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ABOUT US


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ABOUT US


Tumml is a startup hub for urban technology. We provide resources to early stage entrepreneurs tackling major urban challenges:

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Thought Leadership

Thought leadership on issues important to urban-focused entrepreneurs – capital sources, industry trends, etc.

Check Out Our Press and Blog

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Events

Events and workshops where startups can engage with funders, policy makers, etc. 
 

Check Out Our Events Page

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Portfolio Support

Ongoing support to Tumml's portfolio of urban innovation startups
 

Read About Our Companies

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Our Team


Our Team


Clara serves as CEO of Tumml, building the organization's national presence and working closely with the organization's portfolio companies. Prior to founding Tumml, she worked in real estate development – at real estate tech startup Fundrise, as well as at AECOM, GVA Advantis, and Monument Realty. Clara earned her MBA from MIT Sloan and her BA from NYU. In January 2014, Forbes listed her as one of its “30 Under 30” for Social Entrepreneurship. Clara's work in urban innovation has been featured in a wide range of outlets, including TechCrunch, MSNBC, and CNN.

Clara serves as CEO of Tumml, building the organization's national presence and working closely with the organization's portfolio companies. Prior to founding Tumml, she worked in real estate development at real estate tech startup Fundrise, as well as at AECOM, GVA Advantis, and Monument Realty. Clara earned her MBA from MIT Sloan and her BA from NYU. In January 2014, Forbes listed her as one of its “30 Under 30” for Social Entrepreneurship. Clara's work in urban innovation has been featured in a wide range of outlets, including TechCrunch, MSNBC, and CNN.

Clara Brenner 
CEO and Co-Founder

Julie serves as President of Tumml, managing operations and working closely with the organization's portfolio companies. Prior to founding Tumml, she worked in polling and political consulting at Tulchin Research and Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research. Julie earned her MBA from MIT Sloan and her BA from Stanford. In 2016, Living Cities named her one of its 25 Disruptive Leaders. Julie's work in urban innovation has been featured in a wide range of outlets, including CNN, Forbes, The San Francisco Chronicle.

Julie serves as President of Tumml, managing operations and working closely with the organization's portfolio companies. Prior to founding Tumml, she worked in polling and political consulting at Tulchin Research and Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research. Julie earned her MBA from MIT Sloan and her BA from Stanford. In 2016, Living Cities named her one of its 25 Disruptive Leaders. Julie's work in urban innovation has been featured in a wide range of outlets, including CNN, Forbes, The San Francisco Chronicle.

Julie Lein
President and Co-Founder

Tom is Senior Director of Sales Training at Yelp, the company that connects people to great local businesses, where he manages a team of approximately 100 salespeople. He has over ten years of local sales and management experience, first at The Boylston Group and C. Bridges Associates, and then at Yelp, where he began as an Account Executive. In his free time, Tom writes fiction and poetry – he was awarded Stanford’s Urmy/Hardy Prize in Poetry in 2006. Tom earned his BA from Stanford University.

Tom is Senior Director of Sales Training at Yelp, the company that connects people to great local businesses, where he manages a team of approximately 100 salespeople. He has over ten years of local sales and management experience, first at The Boylston Group and C. Bridges Associates, and then at Yelp, where he began as an Account Executive. In his free time, Tom writes fiction and poetry – he was awarded Stanford’s Urmy/Hardy Prize in Poetry in 2006. Tom earned his BA from Stanford University.

Tom Feulner
Board Member

Chris is CEO of New Deal Advisors, a public affairs firm based in San Francisco. He was previously President of public affairs firm Platinum Advisors. He also served as Finance Director of Gavin Newsom’s first mayoral campaign and Chairman of his re-election and inaugural committees. Chris serves on the Board of the Municipal Fiscal Advisory Committee, the SF Host Committee, and Lycée Français de San Francisco. He is also a Founding Trustee of the Laborers’ Union Community Service and Training Foundation. He served in the US Army and earned his BA from UCLA.

Chris is CEO of New Deal Advisors, a public affairs firm based in San Francisco. He was previously President of public affairs firm Platinum Advisors. He also served as Finance Director of Gavin Newsom’s first mayoral campaign and Chairman of his re-election and inaugural committees. Chris serves on the Board of the Municipal Fiscal Advisory Committee, the SF Host Committee, and Lycée Français de San Francisco. He is also a Founding Trustee of the Laborers’ Union Community Service and Training Foundation. He served in the US Army and earned his BA from UCLA.

