Executives

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Deirdre Hanford – Chief Executive Officer & Trustee

Hanford was appointed Chief Executive Officer and Trustee of Natcast, Inc. in January 2024. Prior to Natcast, Hanford served as an executive at Synopsys, a technology and market leader in electronic design automation and semiconductor design intellectual property. Over the span of thirty-six years, Hanford’s roles included being Chief Security Officer, Co-General Manager of the Synopsys Design Group, and leader of a variety of customer engagement, applications engineering, sales and marketing groups.

Trustees

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Robin Abrams, Interim Chair

Robin Abrams has over four decades of experience in building and operating technology companies and start-ups. Prior leadership roles include service as Interim CEO of ZILOG, Inc., a provider of integrated microcontroller products; CEO of Firefly Communications, Inc.; CEO of VeriFone, a world leader in payment and commerce solutions; and President of Apple Americas. She earned her B.A. and J.D. from the University of Nebraska.

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Craig R. Barrett

Craig R. Barrett is the retired CEO and Chairman of Intel Corporation, where he rose through the ranks to become Chief Operating Officer in 1993, President in 1997, Chief Executive Officer in 1998 and served as Chairman of the Board of Directors from 2005 to 2009. Today, he is an advocate for improving science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. He earned his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from Stanford University.

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L. Reginald (Reggie) Brothers

L. Reginald (Reggie) Brothers is a Principal with MIT Lincoln Laboratory and an Operating Partner at AE Industrial. He served as CEO of BigBear.ai; CTO of Peraton; and Principal with The Chertoff Group. Prior, he served as Under Secretary, Science and Technology, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Deputy Assistant Secretary, Research, U.S. Department of Defense; as well as senior roles at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, BAE Systems, Draper Laboratory, Envoy Networks, and Lincoln Laboratory. He earned his B.S.E.E. from Tufts University, M.S.E.E. from Southern Methodist University, and Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Nicholas (Nick) Donofrio

Nicholas (Nick) Donofrio is a 44–year IBM veteran who led IBM’s technology and innovation strategies from 1997 until his retirement in October 2008. He was also the Vice Chairman of the IBM International Foundation and the Chairman of the Board of Governors for the IBM Academy of Technology. His most recent responsibilities included IBM Research, Governmental Programs, Technical Support & Quality, Corporate Community Relations, and Environmental Health & Product Safety. He holds seven technology patents and is a member of numerous technical and science honor societies. He earned his B.S.E.E. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and M.S.E.E. from Syracuse University.

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Donna L. Dubinsky

Donna L. Dubinsky is an entrepreneur best known as CEO of Palm Computing and Handspring, pioneers of the first successful handheld computers and smartphones. She co-founded and served as Chair/CEO of Numenta since 2005, where she continues to act as Chair. Donna recently served as Senior Counselor to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. She also served on the Board of Yale University from 2006-2018, including two years as Senior Trustee; and was a director of Intuit from 1999-2006. She earned a B.A. from Yale University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

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Erica R.H. Fuchs

Erica R.H. Fuchs is Professor of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University, and by courtesy, Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy. She is the founding Director of the National Network for Critical Technology Assessment, and was the founding Director of Carnegie Mellon University’s Manufacturing Futures Initiative, which today is an endowed Institute. She serves on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Corporation Visiting Committee for the MIT Institute for Data, Systems and Society. She earned her Ph.D., SM, and SB degrees from MIT.