Unfinished is an enterprise working to strengthen our civic life in the digital age. This is made possible by the collaborative efforts of our entrepreneurial, hard-working team of builders.
As an enterprise that integrates social impact with financial results, we believe having a diversity of perspective, professional backgrounds, identity groups and lived experience is a strength, and we are working to build our team according to this belief. Check out our careers page for opportunities.
WHO WE ARE
Chairman & CEO
Frank H. McCourt, Jr., is an American thought leader and civic entrepreneur who has been internationally recognized for his successful business ventures and for his work to achieve policy and social impact. By combining business acumen with a keen interest in civic need and social good, Frank has invested in real estate, finance, sports and education while building an inclusive global network to strengthen society and improve people’s lives.
When the McCourt family immigrated to America from Ireland in the late 1800s, they brought with them to Boston an unwavering work ethic, a commitment to community, and a boundless belief in America as a land of opportunity. Those values have driven the McCourt family’s dedication to service for generations, and continue to motivate Frank today. Through a business career that has spanned the globe, Frank’s firm has built an impressive portfolio of real estate holdings and development projects including residential and commercial properties in Miami, New York City, London, and Los Angeles. His firm also manages MGG Investment Group, a specialty finance business, as well as McCourt Partners, a private investment platform with over $1 billion in permanent capital. These investments have not only been financially successful; they have also spurred growth and development in communities around the world, revitalizing neighborhoods and fostering inclusive civic infrastructure.
Frank believes strongly in the importance of public impact through sports. In 2008, he acquired the operating rights to the Los Angeles Marathon and led it to global acclaim with his visionary Stadium to the Sea course before donating the race to The McCourt Foundation in 2019. He became the owner of the L.A. Dodgers in 2004 and guided the team to back-to-back National League Championship Series for the first time in 33 years before selling the team In 2012 for over $2 billion—the largest sale of a professional sports franchise in history. He also recently sold his stake in the Global Champions Tour—the equestrian world’s best-known international show jumping competition. Frank is the owner of the legendary Olympique de Marseille football club, which was applauded in April for opening up living space at its training center to women who had been victims of domestic violence—providing meals, counseling, security, cleaning, and logistics services to women and children at a time when isolation due to COVID-19 caused a spike in reports of domestic abuse. In all of these efforts, Frank worked to build partnerships with community organizations, spur lasting civic connections and spark meaningful and positive change.
Frank is also a vocal advocate for the role that universities play as civic institutions committed to social impact. Over the course of a decades-long partnership with Georgetown University and its president, Jack DeGioia, Frank has been a consistent promoter of the university’s active engagement in addressing social challenges and supporting the public good. Since founding the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy in 2013, Frank has remained integral to its efforts—and following the inception of the COVID-19 pandemic, he has sponsored the university’s work to apply academia’s evidence-based solutions to the toughest policy issues in a post-pandemic world.
In addition to his engagement with existing organizations, Frank is involved in imagining and creating new civic institutions, from inclusive performance spaces like The Shed in New York City to Unfinished. In all areas of his work, Frank is committed to enterprises that align action and purpose as a way to create sustainable value and social impact at the same time.
Frank graduated from Georgetown University in 1975 with a degree in economics, and has served on the university’s Board of Directors for many years. He and his wife, Monica, reside in Florida with their children Luciana and Brodie. Frank is also the father of four boys—Drew, Travis, Casey, and Gavin.
Paula Recart is President of Network and Media at Unfinished, and she drives the impact and communications strategy across the portfolio at McCourt. She joined McCourt in 2019, after 12 years at Ashoka, the world’s largest network of social entrepreneurs, where she held several senior leadership roles, including Ashoka North America Director for more than five years. During her tenure at Ashoka, she was critical to the launch of new programs and initiatives – Start Empathy, All America and the Ashoka Future Forum, among others – and she led multi-sector partnerships that drove global social change.
Prior to Ashoka, Paula was Editor-in-Chief of the bi-weekly Chilean publication PAULA magazine for nearly a decade. Before that, she also had an important role in one of the most creative endeavors in Chilean media in the 1990s, as Executive Producer and News Editor at Rock & Pop TV. Until recently, Paula was also a partner of the design and innovation agency Felicidad Publica, which is based in Chile.
