Community Organizers

GEN is seeking candidates for our GEW Community Organizer volunteer position. Community Organizers (CO) will serve as an extension of the GEW USA National Organizer in their ecosystem. Community Organizers is an ecosystem builder who is well connected in their ecosystem and is able to recruit and unify multiple partners to organize activities during GEW. 

Apply here to represent your city or county as the Community Organizer for Global Entrepreneurship Week. Email Garry Lyon at garry@genglobal.org with questions.

Please note there is only one Community Organizer per city or county unless permission is otherwise granted. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. This is a volunteer position. 

ALABAMA

Birmingham
Katherine Zobre
Alabama SBDC

Mobile
Todd Greer
Innovation Portal

Phenix City
Dejuan Bryant
Black Chamber of Commerce of East Alabama

ARIZONA

Flagstaff
Angela Hamby
Moonshot at NACET

Mesa
Dwanna Lynch
WBEC-West

Peoria
Susana Trasente
City of Peoria

Phoenix
Bianca Bulgia
Arizona Tech Council

Tucson
Aleshia Howell
University of Arizona FORGE at Roy Place

Yuma
Reetika Dhawan
Arizona Western College

ARKANSAS

Ash Flat
Hazelle Whited
University of Arkansas

Bentonville
James Bell
Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce

Conway
Grace Rains
Conductor

Conway
Ericka Guiterriez
Conductor

De Queen
Tiffany Maurer
UA Cossatot

Fayetteville
Victoria Dickerson
Startup Junkie

Fort Smith
Talicia Richardson
64.6 Downtown

Jacksonville
Melanie Baden
Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce

Jonesboro
Andrea Allen
University of Arkansas Delta Office of Economic Development

Searcy
Mat Faulkner
Think Idea Studio

Sherwood
Kellie Wall
Sherwood Chamber of Commerce  

CALIFORNIA

Carson
Michael Grimshaw
The Entrepreneurial Institute at CSUDH

Chico
Heather Ugie
Chicostart

Elk Grove
Laura Good
StartupSac

Fresno
Helle Peterson
Water, Energy and Technology Center at Fresno State University

Sacramento
Cameron Law
Carlsen Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, California State University Sacramento

Sacramento
Thomas Hall | Gary Simon
Cleanstart

San Diego
Kellie Quinn
IRC

San Francisco
Jesse Martinez
Latino Startup Alliance

COLORADO

Denver
Joseph Haecker
Tech Alley

Fort Collins
Jillian Fresa
Economic Development Fort Collins

Golden
Robin Fleischman
City of Golden

Grand Junction
Britain Garza
Grand Junction Economic Partnership

Jefferson County
Baxter Richardson
Economic Development of Jefferson County

Vail
Chris Romer
Vail Valley Partnership

DELAWARE

Wilmington
Dan Young
Golden-Beacom College

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Washington
Steven Rodriguez
SUEGO

Washington
Mollie Coleman
High Caliber Events

FLORIDA

Boca Raton
Maria Hernandez
City of Boca Raton

Fort Lauderdale
Rita Mittal
INMARG Entrepreneurs Global Connect

Lakeland & Tallahassee
Robert Blacklidge
Domi Station

Miami
Dr. Lascelle A. Sweetland
ilab Startup Foundation

Orlando
Maria Cervallos
National Entrepreneur Center

Tampa
Karen Smreka
Tampa Bay Wave

Tampa
Evan Erickson
Embarc Collective

GEORGIA

Atlanta
Dany Hernandez
Emory University

Brunswick
Ande Noktes
Golden Isles Development Authority

Lawrenceville
Stella Ihenacho
Women Doing It Afraid

Indiana

Muncie
Candy Dodd
Ball State University

South Bend/Elkhart
Felix Alvarez
South Bend | Elkhart Regional Partnership

IOWA

Cedar Rapids
Jill Wilkins
NewBoCo

Des Moines
Diana Wright
Greater Des Moines Partnership

Indianola/Des Moines
John Walker
Simpson College

Iowa City
Kady Light
John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, University of Iowa

Sioux City
Jesse Hinrichs
Iowa JPEC

Waukon/Northeast
Valerie Reinke
Allamakee County Economic Development & Tourism

KANSAS

Wichita
Reem Bou Zein Eddin
IRC

LOUISIANA

New Orleans
Jim Guenther
Startup Grind New Orleans

MARYLAND

College Park
Angela Heath
TKC Incorporated

Bowie
Johnetta Hardy | Darlene Ajayi | Julian Olanbiwonnu
Bowie State University

MASSACHUSETTS

Beverly
Gina Deschamps
Angle Center for Entrepreneurship, Endicott College

Boston
Alex Cheung
CIC Venture Cafe

Cambridge
Alex Cheung
CIC Venture Cafe

Dartmouth
Cathy Curran-Kelly
UMass Dartmouth

Wellesley
Smairya Million
Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship, Babson College

MICHIGAN

Detroit
Tonya McNeal-Weary
Michigan Association for Female Entrepreneurs

Grand Rapids
Laurie Supkinski
Startup Garden

Midland
John Gustincic
Central Michigan University

Troy/Oakland County
Faris Alami
International Strategic Management

MINNESOTA

Blaine
Marsha Allen
Bread. A Unique Pop-Up Market

Mankato
Shane Bowyer | Ashley Niss
MNSU Mankato

Minnetonka
Kris Eul
Kinetic

St. Paul
Tonya Draughn
Uplift MN LLC

MISSISSIPPI

Clarksdale
Angela Williams
Higher Purpose Co.

