Erika Ettin studied economics at Cornell University and received her MBA from Georgetown’s Evening Program in 2009. She started A Little Nudge in April of 2011 (after a seven-year career at Fannie Mae as an economist). She has worked with over 700 clients and is responsible for many relationships, marriages, and the confidence some people simply need to “get out there.”
A Little Nudge has been featured in media around the country, including The Washington Post, NPR, Good Day Philadelphia, CBS, and Ask Men, and she currently writes a weekly syndicated column for The Chicago Tribune.
Originally from Seattle, Tiffany has lived and worked in France, Switzerland, Israel, Jordan, Morocco, and now Washington D.C. After completing 27 months as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco, she attended Tel Aviv University, where she earned an M.A. in international Security and Diplomacy. Currently, Tiffany works as Peace Corps’ Country Desk Officer for Jamaica, Eastern Caribbean, Samoa, The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and Palau. She was a resident of Moishe House Columbia Heights for 2.5 years. Over the course of her time with Moishe House she hosted 197 programs with over 4831 attendees. She is the founder of You Don’t look Jewish and the first female Resident to sit on the International Board of Directors for Moishe House. Tiffany is Co-Chair of Shalom Corps (Peace Corps’ Jewish Employee Resource Group) and sits on Peace Corps’ Diversity Board and the Diversity Governance Council. She runs This is What a Jew Looks Like, a group for the multicultural and multiracial Jewish Community at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington DC and she is the Director of YaLa Young Leaders USA, a MENA region-based Peace Advocacy group with over one million likes of Facebook. Tiffany is currently studying for a Professional Certificate in Project Management at Georgetown University and her Yoga Instructor Certification.
Leveling the Playing Field’s (LPF) founder, Max Levitt, conceptualized the organization’s model while working as the equipment manager for the Syracuse University football team as an undergraduate student. Mr. Levitt was stunned at the massive amount of fully functional equipment being thrown away at the end of each season and became fixated on finding a way to put all the potential in these wasted materials to good use. Based on his volunteer experiences in a variety of inner cities, he was intimately aware of the lack of resources many schools and youth programs have when it comes to athletics. Due to lack of funding and low socioeconomic status, families, schools and youth programs in low-income neighborhoods are unable to offer athletics to their kids. During his senior year at Syracuse, working towards his Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management, Levitt decided to take action, researching the issue and engaging in a self-taught course on developing a non-profit. After graduation, Levitt took a sales associate job in D.C., but could not shake his passionate preoccupation with finding a solution to this widespread, community problem. While working full-time, Levitt continued to explore various approaches to combat the decline in youth sports participation in low-income neighborhoods and ultimately established a comprehensive business model for what is now LPF. Starting out of his parent's basement in 2013, Levitt began his journey as a one-man operation with a mission to bring these underserved youths the opportunity to participate in sports. Following a collection and distribution model, Levitt has grown the organization organically through grassroots efforts and word of mouth marketing. In four years, LPF has donated approximately $2M worth of sporting equipment to over 350 programs and schools in the D.C./Baltimore area, directly impacting over 80,000 kids. In 2015, Levitt moved LPF into a 4,000 sq. ft. warehouse in Silver Spring, MD in order to provide sufficient space for the continuously growing supply of equipment. Additionally, he has expanded LPF’s organizational capacity, bringing on two fulltime employees and engaging hundreds of volunteers. He is currently working to expand LPF’s impact even further by arranging the opening of a second warehouse in Baltimore, MD by the end of 2017.
Melissa Murphy is a master hairdresser and executive director of Beautiful World, a nonprofit that brings beauty services and grooming products to homeless shelters. She is also an award-winning storyteller and her stories have been featured on popular podcasts. Melissa is currently working on a graduate degree in social work.