We are dedicated to challenging ourselves physically, emotionally, and most of all--mentally. We never stop learning.
Action is at the heart of our mission. We set goals and we take the steps to achieve them.
We don't just talk about change. We get our hands dirty making it happen.
Jaclyn has over twenty years of finance and accounting experience, holding buy- and sell-side positions in asset management and investment banking. She was a sales-trader at Citigroup Global Markets followed by a portfolio manager in International Equity iShares at Barclays Global Investors (now Blackrock) where she managed over $7 billion in exchange-traded funds (ETF) and launched the first Chinese-focused ETF. Later, she was vice president and senior quantitative analyst for a $1.5 billion long-short equity hedge fund in Beverly Hills followed by senior research analyst at the Charles Schwab Center for Financial Research. Jaclyn is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder and has completed the Series 3, 7, 24, 55 and 63 securities exams. She is a licensed private pilot and holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and economics from UC Berkeley.
Jaclyn is a Lecturer in Management at the Stanford Graduate School of Business teaching ALP 303: Financial Analysis for Social Impact. She joined the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2013 and has developed roughly three dozen cases in the areas of accounting, finance, and social impact. This work has been published by Harvard Business Publishing, and used for pedagogical purposes by other universities, professors, and business thought leaders. In addition to writing cases, Jaclyn has been an active angel investor focused on technology startups since 2009 with multiple exits over $100 million.
In addition to finance, Jaclyn has over a decade of experience contributing to, advising, and advocating for nonprofits. While she enjoys consulting with nonprofits, she generally eschews board seats in favor of taking a more independent, active, and impactful role within organizations. It’s not uncommon to see her, Adam, and their five kids shoveling dirt to plant new trees, wrapping gifts to raise money for the homeless, cleaning up trash along the Bays and beaches, or sorting warehouse inventory to optimize the delivery of meals to families affected by illness. She is also Founder and CEO of Brazen FINLIT, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering youth through financial literacy and professional mentorship opportunities.
A mother of five children, Jaclyn is a strong advocate in the promotion of balanced students and is focused on character building and lifelong learning. She is an ambassador to Challenge Success, a nonprofit school reform organization affiliated with the Stanford University Graduate School of Education. In an effort to balance her own life, Jaclyn is a competitive ultramarathon distance runner with several notable 100K and 100-mile distances completed. She is also an advocate for and strong supporter of ultramarathon research through the Western States Research Foundation (in affiliation with Stanford Athletics). She is a track and cross-country coach at Menlo School.
Adam started his career as a derivatives trader on the San Francisco and Chicago Boards of Options Exchanges, where he was inspired by scalable, high-frequency trading models that used data to create profitable results. Following in the footsteps of his father, Adam decided to become an entrepreneur, so he moved to Silicon Valley and joined a couple of early-stage startups. Soon thereafter, realizing he preferred really early stage, he partnered with some others to co-found Lifestreet Media, a performance marketing company. The business ended up becoming a success and raised substantial secondary financing from private equity. Later, Adam went on to co-found Social Hour, another performance marketing company, that he helped guide and subsequently sell to PlayPhone, a mobile content business. In 2011, Adam co-founded AppLovin and has been its CEO ever since. A business focused on mobile gaming, AppLovin has grown into a multi billion-dollar multinational company. In 2018, he received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Throughout these experiences he's been a devoted husband and father of five children. With his finance and entrepreneurial background, Adam enjoys helping advise entrepreneurs. Now having made angel investments into dozens of companies, it’s given him the opportunity to teach others some of his own formula for success.
The Foroughi kids are an integral part of Brazen Impact—they are the future generation in the cycle of giving and we believe that their input, involvement, and integration are crucial to our process. We believe in children who are financially literate, beginning with the identification of currency and financial decision-making as soon as they are able to earn or be gifted money (often pre-school age). We teach them about budgeting, taxes, economics, and the tradeoffs between investing, saving, spending, and giving.
Like the management teams in which we invest, we want our kids to have character and to be passionate about their chosen paths. We believe in empowering them with the knowledge to make sound academic, social, and emotional decisions. We want them to be independent, autonomous, respectful, resilient, and have a growth mindset. It’s not uncommon to see them conquering Mt. Whitney in a day hike, running a 10K, crewing or pacing their mom during ultras, scaling Donner Summit, cleaning up trash along the Bays and beaches, or doing trail maintenance and construction.
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