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Our Program


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Our Program


Tumml provides resources to early-stage, urban startups from across the country:

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Urban Insights

Structured workshops around scaling and fundraising for new urban impact startups.
 

Learn About The Next Workshop

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The Placemakers

Roundtables where promising new entrepreneurs can engage with leading investors, founders, policy makers, etc.

Read About A Recent Roundtable

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Thought Leadership

Events and articles on issues important to urban impact entrepreneurs – sources of capital, industry trends, etc.

Check Out Our Press & Events

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URBAN INSIGHTS


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URBAN INSIGHTS


On a semi-regular basis, Tumml will host Urban Insights: Raising Your Seed Round sessions in downtown San Francisco. Over the course of an intensive, day-long workshop, urban impact entrepreneurs receive:     

  • An intimate environment to refine and receive feedback on your pitch    
  • A lunch and learn with a leading microVC to review fund dynamics    
  • A pitchathon to seed investors, with the opportunity to build relationships early in your process
  • One startup will walk away with a $5K prize based on the best startup pitch

We will announce the dates for our next workshop soon! If you have any questions, contact info@tumml.org. 

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Our Team


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Our Team


Clara serves as CEO of Tumml, building the organization's national presence. 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. She is a member of the MIT Sloan Alumni Board. In January 2014, Forbes listed her as one of its “30 Under 30” for Social Entrepreneurship.

Clara serves as CEO of Tumml, building the organization's national presence. 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. She is a member of the MIT Sloan Alumni Board. In January 2014, Forbes listed her as one of its “30 Under 30” for Social Entrepreneurship.

Clara Brenner 
CEO and Co-Founder

Tom is a Sales Director at Yelp, the company that connects people to great local businesses, where he manages a team of approximately 100 salespeople. He has over seven 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 a Sales Director at Yelp, the company that connects people to great local businesses, where he manages a team of approximately 100 salespeople. He has over seven 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

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

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

Mavis Yee
Board Member

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. Her work in urban innovation has been featured in CNN, Forbes, The San Francisco Chronicle, and smart city conferences around the globe.

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. Her work in urban innovation has been featured in CNN, Forbes, The San Francisco Chronicle, and smart city conferences around the globe.

Julie Lein
President and Co-Founder

Chris is President of Platinum Advisors, California’s largest public affairs firm, representing companies like Airbnb and Zipcar. He served as the Finance Director of Gavin Newsom’s first mayoral campaign and Chairman of the Mayor’s re-election and inaugural committees. Chris serves on the Board of the Municipal Fiscal Advisory Committee, SPUR, the San Francisco Host Committee, and Lycée Français de San Francisco. He is also a Founding Trustee of the Laborers’ Union Community Service and Training Foundation. Chris served in the US Army and earned his Bachelor’s degree from UCLA.

Chris is President of Platinum Advisors, California’s largest public affairs firm, representing companies like Airbnb and Zipcar. He served as the Finance Director of Gavin Newsom’s first mayoral campaign and Chairman of the Mayor’s re-election and inaugural committees. Chris serves on the Board of the Municipal Fiscal Advisory Committee, SPUR, the San Francisco Host Committee, and Lycée Français de San Francisco. He is also a Founding Trustee of the Laborers’ Union Community Service and Training Foundation. Chris served in the US Army and earned his Bachelor’s degree from UCLA.

Chris Gruwell
Board Member

May is responsible for special projects, as well as strategic support for Tumml's cohort companies. After practicing as a lawyer, May worked in social impact and startup consulting. She earned her Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney. She is an MPP candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. May is also an Australian Sir John Monash Scholar and a Gleitsman Leadership Fellow at Harvard's Center for Public Leadership.

May is responsible for special projects, as well as strategic support for Tumml's cohort companies. After practicing as a lawyer, May worked in social impact and startup consulting. She earned her Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney. She is an MPP candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. May is also an Australian Sir John Monash Scholar and a Gleitsman Leadership Fellow at Harvard's Center for Public Leadership.

May Samali
Resident Advisor

Molly is the Director of Public Policy and Civic Partnerships at Airbnb. In this role, she manages public-private partnerships with various municipal government agencies, non-profits, and tourism bureaus throughout the world. Before Airbnb, Molly consulted with governments on sustainable tourism development and conducted research with the UNESCO World Heritage Center. She currently serves on the board of SPUR. Molly earned her Masters in Urban Planning from Harvard University and her BA from Dartmouth College.

Molly is the Director of Public Policy and Civic Partnerships at Airbnb. In this role, she manages public-private partnerships with various municipal government agencies, non-profits, and tourism bureaus throughout the world. Before Airbnb, Molly consulted with governments on sustainable tourism development and conducted research with the UNESCO World Heritage Center. She currently serves on the board of SPUR. Molly earned her Masters in Urban Planning from Harvard University and her BA from Dartmouth College.

Molly Turner
Board Member

 
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Our Partners


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Our Partners


Tumml would like to recognize and thank all of our partners for their
continued 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