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Cynthia AshleyProject Manager, Google Lunar XPRIZE
I Prize Compassion
Cynthia Ashley comes to XPRIZE as a seasoned project manager in the areas of informal education and the environment. Ms. Ashley will use her extensive experience in developing and monitoring high budget, high profile projects to oversee the production and distribution of a digital Fulldome planetarium show for the Google Lunar XPRIZE.
Ms. Ashley has worked as a project manager for Morrison & Foerster, a large San Francisco law firm, the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, the Lawrence Hall of Science, Chabot Space & Science Center and the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse.
Ms. Ashley has a B.A. in history, and a M.A. in education from George Washington University.
Eileen BartholomewVice President, Prize Development
I Prize Health
Eileen Bartholomew joins XPRIZE with more than 15 years of experience in building innovative programs for public, private and non-profit organizations. Ms. Bartholomew’s extensive experience helps her oversee the Prize Development efforts for XPRIZE.
She has worked across the Life Sciences and Health Care industry, helping clients worldwide identify, plan, launch and sustain a wide range of medical products and services, from blockbuster drugs to specialty pharmaceuticals to niche medical devices. Prior to joining XPRIZE, Ms. Bartholomew served in leadership positions in several large and boutique management consulting organizations, including Navigant Consulting.
Ms. Bartholomew received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology at Harvard College and is a graduate of Singularity University.
Andrew BartonDirector of Technical Operations, Google Lunar XPRIZE
I Prize a Space-Faring Civilization
Dr. Andrew Barton joins XPRIZE with 10 years of experience working in the aerospace and mechanical engineering fields. As Director of Technical Operations for the Google Lunar XPRIZE, Dr. Barton is responsible for finalizing the prize's rules and guidelines, selecting and managing the panel of independent judges and communicating with external stakeholders on technical aspects. Dr. Barton's experience spanning large and small space projects will ensure that the Google Lunar XPRIZE rewards innovate and talented teams, setting the scene for the next wave of space exploration.
Prior to joining XPRIZE, Dr. Barton was involved in the private space industry as a technology developer, project manager and entrepreneur. He also worked for 4 years as a specialist at the European Space Agency ESTEC facility in the Netherlands where he supported the development of space missions, including significant contributions to future lunar and Mars landers as well as the Vega launch vehicle. His deep understanding of space mission development covers all phases of the design process from conceptual design studies through to final system qualification.
Dr. Barton holds Ph.D and bachelors degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Sydney and a Masters degree in Space Studies from the International Space University. He is also an avid student of languages and international cultures.
Justin BookeyDirector Of Content Strategy, Marketing & Communications
I Prize the Telling of Untold Stories
Justin brings to XPRIZE a dozen years of experience creating award-winning digital content and strategy for Sony, Disney, Honda, Cisco and Wells Fargo as well as several startups. He has also directed two feature documentaries that aired on PBS, received regional Emmy nominations and won several film festival awards. This wide spectrum of content and strategy experience guides Mr. Bookey’s role as Director of Content Strategy at XPRIZE. In this position he shapes the digital footprint, expanding the reach of XPRIZE’s mission through our website, social media channels, and online campaigns.
Prior to joining XPRIZE, Mr. Bookey led content strategy at digital agencies Genex, Sapient, Razorfish, and marchFIRST. He also practiced communications law in Washington, D.C. for several years, facilitating FCC approval of his clients’ multi-million dollar emerging technology initiatives. He has studied and worked abroad in India and Japan.
Mr. Bookey holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from University of California, San Diego, and a Juris Doctor and a Master of Science in Public Relations from Boston University. A competitive table tennis player, he earned a silver medal (semi-pro division) at the 2007 Table Tennis U.S. Open.
Jennifer BravoManager, Prize Development
I Prize Sustainable and Compassionate Food Systems
Jennifer Bravo joins XPRIZE with nearly ten years of experience in research and public policy. She has worked closely with various stakeholders, including government agencies, non-profit organizations, and academic institutions to develop and implement policy in the public interest. Her experience in research, development, and project management helps her design prizes that address the world's Grand Challenges.
Prior to joining XPRIZE, Ms. Bravo managed the City of Los Angeles's Campaign Finance Program, where she successfully regulated candidates, elected officials, and independent spending in local elections and increased public disclosure and engagement in the campaign finance arena. She also worked as a researcher and teaching assistant at the University of Southern California, where she focused on addressing the state's budget crisis.
Ms. Bravo earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Sacramento in anthropology with an emphasis in environmental science, and her Master of Public Policy from the University of Southern California, where she serves on the alumni board of the USC Price School of Public Policy. She spends her free time volunteering for environmental and animal welfare organizations.
Jordan BrownDirector, Visioneering
I Prize Disease Prevention
Jordan Brown joins XPRIZE with a decade of experience at the nexus of politics, entertainment, and philanthropy, and specializes in building hybrid coalitions that span those three spheres. At XPRIZE, Mr. Brown leads Visioneering, the process used to translate visionary ideas for combating the world’s Grand Challenges into incentivized competitions.
Prior to joining XPRIZE, Mr. Brown launched the social impact agenda for Summit Series, a global community for leading young entrepreneurs. In 2007, he joined actress and activist Fran Drescher in launching the Cancer Schmancer Foundation, a leading voice for prevention and early detection of cancer. Mr. Brown has also worked on a variety of political and issue campaigns at the local, state, and federal levels.
Mr. Brown earned a degree in Political Science from Stanford University, and studied at L'Institut d'études politiques (IEP) in Paris. Jordan is a California native and lives in Los Angeles.
Paul BunjeSenior Director, Prize Development, Ocean Health
I Prize a Thriving Planet
Paul Bunje comes to XPRIZE with more than 12 years of experience in science, policy, education, and environmental leadership. Dr. Bunje brings his unique ability to bridge the gap between science and society to the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE to help lead the identification of solutions to the challenges facing our world’s oceans.
Prior to joining XPRIZE, Dr. Bunje served as the founding Executive Director of the UCLA Center for Climate Change Solutions and as the Managing Director of the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability. In these roles, he facilitated innovative research and communication between scientists, decision makers, and the public and led the creation of regional climate change programs for the 10 million people of Los Angeles County.
