The Industrious Team
Jamie is the CEO and Co-Founder of Industrious. Prior to Industrious, Jamie was the CEO and Co-Founder of Kepler, a rapidly growing experimental university that Scientific American called a “daring global experiment” to bring “top-tier instruction to the neediest parts of the planet.” Jamie previously ran the education non-profit Generation Rwanda, analyzed investments at the hedge fund Birch Run Capital and was a project finance lawyer at the law firm Sullivan & Cromwell. He started his career as a journalist at the Times of India. Jamie lives in Brooklyn but will travel as far as necessary for Szechuan food or good standup comedy. Jamie holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, an M.P.P. from Harvard University, and a B.A. from Columbia University.
Justin is the President and Co-Founder of Industrious. Previously Justin served as Director of Acquisitions and Operations at Windham Development and Windham China, where he headed their US Real Estate operations. He was previously a Vice President at Madison Realty Capital, but his career highlight will forever be the time he worked for the writing team at the Late Show with his childhood idol, David Letterman. He is the childhood next-door neighbor of Industrious co-founder Jamie Hodari, allowing them an early start dreaming about the future of office space. Justin can be found living with his wife in New York’s Lower East Side, along with their dog, confusingly named Chicken. Justin holds a Graduate Certification in Real Estate Finance and Development from NYU and a B.A. from Indiana University.
Michael is the Chief Operating Officer of Industrious. Prior to Industrious he was the General Manager of the Enterprise business at General Assembly, a global education institution empowering people to successfully pursue the work they love. Under his watch, the Enterprise business rapidly expanded to deliver high quality training across 35 countries to thousands of employees from the world’s leading organizations. Michael started his career at McKinsey & Company where he spent 8 years working with senior executives in the financial services, consumer products and high tech industries. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, but is fiercely proud to be an Australian. Michael holds a B.Comm and a B.A. from The University of Queensland, and an MBA from Stanford Business School.
Bonnie is the Head of Design and Construction at Industrious. She was previously the Senior Director of Construction at Tough Mudder, the world’s leading obstacle course race company-over 2 million people have participated in her thrilling obstacles. Under her leadership, the construction department expanded globally to 11 countries and introduced modular construction methods to the obstacle designs for the most cost effective and standardized builds. Previously she was a project manager for a mechanical design build contractor in the Bay Area, working on projects for clients such as Google, Sutter Health, Amgen, Stanford Hospital, and Dupont Fabros Technologies. Outside of Industrious, Bonnie can be found making homemade pasta, searching the city for the best slice, and doing some hot yoga to burn off those carbs. She holds a BS in Architectural Engineering degree from Penn State.
Anna is the Head of Growth at Industrious. Previously, Anna was the co-founder of Run for America, a bipartisan political consulting firm electing the next generation of leaders to Congress, and the founding President of Born Free Africa, a private initiative to end pediatric HIV. Under her leadership, Born Free opened operations in the U.S., Nigeria, and Kenya and contributed to a 60% global decline in children newly infected with HIV. Anna started her career at McKinsey & Company, where she spent 4 years working with business and public sector leaders in healthcare. Anna can often be found cooking for friends and family in her tiny NYC kitchen, or practicing her deadlift. She has been recognized by Forbes 30 Under 30, is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, and holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Brown University.
Anthony is the Head of HR at Industrious. Prior to joining Industrious, Anthony was the Director of People at Managed by Q – known as the operating system for offices, Q manages all activities through a robust technology platform and services handled by Q’s field staff and partner network. Under his leadership, Managed by Q grew rapidly to over 600 employees in four major markets and completed multiple venture rounds. Anthony started his HR career in the retail industry with Nordstrom, where he spent three years helping to expand the brand in the Carolinas focusing on high performing talent and hospitality. In his spare time, you can find Anthony rooting for his hometown Pittsburgh Steelers, enjoying local coffee as he travels the world, and seeking out new and interesting spots to fly his drones. Anthony holds the SHRM-SCP certification, a B.S. from Youngstown State University and an MHR from the University of South Carolina.
Chris is the Head of Business Operations at Industrious. Prior to Industrious, Chris held a variety of positions at the world’s largest hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates, which ranged from analyzing clients’ portfolios to transforming Bridgewater’s internal operations. Prior to that, he rounded out his experiences with designing UAVs for the Department of Defense, developing the next generation of razor blades, and assessing the profitability of wind farms. Chris holds a MBA from Columbia Business School, a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University (where he geeked out building a solar-powered hovercraft), and a BA from Bates College. Outside work, he enjoys getting on the water, kiteboarding and sailing, and planning his next African safari with his wife and two daughters.
