Mark Huang   Co-Founder & Managing Director   Mark was recently Providence’s Economic Development Director, where he focused on the Innovation ecosystem and developed an Urban Food strategy. Prior to his work in Providence, Mark, as a co-founder, led the formation of Novus Energy Partners, a US-Norwegian cleantech VC fund, which was later followed by Tolero Ventures. Prior to that, Mark was with GE for 10 years and as a Senior Vice President of GE Energy Financial Services he co-led the effort to re-start GE’s cleantech venture investing efforts. In the maritime sector, Mark has worked in shipbuilding and as a naval architect. Mark also served for 13 years as an officer in the US Army Reserves. He was mobilized in 2003 to Baghdad where he focused on nation-building. He is currently a US director of Alfanar, the only venture philanthropy non-profit focused on the Arab world, and Tern, a Taiwan-based urban mobility company.    Mark holds an MBA and Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University & a BS in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from Webb Institute.

Mark Huang

Co-Founder & Managing Director

Mark was recently Providence’s Economic Development Director, where he focused on the Innovation ecosystem and developed an Urban Food strategy. Prior to his work in Providence, Mark, as a co-founder, led the formation of Novus Energy Partners, a US-Norwegian cleantech VC fund, which was later followed by Tolero Ventures. Prior to that, Mark was with GE for 10 years and as a Senior Vice President of GE Energy Financial Services he co-led the effort to re-start GE’s cleantech venture investing efforts. In the maritime sector, Mark has worked in shipbuilding and as a naval architect. Mark also served for 13 years as an officer in the US Army Reserves. He was mobilized in 2003 to Baghdad where he focused on nation-building. He is currently a US director of Alfanar, the only venture philanthropy non-profit focused on the Arab world, and Tern, a Taiwan-based urban mobility company.  

Mark holds an MBA and Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University & a BS in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from Webb Institute.

 Alissa Peterson   Co-Founder & Executive Director   Alissa was most recently the VP of Product Marketing & Planning at NanoSteel, an advanced materials company creating scalable solutions for vehicle lightweighting and 3D printing. Prior to NanoSteel, Alissa was Director of Product Marketing & Business Development at Primus Power, a venture-backed grid-scale energy storage technology company. Through her work at NanoSteel and Primus, she has managed business development, strategic planning, marketing, government relations and M&A. Prior to her startup experience, Alissa was a consultant in McKinsey’s Global Sustainability & Resource Productivity Practice in the US and Europe. She serves as a mentor through the Cleantech Open, MIT Clean Energy Prize and Year Up.    Alissa holds a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and a BS in Civil Engineering from Duke University.

Alissa Peterson

Co-Founder & Executive Director

Alissa was most recently the VP of Product Marketing & Planning at NanoSteel, an advanced materials company creating scalable solutions for vehicle lightweighting and 3D printing. Prior to NanoSteel, Alissa was Director of Product Marketing & Business Development at Primus Power, a venture-backed grid-scale energy storage technology company. Through her work at NanoSteel and Primus, she has managed business development, strategic planning, marketing, government relations and M&A. Prior to her startup experience, Alissa was a consultant in McKinsey’s Global Sustainability & Resource Productivity Practice in the US and Europe. She serves as a mentor through the Cleantech Open, MIT Clean Energy Prize and Year Up.  

Alissa holds a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and a BS in Civil Engineering from Duke University.

 Jason Kelly    Co-Founder & Board Chair   Jason serves as Executive Vice President and board member for Moran Shipping Agencies, Inc., where he has worked in various roles since 1994.  As an active member of the global maritime community, Jason participates in the Association of Ship Brokers and Agents (Treasurer), the Chamber of Shipping of America, BIMCO, Intertanko, and the Federation of National Associations of Brokers and Agents. He is also a Board Member for the RI Commerce Corporation & Growsmart RI; a Providence Foundation Trustee; a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the URI Graduate School of Oceanography; Chair of the Providence Harbor Management Commission; and member of the Mystic Aquarium President’s advisory board; member of Rhode Island Freight Advisory Committee; and member, the Narragansett Bay Propeller Club.  Jason holds an MBA from Middlesex University in Shipping & Logistics and a Bachelor’s of Business from Boston College.

Jason Kelly 

Co-Founder & Board Chair

Jason serves as Executive Vice President and board member for Moran Shipping Agencies, Inc., where he has worked in various roles since 1994.

As an active member of the global maritime community, Jason participates in the Association of Ship Brokers and Agents (Treasurer), the Chamber of Shipping of America, BIMCO, Intertanko, and the Federation of National Associations of Brokers and Agents. He is also a Board Member for the RI Commerce Corporation & Growsmart RI; a Providence Foundation Trustee; a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the URI Graduate School of Oceanography; Chair of the Providence Harbor Management Commission; and member of the Mystic Aquarium President’s advisory board; member of Rhode Island Freight Advisory Committee; and member, the Narragansett Bay Propeller Club.

Jason holds an MBA from Middlesex University in Shipping & Logistics and a Bachelor’s of Business from Boston College.

 
 Enrico Picozza   Analyst   Enrico recently graduated with honors from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and holds a BS in International Maritime Business. He also held the position of Regimental Foreign Affairs Officer.  During his tenure at the Academy, Enrico spent time at sea including a short stint as a deckhand on NOAA’s RV Gloria Michelle. The Academy presented Enrico with international opportunities in Singapore, Malaysia and China. In addition, Enrico represented the Academy at the annual IAMU conference, held at the IMO in London, regarding key issues challenging the maritime industry today. Enrico was also recently invited to present to members of Congress as an advocate for ocean planning.

Enrico Picozza

Analyst

Enrico recently graduated with honors from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and holds a BS in International Maritime Business. He also held the position of Regimental Foreign Affairs Officer.

During his tenure at the Academy, Enrico spent time at sea including a short stint as a deckhand on NOAA’s RV Gloria Michelle. The Academy presented Enrico with international opportunities in Singapore, Malaysia and China. In addition, Enrico represented the Academy at the annual IAMU conference, held at the IMO in London, regarding key issues challenging the maritime industry today. Enrico was also recently invited to present to members of Congress as an advocate for ocean planning.