Team

Staff  //  Board of Directors   //   Advisors

 

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RACHEL SUMEKH

Rachel Sumekh is the Founder and CEO of Swipe Out Hunger. The organization, which began as a college pet project, has served 1.2 million meals and was called a Champion of Change by The White House. Rachel was recognized on the 2017 Forbes' 30 Under 30 for Social Entrepreneurship. Under her leadership, the organization has scaled nationally and tripled its budget. 


Before joining 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. 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.

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 You can reach her at rachel@swipehunger.org 

 

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MARISSA SCHNITMAN

Marissa is the Community Manager of Swipe Out Hunger, where she oversees chapter management, growth, and the implementation of campaigns. 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 marissa@swipehunger.org 

 

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TIANA AUSTEL

Tiana is the Spring Innovation Fellow and former co-president of Swipe Out Hunger at UCLA. Born and raised in LA, Tiana will soon graduate from UCLA in June with a BA in communication Studies with a Food Studies minor. Preiovusly Tiana interned with the Wonderful Company (FIJI Water, Wonderful Halos, Wonderful Almonds & Pistachios) in the Philanthropy dpeartment coordinating various volunteer initiatives and corporate philanthropic efforts surrounding food insecurity in the Central Valley. Tiana joined Swipe Out Hunger at UCLA her freshmen year and she is passionate about the topic of food justice and the relationship between food inequities and the cycle of poverty.

You can reach her at tiana@swipehunger.org 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

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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.

 

    

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CHRISTINE MARGIOTTA 

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. 

 

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LIBBY JACOBSON 

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.

 

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MICHAEL FLOOD

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. 

 

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 SHERI CONN

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. 

 

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 DR. RALPH LEVINSON

Dr. Levinson has spent the past 26 years teaching, researching and practicing medicine at UCLA. He is a board member of the Jules Stein Eye Institute's Clinical Research Center 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. He is a board member of the Jules Stein Eye Institute's Clinical Research Center, which was created to provide support services to individuals engaged in patient-based research.

 

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 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. 

 

 

 

 

 

OFFICERS

 

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Deena Dulgerian currently serves as the Director of Operations and Compliance. She is a second year student at Georgetown University Law Center, where she spends most of her time loitering in naturally lit spots in the library and putting together events as the President of the Armenian Law Students Association. She plans to come back to Los Angeles after graduation to work in education policy. Deena has spent her past 3 years with Swipes learning the ins and outs of non-profit legal regulation and hopes to use some of that knowledge in her legal career. During her not-so-free-time in law school, she enjoys exploring D.C.'s music scene and haggling for home decor at Eastern Market. Deena earned her B.A in History from UCLA in 2012. 

 


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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.”

  

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