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Watson Institute Team

Watson Institute is led by a team of strong-hearted individuals who aim to shape the future of education while supporting some of the world’s most promising next generation leaders and entrepreneurs.

Watson Institute Leadership

Eric Glustrom

CEO & Founder

Recognized as an Ashoka fellow, Echoing Green fellow, and one of Forbes 30 under 30 social entrepreneurs, Eric’s work is driven by a simple belief: to solve the toughest challenges facing humanity, the place to start is within the hearts and minds of the next generation.

Andrew Lippi

COO & Co-Founder

Andrew serves as the internal lead of the organization and manages four crucial organization-wide functions: Program Implementation, HR/Operations, Enrollment Engine and Development. He builds and instills culture in our top-notch teams and supports each team in achieving their goals. He is known as a GyShiDo Master and aims to set the foundation for Watson Institute to become a hundred year old institution.

Isabel DeJesus

VP of Admissions

Isabel leads our global admissions team with the goal to strengthen our search strategy and impact worldwide. She also oversees our admissions processes for Watson Institute including managing scholarships, fellowships, tuition, and visas. In addition, Isabel spends significant time working to diversify Watson Institute’s nominator network and key partnerships.

Tyler Guiliano

VP of Programs

Tyler leads our global program implementation teams with a goal to strengthen our program design and makes the quality of our programs her number one focus. In addition, Tyler is closely involved in our strategy in order to experiment with ways to adapt our programs to reach a large market and therefore effectively grow our impact.

Watson Institute Programs

Katie Larson

Director of Design

Katie designs and implements our Accelerator and Fellowship programs in Boulder, CO, and beyond. In her role, she leads everything from the creation of these highly impactful programs all the way to ensuring consistency across all our locations in order to elevate the scholar experience.

Saarika Anand

Executive Director

Saarika manages the team, preceptors and development of Watson Institute, South Florida. In her role, she oversees all programming including workshops, Impact Series, and both our Mentor and Employer Networks. She also serves as a liaison to the broader South Florida community for the program and scholars.

Eboni Freeman

Senior Director of Programs

Eboni leads the Program Implementation Team for Watson’s Accelerator and Fellowship programs in Boulder, CO. She is a senior creative technologist with previous experience as a Seed Startup CEO and a Google Solutions Consultant.

Dwayne Griffith

Programs Manager

Dwayne is a pioneer graduate of our inaugural cohort at Watson Institute at Lynn University. He currently manages Accelerator and Fellowship programs for our partners and next-generation entrepreneurs and leaders. The Fellowship programs include award-winning training, seed funding, committed mentorship, and a vast network of resources.

Helda Cáceres

Programs Manager

Helda manages Accelerator and Fellowship programs for our partners and next-generation entrepreneurs and leaders. The Fellowship programs include award-winning training, seed funding, committed mentorship, and a vast network of resources.

James Okina

Programs Coordinator

James is a pioneer graduate of our inaugural cohort at Watson Institute at Lynn University and is the Founder and current Board Member of Street Priests, which is an organization that supports street children in Nigeria. In his role, James supports the implementation of all of the programming elements at Watson Institute at Lynn University.

Uche Ogbonna

Programs Coordinator

Uche is a graduate of Watson Institute at Lynn University. She supports the implementation of all of the programming elements of the Accelerator and Fellowship programs for our partners and next-generation entrepreneurs and leaders.

Daniela Lippi

Operations Coordinator

Daniela designs and implements a world class logistics and operational experience for students selected to attend Watson’s Accelerator and Fellowship programs in Boulder, CO. She implements and coordinates a large portion of Watson Institute’s daily operations, including elements of a vibrant student life experience.

Olivia Grazzini

Operations Coordinator

Olivia designs and implements a world class logistics and operational experience for students selected to attend Watson Institute at Lynn University. She implements and coordinates a large portion of Watson Institute’s daily operations, including elements of a vibrant student life experience.

Rob Kellogg

Preceptor

Rob has more than twenty years of experience working with businesses, governmental agencies and nonprofits in various leadership and entrepreneurial roles across diverse sectors.

Eduardo Owens

Preceptor

Eduardo founded //Movement, a socially-responsible fitness initiative that recycles the energies of it’s fans and patrons into socially conscious projects in the community and around the world.

Santra Denis

Preceptor

Santra currently serves as the Interim Executive Director for the Miami Workers Center, a strategy and action center whose purpose is to build the power and self-determination of South Florida’s most oppressed communities, and help to build a progressive voice and platform that can nurture the growth of movements for social change in Florida and in the United States.

Pranoo Kumar

Preceptor

Pranati “Pranoo” Kumar (Skomra) has taught, led, worked with and founded a number of elementary school systems and programs on the East and West Coast – from the South Bronx to Harlem and Seattle – committed to identity driven and empowering learning experiences. She is currently the owner and education leader of Rohi’s Readery, a social justice driven children’s bookstore and learning center committed to critical literacy that promotes inclusivity and diversity.

Jim Stephens

Preceptor

Jim integrates the fields of anthropology, education & design to support individuals and organizations define and activate their purpose. At the heart of this work is his deep sense of empathy and an orientation towards the future.

Marte Siebenhar

Preceptor

Marte is a classically trained professional musician and strategic planner, founded Cultured Innovations to help clients translate vision into value and facilitate success on purpose. Her work as a coach and consultant, allows her to support artists, nonprofit leaders and boards in creating more value, visibility, and financial security.

Eduardo Balarezo

Preceptor

Eduardo is a passionate leader with 25+ year-experience in finance, management, social innovation, business strategy, product development, human development, partnerships and startups.

Madison Slate

Preceptor

Madison works as the Director of Special Projects for the Office of the President at Lynn University. Madison manages a wide variety of projects including a 10,000 sq ft coworking space, a 112,320 sq ft student housing project opening in fall 2022, Lynn’s online program partnership with Kaplan, and Lynn’s student housing master plan. Her past experiences cross multiple paths from creating a non-profit organization in the Democratic Republic of Congo to project management in the entertainment, telecommunications, CRM, and direct marketing industries.

Manuel Costa

Preceptor

Manuel leads financial inclusion and impact investing projects across the US and LatAm. He was born and raised in Buenos Aires, went to University in the UK, and earned his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at Duke University. His most recent experiences include working for one of the largest CDFIs in the US, leading the US office of a Latin American NGO as interim CEO, and orchestrating the RISE Fund in South Florida.

Stephanie Delgado

Preceptor

Stephanie is an applied economist and Founder of DataCents Analytics, LLC specializing in data strategy, value, and impact estimation and applications of public sector data. She is an Advisory Board member of AtliQ, a Thought Leadership Partner with Public Sector Network, and a Contributor to Forbes Ignite.

Andrew Lee

Preceptor

Andrew is an entrepreneur who is a strong advocate for AI and big data to improve quality of life. He is the founder of SurfBigData, dedicated to intelligent algorithms to remove long-standing choke points in enterprise management. Andrew has chief experience in healthcare, smart city, and intelligent transportation. He is an advisory member of multiple advanced technology developments. Andrew’s mission and passion is to “try and make a dent in the Universe.

Watson Institute Search

Miranda Williamson

Senior Director of Search

Miranda manages the global search team that recruits for our Accelerator and Fellowship programs in Boulder, CO. She is an expert at finding and selecting the most promising young innovators and entrepreneurs who attend these programs.

Javier López-Mochón

Director of Admission

Javier leads the global search to find and select the most promising young innovators by improving, expanding, and diversifying Watson Institute’s nominator network and key partnerships in South Florida.

Monica Solares

Search Operations Coordinator

Monica supports our global search for promising next-generation leaders and entrepreneurs for our Accelerator and Fellowship programs, in addition to providing world class technical and operational support to the team’s recruitment, admissions, and marketing functions.

Sandra Mancia

Search Coordinator

Sandra supports our global search for promising next-generation leaders and entrepreneurs for our Accelerator and Fellowship programs, in addition to other programmatic offerings.

Watson Institute Central

Ariana Agombar

Director of Development

Ariana leads our global development function with the goal to build relationships and meet fundraising goals required to expand our impact. This includes compelling writing of grant proposals and strong funder communication, project management of fundraising related projects, prospecting and research into new partners and marketing.

Alberto Gómez

Director of Operations

Alberto organizes, leads, and executes the daily operations at Watson Institute, including but not limited to: hiring, HR support, financial management and other org-wide priorities developed by Watson Institute’s COO. Prior to his role at Watson Institute Alberto served as a Wildland Firefighter and is a Veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

Lallas Chen

China Coordinator

Lallas is responsible for leading Watson Basecamps in China, as well as searching China and the globe for entrepreneurs, innovators, and changemakers to join our programs.

Board of Directors

Eric Glustrom

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Recognized as an Ashoka fellow, Echoing Green fellow, and one of Forbes 30 social entrepreneurs under 30, Eric’s work is driven by a simple belief: to solve the toughest challenges facing humanity, the place to start is within the hearts and minds of the next generation.

Jason W. Griffith

Associate, Benesch

Associate in Private Equity and Corporate Practices of Benesch, Jason has extensive legal, pro-bono, and non-profit expertise. From the board, he supports Watson Institute with legal and strategy questions, among others.

Jane Miller

CEO, Lily's Sweets

A recognized leader in the natural and organic food industry, Jane is former CEO of Lily’s Sweets (sold to Hershey’s), co-founder of Haevn (with several Watson Institute alums!) and has 30 years of executive experience in PepsiCo, Heinz, and Rudi’s Bakery. Jane publishes the popular blog JaneKnows.com on the tips, tools, and truths to lead a meaningful career.

Mike Miles

Retired Microsoft executive

Mike is a retired Microsoft executive where he led high profile, global products and most recently the Community Development program that supports 50+ global communities. Mike is an early-stage investor, advisor and board member of numerous non-profit and for-profit start-ups.

Advisory Board

Robin Luff

Founder, Raising our Voices

Robin believes that the education system needs a boost. With that, she has committed her time to systemic change with charter school oversight, preschool readiness for Spanish speakers, and executive functioning skills for marginalized communities.

Kevin Ross

President, Lynn University

Under Kevin’s leadership, the university has implemented a redesigned core curriculum, the nationally recognized Dialogues; a first-year student experience titled The Citizenship Project; and a three-year undergraduate degree program.

Erin Boyd

Co-Founder, AshokaU

As co-founder and former Community Director of AshokaU, Erin has been a key player in supporting colleges and universities everywhere to become hubs of social innovation.

Scott Sherman

Executive Director, TAI

Scott Sherman is the Executive Director of Transformative Action Institute and has worked on nonviolence and social justice projects from the war-torn island of Sri Lanka to the inner city ghettoes of America.

Roshan Paul

Founder, Amani Institute

Roshan is the Founder of Ashoka’s Globalizer and the Amani Institute. He is a guest lecturer at over a dozen universities – from Harvard to Paris’ HEC Business School. His course is entitled: “Scaling Social Enterprises Globally.” Roshan is also a Preceptor at Watson Institute at Lynn University.

David Burstein

Founder, Run for America

David is a writer, filmmaker, and passionate believer in the millennial generation. He is the author of the book Fast Future: How the Millennial Generation is Shaping our World.

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