The Entrepreneurs in Residence (EiR) and Entrepreneurial Advisor Program is one of the primary ways that we connect the Georgetown campus to the “real world” of entrepreneurship. These accomplished entrepreneurs are on campus and “on-call” throughout the term to act as mentors and coaches to students. Come meet them at our weekly Chalk Talks, or reach out and schedule a meeting/call – they are ready and willing to help.

The profiles are listed below – click on the photo for their bios and contact details.

Entrepreneurs In Residence (EIR)

Expertise: Startups, Social Impact, Operations, Project Management 

Industry: Social Impact, Philanthropy, Non-profits

Expertise: Psychology, Mental Health Startups, Well-Being, Mindfulness, Mental Health, Conscious Leadership, Coaching

Industry: Healthcare, Tech

Expertise: Brand Creation and Management, Retail, Messaging, Startups, Customer, and Community Relations

Industry: Retail, Communications

Expertise: Software as a Service (SaaS), Strategic Partnerships, Branding, Demand Generation, Sales & Business Development, and Revenue Models

Industry: Software, Sports Marketing, Education Technology, Automobile Sector


Expertise: Proptech, Real Estate Tech, Urban Mobility, Public Policy, SaaS, Enterprise Software

Industries: Real Estate, Technology, Transportation, Travel/Tourism

Expertise: Building and growing teams, Sourcing and Preserving Talent, Creation, care and maintenance of company culture.

Industry: Manufacturing, Automation

Expertise: Bootstrapping Startups, B2B Business, Manufacturing, Finance, Innovation, Supply Chain, and Operations

Industry: Manufacturing, Operations Management, Retail


Expertise: Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Strategy, and Leadership Development 

Industry: Leadership Coaching, Aviation Education

Expertise: Pharma/Biotech, Cleantech/Sustainability, Healthcare, Retail, Enterprise, and Residential Real Estate

Industry: Healthcare, Environmental Science, Energy, Biotech

Expertise: Scaling Social Ventures, Emerging Economies, Major Partnerships, Thought-Leadership, Speaker, and Women Leaders

Industry: International Development, Social Venture, Emerging Economies

Expertise: Social Entrepreneurship, Business Development, Pitching, and Fundraising

Industry: Management Consulting, Computer Science

Expertise: Publishing, Online Media, Commercial Real Estate, E-Learning , New Product Development, New Venture Creation, and Financing

Industry: Real Estate, Energy, Online Learning


Industry: Early stage start up messaging, investor presentations, life science/ health care and enterprise technologies

Expertise: Product Development, Customer Discovery, Product Market Fit, Sales and Marketing Strategy


Expertise: Consumer Products, Media & Technology, Branding & Marketing, Growth Strategies, Intra-preneurism, Leadership and Operations

Industry: Consulting, Digital Media Communications, Streaming Services

Expertise: Startups, Strategy & Innovation, Branding, Venture Financing

Industries: Consumer Products, Retail, Healthcare

Expertise: Startups, Consumer and B2B Product Innovation & Development, Content Creation, New Technologies, Intrapreneurship

Industry: Online Journalism, Online Content Creation

Expertise: Tech and Non-Tech Startups, International Matters, Organizational Development, and Business Development

Industry: Technology, Manufacturing, International Development, Law, Healthcare

Expertise: Startups, Customer Discovery and Design Thinking, and Product Positioning

Industry: Technology, Real Estate, Franchising 

Expertise: Leadership, Business Operations, and Strategy 

Industry: Technology, Transportation, Policy Management, Two-sided marketplace

Expertise: Franchising, Foodservice, Real Estate Entrepreneurship, and Structuring Deals

Industry: Food Service Consulting, Brand Management, Franchise Management, Real Estate

Expertise: Business and Growth Strategy, Talent Strategy and Culture

Industry: Business and Growth Strategy, Talent Strategy and Culture

Expertise: Technology Services and Startups, CRM (customer relationship management), Middle Market Buyouts, Venture Capital, Business strategy, and Entrepreneurship

Industry: Venture Capital/Private Equity, IT

Expertise: Startups, Social Entrepreneurship, Strategy, Business Operations, Grant Writing, Fundraising

Industry: Social Impact, Business Strategy 

Expertise: Digital Marketing, Technology, and Product Development

Experts On Call (EOC)

Brigid Andrews

Expertise: Retail, Business Development, E-Commerce, Fashion Merchandising, Marketing Strategy

Rahul Bhandari

Expertise: Starting and Scaling Businesses, Product Development, Business Development, Team Development, and Fundraising

Paul Centenari

Expertise: Sales, Manufacturing, Operations/Logistics, Venture Finance, and Personal Development

Expertise: Leadership, Strategist, Team Management, and Partnerships 

John Hannula (MBA"92)

Expertise: Sales, Marketing, Business Development, Technology Startups, Beverage Industry

Gretchen Hansen (SFS'90)

Expertise: Web Development, Technology Startups, Product Development, Digital Services, Scaling, Acquisitions

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Shaun Johnson (C'07)

Expertise: Technology Startups and Startup Accelerators, Seed Stage Investment, Product/Concept Development, and IT Analytics

Ario Keshani (SFS'05)

Expertise: Fundraising, Angel Investing, Seed Investing, Personal Development, Startup Advising

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Ryan Kuder (B'96)

Expertise: Business Development, Venture Capital, Product Marketing, Marketing Strategy, and Strategy/Operations

Sara Mattern (SFS'08)

Expertise: Recruiting, Renewable Energy, Startup Legal Issues

Tiffany Norwood

Expertise: Technology, Public Speaking, Product Development, Digital Market, Education, and Storytelling

Andrew "Andy" Rah (MBA'06)

Expertise: Retail, Sales, Product Development, Channel Marketing, creative, e-Commerce, Public Relations, Social Media, Beauty Industry

Nitya Rajendran (C'14)

Expertise: Venture Capital, Investing, Due Diligence, and Advising Startups

Andrew Ruud (B'05)

Expertise: New Technologies, Mergers & Acquisitions, Intrapreneurship, Corporate Projects

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Pat Sheridan

Expertise: Innovation in Large Organizations, Mobile Development, Web Development, Startup Management, and Leadership Development

Aaron Smith (L'10)

Expertise: Social Entrepreneurship, Technology Startups, and the Finance Industry

Slade Smith (B'06)

Expertise: Angel Investing, Sales, Marketing & Communications, Strategy, Finance & Venture Capital, Technology

Vanessa Ting (MBA'08)

Expertise: Brand Development, Data Analytics, Consumer Trends, Consumer Packaged Goods, Social Entrepreneurship, and Growth Strategy

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Rick Toren

Expertise: Hospital and Medical Device Development, Healthcare Technology, Healthcare Management, Business Development, and Startups

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Jaime Vasquez (MBA'89)

Expertise: Marketing, Sales, Business Development, Operations, and Leadership

Dave Weinberg

Expertise: Digital Services, Government, Team Management, and Technology

Eric Woods (B'91)

Expertise: Strategy, Operations, Finances, Technology, Venture Capital, and Growth

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Sara Zulkosky (MBA'14)

Expertise: Venture Capital, Startups, Business Development, Strategy, Operations, and Sustainability