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  • Roy Hirshland

    CEO, T3 Advisors

    Roy Hirshland

    CEO, T3 Advisors

    BOARD CHAIR & EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

  • Brian McMahon

    Board Co-Chair, Blackstone

    Brian McMahon

    Board Co-Chair, Blackstone

    Brian McMahon is a Business Analyst at Blackstone working in their financial technology group. Previously he spent 3 years working at Booz Allen Hamilton where he co-founded a data science strategy team. Brian has been an associate board member at BUILD since 2018.

    Brian is a graduate of the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park where he was also a member of the Maryland football team.

  • Pete Van Oot

    Board Co-Chair, Caviar

    Pete Van Oot

    Board Co-Chair, Caviar
  • Ayele Shakur

    CEO

    Ayele Shakur

    CEO

    Ayele Shakur brings almost three decades of experience as an innovator in urban education. Prior to coming to BUILD, she served as the President and CEO of the Boston Learning Center for 15 years. Under her leadership, the Center expanded from serving 100 students annually in Boston to 700 students across the state. Ayele joined BUILD in 2011 as Boston’s Founding Regional Executive Director.

    A veteran classroom teacher, Ayele taught for eleven years in the Los Angeles area and in the Boston Public Schools, and co-authored the book Boost School Performance – A Parent’s Guide to Better Grades Fast. Ayele is the recipient of the 2012 Boston Celtics Heroes Among Us Award, and the 2007 Nan Bennett Kay Great Friend to Kids Award presented by the Boston Children’s Museum. In 2014, she was appointed as Chair of the Education Committee for the Boston NAACP, and held this post for three years. In 2015, she was appointed by the Boston School Committee to co-chair the Opportunity and Achievement Gaps Task Force for the Boston Public Schools. She was honored with the 2017 Barr Fellowship, which recognizes outstanding nonprofit leaders in Boston, and in 2018 became part of the GK100 Most Influential Black Bostonians. She is a motivational speaker and a blogger for the Huffington Post.

    A native of Boston, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Boston University and a Master’s degree from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.

  • Chymeka Olfonse

    Regional Executive Director, NYC

    Chymeka Olfonse

    Regional Executive Director, NYC

    Chymeka Olfonse has dedicated her entire professional career to empowering individuals through education.  She currently serves as the Regional Executive Director for BUILD NYC.  Prior to BUILD, Chymeka served as the National Executive Director of Minds Matter National Inc., an academic mentoring nonprofit headquartered in New York City.  She set the organization’s strategic direction in collaboration with the leadership of 12 chapters.  During her tenure, Minds Matter doubled the number of students served and successfully launched four of its 12 chapters.  She developed a comprehensive fundraising strategy and formed partnerships to achieve scale and impact to benefit the national network. In addition, Chymeka has worked in programming, development and management capacities at the New York City Department of Education and at The After-School Corporation (TASC). As a Program Manager in the Office of Strategic Partnerships at the New York City Department of Education, she oversaw a number of large efforts to bring private-sector philanthropy into the public schools. Prior to that, Chymeka was Deputy Director for the Mid-Atlantic region of Jumpstart for Young Children

    Chymeka is a graduate of Yale University where she earned a dual Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with Economic Policy and African and African-American History. She completed her MPA with a focus in Public and Nonprofit Management at The Wagner School of Public Service at New York University.  In the summer of 2012, Chymeka earned a Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management certificate offered through Harvard Business School’s Executive Education Program.

  • Ryan Oliver

    Regional Executive Director, Bay Area and LA

    Ryan Oliver

    Regional Executive Director, Bay Area and LA

    Ryan Oliver serves as Regional Executive Director for BUILD Bay Area and Los Angeles, holding primary responsibility for leading growth initiatives and directing strategy. Ryan brings twenty years of experience as an innovative educator, leader, and program designer in urban schools, from Boston and Pittsburgh to Los Angeles and East Oakland. Previously, Ryan served as Founding Program Director for BUILD Boston. A Bay Area native, Ryan has lived, learned, and worked on both coasts. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Harvard University, a Master of Arts in Education from California State University Monterey Bay, and Principal Certification from University of Pittsburgh.

  • Karleton Thomas

    Regional Executive Director, DC

    Karleton Thomas

    Regional Executive Director, DC

    Karleton Thomas is a social entrepreneur and workforce development practitioner who has spent much of his career developing opportunities for marginalized communities. After nearly a decade of engaging vulnerable populations and witnessing the myriad of barriers to effective programming, Karleton is poised to deliver on the “dream” and provide sustainable solutions to the students, residents, and parents of our communities.

  • Ajay Agarwal

    BUILD Board Co-Chair,Managing Director, Bain Capital Ventures

    Ajay Agarwal

    BUILD Board Co-Chair,Managing Director, Bain Capital Ventures

    Ajay invests in early-stage software with a focus on front-office SaaS, AI/ML infrastructure, and supply chain technology. Prior to Bain Capital Ventures, Ajay led product and sales as an early employee at Trilogy, an enterprise software pioneer, growing annual revenues to $300 million.

    Ajay’s primary investment themes include AI-enabled applications (Clari, Gainsight), the future of work (Homebase), bottom-up and developer led software (Sendgrid), supply chain and manufacturing transformation (FourKites, ShipBob, Vention), and automation (Ike). Ajay served as board director of several exited companies with combined outcomes of nearly $5 Billion, including SendGrid (acq. by Twilio), TellApart (acq. by Twitter), Kiva Systems (acq. by Amazon), and InfoScout (acq. by Vista Equity), and has been named multiple times to the Forbes Midas List Top 100 Venture Capitalists.

    As employee #18 and SVP Product, Sales & Marketing at Trilogy Software, Ajay built a legendary recruiting program, signed multi-million-dollar contracts with Fortune 500 customers, and delivered breakthrough enterprise products, including market leading config-price-quote (CPQ) software. Ajay holds a patent for the “Method and Apparatus of Configuration Solutions”.

    Combining his track record at Trilogy with 17 years of investment experience at Bain Capital Ventures, Ajay’s passion is working with early stage founders on team-building, culture, iterating on product-market fit, and scaling go-to-market operations.

  • Gaurav Ahuja

    Tech Investor, Thrive Capital

    Gaurav Ahuja

    Tech Investor, Thrive Capital

    Gaurav Ahuja is an investor at Thrive Capital, a venture capital firm in NYC that has supported companies like Warby Parker, Instagram, Robinhood Markets, Spotify, GitHub, and Slack. He is responsible for executing investments in growing technology companies with the goal of helping them scale and sculpt their strategy. Prior to being at Thrive, Gaurav worked in San Francisco on later stage, enterprise software investments at TA Associates, a growth private equity firm.

    Gaurav was formerly a consultant with McKinsey & Co, a global consulting firm that advises management teams at Fortune 100 companies. He was part of McKinsey’s Technology, Media, and Telecom practice. Gaurav has helped guide several large technology companies with growth strategy and go to market

    Gaurav was not only born and raised in Michigan but also attended the University of Michigan, where he studied pre-medical sciences and earned a B.B.A. degree with high distinction. While at the University of Michigan, Gaurav was a Head Resident Advisor in Michigan Housing and the Director of the SAAN, a non-profit group devoted to acting on and spreading awareness of social justice issues. In his free time, he enjoys watching the Detroit Pistons lose and fantasizes about the latest consumer tech gadgets.

  • Katharine Albright

    Associate, TPG Growth

    Katharine Albright

    Associate, TPG Growth
  • Rodrigo Alfaro

    Director Of Strategic Partnerships

    Rodrigo Alfaro

    Director Of Strategic Partnerships

    Rodrigo Alfaro brings over a decade of experience in community outreach and nonprofit leadership from churches to college access orgs across the Bay Area. A true relationship builder, Rodrigo consistently seeks ways to unify diverse partners in service to equity for under-represented communities. As a native of El Salvador who moved to the Bay Area at a young age, Rodrigo brings a deeply personal perspective to his role. He experienced first-hand the challenges many immigrants face balancing diverse cultural identities, and the transformative power of entrepreneurship for families like his own.

  • Nicki Ambrose

    Entrepreneurship Program Associate

    Nicki Ambrose

    Entrepreneurship Program Associate

    Nicki Ambrose is the Entrepreneurship Program Associate at BUILD Boston. Before joining BUILD, Nicki worked with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound as an Enrollment Specialist, interviewing “Bigs” and “Littles” and matching them together. Nicki also served an AmeriCorps Year with City Year Seattle King County. She is a proud graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Isenberg School of Business.

    “I BUILD because watching freshman high school students found their own business, pitch for funding, and earn profit from their product in the course of a school year is truly amazing and inspiring.I have the privilege of working intensively with freshman and sophomore BUILD students and teachers helping them prepare for selling events and competitions throughout the school year.”

  • Katie Ambrose

    Reddit

    Katie Ambrose

    Reddit
  • Alvina Antar

    Chief Information Officer, Zuora

    Alvina Antar

    Chief Information Officer, Zuora
  • Caroline Ardery

    Harry's Inc.

    Caroline Ardery

    Harry's Inc.

    Caroline Ardery comes to BUILD with a background in product development and consumer packaged goods. Since 2018, Caroline has worked on the product innovation team at Harry’s Inc., a men’s care company that began as a direct-to-consumer razor start-up. Most recently, Caroline supported the launch of Harry’s hair portfolio, an expansion into a new category for Harry’s brand. Prior to joining Harry’s, Caroline worked in brand management within the Writing division at Newell Brands, a manufacturer of consumer and commercial products.

    Caroline graduated cum laude from Duke University, where she earned a dual Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy and Arabic.

  • Andrea Atwell

    VP eCommerce, L’Oreal USA

    Andrea Atwell

    VP eCommerce, L’Oreal USA

    Andrea Atwell is the Vice President eCommerce for L’Oreal USA. Prior to this position, she was VP of US Market Supply Chain at L’Oreal’s Luxe Division. Her responsibilities included business, demand and supply planning, and customer care, with the vision of leveraging improved supply chain results to drive strategic relationships with L’Oreal’s US customers. Andrea has helped to lead significant planning process initiatives for L’Oreal which has transformed forecast accuracy, service levels, and inventory results, including managing the supply chain and human transitions of 3 major acquisitions for L’Oreal USA. Andrea’s efforts helped to shape the partnership between the supply chain and brands in L’Oreal, shifting the culture to drive operational awareness, improved results and competitive advantage. Prior to her 10 years at L’Oreal, Andrea has worked in the medical device and food & beverage industries.​

    Andrea has 15 years of supply chain experience and a true passion for leading and developing teams and recognizing and growing talent. She was recognized as a 2015 Visionary Leader by Consumer Goods Technology for her approach in prioritizing people and leadership to drive supply chain results. Andrea’s leadership has demonstrated that by focusing on people and creating a culture of change leaders, no business challenge is insurmountable. Andrea is also a frequent speaker on supply chain planning and talent development.​


    Andrea has a BA in Marketing from Michigan State University.

  • Geo Avendano

    Sales Director, Tipalti, Union City

    Geo Avendano

    Sales Director, Tipalti, Union City
  • Tom Axbey

    President & CEO, CloudHealth by VMware

    Tom Axbey

    President & CEO, CloudHealth by VMware

    EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

  • Jamie Bader

    Executive Advisor, EY-Parthenon

    Jamie Bader

    Executive Advisor, EY-Parthenon
  • Brandee Barker

    Co-Founder, The Pramana Collective

    Brandee Barker

    Co-Founder, The Pramana Collective
  • Todd Barnes

    Co-Founder & COO, Macro Solutions, Inc.

    Todd Barnes

    Co-Founder & COO, Macro Solutions, Inc.
  • Todd Barnes

    Co-Founder & COO, Macro Solutions, Inc.

    Todd Barnes

    Co-Founder & COO, Macro Solutions, Inc.
  • Roger Barton

    Managing Partner, Barton LLP

    Roger Barton

    Managing Partner, Barton LLP

    Roger is the founder and Managing Partner of Barton LLP, a law firm of over 30 attorneys practicing across most areas of business law. Roger is widely published and speaks nationally and internationally on law firm innovation, the practice of law as a business, and forming partnering relationships with clients. Barton LLP was recently featured by Law360 in an article entitled Giving Big Law a Run for Its Money as one of “10 boutiques that have established brands on par with the biggest of firms” who are “capable of competing with – and beating – the best big firms at the highest level” and by Acquisition International as among “Ones to Watch: The Best Boutique Law Firms.” ​

    Roger’s practice is mostly high-stakes commercial litigation, but he also enjoys his role as outside General Counsel and adviser to many of the entrepreneurial clients of his firm. He is rated by The American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel Magazine and the National Law Journal as one of the Top Commercial Litigators in the United States. He is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, the invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society limited to less than one-half of one percent of lawyers in America and has been selected as a Super Lawyer in Thompson Reuters’ annual survey of the top 5% of lawyers in the New York Metro Area every year since 2013. He holds an “AV Preeminent” rating, the highest rating in the legal profession for professional excellence and ethical standards, as determined by the peer review of judges and lawyers conducted by Martindale.​

    Prior to founding Barton LLP, Roger was with Sidley Austin in New York. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan, AB Honors College, and has a JD from Fordham University School of Law.

