Meet Our Team
BEN JABBAWY | CEO & FOUNDER
Go getter and ecommerce extraordinaire Ben Jabbawy is the founder and CEO of Privy. His passion for entrepreneurship has helped him empower and inspire hundreds of thousands of small to medium sized business for nearly a decade and he's not stopping now!
peter cai | VP OF EngineerING
Before Privy, Peter spent several years at Microsoft near the head-quarters of the defeated Seattle Seahawks. Peter also worked in several small startups including Localocracy (acquired by Huffington Post) and a local online music sharing platform. In his spare time, Peter enjoys commuting to work and catching up with local politicians on Beacon HIll. He’s a Boston native and Ruby on Rails guru.
josh mendelsohn | vp of marketing
Josh brings his marketing chops and lifelong passion for jam bands, craft beer, and SMBs to the team at Privy. Having spent time working at SMB and ecommerce leaders like Constant Contact and Salsify, he has a deep understanding of how to help small and medium sized ecommerce businesses be all that they can be. In addition to leading Privy's marketing team, Josh spends too much of his time managing his pug Marvin's instagram account.
MEG JOHNSON | Designer & videographer
Armed with a degree from MassArt, a passion for avocados, and a "I'm going to crush this attitude", you can expect Meg to really elevate our approach to brand, design, video and most importantly, fun. Follow closely, or you risk a severe case of FOMO.
Andrew Vazquez | customer SUPPORT MANAGER
Andrew joined us after recently closing over 1,000,000,000 (1 Billion) support tickets at Constant Contact. He spent nearly 4 years helping small businesses around the world optimize their email marketing efforts. There couldn't be a more perfect fit.
ALEX MILLER | sENIOR Software Engineer
Alex thought he was going to be a doctor until graduated from Tufts, and found Privy. He then realized he could help people in other ways, like building fun, easy to use software. Alex made his mark when he first launched the confetti feature, for which he is now world renowned.
ted ammon | director of sales
Most recently, Ted spent 6 years at HubSpot working with small businesses to implement inbound marketing methodology. Fun fact: Before transitioning his career to helping small businesses with their marketing, Ted was a well known surfer, known for pushing the limits. Word on the waves is that his surf life is the subject in the upcoming documentary, Bunker77.
John Careaga | Software Engineer II
Originally from the Philadelphia area, John has since moved to Boston and is a true computer science rockstar. He graduated BU Cum Laude and has a wide range of programming experience in categories ranging from medical devices to wearables. A multi-linguist who can speak English, French, and Spanish, John will also moonlight as our head of international expansion.
Mike chu | Software Engineer
Mike is bringing his most recent experience from Netra + Bookity to the table. But don't be fooled, Mike may be fluent with the Mean JS stack, but he's really a nice, approachable guy.
Patrick MCLaren | Senior Software Engineer
Currently on loan from Australia, Patrick originally came to the US to study mathematics. He is a passionate startup enthusiast, first dabbling in a business of his own at the age of 16, and most recently Memoread, a smarter flashcard app. Patrick also takes graduate studies in International Relations at Harvard Extension.
Amanda Beiner | Software Engineer
Amanda is not just any developer. She's the kind that graduates from BC Magna Cum Laude in...ENGLISH, then changes her career to become a software engineer...and then whips your front end into shape. In addition to her passion for engineering she has a deep love for pugs (as several of our employees do).
Jeff Johnson | Principal architect & “Chief Barista Officer”
Jeff is a recovering email junkie from Constant Contact, and most notably, founder of the world renowned start up event, Jeffmanity Insanity. As we venture deeper into integrations, contacts, email and perhaps our own API, there's no doubt Jeff will bring a ton to the table.
Jess Fishman | Customer Service Specialist
Jess joined the Privy support team from Constant Contact, where she was trained in the ancient art of customer support from Mr. Miyagi himself. Here's a clip of the early days of Jess' training. It was there that she spent years mastering her focus, her patience, and her ability to eat customer support tickets for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
ERICA AYOTTE | Director of Customer Success
Constant Contact, Hootsuite, Clavis Insight and Curata all gave it a shot, but the only thing that could break Erica's fingers was 12 years of playing softball catcher competitively. And yes, she broke every single one. But over the years, no customer, small or large, has broken her! Erica is here to enable customer success in every sense of the word.
ALLINA DOLOR | SOFTWARE ENGINEER
Allina joined the Privy engineering team in her first job after studying computer science. But don't let that fool you, with experience working at Macy's and Target, she understands consumer retail first hand. She'll lean on that background, her extensive training in martial arts, and a passion for #girlswhocode to help us build innovative software products for ecommerce business around the world.
LAUREN SHEPHERD | SENIOR MARKETING MANAGER
Give a warm welcome to our new Senior Marketing Manager, Lauren! Coming all the way from Minnesota, she’s earned her spot on the east coast by working for companies like Brainshark and Teikametrics to create content and lead generation strategies that increase website traffic and build brand awareness. Lauren’s passion for small businesses and content creation is what brought her to Privy, but her enthusiasm and love of good beer and all things Justin Timberlake are what make her the perfect fit for our team.