About
US

At its heart, SecondMuse is a group of people working vigorously to better the world we live in. We do this by putting people first, boldly challenging ourselves to find solutions to complex issues and fearlessly introducing new ideas that may, at times, seem impossible.

As an impact and innovation company, we are inclusive and mandate diversity in every program we pioneer — because we believe that diversity is absolutely vital in enabling innovative solutions. We also believe that resolutions to inequality and injustices are waiting to be found. Every day we see talent, intellect, passion, and energy invested in developing some of the greatest inventions and technology that has and will continue to change humanity.  What if we put a fraction of that effort into solving some of the injustices of the world?  It’s a tall order, we know; but if we don’t take the lead, who will?

At SecondMuse,
WE BELIEVE

We can be successful in building and scaling economic systems without sacrificing the well-being of our planet and humanity.

That every person in every community deserves to thrive — individually and together.

The greatest innovative solutions are created by bringing together diverse groups.

That thousands of small actions can bring us further than one sweeping action that can’t be sustained.

OUR
JOURNEY

OUR
JOURNEY

2008

SecondMuse Founded

SecondMuse started as a radical experiment. We wanted to see if we could build new economic relationships without employing competitive frameworks. We had a theory of change rooted in collaboration and inclusion, and a vision of a prosperous future that was just and equitable for all.

2009

RANDOM HACK OF KINDNESS

Together with initial core partners including Google, Microsoft, NASA and The World Bank, we co-founded Random Hacks of Kindness, a global hackathon movement to drive collective action towards specific outcomes. One Hackathon solution proved integral to the Haiti earthquake response the following year.

2012

SPACE APPS

We co-founded an annual global hackathon innovation incubation program with NASA, focusing on generating solutions for challenges in space and on the earth. Space Apps has grown to be a global community of passionate problem solvers.

2014

LAUNCH EXPANDED TO EUROPE

LAUNCH, one of our flagship programs supporting innovators across the world, expanded to Europe. As part of the expansion, LAUNCH collaborated with new partners such as IKEA, Novozymes, and Kvadrat to explore building a circular society.

2016

BUILDING FOUNDATION IN NEW YORK

Building on our work with the New York City Economic Development Corporation to promote a culture of innovation and commercialization within New York City’s industrial business, design and engineering communities, we launched the Futureworks program to focus on incubating startups and entrepreneurs for the hardware manufacturing industry. This work was instrumental to develop the climate tech program for the state of New York with New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

2017

GROWING TO APAC

SecondMuse started to grow exponentially as we began to operate in Asia-Pacific with a focus on social entrepreneurship and sustainability. In 2017, we initiated the groundwork for programs that were launched in subsequent years such as Frontier Incubators and Seafood Innovation Program.

2020

GENDER EQUALITY IN TECH

Building on our experience developing inclusive economies, we launched Gender Equality in Tech (GET) Cities, an initiative designed to accelerate the representation and leadership of women in tech. It is based on our conviction that a  thriving tech economy that meets the demands of the future will only exist when all workforce talent is engaged and has an equal opportunity to advance.

Our
TEAM

Co-Chief Executive Officer

CARRIE FREEMAN

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Carrie is the Co-CEO of SecondMuse and is responsible for the performance of the company and its alignment to strategy. On a day to day basis, Carrie is broadly responsible for the global delivery of SecondMuse’s work, and steering the ship.

Passionate about sustainability, equality and innovation, Carrie has worked to advance these on a global stage as an entrepreneur and previously as an intrapreneur. She’s pushed the theory of complex collaboration between governments, business, and communities throughout her career. Prior to joining SecondMuse, Carrie spent 15 years at Intel in various management positions. In her last role there as Director of Sustainable Business Innovation,she pioneered strategies around a corporate impact investing fund and the development of technology market solutions related to natural resource management and climate change. In 2009, Carrie formed the corporate sustainability group and directed corporate-wide efforts working with key stakeholders to ensure industry leadership. Carrie has championed gender equality and women in STEM by initiating, designing and leading programs; while also coaching and mentoring other women.

Carrie has had numerous advisory and board positions that span the for-profit, non-profit, public and philanthropic sectors. She regularly speaks globally on the roles of technology, sustainability, gender equality, innovation and corporate responsibility. Carrie calls New Mexico her home and in 2012 was honored as a New Mexico 40 Under 40 Business Leader. In her little free time, she enjoys outside adventures with her husband and young son, whether those are in the mountains, rivers, trails or at the local park.

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Todd Khozein

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Todd is the Co-CEO at SecondMuse. For the last twenty years Todd Khozein has been involved in the study and application of systems theory, in particular as it applies to economic development. Beginning with the use of biological systems as models for cashew farming cooperatives in Honduras, he went on to develop and build businesses in multiple industries.

For the past ten years since co-founding SecondMuse he has accelerated over 300 impact business, raising over $500M and generating over $13B in market value. At the center of this work is the development of economies that create social and environmental justice.
Todd is proud to serve on the Board of Directors of TechSoup Global, a leader in capacity building for civil society world-wide, and Circulate Initiative, whose mission it is to end ocean plastic waste.

Chief Financial Officer

Chad Badiyan

Chief Financial Officer

Chad is the Chief Financial Officer at SecondMuse and Co-Managing Director of SecondMuse Capital.

As a business professional with 25 years experience in management, systems design and technology, he believes collaboration is fundamental in addressing the complex problems facing humanity. His current work is focused on designing and launching capital mechanisms to finance more inclusive and resilient economies.

Prior to founding SecondMuse in 2008, he worked in Mexico as executive director of a public foundation, served on the startup team of an online university in Iran, and ran a knowledge management company in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

He holds a BA from Purdue University and MBA from the University of St. Thomas.

Global Head Of Impact

Stuart Gill

Global Head Of Impact

Dr Stuart Gill is the Global Head of Impact at SecondMuse. Stuart is a pioneer in the practice of applying networks and communities to economic development through the acceleration of entrepreneurs and their businesses.

Stuart believes that the connections enabled by new technologies create new economic and social value, firstly by generating new data and insight, and secondly by facilitating relationships and belonging. Further, he believes that these connections change the nature of power and thus our approach and capacity to grow a healthy and equitable society. Before coming to SecondMuse, Stuart founded the first innovation group at the World Bank and built public-private partnerships across a spectrum of global challenges. Before the Bank, Stuart taught and researched in the Department of Astrophysics at Columbia University in the City of New York.

Community Manager

JUSTIN ANDERT

Community Manager

Justin Andert is the Community Manager for SecondMuse’s Community Sourced Incubator in Battle Creek, MI. His work is centered around storytelling and using communication channels to inspire entrepreneurs in Battle Creek. Communicating the successes and challenges of entrepreneurship through storytelling helps create a supportive entrepreneurship ecosystem. This is an important step to building an equitable economy of the future.

Justin is passionate about making sure everyone gets a fair shake. Many of the entrepreneurs served through the SecondMuse Battle Creek program are coming from backgrounds of oppression. He is excited to use communications to help level the playing field and instill confidence in the people served through our incubator program. It takes bravery to take on entrepreneurship and there are stories to tell in everyone’s journey. Justin has been involved in serving underrepresented populations for a bulk of his professional career. He looks forward to the opportunity to use storytelling to help those who are disadvantaged find opportunities to create wealth.

Justin has spent the past few years being heavily involved in the Battle Creek community. His project Color the Creek has overseen the creation of over 20 public art murals throughout blighted areas of Battle Creek. He is excited to continue this project to create positive energy and spark the creative spirit in his community.

Country Finance & Operations Manager

Inar Andrea

Country Finance & Operations Manager

Based in Bali, Inar Andrea is the Country Finance and Operations Manager for SecondMuse Indonesia. Working with SecondMuse’s global team of finance, legal, HR, and operations, she implements company-wide policies and practices in Indonesia while accomodating the unique needs and perspectives of the Indonesian team and entity. She also assists financial functions of SecondMuse Global and associated entities in Australia, Singapore, and the US, helping to maintain and improve the financial systems as well as reporting processes for the company and its projects.

