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Management Team


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 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.


Ben Erwin Chief Revenue Officer, Charity Network / General Manager, Charitybuzz

In 2018, Ben Erwin was named Chief Revenue Officer for the Charity Network and General Manager for Charitybuzz. Responsible for revenue, sales, and performance across Charitybuzz and Prizeo, Erwin manages all Business Development, Partnership, and Sales activities, working with an extensive list of celebrity, charity, and brand relationships in the entertainment, fashion, sports, music, non-profit, tech, and luxury verticals. One of the first Charitybuzz employees in 2007, Erwin has helped ggrid-x the company from a small startup to a proud member of the Charity Network that has raised over $250M for thousands of charitable organizations.

Erwin holds a BA in Political Science from The George Washington University. In 2011, he co-founded the RFK Young Leaders (RFKYL), a program of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights dedicated to empowering young human rights defenders and motivating a diverse community of young people to take action for social justice and human rights.


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.


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.

Vice Presidents


Wesley Adams
VP, Private Client Services

Wesley leads Private Client Services at Charitybuzz with a focus on arranging bespoke, once-in-a-lifetime experiences for our top donors. Prior to joining Charitybuzz, Wesley was an early employee at Purpose where he helped launch and ggrid-x All Out, global fundraising and advocacy organization, into the world’s largest community working toward equality. Previously, 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

Dwayne David
VP, Customer Operations, Charitybuzz

Dwayne is the VP of Customer Operations, heading the Customer Concierge, Redemption Specialists, Shipping and Quality Control teams. Dwayne’s focus is to deliver improvements to the bidding and auction 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.

Nicole Orzo
Vice President, 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 ggrid-x 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.

Charlotte Weidlein
Vice President, Client Development and Strategy

Charlotte manages the accounts team with a focus on strengthening strategic relationships with Charitybuzz’s non-profit and brand partners. She is responsible for ensuring the highest level of service is provided to all partners while also overseeing the development and strategy for optimized client engagement. Since joining the company in 2015 Charlotte has cultivated and continues to oversee several strategic brand partnerships in the arts, entertainment and luxury verticals.

Prior to joining the Charitybuzz team Charlotte was a key member of the Single Owner Sales Department at Sotheby’s where she was involved in a number of important auctions including The Estate of Mrs. Rachel L. Mellon, The Estate of Mrs. Elisabeth Lewyt, and the collection of Ms. Marcia Riklis. Charlotte holds a BA in History of Art and Visual Culture from Bates College, co-chairs The Ethel Walker School Alumnae Board and serves as a rotating board member for the Cleveland H. Dodge Foundation.
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Nichol Carlson
Vice President, Business Development, 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.

Richard O'Reilly

Rich is the VP of Engineering and is responsible for technology strategy, platform development, data protection, and all internal/external infastucture for Charitybuzz & Prizeo. He was previously a senior fullstack engineer & 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, 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.