As COO of Prolific Interactive Devon managers the building of mobile solutions, products & companies with user experience & goals in mind. The trends are pointing to a majority of digital usage from a mobile device. Devon has been helping startups apply strategic execution & infrastructure to their business operations since 2001 &, along with being COO of Prolific Interactive, is currently the President of DMV Capital Corp, a family office. He has built & developed strategies for web, software, ecommerce & technology companies as well as assisted in creating & financing sustainable operations. Before DMV Capital Devon served as a founding member of Freshnotes, a social search company seeking to index, connect & distribute person-based information on the web (social search). Previously, Devon was a member of the PetCareRx (online pet pharmacy) leadership team through multiples of revenue growth. Devon has held various advisory positions for many small & startup companies as a consultant & sometime owner. Devon graduated from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business (2001). Born & raised on Long Island, NY as a member of a happy family that enjoys the outdoors, good neighbors & making the world a better place.
Jeff Chapski (B’91), Past President
Jeff Chapski has worked for, & consulted with, industry leaders & start-up organizations in the financial services, consulting, & technology sectors including J.P Morgan, Arthur & Andersen, Oracle Corporation, & TradeOut.com, Chase Bank, GE Capital, Hewlett-Packard, & Microsoft. Jeff is passionate about mentoring college students as they transition to their first career. He has written a book on the subject that will be published in mid-2015. He is currently working on his second book & writes a blog at Career-ology.com. This desire to give back led Jeff to work closely with Georgetown to establish Hoya Gateway, a program that facilitates 1:1 meetings to introduce current students to the Georgetown Alumni network & thereby guide students as they launch their careers. Jeff also serves as President-Elect for the Georgetown University Alumni Association Board of Governors, having previously served as the Chair of the Career Services Committee for four years. He helped launch the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Alliance, GUAA’s first professional alliance & he serves on the Board of Advisors for the Georgetown University Wall Street Alliance. In 2008, Jeff received the Gaston Award for “Outstanding Service by an Alumnus” & in 2013, he received the Reed Award for “Outstanding Service to the Board of the Alumni Association.” Jeff’s previous volunteer roles at Georgetown include: Co-President of the Georgetown Club of Metropolitan New York, Board Member for Hoyas Unlimited, Board Member the Gridiron Club & a Member of the 2009 John Carroll Weekend Planning Committee
Melissa Bradley (B’89), Past President
Melissa L. Bradley has 20+ years of entrepreneurship, investment & leadership experience. She is a Professor of Practice at the McDonough School of Business where she teaches impact investing, social entrepreneurship, P2P economies & innovation. Melissa also serves as a faculty advisor for the Social Venture Lab & runs experiential learning opportunities for students across the entire University. Previously Melissa served as a political appointee at the Corporation for National Service (CNCS). Her most recent role was as Acting Director of the Social Innovation Fund (SIF), a White House Initiative & program of CNCS. Prior to this role, Melissa served as Chief Strategy Officer at the Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS). During her tenure at CNCS, Melissa was detailed to the Department of Education to continue her work in support of the President’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative, designed to bring attention to, & support for decreasing, the disparities facing boys & young men of color. Before joining CNCS, Melissa served as Chief Executive Officer of Tides, a network of entities committed to helping donors & doers create a better world. Melissa’s corporate experience includes her role as Director of Investment Services at CIT GAP Funds and she also served as Vice President at UBS in the Private Client Group. Melissa currently serves as a board member to Aeris, Office Depot Foundation & ideas42. She serves as an Advisor to the Credit Suisse New Markets Advisory board, Wallet AI, the Center for the Advancement of Social Enterprise at Duke University, LGBTQ Center at Georgetown & Founding Advisor to the Dell Center for Entrepreneurs. She is also Founder & Former President of the GEA & served as a board member on the Georgetown University Alumni Association Board of Governors 10+ years, as well as Founding Member, The Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership. Melissa graduated from Georgetown in 1989 with a bachelor’s of science degree in Finance, & has her MBA from American University.
Shye Gilad (MBA’12), Past Chair, Membership
Shye Gilad has trained & coached hundreds of executives, entrepreneurs, & airline pilots to successful outcomes, & led multiple startups in the entertainment, air transportation, & human development industries. He is passionate about authentic leadership, lifelong learning, & random acts of hospitality. A former airline captain, Shye co-founded ProJet Aviation, an award-winning aircraft management & worldwide charter company. His leadership development firm, Creating Lift, specializes in authentic leadership training, coaching, & consulting for executives & entrepreneurs. Shye Gilad is an Adjunct Professor & Entrepreneur in Residence at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, where he earned an MBA in International Business. He is an EMyth Certified Business Coach, & holds a BS in Aeronautical Science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.
Victoria Schramm (C’12), Past Chair, Events
Victoria Schramm leads the special events team for UP Global, the parent company of StartupWeekend, StartupDigest, NEXT, Startup America & other programs supporting entrepreneurs globally. UP Global aims to improve the global human condition by amplifying the efforts of startup community leaders & their ability to create & sustain flourishing entrepreneurial communities around the world. Based in San Francisco, Victoria is actively involved in the startup community out west. Prior to UP Global, Victoria worked in Account Management at Sprinklr & Corporate Communications at Ralph Lauren. During her years at Georgetown, Victoria worked closely with the Entrepreneurship Initiative & was also a Teaching Assistant for two Entrepreneurship-based classes. She was Global President of the Kairos Society while at Georgetown. She graduated Georgetown with a BA in Art History in 2012.