Eivind is the Head of Design at Industrious. Before joining Industrious he was a Senior Consultant at AECOM in the Strategy+ group where he advised on the design and real estate strategies for a number of private institutions, public companies and federal agencies in the US and Canada. Eivind cut his teeth as a designer at Rangr Studio, Robert A.M. Stern Architects, Young Projects and Luckey. He has completed projects in the US, the Dominican Republic, and the United Kingdom. He holds a B.A. from Yale University and he received his M.Arch. from Columbia University. He has taught design studios at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and was an Adjunct Associate Researcher at Columbia’s Center for Urban Real Estate. When he is not designing the next great Industrious location, he enjoys skiing, racing sailboats, and adventurous conversations. You may also encounter him walking around the industrial outskirts of some European city in search of a can of Irn-Bru.
Evan is Head of Marketing at Industrious. Before joining, he was the first employee and VP Marketing & Business Development at CourseHorse, a leading education startup. Earlier, he worked in Strategy & Analytics for Patch, AOL’s hyperlocal news network, and Co-Founded DealsForDeeds, a social enterprise. Evan started his career in management consulting at The Avascent Group, where he focused on growth and M&A strategy within the aerospace, space and defense industries. Outside of work, you’ll find him volunteering at the tech education nonprofit Code/Interactive, trying to keep up with the group on bike trips, and going on occasional historic walking tours. Evan holds a B.A in International Relations and Urban Studies from The University of Pennsylvania and lives in NYC.
Jian is the Head of Finance at Industrious. Prior to joining Industrious, Jian was the Chief Financial Officer at UGE. While at UGE, Jian helped to bring the company public, raised over $9 million in equity and debt financing, set up the company’s project financing program, and streamlined the company’s financial processes. Jian also has experience as an investment banker at Citi, where he worked on transactions including mergers and acquisitions to capital raising, and as a consultant with Deloitte. In his spare time, Jian travels extensively, having lived and worked in China, Hong Kong, India, France, Italy, Canada, and Austria, and is always planning his next adventure with friends. Jian holds a B.S. from Carnegie Mellon University and an M.B.A. and Masters in International Relations from the University of Chicago.
Nipun is a Regional Manager at Industrious. Prior to Industrious, Nipun spent several years helping organizations use economics and data to make better decisions, most recently by leading analytics for the New Jersey Department of Education. He is a New Jersey native, and also identifies with California, having lived there during his heady college years. Nipun was trained as a classical trombonist, has lived in four countries, and enjoys live concerts and attempting to run. He holds a B.A. from Stanford University and a J.D. from Yale Law School.
Rachael is the Head of Hospitality at Industrious. Before joining Industrious, Rachael was at Starwood Hotels & Resorts on the Brand Strategy team and then the Sheraton Global Brand Management team. Prior to working on the brand side of the hotel business, she was on the real estate side as a Project Manager for the Design and Construction team at hotel ownership group RLJ Lodging Trust. In her free time, Rachael helps lead Project Spark, a non-profit that supports sustainable relief efforts through education, health care, and micro-loans in Guatemala. Rachael lives in NYC and can often be found on a soccer field trying to appear graceful and not set the record for most number of falls in a season. She holds a B.S. from the Cornell Hotel School and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Valerie is a Regional Manager with Industrious. She has a communications consulting background, and could spend all day chatting about diversity in entrepreneurship. With a vegetarian appetite in barbecue country, Valerie spends her time seeking out veggies, hiking, kayaking, and rock climbing. She holds an MPP from Duke University and a BA/BS from UC Berkeley.
Alan is an Assistant Project Manager at Industrious. Prior to joining Industrious, Alan was a part of the Pre-construction Team at Clark Construction Group, where he helped the company procure and price new construction projects. He is originally from Caracas, Venezuela, but spent most of his childhood in sunny Miami. Outside of Industrious, Alan enjoys cheering on the Miami sports teams, attending concerts, and playing basketball. Alan holds a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.
