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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. To see a full list of Polsky Council members, click here. For general inquiries, questions, and feedback about the Polsky Center, please contact us at polsky@uchicago.edu.

Polsky Exchange

E.J. ReedyE.J. Reedy
E.J. Reedy

E.J. Reedy

Senior Director, Polsky Exchange

5807 S. Woodlawn Ave., Suite 207
Chicago, IL 60637
O: 773.834.0812
M: 512-294-9547

E.J. Reedy is the senior director of the Polsky Exchange, the Polsky Center’s 34,000 square foot co-working space on 54rd street in Hyde Park. In addition to his role at the Polsky Exchange, E.J. leads the Polsky Center’s fintech initiatives and the Polsky Accelerator program. He is a global thought leader in entrepreneurship, having spent the last decade working for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the largest philanthropy devoted to promoting entrepreneurship. E.J.’s research and commentary has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and a host of other global outlets.

Steph Avalos-BockSteph Avalos-Bock
Steph Avalos-Bock

Steph Avalos-Bock

Assistant Director, Educational Programming

1452 East 53rd Street, 2nd floor
Chicago, IL 60615
773-834-5168

Steph Avalos-Bock is a UChicago alumna and hardware entrepreneur. At the Polsky Exchange, she is responsible for the educational workshops and events and the mentorship program. She also runs the Polsky Incubator, a program for ambitious startups working full-time out of the Polsky Exchange. Steph offers weekly office hours to advise entrepreneurs on all aspects of starting a startup, from ideas to testing and building products.

Cindy DomeckiCindy Domecki
Cindy Domecki

Cindy Domecki

Receptionist

1452 East 53rd Street, 2nd floor
Chicago, IL 60615
773-795-0075

Cindy Domecki is responsible for all visitors’ first impressions of the Polsky Exchange both in person and through telephone. Additionally she assists with various administrative tasks.

Elizabeth KopruckiElizabeth Koprucki
Elizabeth Koprucki

Elizabeth Koprucki

Assistant Director, Fab Lab and Design

1452 E. 53rd St.
Chicago, IL 60615
773-795-0558

Elizabeth Koprucki manages the Polsky Center’s Fab Lab where she works with entrepreneurs and researchers to create prototypes. She oversees the Fab Lab’s programming and connects Polsky Exchange members with the hardware and software resources and expertise they need.

Nima Merchant
Nima Merchant

Nima Merchant

Senior Associate Director of Strategic Planning and Partnership

1452 E 53rd St., 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60615
773-834-5625

nmerchant@uchicago.edu

As the Senior Associate Director of Strategic Planning and Partnerships at the Polsky Exchange, Nima leads collaborative efforts with partner organizations to catalyze growth in the startup ecosystem, in addition to identifying new prospective partners and grow collaborative relationships.

Danielle MooreDanielle Moore
Danielle Moore

Danielle Moore

Receptionist

1452 East 53rd Street, 2nd floor
Chicago, IL 60615
773-834-5168

Danielle Moore is responsible for all visitors’ first impressions of the Polsky Exchange both in person and through telephone inquiries regarding membership. Additionally she assists with various administrative task.

Nick NeuNick Neu
Nick Neu

Nick Neu

Operations Manager

1452 East 53rd St
Chicago, IL 60615
773-702-2470

nneu@uchicago.edu

 

Nick joined the University in March 2014 as a member of Facilities Services, quickly establishing himself as a reliable point of contact and willing collaborator within the Inventory Team. He oversees all physical aspects of the Polsky Exchange and manages the building’s reception team, security officers, and porters.
Christopher SchneiderChristopher Schneider
Christopher Schneider

Christopher Schneider

IT Support Specialist

1452 E. 53rd St., 2nd floor
Chicago, IL 60615

cschneider1@uchicago.edu

Christopher Schneider is the IT Support Specialist for the Polsky TechBar, which is run in partnership with UChicago ITServices to offer technical support to Polsky members, guests, and staff. His responsibilities include assisting with common hardware and software problems, basic audio/visual support, and providing equipment for loan.

Katie Spoden
Katie Spoden

Katie Spoden

Program Manager of Events and Membership

Polsky Exchange North
1452 E. 53rd St., 2nd floor
Chicago, IL 60615

773.795.0209

kspoden@uchicago.edu

As the Program Manager, Events and Membership at the Polsky Exchange, Katie is responsible for coordinating the membership program for the coworking space and planning Polsky Exchange events. She has previously managed events for the Field Museum in Chicago.

Katie holds a Masters in Leadership Studies from North Central College in Naperville with concentrations in Social Entrepreneurship and Professional Management, and a BS in Sociology from Bradley University in Peoria.

Cathy Taylor
Cathy Taylor

Cathy Taylor

Receptionist

1452 East 53rd Street, 2nd floor
Chicago, IL 60615
773-834-5168

Cathy Taylor brings 8 years of hospitality experience to the Polsky Exchange. Her primary duties include ensuring members and guest feel welcomed, managing the front desk, assisting colleagues with various administrative tasks, and processing membership applications.

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