  • Alex Bayman

    Associate, KKR

    Alex Bayman

    Associate, KKR
  • Jonathan Beauford

    Interns Program Manager, Google

    Jonathan Beauford

    Interns Program Manager, Google
  • Miranda Belliza

    Director of Community Partnerships

    Miranda Belliza

    Director of Community Partnerships

    Miranda has a strong commitment to service and equality, working with youth to help prepare for college and career readiness since high school. Before BUILD, Miranda worked at the Ronald McDonald House of New York City, and was a camp counselor with their summer program for almost a decade. Miranda received her Bachelor’s of Science from the Fashion Institute of Technology, majoring in Advertising and Marketing Communications, minoring in Asian Studies. Miranda is currently pursuing her Master of Science in Urban Policy and Leadership from Hunter College. Outside of work, Miranda enjoys traveling, baking, reading and spending time with her family and friends.

  • John Bernier

    Director of Entrepreneurship

    John Bernier

    Director of Entrepreneurship
    Born & raised in the community of Fields Corner , MA, John is no stranger to the community that BUILD Boston serves today. The youngest of 8 siblings, John attended Boston College High School where he discovered his love for football and music. After graduating in 2003, he went on to attend Boston University where he held multiple student leadership positions and was awarded the highest honor bestowed upon graduating seniors- The Scarlett Key Award. That same year, after a series of influential meetings at his internship site with Sony BMG , John decided to start his own company that focused on managing artists.

    As he puts it, “Although I grew up in church, I really didn’t discover gospel music until my junior year in college. It was a very gradual process. I knew that I was good at marketing and I had a passion for music so I just started helping local artists in the genre that I liked the most at the time.” From there John discovered a passion for entrepreneurship and decided to pursue an MBA to further elevate his brand.

    While in school John was recruited by PepsiCo post a successful consulting projected.  He worked for the company for two years overseeing marketing strategy elements for Tropicana, Gatorade, and Lipton in New York. In 2014, unable to avoid his passions , John departed his full-time role  and voyaged on a journey back into the Gospel Industry and his hometown of Boston. It was there that John discovered BUILD which seemed to be the perfect opportunity to pair his love for his community and entrepreneurship. In 2015, John began as a part-time E1 teacher at Jeremiah Burke High School. In the years to follow John would come on board full-time as a member of the program staff.

    Today as John’s clients include award winning international artists John is often working remotely from the road. Today John’s main focus is E1 Teacher Development and Branding Strategy for BUILD Boston. He also enjoys reading, working out, traveling, and baking.
    “I BUILD because I personally love entrepreneurship and believe that if students uncovers their passions while  learning  how to start a business, they are more likely to be more successful in life.”
  • Carolyn Betts-Fleming

    CEO, Betts Recruiting

    Carolyn Betts-Fleming

    CEO, Betts Recruiting
  • Jeffrey H. Blum

    Senior Vice-President and Deputy General Counsel, DISH Network LLC

    Jeffrey H. Blum

    Senior Vice-President and Deputy General Counsel, DISH Network LLC
  • Mandy Boose

    College and Career Access Coach

    Mandy Boose

    College and Career Access Coach

    With a degree in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley, Mandy has dedicated her life to critiquing and challenging systemic inequalities. Mandy credits her mixed-race identity for fostering her understanding of institutional racism and marginalization and uses this understanding to develop deep connections with BUILD students. In a setting like the Bay Area which combines extreme diversity with extreme wealth imbalances, Mandy is determined to create a more just and equitable future for our E4 students and our communities as a whole. Mandy lives in Oakland, and in her free time, is committed to her art practice and running Lake Merritt.

    Positioned at the intersection between family histories of immigration and farm labor, Mandy recognizes the weight of how access to education can impact a family’s economic mobility for subsequent generations. Her family’s love, support, and encouragement to pursue any educational dream is something Mandy strives to emulate with all BUILD students.

  • Tony Bordon

    Managing Director, Spinnaker Analytics

    Tony Bordon

    Managing Director, Spinnaker Analytics
  • Patrick Van den Bossche

    Partner, A.T. Kearney, Inc.

    Patrick Van den Bossche

    Partner, A.T. Kearney, Inc.
  • Phillip Brannigan

    Associate Director, Berkadia

    Phillip Brannigan

    Associate Director, Berkadia
  • Doug Brien

    Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Mynd

    Doug Brien

    Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Mynd
  • Erin E. Bring

    Davis Polk & Wardwell

    Erin E. Bring

    Davis Polk & Wardwell

    Erin Brinig is a corporate attorney working in mergers and acquisitions. Previously, she worked as a financial services consultant in San Francisco. Erin has fundraising and event planning experience and has worked with nonprofits to coordinate service projects and programming opportunities for students of all ages. She is a graduate of Georgetown University, with a B.S. in Business Administration and a concentration in Accounting and Finance, and of UCLA School of Law. Erin is originally from San Diego and enjoys playing volleyball, dressmaking, and skiing.

  • Chelsey Brown

    Program Director

    Chelsey Brown

    Program Director

    Chelsey was born and raised in East Palo Alto in a blended working-class family. The first in her family to attend and graduate college, Chelsey attended San Francisco State University. Chelsey’s own life experiences led her to design programs and advocate for underrepresented youth as Program Director of the well-known non-profits in the Bay Area and in Austin Texas. As the BUILD Program Director for Oakland, Chelsey uses her leadership to guide the Oakland team in implementation of the BUILD program for highest impact. Chelsey is responsible for overseeing regional implementation of BUILD’s program, curriculum and events and developing and managing partnerships with district leaders and school administrators to ensure impact with BUILD target students.

    Being a living testimony to what programs such as BUILD can do for a student’s life, Chelsey BUILD’s to continue provide other students like her, with the opportunity to be exposed to a world of endless opportunities!

  • LaMar Bunts

    Acting Chief Success Officer, Calbright College

    LaMar Bunts

    Acting Chief Success Officer, Calbright College
  • Marisol Adriana Burgueño

    Community Engagement Manager

    Marisol Adriana Burgueño

    Community Engagement Manager

    Marisol Burgueno is the Community Engagement Manager of BUILD’s Bay Area region. Before BUILD, Marisol dedicated her career to public advocacy and the intersection of design and social impact. Marisol received her Master’s in Product Design & Development from ELISAVA Barcelona School of Engineering and holds a Bachelors in Industrial Design from California College of the Arts. Marisol started her career by working in various roles in product design and visual communications for social entrepreneurship companies. After leaving the for-profit sector, she put her knowledge of design and background in communications to use, working with nonprofit anti-violence organizations and educational programs for under-served youth in the Bay Area. Marisol’s goals are fueled by her passion to bring an end to the cycles of violence and poverty in her community. She is focused on strengthening community partnerships, increasing access to resources and public awareness.

  • Oscar Calderon

    Program Coordinator, Project What!

    Oscar Calderon

    Program Coordinator, Project What!
  • Eddie Carroll

    Head of Strategic Partnerships, Roofstock

    Eddie Carroll

    Head of Strategic Partnerships, Roofstock
  • Emily Chang

    Anchor, Bloomberg West

    Emily Chang

    Anchor, Bloomberg West
  • Louis Chang

    Senior Advisor, Facebook

    Louis Chang

    Senior Advisor, Facebook
  • Carlton J. Charles

    Treasurer, Hearst

    Carlton J. Charles

    Treasurer, Hearst

    Carlton Charles, Vice President, and Treasurer, Hearst, serves as global treasurer, oversees Risk Management and Insurance, leads the company’s Risk Working Group and is on the Board of Advisors of Hearst Labs, Hearst’s platform for nurturing and grooming early-stage, women-led companies. Carlton has demonstrated financial acumen through a 30-year career in treasury and risk management. Carlton was an early architect of the Enterprise Risk Management program for Moody’s Corporation, a SEC regulated company and one of the largest rating agencies in the world. Carlton regularly reported to the Moody’s board on treasury and enterprise risk topics.​

    Carlton also developed the operational risk management program for Hearst and is chair of the company’s Risk Working Group. Among the focus areas for the group are cybersecurity and data privacy. Carlton has created an annual risk summit which is an annual convening of CFOs and CTOs from across Hearst’s businesses. Prior to Moody’s, Carlton held increasingly responsible positions in treasury and risk management for International Paper, Joseph E. Seagram and Sons, Viacom and Philip Morris. ​

    Carlton currently serves on the Board of Advisors of Hearst Lab, has been working with a group of professionals to establish a business accelerator in Upper Manhattan and The Bronx, was recently on the Board of Trustees of St. Thomas Aquinas College and previously served on The Board of the Bronx Preparatory Charter School.​

    ​Carlton holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago and a Masters in Public Policy and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from SUNY at Stony Brook.

  • Rose Cherubin

    College and Career Access Coach

    Rose Cherubin

    College and Career Access Coach

    Rose Cherubin joins the Build NYC team with years of experience in higher education admissions at her alma mater, Hobart and William Smith (HWS) Colleges. As former Senior Assistant Director of Admissions, she recruited for all five boroughs of New York City, was the office liaison for the HWS’ Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), assisted in creating and leading office-wide diversity recruitment initiatives, and also participated in final selections for HWS’ POSSE Foundation Los Angeles cohorts.

    She is excited to join BUILD NYC and transition into college access and counseling, and empower young people to actualize their maximum potential. Rose is also a budding entrepreneur with a venture in digital storytelling and is a volunteer for local blogging/influencer networks. In her spare time, she enjoys travel, photography, and dance. Rose holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy from Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

  • John China

    President of SVB Capital, SVB

    John China

    President of SVB Capital, SVB
  • Michael Cianciotta

    EY

    Michael Cianciotta

    EY

    Michael Cianciotta is a Senior Associate at EY where he consults financial institutions on growth, integration, and business planning through mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures. He previously worked as a consultant at Capco focusing on the Capital Markets space. Michael is passionate about entrepreneurship and utilizing his experience to enhance the education of young entrepreneurs.

    Michael studied Finance and Economics at the Boston University Questrom School of Business.

  • Michael Cleary

    Huemor

    Michael Cleary

    Huemor
  • Brian Cohen

    Founder & President Good Cause Communications;Founding Partner, New York Venture Partners;

    Brian Cohen

    Founder & President Good Cause Communications;Founding Partner, New York Venture Partners;

    As an angel investor and mentor to entrepreneurs, Brian served as Chairman of the New York Angels for nearly a decade. As one of the most active angel groups in the world, they have invested nearly $200 million in over 300 startups. Notably, Brian was the first investor in Pinterest and numerous other industry leading startups.​

    Brian is the author of “What Every Angel Investor Wants You To Know: An Insider Reveals How To Get Smart Funding For Your Billion Dollar Idea” published by McGraw Hill. He continues to guest lecture at Columbia and NYU. He has spoken in dozens of countries helping create and build their angel investor ecosystems.​

    As a technology media strategist, Brian is considered one of the fathers of science & technology strategic communications and founded Technology Solutions, Inc. (TSI) with his wife in 1983. Notably, TSI received the Gold CIPRA Award in 1998 for the IBM Deep Blue/Gary Kasparov Chess Match Concept and Communications Program. TSI was recognized as the #1 fastest growing agency in the United States. Brian sold the company to The McCann Erickson World Group in 1997. Brian was the publisher of the first computing publications including Computer Systems News and InformationWeek Magazine. As a recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award, Brian holds a Masters Degree in Science Communications from Boston University’s School of Public Communications.​

    He has been on numerous Boards, including People For the American Way, The World Frontiers Forum and BUILD.org. His current interest is to launch Good Cause Communications, The very first 501C3 strategic marketing/PR agency providing almost free services to struggling nonprofits.

  • Trace Cohen

    New York Venture Partners

    Trace Cohen

    New York Venture Partners

    Trace Cohen is a serial entrepreneur in NYC and now the Managing Director of NYVP making angel investments in the best startups/founders.

    He was the President and Co-Founder of Launch.it, a new self-publishing platform for PR professionals, agencies and brands to launch and socialize everything new.

    Prior to that Trace was an SVP at iFluencePR where he “created understanding for a complex world.” He specializes in strategic PR for tech companies looking to develop their communications, branding and outreach strategies to connect with their communities and customers with transparency.

    Trace is a graduate of the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University with a double major in Entrepreneurship and Marketing. He is one of the original Co-Founders and former CMO of Brand-Yourself.com, which helped students and young professionals manage their reputation and personal brands online. The best class he has ever taken.

