Department Staff

Mark Ranalli


Associate Dean, Executive Director
Professor of the Practice Tufts Gordon Institute

Mark Ranalli joins Tufts Gordon Institute with more than 25 years of industry experience as an executive business leader and entrepreneur. He brings an extensive track record of driving innovation in a variety of markets, including publishing, entertainment, and professional services.

Prior to Tufts, he was Managing Director of RR Donnelly’s Digital Solutions Group, where he was responsible for the company’s digital business strategy. Ranalli is also the founder of several successful ventures. In 2006, he founded Helium, Inc., a media source that applies a crowdsourcing filtering system to community-generated content that was acquired by RR Donnelly in 2011. Soon after launching Helium, he co-founded and launched OurStage Inc., an independent music discovery platform, based on the same underlying crowdsourcing principals and relative ranking patents that are leveraged by Helium. He grew his first venture, an internet professional services agency called Basessix, Inc., from inception to three offices and over 70 people with a client portfolio that included AT&T Broadband, Comcast, AOL, ESPN, Starz/Encore, HBO, and National Geographic. Ranalli previously held executive roles at UNIFI Communications, Inc. and Fax international, Inc.

He currently serves as Vice Chairman for the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan, independent nonprofit research group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy. He also served as an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Tuck School at Dartmouth for four years where he taught classes on mergers and acquisitions and entrepreneurship.

Ranalli received an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and a BSEE from Stanford University.

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Inge Milde


Director & Senior Lecturer, Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies

Inge Milde is a creative industry leader with a track record of success in designing and executing high-visibility corporate and academic programs. As the owner and founder of Inge Milde & Associates, she combines her business acumen and creative talent by providing strategic, operational and artistic services to entrepreneurial enterprises. Her first foray into entrepreneurship was the opening of a marketing and public relations agency that represented advertising photographers. Since then, Ms. Milde has led innovation initiatives for companies such as Bacardi, US Gypsum, and Intuit. Her client portfolio includes several entrepreneurial firms and a host of creative businesses.

Ms. Milde’s affiliation with the Gordon Institute began in 2008 as a part-time lecturer. Since 2012 she has also served as manager of the Tufts $100k New Ventures Competition, which has seen substantial increases in submissions, attendance, alumni engagement, and funding under her guidance.

Ms. Milde earned her B.S. at Tufts University, her B.F.A. at School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and her M.B.A. at Babson College.

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Carol Denning


Program Administrator, Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies

Carol Denning joined the ELS team as Program Administrator  following many years in corporate retail.  She has held a variety of roles in both Planning and Buying, with expertise in the Footwear industry.  Most recently, she was Director of Category Management for Clarks Americas where she led the successful introduction of Kids Footwear to the North American market.  Carol is contributing her professional experience to the development of the Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies Program.  She is responsible for event planning and marketing and oversees the Venture Lab. Carol also provides support and guidance to ELS students and faculty. 

Carol has a B.S. in Business Administration with a Marketing concentration from UMass Lowell

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Jennifer Sitiaev

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Marketing Intern

My name is Jen Sitiaev and I am a sophomore here at Tufts. I am pursuing a degree in International Relations with a minor in ELS. I co-founded the Tufts Veg Society here at Tufts and am also involved with Model UN, Kappa Alpha Theta, and the Tufts social media team. I have always had a passion for combining entrepreneurship and social change which began in high school where I co-founded an organization built to combat human trafficking in my local community. I'm from Miami, so coming to Boston was quite a change of environment and pace, but I've loved my time at Tufts so far. Can't wait to get to know everyone in the venture lab!