Our Team

Aimée Eubanks Davis

Aimée Eubanks Davis

  • Founder & CEO
  • Chicago, IL

Aimée is the founder and CEO of Braven which works to ensure underrepresented college students develop the skills, confidence, experiences and networks to get strong first jobs after graduation. She founded Braven based on her deep belief that our next generation of leaders will emerge from everywhere. Aimée spent the majority of her career at Teach For America. She held various senior leadership roles, including leading the organization’s groundbreaking work around its human capital and diversity efforts. Earlier in her career, Aimée taught sixth grade, led the Breakthrough/Summerbridge New Orleans site, and worked for the national organization. She is a 2020 Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow, 2019 Obama Foundation Fellow, Pahara-Aspen fellow, a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network, a Braddock Scholar, a Draper Richards Foundation Entrepreneur and a Camelback Ventures Fellow. A graduate of Mt. Holyoke College, Aimée resides in Chicago with her husband and three children.

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Alina Yang

Alina Yang

  • Site Director, Newark
  • Newark, NJ

Alina oversees Braven program implementation at Rutgers University-Newark. Alina ensures the successful execution of the Accelerator course, recruits and trains volunteers, and builds and supports partnerships with the university, employer partners, and other stakeholders.

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Andrea Schwartz Boone

Andrea Schwartz Boone

  • Exec. Director, Bay Area; Head of People and Ops
  • San José, CA

Andrea ensures the success and sustainability of the Bay Area region including program outcomes, fundraising, employer partnerships, and expansion efforts.

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Angie Brice Thomas

Angie Brice Thomas

  • Director, Program Operations and Partnerships
  • New York, NY

Ayodele Akosile

Ayodele Akosile

  • Data Analyst
  • Chicago, IL

Responsible for running, maintaining, and improving Braven’s  programmatic evaluation systems and processes , covering data  collection, storage, analysis, and reporting.

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Brian Sadler

Brian Sadler

  • Head Of Engineering
  • New York, NY

Brian leads the software engineering efforts ensuring that the systems architecture, stack, infrastructure, code, and development operations are solid. He is focused on efficient, effective, and maintainable engineering operations and processes that can handle the needs of Braven as we continue to scale.

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Briannah Drew

Briannah Drew

  • Operations Coordinator, Bay Area
  • San José, CA

Catherine Deutsch

Catherine Deutsch

  • Chief of Staff
  • Chicago, IL

Catherine drives strategic projects related to organizational health, growth, and sustainability in order to maximize the impact of the Braven accelerator. In addition, she supports and serves as a thought partner to the CEO.

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Chun Ying Wang

Chun Ying Wang

  • Director of Data
  • Chicago, IL

Chun Ying oversees program-related data management, analysis, and reporting and overall research and evaluation efforts at Braven.

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Dania Moctezuma

Dania Moctezuma

  • Operations Coordinator, Chicago
  • Chicago, IL

Dania is responsible for Chicago regional operations and event planning. She serves as right hand person to the Chicago Site Director to create partnerships with companies and organizations.

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Daniel Alter

Daniel Alter

  • Manager of Employer Partnership Strategy
  • Chicago, IL

Daniel is responsible for designing and implementing Braven’s employer partnership strategy. He guides the cultivation of employer partners in each Braven market, develops infrastructure to measure outcomes, and creates engagements that offer shared value to both Braven’s partners as well as our diverse, driven college students.

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Danielle Hayman

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Danielle Hayman

  • Site Director, NYC
  • New York, NY

Danielle oversees Braven program implementation at Lehman College. Danielle ensures the successful execution of the Accelerator course, recruits and trains volunteers, and builds and supports partnerships with the university, employer partners, and other stakeholders.

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Dennis Ng

Dennis Ng

  • Operations Coordinator
  • Newark, NJ

Dennis is responsible for Newark regional operations and event planning. He is the right hand person to the Newark Executive Director, specifically supporting in the creation and maintaining of employer and community partnerships.

