Founders

  • Tess Bliven

    Co-founder & Co-CEO

    Tess is an artist and a cultural organizer focused on community, social impact, and the arts.  As co-founder of Shuffle Collective, she focuses on member engagement, events and programs, community partnerships and product strategy. She has also pioneered Shuffle Collective's Work Genome Project which is the world's largest database of skills and disciplines. It is core of Shuffle Collective's professional profile builder and powers search and discovery. Prior to founding Shuffle Collective, Tess has spent a decade in holistic health, both as a freelancer and a small business owner. Tess also has an active art and music practice, has produced films and currently working on a film project with Anuj.

  • Anuj Nijhawan

    Co-founder & Co-CEO

    Anuj is a technologist and filmmaker. As Co-Founder of Shuffle Collective, he focuses on product, engineering, and fundraising. Anuj studied computer science and film at USC. He has spent a decade in the world of startups, working as a full-stack engineer, designer and later has a Product Manager. He started off at Yahoo! and Geocities and has since led product and design teams at ShareThis, Scribd and Appirio (TopCoder). A trained filmmaker, he has written and directed short films(According to Plan A, and Sonder) that have shown internationally at film festivals. He has also studied improv and was part of an Oakland-based performance troupe Ace of Hobos.

Advisory Board

Our luminary council of advisors are an interdisciplinary group of artists, thinkers, entrepreneurs and culture creators supporting us on our mission of empowering bold and meaningful projects

  • Rebecca Walker

    Author, Speaker, Activist, Third Wave Fund

    Rebecca Walker is the founder of Third Wave Fund, and has contributed to the global conversation about race, gender, power, and the evolution of the human family for three decades. She has authored and edited seven bestselling books and developed and produced film and television with Warner Brothers, NBCUniversal, Amazon, HBO, and Paramount. Named by Time Magazine one of the most influential leaders of her generation and is credited with coining the term, 'Third Wave Feminism'.

  • Sunny Bates

    Kickstarter, TED, Creative Capital, American Theatre Wing, MIT Media lab, New INC

    Sunny Bates is a founding board member of Kickstarter as well as on advisory boards of TED, MIT Media Lab, Creative Capital, New INC and the American Theater Wing. Sunny operates wherever executives, thinkers, artists, creators, innovators, entrepreneurs, educators, philanthropists connect and collide around the globe as an author, serial entrepreneur, mentor and advisor.

  • Dave Eggers

    826 Valencia, McSweeney's, NYTimes Bestseller, Pulitzer Prize Finalist

    Dave Eggers is the founder of McSweeney’s and Co-Founder of 826 National (826 Valencia), a network of youth writing and tutoring centers around the United States. He is an award winning author with his books hitting the New York Times Bestseller list. His paintings have also been shown in establishments nationally including Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and the Nevada Museum of Art.

  • David Krakauer

    Santa Fe Institute, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, University of Santa Barbara

    David Krakauer is the president of the Santa Fe Institute. His research focuses on the evolutionary history of information-processing mechanisms in biology and culture. This includes genetic, neural, linguistic and cultural mechanisms. The research spans multiple levels of organization, seeking analogous patterns and principles in genetics, cell biology, microbiology and in organismal behavior and society. He served at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton as well as visiting professor of evolution at Princeton University. David was included in the Wired Magazine Smart List as one of 50 people "who will change the World.

  • Saikat Chakrabarti

    New Consensus, Stripe, Justice Democrats, Chief of Staff to AOC

    Saikat Chakrabarti is the President and co-founder of New Consensus, a think tank and grassroots organization to promote the Green New Deal. Previously, he was a founding engineer at Stripe, co-founder of Justice Democrats, and was the campaign manager and then Chief of Staff to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez where he led the effort to draft the Green New Deal.

  • Reza Aslan

    NYTimes Bestseller, Rough Draft with Reza Aslan, HBO, UC Irvine, UC Riverside

    Reza Aslan is an internationally renowned writer, commentator, professor, producer, and scholar of religions. His books, including his #1 New York Times Bestseller, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, have been translated into dozens of languages around the world. He is also a recipient of the prestigious James Joyce Award. In addition to his role as a producer on the acclaimed HBO series The Leftovers and the hit CBS comedy United States of Al, Aslan is also the host and producer of Rough Draft with Reza Aslan, and CNN’s documentary series, Believer. Aslan co-founded BoomGen Studios as well as StarFish accelerator, a program to support BIPOC filmmakers.

  • Kate Fowle

    MoMA, Garage Museum, Curators International, ICI

    Kate Fowle is the director of MoMA PS1, which presents today’s most experimental, thought-provoking art. She was appointed in 2019 after six years as the chief curator of the Garage Museum in Moscow as well as the director-at-large at Independent Curators International, New York. Kate served as the executive director of Independent Curators International (ICI) and was the inaugural international curator at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing. In 2002 she co-founded the Master’s Program in Curatorial Practice at California College of the Arts.

  • Craig Newmark

    Craigslist, Philanthropist

    Craig Newmark is a Web pioneer founding Craigslist in 1995. In 2016 he created Craig Newmark Philanthropies to promote investment in organizations that effectively serve their communities and drive broad civic engagement at the grassroots level. In 2017 he became a founding funder and executive committee member of the News Integrity Initiative, administered by the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Craig aloso serves on the board of directors of a range of nonprofits including Columbia Journalism Review, Girls Who Code, Poynter Foundation, and Sunlight Foundation.

