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
Adam HotchkissEnterprise Account Executive
Adam is originally from Michigan, but has lived in New York City since 2015. Adam has worked primarily in the tech industry, prior to joining The Muse in 2021. In his spare time, Adam loves to play basketball, walk his pup Bowie, make music, and draw. He also enjoys working on his small side business, where he makes custom furniture.
Alexi MaschasSenior Full-Stack Engineer
Alexi is a senior full-stack engineer at The Muse. With almost two decades of experience building and maintaining web applications and infrastructure, he has worked on projects ranging from major news websites to infrastructure management portals. He has studied oil painting and creative writing, and currently spends a lot of time behind a (film) camera.
Amanda ScudieroSales Development Representative
Before joining The Muse, Amanda worked at Capital One. She lives in Florida, where she loves the beach and any outdoor activities. Her goal is to travel to a new country every year. She has two daughters, ages 9 and 3. Amanda and her family love taking golf cart rides, searching for alligators in their neighborhood, and swimming in the community lagoon.
Amy CorradoProject Manager, Client Onboarding
After living in LA and Amsterdam, Amy moved back to the East Coast when she joined The Muse. Working in television and production has shown her that being organized doesn’t mean sacrificing good storytelling! When Amy’s not working to get her clients’ exciting content live on The Muse, you can find her obsessing over her dogs, traveling, or trying to keep up with all the new streaming shows.
Ashley JohnsonEnterprise Business Development Representative
Ashley is an enterprise business development representative based in Raleigh, NC. Before joining The Muse in 2022, she worked as a sales development representative at Fairygodboss. In her spare time, Ashley loves traveling and planning trips, as well as attending hockey games, hiking, playing video games, reading, listening to music, and cooking and baking.
Brooke KatzSenior 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, Caitlin loves an origin story. She is a natural people person and spends her free time teaching yoga and exploring Brooklyn.
Carlos OrtizAccount Manager
Carlos has vast experience in the hospitality industry, where he did everything from cooking at Michelin-star restaurants to handling procurement at travel platforms and overseeing accounts at a top-tier corporate meetings and events agency. His goal at The Muse is to use his background to make a difference for current and future job seekers and help clients find the right fit.
Catherine PargeterVP, Data
Catherine leads the analytics and business insights team. Prior to joining The Muse, Catherine led data teams at a variety of companies, from a 15-person startup to Facebook. Before that, she was a Peace Corps volunteer in Malawi, and will happily tell you all about it. In her spare time, she can be found eating, running or biking (so she can justify eating more), or baking bread.
Chris SteibHead of Product
Chris is a professional strategist, designer, entrepreneur, and college professor. Throughout his career, Chris has led product teams at a half-dozen-or-so companies, including Thrillist, Delivery.com, and The Knot, where he oversaw the complete rebuild of the company’s flagship website in 2015. In the off-hours, he devours fiction and poetry, plays the ukulele, and loses an awful lot of chess matches.
Dani GibbsAccounting Manager
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.
Dan SmithSr. Manager of Finance and Operations
After initially pursuing a career in equity research, Dan made the switch to the startup world by joining WeWork in 2018. At the Muse, Dan works on all things finance and helps on strategic operational projects. For fun, he enjoys any sort of outdoor activity, including skiing, running, biking, and golfing. When indoors, odds are he’s eating somewhere in Nolita.
David BethoneyChief Financial Officer & Chief Operating Officer
David leads the finance and legal teams. Before joining The Muse, he was the 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 New York has to offer.
Devin TombDirector of Editorial and Brand
Devin is The Muse’s Director of Editorial and Content. Prior to joining The Muse, Devin has worked in online media as a digital lead, where she launched personal finance newsletter Money Scoop, which hit 120,000 subscribers in less than 30 days. She also worked as deputy editor and executive editor. In her spare time, Devin enjoys cooking and training for her next race.
Eloïse EonnetCoach Connect and Community Care Manager
Eloise first joined The Muse in 2015 as a career coach and soon after hopped aboard the coach connect and community care teams. When she is not working with fellow Musers, she coaches communication skills, plays in an Americana band, and presses hard cider in her native France.
Emily DohertySenior Account Manager
Emily helps clients build brand awareness and engage quality talent through strategic planning and execution. Her previous work as a digital marketing account manager helped sharpen her skills, making her new role at The Muse a natural next step. Outside of work, you can find her enjoying the finer things in life, like street tacos, The Real Housewives, or chasing strangers down to pet their dogs.
