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Board

Meet the Board: 

BOARD:

JASON E. KLEIN, MBA ’86 

CHAIRMAN

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Jason E. Klein is an experienced media CEO and builder of digital and traditional businesses who has led two successful turnarounds.  He is founder and CEO of On Grid Ventures, an investment and advisory firm with a portfolio of 20+ early stage companies.  Mr Klein is co-President of the HBS Angels Alumni Association.  Mr. Klein was previously CEO of Newspaper National Network LP; and CEO of Times Mirror Magazines/Time4 Media, publisher of Golf Magazine, Field & Stream, and Popular Science.  Mr. Klein is one of Alleywatch's “25 Angels Investors in NY You Need to Know,” a member of New York Angels, and  mentor at several NYC-area incubators.

JASON E. KLEIN, MBA ’86 

CHAIRMAN

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Jason E. Klein is an experienced media CEO and builder of digital and traditional businesses who has led two successful turnarounds.  He is founder and CEO of On Grid Ventures, an investment and advisory firm with a portfolio of 20+ early stage companies.  Mr Klein is co-President of the HBS Angels Alumni Association.  Mr. Klein was previously CEO of Newspaper National Network LP; and CEO of Times Mirror Magazines/Time4 Media, publisher of Golf Magazine, Field & Stream, and Popular Science.  Mr. Klein is one of Alleywatch's “25 Angels Investors in NY You Need to Know,” a member of New York Angels, and  mentor at several NYC-area incubators.

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SHARJEEL KASHMIR, PLDA 07

PRESIDENT

SCREENING CO-CHAIR

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Sharjeel Kashmir invests in companies that have a hyper-focus on the customer and use innovation to disrupt the current landscape. He brings the unique perspective of having worked at leading investment banks, asset managers, commercial banks, retail banks, private equity firms, and innovative fintech startups. He currently serves as President of the Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of Greater NY (HBSAANY).

Sharjeel has more than 25 years of experience working in financial services in the US, UK, Japan, Hong Kong, and Australia. He currently works as an advisor to investment banks and asset managers in NYC, focusing on transformational initiatives... Read More

MARGARET MIAO, MBA '87

MEMBERSHIP CHAIR

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Margaret E. Miao is an experienced marketing, strategic planning and new product development executive who has advised and led new product launches, marketing and business development initiatives while in various management positions at Booz, Allen & Hamilton, J.P. Morgan Chase, Thomson Financial Corporation and IBM Corporation.  She is Founder and Principal of Rock Ridge Advisors, an investment and advisory firm.

MASON DU, PLDA '14

EXTERNAL RELATIONS CO-CHAIR

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Mason is a co-founder of Benbria, a B2B SaaS company started in 2007. Benbria works with some of the largest institutions in the world, and won multiple awards such as Profit Hot 50. A programmer since 9, Mason studied Software Engineering at University of Waterloo. Mason has extensive history investing and advising early-stage companies. In addition to being the External Relation co-chair at HBSAANY, Mason is also the software Co-Sector Lead with Dan Delmar.

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JIM SHERMAN, MBA '91

EXTERNAL RELATIONS CO-CHAIR

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Jim is a serial Internet entrepreneur, angel/seed stage investor, and author.  He founded and exited three companies -- WestEnd New Media in the late 90s focused on providing Internet strategy advice to media firms; ShermansTravel Media (2002 to present), a leading publisher of hand-picked travel deals, and  Hamptons Lane, an e-commerce venture targeting foodies. He has deep experience in digital media, advertising & marketing, and e-commerce.  His former corporate roles include strategy consulting (Bain & Co.) and publishing (Time Inc.; Pearson; Martha Stewart Living).  He loves travel, the theater, and international politics.

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AYALA GAMBURD, ALM '17 

EXTERNAL RELATIONS CO-CHAIR

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Ayala Gamburd is an investor and advisor for startups, she formulates and deepens collaborations with VCs and family offices in NY and Israel. Prior to that Ayala founded a consulting firm, ACBL Corp., that pioneered implementation techniques for major media companies. She also co-founded a real estate investment and development company focused on turnaround of residential properties and malls. Ayala worked at The New York Times, where she rose fast through the ranks becoming the youngest senior technology and business leader. She implemented new CRM strategies that resulted in record new subscription revenue.  She is active in fundraising and on boards of local community organizations. In her free time, she can be spotted with her daughter amongst avid Formula One fans.

