Evan founded and leads NextFab, which grew out of the MIT Media Lab’s Fab Lab (fabrication laboratory a.k.a. “makerspace”) movement for next generation training, education, and production. NextFab accelerates innovation by offering friendly and accessible advanced manufacturing facilities, training, and services to individuals and hardware technology startups through a membership model. Prior to NextFab, Evan did groundbreaking development of the Fab@Home open source 3D printer as part of his PhD in mechanical engineering at Cornell University. Internationally, his work on Fab@Home connected him to MIT colleagues with whom he helped create Fab Labs for community development outside Johannesburg, South Africa. Evan began NextFab as a “gym for innovators” in Philadelphia near the University of Pennsylvania where he received his BS in Physics.
John Malone, PhD, Peake Fellowship Development Team Founding Partner
John serves as Chair of Liberty Media which grew out of his decades as a pioneer of the cable, entertainment, and Internet industries. Liberty owns or holds a leading equity position in Charter Communications, Time-Warner Cable, QVC, Formula One, Expedia, Lion’s Gate, and other market leaders. John began his career at Bell Labs and McKinsey. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Yale University, an MS in Electrical Engineering from New York University, and both an MS in Industrial Management and a PhD in Operations Research from Johns Hopkins University.
John has helped to launch the Mary S. Peake Fellowship for more than a decade. John established the value proposition for participating small businesses as Applied Learning Partners with the students. Starting in 1996, John helped lead the software and tool development for Walmart, SAP, Oracle, and other market leaders across 26 industries. John expanded those tools for local businesses in over 1,000 market categories for use by the Peake Fellowship. John holds a BA in Business from Quincy College. John’s passion for the cybersecure growth of underserved local businesses drives his effectiveness in establishing partnerships.
Amy Sauber, Peake Fellowship Development Team & Venly Senior Applied Learning Design
Amy has helped to launch the Mary S. Peake Fellowship for more than five years. Amy comes to Peake as a consultant and manager for small businesses with roots in the Carolinas and New England. She also draws on her experience as an award-winning (PEN America) writer and an educator for seaport operators. Her focus is sparking new ways for online and in-person applied learning to best serve the goals of each Peake Fellow and other Applied Learning Partners. Amy earned a B.A. in English with a concentration in creative writing from the College of Charleston, and an M.F.A. in writing from the University of New Hampshire.
Gary has helped to launch the Mary S. Peake Fellowship over more than a decade. During Gary’s distinguished career, he has implemented mass-scale solutions from open source collaboration systems for multinational supply chains, to clinical trials systems for Pfizer, to distribution systems at Apple. Gary began his career as one of the core architects within Digital Equipment Corporation’s object-oriented integration group. Gary holds a BSE in Computer Science from the University of Connecticut. As an expert in aligning mission and systems, Gary pays particular attention to optimizing how the Peake Fellowship’s Applied Learning & Teaching processes can better drive cybersecure, sustainable, and inclusive growth for underserved community ecosystems by geography, demography, and market category.
Jameson has helped to launch the Mary S. Peake Fellowship for nearly five years after graduating from Bard College with a BS in Biology. Jameson brings a range of research and data science skills to help local businesses connect and grow. With a background in information synthesis, ecosystems, and computer programming, Jameson’s experience ranges from analytics at Athenahealth to developing computational models on behaviors in nature. Coming from a family that encouraged support for small businesses, Jameson continues to be dedicated to using his technical capabilities to promote local economies. Specifically, Jameson wants the Peake Fellowship software tools he builds to make it easier for local businesses to innovate more personalized services and products in their communities.
Yoeun has helped to launch the Mary S. Peake Fellowship for more than a decade. She specializes in open source graphics, layout, and icon design built on the MIT & Harvard-developed Open edX. She graduated in Visual Communications from the Boston, MA campus of Gibbs College. Yoeun’s orientation toward learning and design aligns with the core of the Peake Fellowship’s approach.
