Our Team

Here to enrich, engage, and support in all things Cortex.



Erin Mote | Co-Founder and Executive Director

Erin Mote is the Executive Director of InnovateEDU and co-founder of Brooklyn Laboratory Charter Schools (LAB). She leads InnovateEDU and its major projects including the development of Cortex, work on data interoperability, an urban education Fellowship to diversify the teacher pipeline, and supports for LAB's growth. Her work spans private sector collaborations and groundbreaking initiatives with Intel, Cisco, Google, and Mozilla, as well as work with leading US government technology partnerships. Erin served as the founding Chief of Party for the USAID Global Broadband and Innovations Alliance and has worked on numerous projects with the US Department of State and the White House. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband Eric, her son Robert, and her daughter Clare and bleeds maize and blue as a graduate of the University of Michigan.



Briana Segarra | Project Associate

Briana serves as a Project Associate for Instructional Design at InnovateEDU. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Studies from the University of North Texas and has worked in various creative and educational institutions. Briana's latest endeavor was at the Rubin Museum Art where she created and implemented various workshop materials and planned cultural community events with the School and Family Programs team. With experience in art education and a passion for community engagement, she is intrigued with the development and design of educational platforms. Briana is looking forward to increasing accessible curriculum and convenient/user-friendly web design.



Jingyuan Cathy Liao | Digital Media & Learning Fellow

Jingyuan joins InnovateEDU team as a Digital Media and Learning Fellow. She has a Master of Arts in Instructional Technology and Media from the Columbia University Teachers College. She once served as a Mandarin Lecturer at Western Kentucky University. She has also worked in many educational organizations in both America and Shanghai in designing curriculum for K-12 STEAM. Jingyuan is passionate about the technology integration in teaching and learning.