Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Girish, a lifelong entrepreneur who has spent his career building innovative technology, including as the founding Chief Architect of Stamps.com. Girish’s relationship with his son, Rohit was the spark that started Thrively. For years, Girish struggled, like many parents do, to find the right enrichment activities to spark a genuine passion in Rohit. Helping Rohit find his passion, became Girish’s and through countless hours of speaking with experts in child psychology, reading books from Malcolm Gladwell’s “Outliers” to Jenifer Fox’s “Your Child’s Strengths,” and applying his entrepreneurial mindset to Rohit’s fledgling interests, Thrively was born.
Alex has spent his career solving problems and building teams and businesses. He has led 3 businesses to exit and was part of the phenomenal growth of Overture Services, where he drove the development of new businesses. During all this, he also helped raise two children who are now in their college years and wishes he had had Thrively's help.
Director, Activity Marketplace
Lisa is a business lawyer turned entrepreneur who co-founded Activity Rocket to create one of the largest local online marketplaces for kids classes, camps, and sports. Lisa is passionate about giving back to her community and kids' enrichment and growth and tries to inspire her own 3 kids to be bold and kind every day.
Director, Activity Marketplace
Ilene, an entrepreneur, attorney, and epilepsy advocate, leverages her background in start ups, PR/marketing, coalition building, and operations at Thrively. Ilene co-founded Activity Rocket - now part of Thrively. Ilene believes Thrively is the "secret sauce" to keeping in close touch with her two boys' passions as they mature and evolve.
Jon is the father of 3 children, ages 6 to 13, and has been active in the community working with kids as a youth sports coach for more than 30 years. He was also the founding CEO of Pandora, and he has spent much of his career as an entrepreneur developing recommendation engines around highly complex information sets.
Chief Education Officer
After a career in education policy and philanthropy, fatherhood focused Dan's attention on making sense of all the opportunities he sifted through for his own children. The joy of being a dad and his passion for education led Dan to Thrively, where he serves as the Chief Operating Officer. Dan is a firm believer that people should always be looking to grow and find the right fit.
Patrick Dela Cruz
Head of Classroom Engagement
A passionate educator who believes that every child is a genius and every child deserves to thrive. As a classroom teacher, Patrick discovered the tremendous impact student-centered learning has made for his students. The level of engagement, passion, and interest drives the learning experiences to new heights and really gives every student a sense of pride and purpose. Patrick continues to share his passion for personalized learning with a platform that focuses on students' strengths, interests, and aspirations. As Head of Classroom Engagement, Patrick gets to champion every child's inner genius and support educators all over the world on how their students can thrive with Thrively.
Personalized Learning Coach
Stacy is a mother of a daughter and a son, and has been an educator for 20 years. She has a California Multiple Subject Credential, a Special Education-Learning Handicapped Credential, and a Resource Specialist Certificate. Currently, she is disrupting education as a Learning Experience Designer at Design 39 Campus in San Diego, CA. Design-Thinking, Collaboration, Personalized Learning, and Multi-Age/Gradeless Student-Centered Learning is her passion. Helping students understand and explore their passions and interests, working with colleagues in the pursuit of student-centered experiences, and equitable and engaging access to curriculum are topics she blogs, tweets, and presents at conferences about.