I have over 25 years of experience across a range of organizational sizes from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies, including both commercial and not-for-profit organizations. My career has included positions in industries across technology commercialization, entrepreneurship, software development, global research infrastructure, not-for-profit management, mentorship, broadcast, automotive, and several others. I consider myself a thought leader on the topics of persistent identifiers, innovation, technology commercialization, and research infrastructure, and I frequently speak at conferences and contribute to print publications both domestic and international.
I was the second employee of ORCID, a global not-for-profit organization with the mission to address name ambiguity for researchers and serve as a gateway to connect their research activities from disparate sources. As ORCID’s founding Technical Director, I publicly launched and directed ORCID’s member and user offerings for the platform that grew to serve over 5 million users within its first six years.
In prior positions at the Kauffman Foundation, Ford Motor Company and Avid Technology, as well as several start-up/gazelle companies, I worked with organizations to increase product awareness and market share, created and executed business and technical launch plans for new ventures, and sourced and evaluated acquisition targets for a venture-backed industry roll-up.
I joined the Spherical Cow Group consultancy in 2018. My project work helps organizations make dramatic impacts via strategic analysis and development of business and organizational models, new organization/ product launch and innovation, and complex problem-solving.
I earned my Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the MIT Sloan School of Management, my Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Brown University, and my Bachelor of Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology. I serve on the Trust and Identity Program Advisory Group and the Steering Committee (as Vice Chair) of InCommon, the United States identity management federation for research and education institutions. I also serve on the board of Nano Hacker Academy, an educational program that teaches middle and high school student critical thinking and coding. I have served as a reviewer for several Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR, also known as America’s Seed Fund) grant evaluations for the National Science Foundation (NSF).