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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Jordan Levy

President and COO

Jordan brings to EYP Ventures and its clients over twenty-five years of strategic leadership as a leading marketing and media agency executive, specializing in youth and family, entertainment, retail and direct marketing,.

As an entrepreneur, marshalling his resources and expertise in media and market research, communication planning, digital and traditional media buying, response marketing, data mining and accountability, Jordan and his team, which include colleagues from some of the world’s top ad agencies, founded Bullpen Integrated Marketing and built it to a $50 million client base for more than 16 years.

Bullpen’s capabilities extend to all forms of general and direct response media, event marketing, promotions, social and viral marketing, production and creative, expertly delivered for a variety of world-class entertainment, retail, packaged goods, and cause-related marketers. Some clients include: Mattel Toys and Games, Snapchat, Target Stores, Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, Capitol Records, the American Heart Association, and Build-A-Bear Workshop.

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David J. Stine

Chief Creative Officer

As a child, David was always drawn to design, style, and beauty and secretly hoped Halston, Lagerfeld, or Warhol would soon arrive and rescue him. Naturally, he grew up to be a designer and photographer. UX design, web development, package design, and publishing are a few of David’s passions. His 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 for over 5 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. A native of Los Angeles who loves his city, David rarely matches his socks and has spent a lifetime avoiding mediocrity and striving for better.
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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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Michael Washburn

Director of Operations

Michael comes to EYP with a varied set of useful skills in his toolbox. He has more than 15 years in customer service and guest experience, sales, and his own past entrepreneurial ventures. For EYP, he oversees the operation of websites and provides sales support. Michael has had the wonderful opportunity to have traveled, lived, and worked abroad, and feels much of his character was built from those experiences. When he’s not working, you’ll find him with his dog, Gunner, on local hikes in the San Diego area, as well as backpacking in our national parks.
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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, Lover of Love, Kundalini Yogi, Writer, and Island Princess (she’s originally from the Seychelles Islands). Olivia is totally addicted to dark chocolate and is madly in love with her toy poodle, Mika Snuggles.
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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

Editor

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.