Team

Bethany Patten
Managing Director
Bethany is a second year Executive MBA student and the Managing Director for the MIT Sustainability Summit. She is very active in the Sustainability Community at Sloan, leading efforts to measure and reduce consumption and waste on campus. She is a 15 year veteran in the Book Publishing Industry and currently occupies the position of Director of Business Strategy for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, one of the world’s most distinguished publishing houses.  In her role there, she focuses on digital publishing pricing strategy, international expansion and new business integration.  Previously, she was the Director of International Sales & Business Operations for Perseus Books.  In her free time, she likes to run, do yoga and travel. Bethany graduated with a BA in English from Boston College.
Bethany Patten
Managing Director
Bethany is a second year Executive MBA student and the Managing Director for the MIT Sustainability Summit. She is very active in the Sustainability Community at Sloan, leading efforts to measure and reduce consumption and waste on campus. She is a 15 year veteran in the Book Publishing Industry and currently occupies the position of Director of Business Strategy for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, one of the world’s most distinguished publishing houses.  In her role there, she focuses on digital publishing pricing strategy, international expansion and new business integration.  Previously, she was the Director of International Sales & Business Operations for Perseus Books.  In her free time, she likes to run, do yoga and travel. Bethany graduated with a BA in English from Boston College.


Alejandro Ernesto Arcia
Co-Director of Operations
Alejandro is a second year MBA student at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Prior to attending Sloan, Alejandro worked as a Specialist in the City of El Paso Economic Development Department. There he executed tax incentive programs and assessed acquisition of targeted properties. He also originated and implemented governmental policies, including programs to encourage greener building and housing construction for military families. This past summer, he worked in Washington, DC as a Policy Associate for the Center for Financial Services Innovation. Alejandro graduated with a BA in Economics from Stanford University.
Alejandro Ernesto Arcia
Co-Director of Operations
Alejandro is a second year MBA student at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Prior to attending Sloan, Alejandro worked as a Specialist in the City of El Paso Economic Development Department. There he executed tax incentive programs and assessed acquisition of targeted properties. He also originated and implemented governmental policies, including programs to encourage greener building and housing construction for military families. This past summer, he worked in Washington, DC as a Policy Associate for the Center for Financial Services Innovation. Alejandro graduated with a BA in Economics from Stanford University.


Silvia Benavides
Co-Director of Marketing
Silvia is a first year MBA student at MIT Sloan School of Management, focusing on operations and sustainability. Before MIT, Silvia worked as a Strategy Consulting Analyst at Mesoamerica on a wide range of projects including energy distribution, retail and fund management. She also designed and lead a company-wide sustainable office initiative. Prior to consulting, Silvia worked in Environmental and Development Economics research. She holds an Honors B.A. in Economics with a Mathematics concentration from the University of Costa Rica and spent six months in Germany as an exchange student.
Silvia Benavides
Co-Director of Marketing
Silvia is a first year MBA student at MIT Sloan School of Management, focusing on operations and sustainability. Before MIT, Silvia worked as a Strategy Consulting Analyst at Mesoamerica on a wide range of projects including energy distribution, retail and fund management. She also designed and lead a company-wide sustainable office initiative. Prior to consulting, Silvia worked in Environmental and Development Economics research. She holds an Honors B.A. in Economics with a Mathematics concentration from the University of Costa Rica and spent six months in Germany as an exchange student.


Sean Kim Bonawitz
Co-Director of Operations
Sean is a second year MBA student at the MIT Sloan School of Management where he is focused on sustainability in business. Prior to business school, Sean served as a bomb technician on a U.S. Navy SEAL Team in the Middle East and Central America. He interned with Deloitte Consulting’s Sustainability practice last summer, and will be going back as a full-time Senior Consultant in the New York office. Sean enjoys cooking and combat sports, and holds a B.S. in political science from the U.S. Naval Academy.
Sean Kim Bonawitz
Co-Director of Operations
Sean is a second year MBA student at the MIT Sloan School of Management where he is focused on sustainability in business. Prior to business school, Sean served as a bomb technician on a U.S. Navy SEAL Team in the Middle East and Central America. He interned with Deloitte Consulting’s Sustainability practice last summer, and will be going back as a full-time Senior Consultant in the New York office. Sean enjoys cooking and combat sports, and holds a B.S. in political science from the U.S. Naval Academy.


