Board of Directors



Laura Frerichs,
Board Chair

Director, University of Illinois Research Park and Director, Economic Development for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Sylvia I. Garcia,
Ex-Officio Board Member

Director, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity


TJ Augustine, PhD

Vice Chancellor for Innovation, University of Illinois at Chicago


Jerry Blazey, PhD

Vice President for Research and Innovation Partnerships, Northern Illinois University


Paul Bloom, PhD

Vice President, Process and Chemical Research, Archer Daniels Midland Company


Jim Bray

Director, Corporate Engagement, Northwestern University


Geoff Curtis,

Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Chief Communications Officer, Horizon Therapeutics


James Gillespie, PhD

Director of Scientific Strategies, Sterling Bay


Bob Greenlee, JD

Senior Advisor, Tusk Strategies and Tusk Ventures


Emad Isaac

Vice President, Engineering, Arity


Larry Kuhn

Technology Strategist, Microsoft Chicago


Kumar Natesaiyer, PhD

Vice President, Corporate Innovation Center, USG


Robert Patino, JD

Director, Office of Technology Transfer, Southern Illinois University


Bill Payne, PhD

Executive Director, Science and Technology, Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, University of Chicago


Temitope Sadiku, MBA

Global Head of Digital Employee Experience, The Kraft Heinz Company