Jed Alpert

General Manager and Co-Founder

Jed is the General Manager and was one of the co-founders 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.

Mal McKay

Director of Software Development

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; 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.

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!

Michael Sabat

VP of Business Development

Michael Sabat is the VP of Business Development for Mobile Commons. He focuses on helping organizations understand how they can start to use mobile communications to better connect with people.

Michael has been working at Mobile Commons for almost 7 years. He first started as the Community Manager and quickly ascended to Director of Accounts before becoming the VP of Business Development. Mobile Commons has improved a lot in 7 years, and Michael has tried to keep up in his personal life. Moving from an apartment share in Manhattan, to an apartment in Brooklyn, and now a house in DC; from clean-shaven to hipster-bearded; from flabby to six pack abs; and most importantly, from a bachelor to a husband with baby boy!

Sam McKelvie

Director of Customer Success

Sam McKelvie serves as the Director of Customer Success at Mobile Commons. Her team of Mobile Strategists empower customers to fulfill their organizational goals through highly effective mobile engagement. She loves working with nonprofit organizations to create powerful text messaging campaigns that drive action and make a positive impact on our communities.

Before joining Mobile Commons, Sam spent her career in the nonprofit sector. She’s run large-scale grassroots fundraising and organizing campaigns for several progressive causes and knows more about non-profit administration than any normal human being should.

A nice farm girl hailing from central Illinois, Sam will talk to you about race and gender politics until she’s blue in the face and spends a lot of her free time working to create a more socially just world. She’s a CRM wizard, an 80s pop culture junkie, helicopter (dog) mom, and would be virtually unemployable if Spellcheck didn’t exist.

Sara McGovern

Mobile Strategist

Sara is a Mobile Strategist with Mobile Commons. She works with our customers to get the most out of the Mobile Commons Platform.

Sara has worked in mobile for close to 10 years helping clients across a wide variety of verticals deploy mobile websites, downloadable applications, text messaging programs (of course!) and mobile advertising programs. In the past few years much of her professional focus has been on supporting healthcare organizations deploy mobile programs that help keep users informed and healthy. She loves working with the client base at Mobile Commons to use SMS to do good! Sara is a New Jersey native who has lived in Brooklyn for the past few years.

Sara is a huge animal lover and devotes much of her spare time to quality time with her three rescue animals (2 cats and a dog), volunteering with several animal rescues or sneaking in a horseback ride or two!

Ti Chesley

Lead Mobile Strategist

Hi, {{first_name}}! A beginner cellist from Maine, Ti studied environmental and climate issues, then worked abroad until settling in NYC and founding a tech startup.

Lloyd Cotler

Lead Mobile Strategist

Lloyd Cotler is a Lead 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.

Meredith Begin

Mobile Strategist

Meredith Begin is a Mobile Strategist with Mobile Commons. She works with our advocacy, non-profit, corporate and healthcare clients to help them maximize their capacity through text message engagement and targeted phone calls.

Before coming to Mobile Commons, Meredith was a Mobile Commons power user at Food & Water Watch where she honed her digital engagement skills as an online organizer. In addition to driving text message and call-in day campaigns as well as many of the national and regional email campaigns, Meredith worked across teams to incorporate text messaging into the organization’s overall strategy, and planned and implemented a training program for colleagues.

Meredith was born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit, and attended the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor where she earned a degree in Sociology and a minor in history after studying engineering her first two years. After college, Meredith spent her next 11 years in Washington, DC, before buying a house in Metro Detroit and spending a few years with her growing family; she has 7 nephews and one niece — the oldest is 8 years old! Now in San Francisco with hopes of expanding Mobile Commons’ reach on the west coast, Meredith is excited to explore the outdoors through trail running and cycling. Outside of work, Meredith remains an active board member for the League of Michigan Bicyclists, helps her Team In Training team — Johnny & the Superheroes — raise money for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, researches, plans and implements personal health and fitness challenges, and finds time to relax with a knitting project in her hands.

Jeri Ekdahl

Mobile Strategist

Prior to joining Mobile Commons in July 2015, Jeri was part of a team of Organizers at NationBuilder, a tech company which is headquartered in Los Angeles. Her primary focus there was helping customers to learn how to better leverage digital tools for political and civic organizing and advocacy both in the U.S. and internationally. From 2010-2014, she lived and worked in China, and when she was not busy with her full time job in the international education sector, she was helping to launch a citywide volunteer organization called Nanjing Community Outreach, co-founding the NYU Alumni Club in Shanghai and organizing TEDxYouth events in her adopted city of Nanjing.

