Sarah Jane Maxted
Sarah Jane Maxted is a Research Manager at the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness (ISC) focusing on clusters and regional economic growth. The ISC, run by Dr. Michael Porter, focuses on the study of competition and its implications for company strategy across nations, regions, cities, and broader society as well as developing new theory, and disseminating ideas widely to stakeholders in both the public and private sector. Most recently Sarah Jane worked for Deloitte’s Energy & Resources practice with a focus industrial partnerships, innovative financing, and both R&D and economic development. She has a diverse background in energy ranging from energy policy to clean energy technology commercialization to developing prizes and challenges. She developed and ran the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition where hundreds of start-up companies have formed. While at the DOE she focused on regional clean energy ecosystem development with an emphasis on accelerating technology transfer from the 17 DOE National Laboratories. She has worked for both the private and public sector, and Federal and state levels, over her career including the DOE for both the Secretary of Energy and the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program Office, CGI (consulting firm) in their oil and gas sector as well as for former Senator John F. Kerry. Originally from Colorado, Ms. Maxted went to Duke University where she double majored in Energy Policy and Cultural Anthropology. She has also spent significant time in Washington, D.C. working for President Obama’s Administration.