Amy Nathan, Executive Director and Founder Gromentum Lab
Amy helps businesses launch new products and navigate operational transformation where government oversight and regulation drive the creation of new industries. Amy owned her first small business in college and soon thereafter parlayed skills abroad to social impact ventures between Israelis and Palestinians. After years as a management consultant for PricewaterhousCoopers and later at IBM, she created entirely new segments paving the way for societal impacts that Medicare Part D and the Affordable Care Act brought senior citizens and all uninsured Americans while leading efforts at CVS/Caremark and Blue Cross Blue Shield of IL. Most recently she re-vamped the Anti-Money Laundering operation in the Financial Services sector at BMO Harris Bank. https://www.linkedin.com/in/amysteinnathan/
Ernest Downing Jr., Business Development Lead
Developing relationships with social equity entrepreneurs, Ernest has most recently been influential in cannabis social equity reform as a founding member of Cannabis Equity IL Coalition by bringing Cannabis Equity Lobby Day for Illinois Recreational Marijuana campaign, bill that was passed on May 31, 2019. With over 20 years experience advising prominent professional sports contract advisors for sports attorneys Martin Greenberg, C.Lamaont Smith, and NFL agents Norman Nixon and James Gould, Ernest’s record to bring industry leaders together for social equity entrepreneurs is a rare and unique asset.
Marta Steele, Communications Lead
Marta is a management consulting leader who has helped launch multiple startup businesses, as well as co-founded a multi-million dollar woman-led consulting firm, PeopleResults. She plans, designs and delivers customized workforce programs that lead to tangible business results and changes that stick. In her role as an instructor, Marta has successfully taught hundreds of teams and individuals how to polish their public speaking skills and pitch their ideas with clarity, confidence and passion.
Tracy Powell, Director Investor Relations and Development
Tracy is a Technology consultant and Real Estate Investor who started in investment banking with Merrill Lynch, First National Bank of Chicago and American Express, and transitioned to urban real estate development where he developed well over 1,500 units of affordable, market rate elderly housing. He has spent a generation improving underserved communities in Woodlawn, Bronzeville and other communities throughout Chicago and across the country. He advised the City of Chicago Empowerment Zone on granting of inner city groups and organizations funding of $100 million and as a member of the Affordable Housing Advisory Council to the FHLB of Chicago. He more recently founded Blue Venture partners, a software development IT consulting firm and BlueFundrewards, a crowdfunding platform focusing on raising capital for startup businesses located in underserved communities. He is President of Ignite technology innovation non-for-profit creating technology co-working spaces and programming in underserved communities across the country.
Kelly Judge Goldberg, Director of Education and Mentorship
Kelly, founder of Team Human Cultivation, brings decades of teaching teens and adults in formal and informal settings; passion for the plant and expert knowledge of its health benefits, ancient roots and historical prohibition; extensive background in community engagement; deep commitment to social justice advocacy; and an appreciation for a culture of compliance. https://www.linkedin.com/in/kelly-judge-goldberg- 65a8b52a/
Wendi Ezgur - Innovation, Product Development and Brand Lead
Leadhead Inc., an innovation consultancy. Wendi has over 25 years of experience running her company working with hundreds of top brands around the world to generate new products and services. Her ideation process has produced patentable concepts for companies including Disney, Pepsi, Kraft, XM Radio, US Cellular and more. Wendi has also independently taken over 70 products from concept to market. She has been brought in to help manage the launch of over two dozen start-up companies to ensure innovative product development and strong branding from the ground up.
Jo’s professionalism and management expertise is profound. She has traversed the playing field of technology and business consulting working with executives to front line staff in implementing sustainable change. As the owner of Jump Start Consulting, she has counseled several entrepreneurs breaking into the independent contractor industry. Jo comes to Gromentum Lab with recent experience in Colorado’s cannabis culture.