Meet the Team
At COSMO we're a team of parents, teachers, entrepreneurs, tech gurus,
dog lovers, and more. We're passionate about family and building a better
world with products that keep kids and parents safe and connected.
Because we're better together!
Russell York | Co-Founder & CEO
Russell launched COSMO at a small kitchen table in 2020 during the height of the pandemic, after wondering why technology today is leaving families behind. From his background in military intelligence and time working with some of America's leading cybersecurity companies, Russell views COSMO as more than a company; it's a revolution. Creating a safer technology world for families requires reimaging what's possible and a willingness to take on Big Tech. Russell is motivated by impossible challenges and long odds.
Michelle Wright | Co-Founder & COO
Michelle started her career teaching in a 7th grade classroom where she formed a passion for helping kids learn and thrive. After seeing the power of tech in the classroom, Michelle entered a rotational management program with Apple and eventually joined McKinsey where she was tasked with launching a project to scale tech-based learning programs designed to help unemployed young people find jobs. After two years with McKinsey and earning an MBA at Kellogg, Michelle knew she wanted to start a company of her own that met the kinds of needs she's seen throughout her career.
Barak Rigbi| Product Development Manager
Barak helps bring the COSMO vision to life. With over 20 years of experience in product development and manufacturing, Barak's passion is listening to customers and translating amazing ideas across the many steps required to turn those ideas into reliable products families use and love. As a parent of young kids himself, Barak loves developing products that help keep his family safe and close.
Eric Thorson | Marketing Manager
As the earliest member of COSMO's Marketing team, Eric has been developing COSMO's brand voice and vision from the very beginning. Eric has always had a love of entrepreneurship; while earning degrees in Marketing and Business Management at Colorado State University, he started an edible cookie dough company that went on to do thousands in sales and served hundreds of pounds of dough! Today Eric brings that same innovative energy to crafting and sharing COSMO's message.
Ryan Gilles | Director of Brand & Marketing
Ryan is at the forefront of telling the COSMO story to reimagine how technology can bring families closer together. After studying journalism in college, Ryan cut his teeth in marketing and storytelling while working abroad for a global community development non-profit and traveling across 15 different countries. After returning stateside, he built his career in education and strategy consulting, working with universities of all sizes to help align brand, strategy, and business operations. As a former homeschool student, Ryan is passionate about education and innovation that breaks the mold and puts family first.
Edward Crandall | Business Operations Analyst
Edward helps to ensure seamless operations day to day for COSMO's team and customers. A recent graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in Economics, Edward gained experience previously working in operations and Human Capital Consulting. Edward brings those lessons learned during his work and academic experience to creating an effective and family environment at COSMO. As one of three boys in his family, Edward understands how peace of mind can be hard to find for parents - and believes in the difference that family-friendly technology can make.