Improving Life in the City

Prontopia is a public benefit corporation focused on fostering human connection and empathy around the globe to drive Sustainable Development Goals of providing decent work and economic growth, creating sustainable cities and communities, and encouraging responsible consumption and production.

Meet Prontopia

The team that makes it all possible

  • Shannon Kenny

    Founder & CEO

  • Flavia Cattoi

    Head of Locals Recruitment

  • Vijay Jadhwani

    Head of IT

  • Donatella Bindi

    Florence Locals Coordinator

  • Elisa Fornani

    Venice Locals Coordinator

  • Simona Mossetti

    Rome Locals Coordinator

  • Jodi Koskella

    Head of Business Development - Travel

  • Livio Demasi

    Livio Demasi

    European Operations Coordinator

  • James Teiser

    Head of Product & Operations

  • Andres Acosta

    Head of Design

  • Tanner Nielsen

    USA Locals Coordinator

  • Ava Jakubowski

    Locals Workforce Development

Meet The Board & Advisors

  • John Glanville

    Chairman of the Board

    CEO of Maps.com and CFO of Sustainable Change Alliance

  • Kiko Suarez

    Board Director

    VP Workforce Development at Territorium Life

  • James Lal smiling while outside wearing a suit and tie

    James Lal

    Technology Advisor

    CEO of Little Bear Labs

  • Jigish Avalani smiling indoors while wearing professional attire with glasses

    Jigish Avalani

    Strategic Advisor

    Global Market Development at Concur and Microsoft

  • Norm Rose smiling indoors while wearing professional attire with glasses

    Norm Rose

    Strategic Advisor

    Technology and Corporate Market Analyst, Phocuswright and Travel Tech Consulting

  • Rob Germain smiling indoors while wearing professional attire with glasses

    Rob Germain

    Strategic Advisor

    Global Executive in Travel Assistance and Eldercare

Founder's Story

How we got here…

Prontopia Founder Shannon Kenny smiling outdoors with sun glasses in front of a hand painted mural

Prontopia Founder and CEO Shannon Kenny launched Prontopia in April of 2018 as a solution to the increasing gap in availability of in-trip help while traveling.

Shannon had divided her time between California and Italy throughout her professional career as a historian and social entrepreneur since 1997 and founder of the Italy family travel website Italiakids.com, the Arte al Sole Italy educational travel programs, and Elaia Travel, a boutique trip planning concierge. Shannon frequently had the need for a service like Prontopia as a mom traveling alone with 2 young children, and also saw the need among her friends, her aging parents, and clients in city centers around the world. She felt that creating an affordable and easy way to get just a little bit of help exactly when and where it is needed would support better quality of life and create more resilient cities.