OUR TEAM

OUR TEAM & BOARD

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DR. BRADLEY CARO COOK

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & CO-FOUNDER

Bradley Caro Cook Ed.D. is the executive director of Career Up Now. He is a seasoned social entrepreneur and Jewish educator living in Los Angeles.  Dr. Cook has extensive experience in running meaningful immersive experiences and educational programs for millennials. He is an Upstart Alumnus, a member of the Schusterman ROI Community, a Birthright Israel Fellow, an Eli Talk Fellow, Co-Founder of the City of Beverly Hills’ Entrepreneurship Incubator, and a regular contributor to eJewish Philanthropy.

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TANYA FREEMAN

MANAGER & COMMUNITY COACH

Tanya Freeman serves as the Career Up Now community manager and coach. She has extensive experience in organizational management, administration, and financial operations. She has spent the past five years as a collaborative and strategic consultant with expertise in team dynamics, team building, facilitation, organizational culture, project management, mediation, and conflict resolution.

 

She specializes in emotional intelligence, problem-solving, and relationship building. An experienced educator, Tanya served on the adjunct faculty with the Mailman School of Public Health, at Columbia University. In recent years, Tanya worked with the Center for Conflict Resolution as a court-appointed mediator for the LA Superior Small Claims court. She is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives Healthcare Executives, has a Masters in Health Administration from Columbia University and a Masters in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine Law School. She earned the distinction of board certification in healthcare management as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) which signifies one’s expertise, experience, and commitment to continuing education and professional development. Tanya is also an informal Jewish educator having taken extensive courses at Spertus Institute and in her local community where she teaches weekly.

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BEN DIWAN

CAMPUS ENGAGEMENT INTERN

Ben Diwan is a senior at UC Berkeley majoring in Political Science with a minor in Jewish studies. Ben grew up in Israel and is an IDF veteran, as well as a former chef.

 

On-campus Ben is a fellow at the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies and a Board member of Bears for Israel, and off-campus he is the political director of the California Young Democrat’s Jewish Caucus and a founding member of IPF Atid’s Bay Area steering committee.

 

Ben’s is passionate about Jewish history, contemporary Jewish culture, Jewish cuisine, international relations, Middle Eastern politics and history, and American foreign policy.

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RACHEL ALEXANDER

PODCAST HOST

Rachel Alexander is a rising sophomore at UCLA from Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is creating her own major that’s a combination of Political Science, Sociology, and Visual Art. She joined the CareerUp Now community in Spring of 2020, and is currently one of the hosts for a podcast series. 

At UCLA, she is Vice President of Communications of Hillel’s Student Board, Marketing Committee Member of Challah for Hunger at UCLA, and Public Relations Director for UC Womxn’s Leadership Council. 

When she’s not hosting podcasts, you’ll find her baking challah, making art, or watching SNL clips (her goal is to watch them all). 
 

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SOPHIA FELSON

PODCAST HOST

Sophia Felson is deeply passionate about and engaged in the Jewish community. She attended Jewish day school from kindergarten through twelfth grade and volunteered regularly at her synagogue, including singing sacred music with the cantor at high holiday services. Sophia has been seeped in philanthropy since birth. Her immediate and extended family are respected philanthropists whose foundations are integral to the future of Jewish life in North America, Australia, and Israel.  In addition to her philanthropic work related to women’s issues as a member of the Jewish Teen Foundation Board, Sophia also served as recruitment chair for B’nai B’rith Youth Organization (BBYO), where she honed her public speaking skills and organized recruitment and outreach activities.

 

As a Diller Fellow, Sophia traveled the world collaborating with other teens from a variety of backgrounds and cultures with the mission of building and empowering the next generation of young Jewish leaders. She also served as a writer and contributor to the Diller Teen Fellow Blog and played an integral role in communicating and leading local community service projects through Diller Teen Fellows in Israel. As a young entrepreneur interested in nonprofit organizations and global consciousness, Sophia worked at Camp Inc., where she created a marketing and comprehensive business plan for a Sports Apparel line with a socially conscious mission with their profit splitting. 


Currently a junior at New York University, Sophia is majoring in psychology with a minor in gender and sexuality studies. She is interested in social media and marketing and has used her creativity and unique vision to create lookbooks and content calendars in her role as a social media and marketing intern. Sophia shares a close connection with the arts; in addition to playing piano since she was six, she is also a gifted soprano singer and has starred in numerous school plays, including a lead role in Pippin. Sophia is a certified yoga instructor, who also enjoys tennis, meditation and mindfulness, and travel. Sophia lives with her parents and two siblings in San Francisco and Hawaii. 