Passionate about organizing, Inar brings 7 years of experience in event management and 3 years in HR, finance, and accounting. Prior to joining SecondMuse, she worked at an International Festival and a Creative Hub in Bali, working closely to assist the director and took part in supporting local business incubation. Working largely with the creative community, Inar has a deep understanding of how to create impact with a diverse community and cater to their needs.

In her free time, Inar runs various community events mostly with the fashion and food community, including Pasar Jajan Sanur and Fashion Revolution in Bali. Equipped with new knowledge in financial management, Inar dreams to become a patron and voluntarily spread her knowledge to help youth entrepreneurs.

Global Finance & Admin Associate

Suprayogi Anggoro

Global Finance & Admin Associate

Suprayogi (Yogi) is the Global Finance & Administrative Associate at SecondMuse, based in Bali, Indonesia. His role is mainly focused on supporting the finance team in the Asia-Pacific region and helping with the daily administrative and operations for the Indonesian team. His work includes supporting the Asia-Pacific team to process all financial obligations in an accurate and timely manner, while also ensuring that the company operations are always adhering to respective local regulations.

SecondMuse’s vision of building inclusive economies and their innovative implementation motivates Yogi to join the company as he strives to bring a positive impact to the community. Yogi has extensive experience as an accountant in multiple companies before joining SecondMuse.

Outside his work, Yogi enjoys learning new stuff such as software development & basic computer programming. He loves playing PC games, reading manga/comics, and watching movies.

Senior Associate

Rachael Aptowitz

Senior Associate

Rachael is a Senior Associate on the Scale For ClimateTech program. In her role, Rachael is focused on getting hardware companies through manufacturing challenges to launch at scale in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. She oversees program design and delivery, S4C curriculum development, and a network of technical experts.

As a trained mechanical engineer, Rachael is passionate about the power of hardware innovation as a source for good. Before SecondMuse, Rachael held roles across the product development process at General Motors. She worked with designers making their first sketches of electric vehicles through to UAW members driving vehicles off the line at Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly. In S4C Rachael especially enjoys mentoring startups making an impact in the transportation and electrification space.

Rachael grew up as an aspiring engineer on Long Island and is excited to be a part of scaling up the climate tech and hardware industry in the area for future generations. Outside of work, she mentors several all-girls robotics teams and hope to inspire young girls to pursue careers in STEM.

Director, Secondmuse Capital

Natalia Arjomand

Director, Secondmuse Capital

Natalia is a Director at SecondMuse Capital, the financial management arm of SecondMuse. In her role she leads the Future Economy Lab, a global research and design lab to innovate how we finance the development of new economies. The lab takes a collaborative approach to designing financing mechanisms to create inclusive and resilient economies. She has worked with a wide variety of clients including Nike, NASA, USAID, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the World Bank to name a few.

Natalia is passionate about the power of business to be a driving force for good in our society. She believes that we must fundamentally rethink the role of capital in our society and create new mechanisms that take into account environmental and societal well being. Prior to SecondMuse, Natalia was a strategy consultant with Deloitte in sustainability, shared value, and finance. Natalia began her career working in finance at Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital. She holds a MBA and a Master’s in International Development from American University and a Bachelor’s in Finance with a Minor in Entrepreneurship from the University of Florida.

Natalia considers herself a global citizen and has been influenced by many cultures. She was born in Brazil to Iranian parents, educated in the United States, and now lives with her husband and two boys in Montreal, Canada.

Senior Associate

KINTAN AYUNDA

Senior Associate

As a Senior Associate at SecondMuse, Kintan focuses her work on building engagement and designing collaborative program to build communities and networks for social innovators who wants to make a change in Indonesia. She works primarily for the Seafood Innovation Project, including building content strategy to amplify the program’s mission.

She is passionate in ecosystem building and all things related about social innovation and startup. Prior to SecondMuse, she was involved in Asia Pacific’s startup ecosystem by working in various startups, and involved in various startup education events across the region. Her working experience is a mix between creative thinking to create engaging content and analytics to develop the right strategy for global audience. When not working, she usually goes out there with her camera to listen to people’s stories through my lens and travel to new places in the mission to understand different cultures through their food.

Global Head of Circularity

SIMON BALDWIN

Global Head of Circularity

As the Global Head of Circularity at SecondMuse, Simon leads programs focused on strengthening circular and regenerative economic systems and processes. This work currently includes The Incubation Network in South and Southeast Asia, and the Ocean Plastic Pollution Accelerator (OPPA) in Indonesia, both of which are built around addressing ocean plastic pollution.

Simon is a systems architect, researcher, and entrepreneur who is committed to foregrounding communities in developing solutions that tackle today's most complex and pressing social and environmental challenges. His experience extends through the private, government, non-government and UN sectors in more than a dozen countries. His insights and research has been published widely and across multiple platforms.

Simon lives in Singapore with his wife and two children.

Director, Headstream

David Ball

Director, Headstream

David leads SecondMuse’s youth mental wellbeing innovation program, Headstream. Based in San Francisco, David works with cohorts of social entrepreneurs around the globe to scale their impact. Innovators receive curated support entering new markets, raising capital, as well as developing inclusive and accessible solutions. David leverages the success of these innovators to inspire system-level shifts such as changes in government policy or a new private-sector coalition among SecondMuse’s network partners.

Growing up in Kenya made David acutely aware of the inequalities that exist around the world and the arbitrariness of opportunity. Over the past ten years, David has worked to understand the root causes of inequality, and built upon those learnings to manage entrepreneurial programs that create opportunity and foster inclusivity. These programs have ranged from an education initiative with Major League Baseball in the Dominican Republic, to an eco-tourism startup with a co-op of former turtle poachers, to a commercialization strategy for the National Park Service’s Business Management Group.

In between leading the short-handed SecondMuse basketball team, David strives for sleeping at least 30 nights under the stars every year. He has an MBA from the University of North Carolina and an MVG (Most Valuable Gringo) award from the Nicaraguan Baseball League.

Global Head of Sustainable Finance & Innovation

Erica Barbosa Vargas

Global Head of Sustainable Finance & Innovation

Erica is Global Head of Innovation and Sustainable Finance at SecondMuse Capital, the financial and investment arm of SecondMuse. In this role, Erica is responsible for integration of sustainability practices and impact across all investment work and for the development of innovative financial mechanisms, including blended finance. The purpose of this work is to better connect large asset owners and investors with investment opportunities to advance the SDGs and the development of new economies around the world.

Erica joined SecondMuse Capital from the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, where as Director of Solutions Finance she led strategies for financial innovation and integration of the Foundation's financial assets to support social and economic system's transformation. Erica spearheaded the Foundation’s impact investing practice, which includes a multi-asset impact investing portfolio ($130M AUM), blended finance approaches; and ESG integration within the Foundation's endowment ($700M AUM). Prior to McConnell Erica had 13 years of global professional experience in the private sector and international development, primarily in Latin America, Canada and the UK. Erica co-founded Educating the Streets-Building Society, an award-winning program for capabilities development of youth and working children in Bolivia. She completed undergraduate studies in behavioral psychology and neuroscience, holds an MPA in Public and Economic Policy from the London School of Economics & Political Science. She specializes in innovation and systems dynamics for inclusive economic development.

An original from Bolivia, Erica is passionate about building a world in which every person has the opportunity and freedom to develop their full potential and one where we live in harmony with the planet.

Director, Programs

LAURA BENNS

Director, Programs

Laura is the Director, Programs at SecondMuse for Southeast Asia. Laura oversees the Ventures, Networks and Market Systems Innovation teams, bringing together incubators and accelerators, entrepreneurs and innovators, investors, NGOs, and government leaders from across the region to develop and scale impactful solutions to combat ocean plastic pollution.

