The Team

Laura Schewel

Laura Schewel (Board, CEO)

Laura, founder and Chief Executive Officer, is a leading advocate and researcher in advanced transportation, with particular expertise in transportation systems, sustainability and safety, and vehicle/system modeling and analysis.

After completing degrees in engineering and comparative literature at Yale University, she worked at the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), managing their vehicle electrification projects, including the Smart Garage Charrette and Project Get Ready. Next, Laura joined the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to develop planning for regulatory strategy for electric vehicles and energy storage. Laura’s work at StreetLight is an extension of her graduate studies at UC Berkeley’s Energy and Resources Group. She is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow in Energy Engineering, and the author of several publications about vehicle electrification and sustainable transportation. In 2013, Laura was selected as one of MIT Technology Review’s 35 Innovators Under 35 and was the recipient of the International Transport Forum’s Young Researcher of the Year Award. 

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Paul Friedman

Paul Friedman (Board, CTO)

Paul, co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, is a seasoned executive with over 20 years of experience in engineering and product management of business intelligence, analytics, database architectures and Big Data technologies. He has started three successful software companies and built four successful engineering teams that delivered scalable SaaS analytics applications.

Previously, Paul has served as a software engineer at the MIT Media Lab, DEC, and Oracle. He later co-founded and served as Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, and Chief Architect at Stanford Technology Group (acquired by Informix), Supplybase (acquired by I2 Technologies), and Purisma (acquired by Dun & Bradstreet). Paul has a MS and BS in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Kara John Selke

Kara John Selke (VP of Strategic Partners and Privacy)

Kara has unparalleled experience in developing businesses that rely on strategic licensing and partnerships for geospatial data. Most recently, Kara served as SVP of Intellectual Property and Privacy for DMTI Spatial, the leading provider of SaaS and hybrid cloud-based geospatial business intelligence in Canada. Prior to DMTI, Kara was in marketing, data relationships and management roles at Navitrak and NAVTEQ. She is a certified licensing professional, and holds a JD from Concord Law School.

In addition to her experience in data licensing and partnerships, Kara is a global leader in the field of data privacy. She holds several certifications in privacy protection procedures by the IAPP and is a Privacy by Design Ambassador. Kara also co-founded the Center for Geospatial Law and Policy. Kara holds additional degrees from Boston University and Clark University.

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Neil Vaz

Neil Vaz (VP of Engineering)

Neil has over 15 years of experience in software development, covering enterprise SaaS applications, data analytics, and database systems. Before joining Streetlight Data, he spent 8 years at Purisma (acquired by Dun & Bradstreet, and later SAP), where he led the Engineering team, delivering multiple product releases. As an early member of the team there, he also developed some of the core algorithms in the product.

In addition, Neil has worked at i2 Technologies, Tandem Computer and Informix Software. He has a B.Tech. in Computer Science & Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai.

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Shirin Oshidari

Shirin Oshidari (VP of Sales and Services)

At StreetLight Data, Shirin is responsible for sales and business development across all market segments. She brings over 30 years of experience and a track record of success in new market penetration and expansion, customer acquisition, and partner network development. Shirin joins StreetLight from Autodesk, where she worked for 16 years and led the company to establish four new industries: Retail, Hospitality, and Commercial and Residential Construction. Most recently, she served as Head of Sales of Autodesk’s Additive Manufacturing group, where she helped to launch and commercialize the company’s new software tools for 3D printing. Her career began in project management software sales for Kelar, Primavera, and later, Buzzsaw, where she helped a broad range of engineering and construction firms adopt technologically advanced project management tools. Shirin holds a BS in Computer Science from Mills College, and a Certification in Finance Training for Executives from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. 

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Matt Orfuss (VP of Finance)

As Vice President of Finance, Matt Orfuss spearheads StreetLight Data’s accounting, financial planning, and corporate development operations. He has a twenty-year track record of success in a broad range of finance roles, with expertise in business management, acquisition, due diligence, and senior management advisory. Prior to joining StreetLight Data, Matt served as Senior Finance Manager for Calypso Technology, Inc., a capital markets enterprise software company that was recently acquired by two leading private equity firms.

Previously, Matt has worked in finance at major global banks and corporations such as Charles Schwab, the Clorox Company, and Wells Fargo as well as venture-back and private-equity backed technology companies. He earned an M.B.A. with concentrations in Finance and Marketing Strategy from UCLA Anderson, and he holds a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, where he graduated cum laude.

