susan_sanford.jpgSusan Sanford
Executive Director
O: 919-334-4078

Susan brings a broad mix of skills and personal traits to her role as the Executive Director of the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster (RTCC). Susan was the Executive Director at Futures for Kids (F4K) and built the organization from a start-up to a sustainable organization through creating and cultivating relationships over her 10-year tenure. In Wake County, Susan worked with federal, county, and citizen stakeholders to create land-use recommendations for publicly-owned farmland.

Through her work in rural and urban North Carolina and overseas in South Korea, Susan is highly competent in working with people from different backgrounds and cultures. 

Susan holds a Masters in Public Administration and a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from UNC-Chapel Hill. 

Emmit_Headshot.jpgEmmit Owens
Member Recruitment and Retention Manager
O: 919-334-4076

Emmit Owens serves as member recruitment and retention manager of RTCC. Previously, Emmit served as a regional coordinator for the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, where he focused on the growth of the biotechnology sector in southeastern North Carolina. His duties included collecting and analyzing metrics to create insightful reports used to market and brand regional assets and develop action plans.

Emmit received his Masters of Public Administration from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and his Bachelor of Arts degree in government from Campbell University.

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