She has a bachelors degree in journalism and sociology from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile.
Braxton Woodham has been at the forefront of envisioning and leading the development and commercialization of scaled software products and platforms for more than 20 years. He currently serves as President of Unfinished Labs, and was formerly the Chief Technology and Product Officer at Fandango, where he was responsible for product development and technology operations for Fandango Ticketing, Rotten Tomatoes, Fandango NOW (TVOD service with over 90k titles), Movietickets.com, Flixster, MovieClips, Ingresso (ticketing in Brazil), and Fandango.lat. While at Fandango he led technical strategy, diligence and integration efforts for eight acquisitions. Prior to Fandango, Braxton was co-founder, President, and Chief Technology Officer at Sun Basket, a personalized meal platform based in San Francisco. He is currently a board member at Sun Basket, as well as co-founder and Executive Chairman at kuma.capital, a software company providing a platform and applications for systematic digital asset trading.
Braxton previously co-founded Tap11, a real-time media analytics platform which was acquired by AVOS Systems in 2011. Earlier he was the CTO of InfoSpace’s mobile division where he was responsible for the infrastructure that serviced approximately three quarters of all mobile web traffic in North America. Braxton joined InfoSpace through the acquisition of Moviso, where he led the development of the V4 Digital Media Platform, which scaled by more than 100 times to generate over $1.5 billion in revenue across US, European and Australian mobile carriers. Prior to joining Moviso / InfoSpace, Braxton served as Executive Director of Technology at Sony Music Digital Media Ventures, where he focused on new Internet initiatives including Keyhole, which was acquired by Google and relaunched as Google Earth. Earlier Braxton served as Lead Propulsion Engineer for two Atlas missions and was a Captain in the United States Air Force. He has a B.E. in Mechanical Engineering with honors from Vanderbilt University.
Angela Glover Blackwell is the Chairperson of Unfinished Network. She is the Founder in Residence at PolicyLink, the organization she started in 1999 to advance racial and economic equity for all. Under Angela’s leadership, PolicyLink gained national prominence in the movement to use public policy to improve access and opportunity for all low-income people and communities of color, particularly in the areas of health, housing, transportation, and infrastructure. Her Radical Imagination podcast debuted in September 2019, and introduces listeners to a world of talented, creative, progressive thinkers whose vision and determination are challenging the status quo to create the change we need.
Prior to founding PolicyLink, Angela served as Senior Vice President at The Rockefeller Foundation. A lawyer by training, she gained national recognition as founder of the Urban Strategies Council. From 1977 to 1987, Angela was a partner at Public Advocates. Angela is the co-author of Uncommon Common Ground: Race and America’s Future, and she authored The Curb Cut Effect, published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review in 2017.
As a leading voice in the movement for equity in America, Angela serves on numerous boards. She advised the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve as one of 15 members of its inaugural Community Advisory Council, and in 2020 was appointed by California Governor Gavin Newsom to the state Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery. She is the 2018 recipient of the John W. Gardner Leadership Award, presented by the Independent Sector, and in 2017, she received the Peter E. Haas Public Service Award from the University of California, Berkeley.
As the Chief Advocacy and Engagement Officer of Unfinished, Alison works to raise understanding of how we can all contribute to bringing higher and healthier standards for technology into existence. Alison has worked at the intersection of social science and new technology for over two decades, devoting her career to understanding and driving behavior change. She has helped executives and founders of over 100 companies to drive adoption in new markets and dynamic environments. As the CEO and Founder of Unblocked Future, a boutique strategy firm specializing in emerging categories, she served clients seeking to leverage technology to enable a better future. A frequent speaker at conferences around the world, her articles have appeared in Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and Venture Beat. Her best-selling book, Unblocked, explains how blockchain technology could shape both organizations and culture.
Alison holds degrees in psychology, sociology and organizational behavior from Stanford University.
Amara Norman is the Operations Coordinator for Unfinished. She is passionate about human centric problem solving that creates an equitable and inspired world. She completed a Bachelor of Business in Strategic Design and Management at Parsons School of Design. Prior to Unfinished, she garnered diverse experience interning at creative agencies, consultancies, and startups. Her interests in community building, design thinking, and photography, support her drive to work at the intersection of social impact, technology, and media.
