NEW YORK, March 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Sarita James, CEO of the educational technology firm Embark, was named to Crain's New York prestigious 40 under 40. Appropriately in its 40th year, the list spotlights 40 New Yorkers in business, government, philanthropy and the arts who have reached the top of their fields before their 40th birthday. Fellow honorees this year include the CEOs of Handy, Squarespace, ClassPass, and SoulCycle.
"It's been exciting to see our efforts at Embark gain momentum," said James. "Our university and fellowship clients have been incredibly supportive. Embark's latest product advances have been a team effort, with key contributions from our CTO Sean Marchetti and Implementation Manager Tabitha Kaiser."
Prior to Embark, James held executive roles at Citigroup, including Chief Operating Officer of Citi Ventures. She has experience building software at Microsoft Corporation where she received two patents and in advising technology companies as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. James received a B.A. in Computer Science from Harvard College and her M.B.A. from Oxford University's Said Business School.
"Sarita James stands out as one of the most talented portfolio company CEOs I've worked with in my 30-year private equity career," said Peter Benz, Embark's Executive Chairman. "I'm very pleased to see her and the company receive this honor."
James has long held a passion for education and the public sector. Under the Obama administration, she served as a White House Fellow and Acting Branch Chief of the Small Business Administration's Microloan program. During Mayor Bloomberg's second term, she ran the Strategy and Policy division for New York City Economic Development Corporation. She received a B.A. in Computer Science from Harvard College and her M.B.A. from Oxford University's Said Business School.
Since 1995, Embark has been the leading provider of online application and admissions software to colleges, universities, and fellowship programs around the world. The company's admissions platform has powered more than 14 million student applications to hundreds of institutions globally. Recently, Embark launched EmbarkMatch, which places students from around the globe at top American universities.
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