Our Staff

 
 

TAMMY TIBBETTS
Founder & CEO

Tammy oversees our business development and communications. She’s a first-generation college graduate from The College of New Jersey. When Tammy had the idea for She’s the First, she was working at Hearst Magazines, where she was a pioneering web editor andSeventeen’s first social media editor. At STF, Tammy is active in “Sweat for STF,” our community of fitness fundraisers, and she’s a frequent speaker about our mission.

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CHRISTEN BRANDT
Co-Founder & CPO

Christen is a feminist and women’s rights advocate who knows that quality education is the key to a more equal world. She was a student and scholarship recipient at Syracuse University when starting She’s the First, and she now oversees the programs side of STF. When she’s not jet-setting to visit our local partners, you can often find her teaching a self-defense class or speaking on the importance of education and empowerment.

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PERRIE RIZZO
Director of Resource Development

Perrie joined She’s the First in July 2015, bringing more than 15 years of nonprofit development experience to the team. She works with STF supporters, including corporate partners, individual donors, and Young Professionals Network members to increase awareness, participation, and giving to our global movement. Perrie graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Journalism degree from the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University.

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KATIE RILEY
Programs Manager

Katie officially joined the She’s the First staff in 2013, but she’s been around since the early days as STF’s very first intern. She manages our growing network of campus chapters, mentors, alumni, teachers, and interns, along with producing the annual #STFSummit. Katie was YNPN-NYC’s Nonprofiteer of the Year in 2014. She is a proud graduate of the University of Tennessee with a degree in Global Politics & Economics.

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ALVI RASHID
Programs Assistant

Alvi, the newest addition to the STF family, supports our programs team on both the campus and international sides. Prior to her joining, Alvi dedicated a year of service as an AmeriCorps member to build volunteer capacity at generationOn. She graduated from Pace University with a degree in Economics and History, and has always been passionate about making a positive change in her community.

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Board of Directors

GWEN GREENE
Chair

Gwen is a Vice President and Financial Adviser at JP Morgan Securities. She graduated from the University of Rochester and serves on their Board of Trustees, chairing the Student Life Committee and the Annual Fund; the university has named the Gwen M Greene Career and Internship Center in her honor. Gwen and her husband John, an artist, raise cattle in the in the Hudson Valley and also live in NYC.


TOM KERNS
Vice Chair

Tom retired from his 30-year Wall Street career in 2010 to pursue both philanthropic and investment opportunities. He once headed the accounting and operations department for a $20-billion investment management company and was Managing Director for product and business development at a major international bank. Tom also founded a non-profit in Maplewood, New Jersey with his wife, Jeanmarie Hargrave.

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CHERNOR BAH

Chernor is an Associate at the Population Council, leading a collaborative initiative to provide solutions to adolescent girls affected by the Ebola outbreak. He is Co-Founder of A World at School and a youth representative on the United Nations Secretary General’s High-Level Steering Committee for the Global Education First Initiative. As a teenager, he led the Children’s Parliament in his native country of Sierra Leone.

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MAUREEN MITCHELL

Maureen is President, Global Sales and Marketing at GE Asset Management, overseeing sales and distribution efforts. She is a highly experienced sales leader who has over 25 years of investment management industry experience. Maureen was our 2015 Mentor of the Year honoree and has been repeatedly named one of the top Irish-American business executives in the U.S. by Irish America magazine. 

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DENISE RESTAURI
Mentor Breakfast Chair

Denise is Founder & CEO of GirlQuake, a company that amplifies the voices of women by giving them platforms to make noise, redefine success, and harness their powers to create a global force for positive action. As a Forbes.com contributor and host of the Forbes Mentoring Moments podcast, she shines the spotlight on female leaders and entrepreneurs.

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JENNIFER SIMON

As a Senior Vice President in Edelman’s Business + Social Purpose practice, Jennifer Simon has extensive experience in social purpose platform and initiative development for senior leaders in corporations, brands, nonprofits, and the highest U.S. government offices, with a particular expertise in women and girls’ empowerment. Previously Jennifer served as director of policy and international affairs for First Lady Michelle Obama where she led the development and launch of Let Girls Learn, Mrs. Obama’s signature initiative on global girls’ education.


KIM HEINEN
Treasurer

Kim is a CPA and Manager in Retail & Consumer Advisory at PwC. Before graduating from Bucknell University with a BSBA in Accounting, Kim traveled to 13 different countries as part of her study abroad program, where she developed her passion for education around the globe.

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ANDREA LONTOC
Secretary

Andrea is a National Programs Manager at CBS EcoMedia, a social enterprise that harnesses the power of advertising to help fund nonprofit projects across the country. She previously worked for Showtime Networks in Affiliate Sales and graduated cum laude from New York University. Born and raised in NYC, Andrea is a first-generation Filipina-American and the first in her family to attend college in the United States. 

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TAMMY and CHRISTEN (see bios under Staff) serve on the Board of Directors.

 

Junior Board

 

MaryBeth Bognar
Chair

Brianne Riviello 
Vice Chair

Genevieve Tabios
Secretary

Aishwarya Bhake

Mariana Debbe

Alexandra Dickinson

Jill Lukeman

Leonora Fleming

Stephanie Florence

Gayatri Mullapudi

 

Advisory Council

Tara Abrahams
Girl Rising

Chanel Cathey
Viacom

Alexandra Ducocq

Nicole Goldin
CSIS

Susan Goodall

Eva Haller
Free the Children

Ruth Ann Harnisch
Harnisch Foundation

Billee Howard
Brandthropologie

Susan McPherson
McPherson Strategies

Kristen Morrissey Thiede

Amy Schoenberger
MBooth

Ann Shoket
AnnShoket.com

Callie Schweitzer
TIME

Rachel Sklar
TheLi.st

Ann Tisch
Young Women’s Leadership Network

Leslie Zaikis

 

Photography

Kate Lord

Financials & Annual Report