Eric KlugerGeneral Counsel
The Muse’s first attorney, Eric comes to us from a prestigious New York law firm. He had 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 family.
Holly PiperSenior Sales Development Representative
Originally from Seattle, Holly moved to NYC after graduating from the University of Washington (Go Dawgs!) and now spends her time finding cool companies that use The Muse (rhyming unintentional) to tell their brand story. When she is not working remotely from her couch, you can catch her bopping around Washington Square Park, most likely with an ice coffee in hand.
Jamahl MiddletonApplication Developer
Based in Utah, Jamahl joined The Muse in 2020. He previously worked as a software developer and dabbled in the freelance development world. When he isn’t in front of a computer, you can find him driving around town, kayaking on the lake, writing, or walking around looking for interesting art.
James BrownCMS Manager
Originally from the Bay Area, James moved to Brooklyn in 2009 and found his new home. Coming from managing a bar in the Lower East Side, he started at The Muse in 2019 and hasn’t looked back. When he isn’t onboarding clients or editing photos, you can find him fishing at Prospect Park, biking around town, or playing video games. He enjoys sour candy and loves cancelling plans.
Jason UechiSenior Vice President of Engineering
Prior to joining The Muse, Jason spent over twenty-five years working at both tiny startups and large companies building online products and platforms, including systems for ad-tech, healthcare, and social impact. When not obsessively plotting every bit of our performance data on graphs, Jason enjoys writing music, which as it turns out, is basically obsessively plotting dots on timelines.
Jo CherryStaff Data Engineer
After graduating from college in Madison, WI, Jo moved overseas to London, U.K. where she worked for several startups and eventually found her specialty in data. She returned to the U.S. in 2015 and joined The Muse as a data engineer, helping to transform the business into the data-driven organization it is today. In her spare time, Jo loves gaming, traveling, and cooking.
John HylandChief Revenue Officer
Raised in the Northeast, John is now based in NYC for the first time. He runs the revenue team here at The Muse. His experiences include startups and corporates, U.S. 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.
Karen 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 at work, she’s usually listening to podcasts, roller skating, 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 NYC transplant, Katie is always searching for the best ice cream shops around the city, one cone at a time. She’s also a proud Michigan State alum—go Green!
Katie SextonSenior Engineering Manager
Katie likes to build stuff, and enable stuff to be built, be it websites, apps, code, or a hearty meal. Before joining The Muse, she worked in the agency world, plus a few startups that are long forgotten. When not she’s Musing, Katie enjoys reading, painting, and listening to music.
Katy McClellanExecutive Producer
Katy emigrated from London, where she had been working for almost a decade as a documentary producer and development executive for the BBC and Channel 4. She has written, directed, and 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 (and pursue secret scripted comedy dreams).
Kerry FuscoSenior 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.
Khaliyah HayesSocial Media Coordinator
Khaliyah is a Chicago-Native, who has always had a love for Content Creation and Social Media. With a background in multimedia including audio, design, and visual media, she engulfed herself in many projects while using Social Media as a form of self-expression. Khaliyah witnessed just how powerful social media is for businesses and decided to dedicate herself to the craft of Social Media Coordination.
Kishan PatelEmail Marketing Coordinator
Kishan lived in London, U.K., Potomac, MD, Boston, MA, and Burlington, VT, before moving to New York City in 2017, where he has felt right at home. Prior to joining The Muse, he worked at Audible and Prose Media. In his free time, he loves listening to podcasts, writing short stories, supporting Manchester United, and taking his Goldendoodle for walks in Central Park.
Lauren AdamsSenior 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!
Lauren GuzmanSales Development Representative
Lauren is a sales development representative at The Muse. She previously worked as a marketing assistant at BMS Associates. In her free time, Lauren enjoys traveling, taking photos and editing videos, and ordering takeout and binge watching Harry Potter movies.
Leanne FrenchSenior 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.
Marissa DeSimoneProduct Manager
Marissa is a graduate of Rutgers University, and professionally has worked in Product for the past few years. Outside of work, Marissa likes kickboxing, paddle boarding, playing video games, and dabbling in photography. She also has a longstanding tradition of attending New York Comic Con, and has recently developed a minor obsession with Formula 1.
