About ConnectAd

Our Origin Story

In 2009, ConnectAd founder Simon Choy found a summer job in the digital marketing industry where he learned about managing Google AdWords. His work with for-profit companies gave him an appreciation for how complicated campaigns could get.

Later that summer, he discovered the Google Grants program, but was surprised to find out that nobody was out there helping nonprofits. Agencies serving for-profit companies were everywhere, but why wasn’t anyone assisting nonprofits in taking advantage of $10,000 per month in free ads?

Always having had a passion for social enterprise, he decided to be that person and opened ConnectAd in 2010 with the mission of helping nonprofits. Since then, ConnectAd has remain committed to only working with nonprofits, managing their Google Grants. We proud to say we’ve helped almost 200 nonprofits get their Google Ad Grant. Using the grant, we’ve generated over 50 million dollars in ads and 1.8 billion ad impressions!

Our Team

Meet our friendly and passionate team of Google Grants experts!

Simon Choy


David Ries

Business Development

Emily Brown

Account Manager

Linda Chen

Senior Account Manager

Francesco Ferrara

Account Manager

Rebecca Hayden

Account Manager

Stella Tran

Digital Marketing Analyst

Steph Vesely

Paid Media Team Lead

Cindy Lee

Account Manager

Laura Di Girolamo

Account Manager

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