Dr. Bunje has served as an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and as an educator at science museums in California and Minnesota. Dr. Bunje’s service includes the City of Los Angeles’ Green Retrofit Advisory Council, a fellow of the Center for Tropical Research, board member of Climate Resolve and the Los Angeles Sustainability Collaborative, and as an advisor to USAID, Clean Tech LA, and the Asia Society. Dr. Bunje has lived and conducted scientific research in Europe, the Middle East, and the Pacific—providing first-hand insight into the diverse challenges we face in protecting critical habitats and communities.
Dr. Bunje is trained in biology, with a B.S. from the University of Southern California and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.
Lindsey BurrisManager, Alliances
I Prize Teleportation
Lindsey Burris comes to XPRIZE with a background in sales, marketing and customer service. This experience helps Ms. Burris support the Alliances team operations and donor relations. She is responsible for managing Alliances event logistics and XPRIZE'S Customer Relationship Management system, Salesforce.com.
Previously, she was an assistant manager at Enterprise Rent-a-Car. Ms. Burris has also served as a fundraising intern for The Howard for Penal Reform in London, England.
Ms. Burris attended Pepperdine University where she studied in Buenos Aires, Argentina and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.
Vivian CabralManager, Team Relations
I Prize Unleashing Potential
Vivian Cabral comes to XPRIZE with over 12 years of healthcare experience in both corporate and non-profit organizations. Her background in project management, drug and device development and strategic communications allows Ms. Cabral to successfully lead team relations and management for the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE and the Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE.
Prior to joining XPRIZE, Ms. Cabral designed messaging strategies and executed communication campaigns for healthcare corporations and brands at Edelman. She counseled private and public sector clients including Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Edwards Lifesciences, Shire Regenerative Medicine, Sangart, Care Harbor and CoachArt. In addition, Ms. Cabral successfully launched and managed global marketing, clinical research, philanthropy and communications projects for Pfizer, Biogen Idec, Harvard Clinical Research Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital, Yale School of Public Health, the Taproot Foundation and Shanti Bhavan Children's Project.
Ms. Cabral holds a Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology from the University of Michigan, a Master of Public Health in Health Services from Boston University School of Public Health and a Master of Science in Strategic Communications from Columbia University.
Leo CamachoAssociate, Media & Outreach, Google Lunar XPRIZE
I Prize Art Through Science
Leo Camacho joins XPRIZE with a multi-faceted background ranging from the arts to social media outreach. He brings 10 years of experience in graphic design and illustration, as well as several years in entertainment, to his role in engaging the Google Lunar XPRIZE community in more interactive and creative ways.
Prior to joining XPRIZE, Mr. Camacho worked as a freelance graphic artist, a position where he worked on a multitude of projects including corporate marketing and illustration for children’s books. Aside from his experience as an artist, he also co-founded the popular website Radnerd.com, which covered news and events in the pop culture world such as video games, entertainment, comics and tech. Later Mr. Camacho launched and co-hosted a weekly live, internet community-focused web-series called “The Radnerd Show” on TheStream.tv, which went on to be nominated for “Best Online Interactive Live Program” at the 2010 Streamy Awards. The show focused on bringing news and entertainment to the audience and also featured industry guests pertaining to community interests, allowing live viewers to ask questions in real time. Mr. Camacho has also hosted various online, cross-platform events for DK Publishing, Niko Electronics, and Nintendo focusing on social media and outreach.
Grant CampanySenior Director, Archon Genomics XPRIZE presented by Express Scripts
I Prize Good Health and Wellness
Grant Campany comes to the Archon Genomics XPRIZE presented by Express Scripts with nearly 20 years in the Life Sciences industry. As the founder of BLOGiQ Advisory Group, a boutique consultancy firm offering strategic planning for non-profit organizations, Mr. Campany brings his wealth of experience in the non-profit sector to XPRIZE, revitalizing and re-launching the Archon Genomics XPRIZE presented by Express Scripts.
He began his career with 3M Pharmaceuticals and led the development and implementation of 3M’s first global Research & Development portfolio prioritization process across three technology platforms. Mr. Campany’s experience includes business development for PPD Discovery and Onyx Pharmaceuticals and global strategic planning for Chiron Corp.
Mr. Campany holds a Bachelor of Science in Business “With Distinction” and a Master of Business Administration from the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota.
Denise CannonSenior Director, Events
I Prize Curiosity
Denise Cannon comes to XPRIZE with a rich tenure in the world of experiential marketing. For more than 15 years, she has developed, managed and led teams to dimensionalize brands through strategic communications, integrated marketing programs and captivating live events. Ms. Cannon has worked with a number of clients that range from technology based firms like AMD, PeopleSoft, Intel, Nokia, 3M to Consumer Product Companies like Nike and Sony as well as non profit organizations like Mental Health America and the American Heart Association. In addition, she is an active consultant with the Taproot Foundation, developing brand strategies for small to medium sized non-profits in Los Angeles.
Formerly, Ms. Cannon was the Vice President of Activation for Jack Morton Worldwide, a global brand experience agency. For more than a decade with Jack Morton, she worked in the US, Europe and also had a two-year post in Asia cultivating experiences for some of the most recognized brands spanning the automotive,technology, financial and health sciences sectors. She has the skills and passion to work in all media including live event production, digital communications, social media and print and has won a number of industry awards within the experiential community.
Ms Cannon holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a Technology focus from the University of California, Santa Barbara. A self-proclaimed doodler, Denise describes herself as part journalist, part problem solver - all heart.
Christina CavalliDirector, Human Resources
I Prize Accessible Quality Healthcare for All
Christina Cavalli comes to XPRIZE with ten years of recruitment and human resources experience.
Prior to joining XPRIZE, Ms. Cavalli served as a Senior On Premise Manager for Ultimate Staffing. During her tenure at Ultimate Staffing she was responsible for the recruitment and management of the contingency workforce at 20th Century Fox.
Ms. Cavalli received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Sonoma State University and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources.
Kama CraigAssociate, Prize Operations
I Prize Sustainable Agriculture
Kama Craig comes to XPRIZE with more than 15 years of experience in office management, accounting, logistics, and expert customer care. She is both honored and excited to use her extensive administrative background and exceptional organizational skills to provide the day to day operational support for the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE and the Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE.
