Durjoy (Ace) Bhattacharjya
Durjoy (Ace) Bhattacharjya is an experienced healthcare entrepreneur and interactive marketing executive based in Boston. Before trading the agency world for the startup world, Ace worked for some of the world’s greatest brands including Ford, IBM, Mercedes Benz, Starwood, JetBlue, and Pfizer.
Ace is currently the Founder and CEO of medicalrecords.com, a Boston-based healthcare IT firm connecting physicians with electronic medical record software vendors. Previously, Ace was a senior executive at the renowned EXOS, a leader in integrated performance training, nutrition, and physical therapy for elite and professional athletes. He was previously a Director at the United States Tennis Association / US Open.
He is an advisor and early stage investor to a number of private and venture backed companies including: Amino, Toscanini’s Ice Cream, SocialSign.in, AppliedQ, Digital Economy Ventures and Sharalike.
Ace has a BA from Boston University in International Relations / Economics and is an active Mentor in BU’s Kindle program. As a member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences, Ace is a judge for the Webby Awards. He is also a Senior Judge at the Harvard Business School Venture Competition.
John P. Albert
Lobbyist, Bolton-St. Johns
John Albert’s advocacy portfolio has included leading New York City non-profits, cultural organizations, and business corporations. He has advocated in support of internationally recognized corporations and advised their business operations to help them strategically plan for the changing legal and regulatory environment of New York City. Throughout his career, John has secured millions in City and State funding for youth, after-school programs, at-risk populations, parks, and cultural institutions.
John has a strong track record of working with coalitions to bring about policy change. Past accomplishments include successfully advocating for passage of New York State’s Anti-Stalking law, Anti-Hate Crimes law and expansion of New York City’s after-school programs. Notably, John helped the United States Tennis Association secure the land-use and community approvals needed for major upgrades to the Billy Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Before joining Bolton-St. Johns’ New York City team, John served as Counsel at Manatt, Phelps & Phillip, VP of External Relations at The After-School Corporation and as Senior Director of Government Relations at Victim Service, Inc. (now Safe Horizon).
John was raised and currently resides in Queens with his wife and two children where he is deeply connected to the fabric of community through his participation in political and civic organizations. John holds a Juris Doctor and is admitted to practice before the New York and Connecticut Bar. He was the former Chair of the State Affairs Committee of the New York City Bar Association and has held Board positions at the Brooklyn Technical High School Alumni Foundation, New Destiny Housing Corporation, Crossover Basketball and Scholars Academy, and Taking Our Seat.
Leadership in Government Fellow, Open Society Foundations
Anurima Bhargava works to improve the way schools treat students exposed to racial trauma and violence, developing civil rights remedies, and integrating the mental health and emotional well-being of children and young adults into school interventions. She has just completed a fellowship at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University.
Prior to this, Anurima served as the Chief of the Educational Opportunities section of the Civil Rights Division at the US Department of Justice. She led the Division’s efforts to provide equal educational opportunities for all students by enforcing federal statutes that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, sex, language status, religion, and disability in schools and institutions of higher education. Through litigation, guidance, and policy, the Division addresses a broad range of issues, including school segregation; school discipline and the school to prison pipeline; harassment and bullying; sexual assault; and protecting educational access and services for English Learner, LGBTQ, and undocumented students. She has served on numerous task forces and working groups, including the White House Task Force to Prevent Campus Sexual Assault and the Supportive School Discipline Initiative.
Prior to joining the DOJ in 2010, Anurima served as the Director of the Education Practice at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, where she was actively engaged in litigation and advocacy to expand educational access and opportunities for students of color. She previously worked at the New York City Department of Education and clerked in the Southern District of New York. Prior to law school, she served as an investment banking analyst, assisted women elected to local government in India, and field directed a Congressional campaign.
Anurima earned her law degree from Columbia Law School and graduate magna cum laude from Harvard. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; a Truman National Security Fellow; produced and regularly consults on films’ and has both chaired and served on numerous boards. She was born and raised on the south side of Chicago.
Director of Development, Change for Kids
Rahul Brahmbhatt is the Director of Development at Change for Kids in New York City and the former Executive Director at Magic Bus USA. Rahul has over five years experience working with sport for development non-profits around the world. Rahul managed sustainability and partnerships for Magic Bus in the US. Prior to this, Rahul spent seven years as a chemical engineer and project manager working in the US, China, and India.
Rahul has worked with the Washington Redskins’ Charitable Foundation, USA Football, and Ashoka’s Changemaker Program and holds a degree in Sport Management from George Mason University. He spent a year in India as an Indicorps Fellow working at the grassroots level.
In four years after starting Magic Bus USA, Rahul helped raise close to $5 million in funds and donations. He currently also serves on the Advisory Board for the Center for Sport Management at George Mason University.
On-Air Personality and Content Producer, USA TODAY Sports Media Group
Trysta Krick is a sports personality and digital content producer for USA TODAY sports covering the NFL, NBA, Golf, and training/nutrition. Her focus is to create fun, social content around the intersection of where sports meets pop culture. Previously, Trysta worked as a college football sideline reporter and television host for a 1080 The FAN simulcast on Comcast SportsNet NW.
She graduated with Honors from the University of Oregon with a degree in Finance and a minor in Communications. Trysta’s love for entertainment started at the age of 4 when her parents bought her a violin. Like a fish to water, Trysta immediately was drawn to entertain. She later took up the drums, sang at Carnegie Hall in a gospel choir, had her own daily radio show, and started writing, recording, and performing as a hip hop artist. In addition to the creative arts, sports have always been a passion as well.
