We envision a world where sexual assault is rare and survivors are supported.
We create technology that combats sexual assault and increases survivor agency.
We’re starting with an online system designed to empower survivors to protect their communities.
We're a 501c3 non-profit organization. Our financial information can be found on Guidestar.
- Founder & CEO: Jess Ladd
- Chief Development Officer: Tracey Vitchers
- Chief Technology Officer: Kelsey Gilmore-Innis
- Director of Campus Relationships: Ashley Schwedt
- Callisto Community Liaison: Eliza Milliken
- Full Stack Developer: Lynn Cyrin
- Product Designer: Stef Angeles
- Director of Communications & Marketing: Anna Kim
- Development & Operations Associate: Rachel Landau
- Charlotte Gaydos, Johns Hopkins University
- Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood
- Lynn Barclay, American Sexual Health Association
Higher Education Advisory Board
- Ian Ayres, Yale Law School
- Jennifer Freyd, University of Oregon
- Katy Holland, University of Michigan
- Jim Hopper, Independent Consultant, Harvard Medical School
- Peter Novak, University of San Francisco
- Sharyn Potter, Prevention Innovations at University of New Hampshire
- Veronica Rabelo, University of Michigan
- Jane Stapleton, Prevention Innovations at University of New Hampshire
Technology Advisory Board
- Don Bailey, Lab Mouse Security
- Sina Bahram, Prime Access Consulting, Inc
- Selena Deckelmann, Mozilla
- Sophie Haskins, GitHub
- Lacey Williams Henschel, The University of Texas at Austin
- Leigh Honeywell, Ada Initiative
- Justin Kosslyn, Google Ideas
- Mina Markham, Front Porch
- Don Neufeld, ClassPass
- Chris Valasek, IOActive, Inc
- Molly Clare Wilson, Stanford d.school, Hasso-Plattner-Institut School of Design Thinking, Sliced Bread Design
Community Advisory Board
- Dana Bolger, Know Your IX
- Alexandra Brodsky, Know Your IX
- Annie Clark, End Rape On Campus (EROC)
- Lonna Davis, Futures Without Violence
- Caroline Heldman, Faculty Against Rape
- Emily May, Hollaback
- Laura Palumbo, National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)
- Ali Safran, Surviving in Numbers
In November 2011, Callisto CEO Jess Ladd founded Sexual Health Innovations (SHI) while she was a graduate student at Johns Hopkins University. SHI was founded with the goal of creating technology to advance sexual health and wellbeing in the United States. SHI’s initiatives were intended to solve sexual health problems on a structural basis—yielding truly disruptive solutions that positively impact stakeholders not just at the individual level, but at the community level.
After creating two technologies focused on sexually transmitted infection partner notification and test result delivery, SHI pivoted our focus to provide tech-based solutions for sexual assault survivor support and reporting. In 2014, we began formative research and fundraising for Callisto and announced the initiative at The White House Data Jam on Campus Sexual Assault.
A year-long pilot of Callisto launched in August 2015 at the University of San Francisco and Pomona College. Callisto’s successful pilot, growing demand for the system both within and outside of the college setting, and a growing national dialogue on campus sexual violence led SHI to decide in the summer of 2016 to reorganize and rebrand as Callisto.
Today, Callisto is available at a growing number of colleges nationwide and we’re beginning exploration of new opportunities for Callisto’s application within other community settings.