Our Team

GlobalHack employs a team of talented, passionate, and engaged professionals dedicated to improving the St. Louis region through technology. If you are interested in employment, volunteering, or interning with GlobalHack, please contact us for more information.

Matt Menietti

Matt Menietti

Executive Director

Matt has spent the last 4+ years working in the St. Louis startup community. He served as the Director of Operations and Venture Partner, respectively for two nationally-ranked accelerator programs, Capital Innovators and SixThirty. In June of 2012, he was named to the St. Louis Business Journal’s 30 Under 30 list of up-and-coming young professionals. Matt is a former AmeriCORPS VISTA member and is an alumni of the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs. Matt is also a co-founder of an online resource-sharing tool for nonprofits called GoodMap, which won $30,000 in seed funding through the YouthBridge Social Enterprise Competition in April 2013. Matt is an active triathlete, photographer, and chess instructor.

Contact Matt at matt@globalhack.org

Beth Casagrand

Beth Casagrand

Director, Youth Programs

Beth has 5+ years of working in experiential youth programming. She formerly served as the Youth Leadership St. Louis Director at FOCUS St. Louis, a nonprofit organization that develops leadership in the St. Louis region. She developed curriculum and facilitated leadership development programs for 160 high school juniors throughout 33 schools. She also taught eighth grade in south Texas through Teach for America, a national corps of individuals that dedicated two years to teaching in low-income schools. She currently serves on the board for Launch St. Louis and manages their online tool LaunchMe, which serves to connect young and talented individuals to nonprofit young friend boards.

Contact Beth at beth@globalhack.org

Chance Grannan

Chance Grannan

Development and Grants Manager

Chance started his work with local nonprofits when he arrived in St. Louis in 2004. Through college and graduate school, he found opportunities to engage a broad range of organizations, from after-school and childcare programs to AIDS service organizations to the Washington University Campus YMCA, where he currently serves on the board. After graduate school, Chance joined the fundraising team at the Saint Louis Science Center. After four years in that role, he switched to program incubation, developing a series of monthly weekend expos and spearheading local implementation for Portal to the Public, a professional development program focused on connecting scientists to museum visitors and fostering meaningful learning conversations. Chance enjoys cooking, board games and has always wanted to be a Muppet.

Contact Chance at chance@globalhack.org

McKenna Craigmiles

McKenna Craigmiles

Outreach and Events Manager

McKenna is a St. Louis transplant, originally from Southeast Missouri where she attended Southeast Missouri State University and received her MBA with an emphasis in marketing. During her time at SEMO, she completed internships at the Economic and Business Development Center and the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce. A graduate level internship at FleishmanHillard brought her to St. Louis with her fiancé. McKenna also has event planning experience from her time at Isle of Capri Casino in Cape Girardeau where she coordinated large scale community events. In her free time she loves doing projects around her South City home and spending time outside with her family and two dogs, Eli and Teddy.

Contact McKenna at mckenna@globalhack.org

Alicia Smith

Alicia Smith

Summer Camp Director

Alicia is a St. Louis native who is a product of the St. Louis Public Schools District. After attending the University of Missouri-Columbia, to major in English, she returned home to work as a college adviser at Jennings High School. Alicia worked to increase the college-going culture and assist students with the college admissions process. Upon completing her two years of service, she joined Teach For America and placed at her alma mater, Roosevelt High School, to teach English. After her service, she accepted a position to teach under her former teacher and mentor, Dr. Kacy Seals at Central Visual and Performing Arts High School. Alicia is currently obtaining her Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership and Administration at Maryville University.

Contact Alicia at alicia.smith@globalhack.org

Board of Directors

Brian Matthews, General Partner, Cultivation Capital
Mark Lewis, CFO, LockerDome