JASON KEEHN - CEO & FOUNDER
Jason founded ACCOMPANY to leverage the economic engine of the fashion and lifestyle industry towards positive impact for global communities in need. Jason brings with him 3 key areas of expertise – strategic image-making for global fashion retailers, leadership experience growing a small business, and a passion for applied ethics surrounding the needs of marginalized and exploited communities. Since 2006, Jason has been integral in growing YARD – a strategic image-making agency in New York – and now leads their expansion efforts as Chief Growth Officer. Jason has established and led relationships to strategically craft and design communications platforms, brand identities, multi-channel advertising campaigns and targeted retail promotions across a range of clients in fashion, retail and socially conscious lifestyles, including John Varvatos, Tumi, Kenneth Cole, Perry Ellis, Converse, Timberland, Equinox, Method, Shea Moisture and Smartwater. Simultaneously, while completing an M.S. in Global BioEthics at Columbia University, Jason published in 3 academic journals and in 2 national conferences his research on the under-acknowledged risks of low-income women and the ways in which unregulated fertility markets treat them like commodities. ACCOMPANY is Jason’s merger between these disparate pursuits – the fun of growing small businesses, the reward of creating compelling lifestyle brands, and the conviction that vulnerable populations with less opportunity deserve a fair chance at prosperity.
GREG JAROSZEWSKI – VP, CREATIVE PRODUCTION AND OPERATIONS
KARA GERSON – VP, SPECIAL PROJECTS
Kara brings to Accompany management and leadership experience in social issues, international development, and communications. Most recently, she was the first Executive Director of Voss Foundation, the charitable organization founded by VOSS Water to change the lives of communities in Sub-Saharan Africa with access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene; with a focus on female empowerment and economic development. Previously, she had worked at The Economist's New York bureau; The Hill newspaper in Washington, DC; and The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Having begun her work experience with fashion and media internships at Mulberry, Coach, CBS News' 48 Hours, Seventeen, and Teen People, Kara is thrilled to finally be able to combine her first loves of beautiful design and story-telling with her lifelong passion for making the world a better place.
JEN PINTO - PR Director
JASON WAGG – DIRECTOR, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
KATIE LINDSAY – DIRECTOR, SPECIAL PROJECTS
ELIZABETH KIESTER, Advisor
JILL DENTE - ADVISOR
Jill brings to Accompany the prefect blend of fashion and editorial knowledge, having styled fashion segments and celebrities on MTV, Good Morning America, Entertainment Tonight and The View; crafted editorial trend pieces for Marie Claire, Self, Teen People, Elle, YM and Seventeen Magazine; and led in-house fashion direction and trend & concept for Coach, Chip & Pepper and Shopbop.com
Tali Magal - ADVISOR
With over 10 years in fashion, film and photography production, Tali brings together a talented network of designers, celebrities, photographers, journalists, models and taste-makers that help make Accompany tick. She has worked with some of todays most iconic photographers and directors, and has produced photo shoots, films and images for a wide mix of advertising and editorial clients such as Vogue, French Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Vogue Nippon, Purple Mag, Balenciaga, Maiyet, Max Mara, Donna Karan, U2, Rag & Bone and Beyoncé to name a few.
STEPHEN NIEDZWIECKI - Advisor
Founder and Chief Creative Officer of YARD, Stephen has created iconic multi-channel fashion campaigns from the "khaki-swing" spots for Gap in the late 90's, to the alluring John Varvatos campaigns today. Stephen's vision for beautiful design, distinctive and emotional storytelling, and spotting emerging talent, has built YARD's success with brands like Converse, Timberland, Tumi, Perry Ellis, American Eagle, JC Penney, Laura Mercier, Bobbi Brown, Equinox and Smartwater among others.