Our Team

Aimée Eubanks Davis

Aimée Eubanks Davis

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 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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Adam Ruppe

Adam Ruppe

Adam executes custom modifications to website, portal, and other online materials to support the user experience.

Alina Yang

Alina Yang

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

Andrea ensures the success and sustainability of the Bay Area region including program outcomes, fundraising, employer partnerships, and expansion efforts. She is also responsible for people and operations at Braven, which includes hiring/onboarding, strategic planning and operations, culture, and performance management.

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Ayodele Akosile

Ayodele Akosile

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

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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Catherine Deutsch

Catherine Deutsch

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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Dania Moctezuma

Dania Moctezuma

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

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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Deborah Costa-Stone

Deborah Costa-Stone

Deborah oversees Braven program implementation at San Jose State University. Deborah 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

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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Gaozong Vang

Gaozong Vang

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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Jeana Kim

Jeana Kim

Jeana oversees product design and development and manages organizational learning and program improvement with a keen eye on program quality to ensure students reach outcomes through the Braven experience. She ensures we leverage technology to maximize user engagement and increase efficiency in program implementation.

Jonathan Chaparro

Jonathan Chaparro

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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Kate Shoemaker

Kate Shoemaker

Kate leads Braven’s new site development work in concert with the CEO and External Affairs team. She builds partnerships with Universities, Employers and Philanthropic Communities and is always looking to connect with new potential partners.

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Keila Aramboles

Keila Aramboles

Lissete Estrada

Lissete Estrada

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

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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Lucy Abbot

Lucy Abbot

Lucy manages program-related data collection, management, analysis and reporting. She also spearheads research on external benchmarks to inform organizational goal setting and coordinates with external researchers to assess our impact and drive our innovation.

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Martha Mendoza

Martha Mendoza

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

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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Nina Landrum

Nina Landrum

  • Manager, Executive Support, Development and Operations
  • nina@bebraven.org
  • 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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Sheila Lopez

Sheila Lopez

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, Development, External Affairs and Operations
  • sonya@bebraven.org
  • 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

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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Vince Marigna

Vince Marigna

 
 

Our Board of Directors

Aimée Eubanks Davis

Aimée Eubanks Davis

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 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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Richard Barth

Richard Barth

CEO, KIPP Foundation

As CEO of the KIPP foundation, Richard leads the growth of the KIPP network, which grew from 45 to 200 schools, from 8,000 to 80,000 students, and from 400 to over 12,000 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 more than 80 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

Since 2004 Susan has been working for educational equity in Newark, New Jersey. She currently volunteers two days a week with Kindergarten to 8th grade students in the KIPP schools. With the elementary students she provides classroom support in ELA and math while with the middle school students she is a lunchtime tutor/mentor. Susan is the co-chair of the Teach For America – New Jersey Board. For the past three years Susan and her “little sister” Imani have been matched together, and Susan also serves on the local board of Big Brothers / Big Sisters. Susan’s other commitments include the New Jersey Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, the Montclair Public Library Foundation, and her church community. Susan taught second grade at Kent Place School and third grade at The Montclair Kimberley Academy. Previously she worked as a Media Planner at the Ogilvy & Mather offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York on accounts from Mattel Toys to Kimberly Clark and American Express.

Susan received a Bachelor’s degree with honors in Sociology from the University of Chicago and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Bank Street College in New York City. She and her husband, Tom, live in Montclair, NJ. Their daughter Ellen is a Teach For America alum in her 5th year of teaching math, and their son Michael is teaching English and technology in an Akanksha school in Pune, India. Susan loves to read, cook, and travel, and no trip is complete without sending postcards to her students.

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.