Principal and Owner
Catherine Renault is Principal and Owner, Innovation Policyworks, LLC, Brunswick, Maine — an innovation strategy and evaluation firm focused on the development, measurement and practice of effective state and regional innovation-based policies and programs. Innovation Policyworks helps policymakers and executives responsible for innovation and entrepreneurship programs be sure they are delivering the most effective and cost-effective assistance to companies in their region. Her services include evaluation, policy research, strategy development and program management.
Cathy has 27 years of experience in state technology-based economic development and evaluation. She was the director of the Maine Office of Innovation, and science advisor to Gov. John Baldacci. Her previous state role was as managing director of Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology where she was responsible for entrepreneurship and access to capital policy as well as statewide technology transfer initiatives. In between, she led the innovation consulting practice at RTI International, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. She also spent 10 years in the private sector including with AT&T and Data General.