Our Staff: Helping you and your ideas go further, faster.
Matt Segneri is the Bruce and Bridgitt Evans Executive Director of the Harvard Innovation Labs, which includes the Harvard i-lab, Launch Lab X GEO for alumni, and the Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab. He oversees the i-lab’s strategy and operations and acts as the primary liaison to the i-lab’s key stakeholders and the local, national, and global innovation community.
He has more than 15 years of leadership experience in organizations of different sizes and stages of development across the private, public, and non-profit sectors. Prior to joining the i-lab, he was the Director of the HBS Social Enterprise Initiative. During that time, he served as co-lead of the HBS New Venture Competition and as a judge for the President’s Innovation Challenge, MassChallenge, and the MIT $100K. He also played a lead role in developing the proposal that established the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative.
Previously, he was a senior leader on the Government Innovation team at Bloomberg Philanthropies. He co-led the inaugural Mayors Challenge, a $9 million competition to inspire American cities to develop bold solutions to common challenges and oversaw initiatives on cross-sector collaboration and innovation teams around the world. In addition, he served as a senior advisor to Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino. In the Mayor’s Office, he focused on innovation and entrepreneurship, service and civic engagement, and safety and security. He also led projects at the Monitor Group and worked in the Special Advisor Program at the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
He holds an A.B. in Psychology from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He was recognized by the Boston Business Journal as one of Boston’s “40 Under 40” and by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce as one of Boston’s “Ten Outstanding Young Leaders.” He lives in Newton with his wife and three children.
Rebecca Xiong is the Managing Director, Programs and Engagement. She spearheads a strategic portfolio of programming and resources for the Harvard Innovation Labs’ community of student and alumni innovators across industry sectors, including health and life sciences; social impact; consumer products and services; business-to-business (B2B) technology.
Becca brings to the Harvard Innovation Labs two decades of experience in the MIT startup ecosystem. She previously served as the program director of MIT Startup Exchange, which promotes collaboration and partnerships between 2000 MIT-connected startups and industry. Prior to that, Becca co-founded two startups: social analytics and marketing startup SocMetrics, and Going.com, an events social network that grew to one million members and was acquired by AOL. Xiong has also held positions at DataPower (acquired by IBM) and Akamai Technologies.
Becca received a PhD in Computer Science from MIT, and did her thesis research at the MIT Media Lab. Becca has been an active member of her community including president of the MIT Club of Boston (the largest alumni club serving 17,000 area alumni) and lead organizer of Cambridge Parent Summit.
Meagan Hall is the Senior Director, Administration. In this role, she leads the core business operations and oversees key systems and annual planning processes.
For the past 15 years, Meagan has worked as a programmatic and operational intrapreneur in higher education and professional learning, including previous roles at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard Division of Continuing Education, Harvard Business School, and Babson College’s F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business. In her leadership roles, she has operationalized new degree programs, designed professional education offerings, led organization design and engagement strategies, and developed operational infrastructure, including operating principles, policies, and practices.
Meagan holds an MBA from Babson College and a BS in Communication from Cornell University. Prior to business school, she began her career managing performance operations within the performing arts industry. When not working, Meagan enjoys travelling and staying active with her husband and two children.
Rebekah Emanuel is the Head of Social Entrepreneurship. A McKinsey alum and HBS grad, Rebekah has started flagship organizations across the private, public and social sectors. While herself at HBS she incubated a start-up at the i-lab, took her start-up to a residency at MassChallenge, and was invited to the second class of the Harvard LaunchLab.
Alongside start-ups, Rebekah has also spent significant time guiding mature organizations. As a Director at the City of Boston, Rebekah wrote the long term plan for Boston outlining where and how the city will grow– including exciting plans for the Allston area where the iLab is situated. The first long term plan completed in 50 years, she helped solicit and integrate over 14k constituent voices, and align the city’s budget against the strategic priorities. The metrics she designed to track progress attracted media attention for their cutting edge public accountability.
Rebekah holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, an LLM in Law from the National University of Ireland Galway as a Mitchell Scholar, and a BA from Yale University. She also serves as a chaplain.
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.
As Director of Alumni Engagement, Thara pilots programs and extends the reach of the Harvard Innovation Labs – both to provide ongoing support to Harvard Innovation Labs’ alumni ventures, and to bring together Harvard’s greater, global community of alumni entrepreneurs.
Thara is a veteran marketing and business development professional who has mentored and advised early-stage ventures in Boston and beyond. She is a Board Member at TiE Boston, a mentor at Founder Institute, and the founder of a networking and mentoring group for female entrepreneurs, RebelWomen. Over the past three years, she held roles at Harvard Business School’s Rock Center for Entrepreneurship, overseeing programs to support alumni founders, from building community to developing programs to advance their ventures.
