Marissa Evans Alden is a seasoned technology entrepreneur and founder with more than a decade of experience in startups. She currently serves as CEO and Co-Founder of Sawyer, which uses technology to connect parents and providers of the best enriching childhood experiences to ensure every child has the opportunity to discover their own love of learning. Prior to starting Sawyer, Marissa founded the consumer fashion application Go Try It On. After being acquired in 2014, Marissa led the Growth Team at Rent the Runway until starting Sawyer. She holds a BS in Human Development from Cornell University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She currently lives in Philadelphia with her husband Ben and their three children Blake, Hayes, and Cedar.
Stephanie Choi COO & Co Founder
Stephanie Choi is a veteran operations executive with a background in fashion inventory planning and management. She currently serves as COO and Co-Founder of Sawyer, where she is responsible for all operational and financial management across the organization.
Prior to starting Sawyer, Stephanie spent 7 years as an inventory planner at Bloomingdales, before joining Rent the Runway in 2011 to build out the inventory and merchandising teams. After four years at Rent the Runway, her own experience as a young parent served as inspiration for co-founding Sawyer in 2015. Stephanie holds a BS in Business from the University of Oregon. She now lives in Brooklyn with her husband Tim and their two children, Maddie and Emory.
Andrew Fernandez CTO & Co Founder
Andrew Fernandez is an experienced technology leader with more than a decade of experience in leading development teams for e-commerce and mobile software companies. He currently serves as CTO of Sawyer, and is responsible for the overall technology vision and management of the product teams. Prior to co-founding Sawyer, Andrew was the founding member of the mobile team for both Diapers.com and Soap.com at Quidsi. He then spent three years as a general manager and product executive for various teams at Rent the Runway. He holds a BS in Information Technology from NJIT. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife Nikki.
Dana Browne GM of Sawyer Tools
Dana Browne has spent over a decade in the early childhood industry coaching business owners as well as developing service and training standards across operational teams. As GM of Sawyer Tools, she leads the overall vision for our SaaS product and works as a cross-functional leader to improve the overall provider experience, share industry knowledge and trends, and foster strategic partnerships to further expand brand awareness.
Prior to joining the Sawyer team, she worked as VP of Development and Franchising at Kidville, a global early childhood brand. She is passionate about connecting providers with the tools needed to deliver remarkable service experiences and believes that a streamlined user experience is essential to the childhood education and entertainment industry. She holds a BFA in Drama from New York University Tisch School of the Arts and lives in New York City.
Ashley Seidman Design Director
Ashley Seidman has spent more than a decade leading creative teams across consumer and technology brands. She currently leads the overall creative direction at Sawyer, managing teams in both product and visual design. Ashley got her start as a visual designer at Polo Ralph Lauren, where she spent four years before joining Rent the Runway as Creative Director. At Rent the Runway, she built the creative team from the ground up and owned the visual identity of the brand, working collaboratively with product, marketing, and external agencies to help propel the brand to where it is today. She holds a B.A. in Graphic Design from Penn State University, and now lives in New York with her husband Doug, their dog Lola, and their two daughters, Scarlett and Willa.
Mollie Devine Director of Customer Success
Mollie Devine is an experienced operational and client relationship leader who earned her stripes in asset management. She currently leads the customer success team at Sawyer, where she’s responsible for client retention, relationship management, and support for customers across the country. Prior to Sawyer, Mollie spent twelve years as the Director of Operations at Resource America, an alternative asset management company with more than $20 billion under management. While there, Mollie was the primary liaison between private funds, investment banks, and hundreds of clients globally. She holds B.A.’s in English, Art History, and French from Trinity College. She now lives in Brooklyn with her husband Jamie and their two children, Edie and James.
Ricky Cheng Director of Engineering
Ricky Cheng is a self-taught developer who primarily dabbled in Macromedia Flash MX and PHP before obtaining his CS degree at NYU. From there, he has worked as a consultant with various Series A startups in food, fashion, sports, music, politics, edtech, and e-commerce, among others.
