Clara is responsible for Tumml’s partnership development, marketing, and fundraising and has a background in urban real estate and sustainability. Most recently, she worked as an Associate with WestMill Capital, a real estate investment start-up focused on alternative financing and merchandising mixes authentic to the local area (and parent company of Popularise and Fundrise). Prior to WestMill Capital, Clara worked at AECOM, GVA Advantis and Monument Realty. In January 2014, Forbes listed her as one of its “30 Under 30” for Social Entrepreneurship. A LEED Accredited Professional, Clara earned her MBA from MIT Sloan and her BA from NYU. She is a member of the MIT Sloan Alumni Board.
Monica is responsible for operational and day-to-day support for Tumml companies. Monica previously worked as a Program Manager for several nonprofit organizations focused on empowerment and advocacy for people with disabilities. She is now studying Social Entrepreneurship at Hult International Business School, and previously earned her BA from the University of Michigan.
Julie is responsible for Tumml’s day-to-day operations, programming, and financial planning. Julie has a background in polling and political consulting. Prior to founding Tumml, she worked as an Education Pioneers Fellow with Revolution Foods, a healthy school meals provider for schools where she reported directly to the Co-founder and CIO on projects ranging from financial budgeting to IT information systems. Previously, she was the Lead Analyst and first employee at Tulchin Research, a start-up strategic polling and consulting firm in the Bay Area. Julie earned her MBA from MIT Sloan and her BA from Stanford.
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.
Yana is responsible for research and project support for Tumml companies. Most recently, Yana has served as a consultant for several startups in the areas of finance and strategy. She is currently finishing her PhD in Economics at UC San Diego focusing on small business lending markets. She began her career in investment banking at JP Morgan. Yana earned her BA in Economics from the University of Chicago and was a Fulbright scholar to Cambodia.
Chris is President of Platinum Advisors, California’s largest public affairs firm, and personally represents over 30 companies including Airbnb, Zipcar, and Recology. Before Platinum Advisors, he served as the Finance Director of Gavin Newsom’s first mayoral campaign and served as the 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.
Ben is the Co-founder of Fundrise, an online investment platform for local real estate, and affiliate Popularise, a real estate crowdsourcing website. Alongside Fundrise and Popularise, he is the Managing Partner of WestMill Capital Partners, a real estate development company focused on the Mid-Atlantic. Formerly, Ben was President of Western Development Corporation, the largest retail developer in Washington, DC and co-founder of US Nordic Ventures, a cross-Atlantic venture capital company. He earned his BA from the University of Pennsylvania and sits on the board of the National Center for Children and Families.
Molly is the Director of Public Policy and Civic Partnerships at Airbnb, which has a presence in over 35,000 cities worldwide. In this role, she manages public-private partnerships with various municipal government agencies, non-profits, and tourism bureaus throughout the world. She also manages research initiatives, such as economic and housing impact studies, and joint studies with academic institutions. 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.
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.