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MEET OUR
TEAM

Hover to learn more about our executive team from across MD, VA, NJ, CA, MI, and Canada

CEO

Vaishnavi Banda is a rising senior at Poolesville High School. 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.

Chief Executive Officer 

FOUNDERS

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Founder and InnovateX Advisor, Former Chief Executive Officer

Katie Yuan is a freshman in Wharton at the University of Pennsylvania studying Finance. Outside of InnovateX, she previously served as President of Maryland DECA, Legislative Affairs Deputy in her countywide regional student government and co-created her county’s first Asian American Pacific Islander Elective Curriculum.

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InnovateX Advisor, Former Chief Operations Officer

Lauren Perl is a sophomore at Harvard University studying public policy. 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.

CURRENT EXECUTIVE TEAM

Advocacy Team

Allison Sweeney (she/her) is a sophomore in the Humanities House at Poolesville High School. She is enthused by Innovate-X's drive to promote material change for the betterment of students and future leaders and influences her work with organizations such as Generation Ratify and Montgomery County Regional SGA. She enjoys musical theatre, international politics, and old noir cinema.

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Siddharth Krishna is currently a 17-year old senior at Mountain House, California. He is interested in the business and Computer Science field. Siddharth is also proud to be a part of the outreach team for InnovateX and loves to collaborate with others. Outside of InnovateX, he likes to code and loves to play video games with his friends.

Outreach Team

Events Director

Catherine is a rising sophomore at Winston Churchill High School. She is passionate about business and entrepreneurship, and she loves meeting new people. Catherine's hobbies include debating, playing the flute, and volunteering.

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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

Katie Zhang is a junior at Dougherty Valley High School from California. Outside of the academic heavy atmosphere, Katie enjoys playing violin, tennis, and volleyball. Katie is passionate about economics, mathematics, and finance and hopes to pursue along the lines of mathematical economics or business. She is excited for this opportunity and looks forward to helping the community and InnovateX Foundation grow. Hoping to bring in scholars from different backgrounds with similar interests into action and influencing younger generations.

CA 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

STATE DIRECTORS

Anirudh Bansal is a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) in Alexandria, Virginia. He actively competes in business competitions and is a 2x Conrad Challenge Summit finalist. In his free time, he loves traveling, going on hikes, and playing basketball.

VA State Director

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Akash Verma is a Junior at Richard Montgomery High school in Maryland. He has a great passion for finance and is heavily interested in investments and business. Akash likes to spend his time with friends and playing lacrosse.

MD State Director

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Evan Huang is currently a sophomore at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. He has a passion for learning new things about business and finance. Evan also plays on the basketball team and rows for the crew team at TJ.

VA Finance Officer

PAST EXECUTIVE MEMBERS

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Advocacy Director

Angelina Xu is a junior at Richard  Montgomery High School. She was director of InnovateX's national advocacy team. She teaches abstract problem solving skills to several classes of elementary school children and is an avid member of her school's debate team. She loves finance and is excited to be a part of InnovateX!

Advocacy Team

Camila Shiva has a passion for business, economics, finance, and for increasing accessibility to these subjects. Camila was an ambassador for InnovateX and enjoys meeting new people and sharing different perspectives with others. Lastly, some of her pastimes include playing guitar and tennis.

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Jessica Xue was the primary regional director. She loves working with kids  and crafts.

Midatlantic Regional Director

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Shreya Sampath was part of the communications team at InnovateX, and works with content creation! She is passionate about politics, economics, and business. In her free time, she enjoys reading and listening to music.

Content Creation

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Sophia Wu will be a freshman at Cornell University. She’s passionate about meeting new people and spreading her knowledge to younger generations. She served as InnovateX's CEO in 2022

Chief Executive Officer

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Chief Financial Officer

Emily Liu served as CFO. Her favorite subjects are math and computer science. She is also passionate about business and hopes to teach others the many aspects of entrepreneurship.

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Events Director

Daniel Lee was the past events director. Outside of school, he spends his time playing football, running track, and saxophone. He is interested in business and entrepreneurship, and is excited to join Innovate X to help spread the word! 

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Claire Zhao is from San Diego, California. She is passionate about entrepreneurship, education, and technology, and wants to be able to combine her skills in those areas.

Education Lead

Chief Finance Advisor

Stefanie Wang served as InnovateX's CFO in 2020. 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!

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InnovateX Advisor, Chief Operations Officer

Noah Pinson is a freshman at Georgia Tech. He is very passionate about educational equity and worked with numerous other organizations. Outside of Innovate-X, he enjoys traveling, playing volleyball, and keeping up-to-date with the real estate market!

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Chapter Network Director

Rosemary Yang was the Chapter Network Director. Residing in Maryland, she's passionate about personal finance and meeting all the new teams at InnovateX. 

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Hawon Lee was the director of content, designing the original version of this website. . She is interested in entrepreneurship and enjoys working with younger kids. 

Director of Content Creation

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CFO

Raina Kella attends University of Michigan. She used to serve as InnovateX's CFO. She is passionate about personal financial literacy education and believes everyone should have access to it. 

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Emily Wu lead the education team. 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. 

Education Lead

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.  

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Flex Member

My name is Soumya Jailwala and I go to Poolesville High School. Aside from being passionate about personal finance, I enjoy art, cooking, field hockey, and playing the violin!

TEAM MEETINGS

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