TREVOR BOND, MBA '89

SCREENING CO-CHAIR

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Trevor Bond is the Founder and Principal of Maidstone Investment Company, an investor in real estate and early stage companies. Until 2016 he was the CEO of W.P. Carey Inc., an $11 billion global public REIT/investment manager with Assets Under Management of $12 billion and a footprint spanning 20 countries. Prior to W.P. Carey he held roles in finance, development, asset management and principal investing at Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse (First Boston) and Tishman Realty and Construction.

BETSY ODITA, BA, JD/MBA '98

DEAL CO-CHAIR

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Betsy Odita is a business strategy, risk and operating leader with over 15 years of experience in the asset management industry.  She is currently Executive Director of Ultra-High Net Worth Strategy in Morgan Stanley's Wealth Management Risk Department.  Prior to Morgan Stanley, she served as Head of Investment Risk Assets Oversight & Special Projects at AIG Investments, where she oversaw a $7 billion alternative investment portfolio.  At AIG, she also restructured investment functions, lead global business expansion planning teams, initiated new business ventures, and managed deals for division-level strategic investments, alliances, and joint ventures.

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ALYSSE SOLL, AMP '11

DEAL CO-CHAIR

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Alysse is an Angel investor and a capital fundraiser for sports tech startups. As President and Founder of NewModel Advisory, she is actively engaged as a judge, mentor and advisor across the startup sports technology and digital media ecosystems. Alysse is a 17-year veteran of the National Hockey League, launching the San Jose Sharks in 1990, where she pioneered the fan acquisition platforms adopted by all NHL teams and other North American professional leagues. Alysse is the Vice Board Chair of WiST (Women in Sports Tech) and is a certified Broker/Dealer rep (Series 7, Series 63). She is the proud mother of a beautiful teenage daughter.

 

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BARRY GOLDMAN, MBA '79

PORTFOLIO RELATIONS

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Barry Goldman spent just under 30 years at Goldman, Sachs & Co.  He ran the New Products group for most of his career, and reviewed all new business proposals on a global basis to ensure operational readiness prior to go-live.  After the firm went public, Barry also led the controls reviews of due diligence for proprietary acquisitions made by the firm.  Before moving to Wall Street, Barry was a management consultant with Touche, Ross & Co (now Deloitte), where he supported small to large companies and government agencies in a variety of industries and functions.

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Martina Hansen, MBA '14

MARKETING CO-CHAIR

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Martina is an investment and operations professional passionate about financing and growing disruptive technology businesses across the globe. Martina currently works at Covariant.ai, an artificial intelligence and robotics company, on strategy and business development. Prior to joining Covariant, Martina led industry partnerships at the Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute at UC San Diego, and also held investing roles at BMW i Ventures and Mustang Ventures. Before joining the venture and startup ecosystem, Martina worked at Blackstone in the Alternative Asset Management (BAAM) Group and at UBS Investment Bank in the Media and Telecom group. She is currently co-sector lead for Transportation & Logistics Investments for the HBS Alumni Angels of NY and co-chair of HBS Startup Partners. 

 

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Sandee Springer, MBA '89

MARKETING CO-CHAIR - SOCIAL MEDIA

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Sandee Springer is an experienced marketing, brand development, and retail consumer products executive with a successful track record of driving sales and margin growth across a wide range of product categories in a highly entrepreneurial environment. In her current role as the Chief Marketing, Merchandising and Commercial Officer for Marijuana Doctor.com, Ms. Springer is highly focused on digital marketing, e-commerce, social media engagement, and telehealth services. Previously, Ms. Springer held senior executive positions in buying, merchandising, and strategic planning for major retailers in the US and Europe, including Toys R Us, Macy’s, and Bergdorf Goodman.

 

ANTHONY GELLERT, AB, MBA '97

TREASURER

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Anthony is the President and Founder of Livingston Capital Management, an investment partnership based in New York City.  Prior to his founding of Livingston Capital, he covered healthcare services and industrial services at Cobalt Capital Management and before that was an analyst at Kingdon Capital Management.

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