Our Team

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Edward T. Alter
Founding Partner and Principal Trainer
Ed’s combined talents as an entrepreneur, communications coach, and improvisational performer give him a unique understanding of how to empower business professionals to perform at their best when the stakes are high.

Along with delivering workshops to SpeechSkills’ top clients, Ed provides speaker training to physicians and researchers at the Massachusetts General Global Health Initiative. While his Business Presentation Skills course is a popular staple at UC Berkeley Extension, he’s also a frequent guest presenter at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. Ed’s playful personality and robust laugh complement his ability to provide coaching with insight and impact.

Ed earned a BA in communications studies from San Francisco State University and spent 10 years as a performer and executive director at the critically acclaimed BATS Improv theatre company. Prior to SpeechSkills, Ed founded the technology company Serial Number Applications, Inc. (SNAP!), achieving impressive annual growth before selling the company to Adobe Systems.

Ed lives in San Francisco with his wife and two children. In his off hours, Ed can be found reading tech magazines and neuroscience journals. He also throws a wicked Frisbee.
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Sasha Cox
Principal Trainer
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