Jimmy O’Keefe (Co-Chair): Jimmy O’Keefe is Commerce Manager at Isis, a mobile payments tech start up joint venture between AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon. Prior to joining Isis, Jimmy was a Director in the Digital Business Development group at EMI Music, a major record label based out of New York and London. He focuses on structuring, evaluating, and negotiating music and video content distribution deals designed to grow the digital top line.
Prior to joining EMI, Jimmy was a Business Analyst at McKinsey & Company in the New Jersey Office where he worked with his clients to develop strategies against their most challenging problems. He worked primarily with clients in the consumer retail industry – in particular, cosmetics, milk, cereal, among others. He also has experience counseling non-profit clients pro bono, in particular developing strategic plans focused on geographic expansion. Jimmy received an AB degree magna cum laude with highest honors from Harvard College, where he studied Biochemistry and Economics. He serves on the Junior Board for Generation Citizen. He currently lives in New York, NY.
Matthew Tolliver (Co-Chair): Matthew works as Director of Business Development at ThinkEco, Inc. a New York City-based energy efficiency company. In this role, he helps guide the company’s partnership and sales efforts. Prior to this position he served as a Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. Department of State, with diplomatic postings in Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and Washington, DC. Additionally, Matthew also worked previously as a Recovery Act Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy, helping oversee the disbursement of nearly $40 billion in ARRA stimulus funds to a wide range of renewable energy projects. Matthew received his BA from the University of Florida (Political Science, Spanish), and his MBA from Harvard Business School. He is originally from Coral Springs, Florida.
Zach Fuchs (Boston Chair): Zach Fuchs is an Associate at Bain Capital, an alternative asset management firm based in Boston. He focuses on private equity investments in technology, media, and telecommunications companies.
Prior to joining Bain Capital, Zach was a Business Analyst and McKinsey & Company in the New York Office where he helped private and public sector clients drive strategic change and operational improvements. He advised several global publishing firms on digital growth strategy, and helped federal agencies and a financial institution develop risk management approaches in the aftermath of the mortgage crisis. Zach is a graduate of the Huntsman Program at the University of Pennsylvania, and holds a B.A. magna cum laude in International Studies and French as well as a B.S. magna cum laude in Economics from the Wharton School. He serves on the Junior Board for Generation Citizen, and is a mentor for Year Up in Boston. In his spare time he enjoys travel, cooking, skiing, and live music.
Jeff Berry: Jeff Berry is an investment banking analyst at Morgan Stanley. Previously, he worked in the Firm’s equity research department. Jeff is the founder of Nashville-based Mentor TennisSee, one the nation’s leading inner-city tennis and education programs. Jeff graduated from Vanderbilt University with a BA in History and Financial Economics.
Brad Cohen: Brad Cohen is Director of Legal Affairs at EMI Music, home to such artists as The Beatles, Katy Perry, and Coldplay. Brad advises EMI’s business units and subsidiary record labels (including Capitol, Virgin, and Blue Note) on a wide variety of legal matters, manages litigations involving copyright, trademark, and contract law, and negotiates and drafts agreements with digital partners. Prior to joining EMI, Brad was a senior associate at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, where he represented companies in the technology, media, financial, and insurance sectors, including IBM, IAC/InterActiveCorp., Morgan Stanley, and MBIA.
Brad graduated from Binghamton University magna cum laude with a BA in Philosophy, Politics, & Law, and English, Literature, & Rhetoric. He received his JD from Benjamin N. Cardozo Law School.
Sudeep Doshi: Sudeep Doshi works at McKinsey & Company in New York, helping clients across a wide variety of industries including education, financial services, energy and healthcare. Outside McKinsey, he has had extensive experience in print media, most notably as a 20009 Robert Bartley Fellow at the Wall Street Journal, and has been an active volunteer at a number of non-profits around the world. He graduated from Princeton University magna cum laude in public policy and international affairs, and plans to enroll at Harvard Business School next fall to pursue his MBA.
