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OUR TEAM

Our founding team at the Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship is passionate about and experienced in educating and supporting entrepreneurs in the Brown ecosystem. Teaching entrepreneurship is not a spectator sport, so as startup folks ourselves, we try to practice what we preach: move quickly, collaborate freely, and think expansively.

Danny Warshay '87

Danny Warshay '87

Executive Director

Jonas Clark

Jonas Clark

Associate Director

Sheila Haggerty

Sheila Haggerty

Assistant Director

Jason Harry

Jason Harry

Director, Breakthrough Lab

Tori Gilbert

Tori Gilbert

Events & Operations Coordinator

Bridget Hall '23

Bridget Hall '23

Communications Fellow

Estela Morais Westphalen '24

Estela Morais Westphalen '24

Summer B-Lab Program & Events Assistant

Amy Xiao '24

Amy Xiao '24

Summer B-Lab Multimedia and Design Coordinator

Minnie Zhang '25

Minnie Zhang '25

Summer B-Lab Multimedia and Design Coordinator

MENTOR LEADERSHIP

Meet our fantastic group of Mentor Leaders: experienced entrepreneurs who are available to support¬†student and alumni founders, aswell as help folks navigate their entrepreneurial careers. If you’d like to chat with them about your venture, kick around a nascent idea, or talk startup life in general – drop them a line
or SIGN UP FOR THEIR OFFICE CHATS HERE!

Riche Holmes Grant '99

Riche Holmes Grant '99

2021 Entrepreneur in Residence

Ben Chesler '15

Ben Chesler '15

2021 Entrepreneur in Residence

Lorine Pendleton '91

Lorine Pendleton '91

2021 Entrepreneur in Residence

Hamzah Ansari

Hamzah Ansari

B-Lab 2020/2021/2022 Entrepreneur in Residence

Deb Mills-Scofield '82

Deb Mills-Scofield '82

Mentor Maven

Alan Harlam

Alan Harlam

Mentor Leader

MEET YOUR PEIRs

Meet our fantastic group of Peer-Entrepreneurs-in-Residence: young, experienced entrepreneurs who are available to support their fellow founders. If you’d like to chat with them about your venture, kick around a nascent idea, or talk startup life in general – drop them a line
or SIGN UP FOR THEIR OFFICE CHATS HERE!

Francesca Raoelison

Francesca Raoelison

Sociology, '23

Kia Uusitalo

Kia Uusitalo

Modern Culture and Media, '23

Aayush Setty

Aayush Setty

Computer Science and Applied Math, '24

Meera Kurup

Meera Kurup

Computer Science and Entrepreneurship, '23

Dana Biechele-Speziale

Dana Biechele-Speziale

Chemistry, PhD '24

Renee Andam

Renee Andam

Economics and Entrepreneurship '24

FACULTY & RESEARCH

Howard Anderson

Howard Anderson

Adjunct Lecturer in Engineering, Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School

Thano Chaltas '87

Thano Chaltas '87

Associate Professor of the Practice, School of Engineering

Emily Ferrier

Emily Ferrier

Entrepreneurship Librarian

Rafael La Porta

Rafael La Porta

Robert J. and Nancy D. Carney University Professor of Economics & Nelson Center Faculty Director

Jennifer Nazareno

Jennifer Nazareno

Barrett Hazeltine Assistant Professor of the Practice of Entrepreneurship

Alice Nichols

Alice Nichols

Adjunct Lecturer in International and Public Affairs

Banu Ozkazanc-Pan

Banu Ozkazanc-Pan

Professor of Practice, School of Engineering, & Director of the Venture Capital Inclusion Lab

Bobby Pakzad-Hurson

Bobby Pakzad-Hurson

Jonathan M. Nelson Assistant Professor of Economics and Entrepreneurship

Larry Rand '64

Larry Rand '64

Visiting Associate Professor of the Practice

Linda Scott

Linda Scott

Visiting Scholar and Professor Emeritus, DP World Chair of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, University of Oxford

Fran Slutsky

Fran Slutsky

Adjunct Lecturer in Engineering

BROWN EP

Meet the leadership of Brown EP, the long-running and student-led entrepreneurship organization with a deep history of supporting Brown founders.

Amanda Levy '23

Amanda Levy '23

EP co-president

Computer Science – Economics

Ford Bennett '23

Ford Bennett '23

EP co-president

Economics and Public Health