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Our Experts

Take a look at our experts below to learn more about Opportunity@Work and our mission to rewire the labor market.

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Byron Auguste

CEO & Co-Founder

Byron Auguste is CEO and co-founder of Opportunity@Work, a social enterprise based in Washington, D.C., which aims to rewire the U.S. labor market in ways that enable more Americans to achieve upward mobility in the job market and workplace. Byron was inspired by a diverse set of experiences to conceive and co-found Opportunity@Work in 2015. 

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Karan Chopra

Co-Founder & Senior Advisor

Karan provides leadership on strategic direction and execution of Opportunity@Work’s priorities and initiatives. He co-founded Opportunity@Work because he believes that meaningful work is not just a matter of economic wellbeing but of individual dignity. He has seen many others with talents but without opportunities to realize their true potential and believes that in order to have impact at scale we need better systems, not just great initiatives.

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Papia Debroy

Vice President of Insights

Papia Debroy is the VP of Insights at Opportunity@Work. She oversees the research work to assist private, public and social sector leaders to act to improve economic opportunity for individuals who are Skilled Through Alternative Routes (STARs).

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Komal Kirtikar

Senior Vice President & Head of Marketplace

Komal is responsible for driving strategy and operations of our Opportunity Marketplace for employers and providers to enable overlooked talent to be hired into career path jobs. In this role Komal leads operations that cover the planning, testing, seeding and scaling of our Opportunity Marketplace – including customer acquisition and delivery.

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Shad Ahmed

Senior Vice President & Chief Partnerships Officer

Shad Ahmed leads Opportunity@Work’s Partnerships & Alliances team, which includes the STARs Insights Initiative and our collaborations with leading companies and workforce development organizations. He was previously Vice President of Growth & Business Operations at Medallia, where he designed, launched and led several teams as the software company tripled in size.

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Will Villota

Director of Marketing & Communications

Will joins Opportunity@Work after a decade leading brand and digital marketing campaigns for nonprofits in global conservation, renewable energy, and gun violence prevention. Most recently, as Vice President of Brand Marketing at Conservation International, Will championed creation of two pioneering virtual reality experiences and expanded the brand’s award-winning Nature is Speaking campaign into Asia and Latin America.

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