ARI ALEXANDER is a Senior Director at Salesforce in Global Business Planning and Strategy. He has been at the company for 5 years. Prior to that, Ari served as Senior Advisor to the Administrator and Director at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Ari also served as a Senior Fellow with the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. He was a co-founder and co-Executive Director of Children of Abraham, an international organization dedicated to the promotion of dialogue between Jewish and Muslim teenagers around the world. He has presented and lectured about international development and interfaith cooperation all over the world.
He completed two Master’s degrees in the United Kingdom as a Marshall Scholar: an M.A. in Comparative Ethnic Conflict from the Queen’s University of Belfast and an M.Phil. in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Oxford. Ari’s research led him to spend time living in Jerusalem, Beirut, and Damascus. Born and raised in Providence, RI, Ari is a Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots fan, and enjoys biking and skiing. He was a national leader in USY, a Camp Ramah regular and raised by a synagogue president, a Hillel Director and a Jewish federation executive (all of whom were his Mom).
RON BELLER has had a 30 year career in financial services around the world and has spent the last decade working on education reform in the UK and US. Beller is co-founder and CEO of Branch Hill Capital LLC, an investment manager. He was previously co-founder and CEO of Peloton Partners, a London based hedge fund. Beller spent 14 years at Goldman Sachs where he was a Partner in the Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities division.
Beller is co-founder of Caliber Schools, (www.caliberschools.org) a Bay Area based Charter Management Organization which is in the process of setting up its first charter school in Richmond, California. He is also co-founder of Ed-Mentor LLC which invests in early stage educational technology companies. Beller is co-founder and chair of governors of King Solomon Academy (www.kingsolomonacademy.org), a high performing, non-selective Academy school in London serving a highly disadvantaged population. Beller spent the 2002-2003 school year working for the New York City School system as part of Chancellor Joel Klein’s leadership team, implementing a comprehensive, system wide reform program.
Beller is married, with three children, and lives in San Francisco. He was graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in History.
JOCELYN BLUMENROSE has worked as a manager and engineer at startups for the last decade. She spent five years at Facebook, where she started the risk management team, and then moved to Stripe, a company that is working to create a new standard for online payments. She worked in a number of different areas at Stripe, including analytics, data engineering, and machine learning. She also helped develop Stripe’s original set of company values and operating philosophy. Jocelyn grew up in East Central Illinois. After receiving her BA in Psychology from Stanford, she found she had no desire to leave the Bay Area and has been around ever since. She and her husband, Ben, have been Kitchen regulars since they first attended a holiday at the Kitchen in late 2014. She joined the Kitchen Finance Committee in 2016.
MATHEW CHASAN CALMER is a pioneer in wearable technology and connected devices. He is an instructor and student mentor at Hack Reactor, a San Francisco based software engineering school, and runs a software and embedded devices consultancy, The Big Incredible. Mathew is motivated by simple practices to bring spirituality into daily routine, and brings this to his work in and out of the Kitchen. He has served on the Kitchen Finance Committee since 2012 and currently acts as Treasurer.
JEFF LAWSON is the CEO and Co-Founder of Twilio, a serial inventor with over 15 years of entrepreneurial and product experience. Prior to co-founding Twilio, Jeff was Founder & CTO of NineStar, Founding CTO of Stubhub.com and Founder, CEO & CTO of Versity. He was also one of the original product managers for Amazon Web Services. At every business, Jeff identified the fundamental need for a platform for developers and companies to easily build communications-based business solutions. Jeff grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, started his first company in middle school, and earned his BS in Computer Science & Film/Video from University of Michigan.
ZAHAVAH LEVINE is currently a DCI Fellow at Stanford University, focusing on voting rights and related issues. This marks a new path, as Zahavah’s career has focused on innovation in the law and business of digital music and media. She was the first lawyer and General Counsel of YouTube. After helping sell YouTube to Google in 2006, she stayed on with Google for 12.5 years, in three different roles. First, as Chief Counsel of YouTube & Associate General Counsel of Google, she oversaw music licensing, copyright and rights-management policies, and helped develop YouTube’s landmark Content ID platform. Next, as VP Partnerships, she helped launch Google Play Music (Google’s music service) and managed the global partnerships required for the licensing and distribution of the service. Most recently, she managed Android’s partnerships with wireless carriers in North America. Prior to YouTube, Zahavah helped develop the licensing model for Listen.com’s Rhapsody, the first streaming music on-demand subscription service, and later served as Director of Music Licensing & Associate General Counsel for RealNetworks, Inc. In her music roles Zahavah was active in public policy and licensing reform, and was recognized with awards from Billboard Magazine, Hollywood Reporter and Digital Media Wire.
