Julia brings her deep background in customer discovery and program development to bear identifying the most significant problems for Mach49 clients to solve. By helping businesses craft challenge statements with more initial validation behind the problem, she helps fill the Incubate pipeline with higher quality ventures from the start.
Previously, Julia worked at Columbia University as the Associate Director of NYSERDA’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence program and PowerBridgeNY — both programs designed to help cleantech startups in New York access the capital, expertise, technology, and talent needed to maturate from ideate to scale. On the back of her experience building and evolving PowerBridgeNY — a first-of-its-kind cleantech proof-of-concept center — she founded Byrd Consulting LLC, through which she helped national clients design, launch, and iterate on entrepreneurial programs based on lean startup methodology.
In addition to her work at Mach49, Julia serves as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, an Instructor with the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps Program, a mentor for Cleantech Open, an Advisory Board member for V1 Studio, and an Accountability Board member for Scale for ClimateTech.
She received an MS in sustainability management from Columbia University and a BA in environmental studies and Russian language and literature from George Washington University. In her free time, Julia is a passionate aerialist, experienced on apparatuses including pole, lyra, and trapeze.