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Management Team

Jamie Hodari

Co-Founder & CEO

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 Stewart

Co-Founder & President

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 Robson

Chief Operating Officer

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.

Jian Yang

Head of Finance

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.

Anna Squires Levine

Head of Growth

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.

Bonnie Lee

VP of Design & Construction

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.

Rachael Gursky

Head of Hospitality

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.

Eivind Karlsen

Head of Design

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.

Anthony Fears

Head of HR

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.

Evan Fain

Head of Marketing

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.

Chris Backus

Head of Business Operations

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.

Nipun Kant

Regional Manager / Head of New Revenue & Talent Ops

Nipun is Regional Manager / Head of New Revenue & Talent Ops 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.

Alexis Piscazzi

National Project Manager

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.

Kat Lau

Real Estate Development Manager

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.

Ali Grobe

National Project Manager

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.

Laurie Skurow

Human Resources Manager

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.

Leah Alexander

National Launch Manager

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.

Kait Dougherty

National Launcher

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.

Lauren Terasewicz

National Launcher

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.

Valerie Jaffee

Regional Manager

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.

Sofia Burlo

Design Associate

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.

Natalie Raderman

Design Associate

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.

Paul Bueti

Director of Finance

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.

Devin Singh

Facilities Manager

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.

Rachel Del Valle

New Member Development Associate

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.

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