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Seungah Jeong, CEO & CSBoard Member
Denmark WestBoard Member
Denmark West is a partner at Connectivity Capital Partners, where he is responsible for leading their newly established venture arm. Mr. West is also an advisor to K1 Capital and was previously an Operations Specialist there. Prior to K1,
Mr. West was an executive for several years at Viacom, most recently as the President of Digital Media at Black Entertainment Television. Before that he was an Executive Vice President responsible for Global Digital Operations at MTV Networks (now Viacom Media Networks). He previously held a number of positions at Microsoft, including Corporate Development, Corporate Strategy, and Chief of Staff of Windows. He also led venture investments in internet infrastructure companies including Akamai and represented Microsoft on the board of select investments and joint ventures. Mr. West started his career on Wall Street and worked at firms including Goldman Sachs, and Smith Barney focusing on Media, Telecom and Technology.
Mr. West is a frequent speaker on the digital economy and has been showcased on various outlets including the Today Show on NBC, Al Jazeera and CCTV. He has been referenced in social media books such as "Stealing MySpace" and The New York Times Bestseller, "The Facebook Effect".
Mr. West is an advocate for diversity in technology and is a founder of The Searchlights Project, a forum for leaders and achievers in technology to share their insights and stories. He is an advisor to Culture Shift Labs and is also an advisor to Code2040, StarterLeague, StartUp Box: South Bronx and the national #YesWeCode initiative. He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School, where he received his MBA, and of Harvard College where he received an AB in Applied Mathematics.
Jonathan ShambroomBoard Member
Jonathan MarinerBoard Member
Mr. Mariner is a private investor and entrepreneur, having recently retired from 23 years in professional sports. Just prior to retiring, he was appointed by MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred to serve as Chief Investment Officer of Major League Baseball, where he was responsible for overseeing approximately $2 billion in combined league-wide pension assets and MLB’s strategic investment funds. He also served as President of the league’s captive insurance company, BASES, which provides property and casualty insurance coverage to all 30 MLB teams and ballparks.
During his 12.5 years serving as Executive Vice President and CFO of MLB, his responsibilities included overseeing the League’s treasury, budgeting, league and team related financial reporting, and risk management activities, as well as managing MLB’s $2.0 billion league-wide credit facility; and providing quarterly updates at MLB Owners’ Meetings on the industry’s financial health. Mr. Mariner previously served as Executive Vice President and CFO of the Florida Marlins Baseball Club; and as VP and CFO for the Florida Panthers Hockey Club during their initial start-up and inaugural seasons.
He currently serves on several corporate boards: McGraw Hill Education; The Investor’s Exchange (IEX), the new, SEC-approved public stock exchange featured in Michael Lewis’ book, “Flash Boys;” and Ultimate Software Inc. He also currently serves on the University of Virginia’s Darden Business School Board of Trustees; Little League Baseball’s board of directors; and the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics.
Mr. Mariner has a B.S. degree in Accounting from the University of Virginia; an MBA degree from Harvard Business School; and is a former Certified Public Accountant. He has been featured on the cover of CFO Magazine, and was included among the Top 10 in Sports Illustrated’s annual listing of the “101 Most Influential Minorities in Sports.” Mr. Mariner has also been a frequent public speaker on the topic of the business of professional sports.
Richard FishmanBoard Member
After careers in law and finance, technology, and venture capital, Richard Fishman is currently senior counselor to Ashoka-Innovators for the Public, the world’s largest organization of leading social entrepreneurs. He is also an active angel investor in technology and theater (most recently in "The Book of Mormon" and "Fish in the Dark"). Richard began his career as a civil rights and legal services lawyer and created the first housing and economic development law program in the Southern U.S.
Mr. Fishman subsequently headed the American Bar Association’s National Housing Law Program and its National Advisory Commission on Housing and Urban Growth. In private law practice, as a senior corporate partner at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, he headed the firm’s structured finance practice, representing major Wall Street investment banks in structuring complex financial instruments, as well as doing initial public offerings and bank M&A deals.
Mr. Fishman left the law firm to become president of Thinking Machines Corporation, which, at the time, used massively parallel processing (the precursor to cloud computing) to build the world’s fastest supercomputers. Upon the reorganization of TMC, he began investing in early-stage companies, initially through boutique VC firms and then heading venture capital investing for MacAndrews & Forbes Group (the diversified holding company of Ronald O. Perelman). Richard has served and currently serves on the boards of numerous publicly traded and privately held companies and non-profit organizations.
Mr. Fishman is currently on the board of two remarkable NGOs: iCivics.com (founded and chaired by former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor) and Cure Violence.
Valarie GelbBoard Member
Valarie Gelb is the CEO and a founder of TheBarnYardGroup, a digital communication consulting firm. She is a senior financial services global executive with multiple industry experience in consumer banking, payments, institutional investments and retailing with corporate governance expertise and serving in senior management and leadership roles.
