Living the dream
Jennifer Brady | 贝嘉灵
Co-founder & CEO
Responding to the pain point of a lack of scalable, affordable, online learning options for nonprofit professionals in mainland China, Jennifer and Rui co-founded That Spark to enable these changemakers to have a better journey to impact.
Jennifer started That Spark having worked with some of the world's most innovative foundations to advance outcome-oriented philanthropy. In her roles as a program director and consultant with Geneva Global, Jennifer built strategies for donor collaboration on a wide range of important global health and development issues, and worked with dozens of social organizations across Asia and Africa.
Before her work in philanthropy, Jennifer held positions in arts organizations in the US and with a social enterprise in Laos. She was also an English teacher in Shenzhen, before it became 'the new Silicon Valley'. Her wide range of places and experiences ignited her passion to connect global changemakers to the ideas and tools that help them make their contributions toward a better world.
Jennifer holds a bachelor's degree in art history and an MBA with a specialization in economic development. She is a proud Texan but lost her accent somewhere along the way to her current home in Shanghai.
Gao Rui | 高瑞
Co-founder, COO, Head of Product
Gao Rui is co-founder, chief operating officer, and head of product for That Spark, which she co-founded in 2019.
Before That Spark, Gao Rui spent two years leading the implementation of Geneva Global's program work in China, strategically bridging international donors with pioneering domestic organizations, across several social issues.
Before joining Geneva Global, Rui was a partner at China Donors Roundtable (CDR), which is a peer-led, member-based learning platform, aiming to connect and engage China’s grant makers in the exploration of effective funding to solve social issues. Rui led CDR’s monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) consulting service. Previously she worked for Social Resources Institute for 7 years as a MEL consultant to advance utilization-focused monitoring and evaluation.
Rui’s experiences of working with and for various professionals and changemakers in China inspired her to make her personal commitment as a supporter of the social-impact sector for the past decade and for the future. She believes that everyone has the potential, and deserves the opportunity and support, to make a meaningful change.
Rui holds a bachelor's degree in computer science.