Time and time again, Laura has seen how human-centred design can be applied to complex issues to create positive change. Having lived and worked in both developed and developing countries, she is passionate about working collaboratively to improve waste management and recycling systems aimed at preventing the flow of plastic waste into the world’s ocean. Drawing on her experience as a consultant for the public and development sectors, Laura brings the ability to harness both top-down and bottom-up approaches to the plastics challenge.

Outside of the office, you’ll find Laura exploring different countries and cultures across Asia, FaceTiming her nieces or baking up a storm in the kitchen using old family recipes.

Program Manager, Headstream

Dani Bicknell

Program Manager, Headstream

Dani is the Program Manager for SecondMuse’s youth health and wellbeing innovation program, Headstream. Based in San Francisco, Dani works with cohorts of social entrepreneurs, known as innovators, around the globe to scale their impact. Dani helps manage the success of the participating innovators to challenge existing solutions and push for changes in public policy or conscious private sector alliances through SecondMuse’s network partners. Dani has over a decade of experience working in cross-sector collaboration to build more inclusive economies and prepare the next generation for the future of work.

Dani is passionate about using education as a force for social good and she has a background in financial technology, education, startups, and gender equality. Before joining SecondMuse she was a Social Impact Advisor at UC Berkeley and Program Manager for an early-stage social impact accelerator. During her career, she was on the founding team of LendUp, a financial technology company, worked as a program specialist for the gender equality division at UNESCO’s headquarters, and advised international organizations and companies through her own social impact consultancy. Her experiences living and working in North America, South America, and Europe have equipped and provided her with opportunities to work with diverse populations and learn from stakeholders of all backgrounds. Dani believes in education without borders and using cross-cultural learning to create a world that works for all and not just the privileged few.

Dani is an empath by nature and a life-long learner. When Dani is not working, she loves collaborating with others, traveling, cooking, gardening, and hiking.

Global Communications & Marketing Specialist

Simone Byrd

Global Communications & Marketing Specialist

Simone Byrd is the Global Communications & Marketing Specialist at SecondMuse. She is responsible for collaborating with our programs to create marketing and communications strategies that support our efforts. As a confident self-starter with a collaborative spirit, Simone is willing to tackle complex challenges to support our programs and achieve our collective goals.

Simone draws on her experience in the strategic development and tactical execution of successful campaigns for niche and mass-market brands. She has a passion for branding and brings an ability to concept fresh ideas in order to meet objectives and garner results within the ideal target audience. Prior to SecondMuse, Simone had a realization in which she felt a sense of urgency to involve herself in projects that are impact-driven. She is deeply rooted in her commitment to fulfilling the work that SecondMuse is doing to build ecosystems.

Simone happily resides in Brooklyn, N.Y., where she had been for over a decade after spending some time in California and growing up in Laramie, Wyoming. Beyond her work, she enjoys exploring experimental cooking, snuggling with her cats, coaching basketball, and any fitness activity that keeps her moving.

Coaching and Development Manager

MELINA CHAN

Coaching and Development Manager

Melina is the Coaching and Development Manager at SecondMuse. With a mission to further cultivate an enriching and nourishing workplace, Melina sits at the intersection between teams – she crosses borders, builds bridges, and is always looking for ways for staff and community members to feel connected, supported, and joyful. Melina facilitates teams and programs, coaches individual team members, and loves initiatives that weave between groups and ecosystem players.
As a global citizen, social entrepreneur, and community organiser, Melina has a passion for facilitating groups and individuals to do great things. She is a proud member of the global communities of practice DSIL Global and Enspiral Network. Melina also served as Startup Ecosystem Adviser for the City of Melbourne, supporting startups to thrive and bring about a more vibrant and sustainable city. Prior to SecondMuse, Melina spent 5 years living in Battambang, Cambodia, where she co-founded the initiatives of Kinyei International: Kinyei Cafe, a vocational training espresso cafe and Soksabike Tours, a cultural heritage bicycle tour company.
Melina is a Third Culture Kid and member of the queer community who loves to roller skate and discovers nature trails. Recently, she moved to Campbell’s Creek, Australia, trying the country life and learning first-hand about sustainable living, from rainwater and greywater to composting. She’s enjoying her worm farm, veggie garden, and backyard view full of kangaroos.
Technical Director, Singapore

Matteo Chiampo

Technical Director, Singapore

Matteo is the Technical Director of SecondMuse Singapore. He supports the development and implementation of The Incubator Network. He provides technical input to identify and accelerate solutions to prevent ocean plastic pollution in South and Southeast Asia, and contributes to developing ecosystems that promote positive social and economic impact through innovation in technology, business models, and regulation.

Matteo is passionate about bending the current linear economic model into a shape as close to a circle as possible, to reduce humanity’s impact on Earth’s life-supporting systems.

Working and living in several developing countries in Asia, Matteo has experienced first-hand the urgency to accelerate the transition to a more equal, inclusive, and sustainable economic system. His work at Eko India Financial Services, a pioneer in providing basic financial services to the unbanked and underbanked, and his consulting on financial inclusion for CGAP, an office of the World Bank, contributed to this transition. Today Matteo is keen to amplify his contribution through The Incubator Network.

Matteo splits his time outside the office among his family, long-distance running, and enjoying the outdoors, with the occasional food- and wine-heavy trip back to his native Italy.

Program Associate

Kelly Chung

Program Associate

Kelly Chung is a Program Associate at SecondMuse Singapore. Her work focus on The Incubation Network (TIN) where she provides design and implementation support for the Network Development and Venture Development teams. As the bridge between two cores of TIN, she works to optimize and integrate cross-cutting systems and synergies in the community. Switching between different hats, Kelly focuses on elevating the experiences of organizations and ventures that are part of the Network to tackle the challenges of ocean plastic pollution.

Her passion for a sustainable and inclusive future stems from her concern for socio-economic injustice, the catalyst for and the product of environmental issues we see today. Kelly’s early efforts involved championing social entrepreneurship and engaging with diverse stakeholders from multiple industries. Drawing from her multicultural upbringing, Kelly is also a big advocate for cross-cultural collaboration. She has learned that real change happens at the nexus of human experiences and ideas.

With more than one place to call home, Kelly is always in search of new adventures and experiences. If she’s not on the go, she’ll be traveling through the world of music, cinema, arts, books, fitness and food! But what keeps her going more than anything is connecting with people.

Global Head of Food, Health, & Local Economies

KRISTIN COATES

Global Head of Food, Health, & Local Economies

Kristin is the Global Head of Food, Health, & Local Economies at SecondMuse. Her work is focused on systems transformation through social entrepreneurship, sustainable business, and fostering cross-sector collaboration. Kristin uses experience design, systems thinking, and cross-sector network cultivation to drive local, national, and global change.

Prior to SecondMuse, she raised more than $65M to design and develop dozens of award winning sustainable tourism destinations across the globe. Each destination championed local economies, local conservation, and local culture through every touch point of the guest experience.

Program Manager

NORMAN DUPREE

Program Manager

Norman is a Program Manager at SecondMuse based in the U.S., focusing on the Movember MOCAP program. The program focus is bringing to light mental health practices coupled with understanding masculinity and creating behavior change specifically for black men in the creator and/or influencer community. The ultimate goal of the program is to create a supportive economy of creatives leveraging their mental health and collaboration to create more access in whole for them. In his role, Norman's focus is keeping the train running smoothly when it comes to timelines and partnerships both internally and externally.

Norman, broadly speaking, is passionate about giving back to the black community. With previous non-profit work at the Black Joy Parade of Oakland, outside of helping coordinate components of the parade, his focus was to help in providing small business owners with learning engagements to further their success. Combined with years of experience in operations and project management roles, he's uniquely positioned to provide value-add to the black community.

