BOARD OF ADVISORS
Our incredible advisors come from a diversity of industries, and are all committed to the opportunity that Diversity & Inclusion makes possible for the innovation and growth of their respective organizations, businesses and the future landscapes of these industries.
Attica Alexis Jacques
Attica is currently the VP of Global Brand Marketing for Under Armour. She received the honor of being named on Advertising Age’s annual “Women to Watch” list as one of 20 who are breaking new ground in advertising and media. Ms. Jaques has held various marketing positions over the last 15 years, including the head of marketing position based in Tokyo, Japan. She has led and developed Gap’s first international award-winning campaigns such as Left Weave Denim, Hello, (RED) in Japan, Be Bright and numerous GapKids/BabyGap campaigns. Prior to Gap, Attica worked in Marketing at Barney's New York and Prada based in New York and Milan. Ms. Jaques served on the Board of Directors for RUSH Arts Foundation for over 5 years. She also serves as an executive sponsor for Gap’s volunteer program, mentoring high-school students. Ms. Jaques holds a Masters of Strategic Communication from Columbia University and Bachelors in Sociology from UCLA. She also completed executive programs from the Judge School of Business at Cambridge and Design Thinking at Stanford University.
Mary Ellen Kramer
Mary Ellen is currently President and Member of the Board of Directors of Maritime Broadband Inc., a US based engineering company providing turn-key communications solutions delivering online Internet connection to commercial ships. Since 1994, Ms. Kramer has served as the president of various public and private telecommunications companies which have provided international telephone services to businesses and residential users around the world. Presently, Ms. Kramer is a member of the Board of Directors of the Omni Ensemble and a member of the Social Justice Committee of the Oratory Church of St. Boniface in Brooklyn. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Womens’ Centers International and Darfur Peace and Development. Ms. Kramer founded a project entitled “Never Underestimate the Power of a Woman,” which enrolled women presidents to serve as mentors to high school students who attend the Urban Assembly School of Business for Young Women in New York City. Ms. Kramer is a 1979 graduate of New York University, with a Bachelor of Science in Management and Computer Science. She is married with eight children and two grandchildren.
Sean is a senior Associate/Executive-in-Residence at Bridges Venture, a social-impact private equity. Prior to Bridges, Mr. Caesar was an Associate at Relativity Capital, a lower-middle market private firm. Before joining Relativity, he worked as a Junior Research Analyst at Matrix USA LLC an investment banking firm. Mr. Caesar graduated from The Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College.
Rasu Jilani is the Director of Recruitment and Community Engagement at The New Museum's incubator, NEW INC. Rasu is also an independent curator, social sculptor, and entrepreneur whose work investigates the intersection between art, culture and civic engagement as a means of raising critical consciousness. The objective of his work is to activate interaction between artists, the local community and the wider public in order to promote awareness around social issues through exhibitions, humanities, community programs, and cultural events. Jilani is a co-founder of the art and socially responsible clothing and lifestyle brand, Coup d’etat Brooklyn, a Brooklyn-based collaboration of artists producing art-related events throughout New York City. Jilani serves as an Arts, Culture and Sustainability Consultant at the Pratt Center for Community Development, managing art and cultural programs designed to connect New York City neighborhoods with Pratt Center’s community and environmental sustainability projects.
Ryann Makenzi Holmes
Ryann is a culture-maker, arts producer and social entrepreneur who lives in Brooklyn, New York. In 2009, Ryann co-founder bklyn boihood, a collective that champions safe spaces, accountable action, love, and community building for queer and trans people of color. Ryann is also the producer of the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts' Soul of Brooklyn Festival, a week long cultural mash-up that brings out thousands of people each year. Ryann sprinkles fairy dust on everything.
Opeyemi is currently an Executive Producer at POV. Formerly the Senior Director of Interactive for Tribeca Film Institute, she oversaw the TFI New Media Fund and lead the Institute’s digital and interactive programs. She expanded the Interactive department to include TFI Interactive, a day-long immersion into the world of digital storytelling, TFI Interactive Playground, an arena showcasing immersive technologies and projects. Previously a Senior Project Manager at ScrollMotion, she worked with and oversaw teams of designers, programmers, and third-party vendors in the production of new media applications for clients such as Disney, O: The Oprah Magazine, and Genentech.
Jo-Na Williams Esq.
Jo-Ná founded J. A. Williams Law P.C. - The Artist Empowerment Firm in 2011 to provide artists and entrepreneurs with ways to successfully navigate their careers and provide assistance with business, entertainment, entertainment and intellectual property matters. She founded Artists Empowerment Group in 2013 to advise artists on business, branding and marketing. Some of her clients have written best-selling books, reached the Billboard Top 100, and been nominated for Grammys. She's been featured in Marie TV, The Vocalist Magazine, Women in Music, ReverbNation, CDBaby and The New York State Bar Association's Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Journal.
James is the Executive Director of the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA), in Brooklyn, New York. Throughout Mr. Bartlett’s diverse career in media and the arts, he has developed new models for creative development that take into account the changing landscape of modern business, media, and technology. In 2006, Mr. Bartlett co-founded MVMT, a business cooperative supporting progressive companies that serve artists and arts organizations through marketing, design, media production, and consulting. Additionally, Mr. Bartlett co-founded, Media MVMT, a film production house whose first feature film, An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Currently, Mr. Bartlett is leading MoCADA’s $12 million capital campaign for the construction of a new building, to be located in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, which is scheduled to open in 2018.
Mojo is a software engineer currently building systems at Apple. He previously was an early member of Engine Yard, one of the first cloud PaaS companies. While at Engine Yard, he helped develop cloud deployment technologies and worked on or led teams focused on scaling Engine Yard's largest customers, including Groupon, Github, and New Relic. He holds a degree in both Mathematics and Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Scott is a hybrid athlete. He is a brand builder and business designer passionate about solving difficult puzzles at the intersection of creativity and commerce. He is currently the Co-Founder and CEO of We Are Bill, a brand strategy & Innovation consultancy based in NYC, working with high-growth startups to Fortune 100s to invent, reinvent and reposition businesses and products. Throughout his career, Scott has helped shape brand and innovation strategy for dozens of blue chip companies. Current and past clients include: Anheuser-Busch, LiveNation, MountainDew, Dick's Sporting Goods, Servcorp, American Express, Pepsi, and as well as numerous best-in-class VC-backed startups. He's also worked from the inside as VP of Brand, Retail and eCommerce for a global sustainable apparel company and Head of Brand Experience and Retail for a consumer tech startup.
Scott earned his BA from Dartmouth and his MBA from Wharton. He stays active as competitive runner, swimmer, boxer and in his past was an Ivy League championship lacrosse player. He lives in Manhattan with his wife Alison and their dog, also a boxer, Riley.
Matt is currently the VP of strategy and innovation at Indiegogo. Matt spent his early career developing large-scale software for financial trading and business intelligence systems. He has held senior operating roles in multiple public and private technology companies, including Persistence, Panoratio, and Alloptic. Matt also served as an SVP of Strategy and Marketing for Zodiac Interactive, a multiple Emmy-nominated and Emmy award-winning software company, where Matt led product development efforts with game studios in Moscow and St. Petersburg. As the Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer at Kinetic Fin, the groundbreaking Social Design and Technology firm, Matt breakthrough program initiatives for companies like Ferrari, Cisco, Kraft, Facebook, and Frontier Communications. Matt has helped launch Local Motors, the world's largest open-source car design company. Matt has lectured at Harvard Business School and Babson College about Big Social Data and Collaborative Entrepreneurship.