Michelle Lennihan Monson

Senior Policy Advisor

Michelle Lennihan Monson has focused her career on the intersection of science and technology policy, and the strategic planning of economic and workforce development. Ms. Monson served as the Director of Policy Studies for the Council on Competitiveness (CoC) and Associate Director of its Center for Regional Innovation. The CoC is a non-profit membership organization comprised of the nation’s top CEOs, university presidents and labor leaders. Ms. Monson served as the Director of Special Initiatives for SSTI, a nationwide network of practitioners and policymakers dedicated to improving the economy through science and technology. She also held the position of Senior Consultant for New Economy Strategies organizing regional policy forums and “hot teams” to develop viable business plans for technology opportunities in the clients’ cities.

In addition to her regional and state-level work, Ms. Monson’s projects partnered on the national level with the Department of Commerce, Department of Labor and the National Governor’s Association (NGA). Ms. Monson co-authored the Governor’s Guide to Strengthening State Science and Technology Capacity, which capped off a year-long project with the NGA chaired by former Michigan Governor, John Engler. She has spoken on industry clusters and regional innovation at various conferences, including a keynote at the European Union (EU) Seminar on Cluster Policy in Denmark. Ms. Monson has served as a panel moderator and contributor in national and international settings. She was an external reviewer for the National Science Foundation’s Science and Engineering Indicators.

Ms. Monson holds a Master in Public Policy from the Georgetown Public Policy Institute at Georgetown University and a BA in Criminal Justice from The George Washington University. Ms. Monson is the proud mother of four children, and an Air Force spouse.