Alumni

Many extraordinary people have shared their time and talents with us over the years. They have gone on to do amazing things and we are pleased to stay in touch.

 

Lara Avsar

Lara joined SeaChange after traveling and volunteering in the Middle East and Asia for a year after completing her BA in Mathematics, Statistics and Middle Eastern Studies from Barnard College. At SeaChange, she was a jack-of-all trades working with everyone on everything. After, Lara spent a summer with the Acumen Fund in India before entering Harvard Business School. She is the founder of Her Little Story.

 

Linc Caplan

Linc was at SeaChange from the very beginning and was critical to getting the organization off the ground. During Linc’s four years as SeaChange, he learned that there is no better place to turn for inspiration than the social sector and the talented set of optimists that are helping to change the world. Linc left SeaChange to join the editorial board of The New York Times with a focus on legal affairs. More recently, he has been teaching writing at Yale Law School and writing magazine articles for The American Scholar, The New York Review of Books, Harvard Magazine, and other publications.

 

Sue Chi

Sue was a member of the founding program team at SeaChange, where she helped source, select and manage education investments in the Catalyst Fund, and provided strategy consulting and analytical services to advisory service clients. After SeaChange, she moved to Los Angeles, where she is currently a program officer at the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, managing philanthropic investments to improve K-12 urban public education systems. Prior to SeaChange, Sue was an investment banking analyst at Goldman Sachs. She has an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in International Economics from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University, and a BA from Harvard University.

 

Sarah Chiles

Sarah Chiles was part of the founding team at SeaChange. She is currently the Executive Director of the Redlich Horwitz Foundation focused on improving the foster care system through policy reform and scaling best practices in New York. Prior to joining the Redlich Horwitz Foundation, Sarah headed the New York office of the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Before SeaChange, Sarah was the director of programs for the NYU Stern School of Business’s Berkley Center for Entrepreneurial Studies where she launched and directed the Stewart Satter Program in Social Entrepreneurship and oversaw the Social Venture Competition and grant making for the Satter Social Entrepreneurship Fund. Earlier in her career, Sarah worked in investment banking and directed a nonprofit social venture operated by a consortium of environmental groups. Sarah is a graduate of Middlebury College and the NYU Stern School of Business.

 

Anna Cohen (née Politzer)

Anna joined SeaChange in 2008 to help with administration and over the next three years her role evolved into general project management and communications support. She curated newsletters and coordinated grantee updates, as well as managed new business workflow. As part of SeaChange’s effort to stay current on relevant issues, Anna sourced and distributed up-to-date information about the nonprofit sector, philanthropy, and education. This weekly research, coupled with inspiring school site visits to SeaChange’s early grantees, helped Anna develop a sense of sincere admiration for the work of teachers, as well as a suspicion that teaching would have to be the next step in her career. Recognizing the potential to constantly learn and grow that educating young people offers, Anna left SeaChange to pursue a teaching career in Maine in 2012, and she now teaches 8th grade English. She is a graduate of Columbia University, where she studied Comparative Literature.

 

Heather Gershen

Heather was the inaugural “vice president of credit and real-estate” at SeaChange with responsibility for those activities, including SeaChange’s alliance with the Contact Fund, from 2013 to early 2016. Using many of the things she learned at SeaChange, Heather then joined CapitalOne in a combined lending and grant-making role. Prior to SeaChange, Heather was the Director of Real Estate for Fifth Avenue Committee (FAC), an award winning community development corporation in Brooklyn. Prior to joining the nonprofit sector, Heather worked in real estate and small business support for a national restaurant company. Heather studied political science at Lehigh University and public policy analysis at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

 

Jenn Goldstone

Jenn Goldstone was instrumental in SeaChange’s successful evolution to a multi-fund, transaction-focused model. In her last role at SeaChange, Jenn oversaw fundraising, communications and human resources. She is currently the Chief Operating Officer of the Birthright Israel Foundation. Prior to SeaChange, Jenn was director of member services at the Jewish Funders Network and before that was the director of development at the Curriculum Initiative, a non-profit focused on building Jewish identity in Independent Schools. Jenn launched her non-profit career at Outward Bound USA as national director of foundation relations, ultimately becoming the director of marketing and communications for Expeditionary Learning Schools, Outward Bound’s public education reform division. A former journalist, she was a producer at ABC News from 1995 to 2003. Goldstone received her bachelor’s degree from Columbia University. She serves on the board of directors, co-chairing the development committee, of The Support Center for Nonprofit Management, and is a director on the board of Bikkurim: Advancing New Jewish Ideas. She lives in New York City with her husband and two boys, ages 6 and 9.

 

Tom Hyland

Tom was hired as one of SeaChange’s earliest team members when he showed up on Chuck Harris’s doorstep after a walkabout through Asia. In 2009, Tom moved to Bangalore, India for graduate school where he remains as the Co-Founder and Partner of Aspada Investments, an early stage venture capital fund backed by the Soros Economic Development Fund. SeaChange gave Tom the opportunity to deeply engage with numerous committed participants in the nonprofit funding ecosystem and it remains a special place for him.

