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Executive Innovators in Residence

The Center will host Executive Innovators in Residence who represent diverse stakeholder groups, including corporate leadership, successful entrepreneurs, accomplished alumni, retired public sector leaders and the like. The Executives will help fulfill the mission of the Center and support program implementation. Their primary role will be to support Center stakeholders through consulting, capacity building and mentorship. Executives will serve at least one-year terms.






Marissa Mahoney, Ascend at Aspen

Marissa Mahoney is a Senior Program Associate at Ascend at the Aspen Institute. Marissa graduated from Emory University in 2013 with joint graduate degrees in business (MBA) and theology (M.Div.).

Prior to graduate school, she spent four years in investment banking and private equity real estate, working collaboratively on teams to structure deals and communicate effectively with investors, rating agencies, and other critical stakeholders. She has also worked as a social impact consultant to social entrepreneurs and non-profits, providing investment analysis and strategic planning services.







Art Stevens, Strategy Consultant

Art Stevens is strategy consultant for social entrepreneurs. He formerly worked with PayPal as the Director for Social Innovation Projects, focusing on the companies efforts to create economic opportunity for underserved populations.  

Prior to this Art was responsible for MicroPlace, an online marketplace for investments in Microfinance.  Art has been in the financial services business for over 25 years. His career has included significant work with the Calvert Foundation, Morgan Stanley, Franklin Templeton, and TCW Investment Management.

Art serves on the board of the trustees for Consumer Health Foundation, committed to promoting racial and health justice in the DC area, and Visionworkshops, producing youth photo camps in challenged areas around the world.








Sterling McCullough, Salesforce

Sterling J. McCullough, Government Go-To-Market Lead for Salesforce Industries, has more than thirty (30) years of experience in the areas of Sales, Business Development, Marketing, Systems Integration, Management Consulting, and Analytics.

Sterling is the former Senior VP of Sales for Social Solutions, which was recently acquired. This was due in part to his ability to double the size of the sales team and increase the sales bookings year over year (YOY) growth rate to more than 40% per year. 

Sterling has a M.S. in Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellow University and B.S. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering at University of Notre Dame.








Carmine D’Aloisio, IRSES

Carmine D’Aloisio directs U.S. operations for Irses, a premier European based advisory service used by U.S. companies to streamline the process of reorganization by transforming and spinning off subsidiaries or branch operations to local European companies.

Carmine D’Aloisio is an international consultant assisting American and foreign firms and economic development organizations with trade and investment, strategic partnerships, and innovative finance.  A former a U.S. diplomat in Europe, East and South Asia, and the Middle East, he brings three decades of commercial promotion, cross-cultural experience, and leadership background to today’s global business opportunities and challenges.







Wayne Firestone, Lifeline Fund

Wayne Firestone  is the CEO of the International Lifeline Fund which implements low cost and highly replicable clean water and cooking interventions to improve quality of life in Africa and Haiti. Firestone leads strategy and the senior management team creating market based and deep community engagement solutions, human centered design R&D for base of the pyramid technologies and services, public-private partnerships and development of sustainable eco-systems.

Firestone previously served as the inaugural President of the Genesis Prize Foundation and the President and CEO of Hillel International.







Rahul Bhandari, Paras Ventures

Rahul teaches Entrepreneurship with a focus on Personal Leadership for managing growth and scaling up businesses profitably. His pragmatic approach to growth is informed by his experiences as a CEO and leading Corporate Development, M&A, Partnerships, and Business Development. He is an expert on Corporate Governance matters and Board effectiveness for high growth technology companies. Rahul has been involved in every stage of the entrepreneurial process including idea generation, product development, building teams, fund raising, identification of key strategic partners, business development and direct sales, operational scaling, crisis and recovery, buying and exiting companies.

As CEO he build a highly successful Data Analytics company.  He has worked in a variety of management, operational, and technical positions in management consulting (Accenture), emerging technologies (Oracle), publishing (Thomson Reuters - global M&A), professional services (CSC/DynCorp) and telecommunications (Intelsat). In these roles, Rahul has worked directly with government agencies, Fortune 500 and international companies in the US, Canada, Australia, Europe, India and South East Asia. He serves on the Boards of several technology companies.

Rahul studied at the Stanford, Harvard, Tuck and Georgetown Business Schools. He currently divides his time between DC/VA, SF/Silicon Valley, and India.



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