Jeri was born and raised in the great state of Colorado and is currently in the process of making Brooklyn her new hometown on the East Coast (it helps that she already spent a few years as a grad student at the NYU Center for Global Affairs). She’s been an organizer of sorts ever since 2004, when she started leading the Denver-based Spanish language conversation group affiliated with When she’s not busy planning her next trip to go backpacking around Thailand, she can be found wandering around the streets of Brooklyn, sampling new and exciting blends of coffee and taking occasional photos of graffiti + street art.

Taylor Dankmyer

Mobile Strategist

Taylor Dankmyer is a Mobile Strategist with Mobile Commons. He works with our advocacy, non-profit, corporate and healthcare clients.

Taylor has spent 7 years on digital communications and advocacy, working with environmental organizations, Democratic campaigns, and various national non-profits. He spent time in the trenches of political campaigns working as a researcher for Gubernatorial, Senate, House and state legislature campaigns. At Fission Strategy, he helped craft digital and social media strategy, websites, and events for non-profits like Define American, US Ignite, the ACLU of Northern California and Earthjustice.

Taylor is a Northern Virginia native, but lives in Washington, DC now (they’re totally different, he swears). As a University of Missouri alum, he has a silly amount of pride for his school, his journalism degree, and the midwest in general, despite only spending 4 years there. In his free time he travels, skis, and looks at pictures of Corgis and cats.

Jason A. Howie

Marketing Manager

Jason A. Howie is the Marketing Manager for Mobile Commons. His core focus is with content marketing that helps organizations of all types communicate with their audiences.

Jason started working at Mobile Commons in spring 2015. His experience includes working with companies of all sizes and assisting them with product positioning, UX/UI design, mobile marketing strategies, brand development, and marketplace analysis.

Originally from Pennsylvania, by way of many other states Jason currently resides in Brooklyn. He is a self-admitted geek whose favorite activities include photography and skiing.

Kate Hensler

Office Manager

Kate Hensler is the Mobile Commons office manager and communications support for our marketing division. She coordinates day-to-day office responsibilities across our Brooklyn and remote offices, assists in the HR process, and supports our marketing team with strategy, writing, and social media assistance.

Before excitedly joining the Mobile Commons team, Kate worked in tech, entertainment, and gaming public relations for six years both in agencies and independently.  She graduated from Seton Hall University with a B.A. In Public Relations, and is a proud alumn of their radio station, WSOU.

Kate is also the biggest/only WWE nerd at Mobile Commons, and also enjoys comedy, Yankee baseball, and standing way too close to the front of the stage at metal concerts.

Travis Graham

Senior System Administrator

Travis Graham is the Senior System Administrator at Mobile Commons. He is responsible for ensuring a stable, reliable, and secure production environment for Mobile Commons and provides front line technical support for production issues.

Travis graduated from high school early and joined the Army National Guard to help pay for college. He went to The Citadel and majored in Computer Science to start, but finished with a BS in Business Administration. In the middle of his college career Travis was deployed for a year after 9/11. After graduating from college, he married his wonderful wife and went on a European tour before moving back to Knoxville.

In the past, Travis has managed a private datacenter; done Ruby on Rails and Systems consulting; developed PHP and Ruby on Rails apps for the healthcare, legal, and financial management industries; and was Director of Operations for Rails Machine prior to joining Mobile Commons.

Travis enjoys hiking, backpacking, camping, skiing, and biking with his family. He loves dogs, is allergic to cats, and has 4 saltwater fish. Travis stays pretty busy during his free time chasing his two kids around and trying to be as active as they are.

Joe Frey

Senior Software Engineer

Joe Frey is a Senior Software Engineer at Mobile Commons by Upland. He is responsible for providing creative solutions to difficult problems, mentoring junior developers, and shaping the way our team develops and delivers technological solutions to our clients.

He has worked with several start-ups over the last five years and enjoys the challenge of wearing many hats in ever changing environments. He is also a proud six year veteran of US Army and was stationed in Schofield Barracks, HI as an infantryman and Ft. Campbell, KY as a UH-60 Blackhawk Crew chief.

Joe enjoys spending time with his family outdoors, riding ATV’s, swimming, playing guitar on occasion and enjoys a great craft beer.

Joshua Guthals

Software Engineer

Joshua joined Mobile Commons in July 2014 as a Software Engineer. 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 Ben, Mal 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. Prior to that, Joshua did front end web development and social marketing for an HIV prevention research study group at Hunter College. He currently serves on the HIV Planning Group 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 coding, he is likely to be biking all around the city, knitting a hat for a friend, or catching an indie flick at BAM.