Our Staff

 
 
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TAMMY TIBBETTS
Co-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 and Seventeen’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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KATIE RILEY
Director of Strategic Partnerships

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. While on staff, Katie spent four years on the Programs team building STF's network of 200+ campus chapters, mentors, alumni, and teachers before transitioning to a Strategic Partnerships role in 2018, spearheading gamechanging partnerships. Katie is the lead producer of the #STFSummit and was named 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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HENAH PARIKH
Development and Communications Manager

Henah manages development and communications for She’s The First, including social media, donor management, and grassroots fundraising campaigns. She is a proud Scarlet Knight from Rutgers University, holding a dual-degree in Psychology and Communications, and she completed her Master’s in Social Entrepreneurship from Pepperdine University. Henah is super passionate about the empowerment of women worldwide, especially financial inclusion, economic opportunity, and access to quality education.

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ALVI RASHID
Programs Associate

Alvi 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

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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.


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HARISH NATARAJ
Vice Chair

Harish is a partner at Angelo, Gordon & Co, a leading alternative investment manager based in New York. As an investment professional for the last 15 years, Harish has sat on numerous for-profit boards, providing guidance on product and sales strategy, governance, and capital planning. He graduated from the University of Rochester, where he met his wife, Sarah, a cancer research scientist. He also sits on the board of Friends of Mt. Sinai, and he resides in Pelham, NY.  

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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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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.


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INGRID SIMUNIC

Ingrid is a media technology executive. Leading up to the Charter, Time Warner Cable and Bright House merger, she directed top-priority business and technology programs. She grew the company's digital phone product business from the ground up to five million customers and $2 billion in revenue. Ingrid served as director on the corporate board for Telio, a publicly traded company in Norway, and as President of Women in Cable Telecommunications in New York. She holds a PhD in Economics and is an avid sports enthusiast, marathon runner, and triathlete. 

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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.

Advisory Council

* Communications Committee  **Strategic Partnerships Committee

Tara Abrahams*
GLAMOUR

Suzanne Berman*
Hofstra University

Chanel Cathey*
Hunt & Gather

Robin Gelfenbien*
Yum's the Word

Susan Goodall*

Ruth Ann Harnisch
Harnisch Foundation

Liz Kressel*
Lizard Media

Euan Lampitt**
AppNexus

Susan McPherson
McPherson Strategies

Erin Leigh Patterson**

Rosa Rita**

J.P. Morgan

 

Amy Schoenberger**
MBooth

Ann Shoket*
AnnShoket.com

Rachel Sklar
TheLi.st

Kristen Tully**
Maybelline

Ann Tisch
Young Women’s Leadership Network

Leslie Zaikis

 

Campus Advisory Council

Bhagyashri Pandey
University of Texas at Dallas

Maxine Veksler
Staten Island Academy

Sophia Mostovoy
Staten Island Academy

Sarah Schrup
George Washington University

Olivia Lyman
Dickinson College

Abby Fitzgerald
Catholic University

Daniella Martinez
University of Florida

Juliana Parra
Thomas Sprigg Wootton High School

Allison Johntry
American University

Andrea Sarmiento
Temple University

Claire Reynolds
Sacred Heart Academy

Andrea Sedlacek
Dartmouth College

 

Photography

Kate Lord

Financials & Annual Report