Our Team

Pooja Pendharkar
Director of Community Experiences
Pooja is an agile community activist, mentor and entrepreneur passionate about building communities, products and world-class teams of smart people. She learns by doing, is energized by finding problems and building solutions. A supporter of local businesses, breweries and lover of all dogs. She has a true passion for connection and drawing teams together. Her diplomatic, empathetic, and relationship-oriented leadership has been a driving force throughout her career. She’s brought her consulting experiences at companies like Siemens, PWC, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to local Tampa Bay companies such as Bisk, Bank OZK’s Innovation Labs, and later a startup she cofounded called Lunchpool. A big fan of supporting local businesses. She enjoys local coffee shops, restaurants, museums, being able to explore a new part of the city, or find nice places to sit, read, or utilize the fantastic trail system for bike rides. She’s now focused on bringing her customer-focused, data-literate innovation approach to help local innovation ecosystem in efforts to help facilitate capacity planning in the spirit of collaboration.