The Team

//The Team

Elizabeth Coston McCluskey

    Elizabeth Coston McCluskey is a Principal at Impact Engine. Prior to joining in 2015, Elizabeth was active in developing the [...]
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    About Elizabeth Coston McCluskey

    Elizabeth Coston McCluskey is a Principal at Impact Engine. Prior to joining in 2015, Elizabeth was active in developing the social impact community in Chicago as manager of the social innovation and impact investing programs at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.  She previously worked in investment banking and wealth management at UBS and Hightower Advisors. Elizabeth earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Harvard University and an MBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.

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    Linda Darragh

      Linda Darragh is the executive director of the Levy Institute for Entrepreneurial Practice and the Heizer Center for Private [...]
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      About Linda Darragh

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      Linda Darragh is the executive director of the Levy Institute for Entrepreneurial Practice and the Heizer Center for Private Equity and Venture Capital at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. In this role, she is Kellogg’s senior administrator overseeing and integrating the school’s curricular, co-curricular, and alumni outreach activities in entrepreneurship, social enterprise, venture capital and private equity. Linda is a cornerstone of the Chicago entrepreneurship community and recognized globally as a leader in entrepreneurship education. Prior to Kellogg, she served as the director of Entrepreneurship Programs at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where she was instrumental in furthering entrepreneurship. Linda received her Master’s degree from the University of Toronto and her Bachelor’s degree from Queen’s University.

      Jessica Droste Yagan

        Jessica Droste Yagan serves as the Managing Partner of Impact Engine, an impact investing firm that manages venture capital [...]
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        About Jessica Droste Yagan

        Jessica Droste Yagan serves as the Managing Partner of Impact Engine, an impact investing firm that manages venture capital and private equity funds. She is also extensively engaged personally in impact investing and evangelizing on behalf of the impact investing field. Prior to Impact Engine, Jessica led the creation of McDonald’s Corporation’s global and U.S. sustainable sourcing strategies and worked in the field of urban economic development at the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City.  She is currently on the boards of Metropolitan Planning Council, OneGoal Chicago, The Honeycomb Project, the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation at Chicago Booth, Piece & Co., and Fixer. Crain’s Chicago Business named her to its list of 40-Under-40 in 2013 and she served as a 2014 Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow. Jessica holds a BA from Haverford College, an MBA from Stanford University, and an MPA from Harvard University. She lives in Chicago with her husband and three children.

        Valerie Hedge

          Valerie is the Director of Operations at Impact Engine. Previously, she provided securities and M&A legal services to [...]
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          About Valerie Hedge

          Valerie is the Director of Operations at Impact Engine. Previously, she provided securities and M&A legal services to multinational companies, investment banks, and other financial services firms as an attorney for Winston & Strawn, and then moved on to be an in-house attorney for Crescent Heights, a large-scale real estate developer. She decided take some time off of the practice of law to devote a few years to full-time parenting, volunteer work, and to reevaluating her career path. Something clicked when she heard about the work that Impact Engine is doing. She loves being part of a collaborative effort to merge best business practices and innovative ideas with the intention to improve the health, wellbeing, and education of people, and the sustainability of the planet.

          Valerie earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of California, Irvine (go Anteaters!) and a law degree from Northwestern University School of Law. Valerie also spent four years in the U.S. Navy – Hospital Corpsman Reserve, is a certified mediator and an irregular athlete.

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          Jamie Jones

            Jamie N. Jones is an Innovation Advisor at RTI International, one of the world’s leading research institutes, dedicated to [...]
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            About Jamie Jones

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            Jamie N. Jones is an Innovation Advisor at RTI International, one of the world’s leading research institutes, dedicated to improving the human condition by turning knowledge into practice, and board member at Impact Engine. Prior to RTI, Jamie was the Director of Social Entrepreneurship at Northwestern University’s Kellogg (SEEK) Program, where she worked with students, alumni, and members of the community to apply business principles to affect social change. Jamie firmly believes that the greatest social challenges can be mitigated with innovation and the application of sound business practices. She is in constant search for new opportunities to foster collaboration between Kellogg students and the community toward significant social impact.

            Since starting her role at Kellogg, Jamie has launched the International Impact Investing Challenge, conducted research in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State, co-hosted the Impact Investing Summit, and facilitated the creation of the NUvention Innovate for Impact course. Jamie’s current research interests are in the design of inclusive business models to create sustainable social impact.

            Jamie earned an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Prior to Kellogg, Jamie was a product development chemist and worked in several areas including medical devices and material science. She earned a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin and a BS in Chemistry from the University of Tennessee. Any free time Jamie has is spent running or biking the trail near Lake Michigan.

