CIE Team

The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is a product of collaboration between student entrepreneurs, college faculty and administration. Students come from a variety of grades, majors and interests. These students are the driving force behind the center’s operations. The CIE leadership team works everyday to foster entrepreneurship at the 5C’s. Below are bios covering the background and interests of the CIE leadership team.

Janet Kiholm Smith

Janet Kiholm Smith

Director of the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Janet Kiholm Smith is the Von Tobel Professor of Economics at Claremont McKenna College and Director of the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship. She received a Ph.D. in economics from UCLA, and has been on the faculties of Arizona State University, University of Southern California, and Oberlin College. At CMC, she has served as Chair of the Department of Economics, Director of the Financial Economics Institute, and the founding Dean of the Robert Day School. She is coauthor of Entrepreneurial Finance: Strategy, Valuation and Deal Structure (Stanford U Press), with translations into Japanese and Chinese. She is the author of numerous journal articles on topics ranging from IPO pricing to corporate philanthropy, including publications The Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial & Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Legal Studies, Journal of Law, Economics & Organization, Journal of Industrial Economics, Journal of Banking and Finance. Current research interests are in the areas of new venture finance, investment behavior of not-for-profit institutions, and behavioral aspects of risk-taking. She teaches courses on entrepreneurial finance, strategy, and a practicum on new venture development.

 
Scott Sonneborn '17

Scott Sonneborn '17

Montgomery Student Manager

Scott was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, and is currently a senior at Claremont McKenna College majoring in Economics. Scott founded Student Education Technologies, an organization that teaches elementary school students in Pomona Unified School District how to code using SCRATCH. He is also currently the President of Moneythink, a financial literacy organization that teaches basic finance to high school students, and the CTO of the Student Investment Fund. Scott has always been interested in entrepreneurship, and specifically how companies can utilize technology to change the world around us.

 
Tarah Gilbreth '18

Tarah Gilbreth '18

Co-Head of Marketing

Tarah is a junior at CMC majoring in Philosophy and Public Affairs with a Leadership Sequence. She is from Colorado Springs, Colorado but considers Claremont her second home. Outside of raising awareness and increasing engagement for CIE events as the Co-Head of Marketing, Tarah sat on the Athenaeum Advisory Committee last year and works closely with the Kravis Prize for Non-Profit Leadership. She also works at the Claremont Children’s School and in the Roberts Pavilion. Tarah is very interested in the intersection between tech and society and how new entrepreneurial ventures can improve our lives.

 
Adele English '19

Adele English '19

Co-Head of Marketing

Adele’s passion for innovation and entrepreneurship was inspired by her high school Economics of Innovation course in which she engaged with several startups on campus. She is a sophomore at Claremont McKenna College currently pursuing a sequence in Computer Science, with an undecided major. Adele also dedicates much of her time to the College Programming Board (CPB), 5C Club Soccer, CMS Track & Field, and buildOn club. Adele is energized by the increasingly entrepreneurial spirit pervasive on the Claremont campuses and is excited to be counted among such thoughtful, innovative peers.

 
Aman Raghuvanshi '18

Aman Raghuvanshi '18

Head of Venture Development

Aman is a junior at Claremont McKenna majoring in Computer Science (through Harvey Mudd College) with a sequence in Financial Economics. He’s interested in FinTech, particularly with Big Data and Machine Learning applications. He is also interested in early stage startups. In his free time, Aman likes reading, traveling, golf and horseback riding.

 
Kevin Lynch '17

Kevin Lynch '17

Events Manager

Kevin is originally from Westport, Connecticut. He now lives in Phoenix, Arizona. He is a senior at Claremont McKenna College, majoring in Economics. Over his time at CMC, Kevin has founded and run a few companies including a 5C laundry service and a custom clothing company. He has also contributed to various philanthropic efforts at the colleges. Kevin believes that technology companies are and will continue to be a driving force in our economy. He wants to show Claremont students the opportunities that exist for them to get involved in the growing tech industry.

 
Kevin Cunanan '18

Kevin Cunanan '18

Web Developer

Kevin is originally from Northridge, California. He is a junior at Claremont McKenna College, double majoring in Computer Science and Philosophy. At college, Kevin loves participating in hackathons and freelance work. He’s helped create deliverables for SOURCE, Camp Kesem, and other 5C organizations. Kevin constantly invests in Kickstarters and always looks for the newest tech.