Shantanu Rana  Chief Executive Officer

Shantanu Rana

Chief Executive Officer

Shantanu is a seasoned integrated marketing executive with 20 years of experience building award-winning comprehensive digital marketing solutions.  Shantanu founded and led Louder Communications, a digital marketing consulting firm, and prior to that worked with KBS, Rosetta, Erwin Penland, R/GA, and PwC. Alma Mater: Carnegie Mellon University.

Kamael Sugrim  Chief Operations Officer

Kamael Sugrim

Chief Operations Officer

Kamael has over 20 years experience in the technology, financial and social impact sectors. After working as a wall street analyst, Kamael designed marketing and partnership strategies for both Salesforce.com and SAP and served as a business advisor to SaaS startups.  She was recently Managing Director at Impact Hub, a global network of 100+ incubators. Kamael also founded mPowering, leveraging mobile technology to help India’s ultra-poor. Alma Mater: Barnard College and Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Niren Nazareth  Chief Financial Officer

Niren Nazareth

Chief Financial Officer

Niren brings nearly 20 years of capital markets and investment banking experience to People First. He recently spent 11 years at Deutsche Bank where he raised over $20 billion for corporate clients to finance growth, acquisitions, and recapitalizations. Niren also has advised management teams on financing terms, structure and strategy. Alma Mater: Rutgers University and Columbia Business School

Keath Chan  Technical Advisor

Keath Chan

Technical Advisor

Keath has led large transformative initiatives with clients such as Verizon Wireless and held technical leadership roles at frog Design, R/GA, and Droga5. Client solutions typically incorporate multi-tiered platforms including content management systems, E-commerce platforms, and cloud-based infrastructure. Keath is an advisor to Fruit Street, VitalScore and several healthcare startups. Alma Mater: Cornell University

Melissa Taw  Marketing Director

Melissa Taw

Marketing Director

Melissa has 10 years of experience in Marketing, with specialties in digital, product innovation and 360-degree customer experience. After working for CIT Bank, where she grew the retail portfolio $8 billion+, she’s been a freelance change-agent for companies in various industries including beauty, CPG and legal.  Alma Mater: University of Southern California and Purdue University Business School