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Our Mission

Bubble partners with schools to foster healthy lifestyles for children through nutrition and wellness education for the whole school community.

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Established in 2010, the Bubble Foundation began as a small organization seeking to make a significant difference in one school—Haven Academy in the South Bronx. At Haven, we implemented a comprehensive wellness program for the whole school community, which included weekly nutrition classes, a family-style meal program, and help transforming the cafeteria. Bubble also provided Haven’s first physical education classes for students and established a rooftop garden at the school.

 

Since that first successful program at Haven, Bubble’s reach has grown exponentially, providing 19 underserved schools and over 7,200 children in New York City with our proven curriculum in nutrition and wellness.

In NYC, 60% of elementary schools lack a full-time physical education teacher.


Team


Board of Directors

Amy Nauiokas, Co-Founder and Chair

Founder, Archer Gray, LLC

 

Amy Nauiokas is founder and president of Anthemis, a leading digital financial services investment and advisory firm, and founder and chair of Archer Gray, a media production, finance and investment company. Amy was previously CEO and managing director of Barclays Stockbrokers, the UK’s largest electronic retail broker with £10 billion assets under management.


As a venture capitalist, Amy identifies and invests in early stage technology companies focused on the disruption of media, financial services and marketplaces. Current investments include Betterment, Trov, Payoff, SeedInvest and Currencycloud. Her exits include Zoopla, the UK’s leading property research website; Fidor Bank, acquired by BPCE in 2016; Simple, acquired by BBVA in 2014; and Climate Corporation, acquired by Monsanto in 2013.


As a producer and media investor with Archer Gray, Amy’s most notable productions include the 2017 Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated 20th Century Women and the 8-time Tony award winning Broadway musical Once.


In 2010 Amy co-founded the Bubble Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization that partners with New York City schools to promote healthy living through wellness education.  

 

James Connolly, Co-Founder

Artist, Private Chef 

James Connolly is an Artist and Chef in New York City. After graduating from The School of Visual Arts with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art, James Connolly has worked as a realist painter, draftsman and sculptor, showing in galleries across the US and in Europe. While living in England from 2006-2008, he developed a passion for food, food systems and nutrition, and the European culture of the meal as an expression of community. He’s trained as a chef at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in England and The French Culinary Institute in New York City. In addition to being trained in food preparation, he has focused his studies on the nutritional aspects of food, issues of obesity and our historical and current model of food systems. In early 2010, James co-founded Bubble to help educate children and their families about nutrition and fitness.

Jeremy Baksht, Vice Chair

Jeremy Baksht is the Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of Qineqt, The World’s Most Intelligent Financial Data Core for Asset Management. Jeremy has 16 years of investment banking, technology, and sales experience including key roles at four Fintech platforms in intelligent data search, collaborative data, deal sharing and institutional connections: Qineqt, Estimize, ACE Portal, Trusted Insight 

 

Prior to FinTech, Jeremy learned the Wall Street sell-side business executing M&A, LBOs, IPOs, and credit deals as a Vice President with global industrials coverage at Citigroup and an Associate at JPMorgan. He also has a deep understanding of technology from his role as a business process consultant at Andersen Consulting where he worked on billing systems, CRM, call centers and got project management, business requirements gathering, and coding skills.


Jeremy has an MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden School and a BS from the University of Texas in Mechanical Engineering.

Nelson Chu, Secretary

Founder & CEO, Lumenary 

Nelson is the founder and CEO of Lumenary, a preeminent New York strategy consulting firm, and a partner at Parametric, a China-based family office. His expertise in product innovation has been instrumental in creating new revenue opportunities and capturing new markets for his clients in the Fortune 500. His dual responsibilities as an advisor and an investor for early stage startups enables him to play an integral and continuous role in their growth and success. To date, his clients and portfolio of investments have gone on to raise over $200M in venture capital financing.

 

He began his career in the Business Intelligence and Portfolio Management divisions at Merrill Lynch, Bank of America and Blackrock and he holds a BA in Economics and Political Science from Rutgers University. His philanthropic efforts have consistently been focused on youth and wellness all around the world.

Clara Chung

Clara Chung is an entrepreneurial general manager and marketer who is passionate about building brands and experiences that people love. She is a multi- faceted strategic executive with experience leading teams at start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. 

 

Her most recent position was at Coupang, the world’s fastest growing e-Commerce company and South Korea’s answer to Amazon. Prior to that, she was on the executive leadership team for several business units at American Express.

