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BUILD Boston

Launched in 2011

“Entrepreneurship is the hook;

college and career success are the goals”

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Students Served

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Youth Businesses

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Teachers Trained

The BUILD Boston Story

Before there was BUILD in Boston, there were three big-hearted venture capitalists with a dream to make a difference in the lives of teens in their community. In 2008, Jeff Glass, Ajay Agarwal, and Scott Friend of Bain Capital connected with BUILD’s founder and then CEO, Suzanne McKechnie Klahr, and the plans to bring BUILD to Boston were born. 

The Boston site was launched in 2011 with 90 students in four schools by Ayele Shakur, now CEO of BUILD National. Ayele brought decades of experience as an innovator in urban education to BUILD, including 11 years as a classroom teacher in Boston and Los Angeles Public Schools. Under her leadership, the Boston site grew to serve more than 300 students per year in six schools, launched several innovative pilots, and celebrated numerous achievements. Here are a few highlights that exemplify BUILD’s leadership and innovation in Boston over the past decade:

Today, there’s unprecedented momentum and interest in BUILD’s work in Boston and across the country. Now, more than ever, America needs entrepreneurship education. BUILD is recognized as a leader in teaching self-agency, resilience & grit, growth mindset and helping high school students to develop social capital, financial literacy, and valuable 21st Century skills. As an entrepreneurial organization working at the intersection of education innovation, racial equity, and community, BUILD is uniquely positioned to not only address the challenges our students face navigating high school, college, and career success, but also drive lasting social change. We now recognize that it’s not enough for us to work within a system not built for equity – we have to work to change the system itself.

Meet BUILD Boston Students

Kanye

Kanye, Class of 2022 at Dearborn STEM Academy, is CEO of Petdanas, “a pet bandana (bandana, collar, leash) to keep your pet looking fresh and in style.” He shares his journey through BUILD and how his mindset has changed since operating his own business.

Lenylse

Lenylse graduated Valedictorian from Dearborn STEM Academy. As a key speaker at the 2019 BUILDFest Pitch Challenge, she reflects on her BUILD journey and the relationships she made with her mentor and student business team, Towel Tote.

MultiBUILDer

As part of the BUILD Boston Virtual Design Challenge, MultiBUILDer, a student business team from Jeremiah E. Burke High, launched “An app that provides a holistic approach to improving your health during the COVID-19 pandemic.” They placed second in the regional challenge.

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The BUILD Greater Boston Team​

Angela Stokes

Position: Director of Mentor & Community Engagement
Email: astokes@build.org

Angela Stokes joins BUILD with varied non-profit experience across education, mentoring and corporate engagement. She is also a proponent of National Service, having served two years in AmeriCorps, solidifying her desire to give back to the community. Moving to Boston over a decade ago, Angela hoped to connect better to the community by becoming a mentor and pursued being a Big Sister. This experience has now helped her call Boston home. She is excited to join the BUILD team to continue connecting with students, maximizing their potential and engaging awesome mentors to do so too. In her spare time, Angela enjoys music, cooking and exploring parks with her toddler.

Angela Stokes joins BUILD with varied non-profit experience across education,...

Angela Stokes

Director of Mentor & Community Engagement

Bethany Thomas-Acevedo

Position: Executive Operations Manager

Bethany Thomas is the Executive Operations Manager of BUILD Boston. Before coming to BUILD she worked as the Director of Sales of Taste Buds Kitchen which helped her strengthen the multi-tasking, calendar organizing, and team-leading skills she now brings to BUILD. Although she has over 10+ years of volunteer experience, working for BUILD Boston fulfills her lifelong dream of working professionally in the Nonprofit world. Bethany has a B.A in both Journalism and Philosophy from The University of Massachusetts Amherst. She enjoys spending time with her loved ones, traveling the world, and hiking with her rescue pup, Moose.

“I BUILD because I know firsthand the powerful effect the right help can make for under-resourced youth. I believe in the ability of one single, caring person to help change the course of multiple lives.”

Bethany Thomas is the Executive Operations Manager of BUILD Boston....