 

Sue Lehmann

Sue Lehmann, a SeaChange Board Member from 2007-2012, has spent most of her career as a management consultant and entrepreneur, working with senior executives and Boards of public and private sector organizations to clarify their focus and desired impact; design responsive governance and operating structures; and build leadership teams and strategic alliances to maximize impact. Her passion and commitment are the creation of opportunities for all children. In addition to helping with the launch of SeaChange, Sue led the team that designed AmeriCorps, worked with Wendy Kopp to clarify the mission of Teach for America and with Geoff Canada on the conceptualization of the Harlem Children’s Zone, and was the co-founder of YouthNoise, ChalkBeat, and the Student Success Network. Sue has also worked on program design and evaluation for corporate and private foundations, including IBM, JM Kaplan, MacArthur Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers, Rockefeller Foundation and Surdna. Sue currently serves on the Boards of Chalkbeat, New Visions for Public Schools, and Teach For America. She is on the Advisory Boards of America Achieves, STRIVE National Partnership, Teach For America-NYC and TeachingWorks.

 

Kevin McQueen

Kevin, a Board Member from 2012-2015, played a critical role in SeaChange’s assuming management of the Contact Fund and getting into lending more generally.  He continues to be connected with SeaChange as a member of the Credit Committee of the Contact Fund. As a partner at the consulting firm of BWB Solutions, Kevin creates and implements innovative social investment strategies for foundations, nonprofit organizations, private sector businesses and social enterprises. His work covers a variety of industries, including economic development, health care and public media. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member at the Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy in New York, as a member of the board of directors of Partners for the Common Good, as Treasurer of CHAP (an accrediting body for community-based health care organizations), and as a member of the advisory board for two real estate investment funds. A graduate of Brown University, Kevin lives in South Orange, NJ with his wife, two daughters and a Cockapoo named Leo.

 

Daniel Millenson

Daniel Millenson joined SeaChange in 2013 as an associate, where he worked on each of SeaChange’s lines of business and handled operations. In 2016, Daniel became vice president of credit and restructuring, in which capacity he co-authored SeaChange and Oliver Wyman’s “Risk Management for Nonprofits” and managed SeaChange’s credit opportunities and restructuring-related projects. He is now pursuing an MBA at the Yale School of Management. Prior to SeaChange, Daniel was managing director of Generation Citizen, a civics education nonprofit; a Teach For America corps member in the Mississippi Delta; and co-founder and national advocacy director of the Sudan Divestment Task Force, a national effort to apply economic pressure on Sudan to halt the genocide in Darfur, which successfully pushed more than 60 universities, 24 states, and the federal government to divest. He is a graduate of Brandeis University.

 

Kara Nuti

Kara joined SeaChange soon after completing a Master’s degree in Fundraising and Nonprofit Management at Columbia University. Initially she was responsible for research and donor based relations. Later she became involved with managing the SeaChange-Lodestar Fund. Prior to joining SeaChange, Kara worked in Merrill Lynch’s Private Bank in New York City and London. She received her undergraduate degree at Franklin and Marshall College. She is now focused on raising her two small children in New York City.

 

Lana Price

Lana Price was a founding member of the program team at SeaChange Capital Partners, identifying and evaluating high-performing nonprofits in education and youth development for the Catalyst Fund, and transaction opportunities for the SeaChange-Lodestar Fund for Nonprofit Collaboration. Prior to joining SeaChange, Lana had been a management consultant at Fiscal Management Associates, working with NYC nonprofits to strengthen their finance function through staffing, systems, and processes. After SeaChange, Lana joined Blue Engine, a leading nonprofit in the College Access field, as the Director of Strategy and Operations. Lana has a BA from University of Washington and a MPA in Financial Management from New York University. She is now an independent consultant and artist.

 

Angela Ramirez

Angie joined SeaChange after two years as a Teach for America bilingual middle school history teacher in New Jersey. As the inaugural Heckscher Fellow at SeaChange, Angie split her time between The Heckscher Foundation for Children and SeaChange. Angie helped the program team at Heckscher with screening, selecting, and managing current grantees, predominantly those in education, and at SeaChange she worked on everything from deals, to research, to the website and IT systems. After SeaChange, Angie enrolled in The Flatiron School Web Development Course and is now working as a backend software engineer at BuzzFeed. She is a graduate of Yale, where she double-majored in Political Science and International Studies and has a Phd in CrossFit.

 

Elizabeth Spencer

After 20 years of fund raising in higher education at Yale and Dartmouth, Elizabeth joined SeaChange to assist donors find high-performing, high-impact investments in education, youth development and poverty relief. Elizabeth enjoyed working in an entrepreneurial environment with dedicated colleagues and vision nonprofit leaders but she developed a deeper understanding of donor’s interests, philanthropic motivations and opportunities. Elizabeth now serves as the Senior Philanthropic Advisor at Middlebury College where she appreciates not living in the big city.