Ari is a Los Angeles native. In 1996, while attending graduate school at UCLA, he co-founded Stamps.com, which is now the internet postage leader, commanding over 85 percent market share. Ari was responsible for venture capital relationships, regulatory relationships, and strategic partnerships. In 2000, he left Stamps.com to co-found Archive, Inc., a data storage software company, which was sold in 2002. Ari then returned to his alma mater, Harvard-Westlake, to teach American history and coach basketball for several years before becoming Bright Star Schools’ first CEO in late 2007.
Ari is a founding partner of Social Venture Partners Los Angeles and has held positions on the boards of Ethos Water, eTeamz, and CoreObjects Software. Ari’s nonprofit experience includes service on the boards of directors of the Jewish Venture Philanthropy Fund of Los Angeles, the Literacy Network of Greater Los Angeles, and Jewish Big Brothers-Big Sisters. Ari holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in political science and psychology from UC Berkeley in addition to Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration degrees from UCLA.
Gary Foster, Ph.D.
Dr. Gary Foster’s work and research interests center on addressing the problems of violence. He currently manages the Living Well service that provides assistance to men who have experienced childhood sexual abuse and sexual assault in addition to their partners, family, and friends. His doctoral thesis ‘Male Rape and the Government of Bodies’ examined the limits of current understanding and governmental response to the problem of male rape.
Gary has taught at the University of Queensland in the areas of gender and sexuality, where he helped develop and present an advanced counseling subject in ‘Working with family violence.’ Gary has presented at national and international conferences in relation to working with men subjected to sexual abuse. In 2011 he co-authored Living Well: A Guide for Men. He is interested in developing creative ways of training and talking that assist in diminishing the influence of sexual violence in all people’s lives.
Rick Goodwin, MSW RSW
Clinical Supervisor, 1in6, Inc.
Rick is a clinician and trainer on issues concerning men’s mental health. Much of his work over the past twenty years has focused on male sexual trauma—managing both regional and national initiatives in Canada. Along with his 1in6 supervisory duties, he conducts training for professionals on issues of male sexual trauma and recovery as well as facilitating an online trauma recovery group.
His training work on gender and violence has taken him to Jamaica, England, Cambodia, and India. Rick co-authored Men & Healing: Theory, Research and Practice with Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse (2009)—a guidebook is now being used to formulate services internationally. Rick was also lead investigator for Health Canada in the correlation between men’s experience of HIV and sexual violence.
Rick is the inaugural recipient of the Attorney General’s Award of Distinction for his work in “developing and implementing innovative victim service programs” (2007). He currently directs a collaborative practice in Ottawa (www.menandhealing.ca).
Martin is a highly successful actor in theater, television and film, and an award-winning author. His Broadway performances include Cabaret, Titanic, Spamalot, Bells Are Ringing, Big River, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and A Christmas Carol. His Off-Broadway performances include A Man of No Importance at Lincoln Center Theater, and The Cider House Rules with the Atlantic Theater Company. His film/TV credits include Possible Side Effects, The Next Big Thing, Private Parts, and Law & Order.
When Martin was 12 years old, he was manipulated by a camp counselor into what became a 3-year sexually abusive relationship. Years later Martin wrote a book about his experiences during and after the abuse, including its aftermath in his adult life and relationships. The Tricky Part: A Boy’s Story of Sexual Trespass, A Man’s Journey to Forgiveness, won a 2005 Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Award and a 2005 Lambda Literary Award. Martin was also awarded a 2004 OBIE and two Drama Desk Nominations for his one-man play, The Tricky Part, based upon his award-winning memoir.
Todd Schneider is an associate with Paul Hastings, LLP where his practice focuses on intellectual property and technology transactional matters. He has extensive experience in trademark application and patent prosecution, with an emphasis in the computer, electrical, and mechanical arts.
Todd holds a J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law where he was a member of the San Diego International Law Journal. He also holds a B.S. in computer science from the University of Notre Dame. He is a member of the State Bar of California and is admitted to practice at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.