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Ann Arbor SPARK Welcomes Rielle Jones as New Director of a2Tech360

January 16, 2024 Talent

Ann Arbor SPARK is excited to announce the appointment of Rielle Jones as the new director of a2Tech360. With a decade of event management experience, Rielle brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in orchestrating complex events and fostering inclusive communities.

Rielle, an alumna of Wellesley College with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Sociology, is the founder and former executive director of the Black America Summit. Her leadership in this initiative showcased her commitment to promoting cross-cultural support and building more inclusive societies.

Her career spans managing a podcast, coordinating diverse corporate events, and leading volunteer and board roles. This varied background underscores her capacity for innovation and strategic planning. Rielle’s fluency in Mandarin and her academic accomplishments further add to her impressive profile.

“a2Tech360 is crucial for showcasing the technological strengths of the Ann Arbor region, and with Rielle’s guidance, we’re looking forward to making it even more impactful for our tech community,” said Jenn Hayman, senior vice president of marketing, communications, and events at Ann Arbor SPARK. “Rielle’s entrepreneurial spirit and creative vision are key assets as she takes on this important role. ”

a2Tech360, an annual technology celebration in Ann Arbor, will take place this year from September 20-27. Presented by Ann Arbor SPARK , the event showcases technological advancements and trends through a series of activities including panel discussions, keynote presentations, workshops, and pitch competitions. It brings together diverse stakeholders, fueling creativity and innovation in the region, and is a key event for tech enthusiasts, professionals, and entrepreneurs. a2Tech360 is supported by the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti SmartZone Local Development Finance Authority (LDFA).

For more information about the a2Tech360 series of events, please visit