Our Team

 

Benjamin Bush | CEO & Founder

give4me, a philanthropic platform that puts the power of giving into consumer’s hands, grew out of Ben’s passion for philanthropy and desire to democratize giving. Ben has a background in Forensic Financial and Risk Analysis.  He invested in and co-developed Integrated Analytics, Inc., a real-time trading system with integrated data feeds and artificial intelligence. The company was sold to Jefferies.  He was an early-stage investor and consultant to Peregrine Systems, an enterprise software company that sold enterprise asset management, change management, and ITIL-based IT service management solutions.  A graduate of the University of Virginia, Ben studied Biology and Business at the Darden Business School.

 

Jeffrey Dias | COO

Serves as a Senior Advisor and as the de facto Chief Operating Officer for the company.  His primary responsibilities are to guide the company in efforts to build and lead an operating team to support the company’s growth.  Jeff is involved on matters pertaining to company strategy, marketing and sales.  He has extensive experience as a global business executive, including as the former President of The Singer Company, Executive Vice President/COO of The Dial Corporation and Global Managing Director, Health Care for Procter & Gamble Worldwide. Jeffrey is an Honors graduate of Stanford University (A.B. Economics) and of Harvard Business School (MBA).

 

Charles Schott | Chief of Staff

Experienced senior executive, management consultant and US government official, who has held senior positions in both the public and private sectors, with companies such as the Hearst Corporation, McKinsey & Company, Paradigm Partners and Intellectual Ventures.  He served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Treasury and as Chief of Staff at the FCC. Charles began his career as an attorney in New York and Washington, DC with Dewey Ballantine.  He received both a B.A. and an M.B.A. from Stanford University, and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.

 

Mason Blacher | Senior Advisor

Founder and head of Mason Jay Blacher & Associates, advisors to charitable organizations, has been appointed a Senior Advisor to the company.  Mason will advise on charitable matters and institutions.  His Seattle-based firm has served colleges and universities, independent schools, hospitals and medical research institutions, among others.  He previously managed the full range of individual giving programs for Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.  He has a B.A. in classics and an M.A. in higher education administration from Stanford University.

 

Lindsey Pitt | Advisor

Serves as an Advisor to the company on sales and marketing, strategy and organizational design in connection with the company’s new operating team.  Lindsey previously served as Axiom’s Vice President for Client Solutions in San Francisco.  She worked as a management consultant in McKinsey & Company’s London office, where she focused on B2C client strategies, and at various other consulting companies.  She is a graduate of Cambridge University in the UK and received her MBA at Harvard Business School.  Lindsey has volunteered with The Nature Conservancy and supports under-resourced children with their writing skills at 826 Valencia.

 

Ron Traficante | Advisor

Serves as an Advisor to the company in the areas of business development and intellectual property within the operations team.  He is currently Vice President of intellectual property products at ResoluteAI, and was previously a senior director at Intellectual Ventures (IV), where he closed complex patent licensing deals. Prior to IV, Ron worked as an engineer in wireless technologies, including early deployments of 2G and satellite CDMA systems at Qualcomm. Ron has an extensive background in engineering, product development, business development, and licensing.   He has a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California, San Diego, and is currently pursuing a J.D. degree.

 

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