 

Ms. Chung also worked in Silicon Valley for almost a decade at companies like eBay and PayPal, where her responsibilities included growing key U.S. categories and leading consumer marketing strategy and programs. She began her career in Equity Research covering Enterprise Software at Goldman Sachs.

 

She has an MBA in Entrepreneurial Management from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Business-Economics with a minor in Accounting from UCLA.


Her passion for food and travel led her to roam the world for a year and obtain a degree in French Cuisine at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, France. She also serves on the Benefit Committee for Sejong Soloists, a string chamber ensemble, and supports a variety of nonprofits focused on Asian-American community. She currently lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

Audrey Del Grosso

Marketing and Branding Professional 

Audrey Del Grosso is a seasoned marketer with over 25 years of experience in branding, advertising and product management. Audrey was most recently a Senior Vice President and Marketing Director at JP Morgan Chase, and prior to that worked for New York & Co., Bear Stearns and J. Walter Thompson.

Harry Harrison

Managing Director, Barclays 

Harry Harrison is a Managing Director and Head of Rates Trading at Barclays Capital, based in New York. Mr. Harrison joined Barclays in 1989 as a graduate trainee. His responsibilities have included trading and managing Sterling swaps and options, gilts, cross currency swaps, medium-term foreign exchange, strategic trading and securitization derivatives. In 2003, Mr. Harrison transferred from London to New York to manage the Global US Dollar Fixed Income Trading business. He took on additional responsibility for European Linear and Inflation Trading in October 2007. He was appointed Head of Rates Trading in October 2008. Mr. Harrison has a BSc (Hons) in Economics from Warwick and an MPhil in Finance from Jesus College, Cambridge.

Karma Lande, Treasurer

Karma Lande has spent more than 15 years in financial assurance, tax and deal advisory, with a focus on cross-border M&A in the telecommunications sector. Most recently with Bell Canada Enterprises and prior with KPMG, she has lived and worked abroad for over a decade in Brazil and the United Kingdom. Karma earned her CPA from the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and her Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary, Canada. Karma resides in NYC with her husband and daughter. Her passion for design led her to earn a degree from Parsons in Interior Design, which she practices on a freelance basis. She also serves as Treasurer on the Executive Board of Avenues, The World School’s Parents Association. She is an avid traveller and has great enthusiasm for nutrition, health and wellness.

Jessica Nauiokas

Principal and Founder, Mott Haven Academy Charter School 

Jessica is the founding principal of Mott Haven Academy Charter School, with nearly two decades of urban teaching and leadership experience. Jessica’s qualifications include charter school planning, urban school leadership and operations, and curriculum development. Before serving as the Director of School Development for the NYC Center for Charter School Excellence, Jessica completed the New Leaders for New Schools fellowship where she was a member of the leadership team at a small school in Harlem. She was also selected to attend the KIPP Leadership Pathways Program where she joined charter school founders from across the country while she was planning Haven Academy.


Jessica is also an Adjunct Professor of Education and teachers graduate level courses preparing new teachers for entry into the classroom. She began her career in education as a Teach for America corps member in Washington DC, where she was a first grade teacher and then became a reading specialist. Jessica has a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Human Development and Psychology in addition to a BA in Social Work from the University of New Hampshire. She also holds NY State certification as a School District Administrator.

Lara Ross

Senior Vice President of Development, Beachbody 

Lara Ross is a native New Yorker with a passion and career in fitness and weight loss. Lara has spent the last fifteen years in product development and production of fitness media, nutrition and weight loss programs, and fitness infomercials for Beachbody (beachbody.com).  Lara has created popular fitness brands that include Hip Hop Abs, Turbo Jam Insanity, T25, P90X, T25, and CIZE, working with trainers Shaun T, Tony Horton, Leandro Carvalho, and others. She is a graduate of New York University. 

Laurie Silverman

Associate Broker, Halstead Property 

Laurie Silverman, a native of Miami, Florida, has lived in New York City for the past fourteen years. During this time, she has risen to be one of the top producers at Halstead Property, the prominent real estate brokerage. Laurie has received numerous company awards for her high-end sales. Her sales have been featured in the New York Times, Avenue Magazine, the Wall Street Journal and the Real Deal.

