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Steve Larosiliere 

Founder, President

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.
 

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Antonia Smith

Managing Director

Antonia is the Managing Director at STOKED, and she brings diverse experience in education to the organization. She believes in the transformative power of sport to inspire youth and promote peace, and the essential role of education in improving lives. Prior to working at STOKED, Antonia taught undergraduate and graduate students at CUNY, and directed programs at New York nonprofits Greenwich House and The Children’s Aid Society. In addition, she was a Graduate Fellow at the Center for History and Education at Teachers College Columbia University where she is also completing a Ph.D. in education. Antonia earned her BA from the University of Chicago and an MA from Teachers College.

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Sal Masekela 

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.

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.


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Our Board of Directors


board of stokers

Our Board of Stokers use their influence, knowledge and network to expand STOKED programs and awareness in each respective city.


New York

  • Devon George, Vice President Corporate Development & Strategy, Prolific Interactive

  • Rachel Roosevelt, Managing Director, SGH Macro Advisors

  • Derek Flanzraich, Founder/Ceo, Greatist

  • Jyoti Folch Berman, Associate Director of Engagement and Planning,  NYC Department of Education

  • Caroline Andrew, Senior Vice President, Missy Farren PR (Mfa Ltd.)

  • Marian Weber, Founding Partner at Ampersand Partners LLC

  • Micah Abrams, Group Content Director at TEN: The Enthusiast Network

  • John Trani, Commercial Counsel, Criteo

  • Chip Thomas, Director of Music, Ticketfly

  • Richard Davy, Creative Director at Huge

  • Kurt Hildebrandt, Account Executive, Pixability

Los Angeles

  • Daniel Bealey, Director of Advanced and Programmatic TV, U.S. Interactive Media

  • Jonathan Drubner, Wealth Advisor, Intersect Capital, LLC

  • Tye Gonser, Attorney, Weinberg-Gonser LLP

  • Ann Kaatz LoBue, IT Director, Home Entertainment, NBCUniversal, Inc.

  • Rita Wadhwani, VP, Delivery, RAPP

  • Adam Siegman, Managing Director, Watt Investment Partners

  • Kelly Vaught, Owner, BeCore

Chicago

  • Brett O’Brien, General Manager, Gatorade

  • Eric Wanger, Investor &  Author

  • Kenny Mitchell, Head of Consumer Engagement, Gatorade

  • Dr. Giselle Wasfie, Acupuncturist, Remix by Giselle

  • Jason Peterson, Chief Creative Officer, Havas Chicago