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University of Michigan Innovation Partnerships
University of Michigan Innovation Partnerships

Anne Partington

Commercialization Program Director, MTRAC Transportation

Mobile: 248-210-8147

Anne is the Commercialization Director for the Michigan Translational Research & Commercialization (MTRAC Innovation Hub for Advanced Transportation) Program. MTRAC is a statewide program that funds projects which commercialize university research into products or services that shape the future of transportation technology or address poorly met transportation market needs.

In her role, Anne is responsible for identifying and recruiting promising projects from universities across the state, managing a competitive award process with the input of an oversight committee, and overseeing and assisting awarded projects in meeting their milestones and achieving successful outcomes.

A veteran of the automotive industry, Anne comes to Innovation Partnerships at the University of Michigan with more than twenty years of global leadership experience at FCA (Stellantis) and General Motors across purchasing, program management, and product development engineering as well as a deep bench in corporate training experience in purchasing strategy, culture building, and transformational leadership.

Most recently, Anne was a director of Entrepreneurial Services, managing director of the SPARK East innovation center and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion lead for the regional economic development organization Ann Arbor SPARK. Anne worked with public/private sector partners and companies to promote inclusive economic opportunity while mentoring high tech companies to scale and commercialize in her role as an entrepreneurial services and DEI leader.

Anne earned her BS in Mechanical Engineering from U-M, followed by an MS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Anne is also trained in diversity and inclusion, is a certified professional innovator, serves on CADIA’s board of advisors, and the 2021 Women In Mobility Board. Anne recently graduated as a member of the 2020-2021 NEW (Non-Profit Enterprise at Work) Washtenaw County Champions for Change cohort — working collaboratively to drive racial equity, inclusion, and justice across institutional and societal lines. Anne has many interests outside of work including travel, mentoring, Toastmasters, and spending time with family including her rescue dog.