Marta Urquilla
President

Marta Urquilla is the founding president of Centri Tech Foundation. She brings over twenty-five years of experience leading solutions to strengthen the lives of low-income people and communities of color. Previously, she was chief program officer at Education Design Lab, directing new models to connect education to the future of work. As deputy director at the Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation at Georgetown University, she co-led the center’s establishment as a vehicle for driving impact at scale. Marta served in the administration of President Barack Obama as Senior Policy Advisor in the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation and as Senior Advisor for Innovation at AmeriCorps. She launched the first Social Innovation Fund in the U.S. government, a model adopted across federal agencies, as well as initiatives on Pay for Success and Opportunity Youth.
 

An Echoing Green Fellow, Marta is a social entrepreneur who has worked nationally and locally to design human-centered solutions. She created One Economy’s Digital Connectors, a national program to connect low-income youth and communities to the digital economy, and founded Sister to Sister/Hermana a Hermana, an organization to build the leadership capacity of girls and young women of color in Washington, DC. Other community development models have focused on improving public health outcomes through community organizing and policy change, facilitating youth-led solutions to neighborhood safety, and advocating for equity in housing and education on behalf of children, youth and families. She serves on the boards of Education Design Lab, Urban Alliance, and Green Schoolyards America, and is a founding member of nFormation. Marta holds a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University.
 

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Laura Mueller-Soppart
Program Director

She was most recently entrepreneur-in-residence and head of product at Six Peak Capital, a real estate asset management firm—but the career trajectory that brought her there was by no means preordained. Mueller-Soppart began in innovation policy, serving in the Obama White House, the Massachusetts Statehouse and the European Parliament. Later, as director of special projects at Two Trees Management in Brooklyn, she concentrated on placemaking and development strategy.

In 2016, she founded the consultancy Built Interest to create built environments “grounded in the power of people and place.” Mueller-Soppart and her team have worked with clients Oxford Properties, Hines, Allied London and OVG.Laura is also founder of Work the Polls, a grassroots campaign, that signed up for 3,000 first time poll workers across 300 counties for the 2020 national election. She graduated summa cum laude from Northeastern University with a Bachelor's of Political Science and Economics. 

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Rey Ramsey
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Shirley Marcus Allen
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Daniel Alter

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Wendell Brown
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Mercedes Moore
Fall Analyst

Columbia University

Joanie Weaver
Fall Grad Analyst

UC Berkeley

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Grace Han
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Grace has a decade of experience as a builder of successful programs and partnerships across the public and private sectors. Most recently, as Director of Corps Operations with Teach For America New York, Grace led participant strategy in the nation’s largest public school system. She advised organizations, including She Is The Music, Second Chance Studios, and The Meteor, on the development of programs to address workforce development, mentorship, and civic engagement. An early employee of The Wing, a woman-focused co-working space and collective, Grace built the company’s social impact team, scholarship program, and civic engagement initiatives. She created and scaled programs to support a growing community of 20,000 members, including partnerships with Time’s Up, Girl Scouts of the USA, NARAL, and Planned Parenthood. An alumna of Teach For America and former educator, Grace founded two public charter schools in Boston and New York. She currently serves on the board of directors of Brooklyn RISE. Grace graduated cum laude from Bucknell University with Bachelor’s degrees in International Relations and Chinese.

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