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Meet the Team

The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation team is paving the way for Chicago’s entrepreneurial spirit. Housed on a collaborative campus, we are a group of committed professionals dedicated to promoting and supporting students, faculty, staff, alumni, researchers and local entrepreneurs as they navigate the complex process of creating and growing a startup. For general inquiries, questions, and feedback about the Polsky Center, please contact us at polsky@uchicago.edu.

Marketing

Micheline PergandeMicheline Pergande
Micheline Pergande

Micheline Pergande

Director, Marketing and Communications

5807 South Woodlawn Avenue, Suite 207
Chicago, IL 60637
773-702-7732

As director of marketing and communications, Micheline Pergande oversees the marketing strategy for the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She focuses on defining the brand identity and delivering a consistent experience across all marketing touchpoints.

Prior to joining the Polsky Center, Micheline worked in brand management at Unilever Food Solutions supporting category performance in North America for Hellmann’s, Best Foods, Country Crock, Promise, Becel, and I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter. Before that, Micheline was the senior manager of e-commerce strategy and digital marketing for Chicago-based Argo Tea where she initiated the company’s first-ever gift box packaging concept, facilitated industry-wide recognition as Nation’s Restaurant News Top 50 “2013 Breakout Brands”, managed the company’s social media engagement strategy across Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Yelp, and completely overhauled the company’s e-commerce website in time for the 2012 holiday shopping season. Before her rewarding stint at Argo Tea, Micheline was named director of product marketing for Publicis Groupe’s VivaKi Nerve Center, the R&D hub responsible for developing next generation advertising solutions during the time when the advertising world embarked upon its digital transformation as social media, programmatic media buying, and audience targeting solutions emerged as new core competencies for agencies. Before becoming a seasoned marketer, Micheline gained technical skills as a web developer in the Bay Area, where she was born and raised. She developed database-driven web applications in PHP and MySQL for her alma mater, Saint Mary’s College of California, before moving out to Chicago in 2006 to attend graduate school.

Micheline earned a B.A. with honors in Communication from Saint Mary’s College of California, an M.S. in Integrated Marketing Communications with a specialization in Direct, Database and E-Commerce marketing from Northwestern University’s Medill School, and an MBA with concentrations in Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and International Business from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. She was awarded the Walter Dill Scott Award from Medill faculty. She also earned a Professional Certificate in Web Design from the University of California at Berkeley in 2001.

As a proud daughter of an entrepreneurial family, Micheline is passionate about the Polsky Center’s role in supporting students, faculty, alumni and community entrepreneurs with their entrepreneurial ambitions.  Micheline and her husband, Shaun, a Chicago Booth ’13 graduate, reside in Chicago with their daughter Madeleine.

Mariah MontenegroMariah Montenegro
Mariah Montenegro

Mariah Montenegro

Marketing and Communications Manager

5807 South Woodlawn Avenue, Suite 207
Chicago, IL 60637
773-834-3026

Mariah Montenegro oversees the management of the Polsky Center website. She works closely with program managers to support event and program marketing initiatives, and creates content for digital and print channels at the Polsky Center.

Mary NasetMary Naset
Mary Naset

Mary Naset

Assistant Director, External Relations and Communications

5807 South Woodlawn Avenue, Suite 207
Chicago, IL 60637
773-834-4695

Mary Naset serves as the primary point of contact for all press inquiries and external opportunities for the Polsky Center. She is responsible for overseeing all media relations, engaging key stakeholders and managing the Center’s presence across social media channels, and managing the Polsky Center’s high profile events. Members of the press are encouraged to reach out to Mary for a press kit on how the University of Chicago is a leader in entrepreneurship and innovation.

Jessy TapperJessy Tapper
Jessy Tapper

Jessy Tapper

Senior Assistant Director, Marketing and Communications

5807 South Woodlawn Avenue, Suite 207
Chicago, IL 60637
773-702-0842

Jessy Tapper supports the marketing and communications efforts for the Polsky Center. She is responsible for overseeing all event marketing, driving student and alumni engagement for Polsky Center programs, and managing large-scale communication projects such as the annual report and the Polsky Weekly 10. Students and alumni are encouraged to share updates about their new ventures, life milestones, awards, etc. with Jessy.