“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

We believe that freedom of movement is a universal human right. We strive to help you exercise yours, stylishly and comfortably. Everyday, we come to work excited to reimagine how and where you live by creating spaces that feel like home. Our mission is to provide you with beautiful, private, consistently enjoyable and high quality apartments around the world.

Our Values

At Stayawhile, we believe humanity advances when we spend more time connecting and engaging one another, seeing life from another’s point of view. Our commitment to a diverse workplace is founded on the idea that moving to a new country, city or community changes our perspective of the world. Spending an extended period of time in an unfamiliar part of the world can deepen our understanding of a local culture. We believe the differences between us pale in comparison to our similarities.

We are committed to providing outstanding customer service, a simple and easy booking process, and charming, beautifully decorated apartments in exciting communities and cities around the world.

We embrace diversity, ingenuity and excellence. 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 strategic planning and direction, daily operations and data management. While overseeing operational duties, she also managed the marketing responsibilities, helping to stream-line all new business outreach and re-engage former customers. 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 serial entrepreneur. TJ previously co-founded a 3D e-commerce company and worked with several real estate start-ups focused on flexible housing. At these companies, he oversaw business development and sales. He is a licensed real estate broker in both New York and Florida and 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.

Product Marketing/Community Manager

Eli is a writer, marketer, and web developer. He previously worked in marketing and operations for several small startups, and did extensive research on early adopters of Bitcoin in Argentina and the informal economy in Rio de Janeiro. He graduated from Fullstack Academy's Software Engineering Immersive program and holds a B.A. from Northwestern University.

Regional Operations Manager

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.

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.