Lina Alfieri Stern
Lina Alfieri Stern, a long-time resident of New Orleans, is the director of operations of the Levy-Rosenblum Institute and the Lepage Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Tulane University. In her capacity as Director of Operations for the Center she plans and implements projects relating to entrepreneurial studies, urban economic development and social entrepreneurship. She regularly mentors and places graduate and undergraduate business students in consulting projects for disadvantaged businesses and not-for-profit organizations as well as regional entrepreneurial ecosystem partners. For many years, she managed and facilitated the Tulane Business Model Competition, which was established in 2000 and uses the hands-on iterative process of the lean start up to bring products to market. Ms. Alfieri Stern designed, developed and taught an MBA experiential learning course entitled Community Service Consulting. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Central City Economic Development Corporation in New Orleans, an inner city community development organization, and has worked closely with the New Orleans public housing community in economic development efforts. Ms. Alfieri Stern earned a BSM in Sociology and French and an MBA. She was a recipient of New Orleans’ CityBusiness 2001 Power Generation award and was named Tulane University’s 2002 Social Entrepreneur of the Year for her work as founder and director for the Individual Development Account (IDA) Collaborative of Louisiana, a $5,000,000 statewide savings and economic literacy program that graduated over 700 low-income families into home ownership, business ownership, and secondary education asset goals.