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I help set the direction of the company, cultivate (no pun intended) new projects, and work directly with some of our clients. I'm also a poor man's front-end developer. More importantly, I have a 6-year old daughter and a 3-year old son who are slowly teaching me the art of patience and perseverance. Before starting Cultivate, I founded Inkling, a Y Combinator (YC06) funded company, CityPosh, another Y Combinator (YC11) funded company, and worked at Accenture in the Accenture Technology Labs. I have a degree from Indiana University in Political Science.
Director of Customer Engagement
I work with our clients to make sure our products make a positive difference for their organization. Before Cultivate, I was a change management consultant helping organizations through cultural transformations. I have an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a degree in Journalism from Northwestern University. In my down time, I enjoy reading, cooking, and exploring Chicago’s great neighborhoods. I’m also a member of the Literassociates Board of the Chicago Literacy Alliance.
Director of Engineering
I'm the Director of Software Engineering, which means I get to define best practices and strategy for our tech, while also helping to build and manage our products. When I'm not nerding out at work I enjoy hanging out with my family, and playing basketball. I'm also an Accenture and Northwestern University alum.
I think design is solving a problem in a way that makes someone's day easier and hopefully even more enjoyable. I lead the design for Cultivate Labs' products and brand. I have experience working on conceptual development and design for websites, mobile apps, and large scale digital promotions. I am a painter, metalsmith, dog geek and have a weakness for house plants. I have a BFA degree in Graphic Design from the University of Illinois-Chicago.
Customer Engagement Analyst
I am a social entrepreneur and advocate for social and economic justice. After completing my Master of Public Affairs (MPA) in 2011, I moved to Chicago to serve as an AmeriCorps volunteer with Public Allies. Since then, I have worked on a variety of successful political and issue campaigns including President Obama’s re-election campaign. Most recently, I worked on a Universal Basic Income (UBI) pilot project here in Chicago. I spend my free time volunteering for causes I care about, hiking around Chicago with my dog and cooking extravagant meals with my husband.
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Customer Engagement Manager
I work out of the DC area where I help run our local projects with the U.S. Government. Before joining Cultivate, I worked for MITRE, Booz Allen Hamilton, and was also a tour guide in Rome. I love all things relating to coffee, cooking, math, and above all, spending time with my family. I have degrees in Math and Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
I am a Navy veteran but I left the service to pursue a career in software development. At Cultivate Labs, as a Software Engineer, I am helping to implement the strategies and technical decisions made by the company to enhance the quality of our product with our client's needs in mind. My wife and I are from Maine but we currently live in Denver, Colorado. We are always looking for new experiences and love to take advantage of the great outdoors. I love to go hiking, camping, golfing or anything that will get me outside.
Customer Engagement Manager
I work out of our Toronto (home) office where I help run a variety of projects globally with a special focus on the finance industry. Prior to Cultivate Labs, I worked in the asset management community where I invested in hedge funds for the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. I am a CFA Charterholder and hold degrees in Economics and Financial Economics from the University of Alberta and University of Toronto. Outside of work, I enjoy subjecting my patient wife to Edmonton Oilers games and finding any excuse to visit the mountains.
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