Bethany Thomas-Acevedo

Executive Operations Manager

Betsy Neptune

Position: Regional Executive Director, Boston
Email: bneptune@build.org
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Betsy Neptune comes to BUILD with over 15 years of experience in community economic development in Latin America and the U.S. She is passionate about creating a world in which everyone can have a job that they love and one through which they can grow and develop in order to have a positive impact. In her most recent role as the Chief of Economic Development for the Metropolitan Area Planning Agency, she led economic recovery and resilience efforts for 101 cities and towns in Greater Boston. During her tenure, she expanded the work of the team beyond traditional economic development efforts, to include workforce development, digital access, and other strategies to advance wealth creation with a focus on reducing the racial wealth gap. Over the past year, her team played a key role in COVID response and recovery efforts throughout the Greater Boston region.

Prior to that role, she led the Small Business Technical Assistance program for the City of Boston, after serving as the Executive Director of Egleston Square Main Street, an organization in Jamaica Plain/Roxbury whose mission is to support small businesses. This work was shaped by her experiences working in community economic development for several years in Ecuador, Peru, and Chile.

Betsy has a heart for teaching, coaching, and entrepreneurship, so BUILD is a perfect fit. She has taught high school and graduate-level classes and also coaches existing and emerging entrepreneurs through her coaching business. She is a graduate of Trinity College with a degree in Anthropology and has certificates in Nonprofit Management and Corporate Social Responsibility. She received her MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and lives in Boston.

Betsy Neptune comes to BUILD with over 15 years of...

Betsy Neptune

Regional Executive Director, Boston

John Morytko

Position: Donor Engagement Manager
Email: jmorytko@build.org

John Morytko joins BUILD with a diverse background in the nonprofit industry. Previously he has operated in roles that include volunteer management, grant writing, and even program implementation in Ghana for Pencils of Promise. Most recently, John worked with Citizen Schools to raise funds around the country for programs focused on STEM education and increasing the representation of underserved populations in STEM career fields. John has a BSBA in Entrepreneurship from Xavier University, as well as his Masters in Nonprofit Management from Northeastern University. John is excited to join BUILD and work to provide students with new educational opportunities and help them find the same passion for entrepreneurship that sparked his career.

In his free time, John is an advocate for educational nonprofit work across the globe. He serves as the UN youth representative for Caring for Cambodia and is always planning his next international trip. When not working or volunteering, he can be found cooking, at a baseball game, or with his family exploring New England.

John Morytko joins BUILD with a diverse background in the...

John Morytko

Donor Engagement Manager

Kira Ross Rey

Position: Director of Philanthropy
Email: kRoss@build.org
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Kira Ross Rey

Director of Philanthropy

Lenworth A. Williamson

Position: Program Director
Email: lwilliamson@build.org
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Len joins the BUILD Boston team with nine years of experience in education and youth development work. He has most recently worked at the Pingree School outside of Boston, as the Dean of Students for six years. In addition to his role overseeing student life, Len has taught social studies and coached basketball at Pingree. He also serves as a workshop presenter and conference facilitator on the topics of social justice in education and student motivation. He offers professional development webinars for educators in school districts across the state through the Massachusetts Partnership for Youth and works alongside a diverse group of educators from around the country to deliver social justice curricula for high schoolers at the annual NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference.

As a volunteer, Len supports nonprofit organizations around Greater Boston, including serving on the board of directors of Aaron’s Presents, a service-learning program for kids in under-resourced communities on the north shore. His joy in working with young people was sparked after college, while playing pro basketball overseas and coaching local youth teams. Whether it’s on the court, in the classroom, or in life, Len is excited by the process of experiential learning and believes wholeheartedly in the power of a growth mindset. He earned a B.A. in Sociology from Amherst College and an M.Ed. in K-12 Learning and Instruction from Northeastern University.

Len joins the BUILD Boston team with nine years of...

