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 VermaSenior Growth Marketing Analyst
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!
Alexandra CaffeeEmail Marketing Manager
Hailing from the beautiful Rust Belt oasis that is Pittsburgh, Alex relocated to NYC primarily for bakery-access reasons—but also to work for The Muse! When she’s not helping her email subscribers live their best lives at work, Alex spends her time thinking about pie crust, taking naps in various parks, and mixing patterns to convince people she's cool.
Allen GrayAccount Manager
Born and raised just minutes outside of Boston, this UConn graduate relocated to New York City to work for The Muse. Prior to joining The Muse, Allen spent time working for Wayfair and CBS Sports. When he's not in the office, you can find Allen checking out new spots in Brooklyn, playing sports, or being obnoxious about all Boston sports.
Alyssa TattersallSenior 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.
Brittany Di MarcoAssistant Controller
Brittany is a numbers girl here at The Muse (armed with a background in FinTech and public accounting), but her affinity for numbers doesn't stop at her desk: She can split any dinner bill with her eyes closed! Born and raised in NYC, Brittany knows how to keep busy. When she's not catching a Broadway show or vacationing in Mexico, she's doing pilates or earning Michelin stars in her home kitchen.
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.
Carolina AlmonteClient Success Coordinator
Born and raised in NYC, Carolina graduated from Providence College where she took her research in Sustainable Fashion abroad to Brazil. After college, she worked in the non-profit and fashion industries. As a huge fan of The Muse, she’s excited to join the Account Management team and assist clients. Outside of The Muse, you can find her planning her next trip, cooking, or finding great deals.
Christina GiordanoAccount Manager
Hailing from NJ, Christina attended George Washington University and loved living in DC. Looking for a new adventure, she moved to NY to work at Yext. A proud user of The Muse, Christina was thrilled to to join the team as an Account Manager. Outside of work you can catch her attending events in NY, gyming, traveling, or reading. She's powered by coffee and female empowerment.
Connor WinterProject Manager, Client Services
When Connor isn’t making meals from scratch at home, building a random woodworking project, editing short videos for Instagram, or longboarding the streets of NYC, he’s helping clients to build amazing profiles. He’s also always down for whatever pickup sports game is happening. Before joining The Muse, Connor helped build out customer service at LuMee and worked as a freelance videographer.
Dan GilletManager, Account Management
Dan is a proud New Yorker—born and raised—who now lives in New Jersey. After graduating from The University of Maryland, he spent his early career on the agency side before discovering the NYC startup scene. He was the first employee at a small startup before joining The Muse. When he’s not Musing, you can find him exploring NY and NJ on his bike or in the kitchen trying new recipes.
Danielle DiFlorioEnterprise Account Manager
Danielle hails from the Jersey side of Philly, where she can often be found having Sunday dinner with her fun, loud, Italian family. She is excited to transition from the corporate world of JPMorgan and Ernst & Young and put her CPA to good use helping amazing companies attract top talent through The Muse. In her free time, you can find her exploring NYC, lounging at the beach, or planning her next meal.
Danielle PurslowSenior Enterprise Account Manager
Danielle hails from the Great White North (aka Canada) and has been an NYC implant for the past 8 years. She's thrilled to be a part of the Account Management team and loves helping her clients understand the importance of a strong employer brand. Prior to The Muse, Danielle dabbled in event management. Looking for her on a Saturday? Try any new NYC restaurant, yoga studio, or local concert venue!
Dani GibbsSenior Accountant
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 BethoneySVP, Finance
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.
Donnalyn RoblesProject Manager, Client Services
Donnalyn enjoys making authentic connections and loves helping companies create awesome profiles on The Muse. Before moving to NYC, Donnalyn lived in Montclair, the most charming town in NJ! These days, you can find her at a cozy coffee shop, museum, Trader Joe's, or exploring the city with friends.
Emily O'GormanDirector, Account Management
Hailing from Buffalo, NY, Emily is a (constantly disappointed) Bills fan. She joins The Muse as an Account Manager, helping companies find the best talent for their teams. Prior to The Muse, she worked at an SEO technology startup. In her spare time, she can be found attempting to be a good cook and seeking out the best chicken wing spot in NYC. (She's taking recommendations!)
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.
Franklin PinnockFull-Stack Engineer
A Bronx native, Franklin graduated from the University at Buffalo with a B.S. in Computer Science. He joined the engineering team here at The Muse after working on flight management systems for helicopters at Lockheed Martin, as well as open-source software projects. When he’s not at work, you can catch Franklin hanging out with friends, enjoying live music, or looking for the best food in NYC.
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.
Jeannie KimEditorial Director
Jeannie started her career editing the “most embarrassing moments” column at a teen magazine. Since then she has led content teams at companies ranging from seed-stage startups to global media mega-corporations. A former health journalist, she’s always happy to talk your ear off about yoga, vaccines, and kale.
Jensen RongVideo Editor
Jensen was born and raised in Queens, NYC: the birthplace of 50 cent and Spiderman. He graduated from Baruch College on a full ride with a degree in Marketing Management, which is good because it meant that the damage from his hard pivot to Video Production was pretty contained. He thinks of dark and surreal jokes for his webcomic in his free time and watches YouTube video essays for fun.
Joanne ChevalierFull-Stack Engineer
Joanne comes from French and Ivorian heritage and has lived in seven different cities across four countries. Previously a backend engineer at Dior in Paris, she is passionate about web design and is now transitioning into a full-stack role at The Muse. When she's not developing new features, you can find her attending life drawing classes where she loves to express her artistic talent.
