The Future first usa team


Board of Directors

Steve Sheiner

Steve Sheiner is Chief Revenue Officer of Chalk Digital. He is a serial entrepreneur with 25 years experience in direct marketing, advertising and the internet. He is co- founder of MP3 and a director or advisor to numerous start-ups and turnarounds.

Gary workman

Gary Workman is a lean manufacturing and quality control specialist now serving as Vice President, Global Quality at Illumina. Previously he was Vice President, Quality at Bloom Energy and General Manager of New United Motor Manufacturing, a Toyota-General Motors joint venture. He is a member of the Industrial & Systems Board at San Jose State University.





Michael Funck

Michael Funck was President and Chief Executive Officer of U.S. Trust Company, Connecticut from 1993 to 2006. Since 2000, he has served on numerous non-profit boards, notably as Board Chairman of the Fairfield County Community Foundation and more recently as Chairman of the Fairchester Advisory Board of the Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE).

Gary A. Kraut

Gary A. Kraut is founder and Board Chair of Future First USA. His firm, G.A. Kraut Company, helped pioneer the field of Investor Relations. He has been an early stage investor in a number of start-ups, has served on many non-profit boards, and is Board Chair of Impact Young Lives Foundation.

J. David Neslon

J. David Nelson concluded his 33 year career with IBM as manager of their largest business unit in China.  He then became Chief Operating Officer of The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE).  He recently concluded his term as an AARP board member and Chair of the AARP Foundation.

Board of Advisors


William Lewis

William Lewis is Co-Chair, Investment Banking at Lazard, and a Board Member for the New York Philharmonic, Ariel Investment Trust, Partnership for New York City and Darden Restaurants.

Larry Perondi

Larry Perondi has worked in public education since 1975 most recently as Superintendent of the Oceanside (CA) School District. He has been a classroom teacher, principal and district level administrator. Mr. Perondi currently serves school districts and superintendents as an executive coach specializing in building leadership capacity.

Gary Reiner

Gary Reiner is the Former Chief Information Officer at General Electric and the operating Partner of General Atlantic. He is also a Board member of Citigroup, Hewlett-Packard,, and other notable technology companies.

Alan Daly

Alan Daly is Professor and Chair of the Department of Education Studies at The University of California San Diego. His research focuses on social network analysis, educational reform and social capital development. He has been a classroom teacher, a district psychologist and a school principal. He is author of over 150 articles and three books on education.

Aria Finger

Aria Finger is the CEO of Do Something, a non-profit serving 5.5 million teenagers, New York University Adjunct Professor, World Economic Forum Global Shaper and Young Global Leader.

David Levinson

David Levinson is the President of Norwalk (CT) Community College. He is the Co- Chair of the American Sociological Association Task Force on Community College Faculty, and the General Editor of American Sociology, an encyclopedia.


Desmond Morris

Desmond Morris is Chief Technical Officer. He has been Director of Engineering at Do Something, Senior Software Engineer at the World Economic Forum and a freelance software developer.


Marilyn Ondrasik

Marilyn Ondrasik heads the East Coast efforts of Future First USA. Ms. Ondrasik has 35 years of nonprofit experience- including 17 years as Executive Director of the Bridgeport (CT) Child Advocacy Coalition.

Jeffrey Stein

Jeffrey Stein is the Managing Director of Future First USA and the designer of the Alumni Toolkit. Previously Mr. Stein was a school administrator, high school teacher and founder of, a social-enterprise internship program that counted Amazon, Expeditors, Starbucks, Microsoft, and the Seattle Seahawks as clients.

Colin Lieu

Colin Lieu is Digital Marketing Manager of The Alumni Toolkit. He previously served as a segment producer for an Australian television show and as publicist for an Australian breast cancer charity.