  • Crissi Cole

    Vice President, Goldman Sachs

    Crissi Cole

    Vice President, Goldman Sachs

    Crissi is a Vice President at Goldman Sachs in New York where she leads global client engagement and technology for the Private Wealth Management division. Crissi is also the Co-Founder of Project Bead Foundation, a social enterprise that sells beaded products made by female Ghanaian entrepreneurs in order to fund scholarships for children in Ghana. ​

    She earned a BS in Finance from Bentley University in 2011 and a Masters in Policy and Nonprofit Management at New York University in 2018.

  • Danielle Conkling

    Head of Client Strategy, Silicon Valley Bank

    Danielle Conkling

    Head of Client Strategy, Silicon Valley Bank
  • Joshua Cook

    Partner, Goodwin Procter

    Joshua Cook

    Partner, Goodwin Procter
  • Michelle Cooprider

    We Are All Human Foundation

    Michelle Cooprider

    We Are All Human Foundation
  • Brian Costanzo

    Director of School & Community Partnerships

    Brian Costanzo

    Director of School & Community Partnerships

    Brian Costanzo was most recently President and CEO of SOCAP International. He entered the association profession in 2005, joining the executive staff of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO). He served first as EO’s Senior Vice President, Global Membership and later became the group’s Senior Vice President, Business Development in 2014. Brian’s previous 20 years were spent providing unparalleled client service in a variety of roles—as restaurant manager, sales manager, customer service manager and director of operations—for high-end properties, including Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company and Signature Hospitality Group. He is a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and became a Certified Association Executive (CAE) in January 2011. As a former entrepreneur himself, Brian founded his own company, Vision Hospitality, in 2004. Brian says, “Entrepreneurship has been a significant part of my life for many years and I can think of no better mission than to deliver a program to our youth that builds self confidence and self-esteem.”

  • Chris Cunningham

    Investor and founder, C2 Ventures

    Chris Cunningham

    Investor and founder, C2 Ventures

    Chris is an active tech startup investor and founder of C2 Ventures, a privately-held investment firm with a focus on consumer, data, financial tech such as blockchain and wellness. C2V provides seed capital and hustle to early-stage companies both directly and via limited partnerships with Techstars, Bowery Capital, and NYC’s leading angels. C2V’s current portfolio includes 15 investments, three of which have been acquired or returned a multiple for the investors – Arbor.io acquired by LiveRamp, Uru acquired by Adobe and MightyTV acquired by Spotify and JenJo 3X return. C2 Ventures has a 7X return over the last 4 years.​

    Previously, Chris was the President of Unacast, the leading location data platform which recently raised $17M in series B funding. At Unacast, Chris built the commercial and revenue operations from zero to seven figures in 18 months and led all commercial efforts. Chris was the first US employee and 7th overall. Chris was also the CEO and Co-Founder of appssavvy, a company that pioneered in-app advertising on Facebook and mobile while putting the user experience first through timing and context. In 7 years appssavvy drove over $75MM in gross revenue for the app ecosystem.​

    Chris has been named one of the “Most Important People in Mobile Advertising” by Business Insider, as well as being an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist 2 years in a row. He’s been a featured speaker at International CES, Cannes Lions, IAB’s Annual Leadership, dmexco, and f.ounders. He is a contributor to CNBC and Bloomberg TV via on-screen appearances and also produces content through C2V Studios. Chris sits on the board of both Build NYC and Cornell Tech here in New York City and strongly believes in supporting young people and their startup journey.

  • Mike Dalewitz

    VC, Investor and Entrepreneur, Dalewitz Family Fund

    Mike Dalewitz

    VC, Investor and Entrepreneur, Dalewitz Family Fund

    Mike is an accomplished Entrepreneur, Senior Executive, Thought Leader, and Board Member with demonstrated success across the consumer goods, fashion, entertainment, branding, technology, software, and legal industries. Leveraging extensive experience managing turnarounds and implementing business development initiatives, Mike is a valuable asset for a company experiencing rapid or stagnant growth and needs to support or further drive expansion. His areas of expertise include market analysis and forecasting, M&A, strategic planning, marketing, intellectual property, and P&L management. Mike has held both leadership and board positions with public and private multimillion-dollar organizations, and he currently serves as the Executive Shareholder of Haystack ID and President of ReviewRight. He founded Inspired Review after creating one of the legal industry’s first managed document review models and developed the first document review metrics tracking software, which was voted the number one US-based managed document review service and the number one technology assisted review solution company by Corporate Counsel, National Law Journal, New York Law Journal and The Recorder.

    Throughout his executive career, Mike has been responsible for leading acquisitions and integrations while managing P&L, personnel, and process improvements; he has led multiple initiatives to increase EBITDA significantly, and he has launched disruptive industry technology to support growth by more than 700% for multiple companies. Mike has also led the evaluation and enhancement of software for numerous companies as well as branding and PR to optimize lead conversion closures. Mike has proven his ability to develop a company efficiently and has taken multiple organizations from startup to double-digit multimillion-dollar revenues while delivering 100%+ YOY growth, and significantly improving profit margins. Mike is a nationally recognized expert in electronic discovery, document review, and legal staffing and has written chapters on temporary legal staffing in the ABA published Legal Management Handbook.

    Mike obtained his JD from New York Law School and his BA in Criminology from the University of Florida. In addition to his entrepreneurial career, he is a published author, speaker, and CLE instructor. He has held board positions with The Masters Conference, IT-Lex, ACEDS, and the Association of Litigation Support Professionals, and he was a key early member of the Sedona Conference. He founded the Electronic Discovery Program at New York Law School and served as its Adjunct Professor. Because of his success, Mike has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards including the University of Florida’s 2015 Outstanding Young Alumni of the Year, and the 2017 Horizon Award Recipient.

  • Tomas Dicpinigaitis

    UBS

    Tomas Dicpinigaitis

    UBS
  • Anna Dinh

    Student Experience Program Manager

    Anna Dinh

    Student Experience Program Manager

    Anna is BUILD Bay Area’s Peninsula Program Manager. She supports teachers with the implementation of curriculum and leads the planning of school and community-based student events. Anna brings a wealth of experience as an educator in varying cultural and country contexts. Prior to joining BUILD, Anna taught primary and secondary school students in South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong. She earned a BA in Child and Adolescent Development from San Jose State University and a Master of Education Degree from the University of Hong Kong.

  • Tom Doctoroff

    Senior Advisor, Prophet

    Tom Doctoroff

    Senior Advisor, Prophet

    Tom Doctoroff is a Senior Partner at Prophet, a global consultancy that fuses insights, strategy, creativity, and imagination to help companies find better ways to grow their brands and businesses. Between 2012 and 2016, Tom was the CEO of J. Walter Thompson (“JWT”) Asia Pacific, one of the region’s fast growing and most profitable marketing and communications companies. He is also one of Asia’s most respected advertising professionals. His unique combination of pan‐Asian work, plus almost two decades based in China, has made him an expert in the cross‐border management of brand architecture and brand building, as well as a leading expert in Chinese consumer psychology.

    He appears regularly on CNBC, NBC’s The Today Show, Bloomberg and NPR, and is featured in publications ranging from the Financial Times to the Wall Street Journal. He is a sought after keynote speaker for events such as the International Advertising Association’s global symposium, University of Chicago’s Global Management Conference and the JPMorgan Asia Pacific Equities conference. Tom is the Senior Advisor to the President of Asia Society. He is also the recipient of the “Magnolia Government Award,” the highest honor given by the Shanghai municipal government to expatriates. He was an Official Torchbearer for the Beijing 2008 Olympics. Tom is the author of the best‐selling books “Billion: Selling to the New Chinese Consumer” (2006) and “What Chinese Want” (2012). He published his third book, “Twitter Is Not a Strategy: Rediscovering the Art of Brand Marketing,” in November 2014. Tom was also a driving force behind Mainland China’s first Grand Prix at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. Tom started his career at Leo Burnett in Chicago but jumped ship to JWT in 1992. In 1994, he moved to Hong Kong as Regional Business Director for clients such as Pepsi, Kraft, and Citibank. In 1998, he landed in China as the Managing Director of JWT Shanghai and in 2002, was appointed Northeast Asia Area Director and Greater China CEO. In 2012, he was appointed the CEO of Asia Pacific for J. Walter Thompson. Through diversification into digital platform design, digital content production, trade marketing, and field marketing, JWT Asia Pacific has emerged as one the most synergistically integrated, creatively dynamic communication networks. During his 22 years based in Asia, Tom managed the strategy and marketing communications for a uniquely broad base of corporations, both multinational and Asian.

  • Eric Donado

    Apax Partners

    Eric Donado

    Apax Partners
  • ROGER DU

    Student Experience Program Manager (E2)

    ROGER DU

    Student Experience Program Manager (E2)

    Roger Du is a dedicated educator with a specific interest in adolescent mental health, immigrant parental involvement, and college access. He brings over 7 years of classroom experience and program development for educational nonprofits. Previously, Roger served as a Youth Job-Readiness Program Director, school counselor, and social studies teacher in Bangkok, Thailand. As a native New Yorker, Roger is devoted to advocating for the youth of New York City. Roger is a graduate of St. John’s University with a Bachelor’s in Adolescent Education with a concentration of History and a Master’s in School Counseling. In his spare time, Roger enjoys playing basketball, scuba diving, and taking his dog, Chance to the dog park.

  • Virginia Duke

    National Manager, Systems Improvement & Knowledge Management

    Virginia Duke

    National Manager, Systems Improvement & Knowledge Management

    Virginia Duke is proud to be in her sixth year as part of the BUILD family. She currently serves as BUILD’s National Manager of Systems Improvement and Knowledge Management, a role that draws heavily from her previous positions as both a grant writer and program manager, teaching BUILD juniors in Oakland how to run their own businesses and prepare for the college application process.

    Prior to BUILD, Virginia taught English in Nepal on a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant fellowship and taught eighth grade math in rural Alabama through Teach for America. Born and raised in Montana, she is a 2011 University of Oklahoma graduate (Boomer Sooner!). Virginia lives in Austin, Texas, is an avid reader, and is writing her third novel.

  • Bill Dunigan

    Director, BlackRock

    Bill Dunigan

    Director, BlackRock
  • Jack Dorsey, Emeritus

    Founder & CEO, Twitter Founder & CEO, Square

    Jack Dorsey, Emeritus

    Founder & CEO, Twitter Founder & CEO, Square
  • Mohamed Fahmi

    Regional Managing Director at First Republic Bank

    Mohamed Fahmi

    Regional Managing Director at First Republic Bank
  • Michael Farb

    CEO, Neon One, San Francisco

    Michael Farb

    CEO, Neon One, San Francisco

    Michael has over 15 years of experience building, running and scaling technology companies and organizations across a wide range of industries. Leading the organization of Neon One brings together Michael’s skills and experience in growing entrepreneurial technology companies with his passion of supporting non-profit organizations to increase their impact in the world. In addition to Neon, Michael serves as Board Chair for Build.org, a national education-based nonprofit that leverage entrepreneurship to empower students in underserved communities.

    Michael has a Computer Science Degree from UPenn, and an MBA from the University of Chicago. After starting a career at Accenture where he built global technology systems in New York, London, Singapore, & Seoul, he co-founded CaptainU. Acting as President, he and his team scaled this sports technology platform to millions of customers and organizations. After CaptainU was acquired by Blue Star Sports, Michael joined the Blue Star team as Chief Revenue Office and GM of the Enterprise Software and Payments group, helping scale the organization and combining products to build a product suite for organizations to excel and flourish. Michael is now proud to leverage his background to help nonprofits and other mission-driven organizations drive impact and help them reach their goals more quickly.

  • Nicholas Felice

    Organic

    Nicholas Felice

    Organic

    Nick Felice is a marketer and digital product leader that has helped brands such as Samsung, PepsiCo, and AstraZeneca stand out in an ever-evolving and competitive landscape. His passion for entrepreneurship and education makes him a natural sponsor of BUILD’s mission to prepare students of today to become tomorrow’s leaders. Prior to BUILD, Nick consulted small businesses through a program at The University of Rhode Island, where he received his B.S. in Business Administration. Outside of his professional and volunteer life, Nick enjoys a challenging hike and a home-cooked meal.

  • Scott Fisher

    Partner, Select Management Group

    Scott Fisher

    Partner, Select Management Group
  • Matt Flanagan

    Founding Partner, fama PR

    Matt Flanagan

    Founding Partner, fama PR
  • Sandra Fong

    Ennovae & Company

    Sandra Fong

    Ennovae & Company

    Sandra brings more than a decade of leadership in brand, integrated marketing, public relations, and retail strategy across B2B and B2C brands. Her experience spans across Fortune 100 companies, startups, and agency. Currently, Sandra is the Director of Marketing & Partnerships for Ennovae and Co, where she provides marketing and partnerships counsel for SAP, Verizon, and JP Morgan Chase. Most recently she was the Strategic Marketing Lead at Samsung Ads. In this role, Sandra was responsible for leading in-market engagement in North America inclusive of go-to-market strategy, branding, demand generation, and content development.

