Becky Straw

Co-Founder and CEO

Prior to The Adventure Project, Becky spent three years helping to launch charity: water, an organization bringing drinking water to people in developing countries. Becky has consulted for UNICEF’s Division of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, and graduated from Columbia University with a master’s degree in International Social Welfare.


Jody Landers

Co-Founder and Board Member

On their ten-year wedding anniversary, Jody and her husband adopted their two youngest children from Sierra Leone. Their experiences opened their eyes, broke their hearts and confirmed the desire to see a world where the adoption of orphans is not necessary. So from a tiny town in Iowa, with one laptop, a lot of passion, and some free time (?), Jody helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to help those in need in developing countries. Now in Washington with her family, Jody realizes that there are millions of people just like her -- eager to help, if they just knew how. Jody is the proud mother to six children and the recipient of the 2008 Hallmark Channel’s Remarkable Woman of the Year Award.

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Krista Russell Cone

Operations

Krista hails from Texas, but considers New York home. With a background teaching and a Master's Degree from New York University in International Education, Krista is a passionate life-long learner. When not working for TAP, Krista enjoys barre classes, reading and playing games with her husband and two amazing daughters. 

 
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Nicky Yates

Deputy Director

Proud of her southern and Native American roots, Nicky has been in New York for over 15 years (and still loves it!). She holds a Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology and got her NYC start alongside Becky at charity: water in the early formation of the organization. Following that experience, Nicky has spent much of her professional career helping grow nonprofits and startups. When not in the office or field, Nicky enjoys traveling and taking on new challenges, from climbing Kilimanjaro to learning to scuba dive! 

 
April Somboun

April Somboun

Chief Development Officer

Prior to joining The Adventure Project, April worked at the Council for Economic Education and Scholastic Corporation. In those roles, she led the marketing departments and created award-winning pro-social campaigns and partnerships with corporations and government agencies that benefit children and their families. April holds a Master's in Public Administration from Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and a bachelor's degree from the University of Washington. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and is a proud mom of two, Hitchens and Clementine.

 
Sylvia Wong

Sylvia Wong

Development Director

Born in Hong Kong and raised in Canada, Sylvia’s love for travel and her passion for service started at an early age. A trained educator, Sylvia was a classroom teacher before joining Concern Worldwide U.S., where she led their global education program and public engagement initiatives for over nine years. During that time, she worked with individual supporters and led Concern’s donor and student field visits to Haiti, Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda, and Malawi. Sylvia has a Master’s degree in International Educational Development from Teachers College, Columbia University. When she’s not planning her next trip, she can be found in Pelham, NY with her husband and two energetic kids.


OUR EXECUTIVE BOARD


Cassie Stewart

Cassie is a mother of three and is a middle school STEM teacher. She is an environmental activist and community advocate for a number of local and global causes. Cassie currently resides in the Midwest with her husband, kids, and dog.


Shawn Budde

Shawn has more than 25 years of experience in the finance industry including executive roles at Citibank and Capital One; data analytics experience at Sears Holdings; and as co-founder and President at ZestFinance, a VC-backed technology company. Budde earned a B.A. from Columbia University and an M.B.A. from Wharton. Shawn lives in Chicago with his beautiful wife and three daughters.


Warren Webster

Warren is a media and technology entrepreneur, investor, and adviser based in New York City.  He co-founded Patch, a local news and information site for over 900 communities across the US, and was Vice President of Babble. Warren is a member of the media council at The Paley Center and is a frequent speaker about digital media. He is the President and CEO of The Coveteur, a start-up fashion and lifestyle media company.


Kim Massey

Kim is a founding partner of The Rise Group, a consultancy specializing in culture and capability building. Rise works with industry leaders such as Pfizer, illumina, Hershey’s, and Brown Forman to strengthen organizational culture and create impactful people and talent programs. Kim has been a learning and development professional since 2005. Focusing on sustainable impact, much of Kim’s experience lies in one-on-one executive coaching, developing train-the-trainer programs, and leading learning design. Kim is a proud Southerner who "loves, loves, loves" living in NYC. Her passions include travel, adventures with her young nephews, and yoga. Kim holds an MBA with a specialization in leadership.


Brady Norvall

Brady is the Founder and CEO of the education life coaching firm, FindaBetterU. He focuses on teenagers, helps them build perspective, and communicate more effectively. His students span the U.S., Latin America, and Europe. At University of Pacific, he studied Philosophy and English and completed his M.A. in Higher Education Administration and Leadership. Brady has served as a resource for a variety of universities and organizations, including YPO/WPO, where he speaks on adolescent anxiety, higher education in the U.S., and the transitions and pressures society places on young people. Brady lives in Sacramento with his wife, Lucy, and their two happy daughters, Lily and Luna. 


OUR FOUNDERS CIRCLE

The Founders Circle is a distinguished group of leaders responsible for accelerating the next stage of our growth. Their gifts directly support our operations, enabling us to build a strong foundation for scale.

Alex & Krista Cone

Amanda Beisel

Anna Lorenzen

Ari Harkov

Becky Straw

Cara Thomas

Chris Laul

Dan & Renee Martel

Donita & Nate Sanderson

 

Diller / von Furstenberg Foundation

Emily Sachs

Jake & Leslie Klipsch

Jared Shahid

Jenn Sloniger

Jody & Andy Landers

Joe & Christie Marchese

Kathleen Burke

Kevin Tupper

 

 

 

Kim Massey

Laura Lorenzen

Mark and Mara Chou

Peter Thiraphoj

Rebecca Dickson

Rubin Family Foundation

Scott & Vik Harrison

Steve Miles

Tesi & Zach Klipsch

Theresa Thompson