Adventure seeker and Ohio native, Alexis Piscazzi is an urban girl wannabe, and a lover of wine and Italian food. She is a Project Manager at Industrious. Alexis began her career educating children at the South-East Asia Center. After, she worked as an expert in operations and workplace culture at Merrick Ventures and its portfolio companies. Most recently, she was Industrious’s Regional Director and the Community Manager at Industrious Chicago. Alexis is not really limited to the work culture and operations business: she was an 8-time varsity letter winner in High School for volleyball and softball, and to her knowledge still holds the record for most awkward catch of the season in 2002. These days, she can be found popping around the country and brainstorming how to make people’s days with her colleagues and members. Alexis holds a B.S. from THE Ohio State University.
Ali is a National Project Manager at Industrious. Prior to joining the Industrious team, Ali was a Manager of Store Planning at Saks Fifth Avenue, successfully guiding the design and construction processes for both new stores as well as major renovations. She has also held positions at Tiffany & Company in New York, as well as Fox Architects in Bethesda, Maryland where she focused on high end residential design. Ali is a licensed architect and holds a Bachelor of Architecture from The University of Notre Dame as well as a Master of Arts in Interior Design from the Corcoran School of the Arts at George Washington University. Ali lives in NYC with her husband, and when not busy planning how to spend all of their money on travel, she can be found scouring Humane Society pages to find the perfect dog.
Amy Tsao is a National Project Manager with Industrious. Before joining Industrious, she was a Vendor Shop Construction Manager with Saks Fifth Avenue, forging relationships with high-end retail brands and building each brand’s store design concepts across North America. Other noted experiences are her work on new concept store design and roll outs at Coach Inc. and background in architecture and design with PBDW Architects. Each summer, Amy volunteers with the USTA at the US Open Tennis Championship in Flushing, Queens. Amy graduated from Columbia with a BA in Architecture and continues to be involved with Barnard College Career Development where she volunteers as a mentee.
Bret is a National Project Manager at industrious. Prior to joining the Industrious team, he was a Senior Product Engineer for Tough Mudder, the world’s most popular Obstacle course event. Here he led the design and implementation of all new course features. He has worked as both designer and builder, having started his career with 2003 in Tucson before moving on to New York City to work with Greenstreet Inc., one of that city’s first Green Builders. Here he managed multiple ground-up townhouse projects, high-end retail, and the Tri-State’s first LEED certified restaurant. Bret holds a B.A. in Architectural Design from Southwest University of Visual Arts. Outside of industrious, Bret can be found roaming the South looking for the best BBQ with his wife and young son, Jack.
Charlie is a Marketing Manager at Industrious. Before joining, he helped build the marketing team at Rocketrip, a startup that helps businesses reduce their employee travel costs. He began his career in media and entertainment at companies including Hulu and Fusion. Charlie likes to spend his free time figuring out the New York bus system and running simple chores. A native of Texas, he holds a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University
Devin is the Facilities Manager at Industrious. He previously worked as a Facilities Manager in the fashion retail industry, where he overlooked more than 110 locations. Devin has a passion for building, dismantling, and rebuilding things, and during his free time you can find him in his garage (or chasing his Rottweiler, Rowdy, who frequently steals his tools). A native of Queens, New York, Devin holds a B.A from Queens College.
Emily Witko is a Customer Experience Associate at Industrious who loves beer, sports, and the internet. After living in Brooklyn, NY for nearly ten years, Emily and their partner recently relocated to St. Louis, MO where Emily is pursuing a master’s degree in Women’s and Gender Studies. Previously, Emily worked at General Assembly and GrubHub Seamless, providing happiness through corporate training and food delivery, respectively. When not at school or work, you can find them playing softball or rewatching episodes of Parks and Recreation.
Emma Dively is a National Launcher at Industrious. After earning a BA in Communication Technology from Saint Louis University, Emma worked in public television, contributing to episodes of American Masters and Independent Lens. But Emma would prefer a weekend of adventure to sitting in front of the TV. From climbing Mt. Rainier to skydiving, coasteering to flying trapeze, she’s tried it all.
Faith is the Senior Facilities Manager at Industrious. Before joining Industrious, she was the Director of Facilities at Flywheel Sports, an indoor cycling experience, where she launched the company onto a cloud-based work order ticketing system and streamlined their maintenance and repair work orders. She managed the entire ecosystem, from their fast-paced, day to day work orders to larger capital projects including retrofits, renovations, and refreshes for their 40 locations. Prior to Flywheel Sports, Faith oversaw Kate Spade Facilities and Procurement Departments for three internal brands. She oversaw 140 locations during her tenure, and played a key role in opening 60 stores in the US, UK and Canada. She managed the purchasing department, including two distribution centers for all operating supplies for the fleet. She is passionate about hospitality and providing best in class facilities for luxury and commercial locations. During her spare time, you will find her cooking, going on hikes with her family, or hosting BBQs with friends while arguing with her husband about the superiority of NC style to Texas style BBQ.
