Co-Founder & President
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Founder & President
Alex makes things work at The Muse. Our #1 list maker, she leads our business growth, innovation and operations. Alex was named one of Forbes 30 Under 30 in Media, INC’s 15 Women to Watch in Tech and Business Insider’s 30 Most Important Women Under 30 in Tech. She is a frequent keynote on the future of work, productivity, and entrepreneurship. Prior to founding The Muse, Alex was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. She graduated from Yale University, and is an alumna of Y Combinator. Follow her on Twitter @acav.
Founder & CEO
Kathryn is the Muse’s CEO and number one swashbuckler. Kathryn has spoken at MIT and Harvard, appeared on The TODAY Show and CNN, and contributes on career and entrepreneurship to the Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review. She has also been named to SmartCEO’s Future50 Visionary CEOs and Inc.’s 35 Under 35. Before founding The Muse, Kathryn worked on vaccines in Rwanda and Malawi with the Clinton Health Access Initiative and was previously at McKinsey. Say hi on Twitter @KMin.
Meet The Team
Akash VermaAnalytics Manager
Born and raised in India, Akash moved to Cincinnati, Ohio in 2016 where he graduated from the University of Cincinnati before moving to New York for work. Now, he’s a Senior Growth Marketing Analyst with The Muse. When Akash isn’t working, he’s usually watching documentaries or exploring food joints. You'll always see him smiling!
Alyssa TattersallStrategic Account Manager
After graduating from Penn State University, Alyssa spent her early career navigating the rough seas of the retail industry (she survived!). Born and raised in Saratoga Springs, NY, Alyssa is a true pop culture, Beyonce, and pizza enthusiast. In her spare time, you can catch Alyssa brunching in the East Village, crushing Real Housewives marathons, or cruising the great waters of Lake George.
Anna FajkowskiProduct Manager
Anna joins The Muse as an Account Manager, helping amazing companies build their employer brands. Prior to her role at The Muse, Anna worked in media advertising in New York, Chicago, and Boston. When she's not at work or running, you can find her spending time in Central Park, cooking in her tiny kitchen, and exploring theatre shows in NYC.
Brooke KatzSr. Editor
A Los Angeles native, Brooke has lived in New York for more than a decade, except for a recent one-year stint in Mexico City. Prior to working on branded content at The Muse, she was an editor at Travel + Leisure and Martha Stewart Living (long live print magazines!). She’s a devoted book reader, snacker, wife, mom, lover of all things purple, and traveler who is always plotting her next trip.
Caitlin MonahanAccount Manager
As a Muse Account Manager, Caitlin lives for working with employers to share brand stories and attract talent! Born on an army base in Louisiana, raised in New England, and educated in Literature at Mount Holyoke College, she loves an origin story. Caitlin is a natural people person and spends her free time teaching yoga and exploring Brooklyn.
Chelsea BrownProduct Designer
Chelsea moved from NC to NYC and never looked back. After studying Graphic Design at NC State, she focused on ways design can inform and empower others. She started her career in editorial design at McClatchy before joining The Muse in Oct. 2020, designing products that help companies share stories and inspire job seekers. In her free time, Chelsea paints Taylor Swift-inspired watercolors.
Dani GibbsAccounting Analyst
After graduating from the University of Florida with a Master's in Accounting, Dani moved to New York City and spent some time in public accounting before joining The Muse's finance team. In her spare time, she can be found trying out new workout classes, watching Netflix, or hanging out with friends.
David BethoneyChief Financial Officer & Chief Operating Officer
David is our head Finance at The Muse where he leads Finance and Legal. Prior to The Muse, he was Head of Finance at Breather where he was part of a team that scaled it to become a major player in flexible workspace. He’s led finance for groups at Experian and NewsCorp after starting his career off at Microsoft. Outside of work, you can find him hiking biking and enjoying what NY has to offer.
Eric KlugerGeneral Counsel
The Muse's first attorney, Eric comes to us from a prestigious New York law firm. He always wanted to help an innovative startup grow, and The Muse seemed like the perfect place. Eric was born and raised in New York City and earned his JD from Cardozo. When he isn't helping with all things legal, he can be found playing hockey, enjoying a beer, and hanging out with his wife Katie and son Kenny.
Ian AxelrodPlatform Architect
Ian crafts the code that powers The Muse's back-end infrastructure. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, he now calls Liverpool, NY home. Before joining The Muse, he worked as a software engineer for the business intelligence startups Outbrain and NOMi. He details automobiles and studies neuroscience whenever he has time.
John HylandSVP, Revenue
John was raised in the Northeast, now based in NYC for the first time. He runs the Revenue team here at The Muse. His experiences include startups and corporates; US and International assignments. He recently lived in Mexico City with his family and it's now their home away from home. John believes that everybody has something that the world needs and does not believe that Dan was Gossip Girl.