Bryan works as a Senior Accountant at Unfinished, focusing on maintaining the general ledger and financial reporting. Prior to joining the team, he worked as a Staff Accountant at Rosewood Hotel Group. Bryan enjoys solving puzzles and problems, and brings his interest in finding solutions to look for new and creative ways to improve processes. He holds a BS in Business Administration from California State University Los Angeles.
Chris Chen has been a technology leader and a successful product launcher for the past 20 years across multiple continents. His current and past professional experiences include online and mobile product management in SaaS, consumer digital services, gaming, telecom, and entertainment industries. Chris specializes in developing the best user experience and building the most efficient product operations across global business units. He holds a master’s degree in international business management and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.
Christina Hwang is a Program Manager for Unfinished Labs. She brings 20+ years of managing projects across both tech and entertainment industries – working on projects such as the Hilton mobile app and motion graphics/visual effects for a multitude of major motion pictures. She found her way to Unfinished Lab via her “network of networks” and loves being part of the bigger picture, helping to be part of the solution – truly believing that “the sum is greater than its parts”.
Christine works as Executive Assistant to the President, Unfinished Labs and Chief Advocacy and Engagement Officer. Prior to joining the Unfinished team, Christine worked as an assistant to the Chairman & CEO of AECOM. She started at Raytheon, where Christine worked for 13 years as a senior executive assistant. Christine enjoys using her education and experience to keep office operations running seamlessly for the executives she supports. She holds a BA in Business Management from Webster University.
Claire Olmstead is an app developer that works alongside the blockchain team at Unfinished Labs. Prior to Unfinished Labs, she began her career as a front end development intern at Lingoport and freelancer app developer while completing her undergraduate degree. Drawn to McCourt’s business values, Claire embraces a bold and results-orientated spirit in her work. Claire graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a B.A. in Computer Science and a minor in Technology, Arts, and Media.
Damon Beres is Editor in Chief of Unfinished Media. Previously, he co-founded and was editor in chief of the award-winning publication OneZero at Medium, which specialized in stories about social media, artificial intelligence, surveillance, labor, and ethical approaches to technology. Before that, he was an executive editor at Mashable, where he led the team’s tech and science coverage and directed original editorial programming on Snapchat Discover. Beres has also served as senior tech editor at HuffPost, where he anchored influential coverage on Apple, the electronic waste crisis, and more. His writing has been published in the New York Times, VICE, Slate, Gizmodo, and other outlets. Beres is passionate about finding the human root of complex topics and delivering nuanced, thoughtful stories to readers who are exhausted by the relentless news cycle. He believes in empowering people to navigate a changing world, and that a better tomorrow can emerge from powerful narratives today. He studied journalism and sociology at New York University.
Dan Salerno is Talent Acquisition at Unfinished. In the first decade of his career, he scaled and diversified high-growth SaaS & Media start-up’s teams. He’s humbled and inspired by the opportunity recruiters have to shape and influence both a company and individual’s future. Dan has learned the power of appreciating one’s whole story through listening and observation which has led to consistent success in talent acquisition. He believes in embracing the idea that it’s not a vacancy to be filled, but a collective that needs additional skills and behaviors; it’s not reading a resume, it’s taking a long-view look at someone’s journey. Dan is thrilled to see similar principles aspired to and acted on every day at Unfinished.
Dee serves as CFO of Unfinished providing financial oversight and direction across the Unfinished divisions. Before joining Unfinished, Dee held a variety of finance roles for NBCU across financial planning and analysis, accounting, reporting and operations. She oversaw both US and International businesses spending 6 years in Los Angeles. Most recently Dee served as CFO at Fandango where she led the financial strategy, planning and reporting whilst managing the company’s diverse revenue streams. Dee started her career at PwC where she specialized in Transaction Services and Corporate finance. Dee holds a honors degree in Economics from Nottingham Trent University and is a qualified chartered accountant (CPA equivalent).
