Résumé

Morgan Nels Sandquist

646-355-8691
morgannels@gmail.com

Summary

Seasoned, intelligent, and accomplished candidate with:

  • Broad business, technical, legal, and community experience in private, public, and nonprofit sectors.
  • Deep insight into software architecture, design, development, and maintenance; financial management; and organizational and community development.
  • Demonstrated ability to implement effective, progressive, and sustainable solutions to complex problems.
  • Considerable personnel and project management success.
  • Advanced written and verbal communication abilities.
  • Curious, thoughtful, and pragmatic approach to work and life.

Employment

Home Box Office, Inc.
New York, NY
Manager, Application Development, 2006–Present

  • Working with group Director to reorganize group along business capability and product lines to ensure continued evolution and effectiveness in context of cost control and and accelerating organizational change.
  • Lead PROMPT Program, a multi-application, multi-phase initiative to measure and improve the effectiveness of HBO’s on-channel promotional campaigns for available and upcoming programming using Nielsen and other research data and analysis to maximize subscriber tune-in across platforms and ensure retention.
  • Lead i3 Program, an ongoing initiative to integrate HBO’s content identification and consumer-facing metadata with external content identification and metadata schemes, including those of Comcast, Gracenote, Rovi, TV Media, FYI Television, and EIDR.
  • Manage up to six direct subordinates and project teams of up to fifteen.
  • Managed support, maintenance, and enhancement of contract (C2), product (P2), and underlying rights (CUES) management applications.
  • Led Programming Availability and Historical Remainders projects to expand and simplify the data available to planners and schedulers, providing more comprehensive and precise guidance in an increasingly complex environment.
  • Led Rights Management Technical Upgrade project, which moved C2, P2, and CUES to more modern underlying technologies without affecting functionality or clients.
  • Led design, development, and deployment of MIND, a $2 million application framework that hosts scheduling and metadata delivery applications for growing number of video on-demand, sale, and rental services launched by HBO (including HBO Go, HBO Mobile, iTunes, Amazon, and several overseas video on-demand services) as well as all existing nonlinear services, which have been migrated from SCHEME, MEND, and MADE.

Project Leader, 2004–2006

  • Designed and led development and maintenance of MEND and MADE, reusable application approaches allowing for the extension of SCHEME to enter additional scheduling and related data and to generate additional metadata formats for video on-demand services beyond the domestic services for which SCHEME was intended.
  • Designed and led development and maintenance of applications to schedule Vodafone linear services and to provide metadata to Time Warner Cable to enable StartOver.
  • Managed support, maintenance, and enhancement of SCHEME, an existing application to schedule domestic video on-demand services, including HBO On-Demand, Cinemax On-Demand, and HBO Mobile on Cingular.

Software Engineer, February 1999–2004

  • Designed, developed, and maintained PlayCheck, automated J2EE-based processes to confirm compliance with linear exhibition rights and limitations and to provide planners and schedulers with figures for remaining exhibition availability, processes that had previously been incompletely and manually addressed, and the automation of which is still in use as initially designed as part of the C2 application.
  • Participated in design, development, and maintenance of J2EE-based applications, including C2 and P2, contract and product management applications, respectively.
  • Led design and development of RIP, an application to integrate internal product data with Nielsen ratings data received by Audience Research group.
    Participated in internal discussions of the development of HBO On-Demand.
  • Managed another software engineer.
  • Mentored in object oriented design and development by former member of the Bell Labs C++ compiler development team and other HBO consultants using C++, Java, and Eiffel as example languages.
  • Maintained existing Mac-based royalty reporting system developed in HyperCard.
  • Led multiple internal reading groups to explore topics of interest to developers, including Eiffel, XML, and agile development.

New York City Financial Network Action Consortium
Brooklyn, NY
Founding Treasurer and Board Member, 2000–2006

  • Worked with Executive Director and founding community development credit unions (CDCUs) to structure the corporate entity, define its mission, and secure nonprofit 501(c)(3) status.
  • Developed initial organizational fiscal policies, engaged day-to-day bookkeeper, monitored fiscal activities, and managed annual audit.
  • Transitioned Treasurer responsibilities to another Board Member and continued service as a Board Member, providing operational and strategic guidance and assistance.

Brody & Weiser
Branford, CT
Associate, February 1997–January 1999

  • Provided support to the Ford Foundation’s Program Related Investment (PRI) efforts, and with Ford Foundation staff, provided training to the Kellogg Foundation and other foundations seeking to offer PRIs.
  • Reviewed and rated investment applications from community development banks on behalf of the United States Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund.
  • Assisted the Ms. Foundation for Women with the creation and staffing of a Chief Financial Officer position.
  • Provided planning, management, and financial guidance to several smaller foundations and other nonprofit organizations.

Yale Law School, Community and Economic Development Clinic
New Haven, CT
Adjunct Faculty, September 1997–May 1998

  • Served as subject matter expert on community and economic development on behalf of the School of Management in a pro bono law clinic serving underserved people and communities in New Haven, CT, for one academic year.

National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions
New York, NY
Chief Financial Officer and Program Manager, September 1993–January 1997

  • Oversaw fiscal and administrative functions of national financial intermediary and trade association with approximately $2.3 million in annual revenue.
  • Participated in strategic planning, program development, and fundraising.
  • Managed a fiscal and administrative staff of three.
  • Defined Chief Financial Officer position and assisted in recruitment of successor, who still holds the position.
  • Provided technical assistance and training on a variety of community development and financial topics to member credit unions, staff, and others.
  • Administered the Community Development Credit Union Replication Project, a two-year effort to assist groups organizing credit unions in low-income communities.
  • Coordinated the New York Community Financial Network, a support organization for the 29 member credit unions in New York.
  • Served on various industry committees and task forces.

Westinghouse Broadcasting
Milford, CT
Accounting Analyst, June 1989–August 1991

  • Managed disposition of $200 million cable television limited partnership, of which Westinghouse Broadcasting was general partner.
  • Oversaw preparation and filing of Securities and Exchange Commission documents for limited partnership in disposition.
  • Assisted in defense of lawsuit against general partner of the limited partnership arising prior to disposition.
  • Recorded intra-divisional transactions among Westinghouse Broadcasting units and interdivisional transactions with other Westinghouse divisions.
  • Processed corporate expense reports for all headquarters staff.

Education

Yale School of Management New Haven, CT
MPPM, 1993
Tutor, Economic Analysis

Honors College, Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
BA with Honor, Financial Administration, 1989

Publications

Have We Done All We Could? (aka Finance in Denial)
Naked Capitalism and mathbabe April 27–31, 2012
Four-part essay proposing a constructive means of viewing and addressing the ongoing financial system crisis.

What Should I Be When I Grow Up?
Sentient City Magazine 2007
Essay investigating the application of the Buddhist principle of Right Livelihood to management in a corporate environment.

It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Dreaming)
Sentient City Magazine 2007
Essay exploring the relationship between dreams and art, particularly literature.

Residential Lending in New Haven County: Evidence from 1990–1991 HMDA Data
Connecticut Urban Reinvestment Endowment August 1993
with Harvey L. Koizim
Study demonstrating discrimination in mortgage lending by several banks using sophisticated statistical analysis of publicly available data, which led to Professor Koizim’s testimony before the Connecticut legislature.

Municipal Economic Development Handbook
Connecticut Conference of Municipalities 1992
Handbook listing economic development resources available to municipalities in Connecticut.