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National Commission

The United States has stood apart from the rest of the world during the past half-century in its record of sustained innovation – across industries old and new, and through the ups and downs of economic cycles – yet today faces new realities and imperatives transforming the context for innovation leadership.

Rapid and accelerating changes in technology have contributed to a turbulent and transforming nature of innovation beyond anything experienced in human history, creating new opportunities for nations around the world to develop their own, distinctive innovation ecosystems. The world today is dramatically more interconnected and fast-paced, making real the potential to spark imagination through shared ideas and networks. The increased access to constantly evolving tools of innovation and emerging business models allow the individual and institution alike to discover, conceptualize, develop and scale a disruptive innovation.

In that vein, the Council launched a new, flagship initiative, the National Commission on Innovation and Competitiveness Frontiers (Commission). The Commission is a multi-year national movement to transform the way in which we innovate across the United States, and to drive long-term productivity and inclusive prosperity.

The National Commissioners kicked of their efforts in a first meeting on August 7, 2019 (learn more about the meeting by reading its summary, Launch). In addition to shaping and reviewing the Commission’s workplan and core themes, the Commissioners committed to nominating experts and leaders across U.S. industry, academia, national labs, labor, and the venture and foundation space to constitute a series of critical policy-generating Working Groups – in essence, the “Commission Community.” This Community gathered for the first time at Arizona State University on January 16, 2020 to begin their efforts in drafting a new innovation movement and agenda for the nation, based on four key and connected pillars:

  • Developing and Deploying at Scale Disruptive Technologies
  • Exploring the Future of Sustainable Production and Consumption
  • Optimizing the Environment for the National Innovation System
  • Unleashing Capabilities for Work and Entrepreneurship

Please check back often for the latest updates as the Commission embarks on this new path to move the United States beyond resiliency and into a position to thrive, not in spite of turbulence and transformation, but because of it.


Brian T. Moynihan, Chair

Bank of America

Lonnie Stephenson, Labor Vice-chair


Deborah L. Wince-Smith, President and CEO

Council on Competitiveness

Thomas Zacharia,

Oak Ridge National Laboratory


Steven F. Ashby
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Dennis Assanis
University of Delaware

Thomas R. Baruch
Baruch Future Ventures

Mark Becker
Georgia State University

John Chachas
Methuselah Advisors

Jim Clifton

Mark Crosswhite
Alabama Power Company

Michael M. Crow
Arizona State University

Victor Dzau
National Academy of Medicine

Taylor Eighmy
The University of Texas at San Antonio

Patricia Falcone
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Greg Fenves
Emory University

Janet Foutty

Wayne A.I. Frederick
Howard University

W. Kent Fuchs
University of Florida

Joan Gabel
University of Minnesota

Sheryl Handler
Ab Initio

Gregory P. Hill
Hess Corporation

Charles O. Holliday, Jr.
Holliday Resources

G. Michael Hoover
Sundt Construction

Steven Isakowitz
The Aerospace Corporation

Robert E. Johnson
Western New England University

Paul Kearns
Argonne National Laboratory

Pradeep K. Khosla
University of California, San Diego

Timothy L. Killeen
University of Illinois System

René Lammers
PepsiCo, Inc.
Rhea Law
University of South Florida

Thomas Mason
Los Alamos National Laboratory

Gary S. May
University of California, Davis

Jonathan McIntyre
Motif FoodWorks, Inc.

Om Nalamasu
Applied Ventures, LLC

Scott Parazynski
Fluidity Technologies

Joshua Parker

James Peery
Sandia National Laboratories

Nolan Pike
Electrolux North America

Darryll Pines
University of Maryland

Rory Riggs
Balfour, LLC

Alex Rogers

M. David Rudd
University of Memphis

Edward Seidel

University of Memphis

Elisa Stephens
Academy of Art University

Steven Stevanovich
SGS Global Holdings

Sridhar Sudarsan
SparkCognition, Inc.

Andrew Thompson
Summit Schools

Martin Vanderploeg

John Wagner
Idaho National Laboratory

Steven Walker
Lockheed Martin

Kim Wilcox
University of California, Riverside

Wendy Wintersteen
Iowa State University

Michael Witherell
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

W. Randolph Woodson
North Carolina State University
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