Staff

With a small full-time staff, our volunteers and advisors have been the backbone of Cleantech Open since our founding.

Gina Bellato - Program Manager
Gina Bellato

Gina manages the day to day operations of the annual accelerator program including all content creation, database management, and event planning.  She is responsible for overseeing Boston and New York City based volunteer committees to assist with recruitment and vetting of all new entrepreneurs and mentors. Gina hold a B.A. in Environmental Geology and Environmental Studies from Northeastern University. She has previously worked as a Site Acquisitions Analyst for BlueWave Solar and as a Program Coordinator for the Center for STEM Education at Northeastern University. Gina plays soccer every week and enjoys exploring new cities by bike.

Beth Zonis - Northeast Regional Director
Beth Zonis

Beth has over 25 years of experience in program strategy and management, business development and partnerships, marketing and communications, innovation and entrepreneurship. She comes to the Cleantech Open after five years at MIT: building the Center of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) in Moscow, as Director of Communications in the Office of Digital Learning, and as Director of Emerging Worlds at the Media Lab where she helped empower innovators in emerging economies to solve critical problems with digital technology. Prior to her work at MIT, Beth was Principal of Eco Marketing, a consulting firm focused on marketing and sustainability. Earlier in her career, Beth spent 10 years at IBM; in her last role there she was Global Marketing Manager for Site and Facilities Services where she promoted energy-efficient data center solutions. Early in her career, Beth worked for two IT startups, one of which grew from five employees to over 1000.

As a long-time mentor in the Cleantech Open (since 2009), Beth is committed to the Cleantech Open mission of advancing cleantech solutions to improve our environment through entrepreneurship. She is a Board Member of ACTION, the Association of Cleantech Incubators of New England. Outside of work, Beth plays squash, swims, kayaks and hikes, and enjoys spending time with her family.

Beth holds a BA, cum laude, from Wellesley College, an MBA from Boston University, a Certificat de Science Politique from Sciences Po in Paris, a Certificate in Sustainable Business from the University of Southern Maine, and a Certificate in Venture Mentoring Services from MIT. She speaks French and Spanish.

Anna Marr - Program Coordinator
Anna Marr

Anna assists in communications, event planning, and data management for the annual accelerator program. Anna graduated from Bates College with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and a minor in Religious Studies. At Bates she was involved in campus sustainability initiatives, including as a member on the Committee on Environmental Responsibility. Anna enjoys running, reading, cooking, and listening to podcasts.

Ian Donnelly - Consultant
Ian Donnelly

Ian is excited to return to Cleantech Open Northeast and the NECEC team, where we worked as a Fellow from January to August. Assisting in day to day operations of the accelerator, Ian works on communications and social media, data management and analysis, event management, and wherever else the Program Manager needs assistance. Currently in his last year at Northeastern University, Ian is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in History with Minors in Law and Public Policy and Political Science. With a passion for helping others achieve their goals, Ian is excited to work with the startups participating in this year's accelerator.