Julie Wainwright founded The RealReal, Inc. in March 2011 and has served as our Chief Executive Officer and the Chairperson of our board of directors since March 2011. Previously, Ms. Wainwright served as Chief Executive Officer of SmartNow.com, an online health and wellness company, from February 2008 to January 2011, as President and Chief Executive Officer of Bellamax, a photo-editing software company, from August 2003 to November 2006 and as Interim Chief Executive Officer of OntheFrontier, a firm providing strategic consulting for emerging growth countries, from 2001 to 2002. Prior to OntheFrontier, she served as Chief Executive Officer of Pets.com, an online pet supply company, from February 1999 to January 2001. Ms. Wainwright holds a B.S. in General Management from Purdue University.
Ms. Wainwright was selected to serve on our board of directors because of the perspective and experience she brings as our Chief Executive Officer and as the founder of The RealReal, Inc.
Rati Sahi Levesque
Caitlin Howe has served as our Vice President of Investor Relations since October 2021. Ms. Howe joined The RealReal from Sportsman’s Warehouse, where she served as Vice President of Corporate Development and Investor Relations for the outdoor sporting goods retailer. Prior to Sportsman's Warehouse, Ms. Howe held multiple finance positions at Callaway Golf. Ms. Howe earned a bachelor's degree from Duke University and a JD/MBA from the University at Buffalo. Ms. Howe is a New York State barred attorney.
Christopher Brossman currently serves as our VP of Machine Learning & Data Engineering and has led these teams since November 2018. Prior to The Realreal, Mr. Brossman built many of the first ML & Data solutions at companies of various sizes and industries - most recently at Leesa. Chris studied computer science & econometrics and holds two masters degrees from Old Dominion University.
Courtney leads the company's pricing strategy and merchandise planning teams. Her current focus is on dynamic pricing, maximizing take rate and inventory optimization. She has years of experience, spanning both eCommerce and brick & mortar, which includes roles at Macy’s, Banana Republic and Modcloth. Courtney holds a bachelor's degree in retail management & business from the University of Arizona.