Julie Lenzer

Chief Innovation Officer, University of Maryland

Julie Lenzer has been involved in every part of the entrepreneurial ecosystem, from award winning serial entrepreneur, angel investor and community champion to policy and program oversight in the federal, state, and local government.

The former Director of the US Department of Commerce’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, she is currently Associate Vice President, Innovation and Economic Development and Director of UM Ventures, College Park.

Prior to her political appointment, Julie was the Executive Director of the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship, the co-chair of Startup Maryland as well as co-founder of the Path Forward Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.