Match Foundation Board of directors

TOM BEECHER

Mr. Beecher is the CEO of Cartera Commerce, a venture-backed, Boston-based loyalty marketing company. Cartera creates shopping portals that drive loyalty for its partners, which include large banks like Citi and JPMorgan Chase, and major airlines, including American, Delta and United. Prior to Cartera, Tom was CFO and later CEO at Imagitas and a consultant at Bain & Co.

Mr. Beecher attended Dartmouth College and Harvard Business School.

Denise Blumenthal

Ms. Blumenthal is the former Director of the Educational Programming Department at WGBH.  She spent over twenty years researching, implementing, and evaluating professional development programs across numerous content areas, including Learning that Works, an NSF funded project connecting high school science to workplace science and Beyond the Bell (about after-school programs).

Ms. Blumenthal holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin and an Ed.M. from Harvard University.

Alex Cortez

Mr. Cortez is a partner at New Profit Inc., a nonprofit social innovation organization and venture philanthropy fund, where he leads their Reimagine School Systems domain. He joined New Profit after multiple roles with the Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP). Most recently, he has served as Chief of Staff, Strategy and Execution on the leadership team of KIPP Houston Public Schools. In this role, Alex led the region in creating a new long-term growth plan to double the number of schools in Houston, as well as to develop its systems and practices in annual priority-setting and data-driven management.  Prior to KIPP Houston, Alex served at the KIPP Foundation as a Regional Director of Network Growth and Sustainability, working with leadership teams across the country in both large and small regions to help them respond to their biggest challenges to and opportunities for growth, performance, and sustainability.

Prior to his work with KIPP, Alex was a Manager at The Bridgespan Group where he led a variety of client engagements in education, youth development, and philanthropy. While at Bridgespan, Alex also authored several nonprofit case studies and research into mergers and collaborations in the nonprofit space. Alex started his career in for-profit management consulting working for clients in financial services, telecommunications, private equity, and state government.

Alex graduated with a B.A. in political science from Columbia University. He received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and M.P.A. from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Paul Deninger

Mr. Deninger is a Senior Managing Director of Evercore’s advisory business. He joined Evercore in 2011 to help lead an expansion of the firm's technology practice and initiate its participation in the cleantech market. He has 24 years of advisory experience and has completed over 150 technology and cleantech transactions in his career. Mr. Deninger was most recently a Vice Chairman at Jefferies & Co., where he led the Technology Group's entry into the IPO market, working on such deals as the highly successful Qlik Technology IPO, and advised on some of the firm's most prominent technology M&A deals, including the acquisitions of Initiate, Guardium and Candle by IBM, Day Software by Adobe, eScription by Nuance and Netegrity by CA. He joined Jefferies by way of its 2003 acquisition of Broadview International, the technology investment banking boutique. He joined Broadview in 1987 and became the firm's CEO in 1996. He remained Chairman and CEO of the firm until its sale to Jefferies.

He serves on the Board of Directors of Iron Mountain, Inc. (NYSE:IRM) and the board of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Deninger received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. from Boston College.

Bridgitt Evans

Ms. Evans is the founder of EREM Investments, a private real estate development and investment firm. Previously, she was a portfolio and investment manager at Aldrich, Eastman & Waltch, an international real estate investment management and pension advisory firm. Ms. Evans serves as Treasurer and Trustee of The Winsor School, a Trustee of The Fessenden School, a Trustee of The Institute of Contemporary Art and a member of Harvard Business School's Board of Dean's Advisors.

Ms. Evans is a graduate of Miami University and Harvard Business School.

paul strigler

Since 2004, Mr. Strigler has served as Vice President at Esplanade Capital, a Boston-based private investment partnership.  He leads the research efforts across Esplanade’s core investment sectors: consumer products/retail, education, and solar.  Prior to joining Esplanade, Mr. Strigler worked as a strategy consultant for LEK Consulting where he was exposed to a broad spectrum of industries and strategic issues.  Previously, Mr. Strigler was an investment banker for Credit Suisse and JP Morgan. 

Mr. Strigler is a graduate of the University of Chicago and London School of Economics and Political Science.

MATTHEW VETTEL

Mr. Vettel is a managing partner at Great Hill Partners, investing in a variety of industries, including education, healthcare, media, software and transaction processing. Prior to Great Hill Partners, Mr. Vettel was an associate at GTCR Golder Rauner, a multibillion dollar private equity investment firm, and served on the boards of companies in the technology, healthcare and media sectors.  Before that he was a Senior Associate at Accenture and a founding member of PureSpeech, Inc., a speech recognition software company acquired by Voice Control Systems.  

Mr. Vettel holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Management from North Dakota State University and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.