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Catherine Manzo

Catherine Manzo (Senior Director of Channel Sales)

Catherine's experience spans a wide range of technology companies. Before joining StreetLight Data, Catherine did business development and marketing at SK Telecom Americas, where she helped launch GridMaven, a comprehensive communications network management platform for the US utility market. She has spent time in a variety of strategy and business development roles, including on Walmart's sustainability team. Catherine began her career focused on consumer products and materials, working with Cradle to Cradle® design firm MBDC and the US Environmental Protection Agency. Catherine holds a BS in Earth and Environmental Engineering from Columbia University, a Masters in Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. 

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Roy Seto

Roy Seto (Senior Director of Engineering)

Roy has an extensive background in software engineering with a longstanding interest in building scalable systems that started during his days hacking code for distributed clusters as an MIT undergrad. Before StreetLight Data, he worked at Oracle for 19 years, where he served as a Software Architect and later as a Senior Director. Roy's accomplishments at Oracle include creating the analytics systems that track development metrics for the flagship Fusion Applications product line and leading a team that built a service to host millions of file versions. Roy was instrumental in automating Oracle's first private cloud for development operations, and he contributed to Oracle's transition to cloud applications products. Roy earned a MS and BS in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Winnie Chan

Winnie Chan (Senior Software Engineer)

Winnie has 13 years of experience in software engineering, healthcare information technology and full-stack web application development. Prior to StreetLight, she spent 3 years at MedeAnalytics, as part of the team developing the Patient Access Intelligence product for hospital clients. Earlier in her career, Winnie spent 8 years at EFI developing embedded systems that interface between copiers and printer drivers. She also has experience in healthcare imaging.  Winnie holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley and a Masters in Software Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.  

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Austin Shieh

Austin Shieh (Senior Software Engineer)

Austin is a 2013 graduate of the University of California Berkeley, where he received a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Over the past few years, Austin has worked in QA for CSRWare, a sustainability supply chain and energy management software start-up and done QA and programming for Good Work Systems, a company building new mouses and foot pedals for the gaming industry. While completing his degree at UC Berkeley, Austin also was a member of the Alpha Phi Omega, the community service fraternity.

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Bo Huang

Bo Huang (Senior Software Engineer)

Bo has over 20 years of experience in software engineering across a variety of industries. For the past decade, he has focused on back-end application development for the insurance industry. He first began working in this space upon his arrival in the Bay Area, initially at SelectQuot and its subsidiary, Integrated Insurance Technologies. Through acquisitions, Bo then worked at SkyWare Software and, most recently, in the Insurance Data Exchange group at Oracle. Before insurance, Bo did software engineering for Bright Ocean, which provides services to Chinese telecom companies, and eLong.com, one of China’s oldest travel planning and booking websites.  He holds a BS in Computer Science from the Harbin Institute of Technology.  

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Kimberly Gische

Kimberly Gische (Manager, QA and Support)

Kimberly's career has spanned more than 20 years at several successful technology companies in the Bay Area. Her experience includes all aspects of software development, with a more recent focus on Quality Assurance and Customer Support. Prior to joining Streetlight Data, Kimberly spent 9 years at Purisma (acquired by Dun & Bradstreet, and later SAP) where she was initially a member of the QA team and later built and led the Escalated Support Group. Her previous experience includes developing and supporting lab tracking software for a genomics lab at PE Genscope/Celera Genomics/Applied Biosystems, as well as honing database skills while working in linguistics at Oracle. Kimberly studied Symbolic Systems at Stanford University.

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Curt Thye (Sales Director, Mid-West)

Curt Thye is a dedicated, results-driven business development leader with over twenty years of experience in sales and sales management. He is based in the Denver, Colorado area where he leads StreetLight's sales activities across the Mid-West helping consulting firms and public sector agencies succeed with their transportation modeling, planning and engineering initiatives. Curt's has experience with a broad spectrum of technology, big data and software-as-a-service (SaaS) companies, spending more than ten years at AutoDesk in a variety of roles focused on engineering, architecture, and construction. Most recently, Curt served as Sr. Director of Strategic Accounts at Dodge Data & Analytics, a leading construction industry data analytics and intelligence provider, where he led a forty-person team to over achieve long-standing retention and profitability objectives.

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Thorsten Bach

Thorsten Bach (Director of IT and Operations)

Thorsten has 20 years of experience in strategic and operational planning and has been involved with SaaS environments since their inception a little over 10 years ago. Over the course of his career, he has overseen the successful integration of new infrastructure during company acquisitions and has architected a number of scalable and efficient procedural systems. Prior to StreetLight, he was the Technical Program Manager at Honeywell Smart Grid Solutions where he delivered significant process improvement in IT and security. Earlier in his career in the role of Director of Operations and Support at Telecommunications System (TCS), Thorsten was a founding member of the Network Security Advisory Team, which oversees standardized security implementations across all TCS business units. At TCS and the biotechnology company IKnowMed, he managed significant infrastructure growth by building highly qualified and efficient teams in operations, QA and support. Before delving into the technology industry, Thorsten co-founded and served as the CEO of a music video company in Germany.

