the nonprofit

our mission

To help organizations building a better society discover how software can be used to boost their impact through workshops, consultations, and informed solutions

our vision

A nonprofit community confident in technology’s ability to serve its missions

our history

We were corporate software engineers, solving difficult problems at a leading-edge tech consultancy firm. However, we wanted to do more. We wanted to make a positive impact on the most pressing issues we saw—inequity for people, animals, and our planet. We didn’t have a clue on how to solve these problems, but we knew that thousands of you out there did.

Ten-Forward is a 501c3 founded in early 2018 in order to partner our experience and expertise in bleeding-edge technologies with your organization as you work tirelessly to build a better society. You’re making your organization’s vision a reality. We’re making sure the right tech gets into your hands to supercharge the process.

the founders

Marianne Feng


Marianne graduated from UW Foster’s Business School with a degree in IS and Supply Chain Management but knew she was interested in software development thanks to an introductory computer science course. After college, she worked at Expeditors International, helping to build backend systems using a variety of tools, as well as working closely with the Business team to build prototype websites. Her next job was at Level 11, where she honed her skills even further using leading-edge technology to help build large distributed systems under tight deadlines. Marianne is a talented software engineer with a deep interest in helping nonprofits and social organizations use tech to solve big problems.

Jessi Shank


Jessi started their career in technology while acquiring a B.S. in Physics & Astronomy doing research. After graduating from UW, they worked at Expeditors International for 2 years as a Developer in Test, learning Python working on a test automation framework. They then moved to Level 11 for a job as a Site Reliability Engineer. While working for Level 11, they gained expertise in developing tools for infrastructure management, orchestration systems, and continuous delivery. They are eager to use their highly specialized skills to affect positive change on pressing issues.