Meet Gladeo's Board of Directors!

Gladeo is extremely proud to have the support from our amazing Board of Directors! These individuals share the passion for the potential of students. By volunteering their time and talent with us, our Board Members are dedicated to inspiring youth one day at a time. From different backgrounds in various industries, they are united to promote the shared vision of enabling all students a chance to pursue their dream career!

GRACE CHO
Grace is co-founder and board chair of Gladeo. She is currently Executive Director of Deal Analysis and Brand Finance at 20th Century Fox Film. She is an experienced business development, strategy, and finance executive who has worked in film, TV, and digital. She has held various executive positions at 21st Century Fox including the licensing and merchandising division of Twentieth Century Fox, Shine America, and the motion picture deal analysis team at 20th Century Fox Film.

She has guest lectured on film finance at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. She earned a B.A. at Harvard College, where she was a recipient of the Harvard College scholarship, a member of the Women's JV Volleyball team, Director of the Harvard University Bone Marrow Registry drives, and a minority recruiter for the Harvard University Admissions Office. In her free time, she enjoys backpacking, cooking, and playing the guitar and piano.

MICHELLE CHO
Michelle is the Co-Founder of Gladeo. Since 2005, Michelle has been a mentor and volunteered her time conducting college planning seminars for schools and community-based non-profits. While she was volunteering, she saw a huge gap between school and career especially for students who lived in low income neighborhoods or who were the first in their family to go to college. She started Gladeo in 2016 to bridge that gap and since then, Gladeo's online resources and workshops have helped thousands of students, teachers and counselors learn about the diverse array of careers and industries through their videos, interactive website, infographics and social media.

Michelle Cho is an award-winning film producer who co-produced the film "Au Revoir Taipei" which won the NetPac Award at the Berlin Film Festival. Since then she has also worked in film development and financing for LUKA Productions. She was also Director of Operations for a LA-based commercial real estate company. Michelle graduated from Stanford University in 2001 with a degree in Economics.

LISA ANDREWS
Lisa Andrews MSW M.A. M.Ed is a professional School Counselor at Pomona Unified School District whose practice is predicated on counseling leadership and student advocacy.  The goals of equity, access and opportunity are inherent to her practice and legacy of working with underrepresented youth within the community of Pomona, CA since March of 2000.

Collectively her educational experience has contributed to a dynamic professional history that includes the development and implementation of educational programs that target the social emotional development and educational advancement of disenfranchised students within the non-public and public school setting.

She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communicative Disorders from University of Redlands, a Masters of Social Work from University of Southern California, Masters in Educational Leadership from Concordia University, and Master of Arts from University of La Verne in School Counseling. She is a music enthusiast, avid football and tennis fan, and has a love for all things USC and Trojan related!

KAYLA BOURGEOIS
Kayla is an organizational consultant with experience in tech start-ups since 2007; currently she’s serving as the Director, Transformational Change Management at Ticketmaster. Previously Kayla was Director, Strategic & Organizational Development at Two Toasters, a premiere mobile agency with clients such as AirBnB, Google, Regal Cinemas, and Birchbox; that was acquired by Ticketmaster in 2015. Kayla is getting her Masters in Organizational Leadership, holds a Bachelor’s in Communication and a certification in organizational change management.

Working as one of the few women in male dominant industries include technology, sports, and gaming - Kayla’s passion and determination for more minority inclusion pushed her to re-evaluate her company’s recruitment & inclusion programs, mentor underprivileged students in coding and join the Wine, Women & Shoes committee to fundraise for Communities in Schools of NC. At Ticketmaster Kayla is a leader of the WeNation (women in entertainment) employee resource group and is an ally ambassador of BE@LiveNation focused on black employees. Kayla believes increasing diversity within career industries starts with kids; getting in front of them at a young age opens opportunities for learning in career paths they may not have otherwise been exposed to. This brought her to GLADEO where her passions for diversity, tech, and start-ups have perfectly converged.

ALAN DARBY
Alan Darby is a successful executive with almost 20 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies, private investment groups, and numerous non-profit organizations.  He has partnered with the leaders and project teams of entities such as Sprint (Nextel), the United States Government, the United Nations, the V Hotel Palm Springs, MGM, and Motorola to name a few.  Alan has consistently conceptualized and integrated innovative operational strategies and financial solutions.  For his clients, colleagues, and staff, Alan brings progressive ideas, sound information, and prudent analysis to life by creating business opportunities and turning them into mature revenue-generating engines.  

Most recently, Alan has provided financial and operational advisory to businesses existing within the charter school industry.  During this time, he has learned from the ground up the importance of collaboration and the power of community support.    His experiences have provided an extremely unique perspective on the critical nuances of positioning non-profits for continued success.  Alan realizes how imperative it is to reach those students who otherwise go untouched.  He cares deeply about the opportunities available to young people and is determined to help them on their journey toward their ‘dream’ careers.  As such, Alan is extremely excited to be a part of Gladeo and its mission to produce enduring results.

Alan is a former Federal District Court Law Clerk and has advised the Office of the Hon. Vice Consul for Italy on multiple business initiatives.

Alan holds a Juris Doctor (JD) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA).

