Team

Conference Directors

Connor Mclane
Co-Managing Director
Connor is a second year MBA student at the Sloan School of Management pursuing the Sustainability Certificate. He comes to Sloan after spending 3 years at Bain & Company’s Boston office, where he spent his last 7 months growing the Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility practice. He loves hiking, cooking, and running along the Charles River.
Connor Mclane
Co-Managing Director
Connor is a second year MBA student at the Sloan School of Management pursuing the Sustainability Certificate. He comes to Sloan after spending 3 years at Bain & Company’s Boston office, where he spent his last 7 months growing the Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility practice. He loves hiking, cooking, and running along the Charles River.


Ananya Mukkavilli
Co-Managing Director
Ananya is a second year MBA candidate at MIT Sloan School of Management pursuing the Sustainability Certificate. Prior to Sloan, Ananya worked at the Boston Consulting Group in Chicago and The Middle East. During her time at BCG, Ananya worked across Practice Areas, and spent her last year before business school focused on Social Impact. Ananya has always loved food and has become increasingly interested in the intersection between food and sustainability. While at BCG and MIT, she has pursued roles and projects that allow her to learn more about sustainability, particularly in the context of food supply chains. In her free time, Ananya enjoys baking (particularly pastries), reading, and traveling.
Ananya Mukkavilli
Co-Managing Director
Ananya is a second year MBA candidate at MIT Sloan School of Management pursuing the Sustainability Certificate. Prior to Sloan, Ananya worked at the Boston Consulting Group in Chicago and The Middle East. During her time at BCG, Ananya worked across Practice Areas, and spent her last year before business school focused on Social Impact. Ananya has always loved food and has become increasingly interested in the intersection between food and sustainability. While at BCG and MIT, she has pursued roles and projects that allow her to learn more about sustainability, particularly in the context of food supply chains. In her free time, Ananya enjoys baking (particularly pastries), reading, and traveling.


Content

Lara Ortiz-Luis
Director of Content
Growing up in an entrepreneurial family, I learned first-hand the inner workings of how businesses were founded, operated, and financed. After graduating with a degree in Human Biology at Stanford, I worked as a paralegal at an impact litigation non-profit firm helping employees fight for their civil rights, while simultaneously honing my visual storytelling skills with a photography-film side hustle. I joined Matter at the beginning of 2014, where I was able to apply my unique background in mission-driven work, storytelling, and entrepreneurship. Since then, I've overseen the launch of 38 companies, 100+ founders, and 6 classes. I'm now studying to get my MBA and MS at MIT so that I can double down on design thinking, behavioral economics, and sustainable business strategies to continue to create impact. Outside school, you can find me combining ingredients in the kitchen, spiking some sweet sets on the volleyball court, or learning a language.
Lara Ortiz-Luis
Director of Content
Growing up in an entrepreneurial family, I learned first-hand the inner workings of how businesses were founded, operated, and financed. After graduating with a degree in Human Biology at Stanford, I worked as a paralegal at an impact litigation non-profit firm helping employees fight for their civil rights, while simultaneously honing my visual storytelling skills with a photography-film side hustle. I joined Matter at the beginning of 2014, where I was able to apply my unique background in mission-driven work, storytelling, and entrepreneurship. Since then, I've overseen the launch of 38 companies, 100+ founders, and 6 classes. I'm now studying to get my MBA and MS at MIT so that I can double down on design thinking, behavioral economics, and sustainable business strategies to continue to create impact. Outside school, you can find me combining ingredients in the kitchen, spiking some sweet sets on the volleyball court, or learning a language.


Aparna Pande
Content VP
Aparna is an MBA Candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management pursuing the Sustainability Certificate. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science (with a concentration in Artificial Intelligence) from Cornell University. Prior to Sloan, Aparna drove a number of initiatives for Bloomberg in New York and London, as the backup team lead for Fixed Income Data and Analytics, as Engineering Sustainability Squad Rep for Bloomberg London, and as the Co-Lead for Bloomberg Women in Fixed Income. Aparna is a self-proclaimed “live and let live” vegan/health foodie, and enjoys travel and quality time with friends and family.
Aparna Pande
Content VP
Aparna is an MBA Candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management pursuing the Sustainability Certificate. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science (with a concentration in Artificial Intelligence) from Cornell University. Prior to Sloan, Aparna drove a number of initiatives for Bloomberg in New York and London, as the backup team lead for Fixed Income Data and Analytics, as Engineering Sustainability Squad Rep for Bloomberg London, and as the Co-Lead for Bloomberg Women in Fixed Income. Aparna is a self-proclaimed “live and let live” vegan/health foodie, and enjoys travel and quality time with friends and family.


