Meet Our Team

Our Founders

ANTHONY ALVARADO is an entrepreneur and the President and Co-Founder of Rise Together, a grassroots organization that is empowering 1,000’s of youth to stand up and speak out on the issues they care about. By 33, Anthony has already been identified by Forbes as a movement builder and featured for his work to inspire hope. Whether he is on stage, in a classroom, on his podcast, or online, he looks to start one of the most significant cultural movements of his time; driving millions to find their meaning and purpose. @anthonyalvarado13 or ANTHONYALVARADO.COM

DOUGLAS DARBY is a person in long-term recovery that is committed to setting a spark in people that will help change the world in which we live. Douglas, Co-Founder and distinguished motivational speaker at Rise Together, has educated more than 120,000 people across the nation. Douglas speaks out with passion and heart. He powerfully inspires others with his story of redemption; motivating young people everywhere to be there for others.

NADINE MACHKOVECH is a certified recovery coach and person in long-term recovery. As an educator on addiction and mental health, she looks to positively disrupt the current landscape for adolescents, especially young women, across the country. Machkovech has dedicated her life to serving others and reconnecting them to their greater purpose in life. Through her unique style of storytelling, she leaves the audience feeling inspired and motivated; reminding them that they have the choice to utilize their power to change their world and the world around them. @sunlitwarrior or  NADINEMACHKOVECH.COM

Advisory Board

Our core team, national advisory board, and working group members represents community advocacy organizations, prevention, education networks, public health agencies, corporations, non-profit’s, and faith based organizations; collectively bringing over 200 years of experience. Below you will see who makes up our #dreamteam: