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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.

Emma Hargraves - Innovation Fellow
Emma Hargraves

Emma is the Summer Innovation Fellow responsible for communications, event planning, and assisting with general operations. She’s a recent graduate of UMass Lowell with a BA, magna cum laude, in English concentrating in Journalism and Professional Writing with double minors in the Environment and Society and Art and Design. During her senior year, Emma was the Sustainability Student Coordinator at the Office of Sustainability at UMass Lowell and on the Executive Board of the Climate Change Coalition, a student-led organization. Previously, Emma worked as an intern on Environment America’s national campaign for 100% Renewable Energy. She hopes to eventually pursue a sustainability-related graduate degree such as Energy Policy or Sustainable Development. To pass the time, she enjoys Latin dancing, practicing Spanish, reading, and going on adventures with friends and family.

Kaitlin Hollinger - Fall Innovation Fellow
Kaitlin Hollinger

Kaitlin is the Fall Innovation Fellow who is responsible for communications, event planning, and operations assistance. She graduated from UMass Amherst with a BS in Applied Astrobiology and a certificate in Environmental Policy. She is a proud Fellow of UMass Women into Leadership, a competitive training program for young women interested in public service. Kaitlin previously worked as a Canvasser and Legislative Intern for Clean Water Action and organized sustainability efforts for the Springfield Jazz and Roots Festival. She currently divides her time between Cleantech Open and SEBANE, the Solar Energy Business Association of New England. Kaitlin is SEBANE’s Policy and Communications Coordinator, often working in conjunction with NECEC to advance solar policy in Massachusetts. In her free time, Kaitlin enjoys painting, listening to podcasts, and exploring her new home in Boston with friends.

Kasrah Eslami - Fall Innovation Fellow
Kasrah Eslami

Kasrah is in charge of database management and assists with event coordination and general operations. Kasrah is currently a senior at Boston University pursuing a B.A. Political Science with minors in Environmental Science and Persian Cultural Studies. He enjoys reading, listening to music, and spending time with friends.