New Executive Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Patricia “Patty” Simonton, our new Executive Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Introducing Patricia “Patty” Simonton, our new Executive Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship! We’re thrilled to have Patty join our team, where she will oversee operations at the Maryland Innovation Center and drive entrepreneurship economic development initiatives. With her extensive experience in startups and social entrepreneurship, Patty brings a wealth of knowledge and leadership to our organization.

Prior to joining us, Patty served as the strategic initiatives manager for the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation, where she played a key role in streamlining the entrepreneurial journey for local businesses. She also led the Be Green Business program at Bethesda Green, guiding the Innovation Lab to federal recognition as an entrepreneurship support program.

Beyond her professional roles, Patty is deeply committed to Maryland’s innovation ecosystem. She currently serves as president of the Maryland Business Innovation Association, where she advocates for policies and programs that support entrepreneurship. As a mentor and former community manager for the Mentor Capital Network, Patty has a track record of supporting entrepreneurs and helping them succeed. Additionally, she is an Activator for the Coralus community, where she focuses on investing in women and non-binary entrepreneurs who are addressing global challenges.

Patty’s educational background includes a degree in International Business from Georgetown University and an MBA from Johns Hopkins University. She has also earned certificates in Entrepreneurship Center Management from the International Business Innovation Association (InBIA) and Impact Measurement and Management for Sustainable Development Goals from Duke University.

We’re excited to welcome Patty to our team as we continue to foster innovation and entrepreneurship in Howard County and beyond. Join us in congratulating Patty on her new role and wishing her success in her endeavors!

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