Our Focus

The Vision

We envision a world where sexual assault is rare and survivors are supported.

The Mission

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.

Our Financials

We're a 501c3 non-profit organization. Our financial information can be found on Guidestar.


Our Team

Callisto Staff

  • 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

Governing Board

  • 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

Our History

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.


Jobs

Senior Director of Communications & Marketing

Callisto is offering a unique opportunity to join our growing team as our Senior Director of Communications & Marketing. Callisto is a nonprofit startup that creates technology to combat sexual assault and support survivors in the United States. Our primary initiative is an online sexual assault documentation and reporting system.

We’re hiring a Senior Director of Communications & Marketing to set and guide the strategy for all communications, organizational website, and public relations messages and collateral to consistently articulate Callisto’s mission to a range of stakeholders. The Senior Director of Communications & Marketing will be located in either New York City or San Francisco.

The Senior Director of Communications & Marketing will work closely with members of the Callisto Executive Team and other peers within the organization on variety of strategic communications and marketing needs.

These responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Development, implementation, and evaluation of the annual communications plans across audiences in collaboration with relevant department staff
  • Generate digital content and create an online content strategy that engages audience segments and leads to measurable action
  • Put communications and marketing vehicles (including day-to-day social media) in place to create momentum and awareness for Callisto’s work as well as to test the effectiveness of communications activities
  • Ensure all externally-facing communication is on-brand and on-message
  • Manage development, distribution, and maintenance of all print and digital collateral including, but not limited to, e-newsletters, press releases, on-campus educational materials, and the Callisto marketing website
  • Manage media contacts and press hits
  • Support evaluation of potential media appearances for Callisto Executive Team members
  • Identify, recruit, and manage external contractors, such as marketing firms, videographers, graphic designers, etc.

You have:

  • 4+ years of communications and marketing experience, ideally in a startup or small nonprofit setting
  • Excellent writing/editing and verbal communication skills
  • An eye for design (you may not be a designer yourself, but you can evaluate whether materials are on-brand)
  • Ability to work collaboratively across departments to achieve communications marketing goals
  • A strong track record of being able to both build and implement communications and marketing strategies
  • Ability to work independently with minimal guidance

Bonus points for:

  • Graphic design experience
  • Experience working with remote teams

We'll give you:

  • Flexible work hours
  • Health, vision and dental insurance
  • Paid holidays, vacation, and sick leave
  • Salary commensurate with experience
  • A professional development budget and guidance to help your career grow as our organization grows

To apply, please send the following to [email protected] with the subject line "Senior Director of Communications & Marketing":

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Example of prior communications and/or marketing work

Callisto is an equal opportunity employer. Communications and marketing experts of color are especially encouraged to apply. Trans and non-binary candidates are especially encouraged to apply. Queer applicants are especially encouraged to apply. Candidates with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply. Your perspective is invaluable to our work.




Development & Operations Associate

Callisto is offering a unique opportunity to join our growing team as our Development & Operations Associate. Callisto is a nonprofit startup that creates technology to combat sexual assault and support survivors in the United States. Our primary initiative is an online sexual assault documentation and reporting system.

We’re hiring a Development & Operations Associate to support day-to-day fundraising and operations activities. The Development & Operations Associate will report to Callisto’s Chief Development Officer and be located in New York, NY.

The Development & Operations Associate will support the Chief Development Officer in all aspects of fundraising and operations including, but not limited to:

  • Gift processing, donor stewardship, and donor data management
  • Grant and donor prospecting
  • Drafting, editing, and maintenance of fundraising-related collateral
  • Overseeing accounting, invoicing, payroll, and preparation of financial documents
  • Managing Callisto’s CPA and Auditor
  • Completing the annual external audit of Callisto’s finances
  • Overseeing recruitment and onboarding of new staff, volunteers, and interns
  • Ensuring internal policies are up-to-date and compliant with state and federal laws
  • Managing internal staff calendar, travel schedules, and travel accommodations for Callisto team members
  • Purchasing and inventory of Callisto-related fundraising and promotional materials
  • Contributing to short and long-term organizational planning and strategy

You have:

  • 1-3 years of nonprofit development and/or operations experience
  • Experience with Quickbooks or equivalent bookkeeping systems
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strong writing and verbal communications skills
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, startup environment
  • Ability to work independently and achieve goals with minimal guidance

Bonus points for:

  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge or equivalent donor management systems
  • Experience working with a small organization and/or startup
  • Experience working with remote teams

We'll give you:

  • Flexible work hours
  • Health, vision, and dental insurance
  • Paid holidays, vacation, and sick leave
  • $45k-$55k salary, depending on experience
  • A professional development budget and guidance to help your career grow as our organization grows

To apply, please send the following to [email protected] with the subject line "Development & Operations Associate":

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Writing sample

Callisto is an equal opportunity employer. People of color are especially encouraged to apply. Trans and non-binary candidates are especially encouraged to apply. Queer applicants are especially encouraged to apply. Candidates with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply. Your perspective is invaluable to our work.


Contact Us

For general inquiries: [email protected]
For school inquiries: [email protected]
For press inquiries: [email protected]