Zahavah graduated Order of the Coif from Berkeley Law School and received her BA in History from Brown University. She clerked for federal judges on the Ninth Circuit and the Northern District of CA. She is married to Jeff Meyer and thrilled to be discovering and practicing Jewish life and spirituality with the Kitchen community.
EMILY MITRA is originally from upstate New York and came to San Francisco after graduating from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. For her first four years, Emily worked as a freelance writer for SIERRA Magazine and for a boutique health food grocery followed by twelve years in strategic sales with Davis Vision, Talk City, and finally Yahoo!
Upon meeting Anjan Mitra in the late 90’s, a native to India, her experience broadened quickly through their travel and culinary adventures together throughout India. By December 2005 Emily and Anjan brought their vision to life opening DOSA on Valencia, a 50- seat restaurant on a small, vibrant corner in the heart of the Mission District. The Mitras opened their second location in November of 2008, DOSA on Fillmore.
DOSA Restaurants have achieved many accolades including Top Ten Bay Area New Restaurants 2006 SF Chronicle, Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand & Recommended, Best Indian 7X7, Best Indian SF Bay Guardian, Best Indian Reader’s Poll SF Magazine and SF Weekly, Best Eats SF Examiner, Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants SF Chronicle and Top 100 Bay Area Bars SF Chronicle.
In 2014, Emily and Anjan expanded their business opening a 12,00 square foot commissary kitchen as well as Dosateria, a fast growing South Indian “fast casual” concept featuring healthy Indian food at a lower fare and accessible to a broad, mainstream audience.
Emily is an active member of her community as both a mother with two young girls, ages four and ten, and as a businesswoman. In addition to DOSA Restaurants, Emily built and operates DOSA Catering, a full- service South Indian catering company and acts as Vice President of Japantown Center Garage Corporation (JCGC), a non-profit corporation benefiting San Francisco, focusing specifically on management and technical assistance programs.
JENNIFER MOSES has spent the past decade in education, public policy and philanthropy after a career in investment banking. Jennifer is co-founder and currently CEO of Caliber Schools, a non profit public charter school organization with over 1,000 K-8 students in Richmond and Vallejo, CA.
She is a founding Trustee of Absolute Return for Kids (ARK), one of the largest children’s charities in the UK, and the co-founder of King Solomon Academy, an all-through state school in London. Since moving to San Francisco in late 2009, she launched Ed-Mentor, LLC, a VC fund that invests in education technology startups, and is co-founder of Caliber Schools, a new charter school organization that will leverage technology in the classroom. Prior to moving to California, she was a senior policy adviser to then British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown. She was previously Chief Executive of the policy thinktank Centreforum, following her banking career as a Managing Director of Goldman Sachs. Ms. Moses is married with three children.
MOLLY SELTZER grew up on a beef-cattle farm in the Allegheny Mountains. She graduated from the University of Virginia and from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and worked as an editor at Bloomberg News before transitioning to internal communications roles at J.P. Morgan and Google. She currently writes for Google’s General Counsel and their Legal, Policy, Trust & Safety and Google.org organizations.Molly’s Big Life Goals include moving to Madrid and (finally) getting her young-adult novel published. She is active in the veterans' rights community and likes baking, slapstick comedy and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
DAVID SHLACHTER is a Bay Area entrepreneur creating affordable housing solutions for working class Americans. He grew up in Oregon, is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College & Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Dave began his career with ISDLS as a legal reform consultant for clients including the Supreme Court of India. In 2008, he joined the global marketing division at Better Place, a venture-backed clean tech firm that builds electric car infrastructure. In 2011 Dave formed the investment firm Farallon Ventures; its holdings include Jaffa Parks, which owns and operates manufactured housing communities in the U.S. Dave surfs, runs, and climbs, builds furniture, and shapes surfboards. He lives with his wife and dog in Mill Valley, California.
JEFF SILVER is a Senior Legal Counsel at PayPal. He was previously a middle school special education teacher in Brooklyn, a mergers and acquisitions lawyer in New York and San Francisco, and an attorney and operations director at LendingClub. He received a BA in Anthropology and History from UNC-Chapel Hill, an MSEd in Adolescent Special Education from Long Island University, and a JD from the University of Pennsylvania. Jeff is active in the Kitchen's Justice League, an avid follower of politics, a poor speaker of German, and a devoted fan of his hometown Kansas City Royals. He lives in the Castro.