Aria was born and raised in San Francisco and received her Bachelor’s from Wheaton College, MA where she studied Psychology and Anthropology. She graduated from Drexel University in December 2017 with an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management.
During her junior year at Wheaton, Aria spent eight months in various regions of South Africa where she studied the psychological effects of living in the post-apartheid society. Upon graduation from Wheaton, Aria spent three years working in the fundraising department of Repair the World, a social justice organization in New York, where she raised funds to create volunteer opportunities for young adults.Aria then spent several years as an integral member of the Special Events department at NYU Langone Medical Center, helping plan and execute the hospital’s and School of Medicine’s annual fundraising galas. Currently, Aria is putting her MBA to use with Fairmount Ventures, Inc. where she is a nonprofit strategy and fundraising consultant.
Aria is passionate about making the world a better place and helping others. She has served as a Junior Board member for Harlem Educational Activities Fund, volunteered with NY Cares, and supported multiple do-gooder campaigns nationwide. In her free time, Aria enjoys cooking, exploring new restaurants in her neighborhood, and is eternally searching for the East Coast’s best burrito.
Michael A. Krafft is an investment banker and Managing Partner/Chief Executive Officer of M&A Media Group, LLC. He is also Founder and Chairman of Global Center for Economic Enabling Environments, and of Emerging Market Capital Partners.
For more than 25 years, Mr. Krafft has built deep relationships with leading strategic and institutional investors, private equity funds, funds of funds, hedge funds and venture capital firms. His expertise and network have enabled local growing companies to directly obtain capital, strategic direction and sound financial principles.
Mr. Krafft has led nearly 150 joint venture agreements, mergers and acquisitions across the media and communications sector. As an executive at Metromedia, he helped create global cluster strategies in Asia, Latin America, the CEE, the former Soviet Union, and Central Asia. He also spent eight years in global assignments prior to his appointment as Vice President, Corporate Development for TIW and was based in Prague directing new venture development. During his time abroad, Mr. Krafft was also a board member of the Russian National Orchestra.
Michael A. Krafft brings ten years’ experience of non-profit governance experience as a senior member of the Board of Directors of Foundation for Sustainable Development, called “the gold standard in international engagement programs” by The Huffington Post. Founded in 1995, FSD reduces global poverty by providing over 300 grassroots community organizations around the world and professionals and volunteers in the U.S. with training and key resources to address pressing socioeconomic issues. He is also an account manager for the Taproot Foundation, a San Francisco nonprofit whose aim is to lead, mobilize and engage professionals in pro bono service that drives social change.
He holds a BA degree from DePaul University and an MBA in International Finance from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Mr. Krafft is presently completing a PhD in organizational systems, with special focus on impact of FDI on poverty in emerging markets, from Saybrook University.
As a former radio personality with world-wide listeners, Ms. Herring’s weekly broadcast focused on highlighting global “difference makers,” building the capacity of small businesses and entrepreneurs, bridging cultural and racial communication gaps, and being a vital resource for marginalized populations in Southern California.
Through her volunteerism and social connectedness (forming nonprofits, coaching and training), she has helped foster hospitals in Pakistan and Belize; restore forest and wetland ecosystems along the US Gulf Coast; reduce inmate tensions and improve communications through a comedy-based prison program; build water towers in the Philippines; serve orphans in Southeast Asia; worked with an entrepreneur to cure malaria, reduce brain concussions and aid veterans; and helped another entrepreneur to reduce youth suicide.
Through her own Kreative Images Foundation, she has helped secure millions of dollars in funding and developed hundreds of agencies that are operating in nearly 20 countries.
She has been featured in publications with First Lady Michelle Obama; honored with the acclaimed R&B singer Chaka Khan and U.S. Congresswomen Maxine Waters and Diane Watson; and highlighted in Women of Color magazine with Coretta Scott King and Maya Angelou.