University of Minnesota

Meet the Council

Uniting Leaders to Foster Prosperity

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

Since 1986, 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 works to make our nation more productive in a global marketplace.

Council on Competitiveness Board

Executive Committee

Gene D. Block

University of California, Los Angeles

William H. Bohnett

Whitecap Investments

Walter Carter, Jr.

University of Nebraska

Dr. Mung Chiang

Purdue University

James Clements

Clemson University

Jim Clifton

Gallup

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

Randi Weingarten

American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO

David Kwabena Wilson

Morgan State University

W. Randolph Woodson

North Carolina State University

Paul A. Yarossi

HNTB Holding Ltd.

General Membership

Jonathan R. Alger
James Madison University

Tony Allen
Delaware State University

Michael D. Amiridis
University of South Carolina

Joseph E. Aoun
Northeastern University

Dennis Assanis
University of Delaware

Sandy K. Baruah
Detroit Regional Chamber

John Bravman
Bucknell University

Stuart R. Bell
The University of Alabama

Richard Benson
University of Texas at Dallas

Sylvia M. Burwell
American University

Elizabeth Cantwell
Utah State University

Rehan Chaudri
Altan Partners LLC

La Jerne Terry Cornish
Ithaca College

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

Jeff Ettinger
University of Minnesota

Gregory L. Fenves
Emory University

Joan Ferrini-Mundy
University of Maine

Mike Freeman
Innosphere Ventures

Julio Frenk
University of Miami

David A. Greene
Colby College

José-Marie Griffiths
Dakota State University

Bill Hardgrave
University of Memphis

Joseph Harroz, Jr.
University of Oklahoma

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

Sunil Kumar
Tufts University

Rhea Law
University of South Florida

Richard H. Linton
Kansas State University

Michael Lovell
Marquette University

Harold L. Martin
North Carolina A&T

Ronald Mason
University of the District of Columbia

Gary S. May
University of California, Davis
Maurie McInnis
Stony Brook University

John Michel
Skyworks Global

Jennifer Mnookin
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Jere W. Morehead
University of Georgia

Joshua Parker
Ancora

Marc Parlange
Univeristy of Rhode Island

Jeff Peoples
Alabama Power Company

Darryll J. Pines
University of Maryland

Michael T. Plehn
National Defense University

Donde Plowman
University of Tennessee

Susan Poser
Hofstra University

Jason Providakes
The MITRE Corporation

John Pyrovolakis
Innovation Accelerator Foundation

Taylor Randall 
University of Utah

Rodney Rogers
Bowling Green State University

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

Minouche Shafik
Columbia University

Paul P. Skoutelas
Amercian Public Transport Association

G. Gabrielle Starr
Pomona College

Elisa Stephens
Academy of Art University

Steven Stevanovich
SGS Global Holdings

Stephen K. Streiffer
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Elizabeth Stroble
Webster University

Sridhar Sudarsan
Spark Cognition, Inc.

Andrew Thompson
Spring Ridge Ventures

Van Ton-Quinlivan
Future Health

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

Marlene Tromp
Boise State University

Gerald Turner
Southern Methodist University

Martin Vanderploeg
Workiva

Steven Walker
Lockheed Martin Corporation

Gregory Washington
George Mason 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

Steven F. Ashby
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

James Peery
Sandia National Laboratories

John Wagner
Idaho National Laboratory

Michael Witherell
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Kimberly Budil
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Paul Kearns
Argonne National Laboratory

Thomas Mason
Los Alamos National Laboratory

Corporate Partners

Alabama Power Company 

HP Federal

Intel Corporation

Lockheed Martin Corporation

PepsiCo, Inc

University Partners

University of California, Irvine

University of Pennsylvania

National Affiliates

Dean Bartles
Manufacturing Technology Deployment Group

Beth Wainwright
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
AFL-CIO

Jon McIntyre

Harris Pastides

Nolan Pike
Mission Possible Partnership

Luis M. Proenza
University of Akron

Kimberly Reed

Branko Terzic
Berkeley Research Group

Anthony J. Tether

Thomas M. Uhlman
New Venture Partners, 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
Groundswell

Toby Redshaw
Verus Advisory, LLC

Jody Ruth
Redstones LLC

Reuben Sarkar
American Center for Mobility

W. Allen Shapard
APCO Worldwide

Maria-Elena Tierno
Leidos

William Wescott
BrainOxygen, LLC

David B. Williams
The Ohio State University

Office of the President

Deborah L. Wince-Smith
President & CEO
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Chad Evans
Executive Vice President
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Michael Nelson
Vice President
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William Bates
Senior Advisor
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