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 Ellen Erickson at ellen@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. 

ARIZONA

Tucson
Anna Darian
University of Arizona FORGE at Roy Place

Superior
Arlynn Godinez
SEED SPOT

Chandler
Kyle Shields
Chandler Innovations Incubator

Yuma
Julie Engel / Reetika Dhawan
Greater Yuma / Arizona Western College

Mohave County
Lisa Card
Mohave County Government

Phoenix
Ghazal Khorshidi
Thunderbird School of Global Management

Peoria
Susana Trasente
City of Peoria

Flagstaff
Angela Hamby
Moonshot at NACET

ARKANSAS

Conway
Grace Rains
Conductor

Conway
Tiffany Henry
Conductor
Twitter

North Little Rock
Errin Stanger
The Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub
Twitter

Pine Bluff
Mildred Franco
The Generator @ GFPB
Twitter

Eureka Springs
Jackie Wolven
Main Street Eureka Springs
Twitter

Fayetteville
Caleb Talley
Startup Junkie
Twitter

Searcy
Mat Faulkner
Searcy Chamber of Commerce
Twitter

Cabot
Amy Williams
Cabot Chamber of Commerce
Twitter

Sherwood
Kellie Wall
Sherwood Chamber of Commerce 
Twitter

Bentonville
Evan Gray
Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce
Twitter

Fort Smith
Talicia Richardson
64.6 Downtown

Jonesboro
Andrea Allen
University of Arkansas Delta Office of Economic Development
Twitter

De Queen
Tiffany Maurer
UA Cossatot

Batesville
Mandi Curtwright
Main Street Batesville
Twitter 

Lonoke
Tiffany Hunter
Lonoke 2022
Twitter 

CALIFORNIA

Chico
Eva Shepherd-Nicoll
ChicoStart
 

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

San Diego
Rachel Hommel
UC San Diego

San Francisco
Jesse Martinez
Lation Startup Alliance

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Steven Rodriguez
Innovate Coalition
Twitter

FLORIDA

Lakeland & Tallahassee
Robert Blacklidge
Entrepreneurs Matter
Twitter

Tallahassee
Scott Balog
TCC Center for Innovation
Twitter

Miami
Dr. Lascelle A. Sweetland
ilab Startup Foundation
Twitter

Fort Lauderdale
Rita Mittal
INMARG Entrepreneurs Global Connect
Twitter

Tampa
Allie Felix
Embarc Collective

GEORGIA

Lawrenceville
Stella Ihenacho
Women Doing It Afraid
Twitter

Snellville/Gwinnett County
Franchesca Thompson
Paper Birch
Twitter

Douglasville
Tamika Day
TCD Consulting Group
Twitter

Brunswick
Vanessa Wagner
Golden Isles Development Authority
 

IDAHO

Boise
Diane Bevan
Idaho Women's Business Center & Idaho Rural Growth Initiative
Twitter | Twitter

ILLINOIS

Peoria
Andrew Ngui
Greater Peoria Economic Development Council
Twitter

Indiana

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

IOWA

Indianola
John Walker
Simpson College
Twitter

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

Northeast Iowa
Valerie Reinke
Allamakee County Economic Development & Tourism
Twitter

Mason City
Tim Putnam
North Iowa Community College

Ames
Judi Eyles
Iowa State University

MARYLAND

College Park
Angela Heath
TKC Incorporated
Twitter

MASSACHUSETTS

Beverly
Deirdre Sartorelli
Angle Center for Entrepreneurship, Endicott College
Twitter

Alex Cheung
Cambridge Innovation Center
 

MICHIGAN

Detroit
Tonya McNeal-Weary
Michigan Association for Female Entrepreneurs
Twitter | Twitter

Troy/Oakland County
Faris Alami
International Strategic Management

Grand Rapids
Laurie Supkinski / Murphy Ackerman
Startup Garden

MINNESOTA

Mankato
Yvonne Cariveau
Minnesota State University, Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Twitter