Thara holds an MBA from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, a Master’s in Journalism from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, and a Bachelor of Applied Arts degree in Broadcasting from Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada.
Alexa Barry is the Manager, Alumni & Student Programs at Harvard Innovation Labs. She works closely with our network of ventures and founders to make connections to valuable resources and experiences at the i-lab.
Prior to joining the Harvard Innovation Labs team, Alexa worked for the YMCA of San Francisco at an educational non-profit where she developed workforce development programming for high school aged youth in partnership with the Bay Area’s business community. Alexa graduated from Bowdoin College where she studied History.
Outside of her time at the i-lab, Alexa loves to play basketball, explore nature, experiment in baking, and travel.
Leo Guyshan is the Director of Programs and Engagement at Harvard Innovation Labs. Previously, he was Chief Operating Officer of Open Avenues, a social impact startup driving narrative change around immigration. Leo has worked throughout the Boston startup ecosystem. He was the Program Director at MassChallenge Boston, where he helped design the accelerator while streamlining operations for the Boston program and site. Before MassChallenge, Leoworked at the Harvard Business School Rock Center for Entrepreneurship where he managed the HBS Entrepreneur-in-Residence program, developed alumni entrepreneurship programming, and supported the New Venture Competition and Rock Accelerator.
Kim Doell is the Programs Manager at the Harvard Innovation Labs. In her role, she works with the product team to deliver and execute programs and offerings to support our entrepreneurs.
Prior to joining the i-lab team, Kim was the Community and Business Operations Manager for the HBS Initiatives department. In this role, she managed special projects, developed new processes and procedures, and planned community-building events. Previously, Kim worked on the HBS Social Enterprise Initiative team managing the planning of the SEI25 convening and various projects surrounding the event. Before joining the Initiatives department, Kim was part of the Event Services team within HBS Operations, where she worked with numerous departments on campus to help them manage their events. Prior to joining the Harvard community in 2015, Kim was the Assistant Director of Conferences and Special Events at Bryant University, where she managed large-scale academic events and summer residential conferences.
Kim holds a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Bryant University and the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation from the Events Industry Council. She has been a member of the International Live Events Association (ILEA) Rhode Island Chapter Board of Directors for the past eight years. Outside of work Kim loves to read, organize, and plan events for her friends and family.
As the Community Coordinator at the i-lab, Emmy works closely with Venture Program members and anyone involved with or interested in the Innovation Labs. In this role, Emmy helps support i-lab users on their entrepreneurial journeys by connecting them to resources, opportunities, and each other.
Before joining the i-lab team, Emmy worked at Netcapital, a Boston-based fintech startup. At Netcapital, she led digital and social media marketing efforts for clients, in addition to assisting with Netcapital’s own PR, email and event marketing strategies. Prior to her time at Netcapital, Emmy worked at Wellesley College as both a Public Speaking Tutor and the Office of International Study Marketing & Administrative Assistant. She graduated from Wellesley with a B.A. in English and Minor in Economics.
In her free time, Emmy enjoys hiking, going for runs along the Esplanade, and exploring Boston’s live music scene.
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.
Aruna Rajan is an Associate Director, Technology Strategy and Operations at the Harvard Innovation Labs. In this role she oversees strategic digital initiatives and technology development for the organization. Prior to joining HIL Aruna worked in the Enterprise Student Systems team at Harvard University. Aruna has a background in information systems and technology working in the US, Switzerland and Thailand. Her areas of expertise include data analytics, cloud technologies, project management and systems support covering student information, commercial operations and finance. Prior to working at Harvard University Aruna worked as a consultant with clients such as Johnson & Johnson, Novartis and Swissport, a global aviation services company.
Aruna holds a master’s degree in Information Management Systems from Harvard University Extension School, a B.S. in Computer Science from Seton Hall University, NJ and an Advanced Project Management certificate from Stanford University.
In her spare time Aruna taught at a culinary school in Singapore and also undertook a menu design project for a famous restaurant there. Passionate about preserving our planet, Aruna enjoys baking, cooking global vegetarian cuisines and traveling the world – there’s Bali, and there’s the rest of the world!
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!
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.