Chris Gruwell
Board Member

Eric is a Vice President – Entertainment and Tech Policy for Verizon Communications. He is responsible for analyzing entertainment industry trends, managing telecommunications developments, and emerging high-tech matters as they relate to public policy. He also oversees Verizon Foundation activities for the Pacific and North Central markets and serves as a Board Member at the Museum of African Diaspora. Eric earned his MBA from UMUC, MS from UMUC, and BS from American University. 

Eric is a Vice President – Entertainment and Tech Policy for Verizon Communications. He is responsible for analyzing entertainment industry trends, managing telecommunications developments, and emerging high-tech matters as they relate to public policy. He also oversees Verizon Foundation activities for the Pacific and North Central markets and serves as a Board Member at the Museum of African Diaspora. Eric earned his MBA from UMUC, MS from UMUC, and BS from American University. 

Eric Reed
Board Member

Tony is a Vice President with the Blackstone Charitable Foundation, where he has been involved in the implementation of the Foundation's Entrepreneurship Initiative. He also developed the firm’s inaugural community service and volunteer program. Previously, Tony worked at the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, managing a portfolio of grants to non-profits and city agencies. He received his BA in Urban Studies and Geography from San Francisco State University and his MS in Urban Planning from Columbia.

Tony is a Vice President with the Blackstone Charitable Foundation, where he has been involved in the implementation of the Foundation's Entrepreneurship Initiative. He also developed the firm’s inaugural community service and volunteer program. Previously, Tony worked at the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, managing a portfolio of grants to non-profits and city agencies. He received his BA in Urban Studies and Geography from San Francisco State University and his MS in Urban Planning from Columbia.

Tony Tolentino
Board Member

Molly is an urban planner, tech policy wonk, and sharing economy pioneer. As an early Airbnb employee, she founded its public policy team and became its Global Head of Civic Partnerships. In those roles, she co-authored some of the world’s first “sharing economy” regulations, built a research team to examine the company’s impacts on cities, built Airbnb’s global disaster relief program, and directed the company’s launch in Cuba. Before that, Molly worked for the City of San Francisco, the UNESCO World Heritage Center, and a sustainable tourism consulting firm. She holds a Master in Urban Planning from Harvard and a BA from Dartmouth.

Molly is an urban planner, tech policy wonk, and sharing economy pioneer. As an early Airbnb employee, she founded its public policy team and became its Global Head of Civic Partnerships. In those roles, she co-authored some of the world’s first “sharing economy” regulations, built a research team to examine the company’s impacts on cities, built Airbnb’s global disaster relief program, and directed the company’s launch in Cuba. Before that, Molly worked for the City of San Francisco, the UNESCO World Heritage Center, and a sustainable tourism consulting firm. She holds a Master in Urban Planning from Harvard and a BA from Dartmouth.

Molly Turner
Board Member

Mavis is Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel at Nexenta Systems, a leader in Software-Defined Storage. Previously, she served as Partner at the law firms Nixon Peabody, Cooley, and the Heller Ehrman/Venture Law Group, with an emphasis on start-up law. Mavis also worked as a Special Investigator for the California State Legislature Auditor General's Office. She earned her JD from the UC Hastings College of the Law, her MBA from UC Irvine, and her BA from UC Davis.

Mavis is Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel at Nexenta Systems, a leader in Software-Defined Storage. Previously, she served as Partner at the law firms Nixon Peabody, Cooley, and the Heller Ehrman/Venture Law Group, with an emphasis on start-up law. Mavis also worked as a Special Investigator for the California State Legislature Auditor General's Office. She earned her JD from the UC Hastings College of the Law, her MBA from UC Irvine, and her BA from UC Davis.

Mavis Yee
Board Member

 
 
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Our Partners


Our Partners


Tumml would like to recognize and thank all of our partners for their
support in making this all possible:

 
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Tumml is a 501(c)3 nonprofit (EIN: 37-1702739). We are supported by 
philanthropic and business leaders whose generous support makes it possible for 
us to strengthen the urban entrepreneurial community, promote urban
revitalization, and encourage economic growth.

If you’re interested in learning more, contact us at info@tumml.org