MISSISSIPPI

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

Ridgeland
Whitney Jackson
Mississippi Development Authority
Twitter

Jackson
Almesha Campbell 
Jackson State University
Twitter

Clarksdale
Tim Lampkin
Higher Purpose Co.
Twitter

Starkville
Brooke Lammert
MSU Center for Entrepreneurship and Outreach
Twitter

MISSOURI

Kansas City
Jenny Miller
KC Sourcelink

St. Joseph
Annette Weeks
MWSU Craig School of Business

Columbia
James Whitt
City of Columbia

Springfield
Paige Oxendine
Efactory at Missouri State University

St. Louis
Tasha Pettis-Bonds
Women's Business Center, Urban League of Metropolitan St Louis

Joplin
Ken Surbrugg
Missouri SBDC at Missouri Southern State University

NEVADA

Las Vegas
Dave Burlin
Dave Means Business Podcast

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Central New Hampshire
Jared Reynolds
Merrimack County

NEW MEXICO

Santa Fe  
Jennifer Case Nevarez
Community Learning Network and New Mexico TechWorks in partnership with the City of Santa Fe Office of Economic Development

Albuquerque  
Eric Renz-Whitmore
Emergent Wave

NEW YORK

Westchester County
Romina Ganopolsky
Westchester Community College
Twitter

Troy
Katie Hammon
Downtown Troy Business Improvement District
Twitter

NORTH CAROLINA

Greenville
Rajendra Jagad
Exchange Effect

Wilmington
Chloe Newsome
Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship @ UNC Wilmington

Asheboro/Lexington
Jonathan Thill
VentureAsheboro

Cary
Nadeem Iqbal
Softcorner Corporation

Raleigh
Terry Conlon
1MC Raleigh

Charlotte
Juan Garzon
Innovate Charlotte

Morrisville
Glenna Batts-Gonzalez
JB Tyler Marketing & Consulting, LLC

Warrenton
Eva Welsh
Tour Warrenton

Wilson
Frank Dees
RIoT

Pembroke
Shelby Newsome
Sandhills Entrepreneurship Engagement Network / Thomas Entrepreneurship Hub

Winston-Salem
Susan Morris
SueMo Consulting

OHIO

Cincinnati
William Kent Lutz
University of Cincinnati
Twitter

Cleveland
Daniel Dudley
Danley Advisors

OKLAHOMA

Tulsa
Sarah Stephenson
36 Degrees North
Twitter

Oklahoma City
Kristin Garcia
Francis Tuttle Technology Center

Norman
Cassandra Rigby
Tom Love Innovation Hub at Oklahoma University

Shawnee
Cama Watts
Gordon Cooper Technology Center

PENNSYLVANIA

Philadelphia
Herman Nyamunga
PowerUp at Community College of Philadelphia
Twitter

University Park
Elizabeth Fegert
Penn State Small Business Development Center
Twitter| Twitter
 

SOUTH CAROLINA

Columbia
Tom Ledbetter
Midlands Technical College
Twitter

Hartsville
Andy Burkemper
Coker University

Spartanburg
Erin Ouzts
Ten at the Top
Twitter

TENNESSEE

Waynesboro
Rena Purdy
Wayne County JECDB
Twitter

TEXAS

Amarillo
Kyla Frye
WT Enterprise Center
Twitter

Austin
Sean Duffy
Capital Factory
Twitter

Dallas
Bryan Chambers
Capital Factory
Twitter

Fort Worth
Marco Johnson
Sparkyard
Twitter

Plano
MJ Charman
iStart Valley
Twitter | Twitter

San Marcos
Carina Boston Pinales
Splash Coworking
Twitter

Houston
Grace Rodriguez
Impact Hub Houston
Twitter

El Paso
Fernanda Fiscal
UT El Paso

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

VIRGINIA

Arlington
Dr. Donna M. Schaeffer
Marymount University
Twitter

Danville
Jessica Edwards
The Launch Place
Twitter

Staunton
Debbie Irwin | Ryan Hall
Staunton Creative Community Fund

Richmond
Sara Maddox
Activation Capital