Alissa has helped to launch the Fellowship over several years following more than two decades of financial analysis and accounting at John Hancock, a market leader in global financial services. Alissa understands the return on investment of community connection from her family’s experience running a local restaurant and her experience as treasurer of the support association for a local public library. Alissa received a BA from Brandeis University and an MBA with a Concentration in Accounting from Boston University. Her career in a multi-billion dollar company drives her desire to give local business leaders the power of data and analysis tools that were only available in the past to large corporations.
Ted has helped to launch the Mary S. Peake Fellowship for more than a decade. Ted began his own career as a Thomas Watson Fellow based at IBM Düsseldorf working on regional revitalization through technology after graduating with a BA in Economics from Haverford College. He saw the potential for joint innovative capabilities when he spearheaded development of Walmart’s first Internet-based collaboration system from customers back to suppliers. He subsequently co-led the roll-out of an open source version of Walmart’s “Collaborative Planning, Forecasting, and Replenishment” (CPFR) software as a standard among retailers globally. Ted went on to develop and teach courses on network collaboration at MIT, Wharton, and the University of Chicago School of Business. Ted served on the non-partisan U.S. Congressional review panel on ecommerce and his work on secure Internet collaboration was then funded by a multi-million dollar award from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Since 9/11, Ted has served as volunteer chair of a committee to mobilize physical and cybersecurity of the U.S. Defense Industrial Base. Ted’s experience accelerating cybersecure growth of local businesses with the help of next gen leaders, Networked AI, and Big Data fits with national priority for adult upskilling.
Dr. Paul Horn has helped to launch the Mary S. Peake Fellowship for several years. After serving as a tenured professor in the Physics Department at the University of Chicago, he was recruited as the Global VP of Research for IBM. In that role, Dr. Horn pioneered the Watson artificial intelligence system. He returned to academia as the Senior Vice Provost for Research at NYU and a co-founder of NYU’s Center for Urban Science and Progress – CUSP in conjunction with Mayor Bloomberg. He also served as the 200th anniversary chair of the New York Academy of Sciences. Dr. Horn holds a BS in Physics from Clarkson University and a PhD in Physics from the University of Rochester. As a first generation college student, he uses his expertise to improve the access, quality, and cost of applied learning opportunities for all.
Harvard Business School Professor & former Carnegie Mellon Business School Dean Robert Kaplan, Scorecarding & Cost Management Strategy Lead
Dr. Kaplan has helped to launch the Mary S. Peake Fellowship over multiple years and his innovations helped to form key parts of the Fellowship’s methodology. For example, Dr. Kaplan co-development of the Balanced Scorecard and Activity-Based Costing measurement and management systems which helped inspire the Fellowship’s Service Learning approach to cybersecure growth and innovation. For his contributions to industry as whole, Dr. Kaplan was inducted into the Accounting Hall of Fame for contributions that “…revitalized the role of accounting in business management and strategic planning.” As the Fellowship grows, Dr. Kaplan continues to innovate Sustainable & Inclusive Growth strategies that connect residents of low-income regions to global supply chains for their products, services, and talent.
Harvard Business School’s Allison Mnookin, Industry-specific Best Practices Lead
Allison has helped to launch the Mary S. Peake Fellowship for several years and she continues to define many of the program’s service learning approaches. At Harvard Business School, Allison teaches disruptive innovation and field courses to support small business and community growth. Allison previously served as the pioneering Vice President and General Manager of Intuit Inc where she led Intuit’s $500M portfolio of small business products, including QuickBooks, which is used by more than 3 million small businesses. The Fellowship continues to rely on Allison’s industry achievements and vision for adult upskilling on cybersecure growth as a national priority.
President Emeritus Len Schlesinger, Business Metrics Strategy Lead
Dr. Schlesinger has helped to launch the Mary S. Peake Fellowship for nearly a decade. He guides the development of small business impact assessments based on his experience creating the service learning track at Harvard Business School, serving as President and now President Emeritus of Babson College, and serving as the turn-around COO of Au Bon Pain. He holds a BA in American Civilization from Brown, an MBA from Columbia, a DBA from Harvard Business School, and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Babson College. Dr. Schlesinger guided the Babson architecture of the Goldman-Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, and his experience directly benefits the Fellowship’s approach.
