Pike Powers is the Chairman of the Board of the Texas Foundation for Innovative Communities and the chairman of the Texas Technology Initiative – a culmination of activities beginning with his role in bringing both MCC and Sematech to Texas in the 1980’s. As the former partner-in-charge of Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.’s Austin office, Pike has provided unique civic, political, and technical leadership to several statewide projects, institutions and entrepreneurial firms. It was during his tenure as executive assistant to Governor Mark White in 1983 that Pike began the planning and organizational tactics for attracting two of the nations’s most ambitious projects around global competitiveness in electronics. Pike has chaired or served on the board of numerous civic and economic development initiatives in Austin and the State including as Vice Chairman of the Governor’s Science and Biotechnology Council in 2002. He is widely viewed as one of the senior voices on technology development and as the designer of important legislative and public policy solutions resulting in new enterprise and corporate models for attracting and retaining technology-based activities.



Mitch Jacobson is Co-Director of ATI’s Clean Energy Incubator. For 10 years prior to joining ATI he invested in and worked with emerging technology companies as a limited partner, board member and consultant with the Angel Investment Group, Eyes of Texas Partners, LLC. Prior to that, Mitch held a variety of executive positions which included Tech Data Corporation in Clearwater, FL and Dell, Inc.



Tracy LaQuey Parker is the Senior Vice President of Business Development for Parker Solutions Group.  She is a member of several boards including the Texas Tribune, the University of Texas College of Natural Sciences Advisory Council, the Texas Foundation for Innovative Communities and Commissioner on the Austin Community Technology and Telecommunications Commission. She serves on the development committee for the Austin Film Society and is the alumni liaison for the  Texas Lyceum, a statewide non-profit, non-partisan leadership organization.  Prior to her current position she was Director of The UTeach Institute at The University of Texas at Austin, which she founded in 2006 to replicate the nationally recognized UTeach math and science teacher preparation program that began at UT in 1997. In eight years, the Institute has replicated UTeach at 40 universities in the U.S.

Prior to her successful tenure with the UTeach Institute, Tracy worked in the Chief Technology Office of Cisco Systems where she founded Cisco’s Worldwide Education focus and Cisco’s Advanced Internet Initiatives team in the early 1990’s. She also founded a research and development imprint of the Chief Technology Office, partnering with Addison-Wesley. Additionally, she managed Cisco’s participation in worldwide K–12 educational Internet programs including the Global Schoolhouse Project, and she initiated Cisco’s extensive participation in various Internet Society activities internationally. During this time she participated in the Federation of American Research Networks (FARNET), serving as Treasurer, and the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), serving as chair of several working groups.   In addition to conference papers, journal and magazine articles, Ms. LaQuey Parker is the author of two best-selling books, The User’s Directory of Computer Networks (Digital Press) and The Internet Companion: A Beginner’s Guide to Global Networking (Addison-Wesley). The Internet Companion was the first trade book on the Internet, published in 1992, and featured a foreword by Vice President Al Gore.


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