Interim Director and Program Manager of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Jody Emmings manages operations through designing and implementing strategies related to programming and all entrepreneurial initiatives. Jody also leads the vision of the Idea Lab to be a community hub of creativity, experimentation and innovation, collaborating with students, faculty and departments across campus. Prior to coming to Macalester, Jody worked at the Pohlad Family Foundation. A certified welder and visual artist, Jody owns a small business called Hot House Metal where she creates custom architectural metalwork. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and four children, tending her backyard chickens and biking the streets of her St. Paul neighborhood. Pronouns: she/her
Assistant Director of Alumni and Parent Engagement
Elice Brunnette serves as the liaison in developing a dynamic network of Macalester’s alumni entrepreneurs and innovators. In this position, Elice is committed to discovering new opportunities to support and celebrate entrepreneurship. Co-founding the Bear Coffeehouse and Wine Bar in 2012, Elice brings her own entrepreneurial experience to the role, as well as passion for community building. Outside of work, she loves outdoor recreation, especially canoeing, and painting animal portraits of all sorts.
E&I/Idea Lab Student Staff
- Aberdeen Morrow
I love that the Idea Lab is a mindful space to explore things we don’t think we’re good at. I’m here to help share and maintain the Idea Lab as a place to unleash creativity and release stress, to brainstorm and innovate, to befriend others and to re-center yourself, and to create whatever you need—a collage, social change, or anything in between.
- Roon Mahboub
Hi! I’m Roon, and I am a senior majoring in Chemistry from Willmar, MN. One of my favorite things about the Idea Lab is witnessing how different students use the same resources to make totally different things. The Idea Lab has a lot of resources I didn’t know existed before working here, so if you would like to know how the Idea Lab can help, let me know!
- Kaitie Brown
Hi! I’m Kaitie and I’m originally from Lincoln, NE. I’m currently in my senior year at Macalester and studying Political Science, International Studies and Spanish.
- Saby Cortez
I love to create new things and I love to see other people do the same! The Idea Lab is an amazing space to be as creative as you want with people who are doing the same.
- Anna Keefe
Hi! My name is Anna, and I am from just across the river in Minneapolis. I am a sophomore here at Macalester, and I plan on majoring in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. I’m so excited to be back on campus this fall to spend in-person time in classes and the Idea Lab.
- Grace Lin
Hello, I’m Grace and I’m from New York City! I’m pursuing a major in Computer Science and a minor in Psychology. I love to create things whether that is digital designs or physical objects such as origamis or felt flowers. I am always looking for ways to expand my creative horizon which is why I love the Idea Lab because it’s always surrounded by curious and creative people. I often find myself being inspired by the work and ideas that my peers and staff create.
- Amanda Wong
Hi, I’m Amanda! I’m an Art and Media and Cultural Studies major. I love the Idea Lab very much. It’s the quintessential place for me to begin hatching my ideas. At the end of the day my ideas don’t always work out, but it beats sitting around on them.
- Tyler Sanchez
- Maksim Smith
- Cami Stillwell
- Sivali Bhandary
- Justin Anderson
- Aberdeen Morrow