The National Staff
The Compass family is so precious that it needs a full-time staff to curate it. Learn more about these illustrious individuals below!
Alex Simon – Executive Director - Developing entrepreneurial schemes since he was 11, Alex now helps connect students around the world with opportunities to engage in the microfinance industry and other social innovation spaces. Alex has worked with a variety of organizations including the Young Presidents’ Organization, Ashoka, MFI Connect and Minga. He’s a Startingbloc Fellow, a travel-addict, and former caterer extraordinaire. Alex graduated from George Washington University (where he was a Compass Mentor!) with a degree in International Affairs.
Program Core Leaders
In addition to these kindly professionals, real-live members of the Compass community play a critical role in program management and improvement. They focus on a variety of important areas, including the curriculum, our alumni community, and additional resources and tools for Mentors. Check out these characters.
Hunter Pritchard - Hunter Pritchard is a Junior majoring in International Business, Marketing, and Finance at The George Washington University while also pursuing other areas of interest in the international arena and startup world. At GW, Hunter combines academic achievements, sports, and helping others in his balanced life and work schedule. Hunter is Vice President of Marketing for GW DECA. He is also a mentor for first year business students at the GW School of Business. He is currently working at Business Rockstars with Ken Rutkowski, a radio program in LA that teaches the world about successful entrepreneurs and new startups. He is involved in College Democrats, International Affairs Society, Model United Nations, Enterprise Club, and other business and non-business related activities. Hunter believes in the power of social enterprise to facilitate the growth of business and improvement of humanitarian standards around the world. His involvement in Compass has led to a venture idea that touches the lives of food entrepreneurs around the world. Originally from Los Angeles, California, Hunter was a Compass Mentor at GW as well as a continuing fellow. He recently attended Draper University of Heros in San Mateo, California. Venture Capitalist Tim Draper pioneered and taught this program for entrepreneurs’ trying to make a difference in the world. He is looking to develop some sort of social enterprise for international benefit as well as a domestic good.
Nicole Mortimer - Nicole Mortimer is a junior at the George Washington University studying journalism and international affairs. She has been involved in Compass since the program launched at GW and is very excited to be involved at a national level. As a freshman, she was a Fellow and during her sophomore year, she served as a Mentor. Compass has exposed Nicole to the inspiring world of entrepreneurship and she hopes to combine her love of journalism and her passion for entrepreneurship by creating a start-up in the journalism industry. As a Fellow, Nicole launched a venture producing short-films to promote non-profits and NGOs. Nicole was born in Chicago, Illinois and has also lived in San Francisco, California, Raleigh, North Carolina and London, England. Before beginning college, Nicole took a gap year, during which she travelled to Russia, China, South Africa, Cambodia, Tanzania, Israel and Jordan volunteering at schools, hospitals and orphanages. This summer Nicole worked for a web-based company that supports start-ups and small businesses called Smarta.com in London.
Jaime Joel Jimenez - Jaime Joel Jimenez, or JJ, is a sophomore at Georgetown University. He’s been involved with Social Entrepreneurship since High School. JJ started an organization to help teach students in rural communities called Promoting Rural Education in the Philippines (PREP). Entering Georgetown he became a Compass Fellow, and eventually a Compass Mentor. After the Fellowship, he decided to establish his own enterprise, creating the annual ChalkCloud THINK Writing Workshop. THINK shows students that they don’t need to be adults to be great writers and communicators. In addition to loving Social Enterprise, JJ loves other things. He loves skateboarding, DJ-ing repetitive electro and techno music. He loves making movies and loves his home in Manila, Philippines.