Prior to joining XPRIZE, Ms. Craig worked primarily in the private sector, holding managerial positions in home décor and apparel design and manufacturing, a top international logistics company, and most recently managing operations from the ground floor up at an architectural tech start-up firm.
Ms. Craig studied nutrition education at Orange Coast College which led to a lifelong passion for health, nutrition and wellness. She is an advocate for supporting local farmers and the importance of affordable nutrient rich food for a healthier population.
Zachary DavidAssociate, Marketing & Communications
I Prize Exploring the World
Zachary David comes to XPRIZE with more than six years of experience in the communications and entertainment industries. His responsibilities include working alongside other departments to help integrate XPRIZE’s core principles into both internal and external facing marketing and communications materials.
Prior to joining XPRIZE, Mr. David worked in television production, helping to create content for networks such as MTV, VH1, and Style. He has also worked as a freelance communications consultant, helping to craft public relations and marketing materials and events for the LA Shorts Fest, Flip Creative, and the Colonial Theater.
Mr. David received his Bachelor of Science in Public Relations from Boston University.
Eric DesatnikDirector, Public Relations
I Prize Wildlife Conservation
With a decade-spanning academic and professional background in both the entertainment industry and environmental advocacy, Eric Desatnik has carved a niche at the intersection of the two fields.
Most recently, Eric spearheaded communications efforts at an international wildlife conservation group, overseeing public relations, strategic partnerships, social media, and celebrity ambassador engagement. Eric and his team leveraged over $200 million in placed and earned media on a budget of $1.5 million.
Eric founded and programmed the Environmental Film Festival at Yale, which has since grown to become one of the leading environmental film festivals in the world. For his work on this, Eric was named one of Variety’s “Standout Students” of 2010.
Alongside Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson, Eric served as Executive Producer of the documentary, The Whale, a “Critic’s Pick” by the New York Times and the Washington Post, about a lone killer whale who befriends humans off the West Coast of Canada.
Eric’s background in the entertainment industry includes positions at George Magazine, Management 360, and BWR Public Relations, where he executed publicity campaigns for clients including Brad Pitt, Adam Sandler, and Sirius Satellite Radio.
Eric holds a Master of Environmental Management degree from Yale and is certified as a LEED Accredited Professional by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Dr. Peter H. Diamandis M.D.Chairman & CEO
I Prize Creating a World of Abundance
Dr. Peter Diamandis is the Chairman and CEO of XPRIZE, which leads the world in designing and launching large incentive prizes to drive radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity. Best known for the $10 million Ansari XPRIZE for private spaceflight and the $10 million Progressive Automotive XPRIZE for 100 mile-per-gallon equivalent cars, XPRIZE is now launching prizes in Exploration, Life Sciences, Energy, and Education.
Diamandis is also an international leader in the commercial space arena, having founded and run many of the leading entrepreneurial companies in this sector including Zero Gravity Corporation, the Rocket Racing League and Space Adventures.
As co-Founder & Chairman of the Singularity University, a Silicon Valley based institution partnered with NASA, Google, Autodesk and Nokia, Diamandis counsels the world’s top enterprises on how to utilize exponential technologies and incentivized innovation to dramatically accelerate their business objectives.
Dr. Diamandis attended the MIT where he received his degrees in molecular genetics and aerospace engineering, as well as Harvard Medical School where he received his M.D. Diamandis’ personal motto is: “The best way to predict the future is to create it yourself!”
Winona DorrisController, Finance
I Prize Quality Education for All Children
Winona Dorris joins XPRIZE with more than 20 years of experience leading finance and accounting teams in the entertainment, healthcare, and consulting industries. She is the central point of contact for all day to day financial issues, primarily responsible for leading the operational strategy as it relates to the finance department.
Prior to joining XPRIZE, Ms. Dorris was a finance consultant where she serviced clients in management level roles in finance, accounting, and taxation. Privately, she volunteers as the treasurer of a non-profit in which public service, leadership development and the education of youth are the hallmark of the organization’s programs and activities.
Ms. Dorris holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics-Accounting from Claremont McKenna College and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.
Jennine DwyerSenior Director, Sponsorship Services
I Prize Improved Healthcare for the Elderly
Jennine Dwyer comes to XPRIZE with more than 15 years of experience in the sponsorship, public relations and marketing arenas, successfully supervising and developing strategic brand positioning, recognition and endorsement opportunities within the automotive, sports, and entertainment industries. This knowledge allows Ms. Dwyer to successfully oversee sponsor relations and activation among XPRIZE Title, Presenting, Category and In-Kind sponsors.
Prior to joining XPRIZE, Ms. Dwyer served as Marketing Director for General Motors’ brands, where she directed and executed multi-level consumer based experiential marketing programs generating both awareness and ROI for General Motors through marketing, media, advertising, and public relations. During her tenure within the automotive industry, Ms. Dwyer created and implemented regional and national based events incorporating such brands as the Tostito’s Fiesta Bowl, The GRAMMY Awards, NASCAR, NFL, PGA, NCAA and The Walt Disney Company.
Ms. Dwyer received a Bachelor of Science in Advertising/Graphic Design from Northern Arizona University.
Connie FoxSenior Executive Assistant to the Chairman & CEO
I Prize Clean Oceans
Connie Fox comes to XPRIZE with more than 15 years of experience working as an Executive Assistant for CEO’s at KB Home, Herbalife and Activision. Her current role at XPRIZE is assisting the CEO with day-to-day operations.
Ms. Fox started her career as a Sales Representative/Marketing Manager for Donnelly Yellow Pages and PageNet before realizing her true passion was organizing people’s lives.
Ms. Fox holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from California State University, Long Beach.
Christopher FrangioneProgram Director, Impact & Innovation, Prize Development
I Prize the Environment
Christopher Frangione brings to XPRIZE more than 12 years of experience in the strategy and operations fields, initially with energy companies and then as a management consultant. This experience helps Mr. Frangione work with all departments of XPRIZE, prize sponsors, and other prize stakeholders to develop and deliver prizes for the energy and the environment prize group.