Karren NissimSocial Media Coordinator
As a Social Media Coordinator, Karen is responsible for preparing and scheduling daily content for The Muse's Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn profiles while engaging with followers and collaborating closely with the sales and editorial teams. When Karen isn't in the office, she's usually listening to podcasts, rollerskating, or watching old movies.
Katie OrfiniEnterprise Account Executive
Katie spends her days finding the best companies in San Francisco and making sure they're showcased on The Muse. Before starting at The Muse, she was in Chicago helping people discover awesome local companies on Groupon. As a recent transplant to NYC, Katie is searching for the best ice cream shoppes around the city, one cone at a time. She's also a proud Michigan State alum —Go Green!
Katy McClellanExecutive Producer
Katy is a British transplant that emigrated from London where she had been working for almost a decade as a documentary producer & development executive for the BBC & Channel 4. She has written, directed & produced a variety of formats from half-hour documentary series to digital comedy shorts. Katy moved to NYC to produce branded content for leading brands (& pursue secret scripted comedy dreams).
Kayla EllmanContent Marketing Manager
Kayla put pen to paper at a young age and never looked back. After getting her degree in English Lit from Wesleyan University, she took agency life out for a spin as a copywriter before joining The Muse to create content for the marketing team. When she's not at work, you can find Kayla adventuring around New York, strength training, buried in a book, or desperately trying not to sneeze in public.
Kendra SwansonAccount Manager
Kendra just moved to NYC from Arizona and is slowly starting to rethink the ideology that the west coast is the best coast. Prior to joining The Muse, Kendra was traveling the country as a consultant for Alpha Chi Omega, a women's organization. When she's not at work, you can find her greeting every dog she crosses paths with, running along the east river, or singing along to Broadway hits.
Kerry FuscoSr. Account Executive
A proud Jersey girl and Amherst College graduate, Kerry moved to NYC after spending some time living on the West Coast. Prior to joining The Muse, she worked for an HR-Tech startup in the Bay Area and completed her yoga teacher training certification. In her spare time, you'll find her skiing, spike-balling, lounging on the beach, or listening to live music with a cold IPA in hand.
Kevin AylesworthFull-Stack Engineer
Born and raised near San Francisco, Kevin is a full-stack engineer here at the Muse. Kevin originally worked in the SF office, but has made the move to NYC to discover everything the city has to offer. When he’s not working, Kevin can be found playing hockey, exploring, or learning how to deal with the weather that comes with real seasons.
Lauren AdamsSr. Account Executive
By age 18, Lauren had moved 11 times; a trajectory that molded her into an adaptable and curious soul who thrives in diverse environments. International connectedness makes her tick—whether traveling to a remote dot on the map or simply hanging with foreign friends, she leans on her global experiences and multilingualism to cultivate that passion. There’s no country, wine, or hot sauce Lauren hasn’t loved!
Leanne FrenchSr. Content Strategist
Leanne began her career as a writer/producer at MTV and went on to strategize and create multi-platform content for media companies including VH1, AMC, Nickelodeon and, most recently, A+E Networks, where she led digital strategy for Biography. She loves going to the theater, movies, museums, and is an adept button masher when playing video games with her son.
Maggie DeGrootSr. Social Media Manager
After graduating from the University of Wisconsin, Maggie moved to New York City and spent time working on film and television social media campaigns. She blames this job for making her fall in love with the Fast and Furious franchise. When she’s not working, you can find Maggie cheering on the Green Bay Packers, live-tweeting the Oscars, or eating the best dumplings in Flushing.
Meredith SheddenTeam Lead, Project Management
Meredith joins The Muse as a Project Manager after working in many facets of video production. From working in election cycles in both D.C. and at The Onion, Meredith keeps the power of visual storytelling (with a sense of humor) at top of mind. When not working on amazing client profiles, you will find Meredith exploring NYC or wagering which is the best Real Housewives franchise with her coworkers.
Micah DayVP, Sales
As a Sales Manager, Micah is responsible for overseeing the Wolfpack sales team in the southern region while ultimately ensuring the best organizations all over the world are represented as employers of choice on The Muse. When Micah isn't in the office den, she's usually playing soccer, cheering on the Green Bay Packers or listening to some old school rap and R&b.
Natalie GavilanesContent Operations Manager, Profiles
Natalie was born in New York City and raised in the Hudson Valley—the best of both worlds! She spent her college years trying out a journalism career before getting her master’s in media studies and film at The New School. Aside from perfecting videos and photos on The Muse, Natalie is always in search of a new TV show or podcast to dive into—recommendations are welcome!
