Our Staff

A team dedicated to helping student entrepreneurs grow.


Jodi Goldstein

Bruce and Bridgitt Evans Managing Director

Jodi Goldstein is the Managing Director of the Harvard Innovation Labs, which includes the Harvard i-lab, the Harvard Launch Lab for alumni, and the soon to open Harvard Life Lab for life-sciences ventures. With more than 20 years of experience as a startup executive, co-founder, and investor, she is focused on resourcing first time entrepreneurs, helping early-stage ventures move their ideas further, faster and growing the innovation economy.

 

Jodi has a breadth and depth of industry experience including expertise in consumer, e-commerce, mobile, and luxury goods businesses. She 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, and Mobicious. She co-founded Drync — a mobile app that allows consumers to find, track, share and purchase wines. Jodi was also an investor at venture capital firm TA Associates, 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. Recently, she has been featured in Fast Company and The Boston Globe, and is a contributor to Fortune as part of its Entrepreneur Insider network. She was also recently featured on NECN and ABC news.  In addition to raising three boys, Jodi enjoys snowboarding, cycling, and is also a private pilot.

Chris Colbert

Director, Programming

His primary task is to work with an amazing team to provide the support, guidance, and resources that help both students and alumni ventures evolve their interests in innovation, their ideas, and their businesses. He directly oversees programming, marketing, and technology while working closely with the leadership team to craft strategies that will scale the entire Harvard Innovation Labs ecosystem, increasing reach while improving learning and venture outcomes. A serial entrepreneur in the marketing and innovation space, Chris has built and helped build many companies, ranging from the creation of Holland-Mark, the largest independent advertising agency at the time to a recent turnaround of a key division of Scholastic. His focus during the last few years has been on innovation in higher education, resulting in him founding FINIS, a start-up platform to re-invent the Career Services programming in colleges and universities. He sits on several boards and has an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business and a BA in History from Connecticut College. He is passionate about teaching, motivating, creating and making whatever is before him better than it is or was.

Madeline Meehan

Director, Operations

Madeline Meehan joined the Harvard Innovation Lab as Director of Operations in the summer, 2015.  Her focus is on operational oversight of i-lab including; Events & Meeting Management, Facilities, HR, Finance and manage the operations teams as well as oversee community outreach, policy and risk management. Madeline started her Harvard career in 1999 with Harvard Dining Services as the Director of Catering, Crimson Catering. She was responsible for building Crimson Catering into a vibrant catering & events business.  Under her direction she developed operations, rebranded, and ran the business for over a 12 year period and enjoyed much growth in the business.  Madeline took her talents and moved on to launch the new Campus Services Events Management Department in July, 2011. This department provides useful tools, information and resources to create successful events on Harvard’s campus.  This included The Common Spaces Program which supported the renovations and launch of the Plaza, New Common space at Memorial Church Porch, Harvard Skate, Harvard ART Market and the creation of the Harvard Food Truck program.  Under her direction, she developed these organizations and managed their operations and had many success’s including the re-visioning of Harvard Neighbors.  Prior to joining Harvard Madeline worked in the Hospitality and Event industry. Madeline has a Bachelor’s degree in management from Johnson & Wales University and a degree in Culinary Arts.  Madeline loves sports, cooking and spending time enjoying New England.

Alice Ly

Associate Director, Health and Sciences

Alice Ly is the Associate Director for Health and Sciences (H&S) at the Harvard Innovation Labs. 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.

Sheryl Reilly

Operations Coordinator

Sheryl Reilly is a Coordinator at the i-lab, focused on facilitating the detail of events and operations. 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 toddlers, dining out with friends and family at new restaurants and making much needed improvements to her 100 year old house.

Maureen Schrader

Operations Coordinator

Maureen Schrader is a Coordinator at the i-lab, focused on facilities management and finance. 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.

Josh Nelson

Operations Coordinator

Josh Nelson is a Coordinator at the i-lab, focused on community management and logistics at the Launch Lab. 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.

Jocelyn Krauss

Programming Coordinator

Jocelyn is a 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.

Lara Zimmerman

Marketing Manager

Lara Zimmerman is the Marketing and Operations Coordinator, focused on supporting all things marketing-related. She also oversees social media marketing for the i-lab and any exciting news from its VIP team members, past or present. Prior to starting at the i-lab, Lara was a Faculty Assistant at Harvard Business School where she supported course management and research in Organizational Behavior and Strategy. She graduated from McGill University in Montreal with a B.A. in Anthropology and Environmental Science and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Management. Lara has lived in 4 countries, on 3 continents, has 3 nationalities, and speaks 3 languages. She loves to cook all kinds of cultural foods, so, if she’s not traveling, she’s most likely cooking up some cultural dish – or sweet potatoes, which are her all-time favorite food.

Srikant Datar

Faculty Chair

Srikant M. Datar is the Arthur Lowes Dickinson Professor of Accounting at Harvard University. A graduate with distinction from the University of Bombay, he received gold medals upon graduation from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India. A Chartered Accountant, he holds two masters degrees and a Ph.D. from Stanford University.

Jessica Wilkinson

Operations Coordinator

Jessica Wilkinson is a Coordinator at the Innovation Labs. She manages community relations at the recently-launched Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab and supports operational initiatives. Prior to work at Harvard, Jess managed the graduate program in Arts Administration at Teachers College, Columbia University where she worked closely with faculty and students.  And Jess began her career as a member of the education team at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Since moving to Boston, Jess has complemented her work at Harvard by supporting local artists through part-time work with the Arts Council for the City of Cambridge. Jess graduated from Columbia University, Teachers College with an M.A. in Art & Art Education and received a B.A. in Art History and French from Clark University. When she’s not at the dog park with her adorable Icelandic sheepdog, Lupa, you can find Jess exploring the local arts scene, trying new cuisines, or wherever her travels take her.

