Susannah Malarkey is the executive director of the Technology Alliance (TA) - www.technology-alliance.com - a statewide organization of leaders from technology businesses and research institutions dedicated to Washington's long-term economic success. Susannah has been the executive director of the Technology Alliance since its inception in 1996.
The TA has created programs that include the Alliance of Angels (AoA), a membership group of 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 $50 million in more than 100 companies since 1998. Other signature TA programs include the Science & Technology Discovery Series, the Technology Institute, the Innovation Showcase and the annual State of Technology Luncheon. The TA has published reports and studies on issues including the economic impact of technology based employment, benchmarking Washington's competitiveness, defining quality higher education, access to early-stage capital, and technology commercialization.
Susannah currently serves on the Alliance of Angels board and screening committee (www.allianceofangels.com) and on the boards of the Washington Technology Industry Association (www.washingtontechnology.org) and Humanities Washington (www.humanities.org). She is a former board member of the Angel Capital Education Foundation, an organization devoted to education and research in the field of angel investing.
The TA is deeply involved in improving K-12 and higher education and is an active member of two coalitions to advance ed reform: www.excellentschoolsnow.org and www.ourschoolscoalition.org. The TA also works to advance STEM education in both K-12 and higher education.
Susannah is a fifth-generation Northwesterner with a large, wonderful, and eclectic extended family. She is the proud mother of a 2009 Wheaton College graduate (the liberal one in Massachusetts.) She herself is a University of Oregon grad who got two degrees there during the dark days of really bad Duck football. She is an active urban vegetable gardener and loves to cook, can, and share the food she grows. Her management philosophy is to "put the ducks in the water and the squirrels in the trees" so everyone is most productive. She has gotten better at differentiating ducks and squirrels over the years.