Catchafire is excited to introduce you to four new team members. As we welcome these professionals to the family, we wanted to let you know their backgrounds and what they will be adding to our community.
Jess joins Catchafire to lead Digital Marketing and Social Media. Jess is incredibly excited to connect with all of you. Make sure to follow us at @Catchafire – let her know by sending us a public message and she will follow you back!
Previous to working with Catchafire, Jessica Kantor led the Digital Strategy team for RJW Collective. In this role, Jessica strategized the digital component to marketing campaigns for clients that included a global clothing company and a national fitness club. Jessica Kantor started her career in film and TV working at Sony Pictures Entertainment, at the ABC TV show “Six Degrees,” and The Weinstein Company. While at The Weinstein Company, Jessica transitioned into emerging technologies, where she researched and recommended new platforms to promote, distribute, and interact with professional content.
Geoffrey B. Ratliff
Geoff joins Catchafire as a Service Officer. Geoff believes in the idea that “if you have a chance to accomplish something that will make things better for people coming behind you, and you do not do that, then you are wasting your time on this earth” (Roberto Clemente), and he lives his life with that quote as his guiding principle. After five years spent working in corporate America and pursuing a Masters in Business Administration at St. Louis University, he made a conscious decision to take the best practices that he learned in the private sector and implement them into the nonprofit world. He spent six years working for a number of nonprofit organizations – most recently as a Program Manager for the National Urban League in their Housing and Community Development division – and continues to serve on a number of nonprofit boards in addition to his volunteer efforts. Born and raised in St. Louis, MO, Geoff currently lives in central New Jersey with his wife and daughter. When he is not busy using his business skills to make the world a better place, he enjoys watching – and talking – sports, playing poker, practicing yoga at I.AM.YOU studio, and performing karaoke. Geoff received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia, majoring in Philosophy and Religious Studies. He is more than happy to engage you in a serious bar discussion when you want nothing more than to enjoy a few drinks and laughs with your friends.
Thomas joins us as a Business Development Associate. Thomas saw the value of meaningful volunteer experiences during his two-year stint in the Peace Corps. Working with small business owners and nonprofit organizations in Senegal, he was interested in the potential of collaboration between the private and social sectors. Prior to joining the Peace Corps, Thomas studied International Relations as an undergraduate and later took a job working as a researcher in the House of Commons in London. This experience furthered his desire to study how the world works and led to an MA in Global Finance from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. Thomas has spent time traveling around Europe, mostly hitchhiking. He speaks French and the West African language Pular. Born and raised in West Virginia, Thomas is excited to explore New York and all that it has to offer, especially its music and pizza scenes.
Ryan Letada joins us as a Business Development Associate. Ryan is a foodie, Fulbright Fellow, education reformer, and social entrepreneurship junkie. After graduating from Wheaton College (MA), Ryan was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to explore mass-eviction and relocation of urban poor communities in Metro-Manila. This experience inspired him to start Education Kindling (eKindling) – a nonprofit dedicated to bringing learning technologies and joyful ways of digital learning to children, classrooms, and communities across the Philippines. Under his leadership, this education venture became a pioneer in 1:1 computing learning in the Philippines and is currently expanding its program to 7 schools with an additional 750 learning technologies. After snorkeling and reforming education in the Philippines, he returned to NYC to rejoin its growing social entrepreneurship scene. He worked at the Hatchery to foster venture collaboration within the NYC startup community. Ultimately, his life goal is to create social good and to spread it to as many people as possible.