We are a team that believes in the hustle over the hype, that it’s just as important to be humble as it is to be hungry, that America is its most beautiful and prosperous when we utilize the contributions of all people. Our team works out of our headquarters in New Orleans when we're not traveling around the country or hosting Summits.
The Camelback Team
FOUNDER & CEO
Aaron is on a journey to live in the spirit of his baseball hero, Jackie Robinson, who said “a life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” With this ethos, Aaron taught ninth grade English in West Philadelphia, put together deals for companies large and small as a lawyer, and supported new ideas to improve education as a portfolio director for the NYC Fund for Public Schools. Aaron is humbled to say that he graduated from the University of Virginia and Penn Law School. He also knows that this doesn’t entitle him to anything and is ready to earn his keep.
CHIEF OF STAFF
One of the things Ami loves the most about New Orleans is the beautiful architecture, music, and enthusiastic joy that permeates the city. Ami has always been passionate about education, beginning as a Teach for America corps member in Baltimore as an elementary school teacher for four years. After the classroom, Ami then worked for The New Teacher Project to manage the district’s alternative teaching program. She later joined the district leadership team serving as both the Special Assistant to the Chief Human Capital Officer and Manager of School-Based Recruitment and Staffing. She worked as a consultant leading strategic planning, district and school level turnaround as part of Mass Insight Education, and now supports multiple organizations (including Camelback) working to further their organizational growth.
senior director, investor fellowship
Elizabeth was born with entrepreneurship in her blood, having started her first business in middle school (which provided more disposable income than her allowance). She escaped Wisconsin winters to attend Loyola University New Orleans, where she earned her degree in Marketing. A founder three times, she built a residential services company which she sold five years later. She then started two e-commerce businesses, one of which continues to keep her skills sharp as a side hustle. For the past four years, she has led Camelback’s flagship Education Fellowship program, and is now creating a new program for investors and funders. When she is not nerding out on startups and social impact, Elizabeth is probably gushing over her rescue dog, Riley, and working to promote animal welfare.
director, education fellowship
Charles is passionate about revolution, not the bloody riots that mar cities and countries, but the opportunities we all have for personal and global transformation. As an educator for the last twenty years, Charles has worked to change the trajectories of America’s most precious demographics. He knows one way to do this is by providing the educational skills and life tools necessary to illuminate and catalyze the genius that resides within all of us. Within this spirt, Charles taught middle school Social Studies, coached baseball, and had the fortunate experience of teaching Psychology at the best place on earth, Green Run High School, his alma mater. It would be the lessons learned from his mentees at Green Run that led him to attain his Ph.D. in Psychological Science from Tulane, where he focused on resilient outcomes for boys and men of color. After a successful tenure as a professor, Charles believed there was more to sitting behind a desk writing about how things should be; thus he started his social venture where he worked to bring racial and gender equity to the consciousness of organizations around the country. In this capacity, he worked with some of the most influential education and mental health leaders to craft policy, programming, and practice that allows everyone to thrive in their varied contexts. When Charles is not trying to change the world, he spends time with his precocious 13-year-old Pitbull, Sasha, great friends, and his loving parents Charles and Bertha Corprew.
economic development lead
Nadiyah is a creator of opportunities for individuals where very few quality options exist. She has done just that over her 15-year career, in both the public and nonprofit sectors, utilizing her experience to build innovative systems in workforce development and youth and human services. She is a consummate change manager that effectively (and efficiently) modifies organizational cultures and processes to increase productivity, improve team morale and effectively deliver quality services to all stakeholders and customers. Nadiyah brings to the Camelback team a range of leadership experiences, including serving as the Director of Workforce Development at Ochsner Hospital, Director of Workforce Development for the City of New Orleans, Director of the CP3 Afterschool Zone, and Manager for the Louisiana Office of Social Entrepreneurship, the nation’s first, establishing and supporting the work of innovative organizations across the state. She is thrilled to join the Camelback team where she brings her expertise to lead our new economic development pilot, the Good Jobs Initiative. In her free time you will likely find her in the kitchen cooking her ancestral creole cuisine or curled up reading 3 different books on metaphysics because she has no time to waste -- there is only now.
executive assistant to the ceo
Stacy is a super-fan of tools and systems, and she works to ensure the Camelback Fam can focus on their world-changing work and not get tied up in administrative nonsense. Her love for ironing out complex details grew from previous careers in international education (Willamette University) and arts non-profit administration (Oregon Symphony Association in Salem). Stacy thanks the countless educators in Denver Public Schools and Willamette University who've contributed so much to her ability to relate to others, work hard, and enjoy life. Stay now lives in her hometown, Denver, CO with her writer-in-residence / life partner and their two small children.
