SecondMuse is the operator behind M-Corps. SecondMuse is joined by an esteemed Board of Advisors, a robust team of technical experts and mentors who are all passionate about easing the pain of manufacturing, and putting New York on the map for getting cleantech to market faster.

Katey Metzroth

SecondMuse - M-Corps Operating Team

Katey oversees SecondMuse’s New York City team and portfolio of work. She led the co-design and management of NYCEDC’s New York Next Top Makers including the expansion and scale up from six to 85 companies under Futureworks NYC. She is one of the founding designers of the Needfinding Framework for Internet Freedom and previously launched the Lipman Family Prize, a collaboration between the Wharton School and UPENN. 


Shelby Thompson

SecondMuse - Operating Team

Shelby is manufacturing manager at SecondMuse. She joined the team after six years at Tomorrow Lab, a New York City innovation studio for hardware products. Shelby focuses on deeply understanding startups’ needs and quickly connecting founders with mentors, prototyping resources and manufacturers to enable seamless growth. 

Greg Spielberg

SecondMuse - Operating Team

Greg oversees SecondMuse’s NYC comms and community strategies and the NYCEDC Futureworks Shops program. A former journalist with Businessweek, Bloomberg and Harvard’s Nieman Lab, Greg specializes in building coalitions that propel economic ecosystems forward.

Blake Garcia

SecondMuse - Operating Team

Blake is manager of Cities operations for SecondMuse’s New York City team and oversees the NYCEDC Futureworks Incubator program. He serves in project management or senior project roles focusing on SecondMuse’s work on advanced manufacturing and cleantech incubators in NYC, and he is a 4-year veteran on the NASA Space Apps program. Blake also oversees business unit operations and finances.

Nate Padgett

SecondMuse - Operating Team

Nate focuses on partnership development at SecondMuse while also advising hardware companies throughout New York. Nate was formerly community director at Quirky Inventions and head of community and marketing at Keen Home.

Attia Taylor

SecondMuse - Operating Team

Attia Taylor is community manager for the SecondMuse New York City team. She supports Futureworks and M-Corps programming online and off. Her role focuses on strengthening the community experience and communicating across programs to create a seamless experience for participants, partners, and sponsors. Prior to joining SecondMuse, Attia worked in women’s health advocacy with a focus on technology and research to create sustainable health solutions for women.

Na’im Zerbes

SecondMuse - Operating Team

Na’im is operations coordinator for SecondMuse’s New York City team. He joined SecondMuse in 2016 to research and map the systemic forces operating behind education and workforce development. Before joining SecondMuse, Na’im coordinated the regional implementation of a program for the civic empowerment of junior youth, accompanying and training youth mentors to empower their younger peers in becoming agents of social change.

Annette Brenner

NextCorps - Advisory Board

As a NextCorps client development manager, Annette identifies and develops new clients and projects and promotes manufacturing growth services to the region’s small and mid-sized manufacturers. Services include strategic business solutions, funding resources, lean enterprises, quality management, market development, product design, and prototyping. Prior to NextCorps, Annette was a senior research engineer and global buyer for General Motors. 

Miquela Craytor

NYC Small Business Services - Advisory Board

Miquela Craytor is executive director of the Manufacturing and Industrial Innovation Council at New York City’s SBS. Previously, she was the Director of Industrial Policy at the NYC Economic Development Corporation overseeing the city’s revived industrial policy efforts. Projects include the citywide Industrial Action Plan and overseeing the Futureworks NYC initiatives. Ms. Craytor also serves on the board of the NYC Workforce Development Corporation. 

Kate Daly

Closed Loop Partners - Advisory Board

Kate Daly is executive director of the Center for the Circular Economy at Closed Loop Partners. The Center is a hub for business acceleration and investment in packaging, food, the built environment, and apparel & textiles. Kate previously served as Senior Vice President at the NYC Economic Development Corporation, where she oversaw the City’s industry-facing business development programs in sectors including advanced manufacturing, fashion, and tech.

