Our Staff: Helping you and your ideas go further, faster.
Jodi Goldstein is the Executive Director of the Harvard Innovation Labs, which includes the Harvard i-lab, the Harvard Launch Lab for alumni, and the Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab for alumni, faculty and student led life science ventures. With more than 20 years of experience as a startup executive, co-founder, and investor, she is focused on new strategic initiatives that have the potential to expand the Labs’ student and alumni reach and impact while also serving as primary liaison with the organization’s key stakeholders and the broader regional, national and global innovation community.
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 is the Managing Director of the Harvard Innovation Labs.
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 oversees the day-to-day of the three labs while working with the leadership and management team to craft strategies and initiatives 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, speaking, writing, motivating, creating and making whatever is before him better than it is or was.
As the Director of Advising, Howard leads the resident Advising team, and guides the Programming strategy across the Harvard Innovation Labs to better serve student entrepreneurs and alumni founders & ventures alike. Howard’s mission, and that of the entire Advising team, is to meet the “Harvard founder” wherever they are on their entrepreneurial journey, and provide direction, insight and the wisdom needed to help them push their venture further, faster.
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 a mid-market 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, and leverage those insights in the design and 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.
Joanne Healy is the Director of Operations and Administration at the Harvard Innovation Labs.
As part of the senior leadership team, she will provide leadership and management of operations and ensure the smooth functioning of the all three labs as the campus hub of entrepreneurial innovation. She will manage the Operations team and act as the primary liaison with Harvard Business School and University departments.
Prior to joining the Harvard Innovation Labs, she had a long career at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement where she was the Senior Vice President of Operations. Her responsibilities included oversight of Human Resources, Information Technology, Information Systems, Event Planning, Facilities, The Open School for Health Professionals and all Open Enrollment Programs. She is looking forward to applying her experience to help make the Innovation Labs run smoothly and efficiently. She enjoys sports, reading, spending time with family and friends. She has recently taken up painting and loves it!
As the Director of Marketing, Josh leads a team of marketers whose mission it is to inspire the world to question the status quo. This includes driving Brand Strategy, curating content, and creating engaging digital and physical experiences. He has been a leader in consumer marketing for 20 years, spending over half of his career at Nike before moving to New Balance, then into the world of entrepreneurship. He co-founded Nix, a Harvard Innovations Labs based start-up before becoming the Head of Marketing for Tracksmith, a Boston-based running apparel brand. Throughout his career, creating original programs and one-of-a-kind experiences has been his passion.
Josh serves on several youth- and sports-related boards and remains active in the sports marketing industry. He graduated from the University of Portland with a degree in marketing & management and earned his MBA from Northeastern University with an emphasis in finance.
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.
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.
Dr. Michael Fenn is tasked with advising and supporting all healthcare and life science ventures with a focus on supporting founders seeking to drive innovations in human health, which include students, research fellows, and alumni. Michael also serves as a liaison within the Harvard-affiliated healthcare and research communities, as well the surrounding Boston-area ecosystem.
He is particularly passionate about bridging the gap between the academic research and venture worlds, having worked extensively in both. Michael has served as cofounder, advisor, and board member for over 25 startups, as well as several incubators and economic development committees. His entrepreneurial efforts have resulted in significant early-stage capital, creation of intellectual property, technology transfer, and navigation of regulatory pathways. Dr. Fenn received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, and B.S. in Chemistry/Biochemistry, all from the University of Florida.
Philip is the associate 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.
Lara Zimmerman is the Marketing Manager, focused on supporting all things marketing-related for all three labs. 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 received her Master’s Degree in Management from the Harvard Extension School. 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.
Maureen Schrader is a manager at the i-lab, focused on finance and human resources. 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.
Jessica Wilkinson is the Product Manager for the Technology Development Department at the Innovation Labs. Where she oversees product development to enhance internal operations. 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.
Linda Zhou is the Community Coordinator at the i-lab, supporting the daily needs of the i-lab’s member programs while cultivating communities that help teams reach their fullest potential. She recently graduated from Wellesley College with a degree in Political Science and East Asian Studies. While there, she was very involved in community service with the Boston Chinatown community as well as her on-campus residential community. She has worked in two different countries in industries ranging from broadcast journalism to real estate investment to international trade for the federal government. Outside the i-lab, you can find Linda baking cookies, buying even more washi tape or tripping over flat ground.
Avery Sikora is the Operations Lead at the Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab. She provides general operations support to ventures and team members, which includes guest relations, event coordination, logistical planning, and liaising between ventures, vendors and the Harvard Innovation Labs. Her work ensures prompt feedback and action in the space. While working in and around lab space is new for Avery, she has previously worked in both the non-profit and higher education sectors, focusing primarily on event marketing, entrepreneurial education, and content creation. Outside of work Avery loves to travel, volunteer, and spend time at the beach.
Avery earned her MBA and her bachelor’s degree in Marketing Communication from Endicott College.
Norma Heller is the Network Development Coordinator at the Harvard Innovation Labs, where she works to bring down barriers between the different Harvard schools and open the door for people inside and outside the Harvard Network to give back. Norma has had the opportunity to dip her toes into a variety of industries including theatre, hospitality, higher education, and publishing. Most recently she was a Scribe at HBS. She has a B.A. from St. Lawrence University in Film Studies, Fine Arts, and Performance and Communication Arts. In her free time Norma can be found rock climbing, swing or blues dancing, playing video games, or making costumes in her studio.
Shuntaro Shirota is an Operations Coordinator at the i-lab. He supports the Operations team with a variety of functions, ranging from finance, events, to facilities. He graduated from Oberlin College with a BA in History and got his MS in Management from Mount Ida College. Prior to his time at Harvard, Shuntaro worked in Student Financial Services at Mount Ida, where he counseled students and families on financing their education. When not at the i-lab, he loves spending quality time with friends, preferably in the outdoors, and traveling to Japan to see his family.’
Dan Pinnolis is a Graphic Designer, focused on helping the Harvard Innovation Labs with all of its visual communications. He holds a Graduate degree in Health and Wellness Coaching from Maryland University of Integrative Health and a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art from Skidmore College. When not designing in Adobe Suite at work, Dan can be found helping young adults design meaningful careers and lives for themselves through his coaching practice. He is also passionate about improv comedy and occasionally performs at Improv Boston.
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.
Juhi Naik is the Lead Laboratory Operations Manager 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
Rachel Zelcer is the senior 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.
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.