Jed Alpert

CEO 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.

Benjamin Stein

CTO and Co-Founder

Ben is the Director of Software Development and was one of the co-founders 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 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

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 is the Director of Customer Success at Mobile Commons, where she oversees the mobile strategy team and helps customers fulfill their organizational goals through 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. Sam is an expert in text messaging best practices and nonprofit mobile communications.

Before joining Mobile Commons, Sam worked in the nonprofit sector, from running grassroots fundraising projects, to managing human resources, to recruiting organizers, and everything in between. Previously, Sam worked at Grassroots Campaigns as the Campaigns Director and at the Alliance for Climate Education, where she managed all the behind-the-scenes operations and implemented their CRM to track all of their amazing work with high schoolers.

Sam has a 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.

Jenny Liang

Marketing Coordinator

Jenny Liang is the Marketing Coordinator at Mobile Commons, where she is responsible for running the company’s day-to-day marketing activities, managing the Mobile Commons website and blog, and creating content and collateral about all the great work that our customers do.

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 rock climb, dance tango, or convince friends to go eat tapas. She also might be obsessed with knitting hats and hedgehogs.

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

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.

Ti Chesley

Mobile Strategist

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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!

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.

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.

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.

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.