Jed Alpert

CEO and Co-Founder

Jed co-founded and is the Chief Executive Officer of Mobile Commons. He is considered one of the foremost authorities on mobile communications strategy, and he and his work have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the New Yorker, Fast Company, MSNBC and many more. He has guest lectured at the Kennedy School of Government and New York University, and has recently been a featured speaker at the Nonick International Conference on Internet Trends, the Nonprofit Technology Conference, the National Conference on Media Reform and more. Additionally, he is a frequent participant in Aspen Institute forums and Ford Foundation events. He is the author of the book The Mobile Marketing Revolution: How Your Brand Can Have a One-to-One Conversation with Everyone.

Jed previously served as the President of Sunshine Amalgamedia where he developed syndication sponsorship models that paired up-and-coming directors with nationally branded sponsorship and multiple distribution networks. Sunshine partners, clients, and customers have included Microsoft, Oracle, and Scripps Howard. Additionally, Jed created marketing and sponsorship programs for clients such as Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Pepsi and Samsung.

Prior to joining Sunshine, Jed worked as an attorney, focusing his practice on entertainment and media law. He was a partner at Rudolph and Beer, and an associate at Paul Weiss. Jed has produced numerous feature films including Sunday, winner of the 1997 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize and the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award. He is chairman of the board of Eyebeam, and on the board of the Harmony Institute, Health Foundation for the Americas and National Safe Place. He was previously on the board of Riverkeeper and has advised numerous film, arts and cultural organizations.

Benjamin Stein

CTO and Co-Founder

Ben is the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Mobile Commons, where he is responsible for product development, system architecture, and technical operations. He is one of the leading pioneers shaping how organizations successfully use mobile for healthcare, advocacy, fundraising, organizing, and other forms of communication.

Ben has 15 years of experience building Internet applications of all shapes and sizes. He spent much of his career building distributed software for B2B customers. With a background in both the financial and medical industries, he has extensive experience with high-availability systems with a focus on security and data sensitivity. As a software engineer at Bloomberg LP, Ben developed their trading system, search engine, and web services. After Bloomberg, he worked at ShadowTV, transcoding, indexing and streaming hundreds of terabytes of video data for government and corporate customers.

He earned a BS in electrical and biological engineering and a Master’s in medical image processing, both at Cornell University. After completing his studies, he took a position as a Visiting Scientist, developing medical software used in clinical trials for lung cancer screening and image analysis tools used in General Electric’s CT scanners.

Ben lives on a small urban farm in Brooklyn with his wife Arin and sons Gabriel & Ezekiel. He can usually be found coding, biking, or rock climbing. He sits on the board of ioby.org and advises nonprofits on effective uses of technology.

You can follow him on Twitter @benstein

Steve Balik

Sales Associate

Steve is a Sales Associate at Mobile Commons. He works with nonprofits, brands, and many other organizations to develop and implement mobile communications strategies.

Before coming to Mobile Commons, Steve was a National Park Ranger and pasta sauce salesman. As a park ranger, Steve once tackled recording artist Gavin DeGraw. As a pasta sauce salesman, he did not tackle recording artist Gavin DeGraw, but probably would have given the opportunity. Steve has also interned at CBRE.

Steve received a BA from the University of Virginia, where he majored in Economics and History. He lives in Brooklyn with a bunch of raccoons that sneak into his garbage every night.

Ti Chesley

Mobile Strategist

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Lloyd Cotler

Mobile Strategist

Lloyd Cotler is a Mobile Strategist with Mobile Commons. He works with our advocacy clients on legislative strategy, fundraising, mobile engagement and list-building.

Lloyd worked in the non-profit world for over 7 years before joining Mobile Commons. He’s worked for groups dedicated to fighting fracking, for comprehensive immigration reform, and on a two-state solution in the Middle East. He’s run digital departments, run email and online fundraising programs, developed social media strategies and executed countless campaigns. He’s an ActionKit pro who loves SQL and haikus.

Lloyd is a Brooklyn, NY native and University of Maryland grad. He’s a New Organizing bootcamp alum and aspiring New Yorker caption contest winner. He currently lives in Washington, DC and can usually be found at concerts or eating burritos. His next project is to bring back Google Reader.

Bill Fahrbach

Head of Finance

Bill is Mobile Commons’ Head of Finance. He is responsible for all things financial-related and strategic opportunities with occasional involvement in legal and human resource issues.

Bill spent his early career in investment banking successfully working on initiatives ranging from M&A, IPOs, capital raises, general advisory, and research, working for Merrill Lynch and Crusader Securities.  Bill has since focused on entrepreneurial finance & strategy leadership roles at start-ups and growth companies (Iris Wireless, Oragenics), with a focus on improving operations through strategic plan creation and business development execution, including B2B partnership incubation, retail product marketing and distribution, and sales force launches.  He received a BS in Mathematics and a BA in Economics from the University of Maryland as a Presidential Scholar, an MBA from the University of Chicago, and is a CFA Charter holder.

