Micaelah is the Director of the Manufacturing Initiative for Greentown Learn. She has developed a unique program to connect startups and manufacturers to help promote local commercialization and relationship building and to ensure the great ideas that are hatched locally get made locally. She has presented her program design and findings at: SXSWEco 2015, MForesight Clean Energy Manufacturing Consortium (in connection with DOE), and the White House Maker-to-Manufacturer Fair 2016, among others. Micaelah’s prior positions include staff at Project Bread’s Walk for Hunger, the offices of State Senator Robert O’Leary and State Senator Dan Wolf where she held roles ranging from Scheduler to Chief of Staff, and as a consultant for Berkshire Health Systems.
Micaelah received her BA from Umass Amherst and has a Master’s in Urban & Environmental Policy & Planning from Tufts University, where she focused on renewable energy, community development and electricity markets. She sits on the boards of the Political Science Advisory Board at Umass Amherst, the Center for EcoTechnology, and serves as Co-Chair for the UMass Women Into Leadership program at Umass Amherst.
She splits her time between Boston and Pittsfield with her husband, and loves Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, traveling and the New England Patriots.
As a Manufacturing Fellow, Matt helps connect startups and manufacturers throughout northeast Massachusetts as part of a grant with area workforce boards and the City of Somerville. Matt schedules office hours and lunch & learns with manufacturers, maintains a database of local manufacturers interested in working with startups and creates tools to help streamline startup product development processes. Matt is available for any manufacturing related questions you might have.
Prior to working with Greentown Learn, Matt graduated from Endicott College with a major in Entrepreneurship. He facilitated Endicott’s business accelerator program, FUEL (Future Unique Entrepreneurial Leaders). Through hosting networking events and enacting their marketing plan, Matt grew the program from 10 active members to 30 and increased FUEL’s number of businesses served by 600% in one year.
He is passionate about working with startups and is proud to add value to the entrepreneurial culture of Boston and the Northeast.
As a Manufacturing Fellow, Adam manages Western Massachusetts as Greentown’s Manufacturing Fellow out of the new Springfield office at Springfield Technology Park. In this role, Adam identifies and manages opportunities for eastern area hardware startups to collaborate and utilize the rich network of manufacturing resources offered in Western Massachusetts. In an effort to bridge the gap between east and west, startups and manufacturing, Adam provides resources such as facilitating factory tours, manufacturing workshops, networking events, and open office hours.
Prior to joining Greentown, Adam was a Supply Chain and Operations professional for Lenox Manufacturing (a Newell Rubbermaid Company and global leader in premium band saws and hand tools). He has worked in manufacturing for the last 8 years, starting on the floor as a machine operator and quickly working his way up the ranks to Operations Manager and most recently a Buyer in the Supply Chain division. In his time in manufacturing he has had the unique opportunity to experience, first hand, several of the different branches that create successful flow-line operations.
Adam is a contributing member of Valley Venture Mentors in Springfield, serving as a mentor to their startup accelerator and volunteer consultant for their manufacturing accelerator program. He also volunteers his time as an assistant instructor for Cooking Matters which helps low income families to shop for and cook healthy meals on a budget.
Adam is currently in his final year of the University Without Walls program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst working towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. Outside of the office Adam enjoys spending time traveling New England with his wife Gina, playing guitar and making music with his 4-year-old daughter Simone, discovering new craft beers with his 23-year-old step-son Aidan, and hiking with his golden retriever Luna. Adam plays 3rd base for a Springfield-area 30+ team baseball league and LOVES podcasts (fav’s are WTF, Tara Brach, The Moth, and The Tim Ferriss Show). Adam is also an amateur fitness and nutrition coach.