University of Minnesota

Meet the Council

Uniting Leaders to Foster Prosperity

Competitiveness is about increasing national productivity and delivering inclusive prosperity for every American.

For more than three decades, the Council on Competitiveness has used its position as a unifier across the competitiveness ecosystem—bringing together members from academia, business, labor, and the national labs—to champion a nonpartisan action agenda that fuels entrepreneurship and spurs the commercialization of new ideas. Through pragmatic policies and priorities that prepare our workforce, attract investment, accelerate the deployment of new technologies, and enhance our innovation infrastructure, the Council strives to make our nation more productive in a global marketplace.

Council on Competitiveness Board

Executive Committee

Thomas R. Baruch

Baruch Future Ventures

Gene D. Block

University of California, Los Angeles

William H. Bohnett

Whitecap Investments

Walter Carter, Jr.

University of Nebraska

James Clements

Clemson University

Jim Clifton


Michael M. Crow

Arizona State University

John J. DeGioia

Georgetown University

Suresh V. Garimella

University of Vermont

Sheryl Handler

Ab Initio

Farnam Jahanian

Carnegie Mellon University

Mehmood Khan

Hevolution Foundation

Pradeep K. Khosla

University of California, San Diego

John May

Deere & Company

James B. Milliken

University of Texas System

Santa J. Ono

University of Michigan

Nicholas T. Pinchuk

Snap-on Incorporated

Michael E. Porter

Harvard Business School

Randi Weingarten

American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO

Harry L. Williams

Thurgood Marshall College Fund

David Kwabena Wilson

Morgan State University

W. Randolph Woodson

North Carolina State University

Paul A. Yarossi

HNTB Holding Ltd.

Robert J. Zimmer

University of Chicago

General Membership

Jonathan R. Alger
James Madison University

Tony Allen
Delaware State University

Michael D. Amiridis
University of Illinois at Chicago

Joseph E. Aoun
Northeastern University

Dennis Assanis
University of Delaware

Katherine Banks
Texas A&M

Eric Barron
Pennsylvania State University

Sandy K. Baruah
Detroit Regional Chamber

Stuart R. Bell
The University of Alabama

Richard Benson
University of Texas at Dallas

Lee C. Bollinger
Columbia University

Robert A. Brown
Boston University

Sylvia M. Burwell
American University

Walter Carter, Jr.
University of Nebraska

Rehan Chaudri
Altan Partners LLC

Mung Chiang
Purdue University

Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr.
Purdue University

David T. Danielson 
Breakthrough Energy Ventures

Ernest J. Dianastasis
The Precisionists, Inc.

Daniel Diermeier
Vanderbilt University

Jeff Donofrio
Business Leaders for Michigan

Taylor Eighmy
The University of Texas at San Antonio

Gregory L. Fenves
Emory University

Robert Ford

Mike Freeman
Innosphere Ventures

Julio Frenk
University of Miami

Patrick D. Gallagher
University of Pittsburgh

E. Gordon Gee
West Virginia University

David A. Greene
Colby College

José-Marie Griffiths
Dakota State University

Philip Hanlon
Dartmouth College

Bill Hardgrave
University of Memphis

Joseph Harroz, Jr.
University of Oklahoma

Gregory P. Hill
Hess Corporation

Thomas Hudson
Jackson State University

Meghan Hughes
Community College of Rhode Island

Eric Isaacs
Carnegie Institution for Science

Steven Isakowitz
The Aerospace Corporation

John Jenkins
University of Notre Dame

Robert E. Johnson
Western New England University

Eric Kaler
Case Western Reserve University

Mark E. Keenum
Mississippi State University

Timothy Killeen
University of Illinois System

Rhea Law
University of South Florida

Richard H. Linton
Kansas State University

Michael Lovell
Marquette University

M. Elizabeth Magill
University of Pennsylvania
Larry Marshall

Ronald Mason
University of the District of Columbia

Gary S. May
University of California, Davis

Sean McGarvey
North America's Building Trades Unions

John Michel
Skyworks Global

Jennifer Mnookin
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Jere W. Morehead
University of Georgia