Meredith SheddenTeam Lead, Project Management
Meredith joined 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) top of mind. When not working on amazing client profiles, you will find Meredith exploring NYC or wagering which is the best of The 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!
Neha PandeySenior Business Intelligence Analyst
Neha grew up in India, but has lived in California for over 15 years now. Prior to joining The Muse, Neha worked as a Statistician/Analyst in eCommerce. For fun, Neha likes to spend time with her family, play pickle ball (which has nothing to do with actual pickles) or settle in with a good book.
Nicolette FinderAccount Manager
Originally from Southampton, NY, Nicolette can never be too far from the ocean. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College and first joined The Muse as an SDR. She now serves as the Sales Growth Specialist, sitting between the Account Management and Sales teams. Outside of work you can find her sipping iced coffee, eating Greek food in Astoria, or taking a virtual Pilates class from her apartment.
Ophelia BradleyAccount Executive
Born and raised in Santa Barbara, CA, Ophelia joined The Muse’s sales team in 2021. As an account executive at The Muse, she gets to fulfill her passion for helping people, as well as satisfy her constant need for learning and figuring out puzzles. Outside of work, you can find Ophelia at the beach, hiking, biking, reading, or let's be honest, eating french fries and tacos.
Or LapidOffice Assistant
Growing up in both Israel and New York, Or returned to New York after serving three years in the Israeli Defense Forces. He has a background in hospitality, where he enjoyed leading a team and diving deep into the analytics of business. When he’s not at work, Or enjoys skiing, watching movies, and cooking all types of cuisines on long, quiet Saturdays.
Owen PercocoFull-Stack Engineer II
Native to the Adirondack area in Upstate New York, Owen came to NYC 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.
Paul GasbarraSenior Front-End Engineer
Paul Gasbarra is a senior front-end engineer at The Muse. He was previously building commuter and shopper interfaces at Intersection, and his work can be seen at Hudson Yards and Port Authority and PATH stations. For fun, he enjoys playing three-chord guitar rock, cooking yummy meals, and singing sea shanties to his two-year-old son.
Peenak InamdarSenior 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 PiccardoAssociate 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 DillmanStaff Engineer
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.
Rory DunnSenior DevOps Engineer
Rory originally studied mechanical engineering but quickly discovered his love for software. At The Muse, he works to support the teams that develop new products, while also making sure the site is up, secure, and fast. In his free time, he likes to step away from his computer and enjoy anything outdoors.
Roxanne ParnellSenior 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.
Sally SimmsSVP, Product
Sally joins The Muse most recently from Bravely, where she worked as the Head of Product. She also founded her own company, Group Project, and led the product teams at a couple of other startups: LiveAuctioneers and Buster. For fun, Sally deals antiques on the side, and she’s trying to train jessamine to twine onto her front-porch railing.
Sandra WebbEmail Marketing Manager
Sandy is the Email Marketing Manager at The Muse. Before joining the team, she worked on digital marketing strategies within the higher education and retail industries. Outside of work, she enjoys visiting new places, trying out new recipes, and curling up on the couch with a good book.
Sarah TaoSenior Business Insights Analyst
Sarah is a senior business insights analyst. She grew up in China and came to the United States ten years ago to complete her undergraduate, masters, and Ph.D studies. Prior to joining The Muse, Sarah was a consulting analyst with the Balanced Scorecard Institute. Sarah loves playing with her two kids, hiking and eating yummy food. She loves watching cooking and baking shows with her husband.
Sean KielarAccount Manager
A Boston native, Sean has always had a love for NYC and the Broadway scene. After finishing nursing school at UMass Amherst, she developed a passion for management and helping her teams advance to their next career goals. In her free time, you can find her obsessing over fashion blogs, doing Peloton yoga, or performing Hamilton in her living room.
Shayla ThurlowVP, People and Talent Acquisition
With nearly two decades of experience in human resources, Shayla is passionate about creating workplace cultures where employees can thrive. Before joining The Muse, Shayla worked in various industries and has held roles in many areas, including talent acquisition, diversity and inclusion, performance management, and leadership training and development.
Stav ZivSenior 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.
Valentina LaniziSenior Account Manager
Valentina is a senior account manager at The Muse. She previously worked at GLG and Open Society Foundations. In her spare time, Valentina likes listening to true crime podcasts, traveling (she’s been to Italy 28 times!), learning new languages, hiking, and providing pro bono consulting services to New York–based nonprofits.
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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