Our Board + Team

Our team works together to be collaborative, dynamic, empowering, impactful, and inclusive in the community throughout New England (and beyond). 

Board Of Directors

Our Board of Directors is dedicated to diversity, inclusion, and an equity-focused mission. They strengthen Innovation Studio with a clear vision, collaborative process, balanced approach, and focus on continuous improvement. Together, we envision a world in which anyone can be an innovator.

MITCH TYSON

MITCH TYSON

Board Chair, Former CEO, Principal at Tyson Associate

DAMON COX

DAMON COX

President and CEO at Massachusetts Life Sciences Center

JUSTINA GALLEGOS

JUSTINA GALLEGOS

Partner, EO Ventures

MELISSA JAMES

MELISSA JAMES

Chief Executive Officer, The Tech Connection

LAUREN JONES

LAUREN JONES

Massachusetts Director for Apprenti

CARMEN DIAZ-JUSINO

CARMEN DIAZ-JUSINO

Vice President, Community Development Officer for BankNewport

CHRISTOPHER MULLER, PH.D.

CHRISTOPHER MULLER, PH.D.

Professor and Former Dean

VINIT NIJHAWAN

VINIT NIJHAWAN

Managing Director, MassVentures

KEVIN WIANT

KEVIN WIANT

Board Member

DANIEL ENRÍQUEZ VIDAÑA

DANIEL ENRÍQUEZ VIDAÑA

President and Member of the Board of Directors

ZALIKA WINITZER

ZALIKA WINITZER

Senior Manager DEI Strategy at Wayfair

Our Team

Our team is dedicated to fostering a strong, supportive, and accessible entrepreneur community in New England and beyond.

DANIEL ENRÍQUEZ VIDAÑA

DANIEL ENRÍQUEZ VIDAÑA

President and Member of the Board of Directors

TUNI (RENAUD) SCHARTNER

TUNI (RENAUD) SCHARTNER

VP of Ecosystem Development Innovation Studio, ED of Providence + Venture Café Thursday Gathering Program

ASHLEY KUZMANKO MEDERIOS

ASHLEY KUZMANKO MEDERIOS

VP Strategy + Partnerships Innovation Studio

TARA ATWOOD

TARA ATWOOD

Sr. Director Entrepreneur Programs + Marketing Innovation Studio

RACHAEL REINTS

RACHAEL REINTS

Director of Operations Innovation Studio

SHAHEEN HAKIMI

SHAHEEN HAKIMI

Director of Venture Café Cambridge

YULIYA POKHYLKO

YULIYA POKHYLKO

Associate Director Programs + Partnerships

AMY ERICKSON

AMY ERICKSON

Associate Director Programs + Partnerships

GIANNE DOHERTY

GIANNE DOHERTY

Associate Director of Entrepreneur Programming

AVI MALLINGER

AVI MALLINGER

Associate Director Strategy + Impact

CLAUDIA DIAZ

CLAUDIA DIAZ

Digital Marketing Manager Innovation Studio

ALISON FOLEY

ALISON FOLEY

Marketing Coordinator Innovation Studio

JENNA LARIVIERE

JENNA LARIVIERE

Community + Event Space Sales Manager

JORDAN ELSTER

JORDAN ELSTER

Program Coordinator

ANASTASIIA SAMARDAK

ANASTASIIA SAMARDAK

Northeastern University Co-op of Programs and Marketing

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