The Dare to Run board consists of nonprofit professionals, former campaign staff, business leaders, activists, and local political leaders.
Founder and President
Rachelle received her Master of Science in Nonprofit Management from the Milano School for Management and Urban Policy in New York City in 2017. Prior to that, Ms. Suissa completed a Master of Arts degree in Political Science – American Government at Brooklyn College in 2010. She received her Bachelor of Arts in History and Women’s and Gender Studies from Pace University in New York City in 2008. She currently serves as the Manager of External Affairs for START Treatment and Recovery Centers in Brooklyn. She also currently sits on the Junior Advisory Board for the Leopold Schepp Scholarship Foundation Event Planning Committee.
Ms. Suissa founded Dare to Run in 2017. Prior to founding Dare to Run, Ms. Suissa served on the Board of the Brooklyn-Queens Chapter National Organization, both as President (2006-2013) and as Vice President (2005-2007). Ms. Suissa has also volunteered with organizations including NARAL, Planned Parenthood, and the Young Women’s Leadership Network. Her current responsibilities include managing the day to day fundraising operations for START Treatment and Recovery Centers, including social media campaigns, event planning for the Conference on Opioid Addiction, the 50th anniversary gala, and fundraising efforts. In addition, Ms. Suissa oversees the activities of the board of Dare to Run, the recruitment of volunteer instructors for the training program, recruitment of participants to complete the training program, as well as monthly events, board meetings and social media campaigns.
Ms. Suissa currently resides in South Brooklyn where she has lived for the past 30 years.
Zlata graduated from Boston University Questrom School of Business with BSBA degree and currently resides in New York.
Zlata started her career at Deloitte & Touché Consulting/Family Office Advisory Group, then joined Family Office Practice at KPMG and subsequently worked for Leonard Stern Single Family Office.
In her previous roles in the blockchain space, Zlata was an advisor and consultant for several blockchain companies including Hollywood blockchain technology venture MovieCoin, Atari Platform, a blockchain division of popular publicly listed gaming company Atari and Soramitsu, Hyperledger Iroha developers. Zlata also worked as the consultant for Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC) and as the Director of NYC Blockchain Center, blockchain education initiative spearheaded by NYC Economic Development Corporation. Zlata is also a co-founder of Jaroona.com, a blockchain cyber security platform for prevention of cyber attacks in real time.
In 2017, she joined US education non profit Dare to Run as a Founding Board Member with the mission to help women run for office.
Josephine is a passionate health care advocate with over 10 years of community experience in the field of tobacco control. She has worked with youth, train-the-trainer women infant and children programs, and low socio-economic populations in Brooklyn, Staten Island and Manhattan. Prior to working in the nonprofit field, she utilized her marketing skills in various positions in corporate America such as The Economist and several large advertising agencies. Josephine actively participates in community service activities and is a member of several policy and leadership committees throughout New York City. Josephine is currently a candidate for a Masters degree in Human Services Leadership from St. Joseph's College. She enjoys taking on new challenges and learning sports, including bocce, and currently resides in Brooklyn with her family.