It allows local decision makers to share projects with the communities they serve. Community members can engage with projects they care about, right from their fingertips, to help move each one forward.
We advance equity by sharing information.
We trust humanity.
We create real-time connections.
Located in Rochester, New York, our woman-owned city planning consultancy, Highland Planning, specializes in public outreach, economic and market analysis, commercial district revitalization, research and program management, and communications. We believe that better dialogue creates better decisions. Our team designs, plans, implements and summarizes successful public engagement strategies that reduce risk and create positive outcomes for our clients. We saw a need for a platform like Instant Input and bootstrapped the creation of this tool.
With our two decades of public engagement experience, and especially during the pandemic, our team recognized the need for a new, simple solution to build relationships and get quick feedback on projects by meeting people where they are. And after testing many of the digital tools on the market, we couldn’t find what we were looking for so we created Instant Input.
Co-founder and CEO
Co-founder, President and CPO
Co-founder and CTO
Tanya Mooza Zwahlen, AICP, is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Instant Input. Ms. Zwahlen is a city planner by training. In 2007, she founded Highland Planning, a public engagement consulting practice. The Highland Planning team has consulted with communities across the nation and received four awards for exemplary practice from the American Planning Association. Ms. Zwahlen received a Masters Degree in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University. She has sought specialized public engagement training from the Center for Dispute Settlement, the American Planning Association, and the International Association for Public Participation. She is the mother of two teenagers, two cats and a dog. She currently serves on the board of the Community Design Center of Rochester and volunteers at Saint Joseph’s House of Hospitality in Rochester, New York.
Nat Wilkins is co-founder, President, and Chief Product Officer of Instant Input. Nat is a business strategist with specializations in company leadership, product management, and marketing.
With two decades of experience spanning public companies on Madison Avenue as well as early-stage startups and nonprofits, Nat believes in the power of user science to inform product management and marketing decisions, that great teams learn to fail fast, and that strategy isn’t worth much without effective execution.
Nat’s startup track record includes architecting a product that closed $5MM in VC funding within its first year of existence. Nat is passionate about solving interesting challenges for social good and enjoys training and mentoring teams to think strategically and work effectively.
Anton Abramov, is co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Instant Input. He has a masters degree in computer science and is passionate about latest & modern technologies. Over the past decade Anton has been working in various fields of business like mobile, socials, automotive, fin-tech, health care.
Anton helped many companies & startups to define a working process, build & grow the teams, and develop world class applications. As an example at Juniqe (Berlin), Europe’s largest art eCommerce platform, Anton was the second Engineer hire – helped develop a completely new platform for mobile & desktop and scale the business to $35m ARR.
He is the father of a 3 years old daughter, who likes to find a good balance between work and family and in his free time play tennis and go to the gym.
Lisa Kribs has been a believer of and part of the Instant Input team from its early days. Lisa is a creative and communications strategist focused exclusively in the social impact space nationally for more than 15+ years.
Lisa is also the founder of TGW Studio, A B Corp Certified LGBTQ+/non-binary/women-owned and -operated social impact marketing firm that creates purposeful experiences for organizations across sectors and society.
Lisa believes that focusing on the intersection of diverse design and social impact can transform communities everywhere. Instant Input is a powerful connector and tool, and they are dedicated to sharing its potential far and wide.
Mike Muscara has been working in the healthcare and public sector markets since earning an MS in Public Policy in 1982. Mike has over 30 years of sales and contract development experience in the public sector.
Over the past three years Mike has worked on the development of public cooperative contracts in a variety of vendor segments including technology, mobility, facilities management and supply, and operations support software.