GMU establishes President’s Innovation Advisory Council – Virginia Business Magazine


Focused on tech talent pipeline in NoVa

Concept rendering of George Mason University's Institute for Digital InnovAtion (IDIA) in Arlington
Concept rendering of George Mason University’s Institute for Digital InnovAtion (IDIA) in Arlington

George Mason University President Gregory Washington on Monday announced he has formed an advisory roundtable of nearly 30 regional business executives and community leaders to focus on the university’s innovation initiative.

The President’s Innovation Advisory Council will focus on issues such as GMU’s efforts to increase the pipeline of tech workers. George Mason’s innovation initiative includes $235 million in General Assembly funding to produce approximately 30% of the 25,000 undergraduate and graduate majors as part of the state’s Tech Talent Investment Program.

“These council members have been carefully selected for their knowledge and expertise, and also because they represent industries and organizations that are critical to the ecosystem we want to build,” Washington said in a statement. “We are bringing together community leaders that have a stake and an interest in helping us create an inclusive innovation economy.”

Former Virginia Secretary of Technology Aneesh Chopra, who served as the U.S. government’s first chief technology officer under the Obama administration, will chair the council. He is president of Arlington-based CareJourney, an open data membership service that offers a rating system for physicians,
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