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Faculty Advisors and Coaches

Will Colegrove
Will Colegrove

Will Colegrove

Senior Associate Director, Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation

Will Colegrove is senior associate director of the Edwardson Social Entrepreneurship Program at Chicago Booth’s Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation. He is responsible for leading the Edwardson Social Entrepreneurship Program, including cultivating the pipeline for the John Edwardson, ’72, Social New Venture Challenge (SNVC) from across the university. He also leads programming on funding social impact, including impact investing experiential learning opportunities like the Steven Tarrson Impact Investment Fund, MIINT, Invest for Impact, and the Total Impact Portfolio Challenge. Prior to joining Booth, Colegrove was principal at Ekistic Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm focused on companies making cities more efficient and equitable. Before that, he spent several years working in New York City government, including as budget director and senior technology advisor to the Manhattan borough president, and director of legislation and budget for a city council member.

Robert H. Gertner
Robert H. Gertner

Robert H. Gertner

Joel F. Gemunder Professor of Strategy and Finance; John Edwardson Faculty Director Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation

Robert H. Gertner has been on the Chicago Booth faculty since 1986. His research interests include strategic decision-making, corporate finance, organization structure, theory of the firm, and social enterprises. He has published papers in numerous scholarly journals including the Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economic Studies, and the Yale Law Journal. He is co-author, with colleagues Douglas Baird and Randy Picker, of Game Theory and the Law. Gertner teaches courses in strategic decision-making, social entrepreneurship, and impact investing.

Gertner received a National Science Foundation Research Grant, an Olin Fellowship in Law and Economics and was a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He has held visiting positions at CEPREMAP in Paris, Cornell Law School, The University of Chicago Law School, and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Gertner is a trustee of the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, a national organization devoted to large-scale social research in public interest

Gertner received a bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in economics from Princeton University in 1981 and a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1986. He worked as a consultant for AT&T prior to attending MIT.

Christina Hachikian, AB ’02, MBA ’07
Christina Hachikian, AB ’02, MBA ’07

Christina Hachikian, AB ’02, MBA ’07

Executive Director, Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation, Chicago Booth

Christina Hachikian is the executive director of the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She leads the center’s global work as the hub for people solving complex social and environmental problems. In particular, she is responsible for strategy and direction, as well as resource development and partnerships. She is also an adjunct associate professor of strategy at Chicago Booth, and teaches courses on scaling social innovation and on social enterprise strategy, as well as serving as a coach for the school’s Social New Venture Challenge.

Prior to joining Booth, she was vice president and head of investor relations and corporate development for Cole Taylor Bank. In this role, Hachikian was responsible for building relationships within the investment community and crafting financial communications, as well as managing projects such as corporate capital actions and strategic planning. Prior to Cole Taylor, Hachikian was an assistant vice president at ShoreBank (now Urban Partnership Bank), a triple-bottom line community development bank. There she was responsible for managing projects including growth strategy, capital raising initiatives, and operational efficiencies. She held several other related positions at ShoreBank during her seven year tenure. Hachikian also has served as a research and planning analyst for Raytheon Company, directing research projects.

Hachikian holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, with a focus on strategic management and managerial and organizational behavior. She also earned an AB in public policy from the University of Chicago.

In her spare time, she works with a Westside early education center, VOCEL, and is passionate about early childhood education access. She is inspired every day by her two children to support this issue.

STARR MARCELLO, AM ’04, MBA ’17,
STARR MARCELLO, AM ’04, MBA ’17,

STARR MARCELLO, AM ’04, MBA ’17,

Executive Director, Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, University of Chicago; Adjunct Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship, Chicago Booth

Starr Marcello, AM ’04, MBA ’17, oversees the strategic development of the Polsky Center and works with University of Chicago students, faculty, and staff to launch the next generation of high-impact ventures as the Polsky Center’s executive director. She has been with the Center since 2005.

She runs the Edward L. Kaplan New Venture Challenge (NVC), which awards over $1M in funding and services to top entrepreneurial companies each year. The NVC is ranked the #1 university accelerator program in the nation. Since 1996, the NVC has fostered more than 800 start-ups, with 180+ that are still in operation and growing strong, has created thousands of jobs, and has produced exits of over nearly $6 billion, including Grubhub (NYSE: GRUB) and Braintree (acquired by eBay’s PayPal for $800 million). In 2017, Marcello testified before the U.S. Congress’ Committee on Small Business on the role of accelerator programs in creating new jobs and positively influencing economic development.

With funding from the National Science Foundation, Marcello launched the Polsky Center I-Corps Program and helped designate the University of Chicago as an official I-Corps site in 2014. Through this interdisciplinary program, Marcello teaches the customer development process and human-centered design to researchers and technologists on campus with the goal of helping teams test the commercial viability of their STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) projects.

Marcello sits on the Executive Advisory Board of TechWeek and has been a board member for United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USABE).

Marcello holds a BA from Wesleyan University and both an MA and MBA from the University of Chicago.

Kalyan Ray-Mazumder, ’19
Kalyan Ray-Mazumder, ’19

Kalyan Ray-Mazumder, ’19

CEO, Prepmedians

Kalyan Ray-Mazumder, ’19, is CEO of Prepmedians (Prepmedians.com), the test prep comedians, which empowers students to succeed academically by engaging them through highly effective sketch comedy videos. Prepmedians was an SNVC finalist in 2019, and Ray-Mazumder has been thrilled to be a coach for SNVC in 2020. He is a former Off-Broadway actor and has worked in strategy at the Walt Disney Studios, which has translated to TikTok fame for Prepmedians (hundreds of thousands of followers). He earned a bachelor’s degree in theater studies and psychology from Yale and an MBA from Chicago Booth, graduating as a Wallman Scholar.

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