Outside of work, Norman is happiest hanging with his gaggle of friends in the east bay or visiting family.

Senior Project Associate

SANDHYA DOVEDY

Senior Project Associate

Sandhya is a Senior Project Associate at SecondMuse based in Singapore. Her work focuses on The Incubation Network (TIN), which seeks to prevent the flow of plastic waste into the world’s oceans while improving the livelihoods of women and girls working in waste management systems. In her role, Sandhya implements processes and tools to ensure all projects are efficient, seamless and gender-inclusive.

Sandhya is passionate about building and shaping solutions from the ground up and has spent several years working in the tech space where she has implemented and grown solutions in companies such as LinkedIn, Grab and WeWork. Over the years, she has also gained experiences working and living in different countries across Asia, Australia and the United States. Sandhya also cares deeply about gender equality and runs a non-profit called Like a Girl which empowers young girls and boys to build a more inclusive world. Like a Girl’s goal is to raise awareness on ingrained gender biases, offer a supportive online community and take what’s become an insult and turn it into a message of empowerment.

While she isn’t working, she balances her time between being outdoors and indoors. She loves travelling, swimming, playing badminton and hiking with her dog (Peeta!). She also loves relaxing at home with a good book (usually around Feminism), a glass of wine or playing lots of Nintendo Switch!

Global Finance Director

HEIDI HAMLOW

Global Finance Director

As Global Finance Director at Secondmuse, Heidi oversees the Finance team and functions across four global entities. Working closely with our CFO, she is responsible for the co-development and implementation of policies and processes that ensure accuracy and compliance of SecondMuse finances, enabling integration of data across programs and the globe.

A committed believer in the principles of collaboration and unity in diversity, and with an interest in ecological and systems thinking, Heidi was deeply attracted by the approach of SecondMuse to advancing efforts to advance solutions to the toughest challenges faced by humanity. The full range of challenges addressed by SecondMuse make her work in the company meaningful as she strives to maximize her impact from within, bringing an eclectic career experience spanning science, the music industry, eco-hospitality, and Main Street business management.

Outside her work day, Heidi prioritizes family, leads local children’s activities, enjoys mountain biking and hiking, travel, gardening, and practices the Japanese tea ceremony.

Senior Manager

Chante Harris

Senior Manager

Chante Harris is the Senior Manager of Venture for ClimateTech at SecondMuse in New York. In her role, Chante is focused on launching and running a climate tech venture studio and accelerator, as well as overseeing a global pitch competition that identifies and scale high impact founders that are building solutions to address climate change. Additionally, she is working with the 2M Capital team to explore and advance a fund thesis supporting the climate tech ecosystem.

Named by America on Tech as an Innovator and Disruptor in tech policy and Women Enews as a Pioneering Woman in Sustainability, Chante is passionate about urban innovation, building sustainable cities, cross-sector collaboration, and tapping into community to launch better solutions, initiatives, and technologies. She has worked to scale nationwide campaigns, technologies, and ideas for the Obama Administration, Fortune 500 companies, and startups. Most recently, she launched and grew two new practice areas at an urban and political strategy firm based dedicated to business strategy and sustainability. With deep expertise in developing go-to-market strategies for startups and established companies across the sustainability industry, she brings unique insight into ecosystem players aiming to drive a shared vision alongside the SecondMuse team.

Chante based in New York City where she serves as a Venture Partner with Republic, Senior Summit Fellow Vice-Chair of Diversity for Teach For America-NY’s Associate Board, and an Emerging Leader with New York Women’s Foundation. In her free time, you can find Chante meditating, writing, revelling in nature, learning to DJ and building community.

Senior Associate

Bridgette Johnson

Senior Associate

Bridgette is a Senior Associate at SecondMuse based in Portland, Oregon. As a Senior Associate, Bridgette manages projects, people and research. She supports incredible programs through their entire lifecycle: research, design, launch, and implementation and evaluation. She manages large communities and mentor networks that engage in our programs across the globe. Her work has included supporting a global food vision accelerator funded by The Rockefeller Foundation - The Food System Vision Prize - and NASA Space Apps Challenge, a global hackathon. She designed and led Headstream’s Digital Delta: a free, crowdsourced research tool that identifies the most fundamental contributors to adolescent wellbeing in digital spaces.

Bridgette believes in collective action and community driven approaches as a force of change. With a background in academic research, she works to distill complex problems so that that the communities she works with can improve systems that perpetuate inequities. She works to understand how individuals and communities can thrive and create impact that is co-created, lasting and outlives our involvement.

When Bridgette isn’t at work, she loves to be outside whether it is walking, biking, camping, or backpacking. She is most at home on a walk with her dog Yuki listening to a good audio book. She enjoys cooking a shared meal with good company and dancing to ABBA.

ClimateTech Associate

Ryan Jones

ClimateTech Associate

Ryan is an Associate at SecondMuse based in Brooklyn. He’s focused on catalyzing and scaling innovation that’s critical to reducing humanities Green House Gas emissions. Growing the For ClimateTech world in New York State, Ryan supports both the Scale and Venture for ClimateTech programs in getting New York City to net-zero carbon through building a more inclusive climate economy.

Ryan is focused on maximizing his value towards tackling the climate breakdown. For him, that means diving into three things; catalyzing social innovation to scale existing solutions and connect ideas, creating action at the intersection of public and private spheres, and empowering alternative economic structures to realign incentives and business models.

Before SecondMuse, Ryan got exposure to many layers of the climate realm including community solar, climate journalism, carbon markets, futures work, and behavior change project while working with Forum For the Future and Electrify Now. Prior to that, he was the co-director of Hult International Business Schools In-house incubator managing 31 startups from over 20 countries and scaling the program to their three other global campuses. Ryan’s current canvas is Climate For Breakfast.com where he refines his thoughts and tinkers with ideas.

When not trying to fix the climate, you can find Ryan making music, in the mountains or writing bios.

Senior Grant Writer

Heather Kaczrowski

Senior Grant Writer

Heather is the Senior Grant Writer at SecondMuse, working with the Growth team to secure funding that supports communities and builds inclusive economies around the world. In her role, she leads the development and writing of proposals in collaboration with domestic and international program teams, as well as a variety of internal and external stakeholders. This work also includes supporting the development of strong, compelling stories and technical content alongside the Marketing and Communications team to generate more awareness and resources for solving global challenges.

Heather is passionate about creating pathways for the private sector to become a force of good in marginalized communities. Prior to joining SecondMuse, Heather was the lead grant writer for an international NGO focused on poverty alleviation through finance-based initiatives. She was responsible for leading the development of private, corporate, and institutional proposals for programs spanning diverse sectors in low- and medium-income countries, including agriculture, education, digital finance, health, and women-owned microbusinesses. She has particularly focused on building grant programs that prioritize social outcomes and environmental responsibility while also generating positive financial returns for entire economies.

Heather holds an M.A. in Communications and a B.A. in Journalism from Pepperdine University. She currently lives in Chicago, IL, and enjoys traveling to escape winter weather, trying out new recipes, and exploring the outdoors.

Business Development Associate

Varsha Kalavar

Business Development Associate

Varsha is a Business Development Associate for SecondMuse. Her primary focus is on helping build the capacity needed within the company for growth and scaling. This includes engaging in conversation about the direction of our company’s growth strategy, supporting high priority opportunities across the company and leading the research, identification, and coordination of opportunities with teams across the company.

Varsha is passionate about utilizing economic sustainability and innovative partnerships to eliminate social inequities globally. Her past consulting analyst experience both globally and locally through her time as a Market Research Analyst at Second Harvest Food Bank and a consulting fellowship, which centered on using social entrepreneurship to help eradicate poverty for marginalized communities, made her believe that innovative solutions already exist in every community she has worked in. It is a lack of access to resources and tools that hinders these innovative solutions from changing the
world. She believes that bridging that gap means working with social enterprises all over the world get to market and lay the foundation for their local economies.

