meet the team


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Sara Nadel

Founder and CEO

Sara founded the StellarEmploy concept, and its predecessor Farolito, during her doctoral work at the Harvard Kennedy School. Her first job was as a Starbucks Barista. After graduating from Stanford, she spent 10 years in Peru, implementing social programs as a Country Director and Principal Investigator with Innovations for Poverty Action.

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Carlos Montoya

VP of Engineering and Technology

Carlos has been engineering technical infrastructure for more than 15 years. He was most recently CTO at MVM, leading software development, teams and process for energy companies. Carlos holds an MCIT from Carnegie Mellon and MATI from Tec of Monterrey. He is also a coffee entrepreneur with the Master Coffee Club.

Irene Chung

VP of Product and Finance

Irene's first job was as an executive recruiter. Most recently, she worked at The Bridgespan Group, advising on business models and growth for the Omidyar Network, Rockefeller Foundation, and Morgan Stanley Sustainability Investing. Her favorite project was developing a mobile app using government big data. Irene holds an MBA from MIT Sloan and MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School.