Leadership Team

Alex Rappaport

Chief Executive Officer

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Alex Rappaport

Chief Executive Officer

Alex Rappaport is an award-winning leader with a passion for innovation and sustainability.  He is the CEO and Co-Founder of ZwitterCo, Inc., a company that develops membranes that are immune to irreversible fouling and enable treatment and reuse of the world’s toughest wastewaters. At ZwitterCo, Alex drives strategic planning, organizational design, and the long-term vision for company growth.

Alex and his team took first place in the Tufts Ideas Competition and the Tufts $100k New Ventures Competition when founding ZwitterCo, and the awards and opportunities kept coming.

Under his leadership, the company was awarded $65k in the Water Catalyst Challenge through MassCEC, $225k in a Small Business Innovation Research grant through the National Science Foundation, and $1.25m in the Water Innovation Grand Challenge with the Department of Energy. Alex has also led the company through multiple highly successful rounds of financing with both institutional and strategic partners.

ZwitterCo is an alumni of Boston’s climatech home: Greentown Labs Incubator. Alex led the company from the incubator stage into the Imagine H2O Accelerator program before the company expanded into their own space.

Alex is a fierce supporter of his team. His strength is setting a culture of empowerment with a philosophy of “come as you are – love what you build.” He encourages the same entrepreneurial spirit, creativity, and resourcefulness in his team and has fostered a community that is dedicated to ZwitterCo’s mission to preserve and manage industrial and agricultural water and wastewater.  

Alex holds an M.S. in Innovation and Management and a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Tufts University. While at Tufts, he was the chair of the entrepreneurship association and he founded Tufts Venture Lab, which was the first incubator at Tufts for venture companies. Alex continues to serve as a part-time lecturer at Tufts and provides additional support to emerging Tufts startups.

Christopher Drover

Chief Technology Officer

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Christopher Drover

Chief Technology Officer

Chris Drover leads the technology development and research programs at ZwitterCo. Previously, Chris was a senior member of the technical team at Oasys Water, where he spent six years scaling up and commercializing a novel membrane technology entering the industrial wastewater market. Prior to Oasys Water, Chris served as a chemist in the materials science division of Doble Engineering Company, where he developed test methodology to identify contamination and defects in mineral oil, Kraft paper and plastic film electrical insulation products. His professional training includes agile project management, hazardous waste operations, leadership for technical professionals, and Lean Six Sigma. He holds an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University and a B.A. in Chemistry and Physics from Ohio Wesleyan University.

Greg Fisichelli

Chief Financial Officer

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Greg Fisichelli

Chief Financial Officer

Greg is a senior corporate finance executive with over 25 years of professional experience. Prior to joining ZwitterCo, Greg was Senior Director of Finance and Planning for Beacon Rail, a private equity-owned global rail investment and leasing company, where he managed several M&A transactions and oversaw the company's financial operations and expansion across North America and Europe. Prior to Beacon, Greg worked as a divisional CFO, Corporate Treasurer and Tax Director for BTMU Capital Corporation, a subsidiary of Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi. Greg is also a CPA and spent 10 years in public accounting at Deloitte, KPMG and E&Y as a Senior Manager specializing in tax planning and restructuring projects. Greg graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. in Economics and German Studies and earned an M.B.A. from the University of Washington Foster School of Business.

Jon Goodman

VP of Marketing Strategy

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Jon Goodman

VP of Marketing Strategy

Jon has over 30 years of experience in the membranes business with a focus on sales, market management, and strategy development and implementation.  He leads ZwitterCo's Marketing Department including Communications and Market Research.  Prior to joining ZwitterCo, Jon was Global Commercial Director for TriSep Corporation and later MICRODYN-NADIR.  Prior to TriSep, Jon spent 20 years with Dow Chemical and the FilmTec Membranes business.  Jon earned a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree from Georgia Tech. 

Abigail Klotz

Supply Chain Coordinator

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Anna Solomonova

Applications Lab Technician I

Andrew O’Connell

Operations & EHS Manager

Bradley Youngblood

Field Engineering Manager

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Brendan Curran

Market Research Analyst

Brianna DaRin

Senior Accountant

Chris Roy

Head of Applications Engineering

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Chris Roy

Head of Applications Engineering

Chris Roy leads the Applications Engineering department at ZwitterCo. Previously, Chris worked as both a research engineer and field engineer for CeraMem, where he piloted, commissioned, and supported over 25 industrial water treatment projects in the oil and gas, metal finishing, chemical, medical, and aerospace industries. He graduated summa cum laude from UMass Amherst with a BS in Chemical Engineering and with departmental honors of greatest distinction for his independent thesis in Polymer Rheology.

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Elizabeth Skultety

Sales Engineer

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Eric Lorge

Senior Field Engineer

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Hailey Bell

Senior Laboratory Technician

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Jake Cotter

Industry Marketing Manager

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Jason Zachariah

Quality Engineer

Jen Condon

Applications Development Engineer

Jenn Moraes

Membrane Development Manager

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Jesse Shows

Field Engineer I

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Joseph Blackwell

Senior Field Engineer

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Judy Ledlee

Senior Applications Engineer

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Keith Fennell

Field Engineer II

Lyndsey Wiles

Senior Sales Engineer

Mitch Cupp

Engineering Associate

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Pat Byrne

Market Research Analyst

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Paul Lane

EHS Manager

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Rhyse Nier

Financial Analyst

Sarah Garfield

Staff Accountant

Thalia Aoki

Sales Engineer

Thy Duong

Polymer Chemist I

Trang Ngo

Chemical Engineer

Our board and advisors

  • Steve Remondi – Founder, CEO of XSphera Biosciences
  • Ayse Asatekin – Associate Professor at Tufts University
  • Bernie Mack – Principal Engineer at Veolia
  • Earl Jones – CEO of Heartland Water Technologies
  • Jim Matheson – Sr. Lecturer at Harvard Business School
  • Joel Stone – President at ConVergInce Advisers
  • Ken Morse – Chairman, CEO of Entrepreneurship Ventures, Inc.
  • Martin Madaus – Former President and CEO of Millipore
  • Patrick Simms – President at Industrial BioProcessing
  • Peter Knappe – Former President and CEO of Microdyn-Nadir, U.S.

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