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Founder 120dB Films, specializing in independent film financing; Co-Founder Seneca Capital, NY-based hedge fund; B.A. Kenyon College and M.Sc. London School of Economics; Board of Directors Woodstock Film Festival and Green Chimneys School for troubled youth, and Leadership Council member for Oxfam America.


Stephen has direct experience with learning differences schools, wilderness programs, RTCs, and therapeutic boarding schools as a result of his teenage son’s personal challenges and his long-standing relationship with Green Chimneys. 


Public Relations Consultant with more than two decades promoting initiatives that increase awareness and developing social responsibility campaigns that influence behaviors and actions. 


Media / Strategic Communication affiliations − CBS News, Volvo Cars, Disney, Citibank, Pepsi, KPMG, and others. Graduate University of Missouri, with advanced studies at American University and NYU.


Stephen is the parent of a young adult who struggles with behavioral, mental health, and academic challenges. 


Melissa "Mel" Maldonado-Salcedo is a medical anthropologist, artist, educator, and activist. Ph.D. Graduate Center of the City University of New York, MA in Latin American Studies from NYU, MA in International Affairs from New School, and BA from NYU in Fine Arts, Human Rights, and Peformance Studies. Her research interests concern feminism, violence prevention, transnational health, and neuro-anthropology. Mel has worked in public health and community advocacy at the UN, U.S House of Representatives, and as an independent consultant for over a decade. She has taught at Fordham University, CUNY colleges, and has beeen part of the Technology, Culture, and Society department at the Tandon school of Engineering at NYU since 2013. She serves as the faculty advisor for the STEMinist club. For more on her work:


Mel believes that the classroom is a space of resistance, possibilities, and transformation. She is a life-long resident of the Lower East Side (NYC), where she resides with her husband who is also a writer and educator, her 11-year old son, and her "other" son, her dog Max.

MELissa Maldonado-Salcedo 

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