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Diana Phuong

Diana Phuong

  • Site Director, San Jose
  • San Jose, CA

Gaozong Vang

Gaozong Vang

  • Manager, Design
  • San José, CA

Gaozong is responsible for the programmatic design of the Post-Accelerator experience and supports program effectiveness and scalability. She focuses on elevating the college-to-career experience beyond the core model and ensures smooth execution of design by working with regional team members.

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Harry Li

Harry Li

  • Chief Technology Officer
  • New York, NY

Helen Bohorquez

Helen Bohorquez

  • Manager of Instructional Design
  • Greater New York City

Helen is responsible for the instructional design of Braven’s flagship program, the Braven Accelerator. She works directly with designers, engineers, and regional team members to constantly elevate the learning experience for Fellows and volunteer Leadership Coaches.

Jeana Kim

Jeana Kim

  • Head of Product
  • Los Angeles, CA

Jeana sets the vision, strategy, and pedagogy for overall product at Braven, overseeing core product, new product innovation, program quality, and organizational learning. She fosters seamless cross-functional operations between the product and other Braven teams to ensure students reach strong outcomes through the products we build and our staff and volunteers have the tools, resources, and training they need to implement the Braven experience.

Jenna Carlson

Jenna Carlson

  • Manager of Design
  • Chicago, IL

Jessica McKenzie

Jessica McKenzie

  • External Affairs Manager, Newark
  • Newark, NJ

Jonathan Chaparro

Jonathan Chaparro

  • Site Director, Chicago
  • Chicago, IL

Jonathan oversees Braven’s efforts in Chicago and program implementation at National Louis University. Jonathan ensures the successful execution of the Accelerator course, recruits and trains volunteers, and builds and supports partnerships with universities, employer partners, and other stakeholders.

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Kasia Kalata

Kasia Kalata

  • Director, Communications & Marketing
  • Chicago, IL

Kate Shoemaker

Kate Shoemaker

  • VP, Policy & University Strategy
  • Greater New York City

Kate leads Braven’s Policy and University Strategy including our New Site Development work in concert with the CEO, External Affairs and our regional teams. She is always looking to connect with new potential Braven partners.

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Kilsys Payamps-Roure

Kilsys Payamps-Roure

  • Executive Director, New York City
  • New York, NY

Kimberly Norwood-Ingram

Kimberly Norwood-Ingram

  • Accountant
  • Chicago, IL

Lissete Estrada

Lissete Estrada

  • Program Manager, Newark
  • Newark, NJ

Lissete oversees all student recruitment and the overall student experience of Braven at Rutgers University-Newark. She runs operations and logistics for Learning Labs and Braven events, as well as overseeing the Post-Accelerator experience (student club and e-board).

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Lorraine Anderson King

Lorraine Anderson King

  • Head of Development and External Affairs
  • Chicago, IL

Lorraine sets vision and oversees the day to day operations of all development and fundraising endeavors, working closely with the CEO and Board. In addition, she leads national and regional external affairs strategies, including Braven’s communications, marketing and thought leadership.

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Martha Mendoza

Martha Mendoza

  • Special Projects Manager, Bay Area
  • San José, CA

Martha works closely with our Bay Area Executive Director, Bay Area Site Director, and Braven External Affairs team to manage projects in support of multiple functional areas including partnership building, development, marketing, and team operations.

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Marthe Leach

Marthe Leach

  • Program Manager, Chicago
  • Chicago, IL

Marthe oversees all student recruitment and the overall student experience of Braven at National Louis University. She runs operations and logistics for Learning Labs and Braven events, as well as overseeing the Post-Accelerator experience (student club and e-board).

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Nia Blessitt

Nia Blessitt

  • Program Manager Recruitment & Workforce Strategy, New York City
  • New York, NY

Nia oversees all student recruitment at Lehman College as well as managing Post-Accelerator Fellow workforce strategies.
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Nina Landrum

Nina Landrum

  • Manager, Executive Support, Development and Operations
  • Chicago, Illinois

Nina provides executive support and constituent relationship management support to the CEO as well as targeted support for Braven’s Development and Operations team. She manages several special projects like salesforce entry for the development pipeline and national donors, social media execution, and retreat logistics.