Alexander Borschow
Co-Director of Sponsorship/Finance
Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Alex graduated from MIT in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical/biological engineering. He went on to work at BNP Paribas in New York for six years on their equity derivatives sales desk, rising to Director and head of US hedge fund flow sales. Currently a first-year MBA at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Alex looks to focus on sustainability in food production. His passions include travel, nature, photography, food, volleyball, and skiing.
Alexander Borschow
Co-Director of Sponsorship/Finance
Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Alex graduated from MIT in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical/biological engineering. He went on to work at BNP Paribas in New York for six years on their equity derivatives sales desk, rising to Director and head of US hedge fund flow sales. Currently a first-year MBA at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Alex looks to focus on sustainability in food production. His passions include travel, nature, photography, food, volleyball, and skiing.


Jonathan Krones
Co-Director of Content
Jonathan is a second year Ph.D. student in the MIT Engineering Systems Division with a research focus on industrial ecology and waste management studies. He was a content team member for the 2012 Sustainability Summit, for which he organized two panels: one focused on on sustainability in the built environment and one examining strategies for change in large organizations. Before starting his PhD, Jonathan worked in the White House Office of the Federal Environmental Executive, helping Federal Agencies draft and implement sustainability plans. He holds a M.S. in Earth Resources Engineering from Columbia University and a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT.
Jonathan Krones
Co-Director of Content
Jonathan is a second year Ph.D. student in the MIT Engineering Systems Division with a research focus on industrial ecology and waste management studies. He was a content team member for the 2012 Sustainability Summit, for which he organized two panels: one focused on on sustainability in the built environment and one examining strategies for change in large organizations. Before starting his PhD, Jonathan worked in the White House Office of the Federal Environmental Executive, helping Federal Agencies draft and implement sustainability plans. He holds a M.S. in Earth Resources Engineering from Columbia University and a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT.


Jeffrey Sun
Co-Director of Content
Jeff is a first year MBA student at the MIT Sloan School of Management, where he is focusing on environmental sustainability in business. Prior to MIT, Jeff was a Senior Consultant at Monitor Group, where he worked with the marketing, strategy, social sector, and geostrategic consulting practices. He also spent time living in rural East Africa as a Program Associate with the One Acre Fund, a start-up social enterprise building a seed and fertilizer loan program serving 150,000+ farm families. Always itching for an adventure, Jeff enjoys exotic travel and has lived in seven countries on four continents. He holds a B.A. with distinction in political science from Yale University.
Jeffrey Sun
Co-Director of Content
Jeff is a first year MBA student at the MIT Sloan School of Management, where he is focusing on environmental sustainability in business. Prior to MIT, Jeff was a Senior Consultant at Monitor Group, where he worked with the marketing, strategy, social sector, and geostrategic consulting practices. He also spent time living in rural East Africa as a Program Associate with the One Acre Fund, a start-up social enterprise building a seed and fertilizer loan program serving 150,000+ farm families. Always itching for an adventure, Jeff enjoys exotic travel and has lived in seven countries on four continents. He holds a B.A. with distinction in political science from Yale University.


Dheera Venkatraman
Co-Director of Marketing
Dheera is a Ph.D. candidate at MIT EECS and works at the Optical and Quantum Communications Group. He served on the board and as IT director of the MIT-China Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum for its first 2 years in 2011-2012. He also volunteers with the Taiwan-based Tzu Chi Foundation and has participated in an international disaster relief mission to Haiti as well as numerous local charity projects. Earlier, he led a number of environmental initiatives at Ashdown House, an MIT graduate residence hall where he served on the executive committee for 2 years. Dheera strongly believes in sustainability as a common social responsibility of all researchers, entrepreneurs, and leaders alike. He enjoys travelling long distances by train and bicycle and is motivated much by the environmental problems he sees first-hand across the globe.
Dheera Venkatraman
Co-Director of Marketing
Dheera is a Ph.D. candidate at MIT EECS and works at the Optical and Quantum Communications Group. He served on the board and as IT director of the MIT-China Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum for its first 2 years in 2011-2012. He also volunteers with the Taiwan-based Tzu Chi Foundation and has participated in an international disaster relief mission to Haiti as well as numerous local charity projects. Earlier, he led a number of environmental initiatives at Ashdown House, an MIT graduate residence hall where he served on the executive committee for 2 years. Dheera strongly believes in sustainability as a common social responsibility of all researchers, entrepreneurs, and leaders alike. He enjoys travelling long distances by train and bicycle and is motivated much by the environmental problems he sees first-hand across the globe.


