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 Printed directories and resource lists were frequently outdated and fellow case managers' extensive knowledge of services was stored in their memories and private files instead of being easily shared with colleagues.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 help service providers find, organize and share community resource information. GoodMap’s vision is to create a connected and collaborative nonprofit sector that more effectively and efficiently meets the needs of our community.
Paul Sorenson, Founder & CEO
Paul graduated from the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. He founded GoodMap in 2012 after realizing that nonprofit organizations had difficulty navigating the complex network of resource information. Paul recognized the promise of this internet tool and recruited the rest of the founding team. Before becoming GoodMap's first CEO, Paul worked full-time as the Director of Strategic Planning at Grace Hill Settlement House. Paul is also a current 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 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 is Executive Director at 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. In 2007, Liz was recognized with the highest honor bestowed by community service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, the Distinguished Service Key. 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.