Kait is the National Launcher at Industrious. Prior to joining Industrious, Kait worked in humanitarian relief, study abroad, and refugee resettlement. A transplant from the East Coast, Kait has spent the last decade enjoying all four seasons in Minneapolis, where she was the Community Manager at our Minneapolis location. Kait holds a MBA and BA from the University of Minnesota.
Kat is the Real Estate Development Manager at Industrious. Prior to joining Industrious, she was Manager of Development at Equinox and helped expand the portfolio of new clubs. She also held positions at L&L Holding Company and PGIM Real Estate (previously Prudential Real Estate Investors). Kat graduated from New York University with a BS in Hotel and Tourism Management and serves as Vice President of the Tisch Center Alumni Society. In her spare time, she is an Associate Board Member at Apex for Youth, a non-profit organization serving underprivileged Asian-American youth in NYC. Kat loves to travel the world and write about her food adventures on her blog.
Kate Merritt Paulson is a Design Associate at Industrious. Prior to joining the Industrious team, Kate worked at Dekar Design in Soho focusing on restaurant, hospitality, and residential design. She graduated from Barnard College of Columbia University with a degree in Psychology, concentrating in Behavioral Neuroscience. Throughout her experience, Kate has integrated her background in Psychology with her passion for design. Originally from North Carolina, she is a big basketball fan (go Duke!), foodie, and avid TV watcher. Kate can typically be found roaming NYC’s parks with a snack in hand.
Lauren is a National Launcher at Industrious and former Nashville Community Manager. Before joining the Industrious team, she spent the last year working as a Marketing Manager for Uber in Nashville. As a Chicago native, she loves the Bears, stand-up comedy, and blues music. In Nashville, you can most likely find her at a concert or writing music of her own. She holds a B.A. in Art, Media, and Entertainment Management from Columbia College Chicago.
Laurie is currently Industrious’s Human Resources Manager and was previously the Community Manager of Industrious’s Chicago location. Over the past 9 years, Laurie has worked in media, market research, and project management, most recently for the Chicago Sun-Times. Her diverse background taught her to wear many hats preparing to open and manage Industrious’s first location. When Laurie isn’t running around Industrious, you can find her proudly wearing maize and blue. She often holds her son Ben in one arm, and her gorgeous Goldendoodle Ozzie in the other. If she had a third arm it would likely be holding a taco. Laurie holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan.
Though she majored in accounting at Washington University in St. Louis, Leah discovered her passion for food and hospitality while spending a year behind the bar in Argentina and farming in Italy. After a stint as an auditor with Deloitte, Leah made the transition into hotels and restaurants in NYC, honing her skills as a concierge at Mondrian Soho and event manager at Red Rooster. Leah loves a good trivia night and isn’t embarrassed to admit that she DVRs Jeopardy.
Mary Catherine Swan is a New Member Development Associate at Industrious. Born and raised in Atlanta, she is a proud graduate of the University of Georgia, where she studied Public Relations. After college, she served as a Teach For America Corps Member in Dallas, Texas for two years and developed a heart for literacy in early childhood education. If it is not college football season, you might find her eating her way through a new city or country.
Melissa is the Bookkeeper at Industrious. Earning a BA in English from the University of Texas strengthened her analytical skills, landing her in a variety of roles, including fashion entrepreneur, freelance journalist, and e-commerce coordinator. Always interested in how the details add up to a narrative, she eventually discovered a passion for accounting and how its many parallels to storytelling. Although she still loves her hometown of Austin, nothing compares to the walkability of New York City. Out of the office, she enjoys exploring the city on foot, usually with a camera or friends.
