Christopher Gray  Founder & CEO     
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     After winning $1.3 million in scholarships himself,  Christopher Gray  founded  Scholly , an app that helps students easily find scholarships for college. Scholly  was featured on ABC’s Shark Tank , landing a deal with Daymond John and Lori Greiner and sparking the biggest fight in Shark Tank history.   
  
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    Scholly has nearly 2 million users and has helped students find more than $100 million dollars in scholarships to pay for higher education. Actor and Activist Jesse Williams is also a member of the Scholly team.                          Christopher has been featured in the New York Times, O Magazine, Huffington Post, Forbes, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Cosmopolitan Magazine, and more.  He also made the 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30 List for Social Entrepreneurship, making the top of the list. Christopher is one of  Oprah’s Inaugural Super Soul 100 honorees , Oprah’s list of her favorite people. He is also a recipient of the 2016 Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award.  Christopher has been a speaker at events such as the Obama Foundation’s My Brother’s Keeper Summit, Steve Harvey’s Disney Dreamers Academy, Usher’s New Look Conference, The Will and Jada Smith Foundation CIE Tour, The Smithsonian Museum, Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit, Asomugha Foundation College Summit, University of Pennsylvania, and TEDx San Diego. Christopher is also a U.S. Embassy Speaker for the U.S. State Department, speaking at U.S. Embassies across the world about social entrepreneurship, tech, and diversity.

Christopher Gray

Founder, CEO

and winner of $1.3 million in scholarships.

           Jesse Williams  Chief Brand Ambassador & Board Member        

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     Jesse Williams is Scholly’s Chief Brand Ambassador and a Board Member. A graduate of Temple University, Jesse Williams was a high school history teacher before beginning his professional acting career. Jesse is best known for playing Dr. Jackson Avery in the hit series Grey’s Anatomy for seven seasons and his feature credits include Lee Daniels’ The Butler, The Cabin in the Woods and upcoming thriller Jacob’s Ladder.  He has used his public stage to become a respected and outspoken advocate for education, equality and social justice. In addition to partnering with us, he is also the youngest member of the Board of Directors at  Advancement Project, a leading national civil rights and policy organization, sits on the Advisory Board of Harry Belafonte’s social justice think tank, Sankofa.org, is the Executive Producer of Question Bridge: Black Males, and the co-host of NBA podcast Open Run Show.  In addition to driving awareness of Scholly to as many students and families as possible, Jesse brings a wealth of knowledge and resources to the table to help Scholly deliver equal access to education for communities across America.

Jesse Williams

Chief Brand Ambassador, Board Member

and plays a doctor on TV.

           Azani Pinkney  chief of staff     

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     Azani serves as Chief of Staff here at Scholly, where he manages Scholly’s network of strategic partnerships to maintain and build new pathways for company growth and opportunity. With a degree in Africana Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, he has a huge passion for education, shown through his years of experience supporting student success at the secondary, community college, undergraduate, and graduate levels.  At Scholly, Azani combines his detailed knowledge of the student experience with his knack for creativity to push Scholly forward on its mission to become a central hub of student affordability.

Azani Pinkney

Chief of Staff

and philosopher.

           Sharon Lavi  DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS     

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     Sharon joined Scholly in 2018. As the Director of Operations at Scholly, she brings with her over 10 years of experience in operations and management. Sharon's professional experiences have led her across a variety of industries including tech, finance, and fashion. She is a Los Angeles local and earned her undergraduate degree at USC and her MBA at Pepperdine.  When not reviewing KPI's and geeking out over excel files at Scholly, you can find her getting super competitive on Bejeweled Blitz and binge-watching Forsenic Files on Netflix.

Sharon Lavi

Director of Operations

and murder mystery fanatic.

           Evan Brophy  Software Engineer     

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


        
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Evan Brophy

Software Engineer

and train engineer.

           Marc Geraldez  PRODUCT MANAGER     

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     Marc is a product manager who loves to communicate, innovate, and inspire. His list of disparate skills has allowed him to quickly visualize the product needs of a customer (whether internal or external) and participate in the design, development, and strategy efforts to deliver concise and useful products.  He's worked in the entertainment, children, finance and publishing industries; most recently worked on an Emmy-winning companion site and app for a Netflix original show.  In his free time, he likes to race triathlons. He's also really bad about controlling himself when cookies are in front of him. Please test that theory, you'll lose.

