Working with SSTI since 1998, Mark Skinner is a lead developer for SSTI’s annual conference content and served as the editor of the SSTI Weekly Digest. He was the principal author or a co-author on a number of publications, including A Resource Guide for Technology-based Economic Development and State and Federal Perspectives on the SBIR Program. Mark also is founding Director of the Regional Innovation Acceleration Network (RIAN), a federally funded project striving to make public-private investments in innovation-based growth more efficient while achieving greater impact. Applying systems thinking to regional development strategies, RIAN is working to establish a national network of existing and emerging nonprofit Venture Development Organizations for peer-to-peer sharing of information, best/common practices and collaborative investment and entrepreneurship opportunities.
Mark received his B.A. in Urban and Regional Planning from Miami University (Oxford, OH).