 

Laurie graduated from Boston University in 1991 with a major in Psychology. She also earned her Masters in Speech Pathology in 1995 from Nova Southeastern University. After working in the Miami Dade and New York City school systems as a speech language pathologist, she made a career change to the more dynamic field of real estate. This career has enabled her to establish extensive connections and a dynamic group of friends. Laurie is married to Dr. Carlos Hleap, a gynecological surgeon, who practices in Forest Hills.


She is an avid art collector, frequently attending art shows and openings. In addition to her passion for art, Laurie is an exercise and nutrition enthusiast. In her spare time, you will often finding her out running, taking a spin class or practicing yoga.

Pamela Weldon

Pamela has spent the past 14 years raising capital for hedge funds. She helped build the Capital Introductions team at Bank of America in 2000 and moved to Deutsche Bank in 2002 to help them launch their Capital Introductions Group. She also served as a Director in the CDO Group at Deutsche Bank where she spent several years raising capital for hybrid CDO/hedge fund clients. Most recently she raised capital at Ares Capital. She lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters. Pamela is an elected parent representative on the Executive Committee of Avenues, The World School. She earned her undergraduate degree in Economics at the University of Georgia. She is enthusiastic about wellness, health, people, travel and education.

Junior Board

 

  • John Hannigan, Barclays Investment Bank (Chair)
  • Chris Jones, Promethean IT (Vice-Chair)
  • Bryan Adler, Credit Xpress
  • Rachel Chesley, FTI Consulting
  • Joseph Delerme, Wealth Management Associates
  • Michael Madigan, Ernst & Young LLP
  • Shea Maney, FTI Consulting
  • Doug Meyer, Bank Leumi
  • Amy Mignosi, Barclays Investment Bank
  • Kim Proal, Bumble and bumble
  • Jeremy Puma, Morgan Stanley
  • Gustavo Rangel, Jason Wu
  • Michelle See, DigitalOcean
  • Jillian Williams, Anthemis

 

Bubble Team

Lizzie Redman, Executive Director

Lizzie joined the Bubble Foundation from Teach For America, where she worked on national fundraising and growth strategy across the organization’s 50 regional sites. Prior to Teach For America, Lizzie worked as a strategy and operations consultant at Deloitte Consulting, where she consulted on strategic planning, change management, customer insights, and communications strategy for several federal government agencies. As Executive Director at Bubble, Lizzie led the expansion of the organization’s wellness curriculum, built a team and systems to bring Bubble to scale, and increased Bubble’s impact to reach more kids and families in underserved New York City communities.

Lizzie studied history and international business at the University of Texas at Austin. Trained as a small child on the secrets to a good gumbo in her grandmother’s New Orleans kitchen, Lizzie is passionate about providing all children with food access and education. When not in Bubble’s schools, she can often be found testing new recipes or doing cooking demos at local farmers markets. Lizzie has contributed to Huffington Post and writes about the humanity of food at Eating Anthology. She is also on the Board of Advisors of CocoaCompassion, a social enterprise that fosters the growth and consumption of responsible chocolate.

Ryann Dear, Program Manager

Ryann first joined Bubble as a FoodCorps Service Member to connect kids to real food and help them grow up healthy. Having grown up in a home where access to fresh fruits and vegetables was the norm, her true appreciation for seed-to-table living came from the family’s organic farm in the Pacific Northwest where she dug in the dirt as a farmhand, learning about local, sustainable agriculture and the community it fosters firsthand. She furthered her passion for community-building when she moved to Guatemala to develop evaluation tools and conduct surveys to help local community radio stations better connect with their Indigenous listeners. From a young age, Ryann has loved working with kids. In Iowa and in Boston, she helped children improve their confidence and sense of belonging through theater production and creative musical performance work. When not teaching Bubble classes, Ryann can be found outside hiking a trail or biking the streets of Brooklyn; or inside baking bread or cookies for her friends and family. Ryann studied anthropology and archaeology at Boston University.

Gina Darnaud, Program Coordinator

Gina joined the Bubble team as a Program Coordinator shortly after completing an internship with Bubble in 2015. As a strong believer that change begins with a simple conversation or small act of compassion, Gina has worked with various social justice organizations that focus on community building. As a previous intern for Global Citizen, she created content that explored different global topics like food and hunger, education, and the environment. At Bubble, Gina is dedicated to furthering food justice, school nutrition, and community health close to home. Gina graduated from St. John’s University with a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Human Services. Outside the Bubble classroom and away from the desk, Gina enjoys trying wacky recipes, going on adventures, spending time at dog parks, and reading more books than she can handle.