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Robert Timm

Robert Timm

  • Salesforce Administrator
  • Nyack, NY

Robert drives the successful use of the Salesforce platform for the Braven organization.

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Rowan Tatai

Rowan Tatai

  • Product Data Engineer
  • Newark, NJ

Sheila Lopez

Sheila Lopez

  • Head of Partnerships, New York
  • New York, New York

Sheila works with NYC Regional Team to help build and shape employer, university, and philanthropic partnerships in the NYC area.

Sonya Forg

Sonya Forg

  • Director, External Affairs and Development
  • Cincinnati, OH

Sonya works closely with the Head of Development and External Affairs to execute and manage the day to day operations of all development and fundraising endeavors, as well as elevate Braven’s brand through communications, marketing, and thought leadership. She also coordinates initiatives that will ensure Braven becomes a best place to work.

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Tess Brustein

Tess Brustein

  • Director, Design
  • Oakland, CA

Tess, Director of Core Product, leads the programmatic and instructional design of the Braven Accelerator course and parts of the Post-Accelerator experience. She is focused on constantly improving the Fellow experience guided by Braven’s key outcomes. She works in tandem with regional teams to ensure smooth execution of designs.

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Tiffany Traille

Tiffany Traille

Tiffany Traille

Tiffany Traille

  • Program Manager – Accelerator, New York
  • New York, NY

Tiffany oversees the overall student experience of Braven at Lehman College. She runs operations and logistics for Learning Labs and Braven events, as well as overseeing the Post-Accelerator experience. 

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Traci Panizzi

Traci Panizzi

  • Director of Finance
  • Chicago, IL

Vince Marigna

Vince Marigna

  • Executive Director, Newark
  • Newark, NJ

Our Board of Directors

Aimée Eubanks Davis

Aimée Eubanks Davis

  • Founder & CEO
  • Chicago, IL

Aimée is the founder and CEO of Braven which works to ensure underrepresented college students develop the skills, confidence, experiences and networks to get strong first jobs after graduation. She founded Braven based on her deep belief that our next generation of leaders will emerge from everywhere. Aimée spent the majority of her career at Teach For America. She held various senior leadership roles, including leading the organization’s groundbreaking work around its human capital and diversity efforts. Earlier in her career, Aimée taught sixth grade, led the Breakthrough/Summerbridge New Orleans site, and worked for the national organization. She is a 2020 Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow, 2019 Obama Foundation Fellow, Pahara-Aspen fellow, a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network, a Braddock Scholar, a Draper Richards Foundation Entrepreneur and a Camelback Ventures Fellow. A graduate of Mt. Holyoke College, Aimée resides in Chicago with her husband and three children.

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David S. Levy

David S. Levy

Founder, Volition LLC

David S. Levy is the founder of Volition LLC which helps mission-driven organizations to make strategic choices with the commitment necessary for action. He also currently serves as a Senior Advisor to New Profit helping support their growth strategy and mentoring social entrepreneurs. David brings more than 30 years of experience across the private, nonprofit and public sectors to his work. His private sector consulting experience, spanning 17 years, includes partner-level positions at the Monitor Group and Booz & Company.Prior to consulting, he was an R&D executive with Herman Miller, Inc. where he co-authored the design criteria for the Aeron™ Chair.

In the nonprofit sector, David has consulted with leading organizations such as MLT (Management Leaders for Tomorrow), New Profit, Project Evident and Teach for America. He currently serves on the boards of Acelero Learning, Braven, Enlearn and LEAP Innovations.

David graduated with distinction from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Architecture, received his M.S. from Cornell and Doctor of Architecture from The University of Michigan, where he also was an Assistant Professor of Architecture.

Shellye Archambeau

Shellye Archambeau

Former CEO, MetricStream, Inc.

