Jordan Ford is a junior at SUNY Purchase College in Purchase, New York. He is born and raised in Baltimore City and studied at Baltimore School for the Arts. He currently majors in Graphic Design at SUNY Purchase but he also studies Art History, Social Studies, and has many other academic interests. One of Jordan’s ultimate goals is to merge his strong political interest with his visual and graphic design skills.
Nashia Jordan is a sophomore at Towson University pursing a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and a minor in Chinese. She was born and raised in Baltimore City, MD and her career goal and personal passion is to improve the lives of children and families living in inner city Baltimore. Additionally, she plans to use her marketing degree to work for a marketing firm that promotes equitable outcomes for these same populations. Ultimately, she will use her talents to become a visionary CEO at her own firm that will promote the same ideals. At Towson University she is a member of a mentoring program, called SAGE, and enjoys writing poetry, playing basketball, and drawing.
TzeMun Lee is an MBA candidate at Johns Hopkins University. Prior to entering graduate school, he studied automotive engineering for his undergraduate degree and worked in various roles in the energy sector. During his free time, he enjoys listening to music and watching movies.
Alex Starr recently completed his Global MBA at Johns Hopkins University and rejoins BEVI this summer before starting full-time employment. He graduated from Cornell University in 2013 with a Bachelors from the College of Arts and Sciences, having studied abroad for one year at the University of Oxford. Over the past few years he has worked on various environmental sustainability, design strategy, public-private partnership, consulting / business development, and inclusive urban redevelopment and education projects. His interests include: environmental sustainability, cutting edge tech, space exploration, inclusive education (particularly STEAM), international governmental organizations, and good literature.
Christopher Wong is a 1st year PhD student at UMBC. He is studying Human-Centered Computing with a focus on movement and wearable technology. He is going to be working on the design and use of the Marylandev.org website. Prior to starting his PhD, he earned a Masters in Modeling and Simulation from University of Central Florida and a Bachelors in Computer Science from University of Texas at Austin. He enjoys dancing in his time off.
Corinne Brinner (John’s Hopkins Carey School of Business) is responsible for building partnerships with employers in the Technology, Energy and Finance sectors for job and internship creation purposes. Having previously worked as a recruiter, Corinne brings the perspective of the hiring employer and a wealth of experience interviewing candidates, most recently for the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab. At JHU APL she was responsible for recruiting entry level BS, MS, and PhD engineers and scientists. Prior to that, Corinne held the role of Corporate Recruiter for Aerotek, a nationwide staffing firm, where she focused on hiring HR, accounting, finance, and marketing personnel. Corinne holds BS and MS degrees both from McDaniel College in Sociology and Human Resources Development respectively, as well as a certification of Professional of Human Resources.
Bryan Lee is a MarylandEV.org 2013 summer program alumnus and serves as Internship Coordinator as a testament to his passion for climate prosperity. He currently holds a position at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) Division of Information Technology (DoIT) and provides his expertise in web development, project coordination, renewable energy technologies, and social media marketing. He received his Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S) Degree in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from UMBC in May 2014.
Jill A. Tarzian Sorensen is a senior innovation manager with over twenty-five years of experience in emerging technology, intellectual asset, business and economic development management. She is the co-founder and executive director of BEVI, the Baltimore-Washington Electric Vehicle Initiative, a division of the non-profit International Center for Sustainable Development. Through BEVI and Jill’s other emerging technology work, Jill has facilitated the raise of $81.5 million in capital for technology and economic development initiatives in Maryland, across the U.S. and globally. Jill has served as professional faculty at Johns Hopkins University 2005-present, teaching social entrepreneurship, innovation, business ethics and technology transfer. She sits on the American Friends advisory board of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the Board of the International Center for Sustainable Development and rWilo, 3D printing company. Jill earned her J.D. from DePaul University, her B.A. from Northwestern University, pursued graduate studies in chemistry at the University of Illinois, and was a visiting scholar to the University of Oxford in 2004 and 2007. She has served as a panel and sole arbitrator in commercial disputes for the past twenty years, is a registered patent attorney in the United States, and is registered to practice law in Illinois and in the federal 7th circuit district court.
Jack Suess is the Vice President of Information Technology at UMBC and the university’s Chief Information Officer (CIO). The Vice President provides university leadership for information technology and serves on the executive leadership team of the university. The Vice President is responsible for providing information technology services in support of teaching and scholarship, research computing, and administrative support. Reporting directly to the President, the Vice President is responsible for strategic planning and implementation, coordination, budget, personnel, and policy related to information technology at UMBC.