Denise leads program management and operations for the Unfinished Labs. Prior to joining Unfinished Labs, Denise played a number of roles at CrownPeak Technology, a SaaS CMS and digital experience platform, where she was a director of client implementation teams as well as builder of customer and partner enablement and education programs. Denise brings humility and a passion to question everything to the team. She earned a BA in Physics from Hampshire College.
Blockchain Platform Developer
Enddy Dumbrique is a Blockchain Developer for Unfinished Labs. Prior to joining, Enddy worked in the advertising industry building demand-side platforms. Enddy enjoys building products that take the high-road to deliver value. At Unfinished he works to deliver a protocol that will enable with open conversations and experience. He graduated from UCSB with a major in Acturial science where he discovered an interest in software engineering.
Harry has spent his career designing, delivering and operating high volume transactional systems for both startups and Fortune 500 companies. For the last two years, he has been an independent consultant advising clients on technology, team, and process.
Previously, he has been a partner at a boutique mobile services consulting firm, Chief Architect at Ticketmaster, and a founder of a social network. He implemented his first blockchain project doing cross-exchange arbitrage in 2014. He studied Computer Science at both West Point and the University of Southern California.
Joe Tropeano is Senior Coordinator of Impact of the Unfinished Network. He is passionate about amplifying the stories of underrepresented voices, be that through his role at Unfinished or his work teaching English language learners. Prior to Unfinished, Joe taught English in various settings throughout New York City, Chile, and Nashville and supported social entrepreneurs at Social Enterprise Alliance. He has an MA in TESOL from Teachers College, Columbia University and a BS in Human and Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University.
Josh Rothfus is a recent graduate of the University of Texas at Austin where he obtained his B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering. During his time at UT Josh was a developer for the start-up Family Clarity where he did full-stack development. Josh was also a founder of the gaming start-up Atlas Game Studios where he developed gaming software and managed a world-wide set of part-time developers. Currently, his full-time interests include full-stack development, machine learning, big-data, and blockchain.
Kila Englebrook is the Director of Operations for Unfinished, where she works across teams to build and support effective operational functions to drive extensive, impactful and sustainable growth.
Kila joined Unfinished after four and a half years with Social Enterprise Alliance, most recently serving as their President and CEO. Prior to joining Social Enterprise Alliance, Kila worked with Ashoka, the world’s largest network of social entrepreneurs. In her eight-year tenure there, Kila led the Ashoka Support Network in the United States wherein she engaged world-class business leaders in changing the world by working directly with social entrepreneurs. Additionally, Kila convened Ashoka’s US network through the production and management of the bi-annual Ashoka Future Forum. She helped shape and develop the Ashoka team across the US, as well as implement and refresh operational systems to improve outcomes.
Kila holds a bachelors of arts in African Studies from Boston University.
As General Counsel, Kiran provides legal guidance across the business and oversees strategy for complex transactions. He previously spent ten years in the New York and Paris offices of Sullivan & Cromwell as a corporate attorney, advising prominent private equity and hedge funds, global financial institutions and life sciences, industrial, energy and real estate companies regarding public and private acquisitions, and divestitures. Kiran also worked for Booz Allen Hamilton.
He holds a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law, a masters degree from Sciences Po, and a BSFS from Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.
Lara is Director of Impact Innovations, supporting and activating Unfinished’s expansive and diverse network of partners. She has served in leadership and entrepreneurial roles in the social innovation sector, including over a decade as co-leader of Echoing Green, an angel investor in start-up social change organizations around the world. There, she worked with hundreds of the world’s most extraordinary social entrepreneurs, supported the launch and development of 250+ path-breaking organizations in over 70 countries, launched new impact and programs, and grew the organization by seven-fold. As a purpose expert and founder of The Genuine, Lara created a science-backed methodology to support leaders to enact their purpose and bring these practices to their workplaces. As a trained executive coach, Lara supports entrepreneurs and CEOs to lead with intention and impact.
For Lara, purpose comes from being engaged in a diverse portfolio of organizations. As board chair of Initiative for Medicine Access & Knowledge (I-MAK), she supports the development of a just and equitable medicine system. Lara also serves as a founding advisory board member of the Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) for NY-based women executive directors of social impact organizations. Lara also founded We Are Coaches, a learning and support network for leadership coaches.