Santa J. Ono
University of Michigan

Scott Parazynski
Fluidity Technologies

Joshua Parker

Jeff Peoples
Alabama Power Company

Darryll J. Pines
University of Maryland

Michael T. Plehn
National Defense University

Donde Plowman
University of Tennessee

Jason Providakes
The MITRE Corporation

John Pyrovolakis
Innovation Accelerator Foundation

Alex Rogers

Rodney Rogers
Bowling Green State University

Clayton Rose
Bowdoin College

James E. Ryan
University of Virginia

John R. Ryan
Center for Creative Leadership

Timothy Sands
Virginia Tech

John Sharp
The Texas A&M University System

Paul P. Skoutelas
Amercian Public Transport Association

Frederick W. Smith
FedEx Corporation

G. Gabrielle Starr
Pomona College

Elisa Stephens
Academy of Art University

Steven Stevanovich
SGS Global Holdings

Elizabeth Stroble
Webster University

Kumble R. Subbaswamy
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Sridhar Sudarsan
SparkCognition, Inc.

Andrew Thompson
Spring Ridge Ventures

Van Ton-Quinlivan
Future Health

Satish K. Tripathi
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

Gerald Turner
Southern Methodist University

Martin Vanderploeg

Steven Walker
Lockheed Martin Corporation

Gregory Washington
George Mason University

Adam Weinberg
Denison University

Olin L. Wethington
Graham Biosciences LLC

Kim A. Wilcox
University of California, Riverside

Wendy Wintersteen
Iowa State University

John Young
Council on Competitiveness

National Lab Partners

James Peery
Sandia National Laboratories

John Wagner
Idaho National Laboratory

Michael Witherell
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Steven F. Ashby
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Kimberly Budil

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Paul Kearns
Argonne National Laboratory

Thomas Mason
Los Alamos National Laboratory

Corporate Partners

HP Federal

Intel Corporation

Lockheed Martin Corporation

PepsiCo, Inc

University Partners

University of California, Irvine

University of Michigan

University of Pennsylvania

University of Utah

National Affiliates

Dean Bartles
Manufacturing Technology Deployment Group

Jeffrey Finkle
International Economic Development Council

Caron Ogg
ARCS Foundation, Inc. 

David Oxtoby
American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Distinguished Fellows

France Córdova
Science Philanthropy Alliance

Paul Dabbar
Bohr Quantum Technologies

James G. Foggo, USN (Ret.)
Allied Joint Force Command, Naples, Italy

William H. Goldstein
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Bart J. Gordon
K&L Gates LLP

Thomas Hicks
The Mabus Group

Klaus Hoehn
Deere & Company

Paul J. Hommert
Sandia National Laboratories

Lloyd A. Jacobs
University of Toledo

Ray O Johnson
Bessemer Venture Partners

Martha Kanter
College Promise Campaign

Alexander A. Karsner
Elemental Labs
Steven E. Koonin
New York University

Michael Kratsios
Scale AI

R. Brad Lane
Ridge-Lane Limited Partners

Alan P. Larson
Covington & Burling LLP

Edward J. McElroy

Jon McIntyre

Harris Pastides

Luis M. Proenza
University of Akron

Kimberly Reed

Branko Terzic
Berkeley Research Group

Anthony J. Tether

Thomas M. Uhlman
New Venture Partners, LLC

Olin Wethington
Graham Biosciences LLC

Mohammad Zaidi
Braemar Energy Ventures

Senior Fellows

Bray Barnes
Global Security & Innovation Strategies

Jennifer S. Bond
National Science Foundation

Thomas A. Campbell
FutureGrasp, LLC

C. Michael Cassidy
Emory University

Dona L. Crawford
Livermore Lab Foundation

Jerry Haar
Florida International University

Dominik Knoll
AVA Ventures

Alex R. Larzelere
Larzelere & Associates

Abbott Lipsky
Latham & Watkins LLP

Julie Meier Wright
Collaborative Economics

Mark Minevich
Going Global Ventures
Rustom Mody
Vintech NM

Michelle Moore

Toby Redshaw
Verus Advisory, LLC

Jody Ruth
Redstones LLC

Reuben Sarkar
American Center for Mobility

W. Allen Shapard
APCO Worldwide

Maria-Elena Tierno

William Wescott
BrainOxygen, LLC

David B. Williams
The Ohio State University
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