in july, 2017, i quit an unfulfilling job to travel europe for three months to challenge the way i viewed the world and allow myself some time for creative exploration. i started meeting other travelers, many of whom were fellow americans. our discussions revolved around our travel aspirations, concerns about social justice issues back in the states, and professional ventures and goals. a common theme became evident… millennials want to immerse themselves in the various cultures of our country and use their skillsets to assist communities in need.
in brussels, belgium, the concept of co-mads was born. the goal would be to plan trips, allowing individuals to immerse themselves in local culture and partake in unique adventures; while working to drive social change and promote the missions of effective nonprofit organizations and social enterprises. i hope you’ll join me on a co-mads journey, to witness and experience all that is great in this world.
travel & do good,
gabby has a b.a. in biology from the university of vermont, class of 2014. after college, she worked as lead program manager for best buddies new york and was awarded ‘program manager of the year’ from best buddies international in 2016. she then went on to work for austin & co., inc. as a human resource consultant for independent school clients, mostly based out of new york city. since leaving the company in july, 2017, gabby has spent close to six months in europe and about two months traveling around the united states. gabby has been volunteering since the age of seven and continues to work with and support numerous organizations. she is proud to have just completed a two year term as president of the alumni council for the dream program.
chief operating officer
i met gabby at a brewery in amsterdam in november. we were both traveling solo and it was friendship at first ipa. since meeting in the netherlands, we have traveled to portugal, denmark, italy, southern california, and utah together. over the course of these trips, gabby shared with me her idea for co-mads and i immediately knew i had to get involved. i believed in her vision, and more importantly, i believed in her. co-mads provides an experience that is missing in the travel market, and offers adventures with a social mission that millennials, like myself, deeply crave. i can’t wait to share my excitement for travel, coupled with helping those in need, through co-mads as the chief operating officer. cheers to traveling and doing good!
director of strategic planning
when gabby first introduced the concept of co-mads to me, i knew this was going to be something big. not just for our team, but for the entire world. with a professional and educational background in biotechnology and environmental science, my personal mission has been to contribute to the technological advancements that are improving the sustainability of modern society. i believe that no matter what your mission may be, there will be other individuals with the same goals. to me, co-mads is a vehicle for linking individuals, organizations, and ideas, to a unique network that will align and drive-forward our shared future-focused ambitions. as director of strategic planning, my role is to develop the framework for the achievement of these goals for both the co-mads team and our clients and collaborators. travel & do good!
sam currently works as a shift lead of purification at regeneron pharmaceuticals inc. he has a b.s. in environmental science from marist college, and is currently pursuing an m.s. in biotechnology from johns hopkins university.
director of creativity & design
gabby, founder of co-mads, is my big sister and my biggest inspiration. i have been inspired by her love of travel, exploration, and her extensive imagination. co-mads is a distinctive and thriving business concept, stemming from gabby’s passion of building community and curiosity of the world around her. our bold, black and white logo was one of the very first stages of co-mads that gab and i put our hearts into. for me, the logo has become a symbol of the creative ideas we both share and making one another’s dreams become a reality. i will be working on creating artwork, designs, merchandise, etc. that supports the mission of co-mads as director of creativity & design.
chelsea is an artist and poet who has recently self-published her first ‘zine’, sun stripes. she is hoping to connect human beings in ways that can’t be explained through normal dialogue. you can check out some of her work at sunstripes.wixsite.com/sunstripes and on instagram, @chrlseafishr.