Hattiesburg
James Wilcox
The University of Southern Mississippi, Center for Economic and Entrepreneurship Education

Ridgeland
Whitney Jackson
Mississippi Development Authority

MISSOURI

Columbia
Ray Hall
City of Columbia

Joplin
Ken Surbrugg
Missouri SBDC at Missouri Southern State University

Kansas City
Robin Baer
KCSourceLink

Springfield
Paige Oxendine
Efactory at Missouri State University

NEVADA

Las Vegas
Dave Burlin

NEW JERSEY

Newark
Cesar Bandera
NJIT

NEW MEXICO

Albuquerque
Sonja Dewing
Plot Duckies

Las Cruces
Kristin Morehead
Arrowhead Center, New Mexico State University

Santa Fe 
Eric Renz-Whitmore
Emergent Wave

NORTH CAROLINA

Asheboro/Lexington
Jonathan Thill
VentureAsheboro

Charlotte
Juan Garzon
Innovate Charlotte

Craven County
Shereitta Myrick
Assured Purpose Digital Creative Agency LLC

Durham
Tim Scales
American Underground

Henderson
Edythe Thompson
Rebuild Communities NC

Littleton
Angel Jones
Littleton Academy

Madison
Popi Makris
Teach Create Grow

Morrisville
Glenna Batts-Gonzalez
JB Tyler Marketing & Consulting LLC

Raleigh
Nichole Phillips
Shaw University

Rocky Mount
Tierra Norwood
Ajon's Professional Solutions LLC

Warren
Korita Steverson
Warren Area Business Association

Wilmington
Heather McWhorter
Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship @ UNC Wilmington

Wilson
Frank Dees
RIoT

Winston-Salem
Susan Morris
SueMo Consulting

OHIO

Cleveland
Daniel Dudley
Danley Advisors

Lorain County
Matt Poyle
Lorain County Community College

OKLAHOMA

Bixby
Heather McDowell
Bixby Economic Development Center

Edmond
Jennifer McGrail
Francis Tuttle Technology Center

Enid
Meredith Westfahl
AutryTechnology Center

Norman
Cassandra Rigby
Tom Love Innovation Hub at Oklahoma University

Oklahoma City
Katy Boren
OKC Innovation

Ponca City
Janet Schwabe
Pioneer Technology Center

Shawnee
Cama Watts
Gordon Cooper Technology Center

Stillwater
Erica Pereira
Meridian Technology Center

Tulsa
Abbey Marino 
36 Degrees North

PENNSYLVANIA

Philadelphia
Herman Nyamunga
International Rescue Committee

Pittsburgh
Jane Joseph
Innovation Works

Scranton
Elizabeth Geeza
The University of Scranton SBDC

University Park
Elizabeth Fegert
Penn State Small Business Development Center

SOUTH CAROLINA

Spartanburg
Erin Ouzts
Ten at the Top

SOUTH DAKOTA

Madison
Katherine Cota
Dakota State University Paulson Center

TENNESSEE

Nashville
Erica Keese
Startup Grind Nashville

Waynesboro
Rena Purdy
Wayne County JECDB

TEXAS

Amarillo
Gina Woodward
WT Enterprise Center

Austin
Sean Duffy
Capital Factory

College Station
Shelly Brenckman
Lake Walk Innovation Center at Texas A&M Biocorridor

Dallas
Bryan Chambers
Capital Factory

El Paso
Fernanda Fiscal | Alejandra Gamez | Maria Marin Becerra
UT El Paso

Fort Worth
Marco Johnson
Sparkyard

Houston
Grace Rodriguez
Impact Hub Houston

North Texas
Darlisa Diltz
North Texas Entrepreneur Education and Training

Plano
MJ Charman
iStart Valley

San Antonio
Nader
Culturingua

San Marcos
Carina Boston Pinales
Splash Coworking

VIRGINIA

Arlington
Dr. Donna M. Schaeffer | Larry Clay
Marymount University

Richmond
Frank Pobutkiewicz
Activation Capital

Southern Virginia
Jessica Edwards
The Launch Place

WEST VIRGINIA

Morgantown
Tara St. Clair
West Virginia University