While SecondMuse leads M-Corps, we’ve built a statewide coalition of founders, investors, policymakers and engineers to help startups manufacture and thrive. Meet the Operating Team, Board of Advisors, and Technical Experts working together and putting New York on the map for getting cleantech to market faster. Join us.
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 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.
Stacey Weismiller is a veteran of both New York City Economic Development Corporation and General Electric. Her passion stretches from supply chain management to helping startups scale their teams, resources and spaces.
Rachael joins SecondMuse from General Motors where she worked in the electric vehicle division. At a time when climate change threatens our communities, Rachael can not imagine a better place to put her broad engineering experience to work than helping cleantech startups scale within the SecondMuse M-Corps team.
Greg leads SecondMuse’s companywide comms strategy and community engagement across six North American programs. He designed and runs NYCEDC’s Futureworks Shops program, a network of NYC prototyping spaces, scholarships and subsidies. Greg is a former journalist with Businessweek, Bloomberg, Nieman Lab and the Vail Daily.
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.
Prior to joining SecondMuse, Casey led PR and communications at the NYC-based hardware startup littleBits, where she collaborated with partners including The Walt Disney Company, NASA and the Malala Fund. Casey was previously a civic sector management consultant at Bennett Midland, where her clients included the United Way and the NYC Department of Investigation. Casey holds a BA in Public & Private Sector Organizations from Brown University.
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.
Quinn is a program coordinator for the SecondMuse team and holds a B.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from NYU. During her college career, she discovered her passion for entrepreneurship and worked at Female Founders Fund and NYU Future Labs prior to starting her own venture. Quinn participated in the NYU Stern $300k Challenge and Real Startup Accelerator and lead the planning of three InnoVention competitions at NYU.
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.
Elton is SecondMuse’s chief culture coordinator and is also responsible for all events and travel. The former mayor of a small town, he is the only dog to be elected as a public official. Elton splits his time between New York and CT, and his age is unknown.
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.
NYC Small Business Services
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.
Closed Loop Partners
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 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.
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 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 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.
Roland is the cofounder & COO at Partsimony. Roland holds a degree in Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech and spent 5 years working as an Investment Banker on Wall Street with experience across several large-scale mergers & acquisitions in addition to strategic corporate refinancings. He is passionate about making the process of building hardware more efficient and this driving purpose fuels his work at Partsimony.
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 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 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.
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.
Will is an operations engineer for Block Renovation. He formerly managed 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 J. Avril is responsible for Dragon Innovation in Europe. He is based in Amsterdam. Nicolas is a material scientist by training with a focus on polymer and composites. Nicolas holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from the École Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles de la ville de Paris and a Master in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT. Prior to that, he studied technical drawing, machining, automation, and programming.
With 25 years in energy and sustainability, Kristin Barbato has served in executive roles spanning utilities, government, energy services, and consulting. She founded Build Edison to help innovative cleantech solutions get to scaled commercialization faster. Build Edison provides advisory services and demonstration projects with a unique investment vehicle to enable optimized procurement, go-to-market strategies, capital planning, investor engagement, and commercial operations.
Brian Bauer is the Program Director for 76West, New York State’s clean energy business competition and Entrepreneur-in-Residence for the Southern Tier Startup Alliance. His experience includes developing BP’s Global Operation Institute to systematically transform its Operations capability and leading the response to the Macondo oil spill, serving as BP Incident Commander/in Louisiana.
Jeff has over 35 years of experience including working at Arrow Electronics as the General Manager, Director of Sales, and in manufacturing negotiation. After retirement, Jeff joined EyeTemp, an NYC-based startup focused on fire safety, as a partner and Sales Executive. Jeff has mentored for many hardware incubators and accelerators. Jeff holds an MBA from Pace University.
Eric Ciampoli is Founder and President of ECIC Consulting Inc. Eric brings over 16 years of manufacturing and process improvement experience in industries including 3D printing, roll forming, superconductor wire drawing, aluminum sand casting, thermoplastic valve and piping manufacturing, and industrial condensing hot water heaters and boilers. Eric holds an MBA in Operations Management from the University of Massachusetts Boston, a BS in Manufacturing Engineering Technologies, and an A.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, MA.
