Director of Programs
As Director of Programs, Katie oversees the portfolio of Greentown Launch programs, Greentown’s flagship internal accelerator model. Greentown Launch helps climate-focused technology get deployed by fostering partnerships between startups and corporations. Corporations benefit from Greentown’s technology scouting, coaching on how to work with startups, and structured program roadmap that drives partnership traction. Startups benefit from individualized corporate attention, partnership-focused development plans, and Greentown’s extensive network of expert mentors and resources. Greentown Launch has catalyzed startup-corporate partnerships in industry verticals as diverse as building materials, hydrogen infrastructure, and circular economy, just to name a few.
Prior to joining Greentown Labs, Katie entered the energy management industry over five years at Schneider Electric. Her cross-functional corporate experience enables her to credibly engage with Greentown Launch partners. In her first role, Katie was an early participant in Schneider’s Continuous Improvement Development program, earning her Lean Six Sigma Green Belt while leading projects to improve customer satisfaction in sales and service processes. She went on to serve on the Strategy Execution team supporting Schneider’s U.S. Operations, leading initiatives in governance, process improvement, and portfolio optimization across a $3.5B organization. One of her favorite experiences at Schneider was serving as the President of the Boston chapter of Schneider’s Emerging Professionals Network. On a sunny Thursday in July 2018, she found herself pitching onstage at Greentown for the Bold Ideas Challenge (Schneider’s iteration of Greentown Launch). Katie’s idea was not selected for the program, but the rest was history.
Originally from the Chicago suburbs, Katie holds a BBA in Economics & Finance from the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University Chicago (“go forth and set the world on fire”), where she had the opportunity to observe water management innovation in Lima, Peru, and to research the experiences of immigrant entrepreneurs onsite in Rome and Beijing through Loyola’s Ricci Scholars program. She enjoys cheering on Loyola basketball (go Ramblers!) and reassuring people that her last name is actually not that hard to pronounce (it rhymes with “voice”).