Our Core Daymaker Team
VP of Products & Storytelling | Pittsburgh, PA
Ariana (Ari, aka Dr. Brazier) is the play expert and visionary strategist. Her doctorate in Critical & Cultural Studies centers Black children and families, housing insecurity and poverty, and cultural play practices. Ari's most joyful moments have typically involved competitive games like basketball or football with her three brothers and cousins, as well as "girl time" — crafting, walking, and community building — with her mama.
Head of Nonprofit Partnerships | Atlanta, GA
Azizi is the people-to-process connector and digital media creator who keeps Daymaker’s essential nonprofit partnerships thriving. Her career began at Accenture, and includes communications, technology, and community engagement experience spanning both the private and nonprofit sectors. Azizi’s childhood was filled with dance classes, jumping double-dutch, reading books, and playing on the beach – all of which she still enjoys today.
CEO & Big Little Kid | Atlanta, GA
Brent is the big little kid keeping the Daymaker team energized and moving in concert. Prior to joining, he worked at Uber and McKinsey with a focus on creating employment opportunities as automation changes the nature of work. His favorite game growing up was 2-on-1 driveway basketball with Dad and him dunking on the Little Tikes goal while older brother scored the big kid hoop, and he’s thrilled about the prospect of playing with his own little one on the way in Spring 2021!
VP of Operations | Chicago, IL
Chris is the operations muscle keeping the Daymaker train on the tracks. Before joining, he started his career in investment banking at JP Morgan where he worked on corporate finance transactions. To this day, Chris loves football, basketball, and video games — all childhood interests of his that developed over countless days with his best friends.
Founder & Board Member | Black Mountain, NC
Thomas is a co-founder of Daymaker, former CEO, and ongoing Chief Believer. He started Daymaker (then CommuniGift) as a student at the University of North Carolina with the core belief that giving to another can help us experience our mutual connection amidst a world that often tells a story of separation. We asked Thomas' parents for some input about him as a kid - 'Thomas always had a big heart for giving, loved fire trucks and sports, and loved being in charge.'