Staff // Board of Directors // Advisors
Rachel Sumekh is the Founder & CEO of Swipe Out Hunger. The organization is a leading force in addressing hunger amongst college students. Her work has been recognized by The Obama White House, The New York Times and landed her on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list.
Swipe Out Hunger began in 2010 with a few friends as a college project at UCLA. Since, it has grown onto 37 universities, serving 1.4 million meals. Their innovative approach allows university students to donate the unused funds from their meal plans to food insecure peers. Earlier this year the organization was called upon to author a piece of legislation to address college student hunger. The state of California adopted the legislation and put $7.5 Million behind it.
Before launching Swipe Out Hunger full time, Rachel followed her millennial urge to change the world and served those facing poverty as a case manager in Chicago. In her spare time, she enjoys advising early stage social entrepreneurs, engaging in LA civic life and jogging around Echo Park Lake. Rachel serves on the boards of L.A. Kitchen and IKAR. She is a proud graduate of UCLA and says she is challenging the status quo of what it means to be a Typical Persian Girl.
Marissa is the Director of Programs at Swipe Out Hunger, where she oversees campus partnerships and engagement. Marissa is a fourth generation Los Angeleno and a graduate from Wesleyan University, where she received a BA in Sociology. Her family is in the restaurant business so food has always been an important part of her identity. At a young age she became aware of the food-related inequalities in the LA community and this inspired her passion for food activism. During high school and college she coordinated various anti-hunger programs and after college she spent two years at LIFT-LA, where she focused on program evaluation and quality assurance. Marissa is thrilled to get back to her food roots and continue to combat poverty with the Swipe Out Hunger team!
You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org
MADDIE ALPERT MCCARTHY
Maddie is the National Programs Coordinator at Swipe Out Hunger, where she works with student leaders and administrators to implement and support campus partnerships. Maddie is originally from Los Angeles and developed her love for food at a young age, spending high school trying new recipes every weekend and working in kitchens during summer breaks. At Vassar College, she delved into food accessibility and grassroots movements worldwide, writing her senior thesis on the significance of ancestral agriculture for communities in Nicaragua and was funded by an educational travel grant.
Since graduating with a BA in International Studies, Maddie has worked at Pixar Animation Studios
in the internal education department and at leCupboard, a preventative healthcare food startup. She is thrilled to be working directly with inspiring students to increase food security across the country. And, Maddie will still be spending weekends in her kitchen tweaking her favorite recipes and overwhelming her housemates with too much food.
You can reach Maddie at email@example.com
Michelle is a senior at the University of Southern California, studying Communication and Digital Studies. She dabbles in graphic design and video editing and firmly believes in the power of media to tell stories and make a tangible change in society. When she's not off fighting the demons of capitalism and social inequality, she enjoys hip hop dance, cafe-hopping, being sucked into the endless vortex called YouTube, and writing in her journal. In the past, Michelle has founded her own ESL community class, organized 5 TEDx conferences, and presented to Fiat Chrysler executives on her design solutions for sustainable transportation. In the future, Michelle hopes to be her own social entrepreneur and start her own initiative for a cause she is passionate about. More than anything, she loves conversations and getting to know people's stories, so she's excited to bring that passion to grow Swipe Out Hunger's reach!
You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Ben Woo is the Founder and Managing Director of QC Strategy, a research-based consultancy that lives in the gap between ad agencies and strategy consulting firms. Having worked for both in the past (TBWA\Chiat\Day and Monitor Group, respectively), he draws on his marketing strategy and growth strategy experience in a breadth of industries including consumers goods, healthcare, technology and not-for-profit.
Ben holds a B.A. from Northwestern University in Economics and Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences, and spends his free time cooking, surfing, golfing, volunteering, and going to concerts.
Christine has dedicated her career to harnessing the collective power of Angelinos to create unprecedented large-scale social change on issues including homelessness, economic justice, education, and LGBTQ rights. As Executive Director of Social Venture Partners LA, she employs venture philanthropy to cultivate social innovation and nonprofit leadership in service of a more thriving and just Los Angeles.
Prior to joining SVP, she was the Vice President of Community Impact at United Way of Greater LA, where she led the strategic implementation of their mission to create pathways out of poverty. She designed, launched, and directed Home For Good, the region's initiative to end homelessness. Home for Good cultivated the collaboration of over 200 cross-sector leaders, leveraged over $1 billion in resources to house over 30,000 of the most vulnerable Angelenos, and helped create a 59% reduction in veteran homelessness in 5 years.
She received her MSW from UCLA in 2003, and she lives in Culver City with her wife Becky and their children, Huck & Vivian.
Libby is a business development and strategy consultant for nascent impact enterprises in the greater LA area. Her mission: to utilize sound business practices to attack the wicked problems in the world. Libby's background includes thirteen years Wall Street experience in institutional equity research and sales. While raising her four children, she spent many years volunteering within her community. Education, equity, and solutions for the homeless have been her passion and priority.
