Team

Team

About Steve // Founder

Steve Larosiliere is the President of STOKED, an award winning youth development program voted to the NY 100 (100 most innovative businesses in NY). Steve has been named Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the National Black MBA, Honored as a Hometown Hero, and given a Community Impact Award. His work has appeared in the New Yorker Magazine, ESPN, Huffington Post, Nylon Magazine, Fuel TV, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal, and Transworld Business.

Steve speaks worldwide on the subject of youth empowerment, social entrepreneurship, and closing the opportunity gap, and action sports at places such as Do Lectures, Creative Mornings, Nike, Bloomberg, The United Nations, and various universities. Prior to STOKED, Steve began his career with an independent marketing firm that he cofounded working with clients such as Sony Music, Reader’s Digest, and Rock the Vote.

About Steve // Founder

Steve Larosiliere is the President of STOKED, an award winning youth development program voted to the NY 100 (100 most innovative businesses in NY). Steve has been named Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the National Black MBA, Honored as a Hometown Hero, and given a Community Impact Award. His work has appeared in the New Yorker Magazine, ESPN, Huffington Post, Nylon Magazine, Fuel TV, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal, and Transworld Business.

Steve speaks worldwide on the subject of youth empowerment, social entrepreneurship, and closing the opportunity gap, and action sports at places such as Do Lectures, Creative Mornings, Nike, Bloomberg, The United Nations, and various universities. Prior to STOKED, Steve began his career with an independent marketing firm that he cofounded working with clients such as Sony Music, Reader’s Digest, and Rock the Vote.

About Sal // Co-founder

Sal Masekela is a beloved journalist, musician and producer best known for his work presenting NBC’s Red Bull Signature Series; ESPN’s Summer and Winter X Games, which he hosted for 13 years; his cultural reporting in South Africa during the 2010 FIFA World Cup, corresponding for the Emmy-award winning investigative series VICE on HBO; and hosting E!’s Daily 10.

A native of New York, Sal’s flair for entertainment emerged at an early age as he toured the world with his father, South African jazz icon Hugh Masekela. Sal’s own band Alekesam shares the name of his first film which chronicles his relationship with his father. When he was a teenager, Sal’s unique upbringing brought him to Southern California, where he was first exposed to surfing, snowboarding and skateboarding. His love for the sports, their extraordinary athletes, and the culture surrounding them gave Sal the unparalleled perspective he’s used to become today’s media authority on action sports.

Sal’s creativity and mastery of story telling extends behind the camera to his production company, UX Entertainment, specializing in film, commercials and music videos. Sal also serves on the board of the Tony Hawk Foundation.

About Sal // Co-founder

Sal Masekela is a beloved journalist, musician and producer best known for his work presenting NBC’s Red Bull Signature Series; ESPN’s Summer and Winter X Games, which he hosted for 13 years; his cultural reporting in South Africa during the 2010 FIFA World Cup, corresponding for the Emmy-award winning investigative series VICE on HBO; and hosting E!’s Daily 10.

A native of New York, Sal’s flair for entertainment emerged at an early age as he toured the world with his father, South African jazz icon Hugh Masekela. Sal’s own band Alekesam shares the name of his first film which chronicles his relationship with his father. When he was a teenager, Sal’s unique upbringing brought him to Southern California, where he was first exposed to surfing, snowboarding and skateboarding. His love for the sports, their extraordinary athletes, and the culture surrounding them gave Sal the unparalleled perspective he’s used to become today’s media authority on action sports.

Sal’s creativity and mastery of story telling extends behind the camera to his production company, UX Entertainment, specializing in film, commercials and music videos. Sal also serves on the board of the Tony Hawk Foundation.

Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Meet the Board

Meet the Board

Board of Stokers

Board of Stokers

Jyoti Folch

Jyoti Folch

Associate Director of Engagement, NYC Department of Education