Meet our founders
We found that in spite of our 28-year age gap, different faiths, genders, lifestyles and cultural backgrounds, we share many points of resonance. In a world where people generally stick to their own demographic, our unorthodox friendship enlarges each of us, and we see in the confluence of our lives a rich opportunity to bring together different worlds to create a better one.
SPACIOUS is the flourishing of a dream I’ve long had…but couldn’t quite visualize. That is, until befriending Cary in the summer of 2010. Cary and I met, well, online. She wrote a blog post about me and a scholarship I founded in 2006 to put a Muslim Palestinian friend through college. I commented to thank her; she emailed to follow-up; we had lunch a month later when I moved to Washington, D.C. after college, and an extraordinary friendship was somehow born.
My interactions with Cary are nearly always on fire. She enables me to present my best self, a more articulate and wittier version of the regular me. Our bond is exhilarating. There is something truly special about engaging with someone so different. We have little need to judge or compete with one another but rather a mutual respect and understanding. We’re honored to spend quality time together.
I grew up in Los Angeles, went to the University of Virginia, spent two years as a litigation paralegal at a preeminent D.C. law firm, and nowadays, I’m the Project Manager for the Empathy Initiative at the world’s leading social entrepreneurship organization, Ashoka. I also sit on the Board of Directors of Offender Aid and Restoration, a restorative justice nonprofit, and am pursuing a Master of Science in Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University.
I’m the son of Eastern European immigrants, brother to two stunning older sisters, and a moderately observant Jew. I’ve traveled extensively in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Southern Africa, Europe, and the Americas. Throughout my young life, I have looked for ways to empower communities and to spend time and share stories with good people. I’ve facilitated racial dialogues on college campuses, led service trips to New Orleans, recruited teachers to at-risk schools, and coached several urban soccer teams.
I enjoy creating rich opportunities to unite different worlds and build intercultural understanding. I love creating space for interaction among people who would not otherwise meet, and I have a personal knack for moving beyond cursory hellos and unmet expectations. One reason SPACIOUS exists is to promote the development of unorthodox yet successful connections such as ours among a wildly diverse cross-section of individuals.
SPACIOUS is the platform by which I can best combine my passions and skillset. As Cultural Catalyst for our enterprise, I am responsible for curating connections and experiences — encouraging people to enrich their lives and engage with folks outside their comfort zones. I love finding great resources, putting action to vision, and generally stirring things up.
I love asking questions; I prefer substance over style; and I can oftentimes be found around the capital — geeking out at a funk, rock, or electronic concert.