Operations Team

Claire Lee
Claire Lee is a third year undergraduate in the Sloan School of Management. This is also her third year as an organizing member but first on the operations team. Though Claire is currently interested in managerial psychology and operations research, she has previous research experience in materials science/engineering, having worked with various materials from shape-memory alloys to wheat kernels. When time allows, Claire enjoys traveling, playing badminton, and doing all things food related.
Claire Lee
Claire Lee is a third year undergraduate in the Sloan School of Management. This is also her third year as an organizing member but first on the operations team. Though Claire is currently interested in managerial psychology and operations research, she has previous research experience in materials science/engineering, having worked with various materials from shape-memory alloys to wheat kernels. When time allows, Claire enjoys traveling, playing badminton, and doing all things food related.


Héctor García Tellado
Héctor García Tellado is a first year MBA student. Originally from Galicia (Spain), he majored in Applied Physics, but has spent his entire career in the Software industry working for IBM Spain, first as a technical consultant and later as an Engagement Manager. In his spare time, he loves listening to independent bands and watching classic movies.
Héctor García Tellado
Héctor García Tellado is a first year MBA student. Originally from Galicia (Spain), he majored in Applied Physics, but has spent his entire career in the Software industry working for IBM Spain, first as a technical consultant and later as an Engagement Manager. In his spare time, he loves listening to independent bands and watching classic movies.


Sponsorship Team

Ariane J. Roche
Ari is a first year MBA student at MIT Sloan School of Management. Prior to attending Sloan, Ari worked for Sodexo, Inc., developing and implementing strategic health, wellness, and sustainability solutions for college campuses in the New England region. Passionate about sustainable agriculture, waste reduction, and energy efficiency, Ari is currently pursuing the Sustainability Certificate at MIT Sloan with coursework focused in system dynamics, data analytics, and operations management. Ari graduated from Wellesley College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics.
Ariane J. Roche
Ari is a first year MBA student at MIT Sloan School of Management. Prior to attending Sloan, Ari worked for Sodexo, Inc., developing and implementing strategic health, wellness, and sustainability solutions for college campuses in the New England region. Passionate about sustainable agriculture, waste reduction, and energy efficiency, Ari is currently pursuing the Sustainability Certificate at MIT Sloan with coursework focused in system dynamics, data analytics, and operations management. Ari graduated from Wellesley College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics.


Marketing Team

Cinthya Avalos
Cinthya Avalos is a first year MBA student at MIT Sloan School of Management. Before joining MIT, Cinthya worked at Dow Chemical in both Account Management and Technical Support/Development for the Water and Process Solutions business unit. She was also involved in the design and startup of several water treatment plants. Prior to Dow, she worked as a Process Engineer in various Rohm and Haas emulsion plants across Mexico. She is the author of the paper “Desalination through reverse osmosis systems in the north region of Mexico, Baja California” and has presented on the topic at numerous prestigious seminars Across Latin America. Cinthya holds a Bachelor in Chemical Engineering from the Universidad de las Americas Puebla in Mexico where she graduated as a Magna Cum Laude.
Cinthya Avalos
Cinthya Avalos is a first year MBA student at MIT Sloan School of Management. Before joining MIT, Cinthya worked at Dow Chemical in both Account Management and Technical Support/Development for the Water and Process Solutions business unit. She was also involved in the design and startup of several water treatment plants. Prior to Dow, she worked as a Process Engineer in various Rohm and Haas emulsion plants across Mexico. She is the author of the paper “Desalination through reverse osmosis systems in the north region of Mexico, Baja California” and has presented on the topic at numerous prestigious seminars Across Latin America. Cinthya holds a Bachelor in Chemical Engineering from the Universidad de las Americas Puebla in Mexico where she graduated as a Magna Cum Laude.


