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.

Martin Wainstein
Martin Wainstein

Open Innovation Fellow

Martin is the 2018 Open Innovation Fellow at the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale, and research associate at the Yale department of Electrical Engineering. He is an advisor and collaborator at the Digital Currency Initiative of the MIT Media Lab. Martin did his PhD at the Australian-German Climate & Energy College in the University of Melbourne, Australia and holds an undergraduate degree from The University of Southern California where he focused on Geo and Astrobiology. Thinking holistically about big picture sustainability and translating this into innovative entrepreneurial action is by far what he enjoys the most!

After his undergraduate studies he returned to Argentina, his home country, to start a social enterprise that provides products and services for the low-carbon transition. As an entrepreneur, Martin has developed projects in renewable energies for the built environment, biofuel projects for large agriculture farms, forest conservation initiatives, marketing and corporate social responsibility campaigns for multinationals and established a network of sustainable architecture to engage in social innovation. Prior to starting his PhD in Melbourne, he co-founded a startup on wellness living in New Zealand. If he is not thinking about the planet, new social startups and the evolution of humankind, he’d rather be on a surfboard, snowboard, kitesurf or wakeboard. He likes to communicate his ideas through graphic design and visual art. 

Learn more at martinwainstein.com

EMMA FUNK
EMMA FUNK

Social Innovation Fellow

Emma Funk is the Social Innovation Fellow at Tsai CITY, where she builds accelerators, intensives, and workshops that support students in creating and contributing 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 and the intersection of ethics and data visualization. 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.

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.

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.

Wendy Maldonado D'Amico
Wendy Maldonado D'Amico

Network Builder

Wendy brings a broad range of contacts and experience to her work as she builds the network of mentors, advisors, and partners for the Tsai Center. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Belize, and worked for Chemonics International on international development projects in Latin America and the Caribbean through USAID and the World Bank. She has consulted to nonprofits and served as a board member to three nonprofit organizations. Her corporate experience includes management consulting at Booz Allen Hamilton, and internal marketing in the investment banking division at Merrill Lynch. At SAP, the global enterprise software giant, she provided strategic business development and partner marketing expertise. As the Class Secretary to the Yale College Class of 1993, she has worked with fellow alumni to innovate and transform the concept of a Yale alumni class community. She is pleased to bring her vast network of relationships to Tsai CITY from her professional and academic circles. Wendy holds a B.A. in English from Yale University, a Master in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and an M.B.A. from the MIT Sloan School of Management.