Lara received her bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University, her master’s from Columbia University. She is the author of two books, Be Bold: Create a Career with Impact and Work on Purpose.
Mara’s background is in social innovation, global partnerships, and civic engagement, with a career that spans the federal government, corporate philanthropy, nonprofits and startups.
Prior to working with Unfinished, she founded the Census Open Innovation Labs at the U.S. Census Bureau, which solves national challenges through human-centered design, data, creative media, and technology. Her focus was on building cross-sector, creative coalitions to rally support for a complete and accurate count for the 2020 Census, the largest peacetime mobilization in the United States and a foundational pillar of U.S. democracy.
Prior to joining the federal government, Mara led Global Partnerships at the Nike Foundation for its Girl Effect initiative, focusing on innovation to alleviate poverty for adolescent girls around the world.
She also founded Incúbate, an Aspen Institute program supporting entrepreneurship in Cuba; was a strategist for the Jaguar Land Rover Innovation Lab; led business development for The Tiziano Project, an award-winning organization training citizen journalists in conflict zones; and co-founded an organization teaching documentary filmmaking to young people in marginalized communities.
She is a Security Fellow with the Truman National Security Project, a Bloomberg Businessweek Innovation Fellow, and a certified yoga teacher. She lives in Venice, CA.
Maribeth Carroll is the Chief Human Resources Officer at McCourt. She leads HR strategy across all McCourt operating units and businesses, with a focus on recruitment, corporate culture, talent development, compensation and benefits, and organizational structure. Prior to joining McCourt, Carroll served as Global Head of Human Resources for the Institutional Client Business at BlackRock where she supported an international sales force of over 500 professionals.
Previously, Carroll served as Global Head of Human Resources for Acumen, an international non-profit working to alleviate poverty through a combination of leadership, philanthropy, and venture capital, and before that as Senior Vice President and Global Head of Corporate and Finance Human Resources at Guy Carpenter, a unit of Marsh & McLennan Companies. Previously, Carroll spent ten years at Morgan Stanley where she rose from the role of recruitment manager for finance and operations to Executive Director for Investment Management Human Resources.
Beyond her professional activities, Carroll is deeply involved in numerous charitable initiatives. She serves on the Board of Directors with Global Camps Africa, an organization supporting vulnerable children in South Africa, and is a long-time sponsor with Women for Women International, an organization providing women survivors of war, civil strife, and other conflicts with a path to safety and self-sufficiency.
Carroll is a graduate of the University of Maryland where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism.
Max focuses on research and external affairs at McCourt and Unfinished. Prior to joining the team, Max worked as an aide to George Soros, working at the intersection of global finance and social impact through Soros Fund Management and the Open Society Foundations. He enjoys using his experience and education to help McCourt expand its global footprint and pursue meaningful change. He holds an MS in Global Affairs and Economy from New York University and a BA in International Affairs from George Washington University.
Mike is a Certified Public Accountant and manages a team of financial professionals. He is responsible for all of the firm’s transactions and reporting, strategic financial planning, budget development, variance analysis, and management reporting.
Prior to joining McCourt, Mike held finance positions with both public and private companies, with responsibilities ranging from audit, review, compilation, and tax compliance, to domestic and international accounting and Securities and Exchange Commission reporting. He worked in public accounting at Green, Hasson & Janks, served as a senior accounting manager for Activision, corporate controller at Raining Data (now TigerLogic), and accounting director for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Mike earned a B.S. degree in Accounting from Loyola Marymount University.
Peter Frank is the Engineering Manager of Unfinished. He’s worked in the tech sector for 18 years, including time at Mobileforming and TicketMaster. As an avid programming language enthusiast, Peter leads to define and build our Software as a Service and Service Node offerings. He has a BS in Computer Science from California State University, Northridge, and is ready to enable a decentralized social graph to help break down walled gardens in the social ecosystem.
Scott is the Head of Software Engineering at Unfinished Labs where he manages the development team, leads the engineering execution to realize our product vision, and with the CTO, develops and maintains the technical roadmap. Prior to Unfinished Labs, Scott was CTO at FreedomPop where as the first employee hired, he helped build a global company providing free mobile services, including architecting and building the platform and hiring and managing the development team.
