GoodMap was founded in 2012 by Paul Sorenson, MSW, in response to the frustrating and time-consuming process of identifying and sharing quality resources and referral information with his clients. If a family wanted to connect to an enriching summer program for their struggling 5th grader, it sparked a long process of phone calls, emails, and web searches to find a good fit. Printed directories and resource lists were frequently outdated and fellow case managers’ extensive knowledge of services was stored in their memories and private files instead of being easily shared with colleagues.
To respond to this pervasive need for social service providers to find and share information, Paul recruited the founding team. Together, they created GoodMap.
GoodMap’s mission is to create a connected and collaborative nonprofit sector that more effectively and efficiently meets the needs of our community.
Paul Sorenson, Founder
Paul founded GoodMap in 2012 after realizing that nonprofit organizations had difficulty navigating the complex network of resource information. He currently organizes the St. Louis Regional Data Alliance (RDA), an effort to build strong governance and a sustainable strategy for community data impact. The RDA is convened by the Public Policy Research Center at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. Paul previously served as the Director of Strategic Planning at Grace Hill Settlement House. Paul was a 2016 FOCUS St. Louis Impact Fellow, focused on racial equity in the region, and was named one of the St. Louis Business Journal’s 30 Under 30 in 2014.
Matt Menietti, Co-Founder
Matt currently serves as the Executive Director of GlobalHack, which drives social impact through technology. Matt previously served as a Venture Partner at St. Louis-based fintech accelerator SixThirty. Prior to SixThirty, he spent 2 years helping build a tech accelerator program called Capital Innovators as the company’s Director of Operations. From 2010 to 2011, he was one of 16 Fellows enrolled in the Coro Fellowship Program in St. Louis, MO. Before Coro, Matt served as the Marketing and Development Director for a local after school program as a part of a one-year commitment with the AmeriCorps VISTA program. In June of 2012, he was named to the St. Louis Business Journal’s 30 Under 30 list of young professionals.
Liz Pund, Co-Founder
Liz currently serves as a Data Analyst for Express Scripts. Liz previously served as the Community Arts Manager at the Regional Arts Commission as well as the Executive Director of the Skinker DeBaliviere Community Council, a nonprofit community development organization in the City of St. Louis. Before returning to her native St. Louis in 2011, she cultivated interest-based, professional, and online communities in Cleveland, Boston, and Buenos Aires. She was one of 16 fellows in the 2013-14 class of the innovative Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute at the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission.