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Team

Corey Ford

Managing Partner

As CEO & Partner, Corey oversees all aspects of Matter. Prior to
Matter, Corey built Runway, a pre-team, pre-idea incubator for
entrepreneurs at Innovation Endeavors. He also taught design thinking
innovation at the Institute of Design at Stanford University, also known
as the d.school. Corey began his career in public broadcasting managing
the production of 17 films for the PBS/WGBH series FRONTLINE, winning
an Emmy and a duPont-Columbia Gold Baton Award. He earned an MBA at
Stanford and was a Morehead Scholar at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Jake Shapiro

Founding Partner

Jake is founding CEO of PRX, the award-winning public media network
supporting Matter within a portfolio of content, distribution, and
leadership services. Jake is an Ashoka Fellow, former Associate Director
of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard, and an
advisor to a variety of media organizations, funders, and Internet
startups.

Lara Ortiz-Luis

Program Coordinator

Lara graduated from Stanford University in 2011 with a B.A. in Human
Biology, concentrating in International Health and Psychology. Lara
loves the intersection of creativity, innovation, and social good. Prior
to Matter, she worked 9-5 as a paralegal at Impact Fund, a public interest
law firm specializing in class action litigation, and 5-9 as a freelance
filmmaker/photographer.