Harvard i-lab staff
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    Gordon Jones
    Managing Director

    Gordon Jones is the Managing Director of the Harvard Innovation Lab. Hired as the inaugural Director in 2011, Gordon has 20 years of experience in senior roles with startups, mid-sized, and Fortune 500 companies across multiple industries. Gordon also brings a deep passion for education at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and a proven commitment to mentoring the next generation of entrepreneurial oriented leaders. He has previously served as an Adjunct Lecturer at Bentley University, teaching marketing to MBA and undergraduate students. He graduated from Brown University (BA) and earned an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Organizations with whom he has worked include: American Biophysics (bought by Woodstream), Universal Pest Solutions (licensing deal with ServiceMaster/Terminix), Gillette, Procter & Gamble, General Mills, PepsiCo, and The Orme School

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    Jodi Goldstein
    Director

    Jodi Goldstein is the Director of the Harvard Innovation Lab. She focuses on bridging the gap between the i-Lab and the entrepreneurial community. Jodi brings over 15 years experience as a high-tech entrepreneur and investor with a focus on innovative consumer technologies. She has industry expertise in consumer, e-commerce, mobile, social networking, and luxury goods. Jodi has been on the management team of several venture-backed startups including iMarket (sold to D&B), Planetall (sold to Amazon for over $100M), Send.com, Hoteluxury.com, Mobicious, and most recently was a co-founder of Drync, a mobile app for wine (a 2011 MassChallenge winner). Jodi was also an investor at TA Associates (Venture Capital) where she specialized in retail and consumer products. She began her career at GE in their FMP program and was a member of their Corporate Audit Staff, the internal consulting arm of GE. Jodi has an MBA from Harvard and a BS in International Business from the University of Vermont. Jodi is an avid snowboarder, cyclist, rider and a Private Pilot.

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    Neal Doyle
    Assistant Director

    Neal Doyle is the Assistant Director of the Harvard Innovation Lab. Hired as the i-lab’s second full-time employee, Neal directs the i-lab’s Operations team. Doyle's group organizes more than a thousand events per year, hosts 35,000 visits, maintains and upgrades the 30,000 square foot i-lab facility and technology, manages marketing and communications, and has a hand in all of the other cool details that keep the place running. Doyle’s nearly 15 years of professional experience includes time managing the Harvard Kennedy School's nuclear policy research project: Project on Managing the Atom, and his own startup, in the affiliate marketing and digital strategy space. After graduating from St. Norbert College with a B.S. in Environmental Policy, he worked for several years as an environmental consultant at Carlson Environmental in Chicago, and later for U.S. EPA in Boston; he is also a Fellow of the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC). Doyle is an avid golfer, entrepreneur and arbitrager, clean-tech and nuclear energy advocate, home and i-lab DIYer (he’s the brains and (a little tiny bit of) brawn behind the i-lab boxing ring), and sometimes cyclist.

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    Alice Ly
    Assistant Director

    Alice Ly is the Assistant Director for Health and Sciences (H&S) at the Harvard Innovation Lab. She works with students, postdocs and clinical fellows to develop and execute on ideas that bring Health and Sciences innovation and entrepreneurship to society. To inspire and support the Harvard community, Alice oversees the Deans’ Health and Life Sciences Challenge, H&S workshop and event programming, advises students interested H&S entrepreneurship and manages on and off-campus resources for teams in the i-lab venture incubation program (VIP). Alice comes to the i-lab with 8 years' of Student and Academic Affairs experience at Yale University supporting students and scholars pursue their academic and professional goals, her most recent position being the Associate Director for Postdoctoral Affairs. She completed her Ph.D. in Developmental Neurobiology at Yale University and her B.S. in Biological Sciences at University of California, Irvine. Although originally from Canada, Alice is a poor excuse for a Canadian: she lacks proficiency in skating or curling, but makes up for it with self-deprecating humor.

