The Internet Society Foundation was established to support the positive difference the Internet can make to people everywhere. Guided by our vision of an Internet for Everyone, the Foundation champions ideas and enables communities to unlock the Internet's potential to tackle the world’s evolving challenges.

The Internet Society Foundation (Foundation) is committed to a culture of diversity and inclusion, where all individuals are valued for their distinct contributions.  Our people are the most valuable strengths we have. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities and talent that our staff invests in their work represents a significant part of not only our culture, but our reputation and the Foundation’s achievements.

The Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. Employment selection and related decisions are made without regard to sex, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color or any other protected class.

Behind the scenes with the Foundation team

Sophie Rodriguez portrait photo

Sophie Rodriguez – Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

Favorite Quote

"Remember that the anchor of your being lies in human affection and human responsibility, but remember also to keep swimming up into the air of envisaged possibilities." Seamus Heaney

What do you most enjoy about the work you do?

I greatly enjoy learning about how people from all over the world harness the potential of technology to respond to local needs in innovative ways. I like that we are intentional about going beyond reporting, and rely on collaborative working strategies to arrive at reflection points that are empowering and contribute to a sense of ownership for the grantees.

Your favorite podcast, book, or movie?

My all-time favorite book is 100 Years of Solitude. 

What do you like to do when you’re not working? 

I love going to the movies, although I cannot go as often as I would like. I also enjoy cooking and traveling.

Place in the world you’d love to visit?

For many years now I have wanted to travel to Bolivia, especially to Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt dessert. This place has some otherworldly landscapes and a unique, mirror-like property that creates an identical reflection of the landscape.

Sophie Rodriguez portrait photo
Paige Samuels headshot

Paige Samuels – Program Coordinator

Favorite Quote

“Self-reliance implies the ability on the part of the people of a country to make common efforts towards the general development and welfare of the group. This has its counterpart in a sense of international responsibility which is recognition that the interests of each nation must be sought in the context of the larger appreciation of the interests and welfare of mankind as a whole.” - Michael Manley

What do you most enjoy about the work you do?

Getting a chance to be involved in the different aspects of programming, from program design to grantmaking to storytelling etc.

Your favorite podcast, book, or movie?

Beloved by Toni Morrison is a must read!

What do you like to do when you’re not working?

Anything that sparks my interest, I’ve gotten into op-ed writing, painting and I recently bought a drum.

Place in the world you’d love to visit?

Shashamane, Ethiopia.

Paige Samuels headshot
Rai Froh

Raí Froh – Operations Specialist

Favorite Quote

It is not the critic who counts.

What do you most enjoy about the work you do?

Helping others thrive in their work that touches the lives of so many.

Your favorite podcast, book, or movie?

My favorite movie is Love Actually.

What do you like to do when you’re not working?

I like to hike, travel, and cook. There is just something special about walking around in a new place and eating great food that fills me with joy and excitement.

Place in the world you’d love to visit?

I would love to visit Japan and learn more about Japanese culture while traveling from north to south and experiencing the diverse climates and ecosystems of the country.

Rai Froh
Mariana Diaz portrait photo

Mariana Diaz – Grants Specialist

Favorite Quote

“Being born is the first exile.

To walk the earth

is an eternal diaspora.” – Cindy Jimenez – Vera

What do you most enjoy about the work you do?

I enjoy the work I do generally, but my favorite part is supporting our grantees to accomplish the goals and objectives they’ve set out for themselves.

Your favorite podcast, book, or movie?

The most recent book I read that I really enjoyed was “The Body is not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-love,” by Sonya Renee Taylor.

What do you like to do when you’re not working?

During spring and summer, you can find me outside gardening, at the park with my dog, or hiking with friends and family.

Place in the world you’d love to visit?

I think for me it is easier to name the places in the world that I wouldn’t love to visit, but at the top of my travel bucket list right now are Spain and the Dominican Republic.

Mariana Diaz portrait photo
Portrait of Heidi Clark

Heidi Clark – Operations Specialist

Favorite Quote

“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ― Maya Angelou

What do you most enjoy about the work you do?

Not sure I can answer this yet, it’s only my first week. But I am excited to learn more about the work grantees are doing and the impact they are making!

Your favorite podcast, book, or movie?

I am a huge fan of all James Bond movies!

What do you like to do when you’re not working?

I love to travel with my family and friends, whether it’s around our state or internationally! I also enjoy playing tennis and hosting dinners for friends at my home.

Place in the world you’d love to visit?

Argentina is definitely at the top of my list for where to go next!

Portrait of Heidi Clark