Our Team

  • Katie Rae

    Katie Rae

    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 Sturtevant

    Reed Sturtevant

    General Partner

    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.

  • Ann DeWitt

    Ann DeWitt

    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.

  • Bettina Metais

    Bettina Metais

    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.

  • Fran Barros

    Fran Barros

    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.

  • SJ Maxted

    SJ Maxted

    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.

  • Paula Anzer

    Paula Anzer

    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 Yost

    Ally Yost

    Senior Associate

    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 Wan

    Eugene Wan


    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 Paulus

    Geraldine Paulus


    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.

  • Monique Guimond

    Monique Guimond


    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.

  • Emily Knight

    Emily Knight

    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.

  • Nathaniel Brewster

    Nathaniel Brewster

    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 Olsen

    Alana Olsen

    Operations Manager

    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 Andriolo

    Julie Andriolo

    Finance Manager

    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.

  • Alex Allen

    Alex Allen

    Lab Manager

    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 Guerrero

    Cesar Guerrero

    Engineering Associate

    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.

  • Casra Salehomoum

    Casra Salehomoum

    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.

  •  Kara L'Italien

    Kara L'Italien

    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.

  • Rachel Wallace

    Rachel Wallace

    Executive Assistant

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