Varsha holds a BS in Public Health and BA in Economics from Santa Clara University. In her free time, she enjoys traveling to new countries, exploring local food scenes, and dancing in the rain. Her joy and inspiration come from meeting new people all around the world and hearing their stories, which then motivates her to do the work she does at SecondMuse and beyond.

JEREMY KAMO

Senior Director

Jeremy is a Senior Director at SecondMuse, with an expertise in designing and managing large complex projects, including open innovation programs, incubators and accelerators, and convening complex systems to identify and implement solutions to hard challenges.

Prior to managing LAUNCH, Jeremy experience spanned both private and public clients, including launching the Solar Decathlon program in China with Applied Materials, developing early education markets in the US with the Kellogg and Packard Foundations, helping PEMEX find new technologies to reduce flaring and venting in Mexico and working with Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to build local economies in the Indian Ocean region through aquaculture. All of this work, and prior roles with UK Trade and Investment, the UK’s Science and Innovation Network and as a board member at INCLUDED.org, has made Jeremy realize that all problems are solvable, if you can help the right people to come together and work towards a common North Star.

Jeremy loves spending time outside, and is always trying to convince friends and family to join him on his next camping trip or a bbq at the beach, if you fancy, let him know!

Chief of Staff, Operations

Kate Key

Chief of Staff, Operations

Kate Key is the Chief of Staff at SecondMuse and supports the leadership of the company by ongoing management of system-wide meetings, thought partnership, content creation and implementation, organizing resources, and supporting on project implementation. Additionally Kate spends time supporting and implementing company-wide processes which aid in the betterment of our team to create lasting and important impact across the globe. Kate also serves on the Learning and Development core team of 2M which seeks to strategically develop and enhance systems to retain, organize, and develop SecondMuse’s institutional knowledge in order to continue to build capacity at the company-level as well as to positively impact the ecosystems in which we work and live.

Kate cares deeply about creating sustainable systems to benefit future generations.

Passionate about organizational leadership through an educational and developmental lens, Kate’s graduate studies focused on educational support systems at the collegiate and university level. From this came her desire to focus on the study of understanding how systems, processes,and organizations or individuals learn together, retain, and share knowledge across dispersed and diverse ecosystems. Kate is also focused on creating systems which allow for pathways of development both internally as well as externally at the community and ecosystem level so as to create developmentally sustainable, equitable, and inclusive solutions conducive to a better and more responsible future.

Kate is originally from Omaha, Nebraska but is now very much at home and invested in the Albuquerque community.

Program Manager, GET Cities

Casey Koppelson

Program Manager, GET Cities

Casey manages operations for GET Cities, a SecondMuse Foundation's initiative designed to accelerate the representation and leadership of women in tech through the development of inclusive tech hubs across the United States. Previously she managed the NYCEDC BigApps Blockchain challenge in New York City, connecting city government stakeholders with members of the blockchain startup community to develop blockchain applications that address civic issues.

Casey loves building teams of smart, passionate people to tackle big problems. Before joining SecondMuse, Casey led PR and Communications at the open-source hardware company littleBits, where she worked to empower everyone to invent, play and share using electronic building blocks, in partnership with Disney, Walmart and Google, among others. And prior to that, she drove and sold food trucks in LA, where she learned how to literally put out fires (always useful in the operations world).

Casey was previously a civic sector management consultant at Bennett Midland in NYC, working with clients such as the United Way and the NYC Department of Investigation. She received her bachelor's degree in Public & Private Sector Organizations from Brown University, and was a Kiva Fellow in the Philippines, where she worked on microfinance projects in and around Manila. She currently lives in Berkeley, CA.

Project Associate, The Incubation Network

Vinise Kwa

Project Associate, The Incubation Network

Vinise is a Project Associate at SecondMuse Singapore where she supports the design and delivery of inclusive innovation and entrepreneurship programming for The Incubation Network in order to prevent ocean plastic pollution in South and Southeast Asia.

She believes that systems today perpetuate environmental destruction and social inequity and works to transform them to be more inclusive and sustainable. Additionally, she believes that the power of awareness and our voice can be instrumental in behavioural change and that the value of People-first Public-Private-Partnerships (PfPPPs) as a means for ensuring sustainable, ethical and community-building economic development, can change the world.

One of the biggest reasons for Vinise to want to mitigate the climate crisis is to help improve the lives of some of the most vulnerable people around the world. It is estimated that 11% of the world’s population is vulnerable to climate change impacts such as droughts, floods, heatwaves, extreme weather events and sea-level rise. Many of these people are living in the poorest countries in the world, with little capacity to cope with these changes or recover.

Although these are often reported in countrywide statistics, every instance of this happening is a human tragedy, limiting the ability of that person to live a complete life. A long-time passion of Vinise has been advocating and protecting women’s rights where she has learnt that this will only come with climate justice.

Previously with the mental health, climate change and advertising sector, she has built a greenhouse emissions reporting tool, worked on large-scale marketing and advertising projects in hospitality, music and retail, and helped to form communities and partnerships between the public, governmental and private sectors to propel conversations for systemic change.

Global Head of Technology & Manufacturing

Neisan Massarrat

Global Head of Technology & Manufacturing

Neisan Massarrat is the Global Head of Technology & Manufacturing at SecondMuse, with over 13 years of experience in business innovation and international development. Neisan has worked with Fortune 100 corporations, governments and Multilateral Development Banks, including Intel Corporation, NASA, Nike, NYCEDC, DFAT, USAID and the World Bank Group. His expertise covers open innovation, corporate strategy, entrepreneurship, ESG investing, AI/big data and public-private partnerships.

Neisan has worked across multiple sectors, from economic resilience to climate change, disaster risk management, high tech and data innovation. He has developed and executed over 60 projects across more than 30 countries, including the global platform NASA International Space Apps Challenge and the World Bank’s big data strategy.

Based in Washington, DC, Neisan is passionate about addressing complex development challenges through collaboration, human-centered design and technology. Prior to SecondMuse, Neisan was a senior consultant on corporate strategy at Germany’s development agency GIZ.

Research Associate

Andrea Maldonado

Research Associate

Andrea is a Research Associate at SecondMuse, based in Washington D.C. In her role, she informs SecondMuse’s growth strategy by leading research on the global funding landscape. Andrea also works with all of SecondMuse’s program teams to help find opportunities for them to collaborate and partner with relevant stakeholders.

Andrea has always been driven by her desire to ensure all populations have access to the resources they need to thrive. Before joining SecondMuse, Andrea spent two years working in philanthropy where she advocated for marginalized communities to have access to philanthropic funds. Andrea also spent time in Colombia working for an NGO where she led research that sought to understand the reality of rural secondary education programs. Because of these experiences, Andrea has come to realize how essential it is to build bridges between people to tackle big issues in an equitable way. Thankfully at SecondMuse, she gets to do just that.

Andrea is a proud Latina who wants to build loving communities. She holds a B.A. from UC Berkeley in Development Studies and is a first-generation college graduate. She's the happiest when she's at her pottery wheel, dancing, laughing with family and friends, and doing meaningful work.

Senior Manager, Venture Development

Jocelyn Matyas

Senior Manager, Venture Development

Jocelyn is a Senior Manager of Venture Development for SecondMuse Singapore. Her work focuses on The Incubation Network, which aims to build a pipeline of investment-ready solutions to address ocean plastic waste across South and Southeast Asia. She and her team actively work with ventures, industry experts and capital providers to source, support and scale innovative solutions that build a more sustainable and circular future.

Jocelyn believes markets are communities and that sustainability is not a fad, but the world's strongest business case. She is passionate about building global communities for change and brings to SecondMuse an ability to build bridges across sectors and geographies through fostering shared learning and collaboration.