    Prior to Samsung Ads, Sandra was the Integrated Marketing Lead for Dolby, where she led brand strategy and partner marketing for the consumer products division and Dolby Vision. Before that, Sandra spearheaded retail and channel programs at Jawbone introducing new categories in wireless speakers and wearables. She began her career at Ogilvy and Mather in Digital Strategy where she executed award-winning digital programs for Fortune 100 companies.

    Sandra graduated with honors with a dual degree in International Relations and Political Science from the University of California, Davis.

  • Nicole Fourgoux

    SVP Business Development & Acquisitions, L'Oreal Luxe

    Nicole Fourgoux

    SVP Business Development & Acquisitions, L'Oreal Luxe

    Nicole Fourgoux is Senior Vice President of New Business Development and Acquisitions for L’Oreal. ​

    As Senior Vice President of Business Development and Acquisitions, Ms. Fourgoux is responsible for the strategic portfolio planning for L’Oreal with focus on M&A and brand incubation. ​

    Ms. Fourgoux is a beauty veteran with a 23 year international career at L’Oreal. Prior to her role as Senior Vice President of Strategic Business Development and Acquisitions, she served as General Manager of the Multi-Cultural Beauty Division and Vice President of Marketing for Garnier after joining L’Oreal USA in 2006. Before coming to the U.S., Fourgoux held senior marketing positions for the L’Oreal Paris and Maybelline New York and Vichy brands working out of L’Oreal’s Paris headquarter as well as Germany, UK and Spain. Ms. Fourgoux is a graduate of the prestigious Heinrich-Heine Universität Düsseldorf in Germany. ​

    Ms. Fourgoux currently resides in Scarsdale, NY with her husband of fifteen years and her three sons.

  • Itzel Franco

    Entrepreneurship Program Associate

    Itzel Franco

    Entrepreneurship Program Associate

    Itzel is a first-generation Chicana who recently earned a BA in Sociology from the University of California, Merced. In recent years, Itzel have worked with youth in various roles. This is where she grew her passion for mentorship and community empowerment. Itzel believes that if we provide guidance and resources to empower our youth, it would better everyone’s future. Itzel’s at BUILD because she truly believes in keeping our students in the center. Itzel also spends her time being a dog mom, traveling, and creating.

  • Scott Friend

    Managing Director, Bain Capital Ventures

    Scott Friend

    Managing Director, Bain Capital Ventures

    EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

  • Mark Gallagher

    Senior Market Manager, Northeast and Canada, Silicon Valley Bank

    Mark Gallagher

    Senior Market Manager, Northeast and Canada, Silicon Valley Bank
  • Lynda Galligan

    Partner, Goodwin Procter

    Lynda Galligan

    Partner, Goodwin Procter
  • Timothy Garnett

    Managing Director, The Avascent Group

    Timothy Garnett

    Managing Director, The Avascent Group
  • KENYA GEORGE

    Program Director

    KENYA GEORGE

    Program Director

    Kenya is a dynamic community organizer and youth developer committed to the transformation and upliftment of youth, young adults and their families.  She currently serves as Program Director with BUILD NYC. Prior to build, Kenya spent over a decade with University Settlement,  a nonprofit that provides services throughout University Settlement.

    As Community School Director, Kenya led a team of professionals in planning and implementing enrichment programs for youth, young adults and families, building relationships with stakeholders in the community, and raising funding to sustain and propel youth development forward.

    Kenya holds a B.A. in psychology from Barnard College, a Masters of Social Work from Hunter College.

  • Maggie Georgieva

    Business Transformation Manager, Santander Bank

    Maggie Georgieva

    Business Transformation Manager, Santander Bank
  • JP Giannini

    Vice President of Early Stage Practices, Silicon Valley Bank

    JP Giannini

    Vice President of Early Stage Practices, Silicon Valley Bank
  • Jeff Glass

    CEO, Hometap Equity Partners

    Jeff Glass

    CEO, Hometap Equity Partners

    EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

  • Robert Glazer

    Founder & CEO, Acceleration Partners

    Robert Glazer

    Founder & CEO, Acceleration Partners

    EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

  • Malcom Glenn

    Fellow, New America

    Malcom Glenn

    Fellow, New America
  • Jamaal Glenn

    Vice President, Alumni Ventures Group

    Jamaal Glenn

    Vice President, Alumni Ventures Group

    Jamaal Glenn is a Vice President at Alumni Ventures Group, a global venture capital firm. He is also an adjunct professor at New York University and the founder of Glenn Media Group, a boutique strategy and digital media consulting firm with clients that include Google, Harvard University, and the City of New York. ​

    Previously, he was Vice President of Strategy, Business Development and Corporate Development at First Look Media, a company started by eBay founder and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar which produces world-class investigative news and journalism, documentary and scripted films/television, digital video, and podcasts. Jamaal led U.S. business development for a venture-backed, Israeli tech startup that was acquired in 2016. He also founded and sold Politiconomist.com and Capitolista.com, and worked at Google and J.P. Morgan.​

    Jamaal received an MBA from Stanford, an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a bachelors degrees in finance and journalism from the University of Missouri.

  • Heather Godsmark

    Consultant, Egon Zehnder

    Heather Godsmark

    Consultant, Egon Zehnder
  • Shai Goldman

    Managing Director, Silicon Valley Bank

    Shai Goldman

    Managing Director, Silicon Valley Bank

    Shai Goldman is a Managing Director at Silicon Valley Bank (“SVB”) and has more than 15 years of experience working with the startup and venture capital community. He moved to NYC from the Bay Area in 2011 to help build out SVB’s New York office and launch a new group serving early-stage founders. His current focus is on engaging the local VC community. Previously, he was a Venture Partner at 500 Startups, where he conducted investing, fundraising, community building, and portfolio management. ​

    Shai graduated from Santa Clara University. Similar to the bank he works for, Shai has a global background, having been born in Israel and speaking three languages. He is married to a California native and helps raise their two children and two yorkies.​

  • Emily Gonsenheim

    Director, Alpha Club

    Emily Gonsenheim

    Director, Alpha Club
  • Jenise Gonzalez

    College & Career Access Coordinator

    Jenise Gonzalez

    College & Career Access Coordinator

    Jenise Gonzalez is the College & Career Access Coordinator at BUILD Boston. Jenise is a Boston Public Schools alum and is passionate about serving youth in underserved communities. Jenise served an AmeriCorps year with The Massachusetts Promise Fellowship at BUILD Boston working with juniors and seniors with college & career access work. Jenise has a B.A. in Sociology from Stonehill College in Easton, MA.

    Jenise grew up in the Hyde Park/Roslindale area. She enjoys blogging, fashion and traveling!

    “I BUILD because I see myself in my youth. I was once that student who needed a caring adult in their life to push them towards their goals/aspirations. My youth are full of life, energy, and are innovators. I enjoy listening to them talk about their college and career goals. It also excites me to see their growth throughout the year and relationships they create with peers, mentors, and BUILD staff”

  • Dora Gougoufkas

    VP Risk Management, Capital One

    Dora Gougoufkas

    VP Risk Management, Capital One
  • Eldridge Gray

    BUILD Board Co-Chair, Managing Director, Seven Post Investment Office LP

    Eldridge Gray

    BUILD Board Co-Chair, Managing Director, Seven Post Investment Office LP
  • Frank Graziano

    Partner, PwC

    Frank Graziano

    Partner, PwC

    EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

  • Kevin Gueco

    Founder, Gueco Real Estate

    Kevin Gueco

    Founder, Gueco Real Estate
  • Sadhna Gupta

    Associate, McKinsey & Company

    Sadhna Gupta

    Associate, McKinsey & Company
  • KEYONNIA HALLUMS

    Community Engagement Associate

    KEYONNIA HALLUMS

    Community Engagement Associate

    Keyonnia Hallums comes to us via NYC’s Civic Corps program. She has worked in the non-profit realm for two years encouraging youth to utilize their creativity in different workshops and programs. She also spent time working in family health centers, assisting in outreach and events through community engagement. Keyonnia is motivated by her passion for learning new things and experiencing new challenges. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration from York College.

  • Shannon Harrington

    Sr. Principal, Nav Talent

    Shannon Harrington

    Sr. Principal, Nav Talent
  • Pepper Hayes

    Director, Development Operations & Communications

    Pepper Hayes

    Director, Development Operations & Communications

    Pepper Hayes loves to crunch numbers and look for patterns in data. She uses these insights to coach BUILD’s development teams to raise the funds we need to support BUILD students. As Director of Development Operations and Communications she maintains our infrastructure for fundraising operations and oversees donor communication and stewardship. As an entrepreneur herself, Pepper knows first-hand how empowering the experience can be and was immediately drawn to BUILD’s mission, which inspired her to leave her career in law in 2014 to join the BUILD team. Pepper is an enthusiastic cat-lover and blogs about her knitting adventures in her spare time. She holds a BA in History, Philosophy, and Gender Studies from Westminster College and earned her JD at the Boston University School of Law.

  • Lars Hens

    Executive Vice President, California Bank & Trust

    Lars Hens

    Executive Vice President, California Bank & Trust
  • Jamison Hill

    Principal, Bain Capital Ventures

    Jamison Hill

    Principal, Bain Capital Ventures
  • Roy Hirshland

    CEO, T3 Advisors

    Roy Hirshland

    CEO, T3 Advisors
  • Martin Hui

    BMO Capital Markets

    Martin Hui

    BMO Capital Markets

    Martin Hui is an attorney at BMO Capital Markets covering mergers and acquisitions. He was previously a corporate associate at law firm Davis Polk and Wardwell LLP. Martin is also an entrepreneur and volunteer, co-founding Everyone’s Canada, a nonprofit advocacy organization that provides a counter-narrative to rising anti-immigrant sentiment in Canada, and Richmond Youth Foundation, a youth philanthropy organization. Martin grew up in Vancouver, Canada and completed his Bachelor of Science at the University of British Columbia. While living in Toronto, Canada, Martin obtained his Juris Doctor at Osgoode Hall Law School and Master of Business Administration at the Schulich School of Business. In his spare time, Martin enjoys boxing, scuba diving, and jogging with his Klee Kai pup, Kimmy.

  • Curt Hunnewell

    Director, Bank of America

    Curt Hunnewell

    Director, Bank of America
  • Katie Hurley

    Senior Manager of Einstein Product Marketing, Salesforce

    Katie Hurley

    Senior Manager of Einstein Product Marketing, Salesforce
  • Karl Jacob

    Serial Entrepreneur

    Karl Jacob

    Serial Entrepreneur
  • Bryce Jacobs

    Chief Strategy Officer

    Bryce Jacobs

    Chief Strategy Officer

    Bryce Jacobs is an educational reformer and educator with a particular interest in family engagement and college equity. Prior to joining BUILD, Dr. Jacobs was Director of National Programs at College Summit, an organization with a mission to help more low income students get to and through college, and previously was a program specialist at the National Parent Teacher Association. In her role at College Summit, Dr. Jacobs wrote training materials, designed curriculum, and innovated new programs that supported 11 regions across the country. She is a founding board chair and current board member of Sela Public Charter School, a Diverse By Design Hebrew language immersion school in Washington DC. Dr. Jacobs has a B.A. in International Development from Clark University, an M.A. from George Washington University in Education, and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in Education Policy and Leadership. Dr. Jacobs served as the Regional Executive Director for BUILD Metro DC for 5 years before moving up to the Chief Strategy Officer role on the National Leadership Team in 2019.

  • Andrew Jasen

    American Securities

    Andrew Jasen

    American Securities
  • Catherine De Jesus

    Catherine De Jesus

  • Quincy Jones

    Program Director

    Quincy Jones

    Program Director

    Quincy is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio and graduated from Kentucky State University with a B.A. in Business Administration in 1995. He is a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. Quincy began his career as a financial advisor, but was soon called to the social services field. He moved to the DC area in 2001, where he worked for years in the foster care arena as a Case Manager and Crisis Intervention Specialist. Quincy then began to work as a college access advisor in DC Public Schools. In this role, Quincy worked with all students to include athletes, honor roll, special education, parents, and international students, advising and assisting them on all aspects of college and career planning.
    Quincy’s most recent roles includes piloting and managing a peer leader focused program in low-income high schools in D.C., Prince Georges County, MD, Detroit, MI, West Virginia, and Cincinnati, OH. In this program, Quincy fostered relationships with school districts and high schools to enhance the college-going culture and train student leaders and teachers. Before beginning his career as the Program Director of Build Metro DC, Quincy worked to improve the college and career going culture in some of the most challenging high schools in Baltimore City. Quincy holds a M.S.A (2009) from Trinity University, in Organizational Development and a Master’s in Higher Education Leadership for Student Success, from Walden University (2015). Quincy is a proud husband and father of three beautiful children.