Prior to joining XPRIZE, Mr. Frangione served as a Managing Associate at Farkas Berkowitz & Company, a boutique management consulting firm serving the engineering industry, where he consulted to the CEOs of major engineering companies on issues related to strategy. Mr. Frangione has also served as the Manager of Operations and Business Development at Green Mountain Energy Company where he defined new business opportunities, policies, and strategies for the retail renewable energy company, in addition to managing a regional market.
Mr. Frangione received his Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Policy from Colby College and a Master of Business Administration and Master of Environmental Management from Duke University.
Chanda GonzalesDirector, Education, Google Lunar XPRIZE
I Prize Education and Gender Equality
Chanda Gonzales comes to XPRIZE with more than ten years of experience working with K-12 students, University students and teachers from a variety of backgrounds. Additionally, she has directed programs that foster community and partner collaboration. This experience helps Ms. Gonzales oversee the direction of the Google Lunar XPRIZE Education Program, where she is responsible for managing all aspects of the global Science, Engineering, Technology and Math (STEM) program.
Prior to joining XPRIZE, Ms. Gonzales served as a Program Director with the University of California, Riverside and Davis campuses. During her tenure with these academic institutions, she worked on programs that looked at the importance of reengineering policy to attempt to better serve its communities. She has worked with a variety of entities like the Office of Secretary Defense, Department of Interior, European Union, local governments, 4-H, Boys and Girls Club, Charles Schwab, Accenture and Sears in developing programs that supported environmental, personal finance, citizenship, recreation and science based education. Ms. Gonzales holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Master of Public Administration from California State University, San Bernardino.
Jill GravenderDirector, Prize Development
I Prize Sustainability
Jill Gravender comes to XPRIZE with more than 15 years of experience in environmental policy and management. She has worked closely with diverse stakeholders (NGOs, corporations, federal and state governments, as well as academic and financial institutions) to develop innovative approaches to mitigating the negative impacts of climate change. This breadth of experience helps her to strategically identify, design, and launch new competitions across the XPRIZE’s five Prize Groups.
Prior to joining XPRIZE, Ms. Gravender served as the Director of R20 USA, an organization founded by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, which strives to align technology, policy and financial investments to help governments around the world implement low-carbon energy and sustainable development projects. Ms. Gravender’s leadership also contributed to the development of the first state-level voluntary greenhouse gas reporting program in the country (California Climate Action Registry), as well as the first North American greenhouse gas registry (The Climate Registry ).
Ms. Gravender has a Bachelors degree in Economics from Arizona State University and a Master’s degree in Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Darlene GrayExecutive Assistant, Marketing and Communications
I Prize Healthier Meals for Public Schools
Darlene Gray comes to XPRIZE with 15 years of experience as a Senior Level Executive Assistant. In her current role, she will continue to support Trish Halamandaris and Rob Hollander with extensive calendar management and assisting with detailed event coordination in our marketing department.
Prior to joining XPRIZE, Ms. Gray held executive assistant positions for such companies as the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles, and Vivendi Universal, and JP Morgan Chase where she supported the senior managing director of investment banking.
Before starting her career as an executive assistant, Ms. Gray briefly had a career as a model for both print and runway and has a background and interest in the Healing Arts and is a California State Licensed Massage Therapist.
Trish HalamandarisSenior Vice President, Marketing & Communications
I Prize Global Education of Women
Trish Halamandaris joins XPRIZE with more than 20 years of experience leading marketing and sales for both small and large companies including The Walt Disney Company, Electronic Arts and Procter and Gamble. Her depth in branding, digital marketing and strategy will help build the XPRIZE brand by developing creative and impactful campaigns.
Prior to joining XPRIZE, Ms. Halamandaris led marketing for a start-up e-commerce company, driving significant revenue growth through advertising, acquisition and CRM/email efforts. While at Disney she managed global marketing and sales for the mobile games group. Prior to Disney, while at MGM Studios, Ms. Halamandaris initiated the turnaround of the Pink Panther property with the first upscale apparel and promotional effort in licensed merchandise. This campaign won several press awards, including the PR Prism, MarCom, and the Mercury PR Gold Awards. At Electronic Arts, she oversaw the original global launch of The Sims game which became the top-selling PC game in history.
Ms. Halamandaris received a Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA in Marketing and Finance from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Alexandra HallSenior Director, Google Lunar XPRIZE
I Prize Curiosity and Critical Thinking
Alexandra Hall comes to the XPRIZE with a wealth of experience in both the private and public sectors in USA and Europe. Ms. Hall will draw on her professional experience and enthusiasm for space exploration to manage all aspects of the Google Lunar XPRIZE. Ms. Hall is credited with breaking new ground in aviation by bringing Zeppelin airships back to the U.S. after 70 years through her position as co-founder and former CEO of Airship Ventures, a company that uses airships for passenger flights, science research, and media purposes,
Prior to Airship Ventures, Ms. Hall served as the Executive Director of the Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland, CA, where she managed fundraising efforts, developed exhibitions and led major programs with school district, university and agency partners. Ms. Hall is regarded as a leader in bringing space and astronomy to the public, having authored several books for children and adults about space and hosted BBC Television's "Final Frontier." She holds a degree in Astrophysics from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom.
Cindy HemmingAssociate, Business Affairs
I Prize a Cure for Lupus
Cindy Hemming joins XPRIZE with more than 18 years of experience as a paralegal working in both corporate and law firm environments. Ms. Hemming’s diverse and extensive experience will be used to assist with the legal needs of XPRIZE, as well as coordinate with our outside legal counsel to prepare, review and process the legal contracts.
Prior to joining XPRIZE, Ms. Hemming worked for 12 years as a paralegal for the Co-President/General Counsel of Playa Capital Company, LLC (“Playa Vista”). At Playa Vista, she helped create the legal department and protocols, and was responsible for providing legal support in areas of litigation, contracts, commercial leases and corporate compliance.
Ms. Hemming attended Cal Poly University in San Luis Obispo majoring in political science and pre-law. She completed with honors an ABA approved paralegal studies program at Penn State University. Ms. Hemming is an avid runner and has completed numerous marathons. In 2012, she ran the L.A. Marathon and raised money for her sponsor The Lupus Foundation of America.
Rob HollanderVice President, Brand & Content
I Prize Technology & Education
Rob Hollander brings with him more than 20 years of experience in brand building, digital marketing and content strategy. At XPRIZE, he leads the planning, development, implementation and execution of XPRIZE branding, creative and media efforts in support of Alliances, Sponsorship, Prize Development and Operations.
