Dean Schnider serves as the COO and Head of Business Development of Mission Advancement Corp.
Mr. Schnider has been a Partner at The Najafi Companies since 2018 and runs the Najafi office in Los Angeles. He is an active leader across all investment and execution activities from sourcing and diligence to deal-making and growth initiatives. He led the investment into Beach House Group which, under Najafi ownership, launched four successful mission-driven DTC consumer brands with leading celebrity co-founders including Tracee Ellis Ross, Millie Bobby Brown, Kendall Jenner, and Shay Mitchell. Most recently, Mr. Schnider helped lead the acquisition of Bodybuilding.com and Bodyfit from Expedia.
Previously, he was a senior executive at Management 360, an entertainment company that manages the careers of high-profile celebrity talent and produced the “Game of Thrones” TV series and “Steve Jobs” movie. At Management 360, he led their strategic venture capital investments into early stage and high growth consumer companies.
Mr. Schnider is an active advisor and angel investor in many companies including SpaceX, Away Luggage and Lime Scooters in addition to other mission-driven businesses including Beekeeper’s Naturals, Prizeo and Heal.
Previously, he was the Founder of TeleGaleria, an online shopping platform with ecommerce, a social network and content that served the U.S. Hispanic market. He sits on the Board of The Science & Entertainment Exchange, is an advisor to the Helena Organization and is active with the XPRIZE organization.
Mr. Schnider holds a B.A in Leadership Studies from the University of Michigan.