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Joe Magno

Executive Director

As the Executive Director of the National Institute of Innovation and Technology, Mr. Magno is focused on partnering with clients to ensure the health of the nation’s strategic industry sectors and maintaining U.S. leadership in innovation.  Mr. Magno provides business development and strategic advisement services to select business, academic, and government clients aligned with the mission of the Institute. Prior to moving to North Carolina in 2009 he was a Partner and co-founder of State Partners, LLC, a multi-state procurement consulting partnership and The Capitol Strategies Group, LLC. Prior to forming both groups with his partners, Mr. Magno held positions in Government, Academia, and the Private Sector.

From 1996 to 2001 he held executive leadership positions both within New York State Government and The State University of New York. While at the State University he was responsible for system wide economic development programs and technology deployments across all 64 SUNY campuses. Prior to joining SUNY, he was the Executive Director of the NYS Science and Technology Foundation and Deputy Commissioner at the Empire State Development Corporation where he was responsible for the State’s Economic Development Programs in Nanotech, Biotech, and Energy sectors and oversaw the Centers for Advanced Technologies, Regional Technology Development Organizations, and various other programs including the State’s Venture Capital Fund.

While serving in Government and Academia he advised both the Governor and Legislative Leadership in areas including economic development, technology deployment, and research. His efforts were consequential in a number of significant research and economic development initiatives and resulted in a number of multi-billion-dollar projects focused on Nanotechnology and Biotechnology science that positively impacted the State of New York and and created thousands of jobs in the Nanotech, Biotech and Energy sectors.

Before his involvement in Government and Academia, Mr. Magno successfully founded and led a number of companies that were focused on technology deployment and application. His last company was acquired by a public company and sold to General Electric in 1995.

Throughout his career Mr. Magno has served on select Public and Private Boards including the NYS Science, Technology and Innovation Foundation (NYSTAR), the University at Albany Bioscience Development Center, the NYS Software Network, the NYS Institute for Entrepreneurship, and others. He also served on the Watervliet Arsenal Partnership Board, the Albany Science and Technology Law Center Board of Advisors and the North Carolina Works Commission. Currently, he serves on the Advisory Boards of the Research Triangle Nanotech Network and the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure.

Mr. Magno is the Executive Director of the National Institute for Innovation and Technology (NIIT), overseeing all operations and reporting to the Board.  He has held executive leadership positions in numerous governmental, academic, and the private sector entities where he successfully developed, executed, and reviewed policies and programs in technology and human resource development.  In his current role his deep experience in workforce development and technology policy has allow him to effectively and successfully guide NIIT operations.  His service on both public and private boards including the NYS Science Technology and Innovation Foundation (NYSTAR), the University at Albany Bioscience Development Center, the NYS Software Network, the NYS Institute for Entrepreneurship, the Watervliet Arsenal Partnership Board, the Albany Science and Technology Law Center Board, and the North Carolina Works Commission.  He currently serves on the Advisory Boards of the Research Triangle Nanotech Network and the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure, both NSF funded organizations.

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