Sarah Jane Maxted


Sarah Jane Maxted accelerates innovation ecosystems whether it is within an institution or in the community, a broader region, or globally. This is clearly highlighted by her current position leading the MIT Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program (MIT REAP) where she fosters innovation and entrepreneurial (I&E) growth strategies for regions globally. Her responsibilities at MIT also include being a Director in the MIT Sloan Global Programs as well as mentoring and evaluating start-ups, and serving on several I&E boards across the Institute. Of note, she launched the inaugural MIT Innovation Ecosystem Symposium. At Harvard Business School’s Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness, Sarah Jane managed and launched the U.S. Cluster Mapping Project (USCMP) which centers on industry-cluster growth strategies and regional economic development. She spent time working on innovation ecosystems, technology transfer and commercialization at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and 17 DOE National Laboratories. Of note, she founded and launched the inaugural DOE National Clean Energy Business Plan (1000+ startups). Outside of formal engagements listed below, she also strategically advises and independently contracts to energy start-up companies as well as incubator/accelerators and prize/challenge initiatives globally. Originally from Colorado, she went to Duke University where she double majored in policy and cultural anthropology and minored in dance. She has also spent significant time in Washington, D.C. working for President Obama’s administration.