Meet the 2024 Judges

Oktay Dogramaci, Former Vice President PayPal Giving; CTO and Co-founder, MissionFish

Oktay Dogramaci
Oktay Dogramaci has a wealth of experience in philanthropic giving. His
present board and advisory work includes supporting St. Jude Children's
Research Hospital /ALSAC, GlobalGiving, KindKart and Vibrant Planet. He
was previously the Vice President, PayPal Giving, leading the company's
efforts on a mission to increase giving in the world. He had general
manager responsibility for a business unit that moves billions of dollars
to hundreds of thousands of charities from millions of people every
year. Under his leadership, PayPal's Giving platform raised more than
$21B for nonprofits around the world in 2022. Before PayPal he was a
co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of MissionFish, eBay Inc.’s nonprofit partner powering
cause-marketing and donation programs built into eBay properties since 2003. MissionFish was
acquired by eBay Inc. in May 2011, and Oktay became responsible for the integration of those
donation and nonprofit related capabilities into PayPal. Oktay obtained his B.A. from Johns
Hopkins University and his M.S. from Carnegie Mellon University and currently lives in
Washington, DC.

Hillary Hoffower, Editor and Writer

Hillary Hoffower
Hillary Hoffower has a decade of journalism experience, most recently as an editor at Fortune, where she oversaw stories on work and money. Before that, she was a reporter at Business Insider covering the intersection of youth culture and wealth. Hillary graduated from the University of Florida and lives in New York City.

Jeff Odom, Director of Digital Marketing for IndyCar

Jeff Odom
Jeff Odom is the Director of Digital Marketing for IndyCar, North America’s premier open-wheel auto racing series. In his role, Odom oversees the vision, development and go-to-market plans of the series’ digital ecosystem, including the Official IndyCar App, and all social media platforms for the NTT IndyCar Series and Indy NXT by Firestone. Odom joined IndyCar in June 2023 after serving as head of digital and social media for Orlando City SC of Major League Soccer and Orlando Pride of the National Women’s Soccer League for one season. Prior to that, Odom spent five years with the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League (NHL), first as the club’s website/digital manager before moving up to director of marketing. He got his start in professional sports as a digital media assistant with the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning during the 2016-17 season. Odom also spent five years as a sports reporter, contributing to several major outlets, including The Associated Press, and Tampa Bay Times, Florida’s largest newspaper. A native of Tampa, Florida, Odom graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications.

Gretel Truong, Producer

Gretel Truong
Gretel Truong is an award-winning producer and impact strategist. She has spent nearly 20 years working at the intersection of human rights, entertainment, and creative communications. She’s produced content, campaigns, and events seen by millions of people all around the world for businesses like HBO, Google, Newsweek, The Washington Post, National Football League, National Basketball Association, PepsiCo, Twitter, Facebook, Gucci, SAP, and Sleep Number, organizations like GENYOUth, CURE Epilepsy, The White Ribbon Alliance, UNICEF, Global Citizen, Represent Justice, The Global Business Coalition for Education, and the Malala Fund. For her work, Gretel has been awarded 6 Telly Awards, 2 Anthem Awards, 4 Pollie Awards and her films have screened in over 30 film festivals. She graduated from the University of Virginia, and now resides in Los Angeles, California.

Marcia Wong, Deputy Assistant to the Administrator, USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance

Marcia Wong is a Deputy Assistant to the Administrator of USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA), the U.S. Government lead for international disaster response. With a mandate to save lives, alleviate human suffering, and reduce the impact of disasters, BHA monitors, mitigates, and responds to global hazards and humanitarian needs. The Bureau also promotes resilience by preparing communities for disasters before they strike, and by helping people recover and move beyond crises.

Prior to BHA, Ms. Wong was Head of Policy for the International Committee of the Red Cross/Regional Delegation for the US and Canada, where she led efforts to advance humanitarian policies which addressed conduct of hostilities and needs of people affected by conflict. She has over twenty-five years of experience with the U.S. Department of State, where she was a career member of the Senior Foreign Service. Her previous experience with USAID includes an assignment from State Department to the USAID Mission in North Macedonia, where she served as Economic Growth Director (and provided support to the USAID Mission in Kosovo). She served in USAID again in 2015 as a Senior Policy Advisor in the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Affairs. Before joining USAID in 2013, she was the Intergovernmental Affairs Director at the U.S. Institute of Peace, and led the Civilian-Military Relations Working Group.

Over the course of her government career, Ms. Wong was an Associate Dean at the Foreign Service Institute, overseeing training for U.S. personnel assigned to Iraq and Afghanistan. She helped strengthen the State Department’s crisis response capacity, with the establishment of the Secretary’s Office of Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Stabilization (now CSO), and served as its first Deputy, then Acting Coordinator. She also helped establish the Secretary’s Office for Foreign Assistance. Overseas assignments include Macedonia, Russia, and Japan. She has traveled extensively on short missions to the former Soviet Union, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Ms. Wong was also Deputy Executive Secretary to two Secretaries of State. Early in her State Department career, Ms. Wong focused on energy and security sector reforms. She was a MIT Seminar XXI Fellow (class of 2020), and holds B.A. degrees in International Relations and Political Science from Brown University.