Previously, Scott served as VP of Engineering at Tap11, where he managed engineering and infrastructure teams building a real-time intelligence product around social media. Prior to Tap11, Scott was VP of Engineering at Zannel, Inc., where he managed the development and systems teams building a mobile oriented social network with video transcoding and streaming, real-time media feeds, advanced alerting, and mobile ad delivery and aggregation services. In addition he was Direct of Technology for Infospace’s mobile division where he led development of the largest ringtone sales and delivery platform in the US.
Scott graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering.
Rigo Carbajal is a Senior iOS Developer at Unfinished. His journey is aided by mentorship from Steven Schkolne, whose guidance has led him to where he is today. Rigo enjoys the craftsmanship aspect of coding, aspiring to write code that can be called elegant. Prior to joining Unfinished, he began at a small studio in downtown LA called Vain Media, worked as an independent contractor, and served as a Lead iOS Developer at Fandango for 6 years. He is proud to be working at the forefront of two important movements: blockchain technology, and a global mission of educating and empowering individuals in the context of their data and privacy. Rigo is humbled by all the intelligent people collectively working on Project Liberty and is honored to play an important role in the future of the internet.
Ryan Sheh is a Senior Application Developer at Unfinished. Prior to working on Project Liberty at Unfinished, he worked in both startup and corporate environments developing applications in the restaurant, charity, humanitarian, amusement park, and hospitality industries, most recently leading a team at Hilton. He enjoys socializing, rock climbing and photography. He holds a BS in Physics and Computer Science from USC.
Sebastian Dombrowski is a Senior Android Developer on Project Liberty, focusing on the native Android parts of applications. He has been developing Android apps since 2012 and has worked on apps in the hospitality, restaurant, and entertainment industries. Before Unfinished, he worked for mobileforming, where he led development teams and contributed to apps like Hilton Honors, Arby’s, and Cedar Fair. Sebastian graduated with an M.Sc. in Information Systems from the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany and an MBA from UC Riverside.
Born in Berlin, Germany, Sebastian moved permanently to the US in 2015 and loves to travel the world, work out, play Magic: The Gathering, and read good books.
Shailesh Calib is the Lead QA Engineer at Unfinished Labs. Shailesh brings automated testing to our Quality Assurance process and leads our efforts to integrate QA into the application development process to help ensure our apps have the highest quality. He has 10+ years of experience in the Quality assurance field. He has worked on many projects in financial technology, hospitality, restaurant, and entertainment industries. Shailesh comes to us from Papaya Pay, and previously worked at Mobileforming and LiveNation. Shailesh has a bachelor of commerce from Delhi University.
Steven Belser is Chief Growth Officer at Unfinished, where he’s responsible for digital strategy, editorial initiatives, strategic partnerships, venture opportunities and commercialization efforts across the Unfinished media practice.
Prior to Unfinished he was General Manager at Vox Media and responsible for IP development and revenue strategy. He was part of the founding team at NowThis Media, the largest social video news publisher and launched NowThis Studios, the creative strategy and entertainment studio.
He’s also held leadership roles at Bloomberg Media, Vice Media and MTV Networks.
Experiential Production Lead
Tatyana’s Guzeva is the Experiential Lead for Unfinished. Originally from Russia, she is fluent in both English and Russian and has traveled all over the world for work, putting her stamp on everything from 150,000 person music festivals, international Art Fairs to Branded Campaigns & Activations for Fortune 500 Companies. She is passionate about seamlessly customizing and executing details and has a knack for juggling many balls in the digital world while never letting any one of them drop. Her determination and curiosity motivate her to be successful in both live and virtual content production.
TJ is a veteran product executive, with nearly two decades of experience in the tech industry, primarily focused on new development initiatives. He recently worked at TigerConnect as the first product executive, and built the leading enterprise communication platform in health care. Prior roles have been working with companies of varying sizes to include B2B companies: AT&T Interactive, Resilia, and Infospace, and B2C companies: Evite (part of IAC) and Emotive. TJ also spent 4+years as a Captain in the US Army, serving in Washington and South Korea. He has a BA in Mathematics from Boston College, and an MBA from the University of Washington Foster School of Business. In his spare time, TJ enjoys spending time with family, and seeing live music.