Meet the Team That Makes it Happen, Every. Single. Day.

Social Studies retreat, February 2019

Data will always be a foundation of our business, but the people that work and live in it are crucial. No machine can do what our team does. No robot or algorithm can package it the same way. Put faces with names and get to know the humans who create Social Studies magic 24/7.

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Brandon Perlman

“Tackling new problems collectively and being inspired by this brilliant team makes me excited to step into the office every single day.”

  • Position

    Founder & CEO

  • Location

    New York

  • Influencing Since

    May 2015

  • The One Movie I Never Get Sick of Watching

    Back To the Future

  • Favorite Song Lyric

    “Always felt like my vision been bigger than the bigger picture.” -Drake

02
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Matt Friesen

“There are too many amazing moments to choose a favorite …however what drives me every day is knowing the best is yet to come.”

  • Position

    Co-Founder & COO

  • Location

    New York

  • Influencing Since

    April 2016

  • Travel Cadence

    20+ countries in the past 4 years

  • Lyric to Live By

    “Clan in da front, let your feet stomp” -GZA

03
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Anton Antonov

“My favorite moment so far has been the Product Summit last May, when I met the entire New York team in-person for the first time.”

  • Position

    Lead Engineer

  • Location

    Samara, Russia

  • Influencing Since

    September 2017

  • Preferred Workout

    Weightlifting

  • Favorite Book

    Problems in Mathematics for Entering Universities

04
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Jackie Pape

“The team’s all-in mentality and culture is really, really unique. Everyone is 100% in it together.”

  • Position

    Marketing Manager

  • Location

    New York

  • Influencing Since

    March 2018

  • Sitcom Guilty Pleasure

    Friends

  • 7th Grade Fashion Highlight

    I wore a stretchy choker every day

05
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Jennifer Sutton

“I’ve found what’s most important to me: Building and growing a business with people I respect and love working with!”

  • Position

    Business Development Director

  • Location

    New York

  • Influencing Since

    August 2018

  • I’ll Never Turn Down

    Cheese

  • 7th Grade Fashion Highlight

    Anything from Contempo Casuals

06
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Marissa Barrett

“Beyond the individual talent each person brings, our team is extremely close and always looking for ways to support each other and continue to evolve. I’m beyond grateful to work alongside people who have become some of my best friends and mentors.”

  • Position

    Brand Experience Manager

  • Location

    New York

  • Influencing Since

    September 2018

  • Farthest Travel Destination

    Australia (an easy 15-hour flight)

  • I’ve Figured Out the Mystery To

    Successfully cooking Trader Joe’s cauliflower gnocchi

07
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Jazmin Gac

“The people at Social Studies are what drive me. The way we challenge and push each other to grow is like nothing I have ever experienced before.”

  • Position

    Brand Experience & Strategy Director

  • Location

    New York

  • Influencing Since

    September 2018

  • First Album

    Britney Spears, Baby One More Time

  • Go-To Book Recommendation

    Originals by Adam Grant, which showed me why originality is important and challenged me to embrace my differences

08
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Zach Ruden

“Social Studies is what you make it. The barriers to exercising new concepts are lean, it’s very open forum where the best ideas flourish and experimentation is not just permitted but promoted.”

  • Position

    Creative Director

  • Location

    New York

  • Influencing Since

    October 2018

  • Style Regret

    Bleached tips

  • Life-Changing Book

    The Mars Trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson, just for its sheer awe-inducing, wonder-inspiring quality

09
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Sam Katz

“It’s refreshing to walk into a place where everyone values each other’s ideas, beliefs, and honesty, while pushing each other to be better in a positive way.”

  • Position

    Strategy Manager

  • Location

    New York

  • Influencing Since

    November 2018

  • First Album

    Kanye West, Late Registration

  • Favorite Influencer

    Einer Bankz, who plays rap songs on a ukulele with the artist. As a self-taught Ukulele player and self-proclaimed hip-hop head, it’s awesome to see the two worlds collide.

10
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Vienna Hintze

“It’s extremely exciting to know that every day I’m walking into a work environment with like minded people that all bring very unique perspectives and backgrounds to every conversation.”

  • Position

    Brand Experience Manager

  • Location

    New York

  • Influencing Since

    December 2018

  • Favorite Content Creator

    Casey Frey

  • Optimal working conditions

    When the office is a toasty 74-76 degrees. It is only ever this temperature when I shut the AC off when no one’s looking.

11
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Lily Salley

“There’s a real opportunity for ownership. Each member of this team–from interns to executives–is heard and their ideas are considered.”

  • Position

    Brand Experience Manager

  • Location

    New York

  • Influencing Since

    January 2019

  • Favorite Movie

    Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

  • Preferred Way To Start My Day

    A run in Prospect Park with my favorite workout partner, Judd the dog

12
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Caroline Power

“Not many people get as blessed as me and truly love their first job post-grad. I love being able to help facilitate a brand’s digital marketing efforts, but the people at Social Studies are what make me the most excited.”

  • Position

    Brand Experience Coordinator

  • Location

    New York

  • Influencing Since

    June 2019

  • Favorite Workout

    SoulCycle, through and through

  • Guiding Principles

    Everything from Shoe Dog by Phil Knight, aka the creator of Nike (Just Read It)

13
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Erin Alessandro

“I love the mix of experience at Social Studies. My peers push me to work harder and learn more, and senior management is a great example of the potential I have and what can be next for me.”

  • Position

    Brand Experience Coordinator

  • Location

    New York

  • Influencing Since

    June 2019

  • Favorite Musician

    Taylor Swift

  • Classic Movie I Can’t Resist

    Grease

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Nikki Bogopolskaya

“The culture here is unrivaled. How did shark emojis for every win and a cardboard cutout of Drake in the boardroom become a *thing*? I don’t know; but wouldn’t change it for anything.”

  • Position

    VP, Revenue & Partnerships

  • Location

    New York

  • Influencing Since

    July 2019

  • Side Project

    Vinyasa Yoga – I’m a 200-hour registered yoga teacher!

  • Not Picky About

    Mac & cheese: gourmet as it gets or out of the blue box, I’d eat it every day if I could

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