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 the Senior Community Manager for New York City programs including M-Corps and Futureworks. Shelby supports startups with the short and long-term goals, develops workshops and events relevant to their design and manufacturing needs, and identifies mentors and technical experts that can help them meet their go-to-market goals. Prior to joining SecondMuse, Shelby was the Business & Marketing Manager at Tomorrow Lab, hardware design and engineering firm in NYC.
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.
Na’im is a Program Manager for the Futureworks Incubator program. 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.
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.
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.
Jessie Lam brings over 14 years of experience in financial operations and risk management, with a focus on institutional and private investments. Previously, as CFO and investment committee member at global venture accelerator Brinc, Jessie managed capital formation, investment strategy, fund accounting, portfolio analytics, investor reporting, risk and governance for three early-stage funds spanning five offices worldwide. In addition, she mentored over 60 portfolio companies on fundraising strategy and financial planning.
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.
Marnie is the co-founder and President & CEO of Launch NY a nonprofit venture development organization and NYSERDA-designated cleantech incubator, dedicated to providing pro bono mentorship and access to seed, including the most active fund in New York State, to high-growth potential startup companies driving economic impact and innovation in WNY. She previously spent more than 30 years creating high-tech businesses and products in the public and private sector including leading economic development at University at Buffalo for 10 years.
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.
Suma has been an impact-driven entrepreneur for over a decade. She is Co-Founder and COO of Farmshelf, a smart, indoor farming company. Before Farmshelf, Suma co-founded Spectrum BioEnergy, an organic waste-to-energy company and served as managing partner at Akula Energy Ventures, an early-stage renewable energy fund. No stranger to startups, Suma joined the management team at SKS Microfinance pre-venture-capital funding and supported its rise to IPO and acquisition. Prior, she was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali. In her free time, Suma is Co-Director of the Asian Pride Project, an LGBTQ arts and advocacy non-profit.
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.
Maria is an accomplished bilingual (Spanish) financial and human resources expert with 10 years of experience in the private sector and academia. She is currently the Finance Manager at DEETLY.
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.
David currently works at Inch, Inc in Product Development, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, connected products, Bluetooth, WiFi, app development, Industrial Design, design for high volume manufacturing, brand development, strategy, product naming; Intellectual Property protection, patent writing and illustrating.
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.
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.
Before branching out on her own, Raven was a research/design freelancer with Techstars. She also led new market research for mobile banking startup N26’s U.S. launch, and mobile usability testing for education startup, Voxy. Raven’s Expertise includes User research (interviews, group panels, expert interviews), usability testing, concept and prototype testing, co-creation, contextual inquiry, design ethnography, surveys, user persona development, journey mapping, market research, heuristic analysis, some quantitative analysis.
Lisa has worked on 50+ programs across various industries in supply chain, revenue growth, and operations. She has connections with many large 3PLs in the US and multiple manufacturing companies. Lisa’s experience is primarily with engineered products although she worked in most industries including retail, food and beverage and consumer products.
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.
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.
Diana Pincus is the VP of Operations at Sphero, the industry leader in edtech programmable robots and STEAM-based educational tools. Prior to Sphero, Diana was VP Product Development & Operations at littleBits (acquired by Sphero in Aug 2019) and VP Operations at MakerBot. Her experience includes local factory layout, supply chain & international contract management, product roadmap planning, and business operational efficiency.
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.
Whitney works for VitalMetrics Group where she specializes in carbon accounting, life cycle assessment, supply chain analytics, and sustainability strategy development. Whitney holds a master’s degree from the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management UC, Santa Barbara where she investigated the environmental impacts and benefits of combining solar photovoltaic systems with utility-scale battery storage in California. Prior to VitalMetrics Group, she worked on a quantitative sustainable development project in New Zealand and for a solar energy company in San Francisco.
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.
Jesse Rosalia is the founder of Bommer, and the developer of the Bommer for Autodesk Fusion 360 bill of materials manager. He has 20 years of experience in software development and architecture, including 2 years as the CTO of a small robotics startup (where he also dabbled in mechanical and electrical engineering), and was a mentor at the Highway1 hardware accelerator. Jesse is keenly interested in the intersection of hardware and software, particularly the use of software tools to aid in the hardware development process, and has a passion for building practical, useful, usable tools that delight and improve the lives of users everywhere.
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.
Jason is a Senior Program Manager at Latch, a smart door access solution. Jason worked to scale process and implement best practices that work for the Latch of today while keeping an eye on scaling for the future, including streamlining the growth of the company from 40 to 200. Jason’s background includes product development, experience in managing development risks, manufacturing challenges, and triaging field issues.
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.
Quadlogic Controls Corp
As founder and CEO of Quadlogic Controls Corp, Sayre led this company to $15 million in revenues including obtaining six rounds of financing. As the Chief Scientist and CTO and in that role created six generations of industry-leading smart-sub-metering technology and deployed the system into high profile commercial and residential high-rise buildings in many cities – but especially in Manhattan.
Vinyard Product Development
Ryan Vinyard (VPD) is a consultant supporting hardware development through PM work, documentation, and process facilitation. He has a background in energy, transportation, and consumer products, and experience ranging from early development to manufacturing. Ryan typically engages as a part-time VP Engineering/Director of Hardware to help a team accelerate hardware development while scoping and engaging the appropriate full-time resources and external partners. Deliverables are Gantt charts, PRDs, BOMs, and comparison matrices.