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            Greg Lernihan

              Greg Lernihan is an impact investor, committed to making a positive difference in the lives of others and has refocused his [...]
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              About Greg Lernihan

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              Greg Lernihan is an impact investor, committed to making a positive difference in the lives of others and has refocused his life with this purpose. He currently dedicates his time to mentoring budding entrepreneurs and helping others who are passionately serving the nonprofit world.

              Greg is co-founder of Convergint Technologies, an electronic security, life safety, and building management company. Started in a basement in 2001, Convergint Technologies has grown from two colleagues to 1,600 in 2014 with 45 offices throughout the world. Passionate about helping others, Greg instilled a sense of social responsibility in Convergint’s culture through their unique values and beliefs, and recently led multiple company mission trips to Haiti. Greg now serves as an active board member. Prior to starting Convergint Technologies, Greg spent 20 years in various roles at Siemens Building Technologies before leaving his last position as senior vice president for North America.

              Active in professional and civic organizations, he has been involved in mentoring inner city youth for many years. He is a board member and teacher for the Barrington High School Incubator program, a partner at Social Venture Partners, a board member at Impact Engine, and an advisor to the Center for Companies that Care. He is also actively involved in philanthropy and social investing.

              Greg holds a bachelor’s of science degree in business management from Purdue University. Greg is married and has been blessed with three children and one grandson.

              Roger Liew

                Roger Liew is a Partner at Impact Engine. Mr. Liew has a long history leading technical teams at multiple startup companies [...]
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                About Roger Liew

                Roger Liew is a Partner at Impact Engine. Mr. Liew has a long history leading technical teams at multiple startup companies based in Chicago. He most recently served as the Chief Technology Officer at ShopRunner. His tenure involved building a brand new company and technology leadership team and the relocation of headquarters to Chicago. Prior to ShopRunner, he was the Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Orbitz Worldwide. Liew joined Orbitz, LLC in 2000 as the startup’s vice president of technology. As the company’s fifth employee, he led the team that built the original technological infrastructure for the official launch of Orbitz.com in June 2001. He left Orbitz in 2004 to co-found G2 Switchworks, a startup in the travel technology space which was acquired by Travelport in 2008. Mr. Liew studied Math/Computer Science at the University of Chicago.

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                Steven N. Miller

                  Steven N. Miller is a principal and co-founder of Origin Ventures. Prior to co-founding Origin, Steve spent 10 years at [...]
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                  About Steven N. Miller

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                  Steven N. Miller is a principal and co-founder of Origin Ventures. Prior to co-founding Origin, Steve spent 10 years at Quill Corporation, a direct marketer of office products started by his family in 1956. His experience there included running the Canadian distribution center as well as P&L responsibility for a $30 Million product line. Steve’s final two years at Quill were devoted to starting up the e-commerce operation. He wrote the business plan for the company’s first web site,www.quill.com, and managed the team that executed it to $15 Million in annual revenue. In 1998, the Miller family sold Quill to Staples and achieved a $1 Billion exit.

                  Steve serves on the board of VHT, and was previously a director of GrubHub and Shoutlet.  Prior to its sale in 2004, he served on the board of directors of iNest. He was also an investor and advisor at Golf.com, before it was acquired by Time Inc. in early 2006.

                  Steve is president of the board of Victory Gardens Theater. He serves on the board of OneGoal, an innovative college persistence program working to make college graduation possible for all students. Steve is a board member and committee chair of the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, as well as the Better Government Association. He is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, and the University of Illinois Foundation.

                  Steve received a B.S. degree in Business Administration/Marketing from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1987, where he now serves on the Dean’s Business Council and the board of the Hillel Foundation. He also provides the funding for the Steven N. Miller Entrepreneurial Scholarships and the Diane & Steven N. Miller Endowed Professorship in Business at the University of Illinois.

                  Priya Parrish

                    Priya Parrish is a Partner at Impact Engine, an investment firm managing funds for institutions and individuals that target [...]
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                    About Priya Parrish

                    Priya Parrish is a Partner at Impact Engine, an investment firm managing funds for institutions and individuals that target for-profit, positive impact businesses in private markets. She leads the firm’s development and management of new investment strategies. Prior to joining Impact Engine in 2018, Priya gained over a decade of experience managing institutional investment portfolios across asset classes. Most recently, she was the Chief Investment Officer at Schwartz Capital Group, a leading single family office investing its capital across public and private markets on a global basis. Previously, she was a senior member of the investment team at Aurora Investment Management, a multi-billion dollar manager of hedge fund portfolios. Priya began her career as a product pioneer of impact investing in public markets, leading efforts to create investment vehicles that integrate environmental, social, and governance factors at Northern Trust Asset Management and KLD Research & Analytics. Priya currently serves as an Impact Investor in Residence at the University of Chicago, where she teaches, mentors, and supports impact investing programs at the Booth School of Business. She earned an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BS from Babson College.

