Anima Sarah LaVoy, 

Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder at Connect

Anima is a civic-minded entrepreneur with a background in psychology and human-centered design. Her work has been recognized in the fields of politics, social entrepreneurship, and most recently, mobile consumer

For the last four years, Anima was the Chief Product Officer and co-founder of Connect, a consumer app company building social tech for real-world relationships. While there, she led the design and development of three social-location products, including one that won Best Overall at the 2014 LAUNCH Festival (following winners like and Yammer) and scaled to over 5M total users.

Prior to Connect, Anima completed her MBA at Oxford as a Skoll Scholar. She earned this award for her first civic enterprise, Swing Semester, which operated a political ‘semester abroad’ program in swing states during the 2004 and 2008 presidential elections.

Anima loves designing social experiences, costuming, and surprising friends with quirky care packages. She lives with her entrepreneur husband in San Francisco where she is currently recovering from her last start up.