Paolo Limcaoco
Paolo is a first year MBA student at MIT Sloan, pursuing the Finance Track. Before coming to Sloan, Paolo worked as Financial Consultant to Rags to Riches, Inc. (R2R), a social enterprise based in the Philippines. At R2R, Paolo created a comprehensive financial model primarily to help the company determine their valuation. Before that, Paolo spent 4 years at a boutique investment bank in Manila. Paolo holds a Bachelor of Science in Management Engineering from Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. Outside of school, he enjoys playing sports and travelling.
Paolo Limcaoco
Paolo is a first year MBA student at MIT Sloan, pursuing the Finance Track. Before coming to Sloan, Paolo worked as Financial Consultant to Rags to Riches, Inc. (R2R), a social enterprise based in the Philippines. At R2R, Paolo created a comprehensive financial model primarily to help the company determine their valuation. Before that, Paolo spent 4 years at a boutique investment bank in Manila. Paolo holds a Bachelor of Science in Management Engineering from Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. Outside of school, he enjoys playing sports and travelling.


Content Team

Drew Braithwaite
Drew is a first year MBA student at the MIT Sloan School of Management, where he is focusing on Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Prior to MIT, Drew worked in a general management capacity for a number of environmental non-profits and social-enterprises, both abroad, in western Tanzania and Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and domestically, in Park City, Utah. Drew holds a B.S. in Environmental Studies from Utah State University.
Drew Braithwaite
Drew is a first year MBA student at the MIT Sloan School of Management, where he is focusing on Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Prior to MIT, Drew worked in a general management capacity for a number of environmental non-profits and social-enterprises, both abroad, in western Tanzania and Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and domestically, in Park City, Utah. Drew holds a B.S. in Environmental Studies from Utah State University.


Michael Davidson
Michael is a first year Masters student in the MIT Technology and Policy Program. Prior to MIT, he was the US-China Climate Policy Coordinator at the Natural Resources Defense Council in Washington, DC, where he analyzed clean energy developments and helped coordinate advocacy strategies in both countries. In 2008-9, he was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to China where he researched distributed alternative energy systems and rural development. He holds degrees in Physics and Japanese Studies from Case Western Reserve University.
Michael Davidson
Michael is a first year Masters student in the MIT Technology and Policy Program. Prior to MIT, he was the US-China Climate Policy Coordinator at the Natural Resources Defense Council in Washington, DC, where he analyzed clean energy developments and helped coordinate advocacy strategies in both countries. In 2008-9, he was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to China where he researched distributed alternative energy systems and rural development. He holds degrees in Physics and Japanese Studies from Case Western Reserve University.


Anne-Flore Elard
Anne-Flore Elard is a first year MBA student at the Sloan School of Management. Before Sloan, Anne-Flore received a Master in Public Policy in France with a focus on Environmental Economics and Finance. Anne-Flore has worked first in the capital risk sector for technology and then for several years in project management in the energy industry. While deepening her knowledge of sustainability at Sloan, Anne-Flore is focusing on sustainable finance and sustainable innovation design.
Anne-Flore Elard
Anne-Flore Elard is a first year MBA student at the Sloan School of Management. Before Sloan, Anne-Flore received a Master in Public Policy in France with a focus on Environmental Economics and Finance. Anne-Flore has worked first in the capital risk sector for technology and then for several years in project management in the energy industry. While deepening her knowledge of sustainability at Sloan, Anne-Flore is focusing on sustainable finance and sustainable innovation design.


Emily Feldman
Emily is a first year student at the MIT Sloan School of Management, where she is pursuing an MBA with a Certificate in Sustainability. Prior to MIT, she graduated from the University of Chicago where she majored in Economics and English Literature. After graduation she worked for several years in management consulting for L.E.K. Consulting in Chicago. In her free time, Emily enjoys traveling, learning to cook, and watching the NY Giants.
Emily Feldman
Emily is a first year student at the MIT Sloan School of Management, where she is pursuing an MBA with a Certificate in Sustainability. Prior to MIT, she graduated from the University of Chicago where she majored in Economics and English Literature. After graduation she worked for several years in management consulting for L.E.K. Consulting in Chicago. In her free time, Emily enjoys traveling, learning to cook, and watching the NY Giants.


