ARENA TEAM

Swati Mylavarapu

CO-FOUNDER

Swati is a Founding Partner at Incite Ventures. She was previously a Partner on the venture capital team at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, where she focused on consumer digital and hardware investments. Before KPCB, Swati built the international business and product marketing efforts at Square, a financial services company that levels the playing field for small businesses. She also serves on the non-profit boards of B Lab, Bayes Impact, and the Boston Review. Swati graduated from Harvard with an AB in Development Studies, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and a Truman Scholar. She also holds an MPhil in Economic History from the University of Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar.

 

Ravi Gupta

CO-FOUNDER

Ravi is the Founder and former CEO of RePublic Schools, a network of charter schools in the South. RePublic’s two flagship schools are the first and only two charter schools in Tennessee to rank in the top five percent of all public schools for growth and absolute performance. Ravi previously served as Special Assistant and Speechwriter to Susan Rice, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. He also spent two years working on Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign – joining then-Senator Obama’s exploratory committee and working through the primary and general elections. He ran fundraising and voter turnout operations in more than a half dozen states during the primary election and served as assistant to Chief Strategist David Axelrod during the general election. Ravi received his J.D. from Yale Law School and his B.A. from Binghamton University, where he was named a Truman Scholar and was awarded the University Medal, the school's highest honor. In 2012, he was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 List.

 

ASHLEY PORTER

DIRECTOR OF ADVANCE

Ashley worked for Hillary for America from 2015 to November 2016 as a National Advance Lead. Before joining the campaign, Ashley served as the New York representative for Creative Visions Foundation, a premiere agency for individuals who use media and the arts to ignite positive social change with over 75 partnered projects consisting of films, documentaries, and media-related programs. She also worked at United Talent Agency in the Motion Picture alent department working with clients Oscar Isaac, Tracy Morgan, Rachel McAdams, Ray Liotta and more. Ashley attended Indiana University receiving her BA at the Ernie Pyle School of Journalism and continued on to receive her graduate degree from UCLA's School of Public Health.

 

Lee Pedinoff

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING

Lee is a native New Jerseyan turned Nashvillian. He served as a Founding Teacher, Administrator, and School Leader at RePublic Schools, a non-profit network of charter schools working to reimagine public education in the South. Lee took a short sabbatical from education as a Business Technology Analyst at Deloitte, where he served on the project that launched the Affordable Care Act healthcare exchange in Massachusetts. Lee was a Teach For America Nashville corps member and graduated from Vanderbilt University with a B.A. in Economics, Political Science, and Corporate Strategy. At Vanderbilt, he was elected Executive Vice President of Vanderbilt Student Government by the student body and received the award for Outstanding Campus Leadership.

 

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