We believe in the equal intrinsic value of all people.
Stardust is a forward-thinking family office led by the vision of Molly Gochman.
Our work comes to life through our dynamic portfolio of Equity, Fund, and Arts.
I believe we live in a world where full participation is required for our best future and is the greatest good we can offer. Stardust is our active, ever-changing, and humble participation to illuminate the value within us all.
– Molly Gochman
Founder & President
Molly is an award-winning artist and activist who aims to bring together the collective experiences of many for greater understanding. She believes that connection and thoughtful participation can catalyze powerful change. Molly’s desire to leverage her influence as an investor, as an activist, and as an artist led her to found Stardust, with the hopes of contributing to a more just and equitable world. Molly is a board member of The Freedom Fund, Children’s Rights, Creative Time, and Wassaic Project, and was named one of New York’s New Abolitionists by the New York State Anti-Trafficking Coalition. She holds a BFA in Sculpture from Guilford College.
Chief Executive Officer
For more than a decade, Kyle has managed Stardust's operations and strategic initiatives, leading the multidisciplinary effort to integrate philanthropy, art, advocacy, and investment capital to advance Stardust’s mission. Kyle currently serves on the board of directors of Transparentem, and is a member of Greater Houston Community Foundation’s Philanthropic Impact Committee, Criterion Institute’s Gender Based Violence Advisory Committee, and Houston Area Council on Human Trafficking. He holds a JD, cum laude, from South Texas College of Law, and a BA in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. Kyle is based in Houston.
We start as stardust and end as stardust. We must take this moment, and make the most of it.
– Molly Gochman
Managing Director of Stardust Fund
Lawanna leads Stardust’s philanthropic investment in leaders, organizations, and progressive social movements, using diverse and innovative strategies to catalyze change, build power, and support thriving communities. She has more than 18 years of leadership experience within social service agencies and nonprofit organizations aimed at improving the lives of the most vulnerable in our communities, most recently serving as Chief Program Delivery Officer for the NYC Department of Homeless Services, Deputy Commissioner for Outreach, Rehousing and Landlord Management and Chief Program Officer at the NYC’s Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice. Prior to her leadership within New York City government, Lawanna worked as a staff attorney at the Equal Justice Initiative, where she focused on anti-poverty and anti-discrimination initiatives that challenge the legacy of racial inequality in our country. She holds a MPA in nonprofit management and a MA in mental health counseling from New York University, as well as a JD from Georgetown University Law Center. Lawanna is based in New York.
Managing Director of Stardust Equity
Helena oversees all investment activities within Stardust Equity and is also responsible for working with external managers on ESG integration across asset classes. Prior to Stardust, Helena was an investment manager at LGT Impact, a global impact investor focusing on private equity investments in developing and emerging countries. Previously, Helena worked at Goldman Sachs as a member of the Distressed Investing team in London. She started her career as an analyst in the Investment Banking Division in New York. She holds a MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School, and a BCom in Finance and International Business from McGill University. Helena is based in New York.
Becca Kahn Bloch
Director of Partnerships and Advocacy
Becca directs and manages resources for Stardust’s partners, cultivating and maintaining organizational partnerships. She oversees Stardust’s public and political engagement, including the development and implementation of equity and advocacy strategies. In addition to overseeing the arts and culture initiatives for Stardust, Becca works to facilitate collaboration across Stardust initiatives and teams. Trained as a printmaker, Becca is an artist whose work employs sculpture, installation, and audio to examine the residue of traumatic memory. She holds a MFA in Art Practice from Stanford University, and a BA in Studio Art and Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies from Oberlin College. Becca is based in New York.
Director of Operations
Vera manages and coordinates day-to-day operations and special events of the Stardust offices, ensuring efficient communication and information flow. Prior to Stardust, Vera was a vice president in the Client Development group at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, where she assisted coordination efforts across the firm to support financial advisors and managers. She holds a BS in Management from Rutgers Business School and a BA in Information Systems from Rutgers University. Vera is based in New York.
Director of Support Services
Mike supports the day-to-day operations of the Stardust offices, assessing and improving organizational systems and processes. Prior to Stardust, Mike worked several IT support roles for the University of Houston system. He holds a MBA from the University of Houston-Victoria, a MS in Finance from the University of Houston, and a BBA in Computer Information Science from St. Edward's University. Mike is based in Houston.
Kamal oversees all accounting activities within Stardust and is also responsible for working with external accountants and tax preparers. Prior to Stardust, Kamal was an accountant in the Family Office Practice at EisnerAmper LLP, one of the largest accounting firms in the US. For over seven years at EisnerAmper LLP, Kamal worked with and developed a relationship with the Stardust team prior to joining Stardust. He holds a BS in Accounting from Hunter College. Kamal is based in New York.
Natalya helps facilitate Stardust Equity’s investment activities, and supports engagements with external managers on ESG integration across asset classes. Natalya began her career at Sageview Capital, a growth equity firm focused on high growth tech-enabled businesses, where she sourced deals, conducted diligence, and supported portfolio companies. Natalya also worked at DoorDash in a strategy and operations role supporting key user experience initiatives. She holds a BA in Political Science from Yale University. Natalya is based in New York.
Arta is responsible for the administrative functions of Stardust’s New York office. A Brooklyn native, Arta’s interest in social justice led her to Stardust, where she values being able to contribute to its mission of supporting women and girls. Prior to Stardust, Arta worked at Constellations Group as Office Coordinator. She holds a BA in Marketing from Kean University. Arta is based in New York.
Cassie is responsible for the financial reporting, payables, and operational support of Stardust’s Houston and New York offices. With daughters of her own, Cassie is deeply committed to building a better future for women and girls, and she is proud to contribute to Stardust’s mission. Prior to Stardust, Cassie was a legal administrator at Ewing & Jones, and an accounting executive at PCMI. Cassie is based in Houston.
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