Grasshoppers

Russ Oster
Chief Executive Officer

Russ’ first experience in the world of grassroots organizing came when he was an infant and his mother pushed him in a stroller door to door to collect signatures for the Impeach Nixon movement. Eighteen years later he embarked on his college career in Washington, DC and during that time developed a passion for campaigns and elections that started with an internship on the campaign of the first woman ever elected to Congress from the State of Virginia. For the next 15 years Russ lived and breathed campaigns, running field operations in a wide range of races and for a number of coordinated campaign efforts. When it became obvious to Russ that the technology existed to make field efforts drastically more efficient and accountable but the solutions did not, he launched Grassroots Unwired and has worked every day since to keep GU on the cutting edge, pushing new features and enhancements to meet the needs of every evolving grassroots organizing efforts.

Alex Castner
CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

Alex joined Grassroots Unwired to build robust technical solutions for amazing people. He is a creative hands-on CTO, generalist, problem solver, lifelong learner, product and technology leader who is able to adapt Grassroots Platform and future vision to meet the needs, wants and desires of our customers. Alex originally hails from the Boston area, bicycles into work almost everyday and instills an undying love of the Red Sox in everyone he meets.

 

Business Development Team

Cynthia León
VP of Business Development

Cynthia discovered her passion for technology as a project coordinator at a nonprofit organization when she implemented a gmail script to send customizable and automated email messages. She has cultivated that interest in software solutions since then and is thrilled to be able to combine a love of tech with mission-driven work at Grassroots Unwired.

In her free time she enjoys playing soccer, sweating profusely in bikram yoga and entertaining her cat, Dracula.

Chelsea Lapent
Account Executive

Chelsea has a range of experience and history in sales. She loves introducing the Grassroots Unwired platform to clients because it helps their campaign and advocacy projects grow.

Chelsea is a Graduate of Temple University where she competed as a Division 1 collegiate gymnast for 4 years. She loves spending time with her family, likes going to the beach, is passionate about fitness and just about any sport in the world.

Yuzuka Akasaka
Sales Development Representative

Yuzuka is excited to combine her experiences in relationship building and nonprofit work at Grassroots Unwired. She is happy to be learning from and with her fellow team members as well as from nonprofit organizations across the country.

In her free time, she aspires to become a stellar brunch chef, decent amateur flower photographer, faster walker, and intermediate seamstress.

Chris D'Silva
Sales Development Representative

Chris is a 2018 Venture for America Fellow who recently graduated from Williams College, where he majored in mathematics and philosophy. While volunteering to register voters, he found that canvassing could be improved by several key technological tools. Now, at Grassroots Unwired, he’s trying to share those tools with non-profits like the ones he’s worked for, in order to improve the way that we use data toward progress.

In his spare time Chris likes to perform stand-up and improv comedy, even though he’s really bad at it.

Customer Success Team

Diana McMillan
Director of Operations

Diana has a background in technology facing customer service, relationship building, and project management and is passionate that technology can better the lives of others. While at Grassroots Unwired, she hopes to continue to utilize her skills to assist valuable community groups and organizations achieve positive outcomes through the use of technology. Diana's main goal is to guarantee that new & existing clients needs are met to the highest of standards.

While not at work she enjoys interior design, running, and spending time with her dog and husband.

Zach Bragin
Director of Customer Success

Zach has extensive history with providing fanatical support for users of technology products. He prides himself on building relationships with clients and helping them get the most of out technology. In joining Grassroots Unwired, Zach aims to help new users come on board seamlessly, while working to ensure existing users are always happy and using our products to their full potential.

In his free time, Zach is a cat and motorcycle enthusiast (not at the same time), and enjoys exploring national parks with his wife.

Anthony Myrick-Lawson
Customer Success Manager

Anthony is a Rutgers University graduate where he double majored in Information Technology and Human Resource Management. He was also a Resident Assistant for the largest resident hall on campus, so he really enjoys meeting different people and learning about them. In becoming a grasshopper, Anthony aims to assist potential users in understanding the grassroots platform and ensure that they get the most out of the application based on their business needs.
In his free time he likes to travel, spend time with friends/family (including his dog: Bailey), listen to music, hit the gym….and eat.

Sony Pierre
Logistics and Fulfillment Manager

Sony has a background in wireless management. He has ran several wireless retail stores through out New Jersey. He prides himself on the fact that to have a successful business preparation is key. As our Logistic & Fulfillment manager he took all of his past experiences in the wireless industry and brought it to Grassroots Unwired to continue to make sure the flow of our inventory meets up to the time expectation of our clients and more!

When not at work he spends his time with his girlfriend, making a difference in communities giving a helping hand to those in need. He also enjoys spending time with his cat Carmen, she loves chasing the laser cat pointer!

Grassroots Platform Development

Aniruddh Gogate
Software Engineer

Originally from India, Aniruddh came to the US to pursue higher education from New Jersey Institute of Technology. He joined the Grassroots Unwired team wanting to use his Developer skills to enhance the platform which helps our clients innovate and promote their social causes. A curious individual, he strives to explore and learn new technologies and is currently working on becoming a kickboxing expert.

Ed Fedeli
Software Engineer

Ed is a proud graduate of Drexel University, from which he is now applying his skills in software design and architecture to the future of Grassroots Unwired. Beyond his passion for creating lasting and easy-to-use software, he also enjoys being able to support important community groups and organizations. He strives to take the Grassroots Unwired platform to the future, where it can have maximum impact across the nation. In his spare time, Ed enjoys playing poker, video games, and listening to music.

Mukul Bichkar
Software Engineer

Mukul is a recent graduate from Northeastern University, Boston. He is a technology enthusiast and likes building scalable web applications that scale smartly and solve real world problems. In his free time he likes to; cook, listen to music/podcasts, and explore new places.

Daniel Da Silva
Software Engineer

Bio coming soon.

Avshalom Gotlib
Software Engineer

Bio coming soon

Stephanie Guzmán
Designer/UX/Project Manager

Growing up in Washington, D.C., politics are inescapable, and Stephanie embraced it wholeheartedly. Starting in high school, she has worked for local campaigns, advocacy organizations, the government, and nonprofits. Her love of social entrepreneurship was cemented in college. She studied Product Design, an engineering-meets-design degree at Stanford, and found many opportunities to use design for social impact. Stephanie also has a passion for languages. She has a minor in Mandarin Chinese and grew up bilingually speaking Spanish and English.

Okemo
Chief Crustacean Officer

Okemo has experience in mail order traveling and underwater canvassing.