Diane Rucker Steps-Up as Towerside Board ChairAugust 01, 2020
Towerside Innovation District is governed by its volunteer board of directors and supported by the diversity that comes from their partner organizations. The 20-member board initially seated for two years, with potential for a third-year extension, is rich with; talent, knowledge, vision and passion, and includes thought-leaders from a wide array of partners experienced in; higher education institutions, real estate developers, businesses, government, nonprofit organizations, science and engineering, and neighborhood groups.
Joining the board in 2019, Diane Rucker brought applicable expertise well-suited to Towerside’s current development status and future growth. In the summer of 2020 Rucker stepped-up to the position of Chair of the Board of Directors.
Rucker’s passion and commitment to the entire community, her ability to build and maintain relationships with decision makers, diverse constituencies, business leaders, and community members from all walks of life, is only a portion of her credentials.
In her current role, as executive director for University Enterprise Laboratories, she works closely with startup and growth companies, helping them to build and scale a business. Diane is a dynamic leader having established strong alliances between UEL and; local, state and federal governments, healthcare and biotech industry leaders, nonprofit foundations, universities, colleges, and private enterprises.
Rucker has an Executive MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, an M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan, and a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She collaborates with MIT’s Trust Center for Entrepreneurship, and has broad-based business and ecosystem experience around the world, including Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. If that is enough, Diane held leadership roles with Seagate and General Motors.