MEET OUR
TEAM

From 11 schools across 6 states!

MD, VA, PN, CA, MI, NC

CEO | COO

Founder/Chief Executive Officer

Katie Yuan is a junior at Richard Montgomery HS, Maryland. Founding InnovateX in 2020, she is strong advocate for youth entrepreneurship and firmly believes in ‘closing the gap’ in economic and financial education. Having placed at numerous state and national business competitions, she hopes to utilize her experiences to ensure students of all socioeconomic backgrounds have access to business and financial literacy opportunities.

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Chief Operations Officer

Lauren Perl is a senior at Poolesville High School in the Global Ecology Magnet Program. She currently serves as the National Co-Director of Federal Affairs for Generation Ratify, Maryland`Area Coordinator for Amnesty International, and Director of Field Organization for Montgomery County Students for Change.

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Chief Operations Officer

Ronith Gungurthi is currently a 16-year-old junior at Reedy High School in Frisco, Texas. He is extremely passionate about the business field as a whole and is constantly striving to gain more experience in this overarching field. He has also been heavily invested in the learning of numerous topics such affiliate marketing, real estate investing, and stocks.

EXECUTIVE TEAM

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Advocacy Director

 Angelina Xu is a rising freshman at Richard Montgomery High School's IB program. She is a two-time national finalist for the STEM competition eCYBERMISSION and a first-place winner at the competition Science Montgomery. She teaches both Raven Progressive Matrices and reading comprehension to elementary school children. She loves finance and is excited to be a part of InnovateX!

Chief Finance Officer

Stefanie Wang is a rising junior at Winston Churchill High School. Out of school, she has been playing volleyball for six years and the piano for eight. During quarantine, she likes to read, bake, and work out. A fun fact about her is that she enjoys traveling, and has been to over fifteen countries!

Emma Chen is a rising junior at Richard Montgomery HS. She is very excited to work for InnovateX and is passionate about business and education. She wants to help provide elementary, middle, and high school students with opportunities to learn more about entrepreneurship and the skills necessary to launch a successful startup. Outside of InnovateX, she enjoys playing golf, listening to music, and working out.

Chief Finance Officer

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Vishnu is a Junior in high school with an unobstructed passion for the business field. He recently discovered an interest in finance and has been pursuing that ever since. He likes to participate in business clubs such as DECA and BPA and even going on to state competitions. In his school, he started a finance club that equips ambitious students with the financial skills they will need to succeed in the future. In his free time, he enjoys investing in stocks and playing soccer.

Finance Team

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Feben is currently in 10th grade. She is passionate about finance and politics and is so thrilled to be on the team. She loves the work InnovateX does to inspire the next generation to become entrepreneurs and businessmen and women.

Finance Team

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Sinny Ye is a junior at Winston Churchill High School. She is very passionate and interested in business and entrepreneurship. She is a part of her school's DECA chapter and qualified for ICDC last year. In her spare time, Sinny likes to draw and watch anime.

Finance Team

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Adeline is a junior in the SMCS program at Poolesville High School in Maryland. She enjoys playing violin in chamber groups and orchestras, but even after twelve years, performing solo still stresses her out. In her free time she loves listening to podcasts and trying out new drinks (she loves tea); She’s also admittedly a nerd for graphic design. She is passionate about entrepreneurship and marketing and excited to contribute to Innovate-X!

Finance Team

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Finance Team

Emily Liu is a junior at Montgomery Blair High School. Her favorite subjects are math and computer science. Outside of school, she spends her time playing basketball and french horn. She is also passionate about business and hopes to teach others the many aspects of entrepreneurship.

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Rachel Bae is16 and a sophomore at Fort Lee High School. She has great interests in financing and politics. She is currently enrolled in a program called the Academy of Finance, on her way to becoming NAFTrack certified.She been playing violin for about 5 years and piano for about 10 years. She enjoys tennis and teaching others about things she knows (which is why she was so drawn to Innovate-X).

NJ Director of Finance

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Jessica Xue is a junior at Winston Churchill High School in Maryland. She loves working with kids and in her free time, she enjoys drawing, volleyball, baking, reading, arts and crafts.

