David Kaiser is the Deputy Director for the Office of Science, Technology & Innovation in the North Carolina Department of Commerce, which develops and administers policies and programs that accelerate both the development of next-generation technology companies and the adoption of technology across existing industries to improve the economic well‐being and quality of life of all North Carolinians. In his current role, Mr. Kaiser manages research and policy projects, oversees grant programs for high-tech businesses, and collaborates and fosters partnerships in support of North Carolina’s efforts in advancing high-growth, innovative companies statewide. Previously, he was a research economist at RTI International and was at the Kauffman Foundation. He has served as an evaluator for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s eMBA Soft Launch Program, a Phase II panel reviewer for the National Science Foundation, and is on the Board of Directors for FIRST North Carolina. Trained as an economist, Mr. Kaiser has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in economics from Nebraska Wesleyan University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.