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Growing up in a household where her mother and five sisters all sewed, Eileen Mockus has been passionate about textiles as long as she can remember. Eileen pursued a bachelor of science in textile and clothing from the University of California, Davis, and a master of science in business administration, with an emphasis on small business and entrepreneurship, from San Francisco State University. Eileen learned about entrepreneurship first-hand while developing new products for the North Face, and honed her business development and branding skills at Pottery Barn Kids and PB Teen. At these and other iconic brands, such as Patagonia, she made use of her deep knowledge of the technical side of the textile business, working in fabric development, materials testing, product development and sourcing. She first became interested in organic cotton and improved processing for textiles while visiting manufacturing facilities in Europe and Asia. The challenge of making high-quality products in a way that is respectful to the people who make them, as well as to the earth, drew her to Coyuchi and helps guide her vision for the company as we grow. Contact Eileen at email@example.com
Andrea Azar | VP, Merchandising + Product Development
Andrea Azar has been passionate about retail since college, when she landed her first job in the industry. After earning a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Ohio State, she became Inventory Planner for the Victoria’s Secret Catalogue and later pursued her passion for merchandising as part of their NY-based buying and production teams. She moved to San Francisco a decade later to work first in Brand Management for Levi Strauss and then as Director of Marketing for a software company focused on linking retail buyers with their suppliers around the globe. After two years working with a start-up, she returned to her merchandising roots at Pottery Barn, later becoming Director of Merchandising there. Andrea put her extensive experience to work as a consultant after the birth of her first son, advising retailers on product development, brand building and growing new categories of business. While consulting for Coyuchi, she realized the opportunity for organic textiles and sustainable home furnishings in the current market, and feeling an immediate connection to the company and its mission, she joined our team.
Jesse Montano | VP, Marketing + eCommerce
Jesse Montano prides himself on stewarding brands through the digital age with insight-driven strategies that capitalize on the intersection of storytelling and technology. A marketing Renaissance man, he’s worked on a breadth of cross-platform programs in varied markets, including the U.S., Latin America and Europe for the fashion, automotive, government, technology and travel sectors. Some of his proudest achievements include winning Best Social Media campaign at the Festival of Media, being named a finalist for a 2016 Shorty Award, shepherding George Zimmer’s comeback after the Men’s Wearhouse, marrying the First Couple of 2016 in Times Square, helping Mozilla Firefox get the Guinness World record for most downloads in a single day and launching the PS4 across social media globally during E3. Downtime finds him hanging out with his three pups, exploring the Mendocino coast or traveling the world in search of adventure (and the perfect Instagram post).
Kim Tercero | Director of Technology Operations
A Bay Area native and proud daughter of Central American immigrants, Kim Tercero has a passion for supporting community causes. As a student at University of California at Davis and University of California at Los Angeles, her scholarship work was grounded in creating healthy, sustainable and thriving communities. Her post-collegiate career found her making meaningful contributions at both non-profits like the Central American Resource Center, and for-profit ventures including World of Good. Kim currently oversees all Information Technology/Systems, digital commerce and Facility operations at Coyuchi. She understands by way of practical experience how the success of mission-driven companies can uplift the communities in which they serve. As a manager, she seeks to challenge her team to be inspired by, and to cultivate, Coyuchi’s values of sustainability and quality.
Suzy Schuman | Director of Sales Operations
Suzy Schuman has had the privilege of working with several consumer products start-ups in the Bay Area over the past 25 years. From the Republic of Tea to LeapFrog and World of Good to Livescribe, Suzy honed her problem-solving skills and excellent understanding and assessment of internal and external customer requirements. Suzy believes that the brilliant people she worked for and with as well as truly great products helped her develop and build process and infrastructure for each of these companies to rely upon for phenomenal growth. Knowing that your job is always easier if you believe in what you are doing made joining Coyuchi as Director of Sales Operations the perfect next step for Suzy. Her favorite place to connect with nature is on long walks with her dog.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Kevin Surace | Chairman of the Board
Silicon Valley innovator, entrepreneur and multi-time CEO, Kevin Surace is a leader in sustainability and technology with a deep passion for environmental issues. In 2002, he founded Serious Materials, which developed materials and software to make buildings energy efficient. Through Serious, he helped to retrofit some 70,000 projects, including the Empire State Building and NY Stock Exchange. He has been featured in BusinessWeek, Time, Fortune, Forbes and CNN and has keynoted hundreds of gatherings from INC5000 to TED to the halls of Congress. He's been named Entrepreneur of the Year by Inc. Magazine and a Leading Innovator of this decade by CNBC, awarded Tech Pioneer by the World Economic Forum, nominated as Innovator of the Year by PlanetForward and inducted into the Innovation Hall of Fame at Rochester Institute of Technology. He's also received two formal recognitions from the White House and three Department of Energy recognitions for his work on American jobs and sustainability. He serves on multiple boards and has been awarded 28 US patents. In his spare time, he is also a music director, producer, arranger and percussionist. Kevin and his wife Erica love to hike in the beautiful Bay Area hills every weekend.