Jocelyn has global experience working across the UK, Asia and the US exploring the frontiers of market-based approaches to complex social and environmental issues. Her experience spans from managing executive impact investing training and educational programs at Impact Investment Exchange (IIX) in Singapore to conducting policy research on the social, environmental, and geo-political implications of rising middle-income countries at the renowned think-tank, Institute of Development Studies (IDS), alongside a network of colleagues from across 40 countries worldwide.

When away from work, you can still find her organizing gatherings that bring together diverse people around fun (and often themed) activities. To unwind, Jocelyn enjoys exploring new places on her bicycle, trying every style of dance, and singing along to Texas country music.

Global Communications & Marketing Manager

Taylor McLaughlin

Global Communications & Marketing Manager

Taylor is the Global Communications & Marketing Manager at SecondMuse where she’s responsible for owning and driving the global brand and creating, developing, and executing communications and marketing strategies for the organization. Taylor is a dynamic, forward- thinking Digital Marketer with expertise in shaping organizations and expanding audiences through creative storytelling. Her experience exemplifies digital and social media acumen, innovative and strategic mindset, and thought leadership in emerging communications, platforms, and channels.

Prior to joining SecondMuse in 2019, Taylor was the Global Head of Digital & Social Media for Anheuser-Busch InBev, where she was responsible for leading the strategy, planning, and execution of creative content across digital and media experiences. Previously, she has worked at Pfizer, where she led a number of award-winning content marketing programs, and at The Estee Lauder Companies, where she created content for internal and external audiences including website design, social strategy, speech writing, and video production.

Taylor holds a BA in Culture and Media Studies from Bucknell University. She is also a Director on the Marion Moore Foundation.

Global Head of Program Design & Innovation

KATEY METZROTH

Global Head of Program Design & Innovation

Katey is the Global Head of Program Design and Innovation at SecondMuse. For 8 years she has designed, supported and led over two dozen programs. Her early work included open innovation programs like Space Apps, the Blue Economy Challenge and National Day of Civic Hacking. Katey went on to establish the New York City (NYC) Hub, growing a portfolio of entrepreneur support programs for Next Top Makers to a multi-year, multi-program climate tech and manufacturing suite of programs. Under Katey’s leadership, NYC became the testing site for community sourced incubator programming which laid the foundation for the ecosystem development work. Over the past year, Katey led the launch of GET (Gender Equality in Tech) Cities and securing five years of funding for early stage innovators under the For Climate Tech brand.
Project Manager

MARIE MIMIAGA

Project Manager

Marie is responsible for the management and implementation of client facing projects including NIST’s Public Safety Communication Research program.

Prior to joining SecondMuse, Marie worked for the largest college honor society, The National Society of Collegiate Scholars, for seven years as the Associate Director of Strategic Partnerships & Programs. In this role, she found her passion for leading and executing engaging events while also bringing shared value through forming community partnerships.

Marie is an avid runner, yogi, and hiker. She’s also a lover of international travel with her family residing in Madrid, Spain. When she’s not cheering for favorite sports teams, the Washington Caps or Nats, you can find Marie volunteering with several DC based non-profits such as Back On My Feet, LearnServe International, and LadiesDC.

Global Communications Strategist

Carley Mostar

Global Communications Strategist

Carley is a Global Communications Strategist who partners with our programs to help them reach their audiences and goals through marketing and narrative development. She is deeply committed to cross-sector innovation as a strategy to tackle our biggest social and environmental challenges, and she brings that interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to her marketing research and strategy development as well.

Prior to joining SecondMuse, Carley was an independent consultant for nonprofits and social enterprises, bringing strategic expertise in assets-based messaging, partnership development, and impact communications. Her work contributed to the launch and realignment of capital campaigns and marketing strategies to build community and advocacy around issues like ethical manufacturing, gender and racial equity, access to education, and mental health awareness. Carley also brings almost ten years of experience telling human-centered stories as a documentary filmmaker and producer, working with nonprofits and social enterprises, as well as corporate clients like Hallmark and Walgreens. Her video work has been seen on PBS, DIY Network, HGTV, TLC, and screens and film festivals around the world.

Carley lives in Chicago and holds an MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a BFA from Washington University in St. Louis.

Incubation Associate

Jenny Mualhlun

Incubation Associate

Jenny is an Incubation Associate at SecondMuse’s Morning Light project in Battle Creek, MI. Her work is mainly centered around providing support to growing entrepreneurs in the Battle Creek area. She does this by first identifying what needs an individual has for their business. Then she helps them come up with strategies to meet their identified needs. Finally, she establishes and supports relationships by connecting individuals with resource providers in the local community.

Jenny is passionate about empowering individuals to become the best versions of themselves. She believes that one of the best ways a person can do this is to establish their own business. Starting a business allows someone to fully step into their purpose in life and make a real impact on the world. Jenny’s philosophy is that the growth and success of any business come down to the entrepreneur’s mindset and character. If she can help them have a tenacious, passionate, and altruistic character, they can withstand anything that comes their way. In her previous experience, she has been involved in serving her community as a whole and specifically serving underrepresented minority groups within her community. She has done a lot of work in her professional career to foster good relations between different groups and individuals to create a more collaborative community.

Jenny cares deeply about diversity, equity, and inclusion, especially for her Burmese people. This is why she recently founded the Burmese Business Hub, a local support group for young or prospective entrepreneurs from the Burmese community here in Battle Creek.

Jenny grew up in Mizoram, India, and moved to Battle Creek when she was a teenager. This city has since become the hometown she knows and loves. She speaks, reads, and writes three languages fluently. When Jenny is not working, she loves to sing, cook, workout, explore, and read.

Program Manager

Klaus Oberbauer

Program Manager

Klaus is the Program Manager for the Ocean Plastic Prevention Accelerator (OPPA) in Surabaya. He enjoys the work as he gets to coordinate an awesome team to support improvements in the local waste management system. In Surabaya, we’re convening a cohort of diverse waste management actors (community businesses, NGOs, associations) to help them improve their work and create collaborative projects. Around that group, we are building a network through events, networking, hackathons and a range of other activities. We get to meet and collaborate with inspiring individuals who share our passion for improving waste management.

Klaus is passionate about connecting people to improve systems. He finds it fascinating to see how much can be achieved through building the right relationships and creating mutual understanding. In the case of OPPA, we do this to create a shift in the economy towards seeing plastic as a resource, rather than waste. Plastic is actually an incredibly useful material, but if the disposal is not managed correctly, it creates a lot of harm. He finds it very exciting to contribute towards reducing these negative effects by creating a circular system where someday each piece of plastic gets reused, rather than thrown away.

Before joining SecondMuse, Klaus worked on the development of social innovation ecosystems. That experience was quite similar to the work at OPPA, and he is fascinated to see how concepts can be adapted from one context to another.

Klaus likes understanding diverse cultures. He has lived in 8 countries, and it is always a great adventure to immerse himself into a new environment. He also works as an intercultural trainer to share his knowledge and help others to appreciate a different culture.

Project Manager

Duala Oktoriani

Project Manager

Duala is the Project Manager for Ocean Plastic Prevention Accelerator (OPPA) based in Surabaya, Indonesia. She is responsible for the planning, development, and implementation of the project. Within OPPA, her role is to manage the project implementation, network-building, manage partnerships, and create a strategy with multiple stakeholders in order to build an innovation ecosystem to improve plastic waste management.

Duala has a deep passion for community development. Prior to joining SecondMuse, Duala spent six years working on a few capacity development programs for different issues in collaboration with local communities across Indonesia. She also worked as a journalist for two years.

Although she loves hiking, sailing, and travelling, she also enjoys having a slow day reading some books, binge-watching, gardening, and handcrafting.

Lead Design Researcher

Sarah A. Outland

Lead Design Researcher

Sarah is the Lead Design Research at SecondMuse Foundation based in Chicago, Illinois. Sarah leads the national research and learning agenda for GET Cities, in addition to supporting research and impact measurement across SecondMuse. As a sociologist, Sarah is influenced by the stories people tell and using individual and collective experiences to impact social change.