Emma Kometsky
Content VP
Emma is a second-year MBA student at MIT Sloan. Prior to Sloan, Emma worked for five years at Philabundance, the largest food bank in the Philadelphia region. Her work included bringing together legislators, business leaders, and community members around issues of food insecurity and food waste. In her free time, her love of food has led to the creation of a cookbook potluck club.
Emma Kometsky
Content VP
Emma is a second-year MBA student at MIT Sloan. Prior to Sloan, Emma worked for five years at Philabundance, the largest food bank in the Philadelphia region. Her work included bringing together legislators, business leaders, and community members around issues of food insecurity and food waste. In her free time, her love of food has led to the creation of a cookbook potluck club.


Meggan Davis
Content VP
Meggan is a first-year MBA student at MIT Sloan School of Management. Prior to Sloan, she worked for the city of Washington, DC on sustainability and energy projects spanning topics from food and waste management, to green building. She also served as a Board Member for the DC Food Recovery Working Group and was on the founding team of RescueDishDC, an initiative that highlights businesses and chefs who find creative uses for ingredients that would normally be thrown away. Meggan holds a BA from The George Washington University in International Environmental Studies.
Meggan Davis
Content VP
Meggan is a first-year MBA student at MIT Sloan School of Management. Prior to Sloan, she worked for the city of Washington, DC on sustainability and energy projects spanning topics from food and waste management, to green building. She also served as a Board Member for the DC Food Recovery Working Group and was on the founding team of RescueDishDC, an initiative that highlights businesses and chefs who find creative uses for ingredients that would normally be thrown away. Meggan holds a BA from The George Washington University in International Environmental Studies.


Christina Larson
Content VP
Christina is a first-year MBA candidate at MIT Sloan School of Management pursuing the Sustainability Certificate. Prior to Sloan, Christina spent the past five years in Washington, D.C. working as an economic consultant at Cornerstone Research. In addition to the Sustainability Summit, Christina is active in the Water Club as well as Sloan Women in Management. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, cooking for friends, and teaching yoga twice a week in Cambridge.
Christina Larson
Content VP
Christina is a first-year MBA candidate at MIT Sloan School of Management pursuing the Sustainability Certificate. Prior to Sloan, Christina spent the past five years in Washington, D.C. working as an economic consultant at Cornerstone Research. In addition to the Sustainability Summit, Christina is active in the Water Club as well as Sloan Women in Management. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, cooking for friends, and teaching yoga twice a week in Cambridge.


Marketing

Krystal Le
Director of Marketing
Krystal is the quintessential foodie—she delights in learning about food, reading about food, and, of course, consuming all kinds of foods. While there’s no cuisine she doesn’t like (or wouldn’t try), her absolute favorite is Vietnamese—followed closely by Japanese, Korean and Italian. At MIT, Krystal is currently pursuing her MBA at Sloan with a focus on entrepreneurship, product management, tech innovation and business analytics. Before Sloan, she managed public relations and marketing for a $1B+ client at a boutique agency in NYC; ran operations, growth and product at a VC-backed start-up in San Francisco as its fourth employee; and worked at Oracle in its business development program. Her passion for sustainability stems from her fervent belief that success has to be three-fold—good for business, people and the environment.
Krystal Le
Director of Marketing
Krystal is the quintessential foodie—she delights in learning about food, reading about food, and, of course, consuming all kinds of foods. While there’s no cuisine she doesn’t like (or wouldn’t try), her absolute favorite is Vietnamese—followed closely by Japanese, Korean and Italian. At MIT, Krystal is currently pursuing her MBA at Sloan with a focus on entrepreneurship, product management, tech innovation and business analytics. Before Sloan, she managed public relations and marketing for a $1B+ client at a boutique agency in NYC; ran operations, growth and product at a VC-backed start-up in San Francisco as its fourth employee; and worked at Oracle in its business development program. Her passion for sustainability stems from her fervent belief that success has to be three-fold—good for business, people and the environment.


Claire Matthews
Marketing VP
Claire’s activity of choice is going out to dinner. She has moved around quite a bit and loves to explore the restaurants in each new city. Sometimes she will even try two or three restaurants in one night! At MIT, Claire is pursuing her MBA with a focus on sustainability and business analytics. She is particularly interested in the intersection of these two areas. At the Sustainability Summit this year, she looks forward to hearing about how data can help to create a more sustainable food industry.
Claire Matthews
Marketing VP
Claire’s activity of choice is going out to dinner. She has moved around quite a bit and loves to explore the restaurants in each new city. Sometimes she will even try two or three restaurants in one night! At MIT, Claire is pursuing her MBA with a focus on sustainability and business analytics. She is particularly interested in the intersection of these two areas. At the Sustainability Summit this year, she looks forward to hearing about how data can help to create a more sustainable food industry.


Kyle Langley
Marketing VP
Kyle loves cooking up a storm and is very much at home in the kitchen. With a desire to always learn a new dish and explore exotic tastes from around the world. Coming from South Africa, he is still searching for authentic Mexican food and is always up to try a new restaurant At MIT, Kyle is currently participating in the MBA program as a Significant Other and is focusing on sustainability and renewable energy. He is particularly interested in how food waste can be minimized and waste streams integrated back into food production. At the Sustainability Summit this year, he looks forward to discovering as much as possible about the sustainable food industry.
Kyle Langley
Marketing VP
Kyle loves cooking up a storm and is very much at home in the kitchen. With a desire to always learn a new dish and explore exotic tastes from around the world. Coming from South Africa, he is still searching for authentic Mexican food and is always up to try a new restaurant At MIT, Kyle is currently participating in the MBA program as a Significant Other and is focusing on sustainability and renewable energy. He is particularly interested in how food waste can be minimized and waste streams integrated back into food production. At the Sustainability Summit this year, he looks forward to discovering as much as possible about the sustainable food industry.


Laurel Marcus
Marketing VP
Laurel is a second year MBA candidate at MIT Sloan School of Management pursuing the Sustainability Certificate and a career in product management. Prior to Sloan, Laurel worked at digital marketing and design firms, translating consumer insights and web analytics into digital strategies for clients. Growing up in a family with a dietitian parent and two sisters with celiac disease, food quality, access, and dietary needs have always been important table topics. Laurel enjoys picking up tips from the Great British Bake-Off and biking outdoors to discover local gems (specifically ice cream shops) of New England.
Laurel Marcus
Marketing VP
Laurel is a second year MBA candidate at MIT Sloan School of Management pursuing the Sustainability Certificate and a career in product management. Prior to Sloan, Laurel worked at digital marketing and design firms, translating consumer insights and web analytics into digital strategies for clients. Growing up in a family with a dietitian parent and two sisters with celiac disease, food quality, access, and dietary needs have always been important table topics. Laurel enjoys picking up tips from the Great British Bake-Off and biking outdoors to discover local gems (specifically ice cream shops) of New England.


Patricia Cafferky
Marketing VP
Trish is a first year MCP Candidate in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. Her interest in equitable, environmentally conscious food systems have led her to study city planning, in addition to being the impetus for her life-long vegetarianism. Trained as an architect, she is licensed in the state of Massachusetts, and has worked in Landscape Architecture for the past two years, preferring design that integrates natural ecologies.
Patricia Cafferky
Marketing VP
Trish is a first year MCP Candidate in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. Her interest in equitable, environmentally conscious food systems have led her to study city planning, in addition to being the impetus for her life-long vegetarianism. Trained as an architect, she is licensed in the state of Massachusetts, and has worked in Landscape Architecture for the past two years, preferring design that integrates natural ecologies.


