Our team

We’re empowering a new generation of resilient world citizens!

Charlie Taibi

CEO

Education enthusiast. Iced-coffee addict. Loves practicing Mandarin every chance he gets, going on long runs, and singing in the shower.

Veronica Wong

Director of Operations

Travel enthusiast. California native. Lived in Beijing for 4+ years. Loves walking tours, art exhibits, live music, and blue skies. Foodie.

Lauren Massell

Program Coach

With a Masters in Social Work and over 10 years of experience helping young leaders across the US, Lauren is an inquirer & dream validator.

Jyoti Argade

Vice President of Programs

Globetrotter. Redwood Worshipper. Mother of 2. Classical Indian dancer since age 3. Believer in the transformative power of education.

Cody Hartley

Outreach Manager

Educational pathfinder. Two decades in university admissions, study abroad, experiential learning, and educational travel.

Ben Greene

Program Coach

A former career coach at Hack Reactor, Ben uses his Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology to geek out on music & psychoanalytic theory.

Matthew Travers

International Community Coordinator

Sociologist at the intersection of education and cross-cultural immersion. Gap year alumnus. Avid taco enthusiast.

Lydia Dennis

International Community Coordinator

Biologist, anthropologist, knitter, baker, salsa dancer, yoga and Pilates instructor. Avid reader and world travel addict.

Kahlia Chehade

International Community Coordinator

Global citizen with a deep passion for new cultures and experiences. Enjoys providing this transformative experience for students.

Kyle Uhlmann

International Community Coordinator

A returned Peace Corps volunteer who enjoys traveling, the outdoors, playing sports, and life’s serendipitous moments.

Obiageli Okpalanma

International Community Coordinator

NYC native who enjoys warm weather, traveling, and pizza. Passionate about experiential learning, acquiring knowledge, and self-improvement.

Our Advisors

DALE STEPHENS

‘Hacking Your Education’ author, Forbes 30 Under 30. Loves learning, chocolate, and travel.

MICHAEL STATON

Michael is a partner at Learn Capital, keeping his eye on ed tech and advisor to New Schools Venture Fund.

LISA NALBONE

Lisa is an educator, life-long learner, community organizer and an influencer.

GRAHAM FORMAN

Graham is the Managing Director and founder of Edvocate Capital. He is a advisor in the ed tech space.

DANIEL PIANKO

Daniel Pianko is a founding Managing Director of University Ventures

JAKE SCHWARTZ

Jake Schwartz is Co-Founder and CEO of General Assembly

TED DINTERSMITH

Ted has over 19 years of experience in early-stage venture investing, focusing on software & information services.