Melissa L. Bradley has more than 20 years of entrepreneurship, investment and leadership experience. She has recently been appointed Director of the Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Innovation Initiative and Executive in Residence at the Kogod School of Business at American University. Since 2012 Melissa has been a Professor of Practice at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University where she serves as an expert lecturer on Impact Investing, Social Entrepreneurship, Peer to Peer Economies and Innovation. She is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Sidecar Social Finance, a social impact agency that provides impact investing advisory and capital services to individuals, institutions, and social enterprises.
Clients include Aspen Institute, William Penn Foundation, Council of Michigan Foundations, and The Philanthropy Network. Bradley served as a Presidential Appointee under President Obama from 2012-2015. In this role she was Chief Strategy Officer at the Corporation for National and Community Service, served at the Department of Education and was responsible for securing over $20 million in public-private partnerships to support national service and My Brother’s Keeper. From 2014-2015 she served as Acting Director of the Social Innovation Fund, a White House Initiative committed to scaling ‘what works’ in our communities.
She serves as an Advisor to the Credit Suisse New Markets Advisory board, Wallet AI, the Center for the Advancement of Social Enterprise (CASE) at Duke University, LGBTQ Center at Georgetown University and Founding Advisor to the Dell Center for Entrepreneurs. She is also Founder and Former Chair of the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Alliance and served as a board member on the Georgetown University Board of Governors for more than 10 years, as well as Founding Member, The Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership.
Bill Bellows, Co-Director, Incubator
Bill Bellows is a co-founder and former Managing Partner of Copithorne & Bellows, a Silicon-Valley based global consulting firm for technology companies that provided market research and business strategy, competitive positioning, industry analyst and marketing communications services to multi-national technology firms. The firm was acquired in 1996 by Omnicom, a $22 billion advertising and marketing holding company.
Professor Bellows left in 2000 and served as President of Veritect, Inc., a Northern Virginia subsidiary of Veridian Corporation, later acquired by General Dynamics. He also served as the Chief Marketing Officer of Red Creek Communications and played a significant role in the acquisition of the company by Sonic Wall, now owned by Dell Computer.
He is a co-founder and leader of OneWhitePixel, an early-stage mobile app development company based in Reston, VA and Utrecht, NL.
Professor Bellows has also taught entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland's Clark School of Engineering.
Tommy White, Co-Director, Incubator
Tommy White is a co-founder and former CEO and director of the Institute for Public-Private Partnerships (IP3), an innovative company that provides advisory services and accredited training to key government and private sector officials from emerging market countries on economic growth and infrastructure development strategies.
White has had a dynamic career as an entrepreneur and cross sectional business leader/manager, having founded and grown three companies with successful exits in all three. In addition to his entrepreneurial and business leadership insights, he has specific expertise in U.S. government (FAR) and multilateral agency contracting & business development, as well as 25+ years working in emerging country markets.
Barbara Bird, Chair, Management Department
Professor Bird's research interests include entrepreneurial cognition and entrepreneurial behavior and Hispanic entrepreneurship. She has research projects examining new venture liabilities of newness and strategic alliances. She authored Entrepreneurial Behavior and several scholarly journal articles in Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, and Journal of Applied Psychology.
She is past chair of the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management and currently serves as Historian. Her travels have taken her to EU, Brazil, Peru, China, Turkey and Syria.
Richard Linowes, Assistant Professor, Management Department
Professor Linowes teaches Global Entrepreneurship and Micro Ventures and Business Policy and Strategy. His interests include global leadership, cross-cultural management, and sustainability.
His professional management experience includes several years with Accenture and Goldman Sachs, where he helped plan the firm’s international expansion. Linowes' research focuses on business in emerging markets and the globalization of management. He studies the challenges of managing cross-culturally and how American and Japanese multinationals adjust to countries around the world. With USAID backing, he has produced a large collection of case studies profiling businesses in emerging markets. He has taught U.S. State Department foreign service officers to manage cross-culturally.
Dr. Linowes develops innovative approaches to management education and was a Fulbright Scholar for pedagogical innovation. He has taught in several countries and has traveled extensively around the world. Recently he was visiting professor at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan.
B.A., Princeton University; M.S., University of Michigan; D.B.A., Harvard University
Jay Pope, Executive-in-Residence, Management Department
Professor Pope is an Executive-in-Residence in the Management Department of Kogod, where he teaches a course in Global Corporate Citizenship and Nonprofit and Social Entrepreneurship. He also advises the JD/MBA Club. His past teaching experience includes one year as a full-time Visiting Assistant Professor and six years as a part-time Associate Adjunct Professor at Loyola College in Maryland, where he taught courses in the legal environment of business, international business law, and ethics, moral and social responsibility.
Professor Pope has been a sole practitioner at The Law Office of Jay C. Pope since 2002. In addition to practicing law, he compiled over twenty years of corporate management, financial and technical experience with organizations of varying size, culture and specialization.
Robert Sicinia, Executive-in-Residence, International Business Department
Professor Sicina has 30 years of experience in senor executive positions at Citibank, American Express and various entrepreneurial endeavors. He worked for thirteen years in Latin America for Citibank, where he served as Country Manager of Colombia and Division Chief Financial Officer (CFO). He became CFO of Citibank's entire International Consumer Group and later, of Citibank's US credit card business. Professor Sicina joined American Express in 1992 and went on to become President of American Express Bank Ltd. and a member of its Board of Directors. Subsequently, he was named President of the Latin American Division for the corporation.
Professor Sicina has since worked in executive positions of several entrepreneurial endeavors and remains active as a consultant and leader of development programs for Chinese executives. He also leads student teams that help entrepreneurs in conflict regions create business plans and find funding for their ventures. He is the Executive Director of the Strategic Regions Enterprise Network (a member of Partners for a New Beginning) and a member of the International Advisory board of Partners of the Americas.
Professor Sicinia teaches Peace through Entrepreneurship for both graduate and undergraduate students.