Chad leads work on STEM, the maker approach, and entrepreneurial opportunities in Albemarle County as part of its emphasis on student-centered and experiential learning. He has represented the district's work in these areas at the White House on several occasions as well as other national-level events. He also serves as Project Director for the $3.4 million U.S. Department of Education's Investing in Innovation (i3) grant, "Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering as a Driver of Cross-Curricular Change", and heads up strategic partnerships for the district, including collaborations with MIT, Smithsonian, Battelle, University of Virginia, Fablevision, Princeton, and the Maker Education Initiative. Also an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship and active in the entrepreneurial community, Chad has been profiled as one of the top leaders under the age of 40 in both the Blue Ridge Business Journal and C-ville Weekly; served as a StartupWeekend EDU coach and organizer, and was a facilitator for the High School of the Future Startup event at the Governor's 2013 Virginia STEM Summit. Chad earned his Master's Degree in Education from the University of Virginia and his MBA from Virginia Tech. He is also an alumnus of the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business Executive Educators Leadership Institute.
Professor Touve’s primary research interest could be summarized in a single word: opportunity. He is particularly interested in how opportunity emerges from disruption, such as automation or the Internet. His most recent work investigates greater than a decade of opportunity development efforts among online music services and copyright owners. Professor Touve’s work has been published and presented in not only academic, but also policy and practice audiences. Furthermore, this work has been cited in a variety of media outlets such as Financial Times; National Public Radio; BBC;WIRED; Billboard; Congressional Quarterly; and Guardian. Professor Touve teaches courses in entrepreneurship, manages programs and events connected to The Galant Center for Entrepreneurship, and works with various members of the UVA and Charlottesville communities to support entrepreneurship efforts across and beyond Grounds. Before joining McIntire, Professor Touve was an Assistant Professor at Washington & Lee University, where he developed core entrepreneurship curriculum and initiatives. Prior to his university appointments, Professor Touve founded or held management/advisory roles in a series of startup ventures, resulting in experience across the lifecycle of new ventures—from idea to acquisition, and at times, failure.
Fu is Manager of Community Development for 4.0 Schools, where he strives to empower individuals around the country to build their own education entrepreneurship communities. He previously led 4.0's expansion to NYC, and before 4.0 worked as an investment banking analyst for Barclays. Fu is passionate about education innovation, and helping people launch ventures (schools and startups) to push the boundaries of how, what and where students learn. He is also a voracious reader and avid connector (of both people and ideas). He is a Startup Weekend EDU NYC organizer (2 years running), and has discovered, connected and coached a few hundred early-stage education entrepreneurs. He gives back by advising Streetlight Schools (a school startup in South Africa) and never turns down an offer to show off over 20 years of piano practice.
Christine Mahoney is an Associate Professor of Public Policy and Politics at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy who studies social justice advocacy, activism and direct action through social entrepreneurship. Her first book Brussels vs. the Beltway explored how advocates sought to shape public policy in two of the most powerful political systems on the planet: the US and the EU. She is completing her second book The Failure of Global Advocacy and the Hope of Social Entrepreneurship for which she conducted fieldwork in 7 conflict zones in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe and Latin America. To help foster innovative solutions to social problems she launched and leads SE@UVA (www.seatuva.org). Over the past three years the SE@UVA Initiative has introduced new courses on social entrepreneurship, a minor, a concept competition, scholarships to work with social enterprises and a myriad of student activities providing hands-on experience in social innovation. She has been a Fulbright Fellow, Visiting Scholar at Oxford, a National Science Foundation grant recipient, and recipient of the Emerging Scholar award from the American Political Science Association.
Spencer runs The Bureau - an education design studio and consultancy. We work with schools and forward thinking companies, to advise and deploy courses, programs, hack spaces, and tools that power entrepreneurial thinking and career readiness. Prior to The Bureau, Spencer was the executive director at HackCville to activate student entrepreneurship at the University of Virginia. HackCville hosts a community and clubhouse for students to share, learn, and build projects. Spencer is the lead instructor for Land A Startup Internship, an online course to help accelerate college students into roles at innovative companies. Spencer runs Ruckus Makers, the first and only hackathon for liberal-arts students where participants design and launch projects that drive career discovery and competitiveness.
Michelle is a career counselor at the University of Virginia Career Center, where she advises undergraduate students on career exploration, internships, the job search and related topics. She also leads the Education, Counseling, & Youth Development career community, which offers tailored resources and programs for students interested in those career fields. Michelle is particularly interested in supporting students who are pursuing innovative careers in Education in industries such as Education Technology, Policy, or Nonprofits. This naturally led her to connect with ReinventEd at their initial launch party and 24-Hour Challenge, and she hopes to continue to support the organization in its endeavors related to networking and career development.
Caroline is Founder and Principal Innovation Engineer at the DC Equity Lab, an innovation community in Washington, D.C. The mission of the DC Equity Lab is to facilitate the generation, launch, and scale of transformative ideas by and for people of color. A catalyst for equity, she has worked in D.C. public and charter schools as a teacher, mentor, coach, and leader. She aspires to create learning environments that provide high-quality, equitable opportunities to all students. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia and a Master of Education from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.
Christine Ortiz is a social entrepreneur with expertise in the fields of education, curriculum design, school model generation, design thinking, youth empowerment, marketing and branding. An MIT grad with two masters’ degrees, Ortiz spent her high school years working on the national, teen anti-smoking Truth Campaign and advising corporate executives on engaging youths for social change. At the age of 18 she founded her first company, Allen Ortiz Consulting, through which she developed youth empowerment curriculums, designed marketing and branding strategies for social change initiatives, launched state and country-wide change campaigns, and spoke in front of hundreds of thousands of youth and adults. She opened a tutoring and test prep center, a stepping-stone to her most recent ventures, The Ampersand School, a K-12 micro-school, with mixed- age classrooms, an integrated and thematic curriculum design, and a constant focus on individuality and Blank Schools, a radically different approach to new school model development. Currently she is a student in the Doctor of Education Leadership program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Tim Miano is the co-founder and Chief Executive Invention Officer of SP@CE. A Virginia native, Tim attended the University of Virginia, obtaining degrees in Physics and Mathematics. Over the next ten years, he went on to complete two law degrees, work as an attorney at a top law firm in DC, travel extensively, and move to New York City to work as a Manager and Tax Litigation Specialist at a Big 4 accounting firm. With an interest in the creation of technology-based startups, he began working in 2014 toward developing a Technology & Arts Flexspace, Incubator, & Accelerator, and soon after, created a formal proposal for a major “Innovation District” (SP@CE) custom built for Charlottesville. In June 2014, SP@CE was officially added to UVa’s iLab. Tim is currently finalizing a complete development proposal for the project and continues to strengthen relationships between the City government, UVa, and the local creative, technology, and entrepreneurial communities.