Founded by a financial analyst and a teacher, the SuitUp leadership team brings a unique business and educational perspective to the student competitions.
As ED, Lauren focuses on the strategy and management of SuitUp, establishing and growing its network of schools, students, volunteers and corporate partners. Lauren joined Suit Up after serving as a board member and Chief Learning Officer for Practice Makes Perfect, a nationally recognized summer learning organization. She is a Teach for America alum and NY certified teacher, having taught both middle school and high school in the Bronx and Harlem. Lauren has received the Gratitude Network Fellowship, the Student Success Network Fellowship, the Education Pioneers Award at the Global Now Gala, and was featured on Future of Women. In addition, Lauren was recognized by the Obama administration as a White House Champion for Change for her work in summer learning. Lauren graduated with a Master's degree in Education from Fordham University and a Bachelor's degree in History from Vassar College. Lauren suits up for taking long walks with her husband and son, fun restaurants, soccer, and the Premier League.
Co-Founder & Chairman of the Board
Zach is the co-founder of SuitUp and chairman of the Governing Board. Currently, Zach is the Campaign Manager for presidential candidate Andrew Yang in New York. Prior to this role, Zach spent eight years at UBS Wealth Management where he was the Head of Client Philanthropy Solutions, speaking across the country to some of the firm's wealthiest clients on numerous topics in the philanthropic arena. In this role he shared the stage with world-leading philanthropists, innovators and celebrities including Hilary Swank, Ernie Els, Kimbal Musk, Mike & Sukey Novogratz, Josh Groban, Adrien Grenier and many others. Zach graduated cum laude from Duke University with a major in Public Policy and Markets & Management and is a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award. Zach suits up for education, social entrepreneurship, a cappella, country music and the Buffalo Bills.
Co-Founder and Vice Chairman
Casey is the co-founder of SuitUp and Vice Chairman of the board. She is currently Director of Business Development at LeagueApps, a mission-driven sports technology start-up that enables sports organizers to provide all kids access to the best sports experiences. There, she heads up partnerships with the company's largest clients, including professional sports leagues and over 40 professional sports teams. Prior to this role, Casey was the Director of Partnerships for the Midwest at LightSail, an innovative K-12 digital literacy program, after working as a teacher and school leader through Teach For America. Casey graduated from Duke University in 2010 with a BA in Psychology and Markets & Management, receiving the William J. Griffith Award, the Order of Omega President’s Award, and the Distinguished Alumni Award. She received her Masters in Education from Hunter College in 2012 and suits up for sports, education, women's rights, yoga, dogs, and Duke basketball.
Head, SuitUp Boston
Jon supports the SuitUp team with expansion to the New England region by establishing and growing its network of schools, students, volunteers, and corporate partners. He is also a full-time Investment Specialist at Optum Ventures. Jon has also served as a Project Leader for Inspire and Main Street Partners, helping advise local Boston non-profits and small businesses on critical strategic and operational issues. Jon graduated from Duke University in 2014 with a B.A. in Political Science and a Certificate in Markets and Management Studies, and suits up for education, yellow labs, playing squash, and Blue Devils basketball.
Head, SuitUp Durham
As Head of SuitUp Durham, Adair is leading the charge in North Carolina, fueled by passion and a mission to help better the lives of America’s youth. In addition to supporting SuitUp, Adair is the founder and CEO of Durham Food Hall, after after a fast-lane career in cloud computing, social media networks, and sustainable agriculture. Adair Adair graduated from Meredith College with a major in Business Administration and International Studies and suits up for sustainability, the arts, live music, getting her hands dirty, supporting local commerce, and community activism.