Professor David Cooperrider, Strength-based innovation Lead
Dr. Cooperrider has helped to launch the Mary S. Peake Fellowship for several years. He is the Case Western Reserve University Distinguished University Professor and faculty Founder of the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit. Dr. Cooperrider has been brought in for multi-stakeholder innovation projects by U.S. Presidents, the U.S. Navy’s Chief of Naval Operations, and the General Secretary of the United Nations. His corporate clients include Apple, Boeing, Cleveland Clinic, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Johnson & Johnson, McKinsey, Smuckers, National Grid, Verizon, and Walmart. For the Fellowship, Dr. Cooperrider’s development of Appreciative Inquiry as an internationally recognized discipline continues to expand the blueprint for the Peake Fellowship’s mobilization to help small & local businesses with cybersecure growth.
Mark has helped to launch the Mary S. Peake Fellowship over nearly a decade. He focused on the Fellowship after 25 years as Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning for Comcast Corporation and his time as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force serving at the Pentagon. He has also been a long term advisor to Carnegie Mellon University. His passion for cybersecure growth across the nation goes back to his early leadership experiences growing up in an Ashtabula, Ohio family business where he and his family members were active in the local chamber and other community associations.
Mark has helped to launch the Mary S. Peake Fellowship over several years. As longtime Senior Vice President of Communications for the largest poverty fighting foundation in NYC, the 501(c)(3) Robin Hood foundation, Mark started his career at the storied Madison Avenue advertising firm, DDB before becoming CEO of his own firm. He also has developed the go-to-market communications for his brother, Jeff Bezos. In addition to his non-profit and for profit efforts, Mark has served as a Captain of his local volunteer fire department. Mark’s dedication to ecosystem mobilization and communication, directly strengthens the upskilling for cybersecure growth for underserved Anchor Communities nationwide.
Don has helped to launch the Mary S. Peake Fellowship over several years. Don has been a serial web services innovator. He currently serves as executive chair of CloudZero. He previously led Equalogix (acquired by Dell for $1.4B), the go-to-market for Lotus Notes, and the creation of website publishing tools (now Web.com) with Dan Bricklin, legendary co-creator of the electronic spreadsheet.
Perry Cohen, Experiential Learning/Supply Chain Strategy Lead
Perry has helped to launch the Mary S. Peake Fellowship over several years. Perry’s experience includes a range of field management roles for C&S Wholesale Grocers, the largest grocery wholesaler in the United States with approximately $30 billion in annual revenue and supporting over 14,000 grocers. His roles at C&S have included Director of Community Relations, Vice President of Regional Operations, Vice President of Leadership Development and Education, and a board member representing the fourth generation of his family leadership of C&S. In addition to Perry’s C&S skills, he is a certified first responder and leader of Venture Out, a national leader in LGBTQ outdoor education. The combination of Perry’s background in grocery distribution, elearning, and disaster response reinforces the effectiveness of upskilling on cybersecure growth as part of strengthening each Anchor Community served.
Pamela Passman, Risk Management Best Practices Lead
Pamela has helped to launch the Mary S. Peake Fellowship over several years. Pamela began her career as a Thomas Watson Foundation Fellow. After practicing law in Washington and Tokyo, she served as Microsoft Corporate VP for Global Corporate and Regulatory Affairs. At Microsoft, she managed privacy, cybersecurity, law enforcement, national security, telecommunications, cloud computing risk, and regulatory compliance across 110 countries. With Microsoft’s support, Pamela founded the nonprofit Center for Responsible Enterprise and Trade (CREATe.org) which developed policies and practices that drive greater compliance and responsibility along global supply and demand chains as a way to create more sustainable jobs, growth, and innovation.
David Sandberg, Small Business Community Engagement Lead
David has helped to launch the Mary S. Peake Fellowship over more than a decade. After retiring as a Cambridge-based business development lead for Google/ITA Software, David and his wife became pioneering neighborhood bookstore leaders in the community commerce movement. In doing so, he brought the same innovation to a local retail business that he did to the international software development business that he and his team sold to Google for $800 million.