Congratulations to Boston’s Presidential Innovation Fellows!

| Cathy Wissink


The White House Presidential Innovation Fellows program has welcomed its third round, featuring 27 top-notch web developers, innovators, and entrepreneurs who are working on three key topic areas: Data Innovation; Crowdsourcing; and Veterans’ Experience.

Created to drive collaborative and innovative approaches into the heart of government, the PIF program only exists and, more importantly, our country only moves forward because talented people decide to be a part of creating new and innovative solutions.  It’s the people – both those coming from outside of government and those already on the inside – that work day and night to produce value for the American people.  And no region produced more Fellows in this round than Boston.  Whether born here, educated here, or working here, Microsoft New England would like to congratulate the following Fellows on taking a bit of the Hub to Washington, DC:

  • Sarah Brooks (Design Strategist, BA from Boston University)
  • Andrea Ippolito (Engineering Systems PhD Candidate at MIT)
  • Julia Winn (Product Manager at MIT Media Lab Spinoff, Founder of BetterFit – a TechStars Boston company, BS from Harvard University)
  • Julie Kim (Project Director at at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies, BA and MA from Harvard University)
  • Jeff Chen (Director of Analytics at FDNY, BA from Tufts University)
  • Christopher Daggett (Vice President at ideas42)
  • Maia Hansen (Software Architect at the Broad Center at MIT and Harvard, native Bostonian)
  • Timothy Jones (Mohr Davidow Ventures, BS and MBA from MIT)
  • E.J. Kalafarski (Vice President of Product at Onswipe, taught new media at Tufts, BS from Tufts, native of Massachusetts)
  • Bosco So (BS from MIT)
  • Gajen Sunthara (Principal Software Architect at the Innovation Acceleration Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, MS from Harvard University)
  • Dr. Clarence Wardell III (Researcher and Social Entrepreneur, Affiliate of Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society)
  • Ashley Jablow (Challenge and Business Development Lead at OpenIDEO, MBA from Boston University)

You can learn more about these Fellows and the rest of their colleagues by reading the bios here.  Please join us in congratulating them on their selection and wishing them the best as they tackle these important challenges.

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Cathy Wissink

Cathy embraces what others may tend to avoid. Kale? Loves it. Bugs? Enthralled by them. A cross country bike ride? No problem for Cathy. Solving some of society’s most critical issues by working with everyone from tech leaders to politicians to community leaders? Bring it on.