Jenni Chow is project coordinator for the Open Ocean initiative at the MIT Media Lab. She is a lifelong ocean lover who is driven to bringing others those sparky moments of wonder, confidence, adventure, and curiosity that science and nature incite. She has taught courses in earth, environmental, and marine sciences. Her current work as a facilitator of ocean exploration research and outreach projects as well as forums like these resonates with a childhood instilled belief that every individual can make a difference.
Andre Fountain is a Project Coordinator for the Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program. He is responsible for the execution of Project Play: Baltimore, an initiative to improve youth sports opportunities in Baltimore. Andre co-authored the State of Play: Baltimore report, the first hyperlocal comprehensive analysis on the current state of youth sports in East Baltimore.
Reece Pacheco is the Executive Director of WSL PURE, the World Surf League’s nonprofit focused on ocean conservation. Previously, Reece was the cofounder/CEO of two video technology startups, and has countless hours volunteering with The 5 Gyres Institute, Surfrider Foundation, and WAVES For Development. Reece is originally from Cape Cod, but now lives in Venice, CA.
Samantha Chiappetti is the Partnership Manager on the Front End Innovation team for LEGO Education. She is responsible for identifying and nurturing strategic product partnerships with other organizations, focusing on bringing playful learning experiences to all students across the globe.
Maria Redin is Chief of Staff at Two Bit Circus where we are building a chain of micro-amusement parks. Our mission is to bring people together elbow-to-elbow to play! She also works with Two Bit Circus Foundation to inspire young inventors through our STEAM Carnival events. Her experience in toys and games began at the MIT Media Lab as part of the Toys of Tomorrow initiative and continued at Mattel, where she brought new technologies to traditional toys and built new brands. Maria holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business, an SM from the MIT Media Lab, and a SB in Computer Science from MIT.