Leonard N. Stern School of Business Master of Business Administration, May 2008
Mel Ochoa is the Chief Operating Officer at Landmark Ventures, a strategic and financial advisory firm that offers a unique combination of venture development and global investment banking services (the firm also organizes the Social Innovation Summit: www.socinnovation.com).
Previously, Mel served as the Senior Director of Marketing & Communications as part of the leadership team at Achievement First, a high-performing network of 30+ college-preparatory, K-12 public charter schools in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island.
Prior to Achievement First, Mel was the Acting Director of Marketing at the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito, Calif. – a family destination dedicated to art, science and hands-on fun for children up to age 8. Formerly, he was Vice President of Corporate Affairs and a co-founder at BridgePath, an enterprise software provider to the staffing industry that was acquired by Bullhorn.
Past experience also includes work with leading consumer brands at Kraft Foods/Oscar Mayer and Schwartz Communications, a high-tech PR agency, as well as work with a U.S. congressman in Washington, D.C. From a civic perspective, Mel is or has been involved with several non-profit organizations, including WorldQuant University, Teach For Haiti, Code.org, Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco, lovefutbol.org, Building Readiness in Tomorrow’s Entrepreneurs, NYU Leadership Fellows, and the California Alumni Association.
Mel holds a bachelor’s degree with majors in History and Rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University, where he was a Catherine B. Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship and a Consortium for Graduate Study in Management Fellow. Mel is also a member of the National Eagle Scout Association.