Who We Are

Puente is a global nonprofit that uses data collection and analysis technology to tackle some of development’s biggest challenges.

We create mobile data software to assess, map, and prioritize community need. Trained local residents use our platform to survey their communities, identity needs, and design solutions. Puente also partners with non-profits to maximize our impact: our partners use Puente technology to make data-informed decisions on how to work collaboratively in communities around the world.

At Puente, we believe that international development is most effective when data is used to set priorities and hold stakeholders accountable. And, we know that sustainability requires buy-in and leadership from community residents who are all too often only the target of development efforts. The Puente model is built upon these beliefs.

Our work began in 2018 when two Peace Corps Volunteers in the Dominican Republic set out to solve problems they were encountering first-hand. Co-founders Scott and Hope lived in rural communities, where a lack of data meant that they were left to guess what the biggest issues were for community members. And, they witnessed a disconnect between their host communities and the foreign organizations that visited for short stints in an attempt to help. Puente was born in an attempt to pave a better future for development.

Our Mission

Our mission is to connect international development organizations and local institutions with under-served communities more efficiently to make development work more collaborative, impactful and sustainable.

Our Vision

Our vision is a world where development organizations collaborate smartly and selflessly to maximize their collective impact on the individuals & communities being served.

Our Executive Team


Scott Coppa

CEO & Co-Founder


Hope Tambala

CTO & Co-Founder


Crismary Gutierrez

Country Director, Dominican Republic & Co-Founder

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Director of Water and Sanitation


Paul Anthony

Co-Founder & Board Member

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Matt Albano

Chief Accounting Officer

Our WASH Team

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Valentin Brioso

Project Supervisor

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Lauren Chew

WASH Engineer

Our Engineering Team


Joseph McCombs

Software Engineer

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Andy Walsh

Data Scientist

Mariana Suarez

Mariana Suarez

Data Analysis and Visualization Engineering Intern

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James Giegerich

Software Engineering Intern

Our Community Health Team


Michelle Bautista Vicente

Community Health Worker - Constanza

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Elba Martinez

Community Health Coordinator

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Yaniris Vincente

Community Health Worker - Constanza

Our Community Projects and Programming Team

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Naileny Brito

Community Coordinator - Santiago


Yinetza Alvarez Martinez

Community Coordinator - Constanza

Annual Report

Puente is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization using proprietary technology to empower marginalized communities and catalyze sustainable development. Last year, we expanded our programming to two new sites across the Dominican Republic, signed on six partner nonprofits who will utilize our application, Puente-Collect, in seven different countries, created a Water Access, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) program, and continued to make an impact with our Puente Potty and Water Filter projects. Explore our impact below.