The Founders

Our founders have experience in different sectors—start-ups, academia and politics. They came together to found Future Now and Future Now Fund around an ambitious vision: we can achieve big ideas to improve our country in states across America.

Adam Pritzker is a co-founder and chairman of Future Now and Future Now Fund. He is co-founder and chairman of Assembled Brands, a holding company and commerce engine providing capital and business services to power brands, and General Assembly, a global network of campuses providing professional development training.

Professor Jeffrey Sachs, a co-founder of Future Now and Future Now Fund, is a global leader in economics. He is University Professor at Columbia University, a best selling author, and an advisor to governments throughout the U.S. at the city, state, and national level, and for heads of state around the world.

Daniel Squadron is a co-founder and Executive Director of Future Now and Future Now Fund. He was elected the youngest member of the New York State Senate in 2008, serving until 2017. He co-authored Senator Chuck Schumer’s “Positively American: Winning Back the Middle Class Majority One Family at a Time” and has worked for electoral campaigns, as well as transportation and education causes.

The Team

Mimi O Chun is a board member and Creative Director-At-Large at Future Now and Future Now Fund. Mimi leverages over 20 years of design experience bringing opportunities to life from the initial expression of a brand to products that live in the world. As a founder, advisor, and consultant, she has crafted online and offline experiences for a range of companies including IDEO and General Assembly.

John Raskin, a board member and strategist for Future Now and Future Now Fund, is a leader in building grassroots power to win policy change in the public interest. He is Executive Director of the Riders Alliance, New York's largest organization of public transit riders, and is a leading advocate for a renewed public investment in New York's public infrastructure.

David Karp is a board member for Future Now and Future Now Fund. He is an American entrepreneur and the founder and former CEO of Tumblr, the short-form blogging platform purchased by Yahoo! In 2013. According to the MIT Technology Review TR35 he was amongst the 35 highest ranking innovators of the world below the age of 35. He has served as a member of the Planned Parenthood Board of Directors since 2014.

Lauren Popper Ellis is Director of Policy & Legal at Future Now and Future Now Fund. Lauren has worked on law and policy at the state level in the Attorney General’s Office, the Governor’s Office and the State Senate in New York and also has campaign experience at the local, state, and national levels. 

Marissa Miller is Director of Finance at Future Now and Future Now Fund. She joined us after five years at Ubuntu Pathways (formerly Ubuntu Education Fund), a South-African based nonprofit organization, where she managed special projects and fundraising. She originally hails from New Hampshire and is a graduate of New York University.

Alyssa Cass is Director of Politics & Communications at Future Now and Future Now Fund. Alyssa is a seasoned communications professional who has helped clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to nonprofits navigate the intersection of policy, politics and business. She was previously a Managing Director at Joele Frank and the global head of communications at Handy, a home services startup.

Hannah Simon is a Policy and Communications Associate at Future Now and Future Now Fund. Before joining Future Now, Hannah worked on congressional campaigns in New Jersey and was a healthcare consultant at BDO, a professional services firm in New York. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and holds an MPH from Columbia University.


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