When he is not at Sawyer, he runs a 501(c)(3) non-profit in NYC teaching kids ages 10+ to code during the evenings. Some of the kids he worked with have landed jobs in startups and fintech companies before their freshman year in college.
Elise Johnson Senior Director of Sales
Elise Johnson brings over a decade of experience in building and developing high performing sales teams in SaaS organizations. She currently leads the sales team at Sawyer as the Senior Director of Sales, where she's responsible for revenue growth and developing the overall sales strategy. Prior to joining Sawyer in 2021, Elise held a variety of leadership roles at Huntington Learning Center, Booker Software and Mindbody. At Mindbody, she led the North America commercial sales and account management teams for the salon and spa business unit. She holds a BS in Business Management and Economics from Stony Brook University. She currently lives in New Jersey with her husband David and their two children, Piper and Levi.
Jerry Liu Director of Product
Jerry Liu brings a diverse professional background in his many years of experience. He has held roles in data analytics, UX design, and operations at companies of various sizes. He believes in creating simple, functional and delightful experiences. He currently serves as the Director of Product at Sawyer and is responsible for the product strategy and roadmap for the company. Prior to Sawyer, Jerry was a leader at the Walt Disney Company. He spent his time within Disney Parks and Resorts Technology and Digital focusing on e-commerce and overseeing multiple product lines across domestic and international destinations. He holds a BA in Linguistics from UC Santa Barbara and lives in Los Angeles, CA.
Stanley Krifka Head of People
Stanley is a seasoned People + Culture leader with over a decade of experience in Human Resources. Currently leading the People function at Sawyer, Stanley oversees People Operations, Talent Acquisition and the HR Function. With a focus on the attraction and retention of top talent and thoughtful organizational design, Stanley will continue to lead Sawyer's best in class People function through the lens of DEI and cultural integrity.
Prior to Sawyer, Stanley served as the Director of People for quip; an oral health care company bringing accessible oral health care to all individuals. A former educator and Broadway musician, Stanley is passionate about educational accessibility and the impact it has on families, individuals, and communities. Stanley resides in New York City with his husband, Sean, and Bengal cat, Rajah.
We’re on a mission to give every child the opportunity to discover their own love of learning.
Sawyer emerged from the simple idea that technology can transform how we prepare the next generation.
Our software ecosystem fosters relationships between parents, children, and providers of everything from soccer to robotics. We empower businesses and parents alike by building our products in partnership with them to create powerful technology solutions to their day-to-day challenges.
What we value
At Sawyer, our values are the verbal expressions of how we collectively approach our work – and our success is dependent on fostering a community that shares our values.
Lean into curiosity
Our business, brand and people are living entities – to thrive, we must adapt and evolve. We passionately follow our personal and collective curiosities because they are key to our evolution.
Solve for tomorrow
We all have a responsibility to work toward a better future – for ourselves, our communities, and our children. Everything we build, do and say is aligned with our mission and the firm belief in the importance of our work.
We strive to delight our customers through simple, frictionless experiences every time they interact with us. This drives us to think outside the box, to bring order to chaos, and to always look for a better way.
Build relationships to build great things
We treat everyone we engage with as our neighbors, because we can accomplish more as a community than we ever could alone. We believe meaningful work requires deep collaboration between ourselves and our partners.
Celebrate and foster individuality
Our mission is stronger when we celebrate different perspectives and embrace every person’s uniqueness to create an equitable environment and product for all.
Authenticity, trust, and kindness are at the forefront of how we work together as a team to foster safety, inclusiveness, and diversity.
Embrace yes — always
Endless problems offer endless opportunities for solutions – and the hardest problems to solve are some of the most important. We approach every problem with the mindset that it can be solved, and that by doing so, we will grow as a collective.
Female Founded. Mission Driven. Flexible PTO. Full Benefits + 401(k).
Female Founded. Mission Driven. Unlimited PTO. Full Benefits + 401k.
Thank you for your interest in joining the Sawyer team! While we don’t have any current openings, we are always on the lookout for top talent across every skill set. If you dream of being a part of the Sawyer team one day, shoot us an email with your resume attached at email@example.com