Meet The Team
Daniel (Dan) is a Senior in the Science and Humanities Scholar Program at Carnegie Mellon University, double majoring in Technology and Public Policy, and Policy and Management. He speaks Chinese and plays the viola. Dan founded Allelo on the idea that civics education can prepare students to better communicate and exchange ideas with those they don't agree with, a mission he cares about deeply.
Matthew is a Senior majoring in Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University with a passion for design and user interaction. Meeting an increasing need for full-stack projects, he has expanded his work to include backend tasks, and enjoys the interplay of the differing technologies. He enjoys the intersection of engineering and design, and often explores this through web development.
Jeremy is a data specialist passionate about education. Jeremy manages operations and leads Allelo’s Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, and Natural Language Processing efforts. He believes that the ability to respectfully converse with others with different opinions than your own is key to creating a healthier society.
Logan is a Senior in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. His concentration is in Security & Privacy and he enjoys contributing his technical skills to Allelo's mission of promoting healthy online discourse. He helps lead Allelo’s Engineering team in creating the best platform for educators and students.
Angelina (Angie) is a senior marketing executive. She brings a unique perspective having worked both brand and agency side, on many globally respected companies. Angie thrives most at the intersection of business and creativity. She fosters teams and leaders while driving businesses. Angie serves on the Board of Directors of Concern Worldwide and LREI, a leader in progressive education since 1921.
Lead Data Scientist
Michael has a B.S. in Physics and Computer Science, and has worked as a data scientist and software engineer. Michael has a passion for conducting research at the intersection of cognitive science and artificial intelligence, and has contributed to several research publications in these fields. At Allelo, Michael designs and develops data-driven technologies, leveraging insights from computational linguistics and machine learning, and develops metrics for assessing discussions.
Content Marketing Manager
Sasha has a B.S. in Journalism and Emerging Media and has worked in social media marketing for various organizations. Based in Atlanta, GA, she is fluent in Russian and Spanish. Sasha is passionate about creating digital content that showcases how Allelo can help promote civil discourse.
Head of Design
Stefano is a design major at Carnegie Mellon University. His current disciple is in communication design, but he aspires to explore the creation of visual messages through different spaces and environments. Stefano believes that civic education is one of the first major steps in understanding the nuanced differences within the world. He works to develop the branding system of Allelo and collaborates on the UX/UI portion of our interface.
Richard has led top media brands, a number of technology start-ups and consulted with a number of the largest nonprofits in the country. Richard is also the co-founder of Beehive Media Strategies, a boutique consultancy that has worked with some of the best-known nonprofits including UJA-Federation of NY, the US Golf Association and Birthright Israel. He is dedicated to helping shape, market and expand the use of the platform as widely as possible to open minds, one student at a time.
Ariella is a Junior at University of Missouri, studying Human Development and Family Science with an emphasis in Child Life. Ariella works to create meaningful, mission-centric programs for Allelo Fellows. She believes it is important to relate to others, learn from people who have different backgrounds, experiences, and beliefs, and to teach students the language to be able to engage in tough conversations.
The Advisory Board
Jessica is an educator in Rockland County, NY with over 15 years of classroom experience. She believes that teaching students how to effectively communicate with others, especially those who hold contrasting opinions, is a necessary and invaluable skill. Being part of Allelo has allowed her to draw upon her professional and personal passions: meaningful classroom discussion, educational technology, and social psychology. Jessica believes civic education is the backbone needed for a society to survive. She believes we need to be able to discern fact from fiction, while also being able to engage respectfully with our peers.
Erik is an attorney practicing in areas of technology, startup ventures, and intellectual property issues. Erik acts as general in-house counsel to tech startups, and litigates as outside counsel on behalf of inventors, artists, and entrepreneurs generally. Erik is an alumnus of Carnegie Mellon University (ECE ’00) and Brooklyn Law School (J.D. cum laude ‘10), and teaches Media Law at New York University. Erik also serves on the Board of Directors of Tech Kids Unlimited, a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching technology to kids who learn differently, and the Essex Fells Foundation for Educational Excellence. Erik helps promote Allelo’s legal interests and ensure compliance with regulations concerning privacy and security.
Cynthia is an independent school educator who currently teaches English, History, and Ethics. She has served as a teaching mentor, a curriculum advisor, and a professional development facilitator. A fellow with the Academy for Teachers, she is also a longtime consultant for the National Writing Project and a recipient of an NEH educator’s grant. She was also a recent participant in The Moth Teacher Institute. Cynthia believes Allelo is a powerful and timely tool for transforming thinking in our classrooms and in our society.
James partners with the executive team and Board members on go-to market efforts and the development of strategic partnerships. James looks to find ways to connect Allelo’s mission of improving open-minded listening and productive discourse skills with traditional pedagogical activities to enhance outcomes for participants and enact meaningful change.
William is a professor and administrator at Carnegie Mellon University. For more than a quarter century, he has developed and directed distinctive academic programs at colleges and high schools, both public and private, across the United States. He has a particular interest in cross-disciplinary thinking, including the art of asking questions about difficult topics. He sees great value in the ability of Convertsation to enhance critical thinking, deep communication, and cultural understanding.
Richard is a lifelong educator who has worked across school districts from urban to suburban settings and learning environments as a teacher, supervisor and building Principal for the past 28 years. His schools were early adopters to the world of digital based learning and the infusion of technology as a student centered approach to educating the whole child. He mentors the next generation of educational leaders and has been actively involved in leadership positions for organizations related to educational leadership and excellence throughout the state of New Jersey.