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While our faculty and staff members represent a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, and areas of interest, they’re all dedicated to a common goal—supporting the Duke community in changing the world through entrepreneurial action.

Our Team

Duke I&E’s staff serves to educate, support, and connect Duke’s innovation system, as well as forging connections with Duke’s partners and the Durham community.


Jamie Jones


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Jon Fjeld, Ph.D.

Professor of the Practice

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Kathie Amato

Senior Lecturing Fellow


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Lee D. Baker

Director of Undergraduate Studies

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Katherine Black

Program Manager, Experiential Programs & Social Innovation


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Brad W. Brinegar

Executive in Residence

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Aria Chernik

Associate Professor of the Practice in the Social Science Research Institute

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Josh Cohen

Director of MBA Entrepreneurship Programs and Startup Recruiting

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Taylor Conger

Managing Director


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Kimbra Essex

Staff Assistant


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Erin Gasch

Senior Director, External Relations


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Abby Grubbs

Senior Program Coordinator, Education

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Kevin Hoch

Director of I&E Educational Programs


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Anna Jacobs

Program Manager, Education


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Amy Linnane

Managing Director

Experiential Programs


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