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JONATHAN HOFFMAN

PODCAST HOST

Jonathan is a student at the University of Redlands majoring in Political Science and Creative Writing. He serves as one of the hosts on the Career Up Now podcast.

While in school, Jonathan spends time as a member of his college’s radio station where he runs their social media accounts and hosts podcasts.

When he isn’t working, you can find Jonathan baking, designing graphics and photos, and blogging about sports or other topics.

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RACHEL GARNER

PODCAST HOST

Rachel Garner is a recent graduate from the University of Maryland, College Park. Rachel received her BA in Communication, with a focus in public relations, and double-minored in Technology Entrepreneurship and Leadership Studies.

 

She has an extensive background in marketing, event planning and television production. Rachel’s goal is to get into entertainment media, specifically marketing or ad sales for television and/or film.

 

Rachel is an alumna of Camp Echo, BBYO and Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority, where she served in many leadership positions. She has loved traveling ever since she studied abroad in Florence, Italy. In her free time,

 

Rachel can be found spending time with friends, at Orangetheory Fitness, cheering on the Maryland basketball team, or binge-watching true crime television.

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LIBBY WALKER

SOCIAL MEDIA

Libby is a recent graduate from University at Buffalo who studied acting where she is known for her TikTok now as Sheryl Cohen.

 

An aspiring actress and well known Jewish comedian on Tik Tok, Libby uses her creativity to humor and bring laughter into the lives of thousands.

 

She also likes pasta, people, and long walks in Central Park. You can catch her during the quarantine interning at a talent management company as well as a casting office- and she still posts everyday!

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FLOYD TEPER

LITERARY EDITOR

Floyd Teper is a native of Los Angeles and a graduate of Bridges Academy High School.

 

During their time in school, they were heavily involved with the drama department and also wrote several of their own scripts.

 

In their free time they enjoy reading, writing, and theatre.

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RACHEL ERNST

FOUNDING BOARD MEMBER

Rachel is VP for Employee Success of Reflektive, a human resources company.

 

Rachel help use of Reflektive’s people management suite for performance, people intelligence, and engagement with real-time feedback and recognition, check-Ins, goal management, performance reviews and 1-on-1 profiles.

She is a member of HR Forbes Council, an invitation-only organization for senior-level HR executives across all industries.

Rachel also is a former Director for Human Resources in Fidelity Investments, which she coaches leaders and provide guidance on management and associate development, compensation, organizational change and effectiveness, team building, talent development, and recruitment

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SUZANNE FELSON

FOUNDING BOARD MEMBER

Suzanne is the founder of The Jewish Skinny, a weekly e-newsletter that explores ancient and trending Jew(ish) issues, including History, Books, Holidays, Hebrew, Torah, Pop Culture, Influencers, and DIYs... It's everything you need to-know to be in-the-know. Our goal is to enrich, intrigue, humor, and inspire Jews, non-Jews, Jews-by-choice, wanna-be Jews, and people who just like Jews.

Suzanne also founded RESO, a leading online booking platform for kids’ classes, camps, and activities and served as CEO until Wheelhouse acquired RESO in 2017.

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REBECCA LIEBMAN

FOUNDING BOARD MEMBER

Rebecca is the Co-Founder and CEO of LearnLux, a financial services company which supports people as they navigate their most important financial decisions.

She also serves as advisory boards to HubSpot, The Capital Network and Nantucket Conference.

 

Impressively, Rebecca's role as one of BeCause Water's campaign mentors demands exceptional levels of communication, advocacy, and dedication. We wanted her on our mentor board for her work ethic and experience leading one of the first campus sustainability campaigns of its kind at Clark University. Rebecca has successfully translated her admirable initiative to 5 other academic institutions transforming our "Drop" campaign into a rapidly growing movement. Rebecca's passion for entrepreneurship, combined with her skills in project management and public speaking have made her an asset to BeCause Water.

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JORDAN TRITT

FOUNDING BOARD MEMBER

As a Controller in Innovolt, Inc., Jordan perform financial management, reporting functions and cash flow, production and operational analysis.

 

He is Pure EdgeUtainment, LLC's Finance Manager, brought on to perform financial management, process improvement and project management functions for small professional development training company.

 

Jordan is also First Fidelity Mortgages', Financial Analyst, in which he performed comprehensive financial analysis and underwriting for commercial real estate investment and debt placement.

As Navigant Capital Advisors' Analyst he created integrated financial models for clients targeting capital raise or acquisition. Performed industry research and analyzed company data. Wrote and prepared offering memorandums and registration documents.