Valarie's broad experience within these industries includes sales and marketing, business development, mergers and acquisitions, operations, risk management, collections, training and quality assurance.
Valarie is the Lead Director of Cimbal Inc.; a Silicon Valley venture capital funded payment company. She is a champion and committed mentor to entrepreneurial and innovative women around the world in high growth and sustainable businesses for the state of Connecticut. She currently serves as the President of the International Women’s Forum of Connecticut and is the recipient of the YWCA Spirit of a Woman Inspiration Award for exceptional leadership in advocating women’s empowerment.
She founded and launched the MasterCard Women's Leadership Network and served as Executive Sponsor. Valarie is a champion of senior women and emerging leaders, a valued coach and mentor. She is an international traveler with global business experience, a frequent speaker, panelist and invited guest.
Valarie served as Interim Chief Executive Officer, Executive-in-Residence of the Global Fund for Women at the Board of Directors’ request to join the organization with a three-fold mandate to create the strategy, implement organizational changes to create stability for the culture and incoming permanent CEO and to adapt the organization to the new funding environment. Global Fund for Women is an internationally-renowned, nonprofit grant-making foundation that advances women’s human rights worldwide.
A former Senior Advisor to MasterCard Worldwide, Valarie served as Chief Sales Development Officer and Executive Vice-President, was a Member of the Management Council and one of the 18 most senior executive MasterCard leaders worldwide. She served as one of 12 executives to transition the company from privately held to public. Valarie was a key contributor to the overall strategy development, execution and change management, as well as serving as the Executive Sponsor for numerous cross-organizational developments.
She served on the MasterCard Pension and Savings Plan Committee as a delegate of the Board of Directors Human Resources and Compensation Committee. Valarie led the team responsible for building, developing, executing and managing the way in which the sales force ensures long-term sales effectiveness by driving net revenue, yields and growth for MasterCard Worldwide in 210 countries. Prior to this, Valarie served as Group Head, responsible for the management of the largest global customer which spans Asia/Pacific, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, Africa, Canada and the United States, encompassing 58 countries.
Previously at MasterCard, Valarie held the senior management position responsible for a global account that encompassed the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Spain and Italy with responsibility for leadership in strategy, business development and account management. During her tenure, this business grew substantially. Valarie joined MasterCard in 1997, with responsibility for the management of 13 regional accounts.
Prior to this, Valarie held increasingly responsible managerial positions within KeyCorp in Cleveland. As Senior Vice President, she managed all facets of the credit card marketing and operation functions, with P&L responsibility for KeyCorp's credit card portfolio which included co-branding/affinity cards for KeyCorp affiliates and agent banks. Before serving with KeyCorp, Valarie held management posts at Kidder Peabody Investments in Cleveland, with Sears as the Training Manager of Credit and Collections for their Cleveland Credit Center and at A.M. Electric as a Training Consultant.
Valarie holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration and an Undergraduate Business Degree with emphasis in Finance and Economics from Baldwin Wallace University. She completed the Kellogg School of Management Northwestern University’s Women’s Director Development program.
Jason Alan SnyderAdvisor
Jason Alan Snyder is an inventor, technologist, futurist, marketer and business strategist.
Jason is a co-founder of MPOWERD and the inventor of the Luci solar lantern.
In his role as Chief Technology Officer of co-creation agency Momentum Worldwide, Snyder collaborates with creative, strategy, business leadership and production talent to ensure the most effective and current technology solutions for Momentum clients – offering insights to emerging technologies that boost experience and engagement. Snyder is a reputed inventor, technologist, futurist and business strategist with nearly two decades experience in the creative development of technology products and services.
As a technologist Jason has led the creative development of digital products, applications and services for two decades. With more than a decade of service at various InterPublic Group agencies including as a founding member of Deutsch's digital capability (iDeutsch) and most recently at McCann Erickson (MRM Worldwide) he has also held the position as head of Product Design at AOL and Yahoo!. His brand work includes Google, American Express, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, U.S. Army, IKEA, U.S. Postal Service, Johnson & Johnson, Porsche, Nike, Procter & Gamble, TiVO, and Unilever among others.
Jason's specialist knowledge in developing mass market consumer products, services, software and mobile technologies, combined with hands-on experience building Human Computer Interaction (HCI) models has led to him being invited to design, author and present a comprehensive amount of materials on a wide range of technology and futurist subjects.
Jason has also been a pioneer in mobile marketing. He developed a large intellectual property portfolio that serves as foundation patents for many popular geo-location and image recognition mobile products and services. One product of his work, JAGTAG, which he invented and commercialized, was the only mobile 2D bar-code solution that did not require the consumer to download an application prior to use. In 2011 Jason's patents including JAGTAG were acquired.
In addition to Luci, Jason is the named inventor on more than thirty patents for new technology products related to social networking and information serving. He serves on the board of the Calyx Foundation and is an advisor to a number of other notable technology companies.
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