Meet our team
TrustPlus Customer Experience
Solution Development, Tech and Data
Finance and Operations
Board of Directors
Aliah Greene is co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Percapita Group, LLC, a social impact fintech company. Prior to this, Aliah had a 21 year career at Morgan Stanley in various roles within Finance, Treasury, and Risk Management in both the US and the UK. Her most recent role was Managing Director, Head of Enterprise Risk Management and Analytics for the firm’s Wealth Management segment and Morgan Stanley Private Bank, N.A.
Aliah also serves on the boards of KEEN NYC, which provides free recreational activities for disabled children, and the League Education and Treatment Center, which provides educational and support services for children and young adults with developmental or psychiatric challenges. Additionally, she is the founder of Specially Centered, a support network for parents of neurodiverse and/or disabled children. An alumna of Brown University, Aliah is a proud New York City native raised in Harlem and The Bronx, and currently resides in Brooklyn with her partner and son.
Franco Baseggio recently was a Managing Director of HBK’s statistical arbitrage strategy, a position he had held for over 12 years.
Prior to that, Franco built a statistical arbitrage strategy at PCM, a hedge fund, and co-headed the fund-of-funds group at Commerzbank. Franco started his career with a 6 year stint at D. E. Shaw & Co. in a variety of programming, quant, and investing roles.
Franco received his Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Harvard.
When he gets the chance he likes to play tournament bridge, where he has one major national victory.
Matthew Rhodes-Kropf is the Managing Partner at Tectonic Ventures, an early-stage venture capital company with a focus on finance, technology, and biotech companies. He is also a visiting associate professor of finance at the MIT Sloan School of Management and a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He specializes in mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, hedge funds, and corporate governance. He has been published in leading finance and economic journals including The Journal of Finance, The Journal of Business, Journal of Financial Economics, and The RAND Journal of Economics.
Matt previously managed RK Ventures and served as acting CFO of Avid Radiopharmaceuticals and has been a member of its board of directors since its founding. In addition to being a member of the board of directors of Neighborhood Trust, he is on the boards of Duke University’s Graduate School, Ada Investment Management, a process driven hedge fund that uses long-run economic signals, and Correlation Ventures, a quantitatively-based venture fund.
Matt was formerly an Associate Professor at the Harvard School of Business and the Daniel W. Stanton Associate Professor of Business at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business, where he received the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence. A graduate of Duke University, he holds a B.A. in computer science and economics and an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics.
Chauncy Lennon, Secretary
Vice President for the Future of Learning and Work at the Lumina Foundation
Chauncy Lennon, Ph.D., Vice President for the Future of Learning and Work at the Lumina Foundation, helps build out new ideas to advance the foundation’s attainment agenda. He joins Lumina from JPMorgan Chase where he drove the firm’s $350 million investment in philanthropic initiatives as Managing Director and Head of Workforce Strategy. He previously led large portfolios of work at Ford Foundation related to economic advancement and workforce development, and was responsible for the growth and operation of national initiatives that connect low-wage workers to income-enhancing benefits and services as Senior Vice President for Asset Building at Seedco, a national workforce development intermediary. He earned his Ph.D. in anthropology from Columbia University, master’s degree from the University of Chicago and bachelor’s degree from Williams College. He has taught urban studies at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs and at Barnard College.
Benjamin S. Appen, CFA, is a Founding Partner, Co-Chair of the Investment Committee, and Chief Executive Officer, responsible for developing and managing the Magnitude investment business.
Mr. Appen was previously a senior vice president at the D. E. Shaw group, a New York-based investment firm focusing on quantitative trading and technology venture capital activities. During his seven-year tenure, he co-founded and managed the firm’s fund of funds business. In this role, he oversaw the evaluation of investment strategies, manager selection, and quantitative research. Mr. Appen also managed the D. E. Shaw group’s venture capital investments, he served on the board of directors of Schrödinger, Inc., a computational chemistry software pioneer.
Immediately before joining Magnitude Capital, Mr. Appen was the chief executive officer of Alkindi, Inc., based in New York City. He was responsible for overseeing the development of a collaborative filtering application based on n-dimensional clustering algorithms. Alkindi’s improvements to this technology led to the company’s software being rated highest in user tests.
Mr. Appen has been invited to speak about hedge funds as a guest lecturer at Columbia University and New York University. Mr. Appen is also on the board of directors for Innovations for Poverty Action, which administers rigorous evaluations of development work around the world. He is a trustee of the Citizens Budget Commission.
In 1992, Mr. Appen graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in political science from Columbia University.
Sebastián Ceria is one of the world’s foremost authorities on optimization. Sebastian Ceria is Chief Executive Officer of Qontigo. He previously served as the CEO of Axioma (now part of Qontigo), which he founded and led since 1998. Before that, Ceria was an Associate Professor of Decision, Risk and Operations at Columbia Business School from 1993 to 1998. He was honored with the prestigious Career Award for Operations Research from the National Science Foundation, which is given annually to the two best researchers and teachers in the area. While at Columbia he was also recognized as the “best core teacher” by his students and the school. Additionally, Ceria has served as administrator for the Computational Optimization Research Center and as co-principal investigator in two National Science Foundation research projects.
Ceria is the author of many articles and has been featured regularly in a variety of publications including Management Science, Mathematical Programming, Optima and Operations Research. He has also been an editor for Optima, and a regular referee for a number of publications in the area. Past speaking engagements include international corporate and academic conferences. Ceria completed his PhD in Operations Research at Carnegie Mellon University’s Graduate School of Industrial Administration.
Ross Garon is the Head of Quantitative Strategies at Millennium. Prior to that, he was the Managing Director at Cubist Systematic Strategies, LLC. Mr. Garon began his career in quantitative finance in 1993 when he joined D. E. Shaw & Co. Mr. Garon graduated magna cum laude from Harvard.
In 2009, Businessweek recognized Proclivity Systems as one of the “Top 50 Promising Tech Startups” and the company has been featured in Fast Company, The New York Times, AdExchanger, Internet Retailer, and many other major publications on technology and innovation.
An inventor, with numerous patents in machine learning and computational advertising, Gilbert pioneered the use of large volumes of unstructured online data with offline data from retail stores to effectively predict the purchase likelihood and transactional value of consumers relative to any product to maximize sales and profits for brands. This has led to novel applications in the emerging field of real-time automated exchanges where Proclivity enables entities to buy and sell digital ads and data signals at optimal times and prices in milliseconds to maximize sales to desired audiences.
Gilbert credits his foresight on the use of large unstructured data to predict outcomes to his academic career in molecular genetics, which he studied during his undergraduate years at Yale University, and thereafter at The Rockefeller University and Cornell University Medical Center. Gilbert is also actively involved in a number of non-profits including The Student Diplomacy Corps and serves on the boards of Neighborhood Trust and The Recording Academy Grammy Awards.
Justine joined Neighborhood Trust (formerly Credit Where Credit Is Due) in 2002 in order to support its mission of financial empowerment in the Washington Heights community. Neighborhood Trust’s signature Financial Empowerment Integration Model is now applied in over 40 locations around New York City, and its technical assistance arm has provided services in major cities nationally. In 2013, the New York City Mayor’s Office named Neighborhood Trust one of New York City’s ten most innovative nonprofits. In 2015 alone, the organization served over 6,000 low-income New Yorkers.
Prior to leading Neighborhood Trust, Justine served as Director of Economic Independence Programs at the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development from 1999 to 2000, and as Director of Workforce Development at Common Ground Community HDFC from 1995 to 1999.
Justine was recently selected as a 2016 New Profit Accelerator Entrepreneur, a one-year program designed to accelerate the potential of extraordinary female social entrepreneurs and the impact of their organizations. She has been honored as a Hidden Hero by the Andrew Goodman Foundation and has been a featured speaker at various financial services innovation and asset development convenings, including the Center for American Progress, Center for Financial Services Innovation, Corporate for Enterprise Development, PopTech, and TEDx.
Justine holds an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School, an M.S. in Population Studies from Harvard University’s School of Public Health, and a B.A. from Brown University.
Justine is a six-time New York City marathon runner.