CEO and Managing Partner
Katie is the CEO and Managing Partner of The Engine. Previously, Katie was a founder and Managing Director at Project 11 Ventures and Managing Director of Techstars Boston. Katie spent her early career building significant Internet businesses as the Head of Product for Microsoft Startup Labs and SVP of Product at Eons. She learned the ropes of product and business development at AltaVista, RagingBull, Zip2, and Mirror Worlds. Katie currently serves as Chairman of Startup Institute where she is also a founder. She holds an MBA from Yale University and a BA in Biology from Oberlin College. Close Bio.
Reed is a General Partner on the investment team at The Engine. Reed was a founder and Managing Director at Project 11 Ventures and Techstars Boston. He attended MIT and has a background in software. He ran Microsoft Startup Labs in Cambridge and was VP of Technology at Idealab, Boston. Early in his career he created Freelance Graphics which was acquired by Lotus Development Corp. He has been a lecturer at MIT Sloan and is a frequent speaker at MIT entrepreneurship courses and programs. Close Bio.
COO & General Partner
Ann is the COO of the Engine. Ann was most recently at Sanofi where she held senior roles in business development and strategic venture investment. Prior to Sanofi, she was at Flagship Ventures. Ann started her career in R&D at 3M Company, working across fields of materials, biology, engineering. Ann holds an MBA from Harvard and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from MIT. She serves on the Board of Women in the Enterprise of Science and Technology and on the Life Science Council of Springboard Enterprises. Close Bio.
VP Investor Relations & Operations
Bettina is the VP Investor Relations and Operations. She brings over a decade of venture fund operation experience to The Engine. Bettina was most recently with VC firm RockPort Capital, where she was responsible for investor relations, fund operations and marketing. Bettina received her BA and MBA from the Martin Luther University in Halle/Germany and attended the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota under the year-long German academic exchange program. Close Bio.
Chief Design Officer
Fran is The Engine Chief Design Officer. Fran is a formally trained designer with over 15 years of experience. Prior to joining, Fran spent five years at IDEO, where she was a project leader developing brand, strategy, and service design for startups and corporate ventures. At The Engine, she works on overall strategy, and directly with the founders. She holds a BA in Design from Pontificia Universidad Catolica in Chile and Graduate Degree in Entrepreneurship from Boston University. Close Bio.
Director of Strategic Initiatives
SJ is the Director of Strategic Initiatives for The Engine. She has worked with 50+ innovation ecosystems across the world and holds a position on the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Innovation Ecosystems. She has deep understanding of the role of the public and private sector, and the critical role each play in supporting the advancement of technology and innovation thanks to her experience at MIT, Harvard, Deloitte, and the U.S. Department of Energy. She will lead strategic priorities and broader ecosystem development at The Engine, including advising the CEO. SJ is a graduate of Duke University where she studied the intersection of policy, private sector and society. She also lectures at HKS, MIT, and Tufts. Close Bio.
Head of Network
Paula is the Head of Network. For more than 20 years, she has connected people — she has built successful strategic partnerships, collaborations, and consortia across the globe, including multinational corporations, start-up companies, and the academic institutions of MIT and Columbia University. Most recently, these activities focused on innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as makerspaces. She holds a BA from Brown University and an MCP from MIT. Close Bio.
Ally has a background in mechanical engineering and research and development. She brings expertise in materials and micro and nanotechnologies from her MIT graduate work, and research at NASA, Google[x], and MGH. Also while at MIT, she spent a significant amount of time learning within the entrepreneurial ecosystem as Managing Director of the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition, and as Co-Director of MIT Hacking Medicine. Most recently, Ally led R&D and manufacturing at Accion Systems, Inc.—an MIT-spin out that creates high-quality, affordable ion propulsion technologies for increased access to space. Ally has an SM in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from UNH. Close Bio.
Eugene has used his career to help early stage founders, both as an operator and an investor. Most recently, he served as Chief of Staff at Galvanize, helping grow the company through a period of national expansion. Before that, he spent time at Foundry Group and Techstars learning the trade of venture. Eugene holds degrees in Economics and Political Science from the University of Colorado–Boulder. Close Bio.
Geraldine is an Associate at The Engine where she brings over a decade of academic experience, with a strong focus on translational and cross-disciplinary research in chemical engineering and biology. She earned a PhD with Dr. Michael Strano at MIT for her work on photovoltaics, nano-electronics, and biosensors using graphene and carbon nanotubes. As a postdoctoral researcher, she worked in the lab of Dr. Ramnik Xavier at MGH and The Broad Institute, applying CRISPR technology to autophagy and immunology, towards the development of therapeutics. Geraldine has interned at the Partners Innovation Fund and consulted for an early stage Flagship Pioneering-backed company. She holds BS and MS degrees in Chemical Engineering from the KU Leuven (Belgium) and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from MIT. Close Bio.
