Our Team

Former competitors united by a passion to empower female chess players.

 
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Karsten mcvay

Co-founder & CEO

Formerly ranked #1 in the U.S. for girls

Former U.S. Chess Team member. Represented the USA at tournaments in Argentina, Ecuador, France, Greece, and Vietnam.  2009 Girls National Champion.  

Northwestern University graduate.

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NICOLE MAFFEO

Co-founder & President

Formerly ranked #2 in the U.S. for girls

Former U.S. Chess Team member. Represented the USA at tournaments across the states as well as abroad in Argentina, Ecuador, Mexico, France, Switzerland.       

Dartmouth College graduate.

 Kimberly Doo   SVP and Secretary   Former J.D., journalist, chess advocate who leads a NYC based chess foundation.

Kimberly Doo

SVP and Secretary

Former J.D., journalist, chess advocate who leads a NYC based chess foundation.

 Sophia Rohde   SVP   International Arbiter, Event Mgr World Chess Championships, Hall of Fame Committee.

Sophia Rohde

SVP

International Arbiter, Event Mgr World Chess Championships, Hall of Fame Committee.

 Daniel Rohde   VP   US & NY State Chief Tournament Director, Professional Chess and Poker Player.

Daniel Rohde

VP

US & NY State Chief Tournament Director, Professional Chess and Poker Player.

 Jamie Maffeo   VP   Formerly ranked chess player. Tufts University varsity sailing team. Law student.

Jamie Maffeo

VP

Formerly ranked chess player. Tufts University varsity sailing team. Law student.

 Darrian Robinson   VP   Highest rated African American female. UChicago ‘16. Works at the Federal Reserve.

Darrian Robinson

VP

Highest rated African American female. UChicago ‘16. Works at the Federal Reserve.

 Marc Arnold   RESIDENT GM   Grandmaster (Peak rating of 2640), beat his first GM at the age of 10. Works in Trading.

Marc Arnold

RESIDENT GM

Grandmaster (Peak rating of 2640), beat his first GM at the age of 10. Works in Trading.