  • Ruby Lerner

    Creative Capital, Eyebeam, New INC, Andy Warhol Foundation

    Ruby Lerner is the founding Executive Director of Creative Capital and is on the boards of New INC, Eyebeam, and the Andy Warhol Foundation. Prior to Creative Capital, Ruby Lerner served as the Executive Director of the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers (AIVF) and as Publisher of the highly regarded Independent Film and Video Monthly.

  • Tiffany Shlain

    Webby Awards, Filmmaker, Author

    Tiffany Shlain is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, founder of the Webby Awards, and author of the national bestselling book 24/6: Giving up Screens One Day a Week to Get More Time, Creativity, and Connection. Tiffany has received over 80 awards and distinctions for her films and work, including being listed as one of Newsweek's "Women Shaping the 21st Century." Tiffany lectures worldwide on topics ranging from the relationship between humanity and technology, to neuroscience and creativity. The NY MOMA premiered her one woman performance Dear Human in 2020.

  • JD Beltran

    San Francsico Arts Commision, California College of the Arts, Center for Creative Sustainability

    JD Beltran is a former President and current Commissioner of the San Francisco Arts Commission, as well the founder of Center for Creative Sustainability. She is on the faculty of California College of the Arts and her award-winning work in art, film, new media and photography has been exhibited worldwide including at the Walker Art Center, the San Francisco MOMA, Ars Electronica in Austria.

  • Shelly Steward

    Aspen Institute, Gig Economy Data Hub

    Shelly Steward is an economic sociologist and applied scholar who has studied the changing nature of work for more than ten years. She serves as director of the Future of Work Initiative at Aspen Institute. She is an expert on nonstandard work arrangements the lead author of the Gig Economy Data Hub in collaboration with Cornell University’s ILR School. She is also a research associate with the Fairwork Project based at the Oxford Internet Institute. She has written for both academic and popular publications, including the Washington Post among others.

  • Elizabeth Daley

    USC School of Cinematic Arts

    Elizabeth Daley has been Dean of the USC School of Cinematic Arts for 27 years. She was the founding Executive Director of the USC Annenberg Center for Communication, and serves as the Executive Director of the USC Institute for Multimedia Literacy. She has been honored by American Women in Radio and Television and was twice nominated for a Los Angeles Area Emmy Award among other awards for her contributions to the world of film.

  • Ayodele Nzinga

    Oakland Poet Laureate, Lower Bottom Playaz, Black Arts Movement

    Ayodele Nzinga is the first Poet Laureate of Oakland and the founding producing director of the Lower Bottom Playaz, Oakland's oldest theater company. Nzinga is a multi-disciplined and creative force. She is an actress, director, playwright, poet, dramaturg, educator, and community advocate. She is the founding Director of the Black Arts Movement and Business District CDC. She holds a Ph.D. in Transformative Education & Change, is a Cal-Shakes Artist Investigator Alumni, a Helen Crocker Russell Arts Leadership Fellow, a member of the Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame, and one of the 2021 YBCA 10.

  • Nicolas Bellavance-Lecompte

    NOMAD, Canadian Creators Collective, Carwan Gallery

    Nicolas Bellavance-Lecompte is a contemporary design specialist, architect, and curator based in Italy. He co-founded the traveling showcase NOMAD held so far in Monaco, St. Moritz, Cannes, and Venice. He also co-founded Carwan Gallery in Beirut, the first contemporary design gallery of the Middle East, where he serves as Art Director. Nicolas has curated more than fifty design exhibitions for private galleries, museums, and institutions. He has recently been appointed Art Director of the Fonderia Artistica Battaglia design department, the historic bronze foundry in Milan.

  • Nina Simons

    Bioneers Co-Founder, Author, Speaker

    Nina Simons is an award-winning social entrepreneur and international public speaker who is passionate about healing our relationship with the natural world, women’s leadership, and beloved community. She is the Co-founder of Bioneers and its Everywoman’s Leadership program. She is a recipient of the Robert Rodale award and the Goi Peace Award for “pioneering work to promote nature-inspired innovations for restoring the Earth and our human community.” Her first book, Nature, Culture & the Sacred: A Woman Listens for Leadership was recently bestowed both a Gold and Silver Nautilus Book Award.

  • Suketu Mehta

    NYTimes Bestseller, Author, Screenwriter, NYU

    Suketu Mehta is an award-winning author and professor at NYU. Mehta’s articles have been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Granta, Harper’s, Time, Newsweek, The New York Review of Books among others. He has also written original screenplays for films, including New York, I Love You (2008), and Mission Kashmir with novelist Vikram Chandra.

  • Alice Loy

    Author, Creative Startups

    Alice Loy is a Co-founder of Creative Startups is a leading voice on the creative economy. She is a public speaker on topics ranging from developing creative economy ecosystems to investing in the creative economy. Alice works with entrepreneurs and economic development leaders across Europe, Asia, and Latin America. She holds a MBA and PhD in Strategic Communication from and Entrepreneurship from UNM.