Tenzin Seldon, C.E.O. & Co-founder
Tenzin was raised in the Indian Himalayas, her family having fled there from Tibet. She immigrated to the United States as an adolescent. Tenzin graduated with honors from Stanford University, followed by University of Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. Tenzin has spent her career advocating for disenfranchised communities, leading Climate Justice League chapters around the US, working on negotiations with Israel and Palestine, and, most recently, at the United Nations Regional Office of Asia and the Pacific. At the UN, Tenzin witnessed many young migrants experiencing hardships assimilating to a new country. She was a visiting lecturer at Rangsit University, where she taught International Policy. Tenzin’s work has been recognized around the world: as a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, a Harry S. Truman Scholar, and one of OZY Magazine’s “5 Civil-Rights Leaders for a New Generation.”
Adrienne Huesca, C.O.O. & Co-founder
Adrienne has been active in the startup and venture capital ecosystem since 2011. Prior to founding Kinstep, she operated her consulting company where she advised early & growth staged startups. Her work allowed for entrepreneurs to focus on launching their product, while she ensured the company's business operations were built and optimized. She specializes in legal operations, compliance, and effective internal communication. She is an Investment Partner for a family office based in San Francisco, and has been an Advisor for a seed stage venture capital fund since 2015. Earlier work includes managing the intellectual property and legal operations for a global consumer technology company. She also served as Director of Operations for a consumer health startup, which was ultimately acquired.
Adrienne has a passion for serving her community; something her family instilled early in life, and was nurtured later by six years in the hospitality industry. She is an active volunteer in San Francisco, and frequently mentors entrepreneurs globally. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.
Jim Zheng, Engineer
Jim is an engineer at Tally, where he works on multiple engineering verticals in both big data analytics and distributed systems. He brings with him a wealth of experience at early stage and large, established companies. Born overseas, he has lived the immigrant story and can relate to the difficulty immigrants have adjusting to life in America. Jim graduated with a Bachelors and Masters in Computer Science from Stanford University. Outside of work, Jim has a passion for volunteering his time for social ventures such as Kinstep and Bayes Impact.
Katherine Chen, Designer
Katherine Chen is an Experience Researcher at Airbnb, where she is responsible for uncovering user insights to shape the development of new products. Katherine's design process is research-driven, influenced by an iterative prototype-first approach from her HCI background and design thinking from the Stanford Design School. A child of immigrants and a citizen frustrated by recent political events, she is excited to leverage her technical skills toward Kinstep's mission of helping immigrants to the U.S. find community and employment. Katherine graduated from Stanford University with an MS and BS in Computer Science.
Komila Jalilova, Outreach Coordinator
Born and raised in Uzbekistan, a former Soviet Union country, Komila witnessed the struggle and perseverance of nations who were exiled to Central Asia by Stalin’s Great Purge. She attended Russian schooling in Uzbekistan, before immigrating to the US at the age of sixteen. In the US, she overcame language and cultural barriers, and went on to study biological psychology at the University of California, Davis. She has worked as a medical programming coordinator for the UC Davis Pre-Health Conference, the largest pre-health professions conference in the nation, where she organized educational and motivational workshops. Komila volunteers at local hospitals in the Sacramento area, and advocates for mental health awareness.