Northeast Staff

Beth Zonis - Regional 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 came 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 Innovation Network, a network of cleantech and biotech incubators. 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.

Tricia Dinkel - Northeast Program Manager
Tricia Dinkel

Tricia Dinkel is the Northeast Program Manager for the Cleantech Open. She comes from a background in energy management and environmental policy. Before joining the Cleantech Open team, Tricia worked as the Director of Data Analytics for WegoWise, an energy management software headquartered in Boston. She has also served as the Executive Chair for the Green Business Engagement National Network and on the University of Colorado Environmental Board and Sustainable CU Committee. Tricia holds an M.A from the University of New Hampshire in Environmental Education and a B.A. from the University of Colorado in Environmental Policy. 

Lauren Skirball - Program Coordinator
Lauren Skirball

Lauren Skirball is the Program Coordinator responsible for communications, event planning, and general operations upkeep. She is a Northeastern University Co-op, studying Political Science, Philosophy, and Economics, with a minor in Human Services. She is a proud member of Women Who Empower, a network of women leaders and mentors across the country. Lauren also is proud to be involved in Northeastern’s Husky Environmental Action Team (HEAT), lobbying the school administration for sustainable policies. She is passionate about progressive policy and hopes to incorporate that passion into her future work. In her free time, she enjoys reading, listening to music, exploring Boston, and hiking.

Olivia Polos - Innovation Fellow
Olivia Polos

Olivia Polos is the Cleantech Open’s Summer Innovation Fellow. She is a computer science major at Boston University with a minor in economics, where she is treasurer of BU’s Women in Computer Science Club along with corporate relations of FinTech BU. For fun, Olivia is on the BU Club Ski Racing team. She looks forward to being a part of the CTONE team this summer.