Our Team

 
  Mark Nelson, Founder   Mark Nelson focuses on designing, catalyzing, incentivizing, and generating resources to scale up collective positive human behavior change. He leads the Global OPEN Social Sensor Array project, and designs technology interventions to measurably increase positive, mutually beneficial engagement across conflict boundaries. Nelson is also a researcher at the Stanford Persuasive Tech Lab, where his projects include EPIC Global Challenge. He is a member of Stanford’s Kozmetsky Global Collaboratory.

Mark Nelson, Founder

Mark Nelson focuses on designing, catalyzing, incentivizing, and generating resources to scale up collective positive human behavior change. He leads the Global OPEN Social Sensor Array project, and designs technology interventions to measurably increase positive, mutually beneficial engagement across conflict boundaries. Nelson is also a researcher at the Stanford Persuasive Tech Lab, where his projects include EPIC Global Challenge. He is a member of Stanford’s Kozmetsky Global Collaboratory.

Margarita Quihuis, Behavior Design, Instruction and Research

Margarita Quihuis’s career has focused on innovation, technology incubation, access to capital, and entrepreneurship. She is a member of the research team at the Stanford Persuasive Tech Lab and formerly the working group for the Stanford/Naval Postgraduate School/US Army Governance Innovation for Security and Development research project. Earlier, she was the first director of the technology incubator Astia, a venture capitalist, a Reuters Fellow at Stanford, and director of RI Labs for Ricoh Innovations.

  Michael Lopez, Partnerships   Michael Lopez is the Business Director of the Peace Innovation Lab at Stanford, where he has worked with Coca-Cola, SALDEF and the White House Roundtable on Excellence in Education. Michael currently serves on the Stanford Business School Alumni Association Board of Directors and as President of Hispanic Net, a professional organization for Latino executives, entrepreneurs and thought leaders. 

Michael Lopez, Partnerships

Michael Lopez is the Business Director of the Peace Innovation Lab at Stanford, where he has worked with Coca-Cola, SALDEF and the White House Roundtable on Excellence in Education. Michael currently serves on the Stanford Business School Alumni Association Board of Directors and as President of Hispanic Net, a professional organization for Latino executives, entrepreneurs and thought leaders. 

 
  Chris Bennett, Instruction and Research   Chris Bennett is the Game Designer in Residence at the Peace Innovation Lab at Stanford, and has over 20 years experience designing and developing games at Electronic Arts, Disney and other companies. He has lectured and created designs at Stanford, Bradley University, AARP, SocialxDesign, Design School X and other organizations.

Chris Bennett, Instruction and Research

Chris Bennett is the Game Designer in Residence at the Peace Innovation Lab at Stanford, and has over 20 years experience designing and developing games at Electronic Arts, Disney and other companies. He has lectured and created designs at Stanford, Bradley University, AARP, SocialxDesign, Design School X and other organizations.

  Nicole Elzer, Lab Management   Nicole Elzer brings over ten years of focused experience in establishing, growing and managing virtual organizations to bear towards solving tough problems and keeping the communication flowing through our series of City Labs and partners around the world. Nicole's expertise in managing location-independent professionals is key to the PII's remote communications hub.

Nicole Elzer, Lab Management

Nicole Elzer brings over ten years of focused experience in establishing, growing and managing virtual organizations to bear towards solving tough problems and keeping the communication flowing through our series of City Labs and partners around the world. Nicole's expertise in managing location-independent professionals is key to the PII's remote communications hub.

  Rosanna Guadagno, Social Psychology Research   Dr. Rosanna Guadagno received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Arizona State University, has previously been on the faculties of the University of Alabama and the University of Texas at Dallas, and has been visiting faculty at the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Guadagno also previously served as a Program Director at the National Science Foundation, and her research interests focus on the confluence of three main areas: Social Influence and Persuasion, Mediated-Communication, and Gender Roles.  

Rosanna Guadagno, Social Psychology Research

Dr. Rosanna Guadagno received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Arizona State University, has previously been on the faculties of the University of Alabama and the University of Texas at Dallas, and has been visiting faculty at the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Guadagno also previously served as a Program Director at the National Science Foundation, and her research interests focus on the confluence of three main areas: Social Influence and Persuasion, Mediated-Communication, and Gender Roles.