Sarah loves learning about people by talking to people. Before this, she spent two years in a high school, learning how the addition of 1:1 computing impacted the school day. Talking to teenagers every day, learning about their lives and challenges, was so important to Sarah's understanding of how technology altered their lives. Numbers are so great for helping us see the high-level view of any problem, but talking to people gets us to the root - the things we often have a hard time seeing. Sarah plans to use conversations and narratives to help us see the humans behind the numbers.

Outside of work, you can catch Sarah running, on a road trip, or looking for her next meal.

Communications Associate, GET Cities

Ariana Peery

Communications Associate, GET Cities

Ariana is a Communications Associate at SecondMuse Foundation. Based in Washington, D.C., she is responsible for helping develop and execute communications strategies, materials, and content in support of GET Cities' mission to achieve gender and racial equity in the tech industry.

With a bachelor's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, Ariana is passionate about advancing social justice initiatives through the power of storytelling and building meaningful relationships. Her approach to her work can best be summarized by the Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie quote, "Stories can be used to dispossess and malign. But stories can be used to empower and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of people. But stories can also be used to repair that broken dignity." She joined SecondMuse out of a desire to create meaningful cultural change and to help build systems that are truly representative of the communities that they serve.

In her free time, Ariana is an avid reader who is always on the lookout for her next literary obsession. She also enjoys yoga, discovering new music, and watching home renovation shows on HGTV.

Program Coordinator

QUINN ROBERTSON

Program Coordinator

Quinn is a Program Coordinator for the NYC BigApps Blockchain innovation challenge, which presents an incredible opportunity to unify the blockchain community and connect them to NYC government agencies. In the past, BigApps has been run as a competition or hackathon, but the SecondMuse team is working to create robust educational programs to foster long-term solutions.

Quinn discovered her passion for entrepreneurship while attending NYU Tandon School of Engineering, where she helped plan and execute InnoVention competitions for four years. To strengthen her entrepreneurship education, she took on internships at Female Founders Fund and NYU Future Labs. Although this is her first endeavor in blockchain, she is applying the lean startup methodology to develop educational programs– identifying problems, talking to “customers” and using that information to iterate on potential solutions.

Quinn has participated in various accelerator and incubator programs herself, including the NYU Stern $300k Challenge and Real Startup Music Technology Accelerator with her own venture, Curtain Call. This has helped her identify what works and what doesn’t when it comes to entrepreneurship programming! Outside of work, she is a huge space and music nerd.

Program Director

Jonathan Romine

Program Director

Jonathan is the Program Director for the Southwest Florida Community Sourced Incubator (CSI). He supports new businesses and grow existing ones to make SWFL a better place to live and work while building an economy where everyone succeeds.

Jonathan has spent the past decade in Southwest Florida starting, growing, and managing small businesses that generate more than $14M in revenue. He has an affinity for measuring results yet has a major soft spot for people. Jonathan sees each day as an opportunity to help someone succeed or empower a whole community of “someones” to make a better future. He has led corporate social responsibility efforts while having wide range of board and advisory positions spanning non-profit, public, political, and philanthropic sectors.

When not engaged in the community, Jonathan enjoys exploring and traveling to new places with his wife and daughter. He dreams of being an emoji designer for Apple one day and is passionate about GIFs.

Researcher

Tony Salvador

Researcher

Tony wears two hats with SecondMuse. The first being to help rationalize and guide all the various kinds of research we do in support of our programs and projects. The second is to actually do research work on certain projects. The former is a (mostly) internally facing project and the latter helps us and our clients frame the challenges as precisely as possible to provide the best chance of achieving desirable results.

One professional goal has been and continues to be using the social science for social good. Social science has been relegated to “the academy” for far too long, often by academics. But there’s a power there. In his past, he tried hard to focus his efforts on work where he believed tech could reduce human suffering and increase overall human welfare. Currently, he is very much interested in creative, progressive and positive projects that address seemingly intractable social problems or challenges.

Workwise: He love, love, loves fieldwork. Personally, he likes weather, especially wind. He likes to sleep outside if he can. He walks and runs (all weather), and rides bikes (fair weather). He does not like rock climbing or vertigo inducing heights. He appreciates a terrific cover song.

Global Communications Associate

Ina Saptiono

Global Communications Associate

Ina is the Global Communications Associate at SecondMuse. In her role, Ina helps build the SecondMuse brand, implements marketing and communication strategy, and grows SecondMuse's audience. Through creative content creation, she is not only aiming to promote the work of SecondMuse, but also increase audience understanding on SecondMuse’s unique approach in tackling the world’s most complex issues.

Ina brings 6 years of experience in marketing, strategic communication, and content development. She started her career as a digital marketeer in different sectors, before leading various social campaigns in NGO and social enterprise, focusing on women empowerment in rural economic development. Passionate about solving social and environmental problems, Ina continues to learn about sustainability, climate justice, and gender equality.

Based in Bali, Ina enjoys her time in nature, whether it’s a peaceful sunrise walk on the beach or rock-climbing the foothills of Mount Batur. Inside the house, she likes watching movies, reading books and recently finding joy in cooking Indonesian traditional dishes.

Program Manager Southwest Florida

Jason Teeters

Program Manager Southwest Florida

Jason is the Program Manager for the Southwest Florida Community Sourced Incubator (CSI). He designs programing to help entrepreneurs build the confidence and clarity needed to not only survive but thrive in their business.

Jason has spent that past decade designing customized training and educational programs and developing solutions for digital deployment for companies across the U.S. and parts of Europe. He enjoys helping people build the structure and behavior needed to innovate in an increasingly automated and mostly digital economy. He has spearheaded and designed new strategic service offerings around Data and Analytics, to help clients identify and pursue new technology initiatives across multiple sectors.

When not engaged in the community, Jason enjoys traveling the world with his wife and his two children. And learning how to live a life by design, not by default.

Senior Community Manager

Shelby Thompson

Senior Community Manager

Shelby is the Senior Community Manager for New York City programs including Scale For ClimateTech. Shelby supports startups with developing short and long-term goals, curating workshops and events relevant to their design and manufacturing needs, and identifing 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, a hardware design and engineering firm in NYC. During her six years there, Shelby helped the once scrappy startup to become a successful small business by running day-to-day operations, communications, and community outreach. Much of this outreach was directly related to cultivating a more inclusive and diverse community for women within the hardware space, which she still focuses her efforts on with Scale For ClimateTech.

Shelby's work is deeply intwined with cultivating a more inclusive and diverse community for women and founders of color within the hardware and climate tech space. Sustainable Climate Action is not possible without addressing the racial and environmental injustices in underrepresented communities and bringing their voices to the table.

Shelby is an avid cyclist, live music fan, and storyteller. She has lived in Greenpoint for most of her New York life, and enjoys hanging in the park near her home, weekend trips to the Farmer's Market, composting, and attempting to live a more sustainable life by shopping locally for upcycled home goods!

Chief of Staff, Growth

Garrison Turner

Chief of Staff, Growth

Garrison is the Chief of Staff - Growth at SecondMuse. In his role, Garrison assists the CEO for Growth with overall strategic decision making and execution of the company-wide growth strategy. This includes collaborating closely with the C-Suite, Leadership Team and Chief of Staff - Operations to drive forward the company’s strategic vision, as well as coordinating the intersection of the Business Development, Marketing and communications, and SecondMuse Capital team.

Garrison is passionate about his work because growth enables us to scale our impact. Impact can occur in a variety of ways, including providing direct support to entrepreneurs, building capacity in other organizations to provide such support, and bringing our cultural imperatives into every space we join. Prior to starting at SecondMuse, Garrison worked in KPMG’s Deal Advisory & Strategy practice where he helped companies develop and execute their strategic goals – often involving acquisitions or divestitures.