Sponsorship

Michael Gangemi
Director of Sponsorship
Michael is a first-year MBA candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management pursuing the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Track and the Sustainability Certificate. Before coming to Sloan, Michael spent time as an Investment Analyst at BlackRock and as a Strategy Consultant at Altman Vilandrie and Company. He has always been passionate about food, briefly training as a chef in high school and exploring food cultures while living and working in three continents. At MIT, he is excited to study and build solutions to food and agriculture supply chain challenges. In his free time, Michael loves cooking and baking for large groups, road biking around New England, attempting the NYT crossword, and piecing together award travel itineraries.
Michael Gangemi
Director of Sponsorship
Michael is a first-year MBA candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management pursuing the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Track and the Sustainability Certificate. Before coming to Sloan, Michael spent time as an Investment Analyst at BlackRock and as a Strategy Consultant at Altman Vilandrie and Company. He has always been passionate about food, briefly training as a chef in high school and exploring food cultures while living and working in three continents. At MIT, he is excited to study and build solutions to food and agriculture supply chain challenges. In his free time, Michael loves cooking and baking for large groups, road biking around New England, attempting the NYT crossword, and piecing together award travel itineraries.


Della Bradt
Sponsorship VP
Della is a first year MBA student at MIT Sloan pursuing the Sustainability Certificate. She has six years of experience in business development and project management in the international development field. Most recently, she managed operations for a USAID-funded program helping to improve literacy for Rwandan students. She hopes to use her public sector social impact experience to help private sector companies with their sustainability and impact goals. She is interested in sustainable retail and food waste reduction. In her free time, Della enjoys hiking, cooking, and exploring new restaurants.
Della Bradt
Sponsorship VP
Della is a first year MBA student at MIT Sloan pursuing the Sustainability Certificate. She has six years of experience in business development and project management in the international development field. Most recently, she managed operations for a USAID-funded program helping to improve literacy for Rwandan students. She hopes to use her public sector social impact experience to help private sector companies with their sustainability and impact goals. She is interested in sustainable retail and food waste reduction. In her free time, Della enjoys hiking, cooking, and exploring new restaurants.


Amrit Malothra
Sponsorship VP
Amrit is a first year MBA candidate at MIT Sloan School of Management pursuing the Sustainability Certificate. Prior to Sloan, Amrit was as an Associate at Summit Rock Advisors, an investment advisor in New York City. She started her career in corporate and investment banking at Citi, covering government and multilateral clients, with a particular focus on green finance. As an almost-lifelong vegetarian, Amrit is particularly excited about the intersection of food, sustainability and the environment. She is excited for any excuse to spend time outdoors and enjoys rock climbing and mountain biking. She is thrilled that MIT Sloan has brought her closer to nature in New England.
Amrit Malothra
Sponsorship VP
Amrit is a first year MBA candidate at MIT Sloan School of Management pursuing the Sustainability Certificate. Prior to Sloan, Amrit was as an Associate at Summit Rock Advisors, an investment advisor in New York City. She started her career in corporate and investment banking at Citi, covering government and multilateral clients, with a particular focus on green finance. As an almost-lifelong vegetarian, Amrit is particularly excited about the intersection of food, sustainability and the environment. She is excited for any excuse to spend time outdoors and enjoys rock climbing and mountain biking. She is thrilled that MIT Sloan has brought her closer to nature in New England.


Ena Oru
Sponsorship VP
Ena Oru is first year MBA candidate at MIT Sloan. Prior to this, He worked directly with +30 country government’s on mechanisms to improve access to new-to-market medicines for patients at the World Health Organization in Switzerland, and Clinton Health Access Initiative. Ena is passionate about healthcare and sustainability, specifically in emerging economies. A trained doctor, Ena has +6 years of experience in clinical care, developing strategies and policies for market growth, and advancing business development through public-private partnerships.
Ena Oru
Sponsorship VP
Ena Oru is first year MBA candidate at MIT Sloan. Prior to this, He worked directly with +30 country government’s on mechanisms to improve access to new-to-market medicines for patients at the World Health Organization in Switzerland, and Clinton Health Access Initiative. Ena is passionate about healthcare and sustainability, specifically in emerging economies. A trained doctor, Ena has +6 years of experience in clinical care, developing strategies and policies for market growth, and advancing business development through public-private partnerships.


