Co-founder & CEO
Emily brings more than 10 years of financing for impact, nonprofit and social enterprise leadership experience to Grapevine. She was the founding Executive Director of NYU’s Center for Ballet and the Arts, launched the Lincoln Center at the Movies global media initiative, and developed innovative financing models for impact at Enterprise Solutions to Poverty. Emily has consulted on event cinema for Disney Theatrical Group, taught Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship at SUNY Purchase, and spent two years developing microfinance and fair trade programs in India. She is a board member of the Harvard Business School Women’s Association, a member of the LISC Emerging Leaders Council, the AfterArts group, NOVA Impact, and a founding member of UNTITLED, an arts & business innovation initiative. Previously, she was a professional ballet dancer and performed with the Pacific Northwest Ballet, among others. Emily holds a B.A. from Occidental College in Diplomacy, World Affairs, and Economics and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Arrel is a serial startup founder & CTO who built the Andreesen-Horowitz-backed Wonderschool, helping preschool teachers start early child care programs out of their homes, and two other startups that were acquired.
His favorite Grapevine? Bail Fund Giving Circle
Director of Growth Marketing
Jane has worked in nonprofit fundraising and marketing for over 7 years. She brings her experience to Grapevine as the director of growth marketing. Before joining Grapevine, she worked at Donorly as a development consultant and helped a startup healthcare nonprofit abolish over $3 billion of medical debt. She also worked as a fundraiser for a national nonprofit promoting access to educational equity through scholarships.
Content and Community Manager
Emily has worked in communications and marketing for over 7 years. She brings her experience to Grapevine as the content and community manager. Before joining Grapevine, she worked at JPMorgan Chase promoting their new digital products and features. She also worked at Teachers Pay Teachers, where she developed communication programs for their educator community of over 5 million.
Community Support Specialist
Kenya has been a Community Organizer for over 8 years, building bridges between seemingly disparate communities for a greater purpose. Before joining Grapevine, she assisted various grassroots groups, organizations, non-profits, and corporations in developing sustainable models of community building, creating scholarship and training curriculum, as well as hosting workshops and community dialogue rooted in cultural humility practices as an experienced training facilitator and diversity, inclusion, and equity professional.
Jessan combines engineering leadership with seven years experience in the nonprofit space, including chairing Social Justice Fund NW.
After graduating Summa Cum Laude in Computer Science at 20, he helped build Google’s video chat products. He went on to co-found Google’s Giving Week, lead their giving platform, and launch their Donate button.
Chloe has over 7 years of engineering experience in financial, donation, and nonprofit spaces.
Before joining Grapevine, she worked on the Google Cloud Billing platform and the OneToday donation app. She later led frontend development for Google's donation platform and the Google for Nonprofits program.