About us

The Team
Jean Brownhill Lauer, Founder, Chief Executive Officer

Jean has over 10 years of experience in residential and commercial architecture planning, design, project management and systems. As the Senior Manager of Global Architecture at Coach Inc., she was responsible for designing and managing web platforms for the construction and design groups where she won the company’s Chairman’s Award. In 2011, Jean was one of nine award recipients of the prestigious Loeb Fellowship at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. She is a graduate of The Cooper Union, where she earned her Bachelor in Architecture.

Preeti Sriratana, Co-Founder, Chief Operating Officer

Preeti has over 10 years of experience as an award-winning architect having been one of the original Senior Designers of Ground Zero, NY Jets Training Facility, and Masa Restaurants worldwide. He is also Chairman of Apex for Youth, NYC’s largest nonprofit youth organization for at-risk immigrant children where he co-founded Central Queens Academy, a charter school in Queens. Preeti received his BS in Architecture from University of Illinois, at Urbana-Champaign, his Master of Architecture from Columbia University, and his Master in Public Administration from Harvard University. He holds an Official Commendation from the City of New York.

Ricky Wong, Chief Product Officer

Ricky has over 15 years of experience building great products and helping companies grow. At M5 Networks, acquired by ShoreTel (Nasdaq: SHOR), he led the product efforts for the company's most recognizable and successful products, including its cloud-based business phone system. His products have received numerous industry awards and the release of Communicator elevated M5 Networks as a 'Visionary' by Gartner in the Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) category. Ricky received his BS in Design and Environmental Analysis from Cornell University. He is a born-and-raised New Yorker and lives in Manhattan with his wife and son.

Sherataun Nuss, Co-Founder, Creative Director

Shera received her BS in Architecture from University of Illinois, at Urbana-Champaign, completing one year of studies at l’Ecole National Superieure d’Architecture in Versailles, France. She went on to earn her Master of Architecture from Rhode Island School of Design and has worked as a freelance designer and research consultant for various design and construction firms throughout NYC. Shera’s award-winning talent for design and content creation has been recognized in publications and exhibitions internationally.

Jill Dowling, Community Specialist

Jill received her BFA in painting & drawing with a minor in biology from Louisiana State University. She then relocated to New York City, working jobs in visual design, styling, and customer service, while also studying graphic design at Shillington. Jill comes from a family whose shared passion is home improvement, having generations of relatives involved in real estate, contracting and house flipping. Her Southern hospitality and zeal for design & decor are what make her so good at engaging Sweeten’s community. Jill patiently awaits the day Sweeten expands to Los Angeles where she hopes to finally onboard her favorite design firm Peter Dunham Designs.

Advisory Board
Barry LePatner

Barry is founding partner of LePatner & Associates LLP. Barry is a nationally known expert and advisor in the design, construction and real estate industries. He is the author of the pivotal industry insider book Broken Buildings, Busted Budgets: How to fix America’s Trillion Dollar Construction Industry published in 2007.

Matt Meeker

Matt is an experienced entrepreneur. He is Co-Founder of Meetup, a revolutionary online community portal, and founder of Bark Box, purveyors of monthly gift baskets for dogs.

Bridget Davies

Bridget Davies General Manager of Shopping.com, an eBay company. She is an industry leader with deep knowledge of paid search.

Elizabeth O’Donnell

Elizabeth is the Associate Dean and Associate Professor, Adjunct Faculty at The Cooper Union School of Architecture. In addition to her role as an academic lead, she also has a full service NYC professional practice, Elizabeth O’Donnell Architect.

Louis Katsos

Lou is a pioneer in the field of construction management, having worked at Morse Diesel and running his own firm Jekmar Associates for the past 25 years. Lou has been a Professor of Construction Management at Cooper Union for 25 years.

Peter Kamali

Peter was the founding CTO at Meetup, and has worked on startups for 15 years on everything from technology to brand development. He recently started Tuplet, a social music service, and cares as deeply about the built world as the Internet.

Jeremy Soffin

Jeremy is a Senior Vice President and the head of the Real Estate Practice at BerlinRosen Public Affairs, a leading strategic communications firm. In that role, Jeremy advises some of New York’s biggest real estate developers, cultural institutions and non-profit organizations. Prior to joining BerlinRosen, Jeremy was the head spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.