Liora Beer is the founding Executive Director of Artmorpheus and the Fairmont Innovation Lab. Beer’s experience spans over 20 years of work in creative industries, community building projects, economic development, arts, nonprofits, government and academia. Prior to Artmorpheus, Beer managed projects and initiatives through the City of Boston’s Office of Business Development. While there she coordinated Greater Boston’s business assistance providers, launched a highly successful Business of Being an Artist initiative, and provided hundreds of entrepreneurs with strategic guidance and resources. A founding member of the Massachusetts Artists Leadership Coalition (MALC), Beer maintained a full time visual art practice for 16 years, during which she was awarded a Fulbright in an artists’ exchange with Germany. Beer is the co-founder of New Art Love, a MassChallenge Finalist social enterprise that connects audiences with art and artists. A social entrepreneur, cross-disciplinary strategist, connector, community-builder, entrepreneurial developer, artist and catalyst, Beer’s aim is the retention and growth of a diverse and vibrant creative sector to fuel social and economic prosperity.
JOELLE FONTAINEJoelle Fontaine is the Space & Program Coordinator of the Fairmount Innovation Lab (FIL). Joelle is principal designer for the fashion label, I Am Kréyol, a company she founded with family, which gained her a spot in FIL’s first accelerator for creative entrepreneurs. The I Am Kréyol collection incorporates Joelle’s love of costuming and ancient time periods. I Am Kréyol’s ultimate goal is to leverage the fashion brand as a catalyst for change, beginning with job creation for economically disadvantaged women in the U.S. and eventually in Haiti, a country where Joelle has roots. I Am Kréyol has been featured in the Conde Nast Traveler, AfroPunk, New York Fashion Week, and Caribbean Fashion Week in Jamaica. Joelle was named one of the top Haitian designers by Teen Vogue and was voted best designer by Boston Magazine in 2017. I Am Kréyol is also a 2017 MassChallenge Finalist.
Anuradha ("Anu") Yadav
Anu is Chief Strategy Officer of Fairmount Innovation Lab. Previously, Anu was the Executive Director of TiE-Boston from 2014 to 2016. During her tenure at TiE-Boston, she led strategic planning, fundraising and co-created TiE ScaleUp, a 5 month accelerator program to help companies between seed and Series A financing scale through access to investors, mentorship, workshops and peer-to-peer learning. As a corporate attorney with ten years of experience practicing law at State Street Bank and Trust Company, Ropes & Gray, LLP, Brown Rudnick, LLP in Boston, MA and DLA Piper LLP in Atlanta, GA, Anu represented start-up companies from initial formation, through venture capital financings, and acquisitions. Anu clerked for the Honorable William K. Sessions, III, Chief Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Vermont. Anu served as a trustee on the University of Vermont (“UVM”) Board of Trustees and is currently an Emeriti trustee as well as a member of the the Board of Directors of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. Anu graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Vermont and received her J.D., with honors, from the University of Connecticut School of Law.