Outside of work, Garrison enjoys accompanying youth in his neighborhood to serve their community. He is also always working to get better and soccer and cooking.

Senior Associate

Sarah van Boekhout

Senior Associate

Sarah is a member of the Project Facility that serves The Incubation Network (TIN), a SecondMuse project in South and Southeast Asia that is catalysing a reduction in ocean plastic waste and an improvement in livelihoods for informal waste workers, especially women and girls. In her role Sarah provides broad support for TIN's workstreams and its member projects, with the goal of enhancing impacts and harnessing collective knowledge towards more circular and inclusive economies in the region.

Originally from New Zealand, Sarah brings more than a decade of experience managing business operations and social impact projects in the United States, Australia, and Cambodia. She has called Cambodia home for the past several years, and while working across a range of industries, from music to sanitation, Sarah has focussed on the advancement of women's economic empowerment and on working with youth entrepreneurs. Sarah is an active mentor for female-led small and growing businesses via Impact Hub Phnom Penh and The Asia Foundation's Women in Tek Network, and is a member of the Asia New Zealand Foundation's Leadership Network.

Outside of work Sarah enjoys running, yoga, reading, and tropical weather.

Program Finance - Senior Associate

Alyssa Wang

Program Finance - Senior Associate

Alyssa is the Program Finance Senior Associate at SecondMuse Singapore. Her work focuses on Singapore’s key flagship program - The Incubation Network (TIN) - which aims to combat the problem of ocean plastic pollution through gender-inclusive solutions. In her role, she focuses on implementing and analyzing program finance activities, which includes developing optimal financial budgets and delivering progress reports to key stakeholders.

Alyssa has always been passionate about creating value in both her professional and personal life. Prior to joining SecondMuse, she worked as a Finance professional in the energy sector, with a broad range of experiences ranging from treasury, investment analysis, to budgeting and financial analysis. Alyssa was also an active member of the Women's Interest Network in her previous company, where she promoted gender-inclusiveness and professional growth of women. She is also an active youth volunteer with the Singapore Soka Association, a Buddhist organization aiming to promote peace, culture and education. Putting together these experiences, they have allowed her to see the important role of Program Finance as a key enabler that can help drive TIN’s initiatives towards its twin goals of circularity and gender-inclusion.

Beyond her work, Alyssa enjoys connecting with people through meaningful, genuine dialogues (over good food!). She also enjoys her Yoga and Barre sessions, and not forgetting her pet cat Mocha (a Siamese) – they are absolute stress-relievers!

Senior Program Manager

Stacey Weismiller

Senior Program Manager

Stacey is the Senior Program Manager for For ClimateTech program, focused on supporting Cleantech Startups in New York State as well as working on new initiatives to grow the ever-changing market of emerging economies around hardware and scalable manufacturing. This includes creating new economies, filling market gaps, creating pathways for growth in traditionally difficult industries, expanding the understanding of urban manufacturing and its relevance to tech and innovation.

Stacey believes in bringing communities that traditionally wouldn’t work together to solve problems and create impact. This work allows new, innovative companies to tap into resources right in their backyard to help solve market gaps whether this be in scaling their product, testing for market validation or finding the right company or investor to bring their ideas to the marketplace.

Growing up in Western, PA, Stacey has a deep passion for understanding manufacturing and how it plays a role in our infrastructure, systems and innovation as a country. Working at GE within supply chain allowed her to understand more of those systematic approaches to “making” and was able to see how products and innovation collide across the globe. Stacey also spent 3 years working on programs and industrial real estate platforms for the NYCEDC.

Senior Associate

Renni Widya

Senior Associate

Renni Widya is the Senior Associate for Ocean Plastic Prevention Accelerator Program in Surabaya. She is responsible for planning and implementation of Ocean Plastic Prevention Accelerator Program activities in Surabaya. Her work focus on network development, partnership development, external communication, and event management in order to build an innovation ecosystem in Surabaya to reduce ocean plastic pollution.

Renni is passionate about community building and how can her job create an impact on the community. I worked in an NGO before focusing on how to create sustainable impact by facilitating some training and collaborating with various actors addressing some issues. I used to provide some training to the community members to improve their skill in cording to create opportunities for them to improve their livelihoods.

In her spare time, she enjoys singing, travelling, and exercising. She loves to explore the world to meet people with diverse background and makes memory together.

Community Engagement Lead

Vania "V" Word

Community Engagement Lead

V is the Community Engagement Lead for the Morning Light Program in the city of Battle Creek. She works to create access points for community building and marketplace opportunities for entrepreneurs in the area.

She brings to the table a plethora of knowledge of creating impactful experiences and making long-lasting connections. Having been born and raised in the city, and well versed in the avenue of entrepreneurship she has a unique perspective that allows her to connect with community leaders and members in the most genuine way.

Creation is a driving force for V, having been exposed to the world as an artist has fueled her desire to help entrepreneurs and individuals with creative ideas to succeed.

Communications & Marketing Manager

Cindy Yong

Communications & Marketing Manager

Cindy is the Marketing & Communications Manager at SecondMuse based in Singapore. She is responsible for managing the overall development and execution of marketing and communications strategy to support The Incubation Network, and our mission to address the challenges posed by ocean plastic pollution. This includes efforts to educate and engage audiences around the world about innovative solutions to tackle plastic pollution and waste in the South and Southeast Asia region.

Driven by the need to build connections between people and social causes, Cindy is a strong believer in the power of good storytelling and taps on her years of experience to ideate compelling strategies that foster positive brand outcomes. Prior to joining SecondMuse, Cindy has worked across a diverse range of private and public sectors, culminating in a desire to work closely in line with her personal goal to be socially conscious.

"Memento Mori" is one of Cindy's favourite philosophies and reminds her of the inevitability of returning to earth, and the need to leave behind a better world for future generations. When she isn't delving into existential thoughts, Cindy enjoys baking, staying on top of internet culture, and spending time with her loved ones.

Senior Associate

Petrina Yuen

Senior Associate

As a senior associate in venture development at SecondMuse Singapore, Petrina researches, curates, and implements global programming for The Incubation Network. Supporting and growing start-ups in South-East Asia which are creating solutions to ocean plastic pollution as a catalyst for investment in the circular economy. All the while maintaining a commitment to social impact, equity, inclusion, women’s rights, and sustainability. Her impetus for campaigning for sustainability is spearheaded by her drive for the betterment of women around the globe and negating the negative impacts of environmental degradation on communities.

An entrepreneur at heart, Petrina has been at the leadership of multiple small businesses and regional start-ups. However, her growing passion for social impact and her unwavering belief in equality led her to find the intersection of profit and purpose where business is used as a force for good. She believes that sustainable businesses can not only be economically viable but also a source of disruption and a tool for positive social change, tackling the major issues of our generation. Which include climate change, gender disparity, and eliminating injustice.

Petrina is also a trained fine artist and is occasionally spotted crafting or painting when she’s not listening to podcasts or consuming youtube videos about obscure topics.

Program Manager

Na'im Zerbes

Program Manager

Na'im is a Program Manager at SecondMuse involved with the Venture for ClimateTech and GET Chicago teams, where he helps early-stage climate tech innovators build their products and businesses to address challenges of the climate crisis, as well as building city ecosystem programming towards a gender-equitable tech sector. Previously managing the Futureworks Incubator, Na'im has been engaged in research, design, and implementation of incubation, acceleration, and ecosystem-building programs to support innovators and the communities they serve throughout North America and beyond.

Na’im believes in the power that comes from different actors rallying together around a shared challenge and working towards sustainable, system-wide change. He is most passionate about bringing that power to light through programming and spaces where communities can come together, build on their innate strengths, and raise up those around them.

Prior to joining SecondMuse, Na’im coordinated the national and regional implementation of a global civic empowerment program for young people in Romania, working with youth mentors to engage their younger peers in becoming agents of social change.