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Northeast Staff

Beth Zonis - Region Director, Northeast
Beth Zonis

Beth has over 25 years of experience in program strategy and management, business development and partnerships, marketing and communications, innovation and entrepreneurship. She comes to the Cleantech Open after five years at MIT: building the Center of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) in Moscow, as Director of Communications in the Office of Digital Learning, and as Director of Emerging Worlds at the Media Lab where she helped empower innovators in emerging economies to solve critical problems with digital technology. Prior to her work at MIT, Beth was Principal of Eco Marketing, a consulting firm focused on marketing and sustainability. Earlier in her career, Beth spent 10 years at IBM; in her last role there she was Global Marketing Manager for Site and Facilities Services where she promoted energy-efficient data center solutions. Early in her career, Beth worked for two IT startups, one of which grew from five employees to over 1000.

As a long-time mentor in the Cleantech Open (since 2009), Beth is committed to the Cleantech Open mission of advancing cleantech solutions to improve our environment through entrepreneurship. She is a Board Member of ACTION, the Association of Cleantech Incubators of New England. Outside of work, Beth plays squash, swims, kayaks and hikes, and enjoys spending time with her family.

Beth holds a BA, cum laude, from Wellesley College, an MBA from Boston University, a Certificat de Science Politique from Sciences Po in Paris, a Certificate in Sustainable Business from the University of Southern Maine, and a Certificate in Venture Mentoring Services from MIT. She speaks French and Spanish.

Gina Bellato - Program Manager
Gina Bellato

Gina manages the day to day operations of the annual accelerator program including all content creation, database management, and event planning.  She is responsible for overseeing Boston and New York City based volunteer committees to assist with recruitment and vetting of all new entrepreneurs and mentors. Gina hold a B.A. in Environmental Geology and Environmental Studies from Northeastern University. She has previously worked as a Site Acquisitions Analyst for BlueWave Solar and as a Program Coordinator for the Center for STEM Education at Northeastern University. Gina plays soccer every week and enjoys exploring new cities by bike.

Malayah Redmond - Program Coordinator
Malayah Redmond

Malayah is in charge of managing the mentor committee, on-boarding new mentors, promoting on social media, and supporting event planning. Currently, Malayah is pursuing a B.A. in International Affairs and Environmental Studies with a minor in Sustainable Business Practices at Northeastern University. She is an avid reader and enjoys spending time with friends and family.