  • Theron Jones (TJ)

    BUILD Alumni and Software Engineer, Google

    Theron Jones (TJ)

    BUILD Alumni and Software Engineer, Google
  • Kateri Jones

    Small Business & Start Up Consultant

    Kateri Jones

    Small Business & Start Up Consultant
  • Stamatis Kakleas

    Tiger Global Management, LLC

    Stamatis Kakleas

    Tiger Global Management, LLC

    Stamatis Kakleas is currently an Operations Associate at Tiger Global Management and joined our associate board at the beginning of 2019. Stam has previously worked at Highbridge Capital Management and Stelliam Investment Management and on the Pastry Team of Gramercy Tavern, one of the best restaurants in America.
    Stam has a passion for entrepreneurship and has co-founded two businesses of his own; a seasonal gourmet cookie company and a cold brew coffee delivery service. He is a graduate of the Smeal College of Business at Penn State University and studied Pastry and Baking Arts at the Institute of Culinary Education in NYC.

  • Jon Kanter

    CFO, Goodwin

    Jon Kanter

    CFO, Goodwin

    EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

  • Alana Karen

    Director of Search Platforms, Google

    Alana Karen

    Director of Search Platforms, Google
  • Trevor Kempner

    Assistant District Attorney, San Francisco DIstrict Attorney’s Office

    Trevor Kempner

    Assistant District Attorney, San Francisco DIstrict Attorney’s Office
  • Michael Kesselman

    Head of Product/VP Product Management, Forward Financing

    Michael Kesselman

    Head of Product/VP Product Management, Forward Financing
  • Ike Kier

    Co-founder and CEO, KG Funds Management

    Ike Kier

    Co-founder and CEO, KG Funds Management

    Ike Kier is the co-founder and CEO of KG Funds Management which he established in 2008. ​

    From 2004 to 2008, Ike created management groups responsible for 4 special purpose acquisition companies which collectively raised approximately $200 million from the public markets. All of the management teams completed their mergers/purchases of their targets.​

    Ike’s business experience includes serving on numerous boards and building two businesses, both of which went public: Lida Inc. (formerly NASDAQ: LIDA) and eDiets (formerly NASDAQ: EDIET).​

    Ike received the cellular license to build cell towers and serve the I-85 corridor between Montgomery, AL, and Atlanta, GA with cellular service. He held the rights for 2 years, and then negotiated a cash sale of his spectrum rights to the surrounding providers who were encroaching on his territory. ​

    Ike earned a J.D. from George Washington University and a B.A. in Economics from Cornell University.

  • Lindsay Kitendaugh

    Account Director, Fama PR

    Lindsay Kitendaugh

    Account Director, Fama PR
  • Suzanne McKechnie Klahr

    Founder, BUILD

    Suzanne McKechnie Klahr

    Founder, BUILD
  • Curren Kulkam

    Growth Manager, Eden Inc.

    Curren Kulkam

    Growth Manager, Eden Inc.
  • MICHELLE LACROIX

    Curriculum & Instruction Program Manager (E1)

    MICHELLE LACROIX

    Curriculum & Instruction Program Manager (E1)

    Michelle Lacroix is an eight-year veteran teacher from Baltimore. She studied Journalism and Political Science at Penn State before joining Teach for America in 2011. Through her time in Baltimore, she earned her Master’s Degree in Urban Education as well as a Certificate in Supervision. In addition, she helped to establish a non-profit called B’More Global that fundraises scholarships for middle-schoolers to go on trips abroad. She is passionate about providing opportunities to youth and is excited to continue that work with BUILD. She is also an avid traveler has spent time working with teachers in Uganda as well as doing yoga teacher training in Thailand. In her spare time, she enjoys practicing yoga, working on her French speaking skills, and (trying) to play the ukelele.

  • Emily Lam

    Partner and Head of Palo Alto Office, Skadden

    Emily Lam

    Partner and Head of Palo Alto Office, Skadden
  • Jon Lang

    Partner, EY

    Jon Lang

    Partner, EY

    EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

  • Annie Le

    Student Experience Program Manager

    Annie Le

    Student Experience Program Manager

    Annie Le graduated from Boston College with a B.A. in Education and Mathematics and has worked in Boston Public Schools for ten years as a math teacher and the Engagement and Student Affairs Coordinator. She currently volunteers at the Networking Organization of Vietnamese-Americans to spearhead the Little Saigon Cultural District in Fields Corner. She is passionate about preserving and promoting the Vietnamese culture, helping people navigate the city, and working with youth to help them learn and grow.

    Annie loves to work with people and is inspired by what the community has to offer. Moving from California, the community in Boston has created a new home for her where she can learn and grow. When she is not volunteering or attending community events, you can find her dressing up and taking pictures of her dog, Gravy or walking around the city with her husband.

    For the students! Working with students outside of the classroom provides flexibility that did not exist in the confines of a classroom. It allows me to work directly with the students to support their future goals and aspirations.

  • Christine Lee

    Compass

    Christine Lee

    Compass

    Christine Lee is a Licensed Real Estate Agent at Compass Inc. Where she specializes in the sale of Manhattan condos and coops and helping international buyers relocating to the city. After working with high profile clients and recognizing the significant personal impact of selling and purchasing a home, she sought to help her clients live happily and fulfilled lives as a Certified Professional Life Coach. As a first-generation American, she experienced first hand the impact teachers and mentors had for her growth towards personal and professional success. Her passions lie in bridging the gap between the eastern and western worlds through holistic practices and integrative medicine. Christine is a graduate of Drexel University with a BSBA focused in International Business and Marketing. Find Christine escaping to nature or sipping on a matcha latte somewhere, in nature.

  • Catherine Lee

    Business Systems Administrator, Zuora

    Catherine Lee

    Business Systems Administrator, Zuora
  • Will Leitch

    National Manager of Grants & Media Relations

    Will Leitch

    National Manager of Grants & Media Relations

    Will joined BUILD in 2013 and is responsible for national and multi-regional proposals, supporting regional development staff, and overseeing media relations for BUILD. Prior to joining BUILD’s national team, Will was the Grants Manager for BUILD Boston for five years. Working at BUILD resonates with Will’s passion for social justice, especially for youth. Previously, he served as the grant writer for Bridge Over Troubled Waters and for Catholic Charities of Boston, as well as a consultant for nonprofits throughout New England. He has a background in journalism and in his spare time runs mountain trails and writes non-fiction. With a B.A. in Literature and Philosophy from St. John’s College, Santa Fe, NM, Will earned a Master’s in Urban Ministry from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts.

  • Dale Lemke

    Chief Finance & OPerations Officer

    Dale Lemke

    Chief Finance & OPerations Officer

    Dale Lemke has been Chief Financial and Operational Officer of BUILD since August of 2018. Prior to joining BUILD, Dale was Chief Financial Officer of Schools for Children, a non-profit corporation operating multiple independent schools in the greater Boston area. Before transitioning to the non-profit sector, Dale served in various finance and strategic planning roles for nearly 25 years in the for profit sector at firms including W. R. Grace, Marshalls and Ernst & Young. Dale received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and his MBA in Finance and International Business from Columbia University in New York City.

    Dale lives in Winchester Massachusetts with his wife Jennifer, daughter Emily and dog Ella. In his free time, Dale enjoys golf, cooking and spending time on the Downeast Maine coast.

  • DECOTA LETMAN

    Community Engagement Manager

    DECOTA LETMAN

    Community Engagement Manager

    A graduate of Howard University with a background in Communications. Decota was born and raised in the Bronx by way of Jamaica. Hailing from a single parent home and growing up in one of the most disenfranchised communities in New York City, Decota has experienced the affects of living and surviving in an under served community. Working with students that look like her and live in the same area she grew up in brings joy to Decota’s heart knowing she can share her experience with others. It is for this very reason she BUILDS. Combining nine years of experience in communications in the entertainment, arts, and lifestyle space and five years in community engagement, Decota is excited to be a part of the BUILD NYC team as its Community Engagement Manager.  In her spare time she enjoys listening to music, grounding, traveling and experiencing all the world has to offer. She would ultimately like to create safe spaces for students in under-resourced communities to fully exercise their potential and be given the same opportunities as their counterparts.

  • Rachel Levitan

    Deputy Director of Communications, House of Representatives

    Rachel Levitan

    Deputy Director of Communications, House of Representatives
  • Ira Levy

    IP Litigation Partner, Goodwin Procter LLP

    Ira Levy

    IP Litigation Partner, Goodwin Procter LLP

    Ira Levy is a senior partner in Goodwin Procter’s IP Litigation Group, whose practice focuses on the litigation of patent, trademark, copyright, false advertising and related matters for a wide array of industries and in a variety of technical disciplines. Mr. Levy has over 25 years’ experience with disputes involving biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and chemistry; electronics, computers and telecommunications; mechanical devices; industrial and consumer products; and the internet, new media, and e-commerce. ​

    Ira has handled numerous bench and jury trials in federal and state courts nationwide. He also has significant experience practicing before the United States Supreme Court, and various U.S. Courts of Appeals. In addition to his litigation work, Ira works closely with the firm’s Business Law Practice counseling clients on general corporate matters involving intellectual property and the Internet, as well as transactional due diligence. ​

    In addition to his legal work, Ira serves as lead director for Stomp Out Bullying, the leading non-profit focused on eliminating bullying and cyber-bullying. He is married and lives in Westchester County New York with two children and two dogs.

  • David Li

    Vice President, Twin Point Capital

    David Li

    Vice President, Twin Point Capital
  • Nicolas Lirette

    Advisor

    Nicolas Lirette

    Advisor

    NICOLAS LIRETTEVice President, American Express
    Nic most recently served as President at American Express, serving as Chief of Staff for the head of the Consumer business. He was responsible for a range of business planning and strategic activities and partners with leaders across the organization, from country managers globally to c-suite partners. Prior to this role, Nic worked in the Merchant business where he played a central role in the launch of EMV chip cards and contactless payments and helped improve customer satisfaction globally. Prior to American Express, Nic worked in investment banking at UBS and investment management at Wellington Management. ​

    Nic holds an MBA degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor’s degree from Tufts University. Originally from Canada, Nic speaks French fluently. Nic lives in New York with his wife, son, and daughter.​

  • Christina Luconi

    Chief People Officer, Rapid7

    Christina Luconi

    Chief People Officer, Rapid7
  • Alex Lupafya

    Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Staples

    Alex Lupafya

    Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Staples
  • Steven Mack

    Partner, PwC

    Steven Mack

    Partner, PwC
  • Sean Maffei

    Director, Siegfried Group

    Sean Maffei

    Director, Siegfried Group

    As a Director with The Siegfried Group, Sean works directly with financial executives, across multiple industries, providing them with a combination of accounting and leadership advisory services designed to provide greater professional and personal success. Sean also volunteers domestically and abroad with Digital Divide Data, a social enterprise creating better futures for disadvantaged youth in Cambodia, Laos, and Kenya through an innovative technology driven work/study program founded in 2001. Prior to joining The Siegfried Group, Sean started his career with Deloitte in New York.​

    Sean is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and graduated with honors from Bentley University. He currently serves on the Bentley Alumni Board of New York and is an active member of the Robin Hood Foundation. Sean lives in New York City and enjoys traveling, running and skiing.

  • Timothy Marks

    Sr. Manager of Software Engineering, Twitter

    Timothy Marks

    Sr. Manager of Software Engineering, Twitter
  • David Marston

    Founder, Marston Associates

    David Marston

    Founder, Marston Associates
  • Niko Martinez

    College and Career Readiness Program Manager

    Niko Martinez

    College and Career Readiness Program Manager

    Niko Martinez is the College and Career Readiness Program Manager for BUILD Oakland, serving our E3 students, preparing them through social entrepreneurship, college and career exploration experiences. At UC Berkeley, Niko studied Public Health and Asian American Studies, immersing himself in community organizing for the Filipinx Community, both on and off-campus. As an advocate for post-secondary education, Niko worked to share educational resources and mentorship to youth in and around the Bay Area.

    “I am inspired to work at BUILD because personal background growing up in the Bay Area, and studying public health as my coursework; I believe that furthering one’s education is a possible way to affect positive health outcomes, both at the individual level, and ultimately, for their families. I am honored to work and learn by the side of such brilliant youth, who share such amazing stories around their personal experiences. Each day, I’m deeply humbled and filled with gratitude to experience greatness alongside our students.”

  • Jan McAdoo

    Account Executive – Bay Area Focus, The Wall Street Journal

    Jan McAdoo

    Account Executive – Bay Area Focus, The Wall Street Journal
  • Jessica McGill

    Director of Philanthropy

    Jessica McGill

    Director of Philanthropy

    Jessica, a graduate of Virginia Tech, has fifteen years of fundraising experience having worked for nonprofits in both California and Maryland and is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Prior to joining BUILD in February 2020, Jessica most recently worked for Family Giving Tree where she managed individual and corporate relationships. In her spare time, Jessica has a passion for mentorship and has served as a CASA to foster youth for the past five years.

