Matt Gardner
Chief Executive Officer

Matt Gardner is the founder and chief executive of the California Technology Council. Matt brings together backgrounds in economic development, nonprofit management and startups in his approach to building the CTC. Prior to the CTC, Matt was a Senior Vice President at TechAmerica, and has a track record of leadership at organizations including BayBio and the Technology Council of Maryland. Click here for Matt's biography.


As the Chief of CTC's rapidly developing Foundation, Tina Olson is a driving influence in both CTC's Southern California presence and it's long-term outlook. As a leader in both marketing and nonprofit industries, she plays a vital role in CTC's efforts to bring innovators together from all industries.

Ms. Olson’s career has been focused on providing strategic expertise for the development and management of client programs. These activities include assessment, market evaluation, financial evaluation, customer needs assessment and analysis. While identifying and evaluating opportunities for new and existing systems, processes, and products, she defines the program roadmap in the long, mid, and short term. Olson delivers tangible and sustainable competitive advantages for businesses, strategic planning, and integrated marketing and branding communications. She has held senior positions at several major media marketing companies.


Stuart Robbins joined the California Technology Council two years ago, accepting the role of Advisory CIO in January 2018. In this role, Stuart drives the organization's efforts to build processes that enable collaboration and knowledge sharing, with systems that will empower members to connect and make the most of their CTC engagement. 

Read Stuart's Leadership Profile on OUR BLOG HERE.


Doug was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, where he attended the University of Washington, obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Microbiology and a Master’s degree in Public Administration. After leaving the great Pacific Northwest for sunnier California, Doug worked in various sales and research positions before joining Fisher Scientific in San Diego in 1983. He spent 15 years with Fisher, working in sales and sales management, mostly with pharma and startup biotech companies, earning several performance awards.

Doug moved to Bio-Rad laboratories in 1999, assuming the role of National Sales Manager, responsible for all research product sales. While at Bio-Rad, Doug undertook numerous substantial changes to the organization and supporting processes, including deployment of sales force automation, revamping of compensation, restructuring of national accounts, deployment of a new pharma sales team, and development of a new third-party distribution plan. From Sales, Doug moved into operations at Bio-Rad, spending three years managing North American sales support, including order entry, tech support, field service, and inside sales. While in operations, Doug managed several large programs, including deployment of web-based service automation, reorganization of field applications support, and development of an automated consignment inventory program.


John R.A. McSherry is a seasoned executive who resides in the Bay Area of California. He is a graduate of the University of Richmond, VA. He has held roles of increasing responsibility in multiple functions for organizations such as F.Hoffmann-LaRoche, Genentech, Bio-Rad Laboratories, Baxter Healthcare International, and Quintiles Transnational. McSherry has served the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) since 2013 and had been a Member of the California Life Science Association (previously BayBio) since 2006. In 2016, he was the Program Chair for the BIO International Convention which hosted ~16,000 Life Science, Medical Device, Digital Health and Precision Medicine executives. He has written and consulted on numerous aspects of PharmacoEconomics, guiding optimal healthcare resource allocation in a standardized and scientifically grounded manner. He has negotiated Global and National Master Supply and Licensing Agreements with virtually every Pharma / Biotech and partnered with over a dozen large Medical Device organizations. Additionally, he has negotiated and executed a GSA agreement, a NIH price agreement and responded to and won foreign Government tenders. 


Daniel S. Levine is an award-winning business journalist who has reported on the life sciences, economic development, and business policy issues throughout his 25-year career. He founded Levine Media Group in 2013 to provide strategic communications to life sciences companies. He is also host of the weekly podcasts The Bio Report and RARECast. Levine most recently served as managing director of publications for Burrill & Company, a global financial services firm focused exclusively on the life sciences. There he headed corporate communications, served as editor of The Burrill Report, a monthly digital publication focused on the business of the life sciences, and hosted the publication’s weekly podcast. Since 2011, he’s served as the lead editor and writer of Burrill & Company’s acclaimed annual book on the biotech industry. His work with Burrill & Company began through the firm’s joint venture magazine startup The Journal of Life Sciences, where he led the creation of the publication’s website and served as web editor before advancing to editor. Click here for Daniel's biography.

MIchael pacholec
clean acres director

Michael is the Director of the Clean Acres Program, an initiative bringing together members and stakeholders focused on best practices in facilities management and operations.  From facilities design to security, and from energy efficiency to project finance, the Clean Acres Program provides insights into the challenges faced by innovative companies every day. Previously, Michael was key in the successful launch of ProspectSV, an Urban Innovation Center, which delivered solutions in Transportation, Energy, and Built Environment projects, providing support to entrepreneurs and startup companies.  Prior to joining ProspectSV, Michael worked in Environmental Policy at the Bay Area Council, developing membership in the Cleantech sector as well as performing a feasibility study for a technical assistance training program in water resource management for farming in the Mekong River Delta of SE Asia.  He has a degree in Environmental Science from the University of Portland.  On the weekends, Michael enjoys mountain biking, running, winemaking, and scuba diving‎.

Director of Member services

Carey Kopay is an established nonprofit leader in the California science community. Prior to the CTC, Carey served as Executive Director of the Edward Teller Education Center. She has also served as a board member and chair of the Bay Area Biotechnology Education Consortium. In other experience, Carey served as chair of a Chabot College Student Learning Outcomes initiative, and the Health Science Advisory Committee of Las Positas College.

Director of Talent Initiative Services

Stephanie comes to CTC with a strong background in technology association services. She spent many years supporting members in Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI), the leading global industry association for semiconductor and electronics companies.


Kelly is an energy entrepreneur, finance and business development professional with a passion for bringing new technologies to market in both the public and private sectors.  Kelly helped launch, manage and promote the Next Generation Buildings program for technology commercialization accelerator, Prospect Silicon Valley, mentoring a dozen smart buildings and IoT startups.  Prior to ProspectSV, he was Senior Director of Global Business at AutoGrid Systems where he led a start-up team developing an advanced software-based Big Data and analytics platform to leverage data to assist electric utilities to realize value on their Smart Grid investments.  In this role, he also worked on both CEC and DOE funded grant projects.  Kelly has also led the public-private partnership Climate Prosperity were he launched the Smart Energy Enterprise Development zone to help implement and procure smart grid and building technologies over a five square mile group of office parks in Silicon Valley.  He has also worked with the Electric Power Research Institute, as an entrepreneur with several startups and as an Investment Banker.  He is currently a founding advisor to a stealth startup company focusing on smart energy optimization and monitoring systems for electric utility companies.