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Todd Wagner Founder & CEO, Charity Network / CEO, 2929 Entertainment

Todd Wagner is founder and CEO of Charity Network, a company that harnesses the power of celebrity, technology and media to raise awareness and funds for some of the world’s toughest challenges. With a mission to help charities transition from analog to digital, Charity Network has raised hundreds of millions for causes across the globe through three digital platforms - Charitybuzz, Prizeo and Chideo. For Wagner, the transition from analog to digital has been a long-time theme of his career. In 1995, he introduced streaming media to the world when he launched Broadcast.com with business partner Mark Cuban. Wagner served as CEO and later sold the company to Yahoo! for $5.7 billion. He then co-founded 2929 Entertainment, a portfolio of companies spanning content creation, distribution and exhibition, including Landmark Theaters, 2929 Productions, Magnolia Pictures and AXS-TV. At 2929, he pioneered the practice of releasing films simultaneously in theaters, on DVD and digitally. Wagner has also committed millions of dollars and his own time and energy to helping improve the lives of at-risk children through the Todd Wagner Foundation.

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Patrick Farrell COO/CFO, Charity Network

As the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at Charity Network, Patrick has over twenty years of diverse, progressive experience, including twelve years in executive level positions with public and privately held companies, including Burch Creative Capital, J.Crew Group, Inc., Blue Tulip Corporation, iParty Corp., N2K Inc., EMI Music Group/Angel Records, Polygram/Def Jam Recordings, Inc., and Arthur Andersen LLP. Patrick graduated with honors in Accounting from Temple University, holds an M.B.A. from New York University, and is a Certified Public Accountant.

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Jan Svendsen Chief Marketing Officer, Charity Network

Jan recently joined Charity Network as Chief Marketing Officer after 17 years as the Director of Marketing and Business Development for the Broadway League and the Tony Awards where she built the brands for Broadway and the Tonys. In her current role, she oversees the marketing for Charity Network’s three leading digital fundraising platforms—Charitybuzz, Chideo, and Prizeo. Jan was also a Vice President at Ogilvy Advertising where she managed the American Express and Kraft General Foods accounts. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from San Diego State University and an MBA from the American Graduate School of International Management at Arizona State University (Thunderbird campus). She serves on the boards of several causes that are near and dear to her heart.

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Ben Erwin SVP Business Development, Charity Network

Ben has been with the company for over nine years, previously as the VP of Business Development at Charitybuzz. In his role, Ben oversees all sales and business development activities across Charity Network. Prior to Charitybuzz, Ben held positions with Callaway Golf and the Corporate Executive Board. In 2011, Ben co-founded the RFK Young Leaders, an official program of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. Ben is a graduate of George Washington University.

Vice Presidents


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Jennifer Promis
VP, Ops & Process Management

As Vice President of Operations & Process Management for Charity Network, Jenn is constantly finding ways to enhance and improve the campaign process for her team, as well as the company’s over 3,500 nonprofit and brand clients. Prior to her VP title, Jenn was the Director of Auction Process and an Auction Specialist when she started with the company in 2007. Before joining the Charitybuzz team, she was a merchandising/sales associate at the corporate headquarters of Martin Lawrence Galleries. Jenn is a graduate from Fairfield University.

jpromis@charitynetwork.com
646.998.6178
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Wesley Adams
VP, Marketing & Client Engagement

Wesley leads the Custom Experience program, our concierge level service through which we work directly with top donors to create unique experiences benefiting amazing causes. Prior to joining Charitybuzz, Wesley helped launch and build All Out, a tech-focused, global advocacy organization, into the world’s largest community taking action for equality. Before All Out, he co-founded a hospitality and events company, developing new properties around the country and garnering multiple James Beard Award nominations. He's launched nearly a dozen businesses and produced celebrity- and performance-driven experiential marketing events for a variety of major corporate clients. In his free time, he's helped produce a documentary for HBO, The Out List, and a book highlighting leaders in sustainability space, I Am EcoWarrior.

wesley@charitybuzz.com
646-998-6174

Company Directors


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Nichol Carlson
Director of Strategic Partnerships
Charity Network

Based in Los Angeles, Nichol’s focus is on developing unique, large-scale partnerships with brands, corporations, and nonprofits to fit each partner’s individual needs. Prior to joining the Charitybuzz team from the West Coast, Nichol was the Vice President of Artist Development at Sony Music where she was responsible for identifying, developing, and monetizing the touring aspect of artists signed to the Columbia Records (and later the Sony BMG) roster. Nichol sits on the board of Children Mending Hearts. She holds an undergraduate degree from UCLA.

nichol@charitynetwork.com
310.948.4413
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Dwayne David
Director of Customer Service
Charitybuzz

Dwayne is the Director of Customer Service, managing the customer concierge and shipping teams. Dwayne’s focus is to deliver a seamless customer experience throughout the bidding and auction redemption process. Prior to joining Charitybuzz, Dwayne managed the national customer service team for the luxury spa brand Bliss and managed operations as the Customer Service/Quality Control Manager for Pitney Bowes International Mail Services.

ddavid@charitybuzz.com
646.998.6183
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Richard O'Reilly
Director of Engineering
Charity Network

Rich is the Director of Engineering and is responsible for technology strategy, platform development, data management, and IT infrastructure and operations. He was previously a senior engineer for three years prior and led the development of projects like the website redesign in 2013 and creation of the site’s API and iOS apps. Prior to Charitybuzz, Rich helped create Measy.com, which was awarded a Webby and listed in PC Magazine’s Top Ten Websites of 2010. Rich holds a bachelor’s degree from The New School.

roreilly@charitybuzz.com
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