Alexandra Estes: Originally from the West Coast, Alexandra Estes attended the University of Connecticut and joined Teach for America in the Mississippi Delta in 2009. After two years of teaching middle and high school English in one of the most economically disadvantaged communities in the South, Alex moved back to the Northeast and joined the team at Achievement First Brooklyn High School, where she now teaches high school writing. Prior to her involvement in the movement for educational equality, Alex served in public advocacy roles for Planned Parenthood affiliates in Connecticut and Washington, and for MomsRising.org, a sister organization of MoveOn.org.
James Gettinger: James graduated cum laude from John’s Hopkins University in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in computer science (with thesis titled: Finance and Magic: A study on the utility of technical analysis in financial markets), completing both degrees in a combined four years. While still a student, James worked at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab where he used machine learning methods to help predict the location of future IED events in Iraq. After graduation James spent a year and a half as a financial software developer at Bloomberg LP. James wrote applications that are visible through the Bloomberg terminal as part of the corporate mortgage backed security (CMBS) software package. He is currently the co-founder of OrderNow, a company that allows smartphone users to make purchases directly from products and advertisements.
James was a college wrestler at Johns Hopkins. In his free time, he plays rugby for the New York Rugby Club. James is also an experienced poker player with graphs and stats and stuff. James has passed two of the three required examinations for CFA designation.
Dena Lagomarsino: Dena Lagomarsino currently teaches mixed-level Language Arts at Henry Snyder High School in Jersey City, New Jersey. She is a champion for marginalized urban youth and is particularly skilled at facilitating her pupils to access prior knowledge unique to their lived experience and leveraging that knowledge to actively engage students who are often several years behind in their grasp of curriculum. Not only a skilled teacher, she is cherished by her students as a mentor, confidante, protector, and role model.
Prior to her move to Snyder H.S., Dena taught sophomore honors and senior advanced placement at Robbinsville High School in New Jersey. However, the teaching experience that informs her pedagogy occurred in South Africa, where she taught at the IB-accredited American International School of Johannesburg while volunteering at a local missionary school, witnessing the lasting effects of apartheid firsthand.
Dena, a New Jersey native, is also a freelance photographer and often incorporates technology and visual literacy in her classes as she engages her students in critical inquiry of their subject matter, community, and the world at large. Given her passion for civil rights and serving the underprivileged, Dena has a history of leading charitable and community service projects and is excited to direct her energies for the mission of Generation Citizen.
Rachel Libeskind: Rachel Libeskind is a visual artist living and working in New York City, who also works in art direction for film, theatre and music videos. To date, she has worked with other non-profits based out of New York, such as CITYarts, as well as having spent previous summers working as an English teacher at Borough of Manhattan Community College. She is represented by the Hansel & Gretel Picture Garden in Chelsea, NY. She is originally from Berlin, Germany.
Rosalind Pressman: Rosalind Pressman recently joined the Video on Demand Department at A&E Networks, after working with Download to Own and Consumer Products at MTV Networks. She grew up in Sleepy Hollow, NY, just north of New York City, but ventured down to Charlottesville VA to go to college at the University of Virginia. Rosalind moved to Philadelphia right after college, and she loved her time living in the Northern Liberties section of the city, but when the opportunity to move to Brooklyn presented itself in Feb 2010, she jumped at the chance. Outside of work, Rosalind devotes her time to teaching fitness classes, working on creative projects, and volunteering.
Catherine Reynolds: Catherine Reynolds is a Public Relations professional working in the hospitality industry, where she works with the media to garner awareness for brands through press releases, pitching, satellite media tours and other media events. She grew up in New Jersey, where she now lives and works. Catherine attended Elon University in North Carolina, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. During her time at Elon, she also completed a two-year research project covering nonprofits’ use of social media for engagement purposes. Catherine is currently involved in the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program in New Jersey, and enjoys cooking and yoga.
Nick Way: Nick Way is a Senior Associate in PricewaterhouseCooper’s Boston Assurance Practice. Since joining the firm he has provided audit and other real estate industry services to a variety of clients across the United States. Nick is involved with numerous not-for-profits in the Greater Boston Metro Area and shares Generation Citizen’s passion for building a new generation of activists and leaders. Nick graduated Northeastern University with an MS Accounting, Frankling & Marshall College with a BA French, holds a Massachusetts CPA license, and has passed Level II of the CFA exam.