The StreetLight Data Leadership Team

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.

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.

Kara 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.

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.

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.

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.