Jennifer Noon is the Manager of Events and Operations, supporting the everyday events that take place within the space and leading on the project management of Harvard Innovation Labs events. Jennifer holds a BA (Hons) in Festival, Events and Marketing Management from Edinburgh Napier University. After graduating university she set out on a successful career in the UK charity sector. Working in her native Scotland for the UK’s largest children’s charity and then relocating to London to work for Parkinson’s UK. Her professional portfolio includes a variety of events from small high profile receptions to large scale awareness and fundraising events. In 2018 she relocated from London to Boston with her fiancé to explore life in the USA. And is enjoying the highs and lows of the Boston weather!
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.’
Allyssa Miller is the Lab Operations Lead at the Harvard Life Lab. She manages the shared and private laboratory operations, and provides overall support to the scientists and shared equipment. Allyssa is New England born and raised (Rhode Island), and earned her BS in Microbiology and Molecular Biology from the University of Central Florida. Allyssa brings over 3 years of experience directing lab start-up operations from her role as a laboratory technician at Texas A&M University. Prior to joining the Life Lab team, Allyssa earned her doctorate in Genetics from Dr. Jennifer Herman’s lab at Texas A&M. During her PhD, Allyssa studied sub-cellular organization and process communication in bacteria. In her spare time, Allyssa enjoys working out, board games, trying new food, exploring Boston, and binging new Netflix shows. On occasional weekends, Allyssa moonlights as a line cook in her boyfriend’s pizza shop (Mr. Pizza-Westerly, RI).
Courtney Ho is the Operations Lead at the Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab. She manages venture success and provides general operations support to residents in varying capacities. Prior to joining the Life Lab team, Courtney worked in lab operations at LabCentral’s main site.
She earned her BS in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of Connecticut and is currently enrolled in a part time MBA program at Boston University with a concentration in health sector management. Outside of work, Courtney enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, and eating all types of food.
Gardenia Pimentel is the Operations Associate at the Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab. She works with the Operations Lead to provide general operations support to residents in varying capacities. Gardenia will also be the main point of contact for procurement for the residents, assisting them with all their purchasing needs from purchase to delivery. She has previous lab experience after a brief stint in Biochemistry, but the past few years have been occupied with her work in the higher education field at her alma mater and Emerson College’s Los Angeles campus. Outside of work, Gardenia enjoys sports, reading, traveling with friends and trying every food imaginable.
Gardenia earned her Bachelor’s in Sociology from Bowdoin College.
Carly Sheehan is the the Operations Associate at the Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab. She’s originally from Southern CT and graduated with a degree in Communication & Media Studies from UConn. Carly has always loved science and originally attended university to study chemistry. She has a variety of experience in events and community workspaces. Outside of work, Carly teaches dance and enjoys traveling, searching for the best new TV show, and her two cats, Eloise and Yoshi!
Thomas R. Eisenmann is the Howard H. Stevenson Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, Peter O. Crisp Chair, Harvard Innovation Labs, and Faculty Co-Chair of the HBS Rock Center for Entrepreneurship, the Harvard MS/MBA Program, and the Harvard College Technology Innovation Fellows Program. Eisenmann teaches the MBA elective Entrepreneurial Failure and the MS/MBA core courses Technology Venture Immersion and Launch Lab.
He twice co-led a Harvard Innovation Lab course, Cultural Entrepreneurship in New York City, in which students from across Harvard spent a winter break week in New York exploring new ventures in fashion, food, and fine arts, and co-led four similar winter break trips to study entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley.
Professor Eisenmann received his Doctorate in Business Administration (’98), MBA (’83), and BA (’79) from Harvard University. Prior to entering the HBS Doctoral Program, Eisenmann spent eleven years as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he was co-head of the Media and Entertainment Practice. He currently serves as a director on the board of Harvard Business Publishing.
Amitabh Chandra is the Henry and Allison McCance Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, the Faculty Chair of the Leading an Enduring Science-Based Business executive education program, and the Ethel Zimmerman Wiener Professor of Public Policy and Director of Health Policy Research at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Professor Chandra is a member of the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) Panel of Health Advisors, and is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). His research focuses on innovation and pricing in the biopharmaceutical industry, value in health care, medical malpractice, and racial disparities in healthcare. His research has been supported by the National Institute of Aging, the National Institute of Child Health and Development, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and has been published in the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and Health Affairs. He is the Chair Editor of the Review of Economics and Statistics.
Professor Chandra is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, the first-prize recipient of the Upjohn Institute’s Dissertation Award, the NIHCM Foundation Health Care Research Award, the Kenneth Arrow Award for best paper in health economics, and the Eugene Garfield Award for the impact of medical research. In 2012, he was awarded American Society of Health Economists (ASHE) medal. The ASHE Medal is awarded biennially to the economist age 40 or under who has made the most significant contributions to the field of health economics.