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National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE) Board

Non-Voting Federal Ex-Officio Co-Chairs

  • Alejandra Y. Castillo, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development, U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration
  • Dr. Sethuraman Panchanathan, Director, National Science Foundation
  • Kathi Vidal, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office

Voting Non-Federal Co-Chairs


  • Byron G. Auguste, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Opportunity@Work
  • Patricia Beckmann, Founder and Managing Director, BioStrategy
  • Melissa Bradley, Founder, Managing Partner, & General Partner, 1863 Ventures
  • Allie Burns, Chief Executive Officer, Village Capital
  • Christopher Chung, Chief Executive Officer, Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina
  • Sherrese Clarke Soares, Founder & CEO, HarbourView Equity Partners
  • Michael Crow, President, Arizona State University
  • Lisa Feria, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Partner, Stray Dog Capital
  • Annette Finsterbusch, President/CEO, EnPower, Inc.; Entrepreneur in Residence, OralKeen
  • Brit Fitzpatrick, Managing Director of National Entrepreneurship Programs, Walker's Legacy
  • Aziz Gilani, General Partner & Managing Director, Mercury Fund
  • Orin Herskowitz, Executive Director, Columbia Technology Ventures; Senior Vice President for Applied Innovation and Industry Partnerships, Columbia University
  • Neil Kane, Director, Curriculum and Capstone Advising, ESTEEM (Engineering, Science, and Technology Entrepreneurship Excellence Master's) Graduate Program, University of Notre Dame
  • David Kenney, President & Executive Director, VertueLab
  • Wendy Lea, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Energize Colorado
  • Ian McClure, Associate Vice President for Research, Innovation and Economic Impact, University of Kentucky
  • Senofer Mendoza, Founder and General Partner, Mendoza Ventures
  • Rachel Meyers, Chief Science Officer, Faze Medicines
  • Nate Mook, CEO, World Central Kitchen
  • Bill Provine, Chief Executive Officer, Delaware Innovation Space
  • Ryan Ramkhelawan, Co-Founder/Managing Partner, Lasting Machine Ventures; Entrepreneur in Residence, Opportunity Health; VP Venture Development, Start Co.
  • Aimee Rose, Executive Managing Director, Activate.org
  • Laura Sachar, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, StarVest Partners
  • Peter Scher, Vice Chairman, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Liz Shuler, President, American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations
  • Grace Simrall, Chief of Civic Innovation & Technology, Louisville Metro Government
  • Dug Song, Chief Strategy Officer, Cisco Security
  • Tamara Steffens, Managing Director, Thomson Reuters Venture Fund

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