Earth Hacks is run by a dedicated team of volunteers all committed to securing a livable future through community based innovation.


Executive Director

Sanjana Paul is the executive director and co-founder of The Earth Hacks Foundation. She holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and physics, and is currently working on engineering problems at NASA. Previously, she worked as an NSF REU participant in extreme ultraviolet engineering in the Kapteyn-Murnane Lab in JILA at the University of Colorado Boulder, and as a Conservation Innovation Fellow at Conservation X Labs. When not shooting lasers around or coding solutions to climate issues, she likes exploring the outdoors and baking delicious treats.


Innovation Coordinator

Bhargav Sathish is the Innovation Coordinator and a founding member of the Earth Hacks Organization. Bhargav holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering from VCU. Bhargav participated in over 10 hackathons during his undergraduate career, and was part of two organizing committees for Earth Hacks events. Outside of Earth Hacks, Bhargav has actively held leadership positions in multiple engineering organizations, and volunteers at a rescue squad. In his free time, Bhargav enjoys cooking and learning new things.


Development Director

Brittany Bennett is a data analyst, nonprofit fundraiser, and social entrepreneur dedicated to securing a safe climate. She

currently is the Data Director of the Sunrise Movement, a grassroots movement mobilizing to pass a Green New Deal. She leverages her free hours for civic hacking, trying new Bon Appetite recipes, and reconfiguring her Anaconda distribution.


Chief Financial Officer

Jake Holweger is a founding member of the Earth Hacks organization. Jake is currently studying Mechanical Engineering and is an undergrad at VCU Mechanical Engineering, Class of 2022. Jake was the chief organizer in the VCU Earth Hacks partner event. Outside of Earth Hacks, he serves as a robotics mentor and a Filtration and Fluid Mechanics researcher. When Jake isn't in the lab, he loves riding his bike around Richmond's alleys and gravel trails.


Social Media and Marketing Director

Maya Koehn-Wu is the Social Media and Marketing Director at Earth Hacks. She currently is studying at Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School for Government and International Studies. Maya is interested in pursuing a degree in Environmental Sustainability and/or Urban Planning and dance. In her free time, Maya enjoys flamenco dancing, whitewater kayaking and playing her pink ukulele.

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