ARENA TEAM

Swati Mylavarapu

CO-FOUNDER & PARTNER

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.

@swatipedia

 

Ravi Gupta

CO-FOUNDER & PARTNER

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.

@ravimgupta

 

KATE CATHERALL

PARTNER

Kate is the Founder of Chorus, a nonprofit focused on removing barriers to civic engagement, and Chorus Agency, a network of pro bono advisors supporting exceptional leaders to run for office and win. She began her career in politics on President Obama's 2008 campaign and has been organizing ever since. Altogether, she has worked six election cycles including two congressional campaigns, a gubernatorial campaign, a senate campaign, and two presidential campaigns. Most recently, she served as Senior Vice President at 270 Strategies, a mission driven consulting firm founded by alumni of the Obama 2012 campaign. There, she partnered with candidates, causes, and companies from 40+ countries to build grassroots campaigns. Kate holds a B.A. in Political Science and Theater and Drama from Indiana University, and is a native of Chicago. She speaks conversational Swahili, having lived, taught, and traveled in East Africa sporadically since 2006.

@kate_catherall

 

ERIN FITZGERALD

PARTNER

Erin is a strategist who designs and scales mission-driven initiatives to advance social change. A founding member of The Arena, most recently Erin served as Head of Strategy and Business Operations for Team Rubicon Global, a veteran-led disaster relief organization. Prior, Erin built out the social impact strategy practice at Timshel, a technology and strategy company. During the Obama Administration Erin worked on the passage and implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and at the White House. She began her career as a scheduler for then-U.S. Senator Barack Obama, and was one of the first communications staffers on the 2008 Obama presidential campaign. The daughter of two public school teachers, Erin serves on the associate boards of the Sargent Shriver National Center for Poverty Law and LIFT-Chicago. Erin earned her B.S. from Northwestern University and her M.P.P. from Harvard University, where she taught grassroots organizing with Professor Marshall Ganz.

 

FAMID SINHA

ASSOCIATE

Famid is a passionate attorney and activist. He began his career on President Obama’s 2008 campaign, first as a national founding member and the National Director of Communications of Students for Barack Obama, and later as a Field Organizer for the campaign in his native state of Virginia. During President Obama’s administration, Famid served on the team overseeing the implementation of the $787 billion Recovery Act funds, and left the executive branch to work as a staffer on the House Committee on Armed Services. Famid holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, and a J.D. from Berkeley Law School, where his peers elected him Co-President of the law school student government.

 

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.

@pedinoff

 

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