Meet our Team

The GW Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship team collaborates with many initiatives and entrepreneurship-focused programs at the George Washington University, as well as in the community at-large. 

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Jim Chung

Associate Vice President for Research 
Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Jim Chung is the Associate Vice President for Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship at George Washington University, and a Co-Principal Investigator for the NSF Innovation Corps Node in Washington DC (DC I-Corps). He was previously the Director of the Mtech VentureAccelerator and the Founding Director of the Chesapeake Bay Seed Capital Fund at the University of Maryland. Prior to Mtech, he served as a Director for New Business Development at the Corporate Executive Board. He was also Vice President at Cherington Capital (now Intervale Capital), a middle market private equity firm in the oilfield equipment and services industry. 

Jim started his private sector career as an early stage venture capital investor, most recently at incTANK Ventures, where he was the managing director. Some previous and current investments include Agamatrix, Nexaweb, Ulterra, Zymetis (now Aemetis), FlexEl, FiscalNote, and TravelBank. Before becoming an investor, Jim was an academic researcher studying how business, government, and academia work together to create new innovations in high technology industries. He has been a researcher at MIT, Harvard, University of Tokyo (Fulbright Fellow), ETRI (NSF EAPSI Fellow), STEPI (Korea), and KAIST. He was named in 2015 and 2017 by Washingtonian Magazine as one of the Top 100 Tech Titans in DC and by Hot Topics as one of the Top 100 Entrepreneurship Professors worldwide.

Jim received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Stanford University and was a Ph.D. candidate at MIT.

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Lex McCusker

Director, Student Entrepreneurship Programs
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AccelerateGW I-Corps Site Program Website

Leo X. (Lex) McCusker, PhD, is the Director of the Student Entrepreneurship Programs at George Washington University, where he also directs the GW New Venture Competition. He came to GW from the School of Business at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ, where he served as Dean from 2006 through 2009. At Stevens Institute he taught and did research in entrepreneurship, especially technology-based entrepreneurship spawned from university research.

Prior to joining Stevens Institute, Dr. McCusker worked for 23 years at AT&T and Bell Laboratories in the areas of software development, professional technology services, technology licensing and intrapreneurship. He was CEO of the AT&T text-to-speech startup, Natural VoicesTM.

He is a member of the Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network of DC, and he is an angel investor and member of the Mid-Atlantic chapter of the Keiretsu Forum and the DC ArchAngels.

Lex is also the Principal Investigator (PI) for the NSF I-Corps Site Program at GW.

Lex holds a doctorate in Experimental Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin and a bachelors degree in Psychology from Dartmouth College.

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Dan Kunitz

Director of I-Corps at GW
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GW I-Corps Website

Dan Kunitz is a media and technology executive and entrepreneur who has been involved in the creation and management of several successful web and media start-ups.  

As Director of the DC I-Corps Accelerator Dan advises and provides support to all early stage technology companies in the NSF-sponsored DC I-Corps program run by University of Maryland, George Washington University, Virginia Tech University, and John Hopkins University.  In addition to working with many ventures that originate in University labs, Dan mentors a growing number of teams from Federal Lab initiatives and from incubators throughout the Washington region. Dan serves as Chairman of the Washington DC Economic Partnership's AccelerateDC program, where he manages a mentor network of technology start-up founders and executives.  He is also a Senior Advisor at Venture Well to NSF’s National Innovation Network.  Dan has also championed, instructed, and/or managed several international I-Corps and lean startup initiatives.

Prior to joining the DC I-Corps team, Dan was an entrepreneur, founder, and executive for several startups in the web, new media, and education sectors.  As Co-Founder and COO of Irides, LLC, a Virginia-based managed services provider, Dan oversaw all aspects of the company’s strategy and operations, and negotiated six acquisitions.  Dan was on the founding team of Politico, a Virginia-based new media venture covering politics, Capitol Hill, and lobbying.  As Associate Publisher and Managing Editor of, Dan was responsible for all aspects of the online strategy, built and managed a team of developers, designers, and content producers, and negotiated numerous strategic partnerships. Politico grew to over 100 employees and had 5 million monthly unique visitors in its first year.  Dan was involved in two other new media start-ups in the Washington region:  Local Point TV, an innovative short-form entertainment-based digital spectrum sub-channel, and NewsIT, a mobile platform for crowd-sourced news.  Dan’s career also includes two education ventures.  At MBA Center, Dan directed all aspects of the company’s communication, marketing, media, and editorial activities for Europe’s largest test prep provider with 12 locations throughout Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East.  Dan subsequently co-founded Professional Prime, a strategic advisory and consulting company headquartered in Paris and London, with offices throughout Europe and education clients worldwide.

Dan has a BA from Wesleyan University, and an MBA in International Business from Ecole des Ponts.

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Dave McCarthy

Associate Director, I-Corps at GW
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After successful startups at (online multimedia training) and WindRose Media (webcasting technology and original content development), Dave founded Potential Energy DC - the only DC-area incubator fully devoted to developing energy, efficiency, and sustainability companies. Dave is also a recognized expert in angel investing in the DC region.