MARNIE DUDA
Marnie is the Head of Finance for Fox Searchlight Pictures. Marnie is a finance, operations, and strategy professional with deep knowledge of financial planning and analysis, budget management, and financial modeling. Before joining Searchlight, Marnie held finance positions in International Theatrical Distribution, and in Studio Deal Analysis, at Twentieth Century Fox's main unit film division. Prior to working in the film industry, she was a Branch Manager for a boutique investment real estate brokerage.

Marnie earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a concentration in Marketing, from the University of California, Riverside. She earned her MBA, with concentrations in Finance and Entertainment, from the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business.

Marnie spends her free time traveling, playing tennis, hiking, and going to the movies.

MARK HANCOCK
Mark brings nearly 20 years of experience with nonprofits, foundations, and social enterprise to our practice. He is the Founder of Build Advisory, a non-profit and social enterprise consultancy. Prior to leading Build Advisory full-time, Mark served as the primary operations, finance, and legal adviser to an international foundation with operations in 40 countries. He represented the foundation before the highest levels of government in East and Central Africa, the Philippines, and China while delivering public health services as a member of program teams.

Mark started his career with Jones Day in Washington, D.C. advising Fortune 500 companies, banks, and nonprofit organizations on international mergers and acquisitions, structured finance, and tax controversies. He was subsequently recruited by EY and led the nonprofit tax practice from Northern California to Alaska.

Mark is a CTEC Registered Tax Preparer, authorized to practice before the Internal Revenue Service, and is a United States Tax Court Practitioner. Mark is also a member of the California Society of Tax Consultants and the District of Columbia Bar.*

GABOR HARRACH
Gabor is a television and digital media executive, writer and producer. During his career, he created and executive produced more than 20 reality and documentary formats, which aired on significant European and North American outlets and won the New York Festivals, Telly and other distinguished TV and documentary awards. After attending Yale University, Harrach started his career at the CBS Broadcast Center in New York City. He then worked as a producer for news and entertainment magazines at RTL and ProSieben Television in Germany, and was later on assignment in New York and Los Angeles. Beginning in 2009, Harrach served as the head of entertainment, editorial and culture departments at Red Bull Media House in Salzburg and Santa Monica. Here, he oversaw the creation of a vast portfolio of digital assets, series and documentaries that enabled Red Bull to globally distribute and monetize its content. Since 2016, Harrach has been consulting multiple global media, technology and CPG brands on digital content and platform strategy. In 2017, he joined the jury of the Cannes Lions Festival of International Creativity.

NIKKI PESUSICH
Nikki is a dynamic and accomplished publicity, marketing communications, and business development professional who co-founded Coterie Media, a boutique media, marketing and public relations firm based in Los Angeles. A successful entrepreneur, Nikki excels at creating and orchestrating highly strategic campaigns for a multitude of entertainment, lifestyle, nonprofit, and social impact clients. She has a wealth of experience developing strategic alliances, managing media and talent relations, producing special events, initiating sponsorship opportunities, and generating synergistic partnerships that raise awareness for each client’s specific mission, goals and objectives. Some of her clients have included NBCUniversal, Netflix, PBS, Discovery, Animal Planet, TLC, TV Guide, MGM, US Against Alzheimer's, Global Down Syndrome Foundation, Last Chance for Animals, and start up ventures, lifestyle / wellness experts, and notable media personalities.

Prior to launching Coterie Media, Nikki served as Vice President of Entertainment for the powerhouse publicity firm Rogers & Cowan. Prior to that, she spearheaded media and corporate communications for A&E Networks. Throughout her career, she has played an integral role in the launch of several television cable networks, series and specials. Upon graduating from Pepperdine University with a degree in Marketing and Advertising, Nikki began her career in advertising at Ogilvy & Mather where she worked on the account teams for Microsoft and American Express.

Nikki also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Southern California chapter of Autism Speaks.  There she has launched and co-chaired the organization’s annual Signature Gala where she has helped raised millions of dollars to benefit families affected by autism.

ADAM SCHAFFER
Adam is a media executive with 25 years’ experience in the digital, event and publishing industries. In 2009 he founded Media Revenue Partners and clients have included AARP, Tarsus Media Holdings (UK) and Peter Greenberg Worldwide. Prior to this he  held senior-level positions at Reed Business information, 1105 Media, Inc., Worth Interactive, and the Daily Journal Corporation, overseeing portfolios consisting of magazines, directories, syndicated research, paid newsletters and digital products as well as global tradeshow operations for expos in Las Vegas;  Shanghai, China; and Mumbai, India. Adam has been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, the Washington Post, Fox News Channel and CNN.com about issues and trends in business-to-business media, publishing and trade shows.

Currently, Adam is also on the Board of Directors of Recipe for Hope, a Los Angeles non-profit focused on supporting victims of domestic violence which was started by two LAPD officers.  Adam has also served on the Board of Advisors of the UCLA Lab School, and was a founder of the Men’s Leadership Council of the Rape Foundation supporting the Rape Treatment Center at UCLA-Santa Monica Hospital. He holds a Master’s Degree in Communications Management from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism, also from USC. A native Angelino, Adam lives in Sherman Oaks with his family.

These accomplished individuals serve as great role models for the youth and we are grateful for their support. On behalf of Gladeo, we would once again like to thank everyone on our Board of Directors for believing and helping us with our mission.

ByTiffany Gonzales