Sandy Jenkins
Sandra is a first year Masters student in the Technology and Policy Program in the Engineering Systems Division at MIT and is a member of the content team for the Summit. For her research, she works in the area of electricity and natural gas for the MIT energy initiative. Before coming to MIT, she got her BS in electrical engineering and did research on facilitating the growing renewable energy generation on the electricity grid. She grew up on the coast, and so enjoys kayaking, sailing, and basically anything to do with the beach and the outdoors which has fueled her interests in solving environmental problems and promoting personal sustainability.
Sandy Jenkins
Sandra is a first year Masters student in the Technology and Policy Program in the Engineering Systems Division at MIT and is a member of the content team for the Summit. For her research, she works in the area of electricity and natural gas for the MIT energy initiative. Before coming to MIT, she got her BS in electrical engineering and did research on facilitating the growing renewable energy generation on the electricity grid. She grew up on the coast, and so enjoys kayaking, sailing, and basically anything to do with the beach and the outdoors which has fueled her interests in solving environmental problems and promoting personal sustainability.


Sean Gilliland
Sean is a first year graduate student attending the System Design and Management program offered through both MIT's School of Engineering and Sloan School of Management. Currently employed as a software engineer by International Game Technology, the leading supplier of casino gaming products, Sean joined the Sustainability Summit Content Team late in 2012, and is currently working to assemble a panel discussing the positive impact of the shared economy. Sean holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Nevada, Reno and in his spare time enjoys reading, music, and collecting neck ties.
Sean Gilliland
Sean is a first year graduate student attending the System Design and Management program offered through both MIT's School of Engineering and Sloan School of Management. Currently employed as a software engineer by International Game Technology, the leading supplier of casino gaming products, Sean joined the Sustainability Summit Content Team late in 2012, and is currently working to assemble a panel discussing the positive impact of the shared economy. Sean holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Nevada, Reno and in his spare time enjoys reading, music, and collecting neck ties.


Marianna Novellino
Marianna Novellino is a first year graduate student attending the System Design and Management program offered through both MIT's School of Engineering and Sloan School of Management. Marianna received her BS in mechanical engineering at the Universidad del Táchira at her native Venezuela and her MS in Environmental Engineering from the University of Dayton in Ohio. Marianna has worked for several years in the water treatment industry and has deep interest in sustainability and environmental resources management.
Marianna Novellino
Marianna Novellino is a first year graduate student attending the System Design and Management program offered through both MIT's School of Engineering and Sloan School of Management. Marianna received her BS in mechanical engineering at the Universidad del Táchira at her native Venezuela and her MS in Environmental Engineering from the University of Dayton in Ohio. Marianna has worked for several years in the water treatment industry and has deep interest in sustainability and environmental resources management.


Brad Rolph
Brad is a second year Executive MBA student and a member of the MIT Energy Club. He holds a strong passion for developing renewable energy sources to offset the nation’s dependence on fossil fuels. Brad has spent the majority of his career in healthcare management, having most recently served as the President/Co-Founder of Specialty Medical Equipment LLC, a company that develops innovative clinical programs for all care settings. Previously, he served as CFO for Commonwealth Communities Management; the largest privately-held post-acute care network in New England. Brad graduated with a BS in Business from Bentley College.
Brad Rolph
Brad is a second year Executive MBA student and a member of the MIT Energy Club. He holds a strong passion for developing renewable energy sources to offset the nation’s dependence on fossil fuels. Brad has spent the majority of his career in healthcare management, having most recently served as the President/Co-Founder of Specialty Medical Equipment LLC, a company that develops innovative clinical programs for all care settings. Previously, he served as CFO for Commonwealth Communities Management; the largest privately-held post-acute care network in New England. Brad graduated with a BS in Business from Bentley College.


Elyse Tyson
Elyse is a first year MBA student at MIT Sloan pursuing the Enterprise Management Track. Before Sloan, Elyse spent three years working in marketing analytics at Philips Lighting North America. There, she helped run several post-acquisition integration and strategy programs for the North American Lamps and Luminaires divisions. During the summer prior to starting Sloan, she interned at Black Coral Capital, a Boston-based family office with a cleantech investment focus. Elyse has a BA in Anthropology and Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies from Tufts University. Outside of school, she enjoys running and crafting.
Elyse Tyson
Elyse is a first year MBA student at MIT Sloan pursuing the Enterprise Management Track. Before Sloan, Elyse spent three years working in marketing analytics at Philips Lighting North America. There, she helped run several post-acquisition integration and strategy programs for the North American Lamps and Luminaires divisions. During the summer prior to starting Sloan, she interned at Black Coral Capital, a Boston-based family office with a cleantech investment focus. Elyse has a BA in Anthropology and Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies from Tufts University. Outside of school, she enjoys running and crafting.


Josh Westerhold
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