Marissa Lowman


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


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 start-ups.

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


Eileen Rudden is the founder of Sankaty Growth Partners and a co-founder of LearnLaunch. Most recently, she served as the Chief Officer of College and Career Preparation for the Chicago Public Schools, where she led the efforts of the third largest public school system in the U.S. 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. Rudden is the Board Chair of SoundBite Communications (NASDAQ: SDBT), and former VP and GM of the Unified Communications Division at Avaya, a Fortune 500 business communications provider. At IBM’s Lotus Software unit, Rudden was senior vice president and general manager responsible for Lotus Notes and Same Time, the leading email and collaboration software. She also served as CEO of FairMarket (NASDAQ:FAIM).

She is currently Chair of the Advisory Committee on Computing and Information Technology at Brown. She also serves as a board member at The Achievement Network, KnowledgeWorks Foundation, Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education, Maria Mitchell Association, and Pew Center on the Internet and American Life. Rudden received her MBA from Harvard Business School and her BA from Brown University.