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.
James G. Boyle
Co-Founder and Managing Director, Yale Entrepreneurial Institute
Anika Singh Lemar
Clinical Associate Professor, Yale Law School
Founder, Peels & Wheels Composting
Economic Development Officer, City of New Haven
Senior Vice President for Investments, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven
President, The Hurley Group
Head of Impact, Liberty & Co.
Founder and Organizing Director, CTCORE-Organize Now!
Community Outreach Director, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven
Co-Founder, The Grove
Co-Founder, The State House
Chief Operating Officer, ConnCAT
Director of Investments, CT Innovations
Reverend Kevin Ewing
Founder and CEO, Baobab Studios
Acting Minister, First Church of Christ
Partner, Hurwitz & Hurwitz LLC
Founder, Pascale’s Body Care