  • Ryan McKennie

    AV Operations Lead, Accenture

    Ryan McKennie

    AV Operations Lead, Accenture
  • Sarah McMillan

    CEO / Psychologist, McMillan Education

    Sarah McMillan

    CEO / Psychologist, McMillan Education

    EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

  • Steve Mea

    Operations Manager

    Steve Mea

    Operations Manager

    Steve Mea joined BUILD in 2016 and currently serves as Operations Manager for the National Shared Services team. In this role, he supports our organization by keeping tabs on our technology, government filings, insurance coverage, external vendors and contractors, and student program operations. Before stepping in to this position, Steve was a member of the Boston Program team as a Youth Engagement Coordinator and Student Experience Program Manager, in which he supported students, teachers, mentors, and staff in all aspects of the BUILD program. Prior to his time with BUILD, Steve worked for the Germantown Historical Society in Philadelphia and led educational tours of historic homes for 4th and 5th graders. Steve attended Millersville University of Pennsylvania where he studied History and Governmental & Political Affairs, and currently resides in Philadelphia with his Fiancé, rabbit, and two cats. In his spare time, he enjoys playing the drum kit for his band at local Philly-area venues.

    “I BUILD because of the incredible impact the program has on students, school communities, and families. I saw this first hand as a member of the Boston Program team, and am fortunate enough to continue this work remotely in Philadelphia. An education in business provides a young person with 21st century skills that their normal course load does not have the time to cover. It empowers them to realize their dreams, and graduate from high school with a vision for the future.” -Steve Mea

  • Sean Merriweather

    Publicis Media

    Sean Merriweather

    Publicis Media

    Sean Merriweather is a strategist focused on the intersection of media, data and technology who is currently the VP of Product Marketing at Publicis Media, a top global agency. Sean also teaches in NYU’s MS in Integrated Marketing program.

    I came across BUILD during a time when I was searching for a consistent organization to volunteer with and support. I’ve stayed involved over the past 2 years because of the amazing staff and the work they support. It’s great to see the growth of the students even from freshman to sophomore year; from making eye contact, to speaking with confidence and advocating for their ideas it’s incredible to play even a small part in the journey.

  • Alexis Miller

    Director of Business Operations, Northeast & Mid-Atlantic, WeWork

    Alexis Miller

    Director of Business Operations, Northeast & Mid-Atlantic, WeWork
  • Greg Minetti

    Togetherwork LLC

    Greg Minetti

    Togetherwork LLC

    Greg Minetti is an Associate on Togetherwork’s Corporate Development team where he works on the Company’s Mergers & Acquisitions strategy. Specifically, Greg is involved with deal sourcing, modeling and financial analysis, market research and deal diligence. Prior to joining Togetherwork, Greg worked in Advertising Sales at AMC Networks. Greg is a graduate of Wake Forest University with a Bachelor’s in Political Science and History. In his spare time, Greg enjoys going to the movies, running, reading and watching sports.

  • Pamela Minetti

    Director of Philanthropy

    Pamela Minetti

    Director of Philanthropy

    Pam has spent the majority of her career in the financial services sector where she worked at a range of boutique and bulge bracket firms including Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch and Mogavero, Lee. Her diverse experience encompasses investment banking, institutional sales and marketing. She has always been passionate about educational equity and child and family welfare and has served as a mentor and nonprofit board member for over twenty years. In 2017, Pam joined the BUILD NYC team where she is responsible for all fundraising activities. Pam graduated from the University of Virginia with Highest Distinction and received her MBA from Columbia Business School.

  • George Moker

    Director of Entrepreneurship Programs and Instructor of Management, Suffolk University

    George Moker

    Director of Entrepreneurship Programs and Instructor of Management, Suffolk University
  • Cendy Moliere

    Search Engine Optimization Specialist, eGenerationMarketing

    Cendy Moliere

    Search Engine Optimization Specialist, eGenerationMarketing
  • Ay’Anna Moody

    Future Center Project Director, Office of the Mayor – Libby Schaaf

    Ay’Anna Moody

    Future Center Project Director, Office of the Mayor – Libby Schaaf
  • Ay’Anna Moody

    Future Center Project Director, Office of the Mayor – Libby Schaaf

    Ay’Anna Moody

    Future Center Project Director, Office of the Mayor – Libby Schaaf
  • Gary Moon

    Managing Partner, Nfluence Partners

    Gary Moon

    Managing Partner, Nfluence Partners
  • Jill Moran

    Director of Events

    Jill Moran

    Director of Events

    Jill S. Moran, CSEP, has spent her career creating memorable experiences across the globe bringing people, ideas and organizations together for social, corporate and fundraising initiatives. Throughout her career, she has served in various leadership roles in the International Live Events Association (ILEA), been featured on TV and in the press and lectured at industry events and universities. Her passion for education and innovation prompted her to create the Special Events Institute, an online educational program for event professionals, and ultimately led her to BUILD, where she serves as Director of Events. She leads Boston and National event initiatives and supports all regions with best practices in event management.

     

    She an alumnus of the University of Connecticut and has completed graduate coursework at Babson College, the University of Connecticut and the Arizona State University.  She is proud of her numerous industry awards for events she’s created, her online program and for her two books Howto start a Home-based Event Planning Business and How to Start A Home-based Wedding Planning Business(Taylor Trade). She loves a good party, and when she’s not at one, she’s with her family, cooking up something new or in her vegetable garden.

  • JAZMIN MORENO

    Program Coordinator

    JAZMIN MORENO

    Program Coordinator
  • Mia M. Moulon

    Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer

    Mia M. Moulon

    Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer

    Mia is the Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer at BUILD. Mia has over seven years of experience supporting high-profile executives in New York and Greater Boston. Prior to joining BUILD, she worked at KPMG, for Managing Partners in the Private Equity and Alternative Investments Group. Mia is a Diversity and Inclusion Champion and recipient of the 2010 Rosoff Award presented by The Ad Club of Boston. A native of Massachusetts, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Suffolk University’s Sawyer Business School.

  • Melinda Moyo

    Enterprise Partner Channel Manager, Microsoft

    Melinda Moyo

    Enterprise Partner Channel Manager, Microsoft
  • Elizabeth Nadeau

    Development & Program Systems Manager

    Elizabeth Nadeau

    Development & Program Systems Manager

    Liz has been with BUILD since the spring of 2018 and is currently the Development and Program Systems Manager, helping to manage fundraising, student data collection and analysis, and social media/communications. Previously employed by Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts and Arlington Free Clinic, Liz has always had a passion for helping others and working for organizations which put people at the center. She was initially drawn to BUILD because of its mission – helping underserved youth recognize and harness their potential for greatness – and continues to be blown away by the affect BUILD’s programming has on students’ personal growth. In her spare time, Liz refinishes old furniture, volunteers at the local dog shelter, and cheers on her Boston sports teams. Liz graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Studio Art and Family Life Cycle Studies.

  • Ryan Nakayama-Larrabee

    Manager of Development Operations

    Ryan Nakayama-Larrabee

    Manager of Development Operations

    Ryan joined the BUILD family in 2016, stepping into her current role in 2018. She is responsible for gift processing and helps manage BUILD’s donor database. Ryan works closely with Pepper Hayes to develop data and tools that grease the wheels of BUILD’s development team.

    Originally from Austin, TX, Ryan now lives with her husband near BUILD headquarters in Redwood City, CA. She earned a BA in Sociology from Eckerd College in 2015. Education has been a guiding beacon of her professional and volunteer efforts. Serving as a math and statistics tutor through high school and college, Ryan found that thinking outside the box with her teaching style helped transform even fervent math-haters into A+ students. As someone who fell through the cracks early in school, Ryan is immensely grateful to have found an alternate path to education that reignited her love of learning. She is proud to draw on her own experience and is determined to support those with diverse paths to achieve their education goals.

  • Amir Nashat

    Partner, Polaris Partners

    Amir Nashat

    Partner, Polaris Partners
  • Jeffrey Newton

    Founder & Managing Director, Gemini Investors

    Jeffrey Newton

    Founder & Managing Director, Gemini Investors

    EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

  • Dianna Nguyen

    Junior Staff Accountant

    Dianna Nguyen

    Junior Staff Accountant

    Dianna Nguyen is the Junior Staff Accountant at BUILD. She handles account payable activity and trains BUILD staffs on the most effective ways to use Concur. Prior, she was a part of San Jose Grant Thornton Audit team. Dianna had experienced in teaching and working with students during her years in college as a Supplemental Instructor at San Jose City College. She was a member of BAP, a prestigious Accounting Club running by students where she gained an insight Accounting. She also worked at The Health Trust and Bank of America. Dianna is a proud Spartan, graduated from San Jose State with a Bachelor degree in Accounting.

    She always believes that “success doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work”.

  • Charlie O’Hearn

    CEO & Founder, Summit Educational Group, Inc.

    Charlie O’Hearn

    CEO & Founder, Summit Educational Group, Inc.

    EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

  • Harry O’Sullivan

    Bowery Valuation

    Harry O’Sullivan

    Bowery Valuation

    Harry O’Sullivan is VP of Finance at Bowery Valuation, a venture-backed real estate tech startup based in New York. Prior to Bowery, Harry worked at ff Venture Capital, a seed-stage venture fund that invests in a range of early-stage technology companies. Harry has worked with Build for two years, first as a Venture Capital Advisor and more recently as an Associate Board member. In his spare time, Harry enjoys traveling and skiing.

  • Jasmine Ochoa

    Oakland Program Associate

    Jasmine Ochoa

    Oakland Program Associate

    Raised in East Oakland, Jasmine graduated high school from Lionel Wilson Prep as a BUILD student. Throughout high school Jasmine spent a lot of her time volunteering at a variety of organizations, such as OUSD and The Red Cross. Jasmine attended Holy Names University, where she received her Bachelor’s in Business marketing in 2018 and her Master’s in business administration in 2019. Throughout her college experience she continued volunteering with different organizations and often remembered about BUILD and the knowledge and benefits it brought her. Jasmine greatly believes in the BUILD program and the doors it can open for students, which is why she decided to come back to the organization and work with high school freshmen and sophomores. As the program associate for Oakland Jasmine is regularly visiting our partner schools. She attends class sessions to work directly with our 9th and 10th grade students preparing them for showcases and ensuring they are receiving the most from the BUILD program.

    Jasmine strives to provide students with the same benefits BUILD provided for her. She loves to get to know our BUILD students closely and aspires to be a positive influence in their life.

  • Adeleke Omitowoju

    Principal, Groundwork

    Adeleke Omitowoju

    Principal, Groundwork
  • Katherine Orille

    Development and Events Manager

    Katherine Orille

    Development and Events Manager

    Katherine Orille, our Development and Events Manager studied Health Science and Nursing at California State University of East Bay. Her passion for event planning incited her decision to change career paths and seek a career in event management, where she brings ten years of experience developing her skills and knowledge of event coordination and logistics. Prior to BUILD, she recently worked for an educational organization, directing and managing all aspects of their professional development events. Katherine carries her strong work ethic into her personal life, as she jumps at any opportunity to plan events for friends and family.

  • Aaron Ow-Yeang

    Partner, EY

    Aaron Ow-Yeang

    Partner, EY
  • Joelle Paolino

    Community Engagement Manager

    Joelle Paolino

    Community Engagement Manager

    Joelle has spent her career working with youth. She graduated Quinnipiac University in 2013 with a degree in Psychology and spent her senior year interning as a Social Emotional Class Aid to a 5th grade class in Hartford CT. Joelle continued to work with youth as a Unit Supervisor in a residential facility for girls with trauma based behavioral issues, as a nanny and now at BUILD. Joelle began her career at BUILD working with our students and now works to help prepare our mentors with the tools they need to be extraordinary support systems for our students.

    “I BUILD because it has become increasingly clear how necessary it is for a program like this to exist. The skills, confidence, guidance and connections our student’s receive makes a huge difference in their drive to finish high school and pursue a career they are passionate about.”

  • Anesa Parker

    Senior Manager, Deloitte Consulting

    Anesa Parker

    Senior Manager, Deloitte Consulting
  • Anupama Pasumarthy

    IBM

    Anupama Pasumarthy

    IBM

    Anupama Pasumarthy works as a Software Engineer at IBM where she helps IBM.com visitors discover products across global markets through Search and Navigation capabilities. She has experience mentoring young adults, boot camp program design and curriculum building through working with several non-profit organizations, including BUILD where she served as a student mentor in 2017-18. In recognition of her community service efforts, she was honored with The President’s Volunteer Service Award in 2017. She received her Master’s in Computer Science from UMass Amherst in 2016, prior to which she earned her Bachelor’s in CS from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University in Hyderabad, India. In her free time, Anu enjoys cooking, running, and yoga.

  • Laura J. Patel

    Strategic Accounts, Density Inc.

    Laura J. Patel

    Strategic Accounts, Density Inc.

    Laura Patel is Director of Strategic Accounts at Density, an analytics platform that uses occupancy sensors to help businesses measure how their spaces are used; eliminating underutilized real estate, delivering exceptional workplace experiences, and strengthening physical security. In line with her work, Laura’s interests lie at the intersection of artificial intelligence and real estate. Prior to joining Density, she spent a decade with digital construction company DIRTT, which specializes in videogame based design, robotics, and manufacturing. She has spoken at dozens of exhibitions and conferences around the world, including the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of New Champions (Dalian, China), Thin Air Festival (Park City, UT), The Art, Science and Bottom Line of Innovative Designs & Technologies (NYC, NY), and The Office of the Future Summit (NYC, NY). ​

    As an active member of the New York architecture, design and engineering community, Laura serves as Co-Chair for CoreNet New York’s Programs Committee, and on Urban Land Institute’s Technology and Innovation Council and their Women’s Leadership Council. ​

    ​Outside of work, Laura is a board member at BUILD: NYC, a student mentor with Student Sponsor Partners, and a post-secondary coach with Syrian Youth Empowerment. A travel enthusiast, she speaks three languages and has visited 40 countries— most recently exploring Taiwan, Bosnia, and Guatemala.

  • David Peinsipp

    Partner, Cooley

    David Peinsipp

    Partner, Cooley
  • Lydia Phillips

    Director of Licensed Partnerships and Organizational Learning

    Lydia Phillips

    Director of Licensed Partnerships and Organizational Learning

    Lydia Phillips serves as the Director of Licensed Partnerships and Organizational Learning at BUILD where she oversees the strategy and implementation for growth of BUILD’s entrepreneurship to youth nationwide. Additionally, she guides internal learning with a focus on creating a collaborative and inclusive environment. With over 10 years experience in education, both abroad and stateside, Lydia has a passion for ensuring students are receiving high quality experiences in education and focuses on experiential learning. She has her Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of San Diego and has served as an educator with a focus on ELA and Special Education.

    “I believe youth are brilliant, creative and hilarious. It is a joy to help them unpack their strengths, their voice and help guide them towards a future of their choice. Entrepreneurship is a unique avenue for self expression, collaboration and innovation. It allows us to work with schools and community partners in a way that uplifts all involved. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?” – Lydia Phillips

  • Nitita Pongsanarakul

    National Manager of Data Systems and Evaluation

    Nitita Pongsanarakul

    National Manager of Data Systems and Evaluation

    Nitita currently serves as the National Manager of Data Systems and Evaluation supporting regions with data management and reporting in Salesforce and leading national evaluation projects to measure student impact and growth. Nitita was one of the founding staff members of BUILD Boston as an AmeriCorps service member and later became the College Access Program Manager. When she moved to New York, she had roles as the Operations & Human Resources Manager at a Brooklyn charter school, Strategic Data Facilitator at New Visions for Public Schools, and Senior Data Analyst at NYU Langone Hospital before she returned to work for BUILD National. She has dedicated her career to using data and technology to support youth and communities. Nitita is also a certified ESL teacher and children’s yoga teacher. As a first-time mom, she doesn’t have much free time, but if she did she would run long distances while listening to audiobooks and start training for her next half marathon. Nitita says, “I choose to be a BUILDer because the BUILD team tirelessly and passionately always put students at the center.”

  • Mike Portegello

    Partner, Northeast Region Growth Markets Leader, Ernst & Young LLP

    Mike Portegello

    Partner, Northeast Region Growth Markets Leader, Ernst & Young LLP

    Mike Portegello is an Assurance Partner at Ernst & Young LLP, where he brings more than 30 years of international and domestic experience in public accounting serving publicly traded companies with operations in both the US and abroad. Currently, he serves as the Northeast Region Strategic Growth Markets (SGM) Leader to provide services that help companies navigate the various aspects of a growth-oriented enterprise. SGM is a global network of EY professionals advising the full spectrum of dynamic, fast-moving and groundbreaking companies around the world, including VC-backed/private equity companies and their investors, large private and family enterprises, IPO-bound companies, and public companies in the Russell 3000 and 2000 indexes.​

    Throughout his career, Mike has worked with clients in New York and California, as well as internationally. He has served US registrants and foreign private issuers on SEC matters including initial public offerings (IPOs), public and private debt offerings, quarterly and annual filings, acquisitions, divestitures, and stock registrations. ​

    Previously, he provided overall management and led high performing teams to deliver audit services to New York State and Connecticut area clients. He continues to work closely with multinational organizations as well as high growth phase companies in the software/technology, media and entertainment, and leasing industries.​

    Prior to this role, Mike served as Strategic Growth Markets Leader for New York, leading a multidisciplinary team of dedicated professionals in providing perspective to and advising our emerging, IPO-bound, entrepreneurial clients on accelerating their growth. In addition, he has served as a Co-Director of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year New York program. ​

    Mike graduated Suma Cum Laude from St. John’s University and received his MBA from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at NYU.

  • Beverly Rama Pritchard

    Director of Talent

    Beverly Rama Pritchard

    Director of Talent

    Having been in the for-profit sector for over ten years, Beverly joined BUILD after witnessing BUILD’s impressive student entrepreneurs at the 2013 Gala.  Beverly currently leads the National Talent Team and brings her passion for equity into her daily work and connections with BUILDers across all of our regions.

     

    Beverly lives in the San Francisco, Bay Area with her husband, three children and cat.  When not supporting our team with the important work, she enjoys watching competitive sports, learning about different cultures, trying new recipes and spending time outdoors.

     

  • Tiffany Reaves

    The Madison Square Garden Company

    Tiffany Reaves

    The Madison Square Garden Company

    Tiffany Reaves is the current director of social impact and fan engagement for the New York Knicks. In this role, she sets the strategy for all community activation, youth basketball programming, and fan engagement platforms. She directs the philanthropic contributions and fundraising efforts and oversees a team that works directly with nonprofits, youth basketball organizations, corporate partners, and players to develop programs and initiatives that address local community challenges and meets business objectives.

    Tiffany received her bachelor’s degree in health, recreation, and tourism management from George Mason University in 2009 and went on to attend Columbia University where she obtained her master’s degree in Sports Business. Tiffany worked at the Madison Square Garden Company for five years in marketing and corporate partnership management before leaving the company in 2014. For two years, she worked for licensing company Haddad Brands, where she managed global marketing for Levi’s and Converse Kids. Tiffany returned to The Garden in her current role in February 2016.

    A native Virginian, Tiffany has lived in New York for ten years and enjoys traveling, writing, and staying active through biking, running, and volleyball. She volunteers for youth development organizations, including Girls on the Run, and serves on the associate board of youth entrepreneurship organization, BUILD NYC. She is also a board member of Manhattan Community Board 10 in central Harlem, where she currently resides with her husband, Duncan (married in 2018).

  • Allie Richards

    Grants & Communications Manager

    Allie Richards

    Grants & Communications Manager

    Allie Richards is Community Development Advocate and Non-profit professional, passionate about serving under-resourced communities. Before joining BUILD, Allie served as a Community Manager at a small business incubator and previously worked as a consultant on community development projects. Allie has a B.A in International Development & Social Change and an M.A in Community Development & Planning, both from Clark University.

    Allie BUILDs because it allows her to highlight the voices of our young people and put them on a path of upward mobility.

  • Zach Riedy

    Technology Crossover Ventures

    Zach Riedy

    Technology Crossover Ventures

    Zach Riedy is a technology investor at TCV, a $15B+ growth equity fund based in Silicon Valley with additional offices in New York and London. Previously, Zach worked in the technology investment banking group at William Blair in Chicago. Zach joined BUILD’s Associate Board in early 2019. Zach received a B.S.B.A. in Finance and Economics with honors from Ohio State University and studied at the London School of Economics.

  • Candace Roberts

    Events and Meetings Professional

    Candace Roberts

    Events and Meetings Professional
  • Kenny Roberts

    Program Director

    Kenny Roberts

    Program Director

    Kenny Roberts is the Program Director of BUILD Boston and has served at BUILD for the past 4 years. Kenny is passionate and committed to working with families and local residents of underserved communities. Before working at BUILD, Kenny served as a Teen Advocate for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston, as well as a youth minister in Riverdale, Georgia. Kenny holds a bachelor of arts degree in English from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA.

    Kenny lives in Winchester, MA with his wife Tachera and son John Roberts, III. He enjoys golf, fishing, and football.

    “Why I BUILD”; Kenny enjoys the opportunity to empower young people through the vehicle of entrepreneurship which can in turn empower their families with valuable resources to expand their outlook on educational opportunities, concepts of financial literacy, and professional development.

  • Suzanne Roske

    Partner, PwC Washington Metro Government Contracts Practice

    Suzanne Roske

    Partner, PwC Washington Metro Government Contracts Practice
  • Kira Ross

    Director of Philanthropy

    Kira Ross

    Director of Philanthropy
  • Robert Saldutti

    Financial Analyst, Minkoff Development Corp

    Robert Saldutti

    Financial Analyst, Minkoff Development Corp
  • Bruce Sandys

    Entrepeneur

    Bruce Sandys

    Entrepeneur

    Bruce has been an entrepreneur in New York City for more than 30 years. After graduating from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, he was the co-founder and president of Crescent Communications, which he helped grow into the largest privately-owned pay telephone company in New York City. After selling his payphone route, he attended Stanford Law School. During his time there, he assisted Suzanne McKechnie Klahr during BUILD’s formative stages and had the honor of being one of BUILD’s first mentors. Returning to New York after graduation, Bruce founded BAS Communications, through which he built and then sold one of the largest owner operated ATM portfolios in New York City. His most recent venture was as a co-founder and CFO of a litigation finance provider.

  • Erin Schaefer

    Managing Director of Partner Development & Services, YouTube

    Erin Schaefer

    Managing Director of Partner Development & Services, YouTube
  • Anna Schocket

    Vice President, Talent Development, DocuSign

    Anna Schocket

    Vice President, Talent Development, DocuSign
  • Tre’ Scott

    Strategist, Microsoft

    Tre’ Scott

    Strategist, Microsoft
  • Naveen Shahani

    Principal, Apollo Global Management

    Naveen Shahani

    Principal, Apollo Global Management

    Naveen Shahani is a Principal at Apollo Global Management, where he focuses on the firm’s private equity investments. Prior to Apollo, Naveen worked in the Financial Sponsors Group in the Investment Banking Division of Credit Suisse. He graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Naveen currently serves on the Board of Directors of CEC Entertainment, parent company to Chuck E. Cheese.

  • Maz Sharafi

    Head of Marketing, WhatsApp

    Maz Sharafi

    Head of Marketing, WhatsApp
  • Temisan Shebi

    Senior Consultant, Deloitte

    Temisan Shebi

    Senior Consultant, Deloitte
  • JD Sherman

    President & Chief Operating Officer, HubSpot

    JD Sherman

    President & Chief Operating Officer, HubSpot

    EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

  • Brian Shields

    Vice President of Business Development, Mynd

    Brian Shields

    Vice President of Business Development, Mynd
  • Ramon Simms

    Start Up Executive

    Ramon Simms

    Start Up Executive
  • Lindsay Simonds

    Principal Consultant, Lindsay Simonds Consulting

    Lindsay Simonds

    Principal Consultant, Lindsay Simonds Consulting
  • Sami Soma

    Google

    Sami Soma

    Google

    Sami Soma is a Partner Lead at Google, working on Advertising and Marketing strategies for large clients within the Consumer Packaged Goods industry. Prior to her role at Google, Sami worked at L’Oreal on digital media efforts across the Luxury product division. She has also held roles in Finance and Marketing across L’Oreal Paris, Active Cosmetics Division and Lancome.

    Sami graduated from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business with an emphasis in Finance and Marketing where her passion for supporting under-resourced schools began. Since graduating she has volunteered with various organizations such as The Posse Foundation, The Exodus Foundation and iMentor.

  • Christian Souza

    Vice President, Silicon Valley Bank

    Christian Souza

    Vice President, Silicon Valley Bank
  • Venkat Srinivasan

    Managing Director, Innospark Ventures

    Venkat Srinivasan

    Managing Director, Innospark Ventures
  • Rollins Stallworth

    Principal, T3

    Rollins Stallworth

    Principal, T3
  • Dillipan Sundaramoorthy

    Legislation Analyst, Jennings Policy Strategies

    Dillipan Sundaramoorthy

    Legislation Analyst, Jennings Policy Strategies
  • Roy Suruki

    Director of Finance

    Roy Suruki

    Director of Finance
  • Shelbi Svoboda

    Director of Account Management, Kit Check

    Shelbi Svoboda

    Director of Account Management, Kit Check
  • Divya Talla

    Croissant

    Divya Talla

    Croissant

    Divya Talla currently serves as Head of Partnerships at Croissant, a tech company that supports the growing remote and entrepreneurial workforce. Previously, she helped build real estate and tech brands in creative agencies. Her passion is working alongside entrepreneurs and teams building innovative products. She was born and raised outside of Detroit, Michigan and is a proud University of Michigan Alum. She’s traveled to 20+ countries, loves exploring the world’s oceans as a scuba diver, and is busy raising a feisty Husky/Retriever puppy named Rambo.

