About Rik

Hi, I’m Rik Panganiban. I support nonprofits and cultural institutions in using technology to further their missions and change the world.  I’m passionate about building strong and diverse online communities.

Check out my LinkedIn profile for the most updated list of professional activities, experiences and accomplishments.

I was most recently the Senior Instructional Design Lead for Science Action Club at California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. In this capacity, I supported over 1,700 expert trainers and science educators with online training and tools to serve over 13,000 young people around the country. I also managed our partnerships with major science institutions including NASA and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

I previously served as the Senior Manager of Digital Learning at the Cal Academy from 2012-2016. I planned and led programs that gave youth the opportunity to tell their own science stories using mobile apps, digital games, online videos, digital dome astronomy shows and more.

From 2011 to 2012, I served as a Community Manager for the nonprofit TechSoup. I oversaw the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life, a virtual space where 150+ nonprofits from around the world come together to connect with their colleagues, share information, and collaborate on new projects together.

From 2008 to 2011, I served as Assistant Director of the Online Leadership Program at Global Kids, a unique youth development nonprofit that empowers at-risk young people to be community leaders, global citizens and achieving students.  As part of the Online Leadership team, I spearheaded special projects that used social media, virtual worlds and games to engage young people on world issues in powerful and fun ways.


In my off hours, I am the Editor-in-Chief and Community Manager of Yehoodi.com, the number one online community for swing dance and lindy hop enthusiasts.