the developing world.  With a degree in Bioengineering from UC San Diego and a term as an engineering Project Manager at the medical device company DJO, Eric is now happy to label himself as a social entrepreneur.  Eric was named one of the Top 11 Innovators in mHealth in 2011 and Rainer Arnhold Fellow in 2012.


Craig Edelman – Executive Vice President & Founder
Craig moved to San Francisco after completing a Masters in International Development from Harvard’s Kennedy School.  Craig is the go-to development guru, with years of experience working with development organizations from Ecuador to India to Africa and the federal government in Washington. He also holds a degree, summa cum laude, in Environmental Systems from UC San Diego, and can’t help but move on the dance floor.


Steve Selzer – Chief Creative Officer
Steve is a senior interaction designer at frog in San Francisco. He consults and collaborates with individuals and organizations to imagine and create new products, services, strategies, and social value.  He leads Switchboard’s design process—from research to ideation to implementation. He holds a Masters degree in Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon and has an insatiable appetite for desserts.


Dr. Brian Levine – Chief Medical Officer
A pioneer of the MDNet program in Ghana, Brian is currently completing his residency in OBGYN at Columbia University.  Brian received his M.D. and a Masters from NYU’s School of Medicine in 2008 and graduated cum laude from Cornell University with a B.S. in Biology.  A native of Babylon, Long Island, Brian’s peers affectionately call him the
“Mayor of NYU” – shaking hands and delivering babies.

Board Members

Joseph O’Neill M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Joe O’Neill is a board certified Internist and is the Director of Global Health Initiatives at the University of Maryland.  He previously served as the only physician on the White House Domestic Policy Council and was credited as the ”architect” of PEPFAR, the White House HIV/AIDS program – the largest global health initiative in history (now $48 billion).  He was also the President and CEO of Orchestra Therapeutics, a San Diego biotechnology company.  Dr. O’Neill holds degrees in Business Administration, Public Health, Health Sciences, and Medicine from UC Berkeley and San Francisco.


Linda Sonntag Ph.D.

Dr. Linda Sonntag is an experienced biotech executive and investor.  She was most recently Executive Chair of Cellgate and prior to that a General Partner of Axiom Venture Partners LP, managing investments in healthcare, media and communications. Linda was also the CEO of SyStemix, making her the first female CEO of a publicly-held biotech company.  She has sat on the board of numerous companies.  Linda holds a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa and did her post doc with Dr Herb Boyer, the founder of Genentech.


David Lee M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. David Lee is a seasoned entrepreneur, leader, and philanthropist.  He is currently the CEO and Co-Trustee of the LAMB Pain Foundation, which improves pain management and quality of life of chronic pain patients in the US.  David Lee has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for nearly 30 years, most recently as Executive Vice President, Chief Scientific Officer, and Founder of Endo Pharmaceuticals, a $5 Billion pharmaceutical company.  Dr. Lee received his MD and PhD from the University of London.


Patricia Mechael PhD MHS

Dr. Mechael serves as the Executive Director of the mHealth Alliance, which exists at the center-point of mobile health, steering the direction of the field and removing overlap and inefficiencies.  Formerly, she served as the Director of Strategic Application of Mobile Technology for Public Health and Development at the Earth Institute, Columbia University.  Dr. Mechael holds a Masters in International Health from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and Hygiene (1998) and a PhD in Public Health and Policy from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (2006).


Matt Berg

Matt is the director of ICT for the Millennium Villages Project at Columbia University’s Earth Institute and the technology director for ChildCount+. He is a member of Columbia’s Department of Mechanical Engineering research group and is one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of the World.



Pat Christen

Pat is the CEO and President of HopeLab, a Bay Area-based nonprofit combining rigorous research with innovative solutions to improve the health and quality of life of young people with chronic illness.  Pat has more than 25 years experience in the management of nonprofit organizations.



Robert Monroe

Rob is a computational linguist working in communication technologies, especially in less-resourced languages.  He currently works for Global Viral Forecasting Initiative, modeling and predicting the outbreak and spread of every contagion in the world. He’s a graduate fellow at Stanford and the Chief Information Officer for EnergyforOpportunity.


Special Thanks

We want to thank a few folks for all the support and dedication they have given to the organization.

Lisa Baker
Michelle Baker
Brandon Bickford
Stephanie Chen
Erin Doi
Chris Kannan 
Eva Lo
Sarah Locher
Molly McNab
Jesus Oba
Savilla Pitt
Tanya Potharaju
Jennifer Rosendin
Alan Reitsch
Boramy Sun
Daniel Yaffe
Morrison & Foerster LLP
Annabel R. Chang
Celeste S. Ferber
Christopher M. Forrester