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 a Partner at a fintech company Bankex, overseeing global business initiatives and a Senior Vice President – Strategic Partnerships of Hollywood blockchain technology venture MovieCoin. She was also an advisor at Atari Platform, a blockchain division of popular publicly listed gaming company Atari and Managing Partner of Tokyo based company, Soramitsu, Hyperledger Iroha developers.
Recently, Zlata co-founded Jaroona.com, a blockchain cyber security platform for prevention of cyber attacks in real time. Zlata currently works as the Director of NYC Blockchain Center, blockchain education initiative spearheaded by NYC Economic Development Corporation.
In 2017, she joined US education non profit Dare to Run as a Founding Board Member and a Treasurer 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.
Abiola Agoro is an Undergraduate Student at Boston University hailing from Fort Worth, Texas. Abiola is an Entrepreneur, Millennial Campaign Consultant, Event Specialist, Image Consultant, and Political Strategist. Abiola started her own clothing and personal styling business at the age of nine, later opening a brick and mortar store at the age of fourteen during her freshman year of high-school. Abiola now owns an online store and travels across the US hosting Pop-Up Shops and styling clients.
Abiola has worked in the political field for years with numerous campaigns and has lead Social Media teams in local elections. She serves as a political consultant and image consultant for campaigns, helping to craft their messaging. In Washington, D.C., Abiola furthered her political experience by interning for political leaders such as Senator Amy Klobuchar and Gun-Violence Prevention Advocate Gabby Giffords. Abiola also served as an event planner for the Kalief Browder Foundation, and the Millennial Division Chair for the Regional Women's Chamber of North Texas.