As the Associate Director I-Corps at GW, Dave is focused on helping community-based research teams successfully bring their work from the labs to the marketplace. The goal of the new Phase 0 / I-Corps Go program, that Dave is leading, is to improve funding and commercialization success rates for community-based research teams. In this role, Dave will be leveraging the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship's I-Corps experience commercializing university intellectual property over the past five years.

Dave went to UVA where he studied Systems Engineering with a computer science minor. Dave lives in McLean with his wife and two growing sons.

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Scott Stein

Associate Director, Student Entrepreneurship Programs
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Scott Stein is a social entrepreneur, social impact director, and UX designer with more than a decade of experience and achievement with strategic management, product and service innovation, fund development, and marketing in the social enterprise, political, for-profit, and nonprofit sectors.

Formerly, he was the National Director of Social Enterprise Development at Main Street Alliance and shaped MSA's future through sparking, identifying, and testing scalable civic venture opportunities to build financially sustainable growth strategies. Additionally, Scott has focused on bringing innovative approaches and design thinking to tackle challenges for Ben and Jerry's and state governments to create innovative solutions to challenges ranging from youth homelessness to poverty.

Based on his work in the field of social entrepreneurship Scott was selected to participate in the prestigious Schusterman Foundation REALITY Global program in 2015. He was also the recipient of the NYU President's Service Award for outstanding achievement.

Scott has an MPA from New York University, Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service, a BA from Pitzer College of the Claremont Colleges, and a UX / UI Design Certificate from the Pratt Institute.

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Stephanie Asher

Program Associate
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Stephanie Asher is the Program Associate for the GW Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship. In this role, she manages grants, evaluation systems, finances, data systems, and office operations in support of I-Corps and other projects. She also serves as teaching assistant (TA) for the I-Corps and International Lean Startup programs.
Stephanie brings over seven years of experience and success in project/program management and coordination in the federal government, NGOs, non-profits, international organizations, and academia. Previously, she worked as Program Coordinator for international medicine programs at GW, where she focused on evaluation, research, and business development related to building the health care capacity of international communities.
Stephanie has a strong interest in global health innovation and new ventures, and is currently working towards her Masters in Public Health. In her spare time, she volunteers in leadership positions related to women's empowerment and gender equity.


Valentina Arecy

Project Assistant
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Valentina Arecy is the Project Assistant for the GW Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship. In her role, she supports I-Corps programs with budgetary matters, communication, and course logistics.
Before joining George Washington University, Valentina worked at Northeastern University's Honors Program where she oversaw the office's day-to-day operations, event management, and data management. She also has experience in telecommunications and property management.
Additionally, Valentina is a co-founder and Vice President of Queens Company, an organization dedicated to empowering women of color in the Greater Boston area. She works alongside seven women to host successful events and workshops that bring resources to women of color in the community in an effort to help them become their best selves and support one another. In this role, she assists with business development and operational strategies for the team.
Valentina received her B.S. in Business Management from Bridgewater State University; it's about 45 minutes south of Boston. She earned her Master's degree in Global Studies and International Relations with a concentration in Global Student Mobility from Northeastern University.

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Jasmine Marie Bautista

Program Assistant
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Jasmine is the Program Assistant for GW's Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship. She supports the office through several aspects: serving as the main meetings and events coordinator, leading the recruitment for and managing the Entrepreneurial Fellowship program, and assisting with strategic communications and marketing across all programs. She also maintains the relationships the office has with other GW student entrepreneurial organizations all across campus.
Jasmine comes from a background in nonprofit recruiting with both temporary and executive searches, marketing, and event management with Careers In Nonprofits, a boutique staffing firm that provides nonprofit staffing needs within the DC metro area. In addition to recruiting, Jasmine helped manage all open house events, volunteer activities, and was one of the first to help manage CNP's first professional development workshop series called, CNP Academy, where all professionals could gather to learn more about Resilience, Retention, Leadership, and Career Mapping.
Jasmine received her B.A. in International Relations with a concentration in International Business from Virginia Tech. She is now pursuing her Master's in Tourism Administration with a concentration in Event and Meetings Management at the George Washington University's School of Business.

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Maquita Irvin

Administrative Assistant
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Maquita Irvin is the Administrative Assistant to the Associate Vice President for Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. She serves as the primary contact for internal and external communications and supports the office through digital media marketing, copyediting and design, and overseeing various databases.

Maquita comes to the department with years of experience in workspace optimization, project management, customer service relations, copywriting and copyediting, and complex scheduling. Prior to GW, she worked at the Eastern Virginia Medical School with the Assistant Dean of Diversity and Educational Programs where she co-managed large departmental events and recruited medical students with the goal of reducing health-care disparities particularly among minority and underserved populations. Maquita has also worked in editorial leadership focused on the empowerment of women and the advancement of gender equality.

Maquita is a published author and has a bachelor's degree in English with an emphasis in Journalism.