Julia Byrd is the Operations Manager at PowerBridgeNY.
Julia manages the day-to-day operations of the PowerBridgeNY, including the application and awardee processes. She works closely with the teams and soon-to-be startup companies teaching them the Lean LaunchPad methodology and ensuring they are working toward identifying their initial target market.
In recent years, Julia has expanded her teaching responsibilities. In addition to being an instructor for the New York City Regional Innovation Node (NYCRIN) regional I-Corps program where she guides university teams in identifying scalable business models for their technologies, she also is a core instructor for Hacking for Energy (H4E). H4E takes interdisciplinary student teams and provides them with real-world problem statements submitted by players in the industry called Industry Hosts. The students then develop a solution to one of the problems and spend a semester using the Lean LaunchPad methodology for customer discovery also employed in I-Corps.
Julia received a BA from The George Washington University with majors in both Environmental Studies and Russian Language and Literature. She received her MS in Sustainability Management from Columbia University.