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Sarah Jane (SJ) Maxted

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MIT Task Force on the Work of the FutureAssociate Director

Maxted accelerates innovation ecosystems and the systems that drive innovation and entrepreneurship. She holds a position on the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Innovation Ecosystems and seeks to find new ways to support entrepreneurs and innovation ecosystems. She has a deep understanding of the role of the public and private sector, and the critical role each play in supporting the advancement of technology and innovation. She advises start-ups, incubators/accelerators, prizes/challenges, and other strategic interventions globally.

She works closely with regional innovation ecosystem interventions including those in Oregon, Massachusetts and Colorado. She has supported other key initiatives at MIT such as The Engine, an early stage venture capital firm focused on tough technology that will enhance the world. She also scaled an MIT start-up, the MIT Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program working across 40+ regions to develop their regional innovation ecosystems. At Harvard Business School’s Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness, managed and launched the U.S. Cluster Mapping Project which centers on industry-cluster growth strategies and regional economic development. She also spent time working on innovation ecosystems, technology transfer and commercialization at the U.S. Department of Energy and 17 DOE National Laboratories. And, she founded the inaugural DOE National Clean Energy Business Plan, DOE Tribal Clean Energy Summit, and MIT iEcosystem Symposium.

Originally from Durango, Colorado, she graduated from Duke University studying the intersection of policy, business and society. She spent significant time in D.C. working for the Obama Administration as well as working for Senator John Kerry (D-MA) earlier in her career.