Christine Smith

Christine is responsible for launching statewide economic development initiatives that maximize the economic impact of science, technology and innovation. In this role, she currently serves as executive director of the Rhode Island Science & Technology Advisory Council (STAC), a coalition of business, academic, medical, and government leaders that works to enhance the state’s R&D-related economic development opportunities by promoting collaboration across institutions, leveraging federal investments, and encouraging entrepreneurship and venture creation through the transfer of new technologies and discoveries into the marketplace. STAC is the state governing committee for NSF RI EPSCoR and administers the Innovate RI Fund. Prior to joining the corporation, Christine managed multiple programs across a variety of sectors including non-profit, education (K-16), business, and government, and she has worked in Washington, D.C., as a registered lobbyist for an international energy corporation.