Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster Names New Executive Director

Deb Wojcik to lead RTCC with extensive experience advancing innovation and building stakeholder networks

RALEIGH, N.C. (AUGUST 9, 2021) - The Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster (RTCC), an initiative of business, government, academic and nonprofit leaders focused on accelerating the growth of the regional and state-wide cleantech economy, has announced that Deb Wojcik was unanimously chosen by the RTCC board as the organization’s new Executive Director, effective August 1. Deb succeeds Emmit Owens, who had served as Interim Executive Director and will continue as the Membership Recruitment and Retention Manager of RTCC.


In announcing Wojcik’s appointment, David Hatcher, Chair of the RTCC Board of Directors said, “The board is excited to have Deb join us as Executive Director, especially at this critical time of opportunity for the growth of clean technology. She brings more than 20 years of experience in addressing environmental issues across multiple sectors, with a focus on accelerating innovation. We are confident that her leadership will help create value for our new and existing members in executing RTCC’s mission to advance cleantech in the Triangle region and beyond.”

“On behalf of the RTCC board, we also want to thank Emmit for his hard work and leadership during the transition and search process. He has been, and continues to be, an integral part of RTCC’s success through support and expansion of our membership,” said RTCC board chair Hatcher.

In accepting the appointment, Wojcik said, “I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to continue RTCC’s work to address the challenges of climate change and the opportunities of the clean energy transition through the innovative technologies developed by our members. Through our focus on cleantech innovation, we can build connections across several sectors to expand the impact of cleantech in the Triangle area and beyond. I’m looking forward to working with our members and expanding our network of collaborators to fulfill RTCC’s vision of creating sustainable communities through cleantech innovation and adoption.”

Before joining RTCC, Wojcik was Managing Director of Graduate Programs & Services for the Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University, and the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, where she focused on building innovative programs, industry engagement, and career development. She held previous positions with the North Carolina Coastal Federation, the North Carolina Estuarine Research Reserve, University of Florida, and Stanford University. Wojcik earned a PhD from the University of Florida focused on adaptive management, environmental education and communication, and community-based natural resource management, with doctoral work in the Okavango Delta region of Botswana. She holds a master’s degree from Duke University in environmental management and science education.

Among RTCC’s priorities is the integration of the recently-adopted strategic plan with insights supplied by the Fuqua Client Consulting Practicum to focus on building a more inclusive cleantech network through an expanded membership of industry, university, and municipal partners.

About Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster (RTCC)

The Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster (RTCC) is an initiative of business, government, academic and nonprofit leaders working to accelerate the region’s cleantech economy through collaboration and partnerships that promote innovation and sector growth. For more information, visit

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Deb Wojcik
Executive Director
Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster
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