Kevin R. Brine | Board Member
Kevin R Brine, a father, writer and independent scholar, discovered his passion for the organic farming movement in the early 1970s when he ran a bio-dynamic farm in upstate New York. Trained in soil science at University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Agriculture, he worked as a soil analyst at the UW Soil and Plant Analysis Lab before joining Wall Street in the late 1970s where he served on the Board of Sanford C Bernstein & Co, Inc. from 1985 to 2000. Mr. Brine has served as trustee of New York University, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Spence School and The World Monument Fund; in addition, Mr. Brine co-founded the Children’s Pediatric AIDS Foundation at New York Hospital and served as a Public Overseer of Weill Cornell Medical College. Mr. Brine holds a BA from University of Wisconsin, Madison, an MA in English and American Literature from New York University and a MBA from the Stern School of Business, NYU. With his wife, Jessica E Smith, Mr. Brine co-founded Artemis IV, LLC, The Fund for Sustainable Agriculture and the Jessica E Smith and Kevin R Brine Charitable Fund. His most recent book, Finance in America: An Unfinished Story, co-authored with Mary Poovey, is scheduled to be published by University of Chicago Press this November.
Jessica Smith | Board Member
Jessica Smith is a mother, artist, and philanthropist. Like many mothers, her commitment to organic cotton and sustainable agriculture began with the birth of her first child. A supporter of healthy-living choices, Ms. Smith advocates organic and sustainably -grown home products for their value, beauty, and responsibility to the environment and the artisans who created them. Ms. Smith, a graduate of Swarthmore College, studied painting at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, the Chautauqua Institution, The Art Students League and The New York Studio School, where, she later served as Program Director. With her husband Kevin R Brine, Ms. Smith co-founded Artemis IV, LLC, The Fund For Sustainable Agriculture and the Jessica E Smith and Kevin R Brine Charitable Fund. Ms. Smith lives with her husband, Kevin R Brine, and her three boys in Santa Barbara, California and New York City, where she serves on the board of the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM).
Ranjeet Bhatia | Board Member
Ranjeet Bhatia has had a lifelong interest in environmental issues – a passion that inspired him to pursue a BA in environmental science from Occidental College, positions in the environment and energy consulting groups at Booz-Allen & Hamilton, and Dyncorp-Meridian and an internship in Vice President Al Gore's White House Office on Environmental Policy. Ranjeet earned an MBA from UCLA's Anderson School of Business, as well as an MA in International Relations and Economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He worked as Advisor to the Chairman of Loot Ltd., where he advised on e-commerce strategy and investment, and in a venture capital capacity for Lord Rothschild, evaluating technology venture opportunities. Today he is co-founder and managing director at Saffron Hill Ventures, a London-based venture capital firm with a focus on cleantech, among other cutting-edge sectors. He currently serves on the Board of Agilyx, Image Metrics, Faceware Technologies, and Optasia Medical.
Steven Alan | Board Member
Fashion pioneer Steve Alan knows the power of good design and the limitless potential of textiles. He opened his first retail store in 1994 in New York, stocking the shelves and racks with pieces from an eclectic group of emerging designers, and quickly became known for his keen eye and his subversive take on classics. In 1999, he launched the Steven Alan Collection, his own line of casual wardrobe essentials, winning legions of loyal followers for his modern twists on quintessentially American style. Since then, he has assembled a mini fashion empire, with eponymous stores across the US, a showroom that represents 20 apparel and accessories designers and his collection sold in more than 300 stores worldwide. As a board member since 2013, Steven brings his love of textiles and his formidable retail expertise to bear for Coyuchi.