Formerly, Mr. Hollander was Senior Vice President, General Manager and Executive Director of Content Strategy at Aegis Media’s Carat where he led the Los Angeles office’s broadcast/print/digital integration effort and managed relationships including adidas, New Line Cinema, Seagate and MGM Mirage. Prior to Carat, Mr. Hollander was Senior Partner, Group Creative Director at Ogilvy & Mather, where he launched Mattel’s first transmedia marketing campaign. In 1996, Mr. Hollander founded the digital agency, MagickBox, partnering with Bank of America, National Wildlife Federation, Qwest Communications, Universal Studios Online and Warner Bros. Prior to MagickBox, he was SVP, Group Creative Director at Grey Advertising NY, leading the youth marketing practice and was a founding member of Grey Interactive Worldwide, pioneering digital marketing.
Mr. Hollander holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Binghamton University, New York. He has extensive experience across film/video production, web development, animation, CGI and app development, and has won numerous industry awards including Cannes Lions International, New York Festivals, Houston Film Festivals, Mobius Awards, Effie Awards and DoubleClick Top iAgency. Passions include guitar, songwriting and teaching his daughters the laws of cartoon physics and the plausible impossible.
C. David JonesOffice Assistant
I Prize a Clean Environment and Longevity
C. David Jones joins XPRIZE with more than 20 years of experience in the private sector. Currently serving as an office assistant, Mr. Jones’ experience and hard work has made him a valuable part of XPRIZE.
Prior to his tenure at XPRIZE, he worked in the film industry, in positions ranging from production assistant to gaffer.
Mr. Jones received his Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Appalachian State University.
Dave KeboAssociate Producer, Creative Services
I Prize Positive Creative Self Expression
Dave Kebo joins XPRIZE with more than a dozen years of experience in the Film and Television industry as a screenwriter, director and editor. His extensive background in shepherding a diverse array of projects through all stages of the creative process will help XPRIZE to produce dynamic and engaging content.
Mr. Kebo began his career as a screenwriter on the Jet Li film “The Black Mask.” Since then, he has written projects for Beacon Pictures, Artisan, Digital Domain, Fremantle, Hydraulx Films and MTV. Mr. Kebo has also directed numerous music videos and award-winning shorts as well as two feature films. His work has appeared on Showtime and the Sci Fi Channel and premiered at international festivals including the Los Angeles Film Festival, Sundance and Cannes.
Prior to joining XPRIZE, Mr. Kebo edited trailers and sizzle reels for companies such as LMNO Productions, Rive Gauche TV and A&E. Corporate clients include Google, Easton Sports and Northrop Grumman.
Mr. Kebo earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has mentored as a Big Brother for the past seven years.
Mark KrynskyManager, Web Production
I Prize Advancements in Healthcare
Mark Krynsky comes to XPRIZE with more than 15 years working in website production. His experience spans many areas including project, product, and content management. Mr. Krynsky is also an advocate in the use of open source platforms which are essential to XPRIZE and other non-profits. He also brings strong knowledge for ways to leverage social media services and tools.
Prior to joining XPRIZE, Mr. Krynsky held project management positions for CitySearch and Traffic Marketplace.
Joel LindenbergSenior Director, Innovation Partnership Program Sales
I Prize Creativity and Collaboration
A dynamic executive, Mr. Lindenberg brings more than a decade of business and corporate development experience to XPRIZE where he leads sales of the Innovation Partnership Program. Mr. Lindenberg has been instrumental in driving high level strategy in both private equity and entrepreneurial capacities, and has continually helped bridge the gap between capital markets and new technologies. In his current position, he facilitates radical corporate innovation and collaboration through exponential technology education.
Mr. Lindenberg began his career in venture capital, financing a portfolio of early stage tech and bio tech companies at Trautman Wasserman’s San Francisco practice. He honed his deal making skills consulting for tier one private equity firms such as H.I.G. Capital and The Jordan Company as an origination associate at Dinan and Company. Early stage investment banking at Growthink Inc led him to his first tech start up where he oversaw all aspects of corporate development from capital formation through joint ventures and the eventual exit of cloud based, IT services provider, Artistforce Inc.
He is a serial angel investor with a penchant for alternative energy solutions and triple bottom line results. He is a board member of Education Plus De Nicaragua and holds an MA in economics from the University of California Santa Barbara. In his free time he enjoys snowboarding, reading, tennis and international travel.
David LockeAssociate, Archon Genomics XPRIZE presented by Express Scripts
I Prize a Clean Environment
David Locke comes to XPRIZE having worked in the Film and Television industry for the past several years. Organizing complex global productions has helped Mr. Locke in his efforts to establish and administer XPRIZE’s competitions.
Most recently working as a Coordinator in the Production Department of Sony Pictures Television, Mr. Locke helped oversee the production of more than twenty award winning TV Movie and Mini-Series. Prior to his tenure at Sony, Mr. Locke worked freelance on a number of well-respected network and cable TV programs (scripted, live & reality programming), feature films (both studio and independently funded) as well as music videos and commercials.
Mr. Locke holds a Bachelor of Arts in Television Production with a minor in Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
Jon MadjidovDirector, IT
I Prize Autonomous Cars
Jon Madjidov comes to XPRIZE with 12 years of experience in the field of Information Technology. He is responsible for planning and implementing the technological needs of XPRIZE, overseeing future system developments and ensuring the continuity of information flows.
Prior to joining XPRIZE, Mr. Madjidov worked in Denver for Rocky Mountain Orthodontics and Navajo Manufacturing. As a Network Administrator at Navajo Manufacturing, he enhanced the network infrastructure, recommended and implemented hardware and software upgrades, including a wide range of various technologies. Additionally, Mr. Madjidov was responsible for the development of electronic data interchange at Navajo Manufacturing. As a Network Administrator at Rocky Mountain Orthodontics, he continued contributing to system development, administration and design.
Mr. Madjidov currently holds several industry certifications, including CCNA, MCSE, MCDBA, MCP and MCTS SQL 2005.