NYC Mayor's Office of Climate Policy
Lara is currently the Chief of Staff for Climate Policy and Programs for at the NYC Office of the Mayor. Previously, she led strategy and programs within the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) to promote job creation and economic growth in NYC’s sustainability, resiliency, and industrial sectors. Key programs include: Urbantech NYC, Futureworks NYC, and RISE : NYC.
In early 2017, Crystelle transferred full-time to Genimex, a Chinese contract-manufacturing company specialized in consumer goods and sustainable product manufacturing, to grow their business in the US/Western Europe.
Pepin Gelardi is a designer and engineer who specializes in prototyping, mechanism design and manufacturing. As a Partner at Tomorrow Lab, Pepin leads the Industrial Design and Mechanical Engineering teams to invent and develop new, impactful hardware products.
Jim is a Mechanical Engineering Consultant. He was previously the VP of Engineering at Teralytic, and the Director of Engineering at Latch and MakerBot. His product development experience includes international contract manufacturer coordination, supply chain management, international regulatory compliance, and product roadmap resource and schedule planning.
Accelerate NY Seed Fund
Noel Goddard is a principal at Accelerate NY Seed Fund. She was previously the Chief Technology Officer for the biotech company Symbiotic Health, Inc., where she directed R&D for the company’s formulation technology, manufacturing and quality control. She holds a PhD in Physics & Biology from the Rockefeller University.
Spencer is trained as a Mechanical Engineer and serves as a Dragon Project Manager helping customers navigate from prototype to production. He began his career at Jetboil as an R&D Engineer before transitioning to head of the Quality department making improvements in Quality Management systems in the US and China. After Jetboil, he ran a consulting practice focused on helping medical device companies with gap analysis and compliance across multiple FDA, ISO, CE, and AAMI standards for both legacy and prototype products.
Jonathan Hirschman is a co-founder of PCB:NG, Inc., an on-demand manufacturer of fully assembled printed circuit boards. PCB:NG is software and automation driven manufacturing, and runs on its own proprietary platform. Jonathan also founded the MakeIt NYC Meetup, a general show-and-tell for physical things created by members.
Responsible for vetting Chinese and Domestic manufacturers at MakerBot. Responsible for DFM & supply chain management and sourcing for RaceYa. Worked on product certification for Livestream Mevo camera. Drop testing, IPX rating, shipping and quality inspections. Freelance ME for ECCO, RaceYa, Scale Development, and worked at MakerBot Industries for 4 years as a Mechanical Engineer.
Laurence Jaillet has 15+ years experience in marketing, innovation and sales in consumer products & retail. She is currently focused on marketing and commercializing tech companies and innovation laboratories in multiple industries. Her clients include Sara Lee, Huit, Barbara, Ralph Lauren, Coach, DKNY, Thierry Mügler, Lvmh, Triumph, Revlon, MCGM, Parsons School of Design, Estee Lauder, and L’Oréal.
Lucas started working in product development that the age of 16 and never looked back. Currently the product partner at Doris Dev, he splits his time between HK and NYC designing and building a range of products, from toothbrushes to connected home appliances.
Geof Lipman is the Director of Operations for Part Data at Octopart which focuses on organizing, consolidating, and expanding electronic part data initiatives. Prior to Octopart, Geof was the Director of Hardware Engineering at littleBits, and has over 20 years of experience in hardware R&D, design, and management for consumer, audio, and smart energy products.
Center for Economic Growth
Michael Lobsinger is the Center Director for the CEG’s Business Growth Services (BGS) and Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). Michael directs the BGS|MEP team in providing exemplary support to manufacturing and technology companies with a focus on Continuous Improvement, Technology Acceleration, Growth & Innovation, Export, Supply Chain, Sustainability and Workforce Development.
Tyler is the Founder of Startup OPX, which helps young companies with supply chain strategy, inventory management, contract manufacturing. Tyler has a B.S. in Supply Chain Management.
I’m a Mechanical Design Engineer with experience managing consumer electronics projects from concept to mass production. I’ve traveled to China and Korea for part/process validation and New Product Introduction (NPI). I have extensive experience in Design for Manufacturability (DFM).
