Meet Vivvi's Founding Team

Updated: Dec 22, 2018

Vivvi's founding team brings a diverse startup background in early learning, real estate, professional development, architecture, media, and human resources. We are leveraging our previous experiences to build the school and community of our dreams.

It is our pleasure to introduce Maya, Ben, and Charlie:

MAYA MAJOR, DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS: Maya comes from the launch team of Thrive Global where she served as ‘Chief of Stuff,’ working directly with Arianna Huffington to manage business operations, HR, project management, and finance across the organization, leading systems to grow the company through its launch and first 50 employees. Previously, Maya worked at Smart Vision Labs where she created and implemented both a corporate and school-based vision exam program, coordinating with NYC schools and major lens providers to provide new glasses to students in need.

Maya is leading all school functions around technology integration, human resources, and project planning. She holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from Yale University.

BEN NEWTON, COO: Ben has built his career working with start-up schools. He was a member of the founding team of Avenues: The World School, where he worked to launch the New York Campus and lay the groundwork for multiple international sites. He also helped launch and manage several schools including in New Orleans, under Teach for America, and in NYC as Director of Business Development for MetSchools and General Manager of Partnerships for Wonderschool.

Ben received his M.Sc. in Comparative and International Education from Oxford University and B.A. in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania.

CHARLES BONELLO, CEO: Charles co-founded Grand Central Tech and helped build it to NY’s largest, most selective, and most inclusive tech ecosystem, with over 100,000 square feet and over 100 companies under its purview. Most recently, he is a venture partner at RTP Ventures, where he is focused on Series A and Seed investments in Fintech, Healthcare IT and Industrial IoT companies. Previously, Charles held various roles at Three Point Capital, River Twice Capital and Fred Alger Management.

Charles holds a B.A. in History and Political Science from Tufts University.