Trysta played competitive basketball and golf and later received a full scholarship for caddying.
Vasu Kulkarni is the founder and CEO of Krossover, an online sports analytics platform as well as the Founding Partner of Courtside Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm. Vasu attended the University of Pennsylvania where he played on the Junior Varsity Basketball team, while pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering & Entrepreneurship.
In 2010, Vasu was named by Bloomberg Business Week as one of America’s Top 25 Entrepreneurs Under 25.
Director of Strategic Partnerships, Aetna
Kuber Bhalla loves fitness, smoothies, and the company of extraordinary people. He works in consumer health strategy by day and is an entrepreneur by night. He excels in healthcare strategy, advising top executives and on key strategic partnerships, market changes, and execution at Aetna. In his spare time, he publishes about fitness, social media, and health. He also serves as a board member for SAMMA, Crossover Basketball and Scholars Academy, and mentors rising business professionals.
He launched a successful consulting organization in NJ, which later worked with the mayor. Kuber likes to climb mountains, whip up impromptu culinary creations, and run Spartan races. He holds a MBA and is looking to further advance his education in the near future. He is happiest when building something new, especially businesses that help people connect and collaborate to make the world healthier and better.
Carie Small Richeal
Cofounder and Editor, WSN247.com & Digital Marketing Professional
Carie Richeal, a former Division I basketball player, is the cofounder and editor of WSN247.com, a digital marketing professional, and a passionate advocate for gender equity and girls opportunities to play sports who is originally from Vermont and now living in Nevada. Additionally, she has travelled to Chennai as a faculty member for Crossover since 2012 allowing her to witness, understand, and to develop the curriculum and outlook for the program.
Carie is a champion of digital tools and technologies, with a track record of creating and executing successful social media programs and digital campaigns as well as engaging interpersonal events.
She has been involved with Crossover since 2012.
Senior Director, External Affairs at MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership.
Matt Meyersohn was the Managing Director of Sports and Kid Power Partnerships for the US Fund for UNICEF. He was responsible for UNICEF’s relationships with American sports leagues, teams, and athletes and dedicated himself to increasing the role American sports play in international relief work. Prior to that, Matt spent eight years with the Boston Celtics and was responsible for Community Relations and Player Development. He spearheaded the team’s charitable programing and off-court development of each player. Under Matt’s leadership, Celtics players consistently ranked at the top in the league for philanthropic appearances.
Prior to working at the Celtics, Matt worked for the NBA and with the New England Patriots. Matt graduated from Wesleyan and received his MBA from Boston College. He is currently a regional board member for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and is on the board of Crossover Basketball, a sport for development program in India. He also serves on the board and executes technology lab renovations for Ray Allen’s Ray Of Hope Foundation.
Matt was raised in Cambridge where he currently lives with his wife and volunteers as a high school basketball assistant coach.
Dr. Bash Iyengar
Dr. Bashyam Iyengar is a board certified family medicine physician. He has completed fellowships in both academic and sports medicine. He completed an undergraduate degree in nutrition, which has served as the foundation for his work in the development of sustainable community programs to prevent chronic illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, and cardiac disease. He is also one of the lead investigators for ‘Momentum’, a school based program aimed at promoting exercise and healthy eating for children.
He currently practices in an underserved and resource limited setting in Jacksonville, Florida, where he has started to develop a community based medical home model to address the many social and environmental disparities that act as barriers to health and well-being in this community.
Aisha “Reecee” Hollans
Founder, Committee Collective
Aisha “ReeCee” Hollans is a San Francisco Bay Area native now resident in Los Angeles, California. Aisha was a four-year All-American, McDonald’s All-American, Member of USA Jr. National Team, and Northern-California Player of the Year. She was inducted into the Berkeley High School Hall of Fame in 2012. She received a full basketball scholarship to USC (All-Freshman Team & All-Pac10) later transferring to CSULB (1st Team Big West).
Aisha played professionally overseas in Turkey, Portugal, Sweden, and Germany. After her playing career she pursued a career at Nike where she worked on the agency side for three years to later transition into the brand for four years. While at Nike, one of Aisha’s major goals was to bridge the gap between inner city and underprivileged teens with the “We Run Compton & Nike University.”
She now runs her own creative agency that focuses on digital content creation, influencer and brand marketing, sales, and experiential marketing.
Director of Operations, Bishop Ireton High School
Pete Davey is the Director of Operations, and the Director of Basketball Operations, for Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria, Virginia, a member of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. A technologist/systems engineer/programmer, Pete has over thirty years of experience in IT with particular emphasis on applications and consulting in non-profit membership, accounting, and finance. He has held senior management positions in the mortgage, education, and consulting industries, served on industry advisory boards, and was the co-owner of two startup IT consulting firms, managing all aspects of the business from marketing and client development to accounting, payroll, tax preparation, and cash management.
A former youth basketball coach in the Northern Virginia area, Pete has long realized that sports participation is an invaluable instrument in helping to develop essential leadership skills and tools that young athletes can rely on both on the court and in the classroom. Pete is a native of Upstate New York and holds degrees in Finance and Telecommunications from the University of Oregon. He resides in Northern Virginia with his wife Mary Ann. They have had two children.