Rich is the Cofounder & CEO at Partsimony. Rich has worked on numerous critical global supply chain initiatives across various multi-billion dollar industrial companies in the Aviation, Oil & Gas, Locomotive, and Renewable Energy sectors. He advises on hardware-related inventions and can be found doodling designs for new product ideas in his (non-existent) free time.
Urban Future Lab
Jiro Otsuka is the program manager for Urban Future Lab. Jiro advises portfolio startup companies on business strategy and operations. In particular, Jiro has worked extensively with founders to increase successful outcomes in the investment raising process by improving investment pitch decks, refining company growth narratives, and pitch coaching. Prior to joining Urban Future Lab, Jiro was a senior auditor at Ernst & Young, focusing on the financial statement audit of manufacturing and industrial companies.
Marco has over 25 years of experience inventing, designing and engineering just about everything from candy to CNC machines and solar chargers. When he is not busy with his work, he loves to build things with his kids.
Krystal Persaud is a product designer and the founder of Grouphug, a sustainable technology startup. She’s a Founding Member & former Senior Director of Product Design at littleBits, a New York-based hardware startup that invented the electronic building block. A graduate of the Georgia Tech School of Industrial Design, Krystal is also an adjunct instructor at NJIT & SVA.
Diana Pincus is the VP of Operations at littleBits, a modular electronics platform. Diana is a manufacturing operations executive and mechanical engineer with more than 10 years of experience in factory layout and execution, development of an operations organization, building a local and international supply chain, and managing cross-functional teams.
Dan is currently the Director of the Lawrence Technological University Collaboratory, a program that helps accelerate and scale small manufacturers and innovators of new “hardware” products. Dan was formerly the Chief Strategy Officer for the Optimal Inc., a group of companies focused on product benchmarking/development/
Peter Ragonetti is the President of PTR Design, LLC, which focuses on providing concept development, product design and manufacturing support for product and technology companies. As Design Director and Product Director at Kikkerland Design, Peter was responsible for product pipeline management, quality control, compliance testing and markings, sourcing and COG negotiations.
As a New Business Strategist at Tomorrow Lab®, Casey is responsible for building partnerships, evaluating new product ideas, and managing the sales and marketing process. In addition to his work at Tomorrow Lab, Casey directs a hardware training program for low-income New Yorkers, and he is a strategy consultant for early-stage startups. In his spare time, Casey plays a lot of guitar and piano.
NYC Mayor’s Office of the CTO
Paul Rothman is a Senior Product Manager in the NYC Mayor’s Office of the CTO where he focuses on advancing smart city concepts and technologies to improve the lives of all New Yorkers. Previously, Paul was a founding member of littleBits Electronics, a STE(A)M education technology startup where he served as the Director of R&D. He is a graduate of New York University with a bachelor’s degree in music technology and a master’s from the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), where he was previously an adjunct professor.
One more – Justin Seidenfield: Justin is the founder & CEO of Doris Dev, a product development service company that helps develop & manufacture new hardware concepts across many categories. Before Doris Dev, Justin ran New Product Development at Buzzfeed’s Product Labs. He started his career in product development & manufacturing at Quirky, where he set up & ran its manufacturing & sourcing office based in Hong Kong. Justin graduated from Princeton University with a degree in engineering and lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Stand Development & Consulting
Tara Stand uses her B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Black Belt in Innovation to help small and medium businesses jumpstart their growth. She spent 10 years honing her practice with the Manufacturing Extension Partnership in NYC and has hosted and spoken at the Design for Manufacturing Summit, U.S. Dep. Of Commerce’s ExporTech, and the City of New York’s FastTrac program for small businesses.
Aparna is the founder and director of Sundar Solutions, a company that focuses on business development, strategy, and financial solutions for sustainability-focused companies. Prior to founding Sundar Solutions, Aparna was a sustainable financier on Wall Street from, and a blended value entrepreneur in New York, Tibet, and Sichuan. She is a MBA / MSc graduate of the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise from the University of Michigan.
Born in Vietnam, Tan grew up in North Carolina and earned his BS in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering from NC State University. He later graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a MS in Integrated Product Design. After post-graduation backpacking trips to Europe and Southeast Asia, Tan joined Tomorrow Lab as a Product Design Engineer.