Rania Ahmed,  Partner

Rania Ahmed, Partner

Afia Genfi,  Recruiter

Afia Genfi, Recruiter

Alex Bledsoe,  Director of Creative Strategy

Alex Bledsoe, Director of Creative Strategy

Gerard Lawrence,  Chief Financial Officer

Gerard Lawrence, Chief Financial Officer

Nicole Sanchez,  Founder & Managing Partner

Nicole Sanchez, Founder & Managing Partner

BingYune Chen,  Partner

BingYune Chen, Partner

Mawulom Nenonene,  Talent Aquisition

Mawulom Nenonene, Talent Aquisition

Bianca St. Louis,  Strategy Lead

Bianca St. Louis, Strategy Lead

Amanda Gelender,  Partner

Amanda Gelender, Partner

Nikolitsa Paranomos,  Director of Design

Nikolitsa Paranomos, Director of Design

 
 
 

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NICOLE SANCHEZ

Founder & Managing Partner

For more than 20 years, Nicole has served as a leading expert on workplace culture with an emphasis on diversity and inclusion. Nicole has transformed workplace culture for Fortune 500 corporations, tech startups, and mission-driven organizations. She consults globally, advising tech executives on best practices in diversity and inclusion. Previously, Nicole served as VP of Social Impact at GitHub and Managing Partner for the Kapor Center for Social Impact. Nicole earned a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business where she is a lecturer on workplace diversity. Nicole serves on the Board of CODE2040, and has received numerous awards for her work. Nicole is a mother of two teenagers and lives with her family in the San Francisco East Bay, where she was born and raised.

 

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RANIA AHMED

Partner

Rania uses technology to connect people and build community. She was most recently a Director at EveryoneOn, a nonprofit focused on eliminating the digital divide and increasing access to high-speed, low-cost internet service and computers across the United States. She consults for multiple domestic and international NGOs on development and fundraising strategy. Previously, she earned a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, with a major in science, technology and society; and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

 

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ALEX BLEDSOE

Director of Communications

Alex is a writer, filmmaker and communications strategist whose work is inspired by dismantling exploitive systems. Previously, she managed public relations for Apple, where she was instrumental in the communications efforts to defend global consumer privacy rights. Alex is the co-founder of Breaktide Productions, and has been recognized as a Maynard 200 Fellow and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Fellow. She was previously a guest columnist for the Washington Post, and an Aspen Institute emerging writer nominee. Alex earned her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University with a degree in international politics, and speaks Portuguese, Spanish and Arabic.

 


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BINGYUNE CHEN

Partner

BingYune applies expert knowledge, industry experience, and focused energy to solve challenges in business strategy, people operations and data science at scale. BingYune was one of the youngest leaders to serve as a Chief of Staff, strategic advisor and internal lead consultant to Kaiser Permanente SVPs and VPs. He addressed over 25 complex, high-risk and high-stakes delivery system issues for 3.9M members, across 21 medical centers in northern California. Since leaving Kaiser Permanente, he grew the tech portfolio management team at McKesson Corporation to lead technology investments, product roadmaps and strategic partnerships. He is certified in Lean Six Sigma, Scaled Agile for Enterprise and Management of Technology. BingYune is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in bioengineering and a Master of Public Health.

 

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AMANDA GELENDER

Partner

Amanda is a strategist, writer, and organizational culture expert with over 15 years of experience building high-performing, mission-driven teams across sectors. Amanda led flagship social impact programs at GitHub and co-founded one of tech’s first affinity groups for employees with mental health challenges. Amanda is the Founder & CEO of Psychedelic Exploration, a pioneering company in Amsterdam that facilitates legal psychedelic experiences for leaders to accelerate their personal and professional growth. Amanda graduated with honors from Stanford University and received a Fulbright Scholarship.

 

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AFIA GENFI

Recruiter

Afia is a talent operations, strategy, and project management consultant with 10 years of experience across industries. Afia previously worked as a talent consultant for Nava, a DC-based company that was formed to fix HealthCare.gov in 2013. She has advised leading organizations at Columbia University and New York University on large-scale program development and design. Afia earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Public Health and Healthcare Markets.

 

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GERARD LAWRENCE

Chief Financial Officer

Gerard is a CFA charterholder with over 20 years of experience in financial services and consulting. His experience includes leadership and executive roles in investment banking, commercial banking, bankruptcy and restructuring, private equity, and corporate finance. He most recently served as CFO of a technology startup, and previously held positions as Senior Vice President of Commercial Banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Managing Director at FTI Consulting. He holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA in Financial Management from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

 

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MAWULOM NENONENE

Talent Advisor

Mawulom is a technical and executive recruiting professional with over 10 years of experience building inclusive teams and effective hiring processes. With a background in Biomedical Engineering, Mawulom honed his data-driven approach while supporting the growth of a variety of organizations including Google, Thumbtack, Patreon, Nava PBC, and the Department of Defense. When not advising companies on short and long-term recruiting strategy and processes, you’ll find him celebrating meaningful moments with his partner, children, and their dog.

 

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NIKOLITSA PARANOMOS

Director of Design

Nikolitsa is an artist and designer from the San Francisco Bay Area. Nikolitsa travels globally, employing design strategy to solve companies’ more abstract people problems. From creating harmonious workplace ecosystems to developing curated experiences, Nikolitsa’s creative vibrancy and artistic vision helps to transform organizational culture and foster innovation. Nikolitsa studied UX Design at General Assembly and graduated with honors from UC San Diego in Ethnic Studies and Visual Art. She is previously the founder of Naturally Niko, a premiere plant-based events & design company based in Oakland, and leads experience design at Psychedelic Exploration, Amsterdam.

 

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BIANCA ST. LOUIS

Lead Strategist

Bianca is a catalyst.

Through her organization The C/E Suite, she attracts corporate executives, industry influencers and technologists that want to scale their mission, captivate users, and transform their social capital. She is also the Co-Founder of Devland a venture studio focused on augmenting the capacity and impact of startups.

Her work places special emphasis on creativity and entrepreneurship, building tools and services that propel innovation within the tech space. Her passion for creating great experiences of support and abundance for multicultural innovators, drives her to deliver experiences like TechKickback, Celebrating Excellence: Black Women In Tech Dinners and other events throughout the year.

She brings experience from consumer technology, non profits, government and venture capital to support executives and senior leaders on strategy, innovation management, planning and multicultural initiatives. Bianca has worked at Pinterest, a16z (Andreessen Horowitz), CODE2040, LinkedIn, Startup America Partnership and The White House: Office of Presidential Correspondence.