Board of Directors

Gladeo Board of Directors

GraceGRACE CHO 

Grace is co-founder and board chair of Gladeo. She is currently Vice President of Deal Analysis and Brand Finance at 20th Century Fox Film. She is an experienced business development, strategy, and finance executive who has worked in film, TV, and digital. She has held various executive positions at 21st Century Fox including the licensing and merchandising division of Twentieth Century Fox, Shine America, and the motion picture deal analysis team at 20th Century Fox Film.

She has guest lectured on film finance at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. She earned a B.A. at Harvard College, where she was a recipient of the Harvard College scholarship, a member of the Women's JV Volleyball team, Director of the Harvard University Bone Marrow Registry drives, and a minority recruiter for the Harvard University Admissions Office. In her free time, she enjoys backpacking, cooking, and playing the guitar and piano.

 

MichelleMICHELLE CHO 

Michelle is the co-founder and executive director of Gladeo. Since 2005, Michelle has been a mentor and volunteered her time conducting college planning seminars for schools and community-based non-profits. While she was volunteering, she saw a huge gap between school and career especially for students who lived in low income neighborhoods or who were the first in their family to go to college. She started Gladeo in 2015 to bridge that gap and since then, Gladeo's online resources and workshops have helped thousands of students, teachers and counselors learn about the diverse array of careers and industries through their videos, interactive website, infographics and social media. 

Michelle Cho is an award-winning film producer who co-produced the film "Au Revoir Taipei" which won the NetPac Award at the Berlin Film Festival. Since then she has also worked in film development and financing for LUKA Productions. She was also Director of Operations for a LA-based commercial real estate company.  Michelle is a StartingBloc Fellow and a 2018 Gratitude Award recipient. Michelle graduated from Stanford University in 2001 with a degree in Economics.

 

LisaLISA ANDREWS

Lisa Andrews MSW M.A. M.Ed is a professional School Counselor at Pomona Unified School District and Adjunct Faculty at University of La Verne's Education Counseling department whose practice is predicated on counseling leadership and student advocacy.  The goals of equity, access and opportunity are inherent to her practice and legacy of working with underrepresented youth within the community of Pomona, CA since March of 2000. 

Collectively her educational experience has contributed to a dynamic professional history that includes the development and implementation of educational programs that target the social emotional development and educational advancement of disenfranchised students within the non-public and public school setting.

She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communicative Disorders from University of Redlands, a Masters of Social Work from University of Southern California, Masters in Educational Leadership from Concordia University, and Master of Arts from University of La Verne in School Counseling. She is a music enthusiast, avid football and tennis fan, and has a love for all things USC and Trojan related!

 

KaylaKAYLA BOURGEOIS

Kayla is the founder and principle people and change consultant at Peoplespective Inc. with experience in start-ups as well as established operations with specializations in technology, entertainment, and marketing. She has served as the Director, Transformational Change Management at Ticketmaster and as the Director, Strategic & Organizational Development at Two Toasters, a premiere mobile agency with clients such as AirBnB, Google, Regal Cinemas, and Birchbox; that was acquired by Ticketmaster in 2015. Working as one of the few women in male dominant industries include technology, sports, and gaming - Kayla’s passion and determination for more minority inclusion pushed her to re-evaluate her company’s recruitment & inclusion programs, mentor underprivileged students in coding, join the Wine, Women & Shoes committee to fundraise for Communities in Schools of NC, and lead employee resource groups focused on women and minorities.

 

JENNIFER POONJENNIFER POON

Jennifer’s mission is to impact social justice by modernizing the public education system to be more responsive to the needs of all learners, especially those most historically under-served. Currently, Jennifer is consulting on projects of interest while serving as Center for Innovation in Education (CIE) Fellow. As Fellow, Jennifer leads sense-making across the learner-centered approaches to assessment being pioneered by Assessment for Learning Project grantees. Other consulting projects include helping state education agencies to design and implement coherent systems of assessment in science that include performance assessments; and supporting teacher preparation for personalized, learner-centered education. Jennifer also serves on the Board of Directors for Matchbook Learning and the Advisory Board for Education Reimagined, and is slowly breathing life back into her blog.

Previously, Jennifer directed the Innovation Lab Network (ILN) at the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), where she led a network of over a dozen states supporting ground-up innovations in student-centered learning through state-level policies and practices. Jennifer developed strategy, liaisoned with states, managed internal staff, organized external partners, and rallied funding so that more students would have access to personalized, learner-centered experiences resulting in the knowledge, skills, and dispositions required for postsecondary and lifelong success.

At heart, Jennifer is a scientist and a teacher, having conducted research in evolutionary biology; taught 9th grade biology and coached volleyball at King/Drew High School in Compton, CA; and served as CCSSO’s Research Director prior to her work with the ILN. Jennifer holds a B.A. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Harvard University and an M.Ed in Teaching and Curriculum from Harvard Graduate School of Education. She rollicks around New York with her husband and one-year-old daughter.

 

MarnieMARNIE DUDA

Marnie is a Senior Vice President of Finance for Fox Searchlight Pictures. Marnie is a finance, operations, and strategy professional with deep knowledge of financial planning and analysis, budget management, and financial modeling. Before joining Searchlight, Marnie held finance positions in International Theatrical Distribution, and in Studio Deal Analysis, at Twentieth Century Fox's main unit film division. Prior to working in the film industry, she was a Branch Manager for a boutique investment real estate brokerage.

Marnie earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a concentration in Marketing, from the University of California, Riverside. She earned her MBA, with concentrations in Finance and Entertainment, from the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business.

Marnie spends her free time traveling, playing tennis, hiking, and going to the movies.

 

MarkMARK HANCOCK

Mark brings nearly 20 years of experience with nonprofits, foundations, and social enterprise to our practice. He is the Founder of Build Advisory, a non-profit and social enterprise consultancy. Prior to leading Build Advisory full-time, Mark served as the primary operations, finance, and legal adviser to an international foundation with operations in 40 countries. He represented the foundation before the highest levels of government in East and Central Africa, the Philippines, and China while delivering public health services as a member of program teams.

Mark started his career with Jones Day in Washington, D.C. advising Fortune 500 companies, banks, and nonprofit organizations on international mergers and acquisitions, structured finance, and tax controversies. He was subsequently recruited by EY and led the nonprofit tax practice from Northern California to Alaska.

Mark is a CTEC Registered Tax Preparer, authorized to practice before the Internal Revenue Service, and is a United States Tax Court Practitioner. Mark is also a member of the California Society of Tax Consultants and the District of Columbia Bar.*