Chirag Ved is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Linking Opportunity.
He is a senior at Bellevue High School in Bellevue, WA, where he is the Founding President of two clubs, the Mock Trial Club and the Investment Club. He is the Vice President of his school’s DECA chapter, as well as a member of his school’s National Honor Society and Junior Statesmen of America (JSA) chapters. He is the Director of Court Studies in the Governor's Cabinet for the Pacific Northwest region of JSA.
Chirag is an intern at a Bellevue based three-year old startup, Unify2, where he is writing the company’s executive summary and business plan from scratch, reporting directly to the CEO of the company. This has helped him comprehensively understand all the aspects of building a successful business.
This past summer, he was selected to be a Bank of America Student Leader, an eight-week internship which included assisting with the logistics for summer programs for underprivileged kids, shadowing executives at a 100+ year old non-profit organization, and a weeklong leadership development program in Washington DC. He gained in-depth perspective on all the aspects and processes of a non-profit organization. After his hundreds of hours of volunteering, this is actually where he conceived the idea for Linking Opportunity. Chirag was an invited speaker at the Celebrating Opportunity and Initiative in Puget Sound celebration of the 2011 Neighborhood Excellence Initiative Awards ceremony at Benaroya Hall, Seattle, on November 1, 2011. He was also the recepient of the Bank of America Student Leader Award at that event.
Once he understood the volunteering needs of organization and high school students, he realized that the community impact thousands of high school students could create was much greater than just by him. This is how he came up with the idea of creating this bazaar to connect organizations and high school students to meet and quench their volunteering needs.
In his spare time, Chirag enjoys reading, extensively travelling the world and spending time with his parents and little brother.
Matthew McKenna is the Head of Communications of Linking Opportunity.
Matthew McKenna is a Junior at Bellevue High School in Bellevue, WA where he enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee, playing the trombone and discussing current events with his friends and family. He is Co-president of Mock Trial, active in BHS Senate, and a member of Link Crew
After playing lacrosse for six years, Matthew is now refereeing games for youth lacrosse in the area. This past summer he worked with a youth group on an inner city cleanup project in Philadelphia and while in Boy Scouts, Matthew participated in many service projects over the years and learned the value of giving back. So, he is excited to be involved in an organization that provides a source for students to easily connect with the many organizations that can provide the students the opportunity to volunteer their time in their community.
Cole Mora is the Head of Outreach of Linking Opportunity.
He is a junior at Bellevue High School in Bellevue, WA. He seeks out and enjoys the various opportunities presented by everyday life. Playing soccer for Crossfire Premiere Soccer Club, participating in Bellevue High School’s Associated Student Body (student government), and marching in the Bellevue Band are some of the great activities he has been fortunate enough to get involved with.
Cole has also always found time to spend with his family and friends, enjoying his experiences exploring the natural beauty of Washington with them. He never settles for less than giving what he is capable of when he dedicates himself to something, like he has to all his activities, like he has to Linking Opportunity. He found that you get out what you put into your experiences. Cole is very excited to be involved with Linking Opportunity and will continuously work to ensure that our community may be strengthened through service.
Iman Baghai is the Head of Marketing of Linking Opportunity.
He is a junior at Issaquah High School in Issaquah, WA, where he founded The Creative Publications Club (issyuinspire.com) and The Issaquah Times (issaquahtimes.com). Furthermore, he was the 2010-2011 Key Clubber of the year and captain of his Issaquah High School soccer team. Iman is also heavily involved in Junior Statesmen of America (JSA) and holds many positions. They consist of Issaquah High School Junior Statesmen of America's Director of Debate, Pacific Northwest Region Director of Technology and Publicity, and National-Editor-in-Chief of The Junior Statement.
Iman spends a lot of time working in the Issaquah community. He is a board member on the Issaquah Park Board, Issaquah Community Network, and Issaquah Youth Advisory Board. He is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of “The Beat,” the student run page in The Issaquah Press.
This past summer, he was appointed by Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen to serve on the Legislative Youth Advisory Council; he was voted by his peers to be their Director of Outreach, where he oversees the development of two youth summits, one in Eastern and one in Western Washington. Additionally, Iman worked as a Teens in Public Service intern (TIPS) at The Power of Hope, a non-profit that works for youth positive self-enrichment through the arts.
He believes very strongly in volunteering. He finds that the experiences generated through volunteering help both the volunteers and community bring the people of the world together to solve problems.
In his free time, Iman enjoys playing sports, spending time with friends, traveling, writing reviews (teentix), coaching youth soccer, and reading.