Bob Denaro

Dragon Innovation - Advisory Board

Bob Denaro is the senior quality engineer at Dragon Innovation. Bob has more than twenty years of experience in engineering, reliability, quality and management in both design and manufacturing operations. Before joining Dragon, Bob was the quality engineering manager at Keurig Green Mountain and a Principal at New England Flight Training. 

Yassin Abo El Nour

Dragon Innovation - Technical Expert

Yassin Abo El Nour is the Director of Product at Dragon Innovation. Synthesizing customer insights and Dragon‘s manufacturing expertise, he leads a team of designers and developers to build software that makes manufacturing feel easy. Yassin holds a BS in Electronics Engineering from the American University in Cairo and a MBA from Harvard Business School.

Sara Eshelman

Spero Ventures - Advisory Board

Sara is a principal with Spero Ventures. Spero is a new fund that launched out of Omidyar Network in March 2018 to support early-stage, mission-driven founders. Sara focuses on tech platforms in thematic areas such as health, well-being, and future of work. Prior to Spero, Sara was a principal at Omidyar Network and a manager at Michael Porter’s Monitor Group management consulting firm.

Erica Iannotti

NYSERDA - Advisory Board

Erica is a tech to market advisor and project manager at NYSERDA. She began her career at GE in technical and business development roles for thermal and wind energy technologies. In 2012, Erica started her own company, and after three successful ventures, she now focuses on nonprofit and public sector work. Erica joined NYSERDA in 2016 to help startup companies successfully manufacture their cleantech products and designed the program that came to be M-Corps. 

Kathy Larchian

Pensa - Advisory Board

Kathy is a founder of Pensa, an award-winning industrial design and invention firm based in DUMBO. She has been managing creative firms since 1994. She’s a rare find — a business head with a true understanding of how to foster and sustain a creative group. Kathy embraces change, the entrepreneurial spirit and the challenges that come with each. Pensa clients include GoTenna, Lotik and One Drop.

Sean Petterson

StrongArm Tech - Advisory Board

Sean Petterson is CEO of StrongArm Tech, a company that ensures Industrial Athletes are proud, protected and productive, as well as Forbes 30 Under 30. StrongArm uses IoT-enabled wearables to predict and prevent workplace injuries. Sean is also founder of FreeForm Factory, a fully-electric jet ski startup, which was acquired by Nikola Corp. In his spare time, Sean mentors hardware startups and is an avid boxer, motorcycle builder, and fisherman.

Chris Quintero

Bolt VC - Advisory Board

Chris is a principal at Bolt, a venture capital firm designed to address the needs of early-stage startups at the intersection of hardware and software. He was the firm’s first hire over five years ago. Bolt now has over 60 companies in it’s portfolio, $120M under management, and 18 full time staff. Chris has a mechanical engineering degree from Georgia Tech and previously worked on development projects in sanitation and gasification in Chile and Vietnam.

Peter Russo

Blackburn Energy - Advisory Board

Peter Russo is President of Blackburn Energy, a clean energy startup featuring a kinetic energy capturing system for trucking. Previously, Peter was the Director of Growth & Innovation at MassMEP where he helped author the DOE Build4Scale program. Peter founded five startups and is a Certified Purchasing Manager in accordance with Institute for Supply Management and a Kaplan-Norton Balanced Scorecard Certified Graduate.

Will Watts

Tesla - Advisory Board

Will manages Tesla’s electric-vehicle infrastructure program across the New York tri-state area. A three-time entrepreneur and Princeton Mechanical and Aerospace Engineer, Will has founded companies that built bamboo bicycles, 3D-printed composites, and VR-based design software. He also spent five years in the construction industry as an engineer and project manager.

Nicolas Vansnick

BotFactory - Advisory Board

Nicolas “Nico” Vansnick has been working for the last five years on making hardware less hard – at least to manufacture. He is the co-founder and CEO of BotFactory, an award-winning company selling and developing desktop electronics prototyping machines. He has an MS in EE from NYU and an MS in Mechatronics from UCL. He is also an avid soccer player and world traveler.