Our Co-Founders

Tanya Darisi and Lisa Villeneuve

Openly was founded on International Women’s Day in 2017, by Lisa Villeneuve and Tanya Darisi. As co-leaders for the first 5+ years, Tanya and Lisa nurtured Openly to become a vibrant space for talented, passionate people to fuel the hearts and work of changemakers. In 2022, their roles shifted to allow a collaborative leadership approach to emerge.

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Lisa Villeneuve

Witch of Why

From 2017 to 2022, Lisa was Openly’s lead strategist and facilitator. Lisa nurtured Openly’s human-centered approach to strategy design through a vast collection of meaningful social impact projects. Lisa’s entrepreneurial spirit continues to fuel new ventures. Her private practice focuses on the connection between social impact and the inner wellbeing of people working for change.

portrait photo of Tanya Darisi

Tanya Darisi

Mistress of Measurement

Tanya is known for her insatiable drive to make change happen. As our lead researcher and evaluator, she has a true passion for social justice and data-driven insight. Always looking on the bright side, she’s a natural born problem-solver and has a gift for turning complex data into clear insight and strategy. Formerly The O’Halloran Group, Tanya has worked as a community leader and volunteer for many years, contributing to projects and initiatives that promote greater inclusion, wellbeing and dignity for all.