  • Tom Tang

    Head of Employee Experience, Cruise Automation/GM

    Tom Tang

    Head of Employee Experience, Cruise Automation/GM
  • Nicole Thomas

    Director of Strategic Partnership

    Nicole Thomas

    Director of Strategic Partnership

    Nicole Thomas is currently the Director of Strategic Partnership with BUILD Metro DC and has been with BUILD since 2016. In her role, Nicole spearheads all BUILD Metro DC fundraising-related community outreach activities, recruits volunteers and engages new networks and individual donor prospects. Nicole also oversees BUILD Metro DC’s Associate Board. Prior to her work with BUILD, Nicole was with College Summit for four years. College Summit is a college access non-profit where she executed over 100 successful College Summit workshops on 35 college campuses that served 5,000 students and 1,500 volunteers. Before that, Nicole worked for Monumental Sports and Entertainment for more than 10 years where she was the Director of Community Relations for the Washington Wizards (NBA) and Washington Mystics (WNBA) professional teams. In that role, she managed the community outreach activities including the scheduling, development, and execution of over 400 appearances per year for players, coaches, and front office staff. Nicole graduated from the University of Arizona.

  • Baratunde Thurston

    Co-Founder, Cultivated Wit and About Race podcast

    Baratunde Thurston

    Co-Founder, Cultivated Wit and About Race podcast
  • Jennifer Tomasino

    Talent Generalist

    Jennifer Tomasino

    Talent Generalist

    Jennifer Tomasino joined BUILD in 2018 and currently serves as the Talent Generalist for the National Shared Services team. In her role, Jennie is the first point of contact for all candidates wishing to join BUILD. She also is responsible for benefit enrollments and to answer any Talent question. Jennifer loves to read criminal biographies and enjoys planning family trips solely centered around her three and nine-year-old sons. As a mother of a Special needs child, she is heavily involved with the PTA and the school district Superintendent Parent Counsel. Jennifer is a huge advocate for equality, whether racial, gender, socio-economic, disabilities (physical, mental, and learning).

    “I BUILD by encouraging, empowering, and stimulating under-resourced youth, as I was considered one once upon a time. Aside from my full-time role at BUILD, I also assist my mother with running her own House Keeping business since I was 16 years old. My mother taught me that hard work and perseverance can take you far, which is what BUILD encourages, supports, and advocates for… the opportunity to reach your full potential and more.”

  • Brigitte Tondreau

    Oak HC/FT

    Brigitte Tondreau

    Oak HC/FT

    Brigitte is an analyst at Oak HC/FT, a venture capital fund, where she concentrates on growth equity and early-stage venture opportunities in financial services technology. Previously, she as a consultant with Accenture’s M&A Strategy group. Brigitte graduated from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia, where she was an Echols Scholar.

  • Smita Topolski

    Owner, Page Street Studio

    Smita Topolski

    Owner, Page Street Studio
  • Andy Torelli

    Senior Vice President, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

    Andy Torelli

    Senior Vice President, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
  • Andy Torelli

    Senior Vice President, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

    Andy Torelli

    Senior Vice President, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
  • CAROLINA TORRES

    Development Associate

    CAROLINA TORRES

    Development Associate

    Meet Carolina Torres, a recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Psychology and Spanish. While in college, Carolina volunteered for the Latin Community Center of Pittsburgh and was the Events Coordinator of the University of Pittsburgh’s Spanish Club. Carolina was elected by her peers to be a group leader of PACT- a student-run volunteer group that raised money for cancer research at the Hillman Cancer Center. In this capacity, Carolina was responsible for organizing both large and small fundraising and other events including 5K runs, concerts, food drives at the hospital, and Funday Fridays for patients and their families. Upon graduation, Carolina moved to New York City to launch her career in educational fundraising. She recently finished a Communications Internship at Brooklyn Prospect Schools and is excited to take everything she’s learned and apply it at BUILD NYC! Carolina is a first-generation Chilean American who loves hiking, traveling, and running!

  • Emily Trautwein

    Manager of Strategic Partnerships

    Emily Trautwein

    Manager of Strategic Partnerships

    Before joining BUILD, Emily worked as a Donor Relations Coordinator at Big Sister Association, where she managed their Young Professional Board and supported the VP of Development and CEO with individual donors. Before development, she was a recruitment specialist at Big Sister, building a pipeline of volunteers through corporate and community events. She graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in Communications and has returned there part time to pursue her Master’s in Nonprofit Management.

    “I BUILD because I believe in the transformative power of BUILD’s program. Not only do we build a space for students to learn real-life skills, we build a space where their ideas are heard, valued, celebrated, and where it’s okay to fail. I am an advocate for mentoring, opportunities, and access for all youth, and I have seen the difference our program can have in a student’s confidence and competence.”

  • Jennifer Tribush

    Senior Vice President, State Street Corporation

    Jennifer Tribush

    Senior Vice President, State Street Corporation

    EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

  • Julie Tumasz

    National Manager of Communications and Marketing

    Julie Tumasz

    National Manager of Communications and Marketing

    Hippie & Rebel

  • Chen Chen Tung

    Environmental and Social Standards & Corporate Affairs Analyst, The World Bank

    Chen Chen Tung

    Environmental and Social Standards & Corporate Affairs Analyst, The World Bank
  • Donovan Tyson

    Accountant, Arlines Reporting Corporation

    Donovan Tyson

    Accountant, Arlines Reporting Corporation
  • Elizabeth Ukpe

    Crux Informatics

    Elizabeth Ukpe

    Crux Informatics

    Elizabeth, who is a first-generation Nigerian American, was born & raised in Westchester, NY. She attended college in upstate New York at SUNY Albany where she studied Communication & Rhetoric. Following an internship at Vogue Magazine, she worked in IT before becoming a founding team member of the luxury fashion brand, Moda Operandi. Since then, she’s transitioned from fashion to finance to better understand the process that goes into vetting and investing in a company. Now in Fintech, she is focusing her attention on People & Culture at the data delivery startup, Crux Informatics, based in NYC. In her spare time, Elizabeth is building a women’s lifestyle brand, The Anti Heel, which merges fashion with foot wellness. She is an avid runner/yogi/cook and has a deep love for interior design. Currently residing in Brooklyn, she’s a volunteer for Hearts & Bones animal rescue and loves exploring all NYC has to offer.

  • Dan Vallimarescu

    Board Chair; CEO, Nardagani

    Dan Vallimarescu

    Board Chair; CEO, Nardagani
  • Dan Vallimarescu

    Founder, Sawtooth Mountain Partners LLC

    Dan Vallimarescu

    Founder, Sawtooth Mountain Partners LLC

    Dan is the CEO of an e-learning startup called Nardagani and is involved in a number of other investment and philanthropic activities.​

    Prior to that, Dan ran the Americas Debt Capital Markets Group for Santander Investment Securities for 11 years and the Latin America Debt Capital Markets Group, among other businesses, at Merrill Lynch for 13 years. Early in his career, he worked at The World Bank and the Bank of Boston. ​

    Dan received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and his MBA from Insead.

  • Kim Vinh

    Program Director

    Kim Vinh

    Program Director

    Kim brings 15 years of experience in teaching and program development to BUILD. She taught high school English and journalism for over a decade in the Bay Area, and she also served as a teacher educator and graduate school instructor through the Stanford Teacher Education Program. She has experience leading teacher innovation and collaboration through The Education Trust-West and The Teachers Guild at IDEO. Kim earned a B.A. in English and Urban Studies and a M.A. in Education at Stanford University and lives in San Francisco.

  • Bill Wagner

    President & CEO, LogMeIn

    Bill Wagner

    President & CEO, LogMeIn

    EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

  • Kali Walker

    Executive Operations Administrator for Greater Boston

    Kali Walker

    Executive Operations Administrator for Greater Boston

    Kali Walker has more than 25 years of experience in operations, project management, administration, customer service and sales. She earned a bachelor of arts in English/Communications and Theatre from Regis College in Weston, MA, where she also worked in the role of the Center for Student Services Manager before coming to BUILD. In addition, Kali has worked for Kaplan Test Prep, Harvard University and Young Audiences of Massachusetts. In her spare time, Kali is an active volunteer with Hagar’s Sisters, a domestic violence nonprofit in Acton, MA, as well, as an actor with local performing arts projects on stage and the web.

  • Michelle Wang

    Associate, KKR

    Michelle Wang

    Associate, KKR
  • Ashley Washington

    Student Experience Program Manager

    Ashley Washington

    Student Experience Program Manager

    Ashley Washington holds the position of Student Experience Program Manager of the Oakland, Bay Area programmatic team. Prior to joining the BUILD family Ashley earned her Master of Arts in Education from the University of Southern California and began her career within the teaching field in East Palo Alto, Ca serving her community directly. With East Palo Alto origins, she connects deeply to the purpose behind BUILD’s mission and has a strong connection to the foundation of the organization.

    As a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., service has played a dynamic role in her lifestyle and is of high value. Mentorship, service, and impact are instrumental pieces of her holistic approach to life, this aligning directly with the aspirations of BUILD.

    Ashley BUILDs to inspire and empower youth by providing opportunities to maximize student potential

  • Brian Wei

    Strategy Associate, KPMG

    Brian Wei

    Strategy Associate, KPMG
  • Vanessa Welch

    Anchor, Boston 25 News

    Vanessa Welch

    Anchor, Boston 25 News
  • Matt Wexler

    Managing Partner, Foxhall Partners

    Matt Wexler

    Managing Partner, Foxhall Partners
  • Ronald J Williams

    Founder & Managing Partner, ProofLabs; Entrepreneur in Residence at Citi Ventures

    Ronald J Williams

    Founder & Managing Partner, ProofLabs; Entrepreneur in Residence at Citi Ventures

    Ron J Williams is the Managing Partner of proofLabs, a strategy, and product development practice. ​

    Ron helps companies connect to customer needs and design experiments in order to learn faster and innovate smarter. He has built, invested in and advised on Web 2.0 technologies for over 10 years. In varied roles as an entrepreneur, intrapreneur and consultant, he’s helped Fortune 1,000 companies re-engineer core business strategies and systems across industries. Named one of the 100 most creative people in business by Fast Company, Ron loves puzzling out simple solutions to hard, real problems. He is an active mentor in NYC and believes his life’s mission is to “build more builders.”​

    Ron graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in East Asian Studies and Economics.

  • Ed Wilson

    Director of Philanthropy

    Ed Wilson

    Director of Philanthropy

    Ed Wilson has over a decade of experience in fundraising and development. Prior to leading BUILD’s National Development efforts, Ed served as the Development Director for BUILD Boston. Ed earned his MBA, with a concentration in Leadership & Organizational Change, from Northeastern University, and his BA in Economics and Management from Albion College, Michigan. Ed resides in Dedham, MA with his wife Jennie and his two daughters Adeline and Violet.

  • Michael Wurzbacher

    Solutions Manager, Sparkfund

    Michael Wurzbacher

    Solutions Manager, Sparkfund
  • Irving Yoskowitz

    Senior Counsel, Crowell & Moring LLP

    Irving Yoskowitz

    Senior Counsel, Crowell & Moring LLP
  • Joe Zawadzki

    Chairman and CEO, MediaMath

    Joe Zawadzki

    Chairman and CEO, MediaMath

    MediaMath’s Chairman and CEO Joe Zawadzki has spent his career redefining the marketing and advertising industries through software and data sciences. He has created and scaled companies with a combined $2B in market value, personally invested in a range of start-ups and is sought after for his vision on the future of technology. Throughout his career representing marketers at top-tier agencies and Fortune 500 companies such as AOL, American Express, IAC, Verizon and Vonage, Joe has focused on the integration of media, data and data sciences, in software. That reached its peak with the founding of MediaMath in 2007, a company credited with starting the programmatic revolution with the first demand-side platform. ​

    Prior to MediaMath, Joe was Founder, President, and Chairman of Poindexter Systems / [x+1], a pure-play marketing optimization enterprise, where he helped found and incubate Right Media, which sold to Yahoo! in 2007. He has been an active champion of digital media and the broader NYC startup ecosystem, having made investments in over 50 companies including 33Across, Accordant, AppNexus, CreditKarma, DataMinr, Electronics, Integral Ad Science, Namely, Optoro, Sourcepoint, and Vistar Media. He is a graduate of Harvard University and was a Teaching Fellow in cosmology, set theory and the history of science. He lives in New York City with his wife, Daria, and their children Dune and Jack.

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