Marc Geraldez

Product Manager

and emerging supermodel.

           Raymond Truong  Senior Marketing Manager     

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     Raymond is our Senior Marketing Manager and brings over 4 years of experience in product management and marketing. He has a holistic approach to building winning product and marketing strategies and has worked across various industries ranging from consumer electronics to fashion. Raymond’s combination of creativity and data driven mindset guides Scholly’s marketing initiatives that drive growth with a focus on conversion optimization.  In addition to being our Senior Marketing Manager, he’s also an identical twin (the evil one).

Raymond Truong

Senior Marketing Manager

and single.

           Layla Ghaznavi  LEAD DESIGNER     

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     As a multi-disciplinary designer skilled in both marketing and user experience (UX) design, Layla works laterally across different teams to make affordable education an accessible reality. Scholly's mission is a personal one as she dropped out of university to avoid further student debt and launch a business using design to create awareness for social causes in Greater Boston. While there, she started the city's first annual Walk for Literacy, now in its tenth year, and served for one year in AmeriCorps. After completing a fellowship in Nonprofit Management & Leadership at Boston University, Layla switched over to the tech sector to contribute to social good organizations like Scholly.  When Layla isn't working on design strategy, you can find her on adventures with her dog Batman or wherever there is chocolate cake.

Layla Ghaznavi

Lead Designer

and recovering sugar addict.

           Bisike Nnadi  Software Engineer     

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


        
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Bisike Nnadi

Software Engineer

and part robot.

              
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	mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;}   Ngozi Olojede  MARKETING MANAGER     

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     Ngozi is Scholly’s marketing manager. She focuses on content creation and strategy, social media, and marketing campaigns. Initially joining the team as a Scholly Squad member, Ngozi had internship experience in venture capital, digital education, and tech for social good startups. She recently graduated from the University of Pennsylvania where she double majored in International Relations and African Studies. Ngozi brings her unique perspective as fresh college graduate to connect students to Scholly and help them pay for their education.   In addition to being our marketing manager, Ngozi has been growing her dreadlocks since she was six. 

Ngozi Olojede

Marketing Manager

and plantain enthusiast.

              
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	mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;}   Jason Solis  Growth Analyst     

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     Jason is a Growth Analyst at Scholly focusing on growth and contributing in any way the team needs. Having graduated with a degree in Economics, he has utilized his quantitative and qualitative background to improve measurement, brand safety, and growth initiatives at companies like Axon and Snap Inc. With Scholly, Jason would like to use his talents to make a lasting impact on students from all walks of life by expanding the educational opportunities afforded to them.   When he’s not working on a project, you’ll likely find him talking about his hometown of Long Beach, CA or one of his favorite sports teams.

Jason Solis

Growth Analyst

and named after a Power Ranger.

              
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	mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;}   Amir Baiyina  BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER     

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     As Scholly’s Business Development Manager, Amir aims to marry the science of business & the art of culture within the company and beyond. He has sharpened his craft over the years through his leadership experiences at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, Sean Combs’ Enterprises, & PepsiCo’s NBA Partnership. At the 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles, Amir led Mountain Dew brand activations featuring Kevin Hart, Russell Westbrook, Kyrie Irving (Uncle Drew), Joel Embiid, Kyle Kuzma, Ty Dolla Sign, Diddy, & more; his team's efforts drove over 2 billion impressions as a result  Amir is a proud lifelong learner & visionary creator with an incredible passion for world culture. Winning a basketball state championship, launching his own music career, & curating community social events have taught Amir the power of the universal languages: music & sport. He leverages his background in academia, activism, athletics, & art to build new strategies, partnerships, & activations that ultimately elevate the Scholly brand & grow our student community. Amir intentionally contributes this professional muscle & entrepreneurial spirit towards achieving Scholly’s goal - “Opportunity for All.”  In the office most people know him as Amir Baiyina; however, catch him on stage & you just might meet AMiR DAZE.

Amir Baiyina

Business Development Manager

and hip-hop savant.

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