Staff

 


 

susan_sanford.jpgSusan Sanford
Executive Director, Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster
919-334-4078 - ssanford@researchtriangle.org

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. A collaborative problem solver, Susan created employer and educator advisory groups as means to continuously seek feedback to improve programs and services for multiple stakeholders.

In Wake County, Susan worked with federal, county, and citizen stakeholders to create land-use recommendations for publicly-owned farmland. She is technically skilled in analyzing economic development issues, including labor markets and cluster development, and has 15+ years of experience in business development. 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, Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster
919-334-4076 - eowens@researchtriangle.org

Emmit Owens serves as member recruitment and retention manager of RTCC.

Emmit assists with the implementation of the RTCC’s two-year program of work which focuses on marketing and branding the region as a global cleantech leader, accelerating the growth of the Research Triangle Region’s cleantech sector and developing community and industry engagement within the cleantech community.

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.

 


 

 

Matt_Abele_Picture2.jpgMatt Abele
Communications & Events Manager
919-334-4072 - mabele@researchtriangle.org

As the Communications & Events Manager, Matt oversees the online and offline communication strategies to position the Research Triangle Region as a global leader in the cleantech sector. These strategies encompass RTCC's website, social media, collateral materials, media relations, and email campaigns. Matt also assists the team in developing and organizing a portfolio of events in the region to help engage and connect stakeholders involved in the cleantech space.

Prior to Matt's work at RTCC, he served as a communications specialist for the NC Clean Energy Technology Center. In this role, Matt focused on the development of the clean transportation marketplace in North Carolina. This included organizing regional events and conferences while also overseeing the digital brand of the transportation team.

Matt received his Masters of Communication from North Carolina State University and his Bachelor of Science degree in Appropriate Technology from Appalachian State University.

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