Olesya brings broad expertise in biology and biochemistry to her position as an Associate. Her graduate work in the lab of Dr. Jing-Ke Weng at MIT focused on fundamental plant metabolism research, with the translational goal of enabling biomanufacturing of specific plant natural products. While at MIT, she also spent time at Sloan learning about venture creation and biotech strategy. Olesya has worked on diligence projects with local venture funds, consulted on program development and implementation for a national pharmacy corporation, and interned at The Engine for a year before joining the team full time. She holds a BS in Biochemistry from Stony Brook University and a PhD in Biology from MIT. Close Bio.
Monique received her MBA from MIT Sloan in the Spring of 2017, where she was involved with the entrepreneurial ecosystem as the Managing Director of the MIT $100K Competition. Prior to Sloan, she was one of the first employees at a social enterprise specializing in healthcare design, MASS Design Group, where she built out operations and expanded the business model abroad. Monique is working on founder programs, investments, and the overall business model of The Engine’s space. Close Bio.
Head of Operations
Emily oversees the operations and expansion of The Engine, including our Engine Room initiative. She focuses on providing our portfolio companies with resources including space and a network of shared resources. Prior to joining the team, she spent three years overseeing general operations, strategy and product management at Workbar coworking spaces. She has spent the last few years working with startups, and connecting them to resources in the innovation ecosystem. Emily holds a BS from the Cornell School of Hotel Administration. Close Bio.
Director of Content
Nathaniel brings over a decade of experience in writing and brand development to his job as Director of Content at The Engine. In partnership with design, he helps The Engine and its portfolio companies shape compelling and accessible stories. Prior to The Engine, Nathaniel was Director of Content at Tank Design, a design and branding firm in Cambridge, MA, where he led a team that wrote and developed brand identities for clients across the country. Nathaniel holds an honors degree in Creative Writing from Hamilton College. Close Bio.
Alana ensures that the day to day operations of the engine run smoothly. As the leader of the building operations team she is responsible for making sure that our building is a state of the art home for Tough Tech Founders. Her experience in managing operations and logistics has been in the public sector as the Executive Director of Allston Village Main Streets and Chief of Staff to Boston City Councilor At Large Annissa Essaibi-George. Alana attended Emerson College where she studied Organizational and Political Communication. Close Bio.
Julie manages all things finance and HR at The Engine. Julie has 15+ years of experience and has been building and scaling finance teams and processes for rapid growth startups, most recently Litmus Software and Applause. Julie has her own business, the RevGroup, and contracts for the Engine and its portfolio companies. She is a CPA and holds a BS in Accounting/Finance from Merrimack College. Close Bio.
With 10 plus years working in laboratories, Alex is the operations manager for the chemistry and biology spaces at The Engine. Starting on the bench sequencing DNA and RNA libraries and managing cleanroom spaces at the Broad Institute, he has now managed labs at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Konica Minolta. Alex brings a robust understanding of research and development into his role, and holds a BS in Biology from Howard University. Close Bio.
Cesar will be focused on building out and maintaining the machine shop space at The Engine. In managing the space, Cesar is able to provide both engineering support as well as machine assistance for all of the companies that call The Engine home.Cesar has a background in mechanical engineering and is particularly interested in product development and design for manufacturing. Leveraging his expertise, companies are able to quickly and effectively go from idea to working prototype. Cesar holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University. Close Bio.
Community Operations Associate
Casra recently graduated from Boston University and started his first role here at the Engine. He studied business administration with a concentration in information systems and sustainable energy. He experienced the co-working lifestyle at a previous internship and grew a strong interest in the operations, process improvement, and organizational development of co-working organizations. Close Bio.
Community Operations Associate
Kara attended the University of Vermont where she studied political science and French. After graduating, she moved to France to teach English to high school students with the year-long TAPIF program. Once she returned to the US, she began working as a Community Manager at a local coworking space, helping build a community of members and running the day-to-day operations of the space. She has taken on a similar role at The Engine, focusing on community-building, organization, and process improvement. Close Bio.
Lawrence is an Associate professor of Design and Entrepreneurship at Olin College. At The Engine, he is using his experience helping engineering teams navigate the “human bits” of teamwork, project management and value creation to help Engine companies more effectively achieve their ambitions and goals. Lawrence holds a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County as well as a PhD from the Center for Design Research at Stanford University. He also completed a postdoc in mechanical engineering at MIT. Close Bio.