Midatlantic Regional Director

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Hawon Lee is a junior at Montgomery Blair High School. She enjoys computer science and physics. Outside of school, Hawon enjoys playing the violin and making music. She is interested in entrepreneurship and enjoys working with kids

Website Development and

Graphic Design Director

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Outreach Team

Ishanvi Malayanil is a rising junior at Richard Montgomery High School. Ishanvi is passionate about entrepreneurship, business, and finance and has worked with nonprofits and businesses in the past to help improve their consumer engagement, formulated short term strategies, and modeled financial projections. Aside from business, she is passionate about gender equity in education and business. She pursued these issues as a member of Harvard Graduate School of Education's Making Caring Common Youth Advisory Board and is currently pursuing as a Women Deliver Young Leader.

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Sophia Wu is a sophomore at Richard Montgomery High School. She’s passionate about meeting new people and spreading her knowledge to younger generations. Sophia recently joined InnovateX and is excited to expand what she knows about entrepreneurship.

Outreach Director

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Outreach Team

Rosemary is a junior at Richard Montgomery High School. She likes to bike in her free time, and is a proud member of the viola section. She’s been on her school’s DECA chapter and made it to ICDC, as well as taken part in the National Econ Challenge.

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Outreach Team

Vivian Li has a passion for equality in education. She wants to use the privilege she has to help those who don't and work towards closing the achievement gap. She is also interested in social entrepreneurship and government policy as well.  In her free time, you can find her playing music, tennis, or goofing off with friends!

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Vaishnavi Banda is a freshman at Poolesville High Highschool. She is passionate about youth entrepreneurship and financial literacy and hopes to continue advocating for people of all socioeconomic backgrounds through working towards closing the opportunity gap. Outside of school, Vaishnavi enjoys reading and has been dancing for over a decade now.

Outreach Director

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Claire Zhao is a rising junior at The Bishop’s School in San Diego, California. She is passionate about entrepreneurship, education, and technology, and wants to be able to combine her skills in those areas to increase the accessibility of knowledge not directly taught in school.

Curriculum Development Team

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Emily Wu is a rising junior at Richard Montgomery High School. Emily enjoys working with young children, with extensive experience as teaching assistants, coaching, and curriculum writing. She has won awards in multiple business competitions on the regional and state level and loves economics and business in general. She’s incredibly excited to launch the entrepreneurship program this year!

Educational Lead

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Runzhe Cui is a rising senior at Wootton High School. He is really passionate about business, co-founding FBLA at Wootton, serving as Vice President of training for DECA, and founding InnovateX at Wootton. He hopes to help fill the void of the lack of business education in primary education. 

Educational Lead

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Curriculum Development Team

Janani Ilangovan is a rising senior at Thomas S. Wootton High School who is passionate about public speaking and music. She plays the clarinet and is on her school’s Mock Trial team. In her free time, she likes to write in calligraphy and swim.

STATE DIRECTORS

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Lucas Yang is a student at Centennial High School in Ellicott City, Maryland. He’s extremely passionate about business, economics, finance, & entrepreneurship. He strives to bridge the gap that currently exists for financial literacy in education. Lucas looks forward to expanding InnovateX's impact to increase the accessibility of resources and opportunities for all.

MD State Director

Mihika is a student at High School North, New Jersey. She is invested in entrepreneurship, business, and financial literacy, and strives to bring financial opportunities for students of all socioeconomic backgrounds. She currently serves as the director of finance at Codenovate and lead at Code4Tomorrow. She is excited to be working with Innovate X and expand her knowledge of economics/finance!

NJ State Director

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Arushi is a sophomore at South Brunswick High School and is joining Innovate-X as NJ’s Director of Chapter Engagement and starting a chapter at her school. She is passionate about entrepreneurship and is interested in pursuing a career in computer science. In her free time, she enjoys baking and playing the violin. She loves helping others and is very excited to be a part of Innovate-X to help make an impact on her generation.

NJ State Director