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

Liz Malone AM '20

Liz Malone AM '20

Assistant Director for Programs

Jason Harry

Jason Harry

Director, Breakthrough Lab

Abi Durmaz

Abi Durmaz

Events & Operations Coordinator

Sheila Haggerty

Sheila Haggerty

Academic Program Manager

Fabiana Sarkis '22

Fabiana Sarkis '22

Design & Multimedia Intern

Alyssa Trejo AM '22

Alyssa Trejo AM '22

Communications Fellow

MENTOR LEADERSHIP

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 Entrepreneur in Residence

Deb Mills-Scofield '82

Deb Mills-Scofield '82

Mentor Maven

Alan Harlam

Alan Harlam

Mentor Leader

FACULTY & RESEARCH

Howard Anderson

Howard Anderson

Adjunct Lecturer in Engineering, Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School

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

Assistant Professor of Public Health & Entrepreneurship

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

Alice Nichols

Alice Nichols

Adjunct Lecturer in International and Public Affairs

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!

Lauren Brown

Lauren Brown

Business, Entrepreneurship, & Organizations, '22

Madison Frye

Madison Frye

Engineering, '21

Elvia Perez

Elvia Perez

Business Economics & Political Science, '22

Francesca Raoelison

Francesca Raoelison

Sociology, '22

Justin Kim

Justin Kim

Computer Science/PLME, '21

BROWN EP

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

Isabella Espinosa '22

Isabella Espinosa '22

EP co-president

International Relations

Michael Wang '22

Michael Wang '22

EP co-president

Comparative Literature and Behavioral Decision Sciences