Shellye Archambeau is the former Chief Executive Officer of MetricStream, Inc., a leading provider of governance, risk, compliance and quality management solutions to corporations across diverse industries. She served in this role from the time she joined MetricStream in 2002 until 2018. Prior to that, Ms. Archambeau served as Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President of Sales for Loudcloud, Inc., Chief Marketing Officer of NorthPoint Communications, and President of Blockbuster Inc.’s e-commerce division. Before she joined Blockbuster, she held domestic and international executive positions during a 15-year career at IBM. Ms. Archambeau has served as a director of Roper Technologies, Inc. since April 2018 and Nordstrom, Inc. since 2015. She also served as a director of Arbitron, Inc. from 2006 to 2013.

Richard Barth

Richard Barth

CEO, KIPP Foundation

As CEO of the KIPP Foundation, Richard leads the growth of the KIPP network, which has grown from 45 to 242 schools, from 8,000 to over 100,000 students, and from 400 to 28,000 alumni since 2005. Under Richard’s leadership, KIPP dramatically expanded KIPP’s leadership development programs, advocated for high performing charter schools on Capitol Hill, and secured partnerships with 97 colleges and universities.

Richard came to KIPP from Edison Schools, where he served as President of District Partnerships. Prior to joining Edison, Barth was one of the founding staff members of Teach For America.

Richard earned a B.A. in American History from Harvard University, and is an Aspen Institute-New Schools Fellow. He currently sits on the board of directors of Braven and the KIPP Foundation. Barth was named a 2014 Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year and Harvard University’s Chief Marshal for 2014. Richard lives in New York with his wife and children.

Richard S. Braddock

Richard S. Braddock

Former CEO, Priceline and FreshDirect

Braddock began his business career in 1965 spending a number of years in product management at General Foods. He joined Citicorp in 1973, was elected to the board of directors in 1985, and was elected president and chief operating officer of Citicorp and its principal subsidiary, Citibank, N.A. in January 1990. Mr. Braddock resigned from Citicorp in November 1992, and subsequently served as chief executive officer of Medco Containment Services, Inc. until its acquisition by Merck & Co., Inc., and then spent a year as a principal at Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, Inc. He served as Chairman (non-executive) of True North Communications Inc. from December 1997 to January of 1999. He served as Chairman and CEO of priceline.com from August of 1998 to April 2004. Mr. Braddock served as Chairman of MidOcean Partners from April of 2003 until December 2007, and also became Chairman of FreshDirect in 2005. He served as Chairman and CEO of FreshDirect from March of 2008 until his departure from the company in early 2011.

Mr. Braddock is currently Chairman of three early stage companies and is involved in several not for profit activities in education. Mr. Braddock serves on the board of directors of The Aspen Institute, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Cristo Rey Network, and several private companies. He is a member of The Council on Foreign Relations.

Dr. Phillip Clay

Dr. Phillip Clay

Former chancellor and Current Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Professor Phillip L. Clay, PhD served as the Chancellor of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology ​ (MIT)​ from 2001 until 2011. ​He also held other leadership positions at MIT and was Department Head at ​the Department of Urban Studies & Planning where he has been a faculty member since 1976.

Professor Clay is widely known for his work in U.S. housing policy and urban development. His current interests include organizational capacity in community-based nonprofits as well as the role of anchor institutions. Growing out of his work on MIT international strategies, he is also interested in the increasing role higher education can play in national development strategies in less developed and emerging nations.

Professor Clay is Chair of the Board of The Community Builders, Inc., one of the nation’s largest nonprofit developers of affordable housing. He is a member on several foundation and nonprofit boards, including The Kresge Foundation. Professor Clay also has experience in public higher education as a member of the board of the University of North Carolina. He is a member of the board of the Aga Khan University.

He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and holds a doctorate from MIT. Professor Clay lives in Boston.

Susan Dunn

Susan Dunn

Semi-Retired Teacher, Community Volunteer

Susan Dunn is a retired elementary school teacher who has spent the past 15 years as an active volunteer and philanthropic supporter focused on educational opportunities for children in under-served communities. She volunteers twice a week in the KIPP schools in Newark, NJ with students in elementary and middle schools.

