Justin Spelhaug – Vice President, Technology for Social Impact
The nonprofit sector has an extraordinary opportunity to fight inequality, eliminate poverty, protect the planet, and drive massive impact. However, nonprofits grapple with digital disruption, security threats, and the demand from stakeholders for higher levels of impact and transparency—all of which can place undue strain on IT and drain critical resources from an organization’s ability to achieve its mission.
The Tech for Social Impact group within Microsoft Philanthropies aims to accelerate digital transformation across three million nonprofits globally, so they can have a greater impact on the world’s most critical social issues. We achieve this by bringing together the best of our Philanthropic work, technology and commercial ecosystem to holistically serve nonprofits.
As the leader for the Tech for Social Impact in Microsoft, Justin brings together 22 years of experience spanning commercial and social businesses. Prior to his current role, Justin served as the Chief Marketing & Operations Officer for Microsoft Asia Pacific spending over 7 years of his career working across developed and emerging Asian markets. Justin also helped to launch the Unlimited Potential organization within Microsoft, with a focus on developing new and more affordable computing solutions to close the digital divide for lower income societies globally.
Justin started his career in the United States Marine Corps, earning numerous medals as part of his service. Justin’s hometown is Seattle, where he graduated from the University of Washington with honors.