Lenworth A. Williamson

Program Director

Shannon Hayes

Position: Senior Program Manager
Email: shayes@build.org

Shannon Hayes joins the BUILD Boston team with years of experience in youth development and K-12 education in Boston. As former Interim Executive Director of Expanded Learning Opportunities & Partnerships and Director of Expanded Learning Opportunities at Boston Public Schools, Shannon worked with community-based organizations and school leaders to plan and execute summer and vacation week programs across the city that offered students academic support and enrichment opportunities. Prior to that, she was the Afterschool & Summer Learning Program Manager at Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA), overseeing the implementation of arts-integrated, experiential learning programs for English Learners in Boston’s South End.

Shannon is excited to join the team at BUILD Boston to support and develop strong school partnerships and high quality teacher and volunteer training for our school partners in Boston. Shannon is a licensed educator and holds a master’s degree in Elementary Education and Creative Arts in Learning from Lesley University and a bachelor’s in Critical Social Thought from Mount Holyoke College. In her spare time, she enjoys travel, yoga and cooking, and is currently learning ASL.

Shannon Hayes joins the BUILD Boston team with years of...

Shannon Hayes

Senior Program Manager

Toiell Washington

Position: Program Manager
Email: twashington@build.org

Toiell Washington joins Build with several years of experience in the nonprofit sector. As a Boston native, she has worked with a number of different organizations in the city doing violence prevention work, such as Casa Myrna and Mothers for Justice and Equality. While working with this demographic, she found a love for community building.  In more recent years, she has become involved in education-based organizations centered around mentoring and empowerment, including Strong Women Strong Girls Boston.

Outside of her work as a nonprofit leader, she is the founder and creator of The Master Tools, a game company that starts conversations around systems of oppression. Toiell is committed to exploring and introducing topics in social justice education in a non-traditional way. Both her experience in the nonprofit field and work as a social entrepreneur make her a great fit for BUILD. She believes it is important that we, as a collective, are accommodating all different kinds of learning styles and encouraging the younger generation to be creative.

Toiell also runs a community organization and digital platform called Black Boston to keep young Black people in the city politically engaged. As someone heavily involved in her community, she has been recognized for her leadership in many different capacities. In 2020, she was the recipient of the Boston Celtics Heroes Among Us Award. She was also awarded Best Social Justice Advocate of the year by Boston Magazine in 2021.

Toiell Washington joins Build with several years of experience in...

Toiell Washington

Program Manager

Amir Nashat

Position: Partner, Polaris Partners

Amir Nashat

Partner, Polaris Partners

Bill Dunigan

Position: Director, BlackRock

Bill Dunigan

Director, BlackRock

Bill Wagner

Position: President & CEO, LogMeIn

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Bill Wagner

President & CEO, LogMeIn

Cendy Moliere

Position: Search Engine Optimization Specialist, eGenerationMarketing

Cendy Moliere

Search Engine Optimization Specialist, eGenerationMarketing

Christina Luconi

Position: Chief People Officer, Rapid7

Christina Luconi

Chief People Officer, Rapid7

Dr. Lindsa McIntyre

Position: Secondary Superintendent, Boston Public Schools

Dr. Lindsa McIntyre

Secondary Superintendent, Boston Public Schools

Frank Graziano

Position: Partner, PwC

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Frank Graziano

Partner, PwC

Jamie Bader

Position: Executive Advisor, EY-Parthenon

Jamie Bader

Executive Advisor, EY-Parthenon

JD Sherman

Position: CEO, Dashlane

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

JD Sherman

CEO, Dashlane

Jeff Glass

Position: CEO, Hometap Equity Partners

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Jeff Glass

CEO, Hometap Equity Partners

Jeffrey Newton

Position: Founder & Managing Director, Gemini Investors

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Jeffrey Newton

Founder & Managing Director, Gemini Investors

Jennifer Tribush

Position: Senior Vice President, State Street Corporation

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Jennifer Tribush

Senior Vice President, State Street Corporation

Jon Kanter

Position: CFO, Public Consulting Group

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Jon Kanter

CFO, Public Consulting Group

Jon Lang

Position: Partner, EY

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Jon Lang

Partner, EY

Matt Flanagan

Position: Founding Partner, Fama PR

Matt Flanagan

Founding Partner, Fama PR

Robert Glazer

Position: Founder & CEO, Acceleration Partners

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Robert Glazer

Founder & CEO, Acceleration Partners

Sava Berhané

Position: Chief Executive Officer, eCaring

Sava Berhané

Chief Executive Officer, eCaring

Scott Friend

Position: Managing Director, Bain Capital Ventures

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Scott Friend

Managing Director, Bain Capital Ventures

Tony Bordon

Position: Managing Director, Spinnaker Analytics

Tony Bordon

Managing Director, Spinnaker Analytics

Trish Walker *Chair*

Position: Senior Advisor, Best Buy
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Trish Walker *Chair*

Senior Advisor, Best Buy

Venkat Srinivasan

Position: Managing Director, Innospark Ventures

Venkat Srinivasan

Managing Director, Innospark Ventures

Alankrita Narang

Position: Manager of Strategy and Business Development, Boston Harbor Now

Alankrita Narang

Manager of Strategy and Business Development, Boston Harbor Now

Amy Trutor

Position: Portfolio Manager, State Street

Amy Trutor

Portfolio Manager, State Street

Daniela Visnijic

Position: Senior Manager, Corporate Development

Daniela Visnijic

Senior Manager, Corporate Development

Dave Henault

Position: Director - Global Fund Banking, Silicon Valley Bank

Dave Henault

Director - Global Fund Banking, Silicon Valley Bank

Diego Posada

Position: VP, Transaction Banking Product, Santander

Diego Posada

VP, Transaction Banking Product, Santander

Greg Bohenko

Position: Acquisitions Manager, Samuels & Associates

Greg Bohenko

Acquisitions Manager, Samuels & Associates

Hayden Broberg

Position: VP of Partnerships, Insurify

Hayden Broberg

VP of Partnerships, Insurify

James Evans

Position: Project Leader, Boston Consulting Group

James Evans

Project Leader, Boston Consulting Group

Jennifer Cain

Position: Apparel Development Manager – Outerwear & Woven’s, Converse

Jennifer Cain

Apparel Development Manager – Outerwear & Woven’s, Converse

Josh Nwozor

Position: Enterprise Business Applications Manager, Meta

Josh Nwozor

Enterprise Business Applications Manager, Meta

Kaitlin Moroney

Position: Attorney Development Senior Manager, Goodwin

Kaitlin Moroney

Attorney Development Senior Manager, Goodwin

Lindsay Kitendaugh

Position: Senior Manager, Corporate Brands, Code 42

Lindsay Kitendaugh

Senior Manager, Corporate Brands, Code 42

Marianna Zarinksy

Position: CEO & Founder, Norka Health

Marianna Zarinksy

CEO & Founder, Norka Health

Max Campion

Position: Co-Founder & VP of Business Development, HomeTap

Max Campion

Co-Founder & VP of Business Development, HomeTap

Russ Follansbee

Position: Director - Technology Banking, Silicon Valley Bank

Russ Follansbee

Director - Technology Banking, Silicon Valley Bank

Scheba Cius-Sainthelmy

Position: Private Banker, First Republic Bank
Phone: Associate Board Chair
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Scheba Cius-Sainthelmy

Private Banker, First Republic Bank

BUILD Boston

Headquarters

BUILD
198 Tremont St. #251 Boston, MA 02116

 
CONTACT

Email GreaterBoston@build.org
Phone
(617) 315-8231

VIDEO PREPARATION GUIDELINES

HOW TO RECORD

1. iPhone, iPad, Zoom and Loom are all choices of recording tools for their video presentation 
2. Record with both students and their presentation in view
3. Record horizontally for the best view of the students and their presentation
4. Follow Presentation Diagram to the Right

PRESENTATION TIPS.

- Make eye contact with the camera
- Notecards may be used as cue cards
•Pro Tip: Notecards should avoid having a full script
- Even when you are not speaking, don’t forget the camera is still recording!
•Be aware of your body language while you and your business partners are speaking
- Everyone has an opportunity to speak
- Professional dress is encouraged
- Practice makes perfect
•Practice how you will transition from each speaker
•Project your voice when you speak​

Follow positioning format Above

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