Matt Gardner
chief executive officer

Matt Gardner is the chief executive of the California Technology Council and the Founding Director of the Center for Science, Technology, and Society of William Jessup University.

Matt previously founded or cofounded industry organizations including the California Cybersecurity Information Sharing Organization, BioCalifornia, California Business Incubation Alliance, the California Technology Council, Bay Area Bioscience Association, and the California Biotechnology PAC. Matt has served as the chief executive of the California Technology Council, Cancer Commons, BayBio and the Maryland Bioscience Alliance. He is an active member of the board in innovation bodies including the Technology Councils of North America, California Cybersecurity Task Force, and the Information Sharing and Analysis Organizations Standards Organization. Matt is currently chair of the National Council of Registered ISAOs.

He has served as a member of the adjunct faculty at the University of San Francisco in the Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the School of Management. 

Matt has also had a hand as a co-founder, early board member and advisor to a number of startups including Ruly, LNG Energy, TriGuard Risk Solutions, Bioxiness, Farmatic, Jujama, the Patent & License Exchange, and others.

Matt Gardner is author or co-author of publications on innovation including “California Tool Works,” a landmark study of incubators and accelerators in California, “Approaching Zero” and “A Future at Risk,” studies on the delicate ecosystem for seeding new companies, and the award-winning “Impact” annual reports on life sciences.

Matt is a contributing writer to “Medtech Insight” and several other publications. He is also executive producer of the radio program Tech Nation, heard on NPR, SiriusXM and American Forces Radio. His campaigns have won awards including the Silver Anvil Award of the Public Relations Society of America, for the BayBio’s “Impact” reports, and an Emmy Award for the “Behind the Science of Life” television campaign.

He was, until recently, chairman of the board of Seeding Labs, a non-profit based in Cambridge, Massachusetts which improves science capacity at institutions in the developing world. He has also served on the board of the Exploratorium Lab, a science museum in the San Francisco Bay Area. Matt has demonstrated leadership in the community through previous board memberships including the California Association for Local Economic Development, Team California, California Commission for Economic Development, the Alameda County Workforce Investment Board, the Maryland Technology Development Center, and Montgomery Works, the workforce board in Montgomery County, Maryland. He has served on boards at the Council of State Bioscience Associations, University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University. Matt chaired organizations including the State Medical Technology Alliance, Maryland Venture Capital Task Force, Maryland Clinical Development Initiative, and US-Queensland Bioscience Business Council, while serving as the U.S. biotechnology leader for the state government of Queensland, Australia.

He served as a founder and chair of the life science innovation boards for two members of Congress, Rep. Barbara Lee (California, 13th) and Rep. Jackie Speier (California, 14th). He is the co-author of legislation including Maryland’s angel investment credit and California’s tax treatment of net operating losses for innovative companies, and regulations including California’s “L” occupancy code allowing life sciences research to expand vertically above the second floor.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and his Master of Arts in History, both from the University of San Diego. His Master's thesis, entitled The Seeds of Innovation, explored the roots of San Diego's biotech and telecommunications industry development.