Peter Gladstone

Assistant Director, Consumer Goods and Services

Peter Gladstone is the Assistant Director of Consumer Goods and Services. He leads programming and mentoring for all consumer-facing ventures at the Harvard Innovation Labs. Peter has over 20 years of consumer marketing experience having held marketing jobs of varying responsibilities for Gillette, P&G and The Boston Beer Company. Peter will be working in a part-time capacity. When not working at the Harvard Innovation Labs he can be found shipping blue socks all over the world for his two sons (ask him about it), training his family’s new puppy or mentoring consumer start-ups outside of the Harvard community.

Phil Greenwald

Assistant Director, Technology

Philip is the assistant director of technology at Harvard Innovation Labs. He leads technology programming and advises student and alumni entrepreneurs on software development and building new technologies. He is passionate about business empowerment and enabling people to bring an idea to reality without outsourcing every aspect of the development and details.

Phil has worked with aspiring CEOs and young professionals from Boston to Korea to bring minimum viable products (MVPs) to realization, secure business funding, and get accepted into accelerators such as Y Combinator and MassChallenge. Prior to teaching, Phil was the chief software architect on several large-scale web and mobile applications. Phil graduated from Vanderbilt University with a BA in Economics.

Howard Kaplan

Associate Director, Technology & Programming

As the Associate Director, Technology & Programming, Howard’s charter is to drive the technology strategy for the Harvard Innovation Labs to better serve student and alumni ventures & the Harvard ecosystem alike, today as well as in the future. Howard will counsel and advise students from across the University in developing & validating business models that scale and embrace the latest technology around us.

A circuitous route to the Harvard Innovation Labs, Howard has spent the last two decades working in, on and consulting to technology-centric startups. Most recently he led the product, technology & marketing for an IoT Platform.  Prior to that, he was the COO for a pioneering Digital Marketing SaaS provider.  Through it all he’s learned, life’s too short to build something nobody wants. Thankfully, the tools now exist to measure what people do, rather than what they say & leverage those insights in design & execution of a business model search.

Howard is a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology, holding a Bachelor of Science degree in the field of Software Engineering.

Scott Overdyke

Associate Director, Social Enterprise

Scott Overdyke is the Associate Director for Social Enterprise at the Harvard Innovation Labs where he advises students and teams from across the Harvard community to design and launch new solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. Prior to the Innovation Labs, Scott worked with a number of social enterprises in various capacities – as founding team member of the crowdsourcing platform Razoo.com, strategy consultant at FSG, director at the impact investment fund Root Capital, and the role that first ignited his interest in this sector – as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Panama. Scott is a graduate of Columbia Business School, Harvard Kennedy School, and Vanderbilt University. A native Texan, he has now complained his way through 10 Boston winters.

Rachel Zelcer

Operations Associate, Life Lab

Rachel Zelcer is the operations associate at the Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab, working alongside the operations manager to ensure seamless management of resident and guest services. She previously worked at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute as a new patient coordinator in both the Head and Neck Oncology group, and the Center for Immuno-oncology. In this role, she provided administrative support to multiple medical teams and coordinated all aspects of new patient care. Rachel has a bachelor’s degree in Health: Science, Society, and Policy, and Psychology with a minor in Business from Brandeis University.

Juhi Naik

Senior Laboratory Associate, Life Lab

Juhi Naik is the senior laboratory operations associate at the Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab. She works with the director of laboratory operations in order to ensure the needs of all residents are met while also fulfilling the long-term goals of the Life Lab. She began her industry experience at a large international food safety corporation where her main focus was the detection of bacterial pathogens in client samples using microbiological techniques. Most recently, she worked at a start-up whose mission was to provide oncology patients with personalized medicine. There, Juhi gained a variety of experiences in clinical lab work as well as lab operations such as equipment maintenance, inventory management, purchasing, audits, licensures, and documentation. Juhi earned a Bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Gary Vogel

Operations Manager, Life Lab

Gary Vogel is the operations manager at the Harvard Life Lab, a branch of the Harvard Innovation Labs operated by LabCentral. He manages the daily office operations of the Harvard Life Lab. Most recently, he comes from the industry of international education where he oversaw freshman study abroad programs. He focused on daily operations management, implementing HR systems, organizational development, and finances. Gary holds a master’s degree in History and Cultural Geography from University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand and a bachelor’s degree in History and German from Arizona State University.

Shawn Ayube

Director of Lab Operations, Life Lab

Shawn Ayube is the director of laboratory operations at the Harvard Life Lab.  He provides direction and guidance to the shared and private lab operations.  He has worked for almost 20 years in the pharma/biotech industry for companies ranging from startup stage to world leading biotech.  Over 15 years as a lab scientist in the discipline of small molecule chromatography supporting pre-clinical discovery efforts he has held roles of increasing responsibilities and has presented at conferences on these topics as well as co-authored articles in leading scientific journals.  Prior to joining LabCentral, Shawn spent 7 years at Amgen, where he was initially brought in as a chromatographer and later transitioned into managing the laboratory operations for all of the discovery research groups at Amgen’s Cambridge, MA site.  He earned his BS in Biochemistry from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, MBA from the University of Phoenix, and MS in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the University of Florida.