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Jeff has global experience in different Talent/HR and Organizational Change roles for B2B and B2C technology, media and creative agencies, and management consulting companies in the Boston, New York, London, and San Francisco markets – including Pandora Media, Cadreon, IPG/Mediabrands, Organic, Kenexa, State Street Bank, PwC and Burson-Marsteller.

Jeff is skilled at aligning, reorganizing and driving business transformation and global scale objectives while creating effective, inclusive and engaged organizations and company cultures. He has organizational realignment experience on multiple continents and in various industries.

As a Chief People Officer/Chief Talent Officer, Jeff's professional goal is to grow, scale and lead HR and talent management capabilities as strategic, results-focused functions while aligning and developing leadership teams, amplifying the employee experience, building authentic cultures and creating shareholder value.

He holds a B.A. in Political Science from St. John Fisher College. Jeff has lived in a variety of interesting places such as Boston, New York, Washington DC, London, Luxembourg, and Jamaica throughout the last 25 years, and he has traveled through Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean for work.

Jeff currently lives outside of Boston with his wife, two sons, and a golden named Ginger.

Jeff Belanger

Chief People Officer

David is an entrepreneur and angel investor who has held operating roles at six startups and invested in nearly 50 companies. He was most recently the Chief Executive Officer of Gradifi, which was acquired by E*TRADE. Previously, he was Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Harvard Business School and Director of the Babson Summer Venture Program.

David has held product and marketing roles at five Boston-based startups that were acquired. He previously led the PayPal Boston office and co-founded the Start Tank innovation space. Earlier in his career, he held roles at TripAdvisor (IAC), m-Qube (Verisign), edocs (Siebel), SnapMyLife (Exclaim Mobility), and Goldman Sachs.

As a leader in the entrepreneurship community, he holds several advisor/board memberships and has made 50 angel investments in early-stage startups. Awards include Boston Business Journal's Power 50: Most Influential Bostonians, BostInno’s 50 on Fire: Education Winner / Investment Winner / Tech Finalist, and Finalist for NEVY Angel of the Year.

David holds a BS with Distinction in Computer Science from Cornell University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

David Chang

Entrepreneur & Angel Investor

For over 20 years, Michael Schreck has built and led pioneering companies whose innovative technologies enable the world’s leading brands to better engage with their customers. Prior to his CEO role at Cloudvirga, Michael served as the Managing Director of Altisource Labs, an innovation center within mortgage software provider Altisource Portfolio Solutions. In that role, he was responsible for overseeing more than 1,000 employees across four next-generation software and analytics companies, including leading software-as-a-service providers Equator and Mortgage Builder.

Michael previously held CEO positions at digital publishing firm Zmags and government service provider Corrective Solutions. He also co-founded General Catalyst Partners, a multi-billion-dollar venture capital firm where Michael helped develop successful startups including Upromise, SmartBargains, m-Qube and CoreMetrics. Collectively, these companies were acquired for over $1 billion by SLM, GSI Commerce, VeriSign and IBM, respectively.

Michael started his career as a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Company and Monitor Company. He holds an MBA degree from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University.

Michael Schreck

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