Board of Directors

Project ECHO is a non-profit organization governed by a diverse Board of Directors.  Once elected on-to the Board, members serve for a three- year term.  ECHO is extremely grateful to its board members who are truly engaged through out the year with our programs, services and events.

Janine Davis

Janine Davis is the Co-Founder and President of Fetch Recruiting, Inc. She has been involved in Technology recruiting since the late 90s, handling both the front line with clients, as well as working with candidates as a recruiter. Prior to starting her own business, she gained in-demand technical experience working for Andersen (now Accenture), spent 10 years with a large full service ad agency, leaving as their CIO/VP of Technology, and then headed up Application Development at DirecTV. Today, her client base primarily consists of startups and high growth technology companies, with extremely in demand talent requirements. Janine is a self-declared technology geek and has B.S. degree in Mathematics from UCSB.

Scott W. Fennel

Mr. Fennel, is the co-founder of Level 11, a Los Angeles-based consultancy where he creates and executes consumer-facing business and marketing strategy for start-ups through the Fortune 100. Prior to Level 11, Mr. Fennel practiced law from 1988 – 2003, focusing on IP and entertainment litigation and strategy for studios, labels and corporations. Additionally, Scott operated and sold Serious Music, LLC and its related labels / publishing companies; created and produced Spanish language DVD’s in the fitness market; and is a founder of the first independent anti-doping agency in professional cycling among other start-up corporations.  Mr. Fennel holds a B.S. in Finance / B.A. in English from Abilene Christian University and a Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University School of Law with an emphasis in International Business.

Lee Fox

Lee is the Founder and CEO of PeerSpring, an educational technology start-up on a mission to ignite human potential through storytelling, education and the recognition of youth innovation. Recognized as a “youth advocacy architect,” Lee’s work has been featured by the United Nations Research Institute in “Youth Media & Participation”; Mashable; PSKF’s ” The Future of Gaming” report; and in a New Your best-selling book, Millennial Momentum: How A New Generation Is Remaking AmericaAn expert in generational trends, drivers of popular culture and peer-to-peer marketplaces, Lee has also been honored as a speaker nationwide and on TEDx to share how her empowerment and capacity-building programs have engaged young people as positive forces for transformational change. Lee has served on multiple boards including Invisible People (chair), TechAmerica (chair, LA council), Regard Ventures and on council for the Santa Monica Boys and Girls Clubs. When not working, Lee enjoys traveling to remote corners of the world, volunteering and hiking with her husband and three kids.

 

Dustin Gale

Dustin has approximately 10 years of experience in the investment management industry. Before joining Kayne Anderson Rudnick in 2015, Dustin was a Vice President, Private Banker for Wells Fargo’s Wealth Management Group, where he provided investment management services to high net worth individuals, their families, and their businesses. Before that position, he was a Premier Client Manager-Assistant Vice President with Bank of America, where Dustin spent the first four years of his career. He earned a B.S. in Business Administration, concentration in Finance, from the University of Arizona, Eller College of Management. He also earned a Certificate in Financial Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles and holds his Series 7, 66, and California Health and Life Insurance licenses. Dustin is an avid surfer, golfer, reader, snowboarder, and traveler.

 

Chip Goodman, Co-Founder

Chip Goodman co-founded Project ECHO with his wife Vicky in 1996 and he continues to serve on its Board of Directors.  He is the founder and president of School-Link Technologies, a leading provider of K-12 cafeteria technology and offers business solutions to school food service operations. Mr. Goodman has spent his entire professional career in the food service industry as both a food service vendor and a software developer. An entrepreneur himself, Mr. Goodman believes in the importance of developing and nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit in youth. He founded Project ECHO in 1996, in order to provide a vehicle for a meaningful hands-on education and to offer an alternative approach to learning life skills. Mr. Goodman received his bachelor’s degree from Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California. He and his wife Vicky reside in Santa Monica and they have two grown children.

Jeff Kravitz, Board Chair

Jeff Kravitz is currently a Partner at Fox Rothschild LLP where he focuses his practice on business and intellectual property, entertainment, and technology matters. Prior to joining Fox in February, Kravitz was a partner in the intellectual property and entertainment practices at Silver & Freedman and at Lord Bissell & Brook LLP, where he was managing partner from 1999-2002, in Los Angeles. Active in the legal community, Kravitz is a member of the Los Angeles Copyright & Trademark Society, the British American Business Council, the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, and the American Bar Association Sub-Committee on Communications Law. In the past, Kravitz has served as director for the Westwood Homeowners Association, and was on the board of directors for The Westside Congregation (Kehillat Ma’arav). Kravitz was recently named a Top 10 Entertainment IP Lawyer by the Los Angeles & San Francisco Daily Journal, and he has been selected consistently as a Southern California Intellectual Property “Super Lawyer” since 2003. Kravitz received his J.D. from Loyola Law School, and his B.A., cum laude, from the University of California at Los Angeles.

John Schneider, Treasurer

John Schneider, Treasurer,  joined the Project ECHO Board in 2014. He currently serves as the Director of Tax for Aramark Uniform Services. In this role, he manages all aspects of taxes and provides assistance with indirect tax audit defense and planning for other business units. He previously worked for KPMG, WTAS and Coca-Cola Enterprises. He is a licensed CPA and is a Certified Member of the Institute for Professionals in Taxation (CMI)/ Sales Tax. John is a graduate of California State University, Northridge.

David Tokofsky

David Tokofsky attended public schools from kindergarten to UC Berkeley. He graduated UC Berkeley with a double major in History and Spanish with honors in History. He then earned a number of teaching credentials from Cal State Northridge and became a teacher at John Marshall High School for 12 years. In his third year at Marshall High, David led the school to the LAUSD’s first national championship in the United States Academic Decathlon. At Marshall David taught Advanced Placement courses as well as coached soccer, mock trials and the decathlon. He was California’s teacher of the year earning the Christa McAuliffe Fellowship from the US Department of Education. He has earned fellowships from the National Endowment of Humanities, Stanford University and UC Berkeley. He traveled to Central America and Mexico on a Fulbright Hays Fellowship and was a recipient of the American Council of Young Political Leaders. In 1995, he was elected to the Los Angeles Unified School Board where he served 12 years representing East LA, Northeast LA, and the Southeast cities of Los Angeles county. His most important triumphs on the school board included passing 4 school bonds valued at 15 billion dollars and started LA schools on full day kindergarten.

Lisa Tsou

Lisa Tsou is the Founder of The Winning Pitch and has been helping technology and new media startups raise money since she graduated from law school in 1997. At The Winning Pitch, she coaches founders and entrepreneurs on how to present themselves to investors and raise the money they need to take their businesses to the next level. She is a popular speaker at events like Wordcamp and Bruin Entrepreneurs, coaches students on pitching at USC’s Blackstone Launchpad and its LavaLab Student Accelerator, and teaches workshops on pitching investors at General Assembly. Lisa is a graduate of Columbia University School of Law, received her MBA from the Marshall School of Business at USC with Beta Gamma Sigma honors, and is a member of both the New York State and California bars.