Susannah Malarkey is the Executive Director of the Technology Alliance, a statewide organization of leaders from technology businesses and research institutions dedicated to Washington's long-term economic success. Through programs, events, research studies, and policy activities, the TA works to advance the three drivers of a vibrant technology-based economy benefiting all of Washington's citizens: excellent education systems, strong research capacity, and a robust entrepreneurial climate.
Malarkey has been the Executive Director of the Technology Alliance since its inception in 1996, and oversees all TA projects and programs. This includes the Alliance of Angels (AoA), a membership group of more than 100 angel investors and members of investment firms who invest in Northwest-based early-stage companies in high-growth sectors. Members of AoA have invested over $35 million in more than 120 companies since 1998. Other signature TA programs include the Science & Technology Discovery Series, the Technology Institute, and the annual State of Technology Luncheon.
Prior to assuming her current position, Malarkey was the Director of Public Policy Programs for the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce for five years. She also served as the Executive Director of Business Volunteers for the Arts from 1987-1995, and spent the five years previous to that working in community outreach and public relations for KCTS, Seattle’s public television station. She has an M.S. in Public Affairs and B.S. in Community Services, both with high honors, from the University of Oregon.
She currently serves on both the Executive and Screening Committees of the Alliance of Angels; is on the national board of the Angel Capital Educational Foundation; chairs the board of trustees of Humanities Washington; serves on the board of Washington Technology Industry Association, and works with various other civic and charitable organizations.
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