Angela MaungAssociate, Production
I Prize Clean Oceans
Angela Maung comes to XPRIZE with more than 5 years of field experience as a Production Coordinator. Ms. Maung’s background helps her to fulfill the varied responsibilities of production, including navigating the logistics of all production services undertaken. She is also responsible for XPRIZE’s vast media library and event assets.
Ms. Maung received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Shawna McLeanAssociate, Archon Genomics XPRIZE presented by Express Scripts
I Prize Medical Breakthroughs
Shawna McLean joins the Archon Genomics XPRIZE presented by Express Scripts team with more than 20 years of experience as a print and television journalist. Her skills in writing, editing and communications will be used to help shape the message and further the goals of the Archon Genomics XPRIZE presented by Express Scripts.
Ms. McLean began her career as Communications Director for The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and Editor of St. Louis Lawyer magazine. She spent the next 15 years in television as a planning editor, assignment manager and most recently an assignment editor for the duopoly, KCBS2/KCAL9 News in Los Angeles. In 2007, Ms. McLean was part of the live news team that won an Emmy for coverage of the Esperanza Fire.
Ms. McLean earned her Journalism degree from Southern Illinois University.
Eden MengManager, Accounting
I Prize Exploring the World
Eden Meng comes to XPRIZE with more than 6 years of Accounting and Internal Control experiences.
Prior to joining XPRIZE, Ms. Meng served as a Senior Internal Audit at Bidz.com where she assessed process deficiencies, formulated corrective action plans and developed process improvements and/or procedural controls. At Bidz.com, she also held a dual responsibility as a Senior Accountant where she assisted in month end general journal close, prepared journal entries, performed account reconciliations and assisted in preparing external financial reporting.
Ms. Meng received her Bachelor of Arts with emphasis in Accounting from California State University of Los Angeles and is certified as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE.)
Lina MorlandoGraphic Designer, Marketing & Communications
I Prize Humane Animal Welfare
Lina Morlando comes to XPRIZE with more than 20 years combined experience in Administration/Operations, Marketing and Graphic Design in both the public and private sector. Her role as Associate is divided between graphic design, and the coordination and production of XPRIZE’s Prize Development collateral.
Ms. Morlando’s past experience includes Marketing Coordinator for the Space & Communications Division at Boeing, assisting with the launch of the International Space Station.
Cara NewellExecutive Assistant to the Vice Chairman & President
I Prize Dreaming
Cara Newell comes to XPRIZE with 30 years experience as a Manager and C-Level Executive Assistant. In her current role, Ms. Newell assumes responsibility for all paperwork flow in and out of this Executive Office as well as managing calendaring and orchestrating complicated and extensive travel arrangements. Ms. Newell keeps the President informed of new developments, prepared for and on track for up to ten meetings a day. Her superb organizational skills serve her well in this fast-paced position.
Prior to joining XPRIZE, Ms. Newell held a host of Management positions at CareerTrack, the 5th fastest growing company in America. She then went on to support the #1 broker in all of Southern California at the prominent International Commercial Real Estate firm, Hines Interests Limited Partnership and has since devoted her career to assisting President’s and CEO’s.
Ms. Newell has a background in the Healing Arts. She is a graduate of an intensive 4-year program in the Healing Sciences and is a gifted CA State Licensed Massage Therapist.
Robyn ReadyProject Manager, Prize Operations
I Prize a Clean Environment
Robyn Ready joins XPRIZE with more than 15 years of experience in project management. Having worked in fields as diverse as Litigation Support to Warehousing to Telecommunications, she brings her project management experience to XPRIZE in the execution of prizes and challenges.
Prior to joining XPRIZE, she worked as a supervising project manager with Agile•1 in the field of Human Capital Management where she led the team that received the 2008 President’s award for quadrupling an account to more than $180 million in six months.
Ms. Ready received her Bachelor of Science in Management from Purdue University.
Elizabeth RogersDirector of Strategic Programs, Marketing & Communications
I Prize Possibility
Elizabeth Rogers joins XPRIZE with more than 18 years of experience in business, marketing, pop culture and the non-profit world. As Director of Alliances, Ms. Rogers is responsible for identifying new opportunities and partnerships for XPRIZE. Her ability to "know the audience" and build constituencies will open new vistas for XPRIZE.
Prior to joining XPRIZE, Ms. Rogers penned several books, including The New York Times best-seller The Green Book: The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet One Simple Step at a Time, the number one best-selling green title on the market to date. Prior to that Ms. Rogers spent ten years as the Senior Vice President of Global Communications for Calvin Klein, after which she worked with the Natural Resources Defense Council as a branding consultant. Ms. Rogers has worked with major brands like Christie's (Fine Art Auctions), General Electric, Proctor & Gamble and has appeared on many national television shows, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Access Hollywood, and on MSNBC and FOX News. Articles about Elizabeth and her work have appeared in numerous publications, including Vogue, Vanity Fair, The New York Times, and Readers Digest.
In 2006, Ms. Rogers created Trippin', MTV's first-ever eco-friendly reality TV show, with actor Cameron Diaz. Hailed as groundbreaking television programming, the show targeted young viewers with the message that even small efforts by everyday people can make a huge difference in saving the planet.
Steven ScottAssociate, Human Resources
I Prize Space Exploration
Steven Scott joins XPRIZE with more than six years of experience in the entertainment industry.
Mr. Scott started his career at 20th Century Fox in their Organizational Development & Training Department. Most recently, he worked at Universal Music Group in their Human Resources department. While at UMG, Mr. Scott designed and implemented programs to motivate and retain employees.
Mr. Scott received his Bachelor of Arts from Emerson College in Boston, MA.
Al ShaikhDirector, Product
I Prize Medical Breakthroughs
Al Shaikh joins XPRIZE with more than 15 years of experience in building innovative digital programs for organizations of all sizes. Mr. Shaikh’s extensive experience helps lead digital marketing efforts for XPRIZE. Mr. Shaikh's specialties include digital product development, web analytics, and conversion optimization.
Al Shaikh received a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Psychology from Stony Brook University and a Master of Business Administration from Hofstra University.
Stephanie ShapiroAssociate, Prize Development
I Prize Intrinsic Motivation
Stephanie Shapiro comes to XPRIZE with more than eight years of experience working in nonprofit and education organizations as a case manager, community outreach manager, fundraiser, and facilitator. Ms. Shapiro uses this background to help design prizes focused on benefiting humanity in new and innovative ways, as well as fostering industry breakthroughs.