Bill enjoys contemplating a move to NYC on his daily commute from Long Island.  His interests include music, sports, spending time with his wife Kelly, and other cliché hobbies.

Gloria Fong

Director of Client Experience

Gloria has been at Mobile Commons since September 2010, and works to support customers and their goals. She trains customers on how to use the platform and how to take their mobile campaigns to the next level. Gloria loves speaking with customers and collaborating with them to find new ways to use technology to achieve their goals.

In her previous life, she worked with non-profits and elementary schools in California. She taught in K-3 classrooms in Los Angeles, and directed an afterschool program for 3rd-5th graders in Oakland Chinatown. Then one day she decided to try something new, packed up her life, and moved to Brooklyn.

Gloria graduated with a B.A. in Sociology from UCLA. She loves watching college football and basketball (go Bruins!) and plays soccer and flag football in her spare time.

Neal Griffin

Senior Software Engineer

Neal is a developer on the technology team at Mobile Commons and works on building and creating new functionality. He’s previously worked for AT&T, Deloitte Consulting and United Way. He loves combining solutions from across industries and across technology platforms to find solutions that are simple and well maintained.

When he isn’t practicing and learning programming, Neal loves running and camping in his free time, is a volunteer Cub Scout Den Leader and avid reader and movie-goer.

Elisia Guerena

Marketing Copywriter

Elisia is the Marketing Copywriter for Mobile Commons. She is responsible for generating blog posts, writing case studies, and collaborating with the marketing team on other written materials.

Before working at Mobile Commons, Elisia was a freelance writer and editor who received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College. She loves writing about anything, and is the Mobile Common’s Book Club’s #1 fan.

In her free time, you can find Elisia riding her bicycle throughout Brooklyn, one of her favorite places in the world. She stops often to take pictures and fuel up with a refreshing beverage. Elisia’s idea of a perfect day includes yoga, music, and at least one hamburger.

Joshua Guthals

Software Engineer

Joshua joined Mobile Commons in July 2014 and as a software engineer in training. His main tasks are to insure functionality of Mobile Commons’ code base, to debug and add features as based on customers needs, and to absorb the wisdom of Neal, Ben, and the rest of the development team.

Before joining Mobile Commons Joshua graduated from a web development immersive training program at General Assembly in the Flatiron District. And prior to that, Joshua did front end web development and social marketing for an HIV prevention research study group at Hunter College. He currently sits on the HIV Planning Group community board at the NYC Dept of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Joshua received a Master’s in Music Technology from New York University and a BA in Psychology and Literature from Rice University (which included a junior year at Oxford University studying British Modernism). These days, when Joshua’s not busily reviewing tutorials on JavaScript, git, and continuous integration, he is likely to be biking all around the city, grooming his beard, checking out art at the Whitney, or catching an indie flick at BAM.

Jeff Latz

Software Engineer

Jeff interned at Mobile Commons in the summers of 2008 and 2009 and returned in November 2013 after traveling the world writing biological simulations in cafes and inventing post-ironic rock. He somehow graduated from Tufts University with a B.S. in Engineering despite being constantly distracted from his studies with dumpster diving, building and rewiring electric guitars, and volunteering on the Obama campaign. Outside of work he can be found training for marathons, playing music at local venues, and dreaming of the day when he can delete the “phone” app from his phone and just use texting for everything.

Jenny Liang

Marketing Coordinator

Jenny is the Marketing Coordinator at Mobile Commons. She makes sure that the day-to-day marketing activities are running smoothly, creates the monthly newsletters, and manages the company’s social media accounts.

Before working at Mobile Commons, Jenny interned at a youth development nonprofit organization and worked at a product development consulting startup. When she’s not busy designing landing pages, Jenny likes to take advantage of the city’s artistic and culinary offerings, like going gallery-hopping in Chelsea or having brunch in LIC. But then again, there are days when she prefers to stay at home knitting scarves, drinking hot chocolate, and watching the latest episode of Grey’s Anatomy.

Jenny grew up in Canada before moving to New York to study at NYU.

Sam McKelvie

Head of Mobile Strategy

Sam joined the Mobile Commons team a few months after her big move to New York from Oakland, CA. She loves helping our nonprofit clients fulfill their organizational goals through mobile engagement.

Sam has spent her career working in the nonprofit sector. She’s run grassroots fundraising projects, managed human resources, recruited organizers, done accounts payable and everything in-between. She’s truly a Jill-of-all-(non-profit)-trades. Sam managed all behind-the-scenes operations at the Alliance for Climate Education and implemented their CRM, helping them track all their amazing work with high schoolers (they just reached their 1 millionth student!). Prior to ACE, she was the Campaign Director at Grassroots Campaigns, running their on-ground fundraising and organizing efforts.

