Our Team

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

Rohit Shukla
Founder & CEO

Rohit Shukla

Carlos Gutierrez
Chief Strategy Officer

Carlos Gutierrez

Judy Hsieh
Head of Program Operations and Evaluations

Judy Hsieh

David Berokoff
Director, CleanTech & Energy

David Berokoff

Gunjan Siroya
Senior Advisor, Sustainability

Gunjan Siroya

William Yu
Controller

William Yu

Nickolay Kolev
Director, Information Services & Software Architect

Nickolay Kolev

Vaishali Paliwal
Director, Program Operations

Vaishali Paliwal

Cindy Rodriguez Mora
Administrative Coordinator

Cindy Rodriguez Mora

Kashvi Bhatia
Program Manager

Kashvi Bhatia

Aaron Teitelbaum
Program Manager

Aaron Teitelbaum

Cristian Cardenas
Business Development Manager

Cristian Cardenas

Kaitlyn Nguyen
Program Associate

Kaitlyn Nguyen

Tobias Varntoft
Program Associate

Tobias Varntoft

Pelin Oner
Business Analyst

Pelin Oner

Hilary Bendon
Senior Advisor, Human Resources

Hilary Bendon

Josefina Correa
Project Management Consultant

Josefina Correa

Jermaine Reid
Senior Advisor, Marketing

Jermaine Reid

Lewis D. Rowe
Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Lewis D. Rowe

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

Rohit Shukla
Founder and CEO

Rohit Shukla

Robert Ashley
Chairman of the Board

Robert Ashley

Timothy J. Cooley
Board Member

Timothy J. Cooley

Elliot Gordon
Board Member

Elliot Gordon

Shezad Rokerya
Board Member

Shezad Rokerya

Caprice Young, Ed.D
Board Member

Caprice Young, Ed.D

Our Fellows

Maria Contreras-Sweet
Distinguished Fellow

Maria Contreras-Sweet

Our team of 125+ expert Mentors & Principal Advisors.

Our programs 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.

Kwame Ulmer
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.
David Whelan
Principal Advisor

David Whelan

David is the CEO of BioScience LA.
Olga Yermolenko
Principal Advisor

Olga Yermolenko

Olga advises family office clients on social impact and venture investment opportunities and has diligenced over $450m worth of deals.
Rachel Costello
Principal Advisor

Rachel Costello

Rachel led project management and business development for Tesla’s Energy Products Team.
Rita Hansen
Principal Advisor

Rita Hansen

Rita Hansen is CEO of Onboard Dynamics, a company that seeks to lower fuel costs and carbon emissions by removing refueling infrastructure barriers to driving natural gas vehicles.
Mark Juergensen
Principal Advisor

Mark Juergensen

Mark brings over 25 years of success in energy technology commercialization and energy project development.
Joel Balbien
Principal Advisor

Joel Balbien

Joel is an accomplished & visionary consultant with proven success in managing the commercialization of CleanTech, Semiconductor, and Life Sciences technologies.
BreAnn Brown
Principal Advisor

BreAnn Brown

BreAnn brings more than 18 years of leadership and commercialization experience in start-ups for the agriculture / aquaculture, and information technology industries.
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