DIRECTOr, STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS
Kelli lives for entrepreneurship, channeling the spirit of her mentor and grandfather, founder of a successful beverage company before his early. Kelli is a goal-oriented operations consultant offering more than 10 years in end-to-end business scaling and strategy expertise that directly results in expansion, efficiency improvements, and cost savings. She has a special talent for identifying and leveraging unutilized capacities and opportunities.After moving to New York, NY in 2006, Kelli spent 11 years at Carol’s Daughter (NY, NY) starting as a temp and working her way to Director of Operations. She was a key strategist in scaling the business from $3MM to $40MM (sold to L’oreal for 100MM+ in 2014) by expanding multi-channel distribution. She also established the vision and expansion of the Operations and Business Development teams through strategic business planning, financial goals, and sales targets by channel to create a collaborative supply and demand division. With one successful start up under her belt, she moved back to her hometown, New Orleans, as a contract consultant to apply her experience and guide other emerging organizations on growing their business. In that capacity, she currently serves as Campaign Manager for the Campaign for Equity: New Orleans, and Strategic Partnerships Lead at Camelback Ventures. Kelli holds a Bachelors of Science and Master of Business Administration from Florida A&M.
Director, Design & Adult Development
A native of the Midwest, Riyaz cherishes his Asian-American identity and his journey to continuously better understand and live into that hyphen between Asian and American. His journey has taken him to his parents’ home country of India, classrooms in Baltimore, the chilly winters of Minnesota, and currently the snow-capped peaks of Colorado. He is passionate about developing individuals and teams, building culture, and shaking up the status quo by nurturing developing leaders who work through an equity lens to become the change agents of tomorrow. Outside of work, Riyaz is a foodie. He approaches food as he does life - seeking diversity, opportunities to connect with others, and a chance to have a good time over a shared meal. Riyaz was lucky enough to attend Macalester College and Johns Hopkins University and strives to never stop learning and growing.
For 2.5 years, Amanda served as the Director of Creative & Marketing for Camelback Ventures. Since January 2019, she has supported Camelback as a consultant. She led the organization’s communications, marketing, and creative efforts, including the organization’s rebrand and the creation of the manifesto Ruthless for Good; Fellowship Recruitment (raising applications by over 300%), and built and executed strategy on partnerships, alumni, and programming. Amanda is passionate about the art of communication and the power of storytelling to empower and accelerate social impact work, and utilizes a variety of mediums such as design, writing, video, interactive, and digital marketing. Amanda received a B.A. in Creative Writing from Columbia University; while an undergraduate she also focused on Ethnicity & Race Studies and co-founded a popular culinary arts magazine. She has worked in television & film, corporate advertising, and education nonprofits. She is a 2014 Venture for America Fellow and a 2018 StartingBloc Fellow. She is currently based in New Orleans and working on her first book.
Muhamamad Lila is a Correspondent and Storyteller, currently serving as Entrepreneur-in-Residence with Camelback Ventures. For the past several years, he has led teams to some of the world’s most-remote locations, specializing in finding stories of courage and resilience in places you wouldn’t expect. Born and raised in Toronto, he rose through the ranks in Canadian media, then moved on to ABC and CNN, where he averaged 100+ flights a year and appeared regularly on AC360, Situation Room, Amanpour, and the Lead. He has hosted two week-long specials for CNN’s worldwide flagship series “The Freedom Project,” where he went undercover to rescue young girls who were being held captive in India. He interviews world leaders, has been nominated for an Emmy Award, and had tea with His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
One day he woke up and decided that instead of just covering the world’s biggest problems, he wanted to take time to help solve them instead. He works on strategy and storytelling with Camelback, and is building something that’s going to change journalism forever.
As a girl, Caroline never imagined herself working in the “business” world known for it’s stuffy suits and 9-5 desk jobs, favoring more free-spirited answers to “what do you want to be when you grow up?” Much later, her passion for social causes and desire to have a career with an impact sparked a curiosity in the role of small business in economic development. Startups specifically gave her a creative outlet and the freedom she was craving to experiment & build. She’s particularly inspired to tackle the diversity gap in venture capital for underrepresented founders. Fundamentally, she believes in leveraging her privilege to address systems of oppression. As a white woman from New Jersey and holding a Bachelor’s in Public Health from Tulane University, she is cognizant of how her identities influences her work. She is humbled by the informal “schooling” in intersectional community organizing she’s received from local leaders; she is grateful to these teachers for giving her the most powerful educational experiences. Caroline is a Venture for America fellow and SoGal Foundation chapter lead. When she’s not dreaming up side projects, she enjoys crocheting and crushing the patriarchy.