About Omakase

  1. We help you learn about charities that are using technology to change the world.
  2. Each month we bring you an inside view into a different cause.
  3. You can donate once, or subscribe and support twelve different tech-driven nonprofits every year.

Previous charities include

  • Code for america
  • Instedd
  • La cocina
  • Medic mobile
  • Trees water people1
  • Watsi1

The Team


Theresa Preston-Werner

Founder and CEO

Before starting Omakase, I finished my PhD in Cultural Anthropology and worked with Women Work Together as their Director of Evaluations. Determining the extent to which an organization is achieving their mission fascinates me, perhaps because I believe so strongly in transparency and efficiency. I founded Omakase because I wanted to find a way to get everyone around me more excited about regularly giving to charity. There are so many fascinating and worthy nonprofits out there that I know you all will love!


Rob Cameron

Director of Technology

I've been building websites since the late 90s: both the pretty/functional frontend and the nitty/gritty backend. I'm responsible for keeping the site running and looking great and creating quarterly reports for our donors. I've known Theresa since I helped her move out of her college dorm back in 2003. When I'm not on the computer, I can be found woodworking in my garage/shop, entertaining my two kids, or trying to go on a date with my wife.


Burton Li

Chief Financial Officer

I've been working in non-profit finance for the past 12 years, and I love my work. I'm committed to strengthening my community by improving the transparency and efficiency of how non-profits keep track of their money. I founded Sutro Li, a San Francisco based financial advisory firm, in 2009, and our team has been hard at work finding innovative ways to use technology to make life easier for our clients. I live in San Francisco with my family, and when I’m not reachable by email or cell, I'm probably taking the family camping or fly fishing.


Simonne Hurse

Communications Manager

My friends call me Sim. I'm a people person in a tech context. I'm dedicated to helping people in tech be the best person, employee and global citizen they can be. People are my passion, and it's people Omakase are trying to help. I am so excited to be a part of this project, and I know being involved will get you excited too.


Tom Preston-Werner

Strategic Advisor

I strongly believe in the power of technology to change people's lives for the better. As a strategic advisor for Omakase, I will assist in planning a route to greater donor engagement and growth. In the past, I cofounded GitHub (a social coding platform), invented Gravatars (globally recognized avatars), and built dozens of internal tools at my own consultancy to help companies get more done faster. On weekends you can find me hacking on VR technology or hitting the trails on my mountain bike.


Sonali D. Maitra

Board Member

I am thrilled to act as President of the Board of Directors and to bring my legal expertise in technology and intellectual property law at Durie Tangri to Omakase, a nonprofit positioning itself as a startup tech company.


Jana Boruta

Board Member

I bring years of expertise in community building/fostering and developer marketing to the Omakase board. I currently run Community at New Relic, a SaaS technology company in Silicon Valley. Prior to joining New Relic I worked at Engine Yard, StackMob and Prismatic.

M. Celine Takatsuno

Board Member

There is nothing that drives me like the power of technology to make a positive impact on the world. That's why I'm thrilled to serve on the Omakase Charity board, and leverage my experience leading startups and strategic initiatives at companies such as Benetech, Keibi, Teracent, and Commission Junction to help tech give back.