Maxine Marcus was born in May of 2000 and attends Pinewood School in Los Altos, CA. Before starting The Ambassadors Company, Maxine Marcus ran an ambassador program for a social media app, BounceChat. Watching the company grow based off of the feedback and insights from teens helped her realize how crucial new ideas and basic feedback are in the development and improvement of a company. Maxine also worked with SoundHound on social media strategy and marketing with a focus on SnapChat and Instagram. Outside of her passion for teen consulting, she has a passion for music, and has released a 5 song EP as well as collaborated with R.E.A Music and Slaptop.
Chief Operating Officer
Ava Mar is a 17 year old who lives in San Carlos, California and attends St. Ignatius College Prep in San Francisco. As the Editor in Chief of her high school yearbook, President of two clubs, and a member of the leadership team of a student-run non-profit organization, she enjoys working with others, especially kids her age. Her passions include working out, traveling, and trying new restaurants with her friends. She is passionate about The Ambassadors because it is a unique company that caters to an integral part of the consumer industry. As Head of Management, she keeps in touch witalmost every Ambassador weekly, and she works alongside Maxine and the rest of the management team to keep The Ambassadors running smoothly. Along with her job at The Ambassadors, she manages football and basketball, works for Nothing Bundt Cakes in San Carlos, and babysits often.
Director of Recruitment & Social Media
Zoe Nachlis is currently a high school senior at Burlingame High School located within Silicon Valley. Zoe was recruited into the Ambassador Company by Maxine as an ambassador and has evolved into the Head of Recruitment and Social Media. This is a familiar route for Zoe. Zoe also works part-time as a photographers assistant as well as the VP of Marketing and Communications for another teen lead startup. Zoe also enjoys listening to music, working for her school yearbook as head of PR and social media, teaching religious studies at her local synagogue or attending a car show somewhere in the Bay Area.Zoe is passionate about working at the ambassador company and with her variety of interests and strong work ethic, she looks forward to working with all businesses in need of their services.
Meet Some of Our Ambassadors
Hi, my name is Andrew Barrows, I'm 17, I was born and raised in a small town: Danville, Indiana.I go to Burlingame High School and my passions consist in scuba diving, coding, photography and occasionally playing the ukulele. I have strong feelings towards preserving our environment and trying to have a cleaner planet for futures to come. I joined the ambassadors because I loved the idea behind companies receiving teen insight. I think that receiving our insight is great because teens are trend setters but also because we influence what our parents or others around us do more than any other age group.
My name is Serena Mello, and I am a 16 year old junior in high school. Outside of school, all of my time is spent at my dance studio, in which I rehearse a minimum of 4 hours Monday through Friday. Dancing has been the largest part of my life for almost 7 years now. Besides performing, education has always been a passion of mine; I’ve dedicated countless hours into schooling and getting my academics to where they are now. The Ambassadors Company has given me an amazing opportunity to help a number of amazing and smart people lead a truly remarkable company. I love working with Maxine and the other Ambassadors to expand the teenage market and help improve the future of our society.
My name is Jackie Loiselle; I’m 17 and from Duxbury, Massachusetts. I go to Choate Rosemary Hall– a boarding school in Connecticut. I lived in Silicon Valley for two years in middle school and love the entrepreneurial world. In my free time, I love playing (ice) hockey and soccer, and I love doing community service. I love working for the Ambassadors because it gives me a say in real world things that I’m actually interested in.
My name is Kailey Nichols and I am a junior at Burlingame High School. I am Chinese, Polish, and Irish. I am currently involved in lacrosse, Model United Nations, and the Burlingame Cancer Research Group. In my free time I love to draw and make art. In addition to this, I do lots of volunteering for the National Charity League and I babysit.
Hi, I’m Cory Lane. I am a 19 year old male with long red hair and a rather large beard. I attend UCLA, and I am an actor improviser and comedian who enjoys reading and playing video games. I enjoy punk, blues and comedic music as well as indie and dark comedy movies.
My name is Chris Boennighausen, I'm 17 years old, and I am a junior at Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose. I live in Los Altos, California. My extracurriculars include rugby at Bell, acting, and student council. I have a real passion for caring for the environment, and enjoy going to the beach and surfing. The reason why I love working for The Ambassadors is that there is really no other company around that specifically targets teenagers for consulting. This company truly makes me feel that I am not just giving my own perspective, but the perspective of the young adolescent demographic as a whole.
Hi, I’m Shelly Michael. I’m 17 years old, live in Sunnyvale, CA, and attend Fremont High School. I love animals, theatre, French honor society, tutoring, and listening to music. I enjoy working for the Ambassadors because I think teens are often dismissed although our ideas are extremely important and should be highly valued.
Hi! My name is Mark Thomas. I'm 17 years old from Burlingame, California. I'm a junior at St. Ignatius College Prep. I've rowed for three years at SI and love participating in service. I work for the Ambassadors because of the flexible schedules and opportunities it offers to give feedback on useful apps and items.