Our Team

Mango Materials produces a naturally occurring biopolymer from waste biogas (methane) that are economically competitive with conventional oil-based plastics.  The San Francisco Bay Area company is comprised of a first-class team of engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs and innovators.  Mango Materials was incorporated in 2010 and received their first round of funding in late 2011.

In 2012, Mango Materials was chosen as the grand prize winner of $630,000 for the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge Business Plan Competition.  The team received the prize in New York City at a dinner that was a part of the Clinton Global Initiative. In 2013, a Phase II National Science Foundation grant was received and in 2014, Mango Materials was honored to receive the award for Excellence in Technology Research at CleanEquity Monaco presented by HSH Prince Albert II. In 2015, Mango Materials continued to scale their technology and earn more accolades, including Top Green Chemistry Innovator by LAUNCH and Think Beyond Plastic’s “Most Innovative Business” award. Mango Materials was voted the #5 “Hottest” Emerging Company in the Advanced Bioeconomy 2016-17 by Biofuels Digest and was named to the 3rd Batch of the Fashion for Good accelerator in 2018. In 2019 Mango Materials was accepted into the Fashion for Good Scaling Programme and named one of the Next 50 Companies to Disrupt the World by Biofuels Digest.

Founding Team

Molly Morse, Ph.D.: Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Molly Morse is a biopolymers and biocomposites engineer with experience in construction management and past experience consulting in venture capital. She has contributed to multiple patents in the bioplastics and biocomposites industry. Dr. Morse received her Ph.D. in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Stanford University, with an emphasis on anaerobic biodegradation of biocomposities for the building industry. She received her B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University. At Mango Materials, Molly leads financing efforts through both public and private entities as well as coordination with various strategic partners. She travels extensively to attend conferences and events to publicize the Mango Materials technology.

Allison Pieja, Ph.D.: Chief Technology Officer

Allison received her Ph.D. in Civil & Environmental Engineering in 2011 from Stanford University, with a focus on selection of microbes for the production of poly-hydroxyalkanoate (PHA) from methane. During Dr. Pieja’s doctoral research, she pioneered the production of PHA from waste methane gas. She received her B.S.E. from Princeton University in Civil & Environmental Engineering in 2004. Dr. Pieja has contributed to multiple patents and has several publications in the PHA field. Allison leads scale-up of Mango Materials’ process and manages lab-scale process optimization.

Anne Schauer-Gimenez, Ph.D.: Vice President of Customer Engagement

Anne received her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (environmental emphasis) in 2008 from Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI) and studied bioaugmentation of anaerobic digestion to enhance methane production. She received her B.S. in Environmental Science from University of Wisconsin–Green Bay in 2000. Dr. Schauer-Gimenez is an environmental microbiologist with expertise in bioreactor design and operation of methanogenic cultures. Dr. Schauer-Gimenez has over 10 years of laboratory experience, including the set-up and operation of a wet chemistry lab at a dairy farm. She also has extensive experience with methane production from various industries (wastewater treatment, landfills, agricultural) and monitored digestion facilities of various sizes (micro-scale to full-scale). At Mango Materials, Anne fosters relationships with customer partners (methane and polymer) and also leads marketing and outreach efforts for the production of biodegradable polymers from waste biogas (methane).

Bill Shelander: Advisor

Bill has experience working as a chemical process engineer for high-volume polyethylene producers and more generally developing emerging technologies into viable businesses for Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Mr. Shelander has over 35 years of venture capital and business development experience as Co-President of JAFCO Ventures and as Managing Director of Pac-Link Ventures, a $380 million venture fund. He has been CEO of a $250M, public company (Micronics Computers NASDAQ: MCRN). Mr. Shelander has a M.B.A. from Stanford University, a M.S.E. in Chemical Engineering from West Virginia College of Graduate Studies and a B.S. in Industrial & Systems Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. Bill advises on the financing efforts and full-scale commercial roll-out plans.