Jennifer Ireland joined the Innovation Institute with over 20 years of experience in marketing and commercializing new products. At the Innovation Institute, Jennifer assists in the development and marketing of Pitt Ventures programs and competitions while also managing the student intern program for entrepreneurship. Ultimately, like the rest of the team, Jennifer is focused on creating the best environment to see that Pitt’s innovations get every chance to become commercially available to maximize their impact on society and economic development through licensing of technology and the creation of Pitt startups. Prior to the Innovation Institute, Jennifer led and designed the product management function for multiple companies across software, retail, medical device, manufacturing and biotech. She has continually focused on advocating for the customer and ensuring business decisions are influenced by relevant, market intelligence. Jennifer has a BA in Communications from the University of Pittsburgh.