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    Matthew Guidarelli
    Assistant Director

    Matthew Guidarelli is the Assistant Director for Social & Cultural Entrepreneurship at the Harvard Innovation Lab.  He leads the programming, resource development, and Deans’ Challenges in the social & cultural space, and has the distinct opportunity to work with and advise student entrepreneurs across the Harvard community who are committed to creating meaningful and lasting solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.  Prior to the i-lab, Matthew lived in New York City where he was a Fellow at Confluence Philanthropy managing the NextGen Program in Mission-Related Investing, in addition to serving as an advisor and consultant for several startup, nonprofit and mission-aligned organizations looking to transform their social impact.  Matthew also founded Colorado’s first 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to subsidizing the cost of healthcare for children,  and led the 2012 Social Enterprise Boot Camp in NYC.  Matthew has an MPA from NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, an MS from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, and a BS from Colorado State University.  He loves sports, cooking, home-brewing and discovering new things.

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    Abby Fichtner
    Hacker-in-Residence
    Abby Fichtner is Hacker in Residence / Consultant at the i-lab. Named an Innovation Amplifier by the Boston Globe – Abby created Hack Boston, launched Boston's Big Data Hacker Space and was Microsoft's Evangelist for Startups, where she got to help hundreds of early stage companies. A software developer by trade, Abby's prior background is a mixture of developing bleeding-edge technology for startups and coaching teams on how to develop software better. Best known as Hacker Chick, Abby writes one of the Top Agile Blogs (The Hacker Chick Blog) and runs Boston's 3,000+ member Lean Startup Circle. Abby is extremely passionate about building communities where innovation thrives because she believes that each and every one of us is capable of changing the world.
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    Deborah Lyon
    Coordinator
    Deborah Lyon is a Coordinator at the i-lab focused on events and program facilitation. She previously worked in events at the Greater Boston Food Bank, as a project manager for Interplay Experience Design in Seattle, Washington, and as a stage manager for numerous professional theatres in Seattle and New England. Deborah has a passion for collaborative, iterative processes and greatly enjoys working with the intelligent and creative entrepreneurs she meets every day! She holds a BA in Theatre Arts with high honors from Brandeis University. A triathlete, skier, and avid cook, she is particularly interested in startups rethinking food systems.
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    Maureen Schrader
    Coordinator
    Maureen Schrader is a Coordinator at the i-lab, focused on facilitating the details of the President's Challenge. She holds a BS in Management from Purdue University. Her professional background prior to her start at the i-lab has been in the real estate and senior care industries. The past several years of her life have been spent on an exhilarating roller coaster of a ride while supporting her husband with his entrepreneurial venture. She is passionate about exploring all of what New England has to offer, from the White Mountains to The Vineyard. You will find many of her weekends spent traveling with her family.
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    Sheryl Reilly
    Coordinator

    Sheryl Reilly is a Coordinator at the i-lab, focused on facilitating the details of the various Deans’ Challenges. She holds a BS from Cornell University (Go Big Red!). Her professional background prior to her start at the i-lab has been in the events and hospitality industry. She previously worked in the Harvard Events Management Office and with Starwood Hotels & Resorts. When not at the i-lab, Sheryl can be found chasing after her toddler, dining out with friends and family at new restaurants and making much needed improvements to her 100 year old house.

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    Josh Nelson
    Coordinator

    Josh Nelson is a Coordinator at the i-lab, focused on facilitating the details of the Deans’ Challenges. He graduated Calvin College in May 2014 with a BA in Business-Marketing. During his time at Calvin, he was an Intramural Director for two and a half years and worked on an extensive orientation program for one year. The i-lab brings together two of his greatest passions, entrepreneurship and higher education. When not at the i-lab, it is likely that you will find Josh on the golf course, tennis court, or reading a good book. 

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    Joe Lassiter
    Faculty Chair

    Joe teaches Entrepreneurial Finance and Innovation in Business, Energy and Environment in the MBA Program as well as courses in the Executive Education Program. He is Faculty Chair of the University-wide Harvard Innovation Lab. His academic and professional work focuses on high-potential ventures, including both those formed as new companies and those formed within existing organizations.

    Joe began his career at MIT's Department of Ocean Engineering as an Instructor in 1970 and was promoted to Assistant Professor in 1972. He developed and taught a course on marine mineral resource economics. He lectured in hydrodynamics, marine transportation, and computer simulation modeling. In a joint program with Harvard Law School, he lectured on marine legal / regulatory policy. His research focused on forecasting economic and environmental consequences of offshore oil and gas development. He was appointed to the MIT-led National Academy of Engineering study on the future of engineering education. Joe received his BS, MS, and PhD from MIT and was awarded National Science, Adams and McDermott Fellowships. He was elected to Sigma Xi.