Director of Data & Policy
Matthew Bragg is Director of Data and Policy at the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition (ISTC). Matt is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Illinois Innovation Index – the ISTC’s quarterly data publication tracking and benchmarking the state’s innovation performance. In this role, he manages relationships with Index partners to collect unique data and provide valuable insight on the state’s STEM talent, R&D, and entrepreneurship ecosystems. Matt also oversees ISTC’s policy advocacy efforts in Springfield and D.C., which focus on economic development through effective research & commercialization, entrepreneurship, and immigration policies.
Prior to joining the ISTC, Matt worked as a Research Analyst at the Blackstone Group, managing research and data analysis projects for Fortune 500 clients. He has also held research, policy, and data analysis positions at the Oregon State University, the Oregon Department of Energy, and the Center for Neighborhood Technology. He holds a B.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Public Policy from Oregon State University.