Meet Our Team

Jennifer Kushell

Founder and CEO

Jen has been a relentless advocate for young leaders and entrepreneurs since her first year in college. As a child, she would pack all of her clothes in suitcases pretending to be a jetsetter. Since then she’s visited 50 countries, logging over 2 million miles throughout her lifelong quest to help driven young people fulfill their potential. Jen is today a global thought leader on youth employment and entrepreneurship, a celebrated speaker, trusted advisor, outspoken evangelist and New York Times Best Selling author of Secrets of the Young & Successful. She has been featured in front of 300 million by leading media, is a frequent delegate of US State Department entrepreneurship missions, Youth Advisor to the UN’s Sustainable Development Committee, and a Trustee of the Global Youth Empowerment Fund. Building YSN into a global resource for the billion young people entering the workforce is her dream in the making.
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David J. Stine

Co-founder/Chief Creative Officer

David is a celebrated designer and photographer. UX design, web development, package design, and publishing are a few of his passions. David’s design background is quite diverse, from museum curation and design to packaging design to digital and user experience design. He enjoys designing from original concept and the challenge of evolving while staying “on brand.” An instrumental part of YSN and EYP for over 8 years, he is responsible for EYP's celebrated visual impact and aesthetic. Previously, David led the design for YSN's campaigns for the International Franchise Association's NextGen in Franchising initiative, The Subway Global Challenge, and numerous other workshops, boot camps, and events by EYP with the White House, State Department, various embassies, and project partners around the world.
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Zvia Schoenberg

Education Consultant

Zvia has worked with innovative, growth stage organizations in the education sector for more than 20 years. This includes serving on the legal team of the first charter school to open in New York State, business development for early stage EdTech start­ups, and growing and operating youth entrepreneurship programs with the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship. Her volunteer work has also revolved around building community in the startup space in NYC.

Most recently, Zvia served as Director, New York Metro Region, for NFTE, a global youth entrepreneurship nonprofit. In that role she was responsible for implementing and expanding the NFTE program across the tri-state area.

Zvia currently co-chairs the NYC chapter of 1 Million Cups, a monthly breakfast for entrepreneurs, and previously chaired EdTechWomen NYC, a networking group for women in EdTech.

Zvia received her JD from the New York University School of Law, where she was Editor in Chief of the Environment Law Journal, and her BA from Washington University in St. Louis.

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Steven Pietsch

Vice President of Sales

Steven is a well-connected, results-driven, Academic Sales and Business Development Executive with 20+ years of proven leadership and collaborative success. He is a proven trailblazer responsible for leading Dow Jones and the Wall Street Journal and Businessweek into the digital age with innovative products and solutions for the higher education market. Established the market-leading, educational programs for Bloomberg Businessweek that combined print and digital content and curriculum that captured market share and created a profitable business. He as built sales teams, educational advisory boards, and operations organizations from scratch and fostered extensive and enduring relationships within the business higher-education community with deans, administrators, faculty, and accrediting organizations. Born in Honolulu, Steven spent his youth in the Islands and the mountains of New Mexico, surfing and snow skiing. He is currently into playing golf and teaching himself to paint and lives with his wife and three sons in Dallas, Texas.
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Olivia Pool

Writer and Editor

With a background in print and online media, entrepreneurship, and psychology, Olivia is passionate about helping people get clear on who they are and how they can make a living doing what they love. As an editor, she gets to do exactly what she loves every day. She describes herself as an Authenticity Advocate, and Island Princess (she’s originally from the Seychelles Islands).
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Lori Snyder

Writer & Editor

Lori, a EYP writer and editor, is madly in love with words…especially the right ones. She holds a Masters of Professional Writing from USC; is a yoga teacher and the owner of Yoga: edit, offering editing services for the yoga community; and is a novelist represented by Erin Murphy Literary Agency. Also a science nerd, ocean lover, and former marine biologist, Lori worked on a boat teaching marine science and assisting in a blue shark tagging program. Less dramatically, in addition to her work with EYP, she currently leads writing and yoga retreats throughout Southern California.
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Melissa Brandzel


Melissa is an editor for EYP who works on anything and everything that needs wordsmithery. She holds degrees from UC Berkeley, where she said no to Birkenstocks, and Northwestern University, where she said yes to deep-dish pizza. Building on her experience in the advertising, entertainment, and publishing industries, she launched her own business and has worked as a freelance editor and/or writer on nearly forty magazines, including Entrepreneur, Bon Appétit, and Cosmopolitan, plus websites, books, marketing materials, and more. She occasionally reads words out loud as a voiceover actor. Melissa is passionate about traveling and has lived abroad in Italy, France, and Spain.