Prior to XPRIZE, Ms. Shapiro worked with a variety of at-risk populations including homeless women in crisis pregnancy, inner-city youth, children affected by HIV/AIDS, and homeless adults reentering the workforce. This past summer, Ms. Shapiro was an Education Pioneers fellow where she was part of a dynamic cohort of graduate students committed to education reform.
Ms. Shapiro earned Psychology and Human Rehabilitation Services degrees from the University of Northern Colorado and an MBA with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship from Loyola Marymount University. She founded the LMU Net Impact chapter and recently completed a yearlong research project focused on how social enterprises in the US, Singapore, Hong Kong, and India overcome barriers and develop best practices. Ms. Shapiro loves learning about and experiencing other cultures.
Jennifer SisemoreAssociate, Events, Marketing & Communications
I Prize a Cure for Parkinson's Disease
Jennifer Sisemore comes to XPRIZE with more than 13 years of experience working in the Aerospace community. Ms. Sisemore will be helping the Events team meet its objectives by providing operational support as well as the planning of multi-day events conducted by the Google Lunar XPRIZE team.
Prior to joining XPRIZE, Ms. Sisemore worked for 9 years at Sea Launch Company, LLC. At Sea Launch, Ms. Sisemore gained valuable international experience as Manager of Customer Relations and Community Affairs, working closely with both the executive and operations team while supporting the mission campaigns. Ms. Sisemore supported over 24 rocket launches and she served two missions to the equator, supporting mission control and helicopter activities while at sea.
Ms. Sisemore attended Cypress College with a major in human services.
Shannon SmithDirector, Marketing & Communications
I Prize Innovation & Science Education
Shannon Smith joins XPRIZE as Director of Marketing with more than 14 years of experience in Digital Marketing. She will be supporting the Ocean Health and Global Literacy prizes. Ms. Smith has an extensive background in the application of content developed specifically for branding consumer packaged goods, developing strategic events, building cross promotional partnerships and creating engaging social media campaigns to drive consumer activation.
Prior to joining XPRIZE, Ms. Smith was with UberMedia, an IdeaLab spin-out company, proving instrumental in the launch of their turn-key mobile advertising network, managing their multiple app properties and social strategy.
As a strong supporter of cancer research and children’s charities she enjoys volunteering for organizations that benefit the YMCA, City Year and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Damien SomersetManager, Video Production
I Prize Science Education
Damien Somerset comes to XPRIZE with experience in a wide array of video and digital media projects. This experience helps Damien oversee video production and social media efforts for XPRIZE and its competitions.
Prior to joining XPRIZE, Damien served as Project Manager for the AFI Digital Content Lab and Social Media Consultant for a number of web content companies including Revison3, NextNewNetworks, and Generate. He also has a passion for environmental issues and has worked for Treehugger, GOOD Magazine, and was the creator of the acclaimed green web video series ZapRoot.
Mr. Somerset attended University of Southern California Film School.
Tammy StockfishManager, Sponsorship Services
I Prize Creating Opportunities to Improve Our Planet
Tammy Stockfish comes to XPRIZE with more than 15 years of experience in developing brand strategies, identifying new business opportunities and managing product development for licensed products. Her experience in building strong and profitable strategic partnerships will contribute to the continued development of our XPRIZE sponsors fulfillment and activation. Her interest in working for a nonprofit led her to XPRIZE. Prior to joining XPRIZE, she worked for Paramount Pictures Consumer Products Group and the Walt Disney Company in several business units including Disney Consumer Products and The Walt Disney Internet Group.
Ms. Stockfish received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
Elke StollAssociate, Accounting
I Prize Animal Welfare
Elke Stoll comes to XPRIZE with an extensive background in business and administration.
Prior to joining XPRIZE, Ms. Stoll worked for several Internet startup companies and explored her creative side by working with an artist who designed clothing.
Originally from Ulmen, Germany, Ms. Stoll has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the Berufsschule in Cochem, Germany and received a certificate in Computer Systems and Programming from Computer Learning Center (CLC).
Allison TarcelliAdministrative Assistant, Executive Office
I Prize Creativity
Allison Tarcelli comes to XPRIZE with 12 years experience in administrative, creative, and operations experience in the Finance, Event Planning and Advertising industries. Ms. Tarcelli will be assisting the Executive Offices of the CEO & Chairman and the President.
Prior to joining XPRIZE, Ms. Tarcelli planned investor conferences for a Boutique Investment Firm in NYC, and provided administrative and customer services support in finance and fashion industries. In addition to her planning and administrative experience, she also designed and produced print advertising campaigns for a major international publisher.
Ms. Tarcelli received a BFA in metalsmithing from Moore College of Art & Design. She continues to be an active member of artist communities, and co-founded an up-cycle fashion and accessories collective with several MCAD alumni. Her work has been shown in galleries and museums throughout the Los Angeles and Philadelphia areas (Including the Philadelphia Museum of Art), and has been featured in various print and online magazines.
Sharon TerrellAssociate, Accounting
I Prize Comprehensive Care for the Elderly
Sharon Terrell joins XPRIZE as the Accounting Associate. She is responsible for the incoming and outgoing payments.
Ms. Terrell has many years of experience in the accounting field from the private and public sector.
Prior to joining XPRIZE, Sharon worked in the healthcare, manufacturing and nonprofit sectors.
Gianelle VeisManager, Prize Development
I Prize Every Child’s Right to an Education
Gianelle Veis joins XPRIZE with more than six years of experience creating, managing and implementing integrated, multi-platform marketing and sponsorship campaigns for IMAX Theatre films and their respective environmental and educational initiatives. Ms. Veis applies her experience to XPRIZE by developing marketing and sponsorship programs to engage prospective partners in support of prizes in development. By comprehensively analyzing the marketplace of potential prizes, Veis creates and manages prize marketing strategies, including public relations, social media and education plans, and functions as a liaison between prize development and operations to transition prizes from the design to launch phases.
Prior to joining XPRIZE, Ms. Veis served as Manager of Marketing and Sponsorships at MacGillivray Freeman Films, the world’s highest-grossing independent producer and distributor of educational IMAX Theatre films. During her tenure at MacGillivray Freeman, she managed the development and implementation of marketing and sponsorship campaigns for partners aligned with film content, themes and educational initiatives in order to support film development, production, distribution, and releases.
