Founded: April 2014

City Director: Nima Jacob Nojoumi

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Nima Jacob Nojoumi
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Nima Jacob Nojoumi is an entrepreneur, facilitator of innovative ideas and impassioned advocate of startup companies. He’s also the co-founder and CEO of Sourcely, a technology startup that helps small and medium-sized businesses increase customer retention. Nima wants to help these companies earn back market share from big box retailers with turnkey solutions and data-on-demand services.

Nima has long had an interest in entrepreneurship. At 19 he co-founded his first brick-and-mortar business, and by 21 he was successfully investing in both residential and commercial real estate. He has advised GoDaddy’s executive leadership team, as well as over 600 VIP clients and 20,000 customers.

At his core, Nima is an impassioned autodidact who loves mentoring others. He’s also a firm believer in social embeddedness. That’s why when he was invited to sit on a panel for the Santa Monica chapter of the House of Genius, he immediately saw the endeavor’s revolutionary potential. Inspired by the community-driven format, Nima has dedicated himself to establishing a Phoenix House that will contribute to the burgeoning startup ecosystem in Arizona.

Caitlin Waters

Caitlin Waters, City Director
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Caitlin Waters currently serves as the Marketing Manager at Risas Dental where she oversees the company’s marketing, social media, communications, PR, and outreach efforts.

After sitting on a House of Genius Phoenix panel back in early 2015, she knew it was an organization she wanted to be apart of. Her passion for relationship building, marketing, technology, and social media has already proven to be a valuable asset to the House of Genius Phoenix organization.

Caitlin has extensive experience crafting marketing & social media strategies for companies of all sizes, including nonprofits, corporate, and local businesses. She’s always looking for ways to connect, engage, & build strategic relationships between people, businesses, and their communities. If you need her, Caitlin can be found running along the canal, hiking the nearest mountain, or kicking back on a patio for happy hour.

Kimberly Roland

Kimberly Roland, City Organizer
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Kimberly is deeply involved in the local community on grassroots projects, political campaigns, and in the greater Phoenix entrepreneurship ecosystem. She is passionate about all things pertaining to food, politics, education, and women’s empowerment. She considers herself both an intrapreneur and social entrepreneur.

Previously, Kimberly served at St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance as the Agency Outreach Analyst where she managed community relations, agency partner research, nutrition education implementation, and program innovation relating to senior food insecurity and tying hunger to health outcomes.

In 2015 she graduated from ASU where she earned her M.A. in Social Justice and Human Rights from the New College with a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Management. Shortly thereafter she accepted her current position of Manager of Partner Relations at ASU’s Office of Entrepreneurship + Innovation where she currently works to connect and serve students and community members through meaningful engagement and intentional programming.

Maggie Zehring

Maggie Zehring, Advisor
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Maggie Zehring is a practiced social and digital media strategist with experience in growing nonprofit and small business digital outreach to include strategic partnerships, responsive email outreach, and a cohesive traditional communications plan. She works as Deputy Director for a local education nonprofit from 9-5 and occasionally freelances her social media skills for small, family-owned businesses.

Maggie is a fan of all things science and tech, and loves watching Phoenix grow into a hub for entrepreneurs. She thrives on building bridges between action and advocacy in job growth, entrepreneurship, and technology in Arizona.

Gilbert_Evan_EMGIL-150x150Evan Gilbert
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Evan Gilbert concentrates his practice on corporate and securities law, representing clients in matters relating to corporate finance, SEC compliance, mergers, acquisitions, and a wide variety of other commercial transactions. Evan has significant experience representing private and publicly held foreign and domestic companies, as well as international and domestic investment banks, in private placements and public equity and debt offerings. He routinely advises clients regarding the periodic reporting requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Sarbanes-Oxley corporate governance requirements, and the listing standards of the NYSE and Nasdaq. He also assists clients with the corporate formation process, corporate governance matters, and limited liability, limited partnership and joint venture agreements.

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