Nicolette FinderSales Growth Specialist
Growing up in Southampton, NY, Nicolette can never be too far from the ocean. A Mount Holyoke College graduate, she jumpstarted her sales career in NYC at Yelp. As a major fan of The Muse, she is so excited to finally join the SDR team! When she's not prospecting, you can find her teaching Pilates in BK, lounging at the beach with a craft beer in hand, or testing a new recipe in the kitchen.
Owen PercocoFull-Stack Engineer
Native to the upstate New York Adirondack area, Owen came to the city to trade the sky for skyscrapers. He previously worked as a software engineer and freelance web developer before joining The Muse. When he’s not at his desk, you can probably find Owen playing guitar somewhere in Brooklyn or traveling.
Peenak InamdarSr. Director of Engineering
Peenak joined The Muse in October of 2018. He likes peanut butter cups. Prior to The Muse, he’s held engineering management and leadership positions at Ogilvy, SoundCloud, Etsy, and HUGE, as well as software engineering positions at Amplified, Schematic, McGraw-Hill / TheGrowNetwork, TradeCard (An Infor company), and Quidnunc.
Rebeca PiccardoAssistant Editor
Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, Rebeca lived in the United Kingdom, Chile, and Brazil before moving permanently to the U.S. She started her career as a crime reporter and then worked for a travel magazine before moving to NYC to join The Muse’s content team. When Rebeca’s not at work, you can find her exploring the city, cooking at home, or out on a run.
After growing up in Rockland County, NY (...it's near Westchester), Regina moved to DC for college and an MFA. She is thrilled to be at The Muse after stints selling ice cream, telling people where to park, breaking into cars (legally!), opening mail, and writing about the stock market. Outside of work, Regina can be found at concerts or buying books when she has plenty of unread ones at home.
Richard DillmanSr. Application Developer
A country boy from Indiana who found a passion for all things web. Richard is a Senior Application Engineer focusing on his soapbox issues, Page Speed, Testing, Documentation, and Accessibility. Asking about any of these could easily turn into an afternoon discussion. In his spare time he enjoys playing World of Warcraft, and watching sci-fi, fantasy, and historical documentaries.
Roxanne ParnellSr. Account Executive
Born and raised in North Carolina, Roxanne always knew she belonged in New York City. After completing her degree at ECU, she moved to pursue a career in sales and marketing. An adept relationship builder and problem solver, Roxanne joined The Muse to help companies tell their story. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her dog, a nice glass of Cab Sav, and never saying no to guac.
Samantha DenoncourHR Generalist
Born and raised outside of Philadelphia, Sam decided to move to NYC after graduating from Quinnipiac University—go Bobcats! Sam has always had an interest in the people function of organizations, and works on the HR team here at The Muse. In her spare time, she’s usually relaxing at the beach with friends, trying new restaurants, or exploring new cities any chance she can get.
Stav ZivSr. Editor/Writer
A longtime word nerd and bookworm, Stav studied history and dance at Stanford and journalism at Columbia. Before joining The Muse, she was a staff writer at Newsweek, where she wrote about everything from Nazi hunters to Chinese adoptees to Good Girls Revolt, the real story and fictionalized TV show about a 1970 discrimination case at the magazine. She prefers sun and tolerates winters grudgingly.
Tannavee WattsData Engineer
Tanvi moved from India to New York in 2016 to attend New York University for her master’s in computer science. She joined The Muse as a data engineer and works with the data team to keep our pipelines running smoothly and efficiently. In her free time, Tanvi can be found reading or exploring the city for new restaurants and events.
Investors and Advisors
The Muse’s Board of Directors & observers includes Theresia Gouw of Acrew Capital (spin out of Aspect Ventures), Tom Mawhinney of Icon Ventures, Chris Herrmannsen (Former European President, TMP/Monster and current EVP at Cielo), Lucinda Duncalfe (former CEO, Monetate and ClickEquations), Nancy Pfund of DBL Partners, and Mike Walsh of Structure Capital.
Additional investors include Y Combinator, Tyra Banks and Fierce Capital, Sallie Krawcheck (named one of Forbes Most Powerful Women in the world), Alexis Ohanian (Founder, Reddit), Great Oaks Venture Capital, 500Startups, Dan Rosensweig (CEO of Chegg and former COO of Yahoo!), Eric Ries (The Lean Startup), Cathie Black (former President & Chairman, Hearst Magazines), Anjula Acharia-Bath (Founder/CEO of DesiHits!), Jalak Jobanputra of FuturePerfect Ventures, Ruth Ann and Bill Harnisch of Peconic Partners, Gordon Crawford, Thomas Lehrman (co-founder of Gerson Lehrman Group, Inc.), Ori Allon, Susan McPherson, Lisa Blau, Adam Quinton, and WGI Group.
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