                    Dan Ratner

                      Dan Ratner is Executive Chairman and co-founder of Public Good Software, which is redefining online philanthropy. Prior to [...]
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                      About Dan Ratner

                      Dan Ratner is Executive Chairman and co-founder of Public Good Software, which is redefining online philanthropy. Prior to PGS, he was Director of Development helping to build the technology team for President Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign. Before the campaign, Dan served as co-founder and COO/CTO at Sittercity, the nation’s largest service dedicated to helping parents find quality childcare online. In addition to his startup and campaign work, Dan is on the boards of Open Books, a Chicago literacy organization, and Fulcrum Point New Music Project. When not working, he loves to write and has published two non-fiction books on nanotechnology and is working on an upcoming novel. He lives in Chicago with his wife Genevieve Thiers and their amazing twin sons Ari & Leo.

                      Tasha Seitz

                        Tasha Seitz is a Partner at Impact Engine, a venture fund that invests financial and human capital in early-stage, [...]
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                        About Tasha Seitz

                        Tasha Seitz is a Partner at Impact Engine, a venture fund that invests financial and human
                        capital in early-stage, for-profit technology businesses that are improving education, health,
                        economic empowerment, and resource efficiency. Tasha has two decades of venture investment
                        experience as a partner with JK&B Capital, a technology venture capital firm based in Chicago
                        with over a billion dollars under management. As a partner, she has been responsible for
                        identifying, evaluating and making investments in early stage start-up software companies,
                        serving on the board of directors, managing growth, coaching and hiring executive teams and
                        managing investments through exit. In addition to her investing roles, Tasha serves as Adjunct
                        Professor of Social Impact at the Kellogg School of Management. Tasha has served as the board
                        chair for Spark Ventures, a non-profit venture philanthropy organization investing in NGOs
                        serving vulnerable children in developing countries. She is also a founding partner and former
                        board chair for the Chicago chapter of Social Venture Partners.

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                        Chuck Templeton

                          Chuck Templeton is passionate about early stage and emerging companies, and is focused on using business principles to find [...]
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                          About Chuck Templeton

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                          Chuck Templeton is passionate about early stage and emerging companies, and is focused on using business principles to find solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. He has had the pleasure of being involved with over two-dozen startups as an investor, board member, or advisor, but spends the majority of his time helping impact companies as Chairman of the Board for Impact Engine.

                          He took his first big step as an entrepreneur in San Francisco when he founded OpenTable, which went public on the NASDAQ in May of 2009 (OPEN). He helped build an industry leading company that changed the way full-service restaurants manage their top-line growth and diners make their dinner reservations. While CEO, he recruited and hired the first management team, obtained and allocated company resources, led the business and product strategy, and carefully crafted a highly dedicated culture. OpenTable is the global leader in restaurant reservations with customers in all 50 states and more than a dozen countries.

                          He used that experience to support the GrubHub team as an Advisor and Director. They grew to be a national leader in providing hungry diners with food delivery and take-out options, while also helping independent restaurants use technology to operate more profitably.

                          Chuck also serves on the Board of Directors for Juhl Energy, ThinkCERCA, and Getable.com.

                          He spent three years serving in the US Army, becoming Ranger and Sniper qualified. Most importantly, he has an amazing wife and two awesome daughters.

                          Chris Wu

                            Chris Wu is an Associate at Impact Engine. Prior to joining in 2018, Chris was an engineering consultant at Arcadis, where [...]
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                            About Chris Wu

                            Chris Wu is an Associate at Impact Engine. Prior to joining in 2018, Chris was an engineering consultant at Arcadis, where he provided program management services for the City of Chicago’s Department of Water Management on their $2 billion capital improvement program to modernize the city’s water infrastructure. Chris is a licensed Professional Engineer and LEED Accredited Professional with a long history of providing engineering services for the design and construction of green buildings, including the 51-story Bank of America Tower in New York City, the first commercial high-rise in the United States to earn LEED Platinum certification. Chris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Structural Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is currently an MBA candidate at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, in their part-time program.

                             

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