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.
Joseph DutraVideo Editor
As a kid, Joseph fell in love with film the moment he first saw a Star Destroyer engulf the screen. After studying film at UC San Diego, he worked as a freelancer doing everything video, before turning his favorite client into a full-time job! He lives in LA where he spends his days laying on the beach, winning at board games, and being lit by the glow of whatever movie he’s watching that day.
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 PerainoEnterprise 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 SwansonClient Success Specialist
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 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.
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.
Kevin SimonSr. Sales Development Representative
Born and raised in Miami, Kevin graduated from the University of Miami and moved to NYC just weeks after. Coming from a background in exercise, he grew comfortable motivating people through teaching fitness classes. Eventually, he decided on a career switch and found a home at The Muse. When he’s not at Muse HQ, Kevin’s probably on a rooftop with friends or lounging in a park with a great book.
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!
Liz SimakoffProject Manager, Client Services
Born in St. Louis, Liz made her way to NYC after undergrad in Chattanooga, TN. She joins The Muse after spending three-ish years as a project manager/producer at two small creative agencies, where she developed a passion for helping people find jobs. She loves that The Muse combines branding with authentic content. In her free time, she rides her bike and talks people's ears off about sustainable farming.
Maggie DeGrootSenior 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.
A native New Yorker, Matt has been passionate about technology ever since he wrote his first lines of BASIC as a child. After a misspent youth disassembling everything and reassembling most things, the only logical path was to make a career out of it. When he's not running the Engineering and Data teams, Matt can be found spending time with his wife and kids, cooking, eating, running, and golfing.
Meghan KerriganSr. Sales Development Representative
A Bay Area native, Meghan was brought to the Big Apple for Teach for America. She taught first grade for four years before turning to The Muse for advice about how to make a career switch (little did she know it would also land her a job at The Muse). In her free time, she’s out exploring every possible winery.
Meredith SheddenProject Manager, Client Services
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 DayDirector, 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.
Mike HongSenior Financial Analyst
Growing up in a small town in New Jersey, Mike always dreamed of living in a big city. After graduating from UVA with a degree in finance, this once small town boy first moved to Washington, D.C. and now is enjoying all the exciting new adventures that The Big Apple has to offer. During his free time, Mike loves to pursue new fitness goals and perfect his Madden QB passer rating.
Natalie GavilanesVideo Operations Manager
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 FinderSr. Sales Development Representative
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 InamdarDirector 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.
Rinita TalapatraSenior Account Manager
Born and raised in India, Rinita moved to NYC for schooling. After spending the first few years of her career in fashion, she soon realized she wanted to be involved in the startup world and joined The Muse. Passionate about working with people, Rinita loves nothing more than helping her clients solve problems. Outside of work, you can find her spending time with her dog and her family.
Robin FilanDirector of Analytics and BI
Robin graduated from Wellesley College and will always be a New Jerseyan no matter how long she has been in NYC. As the Director of Analytics and Business Intelligence she helps the Muse ensure data quality and data accessibility to make data-driven business decisions. When she's not saying the word "data" repeatedly she's thinking about Buffy the Vampire Slayer and what to make for dinner.
Roxanne ParnellAccount 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.
Sara BeamishSenior Project Manager, Client Services
Born and raised in North Carolina, Sara graduated from UNC Chapel Hill before working with small businesses to help grow their audience size and brand strength. She relocated to NYC to join a team that matches her personality and goals, and—voila!—she found The Muse. Sara is constantly outdoors with her dog, Zeppelin. She can also be found struggling to learn to cook and wearing lots of flannel.
Sarah HisigerSenior Account Manager
After a six-year stint living the life of a southern belle down in Nashville, Sarah decided to return home to New York. She joins The Muse as a Senior Account Manager and is excited to help clients understand the value of a strong employer brand. When she’s not at work, you can find Sarah at the nearest Equinox or menu stalking for her next meal (or for brunch next weekend?).
Sharon FederChief Content Officer
Sharon is focused on the future of content at The Muse and works across the company to create great editorial experiences for our users and partners. Before joining the company, Sharon led digital at Rachael Ray and played a key role building Mashable. When not at the office, Sharon can often be found hanging out with her daughter Bella and pup, Sunny.
Dubbed the family photographer at age 5, Shiri has always relied on a camera to share her unique storytelling perspective. Before joining the Muse, Shiri oversaw the production of TripAdvisor brand’s visual content at hotels and cruises worldwide. When she’s not helping share amazing client stories at the muse, you can bet she’s brainstorming photoshoot ideas for her dog Chaplin’s famous Instagram.
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.
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.
Theodore AndrewSalesforce Administrator
Theodore was born and raised in South Jersey and grew up with a love for all things outdoors. He later went to the University of Vermont, where he enjoyed lots of hiking and snowboarding. Seeking a more fulfilling career path, Theodore moved to NYC and joined The Muse. When he’s not working, you can find him escaping from the city by going for hikes nearby or just wandering around Central Park.
Travis SandersEngineering Manager, Data
Born and raised deep in the heart of Texas, Travis attended The University of Texas at Austin before moving to San Francisco with his wife in 2017. As a machine learning engineer, Travis enjoys creating scalable recommendation solutions for The Muse products. On weekends, you can find him flying his drone, golfing, or trying to find a new brewery in the Bay Area.
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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