 

Jordan's specialties: Financial Analysis, Project Analysis, Industry Research, Forecasting, Budgeting, Cash Management, Accounting Management, Cost Reductions, Memo/Report Drafting

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KATHY GUCCIONE

FOUNDING BOARD MEMBER

Kathy is the owner of Pinot's Palette, an entertainment media encouraging collaboration, creativity and communication between customer's corporate team. She helps hosting an exclusive paint and sip event in studio to make lasting memories, private events that are perfect for a girl’s night out, birthdays, bachelorette parties and bridal showers.

Kathy is also Women's Philanthropy Co-Chair and Board Member of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, a non-profit organization which offers qualified individuals a remarkable opportunity, the chance to bring Jewish values to life through a meaningful career at a cutting-edge non-profit. Their organization has had a profound impact on the well-being of Jews in Los Angeles, Israel and beyond for over 100 years– and it takes a diverse group of talented and passionate professionals to make that happen every day. 

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GLENN TEUBER

AUDIT COMMITTEE CHAIR

Glenn is the Operations Manager for Project Fi and the Finance Operations Manager for Global Procure-to-Pay Help Desk at Google. 

 

Glenn experienced operations professional with experience in developing/leading teams, setting product strategy, and successfully growing a profitable business.

 

He is also experienced in finance and financial operations, process design/optimization, spend governance, strategic procurement, supplier development, change and quality management. Extensive skills in strategy development, structured problem solving, analytics, and communications.

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NOELLE FREEMAN

FOUNDING BOARD MEMBER

Noelle is the Founder of DMS Agency, a marketing & advertising organization, who take pride in producing clear content that consumers want to engage with across every digital platform.

 

In addition to content, They deliver premium social media analytics and national product placement opportunities. They are committed to creating innovative marketing campaigns using authentic techniques to capture consumer attention in digital space of social media.

She is also a previous Digital Marketer in Relativity Media, who helped promote motion pictures, generating billions in worldwide box-office revenue with some films earning Oscar nominations.

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JACLYN KRANTZLER

FOUNDING BOARD MEMBER

Jacklyn is an Account Executive of SalesLoft, a Computer Software company who believe are the #1 sales engagement platform. They help sales organizations deliver a better sales experience for their customers.

 

More than 2,000 customers use the company’s category-leading sales engagement platform to engage in more relevant, authentic and sincere ways, including Facebook, MuleSoft, Square, WeWork and Zoom.

Jacklyn is also a Technical Recruiter of Google Cloud and Staffing Operations Specialist at Google. 

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GIL BARKON

FOUNDING BOARD MEMBER

Gil is the Managing Director for Avenue Pacific, which is a boutique executive search consulting firm catering to a wide array of companies across multiple industries including, but not limited to, media and entertainment, financial services, and real estate.

 

As a Founding Member and Managing Director of Avenue Pacific, Gil oversaw all activities of the firm.

He also is a partner in Jobplex, Inc. a DHR International Company, and a leading global talent acquisition solutions company founded in 1996 serving a diverse client base.

 

In partnership with DHR International, the two companies provide a total recruitment solution. Gil helped Jobplex’s service offerings include Single Search Solutions and Project Recruitment for large scale hiring needs. 

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LAUREL HUNT

FOUNDING BOARD CHAIR

Director of Sustainability at Morgner Construction Management Corp.

Laurel is an urban planner in Los Angeles with a decade of experience working closely with businesses, governments and nongovernmental organizations on resilience and sustainability strategies. She was previously the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability (LARC), which is housed at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. LARC is a network of key decision-makers ensuring a sustainable region and state prepared for the impacts of climate change. Laurel is a technical expert and consultant for plans, policies and events related to climate change, sustainability, land use and transportation.

Some highlights of Laurel's work as a planner include: directing of one of California’s climate collaboratives; coordinating with the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research; leading an international climate network of over 100 participants; speaking and organizing events at the annual United Nations “COP” climate negotiations; organizing a conference in partnership with the Greek European Union Presidency; leading stakeholder engagement for Los Angeles’s first-ever Sustainability Plan; being the keynote speaker at a Fulbright Seminar; and writing part of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s “Resilient Los Angeles” plan.

Laurel has worked directly on hazard mitigation plans, general plan updates, urban greening plans and more. She has also coordinated with state agencies to modify the frameworks for creating these plans in order to improve their effectiveness. As an urban planner, she has learned valuable lessons about project management, employee supervision, financing, participatory planning and media interaction.

UCLA recruited Laurel to attend graduate school on a full merit-based scholarship. She holds a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning with a focus on land use, infrastructure solutions, climate adaptation and environmental justice. 

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