Operations

Brandon Lam
Director of Operations
Brandon is a first-year MBA student at MIT Sloan. Food sustainability combines his passion of cooking and eating with mitigating and adapting to climate change. In addition to the Sustainability Initiative, he is a vice president of the MIT Food & Agriculture Club. Before coming to MIT, Brandon worked in compliance strategy at Uber, based out of Washington, DC. He majored in International Political Economy at Georgetown University. He enjoys cooking, bar trivia, learning foreign languages, and playing piano and guitar in Sloan’s rock band, the Rolling Sloans.
Brandon Lam
Director of Operations
Brandon is a first-year MBA student at MIT Sloan. Food sustainability combines his passion of cooking and eating with mitigating and adapting to climate change. In addition to the Sustainability Initiative, he is a vice president of the MIT Food & Agriculture Club. Before coming to MIT, Brandon worked in compliance strategy at Uber, based out of Washington, DC. He majored in International Political Economy at Georgetown University. He enjoys cooking, bar trivia, learning foreign languages, and playing piano and guitar in Sloan’s rock band, the Rolling Sloans.


Lisha Yangali
Director of Operations
Lisha is a Master in Supply Chain candidate at MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics pursuing the Sustainability Certificate. Lisha’s last role before coming to MIT was as Supply Chain Manager handling end-to-end operations ranging from sourcing to transportation. Prior to that Lisha got an MBA after 6 years of work designing and implementing warehouse operations. Lisha is very passionate about promoting Peruvian food and drinks. For that reason she learn how to cook when she arrived Boston and now hosts Lunch and diner for friends on the weekends.
Lisha Yangali
Director of Operations
Lisha is a Master in Supply Chain candidate at MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics pursuing the Sustainability Certificate. Lisha’s last role before coming to MIT was as Supply Chain Manager handling end-to-end operations ranging from sourcing to transportation. Prior to that Lisha got an MBA after 6 years of work designing and implementing warehouse operations. Lisha is very passionate about promoting Peruvian food and drinks. For that reason she learn how to cook when she arrived Boston and now hosts Lunch and diner for friends on the weekends.


Jonny Wong
Operations VP
Jonny is a first year MBA student at MIT Sloan pursuing the Sustainability Certificate. He studied Mechanical Engineering in London before joining L.E.K. Consulting for three years, where he advised a number of businesses and investors on commercial and strategic issues. Jonny’s interest in sustainability stems from his desire to make cities smarter, cleaner, and easier to move around. Jonny’s favorite cuisine is Japanese food, which proved convenient when he worked in Tokyo for five months before Sloan.
Jonny Wong
Operations VP
Jonny is a first year MBA student at MIT Sloan pursuing the Sustainability Certificate. He studied Mechanical Engineering in London before joining L.E.K. Consulting for three years, where he advised a number of businesses and investors on commercial and strategic issues. Jonny’s interest in sustainability stems from his desire to make cities smarter, cleaner, and easier to move around. Jonny’s favorite cuisine is Japanese food, which proved convenient when he worked in Tokyo for five months before Sloan.


Haruna Fujita
Operations VP
Haruna is a first-year MBA candidate at MIT Sloan pursuing certificates in both Business Analytics and Sustainability. Prior to Sloan, she worked at The Brattle Group in the US and Australia on a wide range of topics including technology, finance, and renewable energy. Outside of work, Haruna served as Brattle’s inaugural Sustainability Coordinator and helped launch a CSR program focusing on carbon neutrality. She is passionate about using data-driven insights to help companies and governments make smarter decisions. A former picky eater, she now loves to try new food, especially while travelling. She holds a BA in Economics from Yale.
Haruna Fujita
Operations VP
Haruna is a first-year MBA candidate at MIT Sloan pursuing certificates in both Business Analytics and Sustainability. Prior to Sloan, she worked at The Brattle Group in the US and Australia on a wide range of topics including technology, finance, and renewable energy. Outside of work, Haruna served as Brattle’s inaugural Sustainability Coordinator and helped launch a CSR program focusing on carbon neutrality. She is passionate about using data-driven insights to help companies and governments make smarter decisions. A former picky eater, she now loves to try new food, especially while travelling. She holds a BA in Economics from Yale.


Attendee Experience

Sam Walsh
Director of Attendee Experience
Sam is a first year MBA student at the Sloan School of Management pursuing the Sustainability certificate. Prior to Sloan he worked for the National Basketball Association as part of the league's internal consulting group to its teams. Sam enjoys procuring, cooking, eating and thinking about food all of the time.
Sam Walsh
Director of Attendee Experience
Sam is a first year MBA student at the Sloan School of Management pursuing the Sustainability certificate. Prior to Sloan he worked for the National Basketball Association as part of the league's internal consulting group to its teams. Sam enjoys procuring, cooking, eating and thinking about food all of the time.