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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 8-year old daughter and 5-year old son who continuously teach 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.
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 in Washington, D.C. 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.
I work out of Washington, D.C., where I focus on helping our government clients utilize crowd forecasting to improve important decisions. For those projects, I write, do research, formulate forecast questions, and make my own forecasts. I grew up in San Luis Obispo, California and studied Economics at the University of California, Berkeley, ultimately finding a passion for improving policy that drove me out to D.C.. When I'm not forecasting, training people on forecasting, researching forecasting, or telling everyone how important forecasting is, I'm usually doing Brazilian jiu jitsu.
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