The Garage San Francisco is an initiative to build a community of Northwestern alumni working in tech in the San Francisco Bay Area. It’s an extension of The Garage at Northwestern. The Garage SF provides programming, resources, and support for founders, operators, and investors in an effort to increase the visibility and accessibility of the 16,000+ Northwestern alumni who call the Bay Area home.

Our goal for The Garage SF is to create a “platform for serendipity” for alumni to support each other professionally and connect with others who have similar interests, job functions, and ambitions.

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Northwestern alumni participating in events hosted by The Garage SF, including a Founders Dinner and Discussion and Product Manager Roundtable


The Garage SF operates out of Northwestern University’s academic space at 44 Montgomery Street in the heart of downtown San Francisco. While the facility is primarily used for Northwestern’s immersive academic programming, it also serves as a world class venue for events and gatherings organized by The Garage SF.

Entrepreneurs in Residence

Jon McNeill ’89

Jon has founded and scaled six companies, led teams creating tens of thousands of jobs and delivering multi-billion dollar returns for investors. Jon was President at Tesla from 2015 to 2018. He serves on the boards of Lululemon, TruMotion, and the Brigham & Women’s hospital in Boston. Jon is a graduate of Northwestern University.​

Sarah Ahmad ’18

Sarah is the co-founder and CEO of Mistro. Previously, she was a UX Engineer at LifeLink. During her time at Northwestern, she co-founded HotPlate, a food app to help diners find the best dishes at local restaurants. She graduated from Northwestern in 2018 with a B.S. in Integrated Engineering Studies and a double major in Economics.

Collin Pham ’18

Collin is the co-founder and CTO of Mistro. Previously, he was a Software Engineer at Granular. While an undergraduate at Northwestern, he was the co-founder and CEO of Local, a company incubated through The Garage. He graduated from Northwestern in 2018 with a B.S. in Computer Science and a minor in Materials Science.

Cameron MacArthur ’16

Cameron is the founder and CEO of AI Insurance, which makes modern cloud-based claims management software specifically for smaller. Prior to founding AI Insurance, Cameron was a cognitive software engineer at IBM. Cameron has a bachelors degree in Communication Studies and Computer Science from Northwestern.

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