Cary, NC –The Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster (RTCC) named Susan Sanford as its new executive director, but she isn’t new to RTCC. Sanford served as Director of Membership Development and Engagement before she was promoted to fill the vacancy of Jennifer Bosser, RTCC’s first executive director, who left in September to become Senior Manager of Business Retention for the City of Raleigh.
“Sometimes you get lucky and you don’t have to look far to find exactly what you need,” said Ed White, RTCC’s Chairman. “In our case, we know Susan’s passion for our mission and her work ethic. It was an easy decision.”
Sanford wasn’t the only RTCC veteran to receive a promotion. Emmit Owens was promoted to Manager of Business Recruitment and Retention. He previously served as Manager of Member Services and Programs.
Only one vacancy remains to be filled to complete the RTCC leadership team, Sanford said. She is searching for a Communications and Events Manager to launch new programs.
“We are ready to start 2017 with renewed energy,” said Sanford. “With more than 350 cleantech companies in the region, the scope of learning and opportunities for engagement between cleantech companies, universities, governments, and real estate developers are limitless,” Sanford said.
Before RTCC, Sanford led Futures for Kids (F4K), which connected 300,000 students across the state with employers and mentors to create career plans. Under her leadership, F4K achieved several recognitions, including being named the NC Technology Association’s Nonprofit of the Year and being endorsed by both the NC Chamber and NC State Board of Education. As a marketing strategist at IBM, she created successful events across the country that connected potential clients with IBM product representatives, and most recently, completed a graduate program focused on community economic development and local government.
Sanford holds a Masters in Public Administration and a bachelor’s degree in Journalism the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
RTCC was established in 2012 as a public-private partnership to accelerate the growth of the Research Triangle’s cleantech economy by bringing together government, academia, and industry leaders. RTCC focuses its work in four strategic areas: talent attraction and development, business growth and marketing, community and industry engagement, and membership development. The Research Triangle region is home to more than 350 cleantech companies developing solutions in smart cities, the Internet of Things, smart grid, transportation, and water, advanced manufacturing, renewables, and energy efficiency.