Our Team.

Our diverse team collaborates with founders to accelerate the success of science & technology innovation for impact on our planet.

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Founder & CEO

Rohit Shukla

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Chief of Staff

Hilary Bendon

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Chief Development Officer

Carlos Gutierrez

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Chief Solutions Officer

Gunjan Siroya

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Head of Operations

Judy Hsieh

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Director, CleanTech & Energy

David Berokoff

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Senior Manager, Innovation: Brand, Marketing & Communications

Julie Mai

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Operations Manager

Cindy Rodriguez Mora

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Manager, Analysis & Evaluation

Tobias Varntoft

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Programs Manager, Heal.LA

Erin Summers

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Brand Strategist

Danielle Pachuta

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Community Liaison

Laura Macias

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Business Development Associate

Sophia Cook

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Human Resources Associate

Isabel Candelas

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Program Lead, Venture Fellows

Hannah Nguyen

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Program Operations Associate

Kacee Doan

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Program Operations Associate

Vlad Kozyrev

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Program Operations Associate

Tommy Hua

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Program Operations Associate

Frances Royer

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Program Operations Associate

Aditya Gandhi

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Larta Institute is committted to providing an accessible, safe, respectful, and welcoming environment for all.

Our Anti-Discrimination Policy aims to ensure that all members of Larta Institute community – including our staff, startup founders, mentors, government officials, industry executives, investors, speakers, sponsors, donors, advisory board members, and other community members – are treated with dignity and respect in an open culture that is free of harassment, discrimination, violence, and other inappropriate conduct.

Larta Institute is committed to diversity, equitable access, and inclusion.

Our Board of Directors

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Founder and CEO

Rohit Shukla

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Chairman of the Board

Robert Ashley

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Board Member

Timothy J. Cooley

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Board Member

Elliot Gordon

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Board Member

Shezad Rokerya

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Board Member

Caprice Young, Ed.D

Our Fellows.

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Distinguished Fellow

Maria Contreras-Sweet

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Distinguished Fellow

Phillip A. Singerman, PhD

Collaborate 1:1 with an expert Larta ‘Principal Advisor’ during our SBIR and TABA programs. We have a team of 125+ highly experienced mentors.

Our SBIR/STTR programs and TABA products are led by seasoned industry experts with deep sector knowledge. Each startup is assigned a dedicated Principal Advisor to guide their journey from idea to sustainable enterprise.

Sydney Edwards
Principal Advisor

Sydney Edwards

Executive experience working with startups on product and strategy development and increasing portfolio values in the Biotech and Life Science Industry
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Principal Advisor

Farahnaz Forozan

Farahnaz has a wide spectrum of expertise and experience on pharmaceutical, biotech, diagnostics, clinical trials, and more, working at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Genzyme, and LapCorp.
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Principal Advisor

Lisa Geller

With a distinguished career as a seasoned intellectual property expert, Lisa has served as the Head of Intellectual Property for multiple leading companies, bringing a wealth of strategic vision and legal acumen to safeguarding intellectual assets. Her renowned expertise in IP related to life sciences industry has proven very beneficial in supporting bioscience startups.
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Principal Advisor

Earle Hager

Earle is a strong thought leader with understanding of commercialization process in the evaluation of technologies and has worked on over 300 technology and business development projects.
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Principal Advisor

Sunil Maulik

Sunil has held management positions at Pangea Systems, Tripos (NASDAQ:TRPS), Hoffmann-La Roche (NYSE: ROCHE), Oxford Molecular (LSE: OXMOL), and IntelliGenetics.
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Principal Advisor

Min-Yi Shih

Min-Yi is a a multi-faceted technologist and an experienced business executive with key knowledge focuses on non-dilutive funding, R&D, defense, and medical equipment.
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Principal Advisor

LeAnne C. Tourtellotte

CEO and Co-Founder of JL Biosciences, experience in IP management, business development, strartup management, and commercializing technology in startups
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Principal Advisor

Kwame Ulmer

Kwame Ulmer brings 20+ years of experience evaluating medical technologies in the government and serving in senior operating roles at medical device companies.
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About Larta Institute

Each year, we select over 500 founders and ventures to join our startup accelerators. We provide innovators with access to our programs, ecosystem, and funding, which all play a vital role in supporting the development and implementation of their solutions.

Programs Overview

Community Labs

Publicly-Funded Government Programs

Funding & Investment

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