The Future of Community
Collaboration Catalyzes Progress
Any amount of positive social change first requires the gathering together of thoughtful individuals, aligned in their convictions and their intentions. At Empact, we see digital communication as presenting these communities with an unprecedented advantage: the ability to continuously connect and leverage vast networks of individuals, ideas, and information.
By making the world smaller and more connected, we can all move forward, together.
We Harness Digital Connectivity
Empact provides value-driven communities with a protected online space to engage, share knowledge, and derive inspiration. By taking communities from analog to digital, we allow for a heightened state of connectivity and visibility; one that unlocks the strengths of each individual and expands the threshold for your collective impact.
Empact Understands the Individual
We understand how human beings derive value and what moves each of us to action. That’s why our decision architecture ethically channels the cognitive drive for connection to inspire each individual to innovate, problem solve, and add value to the collective whole.
We’ve made it our mission to give individuals a place to make their voices heard and a network of people receptive to what they have to say.
Achieve the Power of Community Online
There’s immense power to be found in connection and an incredible opportunity to be taken advantage of in digital communication. The scale and severity of the problems we face at present mean we can’t waste this opportunity.
Driving real, sizable change isn’t easy. We need to collaborate. We need to work together. And to do that, we need systems of communication that allow for this kind of meaningful engagement online.
This is what we have built with Empact.
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Founder & Chairman
Andy is a digital media, ad tech, marketing tech, and data science innovator, as well as a self-taught behavioral economist. He has invested in, incubated, or run over 50 technology companies. Prior to founding Empact, Andy was the Founder & Chairman of Trigger Media, InsideHook, and Fevo. He was also a founding partner alongside Bob Pittman in the private equity firm, Pilot Group. Early in his career, Andy co-founded Moomba, one of New York’s restaurant/lounge “hotspots.” He graduated from Cornell University where he pursued a degree in Abnormal Psychology and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School.
President & Co-founder
For the past 20 years, Chiyoko’s career has been driven by perfecting the combination of technology and marketing to drive businesses growth. She worked for 6 years at Calvin Klein, managing the original team that launched the first eCommerce site and first social media strategy; in her time there, the company grew from $3B to $6.5B due to online sales and digital strategy. From there, Alexander Wang himself recruited Chiyoko to start his Marketing & eCommerce department and to revamp their entire digital strategy.
Prior to fashion, Chiyoko worked at ad agencies McCann and Havas, helping brands like J&J, Volvo, and GlaxoSmithKline navigate the bridge between online and offline. Her deepest passions are Jivamukti yoga, meditation, holistic health, and working at Empact to create positive, scaleable change in the world with technology.
Executive Vice Chairman
Brando Crespi is a New York and Paris-based environmentalist, angel investor and futurist. Born in Switzerland and raised in Rome, his international education was oriented towards anthropological and social studies. In 1978 and now living in LA, Crespi started BC&A, a full marketing and communications company. He was responsible for the initial launch of Rodeo Drive and of the Hard Rock Café, opened the Los Angeles franchises for Fendi and Versace.
In 1991 he moved to Paris from where he focused on consulting and not- for- profit work. As the co-founder of Pro Natura International, he started developmental projects in 64 countries and 11 biodiversity expeditions. He is the cofounder of 1.618, the Sustainable Luxury Salon and has consulted to Procter & Gamble, L’Oréal, Dragoco, Givaudan, Giorgio Armani, Cerruti, Forbes, Lucent, US Robotics, Time-Warner and Beijing’s BMK.
Ben is the technology co-founder of Empact. He is a brilliant technologist, who is a leader in both AI and blockchain technology. Ben’s work is not just theoretical; he co-founded and runs one of the best private engineering teams in the world that actually builds this technology, VERY. Ben has a great passion for social impact and it is woven into his entire career. Named as one of Businessweek’s Top 25 Young Entrepreneurs, he is responsible for connecting social entrepreneurs to resources.
Yaël is a thought leader and strategist helping the world's largest influencers create tools and solutions to tackle our most complex global challenges. She has spent 18 years working around the globe at the intersection of political, social, technology and security issues as a diplomat, a national security advisor to Vice President Biden, an elections integrity operations leader at Facebook, a corporate social responsibility strategist at a Fortune 5 company, and the head of a global risk firm. Her focus now is on helping those outside of government contribute to whole-of-society solutions for many of the same kinds of challenges. She is also an Adjunct Professor at NYU's Center for Global Affairs, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and provides context and analysis on national security, political and foreign affairs in the media.
Visit Yaël’s personal website to learn more.
Chief of Staff
Stephanie Henry is a New York native with a passion for travel and commitment to her community. Stephanie graduated from Providence College in 2015 as a Martin Luther King Jr. Scholar, where she pursued a major in Sociology and Business Studies. Upon graduation, Stephanie dedicated a year of service with City Year, where she both taught and learned from an amazing group of students in low-income neighborhoods. She joined the Empact team in November of 2017 with the intention of engaging in meaningful work that will positively impact humanity for generations to come.
International Business Development
Caroline joined in October as a consultant, working towards full-time, and is based in London. She is responsible for Empact's business development outside of the US. Previously, she spent 13 years in finance in various research and fundraising roles. Most recently, Caroline was a Principal at Blackstone where she was responsible for raising capital in Europe from the largest global private banks, wealth management firms, and family offices. Prior to joining Blackstone, Caroline worked at Permal Investment Management Services Limited as a Vice President of Sales Europe, Gracie Capital Investment as a Research Associate, and at UBS Financial Services Inc. as a Marketing, Strategy and Communications Associate.
Product Marketing & Growth
After graduating pre-med and traveling for 2 years, Alex landed in NYC. Since then, he has been working on people-centered data-driven products and projects that push the boundaries of "business as usual". Most recently, he helped grow the Smart Cities NYC expo, establish product-market fit for a behavioral AI company, and launched a creative company called Morning Sloth. As the Product Marketing & Growth lead at Empact, he is ensuring customer success and scalability. Alex values global thinking (we're all in this together), local production (we all have a stake in the game), creativity & collaboration, and living in the flow state.
Abby graduated from Princeton University, Magna Cum Laude, with a B.A in Philosophy of Religion. Her coursework focused predominantly on the cross-section of religion, politics, and critical theory. Abby’s Senior Thesis, which received the Class of 1996 Departmental Award for Religion in the Americas, examined the role of religion in recent resurgences of nationalism and populism within American politics. Abby has also spent extensive time at Cambridge University conducting independent research. She joined the Empact team in 2018.
Ben is a graduate of Princeton University where he majored in Mathematics and was a member the Men’s Heavyweight Crew. At Princeton, his independent work focused primarily on Machine Learning algorithms, culminating in a senior thesis titled “Variational Autoencoders: Finding a Foundation for ML Advances in Density.” Prior to Empact, Ben headed a startup mobile app development company built to analyze rowing machine data. As a quantitative strategist on our team, Ben aids in company growth and business development through the application of data science.