Sam has her Master’s in Intercultural Communication from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and has presented her research on race at conferences across the U.S. She’s a Salesforce.com wizard, an 80s pop culture junkie, and would be virtually unemployable if Spellcheck didn’t exist.

Mal McKay

Lead Developer

Mal is Mobile Commons’ lead developer. He’s responsible for making our application super easy for people to use and scaling our backend to keep up when they do.

Mal has spent his career building user-friendly web applications, including tween virtual worlds with Ask.com; making government more accessible with BT Ireland; and making HR less stressful with Arithon Recruitment. His 4 years with Mobile Commons is the longest he’s spent at one company, because of all the amazing clients he gets to help.

Mal has spent so long in Ireland that you can no longer tell where he’s from (Virginia). His hobbies include programming, programming in the park, programming with scientists and being Irish. If he could change one thing about himself, it would be to program less, but he’d probably write a program to do that.

Louise Ng

Marketing Manager

Louise is the Marketing Manager at Mobile Commons. She is responsible for all marketing and outbound communication efforts of the company. Her main goal is to implement and execute effective marketing campaigns for strategic growth of the company.

Before joining Mobile Commons Louise ran marketing for a hospitality company where she was in charge of all things digital. In her prior life, she also spent five years as an investment banking analyst and was often found crunching numbers until the wee hours of the night.

Louise is a born and bred New Yorker and received a B.S. from New York University. When she’s not dreaming up ideas for the next marketing campaign, she can often be found baking up a storm or at the dog park with her rescue pup Jameson.

Alyson Rixner

Director of Healthcare Sales

Alyson is our Director of Sales for Healthcare here at Mobile Commons. She is responsible for spreading the good word of how Mobile Commons can impact healthcare with outcome-based solutions for patients and providers alike.

Alyson has spent the last twelve years of her career dedicated to health, working on both the client and agency sides of the business. She has been in the mobile industry for five years, helping health organizations find their place in the mobile channel.

Alyson grew up in rural Pennsylvania and is happy to be living her dream of a New York City life. In her spare time, you can find her eating her way around NYC with her husband, working it all off in a cycling class, or traveling to more quiet places!

William Ruderman

Product Support Specialist

Will previously worked at OpenMarket, a leading international SMS aggregator, bringing five-plus years of client-facing experience driving customer relationships and providing top-notch technical solutions. He helped clients integrate into their SMS, MMS, and billing hub empowering partners to deliver advertisements, push notifications, and multimedia content.

When Will is not texting he’s out running or biking throughout New York City, or will often be seen strolling with his camera capturing images for his portfolio. Will graduated from Hunter College with a degree in political science.

Michael Sabat

VP of Business Development

Michael Sabat is the VP of Business Development for Mobile Commons. He focuses on pursuing new markets and making sure that customers are using Mobile Commons software effectively.

Michael has been working at Mobile Commons for over 3 years. He started as the Community Manager and quickly ascended to Director of Accounts before becoming the VP of Business Development. Michael works directly with some of Mobile Commons’ larger clients including the Obama Campaign, SFpark, the California Department of Public Health, the New York City Department of Mental Health and Hygiene and New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Before joining Mobile Commons Michael worked for a startup focused on creating apps for personal training. He grew up in Ohio and received a Bachelor’s Degree from Miami University. He’s been living in New York for over 5 years. Currently he lives in Harlem and takes the 2/3 to work every morning, but he’s excited to be moving to Williamsburg so that he can check out J/M/Z-to-the-F commute.

Katherine Snedden

Office Manager

Katherine joined Mobile Commons in November 2013. As Office Manager, she maintains an organized and well-functioning office, oversees social events, helps out with social media, and takes on projects in different departments as needed. Prior to joining Mobile Commons, Katherine worked at Floren Shieh Productions, where she consulted on book-to-film adaptations for Los Angeles film and TV companies. She graduated from New York University with a BA in English & American Literature. Katherine currently lives in Crown Heights with her boyfriend and a plant named Planty. In her free time, she enjoys obsessively updating her Goodreads account, eating ice-cream sandwiches, and exploring the city.

Omar Yassin

System Administrator

Omar is Mobile Commons’ System Administrator. He’s responsible for monitoring, maintaining and keeping our servers running.

Prior to working for Mobile Commons, Omar got his start working as Tech Support for various companies. He moved onto becoming a System Administrator at ShadowTV where he deployed video capturing servers across the country. As the Unix Administrator at AutoOne Insurance, he was responsible for maintaining their UNIX/Linux and SAN environment.

Omar hails from Queens, New York where he was born, raised, educated (B.S. in Computer Science from CUNY Queens College), married and started a family. Surprisingly he still lives in Queens and is envious of all of his coworkers who are able to bike into our Brooklyn NY office. During his off-hours you can find him supporting his toddler or his folks with their Netflix technical difficulties.