For Harvard students and teams wanting to test and refine their ideas and ventures, i-lab programming includes a number of resources that place students in less structured environments in order to ‘learn by doing’.
Evans Family Foundation Managing Director
Gordon Jones is the Evans Family Foundation 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Launch Lab Community Manager
Alison Baldyga is the Community Manager of the Harvard Innovation Launch Lab, focused on supporting the Alumni Ventures and creating a strong entrepreneurial community. She holds a BGS in Theatre Studies from the University of Kansas (Rock Chalk Jayhawk!). Her professional background prior to her start at the Launch Lab has been in the performance arts, wellness and coworking industries. A Midwestern transplant, Alison has fallen in love with all things Boston (including the accent) – and is very passionate about supporting the growth of the Boston startup community. In her free time, you can find her spending time with her husband and son, doing yoga and meditating, and eating all the amazing food around Boston (especially anything that includes bacon.)
Jocelyn is the Programming Coordinator at the i-lab, focused on supporting the Venture Incubation Program. She oversees the resources and events within the VIP while also serving individual teams and building community. Jocelyn joins the i-lab after spending three years in Portland, Oregon, working in tech startups and communications. She graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in Cultural Geography and Urban Development, including study abroad in Brazil and 10 other countries on Semester at Sea. She is thrilled to be back in her hometown of Boston, combining her love of social innovation with higher education. In her spare time Jocelyn can usually be found reading through stacks of magazines and newspapers, doing yoga, or cooking something with kale.
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.