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. 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.

Meet the VNL Team

Andrea Johnson
Senior Product Manager
Pooja Pendharkar
Director of Community Experiences
Alex Derr
Marketing Communications Manager
Jonathan Mischke
VP of Marketing & Communications
Andy
Zheng
Network
Data
Analyst
Jake
Watts
Data
Science
Intern
Dr. Danielle Varda
CEO & Founder
Dr. Amanda Beacom
Senior Network Scientist
Mike Cooper
VP of Engineering
Ethan Leisinger
Software Engineer
Sara Sprong
VP of Strategic Initiatives
Tobie Tsuzuki
Full Stack Engineer
Andrea Johnson
Senior Product Manager
Pooja Pendharkar
Director of Community Experiences
Alex Derr
Marketing Communications Manager
Jonathan Mischke
VP of Marketing & Communications
Andy
Zheng
Network
Data
Analyst
Jake
Watts
Data
Science
Intern
Dr. Danielle Varda
CEO & Founder
Dr. Amanda Beacom
Senior Network Scientist
Mike Cooper
VP of Engineering
Ethan Leisinger
Software Engineer
Sara Sprong
VP of Strategic Initiatives
Tobie Tsuzuki
Full Stack Engineer