Our advisory Board
Sarah has worked in the public and nonprofit sector for 25 years. She is a member of the faculty at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) where she teaches social entrepreneurship and nonprofit management. Her areas of interest are social enterprise start ups, K-12 education and education technology with a particular focus on urban and NYC efforts. She is a serial social entrepreneur and the co-founder of six ventures including EdTech start ups MOUSE.org and CSNYC.
Sarah is a member the Boards of the NYC Foundation for Computer Science Education (CSNYC), The Armory Foundation, Mission Restore. She is a former board member of The Institute of Play, LIFT Investments, the Ft. Tryon Park Trust, Friends of Public School 187 and the New York City Workforce Investment Board.
Sarah received a Bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College and a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from SIPA @ Columbia.
David Siegel is a digital media executive with over 18 years of experience leading organizations through innovative product development, rapid revenue growth and traffic acceleration. He is currently the CEO of Investopedia, the largest finance and investing education site. He most recently served as President, Seeking Alpha, a crowdsourced investment research business with over 4 Million registered users.
Prior to Seeking Alpha, he served as the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Everyday Health’s Local Division, which connects consumers to health care professionals, was Senior Vice President, Strategy & Corporate Development for 1-800-Flowers.com and also served as GM, New Businesses at Duane Reade. David has worked as a strategy consultant for Deloitte Consulting and William M. Mercer and as the Director, Organizational Development for DoubleClick.
David holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics & Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University and Pace University where he teaches courses in Strategic Planning & Entrepreneurship.
Michael brings 20 years of experience applying entrepreneurial approaches to addressing global social challenges. As Senior Director of the Social Ventures team at Mercy Corps, MacHarg leverages his experience launching early stage enterprises to help Mercy Corps identify, invest in, and accelerate impact-oriented, for-profit businesses.
Prior to Mercy Corps, Michael was Co-Founder of Simpa Networks, a venture-backed energy services company with a bold mission: to make modern energy simple, affordable, and accessible for everyone. Michael was on the founding team of the first nonprofit pharmaceutical company, the Institute for OneWorld Health, whose goal is clinical development and distribution of affordable new medicines for diseases of poverty in the developing world. Michael spent his early career with the Social Development Department of the World Bank.
Anita Ramachandran is the Director of MicroMentor at Mercy Corps. In her role, Anita is focused on team management, strategic planning, business development, partnerships, public relations, and thought leadership. She is also the General Manager/Board Chair of MicroMentor LATAM, a Mexico based social enterprise spun out of Mercy Corps to support Entrepreneurs in Latin America.
She is passionate about empowering entrepreneurs and professionals with access to knowledge and networks. She serves as a mentor to students from the local university business school. She brings with her an extensive corporate and nonprofit background. Prior to Mercy Corps, she managed Operations for Xerox’s eCommerce and North American channel marketing business. She is also the co-founder and held a leadership role for 15 years at a local non-profit, SAWERA that assisted South Asian women and children affected by domestic violence since 1997.
Benjamin Wolin is an experienced executive, entrepreneur, and board member. Wolin is currently Chairman of Diplomat Pharmacy Inc., (NYSE: DPLO), the United States' largest independent provider of specialty pharmacy services. Wolin was also the co-founder, Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of Everyday Health, Inc. (NYSE: EVDY), a leading provider of digital health and wellness solutions, from January 2002 until the sale of the company to a subsidiary of j2 Global, Inc. (NYSE: JCOM) in December 2016.
From September 1999 until December 2001, Wolin served as Vice President of Production and Technology for Beliefnet, Inc. Additionally, Wolin currently serves in an advisory capacity to several private technology and healthcare companies. Wolin has extensive technology, executive management, public company board governance, entrepreneurial, financial, and operating expertise from his current and former roles.
Chris Boyd describes the role of Mentor Catalyst as "a people developer -- connecting the dots to bring practitioners and partners together".
Drawing upon a thirty plus year collaboration career as a global quality leader and best practices consultant, his diverse experience spans Wall St corporations to millennial start ups. A transatlantic transplant and serial mentor, Chris brings an outsider's eye for detail to the customer conversation.
Chris also served as a mentor to a Five One Labs entrepreneur from the inaugural incubator cohort.
STRATEGIC ADVISOR: INVESTMENTS
James Nannos is Five One Lab's advisor on fundraising, diligence, and investor support.
He is a seasoned entrepreneur with experience across hospitality, tech, payments, and private equity fundraising. James was part of the original Breadcrumb POS team (acquired by Groupon), and brings extensive know-how regarding growth and best practices of early stage startups.
James obtained his MBA from Drexel University's Lebow College of Business and his BS from Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration.