Innovator for Good
Virginia has a track record of solving meaningful problems. She worked with organic coffee farmers in the Honduran mountains. After graduating from the Friedman School of Nutrition at Tufts, she spent 19 years at the leading fair trade coffee importer, Equal Exchange. Virginia led the grassroots marketing efforts to transform a marginal fair trade coffee brand into an international natural foods leader. Virginia shifted from issues of global poverty and markets to the home and attention needed in busy working families. She and the Invent Boston team use simple science to add whimsy to the every day tasks.
Dr. Michael Reinhardt
Dr. Michael Reinhardt is a natural inventor. During the day he puts his mechanical engineering doctorate to use analyzing energy efficiency for the state of Massachusetts, He has a knack for removing obstacles in the daily busy urban home & garden. Michael conceives, designs, and builds simple and helpful devices that bring relief and joy to users, amidst the hustle and bustle of family life.
Life-long Engineer and Brain
Arnold Reinhold is an independent computer consultant and author. He managed software development at Computervision Corp. and Automatix Inc, which he helped found. Mr. Reinhold is co-author of The Internet for Dummies Quick Reference and E-mail for Dummies. He holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School. He has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations and is Treasurer of the Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics and member of the Board of the Association for Public Transportation and the New England Folk Festival.
Strategic Systems Advisor
Ann has brought Equal Exchange from a niche brand to an international leader in the natural foods world through her skill of project management. She graduated from the Friedman School of Nutrition, Agriculture, Food and Environment at Tufts. With a passion to make the world a better place she leads multi-disciplinary teams. For years at Equal Exchange she has taken on complex leadership tasks that needed to get done--developing Equal Exchange's website, and building systems for food safety of imported commodities and developing people. She brings her attention to detail while keeping the big picture in mind with Invent Boston.
Liane has been designing for as long as she can remember. From the early years of handcrafted birthday cards and Pearl Jam inspired t-shirts for her friends, she knew graphic design was her path. After graduating from College with a degree in Graphic Design, she found her true calling with Equal Exchange. For more than a decade, she has helped build and craft the Equal Exchange brand reflecting the story of small farmers. She has a love for packaging design and a gift of finding wild ideas, making them inviting, and delighting with clarity and beauty.
Rob Everts, Marketing Advisor
Rob has been persuading people to help others with his leadership and organizing his whole life. Mentored by activist Fred Ross and labor leader Cesar Chavez he was a force behind the successful US grape boycotts. He took his schooling at Harvard Kennedy School along with deep experiences organizing Farm workers and brought it to the farmers of Central America and turned Americans into better coffee drinkers. Rob leads Equal Exchange's global teams taking complex problems and providing concrete and achievable solutions. With Invent Boston Rob provides the strategy to help take a new idea and product and build a brand and distribution through the grassroots.
Sue Meehan, Operations Advisor
Sue specializes in helping entrepreneurial, early stage organizations successfully grow. She has more than 20 years of experience building strategically focused, high performing, team-oriented cultures equipped to expand quickly. Across Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Operations and Programming, Sue builds scalable infrastructures that enable operational excellence and helps teams reach their full potential in achieving organizational goals. She led the operations of Year Up from a single site, early stage organization to an award-winning national organization in 13 cities, with over 500 employees and budget of over $70 million. She is the COO of ICivics and just a great person.