Libby is a Chartered Financial Analyst and earned an M.B.A. from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas in Austin and recently, a M.S. in Social Entrepreneurship from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. She sits on Advisory Boards for the Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab at USC, Impact First Financial and Knit Marketing. Additionally, she serves as a mentor for Village Capital (Energy US '16 and AgTech '17 workshops). Currently, she is involved with outreach to homeless young adults at Safe Place for Youth.
Michael has served as the Chief Executive of the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank since 2000. During his tenure, the Food Bank has started new programs to increase food distribution and launched new hunger education and public policy initiatives. A Los Angeles native, Michael has been in "food banking" since 1990 working previously for the Redwood Empire Food Bank and the Contra Costa Food Bank. Michael has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the California Association of Food Banks and also has served as a member of Board of Directors of Feeding America and as Chairman of the California Senior Brown Bag Association.
Michael earned his MBA and BA degrees from the College of William and Mary in Virginia where he was an All-American soccer player. He enjoyed a brief professional soccer career with the Chicago Sting in the now-defunct North American Soccer League. He is still involved in sports as a volunteer soccer and baseball coach. Michael is also a member of the Los Angeles- 5 Rotary Club, Town Hall and the UCLA Extension Dean's Advisory Board.
Sheri is a strategic global marketing and business executive who has driven world-class brands for 20 years. She currently serves as an Advisor for Creative Action Network, a Matter-backed start-up crowdsourcing art to amplify social causes. As Head of Worldwide Television Marketing at DreamWorks Animation, she led portfolio strategy, campaign development and consumer research for original series premiering on Netflix and top broadcasters in 190 countries. She also pioneered the first-ever global franchise strategy platform as Senior Vice President of Franchise Development at DreamWorks.
As Vice President of Brand Marketing at Paramount, Sheri led strategic marketing and business planning for DreamWorks Animation, Lucasfilm, Bad Robot, and Paramount properties. As Director of Global Marketing at Disney Parks & Resorts, her accomplishments included relocating to Asia to lead an aggressive turn-around of Hong Kong Disneyland's first summer visitation campaign. Sheri began her brand marketing and management career with successful runs at M&M Mars and Kimberly-Clark. She attended the University of Cincinnati, earning a B.S. in Engineering and M.B.A. in Marketing.
Sanjay is a co-founding partner of Unlock Venture Partners, an early stage venture capital firm focused on investing in tech companies in Seattle and Los Angeles. Sanjay has demonstrated successes in diverse arenas, including M&A banking on Wall Street (Salomon Smith Barney), entertainment and digital media in Hollywood (Gemstar-TV Guide), and technology in Silicon Valley (Covad Communications). Apart from being an executive at mid-size and large cap public companies, Sanjay also has broad experience with private technology startups (as a co-founder/investor/advisor/operator) and has successfully completed the sale of the last three companies he has worked at, including the public sale of Gemstar-TV Guide in 2008.
Sanjay currently serves on the board of the Price Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at UCLA Anderson; he holds a BA in Economics from Cornell University and an MBA in Finance from UCLA Anderson.
DR. RALPH LEVINSON
Dr. Levinson has spent the past 26 years teaching, researching and practicing medicine at UCLA. He is a health Sciences Professor of Ophthalmology at UCLA and has published extensively and won numerous awards in his field of Ophthalmology.
He grew up in New York City and was a physician's assistant in internal medicine and family practice in New Mexico before entering medical school at the University of New Mexico. His research interests include the immunogenetics and mechanisms of uveitis, as well as clinical studies of uveitis. When Dr. Levinson is not teaching medicine, researching or mentoring young health care professionals, he and his wife Susan travel exploring historic and cultural sites.
DAVID NASSER HAVERIM
David is a businessman having launched and run several successful businesses in the garment industry after moving to the states with little to start. David turned to invest his successes in philanthropy through his nonprofit World Unity Organization that supports local efforts to bring people together. He has his B.A. from the University of Miami.
Deena Dulgerian currently serves as the Director of Operations and Compliance. She received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2017. She is currently clerking for a federal judge in Las Vegas. When she is not winning billions of dollars at the high-stakes craps tables, she spends her free time rock climbing or watching West Wing, soothing her inner nerd and feeling nostalgic about her time in D.C. Deena earned her B.A in History from UCLA in 2012.
Charissa Ebert serves as the Director of Finance. Growing up with a love for the outdoors, it was only natural that she attended the University of California, Santa Cruz where she could hike, camp, and kayak between classes. After graduating with a BA in Business Management Economics, Charissa worked as an auditor for Deloitte and spent a summer living and working in Yellowstone National Park. These experiences fueled her passion for environmental and social justice issues, especially those addressing the intersection of natural resource use and poverty. She currently works for a CPA firm specializing in taxes and investment planning. Charissa is very excited to use her financial expertise to establish a strong fiscal base upon which Swipes can continue their campus expansion and community outreach.”