February 8, 2023—In January 2023, the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2) founded and convened the inaugural Channel Partner Advisory Board (CAB) to guide the strategy of Channel Partner Network program over the next few years.
The seven board members, who will serve for at least a year, are representative of the diverse members of the channel partner network. IN2 created this inaugural board to ensure the Channel Partner Network has a voice in how the IN2 Channel Partner Award program can best serve the entire network and solve critical challenges.
“We want to continually be innovative,” Kimberlee Ott, IN2 channel partner manager, said. “We really felt that, while we have created value in the past through the awards, to solve the biggest gaps across the ecosystem, we wanted to collaborative more closely with the network.”
To that end, the CAB will ask important questions to help IN2 discover the best opportunities and support the ecosystem the best it can.
The seven members of the CAB are:
• Todd Allmendinger
Todd Allmendinger leads the Research and Consulting for Cleantech Group as well as being a co-founder of Enovation Partners, Cleantech Group’s parent company.
• Jo Brickman
Jo Brickman is director of impact strategy at VertueLab, responsible for the development and execution of strategic direction and programs.
• Juliana Garaizar
Juliana is the head of Houston Incubator and VP of Innovation for Greentown Labs. She is also a board member of the Angel Capital Association and a lead investor of the Portfolia Rising America Fund that invests in BIPOC and LGTBQ founders.
• Pete Nelson
Pete Nelson is the president of AgLaunch Initiative, a nonprofit organization building a new commercialization model to support climate-smart innovations that puts farmers at the center.
• Daniel Radomski
Dan is currently the executive director of the Lawrence Technological University Centrepolis Accelerator, a program that helps accelerate and scale small manufacturers and innovators of new hardware products.
• Karen Soares, B.S., L.H.D.
Karen Soares is the Program Director for the Clean Energy Initiative (CEI), one of four strategic initiatives of HBCU Community Development Action Coalition (HBCU CDAC). The CEI addresses the barriers for low-to-moderate-income households to afford solar.
• Beth Zonis
Beth Zonis is senior director of Cleantech Open Northeast, and an MIT Venture Mentoring Service (VMS) trained mentor, letting her mentor and judge startups in various programs including Cleantech Open, MassChallenge, SBIR, Techstars, MIT $100k, and MIT Media Lab.