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Hayes Ferguson

Director and Clinical Associate Professor

Ferguson oversees the Farley Center, including curriculum design, faculty development, alumni engagement, student mentorship, and partnerships. Before joining Farley in 2020, Ferguson spent five years at The Garage, Northwestern University's student startup incubator, as an entrepreneur in residence and associate director. Previously, she held leadership positions at multiple startups, including, where she was part of the founding senior management team. Earlier in her career, Hayes was a project writer at PEOPLE magazine and the Latin America bureau chief for The Times-Picayune and Newhouse News. Ferguson has a BA from Vanderbilt University and did graduate work as a Rotary Scholar at the University of Perugia, Italy, and as a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan.

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Elizabeth Lukehart

Associate Director

Lukehart is responsible for student advising, curriculum oversight, and mentorship. Lukehart has practiced law at Synergy Law Group, LLC, a boutique firm providing legal services for tech startup companies, and has held a variety of positions in marketing and communications including communications manager at Solar Fuels Institute. Lukehart has worked extensively with cleantech and sustainability-focused startups and also has experience in the nonprofit and social enterprise sector. Lukehart has a BA from Colorado College, and an MSJ and JD from Northwestern University.

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Ryan Brownlow

Assistant Director of Curriculum

Brownlow is responsible for supporting curricular planning, evaluation, and growth, as well as planning and supporting curricular events. He also oversees class scheduling and registration, administers the entrepreneurship minor program, and advises minor students on plan of study. Previously, Brownlow has worked as a makery fellow at the Kidzu Children’s Museum, and as a graduate teaching fellow and graduate research consultant at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. Brownlow has a BA from Macalester College and an MA from UNC at Chapel Hill.

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Kandra Parrott

Program Assistant

Parrott coordinates operational processes related to HR and finance. She also maintains documents and databases, makes website updates, and assists with events. She previously worked as a purchasing clerk at GT Distributors and as an administrative specialist for O’Neal Manufacturing Services. Parrott has a BA from Texas State University and an MA from The University of Chicago.

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