Ms. Veis received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication, with minors in Spanish and Theatre, and her Master of Communication Management from the University of Southern California.
Stephanie WanderAssociate, Prize Development
I Prize Mental Health for All
Stephanie Wander comes to XPRIZE with over 12 years of diverse experience in film production and digital media. Recently, Ms. Wander earned her MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, where she focused on Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Non-Profit Management. Ms. Wander uses this background to help design prizes that address the world’s grand challenges.
Prior to XPRIZE, Ms. Wander worked as a Coordinator for News Corp Digital Media, the organization responsible for overseeing Hulu.com and Myspace.com for Newscorp/Fox. She also worked for for A-list producers and actors and on 7 feature films, including Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Man on Fire and Jarhead.
Ms. Wander earned her BS, Radio/Television/Film, from Northwestern University and her MBA from University of California, Los Angeles Anderson School of Management. Ms. Wander also currently serves as a board member for Clifford Beers Housing, a Community Housing Development Organization that develops affordable housing for individuals and families with limited incomes, including households that are either homeless or at-risk of homelessness and have a member living with a mental illness.
Robert K. WeissVice Chairman & President
I Prize Creating the Future
Mr. Weiss is Vice Chairman and President of XPRIZE. XPRIZE’s mission is to foster innovation through incentivized competition. XPRIZE has active competitions in Genomics and Lunar Exploration, and is now developing XPRIZEs in Healthcare, Energy, and Exploration.
Weiss is a veteran Hollywood television and film producer having produced over 20 feature films and TV series during the past 25 years. He began his career in the late 1970’s producing the feature film, KENTUCKY FRIED MOVIE and later produced the ABC television program POLICE SQUAD! as well as the three NAKED GUN movies starring Leslie Nielsen.
Weiss produced the international hit, THE BLUES BROTHERS for Universal Studios. His other feature films produced for Universal include AMAZON WOMEN ON THE MOON and DRAGNET. Weiss was the Executive Producer for the television series WEIRD SCIENCE and SLIDERS (that he co-created).
As president of Broadway Pictures at Paramount, Weiss joined forces with Saturday Night Live Executive Producer Lorne Michaels. Weiss executive produced many films at Paramount including TOMMY BOY, A NIGHT AT THE ROXBURY, SUPERSTAR, and THE LADIES MAN. He went on to produce the hit movies, SCARY MOVIE 3 & 4.
Weiss served on the Board of Directors of IS Robotics (now called iRobot in Cambridge, Massachusetts) from 1990 to 1994.
Under the banner of Earthlight (a multimedia production company), Weiss has produced award-winning productions for XPRIZE, The Boeing Company, the Zero Gravity Corporation and Anousheh Ansari, the first female private space explorer.
Mr. Weiss has been the Vice Chairman and Executive Producer for XPRIZE since 1996. In the fall of 2004, he produced the award-winning live telecast & webcast of the Ansari XPRIZE space flights. Weiss has been the President of XPRIZE since July 2008.
Mark WinterSenior Director, Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE and Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE
I Prize Personalized Healthcare
Mark Winter joins XPRIZE as the Senior Director of the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE and Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE with more than thirty years of management experience in high technology, information services and health informatics. He was most recently a founder and Executive Vice President of Gluco Fitness Center, Inc. which provides wireless blood glucose and physiological monitoring of people with diabetes as part of an integrated exercise, diet and education program. Previously he served as the CEO of Simulis LLC which provided advanced clinical skills simulation-based training and assessment services that help large healthcare systems verify that their personnel follow evidence-based care practices and can safely operate medical devices.
Mr. Winter began his career in Silicon Valley providing design and marketing for Apple, Adobe Systems, Lucid and Compression Laboratories. He was later recruited to serve as V.P. of Corporate Development for Continental Graphics Holdings, Inc. which developed and operated the leading producer of customized technical documents for the world’s fleet of commercial aircraft (known today as Boeing Datagraphics). Following that he served as Senior V.P. of Marketing and Corporate Development for e-SIM, Inc., a leading provider of software simulation tools for creating and testing the user interfaces of embedded systems such as cellular phones and other hand-held electronics.
Mr. Winter holds a MBA from Pepperdine University and has a BFA in Communications Design from Art Center College of Design (with Honors).
Alan ZackSenior Director, Marketing & Communications
I Prize Clean Oceans
Alan Zack comes to XPRIZE with more than 20 years of experience successfully developing marketing strategies for top entertainment brands within The Walt Disney Company, Mattel, Activision/Blizzard, as well as several startup companies. This experience helps Mr. Zack oversee all marketing, branding and communication efforts for XPRIZE and its competitions. He is responsible for designing and executing customer-facing programs that will generate both awareness and interest.
Prior to joining XPRIZE, Mr. Zack served as Director of Marketing at Encore Software, a subsidiary of Navarre Corporation. During his tenure at Encore, he created and implemented national consumer marketing campaigns for leading software brands such as PC Tools, The Learning Company, Hoyle, Broderbund and H&R Block.
Mr. Zack received a Bachelor of Science in Journalism at University of Oregon and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Florida.
David ZweigCreative Director, Marketing & Communications
I Prize the Power of Inspiration
David Zweig comes to XPRIZE with more than 15 years of experience in brand development, creative direction and multidisciplinary design. At XPRIZE, David leads the creative and design direction of the foundation and its prizes.
Prior to joining XPRIZE, Mr. Zweig served as Director of Design for Harman International, where he supervised the development and design of its consumer and corporate brands while providing critical support for all three divisions of the company. His work was instrumental in bridging multiple groups of engineers, designers, celebrities and world-class automotive and entertainment partners to create award-winning products, experiences and business opportunities.
Mr. Zweig has served as Creative Director, Director of Broadcast Design, Supervising Animation Director and Character Design Supervisor in numerous fields, developing everything from singular brands, stories and characters to virtual worlds, museums and themed entertainment venues.
Mr. Zweig received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Character Animation from California Institute of the Arts and Bachelor of Arts in Design from California State University, Northridge. Additionally, he served as a Big Brother with Big Brothers of Greater Los Angeles for more than ten years.