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Youhong Huang

Youhong Huang (QA Engineer)

Youhong brought with him years of QA experience across three software companies when joining StreetLight Data. During his time working for leading software and service providers, including SAP (SAP EIM) and Microsoft Visual Studio at Microsoft (Visual Studio), he managed high priority support cases and worked closely with development teams in feature, performance and automation testing.  Like others at StreetLight, Youhong was a part of Purisma, serving as the Senior QA Engineer.  Youhong received his Bachelor of Computer Software from Tsinghua University in Beijing and now lives in Vancouver with his wife and young son.

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Kim Harrison

Kim Harrison (Strategic Account Executive, South East)

Kim began her data career as an Account Manager for a Dun and Bradstreet Company (Market Data Retrieval) and then spent twelve years at Acxiom as a Client Executive, supporting financial industry and partnerships, and generating millions of dollars in revenue.  Kim then ran her own company, Marketing-Q, providing database solutions for seven years.  Most recently she worked in business development at Soffront (Enterprise CRM solutions).  Kim has a BA in International Trade from UC Davis.

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Paul Ruggeri (Strategic Account Executive, North East)

Paul Ruggeri brings more than three decades of business development experience to StreetLight Data, where he serves as Strategic Account Executive for the Northeast US and Canada. He works closely with consulting firms and public sector agencies to support their transportation planning and engineering initiatives. Prior to joining StreetLight Data, Paul spent nearly 15 years as the founder and manager of his own business development firm, IceLighter, which provided outsourced sales services to a broad range of information technology companies. He began his career at IBM, where he worked as a systems engineer and as an account representative. Paul holds a bachelor's degree in Social Studies from Salem State University. 

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Mikey Alexander

Mikey Alexander (Senior Software Engineer)

Mikey Alexander is an entrepreneurial software engineer that brings nearly thirty years of programming experience across multiple industries to StreetLight Data. Prior to joining StreetLight Data, he spent eight years at Purisima, which was later acquired by SAP. On the side, Mikey also helped to launch, grow, and sell a successful family business that simplified the financial aid application process for college students. His career began at Atari Systems, where he developed nine profitable sports arcade games. Mikey holds a B.A. in Computer Science from UC Berkeley.

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Tori Clifford

Tori Clifford (Director of Marketing)

Tori brings a passion for sustainability and cleantech to StreetLight Data. Previously, she was Director of Marketing for YGEA Holding Company, where she spearheaded marketing initiatives across North, South, and Central America for three separate solar power firms held by the company. Tori has also worked as an independent marketing consultant for a range of solar power and energy efficiency clients. Her career began at Sunrun, a pioneering solar-as-a-service provider that is now publicly traded. Tori holds a dual BA with Distinction in History and Politics from the University of Virginia.

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Neal Bowman

Neal Bowman (Sales Engineer)

Neal Bowman comes to StreetLight Data from the transportation industry, and brings expertise in both project management and business development. Prior to joining StreetLight Data, he worked for over five years at Quality Counts, a traffic data collection firm. He was responsible for research and development of new technology as well as technical sales. Neal worked closely with private engineering firms, local governments, and state DOTs across the US to deploy sophisticated traffic monitoring systems, including the design of complex Bluetooth origin-destination deployment methodologies. Neal earned his BA in Sociology and Black Studies from UC Santa Barbara. 

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Joanathan Lim

Joanathan Lim (Sales Engineer)

Joanathan brings a highly analytical mindset to her role as sales engineer at StreetLight Data thanks to over five years of experience as an economic and financial planning consultant. Prior to joining StreetLight, Joanathan worked in Merrill Lynch's wealth management group. She also provided business and financial planning guidance as a consultant to retail companies such as To-Go Ware, Fearless Chocolate, and an Italian olive oil company. Joanathan received a BS in Accounting from San Francisco State University and a MS in Finance from University of San Francisco.  

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Martin Murray (Sales Development Representative)

Martin Murray brings a strong commitment to educative, consultative sales to StreetLight Data. He is passionate about learning new skills, especially those that help him explain complex software platforms to prospective clients. Prior to joining the team, Martin completed an intensive 18-week coding bootcamp to learn the basics of Ruby, Javascript, CSS, among other coding languages. Previously, he worked in sales at two Bay Area technology start-ups, Iron.io and Wandera. Martin began his career at Citrix Systems, where he helped to bring new Citrix products such as ShareFile to market. Martin, a North Carolina native, holds a B.A. in Economics from NC State University.

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