Hometown: Parkchester, Bronx + Bushwick, Brooklyn
Super Power: Idea Machine
Skills: Strategy, Analytics, Qualitative Research, Business Development, Branding + Visual Identity
Amongst her peers, Tiasia is known as the go-getter with a vast network. Dubbed the “if you want something done” girl, she is a major advocate for social equity and innovation. As Seam Social Labs’ founder, she works on organizational strategy, business operations and development, and strategic partnerships. Tiasia has a decade of professional experience in leading strategic communications, fundraising, business development, and public-private initiatives. Her experience in working with community based organizations and small businesses has given her deep insights on the complex nature of economic development. She has managed partnerships with major institutions such as Forest City Ratner, HBO, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Lambent Foundation, Alloy Real Estate Development, Apple, H&R Block, JetBlue, Interbrand, Edison Properties (Manhattan Mini Storage), Ace Hotel, and the Association of Legal Administrators of New York City. In addition, Tiasia has launched tech and digital initiatives at nonprofits such as The Thrive Network, MoCADA, and Groundswell. Her work has led her to being the recipient of the 2018 NYN Media 40 Under 40 Rising Stars and a 2015 Nominee for Young Non Profiteer of the Year.
Hometown: Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn
Super Power: Go-Getter
Skills: Social Media Campaigns + Management, Digital Content Creation, Brand Development, and Market Research
Donae is known as our team’s resident woman of action with on-the-ground insights on millenial behaviors. Her experience includes brand development, digital marketing, and community organizing for social equity organizations in New York City. She has led social media strategies and campaign implementation at multi-million organizations such as Groundswell Community Mural Project —which resulted in a 25% growth on their social platforms. Beyond social media, Donae has studied Psychology and is curious about the way the mind and society works. In addition, she is a flourishing digital nomad. From Milan to Montreal to Paris, she travels to get insights on diverse cultures and cityscapes.
Hometown: Millersville, Maryland
Super Power: Super Connector
Skills: Project Management, Grant Writing, Business Operations, Community Organizing, and Copy Editing
As a sustainability professional, Emily is dedicated to building up healthy and resilient economies that prioritize the communities they support. She is currently in her final year Barnard College of Columbia University, and will graduate with a B.A. in Economics. Emily has a wide range of experiences in the sustainability and eco-tourism industry. She has worked with Congolese refugees in Morocco and Moroccan immigrants in Queens; co-founded a campaign for sustainable agriculture and eco-tourism in the Bolivian Amazon based on ancient indigenous models; coordinated civic engagement initiatives on her college campus; and accomplished business development research at the International Executive Service Corps in Washington, D.C. Emily is originally from the suburbs of Baltimore, Maryland, but loves living in and exploring New York City. In her free time she practices her Arabic, French, and Spanish skills whenever possible.
Michelle Brown - Full Stack Development Intern
Hometown: Miami, Florida
Super Power: Resilience
Skills: Software Engineering, Python, C++, SQL, Meta-descriptions + SEO
As an engineer, Michelle never backs down from a challenge and is always focused on solving a problem. She is a junior Computer Science major at Howard University who is currently exercising her tech skills in Silicon Valley at the Google Tech Exchange Program. Her technical experience includes designing and implementing electromagnetic seismic isolators; programming robots at Corning Incorporated; and improving the search engine optimization for the company Bandcamp. As a former teacher for Code4Life, she worked with five middle schools to teach over 100 students how to use HTML and CSS to build interactive games and websites. In her free time she bakes vegan desserts and practices ballet.