Our Team

Collab's team combines backgrounds in both startups and community organizing in New Haven.

 

Caroline Smith, Co-Founder & Co-Director

Caroline Smith is a community organizer working with many others to build towards a vision of a more equitable, connected Yale-New Haven community. She was the Co-Director of Marketing at SeeClickFix — a civic technology company that connects citizens with their local governments. She founded New Haven Bike Month — an effort to build bicycle justice through neighborhood empowerment. Currently, she was elected the Chair of the Downtown-Wooster Square Community Management Team. She’s received the City of New Haven Individual Innovator Award, Yale Presidential Public Service Fellowship, and Yale Seton Elm-Ivy Award for her work.

Margaret Lee, Co-Founder & Co-Director

Margaret Lee is a co-founder of Collab, a community-centered accelerator for Connecticut entrepreneurs and project builders. Before Collab, she was the Co-Director of Marketing at SeeClickFix, a New Haven civic technology startup that brings together neighbors and local government officials. Before that, she worked at the Yale Entrepreneurship Institute (now the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale) where she managed Yale’s academic year and summer accelerators, seeing through more than 100 student and faculty ventures. In addition, she helped launch the pilot of the Social Venture Creation Program, an incubation program for social entrepreneurs. 

 

Advisors

James G. Boyle

Co-Founder and Managing Director, Yale Entrepreneurial Institute

 

Anika Singh Lemar

Clinical Associate Professor, Yale Law School

 

Domingo Medina

Founder, Peels & Wheels Composting

 

David Salinas

Founder, District

Karla Lindquist

Economic Development Officer, City of New Haven

 

Andrew Alden 

Senior Vice President for Investments, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven

 

David Goldblum

President, The Hurley Group

 

Leela Bhashyam

Head of Impact, Liberty & Co.

Isa Mujahid

Founder and Organizing Director, CTCORE-Organize Now!

 

Lee Cruz

Community Outreach Director, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven

 

Slate Ballard

Co-Founder, The Grove
Co-Founder, The State House

 

Genevieve Walker

Chief Operating Officer, ConnCAT

Matt Storeygard

Director of Investments, CT Innovations

 

Reverend Kevin Ewing

Founder and CEO, Baobab Studios
Acting Minister, First Church of Christ

 

Scott Hurwitz

Partner, Hurwitz & Hurwitz LLC

 

Sade Jean-Jacques

Founder, Pascale’s Body Care