Although raised in California and Washington state, Susan lived in New Jersey for 2 decades and continues to have strong connections there through her board service with Teach for America: New Jersey, The Nature Conservancy, and Big Brothers / Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson & Union Counties. Susan is herself a “Big Sister” and she and her “Little Sister” have been matched for 8 years. Susan serves on the national and Newark boards of BRAVEN, a program to empower college students with skills for strong first jobs. Through the Braven experience, Susan has expanded her volunteering to colleges and now serves on the Trustee Board of Spelman College, a women’s HBCU in Atlanta. In New York City, where Susan now lives, she serves on the board of Soho Rep., an innovative small theater.

Susan taught at Kent Place School and The Montclair Kimberley Academy in New Jersey. Prior to her career in education, Susan worked at Ogilvy & Mather Advertising in Media Planning on accounts like Mattel Toys, Kimberley Clark and American Express.

Liz Thompson

Liz Thompson

President, Cleveland Avenue Foundation for Education

As President of the Cleveland Avenue Foundation for Education (The CAFÉ), Liz is deeply engaged in the nonprofit community and passionate about youth development and education.

She began working with nonprofits in 1993 as founding Executive Director of City Year Chicago, a national service organization that was the template for the AmeriCorps Program. Then in 1995, Liz served as Executive Director of a Montessori school in Denver, where she led a $5 million expansion. In 1998, she became active with boards in the San Diego area, which further fueled her interest in philanthropy and education.

Prior to her work with nonprofits, Liz had a ten-year career with Ameritech Corporation, culminating in her role as special assistant to the CEO of Ameritech Illinois and director of a three-state region for Network Field Operations.

Liz serves as a Trustee for the University of Chicago, is Chairman of the University of Chicago Charter School Board, and serves on the Steering Committee of the University of Chicago Women’s Board. She is a director for the Museum of Science and Industry and serves as Vice Chair of the Partnership for College Completion. She is an alumnus of the Non-Profit Leadership Program of Denver and of the Leadership Greater Chicago Program where she currently also serves as a Director. Liz loves spending time with her family and friends, and cherishes her title of ‘Queen of Useless Facts’.

Shalinee Sharma

Shalinee Sharma

CEO and co-founder of Zearn

Shalinee Sharma is CEO and co-founder of Zearn, a nonprofit curriculum publisher. Zearn created Zearn Math, a K-5 print and software-based math curriculum that supports daily differentiation and engagement so all children can love learning math. Zearn Math received a top, ‘green’ rating from EdReports and is used by millions of students and teachers.

Shalinee currently serves on the Gates Foundation Mathematics Advisory Board and is a Pahara-Aspen Fellow.

Prior to Zearn, spent more than a decade at Bain & Co. leading work for clients in tech, financial services, and education. She has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Brown University.

Shalinee spends her free time outdoors with her husband and twin sons. The child of refugees, Shalinee has always been passionate about universal access to an excellent education.

Vicki Walia

Vicki Walia

Chief Talent and Capability Officer at Prudential

Vicki A. Walia is Chief Talent and Capability Officer at Prudential, where she is responsible for leading a COE that integrates work on talent management and organizational capability.

Prior to joining Prudential,Vicki was Head of People at Moody’s Analytics where she created the Human Capital strategy and oversaw the global HRBP team supporting nearly 6,000employees. She joined Moody’s from AllianceBernstein (AB) where she held firm leadership roles in marketing, leading the Human Resources function on an interim basis, Talent, Diversity& Inclusion and a business partner role. In partnership with the firm’s senior leadership, she led the effort to develop and ensure execution of the people agenda. Her final role at AB was the Head of Digital Strategy and Innovation, leading a firm-wide initiative to develop business strategies that harnessed trends in technology, regulation, and the delivery of investment services to enhance and differentiate existing service offerings.

She joined AB in 2007 from Development Dimensions International (DDI), where she worked with clients on projects related to assessment, selection and leadership/executive development.

Vicki has made a number of professional and scientific presentations at the annual meetings of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Academy of Management and Global Business Forum. She has been an adjunct professor at Montclair State University, where she taught courses on organizational behavior, and research methodology. Walia holds a BFA in music from York University and an MS and PhD in industrial and organizational psychology from Alliant International University.