Our Staff

Andrew McLaughlin
Andrew McLaughlin

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Things Andrew has done with his life: co-founded Higher Ground Labs, been a partner at betaworks, served as Deputy Chief Technology Officer of the United States under President Obama, led global public policy for Google, run business operations at Medium and Tumblr, been CEO of Digg and Instapaper, helped launch and manage ICANN, taught at Stanford and Harvard Law Schools, worked in the U.S. House of Representatives, and helped litigate the first major Internet free speech to reach the Supreme Court.

Andrew chairs the board of Access Now, is a board member of Public Knowledge and Chartbeat, and has been a director of Code for America and the Sunlight Foundation. He co-chairs the digital strategy committee of the Brooklyn Public Library, and is involved in some capacity with Data & SocietyNew York Public Radio, the New America Foundation, and the Open Technology Fund.

He is an advisor to Swing Left and Ragtag.org, and was a member of the human rights and tech & innovation advisory committees of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign in 2015-16.

Peter Schulam
Peter Schulam

FACULTY CO-DIRECTOR

Peter Schulam, MD, PhD, is Professor of Urology and Chair of the Department of Urology at Yale School of Medicine. He is also the Chief of the Department of Urology atYale-New Haven Hospital and the Clinical Program Leader for the Prostate and Urologic Cancers Program at Smilow Cancer Hospital. He graduated from the Medical Scientist Training Program at Baylor College of Medicine with an MD and a PhD in Immunology. His surgical and urologic training was at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Following a brief period at Baylor in Houston, he was recruited as the Chief of Minimally Invasive Surgery in the Department of Urology at UCLA. At UCLA, he developed laparoscopic and robotic surgery programs for prostate and kidney cancer. He was also the Surgical Director of the Living Kidney Donor Program and performed over 1,200 laparoscopic living donor kidney procedures. At UCLA, he became the vice chair of the department and was actively involved in improving the patient experience throughout the hospital. In January of 2012, he became the Chair of the Department of Urology at Yale. His focus is to build a program that can offer every patient with any urologic condition state of the art diagnosis and treatment in an environment that is patient centered.

Dr. Schulam has been very active in medical device development. He has been an advisor to Computer Motion, Intuitive Surgical, Karl Storz, ACMI and Cook. He is currently a scientific advisor to SurgiQuest, Suture Ease and MedicaMetrix. In addition, he holds the patent for the second-generation ureteroscope that is now the standard in urologic endoscopy.

While at UCLA, he founded the Center for Advanced Surgical and Interventional Technology (CASIT) for the development of next-generation surgical technology and for the enhancement of surgical education and training. It is because of this passion for improving patient care through the advancement of medical technology that he co-founded CBIT at Yale with Dr. Mark Saltzman.

Kassie Tucker
Kassie Tucker

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Kassie is the Program Director at CITY where she focuses on engaging students and fostering conversations around entrepreneurship and innovation across Yale’s campus through programing that includes the Startup Accelerator and Startup Advisors. Prior to joining CITY, she served as Program Director for the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute. She has launched and managed a wide variety of programs and served as an academic advisor to graduate students at MIT and Boston University. She holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of Mary Washington and a MBA from Babson College.

Cass Walker-Harvey
Cass Walker-Harvey

PROGRAM DIRECTOR, SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Cass Walker works as the Program Director for Social Entrepreneurship at CITY and the Yale Center for Business and the Environment (CBEY) and is developing the Social Entrepreneurship landscape across campus. Cass is a social entrepreneur and educator. Originally from England, she has over eight years of experience working in social entrepreneurship and business development, non-profit management, and education in Latin America, USA and UK. She has founded two non-profits: SelvaKids, which aims to provide sustainable solutions to increase educational resources in the Amazon, and Girls Thinking Global, which aims to increase collaboration and best practices in the non-profit sector to improve opportunities for adolescent girls worldwide. Cass has also worked extensively with RUNA, a social enterprise that works with indigenous farmers to create sustainable livelihoods in the Amazon. She has coached and mentored students in Ecuador, USA, and UK, and is passionate about gender equality, and creating change through social innovation. Cass has a Masters in International Education Policy from Harvard Graduate School of Education and received the Harvard Graduate School of Education Entrepreneurship Fellowship in 2014.

Rick Hunt
Rick Hunt

MENTOR-IN-RESIDENCE

Richard Hunt (SOM ‘81) is Managing Partner, 77 West Consulting, and Assistant Adjunct Professor at NYU, teaching Marketing. Previously, Mr. Hunt was Vice President, Marketing, for SharedBook Inc., a publishing technology startup; he brings over 30 years of consumer marketing experience from roles of increasing responsibility in publishing, advertising, entertainment, and online retailing. Mr. Hunt was also Vice President, Account Director, with McCann Relationship Marketing/Princeton. During his career, he has held positions with Time Warner, Sony, Universal Music and Kraft Foods. His work for nonprofit organizations includes entrepreneurship mentoring at NYU-Stern and at the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute, along with work for the Rhythm and Blues Foundation, The Harvard Club of New York City, and The First Tee. He holds an MBA from Yale University and an AB from Harvard College.

Brita Belli
Brita Belli

COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER

Brita Belli works jointly with Tsai CITY and the Office of Cooperative Research as a Communications Officer and is dedicated to expanding recognition of Yale's achievements in innovation and entrepreneurship. She writes press releases, coordinates coverage with local and national media, tweets and maintains Facebook and Instagram, oversees video production, and updates and creates websites. She has a background in journalism and is the author of The Autism Puzzle: Connecting the Dots Between Environmental Toxins and Rising Autism Rates(Seven Stories Press). She was the editor of E-The Environmental Magazine and her articles have appeared online in the New York TimesNational Geographic and the Union of Concerned Scientists, Environmental Health News, MSN.com and Alternet.com as well as in many print publications.

Abby Winslow
Abby Winslow

SENIOR ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Abby Winslow is the Senior Administrative Assistant at Tsai CITY and as a relative newcomer to higher education, she is excited to lend her entrepreneurial skills to the center and Yale University as a whole. Abby is a long-time resident of the greatest small city in America (New Haven) and deeply passionate about the Yale-New Haven community. With 20 years of experience in the restaurant industry, she is entrenched in the local and national food scene and has helped open and operate more than 20 restaurants including Barcelona Restaurant in New Haven. After a stint in Johnson & Wales University’s Culinary Arts program, she studied Spanish and Women’s Studies at Southern Connecticut State University, furthered by Accounting at UConn, and speaks fluent Spanish as well as un petit peu de French.

EMMA FUNK
EMMA FUNK

Social Entrepreneurship Fellow

Emma Funk is currently a Social Entrepreneurship Fellow working jointly with InnovateHealth Yale and the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale. As a fellow, she builds and supports programs—like courses, accelerators, and workshops—for students to create and contribute to innovative projects that address pressing social issues. Her previous work includes roles with education-focused social enterprises +Acumen and Ashoka U, working as a 2015 KPCB Design Fellow, and helping to redesign Brown University's social entrepreneurship curriculum. She has also been a solopreneur designer for the last seven years. She holds a BA in Science & Society from Brown University, with an emphasis on social impact design. She has also studied at the Design & Technology program at Parsons the New School for Design in NYC, and the Graphic Design program at Rhode Island School of Design. Emma was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska.