“We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place, we stay there, even though we go away.
And there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there.”
Pascal Mercier, Night Train to Lisbon
Our Mission

Every day, we come to work excited to reimagine how and where you live by creating spaces that feel like home wherever they may be.

We also believe that freedom of movement is a universal human right. We strive to help you exercise yours.

Our Values

At Stayawhile, we believe that humanity advances when we spend more time connecting with each other, or when we take the time to see life from another’s point of view.

Our commitment to diversity is founded on the idea that moving to a different location changes our perspective on the world. It’s doubly true when stays are extended, as it is only then that we can get beyond a surface understanding of local culture. We believe the differences between us pale in comparison to our similarities.

We embrace excellence and aren’t afraid to go against the grain. We’re the minds and hearts behind a young company with big plans.

Chief Executive Officer

Before founding Stayawhile, Janine spent her career financing and building edgy hospitality brands for Andre Balazs (of the Standard Hotels, Chiltern Firehouse and Chateau Marmont) and at NorthStar Capital, the financial sponsor behind Morgans Hotel Group. Over her career, she has managed over $1 billion in private equity investments, from origination to exit/IPO. She graduated from Yale University.

Head of Technology

Brett is an experienced programmer, analyst, and automator. Previously, he was co-founder and systems architect for an advertising technology firm and managed multi-currency risk analytics at BlackRock. He graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Head of Real Estate & Design

Before joining Stayawhile, Gita worked as a real estate attorney at Shearman & Sterling and Bryan Cave. She obtained a certificate from the New York School of Interior Design, a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan.

Head of Sales, Customer Service & Operations

Before joining the founding team of Stayawhile, Najla worked for small, luxury beauty businesses where she handled all digital and print marketing. She graduated from New York University.

Senior Software Engineer / Head of Technical Recruiting

Jear is a full-stack engineer. She grew up working for her family-owned business and was involved in business operations and marketing until she found a passion for programming. She has managed and taught other students how to program. She graduated from Sewanee: The University of the South.

Business Development

Kostas has led business development and operations teams in the travel & tourism industry, first at the world’s leading tour operator, TUI Group, and then at Tourboks, a startup marketplace for tours, where he increased corporate customers by 30x.

Head of Real Estate Transactions

TJ is a licensed real estate broker in New York and Florida and previously worked for Roam Co-living. He graduated from Bates College.

Lead Product Designer

Alberto is a designer, front-end developer and illustrator from Puerto Rico and has designed applications for Alice and ArtBinder. He is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts.

Regional Operations Manager, Boston

Marie holds a Masters in Management from Boston University. She has held several roles that make her an ideal first point of customer contact including captain of the cheerleading squad and recruitment director of the Kappa Alpha Theta chapter at Boston University.

Interior Designer

Marco is an interior designer. He graduated from Yale University and from medical school at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is a board certified radiation oncologist. When he's not practicing oncology, he enjoys creating art and decorating other people's homes.

Reservations Concierge

Simone is our resident customer service savant. She was conceived on a Japanese factory floor, spent her early years on the Russian chess circuit, and ultimately shipped to New York City. Her unique background has given her exceptional cultural sensitivity and tremendous compassion for fellow man and machine. When she isn’t clocking 24 hour days at the office, she enjoys open-water swimming, hot yoga and medieval cosplay.

Finance & Accounting

Shaun is an entrepreneurial accountant, which makes him one of a very rare breed. He has worked in revenue management and dynamic pricing at JetBlue and at Boeing. He graduated with a M.S. in accounting and real estate management from Bentley University.


Meredith served as assistant general counsel at Morgans Hotel Group and worked in the legal department for Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy. She holds a J.D. from Fordham Law.

Business Development - Latin America

Sammy is a real estate developer with holdings across Latin America. He also co-produced the film Hands of Stone with Robert DeNiro. He holds a B.S and an M.S. in civil engineering and a Masters in Real Estate from Columbia University.

We’re building something incredible, and we’d love for you to join us on our journey.

If you have a skill we need, email us and tell us all about it. We’re always looking to add interesting, talented people to our team.

For a complete list of our current job openings, please visit here:

Contact Us

Our email convention is firstname@stayawhile.com, and our doors are always open.

For press inquiries, contact Najla Austin.

For reservations inquiries, contact Simone Abel.

For brand partnerships, contact TJ Kawamura.