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Todd Wagner FOUNDER & CEO, CHARITY NETWORK, 2929 ENTERTAINMENT
AND TODD WAGNER FOUNDATION

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 causes around the world. With a mission to help charities transition from analog to digital, Charity Network has raised more than $500 million to date through its digital platforms: Charitybuzz, a leading online charity auction site, and Prizeo, an online sweepstakes-for-good platform.

In both business and philanthropy, the transition from analog to digital has been a long-time theme of Wagner’s 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 Wagner/Cuban Companies, a vertically integrated portfolio of companies spanning content creation, distribution and exhibition through 2929 Entertainment, 2929 Productions, Magnolia Pictures, Landmark Theatres and AXS TV. As CEO of 2929 Entertainment, Wagner pioneered the practice of releasing films simultaneously in theaters, on digital platforms and DVD. Wagner/Cuban eventually sold Landmark Theatres and AXS TV, but Wagner continues to feed his passion for bringing compelling stories to life through 2929 Productions and Magnolia Pictures.

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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Ben Erwin Chief Revenue Officer, Charity Network / President, Charitybuzz

Ben is the President of Charitybuzz – the leading impact marketplace – and the Chief Revenue Officer of Charitybuzz’s parent company Charity Network. Charity Network also includes sweepstakes-for-good platform Prizeo, working alongside Charitybuzz to maximize fundraising strategies for nonprofits, celebrities and brands.

One of the first Charitybuzz employees, Erwin has fostered the company’s growth from a small startup 11 years ago, to joining Charity Network, helping to raise $500M for cause to date. Now leading both Charitybuzz and Charity Network, Erwin leverages his extensive industry knowledge and network to help organizations embrace digital solutions to achieve their philanthropic goals.

Erwin is a contributor to Entrepreneur.com and Thrive Global, and has been quoted and featured in various media outlets, including CNBC, Barron’s Penta, Golf Channel, Dallas Morning News and CheddarTV.

He is also active in many charitable organizations across the country, including RFK Young Leaders – a program of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights that he founded in 2011 that is dedicated to empowering human rights defenders and motivating a diverse community of young people to take action for social justice.

Erwin holds a BA in Political Science from The George Washington University.

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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 Creative Officer, Charity Network

Jan joined Charity Network in 2016 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 Jan’s current role as Chief Creative Officer, she works on unique business development opportunities, strategic relationships and innovative ideation for celebrities, charities and brands. Jan has worked closely with Lin-Manuel Miranda and his fundraising efforts on the Charitybuzz and Prizeo platforms. Jan has also worked as an executive producer of various televised specials and has an Emmy nomination. Jan was a Vice President at Ogilvy Advertising where she managed several multinational clients. 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. She serves on the boards of several causes that are near and dear to her heart.


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Dwayne David
SR. VP, Customer Operations

Dwayne is the SVP of Customer Operations, heading the Customer Concierge, Redemption Specialists, Shipping and Quality Control teams. Dwayne’s focus is to deliver improvements to the bidding, buying and redemption process resulting in a seamless customer experience. 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.

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Richard O'Reilly
SR. VP, Technology

Rich is the SVP of Technology and is responsible for technology strategy, platform development, data protection, and all internal/external infrastructure for Charitybuzz and Prizeo. He was previously a senior fullstack engineer and dev op for three years, 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.

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Ivan Basile
VP, Marketing

Ivan is the VP of Marketing, coming to Charitybuzz with a decade of diverse consumer-facing agency and in-house experience. Prior to Charitybuzz, Ivan made an impact in the NYC real estate industry, leading customer acquisition and marketing analytics for Triplemint and The Corcoran Group. He previously worked in healthcare marketing and creative agencies, and has expertise in web design and development. Ivan founded Creative State in 2014, to share and promote art and fashion from the South Florida community to raise funds for arts education. He serves as an Advisory Board member for Rutgers University’s Customer Experience (CX) Program, and holds a B.A. from Florida Atlantic University.

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Ramona Brodsky
Head of Charitybuzz Access

Ramona leads Charitybuzz Access, the private sales arm of the company, offering members unique experiences and access, unparalleled adventures, and rare items unavailable publicly. Prior to joining Charitybuzz, Ramona was VP of Global Marketing and Communications for Elie Tahari, and led teams at the Walt Disney Company and Tommy Hilfiger USA Inc. Ramona also founded Sky9, a marketing and public relations consultancy whose clients included Conde Nast, Ford, and News Corporation. Ramona lives in NYC with her husband and twins. She is passionate about advancing social good through her work and through the creation of meaningful volunteering opportunities for families. Ramona holds a degree from the London School of Economics and University College London.

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Nichol Carlson
VP, Business Development

Nichol is the VP of Business Development, focusing on crafting unique, large-scale partnerships with brands, corporations, and nonprofits to fit each partner’s individual needs. Prior to joining the Charitybuzz team, 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.

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Nicole Orzo
VP, Campaign Development

Nicole manages the accounts team with a focus on auction strategy and campaign-driven communication. She works closely with internal teams on the development and implementation of cohesive brand voice, ensuring all messaging and collateral align with the values and standards of The Charity Network. Since joining the company in 2010, Nicole has cultivated several key partnerships, and has helped Charitybuzz grow into the industry-leading platform it is today. Prior to Charitybuzz, Nicole worked on the NBC Sports and Olympics Digital team, where she supported production and logistical needs for in-studio and on location productions during the 2006 Torino, 2008 Beijing and 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games. She holds a BA in New Media and English from Fairfield University, where she remains an active member of the alumni community.

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Janai Speer
Senior Director, Special Projects

Janai is the Sr. Director of Special Projects, implementing new business initiatives and helping drive organizational optimization across Charity Network. She joined the company in 2017 to manage communications and PR. Previously, Janai was part of the startup team that launched ethically sourced, sustainably packaged JUST Water. She also managed strategies and campaign implementation for clients including Gucci and United Way LA while at a philanthropic consulting firm. Janai holds a M.A. in Strategic Public Relations from University of Southern California, and received her undergraduate degree from Washington State University.

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Slava Klozner
Controller

Slava is the Controller across Charity Network, responsible for all day-to-day finance operations, including accounting, treasury services, budgeting / forecasting, cash management, and reporting. Prior to joining the organization, Slava spent 8 years working in the auction industry, holding senior finance positions with both of the world's largest auction houses, Christies and Sotheby's. Slava graduated with honors in Finance and Management at the University at Albany, SUNY, holds an M.B.A. from Fordham University's Gabelli School of Business, and is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of NY.

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Akshay Bhalodia
Director, Engineering

Akshay is the Director of Engineering, helping to shape our technology operations, including the managing and modernization of our infrastructure, and team management. His data-driven decision-making approach carries through to every department of Charitybuzz. Akshay has led the largest engineering upgrades to the business, like our bidding rewrite in 2019, iterations on recommendations with NLP and Entity Analysis, and managed major projects like migrating payment, hosting and search vendors. Before joining Charitybuzz, Akshay was part of AT&T Labs, one of the largest contributors to Rails technology in the world. Akshay holds a MS in Computer Science from NJIT.

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Riley Voss
Director of Business Development

Riley is the Director of Business Development, and is focused on expanding Charitybuzz’s traditional business model, while spearheading innovative strategies for scalable and sustainable growth. Prior to joining Charitybuzz in 2016, Riley was Managing Director at Berger Hirschberg Strategies in New York. There he designed and implemented development strategies for major gubernatorial, senatorial, and PAC campaigns. Riley is a graduate of Indiana University, where he studied Political Science.