Born and raised in California, Amira Valliani is the co-founder of Backyard Media Company. She also is co-founder of Comet Squares, which makes pocket squares for the 21st century man who wants to look formal, fun, and fly. Before Backyard, Amira started and ran two businesses while in graduate school . One was Airbnbros, a company that helped students monetize their apartments while they were away on break. The other was Zomida, which made it easy to buy homecooked food from people in your neighborhood.
Previously, Amira was an aide at the White House and the State Department under the Obama Administration. She has also done stints at Airbnb and PepsiCo. Amira holds an MPA/MBA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the Wharton school at the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from Yale, where she studied political science. Amira's a certified scuba diver who loves eating and Netflixing in her spare time.
Hailing from Salt Lake City, Utah, Meredith is the co-founder of Backyard Media Company as well as a full-time student completing her MBA/MPA at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Before graduate school, Meredith served in the United States Navy as a surface warfare officer with a nuclear power focus. She worked on two different ships, as well as in the Pentagon as a speechwriter for the first female four-star admiral in the Navy's history.
Meredith graduated from Harvard with a degree in human evolutionary biology.
Meredith loves traveling - she's proud to be able to say she's been to all 50 states and all 7 continents! In her spare time, Meredith also mentors women veterans who are transitioning from active duty - helping them to find good educational opportunities to augment their leadership experience.