Michelle Swavely is a Hospitality Associate at Industrious. She’s a partnership maker and experience creator. She prides herself on creating an authentic dialogue between product and consumer and for genuinely finding herself deeply rooted in providing good to the world. The relationships she has fostered through her time at Gen Art NY, LLR Consulting, the Montauk Beach House and The Path Meditation are indispensable and allow her to transition seamlessly between the worlds of boutique hospitality, art, fashion, lifestyle, and wellness. When she’s not working, you can find her near the ocean. She also contributes to The Montauk Oceans Institute helping inform the public of ocean health related issues throughout Long Island and the greater New York area. Michelle lives in Brooklyn and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing, Advertising and Communications from the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Natalie Raderman is a Design Associate at Industrious. Prior to joining Industrious, Natalie worked at Rockwell Group designing hotels, bars, restaurants, and casinos in South America, Asia, and the US. Originally from Massachusetts, she left for Ohio to get a B.S. in Interior Design at the University of Cincinnati before returning to the East Coast. She interned at top design firms including Gensler and Wilson Associates; an experiential marketing agency, MKG, where she helped design a SoHo pop-up activation for Delta Airlines; and in Zurich, Switzerland working for Michelgroup on a high-end department store in Istanbul, Turkey. These days you can find Natalie in New York running down brownstone-lined streets, exploring farmers markets and urban parks, or eating at a new restaurant.
Nicola McDougall is the Controller at Industrious. Prior to joining Industrious, she held Accounting Manager roles at Mobify and British Columbia Automobile Association, where she was responsible for all financial reporting and operational finance matters. Nicola began her accounting career at KPMG where she obtained her CPA, CA and specialized in servicing Real Estate and Financial Services clients. Nicola grew up in Vancouver, Canada and holds a BBA from Simon Fraser University. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and playing soccer.
Prior to joining Industrious, Paul was an investment banker in the Corporate Finance Advisory group at Wells Fargo Securities. While at Wells Fargo, Paul completed over $15 billion in transactions, ranging from mergers & acquisitions to equity and debt issuances, and developed several proprietary valuation models. Paul keeps active and healthy in the gym or on the soccer field (except when he’s tackling a large pizza by himself). Paul graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Northeastern University.
Rachel is a Recruiter at Industrious. Prior to joining the team, she worked at Goldman Sachs for almost 10 years. Her previous roles included Head of Asia ex-Japan Campus Recruiting and Co-Head of US Campus Recruiting. Rachel has lived in Hong Kong, India, and London and loved traveling throughout these regions. When she’s not looking for the next amazing hire for Industrious, you can find her chasing after her two children, playing Mah Jongg or catching up on reality TV. She has a B.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Rachel is the New Member Development Associate at Industrious. Prior to joining the team, she managed development projects and events at StoryCorps, a national oral history nonprofit. Originally from New Jersey, she now lives in Brooklyn. When she’s not talking to prospective members and analyzing data, Rachel likes to watch Turner Classic Movies and hang out in Prospect Park. While she’s never played an organized sport, Rachel harnesses her fierce competitive spirit for bar trivia and board games. She also enjoys a challenge to her mental IMDB. Rachel holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Richard was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. He played varsity soccer at Otterbien University, where he earned a BA in international business. He began his career at Enterprise Rent-a-Car, where he was a branch manager, and most recently, he was the General Manager for Regus business center in downtown Columbus. Outside of work, you can find him spending time with his wife and two daughters, who are all HUGE Ohio State Buckeye fans!
Shane Jones is a Real Estate Development Associate at Industrious. Prior to joining Industrious, he was an Underwriter at Broadacre Financial, assisting with the origination, underwriting, and closing of more than $320 million of commercial real estate loans. Shane also worked at HVS Hospitality, where he provided hospitality consulting and appraisal services for both proposed and existing hotels. Outside of Industrious, Shane enjoys exploring the outdoors, watching college football, and improving his golf game. Shane holds a B.S. in Industrial Labor Relations with a minor in Real Estate from Cornell University.
Sofia Burlo is an Interior Designer and Architect from Buenos Aires, Argentina, via Southern California and New York. She holds an AAS in Interior Design from Parsons and a B.Arch. from University of Buenos Aires. Before joining Industrious, Sofia worked as an Interior Designer for Crème Design in Brooklyn, as an Exhibitions Assistant at the California Museum of Photography, and was a Junior Architect for DU Group in Buenos Aires. She enjoys traveling, watching independent films and doing yoga.
Yu Li is a Designer at Industrious. She received her Master of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture, studied Architectural History and Theory from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Yu started her career as a production designer for The Onion, then after SCI-Arc worked as an architect for Michael Maltzan, Zago Architecture and then Asymptote Architecture, where she designed the Thyssen-Bornemisza Academy in Venezia and the new Moscow outpost of the Hermitage Modern and Contemporary Museum. In her spare time, Yu enjoys learning German, conversations about food and housing policy. You may also find her ogling cute dogs she encounters.