Ms. Rebecca O. Bagley is president and chief executive officer of NorTech, a regional nonprofit technology-based economic development organization that serves 21 counties in Northeast Ohio. As a catalyst for growing Northeast Ohio’s technology industries, NorTech is leading an effort to develop regional innovation clusters that will spur job creation, capital attraction, and long-term positive economic impact.
Ms. Bagley joined NorTech in July 2009, bringing a wealth of experience and leadership as a nationally recognized expert in technology-based economic development. Ms. Bagley leads the organization’s effort to develop regional technology clusters and make the region’s economy more economically diverse by supporting and nurturing Northeast Ohio’s most promising technology projects and initiatives. Ms. Bagley connects with regional, state and federal government leaders to raise the visibility of Northeast Ohio’s technology assets and drive funding to the region. Recently, Ms. Bagley and her team worked in partnership with the White House to organize the first “Winning the Future Forum on Small Business” with President Obama and five cabinet level officials.
Previously Ms. Bagley served as Deputy Secretary for the Technology Investment Office of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). In that capacity, she was responsible for the administration of several major state initiatives with a total of $79 million in yearly appropriations, and more than $1.7 billion in investments. She also managed the passage of $650 million for Pennsylvania’s Energy Independence Fund. She previously served as Director of Venture Investment for DCED and managed venture and real estate investment programs. Before joining DCED, Ms. Bagley worked for several investment banks, most notably JPMorgan Chase, where she advised energy and technology companies on merger and acquisitions and raising capital in the high yield-bond group and oil and gas group.
Ms. Bagley is a frequent guest speaker at regional, state and national conferences and meetings on the topics of regional innovation cluster development and measurement for technology-based economic development initiatives and programs. Ms. Bagley serves on several boards and advisory councils including the National Association of Seed and Venture Funds (NASVF); State Science Technology Institute (SSTI) - Finance Committee Chair; Department of Commerce Innovation Advisory Board; Senator Sherrod Brown’s Ohio Export Advisory Group; TechBelt Executive Committee; The Oberlin Project – A Clinton Climate Initiative; Cleveland State University Fenn College of Engineering Visiting Committee; Sustainable Cleveland 2019 Advisory Council; Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center Advisory Board; Ohio Wright Center for Sensor Systems Engineering; BioEnterprise; and JumpStart. She is also a member of the Leadership Cleveland Class of 2011.
Ms. Bagley has been recognized for her leadership in Crain’s Cleveland Business 2010 “Who’s Who in Northeast Ohio” list and the 2010 and 2011 Inside Business “Power 100” lists. Ms. Bagley holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
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