CO-FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Marissa Lowman is the Executive Director and a co-founder of LearnLaunch. Most recently, she worked in sales and marketing at mobile payments startup AisleBuyer, which was acquired by Intuit (NASDAQ: INTU). Lowman taught in Germany on a Fulbright Fellowship, worked for Teach For America and helped grow the National Partnership for Educational Access (NPEA) at The Steppingstone Foundation.
She also served as a member of the steering committee of the Boston Leaders for the Future of Education (BLFE). In addition, she served as the Marketing Director for DartBoston, which helps emerging entrepreneurs start companies. Lowman received her BA from Johns Hopkins University.
Jean Hammond is the founder of JPH Associates and a co-founder of LearnLaunch. A serial entrepreneur, she co-founded AXON Networks, which was acquired by 3Com, led 3Com WAN marketing activities and also founded Quarry Technologies. Jean is an active angel investor focusing on early stage high-tech and high-growth startups.
She is an investor and member of Hub Angels and Launchpad Venture Group and the founder of the Boston Forum of Golden Seeds. She has served on the board or as a board observer for over 25 start-up companies.She currently serves on the boards of The Technology Capital Network (TCN), Thompson Island Outward Bound and Boston Rising. She earned a M.S. from the MIT Sloan School of Management and BS in Biology from Boston University.
Eileen Rudden is a co-founder of LearnLaunch. Rudden served as Chief Officer, College and Career Preparation at Chicago Public Schools, where she led the efforts of the third largest public school system in the US to ensure that its 400,000 students are college and career ready. She was a 2009 Broad Fellow and graduate of the Broad Superintendent’s Academy. She currently serves on the boards of Achievement Network, Education Pioneers, The KnowledgeWorks Foundation and the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education. Rudden received her MBA from Harvard Business School and her BA from Brown University, where she served as a Trustee and is currently Chair of the Advisory Committee on Computing and Information Technology.
She led the Unified Communications division of Avaya, a Fortune 500 global business communications leader and was SVP and GM of IBM Lotus Software’s Lotus Notes and Domino. Under her leadership, more than 50 million began using the software and she was named to serve on IBM’s Technical Leadership Council. Rudden was CEO of FairMarket (NASDAQ: FAIM), which was sold to eBay, and a manager at The Boston Consulting Group. She previously served on the boards of John H Harland Co (NYSE: JH), Agilsys (NASDAQ: AGYS) and SoundBite Communications (NASDAQ: SDBT), where she was Board Chair.